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Tennessee hunters banned for life in 44 states
Two La Vergne residents have been banned from hunting in Tennessee and 43 other states after they illegally killed as many as 40 deer, and then took photos and videos mocking the animals, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Densibel Calzada, 23, and Eddy Albert, 21, received the harshest penalty... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
NORTHEAST  Ft. Gibson: February 7. Elevation above normal, water 42 and murky. Crappie fair on hair jigs and tube jigs at 18 ft. around docks and brush structure. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.  Keystone: February 9. Elevation above normal, water 38. Crappie... Read More
Outdoors: Oklahoma hunters finally draw a great quail season
Quail season ends Feb. 15, and after years of flushing few bobwhites afield, bird hunters in western Oklahoma have been enjoying the best hunting in more than a decade. Read More
Outdoors: Archery in the Schools to hold state championships
Students from eastern Oklahoma will get their chance Feb. 24-25 at the River Spirit Expo in Tulsa as the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has expanded the state shoot to four events. Read More
Are Oklahoma fish safe to eat?
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) last week cautioned citizens against eating too much fish from some state lakes because they pose a higher risk for mercury poisoning. The agency issued a fish consumption advisory for eight Oklahoma lakes, making a total of 40 lakes now where DEQ says... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Wild hogs to be discussed at Wildlife Commission meeting
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold its monthly meeting Monday at Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. The commission is scheduled to vote on hunting and fishing regulation changes for 2016 and to hear information about the proliferation of feral pigs in... Read More
Crappie University opens Wednesday night at Rose State College
Gary Dollahon has been promoting Gene Larew soft plastic lures and Bobby Garland crappie baits for nearly a decade. At a manufacturing plant in northeast Tulsa, millions of the Gene Larew soft plastic bass baits and the Bobby Garland crappie baits are created through the company's six injection molding machines... Read More
Bass tournament proves to be reel challenge for UCO teams
EDMOND — It was a tough lake to fish to begin with, and then the University of Central Oklahoma students competing in Texas had trouble with the engine of their bass boat. Jose Palma, 20, a bass fisherman for the UCO team, had scouted out Somerville Lake for two days before the Jan. 16 college tournament.... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Tackle show opens Thursday at State Fair Park
The four-day Oklahoma Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show opens Thursday in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park. Show hours Thursday are 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Friday, the show opens at 2 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. On Saturday, the show opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. On Sunday, it opens 10 a.m. and ends at 5... Read More
Getting a duck with a band is rare trophy
Mike Goar lives in Arkansas, but the real estate agent from Lakeview prefers duck hunting in eastern Oklahoma over the heavily pressured flooded timber lands around Stuttgart in his home state. "It's a zoo," he said of the public hunting areas around Stuttgart. Last weekend, Goar was hunting in an area he... Read More
A new kind of duck dog
Over the past 35 years, I have trained four Labradors, one Brittany, and an English Setter to retrieve ducks. Recently, my wife asked me to do the same with her dog, Beowulf, a 1 1/2-year-old Briard. She also likes to hunt ducks and thought it would be a good way for Beowulf to get exercise. Briards are breeds... Read More
Rainbow trout stock dates announced
Oklahoma City announces rainbow trout stocking dates for the season, starting Tuesday. Read More
Show attracts boating and camping hopefuls
The Oklahoma City RV and Boat Show included motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, pontoon boats, fishing boats, sport boats, competition ski boats, deck boats, air boats and more. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Former Bassmaster Classic champ to appear at Winter Boat Show
Michael Iaconelli, the 2003 Bassmaster Classic champion, will make an appearance at the OKC Winter Boat Show. Read More
Crappie lured Missouri angler to Lake Eufaula
Barry Morrow has vivid memories of the first time he went crappie fishing on Lake Eufaula. “I had never seen anything like it,” Morrow said of that day and hauling in Oklahoma's daily limit of 37 crappie. “Loved it. You cannot help but love it when you are fishing standing timber and catching that many fish.”... Read More
Oklahoma City group promotes safety through boating education
James Michael Ellis of the Oklahoma City Sail and Power Squadron is constantly amazed at the number of people who buy a boat and then will take it on the lake without learning anything about the vessel or the rules of the water. “You really need to understand what 2 tons of boat can do in the water with no... Read More
Bosworth, Barry, Verplank among 2016 class of Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2016 induction class Thursday. Headlining this year’s class are sportscaster Bob Barry Jr., Oklahoma football legend Brian Bosworth and Oklahoma State golfing great Scott Verplank. Also in the class are pole vaulter Joe Dial, pro angler Jimmy Houston and Sooner... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Excellent quail hunting continues in western Oklahoma
Quail hunting continues to be phenomenal in western Oklahoma as the bobwhites survived the recent ice storms. Wade Free, assistant director of operations for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said hunters on public land are consistently reporting moving 15 coveys per day and bagging an average of... Read More
Wally Marshall was a plumber who became crappie king
No angler is more synonymous with crappie fishing than Wally Marshall. After all, he is Mr. Crappie. The Anna, Texas, resident even once waged a long legal battle with a Lake Fort Gibson bait shop owner to keep that trademark. Mr. Crappie products (bait, rod and reels, fishing line, bobbers, etc.) have been... Read More
Wildlife Department is looking for birders
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's annual winter bird survey begins Thursday. State wildlife officials are seeking help from people who are willing to count and identify birds at their bird feeders. “The more people who participate, it gives us a lot stronger data,” said Jena Donnell, wildlife... Read More
The Passing of a Legend
Ken Cook of Meers, the 1991 Bassmaster Classic champion and one of Oklahoma’s greatest anglers, died Friday in Oklahoma City of an apparent heart attack. He was 68. Cook was born in Wilburton and lived in Oklahoma his entire life. He earned a zoology degree from Oklahoma State University and was hired by the... Read More
Former Bassmaster Classic Champion Ken Cook dies at age 68
Ken Cook of Meers, the 1991 Bassmaster Classic champion and one of Oklahoma’s greatest anglers, died Friday morning in Oklahoma City of an apparent heart attack. Read More
Oklahoma Fishing Report
CENTRAL  Hefner: January 4. Elevation above normal, water 46-49. Crappie good slip corking with minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. along riprap and docks. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs and lipless baits along riprap. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait along riprap. Walleye fair on jerk... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Fly Tying Extravaganza To Be Held In Sapulpa
The sixth annual Oklahoma FlyFishers Fly Tying Extravaganza will be Saturday at the Creek County Fairgrounds. Read More
Outdoors: A good dog is a hunter's best companion
Will is my 13-year-old Labrador retriever who has shared many hunting adventures over the years, including an annual trip to South Dakota to hunt pheasants. Read More
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