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Goose hunts available on Washita NWF

by Ed Godfrey Published: December 9, 2013
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The Washita National Wildlife Refuge offers some of the best goose hunting in the state.
The Washita National Wildlife Refuge offers some of the best goose hunting in the state.

The Washita National Wildlife Refuge, located west of Butler, still has blinds available for three Wednesday-only hunts this season.
Located on the upper end of Foss Reservoir, the refuge allows limited public hunting for geese and sandhill cranes during the waterfowl season.
All of the weekend dates for hunts have been filled have been filled through a random computer drawing, but three Wednesday hunts remain available: Dec. 18, Jan. 8, and Jan. 15.
Blinds will be filled by reservation only, on a first call, first served basis. Hunters may reserve a blind by calling the Refuge Office at (580) 664-2205 between 8 a.m. and 4: p.m. on the Tuesday before their desired hunt date
The weekday hunts will operate under the same rules and regulations as the weekend hunts. A $10 blind fee will be collected when hunters exit the hunt area at 11:30 a.m.
Ten blinds situated on the edges of wheat fields will be available for each scheduled hunt. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Successful applicants may bring up to two companions. Participants must be in possession of all required state and Federal licenses, stamps, and permits.
Special assistance can be provided, and an accessible blind is available for hunters with mobility impairments. All hunters are required to use federally approved non-toxic shot.
No more than (25) shells per hunter are allowed. Bag limits are in accordance with those set by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Shooting hours will be ½ hour before sunrise until 11:30 a.m. All hunters must remain in their blind until 11:30 a.m.
For more information, contact the Washita National Wildlife Refuge office by calling (580) 664-2205, or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/washita/.


by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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