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  • Oh, deer! Oklahomans less likely to hit deer while driving than average U.S. motorist

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    State Farm claims data shows Oklahomans have 1 in 213 chance of driving into a deer in next year.

  • Outdoors notebook: QDMA names ODWC its 'Agency of the Year'

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    QDMA names ODWC its ‘Agency of the Year’ The Quality Deer Management Association on Monday presented its 2014 Agency of the Year Award to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Wildlife Department Director Richard Hatcher accepted the award from J.B. Wynn, southwest region...

  • Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program working to get kids to enjoy the outdoors

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    In the past seven years, volunteers of the Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program (formerly known as the Youth Hunting and Shooting Program) have taken as many as 300 kids ages 12 to 17 on their first hunts.

  • Year's first case of West Nile virus in horses confirmed in Oklahoma County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    A horse in Oklahoma County tested positive for West Nile virus Friday, marking the first confirmed horse case in the state this year.

  • Outdoors notebook: Teal, resident Canada goose seasons opens Saturday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Oklahoma’s two early waterfowl seasons, the teal season and the resident Canada goose season, open Saturday statewide. “We for sure don’t have a shortage of resident Canada geese, and we are hoping for teal,” said Alan Peoples, chief of the wildlife division for the Oklahoma Department of...

  • A refuge for geese

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    A fun outdoors spectacle to behold in western Oklahoma is the geese on the Washita National Wildlife Refuge near Butler. When the migration begins this winter, the refuge will have as many as 100,000 geese visiting daily.

  • Dove season opener a success

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Monday’s dove season opener was one of the best in recent years, judging from reports around the state. Alan Peoples, chief of the wildlife division, said the state’s public hunting areas in western and central Oklahoma were crowded with hunters and birds. “Lots of good reports,” Peoples...

  • Farmer's kindness leads to a productive opening day of dove season

    By Hal McKnight, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    The opening day of dove season is eagerly anticipated by hunters like myself, but unfortunately, previous commitments were going to keep me from this year’s opener. However, when those plans fell through at the last minute Monday morning, I quickly packed the dove decoys and other hunting gear...

  • Outdoors notebook: Free hunting days next weekend in Oklahoma

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Oklahoma’s annual free hunting days will be Sept. 6 and 7. No hunting licenses or Harvest Information Program permits will be required to hunt in the state on those dates. Dove and squirrel will be in season. Dove season opens Monday statewide. The daily bag limit is 15, and, except on the...

  • Time to check out the bugling elk

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    One of the coolest things in Oklahoma is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma between Lawton and Altus. And one of the coolest things you can see and hear on the refuge in September and October are bugling elk.

  • Edmond's Kurt Miller wins senior division at international shooting competition

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Edmond marksman Kurt Miller has added another international shooting crown to his resume. Miller, 55, won the senior division (ages 50 and older) of the International Practical Shooting Confederation’s Nordic Rifle Championship last weekend in Heinola, Finland. He also was the top overall...

  • Oklahoma's state parks, tourist areas prepare for Labor Day weekend

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Lakes, parks and other tourist areas across Oklahoma are preparing for Labor Day weekend.

  • Riders gallop toward Cleveland County Free Fair in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    The Cleveland County Free Fair Horse Show was held Saturday at the fairgrounds in Norman. The annual show is typically held a couple of weeks before the county fair.

  • Oklahoma dove season opens Sept. 1

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Hunting season is just eight days away, or at least what most people consider to be the beginning of the real hunting season, the opening of dove season on Sept. 1. Next to the opening day of deer gun season, the dove season opener is the most anticipated hunting day in the state. It’s the...

  • A club of their own

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    A Girl & A Gun is a shooting club for women only. It meets every other Tuesday night at the H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City.

  • Outdoors notebook: DU Sporting Clay Shoot Saturday at Silverleaf

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Ducks Unlimited is sponsoring a sporting clays shoot Saturday at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with shooting starting at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $85 for individuals or $400 for a team of five. Prizes will be awarded to top shooters in each class. Lunch is...

  • West Nile virus activity remains low in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma’s first case of West Nile was confirmed in early July in a Major County resident older than 50 who was hospitalized because of symptoms of the virus. Since then, the state Health Department has not confirmed any other West Nile virus activity in humans.

  • Outdoors Notebook: Ducks Unlimited banquet set for Aug. 22

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    The Eastern Oklahoma County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding a fundraising banquet Aug. 22 at the Midwest City Community Center, 200 N. Midwest Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. Single tickets are $35. Couples tickets are $50. There will be raffles and auctions for guns and hunting gear....

  • Dog days of August also means schooling time for black bass

    By Kevin Jarnagin, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    Summer’s dog days are in full force in Oklahoma when August rolls around, leaving anglers and bass scurrying to find the nearest shade. As a bass angler, I even have a hard time finding motivation to get out on the water when it’s 100-plus degrees outside. But hooking up on a bunch of...

  • Perry's CCC Lake will open for winter trout fishing

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    The Perry Lake replaces Lake Pawhuska as one of the Wildlife Department’s six wintertime trout fishing areas.