Controlled Hunt Results Coming Soon

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The moment of truth is drawing near for applicants in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Controlled Hunt program. The results of the drawing will be announced on July 22. Hunters will be able to find if they were drawn by logging onto www.wildlifedepartment.com or by visiting a regional Department office.

The opportunity to harvest an animal from some of the best managed lands for wildlife have made the controlled hunts one of the most popular programs the Department offers. Several changes were made this year in an effort to ensure that the program remains as efficient and equitable as possible.

The chance to harvest an antelope or elk in Oklahoma is truly a special opportunity and beginning with 2002 it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the controlled hunt program. Hunters who are drawn for an elk or antelope hunt will not be eligible in the future. This change was made in an effort to provide as many people as possible the chance to participate in these limited opportunity hunts.

In past years some lucky hunters were drawn for two or even three deer hunts in separate categories, while others were not selected. With the changes instituted this year, there is one comprehensive deer category instead of several different categories (gun, archery and primitive firearm ). Hunters had the opportunity to apply for five individual hunt choices. A hunter's preference points in the new comprehensive deer category will be equal to the highest number of preference points the hunter had accrued in any one of the previous deer categories.

For the first time a progressive draw for big game will be instituted. Elk hunts will be drawn first, followed by antelope, then deer. If a hunter is selected for an elk hunt, they will receive preference points in the other big game categories they have applied for (antelope and deer) but will not be eligible to be selected in those categories. Similarly, if they are not selected for elk but draw an antelope permit, they will receive a preference point in the elk and deer categories, but will not be eligible to draw a deer hunt.

A $5 fee was authorized by the 2001 Legislature in order to offset rising costs for administering the program. The fee was required of all applicants including lifetime hunting or lifetime combination license holders.

Additional information about the controlled hunt program can be found on an upcoming episode of "Outdoor Oklahoma" TV show which will air Sunday, July 21 at 8:00 a.m. on OETA-The Oklahoma Network.

Also featured on the program will be information about an exciting archeological find in northwest Oklahoma. A Clovis point, one of the oldest types of native American arrowheads, was recently discovered in the area.