Atoka Public Hunting Area

 

By: Buddy Prather, Biologist at Atoka, McGee Creek and Stringtown WMA’s. Phone: (580) 346-7664.

 Driving Directions: At the intersections of Hwy 69 and 43 at Stringtown go east  9 miles to PHA entrance sign and north into area.

Area Description: From Atoka: 10 miles north on U.S. Hwy 69, across from the Mack Alford Correctional Center, 6 miles east on Wesley Rd (through Atoka WMA). From Stringtown: 9 miles east on State Hwy 43.

Game Species of Interest:     

           Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in fair numbers.

            Deer: White-tailed deer exist in good numbers but are highly sought after.

            Turkey: Eastern wild turkey are present in good numbers but are highly sought after. 

            Rabbit: Cottontails are present but not abundant.

            Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat, and raccoon are available.

            Dove: Very limited numbers occur during the annual migration.

            Waterfowl: A few wood ducks and mallards can be found on area ponds.

            Squirrel: Fox and gray squirrels are present.

Nongame Species of Interest:

            Bald eagle: Eagles winter on nearby Atoka and McGee Creek lakes.

            Owls: Numerous species exist. The Screech owl is the most abundant.

            Other: Numerous bird species exist, providing birders with ample watching opportunities.

           Bachman’s Sparrow: Present on the PHA

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 30 acres of wildlife habitat plots are maintained and planted annually. Habitat is also manipulated annually by prescribed fire with three year rotational patterns of 4300 acres. 

Camping and Facilities:
One designated primitive camping area is offered on the area. Additional camping and cabin rental can be obtained through the McGee Creek State Park (580) 889-5822 while both lodging and restaurants are available in Atoka and McAlester. The Atoka City Hall can be reached at (580) 889-3341.  

Fishing Opportunities:
Fishing opportunity is limited to small ponds on the area. 

Maps:

Atoka Public Hunting Area - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Area  Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations