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'Old Phartz' call Cherokee deer camp home for days, for decades
Search, spiritually, somewhere between the sweet hot air of a ridiculous laugh aromatically seasoned with homemade wine or beer and the heart string that connects a lump in the throat to the mist-maker behind an old man’s eye and you may find the place of a hunter’s dreams. It’s called a deer camp. The place I... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Trout fishing begins Tuesday at Dolese Youth Park Pond
Trout season at the Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5105 NW 50, opens Tuesday. Fisheries management staff from the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department will stock the first batch of rainbow trout Tuesday morning in the pond. Appoximately 5,300 rainbow trout will be put in the pond over the course of the... Read More
Pheasant population still slow to recover
While quail hunting is going great guns in western Oklahoma this season, don't expect the same kind of hunting for pheasants. Quail hunting has been the best in many years in western Oklahoma and it would seem logical that as the bobwhites have bounced back, so would the ringnecks. But the pheasant have been slow... Read More
Arcadia resident tracks Oklahoma's biggest deer
George Moore of Arcadia is an avid deer and elk hunter and has a collection of trophy bucks and bulls to prove it. When the hunting seasons end, Moore still goes on the hunt for trophy animals. Only he does it with a tape measure and score sheets and not with a gun or a bow. Moore is one of 37 certified Boone... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Hunters can help hungry Oklahoma families
Deer hunters who legally take a deer this season can donate the meat to the Hunters Against Hunger program. Each year, thousands of needy Oklahoma families receive meat through the program. Hunters who wish to donate the meat must first check in the deer online at Hunters then can... Read More
Patience pays off for Shawnee hunter
A hunter's best weapon is often patience. Dwayne Carter of Shawnee had the drawstring pulled back on a nice 8-point buck last Sunday morning in Pottawatomie County, but he didn't let the arrow fly. He had gone hunting last weekend in hopes of shooting a 17-point, non-typical buck that he had first seen in... Read More
The opening weekend of quail season doesn't disappoint bird hunters
The opening weekend of quail season lived up to the pre-season hype for most hunters. The survey reports and anecdotal evidence suggesting a big boost in the quail population in western Oklahoma was validated last weekend as the quail season opened. “The numbers were outstanding,” said Scott Cox, upland bird... Read More
Rut Report
From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Saturday is the day many tens of thousands of Oklahoma hunters have been anticipating all year. Deer gun season will open a half-hour before official sunrise Nov. 21. Based on field reports from each region of the state, hunters should have plenty of opportunities in... Read More
 From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation CENTRAL Hefner: November 16. Elevation normal, water 55-60 and clear. Walleye fair on lipless baits, sassy shad and jerk baits along riprap and points. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on lipless baits, grubs and chrome gay blades around points... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Trout fishing to resume on Lower Illinois River
Trout fishing will resume by the weekend on the Lower Illinois River near Gore. State wildlife officials have not been able to add any hatchery-raised trout in the river since July 15 because the water temperature in the stream has been too warm. Jim Burroughs, northeast fisheries region supervisor for the... Read More
Oklahoma deer hunters have enjoyed record success the past decade
When hunters talk about the heyday of quail hunting in Oklahoma, they are talking about the past. When they talk about deer hunting, the heyday is the present. Oklahoma's most popular hunting season, the 16-day deer gun season, opens Saturday statewide. If recent history is any indication, more than 150,000... Read More
'Mystic' buck may be Osage County's largest ever
Jim Stacy has a deer-hunting vision stuck in his mind and it’s one he never wants to lose. A fine eight-point buck walks into a clearing, a staging area at the edge of the timber deer use before they venture into the open wheat field on his leased hunting area in Osage County. It has big antlers, but the buck... Read More
Bird hunters are eager for the start of quail season
Zach Lozier and his father, Keith, used to love to bird hunt. However, they quit hunting quail 10 years ago and stopped keeping bird dogs because there were so few bobwhites to chase. “There was really no point in having a dog,” Zach Lozier said. With an outstanding quail season predicted in Oklahoma, the... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Veterans Day trout derby set on Blue River
The Johnston County Chamber of Commerce and the Blue River Association will hold its annual Veterans Day Trout Derby Nov. 14-15 on Blue River near Tishomingo. Entry fee is $25 for adults and $20 for ages 15 and younger. Cash prizes of $100 each will be awarded for heaviest stringers of fish in men, women, youth... Read More
Donor program to pay for veterans' hunting and fishing licenses
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is hoping to raise enough money to provide free fishing and hunting licenses for military veterans. The agency's new “Stars & Stripes License Project” has been kick-started by donations totaling $14,000 from the Bank of Oklahoma ($10,000), Quail Forever... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Three-day wildlife conservation passport available
As of Nov. 1, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will begin selling a three-day Wildlife Conservation Passport. The three day passport will cost $15 per person for both residents and non-residents. The passport will give buyers the use of any of the agency's wildlife management areas for three... Read More
Tishomingo hatchery working to replenish alligator, snapping turtle populations
As crickets sing sunshine to sleep, it's a wake-up call for alligator snapping turtles. They make a living by the dark of the night in big creeks, rivers and marshes in the southern United States. The alligator snapping turtle catches its prey by wiggling a piece of flesh on its tongue to lure in unsuspecting... Read More
About the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery
The hatchery was established in 1928 at its present site on SH 7, a few miles northwest of Tishomingo on 235 acres of land next to Pennington Creek. The hatchery was built on Pennington Creek because of the high quality of water in the creek and close proximity to the railroad. A grist mill and tourist park was... Read More
Two men die in Kiowa County boating accident Sunday
Two men died in a Kiowa County boating accident Sunday at Tom Steed Reservoir. Read More
Outdoor notebook: Keep a watchful eye for whooping cranes
Whooping cranes, the tallest and one of the rarest birds in North America, will soon be migrating through Oklahoma to their South Texas wintering grounds. To better understand the migration paths and habitat of this endangered bird, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation works with other member agencies... Read More
Wildlife Department's winter trout areas to open Nov. 1
Oklahoma's winter trout fishing holes are scheduled to open Nov. 1. Blue River, Robbers Cave, Lake Watonga, Perry CCC Lake, Medicine Creek and Lake Carl Etling are the six waters that are stocked with trout during the winter by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. October has seen record warm... Read More
Skiatook girl takes record-class whitetail buck destined for Oklahoma's top five
Her father was the one excited beyond control this weekend, but 14-year-old Micalah Millard of Skiatook is the one likely destined for the record books with one of Oklahoma’s top five big bucks of all time. That name will stand out in the record book listings as well. Hers is by far the largest record “typical... Read More
Outdoors: How far has quality deer management come in Oklahoma?
Ten years ago The Oklahoman featured then 24-year-old Duncan native Heath Herje and his effort to bring the practices of the Quality Deer Management Association to Oklahoma landowners and hunting lease-holders. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Deadline is Friday to enter OWMA’s Big Buck Contest
The Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association's third annual Big Buck Contest is open to residents and non-residents who hunt deer in Oklahoma during the 2015-16 season. Read More
Oklahoma hunting seasons kick into high gear
As of Thursday, bear hunters in southeastern Oklahoma had checked in 44 black bears since the opening of the archery season on Oct. 1. As usual, most of the bears were taken during the first few days of the season. Thirty-five bears were checked in the first three days. “It's been kind of one bear a day deal... Read More

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