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Rack Madness 2020 will be held on February 25!


 




2019 Highlights



Bowhunter Tyson Hiebert (center) of Seiling holds his Cy Curtis state-record nontypical elk while standing with official scorers, from left, Wildlife Biologist Weston Storer, ODWC Assistant Director Wade Free, Game Warden Spencer Grace, and Big Game Biologist Dallas Barber. (Don P. Brown/ODWC)

Cy Curtis State-Record Elk Emerges from March Rack Madness!


Bowhunter Tyson Hiebert of Seiling came away with more than a scored rack at the third-annual March Rack Madness! event at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation headquarters in Oklahoma City. Now he’s known as the new record holder in the nontypical elk category of the Oklahoma Cy Curtis Awards Program.


His 9-by-9 bull elk tallied 346 7/8 points after a four-man panel measured the massive rack March 5. The score bested the previous record by 21 inches, and became the second-place elk overall in the state’s Cy Curtis record book for big game harvests.


Hiebert hauled his elk mount to Oklahoma City in an enclosed trailer. Because of its size and the large crowd in the scoring area, the rack had to be placed in the building’s lobby to await the attention of a panel of judges.


The record bull elk was harvested with a compound bow Oct. 3, 2017, on private land in Dewey County. Hiebert recalled his hunt during a Facebook Live interview posted on the Wildlife Department’s Facebook page. Click here to view the video.


“I was actually in the middle of changing spots that evening, and I was out in the middle of a wheat field. … And he came out of the trees like a tank.


“Somehow, luckily, he ran right out in front of me. When he got in front of me, he stopped, and I just drew my bow and let her fly. … Dreams come true sometimes!”


The hunt area is in the Special Northwest Zone, which has a season quota of just two elk. As it turned out, Hiebert said another elk was taken the same day in that zone and, had he not found success that day, the area would have been closed to hunting the next day.


“I had no idea until I had one at 20 yards how big they truly are,” he said. “I had no idea what I had when I shot him.”


The former Cy Curtis state-record nontypical elk scored 325 7/8. It was taken in 2005 by Jerry Jaynes in Comanche County.


Asked what advice he would give to a novice elk hunter, Hiebert said to keep at it and don’t give up. He said he hunted 18 days this year without getting an elk.


This was the third year for the March Rack Madness! event, which showcases Oklahoma's remarkable big game resources and our passion for hunting. Scorers measured 287 deer, six pronghorns, two bears and seven elk. And many people brought trophies that qualify for a Cy Curtis Award; entries are accepted online only. One lucky participant won a lifetime combination license provided by The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation. 


Besides private-land elk hunting opportunities, several public-land elk hunts are offered each year through the Department’s controlled hunts program. This year’s online application period will run from April 2 to May 15 for hunts scheduled next fall and winter.


Oklahoma’s Cy Curtis Awards Program began in 1972 and originally recognized white-tailed deer and mule deer only. Starting in 2014, the Wildlife Department’s official hunter recognition program expanded its record book to include elk, bear and pronghorn that exceed minimum qualifying scores. For details and to learn how to submit a trophy for the program, go to www.wildlifedepartment.com/hunting/cy-curtis.


Date/Time:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 8:00pm

City:

Oklahoma City, OK

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This is a special educational opportunity for public and private land wildlife enthusiasts in south central Oklahoma in cooperation with our partners at Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension, Noble Research Institute, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever, and Oklahoma Forestry Services with support from Oklahoma State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture. All citizens are welcome and invited.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

City:

Burneyville, OK 73430

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Join us August 17, 2019 starting at 6:00 pm with all upland bird enthusiasts encouraged to attend. As the oldest Quail Forever in the state with multiple habitat projects across Oklahoma, this premier banquet sells out, so get your tickets early!

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Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 6:00pm

City:

Oklahoma City, OK

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Deer Hunting 101 Workshop ~ August 24, 2019

Oklahoma Conservation & Hunting Groups Announce Deer Hunting Workshop for Hunters


In a collaborative effort area conservation and hunting organizations are presenting the 2019 Deer Hunting 101 Workshop at H&H Shooting Sports on August 24, 2019. The workshop will assemble subject matter experts who will coach attendees in a variety of basic deer hunting tactics and strategies. New and novice hunters will learn from over one-hundred years of collective hunting experience in the seven and one-half hour workshop.


Rick Nolan, a National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) volunteer and workshop instructor said, “We are at a critical juncture for the future of our hunting heritage. Nationwide, hunter numbers are declining. Because hunters pay for wildlife and habitat conservation, much work is to be done to recruit new hunters, retain active hunters and reactivate hunters to sustain our wildlife habitat. The volunteers who are presenting the workshop recognize there are many Oklahoman’s who want to learn to hunt, however they don’t have the benefit of a trusted friend, family member or colleague to mentor them. This workshop will provide them with the tools needed to get started on the right foot and improve their hunting experience.”


