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Aug. 19 deadline for youth bonus antlerless deer hunt applications

From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

-- Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in three bonus antlerless deer hunts on private land in Osage County Oct. 7 - 9, in Ellis County Dec 9 - 10,  and in Alfalfa County Jan 13 - 15.

This year 42 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 hunter’s first and 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 and the first and last name of the accompanying adult.

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

Applicants should list hunts by order of preference and are requested to not list a hunt they are not interested in or may not be able to attend. Send the form to the  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 no later than Aug. 19.

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 drawn will receive a notification letter in the mail that includes specific information about their hunt and the deadline for purchasing required licenses.  For additional information, contact the Wildlife Division by calling (405) 521-2730.

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