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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Tiger muskies are coming to Lake Carl Etling

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    The tiger muskies — a cross between a northern pike and a muskie — will be added to the Panhandle lake as an experiment.

  • State parks offer campouts for first-timers

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    October is a perfect month for camping in Oklahoma, and two state parks are going to make easy for a few first-time campers. Oklahoma State Parks is embarking on a new program this month to introduce camping to families. The program is designed for families who have never camped or have not been camping in a long time and want to start again and don’t know how. At Roman Nose State Park, near Watonga, and Osage Hills State Park, between Pawhuska and Bartlesville, later this month, the parks will provide selected families with a tent, air mattresses, a two-burner stove, lanterns and cooking equipment for one day and night. The park will provide everything except food and bedding.

  • Outdoors notebook: Young hunters get three days to gun hunt for deer

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Oklahoma’s youth deer gun season opens statewide Friday and runs through Sunday. The special three-day season is open to hunters younger than 18. They must be accompanied by an adult while hunting, who may not gun hunt but can archery hunt. A youth deer gun license is required. YOUTH WATERFOWL DAYS NEXT WEEKEND Oklahoma’s youth waterfowl days in duck hunting Zone 2 (most of the state excluding northwest and parts of north-central Oklahoma) will be Saturday and Sunday. The youth waterfowl days provide hunters ages 15 and younger two additional days of hunting outside of the regular waterfowl season.

  • High school softball state tournament: Kailee Orr throws shutout, Washington advances in Class 3A

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Orr is trying to duplicate in the circle what her best friend since Little League did last year for the Warriors and pitch Washington to a state championship.

  • Head of Oklahoma regatta: OKC RIVERSPORT juniors have successful showing

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Two OKC RIVERSPORT rowers each won four gold medals during the regatta: Xaley Yousey, a high school sophomore from Piedmont, and Julia Ciocca, a junior from Lawton.

  • Moore man takes first elk on private land

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    No one was happier than Jason Reed of Moore when state wildlife officials announced a new statewide elk hunting season this year. For years, Reed kept seeing elk or their offspring that had wandered off a private elk farm nearby while deer hunting on his family’s land in Coal County. “We’ve had free-ranging elk for 15 years but have not been able to shoot them,” Reed said. “Over the years, I’ve had them walk under my tree stand when I was deer hunting for whitetails. I have seen as many as 18 in one group.” State wildlife officials say there are free-ranging elk in 33 counties in Oklahoma — most of them just like Reed’s elk, escapees from private elk farms or commercial hunting operations.

  • Tree stand safety remains vital

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    An accident in the woods cost Jon Cunningham of Stillwater his career and use of his left hand.

  • Head of the Oklahoma Regatta: Former OCU wrestler Beatrize Martinez goes from the mat to the boat

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    A senior and two-time NAIA All-American wrestler has taken advantage of NAIA rules to gain a year of eligility in rowing.

  • Head of the Oklahoma Regatta notebook: Alabama, Tennessee and Old Dominion women's rowing teams to join the Big 12

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma women’s rowing teams has won two Big 12 titles, but the Sooners have had to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships by competing in Conference USA. That will change in 2015 as the Big 12 will sponsor a conference championship that will result in an automatic qualifier to the NCAAs.

  • High school football roundup: Shawnee nips Skiatook with late touchdown

    Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    The Wolves scored 19 points in the second half after Skiatook led 14-3 at halftime.

Ed Godfrey Thu, Feb. 26 2015 11:52:06 PM CST Lake Record for Lake Murray LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Feb. 25 2015 05:24:48 PM CST Weekly Fishing Report LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Feb. 25 2015 05:24:18 PM CST Backwoods Show opens Friday LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Feb. 24 2015 03:48:33 PM CST Top Oklahoma anglers share their tips for big bass season LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Feb. 22 2015 08:54:55 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: #okcthunder fans meets Enes Kanter. Enes Kanter meets okc fans. @NewsOKPhoto LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Feb. 22 2015 02:40:18 PM CST Top Oklahoma anglers share their tips for big bass season LINK
Ed Godfrey Thu, Feb. 19 2015 06:38:22 PM CST A cold Bassmaster Classic LINK
Ed Godfrey Thu, Feb. 19 2015 05:41:48 PM CST A cold Bassmaster Classic LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Feb. 14 2015 04:33:47 PM CST Outdoors notebook: Park Hill's Jason Christie, Talala's Edwin Evers represent Oklahoma in Bassmasters Classic LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Feb. 14 2015 04:33:05 PM CST Air gun matches gaining popularity at Oklahoma City Gun Club LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Feb. 14 2015 04:32:26 PM CST Norman resident Lou Barbaro makes his own bamboo fly rods LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Feb. 10 2015 09:00:46 PM CST Quail hunting in Roger Mills County LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Feb. 10 2015 07:33:05 PM CST Where will I find a Tuesday night pizza buffet downtown now that the paper has moved? #mazzios
Ed Godfrey Tue, Feb. 10 2015 01:17:23 PM CST RT @James_Stafford: Lunch at the Edmond original with @edgodfrey (@ Hobby's Hoagies in Edmond, OK) https://t.co/zYvNcpf0p1
Ed Godfrey Sat, Feb. 07 2015 08:06:22 PM CST Quail hunting in Roger Mills County LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Feb. 07 2015 08:04:11 PM CST Rose State College's Bass Fishing Techniques class going back to the basics LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Feb. 07 2015 12:09:34 PM CST @jim_the_lip @okcbarons pink ice? So there literally will be pink slips today.
Ed Godfrey Fri, Feb. 06 2015 02:21:05 PM CST Weekly Fishing Report LINK
Ed Godfrey Thu, Feb. 05 2015 01:37:58 PM CST RT @ncwhm: Notorious American Outlaw Belle Star would have been 167 today. The "Female Jesse James" was shot dead… LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Feb. 04 2015 11:26:17 PM CST RT @sportstoons: Thunder Doodle: En fuego @russwest44 cooks Pelicans LINK