Waurika WMA

Waurika WMA, photo by Matthew Kendall RPS 2015
Matthew Kendall/RPS 2015


Game Warden (County):
(580) 512-4706(Cotton)
(580) 313-0451(Jefferson)
(580) 512-4704(Stephens)

Area Acres
10,580 ac.
Area Non-Ambulatory Acres
1,782.89 ac.

Waurika WMA covers 10,580 acres in Cotton and Stephens counties in southern Oklahoma and is located west of Comanche on Hwy. 53. The area mostly encompasses the floodplains of primary creeks feeding Waurika Lake and the adjacent uplands. The bottomlands are primarily American elm, hackberry, burr oak, cottonwood and willow. Uplands are vegetated by typical tall and mid grass species, with sandplum and other shrubs present. Some portions of the area are rather narrow strips of land between the lake and private land. 440 acres of wetland units are located south of Hwy 53, adjacent to Big and Little Beaver creeks, and on Walker Creek. The annual rainfall for the area is 30 to 32 inches.

From Comanche: 11 miles west on State Hwy 53 (from the intersection with U.S. Hwy 81). The WMA is located on both sides of the Highway, mainly to the south of this point

  • Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in fair numbers on upland sites.
  • Deer: White-tailed deer are present in good numbers.
  • Turkey: Rio Grande turkeys are present in fair number. 
  • Rabbit: Both cottontails and jackrabbits are present in good numbers with cottontails more common. 
  • Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available. 
  • Dove: Dove are present in fair numbers, primarily on managed fields. 
  • Waterfowl: Geese and ducks are usually present in good numbers during the annual migration. 
  • Shorebirds: Frequent wetland units and lake shore during fall and spring migrations. 

Approximately 400 acres of wildlife feeding areas are planted annually, including 250 acres through an agriculture lease program. Wetland units are intensively managed with both agricultural plantings and native wetland plant enhancement. Trees are planted to provide woody cover on WMA. 

One designated primitive camping area is located on the area. Camping with hookups is available on Corps of Engineers managed areas on the south end of Waurika Lake, (580) 963-2111.

Waurika Lake offers a variety of fishing opportunities for hybrid striped bass, black bass, crappie and catfish species.


All shotgun hunting is restricted to federally approved nontoxic shot on both Beaver Creek and Walker Creek WDU portions.

Closed Seasons
Deer Gun, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun, Turkey Fall Gun, Feral Hog
Same As Statewide Seasons
Deer Archery, Deer Muzzleloader, Dove, Rail, Gallinule, Crow, Snipe, Woodcock, Rabbit, Squirrel, Turkey Fall Archery, Sandhill Cranes
Seasons w/ Special Restrictions
  • Youth Deer Gun

Antlerless only.

  • Pursuit with Hounds for Furbearers, Predator/Furbearer Calling

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season.

  • Waterfowl

Hunting hours for waterfowl close at 1 p.m. daily on the WDU portions.

  • 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.

  • Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring

One-tom limit; seasons combined, area 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.

Closed to all air-driven watercraft on WDU portions.

Duncan Convention and Tourism

Great Plains Country
114 South 9th St, Suite A Frederick OK 73542

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or (405) 521-2409 

Waurika Chamber of Commerce
120 W Broadway
Waurika OK 73573

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