Outdoors Notebook: Turkey season opens Monday in southeast Oklahoma

BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Modified: April 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm •  Published: April 21, 2012
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Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis.

Applications will be accepted until May 18 and are available at www.forestry.ok.gov  or by calling (405) 522-6158.

Woodward among best outdoor towns

The May issue of Outdoor Life contains the magazine's choices for the 35 best towns in America for sportsmen.

This year, the magazine dumped its socio-economic data which it had used in previous rankings and “focused on what matters most: hunting and fishing.”

One Oklahoma town made the list. Woodward was ranked No. 32.

“Kansas' big-buck cup runneth over the border into Woodward, in northwestern Oklahoma, where a number of 150- to 200-class bucks are tagged every fall,” the magazine states.

Salt Plains Crystal and Birding Festival next weekend

The annual Crystal and Birding Festival at the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge near Jet will be Friday through April 29.

The festival will include a variety of outdoor and wildlife-related activities including the opportunity to dig selenite crystals on the salt flats and bird watching.

Other activities include rod and reel casting contests for kids, archery, horseback riding, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations and stargazing. The three-day festival includes events at the Salt Plains State Park and the Byron Fish Hatchery.

For more information, call the state park office at (580) 626-4731 or the refuge at (580) 626-4794.

Campground hosts needed

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur is looking for volunteers to be campground hosts during the summer.

Positions are available at the Cold Spring and Buckhorn campgrounds. An RV site with full hook ups will be provided.

For more information, call Douglas Lowthian at (580) 622-7232 or email Douglas_ Lowthian@nps.gov.