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Applying for Elk and Deer Hunts

The elk and deer hunts on the refuge are a cooperative effort between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC).

Participating hunters are randomly selected from applications received at the ODWC web site. Application deadlines are generally in early May for that year's hunt.

To apply, navigate to the application web page on the ODWC web site. Closely follow the directions, as any discrepancy will disqualify you. Names go into a drawing and the lucky ones are chosen. Usually, several thousand applicants (approximately 30,000 for the elk hunt alone) vie for very few slots, so the competition is tough. Non-residents of Oklahoma will have to purchase a state hunting license prior to filing an application

Hunters successfully drawn to participate in the refuge's elk or deer hunts will be notified by email from the ODWC. NOTE: This is a procedure established in 2009. Paper mailings will no longer go out to those drawn for the hunt.

Included in your notification packet will be instructions on mailing appropriate fees. You will be sent confirmation of fee receipt. Your information packet will also include detailed instructions and information about your hunt, including regulations of the refuge, how your hunt will be conducted, and schedules.

If you require assistance with your hunt or are a special needs hunter, please contact us prior to your hunt. The refuge and ODWC staff work diligently to provide a quality hunting experience for everyone involved.

Results of the drawings for the public elk and deer hunts on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge are available online at the ODWC web site.
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2014
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