Special Hunts

Certain areas of Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma allow hunters to participate in controlled hunts for elk, antelope, deer and turkey.


Awarded to applicants selected in a random drawing, controlled hunts are held in situations where unrestricted hunting would pose safety concerns or where overharvest might occur.


Several of the controlled hunt choices are highly sought after and often have many times more applicants than available permits.


This year, special hunts may be found in seven categories:


• Elk Hunts

• Antelope Hunts


• Deer Hunts


• Deer Hunts for Motor Vehicle or Non-Ambulatory Permittees


• Youth Deer Hunts


• Spring 2018 Turkey Hunts


• Youth Spring 2018 Turkey Hunts  


Before applying, please note that one of the most common errors every year is when an individual enters him- or herself into a group hunt, and a hunting partner also enters them a second time into the same hunt.

Please make sure only one person fills out a group application. Being entered twice will disqualify you.


It is the hunter’s responsibility to verify that his/her information is accurate and complete before submitting an application.

For more information on applying for special hunts, visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.