License Information

Beavers Bend and its surrounding forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands are an ideal destination for hunters and anglers. But before you pack up your gear and head this way, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the area’s hunting and fishing regulations and licensing requirements.

Oklahoma fishing license fees and requirements:

An Oklahoma resident or nonresident* fishing license is required of all persons who take, attempt to take or possess fish or other aquatic dwelling organisms by any method in Oklahoma. Persons fishing the Red River must have a valid Oklahoma fishing license unless exempt. Anyone hunting, fishing or trapping must possess the Fishing and Hunting Legacy Permit, unless exempt. Persons fishing on water located within the Honobia Creek or Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas must have a valid Land Access Permit, unless exempt. All required licenses or written evidence of exemption must be carried while fishing.

*A nonresident is any individual who is a resident of another state or who has resided in Oklahoma for fewer than 60 days, regardless of whether he or she intends to reside in Oklahoma permanently. Land ownership does not constitute residency.

Visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s website for current licensing fees, exemption information and statewide fishing regulations.

Some areas in McCurtain County are subject to special fishing regulations and restrictions. For more information on the regulations in specific areas, click the corresponding link below.

Broken Bow Lake
Ouachita National Forest
Pine Creek Lake
Glover River
Little River
Lower Mountain Fork River
Honobia Creek/Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas

Oklahoma hunting license fees and requirements:

For nonresidents, a hunting license is any one of the following:

Annual Hunting License (not valid for deer)
5-Day Hunting License (not valid for deer, pheasant or turkey)
Lifetime Hunting License* (not valid for deer or turkey)
Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing License* (not valid for deer or turkey)

*The Lifetime Nonresident Small Game Hunting and Lifetime Nonresident Combination Small Game Hunting/Fishing licenses are no longer available. However, these licenses will be honored for persons already possessing one.

For current information on hunter education requirements in Oklahoma, see the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s website.

Some areas in McCurtain County are subject to special fishing regulations and restrictions. For more information on the regulations in specific areas, click the corresponding link below.

Broken Bow Lake
Honobia Creek Wildlife Management Area
McCurtain County Wilderness Area
Ouachita Wildlife Management Area
Pine Creek Lake
Red Slough Wildlife Management Area

McCurtain county game warden offices:

Broken Bow — 580-513-4651
Idabel — 580-513-4963
Smithville — 580-513-6866