Hunt Area Closures

Hunt closure

Area closures will be in effect for the following hunt dates:
Deer hunt - November 14-16, 2018
Elk hunt 1 - December 10-13, 2018
Elk hunt 2 - January 7-10, 2019
Elk hunt 3 - January 22-25, 2019 


Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will temporarily close portions of the Refuge’s public use area for a few days in November, December, and January to conduct controlled hunts. These hunts, which are conducted in cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, are an important part of the deer and elk management on the Refuge. 

The deer hunt will be conducted November 14-16, 2018.  The Refuge’s public use areas west of the Visitor Center to Headquarters will be closed to other public uses during this hunt.  The closed areas include Quanah Parker Lake and Dam, Boulder Picnic area, Lost Lake, Burford Lake, Osage Lake, French Lake, Burma Road, the Narrows, and Dog Run Hollow trail system.  All of the public use areas west of Headquarters and east of the Visitor Center will remain open to the public during this hunt. These areas include Elk Mountain, Sunset Picnic area, Charon’s Garden, Post Oak/Treasure Lakes, Mt. Scott, Jed Johnson Lake and Rush Lake. Specific details on closed areas will be posted in the Visitor Center. 

Additional controlled elk hunts will be conducted on:  December 10-13, 2018; January 7-10, 2019; and January 22-25, 2019. Closed areas will change for each hunt. Further hunt closure information will be available at the Refuge Visitor Center which can be reached at 580-429-2197.