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2015-2016 Goose Hunting on Washita National Wildlife Refuge

Washita National Wildlife Refuge, located west of Butler, Oklahoma on the upper end of Foss Reservoir, will host a limited public hunt for geese and sandhill cranes during the 2015-2016 season. Ten blinds will be available for hunting each scheduled hunt day.   

Weekend Hunts:
Seven (7) weekend (2 day) hunts will be permitted. Blinds will be filled by drawing only.

Applications for the weekend hunts will be accepted until September 30th, 2015. Hunters may apply for the drawing by sending the following information to the refuge office by mail, fax, e-mail, telephone or personal delivery: name, mailing address, telephone number, and ONE preferred hunt weekend. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Incomplete applications will be disallowed. Any person submitting more than one application will be disqualified. Successful applicants will be notified by mail, letters will be sent October 9th. A $20.00 blind fee for the two-day weekend hunt is required to be paid by successful applicants by October 23, 2015.

Weekend Hunt Dates: November 21-22, November 28-29, December 12-13, December 19-20, December 26-27, 2015, and January 2-3, January 9-10, 2016.

Wednesday Hunts:
Eight (8) Wednesday hunts will be permitted. Blinds will be filled by reservation only, on a first come, first served basis. Hunters may reserve a blind by calling the refuge office between the hours of 8am and 4pm the Tuesday before their desired hunt date. The Wednesday hunts will operate under the same rules and regulations as the weekend hunts. A $10.00 blind fee will be collected when hunters exit the hunt area at 11:30 am.

Wednesday Hunt Dates: November 18, November 25, December 16, December 23, December 30, 2015, and January 6, January 13, January 20, 2016.

General Regulations:

  • Hunting will be by permit only. Successful applicants may bring up to two companions. Permits are non-transferable; permittee must be present during the hunt. 
  • Participants must be in possession of all required licenses and stamps, including the Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit and State and Federal Waterfowl Stamps. A federal sandhill crane permit is required for those who intend to hunt sandhill cranes. For more information on license requirements, please visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation website or check the Waterfowl Hunting Guide. 
  • An accessible blind is available for people with impaired mobility. Please contact refuge headquarters prior to the hunt if use of the accessible blind is needed. 
  • All hunters are required to use federally approved non-toxic shot. No more than twenty-five (25) shells per hunter are allowed. 
  • Shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 11:30 am. All hunters must remain in their blind until 11:30 am. 

For more information and more detailed directions, please contact the Washita National Wildlife Refuge

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2016
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