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Dove season opens Tuesday and the shooting will be hot and heavy
On Tuesday morning, somebody will call their local police department, sheriff's office or game warden and want to know what all the commotion is about. Robert Fleenor, head of law enforcement for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said it happens somewhere in Oklahoma every year on the opening day... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Hunter sight-in days set Sept. 19-20 at OKC Gun Club
The Oklahoma City Gun Club will hold its annual sight in days for hunters on Sept. 19 and 20. The club's Benchrest range will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. so hunters can sight in their rifles for the upcoming hunting seasons. The price will be $5 per gun. Eye and ear protection must be worn.... Read More
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Youth hunting program filling a void
As board member and southeast region director of the Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program, I've seen the difference it can make in young people's lives. Since its inception more than seven years ago, the Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program has introduced hunting and the outdoors to children who never would have experienced... Read More
National Park Service turns 99, celebrates with free admission
The National Park Service turns 99 years old today. To celebrate, it is waiving entrance fees for the day. National Park Service officials are inviting everyone to enjoy the outdoors by visiting one of the 408 national parks, as well as national heritage areas and national historic landmarks and scenic trails,... Read More
Outdoors notebook: OSU group studies the economics of fishing
According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on outdoor recreation in 2014, Oklahomans spend more total days fishing than wildlife watching and hunting combined. Anglers spend more than $800 million annually on fishing-related purchases, generating $77 million in state and local tax revenue and supporting... Read More
It's almost time for the elk to begin bugling in the Wichita Mountains
Earlier this year, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge was voted as the best national wildlife refuge in the country in a poll conducted by USA Today. Twenty national wildlife refuges were selected for consideration by a panel of wildlife experts, and readers voted for their favorite. Such polls are highly... Read More
Wildlife Department will use federal grant money to lease private land for public use
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will receive $2.26 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the state agency plans to use to lease private land for public hunting. Oklahoma is one of 15 states that will receive grant money from the USDA, a total of $20 million, to encourage private... Read More
Video: Family of bears enjoying time in backyard pool
Video was released this week showing a startling find in a backyard in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. The Basso family found a black bear and her five cubs jumping in to cool off in their backyard pool. The mother and cubs were seen playing and frolicking joyfully. Tim Basso was watching the bears frolic in... Read More
Carter County resident dies from West Nile, marking first death of year
A Carter County resident has died from West Nile virus, the first Oklahoma resident to die as a result of the mosquito-borne illness this year. Read More
Wildlife biologists are getting fields ready for dove, but the millet seeding program for ducks is a bust this year
August is a busy month for Wildlife Department biologists on the agency’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) around the state, especially in central and western Oklahoma. Dove season opens Sept. 1 and biologists last week were preparing fields to attract doves by mowing wheat field and burning them to expose seed... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Sportsman's & Outdoor Expo scheduled in Enid
The Sportsman’s & Outdoor Expo, presented by Chisholm Trail Promotions and KNID 107.1, will be Saturday and Sunday in Enid. The Expo 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. 22, and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday,... Read More
The fallout from Cecil
The recent killing of Cecil the lion has created an unusually virulent outrage. As a television producer who has traveled to Africa over 40 times to shoot our television series, Safari Hunter’s Journal for Sportsman Channel, I have a unique insight as to how this hunt ultimately went wrong and why so many are so... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Dates for upcoming waterfowl seasons are set
Oklahoma's duck and goose hunters will see few changes this year in season dates and regulations, as the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday approved the dates for the 2015-16 waterfowl seasons. The duck, merganser and coot season will kick off in the Panhandle counties Oct. 17 and run through... Read More
State Wildlife Department gets temporary new home
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is temporarily moving its headquarters on 1801 N. Lincoln to an Oklahoma County-owned building at NE 36th and Martin Luther King. The agency has already started moving and expects the move to be completed by Sept. 1. The Wildlife Department will still be conducting... Read More
The fallout from the killing of Cecil the lion
The recent killing of Cecil the lion has created an unusually virulent outrage. As a television producer who has traveled to Africa over 40 times to shoot our television series, Safari Hunter’s Journal for Sportsman Channel, I have a unique insight as to how this hunt ultimately went wrong and why so many are so... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL  Arcadia: August 3. Elevation normal, water 87 and clearing. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina rigs and Alabama rigs at 6-14 ft. around submerged humps and road beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 11-14 ft. around marked brush piles and rocky points near the overlook. Channel and blue catfish... Read More
Former OKC RedHawk sets minor league HR record
Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens hit his 433rd career home run in the minor leagues Monday night, making the former Oklahoma City RedHawk the Barry Bonds of the minor leagues, presumably minus the steroids. Hessman hit 35 of those home runs in 2012 while playing with the RedHawks. I did a feature on […] Read More
Sunseekers dig diving in at Edmond's Arcadia Lake
Arcadia Lake is a flood control reservoir for the Deep Fork River Basin and is a water supply for the city of Edmond. It provides habitat for fish and wildlife, along with camping, recreational and educational opportunities for the community. Read More
Evers wins back-to-back tournaments on Bassmaster Tour
WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Confidence means a lot to a tournament bass fisherman, and Oklahoma pro Edwin Evers said his was sagging a bit after a couple of tough events earlier this year. A win last month at BASSfest made Evers feel much better — and with a renewed sense of confidence, he went out and claimed his... Read More
Longtime southwest Oklahoma fisheries chief retires
It’s not easy to be a fisheries chief in southwest Oklahoma, a part of the state that has little water. For the last 26 years, that has been Larry Cofer’s job for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It’s been a challenge, certainly, especially for some of the key species that people want, like... Read More
Outdoor Notebook: Deadline looms to apply for bonus antlerless deer hunts this season
The deadline is Aug. 14 for young hunters to apply to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for a bonus antlerless deer hunt during the upcoming hunting season. The bonus hunts are open to 49 hunters who will be ages 12 to 17 at the time of the hunts and have already completed hunter education. An... Read More
OKC Junior Bassmasters Club members capture inaugural tournament for young anglers
After getting skunked on the first day of the B.A.S.S. Nation Youth Junior Championship last weekend, Hunter Meadows and Aaryn Minyard were just hoping they could catch a single fish on the second day. “I wanted to at least boat one so we could walk across the stage,” Meadows said. The pair of 13-year-olds,... Read More
American dentist said to have paid $55K to kill beloved lion in Africa
A Minnesota dentist who caused an international uproar when he reportedly paid $55,000 to kill Cecil, an iconic lion in Zimbabwe, issued a statement late Tuesday saying he regretted the animal's death, but thought he was acting legally. Walter Palmer, who was included in a 2009 New York Times feature on big... Read More
Shidler duo wins high school fishing title
Shidler’s Austin French and Dillon Nash won the 2015 Oklahoma State High School Fishing Championship on Saturday on the Arkansas River. They brought five bass to the scale weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces. The duo was also able to bring in the biggest bass of the tournament — 3 pounds and 1 ounce. The win qualifies... Read More
Outdoors notebook
Trout stockings to cease on Lower Illinois River The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has stopped putting trout in the Lower Illinois River temporarily as the water temperature has become too warm for the cold-water fish. The combination of high temperatures and flood waters being released through... Read More

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