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OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Archery shoot to raise funds for fire departments
A 3D archery shoot to raise money for volunteer fire departments that battled the wildfires in northwest Oklahoma last month will be held April 30 in Woodward. All proceeds will be donated to the fire departments to help pay for repair and replacement of supplies and equipment. The event is sponsored by the... Read More
A CRAPPIE WAY OF LIFE: On Lake Eufaula, crappie is king fish
LAKE EUFAULA — “Don't be taking our brush out of here,” a local fisherman quipped as I tugged on my fishing line to retrieve yet another crappie jig from one of the many former Christmas trees that had been immersed around the dock. “Hey, you got that quick release down pat!” another witty crappie angler shouted... Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: OKC fish hatchery to hold open house Friday
The H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery in Oklahoma City will hold an open house for the public on Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The only municipal fish hatchery in Oklahoma, the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery raises more than 500,000 walleye, striped bass hybrids and channel catfish which are stocked in Oklahoma City... Read More
'Close to Home' Fishing Waters
Through agreements between local municipalities and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, these small lakes and ponds offer public fishing in the Oklahoma City area. In addition to state fishing license requirements, some municipalities require daily or annual city fishing permits. Phone numbers for... Read More
KEEPING IT LOCAL: Don't overlook small, urban waters for fishing adventures
While popular fly fishing destinations await west of Oklahoma in New Mexico and Colorado and east in Arkansas and Missouri, that doesn't mean fly fishermen — or any angler for that matter — in the Oklahoma City area must travel great distances to find a fishing hole. You have probably heard the phrase, “Keep it... Read More
Hunters can apply online for 2017-18 controlled hunts
Hunters can now apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2017-18 controlled hunts. Applicants have until May 15 to sign up for the hunts at For a total cost of $5, sportsmen can put their names in the running for Oklahoma hunts for deer, elk, antelope and turkey. Some... Read More
State agriculture officer kills mountain lion in Panhandle
A large mountain lion observed killing livestock near a home in western Cimarron County was killed April 1 by an Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry Wildlife Services officer. The mountain lion had entered a pen through a wire mesh fence and killed three sheep, but was unable to drag the dead... Read More
FROM WATER TO WILDLIFE: J.D. Strong brings a background of dealing with water and environmental issues to his new job as state wildlife director
Six months ago, J.D. Strong became the director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation after serving as executive director of the state Water Resources Board for six years. Strong, 45, also served for two years in Gov. Brad Henry's administration as secretary of the environment. A native of... Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Striper population rebounding in Lake Texoma
The striped bass fishery on Lake Texoma appears to be rebounding. Fisheries staff from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Texas Parks and Wildlife completed annual sampling in February, and the results show the population is on the rise. Striped bass catch rates more than doubled from the 2106... Read More
IT'S GOBBLING TIME: Turkey season opens Thursday as hunters match wits with the wily birds
Turkey season opens Thursday in most of Oklahoma, the time of year when turkey hunters match wits with wily gobblers. Hearing a turkey gobble and watching one strut in the wild is a sight to behold. And it's a challenge to fool a gobbler and lure one close enough to shoot. "I never shake and get excited as I do... Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Barwick appointed to Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission
Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Assistant State Attorney General James Barwick to the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission. Barwick, of Edmond, will retire from the attorney general's office before beginning his eight-year term on the Wildlife Commission. His appointment still must be confirmed by the... Read More
Burned Bar B Ranch will carry on
The Bar B Ranch east of Beaver offers some of the best trophy whitetail hunting in Oklahoma. The terrain consists of more than 20 miles of the Beaver River bottom, rolling sand hills, plum thickets and cottonwood trees. About 70 percent of the ranch's 50,000 acres were scorched by a wildfire in northwest... Read More
THE PRAIRIE BURNS: Wildfires in northwest Oklahoma leave some wondering about the health of wildlife in the region
Sue Selman, who owns the historic Selman Ranch near Buffalo in Harper County, worries how the recent wildfires in Oklahoma may have devastated wildlife in the region. She is most concerned about the plight of the lesser prairie chicken, a bird whose fight for survival once made it a candidate as a threatened or... Read More
'It's going to be disastrous'
Troy Lotspeich often uses prescribed burns on his ranch in Harper County for wildlife management. "But you don't need every dad-gum thing burned at once," said Lotspeich, whose 10,000-acre ranch was set ablaze by a wildfire earlier this month. "It burned everything. As far as you can see with binoculars,... Read More
A HELPING HAND: Conservation groups in Oklahoma play a crucial role in keeping outdoors traditions alive
Donovan Clary loves the Blue River. The insurance agent from Purcell makes a weekly trip during the winter trout season to the spring-fed river in southern Oklahoma. “It's just a rare jewel for us to be able to have in Oklahoma,” said Clary, who has been fishing the Blue for 26 years. “My kids actually live... Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Bassmaster Classic begins Friday on Lake Conroe in Texas
Edwin Evers of Talala will attempt to defend his Bassmaster Classic title as the 2017 tournament begins Friday on Lake Conroe, Texas. Evers, who won the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma's Grand Lake O' the Cherokees, is one of just three Oklahoma anglers in the 2017 tournament. James Elam of Tulsa and Jason... Read More
Discover Oklahoma: Options abound for outdoor spring fun
Several spring activities in Oklahoma will get you outdoors. Read More
FREAK OF NATURE: A buck killed during the gun season in Oklahoma County is the talk of the deer hunting world
Boone and Crockett scorer George Moore was sitting at a table at the Backwoods Show last weekend, waiting for the next hunter to bring him a rack to measure, when he spotted Brad Julian Jr. walking down the aisle toward him. “I didn't know what to think,” Moore said of the European mount that Julian was carrying.... Read More
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN: Bird hunters and bird dogs up to the challenge of the Texas Panhandle
QUAIL, Texas — Oklahoma was in the midst of its third-warmest February in history, and I had bass fishing on my mind, not quail hunting, when I received a phone call from an old friend who invited me to go quail hunting in the Texas Panhandle. I had already stored my hunting gear until next season, but Texas'... Read More
Always fish with a partner, never alone. In the spring, always wear waders. Boot waders work best. Use paddle pushers or kickers that strap to your boots to help control your tube. Wear a rain jacket to keep your arms dry, as the occasional waves will get your arms wet, and it is a good wind breaker to keep... Read More
Keeping a legacy afloat
The DNA of Fishmaster float tubes is alive in Oklahoma City's ODP Tubes. Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Special youth turkey hunts available through Wildlife Department
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will select 10 hunters for a special youth turkey hunt on April 1 in Love County. To be eligible, youths must have completed their hunter education requirements before applying and must be ages 12 to 17 at the time of the scheduled hunt. Food and overnight... Read More
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

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