John Dahl WMA covers 480 acres in western Osage County in north central Oklahoma. Located 1 mile east of Foraker, Oklahoma, John Dahl is a mixture of tallgrass prairie and cropland. A small creek bordered by timber transects the area from north to south.
From Foraker: 1 mile east on CR4650, ½ mi south on CR4545.
Game Species of Interest:
- Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in good numbers during most years.
- Deer: White-tailed deer are present in fair numbers.
- Rabbit: Cottontails are usually present in good numbers.
- Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are present.
- Dove: Good dove hunting is usually available over native sunflowers and weeds. A 20 acre wheat field is also planted and manipulated annually to provide increased opportunity.
- Waterfowl: Ducks commonly use the ponds and creeks and potholes on the areas. Waterfowl hunting usually improves when heavy rainfall occurs.
Nongame Species of Interest:
- Greater Prairie Chicken: Although the season is closed for these birds, the greater prairie chicken can be easily viewed utilizing grain field during late fall and winter.
- Bald Eagle: The bald eagle is a common visitor to the area during winter months.
- Upland Sandpiper: Sandpipers are common between March and August.
Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 60 acres of wheat, soybeans and corn are planted annually. An additional 25 acres of disk plots are worked each winter to promote the germination and growth of native sunflowers and other wildlife favorable forbs. These management practices are performed in areas that were comprised of the highest densities of the non-native invasive plant species Sericea Lespedeza.
Fire is used to maintain the open grassland habitat that dominates John Dahl WMA. Through patchwork prescribed burns conducted throughout the year, undesirable invasive plant species are controlled and desired plant species are benefited. Each year, roughly one third of the acreage is burned providing varying plant community responses. These differing plant communities provide different benefits to upland wildlife. Typical plant responses include increased forb production, providing food for wildlife and decreased woody vegetation heights and densities preserving historical tallgrass prairie plant type composition.
Camping and Facilities:
Two primitive camping sites are on the WMA.
The small creek and ponds on the area provide limited fishing opportunities.
For additional information and area attractions:
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or 405-522-9500
Bartlesville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
201 SW Keeler
PO Box 2366, Bartlesville OK 74005
Claremore Convention and Visitors Bureau
419 West Will Rogers, Claremore
Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce
Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Williams Center Tower II
Two West Second Street, Tulsa OK 74103