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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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Books in brief

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Book information you won’t want to miss.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    CENTRAL  Arcadia: April 29. Elevation above normal, water 64 and murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass fair to good on swim baits and square bill baits along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and...

  • Biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Paul Easley of Mead landed the biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma last Thursday when he snagged an 8-foot alligator gar from Lake Texoma that weighed 254 pounds. The beast easily beat the old state record of 192 pounds. State wildlife officials estimate the fish, which Easley released alive...

  • Outdoors notebook: There's still time to catch some paddlefish

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    There is still time to get on the paddlefish action in northeastern Oklahoma before the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation closes its Paddlefish Research Center on Grand Lake on Thursday.

  • Local duo still practices the cowboy way

    BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Roy’s Creek Dan and Missouri Mae are the fastest guns in the West. Or, at least the fastest west of Hiwassee Road and north of Arcadia, the location of the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: April 20. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap. Bass fair to good on swim baits and Alabama rigs at 3-5 ft. along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and near the draw down on the dam. […]

  • It's Cowboy Action time, Pilgrim

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The annual cowboy action shoot, “Land Run” starts Thursday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club near Arcadia. The three-day event is the largest cowboy action shoot of the year at the club with shooters from across the country coming to Oklahoma City to play cowboy and cowgirl. The participants in...

  • Outdoors notebook: Cleveland County Ducks Unlimited chapter to hold banquet Thursday in Goldsby

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    The Cleveland County Ducks Unlimited chapter is holding its annual fundraiser and benefit Thursday at the Southwind Hills Event Barn and Venue in Goldsby. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m.

  • Moore taxidermist wins four best of show awards

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    After previously winning first places at state competitions in Texas and Missouri for his work, Jason Smith cleaned up at last month’s Kansas Taxidermy Association convention in Wichita, capturing best of show awards in four different categories.

  • Different ways to cook a turkey

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Once you kill that gobbler this turkey season, how are you going to cook it?

  • Quail Field Day set Thursday at Sandy Sanders WMA

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Landowners who are interested in improving quail habitat can  participate in a Quail Field Day Thursday at the Sandy Sanders Wildlife Management Area headquarters in southwestern Oklahoma. The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m.  and admission is free. Anyone planning to attend should email...