The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is looking for young hunters to take advantage of doe hunting opportunities on private land.
Aug. 20 is the deadline to apply for the bonus youth hunts in Alfalfa and Osage counties. The hunts will be held in October and January.
This year, 22 young hunters will have their names drawn and receive one of the private land deer gun permits.
To be eligible, youth must have completed their hunter education requirements prior to applying and must be ages 12 to 16 at the time of their scheduled hunt.
To apply for a hunt, applicants must send the Wildlife Department a 4” by 6” 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, their order of hunt preferences (Osage County Oct. 1-3 or Alfalfa County on Jan. 7-9) and lifetime license number if applicable.
A non-hunting adult (licensed or unlicensed) who is at least age 21 must accompany the youth, and must also be listed on the index card.
Youth who will be 16 at the time of the hunt, who are required to have a hunting license, 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 at the Department by 4 p.m. on August 20.
Winners will be informed by letter.
Selected resident youth will need to buy 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.
Any antlerless deer harvested during the controlled hunt will be considered a bonus deer and will not count against the youths’ combined season limit.
For more information, call the Wildlife Department at (405) 521-2739.