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Okmulgee GMA

Okmulgee GMA, photo by Jay Rouk

Contacts

Game Warden (County):
(918) 625-5971(Okmulgee)
(918) 625-6013(Okmulgee)

Area Acres
6,530 ac.

Okmulgee GMA covers 6,530 acres of west-central Okmulgee County.  It is part of the Okmulgee WMA, which also includes the Okmulgee PHA. Located 5 miles west of the city of Okmulgee, the area is heavily wooded in post oak-blackjack timber and bisected by seven miles of the Deep Fork of the Canadian River. The Okmulgee Wildlife Management Area contains one of the largest known tracts of old growth Post oak/Blackjack oak "Crosstimbers" found anywhere. Many of the area's post oaks are likely over 350 years old, making them some of the oldest trees found East of the Rocky Mountains in North America. Crosstimber, although not highly productive, is unique in that it provides habitat for both classic "Western" species like the Greater Roadrunners and Easter species like the Indigo Bunting and is rich in biological diversity.

The area is approximately 95% wooded, with elevations ranging from about 600 ft. near the river to over 950 ft. on wooded ridges. Post oaks, blackjack oaks, and hickories dominate the poor, rocky upland soils, with burr oaks, pin oaks, red oaks and sycamores dominating the riparian bottomland. The average annual rainfall is 42 inches. 

Entrance #1

From Okmulgee: From U.S. Hwy 75, 6.9 miles west on State Hwy 56 to entrance on right.

Shooting Range

From Okmulgee: From U.S. Hwy 75, 7.9 miles west on State Hwy 56 to entrance on right.

Entrance #2

From Okmulgee: From State Hwy 56, 4 miles north on U.S. Hwy 75, 3 miles west on Celia Berryhill Road to entrance on left.

Entrance #3 

From Okmulgee: From State Hwy 56, 4 miles north on U.S. Hwy 75, 5 miles west on Celia Berryhill Road (always keep left) to entrance on left.

Entrance #4

From Beggs: 1.4 miles south on U.S. Hwy 75 ALT, right on Webster Rd, 4.2 miles south on Webster Rd to entrance on right.

  • Quail: Bobwhite quail present in low numbers. 
  • Deer: White-tailed deer are present in good numbers but are highly sought after. 
  • Turkey: Turkeys are present in fair numbers but are highly sought after. 
  • Rabbit: Cottontails and swamp rabbits are present in good numbers but swamp rabbits are highly sought after. 
  • Furbearers: Bobcat, coyote and raccoon are abundant. 
  • Dove: Present in low numbers. 
  • Waterfowl: Waterfowl are abundant when conditions are favorable, primarily mallard, wood duck, and teal. This area rarely holds geese. 
  • Squirrel: Both gray and fox squirrel are abundant. 
  • Bald Eagle: Infrequently seen in both summer and winter months. 
  • Warblers: The mature bottomland hardwoods are frequented by several species of warblers uncommon elsewhere. 

Approximately fifteen hundred acres are targeted for prescribed burning annually.  Wildlife plots are planted to cool season annuals and permanent clover pastures. Old fields are mowed as needed to control succession in small clearings. Waterfowl units are manipulated with water level controls and annual discing as necessary.

A primitive camping area is located just inside Entrance #4 on the Public Hunting Area and Okmulgee State Park is located just one half mile east of the main entrance to the Game Management Area on highway 56. 

Both a 100 and 200 yard shooting range is located on highway 56, one mile west of the Game Management Area entrance #1.

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A photo of the shooting range at Okmulgee WMA.

 

Features: 100-yard rifle range with 5 covered shooting benches, 30-yard pistol range with 4 covered shooting benches, a trap range, and ADA access and parking.

Coordinates: 35°37'54.88"N 96° 4'0.09"W

Driving Directions: From Okmulgee, take OK-56 W west out of town for 6.4 miles. The entrance to the rifle range is on the north side of the road.

Be sure to review Department-Managed Area Rules on shooting ranges before use.

Fishing opportunities exist at several area ponds, but the area is most famous for its huge flathead catfish that occasionally are wrestled from the Deep Fork River, accesses are open seasonally. Also nearby Okmulgee Lake and Dripping Springs Lake offer good fishing for largemouth bass and other species (i.e. crappie, channel catfish, and sunfish).

Area closed to all activities for controlled deer hunts Nov. 2-3, Nov. 9-10, and Nov. 16-17, 2024.

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

Closed Seasons
Deer Gun, Deer Muzzleloader, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun, Turkey Fall Gun
Same As Statewide Seasons
Youth Deer Gun, Turkey Fall Archery, Deer Archery
Seasons w/ Special Restrictions
  • Quail, Dove, Rail, Gallinule, Crow, Rabbit, Squirrel, Snipe, Woodcock, Pursuit with Hounds for Furbearers, Predator/Furbearer Calling, Trapping

Closed from the opening day of deer archery season through the first nine days of deer gun season.

  • Waterfowl

Hunting hours for waterfowl close at 1 p.m. daily on the WDU portion.

  • Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring

One-tom limit; seasons combined.

Additional Restrictions:

Closed to all nonhunting activities from Oct. 1 - Feb. 15.

No camping allowed.

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Okmulgee State Park
(918) 756-5971

Okmulgee Main Street/Tourism
208 W 6th, Okmulgee OK 74447
918-758-1015
www.tourokmulgee.com

Q: Is the gun range open? 

A:  Yes, the gun range is open daily from official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset.  The gun range does not close during controlled hunts. 

 


 

Q:  What is the difference between Okmulgee PHA and Okmulgee GMA? 

A:  Okmulgee PHA and GMA are both part of the Okmulgee WMA (Wildlife Management Area).  The PHA (Public Hunting Area) and GMA (Game Management Area) designations indicate differing management strategies.  See below: 

PHA- Areas where most forms of wildlife harvest are permitted by statewide hunting, fishing, and furbearer regulations.  Some area-specific regulations may indicate otherwise.  Example:  Deer gun season is open on Okmulgee PHA, but antlerless harvest is not allowed for that season. 

GMA- Areas where hunting and public use are more closely regulated than on PHA’s.  Example:  Deer gun season is closed on Okmulgee GMA except for controlled hunts. 

 


 

 Q:  Can I hunt hogs on Okmulgee WMA? 

A:  Yes, hogs may be taken on Okmulgee WMA during any established hunting season with methods authorized by the Department for that hunting season, except that during any open deer and/ or turkey season, only appropriate methods, hunting hours, and legal equipment for that deer and/or turkey season are authorized for taking or pursuing feral hogs. No feral hogs may be removed alive from a WMA.  

Pursuit of hogs with hounds is prohibited during the deer and turkey seasons on department-managed lands. Pursuit of hogs at night is prohibited from Oct. 1 - Jan. 15 and during any spring turkey season. Pursuit of hogs at night during any other time of the year has the following restrictions: Use of a firearm is prohibited.  In addition, persons pursuing hogs must comply with all other WMA regulations.  

Resident & Nonresident License Requirements: All persons pursuing hogs must possess a hunting license, unless otherwise exempt. In addition, persons pursuing hogs on WMAs open during youth deer gun, bear muzzleloader (in open counties), deer muzzleloader, deer gun, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun (in open zones), elk gun (in open counties) and antelope gun (in open areas) seasons with a shotgun and rifled slug, or any rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber rimfire, must possess either a filled or unfilled license appropriate for the current season, unless otherwise exempt.  

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