Two Oklahoma archers have been named to USA Archery's 2014 national teams.
Allie Canaday of Yukon was named to the Cadet (ages 15-17) women's compound team.
Brogan Williams of Stillwater was named to the Junior (ages 18-20) women's compound team.
The top five ranked archers nationally in each category earn spots on the team.
Both shoot for the Oklahoma Storm archery team.
WATCH FOR WHOOPERS
Whooping cranes will be passing through western Oklahoma through mid-November.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is asking the public to report sightings of the endangered birds to the agency and take photos if possible.
Last year, whooping cranes were confirmed on Lake Overholser and Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.
“The Oklahoma City sightings were very unusual,” said Mark Howery, wildlife diversity biologist for the agency.
“This may have occurred because of the ongoing drought in western Oklahoma. With fewer sources of open water in western Oklahoma, some of the birds appeared to shift their migration path farther east than usual.”
Each spring and fall, the nearly 5-foot-tall birds make a journey between their nesting grounds in northern Canada and the Gulf Coast of Texas.
There are only slightly more than 300 whooping cranes in the wild today, Howery said.
Anyone who sees a whooping crane should report the sighting to Howery at 990-7259 or by email at email@example.com.
GUIDED YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTS AVAILABLE
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has extended the deadline for the agency's guided youth waterfowl hunts to Nov. 21.
The youth hunts are open to hunters ages 12 to 15 who have completed the hunter education course. An adult guardian must accompany the youth hunter.
Guided hunts are available at the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Gibson Waterfowl Refuge, Fort Cobb State Park, Okmulgee Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Packsaddle WMA, Vann's Lake and Wister Lake Refuge.
For more information, call Jeff Neal at ODWC at 396-2503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEFNER BLUE CAT RECORD BROKEN
An Oklahoma City angler caught a 55.8-pound blue catfish Tuesday at Lake Hefner that is the new lake record.
Burt Hudson caught the big blue on a rod and reel below the dam on Tuesday.
Hudson's fish was 14 pounds heavier than the previous Hefner blue cat record, caught last year at the dam.
Hudson released the fish back into the lake. Lucky Lure Tackle, 9427 N. May, is the official record keeper for Lake Hefner.
TROUT CLUB MEETING ON TUESDAY
The 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet Tuesday in the Tom Steed Center, Room 205, at Rose State College.
It will be the annual business meeting of the chapter. Officers and board members will be elected, and there will be updates on future chapter and national activities.
For more information, call Chuck Kaminski at 734-0283.