Bears, bucks, bass and mountain climbing
Bear season remains open
Black bear season might stay open long enough for muzzleloader hunters after all.
Only one bear was taken by a bow hunter over the weekend, bringing the total to 15 for the season in the four southeastern Oklahoma counties open for black bear hunting – Pushmataha, Latimer, Le Flore, and McCurtain.
“We had six inches of range in some parts of the region (last week),” said Joe Hemphill, southeast region supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It kept some of them (hunters) from getting to their hunting areas, I know that.”
Only 20 bears can be killed by hunters then the season ends. If 20 haven’t been killed by bow hunters by Oct. 24, then the black bear season will be open for muzzleloader hunting until the total of 20 bears is reached.
An earlier rut?
Bucks have been pretty shy in the first two weeks of archery season, but state wildlife officials are reporting more deer movement than usual at this time of the year.
“It seems like things are moving awful earlier,” Hemphill said. “The rut may start earlier than usual. We got lots of deer moving and lots of them are being hammered on the roads.”
Hunts for disabled and ill children
The three-day youth deer gun season opens Friday statewide.
The Oklahoma Outdoor Outreach Program, which sponsors hunts for disabled and chronically or terminally ill children (17 and younger) is holding some youth deer hunts in western Oklahoma Friday through Sunday.
For information, call Tim Slavin at (405) 826-7286 or visit www.oklahomaoutdooroutreach.org.
Bass records at Lake Texoma
There has been some good fall bass fishing at Lake Texoma, evident by two recent lake records.
Joe Copeland of Roff landed an 11.2-pound largemouth on Saturday in the Alberta Creek area on a soft plastic bait. The catch has been certified by the state Wildlife Department as a new lake record largemouth for Lake Texoma.
Also on Saturday, Josh Williams of Tuttle caught a 3.4 pound spotted bass on the Washita arm of Texoma that also is a new lake record.
Mountain climber to speak
Julia Niles, the first woman to complete a one-day solo grand traverse of the Tetons, will be speaking Wednesday night at Backwoods in Oklahoma City, located near NW 122 and May.
Niles is a professional climber skier and adventure travel guide who has just returned to mountain climbing after having a tumor removed from her lungs that hindered her ability to breathe.
Niles will share stories of her recent climbing and skiing trips in an inspirational multi-media presentation.
The presentation is free and open to public. It begins at 7 p.m.
If planning to attend, Backwoods is requesting an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 751-7376.