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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  • Outdoor Oklahoma host inspires others with disabilities

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    As a boy, Todd Craighead was shy, insecure and very self-conscious about his appearance. He was born with arthrogryposis, a birth defect that resulted in severe deformities to his limbs. Doctors didn’t expect him to live overnight, much less to become a fully independent adult. Doctors told...

  • Outdoors notebook: Outdoor Oklahoma to celebrate 40th year on OETA

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    The “Outdoor Oklahoma” television show will celebrate its 40th anniversary on July 5. The special July 5 show, which airs on OETA, brings back past “Outdoor Oklahoma” hosts to join current host Todd Craighead for a roundtable discussion of hunting and fishing memories. Produced by the...

  • West Nile virus confirmed in one mosquito in Oklahoma County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A mosquito in Oklahoma County has tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting health officials to advise residents to take proactive measures against the mosquito-borne illness.  Since June, two Oklahoma residents living in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties have contracted...

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    CENTRAL  Arcadia: June 23. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 81 and murky. Largemouth bass good on salt craws and creature baits at 5-8 ft. on rocky points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. on marked brush piles and the fishing dock. Channel and...

  • Outdoors Notebook: Youth clays shoot scheduled Saturday at OKC Gun Club

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever is holding a youth instructional shogun shoot Saturday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

  • Five Oklahoma lakes make Bassmaster Magazine's top 100

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Bassmaster Magazine’s annual list of the top 100 bass lakes in the country is not definitive proof which lake really has the best fishing, but one is certain: Oklahoma bass anglers have lots of choices. Five Oklahoma lakes made the magazine’s list this year – the most ever in the four years...

  • ‘Super Bowl of noodling tournaments’ brings together Oklahoma families

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Noodling is a family tradition for the Bivinses from Temple. Heather’s father, Skipper, is a past Okie Noodling Tournament champion and star of the “Hillbilly Handfishin’” show that aired for two years.

  • Camping areas, boat ramps remain closed at Arbuckle Lake

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur has extended the closure of the Buckhorn Area through July 9 due to continuing high water levels at Lake of the Arbuckles. Th closure was extended based on the predicted slow decrease in the lake level and the large amount of clean up and repair...

  • Five Oklahoma lakes ranked among the country's top 100 bass waters

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Oklahoma has five lakes included in Bassmaster Magazine’s annual list of the 100 best fishing lakes in the country, the most ever from the Sooner state. Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, as always, is the highest rated Oklahoma lake on the list, which was released Wednesday. Grand Lake is ranked as...

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: June 16. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and square bill baits at 6-8 ft. around rocky points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around marked brush piles. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad,...

  • Edmond man has invented "One Cool Backpack"

    Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Bill Ridley, former adjunct college professor of economics at the University of Central Oklahoma calls it “One Cool Backpack.” He has a patent pending on the backpack and is putting them on the backs of some Boy Scout troops in Oklahoma City to test them in the field.

  • Outdoors Notebook: It's Okie Noodling time

    Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    The 16th annual Okie Noodling Tournament will be Saturday at Wacker Park in Pauls Valley.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: June 8. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits at 5-8 ft. in the flooded brush, timber and submerged points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. in the flooded buck brush. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad,...

  • Altus, Chisholm top trap shooting teams in the state

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Altus High School and Chisholm Junior High captured the team titles Wednesday at the Scholastic Shooting Sports Program state trap championships in El Reno. The top overall shooters both came from the junior division. Hunter Morehead of Locust Grove was the top male shooter and Danielle Dick of...

  • Outdoors: Oklahoman Edwin Evers wins BASSfest, qualifies for 2016 Bassmaster Classic

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    The Talala angler caught an 8-pounder on Thursday to take the lead in BASSfest on the lake near Paris, Tenn., then landed another big fish Sunday that weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces to seal the victory. He won $100,000.

  • Outdoors: Oklahoman Edwin Evers leads at BASSfest

    From Bassmaster.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    Edwin Evers put together a five-bass limit that weighed 27 pounds, 2 ounces and pushed him into the lead with a two-day total of 51-2.

  • Boats should be allowed back on American Horse Lake soon

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    American Horse Lake is still closed to boating but should reopen soon, said Chas Patterson, northwest regional fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Conservation.

  • Outdoors: OKC Gun Club hosts Cowboy Lever Action competitions

    Published: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Cowboy Lever Action matches are held on the third Saturday each month from March through October. Jeanne Ring said you don’t have to be a member of the gun club to participate in a match, and a shooter’s first match is free.

  • Officials confirm West Nile virus in Oklahoma

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staff Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

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    Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon.

  • Of‌ficials confirm West Nile virus cases in state

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staf‌f Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

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    Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The first cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties, the state Health Department reported Thursday afternoon.