Rita Blanca Wildlife Management Area

By: Weston Storer, Biologist at Beaver River, Optima and Rita Blanca WMA’s. Phone: (806) 339-5175.  

Area Description:
Rita Blanca WMA covers 15,575 acres of southwestern Cimarron County in the Oklahoma panhandle. Located just south of Hwy. 64 (south of the town of Felt), Rita Blanca WMA is a shortgrass prairie.

Buffalo grasses predominate. Rita Blanca is scattered into 46 units covering 26 miles along the Oklahoma / Texas state line, (Cimarron / Dallam Co. Texas).  The average annual precipitation for the area is about 18 inches.

WMA Driving Directions: From Boise City: There are many units scattered throughout the area, mostly south of U.S. Hwy 56 and west of U.S. Hwy 385 to the Texas border. Consult map for specific unit locations.

 Game Species of Interest: 

Pheasant: Present in low numbers. 

Quail: Blue quail may be present in low numbers in some units. 

Deer: Mule deer may be present but in very low numbers. 

Pronghorn antelope: Antelope present in fair number but are heavily sought after. Antelope hunting permits are only offered through Oklahoma’s controlled hunts program which gives a very limited number of permits. 

Rabbit: Both cottontails and jackrabbits are present with cottontails being more common. 

Furbearers: Coyotes present. 

Dove: Dove are usually present in good numbers during peak migration.            

Nongame Species of Interest

            Black-tailed prairie dog: Present on the WMA; no hunting of prairie dogs allowed. 

            Bald eagle: Eagles winter around Black Mesa State Park to the north. 

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 39 windmills to provide watering facilities for wildlife. Windmills are operated by Cibola National Forest as part of the prescribed grazing of cattle.  Windmills may be turned off when no cattle are present.  Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods such as ragweed and sunflower. 

Camping and Facilities:
No designated camping areas are offered on the area.

Both lodging and restaurants are available in Clayton, NM and Boise City, OK. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (505) 374-9253.  The Boise City Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (580) 544-3344.         

Fishing Opportunities:
A winter time trout fishery exists at Black Mesa State Park, about 30 miles north of the area.  Contact Black Mesa State Park at (580) 426-2222 for further information.

Maps:

Rita Blanca Wildlife Management Area  - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Management Area   Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

For additional information and area attractions:
 

Cimarron County
Chamber of Commerce
PO BOx1027, Boise City, 73933
580-544-5344

ccc@ptsi.net

 

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

 

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