AUGUST 2005 
NEWS RELEASES
 

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 WEEK OF AUGUST 4, 2005

Wildlife Expo activities to include one-of-a-kind hunter education course

         A unique hunter education class will be offered for aspiring hunters, Saturday, August 27 at the Wildlife Expo at the Lazy E Arena just north of Oklahoma City.

         “With hunting seasons right around the corner, this is a great chance to complete the hunter education course,” said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “We’re excited about it, because this is the first course of its kind and you won’t find a more flexible hunter ed class. And don’t forget, both the Expo and the hunter ed course are free to the public.”

         Traditionally, hunter education classes are centered on classroom instructions. This special class will be a hands-on and interactive experience. Simply register for the class and complete the hunter education home study course through the booklets or online course. Then check in at the Expo, and visit various learning stations around the Expo grounds. Stations will include, archery, rifle shooting, tree stand safety and more.

         Take all the time you want to visit each station and then come back to the hunter education headquarters to take the test. Hunter education instructors will grade your test and, should you pass, give you your card right on the spot.

         As an added bonus, one lucky Expo hunter education participant will win a lifetime hunting license thanks to the generosity of Expo sponsors. For complete details on this and other Expo giveaways, including rules and eligibility, log on to wildlifedepartment.com

         To sign up for this unique course call (405) 521-4636 and be prepared to provide your name, address, date of birth and social security number. Before you come to the Wildlife Expo, be sure to complete the online home study course at wildlifedepartment.com. You can also pick up home study booklets at Wildlife Department offices in Oklahoma City, Jenks, or Higgins. Booklets are also available at the Midwest City Library and the H&H Gun Range in Oklahoma City.

         With more than 100 different booths and activities already confirmed, there will be plenty to do during the free, two-day event, which will be held August 27 and 28 at the Lazy E Arena. Young and old alike will be sure to find something that interests them at the Expo from shotgun shooting, to a live butterfly exhibit, to dog training

 

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 Archer to shoot aspirin tablet out of mid-air at Oklahoma Wildlife Expo

            Exhibition archer Frank Addington, Jr. can hit an aspirin tablet out of mid-air with a bow and arrow. If you have to see it to believe it, you can do just that at the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo, Aug. 27-28 at the Lazy E Arena just north of Oklahoma City.

            Addington, who began shooting a bow and arrow at the tender age of four, travels around the nation showcasing his amazing instinctive archery skills and spreading a positive message to youth.

            Participants who are inspired by Addington’s skills can try their own hand at a variety of shooting sports. The Expo will feature eight different events where participants can take aim through a variety of shooting sports.

            “The Expo will offer a great opportunity for individuals to try several different shooting activities. I think the young kids will really enjoy the air rifles and pellet guns and the adults and kids both will like the 3-D archery course and the shotgun shooting,” said Bill Dinkines, assistant wildlife chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and one of the many Department employees working on the inaugural event. “We’re even going to have two booths where you can use a laser gun in simulated hunting scenarios on a big screen TV.”

            Instructors with the Wildlife Department’s Shotgun Training and Education Program (STEP) will be on hand giving participants an opportunity to shoot clay targets. Expo attendees will also be able to participate in an interactive Oklahoma  National Archery in the Schools Program demonstration. This new program helps schools teach students about Olympic style archery by incorporating it into the physical education curriculum.

            Silverleaf Shotgun Sports, just down the road from the Lazy E Arena, will be hosting three youth shotgun safety seminars for kids ages 12-17, Saturday, August 28. Each seminar is limited to 25 students and pre-registration is required. To pre-register call (405) 282-2787.

            “One of the best things about all these activities is that they are all free to the public,” Dinkines said.

            The shooting-related activities certainly will not be the only highlights of the Wildlife Expo. With more than 100 different booths and activities already confirmed, there will be plenty to do during the free, two-day event. Young and old alike will be sure to find something that interests them at the Expo from fishing, to a live butterfly exhibit, to dog training.

