Bugling Elk ToursSeptember & October, 2016; Reservations Monday August 29, 2016
The tours will take participants into the refuge's Special Use Area during the height of the elk mating season, a unique opportunity for wildlife viewing. At this time of year the bull elk compete for available females to form their harems. To vent their feelings of frustration and aggression, the bull elk produces a high-pitched whistling sound. Tour participants have the opportunity to hear the bugling and to view elk in their natural habitat. Members from the Association of Friends of the Wichitas serve as Interpretive guides for the tours.
Tours will be held:
September 4, 10*, 11, 17, 18, 24*, 25, 2016
September Tours: 5:30 p.m.
October 1**, 2, 8, 9, 15**, 16, 2016
October Tours: 5:00 p.m.
* Sept. 10, 24 BOTH- 6:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. tours
** Oct. 1, 15 ONLY 6:30 a.m. tours
DetailsThe Wichita Mountains Wildlife refuge will be conducting "Bugling Elk" tours for the general public in September and October. Reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on the date indicated above.
Tour participants will meet at the refuge Visitor Center located at the intersection of Highways 49 and 115. From Interstate 44, take exit 45 west 7 miles to the Refuge gate or 14 miles to the Visitor Center. If coming in from Highway 62, take Highway 115 (Cache exit) north 3 miles to the Refuge gate or 5.1 miles to the Visitor Center. Visitors may obtain a refuge leaflet and map from one of the dispensers located at each of the five entrances. Wheelchair access is available if requested at time of reservation. Each tour will last approximately 3 hours. Due to the length of the program, children must be at least eight years of age to participate. Restrooms are not available on the tours. Refuge tours are dependent upon wildlife and weather conditions. They may be canceled or modified if adverse conditions exist.
The refuge's public interpretive program is intended for individuals and family groups. Reservations are limited to one family (up to six individuals) per telephone call. Only one family’s reservation will be accepted per telephone call. We regret we cannot offer group tours but invite all interested individuals to call for reservations which are taken on a first-come, first-served basis by telephoning the refuge Visitor Center on the following line only: (580) 429-2197, beginning on the reservation date listed above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Reservations will be retained until ten minutes prior to departure on each date. After that time, stand-bys will be accepted. If the bus seating capacity is filled after accepting stand-bys, late arrivals with reservations will not be able to participate.
Interested persons are advised that the Refuge's public interpretive programs are intended for individuals and family groups of six persons or less. Only one family's reservation will be accepted per telephone call. We regret we cannot offer group tours but invite all interested individuals to call for reservations which are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Other Tours are held throughout the year.