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After Archery In The Schools' success, Oklahoma wildlife department expects similar results from Scholastic Shooting Sports Program
It’s been 11 years since Archery In The Schools was first introduced in Oklahoma by the Wildlife Department, and now more than 500 schools are participating. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Colin Berg expects similar growth for the trap shooting program. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Trout tournament set Saturday in Medicine Park
The Cobblestone Row Trout Tournament will be Saturday at Medicine Creek in the southwest Oklahoma town of Medicine Park. Read More
A look at how hikers can prevent snakebites
While I haven’t discarded my snakebite kit, I firmly believe the nylon snake gaiters now in my daypack provide better protection of life and limb against a venomous snakebite. Read More
Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle
It’s starting. As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo opens Friday at state fairgrounds
The 28th annual Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo opens Friday in the Cox Pavilion on the state fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Read More
Top Oklahoma anglers share their tips for big bass season
Historically, the biggest bass caught in Oklahoma are hooked in late February and March, and this is especially true of the state’s southern lakes, which turn on earlier than those north of Interstate 40. Read More
Mountain Lake has most entries on Oklahoma's top 20 list of largemouth bass
Mountain Lake near Ardmore, which became the hottest bass fishing lake in Oklahoma in the ’90s, still has more largemouth bass on the state’s top 20 list than any other. Mountain Lake has four entries, although the most recent was in 2001. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Park Hill's Jason Christie, Talala's Edwin Evers represent Oklahoma in Bassmasters Classic
The Bassmaster Classic begins Friday on Lake Hartwell, S.C., and Oklahoma will be represented this year by only two anglers, Jason Christie of Park Hill and Edwin Evers of Talala. Read More
Air gun matches gaining popularity at Oklahoma City Gun Club
Air gun matches — both pistol and rifle — are the newest shooting competition at the Oklahoma City Gun Club, although the matches are mostly about fun and less about the competition. Read More
Norman resident Lou Barbaro makes his own bamboo fly rods
Norman resident Lou Barbaro makes bamboo fly rods as a hobby. Southern Rodmakers named Barbaro and his wife, Wanda, who is in the Oklahoma Trapshooting Hall of Fame, its rodmakers of the year last October. Read More
Terrifying video: 2 skydivers clipped by plane
A pair of skydivers somehow managed to survive being clipped by the airplane they jumped out of, all thanks to the instructor’s quick thinking. And it was all caught on video by Forest Pullman, the instructor. Unfortunately he doesn’t allow the video to be embedded, so you’ll have to hit this link to go check […] Read More
Outdoors Chat Recap with Ed Godfrey
Outdoors editor Ed Godfrey answered your questions on the live chat Friday from H&H Shooting Sports. Here's the recap. Read More
Quail hunting in Roger Mills County
It had been several years since I had even seen a covey of quail. Like many other bird hunters, I quit quail hunting long ago because I couldn’t find any birds. But I had heard about the quail’s resurgence this year so before quail season ends on Feb. 15, I was able to book a two-day hunt in Roger Mills County with... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Norman fly rod maker Lou Barbaro to showcase work
Lou Barbaro of Norman will give a presentation on bamboo rod making at Tuesday’s meeting of the 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Barbaro, has been making bamboo rods for a decade with his wife, Wanda. Read More
College softball roundup: Sooners slug St. Mary's; Cowgirls fall in season opener
Oklahoma first baseman Lauren Chamberlain hit two home runs as the Sooners defeated St. Mary’s 17-0 in five innings Friday in the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic in Honolulu. Read More
Rose State College's Bass Fishing Techniques class going back to the basics
In recent years, the bass fishing course at Rose State has covered “cutting edge” techniques. However, many anglers have been asking for instruction on tasks such as tying knots and how to spool fishing line on a reel, said Gary White, founder of Bass Fishing Techniques. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Swamp People star Troy Landrey to appear at Oklahoma Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show
The show opens Sunday at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Troy Landry of A&E’s “Swamp People” television show will be signing autographs and meeting fans from noon to 3 p.m. Read More
How Chandler Henderson shot an Oklahoma state record mule deer
Chandler Henderson, 22, killed a big mule deer with his bow on Nov. 4 that, once certified by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, will be the new state record typical mule deer. Read More
Travelblog: My birthday in Vegas
What happened to those $2.99 buffets in Las Vegas? The last time I was in Sin City was in the late ‘80s, when my wife wanted to walk up and down the strip and see every hotel. It was August. We were young and stupid. Before that, a couple of my old high school chums […] Read More
Taking a shot: Oklahoma women are ahead of gun-buying trend
The owner of Oklahoma City’s H&H Shooting Sports Complex says Oklahoma was ahead in the current nationwide trend of more women buying more guns, hunting and participating in the shooting sports. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Oklahoma deer harvest up from last year
Preliminary data from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s online E-Check system show that hunters reported harvesting more than 98,500 deer in Oklahoma through Jan. 15, the last day of deer archery season. But it appears hunter success was much better in certain regions of the state than in others. Read More
Why Florida resident Andy Hall is glad he decided on buying hunting land in Oklahoma
Three years ago, Hall bought 160 acres of land in Garfield County to be his playground for bowhunting whitetails. At the time, Hall thought he was settling for second best. But during Oklahoma’s deer gun season, Hall put an arrow in the biggest buck he has ever seen. Read More
Final SHOT Show Notebook: Chris Kyle patch a hit item
Kyle patch a hit item at SHOT Show Among the most visited booths at the 2015 SHOT Show was the AmericanSnipers.org booth where, for a $10 donation, guests could receive a Chris Kyle velcro patch. Kyle’s life is the subject of the current hit movie, American Sniper, and the velcro patches were a very popular […] Read More
An Outdoors Matchmaker
Greg Ray of Broken Arrow is essentially a matchmaker. Except he is a matchmaker for sportsmen and outfitters. Through NRAOutdoors.com, Ray and his team vet outfitters across the world for NRA members, making sure the outfitters are what they advertise themselves to be. “We’ve hunted with all of them (outfitters).... Read More
Norman resident's big game hunting shows still going strong
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – For Steve Scott of Norman, who produces two popular big game hunting shows, attending the SHOT Show each January is like having a second Christmas. “There are several things I have identified here I really want to get my hands on because I know they are going to help me in […] Read More
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