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Free youth instructional shoot set at OKC Gun Club

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


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,...


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...


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....


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...


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...


How a first-timer set the new Oklahoma record for paddlefish with 132-pound catch

First cast, first tug of the rod, and he hooked the new state record paddlefish. "Go figure," said Johnny Loftis who is, as he...


Wildlife director lashes out at legislation

J.D. Strong, director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said if passed in its present form, the bill would...


Crappie are starting to bite around the state

The erratic weather has knocked back the crappie fishing so far this spring, but Oklahoma’s most sought-after game fish is...


Bald eagle rehabilitated by WildCare released back into the wild

The eagle was brought to WildCare last month by an Oklahoma game warden who found the bird gasping for air next to his dead mate.


Land Run competitors shoot guns of the Old West

The Oklahoma City Gun Club's 25th annual Land Run cowboy action shooting event featured competitors shooting guns of the Old West.


OKLAHOMA'S GAME BIRD: Wild turkeys were once rare in Oklahoma but are now everywhere

Deer and turkeys are the state’s two biggest wildlife restoration success stories. Wild turkeys can now be found in every...


Hiking the Ouachita National Recreation Trail in Arkansas

About 15 miles northwest of downtown Little Rock, the visitor center at Pinnacle Mountain State Park is well stocked with free...


Controlled hunt applications now available online

For a total cost of $5, sportsmen can put their names in the running for Oklahoma hunts for deer, elk, antelope and turkey....


OKC's Renovated Martin Park Nature Center ready for visitors

In his mind, Scott Copelin can see visitors at the newly renovated Martin Park education center sitting by the library window,...


Spring turkey season opens Friday

For public hunting destinations, the Black Kettle Wildlife Management Area near Cheyenne in western Oklahoma is the premier...


'JUST YOU AND THE FISH': More anglers are discovering that kayaks are fishing vessels

More anglers are opting for kayaks because they are less expensive than other boats. They can reach secluded, shallow places in...


SUCCESS (FISH) STORY: Northeast Oklahoma offers anglers one of the best opportunities in the country for big paddlefish

Grand Lake and its tributaries have become the place to go to catch paddlefish much like Lake Texoma is for striped bass.


Lake Murray site of fishing event for kids with disabilities

The Lake Murray Yacht Club members are providing boats but anyone interested in offering use of a boat should call event...


Christie overtaken again on final day

For the second time in three years in professional bass fishing's biggest tournament, Christie couldn't hang on for the victory...

“Our problem in Oklahoma is that we don’t invest in people,” mental health providers say

LifeApr 29, 2018

Oklahoma mental health facilities have had to do more with less as the state cut their funding.

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AN OKLAHOMA SHOWDOWN: State anglers sit first, second and fourth heading into Sunday's final day of the Bassmaster Classic

Only three Oklahoma pros qualified for the 52-angler field in the 2018 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina. But...


OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Oklahoma's BioBlitz! begins April 1

Oklahomans can document plant and wildlife sightings beginning April 1 as part of the Virtual Spring BioBlitz!


Christie, Evers lead Bassmaster Classic

Jason Christie leads the way, with Edwin Evers — a fellow Okie and Christie’s roommate on the Bassmaster Elite Series — sitting...


Oklahoma anglers ready for Bassmaster Classic

Edwin Evers of Talala is making his 17th appearance in the Super Bowl of bass fishing. It will be the sixth Classic for Jason...


WHERE BIG BASS LURK: Broken Bow Lake and Lake Murray have produced monsters this year

There are five designated trophy bass lakes in the state that each year get 100,000 fingerlings of Florida bass put in them by...


A WETLAND OASIS: In arid southwest Oklahoma, Hackberry Flat is a bird mecca

It’s been 25 years since the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation first started buying land in Hackberry Flat near...


OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Red Slough Birding Convention set for May

Guides will lead convention participants on morning tours of the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area, Little River National...


OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo opens Friday

The 31st annual Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo will be Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park.


Oklahoma stream team identifies fish species, water flow, habitat and more

Oklahoma stream team works statewide, sampling Oklahoma streams to identify fish species, water flow, habitat and more.


OKC’s annual trout season closes Feb. 28, but trout fishing still allowed

Oklahoma City’s annual trout fishing season at Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5101 NW 50, will end Feb. 28, but anglers can continue...


Bassmaster Collegiate Championship coming to Lake Tenkiller

Weigh-ins will be held on the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah and will be broadcast live on...