Ed Godfrey
Sports Sports Producer/ Designer/ 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


  • Outdoors: Information on Christmas Bird Counts in Oklahoma

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    Christmas Bird Counts in Oklahoma On Wednesday At Sooner Lake: Contact John Couch, jrcouch60@yahoo.com On Saturday In Oklahoma City: Contact John Shackford, johnsshack@aol.com At Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge: Contact Glen Hensley, glen_hensley@fws.gov At Washita National Wildlife Refuge: Contact Levi Feltman, levi_feltman@fws.gov In Stillwater: Contact James Ownby, james.ownby@okstate.edu In Tulsa: Contact Jo Loyd, jo.loyd@sbcglobal.net On Sunday, Dec. 20 At Fort Gibson Reservoir: Contact Nadine Varner, gallinuleofpurple@yahoo.com At Spavinaw Lake: Contact Sandy Sullins, sullinso@yahoo.com At Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge: Contact Charles Brown,

  • Outdoors: Oklahoma City's annual Christmas Bird Count to be held Saturday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world and provides critical data on population trends of birds.

  • Outdoors: Hunting is a way of life for Calumet family

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    The Stilley family of Calumet is doing their part to keep the hunting tradition alive. McKinley, 11, shot her first deer at age 6. Her little brother, Cale, claimed his first deer last year at age 5.

  • Longtime jockey Cliff Berry to ride his last race Sunday at Remington Park

    By Ed Godfrey staff writer | Published: Sat, Dec 12, 2015

    After 35 years as a jockey, Cliff Berry will ride in his last race Sunday at Remington Park.

  • Deer gun season winding down

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Sunday is the final day of Oklahoma's deer gun season. Through Thursday, Oklahoma hunters had checked in 69,307 deer through all seasons combined. The deer gun season began with the overall harvest almost 10 percent behind from the previous season. And with high winds and an ice storm likely keeping hunters out of the woods more than usual this deer gun season, the overall deer harvest is expected to be low this year. But many hunters have still been able to claim their trophy of a lifetime, including Nick Mathis of Oklahoma City. Mathis has been refusing to shoot many young bucks on the land where he hunts in McClain County. It paid off this year as he was able to take a 16-point buck that is expected to score

  • Outdoor notebook: Prescribed burn planned for Martin Park Nature Center

    Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Two informational meetings about an upcoming prescribed burn at the Martin Park Nature Center in Oklahoma are scheduled for Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. The meetings will be be held at the Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122nd St. During the meetings, members of Oklahoma Forestry Services and Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department will discuss the logistics of the prescribed burn, the methods that will be used to burn the designated area of the park, and how the nature park will benefit from it. The prescribed burn is planned for early next year. The prescribed burn at the Martin Park Nature Center is being done to reduce the risk of a catastrophic wildfire by removing the build-up of dead grass.

  • Wildlife Department proposes new fishing, hunting regulations

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    The public comment period is now open for proposed changes to the state's hunting and fishing regulations for 2016. Among the rule changes being suggested is to end the catch and release only requirement for largemouth bass on American Horse Lake and to formalize rules for shooting ranges on wildlife management areas. Another proposal would require turkey hunting on many wildlife management areas in western Oklahoma to cease at 7 p.m. instead of at sundown. Among the wildlife management areas included is the Black Kettle WMA, a popular spring turkey hunting location.  Other wildlife managements subject to the proposed rule change are Cooper, Fort Supply, Altus-Lugert, Beaver River, Rita Blanca, Optima, Packsaddle,

  • Winter brings more trout fishing opportunities for anglers

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    December and its cold weather is prime time for trout fishing in Oklahoma. The first truckload of hatchery-raised rainbow trout were put in Oklahoma City's Dolese Youth Park Pond on Tuesday as trout fishing is now under way there for the 14th consecutive year. Over the course of the 13-week trout season at Dolese, 5,300 rainbows will be stocked with the average weight being more than 3 pounds per fish. In addition, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's six winter trout areas are all open and anglers are having success, like Michael Edmondson of Cyril who caught an 8-pound rainbow earlier this week at Medicine Creek.

  • Big trout from Medicine Park

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    December and its cold weather is prime time for trout fishing in Oklahoma. Nine-hundred pounds of hatchery-raised rainbows were put in Oklahoma City’s Dolese Youth Park Pond on Tuesday as trout fishing is now underway there for the 14th season. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s six winter trout areas are open and anglers are […]

  • Outdoor notebook: Trout fishing begins Tuesday at Dolese Youth Park Pond

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Trout season at the Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5105 NW 50, opens Tuesday. Fisheries management staff from the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department will stock the first batch of rainbow trout Tuesday morning in the pond. Appoximately 5,300 rainbow trout will be put in the pond over the course of the 13-week season. The fish will average 3/4-pound in weight, and 90 percent of the fish will be 9 to 14 inches long. The remaining 10 percent will be trophy fish, approaching 24 inches in length, said Bob Martin, the city's fisheries biologist. After the initial stocking Dec. 1, fish will be stocked every two weeks. Anglers ages 16 to 62 must have a state fishing license and a city fishing permit. City fishing

  • Arcadia resident tracks Oklahoma's biggest deer

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    George Moore of Arcadia is an avid deer and elk hunter and has a collection of trophy bucks and bulls to prove it. When the hunting seasons end, Moore still goes on the hunt for trophy animals. Only he does it with a tape measure and score sheets and not with a gun or a bow. Moore is one of 37 certified Boone & Crockett scorers in Oklahoma (many of them Wildlife Department employees) and probably the busiest. Moore scores approximately 200 animals a year for hunters from Oklahoma and neighboring states. In the past five years, he has scored more than 100 animals that have been listed in the Boone & Crockett club, the official record keeper for North American big game. “Ít's a passion I've got just like I have

