, Muskogee, OK

December 27, 2012

Outdoor notebook


The outdoor calendar runs every Friday. Items should be submitted by fax (918) 684-2865, email at 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.


Jan. 5-8: The Oklahoma Tackle and Hunting Show at the Oklahoma City Fair Grounds, Oklahoma City.

Jan. 9: 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.

Hunting seasons

CROW  – Dec. 9-Mar. 4,  statewide.

DOVE  –  Dec. 22-30.

DEER SEASONS: The archery deer season runs from Oct. 1 through Jan. 15. The muzzleloading season opens on the fourth Saturday in Oct. and runs for nine days. The deer gun  season opens the Saturday before Thanksgiving  and runs for 16 days.

ARCHERY  – Oct. 1-Jan. 15.

HOLIDAY ANTLERLESS DEER GUN SEASON  – Dec. 21-30  (Open only in certain zones).

PHEASANT  –   Dec. 1-Jan. 31, open only in designated areas (Hunting Guide)

QUAIL: Nov. 10-Feb. 15, statewide (second Sat in Nov. thru Feb. 15.)

RABBIT:Cottontail and swamp Oct. 1-Mar. 15, statewide; jackrabbit Oct. 1  – Mar. 15  (west of I-35 only); no open season on  jackrabbits east of I-35.

SQUIRREL  – May 15-Jan. 31, statewide

TURKEY  – Check regulations pertaining to individual counties. Archery: Oct. 1 – 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


Lake report


Lower Illinois: Dec. 24 . Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-2 feet in coves and under the bridge. Striped bass slow on trout and shad at river mouth. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Trout excellent fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 feet and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Fort Gibson: Dec. 21. Elevation 1 foot below normal, water 51 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 feet around docks. Catfish good drift fishing the main channel using whole shad and sunfish. Bass fair on crankbaits and plastic craws at 10-20 feet. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.


Robert S. Kerr: Dec. 25. 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 — Best (Full Moon); Major, 10:15 a.m.; Minor 3:15 p.m.

Saturday — Best; Major, 11:05 a.m.; Minor 4:05 p.m.

Sunday — Good; Major, 11:55 a.m.; Minor 4:55 p.m.

Monday — Fair; Major, 12:45 p.m.; Minor 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday — Good; Major, 1:35 p.m.; Minor 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday — Good; Major, 2:25 p.m.; Minor 7:25 p.m.

Thursday — Poor; Major, 3:20 p.m.; Minor 8:20 p.m.