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Hunting in Oklahoma: Regulations For Hunting With Dogs

By    |   Sunday, 31 May 2015 11:29 PM

The state of Oklahoma is known for its hunting. There are more than two dozen open seasons for hunters to indulge in and many different kinds of animals to pursue. Those looking to use hunting dogs to pursue various game should be advised beforehand that the state of Oklahoma maintains certain specifications and regulations for using dogs for hunting purposes.

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The official Oklahoma Hunting Guide lists these guidelines on its website.

In a section specific to the subject, the guidelines state, “Dogs may not be used in taking bear, deer, elk, antelope and turkey. Except as otherwise provided, nothing shall prohibit the year-round pursuit of game (species that can be lawfully hunted with dogs) for dog training or sport only. However, unless otherwise provided, no person in pursuit of game with hunting dogs outside the regular harvest season shall possess the means to harvest such game.”

Certain cities in the state maintain their own additional guidelines pertaining to dog hunting. In Lawton, Oklahoma, for example, “Hunting dogs under the supervision and subject to the command of the owner are permitted in designated hunting areas at Lakes Lawtonka and Ellsworth for hunting or training to hunt duck, rabbit, quail and dove. Hunting dogs may enter the water of both lakes only for retrieving dead or wounded birds during state-established bird hunting seasons.”

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It would be advisable for hunters to not only research the state guidelines, but also the guideline of the particular city, town, or municipality in which they plan to hunt.

Once that is completed, there is one such organization based in Oklahoma that is geared specifically for using dogs as hunting partners. Other avid dog hunters may be interested in researching the Oklahoma North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association.

(NAVHDA) is a nonprofit corporation that was originated and is operated by a group of “gun-dog enthusiasts who not only enjoy hunting over a well-trained dog, but also the company of other folks who share our interests.” In addition NAVDA is committed to “the prevention of cruelty to animals by discouraging nonselective and uncontrolled breeding, which produces unwanted and uncared-for dogs.”

As one can see, there are a number of things to consider before hunting with dogs in the state of Oklahoma. Once all the rules and regulations are known, however, there’s no limit to the amount of hunting enjoyment to be had in one of the best states for it.

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

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