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Hunting in Oklahoma: Things for Landowners to Know about Hunting on Private Property

By    |   Monday, 01 Jun 2015 12:59 AM

When it comes to hunting in Oklahoma, landowners must keep in mind the various guidelines that hunters must abide by so as not to be taken advantage of. Fortunately, there are resources to assist any landowner faced with a circumstance in which they are unaware of the appropriate hunting regulations.

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Perhaps the most significant fact for landowners to keep in mind is that hunters must obtain permission to hunt on private lands. The Official Oklahoma Hunting Guide contains a detailed listing of the regulations pertaining to hunting on private land, and these are noted on its website. In general, hunters must obtain permission from any landowner to hunt on any property “devoted to farming, ranching or forestry purposes.”

Meanwhile, the consequences for hunting on property without permission can be quite severe, often resulting in fines and/or jail time.

According to the Oklahoma Hunt Club, “The consequences ... can vary in Oklahoma based on the type of land and the hunter’s number of previous trespassing convictions. For a first-time offense on land that is primarily used for farming, ranching, and forestry, the minimum fine for trespassing is $500 and the maximum is $1,500. For another offense ... the hunter receives a misdemeanor [and] may be fined between $1,500 and $2,500 or be jailed anywhere from 30 days to six months in the county jail.”

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So, are there exemptions for hunters looking to use private land? Yes. Landowners should be aware that residents under the age of 16, people under the age of 18 who are in the physical custody of a child care facility, and residents 64 years of age and older are exempt from having to gain land access permits.

Clearly, there are plenty of gaming options available for hunters throughout the year. That being said, it’s essential for landowners to know their rights and responsibilities concerning their land. Probably the best thing to do if uncertain is to simply ask. More than likely, those in the know will be more than willing to lend a hand.

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

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