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Trout season now open at Dolese Youth Park Pond in Oklahoma City
Trout fishing is now underway at the Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5105 NW 50. The season opened Thursday and runs through Feb. 28. About 5,300 rainbow trout will be stocked during the 13-week season. The fish will average 3/4-pound in weight, and 90 percent of the fish will be 9 to 14 inches long, said Bob Martin,... Read More
FILLING THE FREEZERS: Oklahoma deer hunters seem to be having more success than last season
Judging from the flurry of activity at Terry's Taxidermy and Game in Oklahoma City, it's been a good deer season for hunters. “We are just getting slammed,” said owner Terry Mayberry. “I haven't even had time to hear anybody's stories, just write up tickets and get them out of here.” The 16-day deer gun season... Read More
A BIRDER'S PARADISE
This is the time of year that the bird population swells on the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge Read More
Deer hunters help feed hungry families in Oklahoma
With a week remaining in the deer gun season and more than a month left in the archery season, hunters with plenty of venison already in their freezers should consider donating to the Hunters Against Hunger program. “It's a really good thing,” said Micah Holmes, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife... Read More
Ringnecks are still trying to bounce back from drought
Oklahoma's two-month pheasant season opens Thursday, but the hunting forecast for ringnecks is not as good as it is for quail. State wildlife officials expect hunters will find a few more birds than last season, but the population still hasn't fully recovered from the drought. “The pheasants have just taken a... Read More
Wisconsin hunter kills trophy eight-point ... doe?
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin hunter has killed an eight-point ... doe? WLUK-TV reports that Wayne Douville was hunting near Abrams in northeastern Wisconsin on Monday when he shot and killed a 222-pound deer that had eight points on its antlers. Upon closer inspection, the 68-year-old Douville and his... Read More
OU Bass Club member catches lake record spotted bass
On her first fishing trip in Oklahoma, Alexis Howard catches a lake record Read More
Quail season off to slow start
The first week of quail season didn't live up to the hype, but it should improve Read More
Wildlife Department cautions hunters about rabbit fever
Small-game hunters in Oklahoma are being cautioned about several cases of suspected or confirmed tularemia, also called rabbit fever, that have been identified in the state. Two cases of the bacterial infection were confirmed in jackrabbits at Altus Air Force Base and another case in the Blanchard area. State... Read More
Eat, sleep, prey: Falconers flock to Elk City this week
About 230 falconershave gathered this week in western Oklahoma to share their passion: hunting with birds of prey. Read More
LIKE CHRISTMAS
For many Oklahomans, there is no better time of the year than deer season. Read More
The western Oklahoma sky will be filled with birds of prey this week
The North American Falconers Association annual field meet begins Sunday in Elk City. Read More
Trout season may open Wednesday at Perry, Medicine Creek
State wildlife officials hope to open trout season on Wednesday at Perry CCC Lake and Medicine Creek if the water temperature is cold enough. Fishing normally begins Nov. 1 at the Wildlife Department's six designated winter trout areas, but it has been delayed at Perry and Medicine Creek due to warm water... Read More
Oklahoma bird-watchers, prep your yard now for February bird count
Bird experts are asking potential bird-watchers to prep now for next year's "Great Backyard Bird Count," which runs from Feb. 17 to 20. Read More
Zebra Mussels found in Lake Hefner
From Oklahoma Department of  Wildlife Conservation reports Biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the City of Oklahoma City confirmed invasive zebra mussels have found their way into Lake Hefner, a water-supply reservoir in northwestern Oklahoma City. “Zebra mussels are a serious... Read More
Outdoor Notebook: High school bass fishing continues to grow
Outdoor Notebook: High School Bass Fishing Growing; Trout Derby on Blue River; Duck Hunting Area Receives Water. Read More
ON THE RISE: The quail hunting forecast for western Oklahoma is even better than last year
Bobwhite quail have rebounded in western Oklahoma and the hunting should be great Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Hefner: November 1. Elevation below normal, water 74 and clear to murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits along shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on lipless baits, minnows and plastic baits along the dam and docks. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along the dam.... Read More
Outdoor Notebook: Trout fishing on hold at Perry, Medicine Creek
Outdoor Notebook: Winter trout areas open Tuesday except in Perry, Medicine Creek Read More
HIGHER GROUND: Black Mesa provides an exotic Oklahoma hiking destination
From trail's end at 4,973 feet above sea level, resting hikers can view the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the west in New Mexico and to the north in Colorado. The buttes, mesas and bristling cholla cacti provide scenery reminiscent of remote areas of the rugged West. Few would recognize this arid terrain... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Hefner: October 26. Elevation dropping, water 69. Striped bass hybrids, white bass and walleye fair on crankbaits, flukes, jerk baits, minnows, sassy shad, slabs, gay blades and spoons along the dam, in the main lake and rocks. Crappie fair on minnows, hair jigs, jigs and tube jigs along the dam and around... Read More
Trout fishing season to be delayed at Perry, Medicine Creek
  Six winter trout areas managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation are scheduled to open Tuesday but the season opener will be postponed at two locations. Unseasonably warm temperatures have left the water too warm to stock trout at the Perry CCC Lake and Medicine Creek. “They both are looking... Read More
Going All In On The Outdoor Life
Going all in on the outdoor way of life Read More
Small Hunter, Big Game Ardmore kindergarten student kills large Kansas buck
Most hunters don't get their “buck of lifetime” on the first deer they kill. And they surely don't get it before they start attending elementary school. The 17-point, double main-frame Kansas buck that green-scored 210 inches may not be Colt Peery's buck of a lifetime because he has a lifetime left to hunt.... Read More
Oklahoma's wildlife diversity is never more evident than during October when hunters can chase black bear in southeast Oklahoma and antelope in the Panhandle
Oklahoma's wildlife diversity is never more evident than during October when hunters can chase black bear and antelope Read More
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