Hunters can apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s 2014-15 controlled hunts beginning April 1.
For a total cost of $5, hunters can submit their names for a chance to win any of the hunts offered by the agency.
Normally the most sought-after hunts are the deer and elk hunts on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and the deer archery hunts on the grounds of the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.
Other hunts offered include antelope hunts in the Panhandle, youth deer hunts, hunts for handicapped individuals and spring turkey hunts. To view a list of all hunts available, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com.
Tri-City Gun Club to host youth event
The Tri-City Gun Club and Friends of the National Rifle Association will hold the annual “Sportsfest” Saturday at the gun club’s range near Goldsby.
The shooting and safety training event is for ages 10 to 18. Participants will learn to shoot and safely handle .22 rifles, pistols, muzzleloaders and bows.
Cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch. The event begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.
To register, visit www.gotebolaw.com/youth.htm or call 310-9544.
Volunteers wanted to clean-up Lake Overholser, Stinchcomb
The annual clean-up day for Lake Overholser and the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma City will be April 12.
Volunteers will meet at the Overholser Pavilion at 8:30 a.m and should wear sturdy shoes, gloves, insect repellant, a hat and sun screen. There will be a free lunch after the clean-up courtesy of Earl’s BBQ, Jersey Mike’s Subs, and Cimarron Steak House.
Last year, 250 volunteers recycled about 100 pounds of aluminum, 1,400 pounds of scrap metal, about 50 tires and more than 1.3 tons glass, plastic and tin.
To volunteer for this year’s clean-up, email FriendsOfLakeOverholser@cox.net.
Kayak fishing tournament on Broken Bow Lake
The first annual Beavers Bend Kayak Classic bass fishing tournament will be April 5 on Broken Bow Lake.
All fishing must be from kayaks. First place pays $3,000.
Tournament proceeds will benefit the Tulsa charity Families Fighting Childhood Cancer.
For more information, call tournament director Jeff Hillhouse at (918) 640-6423 or visit www.beaversbendkayakclassic.com.
Texoma crappie breaks records
A Texas man caught a black crappie at Lake Texoma that likely will be the new state record in Texas.
Johnny Summers Jr. of Pottsboro, Texas caught the 2.93-pound, 16.88-inch fish on March 13 in the Highport Marina Cove in Pottsboro using a blue-and-silver Rat-L-Trap.
The current weight record for Lake Texoma black crappie is 2.75 pounds, caught in 2008.
The fish was weighed and measured by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries staff before being released back into the lake.
The fish also qualifies for the Lake Texoma catch-and-release record and the state catch-and-release record, Texas officials said.
All three records are pending official recognition by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Even though Lake Texoma is mostly an Oklahoma lake, the crappie will not count as an Oklahoma lake record since it was caught in Texas waters. The Oklahoma lake record crappie is 2.8 pounds.
Guthrie shootist wins 3-Gun event
Jesse Tischauser of Guthrie won the first 3-Gun Nation 2014 Pro Series event last weekend at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa and the top prize of $5,000.
In 3-Gun events, shooters are tested for speed and accuracy over a course using rifles, pistols and shotguns.
The 3-Gun Nation Pro Series is televised on the Sportsman Channel, Pursuit Channel and Blaze TV. Episodes for the 2014 season will air beginning in July. For more information, visit 3GunNation.com.
Golf tournament sponsored by Quail Forever
The Central Oklahoma chapter of Quail Forever will host its fourth annual bobwhite golf scramble April 28 at the River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond.
Money raised from the tournament will fund youth outdoor and education activities. Players can compete individually or on a team of four.
Deadline for early bird and discounted registration is April 7. For more information, visit www.bobwhitescramble.com.