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Navarre Beach Fishing Pier a hidden gem
The longest fishing pier extending into the Gulf of Mexico is a popular spot for fishing, as well as watching dolphins and other creatures of the sea. Read More
Lower Illinois River a prime fishing spot
You can try your luck catching both trout and striped bass near Gore. Read More
Oklahoma City Gun Club to host the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) World Championship
The Oklahoma City Gun Club will host the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) World Championship Saturday through July 25 at the club’s range north of Arcadia. This is the second time in three years that the Oklahoma City Gun Club has been the site for the world championship. “Our... Read More
Officials confirm Oklahoma's first West Nile virus case of the year
The state Health Department announced Thursday a case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus was confirmed in Major County in northwest Oklahoma. Read More
Calif. Shark Bite Victim: It Just 'Locked on My Chest'
(Newser) – We suppose that if one is going to get bitten by a Great White shark, a baby one is the way to go. Long distance swimmer Steve Robles is not only alive to talk about it, he's in stable condition after being bit by a 7-foot juvenile Great White that was hooked on a fishing line. "It lunged at my chest,... Read More
Quail Forever chapters sprouting up around state
Oraganization’s president, Laura McIver, has helped start four new chapters: in the Panhandle, northeast Oklahoma, Tulsa and western Oklahoma. Read More
Oklahoma State to hold Wildlife Food Plot Day in Slaughterville
Bagging a mature buck on your land starts long before the hunt begins. It begins with managing the deer herd on your land. One management tool a landowner can use is to plant food plots. On Saturday, Oklahoma State University will hold its second annual Wildlife Food Plot Day in Slaughterville, just south of... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Archery, bowhunting classes offered at Summer Expo
H&H Shooting Sports will offer archery, kids archery, bowhunting and concealed carry options classes as part of the store’s annual Summer Expo on July 17-19. Called Expo University, space is limited for the classes, and registration is required. For more information, visit Read More
Outdoors notebook: Volunteers needed for annual Camp Cavett fishing trips
Camp Cavett is looking for volunteers with boats to take more than 150 kids from OU Children’s Hospital on two morning fishing trips next month. Camp Cavett is an annual summer camp on Lake Texoma for seriously ill children. The camp depends on volunteers so it will have enough boats to take all of the kids... Read More
It's best to leave newborn wildlife alone
Spring and early summer in Oklahoma means newborn wildlife. Biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation say young critters are best left alone when discovered by outdoor enthusiasts. “When you see newborn wildlife that appears to be alone, such as a fawn, a young squirrel or a fledgling... Read More
Lake Hefner often overlooked for fishing
“For a city fishery, it’s probably one of the best in the country,” said David Hughes, owner of Lucky Lure Tackle in Oklahoma City Read More
'Taste of the Hills' added to Norman Conquest bike event
The 19th annual Norman Conquest Bicycle Tour to benefit the J.D. McCarty Center offers a choice of five routes — from easy to hard — for participating riders. Read More
Two juveniles injured in separate accidents at Oklahoma's Lake Murray
Authorities report two injuries at Lake Murray in Oklahoma. A young boy and a teenage girl were injured in separate accidents. Read More
Friend: Body found near Mount Rainier is Karen Sykes
A friend of well-known outdoors writer Karen Sykes said Sunday he has received a call from the National Park Service confirming that the body found yesterday on the east side of Mount Rainier is Sykes, reports The Today File on the Seattle Times. Don Geyer said he believes he is one of a handful of people who... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Oklahoma quail's population might rebound this year
State wildlife biologists are optimistic about this year’s quail hatch because of timely rainfall and milder temperatures this spring. “We’re seeing better conditions now than we’ve seen the past 21/2 years,” said Scott Cox, upland game biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.... Read More
15 years of hand fishing for flatheads
For the first time, a Missouri noodler won the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley. Ramey Webb of Ludlow, Mo, weighed in a 69-pound, 9-ounce flathead that bested the field of 137 noodlers. Read More
Oklahomans related how their fathers shared a passion for the outdoors
“It’s a lucky boy who has a dad who takes him fishin’!” — Jimmy Houston For generations, fathers have been sharing their passion and passing on their knowledge of the outdoors to their children. Here is a Father’s Day tribute from some of the most recognizable outdoorsmen in Oklahoma to their fathers.... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Okie Noodling Tournament is Saturday in Pauls Valley
The first noodling tournament that began the craze, the 15th annual Okie Noodling Tournament, will be Saturday in Pauls Valley at Wacker Park. Tournament founder Bradley Beasley, who started the contest when he was filming his Okie Noodling documentary, sold the rights and trademark to the event for $50,000 this... Read More
Top fish at kids fishing derby at Arcadia Lake in Edmond weighs nearly 7 pounds
Fifty-eight children turned out for this year’s kids fishing derby at Spring Creek Park at Arcadia Lake in Edmond. Ty Shoffner caught the largest fish. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Family Outdoor Expo rescheduled
The Family Outdoor Expo at Crystal Lake has been rescheduled for June 21-22. City Care, a non-profit which has a contract with the City of Oklahoma City to manage the 87-acre lake on SW 15 near McArthur, had scheduled the expo for this weekend. But organizers decided to postpone the event because of the high... Read More
Headed to the campground? Here's what you need to cook on a campfire
Editor’s Note: Luann Sewell Waters of Wynnewood is a conservation and environment educator who has taught workshops and seminars on wildgame and Dutch oven cooking throughout the country. She also teaches college credit courses in Pioneer Food History and Food Preparation and is the Leopold Education Project... Read More
Oklahoma team wins BASS Nation Central Divisional tourney on Lake Eufaula
Oklahoma’s BASS Nation president Mike Myers wanted the Central Divisional fishing tournament on Lake Eufaula so the state anglers would have a home field advantage. It worked as Oklahoma captured the team title, while Arkansas angler Josh Wray won the individual crown in the three-day tournament that concluded... Read More
Outdoors chat: Ed Godfrey talks with Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, from H&H Shooting Sports Complex
Outdoors editor Ed Godfrey was joined on Friday's live chat by Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, from H&H Shooting Sports Complex. Here's the full transcript. Read More
Lake Eufaula hopes to shine for major BASS tournament
Beginning Wednesday, Lake Eufaula will be the site of the BASS Nation Central Divisional, a tournament featuring bass fishing teams from eight states. Oklahoma BASS National president Mike Myers said the response from anglers in neighboring states on learning Lake Eufaula’s selection as the site of the... Read More
Outdoors Notebook: Crystal Lake to be site of an Outdoor Expo
The Family Outdoor Expo will be held at Crystal Lake, located near SW 15 and MacArthur, next Saturday and Sunday (June 7-8). Activities will include kayaking, archery, fishing, bird watching, camping seminars and more. The Hal Smith Restaurant Group will be selling food during the event. Price is $10 per... Read More

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