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Oklahoma's chief game warden retiring after 40-year career
Robert Fleenor, 67, has been an Oklahoma game warden for the past 40 years, serving the last seven as chief of law enforcement for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Fleenor is retiring Thursday. He answered questions from The Oklahoman last week about his career and the job of the state game... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Free Youth Fishing Classes Continue in July
Free youth fishing clinics continue on Saturday mornings in July in Oklahoma City, sponsored by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department. The classes are open to anglers ages 5 to 15. Participants learn knot tying, casting, fish identification, angler safety and fishing regulations. The classes are... Read More
Oklahoma has three bass fishing lakes ranked nationally in top 100
Bassmaster Magazine released its annual list of the top 100 bass fishing lakes in the country last week. Oklahoma had a poorer showing than last year. Oklahoma had three lakes on Bassmaster's top 100 but boasted five the year before. Grand Lake, Hudson Lake and Lake Texoma once again were listed in the top 100... Read More
Sporting Clays shoot to benefit Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited will hold a “Fun Shoot” Saturday at Quail Ridge Sporting Clays in McLoud. Cost is $100 per shooter for 100 targets. Cost for a team of five is $450. The event includes games, a raffle, silent auction and lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information, visit or call... Read More
An ode to fathers who taught their sons to fish
When I was just in diapers, my dad would take his boat out on the lake fishing while I'd roll around on the floor with crayons and coloring books strewn about tackle boxes. He gave me my first pole a few years later, tied plastic action figures to the line, then watched my brother and I learn how to cast in the... Read More
PAULS VALLEY - For 17 years, thousands of people have been cramming into Pauls Valley to view the giant flathead catfish caught in the Okie Noodling Tournament. “This is all about seeing big fish,” said Jennifer Samford, parks and recreation director for the City of Pauls Valley. “It's about seeing people willing... Read More
Okie noodling festival in Pauls Valley spotlights hand-fishing enthusiasts
This weekend, hand-fishing enthusiasts such as Don "Katt Daddy" Brewer will gather for the 17th annual Okie Noodling Tournament, part of a two-day festival and fish fry in Pauls Valley. Tournament competitors use only their hands to wrangle in the biggest catfish they can find. “It’s a big ole’ shindig down there,... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: June 13. Elevation slightly above normal, water 81 and clearing. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and square bill baits at 6-8 ft. around rocky points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush piles. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad, punch... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Oklahoma wildlife director to retire in October
Richard Hatcher, director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, announced his retirement at Monday's meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission. Hatcher, 63, will leave his position in October. Hatcher, of Edmond, has worked for the Wildlife Department for 37 years, serving as... Read More
South Carolina's Casey Ashley leads BASSfest on Lake Texoma
BASSfest is set up for a dramatic finish as last year's Bassmaster Classic champion, Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., holds a slim lead over Alabama angler Gerald Swindle heading into Sunday's final day of fishing on Lake Texoma. The winner earns a berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic and $100,000. No Oklahoma... Read More
It's called BASSfest, but it's really been a FLIPfest
LAKE TEXOMA — The Elite Series professional anglers competing in BASSfest on Lake Texoma the past few days have had to deal with a very dirty and very high lake. So how were they catching so many fish in such conditions? You could call this year's BASSfest "the Texoma Flipfest" because that is what 90... Read More
‘Horrific accident’: Woman killed by umbrella at windy Virginia Beach
A 55-year-old Virginia woman was killed Wednesday after being struck by a wind-tossed beach umbrella at Virginia Beach, officials said.   Police responded to a call about 5 p.m. for a woman who was said to be in cardiac arrest near 33rd Street on the beach. When police arrived they found the woman was... Read More
Harlow was one of OSU's best
Last Saturday I wrote about former OSU wrestler Bill Harlow’s induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater. You can read that story here. I thought I would share an interesting email about Harlow I received from former OSU track All-American Jim Metcalf, who witnessed Harlow wrestle in the... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
Fishing Report for June 8, 2016  CENTRAL Arcadia: June 7. Elevation normal, 79 and clearing. Largemouth bass good on swim baits at 5-8 ft. in the back of coves. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 7 -9 ft. around rock piles near the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait […] Read More
Outdoors notebook: Women's outdoor event set on Arcadia Lake
A Women in the Outdoors event is scheduled Saturday at the Arcadia Conservation Education Area on Arcadia Lake. The event is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation Eastern Oklahoma County Strutters' chapter. The women's-only event offers instruction in outdoor skills such as archery, kayaking, target... Read More
Lake Texoma and Durant will host BASSfest this week
Oklahoma will host its second major professional bass fishing event in just three months as Lake Texoma and Durant will host BASSfest. The tournament and festival begin Wednesday and run through Sunday at the Choctaw Casino Resort. Grand Lake was the site of the Bassmaster Classic in March, and while BASSfest... Read More
Plan ahead for backpacking adventures
Summer is here and many Oklahomans will be headed to the Rocky Mountain states for backpacking and camping adventures. "It's looking like a lot of late snow and rain out there, which will be good for the long haul but these early trips going out, guys need to be careful not to get too high up because those passes... Read More
Outdoors notebook: Free Fishing Days scheduled statewide
Oklahomans can fish for free on June 4 and 5. On those days, anglers will be allowed to fish on the state's public waters without a state fishing license. Some cities may still require city fishing permits on municipal waters, but anglers can fish Oklahoma City's lakes and designated “Close to Home”... Read More
Striper fishing is Lake Texoma's top attraction, but BASSfest arrives in June
One of Oklahoma's most popular summertime activities is a striped bass fishing trip on Lake Texoma. Last year was one of the best striper fishing years in recent memory on the lake, especially for big fish. Normally, late May is a time when striper fishing is going gangbusters, especially for top-water action.... Read More
Oklahoma's Selman Bat Cave is a sight to see
Every summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Oklahoma and use the Selman Bat Cave and three other gypsum caves in western Oklahoma as a maternity roost. Twenty-four bat species are found in Oklahoma, but the Mexican free-tailed bats are only summer visitors to the state, using the... Read More
'When you find my body, please call my husband and daughter'
A 66-year-old hiker who was found dead two years after she went missing on the Appalachian Trail kept a journal of her ordeal after getting lost in the wilderness.   Geraldine Largay, from Brentwood, Tennessee, left a heartbreaking note to whoever found her remains begging them to call her husband and... Read More
Weekly Fishing Report
CENTRAL Arcadia: May 23. Elevation slightly above normal, water 71 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and chartreuse spinnerbaits at 4-8 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. around marked brush piles. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait and crawfish in the river channel at... Read More
Oklahoma collector set to open fishing museum in Branson
For Karl White of Luther, he hopes the third time really will be the charm. On Thursday, White's “History of Fishing Museum” will open in Branson, Mo., after two abandoned attempts at a similar museum in Oklahoma. “It's my legacy,” White said of the new museum. White, 76, earned a fortune as a scientist. He... Read More
Outdoor notebook: Governor vetoes hog hunting bill
Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a controversial hog hunting bill and issued an executive order directing the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to streamline the issuance of permits for exterminating feral hogs on private land. Fallin said her order will allow for safe and responsible feral hog... Read More
Off-roading enthusiasts find adventure in out-of-the-way places
Getting outdoors, for me, is all about getting on my motorcycle and riding. I prefer to ride off the beaten path. Finding a road that left asphalt and concrete behind. A road that has some real spirit. A road that is going to lead me to a place I've never been and won't know what is around the next turn. It... Read More

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