James Collins WMA

James Collins WMA, photo by Jena Donnell


Game Warden (County):
(918) 471-9447(Latimer)
(918) 470-5097(Pittsburg)
(918) 429-3908(Pittsburg)

Area Acres
21,353 ac.
Area Non-Ambulatory Acres
1,785.90 ac.

James Collins WMA covers 21,353 acres of northern Pittsburg and Latimer Counties in southeast Oklahoma. The area is located south of Highway 31, about 20 miles northeast of McAlester and 8 miles west of Quinton.

The area provides a wide variety of upland habitats, starting with pine covered ridges in the east and changing to Oak/Hickory forests, with many openings as you go west across the area. Native grasslands are interspersed throughout much of the area, with the bulk of the openings on the northern and western portions of the property.

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From McAlester: 23 miles north on State Hwy 31 to Featherston, follow the signs south for 3 miles to the area.

  • Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in fair numbers. 
  • Deer: White-tailed deer are present in good numbers, but are highly sought after.  
  • Turkey: Eastern turkeys are present in good numbers but are highly sought after.  
  • Rabbit: Cottontails are present in good numbers. 
  • Squirrel: Gray and fox squirrels are present in good numbers.  
  • Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available. 

Prescribed burning is conducted annually to improve wildlife habitat and maintain openings. Removal of Eastern Redcedar is a major management practice on the area. Cattle grazing and native grass hay meadows are both utilized on the area. Approximately 60 food plots are planted annually for winter forage.    

Camping is offered at the entrance to the area.  A primitive restroom is available, and water is available in the campground. A rifle range is available year round near the entrance of the area. It offers up to 100 yard shots.

Range Coordinates: 35° 2'19.73"N 95°28'52.84"W 

Driving Directions: From McAlester, take US-270 E/E Carl Albert Parkway east out of town for two miles, take a slight right to stay on OK-31 E for 20 miles. Turn South onto J.R. Hughes Rd for 2.4 miles.  At the “T” intersection turn East on E1360 Rd for ½ mile. Turn South on to Cemetery Rd. The entrance to the rifle range will be on your right after one half mile.

Fishing opportunities exist on many area ponds and creeks. Most of the ponds are walk in only.

Area closed to all activities for controlled deer and turkey hunts Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-23, 2022; April 1-2, 2023.

Closed Seasons
Bear Muzzleloader, Deer Gun, Deer Muzzleloader, Youth Deer Gun, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun, Turkey Fall Gun
Same As Statewide Seasons
Bear Archery, Turkey Fall Archery, Deer Archery, Dove
Seasons w/ Special Restrictions
  • Quail

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season.

  • Rail, Gallinule, Crow, Snipe, Woodcock, Waterfowl, Rabbit, Squirrel

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

  • Predator/Furbearer Calling, Pursuit with Hounds for Furbearers

Closed from the opening day of deer archery season through the first nine days of deer gun season and closed during spring turkey season.

  • Trapping

Open to water sets, live box traps and enclosed trigger traps only.

  • Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring

One-tom limit; seasons combined, area combined.

Additional Restrictions:

Closed to all nonhunting activities, except hunter camping, from Oct. 1 - Jan. 31 and during spring turkey season.

Hunter and angler camping is allowed in designated areas.

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PO Box 578, McAlester 74502
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Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or (405) 521-2409 

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