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  • Outdoors: Oklahoma hunters finally draw a great quail season

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Quail season ends Feb. 15, and after years of flushing few bobwhites afield, bird hunters in western Oklahoma have been enjoying the best hunting in more than a decade.

  • Outdoors: Archery in the Schools to hold state championships

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Students from eastern Oklahoma will get their chance Feb. 24-25 at the River Spirit Expo in Tulsa as the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has expanded the state shoot to four events.

  • Are Oklahoma fish safe to eat?

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) last week cautioned citizens against eating too much fish from some state lakes because they pose a higher risk for mercury poisoning. The agency issued a fish consumption advisory for eight Oklahoma lakes, making a total of 40 lakes now...

  • Outdoors notebook: Wild hogs to be discussed at Wildlife Commission meeting

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold its monthly meeting Monday at Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. The commission is scheduled to vote on hunting and fishing regulation changes for 2016 and to hear information about the proliferation of...

  • Crappie University opens Wednesday night at Rose State College

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    Gary Dollahon has been promoting Gene Larew soft plastic lures and Bobby Garland crappie baits for nearly a decade. At a manufacturing plant in northeast Tulsa, millions of the Gene Larew soft plastic bass baits and the Bobby Garland crappie baits are created through the company's six...

  • Bass tournament proves to be reel challenge for UCO teams

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    EDMOND — It was a tough lake to fish to begin with, and then the University of Central Oklahoma students competing in Texas had trouble with the engine of their bass boat. Jose Palma, 20, a bass fisherman for the UCO team, had scouted out Somerville Lake for two days before the Jan. 16 college...

  • Getting a duck with a band is rare trophy

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

    Mike Goar lives in Arkansas, but the real estate agent from Lakeview prefers duck hunting in eastern Oklahoma over the heavily pressured flooded timber lands around Stuttgart in his home state. "It's a zoo," he said of the public hunting areas around Stuttgart. Last weekend, Goar was hunting...

  • Outdoors notebook: Tackle show opens Thursday at State Fair Park

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    The four-day Oklahoma Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show opens Thursday in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park. Show hours Thursday are 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Friday, the show opens at 2 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. On Saturday, the show opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. On Sunday, it opens 10 a.m....

  • A new kind of duck dog

    By Hal McKnight For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    Over the past 35 years, I have trained four Labradors, one Brittany, and an English Setter to retrieve ducks. Recently, my wife asked me to do the same with her dog, Beowulf, a 1 1/2-year-old Briard. She also likes to hunt ducks and thought it would be a good way for Beowulf to get exercise....

  • Rainbow trout stock dates announced

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    Oklahoma City announces rainbow trout stocking dates for the season, starting Tuesday.

  • Show attracts boating and camping hopefuls

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    The Oklahoma City RV and Boat Show included motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, pontoon boats, fishing boats, sport boats, competition ski boats, deck boats, air boats and more.

  • Outdoors notebook: Former Bassmaster Classic champ to appear at Winter Boat Show

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    Michael Iaconelli, the 2003 Bassmaster Classic champion, will make an appearance at the OKC Winter Boat Show.

  • Oklahoma City group promotes safety through boating education

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

    James Michael Ellis of the Oklahoma City Sail and Power Squadron is constantly amazed at the number of people who buy a boat and then will take it on the lake without learning anything about the vessel or the rules of the water. “You really need to understand what 2 tons of boat can do in...

  • Crappie lured Missouri angler to Lake Eufaula

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

    Barry Morrow has vivid memories of the first time he went crappie fishing on Lake Eufaula. “I had never seen anything like it,” Morrow said of that day and hauling in Oklahoma's daily limit of 37 crappie. “Loved it. You cannot help but love it when you are fishing standing timber and catching...

  • Outdoor notebook: Excellent quail hunting continues in western Oklahoma

    Staff reports | Published: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    Quail hunting continues to be phenomenal in western Oklahoma as the bobwhites survived the recent ice storms. Wade Free, assistant director of operations for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said hunters on public land are consistently reporting moving 15 coveys per day and...

  • Wally Marshall was a plumber who became crappie king

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

    No angler is more synonymous with crappie fishing than Wally Marshall. After all, he is Mr. Crappie. The Anna, Texas, resident even once waged a long legal battle with a Lake Fort Gibson bait shop owner to keep that trademark. Mr. Crappie products (bait, rod and reels, fishing line, bobbers,...

  • Wildlife Department is looking for birders

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

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's annual winter bird survey begins Thursday. State wildlife officials are seeking help from people who are willing to count and identify birds at their bird feeders. “The more people who participate, it gives us a lot stronger data,” said Jena...

  • The Passing of a Legend

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Ken Cook of Meers, the 1991 Bassmaster Classic champion and one of Oklahoma’s greatest anglers, died Friday in Oklahoma City of an apparent heart attack. He was 68. Cook was born in Wilburton and lived in Oklahoma his entire life. He earned a zoology degree from Oklahoma State University and was...

  • Former Bassmaster Classic Champion Ken Cook dies at age 68

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Ken Cook of Meers, the 1991 Bassmaster Classic champion and one of Oklahoma’s greatest anglers, died Friday morning in Oklahoma City of an apparent heart attack.

  • Oklahoma Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    CENTRAL  Hefner: January 4. Elevation above normal, water 46-49. Crappie good slip corking with minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. along riprap and docks. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs and lipless baits along riprap. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait along riprap....