May 2014 - Outdoor Calendar

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1: Deer Management Workshop - Okmulgee County Fairgrounds

9:00am Welcome Doug Maxey, OSU
9:10am Forest Management Craig Harper, Univ. of Tennessee
9:40am Aging Deer Russell Stevens, Noble Foundation
10:00am Quality Deer Management Heath Herje, OSU
10:20am Break
10:40am Key Food Plants Mike Porter, Noble Foundation
11:10am DMAP Erik Bartholomew, ODWC
11:30am Food Plot Management Craig Harper, Univ. of Tennessee
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Depart for Okmulgee WMA
1:30pm Forest Management on Okmulgee WMA Bruce Burton, ODWC
3:30pm Conclude

2/3: Smallmouth Rendezvous & Fly Tying Extravaganza

This Friday and Saturday will be the 13th Smallmouth Rendezvous & Fly Tying Extravaganza.

It was started 13 years ago by a small group of flyfishers shortly after they met and started the Northeastern Oklahoma Flyfishers Club.

Some 50 to 60 fly tyers will attend and some 200 to 300 spectators will gather to watch and learn. Visitors come in from as many as 6 different states and two countries. It is the largest show of it's kind in Oklahoma.

If you want to learn about flyfishing or flytying this is it!

Friday and Saturday 9am to 4pm

First Baptist Church Recreation Hall

Tahlequah Ok.

Admission is free.

3: Limestone Glade Presentation and Tour - Pontotoc Ridge Preserve, on the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer, has a mosaic of habitat types common to the aquifer including beautiful limestone glades. These unique limestone glades support vegetation communities typical of more xeric habitats found in the western U.S. as well as vegetation common in south-central Oklahoma. Because of this, many species of short and tall grasses, wildflowers, cacti, ferns, and mosses thrive in the limestone glades of the Preserve. Hear Brooke Bonner and Channing Richardson of Oklahoma State University describe their research on the natural history and flora of the limestone glades of Pontotoc Ridge Preserve at the new headquarters building. Following their presentation, hike with them to some of the glades for a closer look. Learn about the biology and natural history of the beautiful, tiny mosses that grow in the glades; many are less than 5 millimeters tall! What charismatic microflora! But not all of the plants growing in the glades are tiny! In addition to learning about the microflora, learn about the biology and natural history of the more familiar and conspicuous vascular plants, the cacti, grasses, wildflowers, and ferns, which grow in the glades. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the preserve after the limestone glade tour. This will be up to a 2 mile hike over uneven, possibly muddy, trails. Hiking boots and hand lens recommended.

Level: Easy

3: Spring Hike to Big Spring at the Nickel Preserve - Participants will meet at the Nickel Preserve Headquarters. The group will caravan to Pumpkin Flats. After reaching the destination the group will hear an overview about protection efforts. The hike will take the group through an area of property that was successfully acquired since the preserve was established. The hike will then descend into the upper reaches of the Seven Springs watershed. Some areas of the 3-mile hike will be through narrow creek bottoms with rocky, uneven terrain that may include loose rocks and could require crossing through water on occasion. Big Spring is the largest unaltered spring in the region, and lies in one of the most remote locales in the Oklahoma Ozarks.

Level: Difficult

Registration is required. Reserve your place now by emailing

8: Fly Fishing the North Fork of the White River

This month’s meeting of the Oklahoma Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Tulsa Fly Fishers will be held Thursday, May 8th. We will meet at the HARDESTY REGIONAL LIBRARY, 8316 E. 93rd St. on the North side of the Creek Turnpike off Memorial Drive. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm, but the doors open a little after 6:00.

Our speaker will be Brian Wise. Brian will share his years of experience on HOW and WHERE to fish the North Fork of the White river. He’ll also show us his favorite “go to” flies in his video presentation. If you want to catch more fish on the White this is a “must see” presentation.

The North Fork of the White River is one of the finest trout streams in Missouri. The North Fork has approximately 13 miles of officially designated trout water extending from Norfolk Lake upstream to Rainbow Spring. One of the largest springs in Missouri, Rainbow Spring pumps 137,000,000 gallons per day into the White and, aided by smaller springs along the way, provides superb trout habitat year round. The North Fork provides excellent fishing for both rainbow and brown trout. The rainbow population is self-sustaining -- stocking ceased in 1964 but browns are stocked annually in the lower reaches of the river.

Brian Wise is a fly fishing guide in extreme southern Missouri. His mainstays are the wild rainbow trout and large predatory brown trout of the North Fork of the White River, but he is also a self-proclaimed smallmouth junky and loves the seasonal striper fishing as well. Priding himself on his teaching abilities and flat-out big fish catching karma, Brian has quickly made his way among the top guides in the Midwest. He has been the head guide at River of Life Farm, a Missouri outfitter near Dora, for over a decade and has been featured in print such as Southern Living Magazine, Outdoor Life, Fly Fisherman, Field and Stream, Rural Missouri Magazine, on television shows such as NBC’s Today Show, Outdoor Channel’s Ultimate Outdoors, and several appearances on Outdoor Channel Outfitters.

Contact Mike Shuman, club Secretary, for further information at 918-443-9184 or

10: Rock Ridge Hike at Four Canyon Preserve - Springtime on the prairie! Beginning just outside the Headquarters building, our route will traverse the breaks of Cinnamon Canyon in the northwestern portion of the Preserve before returning along an interior road. We'll see early season wildflowers and experience the warm May sunshine. The 3.5-mile hike will reach steep and rocky terrain, sturdy boots are recommended.

Level: Moderate

Registration is required. Reserve your place now by emailing

10: Sooner Retriever Club training session - contact Bill Blochowiak for info

17: Wildflower Photography Field Trip at Tallgrass Prairie Preserve - Do you enjoy photographing some of nature’s most unique and colorful creations? Then get your camera ready because the diverse array of wildflowers at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is calling your name! Join us as we trek the prairie during the peak of the spring wildflower blooming season. Guided by Conservancy docent Nick DelGrosso, an experienced nature photographer, this 2-mile adventure will provide you with opportunities to capture some of Oklahoma’s most colorful natural beauty. Participants should meet at the TGP Visitor Center by 7:45 a.m. and bring their camera, a tripod if available, sturdy hiking shoes and insect repellant.

Level: Moderate

Registration is required. Reserve your place now by emailing

17: Wildflower Identification Field Trip at Tallgrass Prairie Preserve - Adorning the prairie with their colorful beauty, spring wildflowers will be making their debut in Mid-May amidst the bison at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Join us as we trek the prairie to learn about and identify the many spring wildflowers of the tallgrass prairie. Guided by Dwight Thomas, a knowledgeable and fearless botanist, this 2-mile adventure is certain to be educational and entertaining! Participants should meet at the TGP Visitor Center by 9:45 a.m. and bring binoculars, sturdy hiking shoes, drinking water and insect repellant.

Level: Moderate

Registration is required. Reserve your place now by emailing

26: Memorial Day - State Offices closed

31: Farm Pond Stocking Program applications are due.

Visit the page below for the guidelines and application:
Farm Pond Stocking Program