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 www.okcpal.org 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, both adults and kids. 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 will be held each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night beginning from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. most of the summer. The first classes are scheduled this week. To register, call the Wildlife Department at 521-3855.
Chickasha archer wins national crown
Riane Tuthill, a fifth-grader at Chickasha, won a national championship last weekend at the National Archery in the Schools tournament in Louisville, Ky.
Tuthill was the top scorer for fifth grade girls in the archery shoot, scoring 287 out of possible 300.
Mitchell Ritter, a sixth-grade student at Ringling, finished second in the boys' sixth grade division, scoring 291.
Madeline Waggoner of Wayland Bonds Elementary in Moore placed fifth among fifth-grade girls with a score of 281.
Military Appreciation Shoot on Saturday
The Quail Forever Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter and the Oklahoma City Gun Club will host its fifth annual Military Appreciation Shoot and Picnic on Saturday.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Gun Club near Arcadia.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Shooting Training and Education Program will supply shotguns, shells and targets.
The event is free and open to members of the military, veterans and their families in appreciation of their service to the country.
To register for the event, visit www.centralokquailforever.org, email email@example.com or call 603-7992.
Landowners can receive help with deer management
Landowners can get help to manage the whitetail deer populations on their properties from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Through the agency's Deer Management Assistance Program, biologists will help collect information about the deer population on the properties and make management recommendations.
Those who sign up for the program also may be issued permits that allow for the additional harvest of deer other than the limits set in statewide regulations.
A landowner wishing to become a DMAP cooperator must enroll at least 1,000 acres in the program. Owners of smaller properties may join neighbors in an application to meet the 1,000-acre minimum.
For more information, call 521-2739 or 385-1791.
Noodling tournament in Durant
The Red River Noodling Shootout is scheduled June 1 at the Choctaw Event Center in Durant.
Part of the Magnolia Festival, entries for the two-person team noodling tournament must be received by Saturday.
Noodlers have 24 hours to catch flatheads by hand. The weigh-in will be at 6 p.m. at the Choctaw Event Center.
More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. There also will be competition in women's and youth divisions.
Entry fees are $50 per team for the main event and $25 for the women's and youth divisions only. For more information, call (580) 924-0848.