Deep Fork NWR
Refuge Specific Hunting and Fishing Regulations
Carrying, possessing, or discharging firearms, fireworks, or explosives on national wildlife refuges is prohibited unless specifically authorized. Firearms must be unloaded and either dismantled or encased when transported in vehicles and boats while on the Refuge. Loaded is defined as shells in gun or cap on muzzleloader. The use or possession of crossbows, bows and arrows, air guns, spears, gigs, and other weapons on national wildlife refuges is prohibited except as may be authorized by the Refuge manager. Possession of center fire rifles and handguns on the Refuge is prohibited. State authority to carry concealed firearms is not authorized on Deep Fork NWR.
All hunters using shotguns for hunting small game and migratory game birds on the Refuge must use and possess ammunition containing non-toxic shot only. Non-toxic shot is not required for .22 rimfire rifles used for small game hunting.
All vehicles must remain on existing County roads or in designated parking areas. Blocking gates or roadways is prohibited. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs and ATCs) are prohibited, except by individuals with a disability who possess a Refuge special use permit.
Boats used for any recreational activity; i.e., hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing, must be removed from the Refuge daily. Boats must comply with all State regulations.
People with a disability are encouraged to participate in Refuge hunts and other activities. Contact the Refuge manager for guidelines to obtain special use access.
Dogs are permitted for hunting squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, and migratory birds only during designated seasons. All dogs are required to wear a collar displaying the owner's name and telephone number. Dogs used for rabbit, squirrel, and raccoon hunting must be removed immediately after the hunt.
Designated areas will be closed to hunting (see map for specific locations and closures). Some areas are closed to all forms of public entry. Other areas may be closed for special management or safety reasons. All Refuge access is prohibited after dark unless specifically authorized by the Refuge manager.
Camping and fires are prohibited on the Refuge. The nearest campground is located at Okmulgee/Dripping Springs State Park, west of Okmulgee along Highway 56.
All government property including natural, historic, and archaeological features are protected by federal law. Searching for or removal of objects of antiquity or other value is strictly prohibited.
Fishing is permitted on the Refuge. Contact the Refuge office for Refuge fishing regulations. Also see the fishing information page for further details.
It is unlawful to mark any tree or other Refuge feature with paint or similar substance. Please remove all flagging tape and other marking material upon leaving the Refuge.
Youths 14-years-old or younger must be directly supervised by an adult at least 18 years of age while hunting.