The annual drawing for duck blinds at the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge will be Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Lake Overholser pavilion, 1200 East Overholser Drive.
City officials are proceeding with the drawing at Stinchomb even though the water areas are low. They are warning hunters who participate in drawing that there is no guarantee of water around blinds.
A copy of the blind site locations will be posted at the drawing. All hunting must be from designated blinds and during the waterfowl season dates.
No bank hunting or hunting from watercraft is allowed.
Participants must be age 18 and hold a city hunting permit and state hunting license to be eligible for the drawing. City hunting permits will be sold before the drawing at the Overholser Pavilion. For more information, call the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Lake Overholser station at 789-3746.
At its August meeting, the Oklahoma City Fish and Game Commission voted to recommend to the Oklahoma City Council canceling the waterfowl hunting season at Lake Stanley Draper because of the low water level.
The commission, however, may reconsider its stance at its September meeting after opposition from duck hunters such as Steve Petersen.
“Being active duty Navy, I tend to work long hours and often times six or seven days a week and living close to the lake allows me to take my kids,” Petersen said. “I can’t believe the city is using the excuse of hunters driving on the lake bed to justify canceling the season.
“The gates and roads along the east side where hunting is allowed are often closed and locked so hunters have to walk anyway when the dirt roads are wet from rain or snow. I can’t count how many fishermen and off-roaders I have seen get stuck in the mud driving on the lake bed and have to be pulled out. I have yet to see a single hunter.
“Over the last couple of seasons that I have hunted there it wasn’t very often I would even see or hear shots from another hunter.”