Harvesting a deer with Grandpa’s gun, watching a kid catch his or her first fish, or even hearing that first booming gobble on the opening day of spring turkey season – these special moments continually draw men, women and children back into the wooded haunts of big bucks and to waters teeming with crappie or bass. That’s why few gifts are more practical and useful for the Oklahoma sportsman this Christmas than an Oklahoma lifetime combination hunting and fishing license.

Lifetime license holders are exempt from the purchase of most annual hunting and  fishing licenses in Oklahoma as well as the deer, elk, antelope and turkey license; the Oklahoma waterfowl license, trapping license and the fur license.

“The lifetime license is exactly what it sounds like – a good-for-life hunting and fishing license that sets up hunters and anglers to enjoy almost all of Oklahoma’s hunting and fishing opportunities hassle free,” said Melinda Sturgess-Streich, assistant director of administration and finance for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

“With a lifetime license, sportsmen can bypass the annual ritual of renewing their hunting and fishing licenses and buying licenses for commonly hunted game like deer and turkeys. All these license holders need to do is grab their gear and go. What a great Christmas gift for any sportsman!”

Over time, the lifetime license also represents a significant savings for those who hunt or fish. The lifetime combination hunting and fishing license costs $775, meaning active sportsmen can be saving money on license costs in a matter of years.

“If a youngster in your life is showing interest in the outdoors, now is a great  time to hook them for life by getting them a lifetime license,” Streich said. “Or maybe you want to reward that longtime sportsman in your life with a gift they’ll truly cherish. Giving the gift of a lifetime combination hunting and fishing license is a sure way to send a message of appreciation to a loved one during the holidays.”

While a lifetime combination hunting and fishing license represents the best bargain, sportsmen also have the option of obtaining a lifetime hunting license for $625 or a lifetime fishing license for $225.

A holder of a lifetime license – whether it be combination, hunting, or fishing – will not lose the benefits of the license by a change of address, even if he or she ceases to be an Oklahoma resident by moving out of the state. Oklahoma residents of at least six months qualify to purchase a lifetime license.

To obtain any lifetime license, hunters and anglers can submit an application by  mail or in person at the Wildlife Department’s Oklahoma City headquarters office

(1801 N. Lincoln). Mailed applications can be downloaded from wildlifedepartment.com and must be approved by the game warden stationed in the county in which the applicant resides. Full details and applications for obtaining a lifetime license can be found online at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/license/lifetimeapps.htm.

Logo courtesy Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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