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Special Licenses & Permits

Hunting Regulations Icon Oklahoma Hunting

Fiscal-Year Licenses

The fiscal year licenses (hunting, combination, youth hunting, youth combination, nonresident hunting) are valid from July 1 to June 30. These licenses cover many hunting seasons that extend beyond the calendar year.

Resident 5-Year Hunting License
or 5-Year Combination
Hunting / Fishing License

Persons who have been residents of Oklahoma for at least six months may purchase a 5-year hunting or 5-year combination hunting/fishing license. Holders of these licenses are exempt from the annual hunting license only. Holders of the resident 5-year licenses who become residents of another state during the 5-year period of their license may continue to use their license as a nonresident annual hunting license. However, they must purchase any season-specific licenses, such as antelope, bear, deer, elk or turkey, that are not covered by a resident annual hunting license.

Lifetime Senior Citizen Hunting / Combination License

Residents born on or after Jan. 1, 1923, upon reaching age 65 (or those who turn 65 during the calendar year) are eligible to purchase a senior citizen hunting license or combination hunting/fishing license which is good for life. The license provides the same exemptions as a resident lifetime combination hunting/fishing license (see page 9). Anyone born before Jan. 1, 1923, is exempt but must carry proof of age such as a driver’s license. Application available at wildlifedepartment.com. Form must be signed by Wildlife Department employee before mailing.

Disability Hunting License

Persons who have resided in Oklahoma for at least six months and who are receiving Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Income benefits, or persons receiving disability benefits under the Federal Railroad Retirement Act or the Multiple Injury Trust Fund may purchase a 5-year disability hunting license for $10. Applicants for this license are urged to ask for a Benefits Verification Statement from Social Security at (800) 772-1213. Application available at wildlifedepartment.com. Must include paperwork specified in application.

Lifetime Disabled Veteran Combination Hunting / Fishing License*

This license is available to resident disabled veterans, as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For veterans with a disability of less than 60 percent, the cost of the license is $200. For veterans with a disability of 60 percent or more, the cost of the license is $25.

The license provides the same exemptions as a resident lifetime combination hunting/fishing license (see page 9).

Harvest Information Program
(HIP) Permit

A Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit is required of all migratory bird hunters, except those under 16 years of age, those 64 years old or older, those who turn 64 during the calendar year in which they intend to hunt migratory birds and landowners hunting on their own property.

The permit is valid from July 1 through the following June 30, and may be obtained free of charge at wildlifedepartment.com or is available at all state hunting license dealer locations for $3.

Land Access Permits

A $40 annual land access permit is required of all residents who hunt or fish on Honobia Creek and Three Rivers WMAs, unless exempt. Nonresidents are required to purchase a $85 annual permit, no exemptions.

A $10, 3-day special use land access permit is available to residents for non-hunting and non-fishing related activities. Individuals who possess the $40 annual land access permit are exempt from the special use permit.

Oklahoma residents who are under 18 years of age on the first day of the current calendar year or are 64 years old or older are exempt from land access permit requirements.

3-Day/Annual Wildlife
Conservation Passport

The Wildlife Conservation Passport is required on certain ODWC lands, although individuals who possess any current hunting or fishing license issued by the ODWC are exempt from the passport.

Motor Vehicle Permit to Hunt from a Motorized Vehicle*

Use of a motor vehicle for hunting is intended only as a means of facilitating access. During the actual taking of any wildlife, the vehicle being used by the permittee must be stopped and the engine must be turned off.

A 5-year motor vehicle permit to hunt or take wildlife with the aid of a motor-driven vehicle on Department-managed lands may be issued to residents having a permanent disability which confines them to a wheelchair, or requires the use of crutches, a walker or other means of support or assistance for body mobility as certified by a medical doctor licensed to practice in Oklahoma or any state which borders this state.

Use of a vehicle on Department-managed lands by a motor vehicle permittee is authorized only on roads or trails specifically designated as open for such activity. Off-road travel by a motor vehicle permittee is prohibited.

Non-ambulatory Permit to Hunt from a Motorized Vehicle*

Use of a motor vehicle for hunting is intended only as a means of facilitating access. During the actual taking of any wildlife, the vehicle being used by the permittee must be stopped and the engine must be turned off.

A 5-year non-ambulatory permit to hunt or take wildlife with the aid of a motor-driven vehicle on Department-managed lands may be issued to residents who are unable to walk due to a single or double leg amputation, paralysis of lower extremity(ies) and/or disease or injury and are confined to the use of a wheelchair as their primary source of mobility, as certified by a medical doctor licensed to practice in Oklahoma, or any state which borders this state.

Off-road use of a vehicle on Department-managed lands by a non-ambulatory permittee is authorized only on lands specifically designated as open for such activity. Maps of areas open to off-road use may be obtained from Department headquarters in Oklahoma City.

5-Day Rattlesnake Permit

Any person hunting, pursuing, trapping, harassing, catching, killing, taking, or attempting to take in any manner any species of rattlesnake during an organized rattlesnake hunting event or festival must have a rattlesnake permit, unless exempt.

Persons with a valid hunting or combination hunting/fishing license are exempt from the rattlesnake permit.

Permits are available by calling (405) 521-3852, online at wildlifedepartment.com, or at any hunting or fishing license dealer.

Tribal Compact Licenses

For tribal compact licenses, visit wildlifedepartment.com.

