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Outdoor Oklahoma host inspires others with disabilities
As a boy, Todd Craighead was shy, insecure and very self-conscious about his appearance. He was born with arthrogryposis, a birth defect that resulted in severe deformities to his limbs. Doctors didn’t expect him to live overnight, much less to become a fully independent adult. Doctors told Todd’s parents that... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Outdoor Oklahoma to celebrate 40th year on OETA
The “Outdoor Oklahoma” television show will celebrate its 40th anniversary on July 5. The special July 5 show, which airs on OETA, brings back past “Outdoor Oklahoma” hosts to join current host Todd Craighead for a roundtable discussion of hunting and fishing memories. Produced by the Oklahoma Department of... Read More
West Nile virus confirmed in one mosquito in Oklahoma County
A mosquito in Oklahoma County has tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting health officials to advise residents to take proactive measures against the mosquito-borne illness.  Since June, two Oklahoma residents living in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties have contracted the virus. ... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL  Arcadia: June 23. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 81 and murky. Largemouth bass good on salt craws and creature baits at 5-8 ft. on rocky points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. on marked brush piles and the fishing dock. Channel and blue catfish good on... Read More
FOX 25: Dept. of Wildlife Conservation issues warnings at Okie Noodling Tournament
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says they have confiscated several fish at a popular Pauls Valley tournament believed to be illegally possessed, Fox 25 reports. Read More
Outdoors Notebook: Youth clays shoot scheduled Saturday at OKC Gun Club
The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever is holding a youth instructional shogun shoot Saturday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club. Read More
Five Oklahoma lakes make Bassmaster Magazine's top 100
Bassmaster Magazine’s annual list of the top 100 bass lakes in the country is not definitive proof which lake really has the best fishing, but one is certain: Oklahoma bass anglers have lots of choices. Five Oklahoma lakes made the magazine’s list this year – the most ever in the four years Bassmaster Magazine... Read More
‘Super Bowl of noodling tournaments’ brings together Oklahoma families
Noodling is a family tradition for the Bivinses from Temple. Heather’s father, Skipper, is a past Okie Noodling Tournament champion and star of the “Hillbilly Handfishin’” show that aired for two years. Read More
Camping areas, boat ramps remain closed at Arbuckle Lake
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur has extended the closure of the Buckhorn Area through July 9 due to continuing high water levels at Lake of the Arbuckles. Th closure was extended based on the predicted slow decrease in the lake level and the large amount of clean up and repair that is necessary. […] Read More
Five Oklahoma lakes ranked among the country's top 100 bass waters
Oklahoma has five lakes included in Bassmaster Magazine’s annual list of the 100 best fishing lakes in the country, the most ever from the Sooner state. Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, as always, is the highest rated Oklahoma lake on the list, which was released Wednesday. Grand Lake is ranked as the 13th best bass […] Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: June 16. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and square bill baits at 6-8 ft. around rocky points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around marked brush piles. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad, punch bait and chicken... Read More
Edmond man has invented "One Cool Backpack"
Bill Ridley, former adjunct college professor of economics at the University of Central Oklahoma calls it “One Cool Backpack.” He has a patent pending on the backpack and is putting them on the backs of some Boy Scout troops in Oklahoma City to test them in the field. Read More
Outdoors Notebook: It's Okie Noodling time
The 16th annual Okie Noodling Tournament will be Saturday at Wacker Park in Pauls Valley. Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: June 8. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits at 5-8 ft. in the flooded brush, timber and submerged points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. in the flooded buck brush. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait and... Read More
Altus, Chisholm top trap shooting teams in the state
Altus High School and Chisholm Junior High captured the team titles Wednesday at the Scholastic Shooting Sports Program state trap championships in El Reno. The top overall shooters both came from the junior division. Hunter Morehead of Locust Grove was the top male shooter and Danielle Dick of Chisholm had the best... Read More
Outdoors: Oklahoman Edwin Evers wins BASSfest, qualifies for 2016 Bassmaster Classic
The Talala angler caught an 8-pounder on Thursday to take the lead in BASSfest on the lake near Paris, Tenn., then landed another big fish Sunday that weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces to seal the victory. He won $100,000. Read More
Boats should be allowed back on American Horse Lake soon
American Horse Lake is still closed to boating but should reopen soon, said Chas Patterson, northwest regional fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Conservation. Read More
Outdoors: Oklahoman Edwin Evers leads at BASSfest
Edwin Evers put together a five-bass limit that weighed 27 pounds, 2 ounces and pushed him into the lead with a two-day total of 51-2. Read More
Outdoors: OKC Gun Club hosts Cowboy Lever Action competitions
Cowboy Lever Action matches are held on the third Saturday each month from March through October. Jeanne Ring said you don’t have to be a member of the gun club to participate in a match, and a shooter’s first match is free. Read More
Officials confirm West Nile virus in Oklahoma
The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon. Read More
Of‌ficials confirm West Nile virus cases in state
The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon. Read More
West Nile virus confirmed in Oklahoma
The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon. Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: June 2. Elevation 11 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and swim baits around submerged points and at 3-8 ft. in the flooded grass and timber. Crappie fair on jigs at 8-10 ft. in the flooded buck brush. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait […] Read More
Outdoors notebook: Free fishing days in Oklahoma on June 6-7
Oklahoma’s annual free fishing days will be June 6-7. Anglers will not need to possess a state fishing license on either day as part of the state’s annual free fishing days. Read More
Flooding has its ups and downs
For Oklahoma sportsmen, the consequences resulting from the wettest May in Oklahoma history are both good and bad. Read More
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