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National Wildlife Refuge

A waterbird enjoys the end of the day in Oklahoma with the reds and oranges of the sunset glinting off the water.
Route 1, Box 18A
Vian, OK   74962
E-mail: chad_ford@fws.gov
Phone Number: 918-773-5251
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The Refuge Hunting Map, available from the headquarters office and also the refuge website, shows areas of the refuge that are open to hunting.

Season dates and bag limits are as specified in the State of Oklahoma Hunting Regulations. Small game hunting is closed on the refuge from January 31 until September 1.

Hunters may hunt only the following game species:

Waterfowl--All waterfowl species (ducks, geese, and mergansers) permitted by Oklahoma hunting regulations.

Small Game--Coot, snipe, mourning dove, woodcock, rabbit, gray squirrel, and fox squirrel.

Deer--Deer hunting is allowed during certain years by special permit only.

Hunters may possess only legal non-toxic shot while hunting waterfowl and small game species on the refuge. Hunters may only hunt with plugged shotguns capable of holding three shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions 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).

Hunters may construct temporary blinds provided that only natural materials (grass, downed logs, cattails, etc.) are used. Materials such as lumber, metal, nails, plastic, wire, etc., may not be used in constructing blinds. Portable blinds may be used, but must be removed at the end of each hunt. Pit blinds are prohibited. Personal property must be removed at the end of each hunt.

Boats are allowed for hunting. Hunters may not shoot from any boat that is under power or in motion. All boats must comply with state regulations. Air driven watercraft are restricted to the navigation channel from September 1 to March 31.

Irregular water depths occur in wetlands and marshes so hunters should use caution when wading.

Parking is permitted in designated parking areas only. Hunters may not shoot or hunt within 50 feet of public refuge roads, parking areas, or from any vehicle.

Hunters may not use refuge roads, parking areas, or boat landings to access off-refuge areas for hunting on non-hunt days or for any species that is not legal to hunt on the refuge.

Hunters waiting at the Headquarters access gate must park in a manner to allow the passage of official vehicles at all times. Vehicles must not be left unattended.

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