March 2014 - Outdoor Calendar

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March 1st thru April 30th: Paddlefish Research Center Open

1-2: 32nd annual NatureWorks Art Show and Sale, proceeds benefit regional wildlife conservation projects, Tulsa Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center; www.natureworks.org.

1-2: Medicine Park Trout Festival - FREE! - http://www.medicinepark.com/TroutFest.php

8: The Fur takers of Oklahoma, Inc will be hosting their annual fur auction on March 8, 2014 at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds. Click here for the auction flier.

11: Bluebird Seminar at Bass Pro in Broken Arrow - Bob Walshaw will present a hands-on Bluebird Seminar including how to deal with the killer house sparrows at Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow at 7 PM.This event is free, open to the public and door prizes will be awarded. The Bluebirds who gambled and stayed here through the winter will be starting to build their first nests. Bob will show you how to be ready for them. Contact 918-355-7600.

13: Crappie on the Fly

This month’s meeting of the Oklahoma Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Tulsa Fly Fishers will be held Thursday, March 13th. We will meet at the HARDESTY REGIONAL LIBRARY, 8316 E. 93rd St. on the North side of the Creek Turnpike off Memorial Drive. Our speakers will be Terry and Roxanne Wilson from Bolivar Missouri. They have presented lectures on bluegill, largemouth and small mouth bass fishing in the past. This topic is based on their new book. Terry and his wife Roxanne have explored the life of the crappie and found many good things about a fish that hasn't got much respect in the past. Crappie are voracious feeders and strong fighters and you can fish for them year round. Listen in to hear about crappie behavior, habits, how to catch them and what flies to use.

They are regular contributors to The Flyfisher and staff writers for Outdoor Guide and Driftwood Outdoors. They are the authors of three other books, Bluegill Fly Fishing & Flies, Largemouth Bass Fly Fishing: Beyond the Basics, and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing: A Practical Guide.

They are the creators of many warm water flies including “Bully’s Bluegill Spider.” Terry and Roxanne are affiliated with Whiting, Redington, Sage, and Rio. Terry is President of the Tri-Lakes Fly Fishers and both Wilsons serve on the board of Missouri Outdoor Communicators. Their newest flies can be seen at www.thebluegillpond.com

15: Hike to the Crinoidal Limestone Bluff at the J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve Headquarters - Participants will meet at the Nickel Preserve Headquarters. The group will carpool to Seven Springs Hollow. After reaching the parking destination the group will hike up the steep slope until we reach the limestone bluffs. The group will walk along a narrow path beneath the crinoidal limestone bluffs viewing the different fossils within the limestone layer. Large and small crinoids are imbedded throughout the layers. This hike is dangerous due to the steep terrain, loose footing, and narrow pathways.

Level: EXTREMELY Difficult - steep terrain, loose footing, and narrow pathways

Length: 1 mile

Limit: 6, must be 18 years of age.

Registration is required. Reserve your place now by emailing ttreat@tnc.org.

24: The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) has documented a decline in the pronghorn antelope population in Cimarron and the West half of Texas Counties over the past several years. Because of this downward trend, we began closely monitoring the pronghorn population by aerial survey the last 2 years. These surveys combined with the other surveys dating back to 2005 clearly show a decline in the population.

Due to this decline, the Department will reduce the number of tags allocated through the antelope hunt programs for the 2014-2015 hunting season. The doe only tags will be the most affected by this change with only slight reductions in the either sex tag numbers.

The Department will be conducting a public meeting at the PTCI building in Boise City on March 24, 2014 at 6 PM. We encourage you to attend and look forward to discussing these changes for the upcoming pronghorn antelope season.

29: Sooner Retriever Club Mock HT/FT With lunch and open meeting contact Bill Blochowiak for info Labske@aol.com