Youth in the Sooner State have a special opportunity to participate in a one-day private land spring turkey hunt in nearby Love County on Saturday, April 1.
But anyone interested in getting into this particular turkey hunt needs to hurry since the application deadline is quickly approaching on March 10.
And that’s no April Fool’s joke either.
According to a news release from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, a total of 10 youth will be selected to participate in the April 1 hunt.
To be eligible to participate, youth must have completed their hunter education requirements prior to applying and must be 12 to 17 years old at the time of the scheduled hunt. Turkeys taken by selected applicants will count toward the hunter’s statewide season limit.
According to the ODWC, each child participating in the hunt will be required to have one adult (licensed or unlicensed and who is at least 21 years of age) to accompany them on the hunt.
Incidentally, the youth hunter and accompanying adult are required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting on March 31. ODWC indicates that applicants who are drawn will receive a letter in the mail that includes specific information about the hunt and the orientation session.
For those selected to participate in the hunt, ODWC reports that food and overnight accommodations will be provided by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.
“This hunt is on private property and should provide young hunters a great opportunity to see some turkey as well as a chance to harvest a tom,” said Bill Dinkines, assistant chief of wildlife for ODWC.
“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.”
As mentioned above, those who are interested need to remember that applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on March 10.
To complete an application, go to www.wildlifedepartment.com and search for “private youth turkey.”
When you reach the appropriate screen, have the following information ready: the applicant’s first and last name; date of birth; mailing address; telephone number; hunter education certification number; lifetime license number (if applicable); accompanying adult’s first and last name; and accompanying adult’s e-mail address.
For more information on this hunt, please call private lands biologist Kyle Johnson at (405) 590-2584.