Various Deer Hunt Opportunities Seeking Applicants Ages 12-17

Several deer hunting opportunities will be available for youths ages 12-17 later this year. A grass-roots volunteer group, the Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program, will be taking about 75 first-time youth hunters on guided deer hunts in October. And the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will offer 56 youths a chance to harvest a bonus antlerless deer on private-land controlled hunts.

Private Lands Bonus Antlerless Deer Hunts
DEADLINE TO APPLY: AUG. 15

Young deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in one of four bonus antlerless deer hunts that will take place on private lands on these dates in these counties:

Ellis County

  • Oct. 12-13, 2018.

Love County

  • Oct. 19, 2018 (mandatory orientation Oct. 18, 2018).
  • Dec. 7, 2018 (mandatory orientation Dec. 6, 2018).
  • Dec. 7-8, 2018.

This year, 56 youths will be selected to receive one of the bonus private lands antlerless deer gun permits. To be eligible, youths must have completed their hunter education requirements prior to applying and must be 12-17 years old at the time of their scheduled hunt.

“These hunts are on private property and should provide young hunters a great opportunity to see some deer as well as a chance to harvest a doe,” said Bill Dinkines, assistant chief of wildlife for the Wildlife Department. “The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission has endorsed the youth hunt program, and we are thankful for the landowners’ willingness to allow these kids the opportunity to hunt on their property.”

To apply for a hunt, youths must fill out an application online at www.wildlifedepartment.com no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, with the following information:

  • Hunter’s first and last name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Email address.
  • Mailing address.
  • Telephone number.
  • Hunter Education certification number.
  • Lifetime license number, if applicable.
  • Accompanying adult* first and last name.
  • List of hunts by order of preference.**

*Each child participating in this hunt must have an adult (licensed or unlicensed) who is at least 21 years old accompany them on the hunt.

**List the hunt(s) you wish to apply for by order of preference. (Please do not list any hunt that you are not interested in or know in advance you cannot attend.)

Antlerless deer taken by selected applicants during these hunts will be considered a bonus deer and will not count toward the hunter’s statewide season limit.

Applicants who are successfully drawn will receive a notification letter that includes specific information about their hunt and the deadline for purchasing required license(s) as listed below:

Resident Options (Ages 12-15):

$10 Controlled Hunts (CH) Private Lands Youth Deer License***
OR

Lifetime Hunting ($625) or Lifetime Combination ($775) License
Resident Options (Ages 16-17):

Resident Youth Annual Hunting ($5) plus the $10 Controlled Hunts Private Lands Youth Deer License***

OR

  • Resident Youth Fiscal Year Hunting ($7) plus the $10 Controlled Hunts Private Lands Youth Deer License***

OR

  • Lifetime Hunting ($625) or Lifetime Combination ($775) License

Nonresident Requirement (Ages 12-17):

  • $31 Controlled Hunts Nonresident Private Lands Youth Deer License***

***NOTE: The $10 resident or the $31 nonresident Controlled Hunts Private Lands Youth Deer Hunt licenses will be issued in lieu of the open-season license and must be purchased through the Wildlife Department’s headquarters either by mail, by phone at (405) 521-3852 or in person at 2145 N.E. 36th St. in Oklahoma City. No apprentice-designated licenses will be allowed due to the Hunter Education requirement.

For more information before applying, call Kyle Johnson at (405) 590-2584.

Youths receive shooting education as a part of the first-time hunting experience provided by the Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program. Applications for this year’s hunts are due by Sept. 15. (OYHP Photo)

Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program
DEADLINE TO APPLY: SEPT. 15

Youths who have never had the opportunity to go deer hunting can apply for a chance to do just that. The Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program, an all-volunteer, nonprofit group, is seeking applicants to go on hunting trips this coming October.

OYHP President Darrell Noblitt said the group is hoping to mentor about 75 youths this year. The qualifications for the hunters are that they are between 12-17 years old, have never hunted before, and have one parent or guardian to accompany them on the hunt.

Youths will receive pre-hunt training and will have a volunteer guide, hunt-masters and mentors throughout the hunt. All hunts will be conducted on private lands during the state’s annual Youth Deer Gun Season from Oct. 18-21, with meals, equipment and accommodations provided free. The hunters will be required to buy the state’s youth deer gun license.

This year, OYHP will celebrate taking the 500th youth on a first-time hunt since the organization began in 2008.

Youths and parents/guardians must fill out an application by the Sept. 15 deadline. For more information, go to www.oyhp.org.

The OYHP is not associated with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. For more information, visit the group’s website or contact Fred Raschen at (918) 605-2800 or raschen@cox.net, or Darrell Noblitt at (405) 833-2112 or darrell@noblittoilandgas.com.