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  • Oklahoma Controlled Hunts applications online now

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  • The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's popular controlled hunts program is open to online applicants now.
    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 wildlifedepartment.com. Applicants have until May 15 to submit their applications.
    "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 https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/controlledhunt/ctrlhunt.asp to complete an application for the Controlled Hunts program.
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