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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  • Sunseekers dig diving in at Edmond's Arcadia Lake

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Arcadia Lake is a flood control reservoir for the Deep Fork River Basin and is a water supply for the city of Edmond. It provides habitat for fish and wildlife, along with camping, recreational and educational opportunities for the community.

  • Evers wins back-to-back tournaments on Bassmaster Tour

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Confidence means a lot to a tournament bass fisherman, and Oklahoma pro Edwin Evers said his was sagging a bit after a couple of tough events earlier this year. A win last month at BASSfest made Evers feel much better — and with a renewed sense of confidence, he went...

  • Outdoor Notebook: Deadline looms to apply for bonus antlerless deer hunts this season

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The deadline is Aug. 14 for young hunters to apply to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for a bonus antlerless deer hunt during the upcoming hunting season. The bonus hunts are open to 49 hunters who will be ages 12 to 17 at the time of the hunts and have already completed...

  • Longtime southwest Oklahoma fisheries chief retires

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    It’s not easy to be a fisheries chief in southwest Oklahoma, a part of the state that has little water. For the last 26 years, that has been Larry Cofer’s job for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It’s been a challenge, certainly, especially for some of the key species that...

  • OKC Junior Bassmasters Club members capture inaugural tournament for young anglers

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    After getting skunked on the first day of the B.A.S.S. Nation Youth Junior Championship last weekend, Hunter Meadows and Aaryn Minyard were just hoping they could catch a single fish on the second day. “I wanted to at least boat one so we could walk across the stage,” Meadows said. The pair...

  • American dentist said to have paid $55K to kill beloved lion in Africa

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Minnesota dentist who caused an international uproar when he reportedly paid $55,000 to kill Cecil, an iconic lion in Zimbabwe, issued a statement late Tuesday saying he regretted the animal's death, but thought he was acting legally. Walter Palmer, who was included in a 2009 New York...

  • Shidler duo wins high school fishing title

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Shidler’s Austin French and Dillon Nash won the 2015 Oklahoma State High School Fishing Championship on Saturday on the Arkansas River. They brought five bass to the scale weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces. The duo was also able to bring in the biggest bass of the tournament — 3 pounds and 1 ounce....

  • Outdoors notebook

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Trout stockings to cease on Lower Illinois River The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has stopped putting trout in the Lower Illinois River temporarily as the water temperature has become too warm for the cold-water fish. The combination of high temperatures and flood waters...

  • Former big leaguer to speak at Beast Feast

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    For Buddy Groom, drawing back his bow on a big buck is the closest thing to the adrenaline rush he got on the pitching mound facing a major league hitter in a critical situation. “A lot of my baseball comes back out in me when I am in that situation,” Groom said. “My concentration and focus...

  • Can anglers really use "smart lures" with Bluetooth technology to help them catch fish?

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    More and more, technology plays an increasing role in our lives, but how much technology do we really need, or want, when fishing? I go fishing to get away from that kind of stuff. Livingston Lures, the Texas-based bait company that is the Pied Piper of the fishing lure industry, first...

  • ‘Fat Guy’ on a mission

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    TIVERTON, R.I. — Turning 40 had something to do with it, but the biggest reason Eric Hites said he decided to start to lose what he hopes will be hundreds of pounds was a failing relationship with his wife and the need to get healthy again, so he could get a good job and start a new life with...

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: July 22. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 85 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina rigs and square bills along submerged humps and road beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 11-14 ft. around marked brush piles and rocky points near the overlook. Channel and...

  • Ponds in Oklahoma are full of water again. Now what most of them need are fish swimming in them.

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    An extremely wet spring has refilled central and western Oklahoma's once dry farm ponds with water. As a result, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has been flooded with requests from Oklahoma landowners for fish so those ponds can become fishing holes again. “We had two years...

  • Hatcheries provide millions of fish each year

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's four fish hatcheries in Medicine Park, Byron, Durant and Holdenville produce between 14 million and 16 million fish each year for Oklahoma’s lakes, rivers and ponds. Among the species regularly raised in the hatcheries are largemouth bass,...

  • 2 more Oklahomans contract West Nile virus

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Two more Oklahomans have contracted West Nile virus, bringing the state total to six cases since June. The state Health Department confirmed Thursday that one resident each from Oklahoma and Custer counties, both between 50 and 64, contracted the mosquito-borne illness.

  • Flood waters have receded on the Lower Mountain Fork River, and the trout fishing is grand

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The fishing reports from the Lower Mountain Fork River in McCurtain County continue to be good. Oklahoma’s premier mountain stream has changed its appearance since the recent flooding. Spillway Creek, below the Broken Bow dam, is now a wide brawling, stream but the fishing since the flood...

  • Outdoors notebook: Summer Expo opens Thursday at H&H

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Summer Expo opens Thursday at H&H Shooting Sports H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City will hold its annual Summer Expo Thursday through Saturday. Almost 100 firearms and archery representatives from the nation’s leading manufacturers will be on site at the Summer Expo to answer...

  • West Nile virus is confirmed in Oklahoma County resident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The Oklahoma City-County Health Department reported one human case of West Nile Virus and another positive test last week for the presence of the virus in the local mosquito population.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    CENTRAL  Arcadia: July 7. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 83 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina rigs at 6-10 ft. on submerged humps and road beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around marked brush piles and fishing docks. Channel and blue catfish fair on...

  • Outdoor Oklahoma host inspires others with disabilities

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    As a boy, Todd Craighead was shy, insecure and very self-conscious about his appearance. He was born with arthrogryposis, a birth defect that resulted in severe deformities to his limbs. Doctors didn’t expect him to live overnight, much less to become a fully independent adult. Doctors told...