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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Outdoors notebook: OKC Quail Forever Chapter to hold fund raiser
The Quail Forever Oklahoma 89er Chapter will hold its 11th annual fundraising banquet on Saturday in Norman. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Sooner Legends Inn and Suites. There will be games, raffles and an auction with the Luther FFA Shooting Team helping with the event For ticket information, email... Read More
Jimmy Houston is one of Oklahoma's greatest sports ambassadors
You can make an argument about who is Oklahoma’s greatest angler. But there is no debate which Oklahoma angler has won the hearts of more fans. It’s Jimmy Houston, hands down. 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
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
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
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