Oklahoma Hunter Education Class Schedule and Online Option

Online Hunter Education Certification

For those who cannot attend a scheduled class or prefer the convenience of online learning, the Oklahoma Wildlife Department offers a free online hunter education course. To access this, visit wildlifedepartment.com, navigate to the 'Hunter Education' section under the 'Hunting' tab, then select 'Online' and choose 'Take the Hunter Ed Course online'. Remember, you must be at least 10 years of age to register for these courses.

In-Person Hunter Education Classes

Pre-registration for in-person classes is mandatory and can be done through the same website. Here's the upcoming schedule, categorized by district:

District 1

  • Afton: Aug. 19, 2023
  • Owasso: Aug. 19, 2023
  • Skiatook: Aug. 26, 2023
  • Dewey: Aug. 27, 2023
  • Jenks: Oct. 14, 2023, and Nov. 11, 2023

District 2

  • Wagoner: Aug. 12, 2023
  • Muskogee: Aug. 19, 2023
  • Okmulgee: Sept. 9, 2023
  • Tahlequah: Sept. 23, 2023
  • Fort Gibson: Sept. 30, 2023
  • Sallisaw: Oct. 7, 2023

District 3

  • Broken Bow: Aug. 26, 2023
  • Poteau, Antlers, McAlester: Sept. 16, 2023

District 4

  • Ada: Aug. 12, 2023
  • Durant: Aug. 19, 2023
  • Bristow: Aug. 26, 2023

District 5

  • Edmond: Aug. 19, 2023, and Oct. 19, 2023
  • Shawnee: Sept. 9, 2023
  • Wayne: Sept. 30, 2023

District 6

  • Marlow: Aug. 19, 2023
  • Fort Cobb: Aug. 26, 2023
  • Kingfisher: Nov. 11, 2023

District 7

  • Altus: Aug. 12, 2023
  • Elk City: Aug. 19, 2023
  • Granite: Sept. 23, 2023
  • Foss: Sept. 30, 2023

District 8

  • Ponca City: Aug. 26, 2023
  • Woodward, Enid, Guymon: Sept. 16, 2023

Operation Game Thief: Safeguarding Oklahoma's Wildlife

Your Role in Wildlife Protection

Are you passionate about wildlife and committed to its preservation? Operation Game Thief (OGT), a vital initiative by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, seeks your involvement. This program combats the illegal killing of fish and game, which not only impacts anglers and sports enthusiasts but also the natural balance of our ecosystems.

The Impact of Poaching

Illegal activities, such as poaching, have far-reaching consequences:

  • Deer Poaching Incident: On the eve of a deer season, two poachers illegally killed four whitetail bucks. This not only deprives legal hunters of fair opportunities but also disrupts the balance of the deer population.

  • Illegal Fishing Case: In another instance, three individuals used an illegal net to catch striped bass and other fish from a state reservoir, intending to sell them commercially. This not only affects the fish population but also deprives anglers of the joy of fishing and disrupts the aquatic ecosystem.

These acts of poaching not only deprive you of hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities but also tarnish the reputation of law-abiding sportsmen and sportswomen.

How You Can Help

As a concerned citizen, your help is invaluable. By being observant and reporting suspicious activities, you contribute significantly to the protection of wildlife.

  • Report Poaching: If you witness or suspect illegal wildlife activities, contact the OGT at their toll-free number: (800) 522-8039. Your call can make a difference in preserving Oklahoma's rich natural heritage.

  • Stay Anonymous: Your privacy is respected. Callers can choose to remain anonymous while reporting.

Operation Game Thief is more than a program; it's a call to action for everyone who cares about wildlife. Your participation is crucial in apprehending poachers and preserving the integrity of our natural resources. Together, we can ensure that Oklahoma's wildlife thrives for generations to come.

Conservation Funding Through Outdoor Activities

When you purchase a hunting or fishing license, or items like motorboat fuel, fishing tackle, ammunition, and archery equipment, you're directly contributing to one of America's cornerstone conservation efforts: The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. This program stands as a testament to the power of responsible outdoor activities in supporting wildlife conservation.

Every time you spend money on outdoor-related gear or licenses, you're paying a special excise tax. This tax is a key source of funding for the program, and the revenue generated is allocated to states based on specific criteria. In states like Oklahoma, these funds are used for vital conservation projects, such as building boat ramps, enhancing public access to hunting areas, and preserving natural habitats.

Oklahoma's participation in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact further strengthens conservation efforts. This agreement among most U.S. states ensures that anyone who violates wildlife laws in one member state can face repercussions in all member states, including the potential loss of hunting or fishing privileges. This serves as a powerful deterrent against wildlife law violations and promotes responsible use of natural resources.

To explore more about the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program and Oklahoma's role in this initiative, visit the Oklahoma Wildlife Department's website at wildlifedepartment.com. This resource offers in-depth insights into how your investments in outdoor activities are pivotal in sustaining and enhancing America's rich and diverse wildlife heritage.

 

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