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Outdoors recreation articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

Bald eagle rehabilitated by WildCare released back into the wild
The eagle was brought to WildCare last month by an Oklahoma game warden who found the bird gasping for air next to his dead mate. Read More
SHOULD'VE BEEN A COWBOY: Land Run competitors shoot guns of the Old West
The Oklahoma City Gun Club's 25th annual Land Run cowboy action shooting event featured competitors shooting guns of the Old West. Read More
OKLAHOMA'S GAME BIRD Wild turkeys were once rare in Oklahoma, but are now everywhere
Deer and turkeys are the state’s two biggest wildlife restoration success stories. Wild turkeys can now be found in every county in Oklahoma. Read More
Reaching the Pinnacle: Hiking the Ouachita National Recreation Trail in Arkansas
About 15 miles northwest of downtown Little Rock, the visitor center at Pinnacle Mountain State Park is well stocked with free maps and information for a walk on the Ouachita Trail. Read More
Controlled hunt applications now available online
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. Read More
OKC's Renovated Martin Park Nature Center ready for visitors
In his mind, Scott Copelin can see visitors at the newly renovated Martin Park education center sitting by the library window, taking in the view of the pond. It wouldn't seem so exceptional, except for the fact the building lacked windows before. The possibility becomes a reality Saturday, when the center... Read More
Spring turkey season opens Friday
For public hunting destinations, the Black Kettle Wildlife Management Area near Cheyenne in western Oklahoma is the premier location for turkey hunting. Read More
'JUST YOU AND THE FISH': More anglers are discovering that kayaks are fishing vessels
More anglers are opting for kayaks because they are less expensive than other boats. They can reach secluded, shallow places in them. And for many, it’s more of a peaceful and relaxing way to fish. Read More
A PADDLEFISH DESTINATION: Northeast Oklahoma offers anglers one of the best opportunities in the country for big paddlefish
Grand Lake and its tributaries have become the place to go to catch paddlefish much like Lake Texoma is for striped bass. Read More
Lake Murray site of fishing event for kids with disabilities
The Lake Murray Yacht Club members are providing boats but anyone interested in offering use of a boat should call event manager Ron Fields at 405-830-4410. Read More
Christie overtaken again on final day
For the second time in three years in professional bass fishing's biggest tournament, Christie couldn't hang on for the victory on the last day. Read More
State anglers sit first, second and fourth heading into Sunday's final day of the Bassmaster Classic
Only three Oklahoma pros qualified for the 52-angler field in the 2018 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina. But after two days of fishing, the Okies are sitting first, second and fourth heading into Sunday’s final round of the Super Bowl of bass fishing. Read More
Oklahoma's BioBlitz! begins April 1
Oklahomans can document plant and wildlife sightings beginning April 1 as part of the Virtual Spring BioBlitz! Read More
Christie, Evers lead Bassmaster Classic
Jason Christie leads the way, with Edwin Evers — a fellow Okie and Christie’s roommate on the Bassmaster Elite Series — sitting close behind in second. Yet another Oklahoma pro, James Elam, rounded out the top six for the day. Read More
Oklahoma anglers ready for Bassmaster Classic
Edwin Evers of Talala is making his 17th appearance in the Super Bowl of bass fishing. It will be the sixth Classic for Jason Christie of Park Hill and the third for James Elam of Tulsa. Read More
WHERE BIG BASS LURK: Broken Bow Lake and Lake Murray have produced monsters this year
There are five designated trophy bass lakes in the state that each year get 100,000 fingerlings of Florida bass put in them by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation because of their big bass potential. Read More
A WETLAND OASIS: In arid southwest Oklahoma, Hackberry Flat is a bird mecca
It’s been 25 years since the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation first started buying land in Hackberry Flat near Frederick and giving a rebirth to the wetlands. Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Red Slough Birding Convention set for May
Guides will lead convention participants on morning tours of the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area, Little River National Wildlife Refuge and McCurtain County Wilderness Area. Read More
Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo opens Friday
The 31st annual Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo will be Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park. Read More
Oklahoma stream team works statewide, sampling Oklahoma streams to identify fish species, water flow, habitat and more. Read More
OKC trout fishing allowed after season ends Feb. 28
Oklahoma City’s annual trout fishing season at Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5101 NW 50, will end Feb. 28, but anglers can continue to fish for trout as long as trout remain. Read More
Bassmaster Collegiate Championship coming to Lake Tenkiller
Weigh-ins will be held on the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah and will be broadcast live on each day. Read More
STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW: After 13 years, Archery in the Schools is a proven success
Since starting the program at Moore West five years ago, archery coach Duane Smith has seen the difference it has made in students. They are more confident, more disciplined and pay greater attention to detail. Read More
Leaping elk crashes low-flying helicopter
Researchers in a low-flying helicopter were trying to net an elk to fit it with a tracking collar when the large animal leapt at the chopper's tail rotor, bringing the aircraft crashing to the ground. The incident occurred Monday in Wasatch County, Utah, about 90 miles east of Salt Lake City, according to the... Read More