The Altus senior team and the Locust Grove junior team won the inaugural state shoot of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Scholastic Shooting Sports Program.
Twenty schools participated in the trap shooting competition at the Shawnee Twin Lakes Trap and Sporting Clays.
The top senior male shooter was Hunter Burkett of Durant. The top senior female shooter was Abby Abernathy of Altus.
The top junior male shooter was Bryce Couch of Beggs. Bryttnie Turner of Locust Grove was the top female shooter.
The Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program is similar to the Wildlife Department's Archery in the Schools, a program in which almost 400 state schools now participate.
The agency hopes to have more than 150 schools participating in the shotgun sports by 2016.
TROUT FISHING NOW OPEN AT DOLESE
Trout fishing at the Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5105 NW 50, begins one month earlier this season.
The trout season opened Dec. 1 and will run through Feb. 28. In previous years, the season didn't open until Jan. 1.
Approximately, 3,800 pounds of rainbow trout will be stocked in the pond for anglers during the 13-week season, including an initial stocking of 800 pounds to open the season.
Trout also will be added to the pond during the weeks of Dec. 9 and 23, Jan. 6 and 20 and Feb. 3 and 18.
Unless exempt, trout anglers between the ages of 16 and 62 must have a city fishing permit and state fishing license.
Daily fishing permits are $3.50. Annual city fishing permits are $18.50. Boats and fisherman floats are not allowed on the pond.
Anglers may use only one rod and reel and the daily limit is six trout.
A free clinic on trout fishing will be held Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Putnam City High School gymnasium.
For more information, call the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery at 755-4014.
NEW FISHING LICENSE FOR NONRESIDENTS
Visitors to Oklahoma can now buy a one day state license for $15.
The new license, created by the state Legislature in the last session, became available Nov. 1.
Previously, out of state residents only had the option of a six-day fishing license for $35 or an annual license for $55. Those fishing licenses are still available.
The one-day license can be bought ahead of time at www.wildlifedepartment.com, and the buyer can choose the day the license will be valid.
LEASE WITH WEYERHAUSER EXTENDED
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission has approved a new three-year cooperative agreement with Weyerhauser for use of the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area in McCurtain County.
Sportsmen can hunt or fish on the 200,000 acres of Weyerhaeuser timberlands by buying a $40 Land Access Permit.
The current lease agreement between Weyerhauser and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation was set to expire in May.
NEW RULES FOR NOODLING, PADDLEFISH
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation has approved emergency rules pertaining to paddlefish and noodling for catfish
The new rule will allow the Wildlife Department to set annual harvest limits for paddlefish and make anglers check the fish online, much like for deer and other big game.
Channel catfish and blue catfish are now available for hand fishing, or noodling, along with flatheads, with only one fish more than 30 inches allowed.
The new rule removes the 20-inch minimum requirement on flathead catfish and restricts noodling to daylight hours only.
UCO ANGLERS WIN TOURNEY
University of Central Oklahoma bass fishing club members Steven Isaacs and Colten Hutson captured the final “Okie Challenge Series” of fall collegiate tournaments on Fort Gibson Lake.
Finishing second was Oklahoma State University anglers Mike Hall and Dustin Pendergraft.
Placing third was Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Dwight Camp and Johnathan Furlong.
UCO anglers won three of the four tournaments in the series.