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  • NWTF official calling it quits after 1.3 million miles on the road

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Gary Purdy of Enid has driven 1.3 million miles as the western Oklahoma regional director for the National Wild Turkey Federation. At least 90 percent of those miles have been within Oklahoma's borders, where he has seen the number of NWTF chapters grow from two when he started more than 19...

  • Outdoors notebook: Gun suppressor bill signed by governor

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin has signed House Bill 2637 into law which allows the use of gun suppressors on public hunting lands in Oklahoma. The law goes into effect on Nov. 1. The legislation overwhelmingly passed in both the House and Senate. Previously, it was only legal for Oklahomans to hunt with...

  • The most unlikely Bassmaster Classic champion

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Will there ever be another Bryan Kerchal? Most people other than bass tournament anglers will not know the name, but in 1994 Bryan Kerchal went from obscurity to winning the Bassmaster Classic. Think of him as the “Cinderella Man” of bass fishing. He lived in Connecticut and was employed at...

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

     CENTRAL Arcadia: April 18. 26. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 62 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap. Bass fair to good on swim baits and Alabama rigs at 3-5 ft. along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad...

  • Outdoor notebook: OKC youth fishing classes begin May 7

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department's free summer fishing classes for youth will begin May 7. Classes are scheduled in May, June and July at different locations in Oklahoma City. The classes are open to boys and girls, ages 5 through 15. Staff from the city's H.B. Parsons Fish...

  • PBS to rebroadcast Ken Burns' award-winning 'National Parks' documentary this week

    By Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, PBS will present an encore broadcast of the critically acclaimed 2009 Ken Burns documentary series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," Monday through Saturday. The 12-hour, six-part documentary series will begin at 8...

  • The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a must visit

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial in 2016. In Oklahoma, there are three parks that are part of the National Park Service. Two are managed by the National Park Service and the other, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, is an affiliated site, where the agency provides...

  • Outdoor notebook: Free hatchery tours available Friday

    Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    The H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery in Oklahoma City will hold an open house Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Guests can tour the hatchery where more than 500,000 walleye, striped bass hybrids and channel catfish are raised and stocked in Oklahoma City lakes and ponds. The hatchery, 10940 N...

  • State high school and junior high trap shooting champions crowned

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    State high school and junior high trap shooting champions were crowned Wednesday in El Reno at the Oklahoma Skeet and Trap Shooting Association Shooting Park. Winning the senior division (ninth through 12th grade) team title was Altus. Blair was the runner-up. Winning the junior division...

  • Meeker teen chosen by B.A.S.S. as high school All-American candidate

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    When Jacob Keenom of Meeker was just 2 years old, his grandfather would take a rope and tie it to his grandson's belt loop and the back seat of his fishing boat. His grandfather would allow for just enough rope so Jacob could reach the edge of the boat and bass fish without falling overboard....

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    CENTRAL Arcadia: April 12. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass fair to good on soft plastic baits and square bill bits at 3-5 ft. along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Proposed game warden bill gutted in state House

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    A Senate bill that would have required state game wardens to get permission before entering private land to investigate a gunshot has been thwarted in the state House of Representatives. The language in Senate Bill 1142 that would have barred game wardens from entering private land based...

  • A true calling: Call-maker specializes in making turkey wingbone calls

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    At his home on Dirty Creek, five miles north of Warner, Ron Jordan makes some of the finest wingbone turkey calls in the country. Wingbone calls are the oldest known turkey calls. Yelpers from the bones of turkey wings have been unearthed in ancient Indian artifacts. Today, the wingbone...

  • Kingston angler's catch goes viral

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    Catching a 2-pound crappie is uncommon. Catching a 3-pound crappie is rare. Catching a 4-pound crappie is unheard of. At least it was until March 29, when Michael Lawson of Kingston caught a 4.22-pound crappie on Durant City Lake. Lawson, who frequents the lake, not only caught a crappie...

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    CENTRAL Arcadia: April 4. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. along riprap. Bass fair to good on swim baits and Alabama rigs at 4-6 ft. around points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and the draw down on the dam. White […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Controlled hunt applications begin Monday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 3, 2016

    Hunters can apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2016-17 controlled hunts beginning Monday. For a total cost of $5, sportsmen can put their names in the running for Oklahoma hunts for deer, elk, antelope and turkey. Some of the available hunts are once-in-a-lifetime...

  • Turkey season opens Wednesday and the hunting sometimes can be comical

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 3, 2016

    For seasoned hunters, the reward from turkey hunting is less about the beards and the spurs and more about the memories and stories. Some funny things can happen in the turkey woods. Turkeys can be goofy. So can turkey hunters.  With that in mind, I asked a couple of two longtime...

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    CENTRALArcadia: March 29. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass fair to good on swim baits and square bill baits at 5-8 ft. around points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and […]

  • Turkey season forecast

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Oklahoma’s 2016 spring turkey hunting seasons kicks off Saturday and Sunday for youths 17 and younger in all areas except the Southeast Region. The general spring turkey hunting season will run April 6 to May 6 in all areas except the Southeast Region.     Based on field reports...

  • Outdoors notebook: Teams, individuals qualify for state shoot

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    The Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program held its regional shooting contests last week. The top teams and individuals from the regionals qualified for the 2016 State Shoot on April 13 at the Oklahoma Trap and Skeetshooter's Association in El Reno. The high school team with the top...