Third Annual Youth Antlerless Deer Gun Season Set

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Thousands of Oklahoma youth will soon head afield to participate in Oklahoma's third annual youth antlerless deer gun season October 14-16.

“The youth antlerless season is a great opportunity for kids to spend some quality time in a hunting blind with family and friends,” said Colin Berg, education supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “I was lucky enough to see my step son harvest his first deer during the first youth antlerless gun season and it’s an experience he and I will never forget.”

Open to kids under 18 years of age, the special youth antlerless deer gun season was created to encourage youth to head into the woods and to provide additional opportunities to harvest antlerless deer.

Berg added that safety is the key to a good hunting season, so new and experienced hunters are encouraged to attend an upcoming hunter education course before heading afield.

Oklahoma law requires anyone under 16 years of age to successfully complete a hunter education course before hunting big game (deer, elk, antelope) with a centerfire rifle, shotgun with single rifled slug or muzzleloader. The law also requires that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1972, upon reaching 16 years of age, must exhibit a hunter safety certificate from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation 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 the course before they can actually begin hunting.

Below is a list of courses currently scheduled before the youth antlerless season. If a phone number is listed, then pre-registration is required:

Oct. 8 Cleveland 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Cleveland Police Department,
Oct. 8 Oklahoma City 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Omniplex, (405) 521-3855
Oct. 8 Poteau 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Civic Center
Oct. 8 Fairfax 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. First Baptist Church 201 S Main
Oct. 8 Grove 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Community Center
Oct. 8 Jenks 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. High School Building # 6 (918) 299-2334
Oct. 8 Pryor 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Northeast Tech Center
Oct. 8 Midwest City 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Home Study, Midwest City Library, (405) 732-4828
Oct. 8 Oakwood 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Oakwood Community Center
Oct. 8 Arnett 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Arnett High School
Oct. 8 Frederick 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Great Plains Tech Center
Oct. 8 Kellyville 8 a.m.-6 :30 p.m. Creek Co. Fairgrounds
Oct. 8-9 Ft. Gibson 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. High School Cafeteria
Oct. 10-11 Goodwell 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Oklahoma Panhandle University, Hefley Hall, Rm 102
Oct. 10,11,13 Duncan 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Red River Tech center, Room 108
Oct. 10, 11, 13 Nowata 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (10th & 11th) 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (13th) Nowata County Fairgrounds Must attend all three days
Oct. 11 Oklahoma City 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Home Study, H&H Gun Range (405) 947-3888
Oct. 11 Oklahoma City, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Home Study, Bass Pro (405) 218-5200
Oct. 11 Jenks 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Home Study, ODWC Office (918) 299-2334
Oct. 12 Oklahoma City, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Home Study, Bass Pro (405) 218-5200
Oct. 13 Jenks 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Home Study, ODWC Office (918) 299-2334

Hunters should pick up a copy of the “2005-2006 Oklahoma Hunting Guide” for complete information on hunting seasons and hunter education requirements.