Deer Gun Season Coming Soon

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If you have been procrastinating about taking a hunter education course, your time is about to run out. With deer gun season just a few weeks away, the opportunities to complete a hunter education class are dwindling by the day.

"We now have more hunter education options than ever before and we have worked hard to ensure that there is a class in every region of the state," said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "Statewide, there are 30 plus courses scheduled before the opening of deer gun season."

For a complete list of hunter education classes, sportsmen can call the Department's hunter education hotline 24 hours a day at (405) 521-4650 or log onto the Department's Web site. All classes are free of charge.

"Although there are quite a few upcoming classes, this time of year classes can fill up fast, so I strongly encourage folks to attend the next class they can," Meek added.

Anyone under 16 years of age must successfully complete a hunter education course before hunting big game (deer, elk, antelope) during primitive firearm and gun seasons. The law also requires that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1972, upon reaching 16 years of age, must exhibit a hunter education certificate from the Wildlife Department or a like certificate from another state to purchase or receive any Oklahoma hunting license.

Hunters born after the above date, who purchased a lifetime license before they turned 16, must complete a hunter education class before the can hunt big game with a firearm unless otherwise exempt. For complete information on hunting seasons and hunter education requirements, hunters should pick up a copy of the "2005 Oklahoma Hunting Guide.”