Hugo Wildlife Management Area

By: Richard Beagles, Biologist at Hugo, Pine Creek, Whitegrass Flats, Red Slough and Grassy Slough WMA’s. Phone: (580) 320-3176. 

Area Description:Hugo WMA covers 18,196 acres with two additional areas ( Sawyer Unit and Hamden Unit) of 720 and 480 acres respectively. Total WMA is 19,566 acres. The Hugo WMA is located along the Kiamichi River with the majority in Choctaw County. The northern portion is in southern Pushmataha County. The Lyndol Fry Waterfowl Refuge is located adjacent to the Kiamichi River and consists of 3,500 acres.

Habitat consists of mature stands of hardwoods in the bottom land areas to hardwood/pine tree mixes in some areas. Much of the area is old farm field habitat that is maintained through intensive management practices as prescribed burning, discing, and cattle grazing operations. The variety of trees include six species of oak as well as ash, hickory, pine, river birch, willow, as well as sand plum, holly, sumac, and a great variety of grasses and legumes. Soil types vary from deep sand to alluvial plain type habitat.  The average annual precipitation for the area is 49 inches.

WMA Driving Directions:
From Hugo: East on U.S. Hwy 70, 6 miles north on State Hwy 93. 

Hugo WMA – Sawyer Unit

From Hugo: 7 miles east on U.S. Hwy 70, 3 miles south on N4300, 2½ miles east on E2105.

 

Game Species of Interest: 

Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in very low numbers. 

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

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

Rabbit: Both cottontails and swamp rabbits are present in good numbers, with cottontails being more common. 

Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat, beaver, mink, and raccoon are available. 

Dove: Usually fair dove numbers can be found during the migration. 

River Otters: Present, but only in very low numbers. Same as statewide.

Waterfowl: Goose number are usually low but ducks are usually present in good numbers throughout the season

 

Nongame Species of Interest: 

Black Bear: Seldom seen but are known to be in the area. No hunting is allowed.

Bald eagle: Eagles winter at Hugo Lake and travel the Kiamichi River Basin.

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 1200 acres of food plots are planted yearly. Management practices such as burning, plowing, and cattle grazing are used to provide quality native plant food resources and to maintain habitat diversity. Hugo WMA has plenty of water sources for all game and non-game species. 

Camping and Facilities:
Five designated primitive camping areas are offered on the area, while both lodging and restaurants are available in Hugo. Also the Corps of Engineers offer camping at areas on the South and east shore of Hugo Lake. The C.O.E. phone number is : 580-326-3345

A rifle range can be found on the east side of Hugo Dam. It offers both 25, 50, and 100 yard target ranges and has a covered shooting bench.

Fishing Opportunities:
Fishing opportunities exist at Hugo Lake both on the main water and below the dam. ODWC has two boat ramps with primitive camping sites at the north end of the lake near the town of Messer. Hugo Lake is best known for it’s quality crappie fishing in the spring.

Maps:

Hugo - Sawyer WMA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Hugo Wetland Map

Information on the lake and surrounding area

Area map courtesy of US Army Corp of Engineers

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

For additional information and area attractions:
Kiamichi Country Tourism  
1-800-722-8180

Clayton
PO Box 279, Dept KC03
Clayton 74536
(918) 569-4135

Hugo Area Chamber of Commerce
200 South Broadway
Hugo OK 74743
(580) 326-7511
hugochamber@lstarnet.com
http://www.hugochamber.com

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or (405) 521-2409
www.travelok.com

Pushmataha County Chamber of Commerce
212 North High Antlers OK 74523
(580) 298-2488