Crossbow Hunting Regulations in Oklahoma

The brief summary posted below is a list of Oklahoma crossbow hunting regulations as per our knowledge. Our team did their best research to gather this information; however, this is still not a grantee that it remains valid. Crossbow hunting laws change frequently and, quite frankly, rather randomly. Please only use that which is posted below as a guide for these regulations. It is very important to contact your local governing body and/or the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. We are happy to assist you, if you are not sure how to do this.

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Crossbow Regulations in North Oklahoma

Crossbows with draw lock devices may be lawfully used as a hunting method by all hunters in Oklahoma during archery season. This means the device enables hunters to hold the bow mechanically at partial or full draw is legal during any open season in which conventional archery are legally allowed.

Legal Oklahoma residents who are 16 to 17 years of age are eligible to obtain any of the youth hunting permits.
Archery hunters must display hunter orange above the waistline or a head covering of the daylight hunter orange when harvesting bear, antelope, deer, or elk during gun or muzzleloader season. It is legal to display camouflage hunter orange as well.

  • It is lawful to use mechanical broadheads in Oklahoma.
  • It is not legal to harvest any type of game with broadheads which have been chemically treated and/or equipped with explosive devices.
  • Bolts and/or arrows must have a hunting type point which is not less than 7/8 of an inch wide. This is to include mechanical broadheads when in the open position.

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  1. Is a mother breaking the law when she gives her 13 yr old boy a crossbow as a toy to go out side with no adult supervision.. Cause not even 24 hrs after my grandson was murdered with it

    1. Dear Donna,
      Am so very sorry to hear of the tragic murder of your grandson. I grieve for you and your family. You didn’t give much information, but I think you’ve implied that the 13 year-old boy was the person who shot your grandson. If I am wrong in this assessment, please let me know. Either way, to give a weapon known for its ability to kill large game animals and humans to a 13 year-old and then send them out with it unsupervised would be extremely reckless behavior, worse than simple negligence. If the child’s mother gave him a deadly weapon and told him to go play outside, she would clearly bear guilt for the entirely-foreseeable death of an innocent person, whether her son or anyone else. Whether she would be charged with a Crime would depend on certain other circumstances, to the knowledge of which I am not privy. If you have not already taken steps to demand charges from the local prosecuting/states attorney, i would certainly encourage you to do so. In addition, there would seem to be Civil Suit liability as well, but you will need to find an attorney to review the facts of the case and make decisions in consultation with him or her.

      Once again, I am very sorry for your loss. God Bless You and Your Family in Your Grief.

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