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August 20 deadline for Oklahoma bonus youth deer hunts

From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

-- Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in two youth antlerless deer hunts that will take place on private land in Alfalfa and Osage Counties and are scheduled for October and January.
          
This year 22 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 12-16 years old at the time of their scheduled hunt.

To apply for a hunt, applicants must send the Department a 4 by 6-inch index card with the following information: hunter's name, date of birth, mailing address, telephone number, hunter education certification number, Social Security or driver's license number, the order of hunt preferences: Osage County (Oct. 1-3) and Alfalfa County (Jan. 7-9), lifetime license number if applicable. The name of the non-hunting adult (licensed or unlicensed) who is at least 21 years old who must accompany the youth, must also be listed on the index card.

Youth who will be 16 at the time of the hunt are required to have a hunting license, and may possess an apprentice-designated license. However, the non-hunting adult accompanying an apprentice-designated hunter must possess a valid Oklahoma resident or nonresident hunting license, lifetime hunting license or lifetime combination license and be hunter education certified, unless otherwise exempt.
        
The envelope/card should be labeled Private Lands Youth Deer Hunt and should be mailed to: Department of Wildlife, Attn: Wildlife Division-Youth Deer Hunts, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. Aug. 20.
        
Applicants who are successfully drawn will receive a notification letter in the mail about their hunt the following week. The letter will inform them of their selection and provide details about the hunt and license requirements. Selected resident youth will need to purchase a $10 resident youth deer gun license unless they possess an Oklahoma resident lifetime hunting or resident lifetime combination license. Selected nonresidents will need to purchase a $206 nonresident deer gun license.
        
Antlerless deer harvested during the controlled hunt will be considered a bonus deer and will not count against the youths' combined season limit. For additional information concerning the hunts, contact the Wildlife Department at (405) 521-2739.

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