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Outdoors notebook: There's still time to catch some paddlefish
There is still time to get on the paddlefish action in northeastern Oklahoma before the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation closes its Paddlefish Research Center on Grand Lake on Thursday. Read More
Local duo still practices the cowboy way
Roy’s Creek Dan and Missouri Mae are the fastest guns in the West. Or, at least the fastest west of Hiwassee Road and north of Arcadia, the location of the Oklahoma City Gun Club. Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: April 20. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap. Bass fair to good on swim baits and Alabama rigs at 3-5 ft. along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and near the draw down on the dam. […] Read More
It's Cowboy Action time, Pilgrim
The annual cowboy action shoot, “Land Run” starts Thursday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club near Arcadia. The three-day event is the largest cowboy action shoot of the year at the club with shooters from across the country coming to Oklahoma City to play cowboy and cowgirl. The participants in cowboy action... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Cleveland County Ducks Unlimited chapter to hold banquet Thursday in Goldsby
The Cleveland County Ducks Unlimited chapter is holding its annual fundraiser and benefit Thursday at the Southwind Hills Event Barn and Venue in Goldsby. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Read More
Moore taxidermist wins four best of show awards
After previously winning first places at state competitions in Texas and Missouri for his work, Jason Smith cleaned up at last month’s Kansas Taxidermy Association convention in Wichita, capturing best of show awards in four different categories. Read More
Different ways to cook a turkey
Once you kill that gobbler this turkey season, how are you going to cook it? Read More
Quail Field Day set Thursday at Sandy Sanders WMA
Landowners who are interested in improving quail habitat can  participate in a Quail Field Day Thursday at the Sandy Sanders Wildlife Management Area headquarters in southwestern Oklahoma. The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m.  and admission is free. Anyone planning to attend should email... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: April 14. Elevation above normal, water 62. White bass good trolling rattletraps along the dam. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs along the dam and riprap. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and punch bait along the dam. Largemouth bass good on flukes and Alabama rigs at 2-7 ft.... Read More
Three arrested as new video surveillance system foils thefts at Tulsa gun show
Three men were arrested Friday and Saturday during the Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show with the help of a new video surveillance system in the River Spirit Expo building, and the accused are longtime trusted gun dealers. “The surprising thing, all three of these were dealers, they had (vendor) badges, and they had... Read More
How OKC Kayak got its start
When he was 8, Dave Lindo joined the Green Earth Gang at the Martin Park Nature Center, a path that embarked the owner of OKC Kayak on a lifelong journey of the outdoors. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Trout stocking to cease near Marval Resort on Lower Illinois
The owner of Marval Resort asked to end a long-standing agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation that provided for public fishing access to the river at the resort in exchange for trout being stocked regularly at the location. Read More
Sallisaw fly fisherman catches state record rainbow trout on Lower Illinois River
Paul Glover, a middle school teacher in Sallisaw, landed the 11-pound, 4.32-ounce fish on a 5-weight fly rod and 2-pound test leader on a homemade micro-jig. The fish was 29 3/16 inches long with a girth of 16 9/16 inches. Read More
5 strange creatures that call Oklahoma home (supposedly)
Did you know these 5 creatures supposedly call Oklahoma home? Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: April 7. White bass fair trolling crankbaits along the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along the dam and riprap. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad and punch bait along the dam. Largemouth bass good on swim baits and topwater lures at 2-6 ft. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game... Read More
Turkeys and Earthquakes
You never know what you might encounter during a spring turkey hunt in Oklahoma. You might have snow in some parts of the state. You often will encounter a thunderstorm. And now in Oklahoma, you might even find yourself turkey hunting during an earthquake. Turkey season opened Monday in most of the state but on […] Read More
Check out Oklahoma's Bat Festival Friday and Saturday
Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom will host a bat festival Friday and Saturday to showcase Oklahoma’s only flying mammals. Mike Caywood, manager of Alabaster Caverns State Park, said the two-day event offers activities for all ages.  “We’ll be making bat masks, playing bat-related games and even... Read More
Oklahoma's spring turkey season opens Monday with mandatory check-in
Oklahoma’s month-long spring turkey season opens Monday with one major change. This year there will be mandatory check-in statewide. Turkey hunters west of I-35 also are required to check in their gobblers online this season. Read More
Oklahoma's crappie season set to explode
Generally, early to mid-April is when the crappie spawn on most Oklahoma lakes, the time of year when the fish move into shallow water and become easier targets for anglers. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Bat Festival scheduled Friday and Saturday at Alabaster Caverns State Park
Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom will host a bat festival Friday and Saturday to showcase Oklahoma's only flying mammals. Read More
Spring turkey season forecast
From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports Oklahoma’s 2015 spring turkey hunting seasons will kick off Saturday and Sunday with the special youth weekend for ages 17 and younger in all areas except the Southeast Region. The general spring turkey hunting season will open Monday and run through May 6 in... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: March 30. Largemouth bass fair on chatter baits and swim baits at 4-6 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at the dam and in the enclosed dock. Blue and channel catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad along the dam. White bass good trolling rooster tails along the dam. Report submitted by […] Read More
Washita National Wildlife Refuge to hold event on Saturday
The annual Washita National Wildlife Refuge Anniversary Celebration will be held in conjunction with the Foss State Park Easter EGGStravaganza on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Foss State Park. The event is free and include fun family activities and an Easter egg hunt at the Cedar Point Campground at Foss... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Wayland Bonds, Ringling and Chickasha win state archery titles
The Archery in the Schools state meet was held Friday in Tulsa with Wayland Bonds Elementary in Oklahoma City, Ringling Middle School and Chickasha High School capturing state team titles. Chickasha and Houchin Elementary in Moore finished second and third in the elementary school division. Chandler finished... Read More
First Baptist Church of Guthrie pastor feeds the multitude — with his Sooner Lake record striped bass
One of the great biblical stories is the miracle of Jesus feeding the multitude with just five loaves of bread and two small fish. While the Rev. Hersey Hammons hasn’t done anything quite that miraculous, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Guthrie did catch a 36-pound striped bass on Sooner Lake and turned it... Read More
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