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Outdoors Notebook: Fishing classes for families at Arcadia Lake; Chickasha archer wins national crown; Military Appreciation Shoot on Saturday; Landowners can receive help with deer management; Noodling tournament June 1 in Durant
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, Published: May 18, 2013

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, email 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.

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