Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area

By: Kelvin Schoonover, Biologist at Hackberry Flat WMA. Phone :(580) 335-5262

Area Description:
Hackberry Flat WMA covers 7,120 acres of southwestern Tillman County in Western Oklahoma. Located southeast of the town of Frederick, Hackberry Flat WMA is a combination of upland and wetland habitats.

The 3,700 acre wetland development unit consists of a variety of plants such as millet, sedges, and smartweed, and some agriculture fields.   Uplands consist of agriculture fields, native grasses, improved grasses, and forbs, interspersed with mesquite, hackberry, Osage orange, black locust, and sand plum.  The average annual precipitation for the area is approximately 27 inches.

Most water in wetland units comes from rainfall runoff.  Rainfall amounts in this region greatly fluctuate between years; therefore, the number of wetland units flooded at any given time is highly variable.

WMA Driving Directions: From Frederick: 1 mile South on U.S. Hwy 183, 3 miles east on E1830, 5 miles south on N2240, east on Benson Rd (E1880) into area. Or, continue another mile south on N2240, east on Crawford Rd (E1890) to Center.

Game Species of Interest: 

Waterfowl: Ducks are usually present in good numbers but fluctuate throughout the hunting seasons. Geese are usually not as abundant.  

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

Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in low numbers in upland areas.

Sandhill Crane: Available occasionally during fall migration.

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

Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available.
 

Nongame Species of Interest

Shorebirds: Hackberry offers one of the best areas to view shorebirds in the region. The best viewing time for observing these species is during spring migration. Twenty-nine different shorebird species have been identified at Hackberry Flat WMA.

Wading birds, etc.: A wide variety of wetland birds are found. Although most abundant in spring and early fall, wetland birds can be observed in all seasons.

Raptors: Peregrine Falcons are observed during spring and fall migration. Ferruginous hawk, rough-legged hawk and prairie falcon are frequently observed during winter.

 Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 90 water control structures, 35 miles of dikes, 4 miles of water distribution canals and 25 wetland units have been constructed to provide wetland wildlife habitat. In addition, there is a pipeline that delivers 2,400 acre/feet of water annually to Hackberry Flat.   Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods such as wild millets, sedges, smartweeds, pigweeds, ragweeds and sunflower.  Agriculture crops such as milo, foxtail millet, Japanese millet, and wheat are planted on approximately 1,300 acres annually.  These fields are planted for both dove and waterfowl feeding fields.

Camping and Facilities:
One designated primitive camping area is offered on the area.  Both lodging and restaurants are available in Frederick.  The Frederick Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (580) 335-2126.

Fishing opportunities:
Near by Lake Fredrick offers fair fishing opportunities.

Maps:

Hackberry Flat WMA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

Additional Information about the area

Hackberry Flat - Outdoor Oklahoma Magazine Article (Sept./Oct. 2005)

Hackberry Flat Wetlands

Hackberry Flat Center

Return of the Wetlands - Hackberry Flat is Oklahoma's wetlands jewel, and one of the most important wetland projects in North America.

For additional information and area attractions:
Altus Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 518
Altus OK 73522
580-482-0210
altuscc@intplsrv.net

Frederick Chamber of Commerce
105 South Main
Frederick OK 73542
580-335-2126
www.frederickchamber.org

Great Plains Country
114 South 9th St, Suite A Frederick OK 73542
580-335-5999
gpc@greatplainscountry.com
www.greatplainscountry.com

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

 

 


Outdoor Oklahoma Article on Hackberry Flat J/A 2001

PLEASE CONSULT WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA GENERAL REGULATIONS AND PUBLIC LANDS RESTRICTIONS IN HUNTING REGULATIONS.