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License Requirements
   
Residents: Must possess a hunting license (see pg. 12 "Licenses & Permits" of your 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here) or proof of exemtion. In addition, all elk hunters must possess an elk license for each elk hunted or proof of exemtion.
    Nonresidents: Nonresident elk hunters are exempt from a hunting license while hunting elk, but they must possess a nonresident elk license for each elk hunted or proof of exemption. Holders of nonresident lifetime hunting and lifetime combination licenses are not exempt from purchasing elk licenses.

Written Landowner Permission
All elk hunters must possess written permission from the landowner or, where appropriate, the lessee (tenant). Permission must be carried on the person while hunting elk. Elk hunters may only hunt on those lands for which they have written permission.

Combined Season Limit
The combined statewide season limit for elk is two elk, regardless of sex or method of taking. Elk taken by hunters participating in controlld hunts are not included in the hunter's combined season limit.
Elk taken in the Southwest Zone/Slick Hills area from Jan. 1 - 31, 2012, and elk taken in the Northeast Zone from Jan. 1 - 15, 2012, count towards the 2011 bag limit.

Dates, Open Areas & Zone Limits
Open areas are private lands in Caddo, Comanche and Kiowa counties (Southwest Zone) and Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes, Muskogee and Sequoyah counties (Northeast Zone).

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DATES OPEN 


ARCHERY
Southwest Zone / Granite Hills Area - Private Lands West of Hwy. 115.
"One Elk Limit"

OPEN October 1, 2011 CLOSE October 5, 2011
OPEN December 10, 2011 CLOSE December 14, 2011
(legal bull or antlerless elk)
 

Gun

OPEN October 6, 2011 CLOSE October 9, 2011
OPEN December 15, 2011 CLOSE December 18, 2011
(legal bull or antlerless elk)
 

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ARCHERY
Southwest Zone / Slick Hills Area - Private Lands East of Hwy. 115.
Two Elk Limit, One of Which Must be Antlerless.

OPEN October 1, 2011 CLOSE October 5, 2011
OPEN December 10, 2011 CLOSE December 14, 2011
(legal bull or antlerless elk)
 

GUN

OPEN October 6, 2011 CLOSE October 9, 2011
OPEN December 15, 2011 CLOSE December 18, 2011
(legal bull or antlerless elk)
 

GUN

OPEN November 19, 2011 CLOSE December 4, 2011
OPEN January 1, 2012 CLOSE January 31, 2012
(antlerless elk only)
 

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ARCHERY
Northeast Zone / Private Lands Only.
One Elk Limit, Any Elk Regardless Of Sex, Age, or Antler Points

OPEN October 1, 2011 CLOSE January 15, 2012
(either sex)
 

Muzzleloader

OPEN October 22, 2011 CLOSE October 30, 2011
(either sex)
 

Youth Gun
(See page 29 of your 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here for age requirements.)

OPEN October 14, 2011 CLOSE October 16, 2011
(either sex)

 

GUN

OPEN November 19, 2011 CLOSE December 4, 2011
(either sex)
 

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Public Lands
    Elk hunting is closed on all Department-owned or managed lands, except for controlled elk hunt permittees on areas and dates designated on their controlled hunt permit.

Legal Elk Definitions
    Southwest Zone: A legal bull is defined as having at least five (5) points on at least one side. A point is defined as the tip of the main antler beam and any projection arising from the main antler beam that is at least one inch in length.
                                Antlerless elk are defined as elk with no visible antlers.
   
Northeast Zone: No antler point restrictions. Any elk is legal.

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

Legal Means of Taking
    Archery: Archery equipment described as legal for deer archery season.
    Muzzleloader: Equipment described as legal for deer muzzleloader season.
    Gun: Equipment described as legal for deer gun season.

Hunter Orange
   All hunters participating in any antelope, bear, deer or elk season using a firearm (muzzleloader or gun) must conspicuously wear both a head covering and an outer garment above the waistline, both totaling at least 400 square inches of hunter orange. Camouflage orange is legal as long as there are at least 400 square inches of hunter orange.
    Antelope, bear, deer or elk hunters using archery equipment during any antelope, bear, deer or elk firearms (muzzleloader or gun) season in any open hunting area (zone, county, or area) must conspicuously wear either a head covering or an outer garment above the waistline consisting of hunter orange. Camouflage hunter orange is legal.
    All other hunters, except those hunting waterfowl, crow or crane, or while hunting furbearing animals at night, must wear either a head covering or upper garment of hunter orange clothing while hunting during any antelope, bear, deer or elk firearms (muzzleloader or gun) season in any open hunting area (zone, county or area.) Camouflage hunter orange is legal.

Field Tagging & Checking

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