Ed Godfrey
Sports Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years.
During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more than a decade and has covered some of the biggest trials in the state's history.
He began his career at The Oklahoman as a sports writer and rejoined the sports desk in 2002 to become the outdoor writer. He now writes on a wide range of subjects from wrestling to hockey to rodeo.
He earned a journalism degree in 1982 from the University of Oklahoma and holds a master's degree in journalism education from the University of Central Oklahoma.


Journalist for The Oklahoman 25 years
Current position - sports writer
Previous position - Courthouse reporter for more than a decade


  • Not everyone is a fan of E-check for deer

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Deer gun season opened Saturday, and all hunters must check in their deer within 24 hours using the Wildlife Department’s E-check system at www.wildlifedepartment.com.

  • Hunters can donate venison to help fight hunger

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Hunters can help Oklahoma families in need by donating their venison to the Hunters Against Hunger program. A list of participating meat processors are listed in the Oklahoma Hunting Guide, which also can be found online at wildlifedepartment.com. Hunters are asked to make a tax-deductible donation of $10 to assist with the program. The ground venison is donated to charitable networks and then distributed to Oklahomans in need. Last year, Oklahoma deer hunters donated 32,952 pounds of venison, which provided more than 25,000 meals to hungry Oklahomans. “The venison donation is extremely important,” said Angie Gaines, director of marketing at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “We don’t get as much protein

  • Twisters Enola Rey crowned 2014 Farnam Superhorse at AQHA World Show

    By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Twisters Enola Rey is by Dual Rey and out of Twisters Enola Gay, the horse that Tuf Cooper rode to win the 2012 tie-down roping world championship at the National Finals Rodeo.

  • Rut Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Rut Reports Raise Optimism for Good Deer Gun Season This Saturday is the day tens of thousands of Oklahoma hunters have been anticipating all year. Deer gun season will open a half-hour before official sunrise Nov. 22. And based on field reports from each region of the state, deer […]

  • Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Provided by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation CENTRAL  Hefner: November 17. Elevation below normal, water 45-48. Walleye, striped bass hybrids and white bass good on grubs and 2-3 inch grubs with chartreuse tails at 6-12 ft. along the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. along riprap and the dam. Blue and channel […]

  • Deer cooperatives catching on in Oklahoma

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Oklahoma landowners and hunting lease holders are beginning to work together to manage for bigger bucks.

  • Oklahoma's deer gun season: What you need to know

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Deer gun season runs from Nov. 22 through Dec. 7 in Oklahoma.

  • Outdoors notebook: Trout club to meet Tuesday in MWC

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Fishery biologists from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will update anglers on stream fishing in the state at Tuesday’s meeting of the 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Rose State College in Midwest City in the Tom Steed Learning Center. State wildlife officials will be answering questions from the public. After the presentation, there will be a gear and fly swap. Guests are welcome to bring fishing flies and gear for sale or trade. There also will be several raffles. For more information, contact chapter president Greg Mann at (405) 401-3784 or email gmann6@cox.net.

  • Accident puts focus on water safety when hunting

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Always wear a life jacket and don’t overload the boat. That’s the two biggest water safety issues stressed about waterfowl hunting during hunter education classes, said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The bodies of two Oklahoma City-area doctors were found Monday afternoon after their all-terrain vehicle overturned in a private lake in Hughes County. The men, Dr. Rodney J. Miles, 59, and Dr. Timothy A. Soult, 51, of Oklahoma City, went to the lake last weekend to go duck hunting. The two men had already been duck hunting earlier Sunday morning when they left their cabin again about 9:15 a.m. on their ATV. It was found later Sunday overturned in the

  • Community Christian School's Paul Potter ends 35-year coaching career with a victory — by forfeit

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    After 35 years roaming the sidelines, Community Christian School head coach Paul Potter had planned to coach his last football game Friday night. Instead, the Royals’ scheduled opponent, Wilson, forfeited earlier in the week due to a lack of players.

  • Quail season should be productive in Oklahoma

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Quail season opens statewide Saturday, with predictions that the bird hunting in Oklahoma will be the best it’s been in at least a decade. After the quail population in Oklahoma reached a record low due to the drought, the numbers finally started going up last year for the first time in several years. This year, the quail population has significantly risen thanks to a cool and moist summer, which benefited reproduction and nesting. In recent weeks, people have reported seeing quail and hearing the bobwhites’ famous whistle in places the birds hadn’t been for years.

  • Baby Brush Hog lures a hit with bass, anglers

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    I caught a mess of bass last week on a Texas-rigged watermelon seed Zoom Baby Brush Hog. Well, I caught 20, which is a mess as far as I am concerned. I was fishing with Gary White of Edmond, a guy who has been catching bass for 50 years and who fishes almost exclusively with the Zoom soft plastic creature bait and soft plastic worms. “The thing about the Brush Hog is there is no way to fish it wrong,” White said. Some people like to fish them like a jig, but White thinks the best way is to fish a Brush Hog is to let the bait drop to the bottom and then slowly reel it in. It was the most effective tactic in our outing together last week. Brush Hogs have been a staple in a bass fisherman’s tackle box for about

  • Jimmy Houston remains an outdoors legend

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Even former OU coach Barry Switzer is a fan of the Oklahoma fishing icon.

  • Black bear season successful for Danny Robbins, others

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Oklahoma bow hunters have taken 45 black bears this year, the second-highest total since the state opened a black bear hunting season six years ago in southeastern Oklahoma. The highest number was two years ago, when 71 bears were killed by hunters as a two-year drought had more bears hitting the hunters’ baited areas. Bear hunting is legal in four counties: Pushmataha, Latimer, Le Flore and McCurtain. Of this season’s 45 bears, 32 were taken in Le Flore County, which has the largest population of bears in the state due to its big tracts of timber land and fewer people. State wildlife officials estimate there are about 2,000 bears in southeastern Oklahoma.

