Shorb WMA covers 160 acres in southeastern Texas County in the Oklahoma panhandle. Located south of hwy. 412 (southeast of the town of Hardesty), the area is a mixture of upland and floodplain habitats.
Side oats and buffalo grass predominate on the upland sites. Bottomlands consist of salt cedar and cottonwood. The Palo Duro creek travels through the WMA. The average precipitation for the area is approximately 17 inches.
From Hardesty, OK travel east on 412 highway for 5 miles, turn right on county road 52 and travel 5 miles south to county road FF, turn left on FF and travel 1 mile east to county road 53. turn right on 53 and travel 2 miles on the curved road to the parking area along the county road.
Game Species of Interest:
- Pheasant: Present in very low numbers.
- Quail: Blue quail are present in very low numbers.
- Deer: White-tailed deer are present in very low numbers.
- Rabbit: Both cottontails and jackrabbits are present with cottontails being more common.
- Furbearers: Coyote present.
- Dove: Dove may be present in low numbers.
Nongame Species of Interest:
- Bald Eagle: Eagles winter around WMA.
Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods such as ragweed and sunflower.
Camping and Facilities:
No designated camping areas are offered on the WMA.
The town of Hardesty offers fuel and food. Both lodging and restaurants are available in Guymon. The Guymon Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (580) 338-2809.
Limited fishing can be available on Palo Duro creek when water levels are high enough. Largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish have the potential to frequent the large pool of water located near the center of the WMA on the creek.