Hal and Fern Cooper Wildlife Management Area

By: Eddie Wilson, Biologist at the Hal and Fern Cooper and Fort Supply WMA’s.  Phone: (580) 334-0343.

Driving Directions: From Woodward: 9 miles northwest on U.S. Hwy 270/U.S. Hwy 183. East side of the highway.

Area Description: The Hal and Fern Cooper WMA covers 16,080 acres of northwestern Woodward and south central Harper Counties. Located just east of Hwy. 270 (northwest of the city of Woodward), the area is primarily upland rolling sand hills with around 4,500 acres of river bottom.

Mixed grass prairie and sagebrush is found on upland sites, interspersed with sand plum thickets. The river bottom is fairly open and consist of cottonwood, American elm, hackberry and eastern red cedar interspersed with sand plum thickets, salt cedar and mixed grassland. The Beaver River joins Wolf Creek to create the North Canadian river on the area.  The average annual precipitation for the area is about 20 inches.

Game Species of Interest: 

            Pheasant: Present but only in low numbers, most often taken as a bonus by quail hunters. 

            Quail: Bobwhite quail are usually present in good numbers but are highly sought after. 

            Deer: White-tailed deer are present in fair numbers, mule deer are rare. 

            Turkey: Rio Grande wild turkeys are present in good numbers but are highly sought after. 

Rabbit: Both cottontails and jackrabbits are present, but cottontails are much more common. 

            Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available. 

Dove: Dove are usually present in good numbers but are highly sought after. 

Waterfowl: Duck and goose hunting opportunities are very limited.

Nongame Species of Interest: 

            Lesser prairie chicken: Present, but only in very low numbers.           

            Bald eagle: Eagles winter at Fort Supply WMA but sightings are rare on Cooper WMA.

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Cooper WMA has 18 windmills and 7 solar powered water pumps to provide watering facilities for wildlife. Management practices include prescribed grazing of cattle, strip disking, strip mowing and prescribed burns. Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods such as ragweed, croton and sunflower. Approximately 100 acres of agricultural food plots are planted annually in the river bottom portion of the WMA.

Camping and Facilities:
Five designated primitive camping areas are offered on the area. The US Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Supply Lake offer campsites with facilities and RV hookups. The Corps of Engineers lake office can be reached at (580) 766-2701.

Both lodging and restaurants are available in Woodward. The Woodward Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (580) 256-7411.

Cooper WMA does not have a gun range and recreation shooting is not allowed.

A public gun range can be found on the south end of  Fort Supply WMA. The US Army Corps of Engineers offers a public gun range located just to the north the Corps of Engineers office(2 miles south of the town of Fort Supply). Both ranges offer 50 and 100 yard shooting opportunity.

Fishing Opportunities:
Seasonal Fishing opportunity does exist on Beaver River, Wolf Creek and the North Canadian River however, rivers can go dry during summer months. There are no ponds or permanent pools on Cooper WMA capable of sustaining a reliable fishery. Fishing opportunity  exist at Fort Supply lake located 2 miles west of the Cooper WMA headquarters.

Maps:

Hal and Fern Cooper WMA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Cooper WMA Map   Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

For additional information and area attractions:
 

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or (405) 521-2409
www.travelok.com