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Legal Counsel: Cecil the lion, hunter could move Endangered Species Act change
Tim Sowecke: Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA)’s purpose is “to provide a means whereby the ecosystem upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved, [and] provide a program for the conservation of such endangered and threatened species.” Read More
Outdoor notebook: Hunters share state black bear record
Oklahoma has a new black bear state record and it is shared by two hunters. Michael Musgrove of Wilburton and Ken Baker of Hulbert both had bears with scores of 20 1/16. Black bear skulls must score 19 or greater to be eligible for a Cy Curtis award with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Both... Read More
Big blue caught at Canton is new lake record
Remember the scene in Jaws where the shark is being harpooned with barrels attached and the great white keeps taking the barrels underwater before they pop to surface? Well, that's kind of the way Gordon Campbell of Seiling describes trying to boat a 65-pound blue catfish out of Canton Lake on a jug line Monday.... Read More
Paying to play
For outdoorsmen and women in Oklahoma, early autumn may be the greatest time of the year. Dove season is well underway. You can hunt pronghorn on the prairie and still catch largemouth bass from the bow of a boat in weather warm enough to keep the fish active and on the bite. And before you know it, you'll be... Read More
Edmond, OK, leaders approve $3.2 million to start new trail system around Arcadia Lake
Officials will pay $3.2 million for 3.1 miles of walking trail around Arcadia Lake in Edmond, OK, after approving two bids from Rudy Construction in Oklahoma City. Read More
Deadly hunting accident reported in Delaware County, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports
A weekend hunting accident in northeast Oklahoma was deadly. A man from Arkansas was shot and killed in Delaware County. Read More
Volunteer reels in perks of Oklahoma fishing clinics
A longtime volunteer for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Big Joe McCrary teaches children how to fish on his own time and in many cases on his own dime. Read More
Outdoor notebook: East Central anglers win college bass tournament
East Central University anglers Wyatt Smith of Depew and Trevor Yates of Little Axe capture the FLW's College Fishing Southern Conference bass tournament last weekend on the Red River in Louisiana. The victory earned East Central's bass fishing club a $2,000 scholarship and advanced the team to the FLW College... Read More
Big game archery seasons open Thursday
Oklahoma's hunting season kicks into full swing Thursday with the opening of the big game archery seasons. Bowhunters on Thursday can begin to pursue deer and elk statewide, black bear in southeastern Oklahoma and antelope in the Panhandle. Archery is growing in popularity in the state. Last season, bowhunters... Read More
Wildlife Expo still luring newcomers to the outdoors
The Oklahoma Wildlife Expo will celebrate its 10th anniversary next weekend at the Lazy E Arena and Ranch in Guthrie. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation didn't know the monster it was creating when the agency held the first one in 2005. “We only expected about 10,000 people to show up and we had... Read More
Chickasaws, Choctaws negotiate state hunting and fishing licenses
The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations in Oklahoma are now negotiating with Gov. Mary Fallin for a tribal-state compact concerning hunting and fishing rights. Alex Weintz, communications director for Fallin, confirmed negotiations are ongoing. “Our office is in discussions with those tribes about potential... Read More
Large crowds hunt for deals at new Cabela's store in Oklahoma City
Thousands lined up Thursday at the grand opening of the state's first Cabela's store in Oklahoma City. Read More
Outdoor notebook: Dale man now owns state's first record elk
Mark Thompson of Dale now owns the first state record for elk. Thompson's elk, taken in 2013 on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, scored 307 6/8. Last year, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation added elk, black bear and antelope to its Cy Curtis Awards program, which has been recognizing trophy... Read More
Midwest City couple both win coveted Oklahoma antelope hunts
Perhaps Jimmie and Kayley Marshall should buy some lottery tickets this week. The way their luck is going, the Midwest City couple might be millionaires before the weekend. During the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's controlled hunts drawing this year, both were selected for the coveted... Read More
Norman couple shares their passion for the outdoors through television show
The couple who hunts and fishes together, stays together. At least that's true for Jon and Stacy Sissney of Norman, the hosts of the "His and Hers Outdoors" television show. “A lot of people can't say that they can go to Canada on a moose hunt and bear hunt for 16 days and have their wife tag along. I get... Read More
New Thunder coach Monty Williams gets hooked on Oklahoma bass fishing
New Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams likes to fish, and on Wednesday he caught the biggest bass of his life while fishing with Oklahoma's most celebrated angler, Jimmy Houston. The two men have known each other since Williams was a guest on his fishing show a few years ago. Williams was head... Read More
Outdoors notebook: OKC Duck Blind Drawings Set
Draper, Stinchcomb duck blind drawings set Sept. 26 The annual drawing for use of duck blinds at Lake Stanley Draper and the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge will be held Sept. 26. The drawing will be held at the Lake Draper Marina, 8301 SE 104, at 1:30 p.m. All participants must be at least 18-years-old. An... Read More
Oklahoma woman’s parents warn of dangers of deadly ‘brain-eating amoeba’
Mike and Alonie McKown, the parents of Elizabeth Knight, 24, want people to be aware that "brain-eating amoeba" can be present in Oklahoma's lakes and rivers. Knight, a mother of two, died Aug. 10 after apparently ingesting water through her nose that contained the rare, naturally occurring amoeba while swimming... Read More
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
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
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
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

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