Controlled hunts applications available Monday
Hunters can begin to apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2013-14 controlled hunts on Monday.
Applications are accepted only online at www.wildlifedepartment.com through May 15.
For a total cost of $5, hunters can apply for once in a lifetime elk and antelope hunts as well as deer and turkey hunts around the state.
Hunters are randomly chosen in a drawing but earn preference points with each attempt, increasing their odds of being selected for a hunt.
Among the most highly desired hunts are the deer and elk gun hunts in the Wichita Mountains, antelope hunting in the Panhandle and the bow hunts for whitetail deer at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.
Some hunts are offered just to youth hunters and hunters with disabilities.
Bird dog competition at Fort Reno
The National Shoot to Retrieve Association is holding its Oklahoma Region Elimination Trial April 6 and 7 at Fort Reno, west of El Reno.
“It's a great time for spectators to come out and watch some very good bird dogs of all breeds compete,” said John George of Oklahoma City, operator of the Rocking G Kennels for German Shorthairs . “The field we will be using will also be a great field for spectators to see what is going on.”
For more information on the event, call David Lacy at 409-7526.
Bat weekend at Alabaster
Alabaster Caverns State Park is holding a “Bat Wing-Ding” for families on April 12-13.
Games, exhibits, program and discussions about bats highlight the two-day event near Freedom.
Visitors can join wildlife professionals to search for bats in the cavern. The event is free to the public.
Hybrid record on Carl Blackwell
Tom Pace of Stillwater caught a 9.5-pound striped bass hybrid from Lake Carl Blackwell in Stillwater on Tuesday that is the new lake record.
Pace caught the fish using an ultra-lite rod which emptied his spool during a 10-minute battle.
Other lake records set last week included a 3.3-pound crappie at Grand Lake and 3.8 pound spotted bass from Grand.
Bow Fishing Tournament on Table Rock
Table Rock Lake near Springfield, Mo., will be the site April 6-7 of the first annual U.S. Bow Fishing Championships.
Based out of Long Creek Marina, prizes will include a new boat, bow and cash. Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, visit www.basspro.com/usopen for more information.