The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is searching for young hunters who want to go on a guided duck hunt this fall at one of six lakes across Oklahoma.

The hunts are designed for youth ages 12-15 who have completed the Wildlife Department’s free hunter education course. Hunts are held at Altus-Lugert Lake, Ft. Gibson Waterfowl Refuge, Ft. Cobb State Lake, Hackberry Flat Waterfowl Refuge, Vann’s Lake (north of Muskogee), and Wister Lake Refuge.

The application deadline is Nov. 7, and all youth have to do to apply is write their first hunt choice preference and two alternate locations on a 3”x5” postcard along with their name, address, phone number and their hunter education number and mail them to OK Dept. of Wildlife Conservation, Youth Waterfowl Hunts PO Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. Applications must be received by Nov. 7.

Other than meeting the age requirements, applicants must have proof of successfully completing a certified hunter education course and have an adult guardian who can accompany them on the hunt.

The scheduled date of the hunt will be coordinated with successful applicants after the drawing, and a Wildlife Department employee will accompany each youth and their adult guardian for the controlled waterfowl hunt. Only the youth hunter will be allowed to hunt.

The Wildlife Department will provide successful applicants the necessary nontoxic shotgun shells, and a 20 gauge single shot shotgun will be available for use if the youth does not have his or her own shotgun. For more information, contact Jeff Neal, wildlife technician for the Wildlife Department, at (405) 396-2503 or by e-mail at jneal@zoo.odwc.state.ok.us. Information also is available on page 6 of the “2011-12 Oklahoma Waterfowl Guide.”

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