Beginning July 1, hunters who kill a trophy elk, black bear or pronghorn antelope in Oklahoma will be eligible for the state Wildlife Department’s Cy Curtis Awards Program.
Since 1975, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has recognized deer hunters who bring home a trophy buck in the state through its Cy Curtis awards.
Named after the former state wildlife biologist credited the most with restoring Oklahoma’s deer population, the Cy Curtis awards are similar to the national hunter recognition program operated by the Boone & Crockett and Pope and Young organizations.
However, the minimum scores that qualify for the Cy Curtis record book generally fall between the scores required by Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett, said Jerry Shaw, programs supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
That allows for more Oklahoma hunters to be recognized for trophy animals that might not qualify for the national record books.
The Wildlife Department currently keeps a Cy Curtis record book which is also available online that lists details about the deer, the hunter and county where the buck was killed. Hunters also receive a Cy Curtis certificate recognizing their trophy animal.
Shaw said the Wildlife Department will begin accepting new applications for the Cy Curtis record book beginning July for black bears, elk and pronghorn antelope and it will be retroactive.