Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP)



Under Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, landowners enter into 10-year contracts with the Wildlife Department for approved projects to develop, preserve, restore and manage wildlife habitat on private lands. The Department shares part of the cost of habitat improvement work.  In exchange, the landowner agrees to maintain the habitat for a period of 10 years.

Examples of approved projects include, but are not limited to, some fencing projects, the creation of small openings in stands of timber and certain types of tree planting. Short-term habitat improvements like food plots and disking are encouraged but cannot be considered for cost sharing.

If you are interested in participating in this program please read the WHIP Bulletin for complete details before applying.




Any landowner in Oklahoma is eligible to apply, regardless of property size.

Who To Contact

For an application or additional information contact Wildlife Division at (405) 590-2584. A biologist will then arrange to make an on-site evaluation of the property.


Additional Information


Articles from the Landowner Newsletter



How to Enroll

Applications are accepted from January 1 to May 1and must include a map of the land.

The applicant's objectives must address one or more of the following primary target species: fish, deer, turkey, pheasant, dove, quail or waterfowl.

WHIP Bulletin

WHIP Application