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Small Game / Hog Regulations

Hunting Regulations Icon Oklahoma Hunting

Prairie Dog

License Requirements

Residents and Nonresidents: A hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption.

Public Lands

Prairie dog hunting is closed on all Department-owned or Department-managed lands.

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset.

Legal Means of Taking

Shotgun (conventional or muzzleloading), rifle (conventional or muzzleloading), handgun, archery equipment, legal raptors, hand-propelled missile, air-propelled missile, slingshot and as otherwise provided under General Hunting Regulations.

Hunter Orange

For hunter orange requirements, see E-Check, Deer Processors & Hunter Orange.

Dates & Open Areas

Open year-round, except it is unlawful to hunt, take or attempt to take prairie dogs from dark to daylight with the aid of any artificial light and/or any sight dog.

Limits

No daily, season or possession limit.

Squirrel & Rabbit

License Requirements

Residents and Nonresidents: A hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption.

Public Lands

Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons. Consult Special Regulations: Public Fishing & Hunting Areas.

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset.

Legal Means of Taking

Shotgun (conventional or muzzleloading), rifle (conventional or muzzleloading), handgun, archery equipment, legal raptors, hand-propelled missile, air-propelled missile and slingshot.

Hunter Orange

For hunter orange requirements, see E-Check, Deer Processors & Hunter Orange.

Squirrel (Fox & Gray)

Dates & Open Areas

May 15, 2016 – Jan. 31, 2017; statewide.

Daily Limit

10 fox and gray squirrels combined per day, 20 in possession after the first day.

Rabbit (Cottontail, Swamp & Jackrabbit)

Dates & Open Areas

Oct. 1, 2016 – March 15, 2017; statewide, except no open season on jackrabbits east of Interstate 35.

Daily Limit

  • Cottontail: 10 daily, 20 in possession after the first day.
  • Swamp: Three daily, six in possession after the first day.
  • Jackrabbit: Three daily, six in possession after the first day, except Cimarron, Texas and Beaver counties are 10 daily, 20 in possession after the first day.

Hog (Feral Swine)

Hog Definition

Hogs are defined as any hogs, including Russian and European wild boar, which are running at large, free-roaming or wild.

Landowner Provisions

Landowners experiencing damage and depredation caused by feral hogs may contact their local game warden to request a night shooting permit to control the hogs.

Landowners may obtain a free hog control permit from the local game warden allowing them to harvest hogs during antelope, bear, deer and elk firearm seasons without purchasing the corresponding big-game license.

Releasing Hogs

The “Judas pig tagging system” is legal. This is a population control technique in which a feral swine is caught, radio-collared and released at the trap site, then tracked down after it joins other feral swine so that those swine can be removed. The feral hog must be released onto the same private land on which it was caught within 24 hours of its capture. For more details, go online to www.ag.ok.gov/ais/feralswine.

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

Hunter Orange

For hunter orange requirements, see E-Check, Deer Processors & Hunter Orange.

Private Lands

Hogs may be taken year-round on private land during daylight hours with the landowner’s permission.

The pursuit of feral hogs with a shotgun on private property is not restricted by shot size.

  • Resident & Nonresident License Requirements: No hunting license required. All persons pursuing hogs during youth deer gun, bear muzzleloader (in open counties), deer muzzleloader, deer gun, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun (in open zones), elk gun (in open counties) and antelope gun (in open areas) seasons with a shotgun and rifled slug, or any rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber rimfire, must possess a filled or unfilled license appropriate for the current season, unless otherwise exempt.

Public Lands

Hogs may be taken on Department-managed lands during any established hunting season with methods authorized by the Department for that hunting season, except that during any open deer and/or turkey season, only appropriate methods, hunting hours and legal equipment for that deer and/or turkey season are authorized for taking or pursuing feral hogs. No feral hogs may be removed alive from a WMA.

In addition, persons pursuing hogs must comply with all other WMA regulations (see Department-Managed Area Rules). However, hogs may not be taken by the aid of a light or light enhancement device (night scope).

Resident & Nonresident License Requirements: All persons pursuing hogs with a firearm or archery equipment must possess a hunting license (see Licenses & Permits), unless otherwise exempt. In addition, persons pursuing hogs on WMAs open during youth deer gun, bear muzzleloader (in open counties), deer muzzleloader, deer gun, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun (in open zones), elk gun (in open counties) and antelope gun (in open areas) seasons with a shotgun and rifled slug, or any rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber rimfire, must possess either a filled or unfilled license appropriate for the current season, unless otherwise exempt.

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry Feral Swine Rules

Under the Feral Swine Control Act, The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF) administers the licensing program for feral swine transporters and handling/hunting facilities. Regulations require a “Transporter” license for any person transporting any number of live feral swine any distance. The feral swine transporter license is free of charge, and those licensees may maintain live feral swine in a holding pen for up to 7 days. If a person intends to maintain live feral swine for a period longer than 7 days, a “Handling” facility license is required. Live feral swine may only be sold to a licensed handling or hunting facility. If for any reason a person handles live feral swine, it is strongly recommended that he or she become familiar with the Feral Swine Control Act and administrative rules. These regulations, applications, management guides, lists of licensed handling/hunting facilities, and more can all be found on the ODAFF Feral Swine web page, www.ag.ok.gov/ais/feralswine. This web page has valuable information for feral swine hunters, trappers, and landowners. For more information, visit the web page cited above or contact Dr. Justin Roach of ODAFF at (405) 522-6124 or e-mail justin.roach@ag.ok.gov.