Quail season forecast
Quail hunting should be better this year in western Oklahoma, predicts Quail Forever, a conservation group.
"Last season didn't quite live up to expectations, and a cold, snowy and icy winter didn't help matters, but good nesting conditions over the spring and summer have bobwhite numbers back on the upswing," according to Quail Forever's forecast for Oklahoma.
Quail season opens Nov. 13.
Students can enter outdoor writing contest
Oklahoma students have a chance to win an all-expense paid outdoor getaway in a statewide youth outdoor writing contest.
To participate, students must be ages 11-17 and enrolled in any Oklahoma school or homeschool.
The theme of the essay must be "Hunting: Sharing the Heritage" or "Archery: What I like about Archery in the Schools and Bowhunting."
Applicants must have successfully completed a hunter education course by the entry deadline, which is Nov. 19.
For more information on the contest, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com.
Field trial for bird dogs
The Oil Capital Field Trial Association will be conducting its fall field trial for bird dogs Friday through Sunday near Inola on the McFarland-Ingersoll Ranch.
Bird dogs are released in pairs and each pair has an hour to hunt while the gallery and judges look on.
To enter, call Barry Moore at (918) 850-8585. For a schedule of other field trials in the state, visit the website for the Oklahoma Field Trial Clubs Association at oftca.com.
NWTF projects in Oklahoma
The National Wild Turkey Federation's Oklahoma State Chapter has budgeted $156,693 from the state Hunting Heritage Super Fund to invest in outreach, education, conservation and more within Oklahoma in 2011.
Since 1985, National Wild Turkey Federation chapters in Oklahoma have raised and spent more than $1,062,403 on wildlife habitat enhancements, land purchases, education, outreach and more within the state.