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Hunting Licenses
Resident VS. Nonresident
Resident Cost
Nonresident Cost
Special License and Permits
Resident Exemptions
Nonresident Exemptions


Hunting Licenses


License requirements are listed by game animal throughout the 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide and this web site, and for many wildlife species a "hunting license" is one of those requirements. There are many different types of "hunting licenses" that meet this requirement, and rather than listing all of them with every species, we have listed them below. So, if a "hunting license" is required, you must possess any one of the following.


IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT
A "HUNTING LICENSE" IS ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
  • Annual Hunting License
  • Annual Combination Hunting/Fishing License
  • Annual Youth Hunting License
  • Annual Youth Combination Hunting/Fishing License
  • Fiscal-Year Hunting License
  • Fiscal-Year Combination Hunting/Fishing License
  • Fiscal-Year Youth Hunting License
  • Fiscal-Year Youth Combination Hunting/Fishing License
  • 5-Year Hunting License
  • 5-Year Combination Hunting/Fishing License
  • 5-Year Disability Hunting License
  • Lifetime Hunting License
  • Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing License
  • Lifetime Disabled Veteran Combination Hunting/Fishing License (under 60 percent disability)
  • Lifetime Disabled Veteran Combination Hunting/Fishing License (60 percent or more disability)
  • Lifetime Senior Citizen Hunting License
  • Lifetime Senior Citizen Combination Hunting/Fishing License
IF YOU ARE A NONRESIDENT
A "HUNTING LICENSE" IS ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
  • Nonresident Annual Hunting License
  • Nonresident Fiscal-Year Hunting License
  • Nonresident 5-Day Hunting License
  • Note: nonresidents who hold a resident lifetime license (hunting or combination) have the same exemptions as a resident lifetime license-holder. 

The Nonresident Lifetime Hunting, Nonresident Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing, Lifetime Nonresident Small Game Hunting and Lifetime Nonresident Combination Small Game Hunting/Fishing licenses are no longer available for purchase. However, these licenses will be honored for persons already possessing one.

RESIDENT VS. NONRESIDENT

What's the difference?

A "Resident" is any individual who has an established residence in Oklahoma for a period of not less than 60 consecutive days immediately preceding the date the application for a license is submitted. (Note: For the lifetime, senior, and 5-year licenses, the period of residency must be six months, or more.) The burden of establishing proof of residency is on the person claiming residency status. A person holding a valid driver license shall be deemed to be a resident of the state issuing the license or permit.

For a valid Oklahoma driver license to be used as the sole source of proof of residency, it shall have been issued not less than 60 days prior to submission of the application. If a person does not hold a valid Oklahoma driver license, the Department may consider other reliable documentation for establishing proof of residency including, but not limited to, resident income tax returns, voter registration, motor vehicle or vessel registrations, and other public records documenting residence.

Residency status of children under 18 years of age is presumed to be that of the custodial parent or legal guardian unless otherwise documented. Ownership or possession of real property in the state by a person residing outside the state shall not qualify the person as a resident. A person is not entitled to claim multiple states of residence, with the exception of active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and any dependents, when applying for annual licenses.

A "Nonresident" is any individual who is a resident of another state or who has resided in Oklahoma for a period of less than 60 days whether or not he or she intends to make Oklahoma his or her home.

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Oklahoma
Resident 2011 - 2012 License Cost
(see page
12 of your 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here for residency requirements)
Licenses and Permits are valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, unless otherwise noted.
License/Permit

Cost

   
Resident Hunting $25.00
Resident Combination Hunting/Fishing $42.00
Resident Youth Hunting  (valid for 16 and 17 year olds only) $5.00
Resident Youth Combination Hunting/Fishing (valid for 16 and 17 year olds only) $9.00
Resident Fiscal-Year Hunting ^ (valid July 1 to June 30) $32.00
Resident Fiscal-Year Combination Hunting/Fishing ^ (valid July 1 to June 30) $53.00
Resident Youth Fiscal-Year Hunting ^ (valid for 16 & 17 years old only, valid July 1 to June 30) $7.00
Resident Youth Fiscal-Year Combination Hunting/Fishing ^ (valid for 16 & 17 years old only, valid July 1 to June 30) $19.00
Resident Disability Hunting (see page 18 of your 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here) $10.00
Resident Deer Archery $20.00
Resident Deer Primitive (antlered) $20.00
Resident Deer Primitive (antlerless) $20.00
Resident Deer Gun (antlered) $20.00
Resident Deer Gun (antlerless) $20.00
Resident Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun $20.00
Resident Youth Deer Archery (under 18) $10.00
Resident Youth Deer Primitive (antlered) (under 18) $10.00
Resident Youth Deer Primitive (antlerless) (under 18) $10.00
Resident Youth Deer Gun (antlered) (under 18) $10.00
Resident Youth Deer Gun (antlerless) (under 18) $10.00
Resident Youth Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun (under 18) $10.00
Resident Elk  $51.00
Resident Antelope $51.00
Resident Bear f $101.00
Turkey (spring) $10.00
Turkey (fall) $10.00
Fur License (Bobcat-Raccoon-River Otter-Gray/Red Fox) $10.00
Resident Annual Trapping $10.00
Oklahoma Waterfowl License (waterfowl stamp)  ^ $10.00
Federal Duck Stamp (available at post office or http://www.duckstamp.com) ^ $15.00
Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP Permit) ^   $3.00
Federal Sandhill Crane Permit ^   $3.00
Resident 5-Year Hunting $88.00
Resident 5-Year Combination Hunting/Fishing $148.00
Lifetime Hunting $625.00
Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing $775.00
Lifetime Senior Citizen Hunting w $15.00
Lifetime Senior Citizen Combination Hunting/Fishing w  $25.00
Lifetime Disabled Veteran Combination Hunting/Fishing (under 60 percent disability) $200.00
Lifetime Disabled Veteran Combination Hunting/Fishing (60 percent or more disability) $25.00
Wildlife Conservation Passport $26.00
Land Access Permit   (Honobia Creek WMA & Three Rivers WMA) $40.00
3-Day Resident Special Use Land Access Permit
(for nonhunting/nonfishing users at Honobia & Three Rivers WMA)
$10.00
5-Day Rattlesnake Permit (see page 18 of your 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here)  $5.00

^     All of these permits are valid from July 1, to June 30 annually.

