Time to Renew Hunting Licenses

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It’s that time of year again - time for Oklahoma sportsmen to renew their annual hunting and fishing licenses. With few exceptions, annual hunting and fishing licenses expire December 31 each year.

Bowhunters who plan to take advantage of the added January days need to be particularly mindful about renewing licenses and permits. Unless archers possess a lifetime hunting or lifetime combination license, they will need both a 2004 annual hunting license and a new 2004 archery deer license to hunt from Jan. 1 through Jan. 15 (antlerless deer only). Bowhunters who purchase a new 2004 deer archery license, but do not harvest a deer in January, should hold onto their permit. The unfilled license remains valid throughout the fall of 2004, during times open to archery deer hunting.

Two licenses that do not expire Dec. 31 are state and federal waterfowl permits (which run from July 1 through the end of the following June). In addition, trapping licenses expire Jan. 31. The special Bobcat-Raccoon-Gray Fox license expire Jan. 31 for raccoon and gray fox and Feb. 28 for bobcat.

For those who enjoy both hunting and fishing, a combination license is a great bargain, and it means one less license you have to carry.

All annual licenses and even a subscription to “Outdoor Oklahoma” magazine can be purchased at any license vendor statewide. For a $10 fee, people can subscribe for one-year (six issues) to the Department's award-winning magazine “Outdoor Oklahoma.” Some of the more popular auxiliary permits are the special trout fishing permit, as well as permits for deer and turkey.

License requirements and exemptions are outlined in the “2003 Oklahoma Hunting Guide.” These publications are available at hunting and fishing license dealers statewide or by logging on the Department’s Web site at wildlifedepartment.com.

Information is also available from the Department's licensing section at (405) 521-3852.