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Outdoors recreation articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

Missouri nature park is a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park contains towering bluffs, cascading waterfalls, spring-fed creeks filled with rainbow trout for fishing and handcrafted bridges along 6 1/2 miles of paved trails. Read More
Wildlife Department surveying hunters about duck season dates
After a public meeting in Durant in August with state waterfowl hunters, there seems to be a growing sentiment to start the waterfowl seasons later and perhaps end or shorten the current split between seasons. Read More
A WALK IN THE WOODS: View fall's splendor on the Ouachita National Trail
The part of the Ouachita Trail in Oklahoma stretches from the westernmost trailhead in Talimena State Park to the Arkansas state line. It is 46.3 miles of excellent hiking up and down mountains, across rivers, and through pine and oak forests. Read More
Outdoor Notebook: Archery hunting seasons open Monday
Oklahoma's statewide archery season for deer and other big game begins Monday. Read More
Fishing with Cade: Table Rock Lake provides a memorable morning of fishing
We ventured out on a hot, September morning on Table Rock Lake for a couple of hours to see if we could get Cade to catch his first fish. Read More
OKLAHOMA'S TRUE BASS: The history of striped bass, white bass and hybrids
After years of offering bass fishing classes as part of its continuing education curriculum, Rose State College in Midwest City next month will shift its focus to 'true bass.' The class, 'Stripers, Hybrids and White Bass Techniques' will meet Oct. 4, 11 and 18. Read More
Reel Recovery to host fly fishing tourney at American Horse Lake
Reel Recovery is a national nonprofit organization that provides free fishing retreats for men who have or have had cancer. Read More
Taking time to notice a watery wilderness
In the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota, the wild chain of lakes and bogs seems to stretch north forever. Read More
Oklahoma Wildlife Expo will have a class on tree stand safety this year
The Oklahoma Wildlife Expo offers more than 120 activities and seminars. This year, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is adding a seminar on tree stand safety. Read More
Zebra mussels confirmed in Foss Reservoir
The non-native aquatic nuisance species has continued to spread throughout Oklahoma waters since first found in the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in 1992. Read More
COOL, CLEAR WATER: Big stripers lurk in the Lower Illinois River
GORE — As we headed up the Lower Illinois River, that ole' country and western song "Cool, Clear Water" kept spinning in my mind. The song tells the tale of a cowboy stranded in the desert, desperately seeking cool, clear water. While the stripers in the Arkansas River are certainly not stranded in a desert, when... Read More
OKC Gun Club sets sight-in days for hunters
Every year, the club north of Arcadia opens its Benchrest range to the public so hunters can sight-in their guns for the upcoming hunting seasons. Read More
HEALING WATERS: Fly fishing is therapy for disabled vets
Nate Satterelli is the president of the new Oklahoma City chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization that provides fly fishing opportunities to disabled veterans across the country. Read More
'Poor man's bonefish' tourney planned for Purcell Lake
Donavan Clary of Purcell has been competing in carp fly fishing tournaments in Texas and has won two major tournaments in the past month. Read More
Southwestern Oklahoma State student wins trap shooting title
Grybowski, who is majoring in business management and a member of the SWOSU Trap Shooting Club, recently won the Amateur Trap Shooting Association’s doubles’ title. Read More
NEW HUNTING GROUND: Wildlife Department leases more land for public hunting
Saturday marks the first major event of the 2018-19 hunting seasons, the opening of dove season. The Wildlife Department has added 14,000 more acres for public hunting this year through its Oklahoma Land Access Program. Read More
Openings available for Women's Fun Shoot at OKC Gun Club
The Women's Fun Shoot at the OKC Gun Club is the largest women's instructional shoot in the country with almost 600 participants each year. Women receive instruction on gun safety, handling and shooting. Read More
Applications for Wichita's bugling elk tours open Aug. 27
Bus tours through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to see and hear bugling elk are very popular and all of the spots are normally reserved during the first day. Read More
As dove season nears, state wildlife officials begin preparing dove fields on wildlife management areas, but rain could interfere
What will likely be the wettest August in the history of the state could ruin the highly anticipated dove season opener if it prevents the mowing and burning of feed fields for doves. Read More
Dutch oven cooking class offered
A Dutch oven cooking class will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher. Read More
Valley of the Bats: Mexican free-tailed bats are the summer show in northwest Oklahoma
The bats exit from the Selman Bat Cave, which is tucked in the gypsum bluffs that tower the sandsage prairie, flying in such a tightly organized group that it looks like a river of bats. But it sounds more like an ocean. Read More
OKLAHOMA'S ICONIC WATERS: The Chickasaw National Recreation Area attracts 1.5 million visitors a year
The scenic Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, just a 90-minute drive south from Oklahoma City, is a great place to get away for a day. Read More
Outdoor Nation Expo opens Friday in Shawnee
The Outdoor Nation Expo at Firelake Arena will feature more than 150 booths and attractions, including the Oklahoma State Turkey Calling Contest on Saturday night. Read More
Bill Pickett is a legend among cowboys
In 1907, Bill Pickett was hired as a cowhand on the 101 Ranch and became the star attraction of the Miller Brothers’ 101 Ranch Wild West Show. Read More
Rocky Mountain National Park in July
From wildlife to waterfalls and hiking to horseback riding, Rocky Mountain National Park is breathtaking Read More