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Oklahoma Small Game & Hog Hunting Regulations

Prairie Dog Hunting Regulations

License Requirements

  • Residents and Nonresidents: Prairie dog hunters, both residents and nonresidents, are required to have a valid hunting license or provide proof of exemption as specified in the Licenses & Permits section.

Shooting Hours

  • Official Shooting Hours: Prairie dog hunting is permitted from one-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset. These hours ensure that hunting is conducted during daylight for safety and ethical reasons.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Authorized Weapons: Hunters can use a variety of weapons for prairie dog hunting, including shotguns (conventional or muzzleloading), rifles (conventional or muzzleloading), handguns, archery equipment, legal raptors, hand-propelled missiles, air-propelled missiles, slingshots, and other methods as outlined in the General Hunting Regulations.

Hunter Orange Requirements

  • Hunter Orange: Specific requirements related to wearing hunter orange while hunting prairie dogs should be referred to in the General Hunting Regulations. These regulations detail when and where hunter orange must be worn during hunting activities.

Dates & Open Areas

  • Open Year-Round: Prairie dog hunting is open year-round, providing hunters with opportunities to pursue these animals throughout the year. However, there are restrictions on hunting during nighttime hours with artificial light and/or sight dogs.

Limit

  • No Daily, Season, or Possession Limit: There are no set limits on the number of prairie dogs that can be harvested in terms of daily, seasonal, or possession limits. Hunters have flexibility in their harvest, but ethical and sustainable hunting practices are encouraged.

Squirrel and Rabbit Hunting Regulations

License Requirements

  • Residents and Nonresidents: All hunters, whether residents or nonresidents, are required to possess a valid hunting license as outlined in the Licenses & Permits section. Proof of exemption can also be provided as applicable.

Public Lands

  • Season Variations: It's important to note that hunting seasons on public lands may differ from statewide seasons. Hunters should consult the special regulations for public hunting lands specified in the Department Managed Area Rules to ensure compliance.

Shooting Hours

  • Official Shooting Hours: Squirrel and rabbit hunting is permitted from one-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset. These hours ensure that hunting is conducted during daylight for safety and ethical reasons.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Authorized Weapons: Hunters are allowed to use a variety of weapons for squirrel and rabbit hunting, including shotguns (conventional or muzzleloading), rifles (conventional or muzzleloading), handguns, archery equipment, legal raptors, hand-propelled missiles, air-propelled missiles, and slingshots.

Hunter Orange Requirements

  • Hunter Orange: Specific requirements related to wearing hunter orange while hunting squirrels and rabbits should be referred to in the General Hunting Regulations. These regulations detail when and where hunter orange must be worn during hunting activities.

Squirrel (Fox & Gray)

  • Dates & Open Areas: Squirrel hunting for fox and gray squirrels is open from May 15, 2023, to Feb. 28, 2024, statewide. Falconry for squirrels is allowed year-round statewide.

  • Daily Limit: Hunters are permitted to harvest a combined total of 25 fox and gray squirrels per day, with a possession limit of 50 after the first day.

Rabbit (Cottontail, Swamp & Jackrabbit)

  • Dates & Open Areas: Rabbit hunting, which includes cottontail, swamp, and jackrabbit, is open from Oct. 1, 2023, to March 15, 2024, statewide, except for jackrabbits east of Interstate 35.

  • Daily Limit:

    • Cottontail: Hunters are allowed a daily limit of 10 cottontail rabbits, with a possession limit of 20 after the first day.
    • Swamp: Three swamp rabbits can be harvested daily, with a possession limit of six after the first day.
    • Jackrabbit: The daily limit for jackrabbits is three, with a possession limit of six after the first day, except in Cimarron, Texas, and Beaver counties, where the daily limit is 10, with a possession limit of 20 after the first day.

Feral Hog Hunting Regulations

Hog Definition

  • Hogs: The term "hogs" encompasses any hogs, including Russian and European wild boar, that are running at large, free-roaming, or wild in nature.

Landowner Provisions

  • Control by Landowners: Landowners, agricultural lessees, or their designated agents with written permission from the landowner or agricultural lessee have certain provisions for controlling nuisance or damage caused by coyotes or feral swine without a permit. This control can be carried out during the day or night, without limitations imposed by statewide season regulations or bag limits. Various legal means of take can be employed for this purpose. The aim of such control activities is to protect marketable agricultural crops, livestock, or processed feed, seed, or other materials used in the production of agricultural commodities.

  • Agricultural Exemption Permit: Landowners or agricultural lessees engaged in nuisance control activities are required to possess a current agricultural exemption permit issued by the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

  • Use of Equipment: Landowners, agricultural lessees, or designated agents may use a headlight, thermal, or light enhancement device carried on their person, or a vehicle with or without a mounted spotlight or night vision equipment while controlling nuisance coyotes and feral swine at night.

Shooting Hours

  • Official Shooting Hours: Hunting hours for feral hogs are from one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

Hunter Orange Requirements

  • Hunter Orange: For specific requirements related to wearing hunter orange while hunting feral hogs, hunters should refer to the General Hunting Regulations.

Private Lands

  • Hunting on Private Land: Feral hogs may be hunted year-round on private land during daylight hours or at night, provided hunters have obtained permission from the private property owner, lessee, or occupant of the land.

  • Firearm Restrictions: Pursuing feral hogs with a shotgun on private property is not restricted by shot size. There is no specific restriction on the method of take of feral hogs on private property.

  • License Requirements: No hunting license is required for pursuing feral hogs. However, individuals pursuing feral hogs during any big game gun or muzzleloader seasons with a shotgun and rifled slug, or any rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber rimfire, must possess either a filled or unfilled license appropriate for that particular big game gun or muzzleloader season, unless they are exempt.

Public Lands

  • Hog Hunting on Department-Managed Lands: Hog hunting is closed year-round at specific locations, including Hackberry Flat WMA/WRP, Kaw WMA, Sandy Sanders WMA, and Waurika WMA. On Department-managed lands, hogs may be taken during any established hunting season using methods authorized by the Department for that specific hunting season.

  • Deer and Turkey Season Restrictions: During open deer and/or turkey seasons on Department-managed lands, only appropriate methods, hunting hours, and legal equipment for the respective deer and/or turkey season are authorized for taking or pursuing feral hogs. Feral hogs may not be removed alive from a Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

  • Hound Pursuit and Night Restrictions: Pursuit of hogs with hounds is prohibited during deer and turkey seasons on Department-managed lands. Additionally, the pursuit of hogs at night is prohibited from Oct. 1 to Jan. 15 and during any spring turkey season.

  • Night Pursuit Restrictions: When pursuing hogs at night during other times of the year, the use of a firearm is prohibited. Hunters must also comply with all other WMA regulations as specified in the Special Area Regulations (A-D).

  • License Requirements on Public Lands: All individuals pursuing hogs on Department-managed lands must possess a hunting license unless they are exempt. Additionally, individuals pursuing hogs on WMAs open during specific big game seasons with a shotgun and rifled slug, or any rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber rimfire, must possess either a filled or unfilled license appropriate for the current season, unless they are exempt.

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry Feral Swine Rules

  • Licensing Oversight: The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture oversees the licensing of individuals involved in the transportation or maintenance of live feral swine after capture. For further information on this licensing program, individuals can visit ag.ok.gov/.
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