Elk Hunt Up For Auction

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Hunters have a unique opportunity to not only bid on a fully guided bull elk hunt at Cookson Wildlife Management Area, but also help needy Oklahomans in the process. For the fifth year in a row the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) is auctioning a bull elk hunt, and the proceeds will go to the Hunters Against Hunger program.

Through a sealed bid auction, the hunter with the top bid has successfully harvested a trophy bull for the past four years. Last year’s winner took a 6x7 bull. The hunt, which generated over $11,000 last year, is a guided three-day hunt anytime in September, October or November (subject to availability) 2003. The broken hills and rugged landscape of Cookson Hills will challenge even the seasoned elk hunter. The hunter can choose to use a bow and arrow, muzzleloader or modern rifle.

Hunters who wish to submit a bid should fill out their name, address, day & evening phone numbers with their bid amount on a card or letter, which should then be sealed in an envelope. Bids can be dropped off at ODWC headquarters or mailed to Oklahoma Auction Elk Hunt, P.O. Box 53465 Oklahoma City, OK 73152. All bids must be received at ODWC headquarters in Oklahoma City by 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 7. The bids will be opened Monday, March 10.

Bidding is open to individuals and organizations. The permit may be transferred one time by the successful bidder. Payment must be received within 10 days of notification.

“Proceeds from the elk hunt auction will assist the Department’s Hunters Against Hunger program,” said Alan People, wildlife chief for the ODWC. “Through a network of statewide food banks that distribute donated venison to local shelters, the program has served meals to thousands of needy Oklahomans.”

For additional information about the Hunters Against Hunger program, consult the “2003 Oklahoma Hunting Guide,” or log onto the Department’s Web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com.