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#6335998 - 06/15/16 09:31 AM Oklahoma and Kansas Public Land
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Registered: 04/21/12
Posts: 1046
Loc: Austin
It is going to be a slow day for me here at work, so I will have some time for "personal research". Since I am still a young chicken, I need to get out and do some adventuring and see new things. For those of y'all who followed the story, my GSP Amos found a new home about 6 months ago. Well the fella fell into poor health and he is now back with me. So, we are gonna hunt hard this winter.

I would love to take a couple Firday's off and go hunt public land. With that in mind, can y'all give me a jumping off point for locations in Oklahoma and Kansas? That isn't a cry for honey holes, GPS locations or detailed directions. Just a geographic range to avoid or maybe concentrate on. Can drive Thursday night hunt all day Friday and Saturday, heading back Sunday. I know that is a broad range but living in Texas your whole life makes public land kind of a mystic beast.
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#6336050 - 06/15/16 09:59 AM Re: Oklahoma and Kansas Public Land [Re: Baylor_Bears]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9277
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
The Matador in Texas is a good place. You should try there too.
Only public land in Oklahoma I have hunted is the Black Kettle. I'll tell you what the Biologist told me, stay north and west in the more sandy parts rather than the south east end which has a red clay/dirt. He was right about the red dirt vs sandy, but I dont know if he was right about there being more birds in the sandy areas because we listened to him and only hunted northwest of Cheyenne. The problem with OK is, you cant buy the 5 day out of state license anymore for quail, you have to get the full season almost $200 license. (I think they also have one for $150 that is good Jan. to Jan.)

Kansas has Walk in hunting areas all over the state, I would just pick an area Central to Northwest and plan on moving around, don't commit to a certain area.

Glad you got your dog back.
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#6336366 - 06/15/16 01:23 PM Re: Oklahoma and Kansas Public Land [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
The problem with OK is, you cant buy the 5 day out of state license anymore for quail, you have to get the full season almost $200 license. (I think they also have one for $150 that is good Jan. to Jan.)



Thanks CC. I saw that about the OK license and balked when I read it. Strange to me.
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#6336415 - 06/15/16 02:09 PM Re: Oklahoma and Kansas Public Land [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 7066
Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
I go with a group every year to Ks. We hunt around Colby, Atwood area. Thats the NW corner. As soon as you get to Ks, stop at wallyworld or other such place and buy your $75 license and pick up the WIHA booklet/map. It shows all the WIHA's in the state. It's first come/first hunt at the WIHA's. We get there before daylight and wait on sunrise to claim our first morning hunt. Sometimes it works, sometimes we get beat. We go down a day before opener and scout for birds and look at the hunting areas. Just because it shows WIHA, that doesn't mean it's any good. Sucks to drive 20 miles and find a wheat field.

BTW, congrats on getting your dog back. I hope it works out this time.


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#6336578 - 06/15/16 04:24 PM Re: Oklahoma and Kansas Public Land [Re: Baylor_Bears]
soonerdg Offline
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Registered: 07/13/07
Posts: 260
If you go to the Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife website they have electronic maps of ALL of their public hunting land. They're all free to use (not sure if you can download them) and all public land in OK is free to access. You'll just need your hunting license. You should be able to get a good idea of what public lands will be good for bird hunting. That said I have a buddy who does a lot of bird hunting on the public land around Heyburn Lake, Southwest of Tulsa. I've never been with him so I can speak for the hunting myself but he's hunted it since we were kids. And there's a good bit of it there.

Cherokee/Gruber in NE OK near lake Tenkiller is about 63,000 acres. But I don't know how the hunting is. I would think with that much land you could find some birds.


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#6336627 - 06/15/16 05:22 PM Re: Oklahoma and Kansas Public Land [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16274
Loc: North Texas
Don't write off some of the Texas public areas. Examples Matador and Chaparral for Quail, Black Gap and Elephant Mountain for Blues, and East Texas NF and WMAs for Woodcock. In the Public hunting forum there is a sticky at the top with categorized links leading to all public hunting in Texas.
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#6336646 - 06/15/16 05:33 PM Re: Oklahoma and Kansas Public Land [Re: Sniper John]
1okiebirdhunter Offline
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Registered: 08/31/08
Posts: 118
Better take a $100 for your out of state license, no longer $72.

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