Step 2: Who Can Apply?

Any resident or nonresident who possesses one of the following licenses or exemptions may apply for controlled hunts. Applicant must purchase the license prior to applying for controlled hunts. Applicants who are eligible for, and possess, apprentice-designated hunting licenses may also apply (although some hunts require hunter education certification by the date of the hunt. Read the following application codes to determine which best applies to you.


*NOTE: If you have an apprentice-designated license, you may still apply. However, some hunts require hunter education certification by the date of the hunt. Be sure to read all information listed with each hunt selection.

1. Resident Annual Hunting License / Resident Fiscal-Year Hunting License / Resident Annual Combination License / Resident Fiscal-Year Combination License / Resident 5-Year Hunting License / Resident 5-Year Combination License – Any one of these licenses qualify an individual to apply for controlled hunts. Remember, all residents 18 and older must have one of these licenses valid for the current calendar year before applying.

2. Resident Youth Annual Hunting License / Resident Youth Fiscal-Year License / Resident Youth Annual Combination License / Resident Youth Fiscal-Year Combination License – Any one of these licenses qualify resident youths age 16 - 17 to apply for controlled hunts. Remember, these licenses must be valid for the current calendar year. Only residents under 16 years of age are exempt from the purchase of a hunting license (see #3 below). If applicant has a lifetime license, see #4 below.

3. Age Exempt – Only residents under 16 years of age or those born before Jan. 1, 1923, are exempt from the purchase of a hunting license.

4. Resident Oklahoma Lifetime License – Any type of resident lifetime license holder; also includes former residents who hold a resident Oklahoma Lifetime License (they retain all privileges of that license even though they are currently living out of state). Includes the following specific licenses:

• Resident Oklahoma Lifetime Hunting License
• Resident Oklahoma Lifetime Combination License
• Resident Oklahoma Disabled Veteran Lifetime Combination License

5. Senior Citizen Lifetime License – Includes the following specific licenses:

• Resident Senior Citizen Lifetime License (for those 65 and older)
• Resident Senior Citizen Combination Lifetime License (for those 65 and older)

6. Resident 100% Disabled Veteran – Must have a card from Veterans Affairs verifying exemption from hunting license, or V.A. documentation stating percent of disability.
 

7. Resident 60% to 99% Disabled Veteran – Must have a card from Veterans Affairs verifying exemption from hunting license, or V.A. documentation stating percent of disability.

8. ODWC Disability Hunting License – Residents receiving SSI, Social Security Disability or disability benefit recipients under the Railroad Retirement Act or the Multiple Injury Trust Fund qualify for this license.

9. Resident Nonambulatory – Must have a Nonambulatory Permit from the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

10. Military – All active-duty military personnel and their dependents are considered residents. Before applying for controlled hunts, they are required to purchase a valid resident hunting license (see #1 above.)

Nonresidents: You must possess one of the licenses listed below, or be exempt from one of these licenses, to apply for controlled hunts. You must purchase the license prior to applying for controlled hunts. (To buy a license, click here.) Read the following descriptions to determine which best applies to you.

*Note: Nonresidents do not need to purchase a nonresident deer license in order to apply for a deer hunt.

11. Nonresident Annual Hunting License / Nonresident Fiscal-Year Hunting License / Nonresident 5-Day Hunting License – Prior to applying for controlled hunts, all nonresidents must possess any valid Oklahoma hunting license during the current calendar year of the drawing. Any such license is nonrefundable if the applicant does not draw a hunt. Also applies to nonresident youth.

Nonresidents possessing a (resident) Lifetime License - Former residents who hold a resident Oklahoma Lifetime License retain all privileges of that license even though they are currently living out of state. See #4 above.
 

12. Nonresident Oklahoma Lifetime License – These licenses are no longer sold, but those who possess one may use it to apply for controlled hunts. Not valid to hunt turkey or big game. Includes the following license types:

• Nonresident Oklahoma Lifetime Hunting License
• Nonresident Oklahoma Lifetime Combination License