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Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo opens Friday

Larry Wheeler of Francis stands between the mounts of two Pontotoc County bucks he killed eight days apart from the same ladder stand during archery season. Both bucks green scored more than 200 inches and officially measured 203 1/8 and 195 and 2/8. Wheeler's mounts will be part of the Whitetail Wall of Fame at the Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo, which opens Friday in Oklahoma City. [PHOTO BY GEORGE MOORE]

Larry Wheeler of Francis stands between the mounts of two Pontotoc County bucks he killed eight days apart from the same ladder stand during archery season. Both bucks green scored more than 200 inches and officially measured 203 1/8 and 195 and 2/8. Wheeler's mounts will be part of the Whitetail Wall of Fame at the Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo, which opens Friday in Oklahoma City. [PHOTO BY GEORGE MOORE]

The 31st annual Backwoods Hunting and Fishing Expo will be Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for military and senior citizens. Ages 12 and younger will receive free admission.

Show hours are from noon until 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.

On display will be the Whitetail Wall of Fame, featuring some of the top bucks taken during the 2017-18 hunting season. Deer hunters can bring their bucks to be scored at the show.

For more information, go to backwoodsshow.com.

Trout season ending at Dolese

Oklahoma City's annual trout fishing season at Dolese Youth Park Pond will end Wednesday, but anglers can continue to fish for trout until they are gone.

Beginning March 1, the daily catch limit will remain at six trout per day, but anglers will be allowed to use up to three rods per person. Only one rod or pole per angler is normally allowed.

The last trout stocking of the season was last week, with about 380 rainbow trout stocked. More than 5,000 trout have been put in the pond since this season opened Dec. 1.

To fish for trout, all anglers between the ages of 16 and 62 must have a city fishing permit in addition to a state fishing license. Annual city fishing permits cost $18.50, while a daily permit is $3.50.

For more information, call the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery at 405-297-1426, or go to okc.gov/parks.

New paddlefish record set at Grand

Rob Rider of Disney landed a Grand Lake rod-and-reel record on Valentine's Day when he caught a 121-pound paddlefish.

The unrestricted lake record, a paddlefish hooked on a trot line in 1992, still stands as Grand Lake's largest ever at 134 pounds.

The state rod-and-reel record paddlefish is 125 pounds, 7 ounces, which was caught in 2011 in the Arkansas River below Kaw Lake.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Paddlefish Research Center at Twin Bridges State Park on Grand Lake opens Thursday.

State wildlife department employees clean paddlefish for free for anglers in exchange for the eggs from the female paddlefish, aka spoonbills. The agency uses the eggs to make spoonbill caviar, which the agency then sells to a wholesaler.

Oklahoma County DU banquet set Friday

The Oklahoma County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding its eighth annual fundraising banquet Friday at the Harn Homestead, 1721 N Lincoln Blvd.

Ticket prices are $55 for individuals, $75 for couples and $40 for greenwings (ages 17 and younger).

In addition to a whole hog buffet dinner, there will be raffles for various hunting products and silent and live auctions.

For tickets, go to ok.ducks.org. For corporate sponsorship information, call Randall Cole at 479-220-9735 or Justin Hightower at 405-222-9402.

NWTF banquets scheduled in Seminole, El Reno

The 4-Corners Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its 12th annual "Hunting Heritage Banquet and Auction" Saturday at the Kelly Haney Center on the campus of Seminole State College.

The 4-Corners Gobblers of Seminole recently received the 2017 "Volunteers of the Year" award by the Oklahoma State Chapter of NWTF.

For ticket information, go to nwtf.org, email elishasmantle777@gmail.com or call banquet chairperson Penny Veitenheimer at 405-517-6254.

On Friday, the Back Road Strutters Chapter of El Reno will hold its 12th annual fundraising banquet.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Palace Event Center, 2310 N Banner Road in El Reno.

For ticket information, call Kamara Gatz at 405-779-0618 or go to nwtf.org.

Four Oklahomans earn awards at NWTF convention

Four Oklahomans earned awards at last weekend's national convention of the National Wild Turkey Federation in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tress Phipps of Hodgen, an Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation technician at the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area in McCurtain County, won the Grand National Turkey Calling Championship in gobbling.

Jack Waymire, southeast region senior wildlife biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, was given the Joe Kurz Wildlife Manager of the Year award.

The Joe Kurz Wildlife Manager of the Year award is named in honor of a former Georgia Department of Natural Resources wildlife chief for his role in improving wildlife management. Kurz was a principal figure in wild turkey trap-and-transfer programs across North America.

Waymire, a 25-year Wildlife Department employee, manages the 19,247-acre Pushmataha Wildlife Management Area in southeast Oklahoma. NWTF praised Waymire for his habitat management practices on the area.

Kay County game warden Spencer Grace was named NWTF's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. T.J. Goodpasture, region coordinator for NWTF in western Oklahoma, was named the organization's Rookie of the Year.

Ed Godfrey

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