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Sandhills WMA

Sandhills WMA, photo by Darrin Hill


Game Warden (County):

Area Acres
5,212 ac.

Sandhills WMA consists of 5,212 acres in southeastern Woods County.  The WMA lies on the north side of the Cimarron River between the towns of Cleo Springs and Waynoka.  The area is primarily rolling sandhills with around 1,500 acres of river bottom.

The sandhills are dominated by mixed grass prairie interspersed with sagebrush, eastern red cedar, sand plums, hackberry, chittamwood, and soapberry.  The river bottom is primarily native rangeland with scattered cottonwoods, sand plum, eastern red cedar and other patches of woody species.

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Going Quail Hunting? 

During quail hunting season, wing collection boxes are placed at several wildlife management areas: Beaver River, Optima, Packsaddle, Cooper, Kaw, Drummond Flats, Canton, Fort Supply, Cross Timbers, and Pushmataha. Hunters are asked to donate a wing from each quail they harvest for research purposes. Ultimately, the wings can help determine the status of the quail populations at the WMAs and can offer clues about how next year’s season might pan out. 

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From Waynoka - Turn off Hwy 281 east onto Ash Street (CR 300) and stay on blacktop for 18 miles to road N450, turn south 4.8 miles.

From Aline - 11 miles west on Aline blacktop to road N450, turn south 4.8 miles

  • Quail – Bobwhite quail are present in fair numbers
  • Pheasant – Present but in low numbers
  • Deer – Whitetailed deer are present in fair to good numbers
  • Turkey – Rio Grande wild turkeys are present in fair numbers
  • Rabbit – Cottontails are present in fair numbers, jackrabbits low numbers
  • Furbearers – Coyote, bobcat, raccoon are available
  • Dove – Mourning dove are present in fair numbers
  • Waterfowl – Duck and goose hunting is limited to the Cimarron River

Management activities focus on prescribed burning, grazing, and mechanical control of eastern red cedar.  There are also 9 solar water wells for wildlife water.  There are no agricultural fields or food plots on the area.

A designated primitive camping area is available on the main road approximately 0.25 miles from the entrance to the WMA.  Developed campgrounds with RV hookups are available at Little Sahara State Park south of Waynoka.

Fishing opportunities are limited to the Cimarron River.  There are no permanent ponds on the WMA capable of sustaining a reliable fishery.

Closed Seasons
Deer Gun, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun
Same As Statewide Seasons
Turkey Fall Archery, Deer Archery, Youth Deer Gun, Dove, Rail, Gallinule
Seasons w/ Special Restrictions
  • Pheasant

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season. Hunting hours close at 4:30 p.m. daily.

  • Squirrel, Rabbit, Crow, Snipe, Woodcock, Waterfowl

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season.

  • Pursuit with Hounds for Furbearers, Predator/Furbearer Calling

Closed during deer gun season.

  • Trapping

Open to water sets, live box traps and enclosed trigger traps only through Jan 31. Open same as statewide Feb 1 through end of February.

  • Deer Muzzleloader

Closed to antlerless hunting.

  • Turkey Fall Gun

Shotgun only.

  • Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring

One-tom limit; seasons combined. Hunting hours close at 7:00 p.m. daily.

  • Quail

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season. Hunting hours close at 4:30 p.m. daily. Closed to non-resident hunting February 1-15.

Additional Restrictions:

Hunter and angler camping is allowed in designated areas.

Little Sahara State Park



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