January 4, 2013

Outdoor notebook

January 4, 2013


The outdoor calendar runs every Friday. Items should be submitted by fax (918) 684-2865, email at sports@muskogeephoenix.com or submitted in writing to the Phoenix at 214 Wall Street during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Items must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday for inclusion in the next calendar.


Wednesday: The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Regular Commission Meeting.  Meetings are held monthly, 9 a.m. at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Building (auditorium), 1801 N. Lincoln


Jan. 24: A Predator Calling Seminar will be presented at Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow at 7 p.m.  in the upstairs seminar room. Scott Ruff will cover Bobcat calling and Travis Alzate will cover Coyote calling. Both men are expert predator hunters, videographers and seminar presenters with many years of multi-state experience. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (918) 355-7600.

Feb. 22-24: 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Tulsa and Grand Lake. Launch: Grand Lake (Wolf Creek area of Grove) with Weigh-in at the BOK Center. Expo: Tulsa Convention Center.

Hunting seasons

CROW  – To March 4,  statewide.

DEER SEASONS — The archery deer season runs through Jan. 15.

ARCHERY  –  To Jan. 15.

PHEASANT  –  To Jan. 31, open only in designated areas (Hunting Guide)

QUAIL —  To Feb. 15  statewide (second Sat in Nov. thru Feb. 15.)

RABBIT — To March 15 on cottontail, swamp and jackrabbit, no open season on  jackrabbits east of I-35.

SQUIRREL  – To Jan. 31, statewide

TURKEY  – Check regulations pertaining to individual counties. Archery to Jan 15, Gun, April 6  – May 6 statewide except in the southeast region; April 22-May 6, southern region only; Youth Spring Turkey:  April 20-21, southeast region only.

Waterfowl report

Eufaula - Zone 2: Water level is 5 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor at current lake level. Very little farming in the area. Duck numbers are fair to poor; spotty. Goose numbers are low, with local resident birds present. Hunter activity is low and success is unknown. A few possible flights of migrants observed over the weekend. Native vegetation and Japanese millet from the millet program are excellent and plentiful, but not inundated at current lake level. At present the lake continues to fall slowly with no inflows.

Fort Gibson - Zone 2: Water level is .69  foot below normal. Habitat conditions are good, smartweed, barnyard grass, and some agricultural crops in the area. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is slow.

 Keystone - Zone 2: Water level is 4.2 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor to fair. Almost all sloughs and potholes are dry due to extreme drought conditions. Cottonwood WDU over 100% full and filling with excellent food conditions in the majority of the units. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low and success is fair. Some birds arrived with recent cold front.

Webbers Falls - Zone 2: Water level is 2.97 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good with smartweed, barnyard grass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo and winter wheat in the area. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is slow. Bird movement is slow.


Lake report


Fort Gibson: Dec. 31. Elevation 1 foot below normal, and clear. Catfish fair on cut bait and shad in main channel while drifting. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks at 10-20 feet. Black bass good on small crank baits 3-15 feet. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Hudson: Dec. 31. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.


Robert S. Kerr: Jan. 1. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and up river in coves. Spotted bass excellent up Canadian River, look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie fair around deeper submerged brush. White bass and striped bass fair on minnows and shad crankbaits up river in deeper holes and around rock ledges. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 feet close to creek and river channels. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Solunar Tables

Friday — Poor; 4:10 p.m. to 9:10 p.m.

Saturday— Fair; 4:35 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.

Sunday— Good; 5:25 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.

Monday— Good; 6:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Tuesday— Fair; 7:05 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

Wednesday— Good; 7:55 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.

Thursday— Good; 8:50 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

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