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Outdoor Oklahoma Journal

This is the Outdoor Oklahoma Journal, where we're all about helping you pursue and engage in Oklahoma's vibrant outdoor lifestyle. Follow us for great hunting and fishing stories, wildlife features, insider information about unique opportunities, and tangible details on how to go out and be a hunter, angler, and conservationist. The outdoors are always open, so don't miss out!

March 2016

Natural Reserves Serve Wildlife and People at Tinker AFB

Tinker Air Force Base’s natural reserves not only serve as wildlife habitat, they also serve as an outdoor recreation outlet and training platform for people on the base.

Mar 1, 2016

February 2016

Elk City Woman Supports Bluebirds with Nest Box Trail

Ann Freeman has been maintaining a nest box trail for decades to benefit eastern bluebirds and other cavity nesting songbirds.

Feb 1, 2016

January 2016

Managing for Mussels

The Wildlife Department works with many partners to enhance endangered populations of the Ouachita rock pocketbook mussel in southeastern Oklahoma.

Jan 4, 2016

2015-2016 Big Game Report

The 2015-16 deer seasons are in the books, and many Oklahoma hunters are already directing their thoughts toward the upcoming seasons. While harvest was more than 8,000 fewer deer than the previous year, the good news is that Oklahoma’s deer herd is in great shape. Many portions of the state have received much-needed rainfall and are on the way to a full recovery from the drought. Hopefully, the rains will continue, your treestands are hung, and you are ready for opening day!

Jan 1, 2016

November 2015

Build a Nest Box in Seven Easy Steps

We share a supply list and instructions to build a nest box and increase habitat for cavity-nesting songbirds.

Nov 2, 2015

September 2015

Creatures of the Night

A glimpse of Oklahoma's nocturnal animals.

Sep 1, 2015

March 2015

Holes for Homes: Cavity Nesting Birds

Dozens of Oklahoma bird species are considered "cavity nesting birds" and build their nests in a cavity of a hollowed out tree or in man-made nest boxes.

Mar 1, 2015

February 2015

The Burning Question: How are reptiles and amphibians affected by prescribed fire?

We check in with a wildlife biologist to find out how reptiles and amphibians are affected by prescribed fire. The answer: Biologists and researchers alike maintain prescribed fire is an important habitat management activity for these creatures, just as it is for birds, mammals, and invertebrates.

Feb 18, 2015

January 2015

Wildlife Well Equipped to Survive Winter Weather

The cold temperatures have us thinking about how wildlife survive the winter weather.

Jan 6, 2015

September 2014


A closer look at the survival techniques Oklahoma’s wildlife use to defend against predation.

Sep 1, 2014