Applications Due by Aug. 15 for Youth Private Land Antlerless Deer Hunts

Thirty-five youths will be selected by drawing to participate in Controlled Hunts Private Land Bonus Antlerless Deer Hunts this October. Apply by Aug. 15 at wildlifedepartment.com. [WILDLIFEDEPARTMENT.COM]

Aug. 1, 2017-Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in one of two bonus antlerless deer hunts that will take place on private lands in Love County (Oct. 20, 2017, orientation on Oct. 19, 2017) and Ellis County (Oct. 27-28, 2017).

This year, 35 youths will be selected to receive one of the bonus private lands antlerless deer gun permits. To be eligible, youths must have completed the hunter education requirements prior to applying and must be 12-17 years old at the time of their scheduled hunt.

“These hunts are on private property and should provide young hunters a great opportunity to see some deer as well as a chance to potentially harvest a doe,” said Bill Dinkines, Assistant Chief of Wildlife for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission has endorsed the youth hunt program, and we are thankful for the landowners’ willingness to allow these kids the opportunity to hunt on their property.”

To apply for a hunt, applicants must fill out an application no later than 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, 2017, at www.wildlifedepartment.com with the following information:

  • Hunter’s first and last name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Mailing address.
  • Telephone number.
  • Hunter education certification number.
  • Lifetime license number, if applicable.
  • Accompanying adult* first and last name.
  • List of hunts by order of preference.**

*Each youth participating in this hunt must have an adult (licensed or unlicensed) who is at least 21 years of age accompanying them on the hunt.

**List the hunt(s) you wish to apply for by order of preference (Please do not list any hunt that you are not interested in or that you know in advance you cannot attend.)

Antlerless deer taken by selected applicants during these hunts will be considered a “bonus deer” and will not count toward the hunter’s statewide season limit.

Applicants whose names are successfully drawn will receive a notification letter in the mail that includes specific information about their hunt and the deadline for buying the required license(s) as listed here:

Resident Options, Ages 12-15:

  • Lifetime Hunting or Lifetime Combination License OR
  • $10 Controlled Hunts Private Land Youth Deer License.***

Resident Options, Ages 16-17:

  • Lifetime Hunting or Lifetime Combination License OR
  • Resident Youth Annual Hunting License + $10 Controlled Hunts Private Land Youth Deer License*** OR
  • Resident Youth Fiscal Year Hunting License + $10 Controlled Hunts Private Land Youth Deer License*** OR
  • Resident Youth Fiscal Year Combination License + $10 Controlled Hunts Private Land Youth Deer License.***

Non-Resident Options, Ages 12-17:

  • $201 Controlled Hunts Nonresident Private Land Youth Deer License.***

***NOTE: The $10 Resident or the $201 Nonresident Controlled Hunts Private Land Youth Deer Hunt Licenses will be issued in lieu of the open season license and must be purchased through the Wildlife Department’s Headquarters Office, 2145 N.E. 36th St. in Oklahoma City. No Apprentice Licenses will be allowed due to the hunter education requirement.

If you have any questions before applying, please call Kyle Johnson at (405) 590-2584.

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