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  • Wildlife Department is looking for birders

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's annual winter bird survey begins Thursday. State wildlife officials are seeking help from people who are willing to count and identify birds at their bird feeders. “The more people who participate, it gives us a lot stronger data,” said Jena...

  • Wally Marshall was a plumber who became crappie king

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    No angler is more synonymous with crappie fishing than Wally Marshall. After all, he is Mr. Crappie. The Anna, Texas, resident even once waged a long legal battle with a Lake Fort Gibson bait shop owner to keep that trademark. Mr. Crappie products (bait, rod and reels, fishing line, bobbers,...

  • The Passing of a Legend

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Ken Cook of Meers, the 1991 Bassmaster Classic champion and one of Oklahoma’s greatest anglers, died Friday in Oklahoma City of an apparent heart attack. He was 68. Cook was born in Wilburton and lived in Oklahoma his entire life. He earned a zoology degree from Oklahoma State University and was...

  • Former Bassmaster Classic Champion Ken Cook dies at age 68

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Ken Cook of Meers, the 1991 Bassmaster Classic champion and one of Oklahoma’s greatest anglers, died Friday morning in Oklahoma City of an apparent heart attack.

  • Oklahoma Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    CENTRAL  Hefner: January 4. Elevation above normal, water 46-49. Crappie good slip corking with minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. along riprap and docks. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs and lipless baits along riprap. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait along riprap....

  • Outdoors notebook: Fly Tying Extravaganza To Be Held In Sapulpa

    Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jan 3, 2016

    The sixth annual Oklahoma FlyFishers Fly Tying Extravaganza will be Saturday at the Creek County Fairgrounds.

  • Outdoors: A good dog is a hunter's best companion

    By Hal McKnight For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Jan 3, 2016

    Will is my 13-year-old Labrador retriever who has shared many hunting adventures over the years, including an annual trip to South Dakota to hunt pheasants.

  • Skiatook girl's buck makes 'the book,' ranks fourth for Oklahoma

    BY KELLY BOSTIAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Dec 30, 2015

    Micalah Millard remained as calm about the final scoring of her record-book Oklahoma whitetail buck as she was when the 14-year-old put the cross-hairs on the critter during Oklahoma’s youth deer hunting season. “This is the second-largest typical buck I’ve ever scored, and I’ve scored a...

  • Wildlife Department wants to cease turkey hunting around roosting trees on WMAs

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 27, 2015

    The proposal to cease turkey hunting at 7 p.m. instead of at sundown on the public lands in far western Oklahoma is the only change in the 2016 hunting regulations that might create some controversy.

  • Outdoors: Cherokee citizens will receive free hunting, fishing licenses

    Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Dec 27, 2015

    Those licenses will give tribal members the same privileges as an Oklahoma hunting and fishing license.

  • Bald Eagles spend winter in Oklahoma

    Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Dec 20, 2015

    Eagle watches being in earnest across Oklahoma at state parks, lakes and wildlife refuges in late December and January. Oklahoma is one of the top 10 states in the nation for winter eagle viewing. Each winter, as northern lakes freeze over, thousands of bald eagles migrate to warmer, southern...

  • Wild pigs are putting down roots in Oklahoma County

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 20, 2015

    Feral hogs continue to be a menace for farmers and ranchers across, including Oklahoma County. In northeast Oklahoma County, pigs have been plaguing landowners in the Arcadia area for the past few years. “They have been here for a while,” said Leon Mixer, the maintenance supervisor for...

  • Edmond bow hunter finally bags Captain Hook

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 20, 2015

    Chris McMiller of Edmond was obsessed with hunting his white whale this deer season, a buck that he and his three partners on their hunting lease in far northeast Edmond called Captain Hook. The buck had been very elusive the past two seasons. No one had ever seen him on the hoof but the trail...

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Dec 16, 2015

    CENTRAL Hefner: December 15. Elevation above normal, water 46-52 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along riprap and around docks. Walleye fair on jerk baits and sassy shad along riprap. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on grubs and lipless baits around points and inlets. Channel...

  • Outdoors: Information on Christmas Bird Counts in Oklahoma

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    Christmas Bird Counts in Oklahoma On Wednesday At Sooner Lake: Contact John Couch, jrcouch60@yahoo.com On Saturday In Oklahoma City: Contact John Shackford, johnsshack@aol.com At Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge: Contact Glen Hensley, glen_hensley@fws.gov At Washita National...

  • Outdoors: Oklahoma City's annual Christmas Bird Count to be held Saturday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world and provides critical data on population trends of birds.

  • Outdoors: Hunting is a way of life for Calumet family

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    The Stilley family of Calumet is doing their part to keep the hunting tradition alive. McKinley, 11, shot her first deer at age 6. Her little brother, Cale, claimed his first deer last year at age 5.

  • Outdoor notebook: Prescribed burn planned for Martin Park Nature Center

    Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Two informational meetings about an upcoming prescribed burn at the Martin Park Nature Center in Oklahoma are scheduled for Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. The meetings will be be held at the Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122nd St. During the meetings, members of Oklahoma Forestry...

  • Deer gun season winding down

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Sunday is the final day of Oklahoma's deer gun season. Through Thursday, Oklahoma hunters had checked in 69,307 deer through all seasons combined. The deer gun season began with the overall harvest almost 10 percent behind from the previous season. And with high winds and an ice storm likely...

  • Winter brings more trout fishing opportunities for anglers

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    December and its cold weather is prime time for trout fishing in Oklahoma. The first truckload of hatchery-raised rainbow trout were put in Oklahoma City's Dolese Youth Park Pond on Tuesday as trout fishing is now under way there for the 14th consecutive year. Over the course of the 13-week...