If ever there was a hunter and fisherman's haven, it is right here in Haskell County. From the plentiful lakes and rivers to the densely wooded rolling hills, the outdoor sportsman will think he is truly in paradise. This county has plentiful populations of deer and turkey as well as other small game such a rabbits, squirrels, and raccoon.
Deer hunting is the most popular season of the year. Each fall, hundreds of hunters invade the woods in search of that big buck and many are not disappointed. This past fall approximately 600 deer were harvested in Haskell County during the archery, muzzleloading and gun seasons.
The beautiful pine, oak and hickory covered San Bois Mountain south of Lequire is a favorite of both local hunters as well as visitors who are willing to travel hundreds of miles to lose themselves in the peace and solitude it holds. The gurgling, clear stream of Mountain Fork Creek is only a small part of the breathtaking scenery one will find.
The sound of beagles running swamp rabbits can still be heard in Haskell County and on a crisp cold winter's night you will often hear the baying of a hound in hot pursuit of a raccoon.
Both dog and hunter enjoy a day in the field in search of large covey of quail, while duck hunters can hone in on their prey at one of the many bodies of water.
The majestic Bald Eagle can often be seen around the county during the wintertime months. In recent years, some pairs have made their nests in the county and raised their young. Eagles abound along the Canadian River and during times of water release below the Eufaula Dam can be spotted diving for fish. Bring your binoculars and cameras only to capture this protected species.
From the Big San Bois Creek stretching down to the Seven Devil Mountains near McCurtain to the sandy river bottoms of the Canadian River, fishermen can load up their fishing pole and head out in almost any direction. Whether they choose Lake Eufaula, Kerr, Stigler's Lake John Wells or one of the many strip pits in the county, the fishing is sure to be excellent.
Bass, crappie, sandbass, and catfish are native fish in the lakes, and small mouth bass, and walleye are being introduced into the waters as well to provide a new variety.
If you enjoy catching large stripers, you can't beat the river waters below the Eufaula Dam. A striper weighing over 48 pounds ds was caught there and still holds the state record.
The deep holes of water in the Canadian River are ideal for the catfish angler. People come from all over the nation to have the chance to fish for catfish on the Kerr as well. The upper part of that lake offers Sand Bass and black bass and the mouth of the Illinois is a good location for trying your luck with walleye and stripers.
The upper portion of Kerr Takes in the Sequoyah Refuge which is the home of a large number of waterfowl in the wintertime.
- Thanks - Haskell County Game Wardens, Rick Olzawski and Leland Sockey
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