Fish and Wildlife Digital Area Atlas
This map site is free, but it will cost you five minutes of your time. That's right. You don't need a degree in computer science to run it but you'll get maximum enjoyment (and minimize your frustration) by READING THE DIRECTIONS FIRST!
I know what you're thinking -- who reads the directions first anyway? Well, if you decide to risk it and jump right into the maps without reading the directions, please check back here when you run into problems.
In order to improve service, we are now using
new technology for the digital maps. This technology should make
it easier and quicker for you to use this tool.
If you have any problems, we need to know.
Please email us.
Be sure to include:
1) Your Operating System (pc or mac)
2) Your Browser Type and Version (i.e. Explorer 6.0)
3) Details of Your Specific Problem
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- How the WMA Digital Atlas Works
- Helpful Hints: Navigating through the Data Viewer
- Basic Tools, How to Find Out What the Symbols Mean and Other Things You Need to Know
- WMA Data Viewer vs. Printed Maps
- Availability of Certain Area Maps
- Trouble Shooting Solutions
- If you are having trouble viewing lat/long
WARNING: Pop-up Blocker May Keep You From Printing Out Maps
Please be advised that if you have a problem printing the WMA maps on the Internet you may have to disable your pop-up blocker on your computer.
Most Internet browsers that offer pop-up blocker options do so through the "Tools" menu at the top of the browser window. To disable the blocker, simply go to Tools and turn the blocker off.
We believe the pop-up blocker may also affect some of the features (tools) that are available on the atlas. For this reason, we recommend you disable the blocker before logging on to the digital atlas.
WELCOME! The Oklahoma WMA Data Viewer provides maps of public hunting and fishing areas to Internet users via technology called an Internet Mapping Server, or IMS. The IMS is basically a computer that displays a map made up from individual data layers. These layers come from a variety of sources including satellite imagery, aerial photographs, or others created by governmental agencies. Altogether, the IMS has more than 150 individual data layers that can be displayed over the Internet for you to view and/or print off your own copy of a map.
Getting started using the Data Viewer is easy once you get the hang of it. You will want to read the Basic Tools section to learn specifics on how to use the various interactive tools of the Data Viewer. However the following is a general guide for basic navigation of the Data Viewer.
Most people who want to find information about hunting or fishing opportunities on public land start off by looking for a specific WMA. If for example you’re an avid waterfowl hunter and would like to give Hackberry Flat a try, the first step you should take is to go to the Select WMA list.
Once at the Select WMA list, scroll down to Hackberry Flat and click. The first view of the WMA will be at a scale that you’ll be able to see the entire area.
Once you have the entire area displayed on the screen, you can then begin to manipulate the map in a variety of ways. You can zoom in or out, pan, etc. with the tools available in the tool column located on the left side of the screen. On the right side of the screen, however, are the layer(s) that you can select or de-select based upon your preferences.
Selecting from the Layer List
In the “Layer” column at the right of the screen are several choices for displaying various layers. Layers such as the WMA Boundaries, WMA Management Features and WMA Facilities & Access are the most commonly sought after features by most sportsmen who want to view maps of public lands. You can select all of these to display simultaneously or singly to display various attributes of an area.
Once you become familiar with basic layers including the WMA boundaries, management features and facilities, you can select other viewable options such as the color or black and white aerial photos, USGS Quadrangle topo maps (USGS Quads) or even a shaded relief of an area. Different layers appropriate for the current map scale become available as you zoom in or out. (For example, you must be zoomed in on a location to view the black and white aerial photos. To turn them on at the statewide extent would simply produce a black map.)
Additional layers are found under groupings such as “Administrative Data” and “Ecological Information.” Still further down the list are groups of layers displaying ranges of Oklahoma’s fish and wildlife species. These layers are intended primarily for use by fish and wildlife conservation professionals. Short summary descriptions of all layers on the Data Viewer are available. Working with these layers may dramatically decrease the speed at which your system operates and may add confusion to the visual presentation of data.
After selecting or deselecting layers, click the refresh map button to see the changes.
Depending upon how powerful your computer is and the type of Internet connection you have, you may find that it takes longer for a map to display if several layers are activated simultaneously; and, may in fact fail to display any map. If you experience this condition, you may have to de-select several layers and view them singly or with fewer other layers selected.
How to Print a Map
To print a map, you must have Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, we have provided a link to a free download. Go to the toolbar on the left hand side of the data viewer. Click on the box that contains the image of a printer. A box will pop up with print options. After selecting print options, click Create PDF. The map will be out putted to a new window. Now you can click the printer icon on the toolbar running across the top of the page or go to the File menu and select print. You may also save the PDF file for later use.
On the left hand side of the data viewer, you
will notice a toolbar with 23 different icons, or pictures.
These following instructions will help you use the tools. If you
need additional help using the tools later, click the question
mark tool for another help menu.
Some buttons on the toolbar have an immediate
effect, causing a noticeable change on the screen. Others
activate a tool that you can then use to change the appearance
of the map. A third group of buttons allows you to work with one
particular layer on the map.
Toggle Legend/Layer list Clicking this button allows you to switch back and forth between the list of layers on the right side of the screen and the map legend.
Print Click the print button, select printing
options and click Create PDF. After the PDF is created, hit
Hyperlink Use this tool to click on a wildlife management area to find out all sorts of useful information about that area. This tool allows you to see additional information by following a link to another window. With the hyperlink button active, click a feature in the active layer to open the new window. The default active layer is the WMA boundaries.
