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BIG BUCK STATE OF MIND
George Moore of Edmond travels the state scoring deer antlers for hunters. Read More
A final hunt with a longtime companion
Hal McKnight and William Wallace enjoyed one final bird hunt together. Read More
What could have been: Potential Oklahoma state record buck fell prey to barbed wire fence
Josh Hughes and Drake Fletcher put their hands on what could have been the new Oklahoma state record white-tailed buck Monday afternoon—and then they handed it over to the state. Read More
'The President Stole Your Land,' outdoor gear company Patagonia takes a big swing at Trump
Patagonia slammed President Donald Trump after he announced plans to shrink two Utah national monuments. Read More
Pheasant hunting should be best in north-central Oklahoma
Bird hunters can check out new public hunting land options with the recent opening of Oklahoma Land Access Program properties Read More
Oklahoma City couple hunted across the world
Bill and Sue Lockard of Oklahoma City share all of their outdoor and travel adventures in their recently released book, "Our Great Hunting Adventure on Six Continents." Read More
The #OptOutside Sales Pitch: Go Outdoors On Black Friday
Parks systems are waiving fees to encourage people to skip the shopping and instead venture into nature. Here, 10 tips for safely enjoying wintry fun. Read More
Bass Fishing Hall of Fame finds a home
Seven Oklahomans are members of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Read More
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Fall fishing at Lake Texoma is for the birds, so to speak, and the striper guides operating out of Catfish Bay Marina team up to find the birds and the fish
The birds are like having hundreds of bird dogs on the water. Just like a hunter uses bird dogs to locate coveys of quail, the birds will lead striper anglers to schools of fish during the fall on Lake Texoma. Read More
Bowhunters enjoy big final weekend at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant
In addition to Heartbreaker and Eclipse, six other bucks taken by bowhunters last weekend will qualify for Pope & Young, and a total of 38 deer were harvested Read More
A Family Tradition: Oklahoma's deer gun season opens Saturday
One economic study estimates that Oklahoma deer hunters spend $136 million annually. That may sound far-fetched, but with nearly 200,000 deer hunters in the state counting all of the bowhunters and gun hunters, it averages to about $700 per hunter. Read More
Motorists should be wary of deer
In 2016, there were 424 reported vehicle accidents involving deer in Oklahoma, according to AAA Oklahoma. The Quality Deer Management Association said an estimated 1 million deer-vehicle collisions occur annually across the United States, causing about 200 human fatalities and nearly $2 billion in property damage. “ Read More
U.S. to suspend use in Colorado of ‘cyanide bombs’ to kill wild animals
The U.S. government will suspend the use of so-called cyanide bombs to kill wild animals on public lands in Colorado as well as plans to kill dozens of mountain lions and black bears there, federal officials and conservationists said on Monday. The U.S. government will suspend the use of so-called cyanide bombs... Read More
Outdoor Notes: Meeting set Tuesday to discuss possible fishing fee for ages 62 and older in Oklahoma City
A public meeting has been scheduled Tuesday to discuss the possibility of an Oklahoma City fishing permit fee for seniors. Read More
Quail Advance
Oklahoma's upcoming quail season is expected to be solid, but not spectacular. After four straight years where much of the state saw a rise in the bobwhite quail population, the overall numbers in 2017 have returned to close to the 10-year average, said Derek Wiley, upland bird biologist for the Oklahoma... Read More
Coin flip turns into trophy elk
My family grew up in southeast Oklahoma and still has a large ranch in Coal County. Many years ago, we began seeing elk on a regular basis but since there was no season, we couldn't hunt them. When they finally opened an elk season, we were very excited. I killed one with a bow on opening day of the first year in... Read More
WINTER RAINBOWS: Trout season opens Wednesday at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's six winter areas
Trout will be stocked this winter at Blue River, Medicine Creek, Robbers Cave, Perry Lake Park, Lake Carl Etling and Lake Watonga Read More
Lightning strikes twice for Pontotoc County bowhunter
Larry Wheeler's success this archery deer season has made him a local celebrity. Read More
'How's Christmas doing?' White doe has many fans at Grand Lake, but her only friends are cows
"If people haven’t seen her for a day or two, my phone starts ringing off the hook," a local cattle rancher says of concerns about the doe named Christmas Read More
PRESERVING NATURE
The Nature Conservancy operates 13 preserves in Oklahoma, the two most popular being the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska and the J.T. Nickel Preserve near Tahlequah Read More
Oklahoma Nature Conservancy Preserves
Nature Conservancy Preserves Open to the Public Note: Access is limited. No camping, off-roading, hunting or fishing. See individual preserve information for complete visitor rules.Black Mesa Preserve: Consists of about 1,600 acres of central shortgrass prairie.J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve:... Read More
15 things about Oklahoma that surprise non-Okies
Those of Okies who were born and/or raised here, they know Oklahoma is a unique place. And, to those who just migrated here or are visiting for a time, they might be surprised to learn a thing or two about the state. Here are 15 things about Oklahoma that might surprise non-Oklahomans. Read More
Bodies of missing California hikers found locked in embrace, cops say
Authorities on Monday may have discovered the bodies of two long-missing hikers, found locked in an embrace, in Joshua Tree National Park -- nearly three months after the couple went missing while hiking in extreme heat. While no cause of death was immediately given, pending an autopsy, it's believed the intense... Read More
Bass tournaments are big business around Grove, Grand Lake
The City of Grove actively courts professional bass tournaments to Grand Lake and has built Wolf Creek Park as the primary draw Read More
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