Oklahoma's Hunt Application Deadline May 15th

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Oklahoma sportsmen hoping to draw out for a bull elk, whitetail deer, antelope or other controlled hunt through the program have until May 15 to submit applications over the Internet by logging on to wildlifedepartment.com.

The controlled hunts program offers a wide variety of highly desirable hunts through a random drawing. Opportunities offered through the program include hunts on Department or other government-owned or managed lands where unrestricted hunting would pose safety concerns or where overharvest might occur.

Ryan Parker of Yukon is one of those who believe it is well worth the time to apply for controlled hunts.

"I know I have benefited greatly from them," Parker said. "Both my first deer — a doe — and my first buck — an eight-point — were taken on controlled hunts held in southeast Oklahoma. I encourage everyone to seek this 'extra' tag and take advantage of the best public opportunity available to Oklahoma sportsmen."

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.

Applications are offered online through a secure process that only accepts applications once they have been filed correctly, and a print-out confirmation page is available for sportsmen to document their submitted application.

Applicants have until May 15 to apply online.

For complete application instructions, including tips on enhancing your chances of being selected as well as a full listing of available hunts for elk, deer, antelope, turkey, quail and raccoon, log on to http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/controlhunt.htm .