Celebrating 21 Years of Watching Bats in Northwest Oklahoma

It's been 21 years since the first Selman Bat Watch. Come watch millions fly overhead against the setting sun as they leave their cave to dine on 10 tons of insects! 

people viewing the bats
Due to limited spacing, all Bat Watch visitors must pre-register.
If you attend a Bat Watch without mailing a registration form,
there will be no room to accommodate you at the event.

Long before pioneers settled the prairies, Mexican free-tailed bats used the Selman Bat Cave. Descendants of those bats still make the trek to the Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area every year. Much of the site remains as it did 100 years ago.

The Wildlife Department proudly manages this important resource located near the town of Freedom in northwest Oklahoma for future generations of Oklahomans, the bats and their visitors.

Did You Know?

Governor Brad Henry declared the Mexican free-tailed bat Oklahoma's state flying-mammal in April 2006.  

Fri. & Sat. Nights:

Children must be at least 8 years of age.

Limit 75 people each night.

$12 (13 yrs old & up)
$6 (8 - 12 yrs old)


Bat Watch Dates for 2016:


Registration period is from May 31 through June 10. Forms must be post marked no later than June 10. Drawing for the Batch Watch will be June 14.