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Outdoors: Gov. Mary Fallin signs three-year hunting and fishing compact with Cherokee Nation
Under the terms of the three-year hunting and fishing compact, the first of its kind in the country, the Cherokee Nation will issue its own hunting and fishing license — jointly authorized by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation— to each of its citizens age 17 and older, approximately 150,000 people. The... Read More
Cherokee citizens now able to hunt, fish for free in Oklahoma
HUNTING COMPACT — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed an agreement with the Cherokee Nation on Friday that will allow its tribal members to hunt and fish for free. Read More
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to sign compact allowing Cherokees to hunt, fish for free
Gov. Mary Fallin will sign Friday a precedent-setting compact with the Cherokee Nation that will allow its tribal citizens to hunt and fish in Oklahoma for free. Cherokee Nation citizens will not have to buy a state hunting and fishing license and each tribal member will receive one free deer tag and one turkey... Read More
Flooding concerns prompt rescheduling of Eufaula bass classic
OUTDOORS -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival Bass Classic has been rescheduled for July 18 at Lake Eufaula. Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: May 26. Elevation 11 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits at 2-6 ft. in 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 and crawdads in the river channel at Memorial […] Read More
Tulsa firm earning recognition for helmet-mounted ID, crash-sensor system
ICEdot, based in Tulsa has gained acclaim from ESPN, “Today,” and magazines for its product. Read More
Oklahoma State baseball: A glance at the Stillwater Regional
No. 1 Oklahoma State (37-18) The No. 11-ranked Cowboys received an at-large bid to host a Regional for the second straight season, making its 41st NCAA Tournament appearance and a third straight under Josh Holliday. No. 2 Arkansas (35-22) The No. 20 Razorbacks received an at-large bid after finishing third in... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Duncan Fishing and Tackle Show scheduled for June 5-6
The 10th annual Duncan Fishing and Tackle Show will be held June 5-6 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds. Show hours are noon until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5; and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. Read More
Bats returning to Oklahoma this summer
Every summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Oklahoma and use the Selman Bat Cave and three other gypsum caves in western Oklahoma as a maternity roost. Twenty-four bat species are found in Oklahoma, but the Mexican free-tailed bats are only summer visitors to the state, using the caves... Read More
Ardmore man making wingbone turkey calls
Spring turkey season has ended for most hunters, but for Scott Andrews of Ardmore, the end of the season is the time when he begins to make and decorate wingbone turkey calls. Read More
Walleye Rodeo draws impressive crowd
Canton Lake’s annual Walleye Rodeo last weekend drew 459 anglers with 133 of them weighing in fish. This was the 47th year for the Walleye Rodeo, the oldest fishing tournament in the state. Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: May 18. Elevation 7 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits at 2-6 ft. in flooded grass and timber. Crappie slow. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and punch bait in the river channel at Memorial Road. White bass slow. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game... Read More
Midwest City man captures state buck record
A pronghorn antelope taken five years ago by a Midwest City hunter is the newest state record in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Cy Curtis Awards Program. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Upcoming hunter education challenges in Enid and Arcadia
A Youth Hunter Education Challenge event is scheduled May 30 at the Grand National Gun Club, located eight miles north of Enid on U.S. Highway 81. Read More
There are some things to know before you go backpacking
National Trails Day is June 6, but before you hit the trails, here are recommendations of some essentials you must have, courtesy of Tom Adams, general manager of the Backwoods Store in Oklahoma City. Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
  CENTRAL Arcadia: May 11. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. above normal, water muddy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-7 ft. along riprap and fishing docks. Bass good on swim baits and wacky rigged worms at 3-8 ft. along points, coves and submerged humps. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad […] Read More
Walleye Rodeo starts Thursday in Canton
Oklahoma’s oldest fishing tournament, the 47th annual Canton Walleye Rodeo, is set for Thursday through Sunday at Canton Lake. Prizes will be awarded for the five largest walleye, total pounds for all four days of the tournament and the largest fish caught in 10 different species: striped bass, drum, buffalo,... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Deadline is Friday to apply for ODWC controlled hunts
Hunters have until Friday to apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2015-16 season controlled hunts. Read More
Little Axe senior Trevor Yates is a Bassmaster High School All-American
Trevor Yates, 18, who is a five-time state high school bass fishing champion, was one of just 12 high school anglers chosen from around the country for the first high school All-American fishing team named by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) Read More
Catching stripers is loads of fun
For my money, catching a boatload of stripers on top-water lures is one of the most fun days of fishing an Oklahoma angler can have. Anyone who has cast a plug into a school of stripers boiling on the surface knows I speak the truth. Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
 CENTRAL Arcadia: May 5. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass good on Texas-rigged baits along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish good on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and along the dam. White bass good on rattletraps near boat […] Read More
OKC Parks and Recreation's annual free kids fishing clinics begin Saturday
The Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department’s “Hooked on Fishing” summer fishing program is beginning earlier this year to avoid the hot summer days in August. The first class for kids is Saturday, May 9, at Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N. Bryant. The summer youth classes are by... Read More
Cherokee Nation seeking hunting and fishing compact from Gov. Mary Fallin
The Oklahoma governor’s office and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma soon will be in compact negotiations concerning the state’s hunting and fishing regulations, a spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday. “Negotiations will soon be underway with the Cherokee Nation on a possible tribal compact about... Read More
Spring Gardening Tips for Beginners
Old man winter seems to finally be lifting his grip and green-thumb Americans can't wait to start digging. But before you pull the gardening tools out of the shed take a little time to plan ahead, especially if you're new to gardening. Read More
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