The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s popular controlled hunts program application period will close May 15, just two weeks from today.

The controlled hunts program offers once-in-a-lifetime elk and antelope hunts, highly sought-after buck hunts, and other quality hunting opportunities through randomized drawings that only cost sportsmen $5 to enter. Opportunities offered through the  program include hunts on Department or other government-owned or managed lands where unrestricted hunting would pose safety concerns or where overharvest might  occur.

The online application process takes just a few minutes and must be completed through the Wildlife Department’s website at

“Whether you want to hunt a bull elk in the Wichita Mountains, an antelope in the Panhandle or a trophy buck at locations across the state like the McAlester Army  Ammunition Plant, the controlled hunts program is one of the best things going in Oklahoma hunting,” said Melinda Sturgess-Streich, assistant director of administration and finance for the Wildlife Department.

All applicants, including lifetime license holders, must pay the $5 application fee to enter the controlled hunts drawings. The fee is paid only once per person  per year regardless of the number of categories entered.

Applications are offered online through a secure process that only accepts applications once they have been filed correctly, and a print-out confirmation page is available for sportsmen to document their submitted application.

Log on to to complete an application for the Controlled Hunts program.

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