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Oklahoma bowhunters are already bagging trophy bucks

Bowhunter Jeremy McCan of Newcastle bagged this 200-inch plus buck in McClain County last weekend. [PHOTO PROVIDED] 

Bowhunter Jeremy McCan of Newcastle bagged this 200-inch plus buck in McClain County last weekend. [PHOTO PROVIDED] 

Archery deer season is just two weeks old but already bowhunters are checking in big bucks across the state.

An outstanding buck was taken last weekend by Newcastle bowhunter Jeremy McCan, who killed the 17-pointer on his family's land in McCLain County.

The buck unofficially measured more than 190 inches. It can't be officially scored until after the 60-day drying period.

McCan said he has taken quite a few nice bucks off the family land in McClain County over the years, but this deer is the biggest.

"I have been for two years now," McCan said. "I had him at 15 yards last year and when I drew back on it with my bow, my nock fell apart on my arrow and I never saw him again until this year.

"I just happened to be out at the right time. He stepped out with five other deer and two other bucks and I got 'em at 18 yards, I believe. He stepped right out in front of me. He definitely added a few inches this year, added a couple of kickers. He definitely grew over the past year."

McCan is having the buck mounted by Terry's Taxidermy in Oklahoma City.

Arbuckle Springs WMA now open

Oklahoma's newest wildlife management is now open for hunting and fishing. The Arbuckle Springs Wildlife Management Area in Johnston County opened Wednesday.

The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission passed the emergency hunting rules for Arbuckle Springs at its September meeting and Gov. Mary Fallin recently signed the rules.

The 4,000-acre Arbuckle Springs Wildlife Management Area is west of the small town of Bromide in the Arbuckle Uplift. It will primarily be a hunting destination but there are some ponds on the property for fishing.

“It's a unique setting,” said Jeff Pennington, central region supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “I think people will enjoy hunting there just because of the appearance. There is certainly a solid amount of game animals there, too, but I think people will just enjoy the unique aspect of it.”

Only hunting, fishing and hunting or fishing-related camping will be allowed at Arbuckle Springs from Oct. 1 through Feb. 15.

The rest of the year, the wildlife management area would be open for other activities such as backpacking and horseback riding. Anyone not having a hunting or fishing license needs a wildlife conservation passport to access the property.

Fly fishing classes scheduled at Lake Arcadia

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is holding a free fly fishing class for beginners Saturday at Lake Arcadia.

The class will be from 9 a.m. until noon at the Arcadia Conservation on the south end of the Edmond lake. All gear is provided. Other classes will be held Nov. 18, March 17 and April 7.

Class size is limited and participants must register in advance online at For more information, e-mail Daniel Griffith at

DU holding banquet in Guthrie

The Guthrie chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding its 32nd annual banquet Saturday at the Logan County Fairgrounds.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m and an auction beginning at 8 p.m. For tickets, call Chancey Watts at (405) 278-1943 or Paul Fincher at (405) 850-0275.

Arkansas fly fishing guide to speak

Nathanael Ferguson, a fly fishing guide on the White and Norfork rivers in northwest Arkansas, will speak Tuesday at the Backwoods store in Oklahoma City.

Ferguson, from Mountain Home, Arkansas, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Prairie Fly Fishers club. Ferguson was born in Oklahoma City and is a former employee of the Backwoods store on north May Avenue.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Ed Godfrey

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