  • Outdoors notebook: Winter trout areas to open Saturday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s winter trout fishing areas open Saturday, including its newest trout fishing destination, the Perry CCC Lake. The Perry CCC Lake replaces Lake Pawhuska as a winter trout fishing area. The City of Perry charges a $3 daily fee at the gate to fish the lake. The other winter trout areas managed by the Wildlife Department include Robbers Cave in Wilburton, Blue River near Tishomingo, Lake Watonga in Roman Nose State Park, Medicine Creek in Medicine Park and Lake Carl Etling in Black Mesa State Park. Only a state fishing license is required. A trout stamp is no longer required. Rainbow trout are stocked by the Wildlife Department every two weeks in the six wintertime

  • State cross country notebook: Hooker celebrates while one teammate at the hospital

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Hooker’s Junior Amador was one of at least three runners in the Class 2A meet, which started late in the morning when the temperature was in the mid-80s, that collapsed either at or near the end of the race due to the record-setting heat on Saturday.

  • Henryetta's Daisy VanMeter, Colton Green defend state cross country titles

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Henryetta never produced a cross country state champion until Daisy VanMeter and Colton Green both won individual titles a year ago. On Saturday, the duo repeated the feat. They both led from start to finish and easily defended their Class 3A crowns at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center.

  • How to learn the approximate age of your deer this season

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Deer hunters can learn the approximate age of the deer they harvest this season by submitting photographs of the animal’s jaw bones to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The photos and information are to be submitted through the deer page on the Wildlife Department’s website, www.wildlifedepartment.com. The photos then will be examined by one of the agency’s deer biologists to determine the age. Hunters can check back on the agency’s website a week after submitting the photos to learn the age, said Nels Rodefeld, chief of the information and education division for the Wildlife Department. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is the first agency in the country to offer such a service

  • Outdoors notebook: Duck season nears

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Duck season already is open in the Panhandle, and Saturday is the season opener in Zone 1, which encompasses the rest of northwest Oklahoma and much of north-central Oklahoma. The season will open Nov. 1 in Zone 2, which covers the rest of the state. Sunday, Oct. 19, is the final day of youth waterfowl days in Zone 2. Duck numbers were strong this past breeding season, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The population estimate in 2014 was 49.2 million birds, an 8 percent increase from last year. AMERICAN HORSE, DOC HOLLIS LAKES TO OPEN SOON State wildlife officials say American Horse Lake should reopen to anglers sometime next month.

  • A cougar hunt gone wrong

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Oklahoma City attorney Jason Roselius never expected his cougar hunt to make the front page of a New Mexico newspaper. But that’s what happened.




Ed Godfrey Tue, Nov. 25 2014 01:30:09 AM CST @briannabailey80 @FiveThirtyEight Not a fair comparison. Feds, states use grand juries differently.
Ed Godfrey Mon, Nov. 24 2014 06:35:17 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors Call me when you can
Ed Godfrey Mon, Nov. 24 2014 06:07:06 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors What do you know about pheasant in Oklahoma this season?
Ed Godfrey Mon, Nov. 24 2014 02:39:04 PM CST A special deer hunt for father and daughter LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Nov. 24 2014 02:38:21 PM CST Not everyone is a fan of E-check for deer LINK
Ed Godfrey Fri, Nov. 21 2014 02:39:36 PM CST Coming Sunday: All hunters must use Internet to check in deer but not all hunters are happy about it. #newsok #hunting
Ed Godfrey Wed, Nov. 19 2014 08:23:23 PM CST Fishing Report LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Nov. 19 2014 08:22:55 PM CST Rut Report LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Nov. 17 2014 03:27:40 PM CST Attn: Hunters. Doing a story on e-checking. Good thing or bad thing? Email me your two cents at egodfrey@opubco.com.
Ed Godfrey Mon, Nov. 17 2014 01:32:25 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: .@sterl_shep3 & @OU_CoachStoops lived this Disney-honored story @TheOklahoman is honored to first tell it LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Nov. 16 2014 05:41:47 PM CST Oklahoma's deer gun season: What you need to know LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Nov. 16 2014 05:40:52 PM CST Deer cooperatives catching on in Oklahoma LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Nov. 15 2014 05:01:59 PM CST RT @BillBootz: For a team with no QB, no receivers, no secondary and no readily apparent coaching, #sooners seem to be hanging in there.
Ed Godfrey Sat, Nov. 15 2014 04:38:33 PM CST Watching the Sooners insist on passing today is like watching the Thunder shoot 36 threes last night. Why? #sooners #thunder
Ed Godfrey Sat, Nov. 15 2014 04:31:56 PM CST @KOCOAbigail Forget the players. What is he telling the coaches?
Ed Godfrey Fri, Nov. 14 2014 10:55:23 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Thunder went 3-of-11 from the FT line in a 2-point loss to Memphis and 1-of-6 from the FT line in an OT loss to Detroit…
Ed Godfrey Fri, Nov. 14 2014 04:10:58 PM CST Coming Sunday: Read how Oklahoma landowners are joining together to benefit wildlife and improve hunting #newsok
Ed Godfrey Wed, Nov. 12 2014 06:48:24 PM CST @rdr5hunter Don't think so. I think it will be ok if we publish it small. If we blow it up it may become blurry.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Nov. 11 2014 05:09:11 PM CST Accident puts focus on water safety when hunting LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Nov. 11 2014 05:08:38 PM CST Medicine Park a popular winter trout fishing destination LINK