Oklahoma Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the Oklahoma Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2021-2022.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season for Oklahoma?”

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

Oklahoma Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

The Oklahoma hunting season provides the hunter with a wide range of opportunities including:

Deer, Elk, Black Bear, Hogs, Antelope plus a wide range of small game and wild game bird hunting.

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

Oklahoma Deer and Elk Hunting Season

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation makes the following comments about Deer and Elk hunting during hunting season.

“Deer Hunting – The Most Popular Hunting Season in Oklahoma

There is something here for every deer hunter. Whether you want to see lots of deer or you have your sights set on a wall hanger- we have it all! This diverse assembly of deer hunters is blessed with equally diverse habitat in which to pursue their sport.  And if you do not have access to private land, no worries as dozens of Wildlife Management Areas are scattered across the state offering some fantastic whitetail hunting!”

I”n Oklahoma, the largest free-ranging elk herds can be found on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, as well as at Pushmataha, Cookson Hills, Spavinaw and Cherokee wildlife management areas. Small herds also inhabit private land in Kiowa, Comanche and Caddo counties.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Deer (Firearms)Nov 23-Dec 8
Deer (Muzzleloader)Oct 26-Nov 3
Deer (Bow)Oct 1-Jan 15
Deer (Youth)Oct 18-20
Deer (antlerless)Dec 20-29
Elk (Firearms)Nov 23-Dec 8
Elk (Muzzleloader)Oct 26-Nov 3
Elk (Bow)Oct 1-Jan 15
Elk (Youth)Oct 18-20

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Oklahoma Turkey Hunting Season

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation makes the following comments about Turkey hunting during hunting season.

“These turkeys are no longer confined to river systems, since roost sites are now available in tree rows, shelterbelts and upland timber, which was not available before man settled the Oklahoma prairie.

This has dispersed populations of birds across the western three-fourths of the state, and made them more accessible to sportsmen. Turkey hunters have a legitimate chance to bag a spring tom on many of the Department’s lands open to public hunting.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Spring (General)Apr 6-May 6
Spring (Youth)Apr 4-5 & Apr 18-19
Fall (Firearms)Nov 2-22
Fall (Bow)Oct 1-Jan 15

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Oklahoma Small Game Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
HogsSame as Deer / Turkey on WMA otherwise Open All Year Private Land
CoyoteOpen All Year
BobcatDec 1 – Feb 29
FoxDec 1 – Feb 29
Squirrel & RabbitMay 15 – Jan 31
Raccoon & OpossumDec 1 – Feb 29

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Oklahoma Game Bird Hunting Season

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation makes the following comments about Game Bird hunting during hunting season.

“Although not the first state to jump into mind when thinking of waterfowl, Oklahoma has been blessed with many diverse opportunities for waterfowlers. Located at the southern portion of the Central Flyway, Oklahoma is part of the wintering range for many species of ducks and geese.

This provides sportsmen an opportunity to pursue their feathered quarry from November through January. Whether it is hunting teal and other puddle ducks on small waters early season, hunting mallards on a river in the coldest parts of winter, going after divers on large reservoirs, or pursuing geese in a grain field, Oklahoma provides an opportunity for you.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
PheasantDec 1 – Jan 31
QuailNov 9 – Feb 15
DucksOct 12 – Jan 26
DoveSept 1 – Oct 31 & Dec 1 -29
Dark GeeseNov 2 – Dec 1 & Dec 14 -Feb 16
Light GeeseNov 2 – Dec 1 & Dec 14 -Feb 16

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website. Check you hunting zone for variations.

Oklahoma Black Bear Hunting Season

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation makes the following comments about Black Bear hunting during hunting season.

“In the late 1900s, however, black bears began making a comeback in Oklahoma after the successful reintroduction of black bears in the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.

That initial relocation of about 250 bears from northern Minnesota and Manitoba, Canada, turned into thousands of bears in the mountains of Arkansas, which then expanded into southwest Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
MuzzleloaderOct 26-Nov 3
BowOct 1-20

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Oklahoma Game Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Antelope (Firearms)Sept 5-Jan 15
Antelope (Bow)Oct 1-14

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

I hope you have found this State hunting season information helpful in planning your next great hunting adventure. Please feel free to share this page with your hunting buddies. In addition to these US Hunting Seasons by State pages, you may be interested in these posts.


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