Though it’s still hot, it’s not to early to mark the calendar for Sept. 21, when  a number of drawings will be held for permits to construct permanent seasonal blinds on several lakes across Oklahoma, including Ft. Gibson, Eufaula, Webbers Falls, W.D. Mayo, Waurika, Ft. Supply and Canton lakes.

Registration and drawings for duck blinds at Fort Gibson, Eufaula and Webbers Falls will take place at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s field office in Porter, located between Wagoner and Muskogee on Hwy. 69. Registration for Fort Gibson will take place at 7 a.m., with drawings to follow at 8 a.m. For blinds at Eufaula, registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with drawings at 10:30 a.m. Registration will begin at noon for Webbers Falls, with drawings at 1 p.m.

Drawings for W.D. Mayo will be held at 10 a.m. at the Spiro City Council chambers in Spiro (510 S. Main St).

Drawings for Waurika Lake will be held at 9 a.m. at the Corps of Engineers office at the dam. For more information, contact Kent Swanda, habitat coordinator at Ellsworth, Ft. Cobb, Mountain Park, Washita County and Waurika wildlife management areas, at (580) 595-0347.

Additionally, blind permits for Ft. Supply Lake will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. at the Wildlife Department’s northwest region office in Woodward (3014 Lakeview Dr) and for Canton Lake from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Overlook Cafe on the south end of Canton Lake dam. For more information on the Ft. Supply blinds, contact Eddie Wilson, wildlife biologist, at (580) 256-7119. For Canton, contact Thad Potts at (580) 541-5319.

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, they need a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) Permit. Applicants must be present at the drawings to be eligible.

Waterfowl hunting blinds constructed 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.

To learn which lakes allow permanent and temporary blinds, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

Logo courtesy Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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