Oklahoma is a haven for hunters, offering a wide variety of game and hunting opportunities. Here is the Oklahoma hunting season for 2024-2025. It includes all the season dates and limits that you will need to know before going on a hunting trip in the state.

Deer Season Oklahoma

The Oklahoma deer seasons last about 3 months from early October to late  December. They are divided into 5 periods. Here is the breakdown for each of them:

Type Dates Bag Limits
Deer Archery Oct 1, 2024- Jan 15, 2025 6(No more than two antlered deer)
Youth Deer Gun Oct 18 - Oct 20, 2024 2(No more than one antlered deer)
Deer Muzzleloader Oct 26 - Nov 3, 2024 4(No more than one antlered deer)
Deer Gun Nov 23 - Dec 8, 2024 4(No more than one antlered deer)
Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun Dec 18 - Dec 31, 2024 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.

⚠️Important Notes:

  1. Hunter orange is required.
  2. Hunting hour is one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
  3. Thermal tracking devices are illegal.
  4. Hunters must have all necessary licenses before hunting a deer. For example, hunters using air-powered arrow rifles must obtain a one-time Arrow Rifle Permit.
  5. 17 years old or younger hunters must be accompanied by an adult hunter.
  6. All deer harvested during the deer muzzleloader season contribute to the hunter's total season limit of six deer.

License Requirements for Deer Seasons:

For residents:

  • Youths under the age of 16 must obtain a resident youth deer license.
  • Youths above 16 years old must possess both a resident youth hunting license and a resident youth deer license.
  • Residents must have a Resident Hunting License and a Resident Deer License unless they qualify for exemptions.
  • Hunters must also have a current year's resident hunting and deer archery license if hunting deer between Jan 1-15.

For non-residents:

  • Nonresident youth must have a Nonresident Youth Deer Either Sex License, Nonresident Youth Deer Antlerless License, or Nonresident Deer License for each deer they hunt, unless they qualify for exemptions.
  • Nonresident adults must have a Nonresident Deer License for that specific season, or a resident lifetime hunting or combination hunting/fishing license.

Oklahoma Elk Seasons

Elk Archery: Oct 1, 2024 - Jan 15, 2025

Youth Elk Gun: Oct 18, 2024 - Oct 20, 2024

Elk Muzzleloader: Oct 26 - Nov 3, 2024

Elk Gun: Nov 23 - Dec 8, 2024

Holiday Antlerless Elk Gun: Dec 18 - Dec 31, 2024

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

⚠️Important Notes:

  1. Bag limits: Two either-sex elk in total for all combined seasons.
  2. Hunter orange is required.
  3. Hunting hour is one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
  4. A legal bull is described as any bull with antlers. A special case in Special Southwest Zone is that a legal bull must have at least five points on one side of the antlers.
  5. All elk hunters need to have written permission from the landowner and bring it with them while in the hunting field.
  6. The elk seasons in each hunting zone will be closed earlier if the quota has been met. So, hunters should check the quota at the official website( wildlifedepartment.com) before they go for the hunt.
  7. Hunters need to E-check their successful elk harvest within a 24-hour.

License Requirements for Elk Seasons:

  • Residents must have both a Resident Hunting License and a Resident Elk License for every elk they hunt.
  • Non-residents must obtain a separate Nonresident Elk License, or they can opt for a resident lifetime hunting or combined hunting/fishing license.

Oklahoma Bear Season

Bear Archery Season: Oct 1, 2024 - Oct 20, 2024
Bear Muzzleloader Season: Oct 26, 2024 - Nov 3, 2024

Season Limit: One bear, either sex in these two combined seasons.

Hunting hour: one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

⚠️Important Notes:

  1. Hunter orange is required.
  2. No baiting is permitted in wildlife management areas.
  3. It is illegal to shoot cubs or females with cubs or collared bears.
  4. Pursuing bears with dogs is illegal.
  5. After harvesting a bear, all hunters must immediately secure their name and customer ID number to the carcass.
  6. The muzzleloader harvest quota is 20 bears. There is no harvest quota during bear archery season.
  7. Hunters must check by phone whether the quota has been met before going hunting each day.

Hunting License Requirements:

  1. Nonresident bear hunters don't need to have a hunting license while hunting bears, but they must have a nonresident bear license.
  2. Residents must have a hunting license as well as a bear license.

Oklahoma Turkey Seasons

  • Turkey Fall Archery: Oct 1, 2024 - Jan 15, 2025
  • Turkey Gun Fall: Nov 2, 2024 - Nov 22, 2024
  • Youth Fall Turkey:  - 
  • Youth Turkey Spring: Apr 13, 2024 - Apr 14, 2024
  • Turkey Spring: Apr 16, 2024 - May 16, 2024

⚠️Important Notes:

  1. Bag limit: One tom turkey.
  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.
  5. The legal hunting methods are archery equipment and shotguns that are either conventional or muzzleloading as long as they use shots no larger than BB (.180 of an inch in diameter).

License Requirements:

  • Resident: Resident hunting license & fall turkey licenses are required.
  • Nonresident: Nonresident hunting licenses & fall turkey licenses are required.

Oklahoma Dove Season

  •  - 
  •  - 

Daily Limit: 15 in total for any mourning, white-winged or Eurasian collared doves.

Oklahoma Crow Season

  •  - 
  •  - 

Bag Limit:

There is no daily or possession limit.

⚠️Important Notes:

  • Shotguns exceeding the size of 10 gauge are not allowed.
  • There are no limitations on magazines for firearms.
  • The use of electronic calls is permitted.

Oklahoma Woodcock Season


Daily Limit: 3

Oklahoma Snipe Season


Daily Limit: 8

Oklahoma Waterfowl Season

Waterfowl (Zones 1 & 2):   -  - 

Waterfowl (Panhandle):   - 

Waterfowl Youth, Vet and Military: (Zones 1 & 2):

Waterfowl Youth, Vet and Military (Panhandle):  

White-Fronted Geese:  -  - 

Dark Geese:  - 

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)

Regulations for Waterfowl:

When taking waterfowl, hunters cannot:

  • Use various methods such as traps, nets, rifles, pistols, specific firearms, fishhooks, poison, drugs, explosives, or substances that cause unconsciousness.
  • Use shotguns capable of carrying more than three shells.
  • Use sink boxes or motor-driven conveyances, except for paralyzed individuals and leg amputees who are allowed to hunt from stationary vehicles.
  • Use live decoys or imitate bird calls.
  • Operate a motorized device or sailboat to assist in hunting by driving, rallying, or pursuing birds.
  • Use baits.

Oklahoma Squirrel Season


Daily Limit: 25 per day, and 50 in total

Oklahoma Rabbit Season


Daily Limit:

  • Cottontail: 10 daily, 20 in total
  • Swamp: 3 daily, 6 in total
  • Jackrabbit: 3 daily, in total

Shooting Hour: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Oklahoma Quail Season


Daily Limit: 10 daily and 20 in total

Oklahoma Pheasant Season


Daily Limit: 2 cocks daily

Oklahoma Coyote Season

There is n limit on the Coyote season. Hunters can hunt coyotes all year round.

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. Hunters must get prior permission 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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