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Outdoors recreation articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

THE BEAR NECESSITIES: It's been a busy spring for Oklahoma's black bears
As black bears emerge from their dens in the spring, they become active, especially in the months of June and July. Female bears normally stay close to their home, but young male bears will start wandering far and wide in search of adventure. Read More
How to avoid bears and what to do if you encounter one
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation offers tips to avoid bears and what to do if you do encounter a bear. Read More
Chandler, Zaneis students bring home archery honors
Emilee Manning of Chandler High School was second in the girls’ high school division and the girls’ world runner-up overall by finishing second among 2,362 female competitors. Read More
This 12-year-old from Walters loves baseball, football and catching catfish with his bare hands
Each year Jace Morgan of Walters joins his father, Heath Morgan, and uncle Jesse Dalton as part of a noodling crew that competes in the Okie Noodling Tournament. Participants in the event have two days to catch a catfish by hand and bring it live to Pauls Valley for the weigh-in. Read More
How the Okie Noodling Tournament prevents cheating
This weekend's Okie Noodling Tournament will have one main method to prevent cheating: a polygraph test. Read More
Rare river sinkhole created whirlpool, led to man's death
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A kayaker bypassed a part of an Arkansas scenic river known as Dead Man's Curve during a weekend trip, but a rare sinkhole created a whirlpool along his alternate channel and dragged him to his death. Donald Wright, 64, from Searcy, Arkansas, died Saturday at Saddler Falls along the... Read More
Okie Noodling Tournament and Festival set Friday and Saturday
'Okie Noodling' was the first noodling tournament in the state, created 19 years ago by filmmaker Bradley Beesley to highlight the state's eccentric hand fishermen in his famous documentaries of the same name. Read More
NAVIGATING FISHING WATERS: Barry Bolton is the captain of Oklahoma fisheries
​​Barry Bolton has been chief of the fisheries division for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation since 2007. Read More
How to teach mosquitoes to leave you alone
Mosquitoes find some people way more delicious than others. Now scientists have found a way to make you less attractive, no chemicals needed. Read More
Friday is the deadline to register for Selman Bat Watches
Friday is the final day to register for the Selman Bat Watches at the Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area near Freedom. Read More
TAKE IT TO THE BANK: A boat is not always necessary to catch fish
Even if you don't have a boat, there are good options for fishing from the bank at this time of year. Read More
A deer fawn fell 60 feet into Grand Lake. Watch as an angler saves it from drowning
Catch-and-release fishing took on a new meaning for longtime Grand Lake angler Jeff Williams. Read More
Selman Bat Watch registration begins Tuesday
Mexican free-tailed bats congregate each summer at the cave to give birth. Each night, the bats leave the cave to hunt for flying insects, forming a ribbon over the spectators. Read More
My Little Cleos: How a wiggling spoon became my favorite lure
My 40th high school reunion is next month. It brings to mind not only memories of football and foosball but also of fishing, including my first great fishing trip. It wasn't a very long trip. Lake Eufaula is just a few miles away from my hometown of Stigler. But for a few years each spring after my high school... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Stripers are biting on Lake Texoma
The free youth instructional shoot event is open to boys and girls age 10 to 16 who will receive instruction in gun safety, shotgun shooting and ATV safety. Read More
Canton Lake's Walleye Rodeo begins Thursday
The Walleye Rodeo is the largest and oldest fishing tournament in the state. This year will be the 51st Walleye Rodeo at Canton Lake. Read More
Greenleaf State Park offers a scenic hike, but don't forget the bug spray
As well as hiking, fishing and swimming, Greenleaf State Park also provides opportunities to play volleyball and basketball. Cabins and campsites are located in the park. Read More
Norman angler lands 14-pound bass at Arbuckle Lake
At 14 pounds, the fish will tie for 12th on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s top 20 list of largemouth bass caught in the state. Read More
Radios reveal wandering habits of smallmouth bass in Oklahoma
Shannon Brewer, an associate professor at Oklahoma State University, leads ongoing research into how the bass behave through the year. Brewer and graduate student Andrew Miller monitor a strain of bronzebacks found only in the spring-fed streams in the Ozark highlands near where Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas... Read More
How a first-timer set the new Oklahoma record for paddlefish with 132-pound catch
First cast, first tug of the rod, and he hooked the new state record paddlefish. "Go figure," said Johnny Loftis who is, as he said, "just the guy who took the guy who caught the fish." Larry Morfew is the man who hooked the new record, but it was Loftis who put him on the spot and tied the hook on the line.... Read More
Wildlife director lashes out at legislation
J.D. Strong, director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said if passed in its present form, the bill would 'benefit some wealthy landowners to the detriment of most of Oklahoma’s hunters and fishermen.' Read More
The erratic weather has knocked back the crappie fishing so far this spring, but Oklahoma’s most sought-after game fish is starting to bite. Read More
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