January 19, 2014
The Optima National Wildlife
Refuge is in the center of the Oklahoma panhandle, nearest the small town of
Hardesty. The refuge was created in 1975.
refuge provides an island of prime habitat for resident species such as
white-tailed deer, coyotes, Rio Grande turkeys, quail, and many others.
Because of its important habitats, Optima National Wildlife Refuge is a
migratory stopover and summer home to many species of songbirds and raptors.
It's clear that this wildlife refuge was meant to include the water backed up
by a small dam to provide a flyway stopover. The dam was built, but there
is no water. There are no facilities here, and the management of this
refuge is controlled from another refuge in Oklahoma.
Hardesty is the nearby town, but if you need any supplies you should stop
About five miles south of Hardesty is the Schultz state wildlife
"Schultz WMA covers 306 acres in southeastern Texas County in the Oklahoma
panhandle. Located just south of Hwy. 412 (south of the town of Hardesty),
the area is a mixture of upland and floodplain habitats.
Side oats and buffalo grass
predominate on upland sites. Bottomlands consist of salt cedar and
cottonwood. The average annual precipitation for the area is about 17
last edit: 1/20/2014