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Hunting in Oklahoma: Are Safety Courses Required to Hunt? How Do I Pass Classes?

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 02:39 PM

Before embarking on their journey hunting enthusiasts in Oklahoma must keep in mind various guidelines necessary to become a successful hunter. Specifically, are there safety courses required to hunt in Oklahoma? If so, how are those classes passed?

Fortunately, there are resources to assist any aspiring hunter. The best place to start may be the Oklahoma Wildlife Department website. There, new hunters will discover the answers to many (if not all) of their questions.

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What is hunter education?
Hunter education covers a variety of topics including firearms safety, wildlife identification, wildlife conservation and management, survival, archery, muzzleloading and hunter responsibility.

Why do I need it?
Since 1980, hunting-related accidents and fatalities have declined by more than 70 percent in Oklahoma. Mandatory hunter education courses have reduced accidents in Oklahoma and in every state with similar programs.

Does hunter education cost anything?
No, the course is available free of charge.

Can I see the materials before attending class?
Yes, you can download the hunter education manual and the study guide for free at the Oklahoma Wildlife Department website.

How do I get a replacement card?
People who took a hunter education course in Oklahoma can look up and download a copy of their hunter education card. If you can’t find your number online, call (405) 521-3855. To replace cards issued by other states, you will need to contact the state in which you took the course.

Can I get a replacement card that is not made of paper?

Yes. If you would like a hard plastic replacement card, you can download an application form on the state's wildlife department website. Fill it out and send $5 to the address provided on the form.

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Apart from completing the hunter education courses, there are also a number of youth licenses that are available. The full list can be found at eRegulations.com. However, some of these include resident youth deer archery, resident youth deer gun and resident youth deer primitive, and resident youth holiday antler-less deer gun.

Another valuable resource in the state of Oklahoma for children wanting to pursue obtaining their education in the sport is The Oklahoma Youth Hunting and Shooting Program. It’s a “cause that serves Oklahoma’s youth by mentoring 12-17-year-olds that have a desire to enjoy ... hunting but do not have anyone in their immediate circle of responsible adults that have the background and/or knowledge to teach that individual about the sport.”

The organization started six years ago, and the number of children belonging to the organization has grown each year.

With a bevy of information easily accessible to them, Oklahoma youth have the opportunity to not only learn about the sport of hunting, but to do so in safe, friendly environments in one of the most prosperous states in the country for outdoor gaming.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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