Offering once-in-a-lifetime elk and antelope hunts, highly sought-after buck hunts, and a range of other quality deer, turkey, quail and coon hunts, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's controlled hunts program is a valuable resource for sportsmen, and now is the time for hunters to submit applications.
The online application process takes just a few minutes and must be completed through the Wildlife Department's website at wildlifedepartment.com . The cost is $5, and applicants have until May 15 to apply.
"For just $5, you can get drawn for a bull elk hunt in Oklahoma's rugged Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge," said Melinda Sturgess-Streich, assistant director of administration and finance for the Wildlife Department. "The same $5 can put your name in the hat for an antelope hunt in the Panhandle, a deer hunt in some of the best habitat in the state, or even a unique gobbler hunt. You just can't beat this opportunity."
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.
All applicants, including lifetime license holders, must pay the $5 application fee to enter the controlled hunts drawings. The fee is paid only once per person per year regardless of the number of categorie 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.
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 www.wildlifedepartment.com/controlhunt.htm"