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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 Wildlife Department 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 education certification. A hunter education certificate issued by another state or country and approved by the Wildlife Department 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.
  • 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 education or is exempt from the hunter education 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.

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 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 Must be 10 years of age or older to sign up.

District 1

  • Afton, Aug. 19, 2023
  • Owasso, Aug. 19, 2023
  • Skiatook, Aug. 26, 2023
  • Dewey, Aug. 27, 2023
  • Jenks, Oct. 14, 2023
    Nov. 11, 2023

District 2

  • Wagoner, Aug. 12, 2023
  • Muskogee,
    Aug. 19, 2023
  • Okmulgee,
    Sept. 9, 2023
  • Tahlequah,
    Sept. 23, 2023
  • Fort Gibson,
    Sept. 30, 2023
  • Sallisaw,
    Oct. 7, 2023

District 3

  • Broken Bow,
    Aug. 26, 2023
  • Poteau, Sept. 16, 2023
  • Antlers, Sept. 16, 2023
  • McAlester,
    Sept. 16, 2023

District 4

  • Ada, Aug. 12, 2023
  • Durant, Aug. 19, 2023
  • Bristow,
    Aug. 26, 2023

District 5

  • Edmond,
    Aug. 19, 2023,
    Oct. 19, 2023
  • Shawnee,
    Sept. 9, 2023
  • Wayne,
    Sept. 30, 2023

District 6

  • Marlow,
    Aug. 19, 2023
  • Fort Cobb,
    Aug. 26, 2023
  • Kingfisher,
    Nov. 11, 2023

District 7

  • Altus, Aug. 12, 2023
  • Elk City, Aug. 19, 2023
  • Granite,
    Sept. 23, 2023
  • Foss, Sept. 30, 2023

District 8

  • Ponca City,
    Aug. 26, 2023
  • Woodward,
    Sept. 16, 2023
  • Enid, Sept. 16, 2023
  • Guymon, Sept. 16, 2023