Deadline looming for Oklahoma's controlled hunts application

Outdoors notebook: Arkansas pair wins college tournament; Sporting clays shoot to benefit charity; Squirrel season set to open; Traditional bow shoot Saturday and Sunday
by Ed Godfrey Published: May 12, 2012

Tuesday is the final day for hunters to complete and submit their applications for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s controlled hunts drawings.

The controlled hunts program offers once-in-a-lifetime elk and antelope hunts, highly sought-after buck deer hunts, and a range of other quality deer and turkey hunting opportunities through randomized drawings that only cost sportsmen $5 to enter.

Opportunities offered through the program include hunts on Wildlife Department or other government-owned or managed lands where unrestricted hunting would pose safety concerns or where overharvest might occur.

Applications are only accepted online through the Wildlife Department’s website at

All applicants, including lifetime license holders, must pay the $5 application fee to enter the controlled hunts drawings.

The fee is paid only once per person per year regardless of the number of categories entered.

Arkansas pair wins college tournament

Mook Miller and Kyle Billingsley could have been walking across the stage of Bud Walton Arena Saturday to receive their undergraduate diplomas from the University of Arkansas.

Instead, the two Arkansas graduates decided to go bass fishing and walked across the B.A.S.S. weigh-in stage on the shoreline of Fort Gibson Lake to receive their trophies for winning the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Super Regional.

Miller and Billingsley won the tournament after weighing the final day’s biggest catch of 13 pounds, 14 ounces on Saturday. They added that weight to Friday’s catch of 14-3 for an overall weight of 28-1, more than two pounds better than the rest of the field.

by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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