            Participants who pre-register for the Expo at wildlifedepartment.com will be eligible for a special lifetime combination license giveaway. When you pre-register online at www.wildlifedepartment.comand attend the Expo, you will automatically be put in a drawing for a lifetime combination hunting and fishing license.  Funding for these licenses as well as other Expo giveaways was provided by a variety of Expo sponsors. For complete details on this and other Expo giveaways, including rules and eligibility, log on to wildlifedepartment.com

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Expo to feature unique fisheries field trip – sign up today

         Participants at the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo can get a special inside look at the daily activities of a fisheries biologist Aug. 27 and 28.  Although most Expo activities will take place at the Lazy E Arena just north of Oklahoma City, the Fisheries Management Field Trip will take place at Guthrie City Lake. 

         The unique trip will include a barge ride where attendees can observe biologists electrofishing (shocking) to collect largemouth bass and trap netting to collect crappie and other game fish.  The field trip will also include an opportunity to learn how biologists age a fish and see how this important data is used to maintain quality fisheries around the state.  

         Pre-register for the trip by calling Carol Lee at (405) 521-3721 between of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Space is limited on the trips and sign up is on a first-come, first served basis. Participants may choose one of four sessions: Saturday, August 27 at 8:00 a.m. or 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 28 at 8:00 a.m. or 3 p.m.

         Registration will close on Friday, August 26 at 4:30 p.m.  In the event of cancellations, interested individuals can check at the Information Booth during the EXPO to see if space is available and what sessions are open.

         Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, bug spray and appropriate clothing for outdoor conditions.  Life jackets are required and will be provided, however, participants are also encouraged to bring their own life jacket if possible. Cancellation of this event is possible due to weather and safety conditions immediately prior to the session.      

         The Fisheries Management Field Trip is one of many highlights of the Wildlife Expo. With more than 100 different booths and activities already confirmed, there will be plenty to do during the free, two-day event. Young and old alike will be sure to find something that interests them at the Expo from shotgun shooting, to a live butterfly exhibit, to dog training.

         The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is partnering with a wide range of other state agencies, private individuals and outdoor-related companies to host the monumental event, which is designed to promote and perpetuate Oklahoman’s appreciation of the state’s wildlife and natural resources.

         Participants who pre-register for the Expo at wildlifedepartment.com will be eligible for a special lifetime combination license giveaway.

         For complete details on Expo giveaways, including rules and eligibility log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

 

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September 2 application deadline for bonus youth deer hunts
            Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in six youth controlled antlerless deer hunts that will take place on private lands in several Oklahoma counties. Applications must be received at the Wildlife Department no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2.

            The hunts are scheduled for either October or January. This year 70 bonus antlerless deer gun licenses will be drawn for youth 12 to 16 years of age who have completed their hunter education requirements.

            "These hunts are on private property and should provide young hunters a great opportunity to see some deer as well as a chance to harvest a doe," said Bill Dinkines, assistant chief of wildlife for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission has endorsed the youth hunt program and we are thankful for the landowners' willingness to allow these kids the opportunity to hunt on their property.”

            To apply for a hunt, applicants must send the Department a 4 by 6 index card. The card should provide the hunter's name, date of birth, mailing address, telephone number, hunter education certification number, social security or driver’s license number, their order of hunt preferences (may list all 6 hunts) and lifetime license number if applicable. A non-hunting adult who is at least 21 years old must accompany the youth, and must also be listed on the index card. The index card should be labeled “Private Lands Youth Deer Hunt” and should be mailed to: Department of Wildlife, Attn: Wildlife Division-Youth Deer Hunts, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152.  
        Hunts will be offered in:

 

The drawing will be held on September 8 and successful applicants will receive a notification letter in the mail about their hunt the following week. The letter will inform them of their selection and provide details about the hunt and license requirements. Selected youth will need to purchase a $10 Resident Youth Deer Gun Antlerless License unless they possess an Oklahoma Resident Lifetime Hunting or Resident Lifetime Combination License. The youth's non-hunting adult does not need a license. Any antlerless deer harvested during the controlled hunt will be considered a bonus deer and will not count against the youths’ combined season limit.

 For additional information concerning the hunts, contact the Department at (405) 521-2730.

 

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Possible state record deer to be measured at Oklahoma Wildlife Expo

         Here’s your chance to witness history in the making. A massive, 31-point, non-typical, whitetail deer rack will be officially scored at the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, August 27, at the main stage inside the Lazy E Arena.

