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Small Game/Hog Regulations

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Prairie Dog

License Requirements

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

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 Big Game Regulations.

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.

Limit

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 public hunting lands special regulations.

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 Big Game Regulations.

Squirrel (Fox & Gray)

Dates & Open Areas

May 15 – Jan. 31; statewide.

Daily Limit

25 fox and gray squirrels combined per day, 50 in possession after the first day.

Rabbit (Cottontail, Swamp & Jackrabbit)

Dates & Open Areas

Oct. 1 – March 15; 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/designees can visit wildlifedepartment.com to obtain a free night shooting exemption for feral 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. Exemption holder must notify their county game warden before night hunting during the 16 day deer gun season.

Shooting Hours

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

Hunter Orange

For hunter orange requirements, see Big Game Regulations.

Private Lands

Hogs may be taken year-round on private land during daylight hours or at night with permission from the private property owner, lessee or occupant of the land.

The pursuit of feral hogs with a shotgun on private property is not restricted by shot size. There is no restriction on method of take of feral hogs on private property.

  • Resident & Nonresident License Requirements: No hunting license required. All persons pursuing hogs during any big game gun or muzzleloader 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 that particular big game gun or muzzleloader season, unless otherwise exempt.

Public Lands

Hog hunting is closed year-round at Hackberry Flat WMA/WRP, Kaw WMA, Sandy Sanders WMA and Waurika WMA. 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.

Pursuit of hogs at night is prohibited from Oct. 1 – Jan. 15 and during any spring turkey season.

Pursuit of hogs at night during any other time of the year has the following restrictions:

  • Use of a firearm is prohibited

In addition, persons pursuing hogs must comply with all other WMA regulations (see Department-Managed Area Rules).

Resident & Nonresident License Requirements: All persons pursuing hogs 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

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture oversees the licensing of individuals who transport or maintain live feral swine after capture. For more information on this licensing program, please visit www.ag.ok.gov/ais/feralswine or call (405) 522-6124.