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The latest version of the “Oklahoma Wildlife Management Area Atlas,” a guide to more than 80 public hunting and fishing areas totaling more than 1.6 million acres, is now available from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
“Such a large offering spread across one of the most ecologically diverse states in the nation pretty much guarantees that you’re no more than a short drive away from a public area where you can hunt and fish,” said Richard Hatcher, director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
The spiral-bound compilation of maps and information is a valuable tool for navigating the state’s public lands. Each page highlights the topography, borders and features of Oklahoma’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and Wildlife Department fishing areas.
Along with updated maps of the areas, new WMA maps appearing in this 2015 edition include Cross Timbers, Beaver River-McFarland Unit, Shorb and Grady County. For the first time, the atlas contains maps of Wildlife Department-owned fishing areas including American Horse, Nanih Waiya, Vanderwork, Ozzie Cobb, Schooler, Evans Chambers, Hall and Jap Beaver.
Included in the $25 purchase price of the WMA atlas is a one-year subscription to “Outdoor Oklahoma,” the official Wildlife Department magazine. The WMA atlas is available for purchase at the Wildlife Department’s interim headquarters at 2145 N.E. 36th St. in Oklahoma City, at the Jenks office at 300 Aquarium Drive and the Porter Field Office located 1.5 miles north of the Muskogee Turnpike on U.S. Highway 69. The atlas also can be ordered via telephone with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card by calling (405) 521-3855 or (405) 521-3852.
In addition, a revised “Lakes of Oklahoma” atlas is expected to be released later this month. Compiled by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) and published in cooperation with the Wildlife Department, the “Lakes of Oklahoma” atlas includes maps of more than 140 Oklahoma lakes including details such as water depth, boat ramp sites, fish attractor locations and other recreational information. “Lakes of Oklahoma” is free of charge when picked up at the Wildlife Department’s interim headquarters or the OWRB office located at 3800 Classen Blvd. in Oklahoma City. To request a copy by mail, visit to www.owrb.ok.gov.