         The rack is so large officials believe it could be a new state record.

         “This is the biggest news in Oklahoma deer hunting in a very long time,” said Alan Peoples, wildlife chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “From the initial look at the antlers this deer could surpass both the number one Cy Curtis record and the top Oklahoma Boone and Crockett entry, which are currently two different deer.”

         Mike Crossland killed the huge buck in Tillman County during the 2004 deer gun season. The antlers were held as evidence in a court case and Crossland took possession of them August 2 when the case was dismissed by a Tillman County judge.

         “I am really excited about having the antlers back and I’m looking forward to having them officially scored at the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo,” Crossland said.

         On Saturday afternoon, after the scoring, Crossland will be available to visit with Expo participants.

         The current non-typical Cy Curtis record whitetail, taken in 2003 in Hughes County, scored 240 3/8 and had a total of 29 points. The current Boone and Crockett record non-typical whitetail was taken in Johnston County in 1970 with a score of 247 2/8.

         With more than 100 different booths and activities, there will be plenty to do during the free, two-day event, which will be held August 27 and 28, at the Lazy E Arena, just north of Oklahoma City. Young and old alike will be sure to find something that interests them at the Expo from shotgun shooting, to a live butterfly exhibit, to dog training.

            Participants who pre-register for the Expo will be eligible for a special lifetime combination license giveaway. Pre-registration is available at wildlifedepartment.com.

For complete details on Expo giveaways, including rules and eligibility log on to wildlifedepartment.com

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Coveted deer or turkey hunt to be given away at Wildlife Expo

If you didn’t get drawn for one of the coveted controlled hunts at the famous McAlester Army Ammunition Plant this year – here’s your second chance. One lucky visitor will win a two-person hunt of their choice at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. The hunt will be given away at the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo Aug. 27-28 at the Lazy E Arena, just north of Oklahoma City on Sunday August 28 at 4 p.m..

“The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant is one of the most incredible hunting locations in the nation,” said Nels Rodefeld, avid deer hunter and assistant chief of information and education for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “They have been a great partner in providing hunting opportunities through our controlled hunts program and this is a really special addition to the Wildlife Expo.”

To say that the deer and turkey hunts are popular would be an understatement. Nearly 19,000 individual hunt selections, representing thousands of hopeful hunters, were made for the 1,540 McAlester hunts offered in the upcoming deer and spring turkey seasons.

The winner may choose any one of the deer or turkey controlled hunts offered by the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant for the fall of 2005 or the spring of 2006.

There are two ways to put your name in the hat for this hunt. You can pre-register for the Wildlife Expo at wildlifedepartment.com and check in at the registration both inside the arena, or you can just sign up at the registration booth when you get to the Expo.

Participants who pre-register for the Expo will also be eligible for a special lifetime combination license giveaway. Pre-registration is available at wildlifedepartment.com.

In addition to the McAlester hunt, Expo participants will have a chance to win a range of other prizes.      

Thanks to P&K Equipment, one lucky Expo attendee will win a brand new John Deere 500 ATV. The ATV features automatic transmission and four wheel drive and will be given away at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.   

            Every half an hour an annual or lifetime hunting, fishing license will be given away thanks to generous Expo sponsors. The doors open at 8 a.m. and first license giveaways will begin at 8:30, so get there early.

         Individuals will also have some extra motivation to participate in the unique hunter education course offered at the Expo. One of the Expo hunter education course participants will win a lifetime hunting license. Pre-registration for the course is required. To pre-register call (405) 521-3856.

             With more than 100 different booths and activities already confirmed, there will be plenty to do during the free, two-day event, which will be held August 27 and 28, at the Lazy E Arena, just north of Oklahoma City. Young and old alike will be sure to find something that interests them at the Expo from shotgun shooting, to a live butterfly exhibit, to dog training.

            For complete details on Expo giveaways, including rules and eligibility log on to wildlifedepartment.com

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 Outdoor enthusiasts from across the state are pre-registering for the Wildlife Expo

         Although the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo is still a couple of weeks away, nearly 3,000 people have already pre-registered for the event August 27 and 28 at the Lazy E Arena just north of Oklahoma City.