  • Pheasant population still slow to recover

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    While quail hunting is going great guns in western Oklahoma this season, don't expect the same kind of hunting for pheasants. Quail hunting has been the best in many years in western Oklahoma and it would seem logical that as the bobwhites have bounced back, so would the ringnecks. But the pheasant have been slow to the party.  “They seem to be a year behind (the quail),” said Scott Cox, upland bird biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Pheasant season opens Tuesday in portions of northwest and north-central Oklahoma. Hunters should see more roosters this season than the previous two, but the birds still haven't fully recovered from the drought. “They did bottom out the last two

  • Outdoors notebook: Hunters can help hungry Oklahoma families

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Deer hunters who legally take a deer this season can donate the meat to the Hunters Against Hunger program. Each year, thousands of needy Oklahoma families receive meat through the program. Hunters who wish to donate the meat must first check in the deer online at www.wildlifedepartment.com. Hunters then can take their carcass-tagged deer to a nearby participating meat processor. To help with processing costs, each hunter is requested to contribute $10 to assist with the costs of the program. The $10 donation is tax-deductible. Meat processors participating in the Hunters Against Hunger program, listed by county, are online at wildlifedepartment.com/hunting/hah.

  • The opening weekend of quail season doesn't disappoint bird hunters

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    The opening weekend of quail season lived up to the pre-season hype for most hunters. The survey reports and anecdotal evidence suggesting a big boost in the quail population in western Oklahoma was validated last weekend as the quail season opened. “The numbers were outstanding,” said Scott Cox, upland bird biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “What we were seeing on surveys is what is being reported out in the field. There is a lot of birds.” Scenting conditions, however, were tough for dogs on opening weekend.   “Single (bird) work was not very good (for dogs),” Cox said. “Even finding downed birds was tough for dogs because it was so hot and dry and windy.

  • Patience pays off for Shawnee hunter

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    A hunter's best weapon is often patience. Dwayne Carter of Shawnee had the drawstring pulled back on a nice 8-point buck last Sunday morning in Pottawatomie County, but he didn't let the arrow fly. He had gone hunting last weekend in hopes of shooting a 17-point, non-typical buck that he had first seen in February while coyote hunting on the land that once was an old dairy farm. The property has little timber. “If you look at it, you would never think it would hold deer,” Carter said. “It doesn't really hold deer, but they travel through it a lot.” Carter said he hunted for antler sheds of the buck last spring but never could find them.

  • Rut Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Saturday is the day many tens of thousands of Oklahoma hunters have been anticipating all year. Deer gun season will open a half-hour before official sunrise Nov. 21. Based on field reports from each region of the state, hunters should have plenty of opportunities in the deer woods during […]

  • OKLAHOMA FISHING REPORT

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

     From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation CENTRAL Hefner: November 16. Elevation normal, water 55-60 and clear. Walleye fair on lipless baits, sassy shad and jerk baits along riprap and points. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on lipless baits, grubs and chrome gay blades around points and riprap. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs […]

  • Snap Krackle Pop wins crown of Superhorse at AQHA show

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Snap Krackle Pop, owned by Twylla Brown of Perry, Mo., was crowned the Superhorse on Sunday at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championships at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.

  • Outdoor notebook: Trout fishing to resume on Lower Illinois River

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Trout fishing will resume by the weekend on the Lower Illinois River near Gore. State wildlife officials have not been able to add any hatchery-raised trout in the river since July 15 because the water temperature in the stream has been too warm. Jim Burroughs, northeast fisheries region supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said the temperature in the stream has remained below 70 degrees for more than a week now and the Wildlife Department will resume stocking sometime during the upcoming week. Burroughs said state wildlife officials will add twice the trout as normal this week then resume the regular stocking schedule in two weeks.    The Lower Illinois River is one of two year-round

  • Oklahoma deer hunters have enjoyed record success the past decade

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    When hunters talk about the heyday of quail hunting in Oklahoma, they are talking about the past. When they talk about deer hunting, the heyday is the present. Oklahoma's most popular hunting season, the 16-day deer gun season, opens Saturday statewide. If recent history is any indication, more than 150,000 hunters will take part in Oklahoma's deer gun season and about one-third of them will be successful bringing home a deer. The opening weekend is typically the most successful for hunters. Last year, 26 percent of the 47,414 deer checked in during the gun season was done during the first two days. To date, the total number of deer taken by Oklahoma hunters during the muzzleloader and archery season is down almost 10




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Ed Godfrey Fri, Apr. 29 2016 02:44:16 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Boathouse District park promises to make Oklahoma City a destination for river sports https://t.co/xlH8vzTk65 https://t.co/Qema…
Ed Godfrey Thu, Apr. 28 2016 05:07:06 PM CST RT @AndrewKnittle: Congrats to Nolan Clay and Randy Ellis, Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Famers https://t.co/G6gmllWhmT
Ed Godfrey Thu, Apr. 28 2016 05:05:45 PM CST RT @JoeHight: Great scene of Diane Clay taking photo of @nolan50ok as he delivers OK Journalism HOF speech. https://t.co/hKT2lWbNTi
Ed Godfrey Wed, Apr. 27 2016 10:42:46 PM CST @OKRelig The rest of the Rockets to The Beard: "Play some defense."
Ed Godfrey Wed, Apr. 27 2016 09:44:59 PM CST RT @jacobunruh: The OKC Dodgers' Food Truck Triple Play event Friday has been postponed due to weather forecast. https://t.co/WqvlQNj6sq
Ed Godfrey Wed, Apr. 27 2016 09:43:52 PM CST RT @CoveyRiseMag: Met Delmar? https://t.co/qNEE77HaaZ https://t.co/Ba28MaVCPT
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