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NWTF official calling it quits after 1.3 million miles on the road
Gary Purdy of Enid has driven 1.3 million miles as the western Oklahoma regional director for the National Wild Turkey Federation. At least 90 percent of those miles have been within Oklahoma's borders, where he has seen the number of NWTF chapters grow from two when he started more than 19 years ago to 55 today.... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Gun suppressor bill signed by governor
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed House Bill 2637 into law which allows the use of gun suppressors on public hunting lands in Oklahoma. The law goes into effect on Nov. 1. The legislation overwhelmingly passed in both the House and Senate. Previously, it was only legal for Oklahomans to hunt with a suppressor on... Read More
The most unlikely Bassmaster Classic champion
Will there ever be another Bryan Kerchal? Most people other than bass tournament anglers will not know the name, but in 1994 Bryan Kerchal went from obscurity to winning the Bassmaster Classic. Think of him as the “Cinderella Man” of bass fishing. He lived in Connecticut and was employed at a restaurant so he... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
 CENTRAL Arcadia: April 18. 26. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 62 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap. Bass fair to good on swim baits and Alabama rigs at 3-5 ft. along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky […] Read More
Outdoor notebook: OKC youth fishing classes begin May 7
The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department's free summer fishing classes for youth will begin May 7. Classes are scheduled in May, June and July at different locations in Oklahoma City. The classes are open to boys and girls, ages 5 through 15. Staff from the city's H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery and the... Read More
PBS to rebroadcast Ken Burns' award-winning 'National Parks' documentary this week
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, PBS will present an encore broadcast of the critically acclaimed 2009 Ken Burns documentary series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," Monday through Saturday. The 12-hour, six-part documentary series will begin at 8 p.m. each night.... Read More
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a must visit
The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial in 2016. In Oklahoma, there are three parks that are part of the National Park Service. Two are managed by the National Park Service and the other, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, is an affiliated site, where the agency provides guides. The Washita... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Free hatchery tours available Friday
The H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery in Oklahoma City will hold an open house Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Guests can tour the hatchery where more than 500,000 walleye, striped bass hybrids and channel catfish are raised and stocked in Oklahoma City lakes and ponds. The hatchery, 10940 N Meridian, is operated by... Read More
State high school and junior high trap shooting champions crowned
State high school and junior high trap shooting champions were crowned Wednesday in El Reno at the Oklahoma Skeet and Trap Shooting Association Shooting Park. Winning the senior division (ninth through 12th grade) team title was Altus. Blair was the runner-up. Winning the junior division (seventh and eighth... Read More
Meeker teen chosen by B.A.S.S. as high school All-American candidate
When Jacob Keenom of Meeker was just 2 years old, his grandfather would take a rope and tie it to his grandson's belt loop and the back seat of his fishing boat. His grandfather would allow for just enough rope so Jacob could reach the edge of the boat and bass fish without falling overboard. By age 4, Jacob... Read More
Vineyard employs 900 ducks to keep its grounds in pristine condition
To keep its vines free of pests, the Vergenoegd Wine Estate in South Africa employs a group of very special groundskeepers: 900 ducks. Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: April 12. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass fair to good on soft plastic baits and square bill bits at 3-5 ft. along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky […] Read More
This island off of Yemen is the most alien-looking place on earth
Socotra Island, 200 miles from the coast of Yemen, is one of the weirdest places on earth. In fact, a third of its plant life isn't found anywhere else on the planet. Read More
Go inside a bonkers Los Angeles mansion that was just listed for $150 million
A mansion that was just listed for an eye-popping $150 million looks more like a high-end resort than a home where someone could live full-time.   Located in the ritzy Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, the home was built on speculation on the same lot where Barbara Streisand's "Mon Rêve"... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Proposed game warden bill gutted in state House
A Senate bill that would have required state game wardens to get permission before entering private land to investigate a gunshot has been thwarted in the state House of Representatives. The language in Senate Bill 1142 that would have barred game wardens from entering private land based solely on the sound of a... Read More
A true calling: Call-maker specializes in making turkey wingbone calls
At his home on Dirty Creek, five miles north of Warner, Ron Jordan makes some of the finest wingbone turkey calls in the country. Wingbone calls are the oldest known turkey calls. Yelpers from the bones of turkey wings have been unearthed in ancient Indian artifacts. Today, the wingbone mouthpiece has been... Read More
Kingston angler's catch goes viral
Catching a 2-pound crappie is uncommon. Catching a 3-pound crappie is rare. Catching a 4-pound crappie is unheard of. At least it was until March 29, when Michael Lawson of Kingston caught a 4.22-pound crappie on Durant City Lake. Lawson, who frequents the lake, not only caught a crappie that was just... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: April 4. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. along riprap. Bass fair to good on swim baits and Alabama rigs at 4-6 ft. around points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and the draw down on the dam. White […] Read More
Outdoors notebook: Controlled hunt applications begin Monday
Hunters can apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2016-17 controlled hunts beginning Monday. For a total cost of $5, sportsmen can put their names in the running for Oklahoma hunts for deer, elk, antelope and turkey. Some of the available hunts are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Others... Read More
Turkey season opens Wednesday and the hunting sometimes can be comical
For seasoned hunters, the reward from turkey hunting is less about the beards and the spurs and more about the memories and stories. Some funny things can happen in the turkey woods. Turkeys can be goofy. So can turkey hunters.  With that in mind, I asked a couple of two longtime veteran turkey hunters and... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRALArcadia: March 29. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass fair to good on swim baits and square bill baits at 5-8 ft. around points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and […] Read More
Turkey season forecast
Oklahoma’s 2016 spring turkey hunting seasons kicks off Saturday and Sunday for youths 17 and younger in all areas except the Southeast Region. The general spring turkey hunting season will run April 6 to May 6 in all areas except the Southeast Region.     Based on field reports submitted in the past... Read More
OKC angler lands new lake record hybrid at Hefner
Clidell Woody caught such a big fish that he stopped traffic around Lake Hefner last week. “Everybody who drove by that seen me holding it stopped to look at it,” Woody said. “I decided I better take this over to Lucky Lure and have him (owner David Hughes) weigh it. “When I walked through the door, the first... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Teams, individuals qualify for state shoot
The Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program held its regional shooting contests last week. The top teams and individuals from the regionals qualified for the 2016 State Shoot on April 13 at the Oklahoma Trap and Skeetshooter's Association in El Reno. The high school team with the top qualifying score was... Read More
The Oklahoma Marlin: Oklahoma City trio get introduced to spoonbill fishing
Brad Homer of Mustang has replaced his spring bass fishing trips to Lake Fork, Texas, with snagging for spoonbills on Fort Gibson Lake. “When you first hit ‘em, it's like latching on to a Mack truck,” Homer said of snagging Oklahoma's most unique fish. Homer, who sits on the planning commission for the City of... Read More
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