         “It’s real exciting to see how many people have pre-registered for the Expo, but what is really neat is to see where people will be coming from. It looks like we will have people from all four corners of the state, said Jesse Wells, information technology supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

         The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is partnering with a wide range of other state agencies, private individuals and outdoor-related companies to host the monumental event, which is designed to promote and perpetuate the appreciation of Oklahoma’s wildlife and natural resources.

         Expo participants have an extra incentive to pre-register for the free event at wildlifedepartment.com. All those who pre-register will also be registered to win a lifetime fishing and hunting license.

         In fact, Expo attendees will have a chance to win a wide variety of free prizes thanks to generous sponsors.

         “The Expo is going to be a fantastic event for participants, and the fact that you might be able to walk away with one of these great prizes is just icing on the cake,” said Wells. 

             For example, one lucky Expo participant will win a brand new John Deere 500 ATV thanks to P&K Equipment. The ATV features automatic transmission and four wheel drive and will be given away at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.   

             “Without the support of outside sponsors we would never be able to give away so many great prizes,” Wells said.

            Other prizes include a Liberty VFT compound bow, G&H goose decoys, taxidermy mounting kits, a two-night stay at an Oklahoma state park and more.

         A total of 32 annual and nine lifetime hunting, fishing licenses will be given away at the event. On Saturday the doors open at 8 a.m. and first license giveaways will begin at 8:30 a.m., so get there early.

         With more than 100 different booths and activities already confirmed, there will be plenty to do during the free, two-day event, which will be held August 27 and 28, at the Lazy E Arena near Guthrie. Young and old alike will be sure to find something that interests them at the Expo from shotgun shooting, to a live butterfly exhibit, to dog training.

         For complete details on Expo giveaways, including rules and eligibility log on to wildlifedepartment.com

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Hunter Education classes offered around the state 

         With more than 50 different hunter education courses scheduled across the state in the next six weeks, now is the perfect time to get yourself or family signed up.

            “This is the best time of the year to find a hunter education course near your community. Right now there are more courses in more areas than there will be the rest of the year. Don’t wait until it is too late to find one near you," said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

            Approximately 14,000 hunter education students are certified annually at more than 300 courses statewide. To find out more about the hunter education program or to find a course near you, log on wildlifedepartment.com or call (405) 521-4650.

         A unique hunter education class will be offered for aspiring hunters, Saturday, August 27 at the free Wildlife Expo at the Lazy E Arena just north of Oklahoma City.

          “We’re excited about it, because this is the first course of its kind and you won’t find a more flexible, hands-on hunter ed class,” Meek said.

            To sign up for this course call (405) 521-4636 and be prepared to provide your name, address, date of birth and social security number. Before you come to the Wildlife Expo, be sure to complete the online home study course at wildlifedepartment.com. You can also pick up home study booklets at Wildlife Department offices in Oklahoma City, Jenks, or Higgins. Booklets are also available at the Midwest City Library and the H&H Gun Range in Oklahoma City.

            Anyone born on or after January 1, 1972, upon reaching 16 years of age must have completed a certified hunter education course in order to purchase a hunting license. Additionally, any hunters under the age of 16 (below the age required to purchase a hunting license) must complete a hunter education course in order to use a firearm to hunt big game (deer, elk or antelope).

  

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Oklahoma Wildlife Expo August 27-28 to be one of the largest outdoor-related events in state history

         After more than 18 months of planning and hard work, the final preparations are now being made for one of the largest outdoor-related events in state history.

         The Oklahoma Wildlife Expo August 27-28 at the Lazy E Arena just north of Oklahoma City will offer more 100 hands-on activities for the young and old alike – all completely free to the public.

            “The Oklahoma Wildlife Expo is a fantastic opportunity for all Oklahomans to learn more about what our state has to offer,” said Governor Brad Henry. “At the Expo you can catch a fish, paint a wildlife picture, or even try shooting a bow and arrow.”

Every visitor will be sure to find something that interests them, from shotgun shooting, to a live bat exhibit, to mountain bike riding, to dog training, to wild game cooking – the Expo will have it all.

“Coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation this event is a great example of what Oklahomans can do when they work toward a common cause,” Governor Henry said. “A wide variety of partners, including private businesses, non-profit conservation groups and other state and federal agencies, are coming together to promote and perpetuate Oklahomans’ appreciation of our state’s wildlife and natural resources.”

         For directions to the Lazy E Arena or for more information about the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo log on to wildlifedepartment.com or call (405) 521-3856.



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September 3 & 4 is Free Hunting Days in Oklahoma
 

    Dove hunting is a great opportunity to introduce a new hunter to the sport, but this year it is especially good. The first Saturday and Sunday of dove season just happens to coincide with Oklahoma’s Free Hunting Days.

         On September 3 & 4, Oklahoma residents do not need a hunting license to go afield.

         "There is no excuse not to take someone new during free hunting days. Not only is it a great time to take a kid hunting, it’s also a great time to introduce adults to our sporting heritage as well," said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "Both squirrel and dove are plentiful around the state and offer sportsmen lots of action during early September."

         A shotgun, an ample supply of shells and a place to go is all you really need to have a great day of dove hunting.

         “As any long-time dove hunter will tell you, trying to predict dove numbers on opening day can be risky at best, but from all indications it looks like we should have a great dove season,” said Mike O’Meilia, migratory game bird biologist for the Wildlife Department.

         Dove can be found from one corner of the state to the next, and hunters do not typically have to travel far to find dove. Recently harvested grain fields and cattle watering ponds on private lands can be excellent places to hunt dove, and they can often be found only a few miles outside city limits. Additionally, excellent hunting can be found on some of the areas managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. In fact many areas of those properties have been managed specifically for doves.

         To find out more about these areas, log onto wildlifedepartment.com and check out the new digital wildlife management area atlas. In addition to detailed maps, sportsmen can find additional information such as camping locations and contact information for local biologists.

         For complete dove hunting regulations, be sure to pick up a copy of the “2005-06 Oklahoma Hunting Guide” at a sporting goods retailer near you.


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August 25 deadline for one-of-a-kind hunter education course at Wildlife Expo

         Aspiring hunters have until August 25 to sign up for a unique hunter education class, Saturday, August 27 at the Wildlife Expo at the Lazy E Arena just north of Oklahoma City.

          “Time is running out to register for this class, so don’t procrastinate. Registering is as simple as giving us a phone call,” said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “And don’t forget, both the Expo and the hunter education course are free to the public.”

          Traditionally, hunter education classes are centered on classroom instructions. This special class will be a hands-on and interactive experience. As an added bonus, one lucky Expo hunter education participant will win a lifetime hunting license thanks to the generosity of Expo sponsors. For complete details on this and other Expo giveaways, including rules and eligibility, log on to wildlifedepartment.com

            To sign up for this unique course call (405) 521-4636 and be prepared to provide your name, address, date of birth and social security number. Before you come to the Wildlife Expo, be sure to complete the online home study course at wildlifedepartment.com. You can also pick up home study booklets at Wildlife Department offices in Oklahoma City, Jenks, or Higgins. Booklets are also available at the Midwest City Library and the H&H Gun Range in Oklahoma City.

        With more than 100 different booths and activities already confirmed, there will be plenty to do during the free, two-day event, which will be held August 27 and 28 at the Lazy E Arena. Young and old alike will be sure to find something that interests them at the Expo from shotgun shooting, to a live butterfly exhibit, to dog training.


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 September 2 application deadline for bonus youth deer hunts

         Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in six youth controlled antlerless deer hunts that will take place on private lands in several Oklahoma counties. Applications must be received at the Wildlife Department no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2.

         The hunts are scheduled for either October or January. This year 70 bonus antlerless deer gun licenses will be drawn for youth 12 to 16 years of age who have completed their hunter education requirements.

         "These hunts are on private property and should provide young hunters a great opportunity to see some deer as well as a chance to harvest a doe," said Bill Dinkines, assistant chief of wildlife for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission has endorsed the youth hunt program and we are thankful for the landowners' willingness to allow these kids the opportunity to hunt on their property.”

