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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • It's almost time for the elk to begin bugling in the Wichita Mountains

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

    Earlier this year, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge was voted as the best national wildlife refuge in the country in a poll conducted by USA Today. Twenty national wildlife refuges were selected for consideration by a panel of wildlife experts, and readers voted for their favorite. Such...

  • Wildlife Department will use federal grant money to lease private land for public use

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

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will receive $2.26 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the state agency plans to use to lease private land for public hunting. Oklahoma is one of 15 states that will receive grant money from the USDA, a total of $20 million, to...

  • Outdoors notebook: Sportsman's & Outdoor Expo scheduled in Enid

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    The Sportsman’s & Outdoor Expo, presented by Chisholm Trail Promotions and KNID 107.1, will be Saturday and Sunday in Enid. The Expo will be held in the Chisholm Trail Expo Center on the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Show hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, and 10 a.m. until...

  • Wildlife biologists are getting fields ready for dove, but the millet seeding program for ducks is a bust this year

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    August is a busy month for Wildlife Department biologists on the agency’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) around the state, especially in central and western Oklahoma. Dove season opens Sept. 1 and biologists last week were preparing fields to attract doves by mowing wheat field and burning...

  • The fallout from Cecil

    By Steve Scott For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The recent killing of Cecil the lion has created an unusually virulent outrage. As a television producer who has traveled to Africa over 40 times to shoot our television series, Safari Hunter’s Journal for Sportsman Channel, I have a unique insight as to how this hunt ultimately went wrong and...

  • Outdoors notebook: Dates for upcoming waterfowl seasons are set

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Oklahoma's duck and goose hunters will see few changes this year in season dates and regulations, as the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday approved the dates for the 2015-16 waterfowl seasons. The duck, merganser and coot season will kick off in the Panhandle counties Oct. 17...

  • State Wildlife Department gets temporary new home

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is temporarily moving its headquarters on 1801 N. Lincoln to an Oklahoma County-owned building at NE 36th and Martin Luther King. The agency has already started moving and expects the move to be completed by Sept. 1. The Wildlife Department will...

  • The fallout from the killing of Cecil the lion

    By Steve Scott For The Oklahoman | Updated: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    The recent killing of Cecil the lion has created an unusually virulent outrage. As a television producer who has traveled to Africa over 40 times to shoot our television series, Safari Hunter’s Journal for Sportsman Channel, I have a unique insight as to how this hunt ultimately went wrong and...

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    CENTRAL  Arcadia: August 3. Elevation normal, water 87 and clearing. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina rigs and Alabama rigs at 6-14 ft. around submerged humps and road beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 11-14 ft. around marked brush piles and rocky points near the overlook....

  • Former OKC RedHawk sets minor league HR record

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens hit his 433rd career home run in the minor leagues Monday night, making the former Oklahoma City RedHawk the Barry Bonds of the minor leagues, presumably minus the steroids. Hessman hit 35 of those home runs in 2012 while playing with the RedHawks. I did a...

  • Sunseekers dig diving in at Edmond's Arcadia Lake

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Arcadia Lake is a flood control reservoir for the Deep Fork River Basin and is a water supply for the city of Edmond. It provides habitat for fish and wildlife, along with camping, recreational and educational opportunities for the community.

  • Evers wins back-to-back tournaments on Bassmaster Tour

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Confidence means a lot to a tournament bass fisherman, and Oklahoma pro Edwin Evers said his was sagging a bit after a couple of tough events earlier this year. A win last month at BASSfest made Evers feel much better — and with a renewed sense of confidence, he went...

  • Outdoor Notebook: Deadline looms to apply for bonus antlerless deer hunts this season

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The deadline is Aug. 14 for young hunters to apply to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for a bonus antlerless deer hunt during the upcoming hunting season. The bonus hunts are open to 49 hunters who will be ages 12 to 17 at the time of the hunts and have already completed...

  • OKC Junior Bassmasters Club members capture inaugural tournament for young anglers

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    After getting skunked on the first day of the B.A.S.S. Nation Youth Junior Championship last weekend, Hunter Meadows and Aaryn Minyard were just hoping they could catch a single fish on the second day. “I wanted to at least boat one so we could walk across the stage,” Meadows said. The pair...

  • Longtime southwest Oklahoma fisheries chief retires

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    It’s not easy to be a fisheries chief in southwest Oklahoma, a part of the state that has little water. For the last 26 years, that has been Larry Cofer’s job for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It’s been a challenge, certainly, especially for some of the key species that...

  • American dentist said to have paid $55K to kill beloved lion in Africa

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Minnesota dentist who caused an international uproar when he reportedly paid $55,000 to kill Cecil, an iconic lion in Zimbabwe, issued a statement late Tuesday saying he regretted the animal's death, but thought he was acting legally. Walter Palmer, who was included in a 2009 New York...