A Guide to Broken Bow Wildlife


For the passionate outdoorsman (or outdoors-women,) or casual explorer, Broken Bow, Oklahoma, is a veritable heaven with an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking views. From avid hikers to sight-seers alike, this natural wonderland of Broken Bow wildlife has something special for everyone.


Animals are plentiful in Broken Bow, from the majestic elk and deer found in the forests to the diverse range of aquatic life that inhabits Broken Bow Lake. Animals here possess an inherent beauty that has the power to captivate and mesmerize anyone who takes a moment to open their eyes and appreciate it.


Each species has its own unique way of moving that is both mesmerizing and inspiring. From the playful antics of river otters to the graceful movement of soaring birds, there’s something special about each animal that can be seen from the trails.


In this article, we’ll explore everything Broken Bow has to offer and what animals you can expect to find. We’ll also answer burning questions like: can you hunt in Broken Bow? What lives in Broken Bow Lake? And what are the best wildlife trails in Broken Bow?


Grab your binoculars, pack a lunch, and get ready to explore the wonderful world of Broken Bow’s wildlife. Let’s dive right in!

The Ecosystem that Makes Up Broken Bow


Broken Bow is home to a wide range of animal species that make up the local ecosystem. The abundance of flora and fauna found in the area varies depending on where you are, with differing landscapes providing different habitats for animals.

What Animals Live in Broken Bow? 

In the forests, you can expect to find white-tailed deer, elk, turkeys, and rabbits. Other animals you might catch glimpses of in the woodlands are coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons. During your visit, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the migrating waterfowl and wood ducks that inhabit this reservoir. Although infrequent, the occasional bear can also be spotted in the woodlands of Broken Bow.


These animals, while shy, can still be seen from the trails if you keep a keen eye out. However, you must always respect their distance and give them the space they need. You should also be aware of the safety risks that come with being in nature. It's not always easy to predict the behavior of wild animals.


For this reason, we highly recommend keeping dogs on a leash and avoiding entering habitats that may pose a safety risk. Also, ensure you carry a first-aid kit and the proper safety gear when venturing into the wild. It would also help if you educated yourself on how to fend off wildlife, in case you find yourself face-to-face with a dangerous wild animal.


For bird watchers out there, Broken Bow is a great place to observe some amazing birds in North America. From majestic bald eagles and golden eagles that winter here on the reservoir and Mountain Fork River, to warblers, finches, and other birds of prey like ospreys and kestrels, the skies are alive with endless activity.


What Lives in Broken Bow Lake?

Nestled in the lush landscape of Broken Bow Lake is a dazzling body of water teeming with an array of fish species. If you’re lucky, you might spot smallmouth or largemouth bass, spotted bass, bluegill, sunfish, and crappie during your leisurely fishing excursion.


Year-round fishing is available in the lower Mountain Fork River designated trout area below Broken Bow Dam. Here, you can find rainbow trout and brown trout, two of the most popular species found in the area.


Taking in the majestic beauty of Broken Bow wildlife while fishing is an incredible experience, and there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of hauling in a hefty catch! Read our last blog, The Best Broken Bow Fishing Spots,’ for more information on where to fish.

Can You Hunt in Broken Bow


The great state of Oklahoma allows for hunting and fishing in certain areas. If you’re looking to hunt in the area, you need to make sure you’re in accordance with Federal and state fish and wildlife regulations.


Here are some of the most crucial need-to-knows before you start hunting in Broken Bow:


  • Before you hunt, it is essential to purchase a hunting license from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODOWC). If you are an out-of-state resident, make sure that you select the non-resident option.
  • Normally, the public is welcome to hunt in all Corps lands apart from areas established for recreational activities and sites near dams or other structures.
  • Your hunting options vary depending on the current season. For instance, if you’re looking to hunt for deer, archery season usually starts in October and ends mid-January. However, if you want to target whitetail specifically, your window of opportunity is narrowed down to a mere two weeks in mid-November until early December.
  • Every year, turkey hunting enthusiasts have the privilege to partake in two exceptional opportunities for a successful hunt. During the fall season, bow hunters are able to take aim from October till mid-January, while gun users get an extra month of hunting. This starts late October and ends in mid-November.


Located in the Broken Bow region, two magnificent public hunting areas await. McCurtain County Wilderness Area offers 14,000 acres of outdoor adventure that have been preserved since Oklahoma became a state. For a more rugged experience, head over to the 5,420 acres at the Broken Bow Wildlife Management area. There, you'll find lush hardwood forests and rough terrain lining your path.


When hunting, please remember to respect the environment, and keep the area clean by disposing of your belongings properly. Also, please be mindful of other visitors and ensure that you are hunting at a safe distance.

What’s Your Next Broken Bow Adventure?

With all the knowledge you’ve gained of Broken Bow’s animal inhabitants, it’s time to discover and explore! Embark on a trek through one of its wildlife management areas. Or, cast a line in the glistening waters of Broken Bow Lake. There is something for everyone when visiting this scenic area, so make sure to take advantage of all the possibilities.


If you’re looking for more outdoor activities in the area, check out 5 Best Outdoor Activities in Broken Bow. Discover what Mother Nature has to offer and plan the ultimate Oklahoma getaway.


At Broken Bow Cabin Life, we’re proud to provide luxurious accommodations that offer guests a home away from home. Our cabins provide a peaceful and serene escape for your romantic getaway or special occasion.


Contact us today to start planning the most memorable Broken Bow experience! 

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