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Oklahoma

Hunting

Hunter Education Requirements

No person thirty (30) years of age or younger may purchase or receive any hunting license or hunting tag unless the person possesses and can exhibit a certificate of competency and safety in the use an handling of firearms from the Department of Wildlife Conservation except those following the apprentice rules. Persons under ten (10) years of age may take the hunter education course but are not eligible to be tested for and receive hunter safety certification. A hunter safety certificate issued by another state or country and approved by the Department of Wildlife Conservation shall be deemed to meet the requirements of this section. (Youth participating in a youth deer, youth turkey or youth waterfowl season must adhere to accompaniment requirements for those seasons.)

Exempt from Hunter Education

  • Anyone thirty-one (31) or older: Not required to have Hunter Education certification to buy a hunting license in Oklahoma; or
  • Honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces; or
  • Currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces; or
  • A member of the National Guard.

Question: Can I hunt without hunter education? Answer: Yes, You can hunt with an apprentice-designated license.

  • Hunters thirty (30) and younger: Anyone who is not hunter education-certified may buy an apprentice-designated hunting license. Such hunters must abide by accompanying hunter requirements.
  • Hunters nine (9) and younger: Anyone who is not hunter education-certified may buy an apprentice-designated hunting license. Such hunters must abide by accompanying hunter requirements for all species.

Accompanying Hunter Requirements

  • Big Game (deer, elk, bear and antelope) – accompanying hunter shall be within arms lengths of the apprentice hunter or close enough to take immediate control of the firearm or archery equipment of the apprentice.
  • Small Game (including turkey) – accompanying hunter shall be in sight of and able to communicate with the apprentice hunter in a normal voice without the aid of any communication device. When a license is not required (residents under sixteen (16) years of age, nonresidents under fourteen (14) years of age, the hunter must still be accompanied.
  • Accompanying hunter must be eighteen (18) years of age or older who possesses a certificate of hunter safety or is exempt from the hunter safety certification requirements.

Apprentice Hunter Requirements

An apprentice designation is the option chosen when a hunter 30 or younger has not obtained their Hunter Education Certification. This designation is chosen in lieu of the Hunter Education ID number when purchasing a license. Anyone buying a hunting or season specific license who has not completed Hunter Education Certification will have the hunter education number on that particular license designated as apprentice. An individual who is in possession of an “apprentice-designated” license must abide by accompanying hunter requirements. For those requirements as well as apprentice-designated qualifications, see below:

  • Hunters 30 and younger: Anyone who is not Hunter Education-certified may buy a hunting license that is apprentice-designated. Such hunters must abide by accompanying hunter requirements.
  • Hunters 9 and younger: Anyone who is not Hunter Education-certified may buy a hunting license that is apprentice-designated. Such hunters must abide by accompanying hunter requirements.
  • Accompanying hunter requirements: A person 18 or older who is licensed (unless exempt) and Hunter Education-certified (unless exempt). For big game hunting, an accompanying hunter must be within arm’s length of the apprentice hunter or close enough to take immediate control of the firearm or bow of the apprentice. For small game hunting, the accompanying hunter must be within sight of and able to communicate with the apprentice in a normal voice without aid.
  • Anyone 31 or older is not required to have Hunter Education Certification to buy a hunting license.

Hunter Education Classes

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled classes or prefer to complete your hunter education certification online you can take the course online for free. Just go to wildlifedepartment.com click on Hunter Education under the Hunting tab, then Online and finally Take the Hunter Ed Course online. You must pre-register for in-person classes at wildlifedepartment.com. Due to COVID-19, some classes may be postponed or cancelled (if you are registered for an in-person class and it is postponed or canceled, you will receive an email).

Northeast Region

  • Bristow, OK
    Bristow School Cafeteria
    August 21, 2021
    9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Owasso, OK
    Owasso Community Center
    August 21, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Dewey, OK
    The Arrow Shop
    August 22, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Pryor, OK
    Northeast Technology Center – Pryor Campus
    August 24 & 26, 2021
    6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Seating limited to 55 people.
  • Edmond, OK
    Arcadia Conservation Education Area
    August 28, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Ponca, OK
    Phillips 4th St. Clubhouse
    August 28, 2021
    8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Lunch and door prizes provided.
  • Okmulgee, OK
    Deep Fork USFW Refuge – Maintenance Building
    September 11, 2021
    8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Lunch will be provided. Live fire offered through the Shotgun Training Education Program.
  • Wagoner, OK
    Wagoner Civic Center
    September 11, 2021
    8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Skiatook, OK
    Senior Citizen’s Center
    September 18, 2021
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Stillwater, OK
    Meridian Technology Center
    September 18, 2021
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tahlequah, OK
    Cornerstone Fellowship Church
    718 Pendleton St.
    September 18, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sallisaw, OK
    Central High School Cafeteria
    October 2, 2021
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Seating limited 50 people.
  • Ft. Gibson, OK
    Ft. Gibson High School Cafeteria
    October 9, 2021
    8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Seating limited 50 people.

Northwest Region

  • Guymon, OK
    Guymon Police Department
    September 11, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Woodward, OK
    High Plains Technology Center
    September 11, 2021
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Lunch Provided.
  • Enid, OK
    Grand National Quail Club
    September 18, 2021
    8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    ½ mile south of Keowee, on highway 81 – north of Enid.
  • Omega, OK
    Chisholm Trail Technology Center
    November 13, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Southeast Region

  • Marietta, OK
    Marietta High School
    August 6, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Ada, OK
    Pontotoc Technology Center
    Seminar Center
    August 7, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Durant, OK
    Bryan Co. OSU Extension Office
    August 14, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lunch 12–1 (on your own).
  • McAlester, OK
    Life Church
    August 21, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Broken Bow, OK
    Broken Bow School Cafeteria
    August 28, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Antlers, OK
    Wildlife Heritage Museum
    September 11, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Poteau, OK
    Kiamichi Technology Center
    September 11, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Shawnee, OK
    Gordon Cooper Technology Center
    September 11, 2021
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Southwest Region

  • Altus, OK
    Jackson County Fairgrounds
    August 21, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Marlow, OK
    First Baptist Church – Life Center (Located behind the church on the west side)
    August 28, 2021
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Walters, OK
    Cotton County Expo
    August 28, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Elk City, OK
    Elk City Law Enforcement Range & Training Center
    September 18, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lunch provided by NWTF Elk Creek Strutters Chapter. Seating limited to 40 people.
  • Granite, OK
    Senior Citizen’s Center
    September 18, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Colony, OK
    Crowder Lake Outdoor Classroom
    October 2, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lunch provided by NWTF Red Dirt Roost Chapter.
  • Blanchard, OK
    Dibble School Cafeteria
    November 6, 2021
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.