View Full Version : OK trip - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Chris Ober
02-20-2008, 11:46 PM
The first weekend in May I'll be making another trip to Oklahoma and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. I have a small group planning on going and more are welcome to join. Subjects include: Elk, turkey, longhorn, bison, deer, prairie dogs, landscapes galore, meadowlark, burrowing owls, scissor-tailed flycatchers, eastern collared lizards, and much more.

This won't be the first time I've been to the refuge so I'm a bit familiar with the area. You don't want miss the buffalo burgers in Meers either! :)

We'll be camping and I'll drive up Wednesday evening on April 30th for 4 nights. Lawton is 20-30 minutes away if you want to hotel it.

I can provide more information if anyone is interested in joining us.

Judd Patterson
02-26-2008, 07:23 PM
Wish that I could come Chris. I've always wanted to visit Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge...it sounds like a great spot that is perfect to visit in late April/early May. Good luck and please share your trip photographs here!

Steve Wheeler
03-12-2008, 01:42 PM
Hi Chris... I'm in the Dallas area and would be interested in getting some more information on your trip. I've been up there twice, but it was many, MANY years ago. Do you have a web site where we might see shots you've taken up there?



Chris Ober
03-12-2008, 03:23 PM
Here's a few I have up on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisober/tags/wmnwr/
I'll try to get some more added.

Terry Eddington
03-14-2008, 04:53 PM
Chris, is this a workshop or just a get together of like minded photogs? How much reach is needed for most shots? Sounds interesting.

Chris Ober
03-15-2008, 07:20 AM
It's just a get together for anyone interested. Range of lenses just varies. You can get bison, longhorn, and elk with a 70-200 from the main road some days. Other days, a 500-600 is needed. Prairie dogs will come within couple feet of you and given enough time, would take food from your hand. There are a lot of landscape opportunities as well. I've used a 20mm all the way up to a 600 for the collared lizards but usually end up mostly using a 300-400 handheld.

Chris Ober
03-16-2008, 08:54 AM
Link to their site - http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/oklahoma/wichitamountains/index.html

Chris Ober
04-14-2008, 08:21 PM
Anyone, anyone? :)

Jeff Parker
04-15-2008, 04:23 PM
I'm game. Are you guys camping? This is for May 3-4?

Chris Ober
04-15-2008, 07:09 PM
Sounds good. I'll be there May 1-4. The small group has dwindled down to just myself and a friend but we'll be there regardless.

Robert Amoruso
04-21-2008, 10:24 AM
I was just there second week in April.

Chris Ober
04-22-2008, 09:43 AM
How was it?

Robert Amoruso
04-22-2008, 12:27 PM

I was with relatives so was "kind of pressured" not to spend my normal time photographing, but I did good with the bison right off the road in great afternoon light. Some good prairie dog images and a few scenics. No elk though they were reported to be around.

Definitely could spend a week there.

Jeff Parker
05-18-2008, 09:55 PM
How did it go?

Robert Amoruso
05-19-2008, 11:10 AM
How did it go?

I did good enough that I am planning a workshop there in the fall.

Chris Ober
05-19-2008, 01:31 PM
Was pretty good overall. Clouds didn't cooperate too much for landscapes but we managed a few. The lizards and buffalo were plenty. We saw elk and turkey a few times but nothing that provided good opportunities.