Oklahoma’s annual free hunting days will be Sept. 6 and 7. No hunting licenses or Harvest Information Program permits will be required to hunt in the state on those dates.
Dove and squirrel will be in season. Dove season opens Monday statewide. The daily bag limit is 15, and, except on the free hunting days, a state hunting license (or proof of exemption) and a HIP permit are required. Both are available online at www.wildlifedepartment.com.
Dove season runs through Oct. 31, with another nine-day dove season Dec. 20-28 statewide.
QUAIL FOREVER FORMS CHAPTER IN LAWTON
The conservation organization Quail Forever has established another new chapter in the state, this one in southwest Oklahoma.
The Wichita Mountains Quail Forever chapter, based in Lawton, will cover Comanche, Cotton, Stephens, Grady, Tillman and Caddo counties.
For more information on the Wichita Mountains chapter, contact chapter president Lou Bressman of Lawton at (580) 357-6274.
Oklahoma is now home to six Quail Forever chapters in the state. For more information about Quail Forever or starting a chapter in Oklahoma, call Laura McIver at (907) 750-2600 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLY FISHING AUTHORS TO SPEAK IN MIDWEST CITY
Fly fishing authors Terry and Roxanne Wilson will be speaking Sept. 9 at the meeting of the 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
The couple has written several books and numerous magazine articles about fly fishing for warm water species such as bass, crappie and bluegill.
They will be talking about how to catch more and bigger bluegill with flies at the trout club meeting, which is open to the public.
The meeting will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Tom Steed Learning Center at Rose State College in Midwest City.
For more information, contact Chuck Kaminski at email@example.com or call 973-4571.
DEER SEMINAR SCHEDULED ON CHEROKEE SPUR RANCH
The Cherokee Spur Ranch near Grand Lake is holding a two-day deer seminar on Sept. 6 and 7.
Wildlife biologists and officials from the American Whitetail Authority will be holding seminars on a variety of topics, including deer hunting, management and habitat.
The cost is $150, which includes lodging and meals.
For information, contact ranch manager Scott Grubbs at (918) 698-7590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DU BANQUETS SCHEDULED IN WOODWARD, DUNCAN
The Woodward chapter of Ducks Unlimited is having its annual fundraising banquet on Friday at the Woodward Conference Center.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact Stetson Tuck at 543-9143.
The Chisholm Trail Ducks Unlimited chapter will have its fundraising banquet on Saturday in Duncan at the Simmons Center.
Doors open at 6 p.m. For ticket information, contact Rick Couch at (580) 230-9848.
KVD’S BASSMASTER CLASSIC STREAK ENDS AT 24
After qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic 24 consecutive years, four-time champion Kevin Van Dam did not make the cut for the 2015 Super Bowl of fishing.
The 46-year-old Kalamazoo, Mich., angler had the worst year of his professional career on the B.A.S.S. Elite Series in 2014 and didn’t qualify for the Bassmaster Classic.
He finished out of the top 50 in tournaments eight times, including the four worst finishes in his Elite Series career.
Van Dam has been the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year seven times.
“The fact that I messed it up so bad this year tells me that I need to really re-think how I'm going about these events,” he told bassmaster.com. “Believe me, I'm going to have a different focus next year.”