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Hunting

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

Waterfowl Hunting
The refuge operates controlled waterfowl 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. 

2016-17 waterfowl hunting information

Waterfowl Survey - 11/30/2016

  • Snow/Ross Geese - 3,293
  • Canada Geese - 6,055  
  • White-fronted Geese - 0
  • Ducks - 594
  • Eagles - 4    

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, 2016 through March 15, 2017, with closures during the controlled deer hunts (October 7-8, November 4-5). Rabbit hunting is also closed during the first 9 days of deer gun season (November 19-27, 2016). Quail hunting is permitted from November 12, 2016 through February 15, 2017. Quail and rabbit hunting are shotgun only with federally approved nontoxic shot.


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 hunt in 2016. 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: Nov 30, 2016
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