Youth looking to get involved with the outdoors have a wide range of opportunities to participate in.
Special Youth Seasons
Youth hunting seasons offer youth the chance to participate in a youth-only season. Currently, Oklahoma offers a youth spring turkey, deer gun, and waterfowl season. Be sure to consult the current regulations for additional information and dates.
Youth Hunting Opportunities
Outside of special youth seasons, youth also have access to some unique opportunities through private lands turkey, antlerless deer, guided waterfowl, and controlled hunts. Opportunities may also be available through Outdoor Oklahoma Adventures and the Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program.
Youth Shooting Sports
The Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools Program, Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program, and FFA Clay Target Program offers youth at participating schools to becoming involved with shooting sports.
Some additional youth shooting sports options include:
Junior Olympic Archery Development Program (JOAD)
4H Shooting Sports
Oklahoma Clay Target Program
Scholastic 3-D Archery program (S3DA)
Youth looking to be involved with fishing may be interested in participating in a fishing clinic. Many schools are also involved with the Oklahoma Fishing in the Schools Program, and high school students may be interested in the Oklahoma High School Bass Fishing.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation offers many educational activities through in-school Outdoor Education Programs, the Hackberry Classroom, Bat Watches, Wildlife Youth Camp, and Wildlife EXPO.
Youth looking for a creative outdoor challenge can participate in a creative writing competition and the USFWS Junior Duck Stamp. A Conservation Education Scholarship is also available for educators involved with Outdoor Education.
Additional opportunities provided by partners:
Greenwings - Ducks Unlimited
Jakes - NWTF