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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  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Little Axe senior Trevor Yates is a Bassmaster High School All-American

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

    Trevor Yates, 18, who is a five-time state high school bass fishing champion, was one of just 12 high school anglers chosen from around the country for the first high school All-American fishing team named by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.)

  • Catching stripers is loads of fun

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

    For my money, catching a boatload of stripers on top-water lures is one of the most fun days of fishing an Oklahoma angler can have. Anyone who has cast a plug into a school of stripers boiling on the surface knows I speak the truth.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

     CENTRAL Arcadia: May 5. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass good on Texas-rigged baits along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish good on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and along the dam. White bass good on...

  • OKC Parks and Recreation's annual free kids fishing clinics begin Saturday

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department’s “Hooked on Fishing” summer fishing program is beginning earlier this year to avoid the hot summer days in August. The first class for kids is Saturday, May 9, at Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N. Bryant. The summer youth...

  • Cherokee Nation seeking hunting and fishing compact from Gov. Mary Fallin

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma governor’s office and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma soon will be in compact negotiations concerning the state’s hunting and fishing regulations, a spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday. “Negotiations will soon be underway with the Cherokee Nation on a possible tribal...

  • Chat Recap: Outdoors editor Ed Godfrey from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

  • Shannon Beck of Canute went on one final turkey hunt with her husband

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Per Brian Beck’s wishes, Shannon’s brother-in-law loaded some of her husband’s cremated ashes into two shotgun shells. Shannon then headed to the turkey woods to kill a gobbler with them.

  • Outdoors notebook: State high school bass fishing championship Saturday on Lake Eufaula

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    The Oklahoma Bass Nation is sponsoring the 2105 OBN state high school championship Saturday at Lake Eufaula.

  • Mead man sets record for largest fish ever caught in Oklahoma

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Paul Easley of Mead landed the biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma when he snagged an 8-foot alligator gar from Lake Texoma on April 23 that weighed 254 pounds.