The deadline is Aug. 15 for youth hunters to apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s bonus antlerless deer gun hunts.
The hunts are held on private land in Osage, Ellis, Love and Carter counties in October and November.
The Wildlife Department will select 53 youth hunters in a random drawing for the bonus deer hunts. To be eligible, hunters must be ages 12 to 17 at the time of the hunt and completed their hunter education requirements before applying.
For more information, call Doug Schoeling at (405) 590-2584 or visit www.wildlifedepartment.com.
QUAIL SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED FOR AUG. 23 IN OKC
The Oklahoma Quail Symposium will be Aug. 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Oklahoma City.
Sponsored by the Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever, the day-long symposium will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end with a fund-raising banquet for the organization beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Quail experts from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Oklahoma State University and the National Resource Conservation Service are scheduled to speak on various topics.
Tickets for the symposium are $20 each, and lunch is included. Tickets for attending the dinner banquet only are $60 each, and membership in Quail Forever is included. The cost of attending the banquet without a Quail Forever membership is $30.
The price of a combined ticket for attending both the symposium and banquet is $70. For more information, call 415-5724, visit centralokquailforever.org or email email@example.com.
GO HOG HUNTING WITH ROY WILLIAMS
Raffle tickets to win a wild boar hunt with former Dallas Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners football star Roy Williams are being sold by Youth for Christ of Oklahoma City, an organization that helps at-risk students.
The guided hog hunts also will be filmed for the Okie Wild television show. The package includes four hunters and overnight lodging with No Mercy Hunting (nomercyhunting.com) in Oklahoma.
Raffle tickets are $10 each. For ticket information, email Brian Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (405) 600-4139.
Raffle tickets also can be bought at the YFC OKC office in Landmark Towers, Suite 600, 3535 NW 58.
PRICE OF FEDERAL DUCK STAMP COULD BE RISING
A bill that would increase the cost of the federal duck stamp from $15 to $25 passed the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday.
The money raised from the increase in price would be dedicated to conservation easements with private landowners.
Dale Hall, chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited, said the increase is necessary.
“The price of the duck stamp was last adjusted 23 years ago,” Hall said. “Since then, the price of land has tripled and conservation buying power has diminished greatly.”
Since its enactment in 1934, the federal duck stamp program has protected nearly 6 million acres of habitat through expenditures of more than $900 million.