Quail season opens Saturday in Oklahoma but once again, hunters likely will have a hard time finding birds.
“I don't anticipate the season being much better than last year,” said James Dietsch, founding chairman of the Central Oklahoma 89er chapter of Quail Forever. “I don't think we made much headway (in the quail population) because of the drought and the heat.”
Dietsch said the quail numbers will not rise until the nesting and reproductive conditions improve for the birds.
Dietsch and other members of the Quail Forever chapter assisted the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and researchers from Oklahoma State University in a post-reproduction quail survey on the Packsaddle and Beaver wildlife management areas in September.
A dog handler, one bird dog and a researcher were dispersed over one mile routes on the wildlife management areas.
“We ran 37 routes (19 at Packsaddle and 18 at Beaver) and detected eight groups of quail for an average of one group per four miles,” Dietsch said. “That translates to a detection about every 2½ hours.”
The average number of birds per group was eight or nine, he said.
Arkansas trout angler to speak
The 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly meeting Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Sportsman's Country Club, 4001 NW 39.
Steve Dally, owner of Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher in Cotter, Ark., will be speaking about streamer fishing for big White River brown trout.
The meeting is open to the public.
Veteran's Day Trout Derby
The Blue River near Tishomingo in southern Oklahoma will be the site of the annual Veteran's Day trout derby Nov. 10-11.
Cash prizes of $100 each will be awarded to anglers (male, female, fly anglers and youth) with the heaviest two-day stringers of trout. There also will be a $100 cash prize given to the angler catching the heaviest trout.
Anglers also will be fishing for tagged trout that total $1,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $25 for adults and $20 for ages 15 and younger.,
For more information, call Scotty's Blue River One Stop in Tishomingo at (580) 371-9288.
Suppressors now legal for hunting
On Thursday, a new law went into effect allowing Oklahoma hunters to use legally-owned gun suppressors for all game animals. Senate Bill 1743 was signed into law in May by Gov. Mary Fallin.
Oklahoma became the third state to legalize suppressors for hunting, joining Texas and Arizona.