         To apply for a hunt, applicants must send the Department a 4 by 6 index card. The card should provide the hunter's name, date of birth, mailing address, telephone number, hunter education certification number, social security or driver’s license number, their order of hunt preferences (may list all 6 hunts) and lifetime license number if applicable. A non-hunting adult who is at least 21 years old must accompany the youth, and must also be listed on the index card. The index card should be labeled “Private Lands Youth Deer Hunt” and should be mailed to: Department of Wildlife, Attn: Wildlife Division-Youth Deer Hunts, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152.  

         Hunts will be offered in:

           •   Craig County (Oct. 9)

           •    Ellis County (Oct. 7-8)

           •    Ellis County (Oct. 14-15)

           •    Osage County (Oct. 14-16)

           •    Roger Mills County (Oct. 14-15)

           •    Alfalfa County (Jan. 14-15)

         The drawing will be held September 8 and successful applicants will receive a notification letter in the mail about their hunt the following week. The letter will inform them of their selection and provide details about the hunt and license requirements. Selected youth will need to purchase a $10 resident youth deer gun antlerless license unless they possess an Oklahoma Resident Lifetime Hunting or Resident Lifetime Combination License. The youth's non-hunting adult does not need a license. Any antlerless deer harvested during the controlled hunt will be considered a bonus deer and will not count against the youths’ combined season limit.

         For additional information concerning the hunts, contact the Department at (405) 521-2730.

 

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Wildlife Department seeks artists for waterfowl stamp design

         The Wildlife Department is accepting entries for the 2005 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp design competition. The deadline to submit art is 4:30 p.m., October 28.

         The American widgeon will be featured on the 2006-2007 stamp and all artists must depict this species, and any habitat appearing in the design must be typical for the widgeon in Oklahoma. The winning art will be printed on the 2006-2007 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp, which is required of most waterfowl hunters.

         Duck stamp sales help finance many projects that benefit ducks and geese. Since the duck stamp program began in 1980, thousands of acres of waterfowl habitat have been created through duck stamp revenues.

         Artwork may be of acrylic, oil, watercolor, scratchboard, pencil, pen and ink, tempera or any other two-dimensional media. The illustration must be horizontal, 6 1/2 inches high and 9 inches wide. It must be matted with white mat board 9 inches high by 12 inches wide with the opening cut precisely 6 1/2-by-9. Artwork may not be framed or under glass, but an acetate covering should be used to protect the art.

         Entries should be sent to the Duck Stamp Competition Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152.

         Entries will be judged on anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for printing. The winner and three honorable mentions will appear in a future issue of “Outdoor Oklahoma” magazine.

         A non-refundable entry fee of $20 (cash, money order or cashier’s check) must accompany each entry. No entries will be accepted after 4:30 p.m., Oct. 28.

         The winning artist will receive a purchase award of $1,200 and 50 prints (special artist's proof editions) of the design if the Wildlife Department makes such a reproduction. The winning entry will become the sole and exclusive property of the Wildlife Department.

         For more information about the contest call (405) 521-3856.

 

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Teal season and resident goose season open Sept. 10

         The wait is nearly over for hunters hungry for the opening of another waterfowl season. Both the September teal and resident goose seasons open statewide Sept. 10.

         Hunters can venture afield in t-shirts and jeans during the mild teal season which runs from Sept. 10-18.  Bluewing and greenwing teal are the first ducks to migrate through Oklahoma each fall and a little scouting can go a long way in improving your hunting success. Teal prefer shallow water and rely on tender vegetation to provide fuel for their long journey. Teal migration is triggered by decreasing day length as summer winds to a close. Large migrations can occur as northern cool fronts occur with increasing frequency in September.

         As an added bonus, the resident goose season opens the same day as teal season. Sportsmen in the right place could have the chance at bagging both the largest and smallest waterfowl species in Oklahoma, all in the same day. The resident goose season closes Sept. 19.

         To participate in the fall teal season or resident goose season, you need a resident or non-resident Oklahoma hunting license, an Oklahoma waterfowl hunting permit ($10) unless exempt, a federal duck stamp ($15 available at U.S. Post Offices), a Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit ($3 or free at wildlifedepartment.com) and a Fishing and Hunting Legacy Permit ($5). For complete regulations, consult the “2005-06 Oklahoma Hunting Guide" or log onto www.wildlifedepartment.com.

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