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Striper fishing is Lake Texoma's top attraction, but BASSfest arrives in June
One of Oklahoma's most popular summertime activities is a striped bass fishing trip on Lake Texoma. Last year was one of the best striper fishing years in recent memory on the lake, especially for big fish. Normally, late May is a time when striper fishing is going gangbusters, especially for top-water action.... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Free Fishing Days scheduled statewide
Oklahomans can fish for free on June 4 and 5. On those days, anglers will be allowed to fish on the state's public waters without a state fishing license. Some cities may still require city fishing permits on municipal waters, but anglers can fish Oklahoma City's lakes and designated “Close to Home”... Read More
Oklahoma's Selman Bat Cave is a sight to see
Every summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Oklahoma and use the Selman Bat Cave and three other gypsum caves in western Oklahoma as a maternity roost. Twenty-four bat species are found in Oklahoma, but the Mexican free-tailed bats are only summer visitors to the state, using the... Read More
'When you find my body, please call my husband and daughter'
A 66-year-old hiker who was found dead two years after she went missing on the Appalachian Trail kept a journal of her ordeal after getting lost in the wilderness.   Geraldine Largay, from Brentwood, Tennessee, left a heartbreaking note to whoever found her remains begging them to call her husband and... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: May 23. Elevation slightly above normal, water 71 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and chartreuse spinnerbaits at 4-8 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. around marked brush piles. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait and crawfish in the river channel at... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Governor vetoes hog hunting bill
Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a controversial hog hunting bill and issued an executive order directing the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to streamline the issuance of permits for exterminating feral hogs on private land. Fallin said her order will allow for safe and responsible feral hog... Read More
Off-roading enthusiasts find adventure in out-of-the-way places
Getting outdoors, for me, is all about getting on my motorcycle and riding. I prefer to ride off the beaten path. Finding a road that left asphalt and concrete behind. A road that has some real spirit. A road that is going to lead me to a place I've never been and won't know what is around the next turn. It... Read More
Oklahoma collector set to open fishing museum in Branson
For Karl White of Luther, he hopes the third time really will be the charm. On Thursday, White's “History of Fishing Museum” will open in Branson, Mo., after two abandoned attempts at a similar museum in Oklahoma. “It's my legacy,” White said of the new museum. White, 76, earned a fortune as a scientist. He... Read More
Governor vetoes controversial hog hunting bill
Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a controversial hog hunting bill and issued an executive order directing the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to streamline the issuance of permits for exterminating feral hogs on private land. Fallin said her order will allow for safe and responsible feral hog... Read More
Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes controversial hog hunting bill
Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a controversial hog hunting bill Read More
UCO offers fun, fitness at Outdoor Adventure Recreation Center
EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma is offering youth summer camps at its Outdoor Adventure Recreation Center on Arcadia Lake. Registration is underway for OAR Summer Adventure Camps in June and July. The camps are open to children in fourth through eighth grades. Camp sessions are June 21-23, July 19-21... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Summer fishing classes for families begin May 26 at Lake Arcadia
The free fishing classes, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each Thursday night through June and twice in July, are introductory courses designed for the entire family. Read More
Outdoors: Enjoying Lake Overholser
Built in 1919 to provide water to a treatment plant then operating at NW 6 and Pennsylvania Avenue, the lake is named for Ed Overholser, the 16th mayor of Oklahoma City Read More
Outdoors: Wildlife Commissioner blasts hog hunting bill
Oklahoma Senate Bill 1142 would allow hunters to shoot hogs at night with permission from the landowner without any license or permit. It also would allow use of night-vision equipment to hunt and kill wild hogs. Read More
Cabela's host seminars for women
Cabela’s, 1200 West Memorial Road, will begin its four-day Ladies Day Out event on Thursday with a basics archery class for women at 5 p.m. On Friday, Sisters on The Fly will be hosting a fly fishing seminar at 5 p.m. Both Saturday and Sunday offers several afternoon seminars at the store designed for women […] Read More
All (wall)eyes are on Canton Lake this week
Canton Lake is full again and boaters and anglers are returning, which is good news for this week's 48th annual Walleye Rodeo. The four-day fishing tournament is set for Thursday through Sunday. Prizes will be awarded for the five largest walleye, total pounds for all four days of the tournament, and the largest... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Wildlife Commission approves increase in elk harvest
More hunters will be able to harvest elk this coming season on private lands in the state's Southwest Zone because of changes approved by the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday.  The harvest quota for elk in that zone will increase from 5 to 30. Once the zone quota is reached by hunters, elk... Read More
How to target big bass post-spawn
Some anglers think of post spawn fishing as tough, but here in Oklahoma it's a great time to either catch quality or quantity bass. Why not do both? Granted, this time of the year you can find fish in nearly every stage, but let's fast forward and talk about catching fish on the recovery from spawn. While... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Gun suppressor bill signed by governor
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed House Bill 2637 into law which allows the use of gun suppressors on public hunting lands in Oklahoma. The law goes into effect on Nov. 1. The legislation overwhelmingly passed in both the House and Senate. Previously, it was only legal for Oklahomans to hunt with a suppressor on... Read More
The most unlikely Bassmaster Classic champion
Will there ever be another Bryan Kerchal? Most people other than bass tournament anglers will not know the name, but in 1994 Bryan Kerchal went from obscurity to winning the Bassmaster Classic. Think of him as the “Cinderella Man” of bass fishing. He lived in Connecticut and was employed at a restaurant so he... Read More
NWTF official calling it quits after 1.3 million miles on the road
Gary Purdy of Enid has driven 1.3 million miles as the western Oklahoma regional director for the National Wild Turkey Federation. At least 90 percent of those miles have been within Oklahoma's borders, where he has seen the number of NWTF chapters grow from two when he started more than 19 years ago to 55 today.... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
 CENTRAL Arcadia: April 18. 26. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 62 and murky. Crappie fair 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 […] Read More
PBS to rebroadcast Ken Burns' award-winning 'National Parks' documentary this week
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, PBS will present an encore broadcast of the critically acclaimed 2009 Ken Burns documentary series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," Monday through Saturday. The 12-hour, six-part documentary series will begin at 8 p.m. each night.... Read More
Outdoor notebook: OKC youth fishing classes begin May 7
The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department's free summer fishing classes for youth will begin May 7. Classes are scheduled in May, June and July at different locations in Oklahoma City. The classes are open to boys and girls, ages 5 through 15. Staff from the city's H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery and the... Read More
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a must visit
The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial in 2016. In Oklahoma, there are three parks that are part of the National Park Service. Two are managed by the National Park Service and the other, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, is an affiliated site, where the agency provides guides. The Washita... Read More
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