City Care will host a Family Outdoor Expo Sept. 28 at Crystal Lake in Oklahoma City from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Since the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation canceled its annual Wildlife Expo at the Lazy E Arena and Ranch this year, City Care decided to host a mini-version of the event at the 60-acre lake it manages near SW 15 and MacArthur.
Events include fishing for kids, archery, bow making, flint knapping, kayaking and more. Because Crystal Lake can't accommodate the crowd the Wildlife Expo draws, attendance will be limited by a free ticket giveaway.
Tickets to the Family Outdoor Expo will be given away to the public at the following locations: Bass Pro Shops in Oklahoma City, all Charleston's metro restaurant locations, Arrowhead Archery Shop in Del City, the OKC Kayak Paddlesport Superstore and the H&H Shootings Sports Complex.
City Care is a nonprofit that was founded in 1996 to provide assistance to the homeless and low-income families. The City Kids Outdoors Program uses Crystal Lake to foster an appreciation of the outdoors among the children of City Care's Whiz Kids program, which offers tutoring to inner city children.
For more information on the Family Outdoor Expo, call Greg Webb at 609-2400.
European pheasant hunt to benefit youth hunting program
The Oklahoma City Sportsman's Country Club is sponsoring a European pheasant shoot on Saturday at Prescribed Hunts near Marlow. The proceeds will benefit the Oklahoma Youth Hunting and Shooting Program, which provides hunting trips for children from non-hunting families.
The cost of the European pheasant shoot is $300 per hunter, which includes 12 birds, a warm up shoot and lunch. To reserve a spot, contact Spenser Kern of Prescribed Hunts at (580) 475-2629 or visit www.prescribedhunts.com.
Goose, teal hunting seasons open
Saturday marked the opening of Oklahoma's September teal season and resident Canada goose season statewide.
This year, hunters can take six teal per day — up from four in previous years. The special resident Canada goose daily limit remains at eight.
Blue-winged and green-winged teal are the first ducks to travel through Oklahoma as they migrate southward on their traditional journey to wintering grounds in Mexico and Central and South America. They migrate quickly and don't stay in Oklahoma a long time.
The best teal strategy usually involves scouting areas and being ready to hunt them as soon as a cold front arrives or immediately after, said Josh Richardson, migratory game bird biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
“The stronger the front, the more birds are likely to be moving through,” Richardson said.
Richardson notes that there is significantly more water available to waterfowl in Oklahoma this year than last year when, despite near record numbers of waterfowl, hunters often had challenges getting to areas with enough water for a successful hunt.
Resident Canada geese are birds that live in Oklahoma year-round, providing a chance to hunt before migrant birds from the north begin arriving in large numbers.
“Geese follow a pretty regular pattern this time of year, so finding fields that they feed in that are open to hunting should provide good action,” Richardson said. “Most often these birds spend their days within city limits, so gaining access to a roosting pond to hunt them as they return to loaf through the day is pretty difficult, but if you are fortunate to have such a location, that should provide some good shooting as well.”
The teal season runs through Sept. 29. The resident Canada goose season runs through Sept. 23.
The regular duck seasons in Oklahoma kick off Oct. 1 in the Panhandle counties, Oct. 26 in Zone 1 (includes most of northwest Oklahoma excluding the Panhandle) and Nov. 2 in Zone 2 (everywhere else). The regular season for Canada geese will open Nov. 2.
DU Banquet Saturday in MWC
The Tri-City Ducks Unlimited banquet and fundraiser will be Saturday in the Midwest City Community Center.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m.
There will be raffles and live and silent auctions for merchandise, including all types of guns.
Tickets are $35 for singles and $50 per couple. Cost for active military personnel is $15. Kids receive free admission with a paid adult.
Deadline approaching for big buck contest
Sept. 30 is the deadline to enter the Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association's big buck contest for the upcoming deer seasons.
To be eligible, deer must be legally harvested in Oklahoma between Oct. 1 (the opening of archery season) and Jan. 15 (end of archery season).
The contest will have three categories: gun (rifle, pistol, muzzleloader) from a low-fenced or unfenced area; archery (recurve, longbow, compound, crossbow) from a low-fenced or unfenced area; and gun or archery from a high-fenced area (defined as a fence at least 7 feet high enclosing, or constructed with the intent to enclose, the area).
The winner of each category will receive $500 and a free shoulder mount of the winning antlers. All contestants will be eligible for a prize drawing valued at $250.
Entry fee is $25. For more information and contest rules, visit www.okbigbuckcontest.com.