OK: Youth deer gun season offers young hunters first shot

Youth hunters have the first chance at a buck or doe with a
rifle during the youth deer gun season slated for Oct. 14-16.

The youth season is open to hunters under 18 years of age. Youth
hunters must be accompanied by a hunter 18 years or older. New this
year, youth can hunt with an apprentice-designated hunting license
if they are eight years old or older as long as they are
accompanied by a licensed hunter who is 18 years old or older and
hunter education certified or exempt.

“In years past, hunters had to be at least 10 years old to hunt
with an apprentice-designated hunting license, and the required
accompanying hunter had to be at least 21,” said Lance Meek, hunter
education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation. “These new rules went into effect Aug. 26, in time to
benefit young hunters during the youth deer gun season.”

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 $5
youth hunting license or a $9 youth combination hunting and fishing
license is available to 16 and 17-year-old residents, 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.

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