Oklahoma "Controlled Hunt" Apps Now Available

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Hunters can now submit their applications for the "2008-09 Controlled Hunts" over the Internet by logging on to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Web site at wildlifedepartment.com.

"Hunters do not want to miss out on this unique opportunity. From pronghorn hunts in the Panhandle to youth turkey hunts, there is something for everyone," said Micah Holmes, information supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "The online application process is fast, simple and safe."

After an individual submits an online application, they receive a message immediately confirming that their application was accepted.

"Sportsmen get instant confirmation that their application was filed correctly," Holmes said.

Applicants have until May 15 to apply online.

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.

All applicants, including lifetime license holders, must pay a $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.

For complete application instructions, including tips on enhancing your chances of being selected, log on to http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/controlhunt.htm.