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Controlled hunt applications are open

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by dennishoddy, Apr 1, 2021.

  1. dennishoddy

    dennishoddy Sharpshooter

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    There are some additions this year.

    New this year, applicants can choose to add PointGuard or Preference Point Only options when they apply.

    PointGuard protects a winning hunter’s preference points and eligibility for future drawings in case the hunter cannot attend the hunt he or she draws. PointGuard is like an insurance policy that can be claimed anytime before the day of the winner’s hunt. This protection costs an additional $5 and can be purchased when applying or before the application deadline.

    Preference Point Only (PPO) is for hunters who choose not to enter in a hunt category but still want to obtain an additional preference point for future drawings in that category. This option is only available during the application period from April 1 to May 20. To choose the PPO option, the hunter will apply as usual for the standard $5 fee, but the hunter will now have an option to select PPO in each category. Hunters may purchase only one point per category per year. PPO is designed for hunters who already know when they apply that they will not be able to attend hunts during certain times of the year if selected for those hunts.

    Controlled hunts are held on Wildlife Department or other government-owned or managed lands where unrestricted hunting would pose safety concerns or where overharvest might occur otherwise.

    Anyone who experiences difficulty in applying should call the Help Desk at (833) 721-1035 or email HelpDesk@GoOutdoorsOklahoma.com.

    Log on to www.wildlifedepartment.com/ControlledHunts for complete application instructions, including tips on enhancing chances of being selected. Last year, more than 5,700 controlled hunt permits were available, and a similar number of hunts will be drawn for this year.
     
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  2. Oklahomabassin

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    Not pleased with the Point Guard.
     
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    Yep. That hunter that gets drawn and doesn't show doesn't need "point guard". I might feel differently if ODWC filled no-shows at hunts the way they used to, but for now it's just a lost opportunity.
     
  4. Jonny

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    Based on last year's numbers, should be some pretty good odds on cow elk walk-in.
     
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    Sounds like both options are goofy as crap.
     
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    Last year was the first year. I suspect many did not put in for it because of the uncertainty of it. I suspect the number who apply for it to increase this year.
     
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    Last year was the first year. I suspect many did not put in for it because of the uncertainty of it. I suspect the number who apply for it to increase this year.
    Especially with the way the preference points work in Oklahoma.

    I guess if you only applied for 1 or 2 elk hunt options but knew you were unable to attend because of the dates but were applying for other hunts like deer or antelope you could check the PPO for the elk category for the same $5 application fee the way I understand.

    I despise the point guard option because in my opinion it gives a way for folks to draw a limited spot and only cost $5 to skip the hunt and it keeps someone else from going.
     
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  8. Jonny

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    Oh, I didn't know that. Your assessment is probably correct then.
     
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    $$$$$$ for the win.
     
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