dsmith (if in fact that is your real name
) where are you from originally? I'm a Maryland transplant; been here approachng 20 years. Hunting here is 180 degrees different than what I was used to, but if you are willing to do a little work, you'll find Oklahoma duck hunting is a best kept secret about this state, especially the Tulsa area. Not sure what you know about the area/state so forgive me if I bore you, or others out there, as I discuss our Wetland Development Units(WDU).
OK takes a good chunk of the money raised from state duck stamp sales and uses it to develop low-lying type areas into some fantastic duck hunting spots. Most, if not all, are perfect for the "walk-in hunter" as they only average a foot deep (except next to levees, pumps, etc). The state picks a spot, usually adjacent to a Corps of Engineer lake or waterway, builds a levee system and water pump unit(s) on it, manages it with either moist soil unit vegetation or planted duck food crops(like millet), then floods it for duck season. Or some are timber units they flood. The result is an impoundment of great duck habitat; they average from 50 acres to several hundred acres.
Someone mentioned the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife website; this site has maps showing the state lands to hunt, usually called wildlife management areas (WMA) The WDUs, if a WMA has a WDU in it, is also shown on the maps. From what you mentioned, I think that is the type area you are looking for. Problem is they can each change dramatically from year to year depending on which subunits get flooded and/or what was planted and/or mowed, etc, etc. Also some can be VERY, VERY, VERY crowded. I actually hunt one of the worse ones for crowds but do exceptionally well. It's a game you have to learn to play
WDUs close to Tulsa are :
Keystone Cottonwood Creek WDU at about 275 acres when/if fully flooded. Usually some portion is millet.
Buckeye Creek WDU (close to above unit) at only 10 acres when flooded (never had luck really finding this one and/or it didn't look good) but I may have seen it on an off year?
3 mile slough (again close to above units) at about maybe 75 acres average IF it has water. Not A WDU but sometimes planted in millet?
Chouteau WDU at about 350 acres fully flooded. managed as moist soil unit.
Billy Creek WDU at about 70 acres???. located about 5 miles or so from Chouteau. Never hunted it but it is small and gets crowded quick I hear.
So far, all these are between 40 and 50 miles drive from Tulsa.
Deep Fork WDUs. There are at least 4 separate deep fork units, from 100 to 700 acres according to maps/book.
I've never even scouted these. I think they are 60 miles and more drive????Heard great things about them though and supposedly there is, or can be, a lot of flooded timber??
Also look at the Corps of Engineers website. They also have maps for each of their lakes that show the state lands AND the federal lands that allow hunting. Most Corps lakes have a ton of duck huntable land since they "own" most of the "shoreline". However, most Corps lakes won't fit your need (no boat).
I cut and pasted a lot of the above from other posts I made. Hope it mades sense. If you want/need more info feel free to PM me.
Again, you actually landed in a great place to hunt ducks.