Full Statute Name:  Oklahoma Statutes Annotated. Title 29. Game and Fish. Chapter 1. Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Code. Article V. Game. Part 5. Trapping

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Primary Citation:  29 Okl. St. Ann. § 5-501 - 504 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  February, 2016 Alternate Citation:  OK ST T. 29 § 5-501 - 504
Summary:

Under these Oklahoma statutes, no person may trap on the land of another without a written permit.  Only certain traps are allowed and traps must be tended once every 24 hours. A conviction is punished by a fine of $25-200. All persons engaged in the business of buying raw pelts must keep a daily register. A conviction is punished by a fine of $10-$50.

Statute Text: 

 

§ 5-501 . Permission to trap on inhabited lands

§ 5-502 . Trapping devices

§ 5-503 . Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 182, § 68, eff. Sept. 1, 1991

§ 5-504 . Fur dealers' register reports

 

§ 5-501. Permission to trap on inhabited lands

A. No person may trap upon the inhabited land of another without first procuring from the owner or occupant of the land written permission to do so.

B. The trapper shall carry the written permission when setting and tending the traps and shall present it for inspection upon demand of any officer authorized to enforce the wildlife conservation laws of this state.

Any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) nor more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00).

Credits
Laws 1974, c. 17, § 5-501, eff. April 8, 1974; Laws 2015, c. 132, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2015.

 

§ 5-502. Trapping devices

A. Except as otherwise provided by law, no person may use, set, construct, possess or tend any trap, snare, deadfall or other device for the purpose of catching any wildlife, except fish and frogs, in this state, except:

1. Box traps;

2. Smooth-jawed single-spring or smooth-jawed double-spring offset, leg-hold steel traps with a jaw spread of:

a. no more than eight (8) inches for land sets, and

b. no more than eight (8) inches for water sets; and

3. Enclosed trigger traps.

B. No trap so used may be set “in the open”, or in paths, roads, or runways commonly used by persons, domestic animals or dogs.

C. Any trap set for the purpose of catching any wildlife shall be tended once during each twenty-four (24) hours. All traps shall bear the name of the owner of the traps, except for any traps set on property owned or leased by the owner of the traps. Any person violating this subsection shall, in addition to any criminal penalty, be civilly liable for all damages caused by such violation.

D. On any lands where smooth-jawed double-spring offset traps are used, the posting of signs shall be required at all entrances from public roads and highways. The requirement to post signs shall not apply if the person is trapping on property owned or leased by the person. Size, character and wording of these signs are to be determined by the State Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Employees of the State Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Wildlife Services Division and the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services while engaged in wildlife management activities for the protection of agriculture, property, human health and safety and natural resources shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.

E. Any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) nor more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00).

Credits
Laws 1974, c. 17, § 5-502, eff. April 8, 1974; Laws 1992, c. 149, § 9, emerg. eff. April 30, 1992; Laws 2000, c. 191, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2000, c. 256, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2012, c. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2012; Laws 2015, c. 132, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2015.


§ 5-503. Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 182, § 68, eff. Sept. 1, 1991


§ 5-504. Fur dealers' register reports

 A. All persons engaged in the business of buying raw pelts of furbearers or predators, as defined in this Code, shall keep a daily register showing the name and address of every person from whom such pelts were purchased, the number of such person's trapping license, or his hunting license in lieu thereof, the number and kinds of pelts purchased and the price paid.

B. Such daily register shall be open to the Director, game wardens, or authorized agents.

C. All such fur dealers shall report on the first day of each month during and one month after the close of the fur season of all furs bought, and such report shall be forwarded to the Director.

D. Any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than Ten Dollars ($10.00) nor more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00).

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1974, c. 17, § 5-504, eff. April 8, 1974; Laws 1991, c. 182, § 39, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

 

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