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Outdoors recreation articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

Wildlife Department wants to expand black bear hunting
Since 2009, black bear hunting has been allowed in four southeastern Oklahoma counties: Latimer, Le Flore, Pushmataha and McCurtain. Now, state wildlife officials want to open black bear hunting in all areas south of Interstate 40 and east of U.S. 69. Read More
Eagles soaring into Oklahoma as winter months arrive
Eagles are soaring in Oklahoma. December, January and February are good months to see an eagle in Oklahoma. Read More
Oklahoma keeps producing trophy bucks
Oklahoma is producing more trophy bucks because hunters in recent years have been choosing to shoot fewer young bucks. Read More
Pheasant season opens Saturday but population still recovering
Bird hunters who have chased quail this season can expect similar results with pheasant Read More
Man shoots buck with two heads. One had been dead for quite a while.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources posted a photo last week on Facebook of an unusual harvest: A buck with two heads. Read More
Trout fishing destinations offer more than just fishing
Three of the state's winter trout areas are in state parks and the other three are near small towns that are interesting places to visit. Read More
First REI Co-op in Oklahoma coming to OKC
Oklahoma City is set to be home to the state's first REI store. REI Co-op in fall 2019 will be opening a 23,000-square-foot store at 1731 Belle Isle Blvd. The company is a specialty outdoor retailer based near Seattle. REI has 154 stores nationwide and is a member-owned co-op, offering gear, expertise and... Read More
Deer hunters donate meat to feed families
Since 2002, deer hunters have donated more than 500,000 pounds of meat through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Hunters Against Hunger program. Read More
Veterans Day: Pheasant hunt with ex-NFL star Joe Thomas helps 'warrior' vets heal
Weeks before Veterans Day, Joe Thomas spent a day with former military members at a hunting preserve created specifically for wounded veterans. Read More
Deer hunting is a family tradition in Oklahoma
On Saturday, the Lackeys will be among the more than 187,000 deer hunters who will be in the woods or on the plains for the opening day of the deer gun season. Read More
Watch: Carrie Underwood's husband Mike Fisher parodies her hit 'Before He Cheats' in hunting video
Mike Fisher has released a new song and video in which he parodies his wife's crossover smash "Before He Cheats," changing the famous scorned-woman's anthem into an ode to deer hunting called "Before She Bleats." Read More
Annual bison roundup at Tallgrass Prairie in Osage County
PAWHUSKA — This is about the only time that Oklahoma's bison don't roam. In recent days, officials have been examining about 2,500 bison who live on The Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Osage County, part of an annual roundup. The Conservancy reintroduced 300 bison there in 1993 to help... Read More
Black widow bites up slightly this year in Oklahoma
The painful bite of the black widow can be life-threatening for some people. Bites are slightly up this year compared to last year in Oklahoma. Read More
Oklahoma's bat girl named wildlife biologist of the year
Melynda Hickman, who has worked for the Wildlife Department for 28 years, leads several conservation efforts and public education programs for the agency, including organizing the popular Selman Bat Watches near Freedom each summer. Read More
Risk of deer-vehicle collisions in Oklahoma increases in November
With cooler temperatures and deer mating season around the corner, it pays to be deer-collision aware. Read More
Now streaming: OU professor leads dry stream research across U.S.
OU professor leads dry stream research across U.S. Read More
Wonders of wildlife: Johnny Morris' mega-museum and aquarium stresses conservation
There is a mile and a half of exhibits with 35,000 live animals in the aquarium including more than 800 species of sharks, rays, jellies, eels and sport fish. Read More
Girl, 16, takes rare 'cactus doe' first day of Oklahoma's youth season
From the time she was 9 years old Kyndal LeFlore, now 16, had her eye on an unusual Oklahoma white-tailed deer. Read More
Oklahoma City falconer to be featured on '60 MINUTES'
The Putnam City North High School and University of Oklahoma graduate spent two years in Mongolia hunting with golden eagles. Read More
A cautionary tale: Lawton deer hunter thankful to be alive after falling from tree stand
Thousands of Oklahoma deer hunters will be climbing into tree stands during the archery season — which is now underway — and the upcoming muzzleloader and gun seasons. Read More
Missouri nature park is a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park contains towering bluffs, cascading waterfalls, spring-fed creeks filled with rainbow trout for fishing and handcrafted bridges along 6 1/2 miles of paved trails. Read More
Wildlife Department surveying hunters about duck season dates
After a public meeting in Durant in August with state waterfowl hunters, there seems to be a growing sentiment to start the waterfowl seasons later and perhaps end or shorten the current split between seasons. Read More
A WALK IN THE WOODS: View fall's splendor on the Ouachita National Trail
The part of the Ouachita Trail in Oklahoma stretches from the westernmost trailhead in Talimena State Park to the Arkansas state line. It is 46.3 miles of excellent hiking up and down mountains, across rivers, and through pine and oak forests. Read More
Outdoor Notebook: Archery hunting seasons open Monday
Oklahoma's statewide archery season for deer and other big game begins Monday. Read More