The Oklahoman's Outdoors Editor, Ed Godfrey, took questions from readers in his H&H Shooting Sports Complex outdoors chat today. Here's a look at the Q&A. Join Ed's outdoors chats on the first Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
Any record-breaking fish on Oklahoma lakes lately?
Not any state records. I have seen some lake records come through lately, such as 2.9-pound crappie at Hudson. I have seen photos of some nice fish being caught around the state, smallouth at Eufaula and Texoma and a 110-pound paddlefish caught at Grand. Fishing should be getting really good in the coming weeks for bass and crappie.
Has the winter bird count wrapped up? Do you know any results?
I think so, but sorry, I don't know specific results of any
I think it's rabbit season (gee, I feel like Elmer Fudd), but what's the next big hunting season?
Spring turkey season which begins April 6. A youth turkey season is March 30-31. Turkey hunting ranks only second to deer hunting in popularity these days in Oklahoma.
Anything new with hunting and fishing regulations that I need to know right away?
Nothing immediately. The new fishing regulations that passed last month doesn't go into effect until next year. The new hunting regs may begin this fall.
Any idea how quail season was this year?
Has the Wildlife Department started thinking about any longterm plans or goals as a result of the state's drought conditions?
I am not sure what goals or plans they could make along those lines. I am not aware of anything expect maybe pray for rain.
Where is your favorite place to fish in Oklahoma?
For trout, Blue River or Mountain Fork. For bass, Arbuckle or Grand. For sand bass, catfish and crappie, Eufaula. For stripers, of course it's Texoma. If I have to pick one lake in general, I would pick Texoma. It has it all.
I'm excited to see archery included in some schools. How did these school districts get more outdoors-type activities in their curriculum?
The Wildlife Department has been able to get a lot of this curriculum in public schools through programs and grants they offer. They just need to find school officials who have an interest in outdoors and are willing to teach the courses. They are introducing more stuff each time. This spring, they are starting shotgun sports in, I think, a dozen pilot schools. If that's successful, they will expand it just like they did with Archery in the Schools. More than 50,000 students in Oklahoma are participating in archery through that program.
I was just reading your favorite places to fish. I would say my favorite place is just about anywhere, as long as I'm fishing since I don't get out as much as I'd like. I guess I'm going to have to dust off the tackle box and make time.
You need to do that. But the catching is more fun than the fishing. You need to go somewhere where they will bite.
That's all the questions today. I will be doing another live chat the first Friday in April from the H&H Shooting Sports Complex.