U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service logo A Unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System
Banner graphic displaying the Fish & Wildlife Service logo and National Wildlife Refuge System tagline

Deep Fork
National Wildlife Refuge

The scene of the bottomland hardwood forest can be viewed at the Deep Fork NWR boardwalk.
P.O. Box 816
Okmulgee, OK   74447
E-mail: lori_jones@fws.gov
Phone Number: 918-652-0456
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
Deep Fork NWR is comprised of bottomland hardwood forests.
Gray horizontal line
Continued . . .

Squirrel season is the same as the statewide season dates except the Refuge is closed to squirrel hunting from October 1 – November 30 and the Refuge season ends January 31. Rabbit and raccoon hunting are open from December 1 – January 31. Bag limits are the same as the statewide bag limits. Raccoon hunting is allowed from sunset to sunrise only.

Duck hunting is allowed from December 1 until the end of the state Duck Season, except for those days designated as closed in the Oklahoma Waterfowl Hunting guide. The bag limit is the same as the statewide bag limit. Waterfowl hunting on the Refuge is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Duck hunting is allowed on half hour before sunrise to 1:00 p.m. Only portable blinds may be used. Blinds and decoys must be removed daily. Only shotguns with non-toxic shot are permitted. The use of non-toxic shot will reduce the possibility of lead poisoning in waterfowl that use the area. Possession of lead shot is not allowed.

Dogs may be used for squirrel, raccoon, waterfowl, and rabbit hunting during designated seasons. Dogs must be removed immediately after the hunt.

Deer hunting is allowed by permit only. The Refuge hosts three muzzleloader hunts (a youth hunt; an accessible hunt; and an adult hunt) annually. These hunts are announced in the Oklahoma Controlled Hunt booklet. Hunters will be selected through a lottery process conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. An archery season is conducted on the Refuge between the State Muzzleloader and Rifle seasons. The number of hunters allowed will be based on deer surveys and harvest data from previous years and will be controlled to ensure that high quality hunts are maintained. Archery hunters must get a Refuge Special Use permit for this archery hunt either the third Saturday in September or the Monday following the third Saturday. Permits are issued on a first come first served basis.

Hunting ducks and small game species on the refuge requires a signed permit validated for the current year. The signed permit is necessary for general hunting on the Refuge.

Persons possessing transporting, or carrying firearms on national wildlife Refuges must comply with all provision of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).

For more information about the Refuge Hunting program, please contact the Refuge office for a copy of their current Hunting pamphlet.

- Back -