DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on Oklahoma, hunting licenses visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation website.
WHAT ARE THE OKLAHOMA TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer, elk and antelope. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Immediately upon harvesting a deer, elk, or antelope within the state of Oklahoma, a field tag must be securely attached to the carcass of the animal. The tag must state the hunter’s name, customer ID number, or lifetime hunting license number, in addition to the date and time of the harvest.
Field tag information can be written on any item, so long as the correct information is clearly stated. The tag must remain attached to the carcass until the harvest is checked.
In addition to tagging all deer and elk must be “checked” using the Oklahoma e-check system, within 24 hours of being moved from the hunting area. Hunters can checK their harvest online at the Oklahoma DWC website, using the Go Outdoor Oklahoma app, or by contacting an authorized department employee.
Antelope must be checked within 24 hours of being moved from the hunt area, using an open check station or with an authorized department employee within a county where antelope may be hunted. Open check stations for antelope are available in Cimarron and Texas counties.