The Washita National Wildlife Refuge near Butler, on the upper end of Foss Reservoir, is accepting applications for blinds for goose hunting for the upcoming hunting seasons.
Ten blinds situated on the edges of wheat fields will be available to hunters on scheduled weekend hunt days: Nov. 16-17, Nov. 23-24, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 14-15, Dec. 21-22, Dec. 28-29 and Jan. 4-5.
On six Wednesday hunts, blinds will be filled by reservation only on a first-call, first-served basis that week. Applications for weekend hunts will be accepted beginning Tuesday through Sept. 30.
Applicants must be age 18 or older. For more details, call the Washita National Wildlife Refuge office at (580) 664-2205 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/washita.
The refuge has been offering goose hunts since 1982 and is one of the premier public waterfowl hunts in the state.
Last season, 223 hunters bagged 271 geese during the refuge hunts, and the bag limits for geese have increased this season.
“Washita continues to be a prime goose-hunting destination and offers some of the most economical hunting in the state,” said Amber Zimmerman, refuge manager.
“With a peak population near 100,000 most years, true waterfowlers are sure to get a thrill whether or not they take home their limit.”
FREE HUNTING DAYS IN OKLAHOMA NEXT WEEKEND
Oklahoma's annual free hunting days are Sept. 7-8. Dove and squirrel are in season on those days.
Hunters will not need a state hunting license or an HIP (Harvest Information Permit).
Oklahoma's dove season opened statewide Sept. 1 and runs though Oct. 31.
“It's been a good year for doves in Oklahoma,” said Josh Richardson, migratory bird biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “People are seeing large groups of birds forming up, and with the summerlike weather forecast for the next (few) days, those groups should continue to grow.”
TRI-CITY DU BANQUET ON TAP
The Tri-City Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Fundraiser will be Sept. 21 at the Midwest City Community Center.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m.
Single tickets are $35, with couples tickets priced at $50.
There will be live and silent auctions with games for prizes, including pistols, rifles and shotguns.
OKLAHOMA ANGLERS QUALIFY FOR BASSMASTER CLASSIC
The Bassmaster Elite Series has concluded, and Fred Roumbanis of Bixby is the final angler to make the cut and qualify for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. He joins three other Oklahomans in the 2014 field.
Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Edwin Evers of Talala and Jason Christie of Park Hill also have earned a spot in the Super Bowl of fishing.
The 44th annual Bassmaster Classic will be on Alabama's Lake Guntersville Feb. 21-23. Fifty-six anglers will fish in the Bassmaster Classic, and 12 additional spots are still up for grabs.