The ODWC manages and operates numerous areas across the state for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation purposes.
The primary objective on all lands owned or managed by the Department is the sound management and use of fish and wildlife resources resident thereon.
Public use of Department-managed lands is permitted according to the following priorities:
- Hunting, fishing, trapping, and running dogs for sport and associated activities.
- Other wildlife-oriented activities (nature observation or photography, and conservation education).
- Non-wildlife-related activities, when such activities do not conflict with the wildlife management objective (picnicking, hiking, backpacking, short-term camping, horseback riding).
- Large group activities (military training, organized trail rides).
Be sure to review additional Department-Managed Area Rules in the regulations.
You can also check out some of the Department Lakes managed by the ODWC. Below are some resources to find additional places to go outdoors.
2022-2023 Big Game Harvest Report
This past season, Oklahoma’s big game hunters set several harvest records — again! A new mark was set for overall deer harvest in the state; hunters reported taking 134,158 combined in all 2022-23 deer seasons.
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The Pros and Cons of Food Plots
A common misconception is that managing habitat for wildlife requires food plantings or a food plot. Conversely, good wildlife management does not require food plantings and, likewise, food plantings alone are not indicative of good wildlife management.
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