Controlled Hunts Deadline Drawing Near

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Hopeful hunters have just a few more weeks to apply for the 2005-2006 Controlled Hunts. Applicants have until May 6, 2005, to turn in their applications. Hunters can now submit their applications for the hunts over the Internet by logging onto www.wildlifedepartment.com/controlhunt.htm.

“When it comes right down to it, applying online is the way to go. It’s fast, it’s easy and the program will help ensure that you don’t make any mistakes on your application,” said Melinda Sturgess-Streich, chief of administration for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Not only can hunters save a stamp by applying online, they can also confirm that their application has been received as soon as they apply.

Controlled Hunts booklets are also available at hunting and fishing license dealers located throughout the state, as well as is in PDF format that can be printed off the Department’s Web site (wildlifedepartment.com).

Administered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the Controlled Hunts Program offers a wide variety of highly desirable hunts through a random drawing. Some hunts are held to provide high-quality hunting experiences on high-profile areas where it is necessary to regulate hunting pressure. Others are held to achieve management goals for certain species, and others are held to provide hunting experiences in areas where access is otherwise limited.

A $5 fee is required of all applicants including lifetime hunting or lifetime combination license holders. This fee is good for ALL 2005-2006 controlled hunt applications submitted by each sportsman. Since the fee is per person and not per application, hunters should decide to apply for all their hunt categories either by mail or online, but not both. Hunters who choose to mail in their applications must complete the processing fee payment form on page 24 of the controlled hunts booklet. Payment can be made by the following methods: cashier's check, money order, cash or credit card.

For complete application instructions, including tips on enhancing your chances of being selected, log on to www.wildlifedepartment.com/controlhunt.htm or consult the “Oklahoma Controlled Hunts 2005-2006” booklet.