Passport or License?

People who use Department-owned areas for nonhunting or nonfishing activities, such as birdwatching or photography, are required to have either a Wildlife Conservation Passport or any current hunting or fishing license issued by the Wildlife Department.

Buying a hunting or fishing license can cost less than buying a Wildlife Conservation Passport. Plus, license holders are granted the privileges of that license and can enjoy those activities during the license term.

Persons under 16 years of age at the start of the calendar year, and students and instructors participating in bona fide educational tours or activities sponsored or organized by an education institution or any other organized event sanctioned by and approved in advance by the Wildlife Department are exempt from the Wildlife Conservation Passport requirement.

For a list of Wildlife Management Areas and Fishing Areas where a passport is required, visit wildlifedepartment.com

License Exemptions

Residents

Under 16 Years of Age

Residents under 16 years of age are exempt from the purchase of the hunting license, federal duck stamp, Oklahoma waterfowl license, Wildlife Conservation Passport, land access permit and HIP requirements.

Under 18 Years of Age

Any person under 18 years of age in the physical custody of a child-care facility is exempt from the purchase of a hunting license.

Also, any person under 18 years of age is exempt from the Wildlife Conservation Passport and land access permit.

64 Years Old or Older

Residents 64 years old or older are exempt from the purchase of a land access permit and HIP requirements (including those who will turn 64 during the calendar year in which they intend to hunt migratory birds). Residents 65 years old or older are exempt from the purchase of the Oklahoma waterfowl license.

Lifetime Licenses
(Hunting, Combination, Senior Citizen & Disabled Veteran)

All resident holders of a lifetime hunting, lifetime combination, senior citizen hunting , senior citizen combination or lifetime disabled veteran combination hunting/fishing license are exempt from the purchase of the annual hunting license; deer, elk, antelope and turkey licenses; Oklahoma waterfowl license, trapping license and the fur license.

Holders of these lifetime licenses are not exempt from the purchase of the federal duck stamp, bear licenses, land access permit, HIP requirements or federal sandhill crane permit, unless exempt by age as listed above.

Landowners or Tenants

Resident landowners or tenants who hunt only on land owned or agriculturally leased by them (not including hunting leases) are exempt from the hunting license. Resident landowners who hunt waterfowl and other migratory game birds only on their own property are exempt from the Oklahoma waterfowl license and HIP requirements.

Only resident landowners or tenants or such individuals’ children who trap on land owned or agriculturally leased by such owners or agricultural lessees (not including hunting leases) are exempt from purchasing a trapping license.

Persons residing in another state who own land in Oklahoma but do not live on that land are considered nonresidents and are not exempt.

Landowners or Agricultural Lessees

Landowners or agricultural lessees who kill bobcats, raccoons, gray/red foxes or river otters actually found destroying livestock or poultry are exempt from the purchase of the fur license.

No landowner or agricultural lessee who takes these species under the depredation exemption may remove any part of the fur or unskinned carcass from the premises where taken.

Landowners or agricultural lessees taking furbearers in open season with intent to sell must possess a fur license. This license is not required for those who run or chase furbearers with dogs but do not take.

Disability

Residents having a proven permanent disability which renders them non-ambulatory and confines them to a wheelchair, as certified by a medical doctor, are exempt from the hunting license.

Proof of Exemption

Proof of exemption from a license or permit must be carried while in the field.

Veterans Affairs Disability Exemptions

Resident veterans 60 percent or more disabled, as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs, are exempt only from the hunting license.

Resident veterans 100 percent disabled, as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs, are exempt from the hunting license and all deer licenses.

Veterans may contact the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs at 1 (888) 655-2838 for a card that verifies their exemption; or they may carry V.A. documentation stating their percent of disability.

Nonresidents

Under 14 Years of Age

Nonresidents under 14 years of age are exempt from the purchase of a hunting license, HIP requirements and federal duck stamp.

Under 16 Years of Age

Nonresidents under 16 years of age are exempt from the purchase of the federal duck stamp and HIP requirements.

Under 18 Years of Age

Any person under 18 years of age in the physical custody of an Oklahoma child-care facility is exempt from the purchase of a hunting license.

Lifetime Licenses held by former residents

Nonresidents who formerly lived in Oklahoma and purchased a resident lifetime hunting, resident lifetime combination, resident senior citizen hunting, resident senior citizen combination or lifetime disabled veteran license may still use the license with all the same privileges. Those privileges are listed on this page in the “residents” column.

Nonresident Lifetime Licenses

Nonresidents who hold a nonresident lifetime hunting or combination license are exempt from the purchase of a nonresident annual hunting license. To hunt antelope, bear, deer or elk, nonresident lifetime license holders must purchase a nonresident antelope, bear, deer or elk license.

The owner of a nonresident lifetime license must purchase a nonresident annual hunting license in addition to a turkey license to hunt turkey.

Nonresident lifetime license holders need the following for certain types of migratory bird hunting: a HIP permit to hunt migratory game birds, a federal sandhill crane permit to hunt sandhill cranes, a federal duck stamp and an Oklahoma waterfowl license to hunt waterfowl.

Landowners

There are no license or permit exemptions for nonresident landowners.

Military Personnel

All active-duty U.S. military personnel regardless of duty station or state of residency along with their dependents may purchase any resident annual license with documentation of active-duty status.