Oklahoma is a haven for hunters, offering a wide variety of game and hunting opportunities. Here is the Oklahoma hunting season for 2023-2024. It includes all the season dates and limits that you will need to know before going on a hunting trip in the state.

Oklahoma Deer Season

Type Dates Bag Limits
Deer Archery Oct 1, 2023 - Jan 15, 2024 6(No more than two antlered deer)
Youth Deer Gun Oct 20, 2023 - Oct 22, 2023 2(No more than one antlered deer)
Deer Muzzleloader Oct 28, 2023 - Nov 5, 2023 4(No more than one antlered deer)
Deer Gun Nov 18, 2023 - Dec 3, 2023 4(No more than one antlered deer)
Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun Dec 18, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023 2(Antlerless only)

Antlered Deer Definition: Any deer, regardless of sex, with at least three inches of antler length above the natural hairline on either side.

⚠️Notes:

  1. Thermal tracking devices are illegal.
  2. Hunters must have all necessary licenses before hunting a deer. Examples include Hunters using air-powered arrow rifles must obtain a one-time Arrow Rifle Permit.
  3. 17 years old or younger hunters must be accompanied by an adult hunter.
  4. All deer harvested during the deer muzzleloader season contribute to the hunter's total season limit of six deer.

Oklahoma Elk Seasons

Type Dates
Elk Archery Oct 1, 2023 - Jan 15, 2024
Youth Elk Gun Oct 20, 2023 - Oct 22, 2023
Elk Muzzleloader Oct 28, 2023 - Nov 5, 2023
Elk Gun Nov 18, 2023 - Dec 3, 2023
Holiday Antlerless Elk Gun Dec 18, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023

 

Elk Open Zones Ranges Limits Total Quotas
Panhandle Zone All private lands in Beaver, Cimarron, and Texas counties Two elk, one must be antlerless 60
Special Northwest Zone All private land in Woodward, Dewey, and Ellis counties, as well as a section of Roger Mills County, extend north of State Highways 33 and 47 to the north county line, west to the state border, and east to the county line One elk, either sex 2
Northwest Zone All private lands north of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 35, excluding the counties in the Panhandle Zone and counties or parts thereof in the Special Northwest Zone One elk, either sex 8
Northeast Zone All private lands north of Interstate 40 and east of Interstate 35 One elk, either sex 20
Southeast Zone All private lands south of Interstate 40 and east of Interstate 35 One elk, either sex 5
Southwest Zone All private lands south of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 35, excluding the counties in the Special Southwest Zon One elk, either sex 30

Bag Limits: 2, either sex

⚠️Notes:

  1. All elk hunters must have formal authorization from the landowner or, if applicable, the lessee (tenant). Permission must be carried while hunting elk.
  2. Before hunting, all hunters must check the Wildlife Department's website at wildlifedepartment.com to ensure that the quota for the zone in which they will be hunting has not already been met.
  3. Successful hunters must E-check their elk harvest within 24 hours of departing the hunting area.
  4. Elk season in a zone ends when the quota is met.

Oklahoma Bear Season

Bear Archery Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
Bear Muzzleloader Oct 28, 2023 - Nov 5, 2023

Season Limit: One bear, either sex

⚠️Notes:

  1. No baiting is permitted in wildlife management areas.
  2. It is illegal to shoot cubs or females with cubs or collared bears.
  3. Pursuing bears with dogs is illegal.
  4. After harvesting a bear, all hunters must immediately secure their name and customer ID number to the carcass.
  5. The muzzleloader harvest quota is 20 bears. There is no harvest quota during bear archery season.
  6. Hunters must check by phone whether the quota has been met before going hunting each day.
  7. Nonresident bear hunters don't need to have a hunting license while hunting bears, but they must have a nonresident bear license.
  8. Residents must have a hunting license as well as a bear license.

