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A man fishes from the rocks on Lake Thunderbird on Labor Day. Fishing has been slow on area lakes but should improve with an anticipated cool front this week. (Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman)

A man fishes from the rocks on Lake Thunderbird on Labor Day. Fishing has been slow on area lakes but should improve with an anticipated cool front this week. (Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman)

Duck blind drawings on Saturday

Drawings for season-long duck blinds on state lakes will be held Saturday. Hunters must be present for the drawings.

For Fort Gibson Lake, the blind drawing will be at 8 a.m. at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's office in Porter. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

For Lake Eufaula, the drawing will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Porter office with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.

For Webbers Falls (Lock and Dam 16), the drawing will be at 1 p.m. in Porter with registration beginning at noon.

For W.D. Mayo Lake, registration will be at 10 a.m. at Spiro City Hall with the drawing immediately to follow.

On Waurika Lake, the blinds will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8 a.m. at the Waurika Lake Project Office.

Also on Fort Supply Lake, the blinds will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. at the Wildlife Department's office in Woodward.

On Canton Lake, the blinds will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. at the Canton Wildlife Management Area headquarters near Longdale.

Applicants for permanent blind permits must be at least 16 years old and possess all valid hunting licenses, signed stamps and permits as required for hunting waterfowl during the waterfowl season, unless exempt.

Additionally, applicants need a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit. Applicants must be present at the drawings to be eligible.

Waterfowl hunting blinds built on Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs are classified in two categories: temporary blinds (constructed for only one hunt and removed at the end of the hunt) and permanent blinds (constructed for seasonal use). No blind permit is required for temporary blinds.

Duck season in Oklahoma will open Oct. 15 in the Panhandle counties, Oct. 29 in Zone 1 (northwestern areas), and Nov. 5 in Zone 2 (southern and eastern areas).

The split season will close from Nov. 27 to Dec. 10 in Zones 1 and 2, then reopen Dec. 11 for the remainder of the season in those zones.

Catfish tournament scheduled on Lake Eufaula

The Okie Rod N Reel catfishing series will hold a tournament Sept. 17-18 on Lake Eufaula.

Entry fee is $200 for either one-, two- or three-angler teams. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. with the weigh-in both days at 4:30 p.m. at Tanner's Tackle on Texanna Road.

For more information, call Dustin Sipes at (580) 465-2626.

OKC GUN CLUB SETS SIGHT-IN DAYS

The Oklahoma City Gun Club will hold its annual sight-in days for hunters on Sept. 24-25

The club's Benchrest range will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. so hunters can sight in their rifles for the upcoming hunting seasons. The price will be $5 per gun.

Eye and ear protection must be worn. Members of the OKC Gun Club will be on hand to assist shooters.

The OKC Gun Club is north of Arcadia near the intersection of Sorghum Mill and Anderson roads. Signs will be posted directing people to the Benchrest range.

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 ›

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