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Outdoors notebook: Selman Bat Watches begin Tuesday; free fishing days June 1-2; OKC Gun Club to host rifle match; fishing classes for kids begin June 8; Lake Arcadia to host fishing clinics this summer
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, Published: May 25, 2013

Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to offer free fishing days about 30 years ago.

Rifle match at OKC Gun Club

The Oklahoma Rifle Association will be hosting two state championship matches on Saturday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club near Arcadia.

There will be competition shoot for M1 Carbines and Vintage Sniper Rifles. The match starts at 9 a.m.

Membership in the ORA is required to participate. All registrations must be received by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Entry fees are $10 for each event. For more information, email tournament director Kent Stonecipher at

Fishing classes for kids

Free summer fishing classes for kids begins June 8 in Oklahoma City.

Offered by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, anglers ages 5 to 15 are eligible. Classes are scheduled throughout the summer at various locations.

This year's classes begin June 8 at the newly-opened South Lakes fishing pond located in South Lakes Park, SW 119 and Meridian.

The rest of the summer schedule will be June 15 and July 13 at Metro Tech Springlake, NE 36th and Springlake Drive; June 22, July 6 and Aug 3 at Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N. Bryant; July 20 at Crystal Lake, SW 15 and MacArthur and Aug. 18 and Dolese Youth Park, NW 50 and Meridian.

Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided. Reservations are required for the classes and students must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, visit or call 316-3474.

Fishing classes for families

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is holding family fishing clinics this summer at Arcadia Lake in Edmond.

The classes are free and designed for the entire family. Participants will learn how to tie knots, cast, and other basic fishing lessons before getting to fish in a stocked pond.

All bait and equipment are provided. No fishing licenses are required.

Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register, call the Wildlife Department at 521-3855.