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Outdoors notebook: Noodling tournament in Durant

by Ed Godfrey Published: May 11, 2013

“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


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.


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 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.


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

For more information, call Al Warren at 642-2771.

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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