Shidler duo wins high school fishing title
Shidler’s Austin French and Dillon Nash won the 2015 Oklahoma State High School Fishing Championship on Saturday on the Arkansas River.
They brought five bass to the scale weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces. The duo was also able to bring in the biggest bass of the tournament — 3 pounds and 1 ounce.
The win qualifies... Read More
Former big leaguer to speak at Beast Feast
For Buddy Groom, drawing back his bow on a big buck is the closest thing to the adrenaline rush he got on the pitching mound facing a major league hitter in a critical situation.
“A lot of my baseball comes back out in me when I am in that situation,” Groom said. “My concentration and focus gets so strong. My... Read More
Trout stockings to cease on Lower Illinois River
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has stopped putting trout in the Lower Illinois River temporarily as the water temperature has become too warm for the cold-water fish.
The combination of high temperatures and flood waters being released through... Read More
‘Fat Guy’ on a mission
TIVERTON, R.I. — Turning 40 had something to do with it, but the biggest reason Eric Hites said he decided to start to lose what he hopes will be hundreds of pounds was a failing relationship with his wife and the need to get healthy again, so he could get a good job and start a new life with her.
At 560... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: July 22. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 85 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina rigs and square bills along submerged humps and road beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 11-14 ft. around marked brush piles and rocky points near the overlook. Channel and blue catfish fair on... Read More
Hatcheries provide millions of fish each year
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's four fish hatcheries in Medicine Park, Byron, Durant and Holdenville produce between 14 million and 16 million fish each year for Oklahoma’s lakes, rivers and ponds.
Among the species regularly raised in the hatcheries are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass,... Read More
2 more Oklahomans contract West Nile virus
Two more Oklahomans have contracted West Nile virus, bringing the state total to six cases since June. The state Health Department confirmed Thursday that one resident each from Oklahoma and Custer counties, both between 50 and 64, contracted the mosquito-borne illness. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Summer Expo opens Thursday at H&H
Summer Expo opens Thursday at H&H Shooting Sports
H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City will hold its annual Summer Expo Thursday through Saturday.
Almost 100 firearms and archery representatives from the nation’s leading manufacturers will be on site at the Summer Expo to answer questions. Guests can... Read More
U.S. High Schools Embrace Shooting as Hot New Sport
The giddy 13-year-old boys oohed and aahed as they stared down the black shotgun barrels and aimed at clay targets they imagined whizzing through the air.
“You guys are welcome to test any of these out,” said Dusty Minke, a sales agent for Browning, as the teens elbowed each other for spots at his kiosk. “We’ve... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: July 7. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 83 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina rigs at 6-10 ft. on submerged humps and road beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around marked brush piles and fishing docks. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad, punch... Read More
Outdoor Oklahoma host inspires others with disabilities
As a boy, Todd Craighead was shy, insecure and very self-conscious about his appearance.
He was born with arthrogryposis, a birth defect that resulted in severe deformities to his limbs. Doctors didn’t expect him to live overnight, much less to become a fully independent adult.
Doctors told Todd’s parents that... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Outdoor Oklahoma to celebrate 40th year on OETA
The “Outdoor Oklahoma” television show will celebrate its 40th anniversary on July 5.
The special July 5 show, which airs on OETA, brings back past “Outdoor Oklahoma” hosts to join current host Todd Craighead for a roundtable discussion of hunting and fishing memories.
Produced by the Oklahoma Department of... Read More
West Nile virus confirmed in one mosquito in Oklahoma County
A mosquito in Oklahoma County has tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting health officials to advise residents to take proactive measures against the mosquito-borne illness.
Since June, two Oklahoma residents living in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties have contracted the virus. ... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: June 23. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 81 and murky. Largemouth bass good on salt craws and creature baits at 5-8 ft. on rocky points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. on marked brush piles and the fishing dock. Channel and blue catfish good on... Read More
Five Oklahoma lakes make Bassmaster Magazine's top 100
Bassmaster Magazine’s annual list of the top 100 bass lakes in the country is not definitive proof which lake really has the best fishing, but one is certain: Oklahoma bass anglers have lots of choices.
Five Oklahoma lakes made the magazine’s list this year – the most ever in the four years Bassmaster Magazine... Read More
Camping areas, boat ramps remain closed at Arbuckle Lake
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur has extended the closure of the Buckhorn Area through July 9 due to continuing high water levels at Lake of the Arbuckles. Th closure was extended based on the predicted slow decrease in the lake level and the large amount of clean up and repair that is necessary. […] Read More
Five Oklahoma lakes ranked among the country's top 100 bass waters
Oklahoma has five lakes included in Bassmaster Magazine’s annual list of the 100 best fishing lakes in the country, the most ever from the Sooner state. Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, as always, is the highest rated Oklahoma lake on the list, which was released Wednesday. Grand Lake is ranked as the 13th best bass […] Read More