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NRA banquet set for Saturday in El Reno

Outdoors Notebook: Florida bass added to Duncan lakes; Wildlife Department says to leave young wildlife alone; free summer fishing classes start Saturday in Oklahoma City; Bat watch deadline Wednesday
by Ed Godfrey Published: June 1, 2013

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.

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by Ed Godfrey
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...
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