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Lawton, Oklahoma

Elk and Deer Hunting Opportunities

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge hosts two of Oklahoma's most popular controlled hunts, the annual elk and deer hunts. Set amidst granite mountains and prairie grasslands, the hunt is 2 1/2 days of exhilarating scenery, and possibly the finest hunt of your lifetime. While the white-tailed deer herd is native to the area, the elk herd started with introductions in 1911-1912 when Rocky Mountain elk were reintroduced from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The original herd had been wiped out by indiscriminate hunting before this area was protected as a wildlife refuge. Today, careful management insures their survival, controls their numbers, and allows a portion to be harvested.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, randomly selects hunters from applications received by the early May deadline. During March, this State agency distributes its controlled hunt catalog. To receive a catalog, write to

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Wichita Mountains NWR - Fishing

There are 13 Public Use Lakes on the Refuge which provide ample fishing opportunities for both bank and boat anglers. Largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish are likely to be caught in Refuge lakes.

Lawton, OK Fishing

Percussive Arts Society Museum

The Percussive Arts Museum and Library are currently closed and have been moved to Indianapolis, IN with the administrative offices as of April 2007. The PAS Museum and Library will open in a new space downtown Indianapolis in 2008.

Lawton, OK Museums

Wichita Mountains NWR - Rock Climbing

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the Access Fund and the Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition have come together to support and present a quality climbing experience at the Refuge. The following guidelines have been established between the three organizations.

Lawton, OK Rappelling

Wichita Mountains - Holy City

While you're in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, be sure to visit the Holy City of the Wichitas, an interesting manmade intrusion that is historic in its own right. Built as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the 1930's, the Holy City is located on 110

Lawton, OK Landmarks

Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area

Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area is your one-stop family fun and outdoor recreation location. LETRA is nestled in the picturesque Wichita Mountains and offers a 360-acre lake surrounded by native prairie.

Lawton, OK Recreation

Things to do near Lawton, OK

Lawton Country Club

18 Holes. ...

Sandy Sanders Wildlife Management Area

The Sandy Sanders WMA covers 16,510 acres of Greer and Beckham counties in Southwest Oklahoma.The...

100th Meridian Museum

Artifacts from prehistoric times to present....

"Noted Notables"

Mangum was the boyhood home of Wilbanks Smith, an outstanding football player and wrestler. He and Mangum High School ...