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Bears, Wine and the Antlers Deer Festival

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I made it to Broken Bow Wednesday night for the opening of Thursday’s black bear season.
Plan to have a story in Friday’s newspaper on the first person who legally kills a bear in Oklahoma.
(I will be blogging from Girls Gone Wine in Hochatown. Who wouldn’t want to blog at Girls Gone Wine.)
The state Wildlife Department is only allowing 20 black bears to be killed in the entire season, which is open in McCurtain, Latimer, Le Flore and Pushmataha counties.
After talking to some of the local residents in Broken Bow, it sounds like the bear season could open and close the same day.
Apparently, a lot of people think they know where they can get a bear. Baiting is allowed on private land.
I don’t know how many will be killed Thursday, but I bet the majority of bears for the season will be taken in the first two days.
Those suckers will find a hole quickly.
On another note, I noticed when driving through Antlers that the town’s annual Deer Festival is scheduled Friday and Saturday.
A big buck contest, deer chili cook-off, chainsaw carving contest and wildlife photo contest are just some of the events scheduled.
Deer archery season also opens statewide Thursday, so there is a lot going on in southeastern Oklahoma this weekend.
Come on down!

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Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›