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Old 06-10-2021, 10:37 AM   #1
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Good morning TBHers. I just got an e-mail from Oklahoma saying my draw hunt application for elk was successful, so it looks like I'll be going up there in December. I was wondering if anyone here had the opportunity to do the same in the past and if so do you have any advice on what to expect with the with this hunt? Thanks.
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:55 AM   #2
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Congrats! I was unsuccessful in the draw this year and I have not hunted there although Wichita Mountains is one of my favorite places in this part of the country and I've been up there a bunch of times to go hiking and seen quite a few elk roaming around. Some good videos on YouTube that I've watched on the elk hunts up there. Good luck.
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:00 AM   #3
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wow, cool. Didn't even know that was available or elk in that region.

How long have you applied?
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:12 AM   #4
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I believe this is a one time draw, meaning once you have been drawn you can not enter again.
You doing Rifle in December? Are you hunting in the park?
Good luck, elevation is no where like Colorado but it is extremely rocky and not easy climb or pack out.
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:26 AM   #5
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I drew the cow elk hunt tag a few years ago. Didn't have any luck as the cows were all grouped up and if you found one you found most all of them in that area. Bulls on the other hand I found tons of them. Saw a bull the first day easily over 400" and several others during the hunt that were in the 300" range. I struck out on getting a cow but I put 2 guys on their bulls in the first 15 minutes of daylight on the second day of the hunt. Are you doing the walk in hunt or the ones they drive you out too?
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:31 AM   #6
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Congrats, thats a tough hunt to draw.
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:34 AM   #7
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I believe this is a one time draw, meaning once you have been drawn you can not enter again.
You doing Rifle in December? Are you hunting in the park?
Good luck, elevation is no where like Colorado but it is extremely rocky and not easy climb or pack out.
if you do the walk in hunt they just started everything is on foot. Meaning you walk in and pack out on foot. You can bring a helper. If you drew the regular hunt they take you out in the field and help you get your elk out. The ride out is very rough. They load everyone up in the bed of the truck and drop you off at your the spot you choose to be dropped off in which ever segment you draw. Prepared to be bounced all over the place. The hunts are held in the area of the refuge closed to the public. Also the hunts there as you stated are once in a lifetime hunts.
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:41 AM   #8
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sounds like i need to do some googling and find about this....
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:46 AM   #9
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Wichita Mtns. is a great place to visit especially if you are a photographer.
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Old 06-10-2021, 02:25 PM   #10
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I got drawn despite it being only my 2nd year applying. Sometimes you get lucky.
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Old 06-10-2021, 02:27 PM   #11
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I drew the cow elk hunt tag a few years ago. Didn't have any luck as the cows were all grouped up and if you found one you found most all of them in that area. Bulls on the other hand I found tons of them. Saw a bull the first day easily over 400" and several others during the hunt that were in the 300" range. I struck out on getting a cow but I put 2 guys on their bulls in the first 15 minutes of daylight on the second day of the hunt. Are you doing the walk in hunt or the ones they drive you out too?
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if you do the walk in hunt they just started everything is on foot. Meaning you walk in and pack out on foot. You can bring a helper. If you drew the regular hunt they take you out in the field and help you get your elk out. The ride out is very rough. They load everyone up in the bed of the truck and drop you off at your the spot you choose to be dropped off in which ever segment you draw. Prepared to be bounced all over the place. The hunts are held in the area of the refuge closed to the public. Also the hunts there as you stated are once in a lifetime hunts.
It's the regular hunt. Not the walk in one they just started doing recently. I don't know much about how they drop you off and where though. I assumed they didn't help get the animal out but it sounds like maybe that's not completely true.
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:05 PM   #12
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Wichita Mtns. is a great place to visit especially if you are a photographer.
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Great area for photography, and lots of Old West history in the area.
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Old 06-10-2021, 05:26 PM   #13
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I got drawn for the walk in only Elk hunt 12/13-12/17 so I will be up there also in December. Good luck.
I had 23 preference points before I got drawn. I'm freaking pumped....
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Old 06-11-2021, 10:07 AM   #14
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Also be prepared for very cold weather on your hunt.
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Old 06-11-2021, 10:47 AM   #15
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Good morning TBHers. I just got an e-mail from Oklahoma saying my draw hunt application for elk was successful, so it looks like I'll be going up there in December. I was wondering if anyone here had the opportunity to do the same in the past and if so do you have any advice on what to expect with the with this hunt? Thanks.

Abe with the Stormwater Creek podcast got a cow in the Wichita Mountains draw last year. You might reach out to him on Instagram. @stormwatercreek




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Old 06-11-2021, 10:59 AM   #16
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I got drawn despite it being only my 2nd year applying. Sometimes you get lucky.
Ha I got 15 pts both Elk and Pronghorn. I shouldn't complain I normally draw a chunk of the LO pronghorn tags, and killed a ton of them.

Congrats from my experience out there(not hunting) you are looking at 225 -270 out there. Good luck. Get a good pack and meat bags

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Old 06-11-2021, 11:22 AM   #17
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I actually had a buddy that drew the same tag a few years ago and was successful. I'll see if I can find any pics.
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Old 06-11-2021, 11:28 AM   #18
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I have a pack and am willing to quarter and pack out for some elk meat. I worked in Lawton for awhile there are way bigger bulls in Oklahoma than people realize.
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Old 06-11-2021, 01:04 PM   #19
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Abe with the Stormwater Creek podcast got a cow in the Wichita Mountains draw last year. You might reach out to him on Instagram. @stormwatercreek




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I was going to make this same suggestion.

FWIW, I drew the same hunt Abe drew last year. Iíll be up there 11/30-12/2.


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Old 06-11-2021, 05:38 PM   #20
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Here is my buddies elk from the same land!!
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Here is my buddies elk from the same land!!
Nice, beautiful elk and a cool pic of the rocks and hills there.
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