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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities

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Youth hunters enjoy reduced license costs and youth-only seasons in Oklahoma. Help the youth of Oklahoma get involved in the sport of waterfowl hunting and take a kid with you on your next hunt, or encourage them to participate in the youth-only opportunities below.

Youth Waterfowl Weekends

  • Panhandle: October 1–2, 2011
  • Zone 1: October 15–16, 2011
  • Zone 2: October 29–30, 2011

These weekends are special waterfowl hunting opportunities for kids, providing two additional days outside of the regular waterfowl season. Youth hunters must be 15 years of age or younger. An adult must accompany the youth hunter into the field. The accompanying adult must be 18 years of age or older and hunter education certified or exempt, regardless of whether the youth is hunter education certified or not. This adult cannot hunt ducks, mergansers or coots; but may participate in other open seasons including geese in Zone 2. All species and sex specific limits are the same as the regular seasons.

 

ODWC Guided Youth Waterfowl Hunts

 

These guided hunts provide youth who do not have an adult mentor that waterfowl hunts an opportunity to experience the joys of waterfowling.

  • Dates: Set by hunter and guide
  • Locations: Altus-Lugert Lake, Ft. Gibson Waterfowl Refuge, Ft. Cobb State Park, Hackberry Flat Waterfowl Refuge, Vann’s Lake and Wister Lake Refuge.
  • Age: Applicants must be 12 to 15 years of age, have proof of successfully completing a certified hunter education course, and have an adult guardian who can accompany them on the hunt.
  • Application Deadline: Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.
  • How To Apply: Pick a hunt location and two alternate locations. Write them on a three by five inch postcard along with your name, address, phone number, and the youth hunter’s hunter education number. Date of hunt will be determined by both guide and hunter. May only apply once. Mail to:

OK Dept. of Wildlife Conservation, Youth Waterfowl Hunts
PO Box 53465
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

 

For more information contact Jeff Neal, migratory game bird technician, at (405) 396-2503 or at jneal@zoo.odwc.state.ok.us.

 

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