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New Land Access Permits will initially be free to sportsmen
Sportsmen and women will not be charged, at least in the beginning, for Oklahoma Land Access permits, which will give them access to new properties in the state for recreational use beginning Sept. 1. A story on the Land Access Program, where the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will use a $2.62... Read More
An Icy Duck Hunt
OKC duck hunter enjoys time afield with his favorite companions Read More
Learn to catch crappie and catfish at Rose State College
Crappie and catfish are on the curriculum during this year's fishing classes at Rose State College in Midwest City. Each year, Rose State offers a continuing education course in fishing. For years, the courses concentrated on bass fishing, and many of the instructors were professional bass anglers. Last year,... Read More
Oklahoma Wildlife Department plans to provide more hunting, fishing opportunities through new 'walk-in' program
Wildlife Department plans to provide more hunting, fishing opportunities through 'walk-in' program Read More
Duck hunter drowns trying to save dog in Stephens County on Saturday
Tanner James Shorter, 22, of Duncan, drowned Saturday trying to rescue a dog while duck hunting in Stephens County, authorities said. Read More
Outdoor Notebook: Free trout fishing clinic scheduled Friday in Oklahoma City
A free trout fishing clinic is scheduled Friday at the Putnam City High School Gymnasium, 5300 NW 50 St. The clinic will run from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.Staff and volunteer instructors from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department will share their trout... Read More
FORTY YEARS AND COUNTING
John Groendyke of Enid has served as a wildlife commissioner longer than anyone in state history. Read More
Oklahoma State Parks will host First Day Hikes on Jan. 1.
Spend the first day of 2017 exploring state parks. Read More
BLOOD TRACKERS: Proposal would allow hunters to track wounded game with dogs
Jack Tracy of Norman became interested in using dogs to help recover big game after not finding a big deer that he once shot on a ranch near Vici. “I happened to shoot a really large buck,” said Tracy, vice-president of the Oklahoma chapter of the North American Versatile Hunting Dogs Association. “I felt like I... Read More
Oklahoma's Wildlife Conservation Department constructing $15 million HQ for 60 employees
Once the demolition is finished, workers will begin constructing a building that will be 13,635 square feet larger than the old structure. They also will add a 7,825-square-foot warehouse. Read More
Outdoors readers share Christmas memories
Readers share stories of Christmas memories Read More
Take a hike down Old Military Road
Don't put your hiking boots away just because it's winter. If you watch the weather carefully and dress properly, winter in Oklahoma can be one of the best times to hike. You won't have to deal with the flies, mosquitoes, chiggers and ticks that can plague you in the summer, and it is unlikely you will encounter... Read More
Notorious lion killer dies on hunt after falling 100ft to his death
A vet who became notorious online after posting a series of photos online of his trophy kills, including a lion, has died after he slipped on ice and plunged 100ft to his death on a hunt. Luciano Ponzetto, 55, repeatedly received death threats and hate mail after posting snaps that showed him standing next... Read More
Christmas Bird Counts will get underway beginning Friday
The 117th consecutive Christmas Bird Count gets underway Friday around the globe. The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen science survey in the world and provides critical data on population trends of birds. Groups of birders armed with binoculars, spotting scopes,... Read More
CALLING AND DRAWING
Thomas Deaton of Oklahoma City is a duck call maker and tattoo artist for the outdoorsman. Read More
Ducks should be arriving in the state just in time for the reopening of hunting season
The second half of Oklahoma's duck season opens Saturday, but many die-hard hunters consider it the true opening day of the waterfowl season. Duck hunting in Oklahoma usually gets better later in the winter, and if the current weather forecast proves to be accurate, Saturday could be an outstanding opener. “I... Read More
FILLING THE FREEZERS: Oklahoma deer hunters seem to be having more success than last season
Judging from the flurry of activity at Terry's Taxidermy and Game in Oklahoma City, it's been a good deer season for hunters. “We are just getting slammed,” said owner Terry Mayberry. “I haven't even had time to hear anybody's stories, just write up tickets and get them out of here.” The 16-day deer gun season... Read More
Trout season now open at Dolese Youth Park Pond in Oklahoma City
Trout fishing is now underway at the Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5105 NW 50. The season opened Thursday and runs through Feb. 28. About 5,300 rainbow trout will be stocked during the 13-week season. The fish will average 3/4-pound in weight, and 90 percent of the fish will be 9 to 14 inches long, said Bob Martin,... Read More
A BIRDER'S PARADISE
This is the time of year that the bird population swells on the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge Read More
Deer hunters help feed hungry families in Oklahoma
With a week remaining in the deer gun season and more than a month left in the archery season, hunters with plenty of venison already in their freezers should consider donating to the Hunters Against Hunger program. “It's a really good thing,” said Micah Holmes, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife... Read More
Ringnecks are still trying to bounce back from drought
Oklahoma's two-month pheasant season opens Thursday, but the hunting forecast for ringnecks is not as good as it is for quail. State wildlife officials expect hunters will find a few more birds than last season, but the population still hasn't fully recovered from the drought. “The pheasants have just taken a... Read More
Wisconsin hunter kills trophy eight-point ... doe?
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin hunter has killed an eight-point ... doe? WLUK-TV reports that Wayne Douville was hunting near Abrams in northeastern Wisconsin on Monday when he shot and killed a 222-pound deer that had eight points on its antlers. Upon closer inspection, the 68-year-old Douville and his... Read More
OU Bass Club member catches lake record spotted bass
On her first fishing trip in Oklahoma, Alexis Howard catches a lake record Read More
Quail season off to slow start
The first week of quail season didn't live up to the hype, but it should improve Read More
Wildlife Department cautions hunters about rabbit fever
Small-game hunters in Oklahoma are being cautioned about several cases of suspected or confirmed tularemia, also called rabbit fever, that have been identified in the state. Two cases of the bacterial infection were confirmed in jackrabbits at Altus Air Force Base and another case in the Blanchard area. State... Read More
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