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Hunting

Canada-Snow_512x219Washita offers hunting opportunities for geese, sandhill cranes, quail, rabbits, and deer.

All hunting is shotgun only except during controlled deer hunts. Non-toxic shot is required for all shotgun hunting, including quail and rabbit.

Waterfowl Hunting
The refuge operates controlled goose and sandhill crane hunts, with ten blinds available on selected Wednesdays and weekends in November, December, and January. Wednesday hunts are filled by telephone reservation on a first call first served basis, on the Tuesday before the hunt day. Weekend hunts are determined by random computer drawing held in October.

Information on how to apply for the goose hunts for the 2014-2015 season is available here.

Quail and Rabbit Hunting
Approximately 2,800 acres of the refuge are open to quail and rabbit hunting. Rabbit hunting is permitted on the refuge from October 1, 2014 through March 15, 2015, with closures during controlled deer hunts (October 10-11, 20-21, and November 7-8, 2014). Rabbit hunting is also closed during the first 9 days of deer gun season (November 22-30, 2014). Quail hunting is permitted from November 9, 2014 through February 15, 2015.

Deer Hunting
Deer Hunting at Washita National Wildlife Refuge is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC). Washita National Wildlife Refuge will hold two youth deer hunts and one general deer hunt in 2014. Deer hunt participants are selected by a random drawing conducted by the ODWC through their Controlled Hunts Program. Deer hunts held at Washita are used to manage deer numbers on the refuge.

Please contact the Refuge Headquarters for more information on the refuge's hunt regulations.
Page Photo Credits — Canada and snow geese in one of the refuge fields
Last Updated: Sep 03, 2014
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