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  • Jimmy Houston remains an outdoors legend

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Even former OU coach Barry Switzer is a fan of the Oklahoma fishing icon.

  • Outdoors notebook: Winter trout areas to open Saturday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s winter trout fishing areas open Saturday, including its newest trout fishing destination, the Perry CCC Lake. The Perry CCC Lake replaces Lake Pawhuska as a winter trout fishing area. The City of Perry charges a $3 daily fee at the gate to...

  • Black bear season successful for Danny Robbins, others

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Oklahoma bow hunters have taken 45 black bears this year, the second-highest total since the state opened a black bear hunting season six years ago in southeastern Oklahoma. The highest number was two years ago, when 71 bears were killed by hunters as a two-year drought had more bears hitting...

  • Michigan boy, 11, bags rare albino deer

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    With bow season in full swing and muzzleloader season starting Saturday, hunters across Oklahoma are taking to their tree stands and ground blinds in hoping of landing their trophy buck. An 11-year-old Michigan boy has already bagged his trophy. Gavin Dingman of Oceola Township took...

  • Outdoors notebook: Duck season nears

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Duck season already is open in the Panhandle, and Saturday is the season opener in Zone 1, which encompasses the rest of northwest Oklahoma and much of north-central Oklahoma. The season will open Nov. 1 in Zone 2, which covers the rest of the state. Sunday, Oct. 19, is the final day of youth...

  • How to learn the approximate age of your deer this season

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Deer hunters can learn the approximate age of the deer they harvest this season by submitting photographs of the animal’s jaw bones to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The photos and information are to be submitted through the deer page on the Wildlife Department’s website,...

  • A cougar hunt gone wrong

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Oklahoma City attorney Jason Roselius never expected his cougar hunt to make the front page of a New Mexico newspaper. But that’s what happened.

  • State parks offer campouts for first-timers

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    October is a perfect month for camping in Oklahoma, and two state parks are going to make easy for a few first-time campers. Oklahoma State Parks is embarking on a new program this month to introduce camping to families. The program is designed for families who have never camped or have not...

  • Tiger muskies are coming to Lake Carl Etling

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    The tiger muskies — a cross between a northern pike and a muskie — will be added to the Panhandle lake as an experiment.

  • Outdoors notebook: Young hunters get three days to gun hunt for deer

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Oklahoma’s youth deer gun season opens statewide Friday and runs through Sunday. The special three-day season is open to hunters younger than 18. They must be accompanied by an adult while hunting, who may not gun hunt but can archery hunt. A youth deer gun license is required. YOUTH...

  • Tree stand safety remains vital

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    An accident in the woods cost Jon Cunningham of Stillwater his career and use of his left hand.

  • Moore man takes first elk on private land

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    No one was happier than Jason Reed of Moore when state wildlife officials announced a new statewide elk hunting season this year. For years, Reed kept seeing elk or their offspring that had wandered off a private elk farm nearby while deer hunting on his family’s land in Coal County. “We’ve...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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.