Cimarron Hills Wildlife Management Area

By: Larry Wiemers, Biologist, Cimarron Bluff and Cimarron Hills. Phone: (405) 990-7206.

Driving Directions: From Buffalo: 19 miles east on U.S. Hwy 64, 6 miles north on State Hwy 34, 2½ miles west on Major Road.

Area Description: Cimarron Hills WMA covers 3,770 acres in western Woods County, located four miles north of the junction of Highways 34 and US 64, and then four miles west on Major road. The area lies north of the city of Woodward, east of Buffalo, and west of Alva. Cimarron Hills WMA is primarily rolling sand hills overlooking the east side of the Cimarron River. Area is dominated by mixed-grass prairie vegetation and sand sagebrush and sand plum on the uplands and vegetated by tall grass prairie species in the river bottom along with cottonwood, hackberry, and western soapberry trees along West Anderson Creek. A limited amount of Cimarron River flood plain exists along the west boundary of the WMA, dominated by salt flats, interspersed with some salt cedar.

Game Species of Interest:

  • Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in moderate numbers.
  • Deer: White-tailed deer are present in limited numbers, mule deer are rarely seen.
  • Turkey: Rio Grande turkeys are present in fair numbers.
  • Pheasant: Pheasants are extremely rare.
  • Dove: Dove are present in fair numbers.
  • Rabbit: Rabbits are present in fair numbers.
  • Waterfowl: Duck and goose opportunities exist along the river.
  • Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are present.

Non-Game Species of Interest: Cimarron Hills is host to a number of non-game species.

Such as: Lesser Prairie Chicken, Bell’s Vireo, Eastern Collard Lizard, Texas Horned Lizard, Western Diamondback and Prairie Rattlesnakes, loggerhead shrike, western big-eared bat, Cassin Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Red Headed Woodpecker, red-tailed hawk, Snowy Plover, and Interior Least Tern.

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices: Cimarron Hills management practices will include prescribed grazing by livestock, strip mowing, pasture aeration, prescribed burning, and selective removal of upland trees. These techniques will produce native wildlife foods that will include ragweed, croton, and sunflowers.

Fishing Opportunities: Limited along river. Fishing will be accessible by walk-in only.

Hunting Opportunities: All hunting activities will be by walk-in only. Consult regulations before entering the area.

Birding Opportunities: All activities will be by walk-in only, and will be restricted during hunting seasons and by on-going management practices. Consult regulations before entering the area.

Camping and User Facilities: The WMA has one primitive camping area, located to the northwest of the headquarters. Other accommodations can be found in Woodward, 35 miles south on Highway 34 or in Buffalo, 20 miles to the west on US Highway 64, or 38 miles east to Alva.

Maps

Cimarron Hills WMA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

 

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations