License Exemptions

Proof of exemption from a license or permit must be carried while in the field.

Oklahoma Residents

  • Under 16 years of age are exempt from the purchase of:
    • Fishing license
    • Hunting license
    • Federal duck stamp
    • Oklahoma waterfowl license
    • Wildlife Conservation Passport
    • Land access permit
    • HIP
  • Under 18 years of age are exempt from the purchase of:
    • Wildlife Conservation Passport
    • Land access permit
    • Persons under 18 who are in legal and physical custody of the State of Oklahoma or its agencies by court order, or who are in the custody of a child care facility as defined by Title 10 O.S., Section 402, are exempt from a fishing and hunting license
  • 64 years or older are exempt from the purchase of:
    • Land access permit
    • HIP requirements (including those who will turn 64 during the calendar year in which they intend to hunt migratory birds)
    • Residents 65 years old or older are exempt from the purchase of the Oklahoma waterfowl license
  • Landowners or Tenants
    • Resident owners or tenants, their spouses, parents, grandparents, children and their spouses, grandchildren and their spouses who fish in private ponds on land owned or leased by such owner or tenant are exempt from a fishing license
    • Resident landowners or tenants who hunt only on land owned or agriculturally leased by them (not including hunting leases) are exempt from the hunting license.
    • Resident landowners who hunt waterfowl and other migratory game birds only on their own property are exempt from the Oklahoma waterfowl license and HIP requirements.
    • Only resident landowners or tenants or such individuals’ children who trap on land owned or agriculturally leased by such owners or agricultural lessees (not including hunting leases) are exempt from purchasing a trapping license.
    • Persons residing in another state who own land in Oklahoma but do not live on that land are considered nonresidents and are not exempt.
  • Landowners or Agricultural Lessees
    • Landowners or agricultural lessees who kill bobcats, raccoons, gray/red foxes or river otters actually found destroying livestock or poultry are exempt from the purchase of the fur license. No landowner or agricultural lessee who takes these species under the depredation exemption may remove any part of the fur or unskinned carcass from the premises where taken. Landowners or agricultural lessees taking furbearers in open season with intent to sell must possess a fur license. This license is not required for those who run or chase furbearers with dogs but do not take.
  • Lifetime License Holders (Hunting, Combination, Senior Citizen & Disabled Veteran)
    • Annual hunting and/or fishing license
    • Deer, elk, antelope and turkey licenses
    • Oklahoma waterfowl license
    • Trapping license
    • Fur license
      Holders of these lifetime licenses are not exempt from the purchase of the federal duck stamp, bear licenses, land access permit, HIP requirements or federal sandhill crane permit, unless exempt by age as listed above.
  • Disability
    • Residents having a proven permanent dis- ability which renders them non-ambulatory and confines them to a wheelchair, as certified by a medical doctor, are exempt from the hunting and fishing license.
    • Resident disabled veterans with a disability rating of 60 percent or more are exempt from the purchase of:
      • Fishing License
      • Hunting License
        In addition to the hunting and fishing license, resident disabled veterans with a disability rating of 100 percent are also exempt from the purchase of deer licenses.
        Call State Department of Veterans Affairs, (888) 655-2838 to acquire proof of exemption.
  • Other Exemptions
    • Those participating in Oklahoma’s Free Fishing Days are exempt from a fishing license
    • Those participating in Oklahoma’s Free Hunting Days are exempt from a hunting license
    • Any person who fishes with pole and line, trotline or throw line in streams, natural ponds and mine pits in or forming the boundary of the county in which he is a bona fide resident, when using any bait other than commercial or artificial bait, blood, stink bait, cut fish, and shrimp.
    • Any person legally blind or physically impaired who is unable to properly use fishing apparatus and one accompanying companion while the blind or physically impaired person is fishing.
    • Any patient of a state institution in Oklahoma established for the care and treatment of mental illness or alcohol or drug dependency or any person developmentally disabled residing in any group home or other institution or persons develop- mentally disabled when accompanied by an attendant of such institution or legal guardian or when fishing on institutional property.
    • Job Corps trainees of this state, having a proper identification card.
    • Any person participating in an aquatic education event or clinic sanctioned by the Wildlife Department.

Nonresidents

  • Under 14 years of age are exempt from the purchase of:
    • Fishing license
    • Hunting license
    • HIP requirements
    • Federal duck stamp
  • Under 16 years of age are exempt from the purchase of:
    • HIP requirements
    • Federal duck stamp
    • Exempt from a fishing license are nonresidents under 16 years old who reside in states who do not require nonresident fishing licenses for persons under 16 years of age.
  • Under 18 years of age are exempt from the purchase of:
    • Persons under 18 who are in legal and physical custody of the State of Oklahoma or its agencies by court order, or who are in the custody of a child care facility as defined by Title 10 O.S., Section 402, are exempt from a fishing and hunting license
    • Lifetime Licenses held by former residents
    • Nonresidents who formerly lived in Oklahoma and purchased a resident lifetime hunting, resident lifetime combination, resident senior citizen hunting, resident senior citizen combination or lifetime disabled veteran license may still use the license with all the same privileges. Those privileges are listed above under Residents then Lifetime License Holders.
  • Landowners
    • There are no license or permit exemptions for nonresident landowners.
  • Military Personnel
    • A person who is not otherwise a resident of the state and is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and is on ac- tive duty and permanently assigned to a military installation located in the state shall be eligible to qualify as a resident for annual licenses if the person presents with the license application a certificate of assignment in the state from a commanding officer or designated representative.
    • A spouse or dependent of the person who is not otherwise a resident of the state,is living within the same household and is similarly certified by a commanding officer, shall also be eligible to qualify as a resident.
  • Other exemptions
    • Nonresidents 65 and older who are residents of Texas (Valid ID required) are exempt from a fishing license.
    • Any person legally blind or physically impaired who is unable to properly use fishing apparatus and one accompanying companion while the blind or physically impaired person is fishing is exempt from a fishing license.
    • Persons under 18 who are in legal and physical custody of the State of Oklahoma or its agencies by court order is exempt from the hunting or fishing license.
    • Persons under 18 who are in the custody of a child care facility as defined by Title 10 O.S., Section 402 is exempt from the hunting or fishing license.
    • Any patient of a state institution in Oklahoma established for the care and treatment of mental illness or alcohol or drug dependency or any person developmentally disabled residing in any group home or other institution or persons developmentally disabled when accompanied by an attendant of such institution or legal guardian or when fishing on institutional property is exempt from a fishing license.
    • Job Corps trainees of this state, having a proper identification card is exempt from a fishing license.
    • Any person participating in an aquatic education event or clinic sanctioned by the Wildlife Department is exempt from a fishing license.