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Oklahoma's Waterfowl Stamp contest deadline is Aug. 1

The winning artwork will become the image for the 2019-20 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp, which is bought by waterfowl hunters in the...

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Outdoor Notebook: Lesser prairie chicken populations increase

The latest annual breeding population survey shows an increase of about 30 percent over the previous year: 38,637 birds...

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Q&A WITH THE FISH KISSER: Jimmy Houston turns 74 on Friday and is as popular as ever

Legendary angler and television personality Jimmy Houston is still fishing and hunting, filming television shows and greeting...

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Branson mourns for 17 killed in sinking of packed duck boat

Divers searched a Missouri lake Friday for the bodies of four people who were presumed dead after a duck boat packed with...

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Glover River provides scenic beauty, good fishing and challenging rapids

Flowing through McCurtain County in far southeastern Oklahoma near the borders of Texas and Arkansas, the Glover offers about...

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OKC Gun Club to host IHMSA championships beginning Friday

In IHMSA matches, shooters must knock down heavy metallic silhouette targets of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams from various...

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Spring Creek is the new gem of Edmond's trail system

Well-maintained paved trails exist at Mitch Park and Hafer Park, and a multiuse dirt trail at Lake Arcadia. However, the real...

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HUNTING WITH A CAMERA: OKC judge has passion for wildlife photography

Ralph Thompson’s walls are covered with beautiful photographs from around the world that he has taken during 60-plus years...

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Saying goodbye to a sweet dog

What is it about dogs that capture our hearts so much? The unconditional love and affection they show us, I suppose.

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BLUE RIVER'S AMBASSADOR: For 27 years, Scotty McCarthick has been the face of Blue River

Practically everyone who has fished the Blue knows Scotty McCarthick of Scotty's Blue River One Stop. Scotty has been the...

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Scenic Blue River offers summer fishing opportunities, too

The source of the spring-fed Blue River is the underground Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer. It flows freely from its headwaters...

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THE BEAR NECESSITIES: Oklahoma black bears are roaming farther west

As black bears emerge from their dens in the spring, they become active, especially in the months of June and July. Female...

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How to avoid bears and what to do if you encounter one

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation offers tips to avoid bears and what to do if you do encounter a bear.

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Chandler, Zaneis students among top shooters at NASP world tourney

Emilee Manning of Chandler High School was second in the girls’ high school division and the girls’ world runner-up overall by...

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This 12-year-old loves baseball, football and catching catfish with his bare hands

Each year Jace Morgan of Walters joins his father, Heath Morgan, and uncle Jesse Dalton as part of a noodling crew that...

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How the Okie Noodling Tournament prevents cheating

This weekend's Okie Noodling Tournament will have one main method to prevent cheating: a polygraph test.

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Rare river sinkhole created whirlpool, led to man's death

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A kayaker bypassed a part of an Arkansas scenic river known as Dead Man's Curve during a weekend trip,...

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Okie Noodling Tournament and Festival set Friday and Saturday

'Okie Noodling' was the first noodling tournament in the state, created 19 years ago by filmmaker Bradley Beesley to highlight...

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NAVIGATING FISHING WATERS: Barry Bolton is the captain of Oklahoma fisheries

​​Barry Bolton has been chief of the fisheries division for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation since 2007.

Rural hospitals fight to remain fiscally viable

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A community's physical and economic health is at stake as rural hospitals across Oklahoma and the United States struggle to remain viable. The largely rural Sooner State is particularly at-risk as changes in technology, insurance coverage and...

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Friday is the deadline to register for Selman Bat Watches

Friday is the final day to register for the Selman Bat Watches at the Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area near Freedom.

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TAKE IT TO THE BANK: A boat is not always necessary to catch fish

Even if you don't have a boat, there are good options for fishing from the bank at this time of year.

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A deer fawn fell 60 feet into Grand Lake. Watch as an angler saves it from drowning

Catch-and-release fishing took on a new meaning for longtime Grand Lake angler Jeff Williams.

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Selman Bat Watch registration begins Tuesday

Mexican free-tailed bats congregate each summer at the cave to give birth. Each night, the bats leave the cave to hunt for...

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My Little Cleos: How a wiggling spoon became my favorite lure

My 40th high school reunion is next month. It brings to mind not only memories of football and foosball but also of fishing,...

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Outdoor notebook: Stripers are biting on Lake Texoma

The free youth instructional shoot event is open to boys and girls age 10 to 16 who will receive instruction in gun safety,...

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Canton Lake's Walleye Rodeo begins Thursday

The Walleye Rodeo is the largest and oldest fishing tournament in the state. This year will be the 51st Walleye Rodeo at Canton...

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Greenleaf State Park offers scenic hikes, but don't forget the bug spray

As well as hiking, fishing and swimming, Greenleaf State Park also provides opportunities to play volleyball and basketball....

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Norman angler lands 14-pound bass at Arbuckle Lake

At 14 pounds, the fish will tie for 12th on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s top 20 list of largemouth bass...

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Radios reveal wandering habits of smallmouth bass in Oklahoma

Shannon Brewer, an associate professor at Oklahoma State University, leads ongoing research into how the bass behave through...