Oklahoma Online Application Deadline Approaching

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The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Controlled Hunts deadline is May 15, and many sportsmen have already submitted their applications.

Oklahoma was one of the first states to offer online Controlled Hunts applications in 1999, and 2007 marks the first year that applications are available only online.

Last year, nearly 85 percent of those applying for Controlled Hunts used the online application system.

Hunters can now submit their applications for the "2007-08 Controlled Hunts" over the Internet by logging on to www.wildlifedepartment.com/controlhunt.htm . After an individual submits an online application, they receive a message immediately confirming that their application was accepted.

Administered by the Wildlife Department, 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.v

For complete application instructions, including tips on enhancing your chances of being selected, log on to www.wildlifedepartment.com, and submit an application by the May 15 deadline.