Refuge Preparing for Controlled Hunts


Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will temporarily close portions of the public use area select 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. Biologists utilize hunting as a management tool to prevent overpopulation which can lead to undesirable habitat alterations, vehicle collisions, and potential human health concerns.

The second Rocky Mountain Elk hunt will be conducted December 17-19. The Refuge’s Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area will be closed to other public uses during this hunt. This includes all access to the Elk Mountain Trail, the Charon’s Garden Trail, the Sunset Picnic Area, Post Oak Lake, Treasure Lake, Heart Rock, and the Fawn Creek Campground. All of the public use areas east of the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area will remain open to the public during this hunt. These areas include Mt. Scott, Jed Johnson Lake Rush Lake, 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. Mt. Scott remains closed for construction.

Closed areas will change for each hunt and additional hunts will be conducted January 7-9, 2020.

Further hunt closure information will be available here on the website, Facebook, or by contacting the Refuge Visitor Center at 580-429-2197.