Oklahoma's New Hunting Regulations Start Friday
The Oklahoma Hunting Guide states that the new laws takes effect on November 1st but that is a misprint, the new regulations go into effect starting this Friday.
The new regulations that passed the state Legislature last session and become effective Friday will:
Lower the age at which people are exempt from hunter education requirements from age 36 to age 31.
Lower the age that a youth can obtain an apprentice-designated hunting license from age 10 to 8.
Lower the age requirement from 21 to 18 for the hunter who must accompany someone hunting with an apprentice license.
Require that all hunters younger than 10 who are hunting big game be accompanied in the field by an adult.
Parents wanted to be able to take their children hunting with them, and allowing apprentice-designated licenses made sense. This allows children under 10 to accompany an older licensed hunter, and then go through a hunter education class when they are older. Youths used to be able to go hunting alone once they had completed hunter's education, so Oklahoma changed it to those younger than 10 can go along with an apprentice license. Youths under 10 that have completed the hunter's education may hunt small game alone, but for big game such as deer they must go with an adult that has a hunting license as well. From NewsOK.com.