Deep Fork WMA

Deep Fork WMA, photo by Jena Donnell


Game Warden (County):
(580) 320-2949(Okfuskee)

Area Acres
11,900 ac.
Area Non-Ambulatory Acres
251.52 ac.

The Deep Fork Wildlife Management covers 11,682.28 acres in southern Creek and northern Okfuskee Counties. The area is a series of tracts of various sizes located along the Deep Fork of the Canadian River. While a large percentage of the area is forested bottom lands, it also has numerous old fields, native prairies, and post oak-blackjack timber. Annual rainfall averages 35 inches.

From Bristow: 10 miles south on State Hwy 48. Numerous tracts and access points along the Deep Fork River.

From U.S. Interstate 40: Exit 217, 15 miles north on State Hwy 48.

  • Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in fair numbers but are highly sought after. 
  • Deer: White-tailed deer are present in good numbers but are highly sought after. 
  • Turkey: Rio Grande wild turkeys are present in good numbers but highly sought after. 
  • Rabbit: Both cottontails and swamp rabbits are present in good numbers. 
  • Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are abundant. 
  • Dove: Dove are present in fair numbers. This area is not in a major flyway. 
  • Waterfowl: Waterfowl are abundant when water conditions are favorable. 
  • Squirrel: Both fox and gray squirrel are common. 
  • Bald Eagle: Commonly seen when waterfowl are abundant.
  • River Otter: Present, but rarely seen. 

Although small wetland areas are manipulated for waterfowl habitat, most of this area is not intensively managed.  Wildlife plots are planted annually. 

Primitive camping is permitted adjacent to county roads and access points, but there are no designated campgrounds.

The Deep Fork of the Canadian River has abundant channel and flathead catfish.

All shotgun hunting is restricted to federally approved nontoxic shot on the Swift Bottoms WDU portion.

Same As Statewide Seasons
Deer Archery, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun, Youth Deer Gun, Deer Muzzleloader, Dove, Rail, Gallinule, Crow, Turkey Fall Archery, Trapping
Seasons w/ Special Restrictions
  • Deer Gun

Open during the first nine days only.

  • Quail, Squirrel, Rabbit, Snipe, Woodcock, Pursuit with Hounds for Furbearers, Predator/Furbearer Calling

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season.

  • Turkey Fall Gun

Tom only, shotgun only.

  • Waterfowl

Hunting hours for waterfowl close at 1 p.m. daily on the WDU portion. The Harold Stuart Marsh (Refuge Unit) is closed to all waterfowl hunting.

  • Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring

One-tom limit; seasons combined, area combined.

Additional Restrictions:

Hunter and angler camping is allowed within 50 yards of open roads.

List of Threatened and Endangered Species Scheduled for Updates in 2023

We discuss scheduled federal listings of threatened and endangered species with the Wildlife Department’s endangered species biologist.

Mar 23, 2023

Plant Habitat by Planting Trees: Four Tips for Success

We share four tree planting tips from a restoration project at the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge.

Feb 16, 2023

Woodworking for Wildlife: Nest Boxes

Lack of suitable nest sites often prevents wildlife – primarily birds – from utilizing otherwise good habitat.

Feb 14, 2023