Beginning deer hunters have a special opportunity to participate in one of four bonus antlerless deer hunts taking place on private land in Ellis County (Oct. 21-22), Carter County (Nov. 18-19), Love County (Oct 14, orientation Oct. 13), and Johnston County (Nov. 11-13).
This year, 49 youths will be selected to receive one of the bonus private lands antlerless deer gun licenses. To be eligible, youths 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."
An application can be found online at tinyurl.com/BonusYouthHunt and it requires this information:
Hunter's first and last name.
Date of birth.
Hunter education certification number.
Lifetime license number, if applicable.
Accompanying adult* first and last name.
List of hunts by order of preference.**
* Each youth participating in this hunt must have an adult (licensed or unlicensed) who is at least 21 years of age accompany them on the hunt.
** List the hunt(s) you wish to apply for by order of preference (Please do not list any hunt that you are not interested in or know in advance you cannot attend.)
Antlerless deer taken during these hunts will be considered a "bonus deer" and will not count toward the hunter's statewide season limit. Applicants who are successfully drawn will receive a notification letter in the mail that includes specific information about their hunt and the deadline for purchasing required license(s) as listed below:
Resident Options (Ages 12-15): Lifetime Hunting or Lifetime Combination License OR $10 Controlled Hunts Private Lands Youth Deer License.***
Resident Options (Age 16-17): Lifetime Hunting or Lifetime Combination License OR Resident Youth Annual Hunting plus $10 Controlled Hunts Private Lands Youth Deer License*** OR Resident Youth Fiscal Year Hunting plus $10 Controlled Hunts Private Lands Youth Deer License.***
Nonresident Options (Ages 12-17): $201 Controlled Hunts Nonresident Private Lands Lands Youth Deer License.
NOTE: The resident or nonresident Controlled Hunts Private Lands Youth Deer Hunt Licenses will be issued in lieu of the open-season license and must be purchased through the Wildlife Department's Central Office in Oklahoma City. No apprentice licenses will be allowed due to the hunter education requirement.
For more information, call Doug Schoeling at (405) 590-2584.