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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
Paddlefish action picking up above Fort Gibson Lake
The spoonbill action in northeastern Oklahoma really picked up above Fort Gibson Lake last week and is about to explode around Grand Lake. Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: March 23. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs in the enclosed dock; starting to move onto riprap to spawn. Bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and chatter baits at 3-5 ft. moving up to spawn. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and near the […] Read More
See How You Can Find Signs of Spring During a Trout Lily Discovery Walk
Tired of winter? It seems like it might finally be behind us now. See how you can find the first signs of spring by taking a walk in your community or partnering with the local Parks and Recreation Department to find the elusive Trout Lily. Read More
Outdoors notebook: High school team basss tournaments set in Oklahoma
Each team must have two high school anglers from the same Oklahoma school. The trail will consist of four one-day tournaments beginning Saturday. Saturday’s tournament will be on Keystone Lake followed by another event the next day on the same lake. Read More
Trout fishing at Perry CCC Lake still going strong
The fishing at Oklahoma’s winter trout areas usually winds down in the month of March, but the trout fishing at the Perry CCC Lake still should be good into April, said Bill Wentroth of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Read More
A family tradition: For an Oklahoma man and generations before him, showing livestock grows work ethic, passion
Blake Goss is part of a third generation to take part showing livestock at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. With his grandparents showing in the ’60s and his mother in the ’80s, Blake and his brother Ty continue the family tradition. Read More
It's time for spring sand bass runs in Oklahoma
The old adage is when the dogwoods and the red buds begin to bloom, then it’s time for the sand bass to start running up the creeks and rivers for the spring spawn. This pilgrimage occurs on Oklahoma’s lakes throughout the state, spreading from south to north as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer. Read More
Oklahoma's Grand Lake has been busy since last Bassmaster Classic
The Bassmaster Classic is returning to Oklahoma and Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees in 2016. B.A.S.S. officials made the announcement Monday in Tulsa, which once again will be the host city for the tournament. The BOK Center in Tulsa will be the site for the weigh-ins each day. Read More
Reel Recovery's fly fishing retreats provide needed break for men with cancer
Twice a year — this year in May and September — Reel Recovery in Oklahoma will host a fishing retreat on the Lower Mountain Fork River in McCurtain County, providing everything for the participants, including volunteer fly fishing partners and instructors for two days of fishing. Read More
Outdoors notebook: Kayak anglers form bass fishing trail
The Oklahoma Kayak Anglers Tournament Series has announced their 2015 schedule. The bass fishing tournaments are only for anglers in man-powered kayaks or canoes. Read More
Oklahoma wildlife department's Paddlefish Research Center now open for spring fishing season
Anglers who catch a paddlefish, which are commonly called spoonbills in Oklahoma, can take their fish to the center near Twin Bridges State Park to be cleaned for free. Read More
Fast facts about Oklahoma paddlefish
Fossil records show paddlefish have been swimming in the rivers of the Midwest since before dinosaurs ruled. The populations dwindled to near extinction in some states due to altering of river systems as dams blocked spring spawning runs. Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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