Oklahoma Turkey Seasons

Type Dates
Turkey Fall Archery Oct 1, 2023 - Jan 15, 2024
Turkey Fall Gun Nov 4, 2023 - Nov 17, 2023
Youth Turkey Spring Apr 13, 2024 - Apr 14, 2024
Turkey Spring Apr 16, 2024 - May 16, 2024

Season Limit: One tom turkey

⚠️Notes:

  1. Both residents and non-residents must have a hunting license and a turkey license, unless exempt from either.
  2. 17 years old or younger. All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or older.
  3. The harvest of non-bearded turkeys is prohibited.
  4. Rifles and handguns are not permitted during the spring season.

Oklahoma Dove Season

Sep 1, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023

Dec 1, 2023 - Dec 29, 2023

Daily Limit: 15

Oklahoma Crow Season

Oct 10, 2023 - Nov 16, 2023

Dec 9, 2023 - Mar 4, 2024

Limit: There is no daily or possession limit.

Oklahoma Woodcock Season

Oct 28, 2023 - Dec 11, 2023

Daily Limit: 3

Oklahoma Rail Season

Sep 1, 2023 - Nov 9, 2023

Daily Limit: 25

Oklahoma Snipe Season

Sep 30, 2023 - Jan 14, 2024

Daily Limit: 8

Oklahoma Gallinule Season

Sep 1, 2023 - Nov 9, 2023

Daily Limit: 15

Oklahoma Waterfowl Season

Waterfowl (Zones 1 & 2) Nov 11, 2023 - Nov 26, 2023
Dec 2, 2023 - Jan 28, 2024
Waterfowl (Panhandle) Oct 7, 2023 - Jan 3, 2024
Waterfowl Youth, Vet and Military (Zones 1 & 2) Nov 4, 2023
Feb 3, 2024
Waterfowl Youth, Vet and Military (Panhandle) Sep 30, 2023
Feb 3, 2024

Daily Limit: 6 ducks of any species. (The daily limit is five mallards (only two of which can be hens), three wood ducks, two redheads, two canvasbacks, one scaup, and one pintail)

Oklahoma Squirrel Season

May 15, 2023 - Feb 28, 2024

Daily Limit: 25 fox and gray squirrels combined per day, with 50 in possession after the first day

Oklahoma Rabbit Season

Oct 1, 2023 - Mar 15, 2024

Daily Limit:

  • Cottontail: 10 daily
  • Swamp: 3 daily
  • Jackrabbit: 3 daily

Oklahoma Quail Season

Nov 11, 2023 - Feb 15, 2024

Daily Limit: 10 daily

Oklahoma Pheasant Season

Dec 1, 2023 - Jan 31, 2024

Daily Limit: 2 cocks daily

Oklahoma Hunting Regulations

Oklahoma has certain regulations in place to ensure responsible and ethical hunting. Some of these regulations include:

  1. The use of dogs for hunting is not allowed when pursuing bear, deer, elk, antelope, and turkey.
  2. It is prohibited to use computer software or services that enable remote control of firearms or weapons to hunt live animals or birds without physical presence.
  3. Hunters are required to report all deer, elk, antelope, bear, or turkey harvested to the Department within 24 hours of leaving the hunting area.
  4. Using artificial light, thermal, or night vision equipment for hunting from a public roadway is strictly forbidden.
  5. It is unlawful to harass, attempt to capture, capture, attempt to take, take, kill, or attempt to kill any wildlife with the assistance of motor-driven land, air, or water conveyances, except for non-ambulatory individuals who may hunt from such conveyances with a valid non-ambulatory or motor vehicle permit.
  6. Prior permission must be obtained from landowners for access to posted or occupied land, especially on properties primarily dedicated to farming, ranching, or forestry purposes.
  7. Shooting from or across any public road, highway, or railroad right-of-way, or its adjacent areas, is prohibited by law.
  8. Shooting hours: One-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.
  9. Hunter orange: All hunters participating in any season using a firearm (muzzleloader or gun) must wear both a head covering and an outer garment above the waistline, both totaling at least 400 square inches of hunter orange that are clearly visible while in the field.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Oklahoma Hunting Regulations PDF.

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