Some notes about things going on this weekend.
The Oklahoma City Gun Club is hosting the state cowboy action shoot.
The event continues today (Oct. 9) through Sunday and will decide this year’s state champions in cowboy action shooting.
If you are not familiar with cowboy action shooting, it’s a timed event where competitors shoot Old West guns at targets in a certain sequence. They are penalized for misses or shooting at the wrong targets.
Besides shooting Old West guns or replicas of the Old West guns, everyone dresses the part and takes on an alias.
Spectators are welcome. For more information or directions to the OKC Gun Club, visit www.okcgunclub.org.
Bear season is still open in southeastern Oklahoma and the number of bears taken by bow hunters is now up to 14, as of Friday morning (Oct. 9).
It doesn’t look we are going to make it a muzzleloader season for bears.
State wildlife officials are only allowing 20 bears to be killed by hunters than the season is closed. A muzzleloader season is scheduled to open Oct. 24. But at this rate, there is a very good chance bow hunters will have bagged 20 bears and the season will end before Oct. 24.
The fact that 14 have already been killed indicates there are more bears in southeastern Oklahoma than what state wildlife officials thought. Next year, they may increase the limit.
Other states that allow bear hunting allow a harvest of up to 20 percent of the population.
Alan Peoples, chief of the wildlife division for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said bears are being checked in by hunters from areas of southeastern Oklahoma not known to have bears.
“We are getting bears from places where we didn’t have any data,” he said.
The state Wildlife Department is going to learn a lot about the bear population from this hunting season, he said.
I’ve been hearing some optimistic reports about quail this year. Sue Selman, who owns a big ranch in Harper County, thinks it’s going to be a pretty good year for quail hunting.
Peoples said reports from the field have been “mainly good and much better than last year as a rule.”
The state’s October roadside surveys will be conducted in two weeks.
“Most people I have talked to have been optimistic,” Peoples said.
On Saturday night, the High Plains Quail Forever Chapter is holding a fund raising banquet in Elk City at the Elks Inn.
For tickets, call Dale or Linda Garner at (806) 826-0761.
Another fundraiser is being held by the Indian Territory Quail Forever Chapter in Pryor.
The banquet will be at the Elks Club.
For ticket information, call Bob Free at (918) 638-3523 or Paul Ayotte at (918) 232-5148.
Lake Thunderbird stuff
Anglers who fish at Lake Thunderbird may want to attend a meeting Monday night at the Crows Secret Nature Center at Thunderbird State Park.
The topic of the meeting is the 5-year fisheries management plan for the lake.
State wildlife officials will discuss past survey data and future fish management strategies for Lake Thunderbird.
Other topics may include water usage, pollution, habitat needs, fish regulations and lake access.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call Keith Thomas at 325-7288.