Outdoors notebook: Crystal Lake site of Family Outdoor Expo

by Ed Godfrey Published: September 15, 2013
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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.

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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