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 deer hunt will be conducted Nov. 19 to 21. The refuge’s public use areas west of the Visitor Center to Headquarters will be closed to other public uses during this hunt.

The closed areas include 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.

All of the public use areas west of Headquarters and east of the Visitor Center will remain open to the public during this hunt. These areas include Elk Mountain, Post Oak/Treasure Lakes, the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area, Jed Johnson Lake and Rush Lake. Mount Scott remains closed for construction.

Additional controlled elk hunts will be conducted Dec. 3 to 5, Dec. 17 to 19 and Jan. 7 to 9, 2020. Closed areas will change for each hunt. Further hunt closure information will be available on the refuge website at: fws.gov/refuge/wichita_mountains, Facebook or by contacting the Refuge Visitor Center at 429-2197.

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