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6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, TX   75092 - 5817
E-mail: fw2_rw_hagerman@fws.gov
Phone Number: 903-786-2826
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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Located along a portion of Lake Texoma on the Texas/Oklahoma border, Hagerman NWR was created to provide feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl, pelicans and other birds. The refuge includes numerous agricultural fields that provide ample food for thousands of geese each year. The fields also attract deer, wild turkey, and feral hogs. Annual limited-permit hunts are held for each of these species. The refuge has earned a reputation for large white-tailed deer with several record book animals harvested.

Upland game hunts including dove, squirrel and rabbit are available during the months of September and February. A free, self-issuing permit is required and available at the refuge or on-line at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hagerman/

Getting There . . .
From Dallas: North on Hwy. 75 to US 82; west on US 82 for 5 miles; north on Hwy. 289 for 4 miles; west on Refuge Road for 4 miles.

From I-35: Exit 498A to US east; US east (27 miles) to Hwy, 289; north on Hwy. 289 for 4 miles; west on Refuge Road for 4 miles.

From Oklahoma: South on Hwy. 75 to exit 69 (FM 120 in Denison, TX); west on FM 120 for 3.5 miles; south on FM 1417 for 2.5 miles; west on Refuge Road (watch for sign) for 6 miles to refuge entrance.

From US Hwy. 82: North on Hwy. 289 for 4 miles; west on Refuge Road for 4 miles.

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Wildlife and Habitat

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is located within the Central Flyway on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma. Birds top the wildlife attractions at the 11,320 acre Refuge which is situated near the border of Texas and Oklahoma. A total of 338 species have been recorded since its establishment in 1946.

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Hagerman NWR is within what was historically the hunting territory of several Native American tribes including the Caddo, Wichita, Comanche, and Kiowas.

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Management Activities
Refuge habitat management activities are designed to improve conditions for wildlife. Earthen dikes that create shallow marshes for ducks are flooded each fall. In spring, the marshes are drained to allow growth of wild plants favored by those same waterfowl. Spring and fall migrations bring spectacular flocks of shorebirds to the shallow wetlands. About 400 acres near Lake Texoma are farmed for wildlife – winter wheat mung beans, or a clover blend attracts geese, turkey, and deer for foraging.

Higher, upland areas are managed using controlled burns and mechanical cutting equipment. Left unmanaged, fields become invaded with undesirable trees such as cedar, locust, mesquite, and winged elm. Fire and mechanical cutting helps to control this invasion. Efforts are underway to restore fields and other areas back to prairie habitat by clearing all woody vegetation and planting a blend of native grasses and wildflowers.

In 1951, oil was discovered in the Big Mineral Creek Oil Field. When the Corps of Engineers purchased the land for Lake Texoma in the mid to late 1930’s, the mineral rights were not acquired – a common practice at that time. This left the right to extract all underground minerals in private ownership. These private owners have the legal right to develop, produce, and transport oil and gas resources located within the Refuge. Since 1951, more than 200 wells have been drilled - millions of barrels of crude oil and billions of cubic feet of natural gas have been extracted from these wells.