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Outdoors recreation articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

'Duck Dynasty' star to teach at Crappie University
John Godwin will be one of the instructors at this year’s Crappie University at Rose State College in Midwest City, which is going to a one-day event this year on Saturday, Feb. 16. Read More
National poll names Tulsa's Gathering Place America's top new attraction
Gathering Place has been named the top new attraction in the nation in an online poll conducted by USA Today. Read More
Wildlife Department was like family to former employees
The lobby showcasing Oklahoma wildlife and intended to be an educational display was primarily built with a generous financial gift from the estate of two sisters and former Wildlife Department employees Mary K. and Eva Stewart. Read More
Dating app chat leads to bust for Oklahoma deer poacher
“Cuffing season” took on a whole new definition for a McIntosh County woman who shared her excitement on a dating app about shooting a “bigo buck” and ended up being saddled with a big ol’ fine. Read More
Wildlife Department to debut new online licensing system Monday
Hunters and anglers will now be able to access and buy licenses on their phones through a mobile app. Read More
Start the year off with a hike
What better way to start that New Year’s resolution to exercise and live healthier than by taking a hike on the first day of the year. Read More
WildCare of Noble going into 35th year saving injured and sick wildlife
WildCare of Noble is a hospital for sick and injured wild animals. The nonprofit operation has grown since 1984. Read More
Wildlife conservation groups provide important funding
Almost every dollar the Wildlife Department gets from such groups can be matched three times with federal funds. Read More
Strange but true: Why do trees lose their leaves?
Trees save their lives by shedding their leaves as the season changes. Read More
Wildlife Department wants to expand black bear hunting
Since 2009, black bear hunting has been allowed in four southeastern Oklahoma counties: Latimer, Le Flore, Pushmataha and McCurtain. Now, state wildlife officials want to open black bear hunting in all areas south of Interstate 40 and east of U.S. 69. Read More
Eagles soaring into Oklahoma as winter months arrive
Eagles are soaring in Oklahoma. December, January and February are good months to see an eagle in Oklahoma. Read More
Oklahoma keeps producing trophy bucks
Oklahoma is producing more trophy bucks because hunters in recent years have been choosing to shoot fewer young bucks. Read More
Pheasant season opens Saturday but population still recovering
Bird hunters who have chased quail this season can expect similar results with pheasant Read More
Man shoots buck with two heads. One had been dead for quite a while.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources posted a photo last week on Facebook of an unusual harvest: A buck with two heads. Read More
Trout fishing destinations offer more than just fishing
Three of the state's winter trout areas are in state parks and the other three are near small towns that are interesting places to visit. Read More
First REI Co-op in Oklahoma coming to OKC
Oklahoma City is set to be home to the state's first REI store. REI Co-op in fall 2019 will be opening a 23,000-square-foot store at 1731 Belle Isle Blvd. The company is a specialty outdoor retailer based near Seattle. REI has 154 stores nationwide and is a member-owned co-op, offering gear, expertise and... Read More
Deer hunters donate meat to feed families
Since 2002, deer hunters have donated more than 500,000 pounds of meat through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Hunters Against Hunger program. Read More
Veterans Day: Pheasant hunt with ex-NFL star Joe Thomas helps 'warrior' vets heal
Weeks before Veterans Day, Joe Thomas spent a day with former military members at a hunting preserve created specifically for wounded veterans. Read More
Deer hunting is a family tradition in Oklahoma
On Saturday, the Lackeys will be among the more than 187,000 deer hunters who will be in the woods or on the plains for the opening day of the deer gun season. Read More
Watch: Carrie Underwood's husband Mike Fisher parodies her hit 'Before He Cheats' in hunting video
Mike Fisher has released a new song and video in which he parodies his wife's crossover smash "Before He Cheats," changing the famous scorned-woman's anthem into an ode to deer hunting called "Before She Bleats." Read More
Annual bison roundup at Tallgrass Prairie in Osage County
PAWHUSKA — This is about the only time that Oklahoma's bison don't roam. In recent days, officials have been examining about 2,500 bison who live on The Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Osage County, part of an annual roundup. The Conservancy reintroduced 300 bison there in 1993 to help... Read More
Black widow bites up slightly this year in Oklahoma
The painful bite of the black widow can be life-threatening for some people. Bites are slightly up this year compared to last year in Oklahoma. Read More
Oklahoma's bat girl named wildlife biologist of the year
Melynda Hickman, who has worked for the Wildlife Department for 28 years, leads several conservation efforts and public education programs for the agency, including organizing the popular Selman Bat Watches near Freedom each summer. Read More
Risk of deer-vehicle collisions in Oklahoma increases in November
With cooler temperatures and deer mating season around the corner, it pays to be deer-collision aware. Read More