The Cleveland County chapter of Ducks Unlimited has been selected as one of the top 100 Ducks Unlimited chapters in the country.
The Norman group was named the 52nd best chapter in the country by Ducks Unlimited.
The chapter is holding a fundraising banquet May 18 at the Optimist Club gym in Norman.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. There will be a raffle with live and silent auctions for guns, duck calls and other gear.
For ticket information, call Damon Duck at 650-0091 or Tim Miller at 593-2657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prairie chicken plan presented
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation along with wildlife agencies in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and Colorado have submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the third draft of a range-wide plan to conserve the lesser prairie chicken.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to list the bird as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The multistate plan includes habitat management goals and voluntary conservation practices to be applied throughout the lesser prairie chicken's range, actions which could help keep the bird from being listed and federally protected.
The lesser prairie chicken is a grassland grouse species native to parts of the five states. It has been a candidate for listing since 1998.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the bird as threatened in December and is expected to issue a final rule in September.
Lake records set
Lake Eufaula coughed up a 95-pound blue catfish for two Eufaula jug fishermen.
Eddie Hailey and Charles Hill hooked the big blue on their jug line March 20. The fish is the new lake record for Lake Eufaula.
Other lake records certified last week by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation were a 9.8-pound striped bass hybrid caught April 6 from Lake Carl Blackwell by Richard Evans of Cushing and a 4.6-pound white bass caught April 6 from Kaw Lake by Miguel Farias of Ponca City.
Steelhead fishing in Canada
The Prairie Fly Fishers will hold a meeting Tuesday at Camp DaKaNi in Oklahoma City.
The club's special guest will be Bob Johnson of Oklahoma City, who will speak on steelhead fishing in Canada.
Johnson develops and ties many of his own patterns and has fished most of the famous steelhead rivers in Canada.
The club's fly tying group will meet April 23 at Backwoods in Oklahoma City. Guests are welcome.
For more information, visit www.prairieflyfishers.org.
New book highlight
The Total Fishing Manual provides a wealth of resources for the adventurous outdoorsman or woman.
The experts from Field & Stream magazine provide tips on picking lures, the right times and places for fishing, casting techniques, tying knots and more.
Both freshwater and saltwater fishing are covered. The book contains need-to-know basics for beginners to advance strategies for experienced anglers.