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    American Bison

    Enjoy views of North America's largest existing mammal, the bison. The refuge's herd includes approximately 650 of these herbivores.

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    New Field Guides

    Dr. Angel Chiri has created and donated free field guides covering a small sample of the bugs and spiders of the Wichita Mountains area.

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    The refuge's rugged landscape is the result of over half a billion years of geologic change and adaptation.

    Rugged ranges


Telephones Are Down

April 11, 2019

Telephones at the refuge are currently down. If you need to make reservations, or apply for a permit, please email the refuge at the address linked below.


Refuge Proposes Increased Fees

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is seeking public comment on possible fee increases in 2019. Changes include an increase to Doris Campground primitive, RV, and group campsites; Fawn Creek group campsites; Boulder Cabin day use area; and Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area backcountry permits.

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Requesting Public Comment on Potential Hunting Expansion

The Refuge requests public comment on a newly released draft Environmental Assessment (EA), Hunt Plan and Compatibility Determination proposing expansion of hunting opportunities. The hunt plan, which could replace the 1984 Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Hunt Plan, would maintain big game (elk and deer) hunting programs, while also adding waterfowl, turkey, feral hog, and coyote hunting.

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Mt. Scott Roadway Closed

The Mt. Scott Roadway on Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has re-opened to bicycle and pedestrian traffic, but remains closed to all vehicle traffic. Recent heavy rains have eroded parts of the foundation of the road making it unstable for the consistent weight of vehicles.

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Wilderness on Wichita Mountains WR


Did you know Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge includes 8,570 acres of designated wilderness?

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Volunteer Experiences


There are many opportunities to volunteer on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. An amazing experience you won't soon forget!

Making a difference for wildlife...

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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