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Outdoors notebook: Blue cats, channel cats will be legal for noodlers

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that makes it legal for noodlers, or hand fishermen, to keep blue cats and channel cats in addition to flathead catfish. The law takes effect Nov. 1.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 20, 2013
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photo - Noodlers in Oklahoma will be able to catch blue cats and channel cats in addition to flatheads next summer, but few noodlers want to mess with a blue cat. Photo from The Oklahoman Archives  ZACH GRAY
Noodlers in Oklahoma will be able to catch blue cats and channel cats in addition to flatheads next summer, but few noodlers want to mess with a blue cat. Photo from The Oklahoman Archives ZACH GRAY

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TURKEY SEASON TO OPEN IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma's spring turkey season is open already in most of the state, but Monday is the season opener in eight southeastern Oklahoma counties.

Turkey season opened April 6 in the rest of the state. Turkey ends statewide on May 6.

The hunting season is shorter in southeastern Oklahoma where the Eastern species of wild turkeys have experienced a decline in population in recent years.

GOLFING TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT BOBWHITES

The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever is holding its third annual Bobwhite Scramble golf tournament May 4 at the Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond.

Entry fees are $100 per player or $400 per team, which includes green fees, cart rental and tickets to the awards dinner following the tournament.

Participants can sign up at http://bobwhitescramble.com. Proceeds benefit the Quail Forever chapter.

For more information, call Treka Wenner at 255-8021.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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