Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Duck Blind Permit Drawings to Begin Saturday

  A couple of late-summer cool fronts have surely made a few waterfowl hunters anxious for the upcoming seasons. And for many, part of the preparation is to attend the annual drawings for permanent duck blind permits at several lakes across Oklahoma.
   Duck blind permit drawings for the five U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes where permanent blinds are allowed will be Saturday, Sept. 20. Drawings for blind sites at Lake Overholser/Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge and Lake Stanley Draper in Oklahoma City will be held Saturday, Sept. 27.
   Duck season in Oklahoma will open Oct. 11 in the Panhandle counties, Oct. 25 in Zone 1 (northwestern areas), and Nov. 1 in Zone 2 (southern and eastern areas).
   Blind drawing locations, times and dates are:
 
Fort Gibson Lake
When: Sept. 20; registration, 7 a.m.; drawing, 8 a.m.
Where: Oklahoma Wildlife Department's Porter Office, 1.5 miles north of the Muskogee Turnpike on U.S. 69.
Eufaula Reservoir
When: Sept. 20; registration, 9:30 a.m.; drawing, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Oklahoma Wildlife Department's Porter Office, 1.5 miles north of the Muskogee Turnpike on U.S. 69.
Webbers Falls Reservoir (Lock and Dam 16)
When: Sept. 20; registration, noon; drawing, 1 p.m.
Where: Oklahoma Wildlife Department's Porter Office, 1.5 miles north of the Muskogee Turnpike on U.S. 69.
W.D. Mayo (Lock and Dam 14)
When: Sept. 20; registration, 10 a.m., drawing to follow promptly.
Where: Spiro City Hall, 510 S. Main St.
Waurika Lake
When: Sept. 20; registration, 9 a.m., drawing to follow promptly.
Where: Waurika Lake Project Office.          
Contact: Kent Swanda, (580) 595-0347.
Fort Supply Lake
When: Sept. 20; 8 to 9 a.m., first-come, first-served.
Where: Oklahoma Wildlife Department's Woodward Office, 3014 Lakeview Drive.
Contact: Eddie Wilson, (580) 334-0343.
Canton Lake
When: Sept. 20; 8 to 10 a.m., first-come, first-served.
Where: Overlook Café, south end of Canton Lake dam.
Contact: Thad Potts, (580) 541-5319.
Lakes Draper and Overholser/Stinchcomb
When: Sept. 27, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Draper Marina Concession Facility, 8301 SE 104 St.
Note: Drawing for Draper sites will be held first. Oklahoma City hunting permits will be sold to drawing winners.
Contact: Overholser Patrol Station, (405) 789-3746 or Draper Marina, (405) 799-0870.
   Applicants for permanent blind permits must be at least 16 years of age and possess all valid hunting licenses, signed stamps and permits as required for hunting waterfowl during the waterfowl season, unless exempt. Additionally, applicants need a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Permit. Applicants must be present at the drawings to be eligible.
   Waterfowl hunting blinds built on Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs are classified in two categories: temporary blinds (constructed for only one hunt and removed at the end of the hunt) and permanent blinds (constructed for seasonal use). No permit is required for temporary blinds.
   Lakes where temporary duck blinds are allowed, along with other details about duck blind use, are listed in the "Oklahoma Waterfowl" regulations guide, which is available online at wildlifedepartment.com or from license vendors across the state.