Oklahoma Youth Deer Season Opens Oct. 15

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With deer gun season slated for late November, young Oklahoma hunters the chance at a buck and a doe before the rush during the youth deer gun season Oct. 15-17.

The youth season is open to hunters under 18 years of age. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a hunter 18 years or older. Youth hunting with an apprentice-designated license must be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is 21 years old or older who is hunter education certified or exempt.

Oklahoma youth under the age of 16 are exempt from the purchase of a hunting license but must possess a youth deer license.

Youth 16 or 17 years old must possess a hunting license or proof of exemption, plus a youth deer gun license for each deer hunted. A youth combination hunting and fishing license is available to 16 and 17-year-old residents for $9, and resident youth deer gun licenses are $10.

Youth hunters who do not harvest a deer during the youth deer gun season may use their unfilled youth deer gun license during the regular deer gun season. Hunters who do harvest a deer during the youth deer gun season may purchase another youth deer gun license and harvest a deer during the regular gun season.

The youth deer gun season limit is one antlered and one antlerless deer, and the harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited. Deer taken by hunters participating in the youth deer gun season are included in the hunter's combined season limit.

For complete information on youth deer gun season details and regulations and the apprentice-designated hunting license, consult the current "Oklahoma Hunting Guide" or log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

For those youth who do not have their hunter education certification, the Department is offering several courses before the season opens in communities across the state. Some require pre-registration. Log on to wildlifedepartment.com for more information on each available class.