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Youth deer gun season offers young hunters first shot

From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

-- Youth hunters have the first chance at a buck or doe with a rifle during the youth deer gun season Oct. 14 to 16.


The youth season is open to hunters under 18 years of age, and they must be accompanied by a hunter 18 years or older. New this year, youth can hunt with an apprentice-designated hunting license if they are eight years old or older as long as they are accompanied by a licensed hunter who is 18 years old or older and hunter education certified or exempt.


Oklahoma youth under the age of 16 are exempt from the purchase of a hunting license but must possess a youth deer license.


Youth 16 or 17 years old must possess a hunting license or proof of exemption, plus a youth deer gun license for each deer hunted. A $5 youth hunting license or a $9 youth combination hunting and fishing license is available to 16 and 17-year-old residents, and resident youth deer gun licenses are $10.


Youth hunters who do not harvest a deer during the youth deer gun season may use their unfilled youth deer gun license during the regular deer gun season. Hunters who harvest a deer during the youth deer gun season may purchase another youth deer gun license and harvest a deer during the regular gun season.

The youth deer gun season limit is one antlered and one antlerless deer.  The harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited.

Deer taken by hunters participating in the youth deer gun season are included in the hunter’s combined season limit.

For complete information on youth deer gun season regulations and the apprentice-designated hunting license, consult the current Oklahoma Hunting Guide or click here.

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