Bats returning to Oklahoma this summer

Sports Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

Every summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Oklahoma and use the Selman Bat Cave and three other gypsum caves in western Oklahoma as a maternity roost. Twenty-four bat species are found in...

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  • Flooding has its ups and downs

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    For Oklahoma sportsmen, the consequences resulting from the wettest May in Oklahoma history are both good and bad.

  • Outdoors notebook: Free fishing days in Oklahoma on June 6-7

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Oklahoma’s annual free fishing days will be June 6-7. Anglers will not need to possess a state fishing license on either day as part of the state’s annual free fishing days.

  • Outdoors: Gov. Mary Fallin signs three-year hunting and fishing compact with Cherokee Nation

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Under the terms of the three-year hunting and fishing compact, the first of its kind in the country, the Cherokee Nation will issue its own hunting and fishing license — jointly authorized by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation— to each of its citizens age 17 and older, approximately...

  • Cherokee citizens now able to hunt, fish for free in Oklahoma

    BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    HUNTING COMPACT — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed an agreement with the Cherokee Nation on Friday that will allow its tribal members to hunt and fish for free.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to sign compact allowing Cherokees to hunt, fish for free

    BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin will sign Friday a precedent-setting compact with the Cherokee Nation that will allow its tribal citizens to hunt and fish in Oklahoma for free. Cherokee Nation citizens will not have to buy a state hunting and fishing license and each tribal member will receive one free deer...

  • Flooding concerns prompt rescheduling of Eufaula bass classic

    From The Oklahoman Staff | Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    OUTDOORS -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival Bass Classic has been rescheduled for July 18 at Lake Eufaula.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: May 26. Elevation 11 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits at 2-6 ft. in flooded grass and timber. Crappie fair on jigs at 8-10 ft. in the flooded buck brush. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait and crawdads in the river...

  • Tulsa firm earning recognition for helmet-mounted ID, crash-sensor system

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    ICEdot, based in Tulsa has gained acclaim from ESPN, “Today,” and magazines for its product.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: A glance at the Stillwater Regional

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    No. 1 Oklahoma State (37-18) The No. 11-ranked Cowboys received an at-large bid to host a Regional for the second straight season, making its 41st NCAA Tournament appearance and a third straight under Josh Holliday. No. 2 Arkansas (35-22) The No. 20 Razorbacks received an at-large bid...

  • Outdoors notebook: Duncan Fishing and Tackle Show scheduled for June 5-6

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The 10th annual Duncan Fishing and Tackle Show will be held June 5-6 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds. Show hours are noon until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5; and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6.

  • Bats returning to Oklahoma this summer

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Every summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Oklahoma and use the Selman Bat Cave and three other gypsum caves in western Oklahoma as a maternity roost. Twenty-four bat species are found in Oklahoma, but the Mexican free-tailed bats are only summer visitors to the...

  • Walleye Rodeo draws impressive crowd

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Canton Lake’s annual Walleye Rodeo last weekend drew 459 anglers with 133 of them weighing in fish. This was the 47th year for the Walleye Rodeo, the oldest fishing tournament in the state.

  • Ardmore man making wingbone turkey calls

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Spring turkey season has ended for most hunters, but for Scott Andrews of Ardmore, the end of the season is the time when he begins to make and decorate wingbone turkey calls.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: May 18. Elevation 7 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits at 2-6 ft. in flooded grass and timber. Crappie slow. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and punch bait in the river channel at Memorial Road. White bass slow. Report submitted by...

  • Outdoors notebook: Upcoming hunter education challenges in Enid and Arcadia

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    A Youth Hunter Education Challenge event is scheduled May 30 at the Grand National Gun Club, located eight miles north of Enid on U.S. Highway 81.

  • There are some things to know before you go backpacking

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    National Trails Day is June 6, but before you hit the trails, here are recommendations of some essentials you must have, courtesy of Tom Adams, general manager of the Backwoods Store in Oklahoma City.

  • Midwest City man captures state buck record

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    A pronghorn antelope taken five years ago by a Midwest City hunter is the newest state record in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Cy Curtis Awards Program.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

      CENTRAL Arcadia: May 11. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. above normal, water muddy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-7 ft. along riprap and fishing docks. Bass good on swim baits and wacky rigged worms at 3-8 ft. along points, coves and submerged humps. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch...

  • Walleye Rodeo starts Thursday in Canton

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Oklahoma’s oldest fishing tournament, the 47th annual Canton Walleye Rodeo, is set for Thursday through Sunday at Canton Lake. Prizes will be awarded for the five largest walleye, total pounds for all four days of the tournament and the largest fish caught in 10 different species: striped...

  • Outdoors notebook: Deadline is Friday to apply for ODWC controlled hunts

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Sun, May 10, 2015

    Hunters have until Friday to apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2015-16 season controlled hunts.