NRA banquet Saturday in El Reno
The eighth annual Canadian County Friends of the National Rifle Association banquet and auction will be Saturday in El Reno.
The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Boots and Bowties Event Center, 1639 E. Highway 66, just west of the SH 81 and SH 66 intersection.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets are $12 each for children ages 12 and younger.
For reservations and ticket information, call 262-3354.
Florida bass added to Duncan lakes
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has released some Florida strain largemouth bass into Clear Creek and Humphreys lakes near Duncan.
The fish are “retired” adult brood fish from the agency's fish hatchery in Durant.
The addition of the Florida strain bass, which grow larger and faster than other largemouth bass, is intended to improve the genetics in the Duncan lakes, said Ryan Ryswyk, southwest region fisheries biologist for the Wildlife Department.
“By stocking Florida bass, we can influence the genetics of the population that already exists,” he said.
Normally, the Duncan lakes only receive the Florida strain of fingerlings every three to five years.
“Stocking adult bass is not a common practice or necessary in Oklahoma, but by bringing in new brood fish to the hatchery and retiring others, these two lakes now have a chance to get Florida genetics sooner than expected,” Ryswyk said. “The adult Florida bass that are stocked in these lakes will spawn with native bass.”
Leave young wildlife alone
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation advises that young wildlife should be left alone.
During the spring and summer, Oklahomans begin to see a variety of newborn and young wildlife that may appear to be abandoned, such as birds, squirrels and even fawns.
Biologists for the Wildlife Department say it is common for people to want to help the animals, but it is better that they are left alone.
“If you find newborn wildlife while in your yard or in the woods that appears to be alone, chances are an adult animal is nearby and simply waiting for you to move along so they can take care of their young,” said Melynda Hickman, wildlife diversity biologist for the Wildlife Department.
“It is common for fawns to be left in a safe place while does feed nearby and interfering with that always causes more harm than good. It's also best to leave birds, young squirrels and other wildlife alone as well.”
In Oklahoma, most fawns are born in May and June.
Fishing classes for kids
Free summer fishing classes for kids begins Saturday in Oklahoma City.
Offered by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, anglers ages 5 to 15 are eligible. Classes are scheduled on Saturday mornings throughout the summer at various locations.
Saturday's class will be at the newly-opened South Lakes fishing pond in South Lakes Park, SW 119 and Meridian.
Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided. Reservations are required and students must be accompanied by an adult.
To register, visit www.okcpal.org or call 316-3474.
Bat watch deadline on Wednesday
The deadline to register for the annual summer Selman Bat Watches near Freedom ends Wednesday.
Each summer, the Selman Bat Cave near Freedom is used by migratory female Mexican free-tailed bats to raise pups. In the evenings, the bats take flight in mass numbers to feast on tons of insects.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation organizes public viewings of the bats, limited to 75 people each night. Spectators are chosen by a random drawing.
For more information, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com or call 990-4977.