Hunters can feed the hungry
Oklahoma's deer gun season opened Saturday and hunters who have plenty of meat in the freezer already should consider donating to the Hunters Against Hunger program.
Last year, more than 41,000 pounds of meat were donated to the program by Oklahoma deer hunters, which provided approximately 164,000 meals to needy families in the state.
After deer are checked in at a hunter check station or online at www.wildlifedepartment.com, they can be donated to a meat processor that participates in the Hunters Against Hunger program.
A list of those meat processors is listed on the Wildlife Department's website. Hunters are asked to contribute $10, which is tax-deductible, to help offset costs.
The Wildlife Department is searching for more meat processors and sponsors to participate in the program. If interested, call Becky Rouner at 521-4660.
Sporting Clay champs crowned
The Oklahoma FFA Sporting Clays State Shoot was held recently at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.
The team champion in the senior division (open from eighth through 12th grades) was Keota while Nic Meador of Sapulpa was the top shooter.
Keota's David Henson and Queston Reed were second and third. Newcastle was runner-up in the team competition and Sharon Mutual was third.
In the junior division (eighth through 10th grades only), Blair won the team trophy with Boone-Apache and Fort Supply finishing second and third.
Jordan Littrell of Boone-Apache was the individual champion in juniors. Trace Woolfolk of Fort Supply was second and Josh McQuown of Glencoe placed third.
Hallman, Rea win Last Bass tourney
Bradley Hallman of Norman and Larry Rea of Eufaula teamed up to win the annual Lawter & Associates “The Last Bass” tournament on Nov. 11 at Lake Eufaula.
Hallman and Rea shared $7,568 for their victory. The anglers weighed in 13.59 pounds to beat the second-place team of Nick Aber of Piedmont and Bill Bean of Eufaula, who weighed in 13.40 pounds but actually won more money in the tournament.
Aber and Bean received $4,128 for second place but also captured overall big bass honors with a 7.4-pound bass that earned them an additional $7,040.
Finishing third was Phillip and Kala Wright of Spiro, who weighed in 13.30 pounds and won $2,064.
The tournament attracted 352 two-person teams and had a total payout of $56,800.
Game Warden of the Year
Canadian County Game Warden Joey Rushing has been named the Game Warden of the Year in Oklahoma.
Rushing, who has been employed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for three years, was selected by his peers.
Fee collection changes at Arbuckle Lake
Boat permits for Arbuckle Lake can now only be bought at the Travertine Nature Center in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
In addition, all fee collection machines at boat launch ramps and campgrounds on Arbuckle Lake will now accept debit and credit cards only.
Camping reservations can be made and paid at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.