OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Archery shoot to raise funds for fire departments
A 3D archery shoot to raise money for volunteer fire departments that battled the wildfires in northwest Oklahoma last month will be held April 30 in Woodward.
All proceeds will be donated to the fire departments to help pay for repair and replacement of supplies and equipment.
The event is sponsored by the... Read More
A CRAPPIE WAY OF LIFE: On Lake Eufaula, crappie is king fish
LAKE EUFAULA — “Don't be taking our brush out of here,” a local fisherman quipped as I tugged on my fishing line to retrieve yet another crappie jig from one of the many former Christmas trees that had been immersed around the dock.
“Hey, you got that quick release down pat!” another witty crappie angler shouted... Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: OKC fish hatchery to hold open house Friday
The H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery in Oklahoma City will hold an open house for the public on Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The only municipal fish hatchery in Oklahoma, the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery raises more than 500,000 walleye, striped bass hybrids and channel catfish which are stocked in Oklahoma City... Read More
'Close to Home' Fishing Waters
Through agreements between local municipalities and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, these small lakes and ponds offer public fishing in the Oklahoma City area.
In addition to state fishing license requirements, some municipalities require daily or annual city fishing permits. Phone numbers for... Read More
Hunters can apply online for 2017-18 controlled hunts
Hunters can now apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2017-18 controlled hunts.
Applicants have until May 15 to sign up for the hunts at wildlifedepartment.com.
For a total cost of $5, sportsmen can put their names in the running for Oklahoma hunts for deer, elk, antelope and turkey. Some... Read More
State agriculture officer kills mountain lion in Panhandle
A large mountain lion observed killing livestock near a home in western Cimarron County was killed April 1 by an Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry Wildlife Services officer.
The mountain lion had entered a pen through a wire mesh fence and killed three sheep, but was unable to drag the dead... Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Striper population rebounding in Lake Texoma
The striped bass fishery on Lake Texoma appears to be rebounding.
Fisheries staff from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Texas Parks and Wildlife completed annual sampling in February, and the results show the population is on the rise.
Striped bass catch rates more than doubled from the 2106... Read More
Burned Bar B Ranch will carry on
The Bar B Ranch east of Beaver offers some of the best trophy whitetail hunting in Oklahoma.
The terrain consists of more than 20 miles of the Beaver River bottom, rolling sand hills, plum thickets and cottonwood trees.
About 70 percent of the ranch's 50,000 acres were scorched by a wildfire in northwest... Read More
'It's going to be disastrous'
Troy Lotspeich often uses prescribed burns on his ranch in Harper County for wildlife management.
"But you don't need every dad-gum thing burned at once," said Lotspeich, whose 10,000-acre ranch was set ablaze by a wildfire earlier this month.
"It burned everything. As far as you can see with binoculars,... Read More
FLOAT TUBE FISHING TIPS
Always fish with a partner, never alone.
In the spring, always wear waders. Boot waders work best.
Use paddle pushers or kickers that strap to your boots to help control your tube.
Wear a rain jacket to keep your arms dry, as the occasional waves will get your arms wet, and it is a good wind breaker to keep... Read More
Outdoor Notebook: Commission approves new hunting, fishing regulations
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday voted to add new hunting and fishing regulations for 2017. The new regulations must still be approved by state lawmakers and Gov. Mary Fallin.
The new regulations were proposed by the Wildlife Department in December and went through a public comment period... Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Backwoods Expo celebrates its 30th year
The 30th annual Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo opens Friday at State Fair Park in the Pavilion Building.
The three-day show features hunting and fishing vendors, seminars, hands-on activities and exhibits such as the Oklahoma Whitetail Wall of Fame.
Show hours will be from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday; 9... Read More