Osage Wildlife Management Area

By: John Rempe, Biologist at Copan, Osage and Hulah WMA’s.  Phone: (918) 349-2281

Area Description:

Osage WMA covers 9,512 acres of Osage county in northeast Oklahoma.  The area is made up of two units, the Western Wall unit (5,950 acres) and the Rock Creek unit (3,722 acres) located  north of Pawhuska, Okla.

Osage WMA is a mixture of cross-timbers, tall grass prairie and river bottom habitats.

Bottom land habitats occur along the Rock Creek, Pond Creek, and Mud Creek drainages.  Upland sites are a mixture of tall grass prairie and post oak-blackjack ridges.  The average annual precipitation for the area is about 40 inches. 

WMA Driving Directions:

Osage WMA: Rock Creek: From Pawhuska: 15 miles north on State Hwy 99, 2 miles south on CR3851.

Osage WMA: Western Wall: From Pawhuska: 12 miles north on State Hwy 99, 4 miles west on CR4151, follow the signs.
 

Game Species of Interest: 

Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in fair numbers. 

Deer: White-tailed deer present in fair numbers.  

Turkey: Rio Grande turkeys are present in fair numbers.  

Rabbit: Cottontail are found in fair numbers. 

Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat, raccoon, beaver and fox are found in fair numbers. 

Dove: Limited dove hunting opportunities due to the lack of agricultural fields. 

Waterfowl: Very limited opportunity on small ponds or creeks. 

Squirrel: Fair hunting opportunities for both Fox and Gray squirrels. 

Nongame Species of Interest:

            Greater prairie chicken: Present in low numbers, closed season.

            Bald eagle: Eagles are occasionally seen in the winter months. 

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 25 acres are planted annually to cool season grasses and legumes.  Controlled cattle grazing and prescribed fire are utilized to manipulate habitat on about 9,500 acres and about 50 acres of openings are created and maintained with herbicide, tree shear, or mowing. 

Camping and Facilities:
One primitive camp ground is located on the Rock Creek unit.  Camping is not permitted on the Western Wall unit.

 Fishing Opportunities:
Some fishing opportunities exist in creeks and small ponds.

Maps:

Osage WMA Map Rock Creek Unit - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Osage WMA Map Western Wall Unit - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

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

Bartlesville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
201 SW Keeler
PO Box 2366, Bartlesville OK 74005
918-336-8708
1-877-273-2004