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Bassmaster Collegiate Championship coming to Lake Tenkiller

The 2018 Bassmaster College Series National Championship will be held July 19-21 on Lake Tenkiller.

Tour Tahlequah, more formally known as the Tahlequah Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, is partnering with Northeastern Oklahoma State University, the Cherokee Nation and local businesses to bring the college fishing tournament to Lake Tenkiller.

Weigh-ins will be held on the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah and will be broadcast live on Bassmaster.com each day.

The tournament and activities will be aired at a later date on ESPNU.

In addition to the fishing, the weeklong event on campus includes an outdoor expo, angler kickoff banquet and angler speaker seminar.

College anglers competing in the national championship qualify through tournaments during the 2017-18 season. The collegiate angler who wins also earns a berth in the Bassmaster Classic.

About 90 two-person teams of collegiate anglers are expected to compete.


Deadline nears for Leadership Academy

Deadline to apply for the Oklahoma Conservation Leadership Academy, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy in Oklahoma, is March 2.

Forty individuals will be selected for the academy which provides a yearlong, in-depth educational experience of conservation practices around the state.

Tuition for OCLA is $2,500. For more information, email Cody Pepper at cody.pepper@tnc.org.

Final Descent banquet on Tuesday

The Final Descent Outdoors Ministry will hold its sixth annual banquet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

Tickets are $30. There will be a live and silent auction for hunting and fishing trips, gear, home decor, jewelry and more.

For more information or to buy tickets online, go to asyouaregoing.com.

Fish handling workshop in Langley

Bass tournament anglers are invited to a free workshop Saturday on fish handling techniques in Langley at the Grand River Dam Authority's Ecosystems and Education Center.

The workshop begins at 10 a.m. BASS Conservation Director Gene Gilliland will be providing instruction on ways to help keep fish alive during tournaments so they can be released back into the lake.

NatureWorks art show set in Tulsa

NatureWorks will hold its 2018 Art Show and Sale on Friday and Saturday in the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.

A patron party will be Friday evening. Art lovers can browse paintings, sculptures and wooden carvings by the top wildlife, western and landscape artists from across the United States.

Thirty percent of each art sale goes toward supporting the development and conservation of Oklahoma's natural habitats, as well as the creatures living in and depending on those habitats. For more information, go to natureworks.org/art-show.

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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