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Outdoor Notebook: Outdoor recreation is big business in Oklahoma, national report states

Casey Brecheen of Midwest City leaves Calypso Cove Marina to go bass fishing at Lake Thunderbird. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 64 percent of Oklahomans participate in outdoor recreation. [PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Casey Brecheen of Midwest City leaves Calypso Cove Marina to go bass fishing at Lake Thunderbird. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 64 percent of Oklahomans participate in outdoor recreation. [PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Outdoor recreation is responsible for 97,000 jobs in Oklahoma and annually generates $10.6 billion in consumer spending and $663 million in state and local tax revenue, according to a report by the Outdoor Industry Association.

Last week, the OIA released a economic report on outdoor recreation for each state. The report concluded that 64 percent of Oklahoma's 11.61 million residents participate in some form of outdoor recreation each year.

• The OIA claimed the outdoor recreation economy was thriving in Oklahoma but urged state lawmakers to ensure its growth and success by doing the following:

• Adequately fund state and local parks and trails

• Take steps to raise awareness of the importance of the outdoor recreation economy

• Develop and plan urban areas in a way that means all citizens can get outside and recreate within 30 minutes of their homes.

Nationally, OIA claims outdoor recreation accounts for $887 billion in consumer spending annually and sustains 7.6 million jobs.

NWTF holding banquets, gun bash

The National Wild Turkey Federation is sponsoring two banquets in the Oklahoma City area in August.

On Saturday, the Feathered Friends Chapter of the NWTF will host its Hunting Heritage banquet at Sooner Legends Inn and Suites in Norman.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. There will be games and raffles for prizes plus a live and silent auction.

On Aug. 12, NWTF will hold its “Wheelin' Gun Bash” at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Oklahoma City on Northwest Expressway.

The evening includes a steak dinner, silent auction and drawings for prizes such as guns, vacations, hunting trips and more. More than 50 premium firearms will be given away.

Michael Waddell of the television show Bone Collector will be attending the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $250. Attendance is limited.

For ticket information for either event, contact T.J. Goodpasture at (903) 253-1593 or at tgoodpasture@nwtf.net.

Turkey calling championships set Aug. 12

The National Wild Turkey Federation will sponsor the Oklahoma State Calling Contest Aug. 12 at Cabela's in Oklahoma City.

There will be competition in youth, amateur, owl hooting, friction, state and open divisions.

Registration will be from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the store with calling beginning at 11 a.m.

Appearing will be television's Bone Collector, Michael Waddell, a former national calling champion.

For more information, call T.J. Goodpasture at 903-253-1593 or email tgoodpasture@nwtf.net.

Bass fishing HOF finds new home

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is relocating from Birmingham, Alabama, to Springfield, Missouri.

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame will be included in the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium that is set to open Sept. 21, officials announced last week.

The new museum and aquarium will be located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield.

Wonders of Wildlife will contain a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. It will have 70,000 square feet of immersive wildlife galleries and dioramas and more than a mile of immersive trails and exhibits

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame was founded in 2000 and honors bass fishing legends including Oklahoma's Jimmy Houston.

For more information on the museum, visit wondersofwildlife.org. For more information on the hall of fame, visit bassfishinghof.com.

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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