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  • Looking ahead to big-game archery seasons

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Oklahoma’s big-game archery seasons open Wednesday, including the new statewide elk season. The following is a quick outlook on each. DEER Oklahoma hunters should see heavier and healthier deer than in the past two seasons. “The groceries are better,” said Alan Peoples, chief of the...

  • Outdoors notebook: OWMA sponsoring statewide Big Buck Contest

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association is holding a Big Buck Contest for the 2014-15 deer hunting seasons. To be eligible, white-tailed deer must be legally harvested in Oklahoma with a gun or bow from a low-fenced or unfenced area by a hunter registered in the Oklahoma Big Buck Contest....

  • Wildlife Expo returns to Lazy E this weekend

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Oklahoma’s largest outdoor recreation event, the Wildlife Expo, returns to the Lazy E Arena and Ranch in Guthrie on Saturday and Sunday. Friday is reserved as a day for school field trips at the Expo. More than 10,000 school kids from across the state are scheduled to attend. The Oklahoma...

  • Outdoors notebook: Wildlife Expo returns to Lazy E next weekend

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    After a one-year hiatus, the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo returns to the Lazy E Arena and Ranch in Guthrie Friday through Sunday. Friday is reserved for school field trips. Admission and parking is free. The Expo will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There...

  • Kayaks aid in early duck hunt

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Oklahoma’s September teal season (Sept. 13-28) gives duck hunters the first opportunity at wing shooting before the serious waterfowling begins this winter. An opening day hunt at Lake Thunderbird required an early wakeup call for duck hunters Alex Allen and Easton Ramsey of Edmond, who were...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...