     These Licenses are valid for five years from date of purchase.

     Available online, through ODWC headquarters, or through license vendors with computer sales capability.

w    May be purchased by senior citizens who will turn 65 years old or older during the current calendar year.

f    Bear licenses have purchase deadlines. See page 28 of your 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here.

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Oklahoma
Nonresident 2005 - 2006 License Cost
(see page 12 of your 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here for definition of nonresident)
Licenses and Permits are valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, unless otherwise noted.
License/Permit

Cost

   
Nonresident Annual Hunting (not valid for antelope, bear, deer or elk) $142.00
Nonresident Fiscal-Year Hunting ^ $176.00
Nonresident 5-Day Hunting (Not valid for antelope, bear, deer or elk) $42.50
Nonresident Deer Archery $280.00
Nonresident Deer Primitive Firearms $280.00
Nonresident Deer Gun $280.00
Nonresident Elk $306.00
Nonresident Antelope $306.00
Nonresident Bear f $506.00
Turkey (spring) $10.00
Turkey (fall) $10.00
Fur License (Bobcat-Raccoon-River Otter-Gray/Red Fox) $51.00
Trapping (available only through ODWC headquarters) $345.00
Oklahoma Waterfowl (waterfowl stamp) ^   $10.00
Federal Duck Stamp (available at post office or http://www.duckstamp.com) ^   $15.00
Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP Permit) ^   $3.00
Federal Sandhill Crane Permit ^   $3.00
Land Access Permit (Honobia Creek WMA & Three Rivers WMA) $85.00
Wildlife Conservation Passport $26.00
5-Day Rattlesnake Permit (see page 18 of your 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here)  $5.00

^     All of these permits are valid from July 1, to June 30 annually.

f    Bear licenses have purchase deadlines. See page 28 of your 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here.

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Special Licenses and Permits

    License requirements are listed along with season dates and regulations for each species. The Department also issues these additional licenses and permits.

Fiscal-year Licenses
    The Fiscal-Year licenses (hunting, combination, youth hunting, youth combination, NR hunting) are new this year. They are valid from July 1 to June 30. These licenses cover many hunting seasons that extend beyond the calendar year.

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. Complete information on this license is on Page 44 of the Department-managed lands section of you 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide.

Lifetime Disabled Veteran Combination Hunting/Fishing License
   
This license is available to resident disabled veterans, as certified by the Veterans Administration. 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 licens
e (see page 19 of your 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here).

Harvest Information Program (HIP) Permit
   
A Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit is required of all migratory bird hunters, except those under 16 years old, 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 http://www.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 WMA's, unless exempt. Nonresidents are required to purchase a $85 annual permit, no exemptions.
    A $10, three-day special use land access permit is available to residents for nonhunting and nonfishing 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 of age or older are exempt from  from the land access permit requirements.

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 five 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 five 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.

Senior Citizen Hunting / Combination License
   
Residents born on or after January 1, 1923, upon reaching age 65 (or those who turn 65 during the calendar year) are eligible to purchase a senior citizens hunting license or combination hunting/fishing license which is good for life. Anyone born before January 1, 1923, is exempt but must carry proof of age such as a driver's license.

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 only available at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com, by calling (405) 521-3852 or at selected rattlesnake round-up festivals..

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 non-resident annual hunting license. However, they must purchase any season-specific licenses, such as antelope, bear, deer or turkey, that are not covered by a nonresident annual hunting license.

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License Exemptions

RESIDENTS EXEMPTIONS

Under 16 Years Old
    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 Old
    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 is exempt from the Wildlife Conservation Passport and land access permit.

64 Years Old and Older
    R
esidents 64 years of age and older are exempt from the purchase of a land access permit, 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 License
(Hunting, Combination & Senior Citizen)

    All resident holders of a lifetime hunting or lifetime combination, senior citizen hunting or senior citizen combination 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 license are not exempt from the purchase of the federal duck stamp, bear licenses, land access permit,
HIP requirements or federal sand hill crane permit.

Landowners or Lessees
   
Landowners or lessees who kill bobcats, raccoons or gray/red foxes or river otters actually found destroying livestock or poultry are exempt from the purchase of the  fur license.
     No landowner or 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 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 Veterans Administration, are exempt only from the hunting license.
    Resident Veterans 100 percent or more disabled, as certified by the Veterans Administration, 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 EXEMPTIONS

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

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

Under 18 Years Old
 
   Nonresidents 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 License held by former residents
     Nonresidents who formerly lived in Oklahoma and purchased a resident lifetime hunting, resident lifetime combination, resident senior citizen hunting or resident senior citizen combination license may still use the license with all the same privileges. Those privileges are listed on this page in the "residents" column.

Nonresident Lifetime License
 
    Nonresident who hold a nonresident lifetime hunting or combination license are exempt from the purchase of a nonresident annual hunting license when hunting antelope, bear, deer or elk 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, and an Oklahoma waterfowl license to hunt waterfowl.

Landowners
   
There are no license or permit exemptions for nonresident landowners.

Military Personnel
     All active duty military personnel along with their dependents my purchase any resident license with documentation of active status.

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