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Outdoors notebook: Noodling tournament in Durant

by Ed Godfrey Published: May 11, 2013

The Red River Noodling Shootout is scheduled June 1 at the Choctaw Event Center in Durant.

Part of the Magnolia Festival, entries for the two-person team noodling tournament must be received by May 25.

Noodlers have 24 hours to catch flatheads by hand. The weigh-in will be at 6 p.m. at the Choctaw Event Center.

More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. There also will be competition in women's and youth divisions.

Entry fees are $50 per team for the main event and $25 for the women's and youth divisions only. For more information, call (580) 924-0848.


Scissor-tailed flycatchers have arrived in Oklahoma for the summer after migrating north from the tropics. Oklahoma is one of seven states in which the bird nests.

“Scissortails are neo-tropical migrants, which breed in North America in the summer and winter in Central and South America or the Caribbean islands,” said Rachel Bradley, wildlife diversity information specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Scissortails usually starter appearing in the spring and inhabit the state until late October.

The birds are easily identified by their long, scissor-like tail that extends out during flight. Scissortails are often seen perching on fences and telephone wires along open prairie roadsides watching for food. Their diet consists largely of insects.


Don Wallace, longtime host of the Wallace Wildlife Show, will appear at the Duncan Fishing and Tackle Show.

The show is scheduled May 31-June 1 at the fairgrounds on SH 81. Admission is free.

Wallace will be selling items and signing autographs both days of the show. The show opens at noon on May 31 and lasts until 6 p.m.

Show hours on June 1 are 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. For information on being part of the tackle show, call Jerry Jolly at (580) 656-6181 or email


The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and Oklahoma State University are holding a workshop on the Eastern red cedar Saturday in Stillwater.

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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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