James Collins WMA covers 21,353 acres of northern Pittsburg and Latimer Counties in southeast Oklahoma. The area is located south of Highway 31, about 20 miles northeast of McAlester and 8 miles west of Quinton.
The area provides a wide variety of upland habitats, starting with pine covered ridges in the east and changing to Oak/Hickory forests, with many openings as you go west across the area. Native grasslands are interspersed throughout much of the area, with the bulk of the openings on the northern and western portions of the property.
From McAlester: 23 miles north on State Hwy 31 to Featherston, follow the signs south for 3 miles to the area.
Game Species of Interest:
- Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in fair numbers.
- Deer: White-tailed deer are present in good numbers, but are highly sought after.
- Turkey: Eastern turkeys are present in good numbers but are highly sought after.
- Rabbit: Cottontails are present in good numbers.
- Squirrel: Gray and fox squirrels are present in good numbers.
- Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available.
Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Prescribed burning is conducted annually to improve wildlife habitat and maintain openings. Removal of Eastern Redcedar is a major management practice on the area. Cattle grazing and native grass hay meadows are both utilized on the area. Approximately 60 food plots are planted annually for winter forage.
Camping and Facilities:
Camping is offered at the entrance to the area. A primitive restroom is available, and water is available in the campground. A rifle range is available year round near the entrance of the area. It offers up to 100 yard shots.
Fishing opportunities exist on many area ponds and creeks. Most of the ponds are walk in only.
For additional information and area attractions:
Kiamichi Country Tourism
McAlester Tourism Department
PO Box 578, McAlester 74502
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or (405) 521-2409
Stigler Chamber of Commerce
204 East Main, Stigler 74462
Range Coordinates: 35° 2'19.73"N 95°28'52.84"W
Driving Directions: From McAlester, take US-270 E/E Carl Albert Parkway east out of town for two miles, take a slight right to stay on OK-31 E for 20 miles. Turn South onto J.R. Hughes Rd for 2.4 miles. At the “T” intersection turn East on E1360 Rd for ½ mile. Turn South on to Cemetery Rd. The entrance to the rifle range will be on your right after one half mile.