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.
SCISSORTAILS BACK IN OKLAHOMA
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 TO APPEAR AT DUNCAN TACKLE SHOW
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
RED CEDAR WORKSHOP IN STILLWATER
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and Oklahoma State University are holding a workshop on the Eastern red cedar Saturday in Stillwater.
“The Eastern red cedar is considered a nuisance in the state, but there are economic opportunities for landowners with the trees,” said Erin Johnson of Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
The Eastern red cedar is used in making furniture, fences, cabins and other products. The workshop is designed to introduce landowners to tree harvesters and makers of Eastern red cedar products.
Registration for the workshop is $25 with the option of a second individual for $15. For more information, call Craig McKinley, OSU Extension Forester, at 744-8065 or register at www.forestry.ok.gov.
LAKE RECORDS SET AT FOSS, HUDSON
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation certified three new lake records last week, including two at Foss Lake.
Sharma Whitmire of Stinnett, Texas, caught an 8.4-pound largemouth bass at Foss that is the new lake record. She was fishing with a perch and a 404 Zebco reel.
Gary Dye of Burns Flat caught a 48.1-pound blue catfish at Foss that also is the new lake record. Dye caught the blue cat using 14-pound test line on a rod and reel with a live minnow.
At Lake Hudson, Jim Necessary of Big Cabin caught a 3-pound crappie on May 5 that is the new lake record.
DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY FOR CONTROLLED HUNT APPLICATIONS
Wednesday is the last day to apply for the 2013-14 controlled hunts through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Hunters must apply online at www.wildlifedepartment.com. Elk, deer, antelope and turkey hunts throughout the state are offered as well as special hunts for youth and disabled hunters.
The cost is $5 to apply for as many hunts as desired. Winners are chosen through a random drawing.
SPORTING CLAYS EVENT TO BENEFIT CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK
The second annual Aiming For Miracles sporting clays shoot will be May 17 at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie.
All money raised by the event will be donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to support Children's Hospital Foundation efforts to fund pediatric research and clinical care for ill children in Oklahoma.
There also will be raffles for shotguns and a crossbow.
Individuals and teams can register for the shoot at www.heartlandoutdoorsok.com/miracles.
For more information, call Al Warren at 642-2771.