For some people, asking a landowner for permission to hunt their property is no big deal. For others, it is. Let's face it, some people are better salesmen than others. There are people who have never met a stranger and they seem to get permission to hunt from nearly everyone they ask. However, some folks feel uncomfortable asking a stranger for something as personal as hunting or fishing on their property. Perhaps your work schedule doesn't permit you to scout the countryside and visit with landowners or maybe you have too many other obligations. If, like a lot of people, you only hunt when you can, you simply don't have the luxury of planning ahead.
Or perhaps you've just procrastinated too long, and now it's the eve of hunting season and you’ve nowhere to hunt.
If any of those describes you, don't despair. There's still hope. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation owns or manages more than 100 wildlife management areas around the state that offer excellent hunting for a variety of species including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, squirrels, and rabbits. True, many of these areas are heavily pressured during deer gun season, and sometimes during waterfowl seasons, but if you like to hunt squirrels, rabbits or doves you can often have them all to yourself.
Even during the more popular seasons, these areas are less likely to be crowded during the week, so you might consider adjusting your schedule for mid-week hunting. Here are a few areas to get you started.