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LEXINGTON'S FACELIFT: Dahlgren Lake, gun range being renovated by the Wildlife Department
State wildlife officials plan to improve access at Dahlgren Lake and on the gun range on Lexington's Wildlife Management Area Read More
Hikers come face to face with mountain lion in heart-stopping encounter
Two hikers in the Sierra Nevada had a scary encounter with a mountain lion who stared the men down as they stopped in their tracks and asked each other what they should do. Read More
Colorado bear drives car after getting stuck inside
A bear that got stuck in a car in the US state of Colorado took a short joyride before crashing, police say. Durango resident Ron Cornelius awoke to find a Subaru SUV crashed at the bottom of the hill at the end of his driveway. Read More
Teenager's legs covered in blood after being 'eaten' by mystery sea creatures
A teenager has been left unable to walk after being "eaten" by unknown sea creatures in the water at a Melbourne beach on Saturday night.   Sam Kanizay, 16, was soaking his legs at Dendy Street Beach to cool down after football on Saturday night when he felt his legs tingling. But after coming out of the... Read More
NEW PLACES TO HUNT: Oklahoma hunters will have more public hunting options beginning Sept. 1, the opener of the statewide dove season
Oklahoma hunters will have more public hunting options beginning Sept. 1, the opener of the statewide dove season Read More
CALLING ALL TURKEYS
The National Wild Turkey Federation is bringing back the state turkey calling championships after a two-year absence. Read More
One dead in boating accident on Oklahoma lake
A Wister man died Thursday when his boat collided with another vessel on Wister Lake. Read More
STICKS AND STRINGS: For the Backwoods Bowhunters, hunting with traditional bows and arrows is the ultimate challenge
Johnny Pappan prefers things old school, including his way of hunting. “If I have to go out and put meat in the freezer, I have been known to take a rifle,” said Pappan, who turned 65 just last week. “But most of the time, I take a bow.” And not just any bow. Pappan shoots a longbow. Just a stick and string.... Read More
Outdoor Notebook: Outdoor recreation is big business in Oklahoma, national report states
Outdoor recreation is responsible for 97,000 jobs in Oklahoma and annually generates $10.6 billion in consumer spending and $663 million in state and local tax revenue, according to a report by the Outdoor Industry Association. Last week, the OIA released a economic report on outdoor recreation for each state.... Read More
Wildfire burns in Kiowa County near Quartz Mountain
A wildfire sparked by lightning Sunday continues to burn in southwest Oklahoma Thursday Read More
Oklahoma City woman rescued after fall on Mount Scott
An Oklahoma City woman was injured in a fall on Mount Scott and rescued after being stranded overnight. Read More
Eagle successes lead to more work for Sutton Center
It has been almost 35 years since the Sutton Avian Center near Bartlesville undertook a project to re-populate eagles. Read More
THROUGH THE LENS
Oklahoma has many diverse and beautiful places for nature and wildlife photography. Read More
Future of Lower Illinois trout fishery remains in doubt
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) recently secured a more stable water-use permit to support the trout fishery in western Sequoyah County below the Lake Tenkiller dam. However, the new permit from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) doesn't solve the agency's principal problem: no... Read More
Texas man drowns at Turner Falls Park in Davis, Oklahoma Wednesday
Texas man drowns at Turner Falls Park in Davis, Oklahoma early Wednesday, police report Read More
Bodies of Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after they went missing
Geneva -- The frozen bodies of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago in the Alps have been found on a shrinking glacier.   Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, the parents of seven children, had gone to milk their cows in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton on August 15, 1942. Read More
Chickasaw park rangers recognized for valor
Two Chickasaw National Recreation Area rangers have been honored for their heroism in helping rescue a family and their pets from floodwaters. Chief Ranger Aaron Shandor and Supervisory Park Ranger Kane Seitz received the Valor Award from the Department of the Interior on July 4 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.... Read More
GUNNING FOR TITLES: OKC Gun Club hosting world handgun championships
Some of the best handgun shooters from across the country and the world have descended on Oklahoma City this week for the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association World Championships. The nine-day event began Friday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club near Arcadia and will conclude Saturday with the... Read More
AHEAD OF THE (RE) CURVE: Chandler third-grader Caden Eyestone is precocious with a bow
For a 9-year-old, Caden Eyestone of Chandler is unusually good at hitting a bullseye. In May at the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, Eyestone scored 289 out of a possible 300 and finished third in a field of more than 2,300 shooters in the elementary school... Read More
After spending 9 months alone in mountains, lost dog is home
IDAHO - A lost Boise dog is back home after nine months and a brutal winter alone in the Idaho mountains.   Mo, an elderly Chesapeake Bay Retriever, wandered away from her owners during a hunting trip last September.   Darwin and Cindy Cameron stayed near the tiny hamlet of Horseshoe Bend about... Read More
Decision to remove Yellowstone's grizzy bears from protected status is drawing opponents
Tribal leaders from the Great Plains and across Canada have come together in opposition to removal of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear from the Endangered Species Act protection. The animal was removed from protected status last month. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said the population has rebounded from... Read More
Texoma ranked ahead of Grand for bass fishing by Bassmaster Magazine
Only two Oklahoma lakes made Bassmaster Magazine's 2017 rankings of the top 100 bass fishing lakes in the country. The magazine now divides its top 100 list into the top 25 lakes in four different regions. In the Central Region, just Lake Texoma and Grand Lake made the cut from Oklahoma. Two years ago, Oklahoma... Read More
DEQ cautions the public about eating fish from Oklahoma lakes
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality last week issued fish consumption advisories on 14 additional lakes. That makes 54 lakes in the state now where the agency has suggested that people should pay attention to the amount of fish they eat from those lakes. DEQ is not saying that fish from Oklahoma... Read More
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