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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!

Tracking Wildlife in the Latest Digital Revolution

A new Motus Wildlife Tracking System tower was recently installed at the Selman Living Laboratory in northwestern Oklahoma. The end goal of this technology is tracking wildlife as they migrate through the state.

Wild Double Take: Buffalofish and Carp

Tips for identifying two Oklahoma look-alike fish, buffalofish and carp

2022-2023 Big Game Harvest Report

This past season, Oklahoma’s big game hunters set several harvest records — again! A new mark was set for overall deer harvest in the state; hunters reported taking 134,158 combined in all 2022-23 deer seasons.

The Pros and Cons of Food Plots

A common misconception is that managing habitat for wildlife requires food plantings or a food plot. Conversely, good wildlife management does not require food plantings and, likewise, food plantings alone are not indicative of good wildlife management.

The Ins and Outs of Ideal Wild Turkey Roost Trees

Roost trees are vital for a turkey on a daily basis as well as on a seasonal basis. In the evenings, turkeys will perch up off the ground where they are protected from predators, then fly down in early mornings.

Rare Oklahoma Crayfish Hatched at Texas Zoo

The Center for Conservation and Research – San Antonio Zoo has successfully hatched 47 Oklahoma cave crayfish in a lab setting.

Biologist Hauls in Remarkable Woodpecker Sightings

Four species of woodpecker were detected within an Oklahoma Breeding Bird Atlas survey block near the community of Vinson. The survey was completed as part of the state's second atlas effort.

The Benefits of Pond Aeration

While not a magic bullet, pond aeration can be an integral piece in your pond management plan, especially if you are constantly fighting poor water quality, fish kills, and other water-related issues.

A Closer Look at Patch-Burn Grazing for Livestock and Wildlife

Management practices like patch-burn grazing are beneficial for cattlemen and wildlife managers alike, increasing both the profitability of the livestock operation while also increasing the recreational value of the property.

Wild Double Take: American and Painted Ladies

Tips for identifying two Oklahoma look-alike butterflies, the American and painted ladies.