Multiple local Oklahoma NWTF Chapters, Quail Forever and the Oklahoma Blood Trackers are pooling resources and utilizing a volunteer-powered network to bring the workshop to Oklahoma City on August 24, 2019. H&H Shooting Sports will provide the venue. Class size is limited to 30 participants and the cost of tuition and lunch is $25 per person.


Registration is now open at www.NWTF.org/events (search events in Oklahoma for the Deer Hunting Workshop. Contact Rick Nolan, Tri-City Sportsmen NWTF (rick@nolanoutdoors) for more information.


Date/Time:

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am

City:

Oklahoma City, OK

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Please visit the website for more information!

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Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

City:

Tulsa, OK

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Join us August 29, 2019 starting at 6:00 pm for anyone in the Canadian County area who want to help the new chapter get off the ground to do great things for quail, quail habitat and getting youth outdoors.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 6:00pm

City:

Yukon, OK

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Join us August 31, 2019 starting at 8:00 am conducted by Tony Miller of Endeavor Kennels for any dog owner wishing to help prevent their dogs to avoid poisonous snake bites.  Registration is $50 per dog. Pre-registration and payment is required.  Please visit the website for more details.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:00am

City:

Edmond, OK

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GENERAL OVERVIEW

The foundation of any successful deer program is quality habitat. Wildlife consultants will discuss habitat requirements and the tools needed to improve your land for white-tailed deer. Wildlife biologists will discuss research on native deer foods and the role food plots and feeders play in management. You’ll also learn how to manage quality deer habitat with livestock and fire.


ABOUT THE SERIES

Noble Research Institute and Bass Pro Shops has teamed up to bring land managers, hunters and deer enthusiasts a two-part series that provides a comprehensive understanding of deer management principles. Wildlife biologists will lead the discussions and answer your questions on deer management. Topics will include antler development, habitat management, food plots, culling and population management.


RELATED EVENT:

Debunking Deer Management Myths Part 2


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

The importance of native plant diversity

Habitat requirements for white-tailed deer

The role food plots and feeders play in deer management

Land management tools to improve deer habitat

How to use land management tools to improve deer habitat


HOW YOU WILL LEARN:

Seminar presentations

Q&A


WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Hunters, ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to better understand white-tailed deer management


Date/Time:

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

City:

Grapevine, TX 76051

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We are thrilled to announce a brand new event this year called The Fish Bowl. The tournament is part of the annual Sand Bass Festival in 2019 and we are honored to partner with such a popular community event. All proceeds from the fishing tournament go to the operations of OK Kids Korral. First place in the Bass division is $10,000. So, sign up here! You can also print a registration form and send it with payment to: The Toby Keith Foundation, 818 NE 8th Street, OKC, OK 73104 before Aug. 26, 2019. No checks will be accepted if postmarked after that date. Download the form here.


Click here for a complete copy of the rules.

 

Date/Time:

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 3:00pm

City:

Kingston, OK. 73439

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The Roger Miller Museum's DO-WHACKA-DO trail run is located at Sandy Sanders Wildlife Management Area.  For more information visit:  https://www.dowackadotrailrun.com/

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 6:00am

City:

Erick, OK

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GENERAL OVERVIEW

Most deer enthusiasts and hunters are interested in large antlers. At this event, wildlife biologists will discuss antler development, selective harvest and effectiveness of culling. Come see years of research on deer and learn how to grow large-antlered deer on your property. Population management is important to maintain a healthy deer herd. Learn how to improve your deer herd through selective harvest, data collection, management associations and aging techniques.


ABOUT THE SERIES

Noble Research Institute and Bass Pro Shops has teamed up to bring land managers, hunters and deer enthusiasts a two-part series that provides a comprehensive understanding of deer management principles. Wildlife biologists will lead the discussions and answer your questions on deer management. Topics will include antler development, habitat management, food plots, culling and population management.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

The importance of doe harvest

Buck harvest strategies to increase antler size

The role of aging techniques in deer management

The science behind antler development

How management associations can improve deer management

The value of record keeping


HOW YOU WILL LEARN:

Seminar presentations

Q&A


WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Hunters, ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to better understand white-tailed deer management


Date/Time:

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

City:

Grapevine, TX 76051

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A fun (and free) event for dog lovers and their dogs, Bark in the Park features pet-friendly activities, raffles, dog-care merchandise, demonstrations, food vendors and more. Plus this year's event includes 2 days of dog aquatic diving competitions. It’s officially called the 4th Annual Phil Henderson Memorial Bark in the Park in beautiful tree-covered Wacker Park. Visiting dogs should be on leash and be accustomed to being around many people and other pets. Proceeds go to Pauls Valley Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Bring a leash with your dog attached, and perhaps a light camping chair and sunscreen.


Date/Time:

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 4:00pm to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

City:

Pauls Valley, OK

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