Duck Whisperer wrote:Regarding the original general questions about duck hunting and Skiatook Lake: More than half of the shoreline of Skiatook is public hunting, either state land or federal land. Search Oklahoma Department of Wildlife (ODWC) website for regs in general for OK ; search Tulsa District Corps of Engineers for Federal land (hunting maps or Corps Lakes).
In general, of the multitude of large lakes out here, Skiatook is not one I'd consider a duck lake. Course, I've not spent much time loooking at it (for ducks), and if your buddy has 400 acres on the lake, he may have a "good spot" for a poor lake. Never even heard any real chatter about duck hunting on that lake either. Seems most of the posts on this thread are focusing on lakes. There are lots of "WDUs" out here built specifically for walk-in type hunters. ODWC website has info on these. If you think you may only have a few days to hunt ducks, you may consider leaving a LOT of that gear you mention at home (even the boat), and hit a few walk-in spots with a bag of decoys.
Oklahoma has TONS, I will repeat TONS, of public hunting compared to most states, especially you right coast states (BTW, I'm a Maryland transplant out here). Most lifelong Oklahoma residents have no clue how good they have it out here.
Both websites I referenced are buried somewhere on this state forum. You can also search other key words on this forum and find good info. Sometime, a few years back, I put out a longer dtailed post on the public hunting spots in the NE part of the state. I'll bump it if I can find it.
Also...since it seems like we are going to have at least a sufficient amount of water this season, spots such as Skiatook, which are not normally ducky places, can change dramatically when the water level gets high enough. Spots that were completely out of the question during the drought could turn into hotspots this season.