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Cimarron Hills WMA

Cimarron Hills WMA


Game Warden (County):

Area Acres
4,200 ac.
Area Non-Ambulatory Acres
160.52 ac.

Cimarron Hills WMA covers 4,200 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. The 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.

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

Going Quail Hunting? 

During quail hunting season, wing collection boxes are placed at several wildlife management areas: Beaver River, Optima, Packsaddle, Cooper, Kaw, Drummond Flats, Canton, Fort Supply, Cross Timbers, and Pushmataha. Hunters are asked to donate a wing from each quail they harvest for research purposes. Ultimately, the wings can help determine the status of the quail populations at the WMAs and can offer clues about how next year’s season might pan out. 

View Wing Box Map 


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

  • 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 very low 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Closed during deer muzzleloader season.

  • Pheasant

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season. Hunting hours close at 12:00 noon daily.

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

Same as statewide season dates, except closed the first nine days of deer gun season.

  • Turkey Fall Gun

Same as statewide season dates. Shotgun only.

  • Trapping

Open to water sets, live box traps and enclosed trigger traps only through Jan 31. Open same as statewide Feb 1 through end of February.

  • Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring

One-tom limit; seasons combined. Hunting hours close at 7:00 p.m. daily.

  • Quail

Quail: Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season. Hunting hours close at 12:00 noon daily. Closed to non-resident hunting February 1-15.

Additional Restrictions:

Hunter and angler camping is allowed in designated areas.

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