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Outdoor notebook: Beast Feast Scheduled at Crossings Community Church on Tuesday
Beast Feast Scheduled at Crossings Community Church on Tuesday Crossings Community Church, 14600 Portland Ave., will have its annual “Beast Feast” on Tuesday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a smoked pork dinner served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and can be bought at the door. The guest speaker will be Tim... Read More
Beavers Bend State Park offers a cool close to home getaway
BROKEN BOW — The Lower Mountain Fork River is different than it was before the great floods of 2015. But different doesn't mean bad. That's the message Don Groom, the supervisor of fisheries in southeast Oklahoma for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, tells anglers who haven't visited the... Read More
Wildlife Department seeking public's input on hunting, fishing guides
Oklahoma's annual hunting and fishing guides are like the Bible for sportsmen and women, except they contain way more than just “Ten Commandments.” If only there were just 10 hunting and fishing regulations to remember. The guidebooks are published by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation each year... Read More
OKC Gun Club is the site this week for the IHMSA World Championships
For 30 years, handgunner John Richards has been knocking down steel targets of rams, turkeys, chickens and pigs. “It's pretty neat to knock a 68-pound ram from over 200 yards away,” said Richards, 53, who traveled from his home in Savage, Minn., to the Oklahoma City Gun Club this week to compete in the... Read More
Learning on the Fly
Over the past few months, I have received some quizzical looks from the neighbors when my wife Kris and I were in the front yard casting fly rods. We were married in April and I have been giving her fly fishing lessons for weeks in anticipation of our summer journey to the high country of Colorado. Casting a... Read More
The birds have returned to Hackberry Flat
Bird watchers and other wildlife enthusiasts have long been making the trek to southwestern Oklahoma to experience the Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area near Frederick, a historical wetland. For years, the restored wetland provided waterfowl and other birds a place to land, and waterfowl hunters a place to... Read More
OKC Gun Club to host shooting championship
The OKC Gun Club once again will be host of the 2016 International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association World Championship pistol match beginning Friday. The championship will last nine days, through July 23, at the OKC Gun Club, located on 450 acres three miles north of Arcadia. “This is long-distance... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Outdoor Adventure Day on Saturday at Cabela's
Cabela's in Oklahoma City will host the company's annual “Outdoor Adventure Day” on Saturday in partnership with the Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation. Outdoor groups will have booths passing out information, and seminars on numerous outdoor-related topics will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. Turkey... Read More
Some lakes in Oklahoma fly under the radar but are worth a visit
Oklahoma is blessed with many great lakes. We're all familiar with the big and busy ones like Grand, Eufaula and Texoma, just to name a few. But Oklahoma also has many small lakes that get overlooked except by the sportsmen and women who live near them. I solicited suggestions from the fisheries folks at the... Read More
Oklahoma has three bass fishing lakes ranked nationally in top 100
Bassmaster Magazine released its annual list of the top 100 bass fishing lakes in the country last week. Oklahoma had a poorer showing than last year. Oklahoma had three lakes on Bassmaster's top 100 but boasted five the year before. Grand Lake, Hudson Lake and Lake Texoma once again were listed in the top 100... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Free Youth Fishing Classes Continue in July
Free youth fishing clinics continue on Saturday mornings in July in Oklahoma City, sponsored by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department. The classes are open to anglers ages 5 to 15. Participants learn knot tying, casting, fish identification, angler safety and fishing regulations. The classes are... Read More
Oklahoma's chief game warden retiring after 40-year career
Robert Fleenor, 67, has been an Oklahoma game warden for the past 40 years, serving the last seven as chief of law enforcement for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Fleenor is retiring Thursday. He answered questions from The Oklahoman last week about his career and the job of the state game... Read More
Sporting Clays shoot to benefit Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited will hold a “Fun Shoot” Saturday at Quail Ridge Sporting Clays in McLoud. Cost is $100 per shooter for 100 targets. Cost for a team of five is $450. The event includes games, a raffle, silent auction and lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information, visit or call... Read More
An ode to fathers who taught their sons to fish
When I was just in diapers, my dad would take his boat out on the lake fishing while I'd roll around on the floor with crayons and coloring books strewn about tackle boxes. He gave me my first pole a few years later, tied plastic action figures to the line, then watched my brother and I learn how to cast in the... Read More
PAULS VALLEY - For 17 years, thousands of people have been cramming into Pauls Valley to view the giant flathead catfish caught in the Okie Noodling Tournament. “This is all about seeing big fish,” said Jennifer Samford, parks and recreation director for the City of Pauls Valley. “It's about seeing people willing... Read More
Okie noodling festival in Pauls Valley spotlights hand-fishing enthusiasts
This weekend, hand-fishing enthusiasts such as Don "Katt Daddy" Brewer will gather for the 17th annual Okie Noodling Tournament, part of a two-day festival and fish fry in Pauls Valley. Tournament competitors use only their hands to wrangle in the biggest catfish they can find. “It’s a big ole’ shindig down there,... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: June 13. Elevation slightly above normal, water 81 and clearing. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and square bill baits at 6-8 ft. around rocky points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush piles. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad, punch... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Oklahoma wildlife director to retire in October
Richard Hatcher, director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, announced his retirement at Monday's meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission. Hatcher, 63, will leave his position in October. Hatcher, of Edmond, has worked for the Wildlife Department for 37 years, serving as... Read More
South Carolina's Casey Ashley leads BASSfest on Lake Texoma
BASSfest is set up for a dramatic finish as last year's Bassmaster Classic champion, Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., holds a slim lead over Alabama angler Gerald Swindle heading into Sunday's final day of fishing on Lake Texoma. The winner earns a berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic and $100,000. No Oklahoma... Read More
It's called BASSfest, but it's really been a FLIPfest
LAKE TEXOMA — The Elite Series professional anglers competing in BASSfest on Lake Texoma the past few days have had to deal with a very dirty and very high lake. So how were they catching so many fish in such conditions? You could call this year's BASSfest "the Texoma Flipfest" because that is what 90... Read More
‘Horrific accident’: Woman killed by umbrella at windy Virginia Beach
A 55-year-old Virginia woman was killed Wednesday after being struck by a wind-tossed beach umbrella at Virginia Beach, officials said.   Police responded to a call about 5 p.m. for a woman who was said to be in cardiac arrest near 33rd Street on the beach. When police arrived they found the woman was... Read More
Harlow was one of OSU's best
Last Saturday I wrote about former OSU wrestler Bill Harlow’s induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater. You can read that story here. I thought I would share an interesting email about Harlow I received from former OSU track All-American Jim Metcalf, who witnessed Harlow wrestle in the... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
Fishing Report for June 8, 2016  CENTRAL Arcadia: June 7. Elevation normal, 79 and clearing. Largemouth bass good on swim baits at 5-8 ft. in the back of coves. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 7 -9 ft. around rock piles near the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait […] Read More
Outdoors notebook: Women's outdoor event set on Arcadia Lake
A Women in the Outdoors event is scheduled Saturday at the Arcadia Conservation Education Area on Arcadia Lake. The event is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation Eastern Oklahoma County Strutters' chapter. The women's-only event offers instruction in outdoor skills such as archery, kayaking, target... Read More
Lake Texoma and Durant will host BASSfest this week
Oklahoma will host its second major professional bass fishing event in just three months as Lake Texoma and Durant will host BASSfest. The tournament and festival begin Wednesday and run through Sunday at the Choctaw Casino Resort. Grand Lake was the site of the Bassmaster Classic in March, and while BASSfest... Read More

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