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Hunting in Oklahoma: Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Monday, 01 Jun 2015 12:49 AM

The state of Oklahoma is known for its hunting, and there are more than two dozen open seasons for hunters to indulge in and plenty of animals (large and small) to go after. That being said, hunters looking to include their sons or daughters in the sport should be aware of the guidelines involved when hunting on private lands. Fortunately, there are resources to assist those who are interested in hunting in Oklahoma in becoming aware of the regulations.

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Perhaps the best place to start is the Official Oklahoma Hunting Guide. A more detailed listing of the regulations pertaining to hunting on private land 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? It turns out 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 that are available for hunters throughout the year. That being said, it’s essential for hunters to ascertain just what kinds of lands they are occupying when looking to bag game. Probably the best thing to do if uncertain is to simply ask. More than likely, fellow hunters will be willing to lend a hand.

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

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