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Todd Huckabee has become the go-to crappie guide on Lake Eufaula
LAKE EUFAULA — Sitting in a boat on Lake Eufaula on a hot September morning, I asked fishing guide Todd Huckabee what the crappie fishing is like in October. I was already thinking about returning to Oklahoma's most prolific crappie lake at a cooler time of year. “The last three years have been phenomenal,”... Read More
Outdoor Notebook
Strong selected as director of Wildlife Department J.D. Strong, executive director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and former Oklahoma secretary of the environment, has been named the new director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Strong replaces Richard Hatcher, who is retiring Oct. 1.... Read More
Water Resources Board head named new Wildlife Department director
J.D. Strong, executive director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and former Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment, has been selected as the new Director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Strong will replace outgoing director Richard Hatcher, who is retiring Oct. 1. Strong was chosen by the... Read More
Having A Blast Annual OKC Gun Club event entices women to the shooting sports
Paula Tate's first experience firing a shotgun was unpleasant. “My husband took me out dove hunting before we got married,” Tate said. ”I didn't hit the dove, and I was just glad I didn't hit my husband. After that first gun blast, it just felt unsafe to me because I didn't have all the instruction.” Tate... Read More
Outdoor Notebook
Duck blind drawings on Saturday Drawings for season-long duck blinds on state lakes will be held Saturday. Hunters must be present for the drawings. For Fort Gibson Lake, the blind drawing will be at 8 a.m. at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's office in Porter. Registration begins at 7 a.m.... Read More
Sporting Clays is a passion for Edmond resident
Arnie Little went from toting shotguns for his buddies to becoming a champion shooter. The Edmond resident is a certified Level 2 shooting instructor by the National Sporting Clays Association. He is the most active and experienced shooting instructor in the state. In his career, Little boasts numerous... Read More
Cherokee Nation creates Fish and Wildlife Association
The Cherokee Nation launched the Cherokee Nation Fish and Wildlife Association on Monday, becoming the first tribe in the country to create a fish and wildlife advocacy organization. The new community outreach association is a platform for fishing and wildlife advocacy but will also provide exclusive information... Read More
Tribal-state compacts will benefit Wildlife Department
Just as the Cherokee Nation did last year, the Choctaw Nation last week entered into a hunting and fishing compact with the state of Oklahoma. Under the three-year agreements with both tribes, the Cherokees and Choctaws will be able to issue tribal hunting and fishing licenses to its citizens that provide the... Read More
Outdoor Notebook
Drawings for Draper, Stinchcomb Hunting Blinds On Saturday The annual drawing for hunting blind locations at Lake Stanley Draper and the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge for the upcoming waterfowl season will be Saturday. The event will take place at 1 p.m. at Lake Draper Marina, 8301 SE 104 (east side of SE 104 and... Read More
Outdoors: Fallin signs compact with Choctaw Nation
Members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma living in the state will be able to get hunting and fishing licenses from the tribe at no cost beginning next year. The licenses issued by the tribe will give Choctaw resident citizens the same hunting and fishing privileges as an Oklahoma hunting and fishing license.... Read More
When Doves Fly: A group of fathers and sons are eager to make more memories on Thursday's opening day of dove season
Tom Hall of Piedmont loaded two cases of shotgun shells in his truck for this week's trip to the Beaver River Wildlife Management Area for the opening of dove season. “The truck will definitely weigh less coming back,” said Hall, referring to the amount of shooting that will take place on Thursday and during the... Read More
Locating doves likely will require more scouting this year
Scouting always is important, but dove hunters will want to scout as much as possible up to Thursday's opener this season. The unusual cool fronts in August have birds on the move. “We've just had a weird year,” said Kelvin Schoonover, wildlife biologist at Hackberry Flat near Frederick, typically the site of... Read More
Choctaws reveal details of pending hunting, fishing compact
The Choctaw Nation posted details of the pending fishing and hunting compact with the state of Oklahoma on its Facebook page Friday after it was approved by the Tribal Council. Read More
Choctaws announce pending hunting, fishing compact details
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has announced details of the proposed fishing and hunting compact it expects to sign with the state of Oklahoma. Last week, the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a compact with the Choctaw Nation, but didn’t release details, pending signatures by Gov. Mary Fallin and... Read More
Outdoors: Choctaw Nation, state near an agreement on a hunting and fishing compact
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the state of Oklahoma are nearing an agreement on a hunting and fishing compact. The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, which oversees the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, on Wednesday had a special meeting and voted to approve a compact with the Choctaw... Read More
Choctaw Nation close to obtaining fishing, hunting compact
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the state of Oklahoma are nearing an agreement on a hunting and fishing compact. The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, which oversees the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, on Wednesday had a special meeting and voted to approve a compact with the Choctaw... Read More
Choctaw man specializes in crafting knives with game calls
Aaron York of Choctaw likes to tinker with all kinds of gadgets, especially hunting and fishing gadgets. “I am always messing with something,” the 74-year-old drywaller said. He made knives and made game calls, then one day decided that the two would go good together, kind of like peanut butter and jelly. "I... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Elk bugling tours to start soon
ELK BUGLING TOURS TO START SOON Reservations for bus tours in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to view bugling elk will be accepted beginning Aug. 29. The bus tours are held in September and October. The tours will take participants into the refuge's Special Use Area during the height of the elk mating... Read More
Is using a spear an ethical way to hunt bears and other big game?
Hunters are frequently and unfairly vilified on social media, and the latest case is an Ohio man who killed a bear with a spear in Canada. A video of the hunt was posted in June on the YouTube account of Josh Bowmar, who runs an Ohio-based fitness company, and shows him killing the bear on a hunt in northern... Read More
Old elk hunts bring new state records
Since the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation added elk to the agency's Cy Curtis Awards program and made it retroactive, mounts have been coming off the walls of hunters to be scored and new state records are being established every few months. The two new elk state records (typical and nontypical) now... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Outdoor Expo scheduled in Enid
Outdoor Expo Scheduled in Enid The 2016 KNID Sportsman's and Outdoor Expo is scheduled Aug. 20 and 21 in Enid. The event will be held in the Chisholm Trail Expo Center on the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Show hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.... Read More
The Great Outdoors: News and Notes from Oklahoma and across the globe
American skeet shooter makes history American Kim Rhode captured bronze on Friday in women's skeet in the Rio Olympics, becoming the first woman to earn a medal in six straight Olympics. Rhode and China's Wei Mang both hit 15 of 16 shots in the bronze medal match, forcing a shoot-off. Rhode, a California... Read More
Man snags rare bright blue lobster — his 2nd time in decades 
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has made a rare catch, snagging a bright blue lobster. Even rarer? It's not the first time he's caught one. Jan Nickerson tells The Associated Press her husband, Wayne, let out a loud exclamation after spotting a bright blue lobster in his catch Monday. Nickerson says... Read More
Alaska fishermen snag nearly 400-pound halibut 
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — It wasn't a record breaker, but it was still a helluva halibut. Petersburg radio station KFSK reports that fishermen Brian Mattson and Doug Corl hauled in the catch of a lifetime Sunday with a 396-pound halibut in southeast Alaska. The fish was nearly 8 feet long. They used a winch... Read More
On Monday night, Jimmy Houston became the first angler inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Who should be the next one?
Jimmy Houston became the first angler inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night. “For a fisherman to be recognized in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, I think that has got to mean a lot to every professional fisherman we have in Oklahoma, just everyday fishermen also,” Houston told... Read More
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