When out hunting, camouflage is important so that you are unnoticeable to the target. Camouflage clothing blends you with the environment in which you are hunting your game. The patterns of such clothing are different depending on the surroundings, it could be a thick vegetation, in the woods, grassy fields or during winter. Camo clothing is comprised of pants, gloves, jackets, belts, waders and headwear. Each clothing has its own significance and its role out in the hunting field.

Camouflage jackets should have insulation

Camouflage jackets keep a hunter stay concealed in the hunting field. The jacket is supposed to keep you warm out there. Great camo jackets have additional layers of insulations and linings which keep you warm and ensure that you are comfortable in various movements such as running, crawling or making your way in the woods.

Jackets should be waterproof

Great camouflage jackets are waterproof so that even when it rains, you are not affected. Not only that but, it helps in negotiating when hunting in wet conditions where there are wet surfaces such as rocks. In addition to this, camo jackets should have a number of pockets and storage compartments to keep essentials.

Scent control

Since the aim of wearing camouflage clothing is to take down your target successfully, the camouflage jacket should have scent control technologies. This makes sure that the animal you are hunting is unable to make out your scent when you are close by.

Pants should have multiple pockets

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Camouflage pants are important for hunting as it stores your hunting essentials. Camouflage pants should have multiple pockets which store a variety of tools you need. Shotgun shells are kept in the pockets for easy reach to use in case your hunting weapon is short on ammunition.

Comfortable pants

Good quality camo pants have moisture wicking material which keeps you cool even under pressure. They should have insulation to protect yourself from risky cold conditions especially when hunting in the winter. Pants have to made from tough waterproof material. It should be adaptable to harsh vegetation such as thorns, thick bushes and thistles. When the time comes to wade into water in pursuit of your prey, they quality of your pants should be damaged. Buy comfortable pants which are fitting. Loose fitting pants can compromise your movement. Having comfort makes sure that your movement is unhampered.

For Oklahoma hunting camouflage clothes, jackets and pants are essential. They are what is most recognisable. Buying high quality clothes will ensure that your hunting trips are enjoyable and bountiful.

Oklahoma is one of few places in America where you can enjoy duck hunting to the full. The wildlife authority regulates the hunting and limits the activity to particular seasons. Despite the limitations, it is still enjoyable for those who enjoy the sport. There are a few things you should know though before you can go out there with your rifle and start shooting the ducks. This article will give you the most important things you need to know about hunting ducks in Oklahoma. Things like licenses and permits, areas where you can hunt and what kind of guns are permitted.

Oklahoma duck hunting

Duck Season

Hunting season for ducks is usually between October and January. In Oklahoma, there are different hunting zones and you may find the hunting zones have different permitted seasons, say zone one can have the season from October 25th to November 30th and then take a break before resuming in December up to January, as was the case for the 2014-2015 season. It is good to check with the local authority to find out which zones will have what season. It is also important to note that hunting is permitted from 30 minutes before sunrise up to sunset, so you cannot go hunting ducks at night after the sun has set.

Ammunition

It is important also that you have the right ammunition that is permitted by the wildlife authority. The regulation states that when hunting ducks, you can use a 10 gauge shotgun or a smaller one but it should not be able to hold more than 3 shells. This helps to prevent hunters from having a total massacre of the birds.

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Also, the bullets used should be nontoxic and of a particular size so that they do not obliterate the bird or birds.

Archery is permitted with very little restriction on the kind of bow or arrows you may use but once again, like the bullets, they should be nontoxic

Licenses and Permits

There are a different permits and licenses that you may need and some categories of people who are exempted from permits and licenses.

But first and foremost, all hunters of 16 years and older have to carry a valid Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp that is signed in ink. The stamps can be found at the post office or with license dealers. It is also possible to access them online at duckstamp.com. The stamps are valid for 12 months from July to June.

The next permit is the HIP permit (Harvest Information Program Permit) this can be purchased at the Oklahoma Department for Wildlife or on their website, you can also get it from license dealers. For about 3 dollars. Exempted from this permit, are:

  • Landowners who hunt on their private property
  • Hunters 16 years and below
  • Hunters above 64 years

The next is an Oklahoma waterfowl hunting license which should be possessed by every hunter 16 years and above and for nonresidents, it is compulsory regardless of age. This license is not just for hunting ducks, it includes geese and mergansers. Exemption for this license is extended to:

  • Hunters with lifetime duck stamps
  • Lifetime hunting license holders
  • Senior citizens of 65 years and older
  • People hunting on their own property
  • Hunters below 16 years

There is also a general hunting license that needs to be obtained by anyone who does not fall in the category above.

It is generally recommended that a hunter who intends to regularly engage in the sport should get a lifetime license that way they do not have to bother purchasing different permits and stamps every year.

Since most of the hunting of ducks in Oklahoma is done near the water, many times a boat is going to be used to transport the hunters to the location, this boat also needs to be licensed and granted a boating permit to carry hunters to the location.

Location

With the mention of boats, you may be imagining that you could as well hunt while in the boat, but that is not the case. Oklahoma duck hunting regulations restrict hunters from hunting in the boats. Actually hunters are only allowed to hunt from behind the blinds that are set up along the lake or river. You may use decoys in the water, but you cannot stand, ride or swim in the water while hunting ducks.

During duck season, there is a lot of competition for good locations to hunt from. Certain blinds are highly contested for so much so that there is usually a draw for blinds before the season starts to see who gets the best blinds for hunting

Blinds are usually set up about 200 yards apart to avoid interference with another group of hunters.

You can set up your own temporary blind as long as it is within a safe distance from other hunters. It is possible to set up a permanent blind, but that would require a permit from the authorities

In Oklahoma, duck hunting is carried out along Lake Stanely Draper as well as blind locations along lake Overholser.

Safety

You should remember at all times that you are dealing with fire arms so utmost precaution needs to be taken to see to it that you to not shoot any of the hunters and you should also take charge of your own safety at all times.

License and Permit costs

The cost of a permit or license will vary according to things like residence status, the duration you want the license for and the type of license or permit you would want. The more common license fees are:

  • Annual hunting permit, for 25 dollars for residents and 142 dollars for nonresidents
  • Five-day hunting permit for nonresidents at 75 dollars
  • Youth resident hunter license for 5 dollars, but is for ages 16 and 17 only
  • 5-year hunting license for residents of Oklahoma at 88 dollars
  • Lifetime hunting permit for 625 dollars

These are just some of the common licenses, but you can check on the website for the Wildlife Department for detailed license and permit fees and in the case of any changes to the pricing, you would be able to find that information there.

You can even combine licenses like a fishing and fowl hunting license which would be cheaper than getting them separately.

For further information about duck hunting in Oklahoma, you can contact the authority that manages the sport.