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  • Legal Counsel: Cecil the lion, hunter could move Endangered Species Act change

    Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Tim Sowecke: Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA)’s purpose is “to provide a means whereby the ecosystem upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved, [and] provide a program for the conservation of such endangered and threatened species.”

  • Outdoor notebook: Hunters share state black bear record

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Oklahoma has a new black bear state record and it is shared by two hunters. Michael Musgrove of Wilburton and Ken Baker of Hulbert both had bears with scores of 20 1/16. Black bear skulls must score 19 or greater to be eligible for a Cy Curtis award with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife...

  • Paying to play

    By Cliff Schleusner For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    For outdoorsmen and women in Oklahoma, early autumn may be the greatest time of the year. Dove season is well underway. You can hunt pronghorn on the prairie and still catch largemouth bass from the bow of a boat in weather warm enough to keep the fish active and on the bite. And before you...

  • Big blue caught at Canton is new lake record

    Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Remember the scene in Jaws where the shark is being harpooned with barrels attached and the great white keeps taking the barrels underwater before they pop to surface? Well, that's kind of the way Gordon Campbell of Seiling describes trying to boat a 65-pound blue catfish out of Canton Lake on...

  • Edmond, OK, leaders approve $3.2 million to start new trail system around Arcadia Lake

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahomam.com   | Updated: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Officials will pay $3.2 million for 3.1 miles of walking trail around Arcadia Lake in Edmond, OK, after approving two bids from Rudy Construction in Oklahoma City.

  • Volunteer reels in perks of Oklahoma fishing clinics

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    A longtime volunteer for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Big Joe McCrary teaches children how to fish on his own time and in many cases on his own dime.

  • Outdoor notebook: East Central anglers win college bass tournament

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    East Central University anglers Wyatt Smith of Depew and Trevor Yates of Little Axe capture the FLW's College Fishing Southern Conference bass tournament last weekend on the Red River in Louisiana. The victory earned East Central's bass fishing club a $2,000 scholarship and advanced the team...

  • Big game archery seasons open Thursday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Oklahoma's hunting season kicks into full swing Thursday with the opening of the big game archery seasons. Bowhunters on Thursday can begin to pursue deer and elk statewide, black bear in southeastern Oklahoma and antelope in the Panhandle. Archery is growing in popularity in the state. Last...

  • Wildlife Expo still luring newcomers to the outdoors

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    The Oklahoma Wildlife Expo will celebrate its 10th anniversary next weekend at the Lazy E Arena and Ranch in Guthrie. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation didn't know the monster it was creating when the agency held the first one in 2005. “We only expected about 10,000 people to...

  • Chickasaws, Choctaws negotiate state hunting and fishing licenses

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations in Oklahoma are now negotiating with Gov. Mary Fallin for a tribal-state compact concerning hunting and fishing rights. Alex Weintz, communications director for Fallin, confirmed negotiations are ongoing. “Our office is in discussions with those tribes about...

  • Large crowds hunt for deals at new Cabela's store in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Thousands lined up Thursday at the grand opening of the state's first Cabela's store in Oklahoma City.

  • Outdoor notebook: Dale man now owns state's first record elk

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Mark Thompson of Dale now owns the first state record for elk. Thompson's elk, taken in 2013 on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, scored 307 6/8. Last year, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation added elk, black bear and antelope to its Cy Curtis Awards program, which has been...

  • Midwest City couple both win coveted Oklahoma antelope hunts

    Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Perhaps Jimmie and Kayley Marshall should buy some lottery tickets this week. The way their luck is going, the Midwest City couple might be millionaires before the weekend. During the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's controlled hunts drawing this year, both were selected for the...

  • Norman couple shares their passion for the outdoors through television show

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    The couple who hunts and fishes together, stays together. At least that's true for Jon and Stacy Sissney of Norman, the hosts of the "His and Hers Outdoors" television show. “A lot of people can't say that they can go to Canada on a moose hunt and bear hunt for 16 days and have their wife...

  • New Thunder coach Monty Williams gets hooked on Oklahoma bass fishing

    Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    New Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams likes to fish, and on Wednesday he caught the biggest bass of his life while fishing with Oklahoma's most celebrated angler, Jimmy Houston. The two men have known each other since Williams was a guest on his fishing show a few years ago....

  • Outdoors notebook: OKC Duck Blind Drawings Set

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    Draper, Stinchcomb duck blind drawings set Sept. 26 The annual drawing for use of duck blinds at Lake Stanley Draper and the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge will be held Sept. 26. The drawing will be held at the Lake Draper Marina, 8301 SE 104, at 1:30 p.m. All participants must be at least...

  • Outdoors notebook: Hunter sight-in days set Sept. 19-20 at OKC Gun Club

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Gun Club will hold its annual sight in days for hunters on Sept. 19 and 20. The club's Benchrest range will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. so hunters can sight in their rifles for the upcoming hunting seasons. The price will be $5 per gun. Eye and ear...

  • Dove season opens Tuesday and the shooting will be hot and heavy

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    On Tuesday morning, somebody will call their local police department, sheriff's office or game warden and want to know what all the commotion is about. Robert Fleenor, head of law enforcement for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said it happens somewhere in Oklahoma every year...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Youth hunting program filling a void

    By George Edwards For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    As board member and southeast region director of the Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program, I've seen the difference it can make in young people's lives. Since its inception more than seven years ago, the Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program has introduced hunting and the outdoors to children who never...

  • Outdoors notebook: OSU group studies the economics of fishing

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on outdoor recreation in 2014, Oklahomans spend more total days fishing than wildlife watching and hunting combined. Anglers spend more than $800 million annually on fishing-related purchases, generating $77 million in state and local tax...