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Outdoors notebook: Goose hunting opportunities available

by Ed Godfrey Published: August 31, 2013
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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.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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