The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s popular controlled hunts program is open for online applications through May 22.
This program offers once-in-a-lifetime elk and antelope hunts, highly sought-after buck hunts, and a range of other quality deer and turkey hunting opportunities through randomized drawings that only cost sportsmen $5 to enter. Hunts are held on Wildlife Department or other government-owned or managed lands where unrestricted hunting would pose safety concerns or where overharvest might occur otherwise.
The only method to apply for a controlled hunt is through the hunter’s personal account at Go Outdoors Oklahoma, the Wildlife Department’s new online licensing website. Follow these steps:
Log in to your account at license.GoOutdoorsOklahoma.com.
Click on the “Controlled Hunts” tile at the top right of the page.
Check preference points and apply for the hunts of your choosing. You may apply as an individual or create or join a party application.
Pay your one-time $5 entry fee online through the secure Go Outdoors Oklahoma system.
“You just can’t beat $5 for a chance at an Oklahoma big game or gobbler hunt in the unique areas offered through this program,” said Melinda Streich, assistant director of administration and finance for the Wildlife Department. “Whether you want to hunt a bull elk in the Wichita Mountains, an antelope in the Panhandle or a trophy buck at locations across the state like the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, the controlled hunts program is one of the best things going in Oklahoma hunting.”
Log on to www.wildlifedepartment.com/ControlledHunts for complete application instructions, including