Online check in available
Deer gun season opens Saturday statewide and this will be the second year that hunters have the option of checking in deer online.
Through muzzleloader season, hunters had checked in 10,219 deer online at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's website, www.wildlifedepartment.com.
Whitetail Pro Series
Doug Williams, a fireman in Oklahoma City, placed third in the inaugural Whitetail Pro Series, a deer hunting competition sponsored by the Oklahaoma-based American Whitetail Authority.
Brandon Cartwright of Antlers finished second. Participants in the contest on a Mississippi ranch used guns with blanks and special digital scopes that recorded the cross hairs on deer.
Competitors were judged on shot placement, estimated age of deer and antler measurement.
Whether the Whitetail Pro Series is successful likely will be determined by television viewers. The competition is to air on the Outdoor Channel beginning in January.
â€œI don't how much fun it will be to watch. It's a blast to compete,â€ Williams said. â€œIt's not any different than deer hunting. The only difference is I don't have to gut it, clean it and drag it and I can shoot five in a day.â€
Quail numbers down
Quail season opened Saturday and roadside surveys by the Wildlife Department show a statewide decrease of 21 percent from last year.
But quail biologist Doug Schoeling of the Wildlife Department said field reports have been more promising. Some landowners report hearing and seeing more birds than last year, he said.
The best reports on quail have been in northwest Oklahoma, he said.
DU banquet on Saturday
A Ducks Unlimited banquet will be held in Guthrie Saturday at the Logan County Fairgrounds.
Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets, call Paul Fincher at 850-0275.
High School Rowing
Rowing teams from Northwest Classen, U.S. Grant, Putnam City, Capitol Hill, and Santa Fe South will wrap up their fall season with the OKC RIVERSPORT Youth League Championship on Wednesday.
The championship event will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Oklahoma River in the Boathouse District.
The high school teams have been rowing weekly since the end of August in the new league.
â€œThis is the second year for the high school league,â€ said Kelley McGuire, director of youth outreach for the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, which oversees the program.
â€œOur goal is to have teams in high schools and middle schools across the metro, and to have them recognized as a varsity sports just like tennis or football.â€