Recreation Oklahoma

Recreation Oklahoma:

Know It: Recreation Oklahoma gives you all the information and resources you need to make the most of Oklahoma's camping, fishing, hunting, boating, state parks and more.

Outdoors recreation articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

Bassmaster Collegiate Championship coming to Lake Tenkiller
Weigh-ins will be held on the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah and will be broadcast live on each day. Read More
STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW: After 13 years, Archery in the Schools is a proven success
Since starting the program at Moore West five years ago, archery coach Duane Smith has seen the difference it has made in students. They are more confident, more disciplined and pay greater attention to detail. Read More
Leaping elk crashes low-flying helicopter
Researchers in a low-flying helicopter were trying to net an elk to fit it with a tracking collar when the large animal leapt at the chopper's tail rotor, bringing the aircraft crashing to the ground. The incident occurred Monday in Wasatch County, Utah, about 90 miles east of Salt Lake City, according to the... Read More
Pro anglers compete one-on-one in new fishing contest
Gerald Swindle and Wesley Strader will battle on Alabama's Lake Logan Martin in the first of six 'one-on-one' fishing battles set to air live on this year. Read More
Elk now roam through the Wichita Mountains thanks to President Roosevelt
Once barren of elk, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge now affords once-in-a-lifetime hunting opportunities. Read More
Teams prepare for state shoot
The 'Archery in the Schools' state shoot will be Feb 14-15 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Read More
Swim baits are a Clark Wendlandt staple
FLW pro Clark Wendlandt will be headlining Bass & Crappie University, which begins Tuesday night at Rose State College in Midwest City. He is one of five instructors teaching Oklahoma anglers how to catch more bass and crappie during the four-night session. Read More
The number of Oklahoma trophy bucks keeps climbing
Bryan Bayless of Weatherford killed a buck on the second weekend of gun season that was officially scored Thursday and became the all-time No. 4 typical buck taken in the state. Read More
Blue River Trout Derby nears
Cash prizes will be given for heaviest two-day stringer in senior’s, men’s, women’s youth and fly fishing divisions. There also will be trout tagged with cash prizes of $20, $50 and $100 during the derby. Read More
AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Summertime trout fishing on Lower Illinois in jeopardy
The Lower Illinois River below Tenkiller Ferry Dam is only one of two year-round trout fishing streams in the state. However, the Wildlife Department has to rely on 'borrowed' water to keep the stream cool enough for trout to survive. Read More
SHOT Show highlights newest guns and accessories
Franchi celebrates its 150-year anniversary this year with a complete departure from their time-honored tradition of providing high-quality, Italian-made shotguns with the introduction of their first ever bolt-action rifle. Read More
Trout fishing clinic provides tips, demonstrations
A free trout fishing clinic recently lured in anglers wanting to learn more about casting, knot-tying and more. Read More
Biologist Bill McCaslan of Shattuck places himself under a net with about a hundred wild Rio Grande turkeys in an effort to grab one turkey at a time in January 1970. The wild turkeys were being caught, tagged, boxed and shipped to transplant them in other regions of Oklahoma. [THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES] Read More
Lawmaker blames rogue game wardens for bill that would give 'Almighty God' ownership of Oklahoma's wildlife
He said the measure is in part in response to some game wardens who made broad statements about their authority and jurisdiction. Read More
Bass and Crappie University begins Feb. 6 at Rose State College
Five different instructors will share their expertise for catching both bass and crappie. Read More
WILD BLUE YONDER: A hobby of making duck calls quickly turned into a business for Deer Creek High School students
A hobby of making duck calls quickly turned into a business for Deer Creek High School students. Read More
OCU is No. 1 in the NAIA preseason coaches softball poll; Free trout fishing clinic in OKC on Friday; New president selected for ASC. Read More
A look at some of best-selling baits made by Gene Larew Lures and Bobby Garland Crappie Baits
Here is a glance at the most popular baits produced by Gene Larew Lures and Bobby Garland Baits, which is based in Tulsa on historic Route 66. Read More
FISH OR MAKE BAIT: Gene Larew Lures and Bobby Garland Crappie Baits are cranking out millions of lures at its Tulsa manufacturing plant
The manufacturing plant averages making more than 1 million lures per month year-round, but during its peak season from November to April, that number increases to more than 2 million per month. Read More
Video: Oklahoma game warden shoots antlers off elk trapped in fence
An Oklahoma game warden's quick thinking and skill with a pistol led to an elk being freed after getting caught in fencing in Kiowa County. Read More
Is this Oklahoma's most successful deer hunting season ever?
Archery season continues through Jan. 15, but in terms of numbers and trophy bucks that have been taken thus far, this deer hunting season is unsurpassed. Read More
Texas, Alabama to test new poison bait on feral hogs
The USDA is field-testing poison baits made from a preservative that's used to cure bacon and sausage. Read More
There is still time to attend an eagle watch
There is still time to attend an eagle watch in Oklahoma. Read More
Video: Snowmobilers rescue moose buried neck-deep in snow
The animal, which was buried in about six feet of snow near Deer Lake, N.L., emerged from the hole and looked at them as if to say “thank you” before trotting off, rescuer says. Read More
Outdoorsman shares his passion
Not many children get to take a three-month backpacking trip through Alaska and Canada, but Gaylon Cornsilk did, and he's been an outdoorsman ever since. Cornsilk is a co-owner and co-founder of Woodsman Trading Co. in The Village. He's passionate about the outdoors, American-made products and equipping others... Read More