Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in five bonus antlerless deer hunts that will take place on private land in Osage County (Oct 5-7, 2012),  Ellis County (Oct 12-13, 2012), Kingfisher County (Oct. 13, 2012), Carter County (Nov 23-24, 2012), and Alfalfa County (Jan 11-13, 2013).

This year 55 youth will be drawn to receive one of the bonus private lands antlerless deer gun permits.  To be eligible, youth must have completed their 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 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 submit (mail or walk-in only) an index card  with the following information:

  • Hunter’s first & last name
  • Date of birth
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • Hunter education certification number
  • Social security or driver’s license number
  • Lifetime License number, if  applicable
  • Accompanying adult’s first & last name (each child participating in this hunt must have a licensed or unlicensed adult who is at least 21 years of age accompanying them on the hunt).
  • List of hunts by order of  preference (please do not list any hunt that you are not interested in or  know in advance you cannot attend).

Envelope should be addressed to: OK DEPT OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION, Attn: Wildlife
Division: “Private Lands Youth Deer Hunts,” PO BOX 53465, Oklahoma City, OK  73152.

All applications must be received by Friday, August 17, 2012.

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

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

Resident Options (Ages 12-15):

Lifetime Hunting or Lifetime Combination License, or; $10 CH Private Lands Youth Deer License***

Resident Options (Age 16-17):

Lifetime Hunting or Lifetime Combination License, or; Resident Annual Youth Hunting + $10 CH Private Lands Youth Deer License*** or; Resident Fiscal Year Hunting + $10 CH Private Lands Youth Deer License***

Non-Resident Options (Ages 12-17):

CH Nonresident Private Lands Youth Deer License***

NOTE: The $10 resident or the $201 non-resident CH Private Lands Youth Deer Hunt Permits will be issued in lieu of the open season license and must be purchased through the Wildlife Department’s central office. Apprentice-designated licenses  will not be allowed due to the hunter education requirement.

For additional information, please contact the Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Division at (405) 521-2730.

Logo courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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