Free hunting days
Oklahoma's free hunting days will be Sept. 1 and 2.
Hunters do not have to carry a state hunting license or HIP on those days. Dove and squirrel are in season.
Sept. 1 is the opening of dove season statewide.
DU shoot at Silverleaf
The Ducks Unlimited Frontier Shoot will be Saturday at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie.
Tickets are $85 which includes lunch. A silent auction and raffle will be held.
For more information, call Jack Mitchell at 285-4232.
ORA convention on Saturday
The Oklahoma Rifle Association's state convention will be Saturday at the Meridian Convention Center, 737 S. Meridian Ave.
Seminars begin at 1 p.m. Oklahoma congressman James Lankford will be the keynote speaker for the 6:30 p.m. award banquet.
Veterans of the Korean War also will be honored at the banquet.
For ticket information, call 324-8498.
Viral disease killing deer
A viral disease has killed at least one deer and may be related to the deaths of 10 others found near the Verdigris River in northeast Oklahoma, state wildlife officials said.
Erik Bartholomew, big game biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said the disease is spread by the bite of a midge or small fly. It is not transmissible to humans, he said.
The virus can lead to high fever, causing infected deer to seek water to cool off.
“It's not something that we are worried about on a wide scale, but we do want to hear from people who see deer that appear to be sick,” Bartholomew said.
People are asked to notify their local game warden if they see deer acting abnormally.
Get your two cents in on prairie chickens
Deadline is Aug. 30 to comment on the state's plan to save the lesser prairie chicken.
Northwest Oklahoma holds some of the last remaining habitat for the dwindling numbers of lesser prairie chickens.
To review the plan, log on to www.wildlifedepartment.com. Public comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, PO Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152.
Quail banquet on Saturday
The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever banquet is Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Sportsman's Country Club in Oklahoma City.
For ticket information, call 415-5724 or visit centralokquailforever.org.
Washita goose hunts
Hunters can begin applying Sept. 1 for winter goose hunts on the Washita National Wildlife Refuge near Butler.
Applicants must be 18 or older. Deadline for applications is Sept. 28.
For more information, call the refuge office (580) 664-2205 or email email@example.com.
Edmond Gobblers banquet
The Edmond Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its "Hunting Heritage Banquet" Saturday at North Church, 1601 W. Memorial Road.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner and auctions beginning at 7 p.m.
For ticket information, contact Dave Childress at 202-4401.