The Washita National Wildlife Refuge, located west of Butler on the upper end of Foss Reservoir, is currently hosting limited public hunting for geese and sandhill cranes during the 2012-2013 season.
The public hunting has been offered on the refuge since 1982, which is one of the premier public waterfowl hunts in the state.
So far this season, goose hunters are doing well in the Washita reguge hunts. Goose numbers remain high mid-way through the season, and upcoming hunts look promising.
Though weekend hunts have already been filled, there are still two Wednesday hunts available this season: Dec 26 and Jan. 2.
Blinds will be filled by reservation only, on a first call, first served basis.
Hunters may reserve a blind by calling the refuge office (580) 664-2205 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the business day before the desired hunt date. The refuge office will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
A $10 blind fee is collected from hunters when they leave the hunt area at 11:30 a.m.