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Outdoor Notebook: Commission approves new hunting, fishing regulations
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday voted to add new hunting and fishing regulations for 2017. The new regulations must still be approved by state lawmakers and Gov. Mary Fallin. The new regulations were proposed by the Wildlife Department in December and went through a public comment period... Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Backwoods Expo celebrates its 30th year
The 30th annual Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo opens Friday at State Fair Park in the Pavilion Building. The three-day show features hunting and fishing vendors, seminars, hands-on activities and exhibits such as the Oklahoma Whitetail Wall of Fame. Show hours will be from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday; 9... Read More
BIG BASS TIME: Bass fishing expected to heat up in March
Springlike winter weather has bass anglers eager for March, historically the hottest bass fishing month in Oklahoma Read More
Whopper Ploppers, Ned Rigs are hot sellers in the bass fishing world
Two of the hottest baits in the bass fishing world continue to be Whopper Ploppers and Ned Rigs. Bass anglers seem to be sold on both, said Billy Moore, store manager at Lucky Lure Tackle in Oklahoma City. The Whopper Plopper has been a strong-selling lure since last summer. It has received much media attention... Read More
Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say
Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban. On the day before President Trump's inauguration, the outgoing Obama administration passed a last-minute directive, banning the use of lead ammunition and... Read More
Fed up with honking and pooping, Denver gets a 'goosinator' to help disrupt Canada goose population
On a chilly morning in Denver’s City Park, some 600 Canada geese floated like a drab armada atop an icy pond. A truck pulled up, and a collective murmur rose from the gaggle, suspicious but not alarmed. Scott Bartell, a technician with the parks department, hoisted out a 3-foot-long, orange contraption... Read More
Student archers hit the bull's-eye
The Archery in the Schools state championships were held Wednesday and Thursday at State Fair Park for schools on the west side of the state. Competition was divided into Tier 1 (the top scores from regional competition) and Tier 2. Another state shoot for schools in the eastern half of the state is scheduled... Read More
The Oklahoma Marlin: Paddlefish, aka Spoonbills, have become a popular sport fish
On March 1, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will open its Paddlefish Research Center near Twin Bridges State Park in northeastern Oklahoma. This will be the 10th year of existence for the center, manned by Wildlife Department employees who filet the paddlefish brought to them by anglers in... Read More
On the water: Our slow duck season ends well
As temperatures climbed into the upper 60s under sunny skies on the last day of duck season, my son John and I loaded a few decoys into his SUV and, with his 3-year-old Labrador retriever, Cooper, headed to Stephens County for the last duck hunt of the season. Our expectations were nil. And why not? It had been a... Read More
Outdoor Notebook: Oklahoma schools embrace archery
If the stock market grew as fast as Archery in the Schools has in Oklahoma, we would all be rich. The program administered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation began in 2005 with seven schools and 105 students participating in a state shoot. Today, 546 schools are teaching archery through the... Read More
Quail season winding down
It's been a good hunting season for quail in Oklahoma, although it didn't quite live up to its preseason hype. Roadside surveys by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and anecdotal reports before the season opened in November predicted a boon year for quail and created a lot of excitement among quail... Read More
Dock shooting becoming a popular fishing technique
Dock shooting, a way to cast where an angler uses a fishing rod like a slingshot to propel the bait into hard-to-fish waters, is becoming an increasingly popular method for catching crappie. “It adds another element to your crappie fishing,” said Mike Taylor, who works for Gene Larew Lures and will be one of the... Read More
Hitting the mark: Archery continues to grow in schools
Archery in the Schools continues to grow. Last weekend, 20 schools and nearly 400 students participated in the Moore West Tiger Shoot at Norman Archery, a tune-up for the state shoot on Feb. 15-16 at State Fair Park. Moore West Junior High started its archery program four years ago. Archery coach Duane Smith... Read More
Oklahoma deer are scoring big this season
A 43-year-old state record for non-typical mule deer has apparently fallen, pending official certification by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and a Moore hunter now holds the state archery record for a non-typical whitetail deer. Ron Jones of Pryor killed a mule deer in Cimarron County on the... Read More
Tackle Show opens Friday at State Fair Park
The three-day Oklahoma Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show will open Friday in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park. Show hours will be from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $10. Admission for ages 6 to 12 is $5. Admission for seniors... Read More
Texas catfish guide can sing the blues
When he started guiding, Chad Ferguson was told that no one would pay him to go catch catfish. The former paramedic has now made a living at it for 20 years. “I have people come from all over the country to fish,” said Ferguson, who guides for catfish on lakes across north Texas. “I just had a guy fish with me... Read More
TYING ONE ON: For the Prairie Fly Fishers, fly tying is a club tradition
Every fourth Tuesday night of the month, the Prairie Fly Fishers meet at the Backwoods store in north Oklahoma City to make fishing flies. Members of this small, but dedicated club of fly anglers have been meeting once a month for the past 35 years to tie fishing flies. For the last 17 years, they have been... Read More
Trout fishing clinic scheduled Friday at Putnam City gym
A free trout fishing clinic will be held Friday at the Putnam City High School Gymnasium, 5300 NW 50. The clinic will be from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery at (405) 297-1426. The clinic had been scheduled for Jan. 13 but was postponed because of... Read More
Lawton man harvests the biggest non-typical buck ever killed by an Oklahoma bowhunter and second biggest ever
It was a good deer season for many Oklahoma hunters, especially for bowhunter Travis Ocker of Lawton. Ocker, a sergeant in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Sill, killed the trophy buck on the Comanche County base on Nov. 12. It is the biggest non-typical buck taken by an Oklahoma bowhunter, and the second... Read More
New Land Access Permits will initially be free to sportsmen
Sportsmen and women will not be charged, at least in the beginning, for Oklahoma Land Access permits, which will give them access to new properties in the state for recreational use beginning Sept. 1. A story on the Land Access Program, where the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will use a $2.62... Read More
An Icy Duck Hunt
OKC duck hunter enjoys time afield with his favorite companions Read More
Learn to catch crappie and catfish at Rose State College
Crappie and catfish are on the curriculum during this year's fishing classes at Rose State College in Midwest City. Each year, Rose State offers a continuing education course in fishing. For years, the courses concentrated on bass fishing, and many of the instructors were professional bass anglers. Last year,... Read More
Oklahoma Wildlife Department plans to provide more hunting, fishing opportunities through new 'walk-in' program
Wildlife Department plans to provide more hunting, fishing opportunities through 'walk-in' program Read More
Duck hunter drowns trying to save dog in Stephens County on Saturday
Tanner James Shorter, 22, of Duncan, drowned Saturday trying to rescue a dog while duck hunting in Stephens County, authorities said. Read More
Outdoor Notebook: Free trout fishing clinic scheduled Friday in Oklahoma City
A free trout fishing clinic is scheduled Friday at the Putnam City High School Gymnasium, 5300 NW 50 St. The clinic will run from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.Staff and volunteer instructors from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department will share their trout... Read More
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