What We Do

The National Wildlife Refuge System is a series of lands and waters owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the refuge system. It drives everything we do from the purpose a refuge is established, to the recreational activities offered there, to the resource management tools we use. Selecting the right tools helps us ensure the survival of local plants and animals and helps fulfill the purpose of the refuge. 

Management and Conservation

Refuges use a wide range of land management tools based on the best science available. Some refuges use prescribed fires to mimic natural fires that would have cleared old vegetation from the land helping native plants regenerate and local wildlife to thrive. Other refuges contain Wilderness areas where land is largely managed in passively. The management tools used are aimed at ensuring a balanced conservation approach where both wildlife and people will benefit. At this field station our conservation toolbox includes using prescribed fires. 

Law Enforcement

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officers have a wide variety of duties and responsibilities. Officers help visitors understand and obey wildlife protection laws. They work closely with state and local government offices to enforce federal, state and refuge hunting regulations that protect migratory birds and other game species from illegal take and preserve legitimate hunting opportunities. Some other duties include patrolling closed areas or Wilderness areas, maintaining relationships with neighboring landowners, maintaining refuge boundaries and participating in public events related to refuge issues. 

Law enforcement issues should be referred to the refuge manager. Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4pm, please call 580-371-2402. After hours or on weekends, please call 911 for emergencies or the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 580-371-2691. 

For injured wildlife, please contact Wild Care Rehabilitation at 405-872-8191 or find a qualified wildlife rehabilitation facility near you. 

Laws and Regulations

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset, except for night fishing and camping. Wildlife viewing is allowed on designated trails and roadways. Seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities are offered; be sure to obtain the regulations and permit. All plants, wildlife, and cultural features on the refuge are protected and it is illegal to remove them. Prohibited activities include swimming, fireworks, littering, metal detectors, off-road driving, glass containers, ATV’s, horses, fires, and pets off-leash.