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Thomas Bamberger

Hunting Contact: (918) 260-8959

Game Warden: (918) 431-2546, (918) 431-2539

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Bamberger WMA consists of 301 acres of property along the Barren Fork Creek in Western Adair County. Nearly a mile of this Ozark stream lies within the boundary of the WMA. Entering the WMA from the North, users are welcomed by an information kiosk. Beyond that lies approximately 30 acres of old field habitat before arriving at the Barren Fork Creek. Elevation abruptly changes more than 200 ft. after leaving the creek bed and rises south into a closed canopy oak-hickory forest. This steep climb provides a great view of the creek bottom below and presents access to the remainder of the property further south.

Driving Directions:

From Proctor: West 0.1 miles on State HWY 62 and turn south on N4616 Rd.

Game Species of Interest: 

  • Deer: White-tailed deer are present in fair numbers. 
  • Turkey: Rio Grand turkeys are present in low numbers. 
  • Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in low numbers. 
  • Rabbit: Cottontail rabbits are available.
  • Squirrel: Present in good numbers.
  • Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat, Gray fox, raccoon, skunk, and opossum can be found on the area.
  • Dove: Dove may be present in very low numbers.

Nongame Species of Interest:

  • Bald Eagle: Eagles occasionally winter along Barren Fork Creek.

Camping and Facilities:

Camping is not permitted on the area. Accommodations can be found in Tahlequah. (www.tourtahlequah.com).

Fishing Opportunities:

The Barren Fork Creek provides excellent year around smallmouth fishing, some spotted and largemouth bass, and a variety of sunfish species. For more information about fishing the Barren Fork Creek, consult the Oklahoma Fishing Guide.


Thomas A. Bamberger Sr. WMA Map