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Special Licenses & Permits

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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 License Exemptions). Anyone born before Jan. 1, 1923, is exempt but must carry proof of age such as a driver’s license.

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.

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 License Exemptions).

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.

Cherokee Nation Compact License

Cherokee Nation citizens who are Oklahoma residents will receive a state issued/authorized combination hunting/fishing license purchased by and distributed by the Cherokee Nation. In addition, one deer (deer gun antlered) and one turkey (spring turkey) will be included. Nonresidents are not eligible. This is a tribal/state, dual jurisdiction compact license.

These compact licenses will cover the same privileges as provided to other Oklahoma citizens. All regulations including checking of deer and turkey are the same. All the same statewide regulations apply to holders of a compact license regardless of where the person hunts or fishes, including tribal lands. More restrictive tribal standards may be imposed by the Cherokee Nation to hunting and fishing on the Cherokee Nation’s Indian Country.

No refunds will be provided by ODWC to tribal members for licenses that have already been purchased, including lifetime licenses.

For additional Cherokee license information, call the Cherokee Nation (918) 453-5000.

* Application available at wildlifedepartment.com. Must include paperwork specified in application.

** Application available at wildlifedepartment.com. Form must be signed by Wildlife Department employee before mailing.

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 http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/regs/passport.htm.