Oklahoma Hunting, Fishing & Outdoors News from NewsOK

  • Christmas Bird Count: John Shackford of Edmond in his fifth decade of participating in Oklahoma City event

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    On Saturday, Dec. 20, he and dozens of other members of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society — armed with binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides and checklists — will hike, drive and even kayak across a 15-mile wide diameter circle in Oklahoma City to identify and count birds. Others will spend...

  • Dates for Christmas Bird Counts around Oklahoma

    Compiled by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Oklahoma City Dec. 20: To participate contact John Shackford at johnsshack@aol.com. Norman Dec. 28: Contact Mark Howery at mkhowery@juno.com Washita National Wildlife Refuge Dec. 20: For information call (580) 664-2205 or email washita@fws.gov. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge...

  • Dallas' Barbara Pope catches record-sized Lake Texoma striper

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Barbara Pope of Dallas caught the 27.29-pound, 38 3/4” striper on Dec. 5. The fish has been certified by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation as a Lake Texoma striped bass record.

  • Outdoors notebook: ODWC wants to stop the removal of live hogs from the Oklahoma's wildlife management areas

    Compiled by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Taking live feral hogs from the state’s wildlife management areas would be prohibited under a new regulation proposed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

  • Outdoors notebook: Boone and Crockett publishes first cookbook just in time for Christmas

    COMPILED BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Since 1887, Theodore Roosevelt's beloved Boone and Crockett Club has been best known for its volumes on big-game trophy records, hunting, history and conservation philosophy. Now, after 127 years and nearly as many published books, the Boone and Crockett Club has released its first cookbook.

  • Oklahoma state game wardens' Facebook page becomes tool for catching criminals

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Oklahoma’s state game wardens launched their own Facebook page in late October, and it quickly evolved into an investigatory tool, even though that wasn’t the original intention.

  • Warriors For Freedom Foundation helps former soldiers get back to enjoying outdoors activities

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Organizations like the Warriors for Freedom Foundation try to make military servicemen and women’s return to civilian life as normal as possible, including getting them involved in activities they once enjoyed like hunting and fishing.

  • Outdoors notebook: Wildlife Department confirms mountain lion sightings in Oklahoma

    COMPILED BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Photos of the mountain lions were caught on two trail cameras, one in Pawnee County and one in Mayes County, both in late October.

  • Oklahoma quail hunting has been excellent, but don't expect same from pheasants

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    While the early season quail hunting has been excellent, hunters can expect the pheasant hunting to be about the same as last year, which is not very good.

  • Winter trout season opens Monday at Dolese Youth Park Pond

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Approximately 2,400 pounds of rainbow trout will be stocked in the Oklahoma City pond during the 13-week season.

  • Not everyone is a fan of E-check for deer

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Deer gun season opened Saturday, and all hunters must check in their deer within 24 hours using the Wildlife Department’s E-check system at www.wildlifedepartment.com.

  • A special deer hunt for father and daughter

    By Jeff Puckett, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Springtime in Oklahoma can mean many things to many people. If you are a turkey hunter, there is no better time of the year. If you are a storm chaser, there is no better time of the year. And believe it or not, if you are a deer hunter, it is a great time of the year as well, because that’s...

  • Hunters can donate venison to help fight hunger

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Hunters can help Oklahoma families in need by donating their venison to the Hunters Against Hunger program. A list of participating meat processors are listed in the Oklahoma Hunting Guide, which also can be found online at wildlifedepartment.com. Hunters are asked to make a tax-deductible...

  • Deer cooperatives catching on in Oklahoma

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Oklahoma landowners and hunting lease holders are beginning to work together to manage for bigger bucks.

  • Oklahoma's deer gun season: What you need to know

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Deer gun season runs from Nov. 22 through Dec. 7 in Oklahoma.

  • Outdoors notebook: Trout club to meet Tuesday in MWC

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Fishery biologists from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will update anglers on stream fishing in the state at Tuesday’s meeting of the 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Rose State College in Midwest City in the Tom Steed Learning Center. State...

  • Medicine Park a popular winter trout fishing destination

    By Debi DeSilver, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    MEDICINE PARK — A cool morning that turned into a warm afternoon ushered in the opening day of the winter trout season last weekend in the small Wichita Mountains community of Medicine Park, located in southwest Oklahoma near Lawton. In just two years, Medicine Park has emerged as one of the...

  • Accident puts focus on water safety when hunting

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Always wear a life jacket and don’t overload the boat. That’s the two biggest water safety issues stressed about waterfowl hunting during hunter education classes, said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The bodies of two Oklahoma...

  • Doctors' families receive community support after deaths during hunting trip

    By LeighAnne Manwarren, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Drs. Rodney Miles and Tim Soult were the two men who died after an all-terrain vehicle accident on Sunday in Hughes County. Their bodies were found Monday.

  • Quail season should be productive in Oklahoma

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Quail season opens statewide Saturday, with predictions that the bird hunting in Oklahoma will be the best it’s been in at least a decade. After the quail population in Oklahoma reached a record low due to the drought, the numbers finally started going up last year for the first time in...