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Reel Recovery to host fly fishing tourney at American Horse Lake

Corbin Cross, 10, from Newalla hauls in a fish under the supervision of fishing guide John Johnson of Bethel during the 17th annual CAST for Kids Fishing Derby for children with disabilities on Sept. 15 at Lake Thunderbird in Norman. [PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Corbin Cross, 10, from Newalla hauls in a fish under the supervision of fishing guide John Johnson of Bethel during the 17th annual CAST for Kids Fishing Derby for children with disabilities on Sept. 15 at Lake Thunderbird in Norman. [PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN]

The Oklahoma chapter of the national Reel Recovery program will be holding its first fly fishing bass tournament at American Horse Lake on Oct. 7.

The event is a fundraiser to support the chapter's two annual retreats held at Broken Bow.

Reel Recovery is a national nonprofit organization that provides free fishing retreats for men who have or have had cancer. The national program was started in 2003. The Oklahoma chapter held its first retreat in October 2013 and its 11th on Sept. 9 at Beavers Bend State Park.

The Oct. 7 catch-and-release tournament will be from 1 until 4 p.m. Anglers can register online by going to ianglertournament.com and searching "Oklahoma Chapter Reel Recovery," or on site at noon the day of the tournament.

The fee is $50. First-place prize for the longest five-bass stringer will be a one-night stay and half-day guided fishing trip for two people in Eagle Nest, New Mexico, by Eagle Nest Fly Shack.

First-place prize for the largest bass will be a half-day guided trip for two fly fishers on the Lower Mountain Fork River in Beavers Bend State Park provided by Beavers Bend Fly Shop.

Other prizes will be awarded, and there will be a silent auction. A cookout will follow the tournament.

For more information, go to reelrecoveryoklahoma.org or Reel Recovery Oklahoma's Facebook page.

Big game hunter to speak in OKC

The Dallas Safari Club, a hunting and conservation organization, has started an Oklahoma chapter and is bringing big game hunter Dave Fulson to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

Fulson, host of the TV show "Tracks Across Africa," will give a presentation on hunting the African leopard. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 801 S Meridian.

The meeting also will serve as a membership drive for the new Oklahoma chapter. The Oklahoma chapter is the ninth satellite chapter for the organization, which is similar to Safari Club International.

For more information, visit the Facebook page for the Oklahoma chapter of the Dallas Safari Club or call Zach Neher, board chairman of the Oklahoma chapter at 405-623-1202.

OKC Gun Club sets hunter sight-in days

The Oklahoma City Gun Club has scheduled its sight-in days for hunters on Sept. 29-30.

Every year, the club north of Arcadia opens its Benchrest range to the public so hunters can sight-in their rifles for the upcoming hunting seasons.

Cost is $5 per gun. The range will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

Members of the OKC Gun Club will be at the shooting stations with spotting scopes to assist. Shooters should bring their own eye and ear protection.

To get to the OKC Gun Club, go north on Westminster Road from Route 66 near Pops to Sorghum Mill Road. Go east on Sorghum Mill Road for a mile and a half to the entrance of the gun range.

Wildlife Expo concludes Sunday

Sunday, Sept. 23, is the final day of the Wildlife Expo at the Lazy E Ranch and Arena.

Admission is free. The Wildlife Expo, sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, showcases more than 120 hands-on activities, seminars and exhibits.

The Wildlife Expo opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. For more information, go to wildlifedepartment.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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