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Oklahoma controlled hunts applications available Monday

Outdoors notebook: Bird dog competition April 6 and 7 in Fort Reno; Bat weekend April 12-13 at Alabaster Caverns; Record striped bass hybrid caught on Lake Carl Blackwell; Bow fishing tournament April 6-7 in Springfield, Mo.
by Ed Godfrey Published: March 30, 2013

Controlled hunts applications available Monday

Hunters can begin to apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2013-14 controlled hunts on Monday.

Applications are accepted only online at through May 15.

For a total cost of $5, hunters can apply for once in a lifetime elk and antelope hunts as well as deer and turkey hunts around the state.

Hunters are randomly chosen in a drawing but earn preference points with each attempt, increasing their odds of being selected for a hunt.

Among the most highly desired hunts are the deer and elk gun hunts in the Wichita Mountains, antelope hunting in the Panhandle and the bow hunts for whitetail deer at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.

Some hunts are offered just to youth hunters and hunters with disabilities.

Bird dog competition at Fort Reno

The National Shoot to Retrieve Association is holding its Oklahoma Region Elimination Trial April 6 and 7 at Fort Reno, west of El Reno.

“It's a great time for spectators to come out and watch some very good bird dogs of all breeds compete,” said John George of Oklahoma City, operator of the Rocking G Kennels for German Shorthairs . “The field we will be using will also be a great field for spectators to see what is going on.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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