Oklahoma hunters will have another option for public hunting this fall.
On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission passed emergency rules for the Cross Timbers Wildlife Management Area in Love County in southern Oklahoma.
The new WMA will be open during most hunting seasons except the deer muzzleloader and gun seasons.
Deer gun hunts and muzzleloader deer hunts on Cross Timbers will be available next year by random drawing through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s controlled hunts program.
This year’s controlled hunt results are now available on the Wildlife Department’s website, www.wildlifedepartment.com.
Small game hunting also will not be allowed on Cross Timbers beginning on the opening day of deer archery season through the first nine days of deer gun season.
Cross Timbers is almost 8,000 acres, with 6,100 acres owned by the Wildlife Department. The remaining portion is leased to the department.
A portion of all hunting and fishing licenses sold in Oklahoma are earmarked for land acquisition.
The money goes to a Wildlife Department fund used to buy land to create more public hunting and fishing opportunities.
Most of the hunting opportunities on Cross Timbers will be for deer, turkey, feral hogs and small game.