Zoom In This button allows you too zoom in to the map as if you were getting closer to the ground from a great height. Click on this button, then either:
a. Left-click a single point on the map with
your mouse. A new map will come back that looks closer than you
were before and centered on the location you clicked.
b. Left-click with your mouse a point on the map BUT HOLD your finger on the button, 'swipe' or 'drag' a rectangle on the map, and then release the button. A new map will come back roughly in the area of the rectangle you just 'swiped' or 'dragged'.
Out Click the Zoom Out button and then click or click and drag a
rectangle on the map to zoom out of an area. The larger a
rectangle you drag, the less you zoom out.
Pan This tool allows you to move your view of the map in any direction. With the pan tool active, click and drag on the map to pan to a new area.
Zoom to Full Extent This button zooms out to show the entire state of Oklahoma.
Zoom to Active Layer This button zooms out to
show all of the "active layer." The active layer is set by
clicking the “Active” square next to name of the layer(s) on the
right side of the screen.
to Last Extent This button functions similar to the back button
on your Internet browser. It takes you back to your previous
Help Click the help button to display the viewer help.
This tool allows you to measure the distance between two points.
With the measure tool active, click to define the first point
and then click again to define the second point. Additional
clicks will make the line longer and will display both the
length of the current segment you are drawing as well as the
total length of all segments you have completed.
Set Units Click to change the measurement units (feet or miles) that will be used for all measuring tools (Measure, Select by Circle by Clicking a Point and Select by Circle Using GPS Coordinates).
Click a layer in the legend to make it active, then click the
identify button. Now click a feature on the map and the results
are shown in the Identify Results box. If more than one feature
is found, the features are listed in the Features panel..
Find Click a layer in the legend to make it active then click the Find button. Type any part of a word you want to find and click the Find String button.
Query This tool allows you to write more advanced search equations for the active layer. Clicking the query button will open a special window where you may type the equation you wish to solve. Click the Execute button. The results will be displayed in a special window and each line will be clickable if you'd like to zoom to the results.
Buffer This tool creates an area or buffer at a specific point. For example, you may use it to visualize 50 miles in all directions of a specific point, or you may also find all WMA's within that buffer. First select the point you wish to buffer. Then click the buffer button and choose the items to display within that buffer. A shaded area will show the buffer.
Select by Rectangle This tool allows you define an area and examine all the features of the active layer within that area. With the select by rectangle tool active, draw a rectangle on the map and a small window will appear displaying all the individual items within the rectangle you drew. Identifies them by highlighting in yellow.
Select by Polygon This tool allows you to draw a shape on the map and examine all the features that touch that shape. With the select by polygon tool active, draw a shape on the map and a small window will appear displaying all the individual items within the shape you drew. Identifies them by highlighting in yellow.
Clear Selected Features The clear selected features button clears the selected features in all layers. Removes the highlighted features.
Acreage Click the Calculate Acreage button. Now draw a shape on
the map to calculate the acreage of that shape.
by Circle by Clicking a Point This tool allows the user to
select all features of the active layer within a certain radius.
To use, simply click the Circle button, select a point of origin
on the map, and specify the distance of your search.
by Entering GPS Coordinates This is a tool that gives the
ability to zoom to a specific latitude/longitude point on the
map. Click on the 'XY' button, enter your coordinates, and click
by Circle Using GPS Coordinates This tool allows the user to
select all features of the active layer within a certain radius.
To use, enter the latitude/longitude coordinates of the search
center, and specify the radius of the search circle.
There are many advantages of displaying public area maps using the Data Viewer technology versus a printed atlas. Although every effort was made in the past to produce a printed WMA atlas that is as accurate as possible, these publications quickly became obsolete. Anytime parcels were bought or sold, roads created or closed, or area-specific regulations changed, then the printed atlas became out-of-date. In the future, any changes that occur can be updated almost instantaneously on the Data Viewer.
Another advantage of the Data Viewer is its “interactive” ability to allow users to view and/or print off just those features that you want. By using the various tools (See Help-Tools) on the map viewer, the user can zoom in or out on certain areas that he or she wants. You can also select or de-select certain optional layers such as whether or not to include topographic lines on the map. Other options include displaying the aerial photos of an area. In this way, the user can “customize” maps of the public hunting and/or fishing areas to suit his or her preferences.
An additional function of the Data Viewer system is its ability to link to a wealth of information about more than 70 different public hunting and fishing areas in Oklahoma. By accessing the “hyper-link” function on a specific area, the user can learn more about such things as; game species present on the area, the management practices used by the area-biologist, local fishing opportunities, where visitors can camp on the area and where lodging is available in the local vicinity.
At the present time, this mapping system does not offer a map of
Three Rivers WMA. Special full-feature printed maps of the Three
Rivers WMA and Honobia Creek WMA are available from ODWC
installations and numerous hunting and fishing license vendors
in McCurtain and surrounding counties in southeastern Oklahoma
The lat/long points are still there, but if you’ve changed or updated your browser most commonly, people lose this feature when they upgrade to the new Internet Explorer with tabbed browsing. The key fixing the problem, whatever your browser, is to allow a website to change your status bar. (By default this is disabled on many browsers - for security purposes, I presume.) If you are comfortable making this change, see the instructions below. I hope this helps!
If you are using IE7:
First, make sure the Status Bar is visible. View>place a check next to Status Bar, which should appear at the bottom of the window.
Next, go to Tools>Internet Options>Security Tab>Custom Level>Scripting>Enable “Active scripting” and enable "Allow status bar updates via script."
If you are using Firefox:
Go to Tools>Options>Content>Across from the Enable Java Script (which should be checked), click Advanced>Allow scripts to CHANGE STATUS BAR TEXT (put a check there). Click OK>OK>then reload the page.