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N A T I O N A L W I L D T U R K E Y F E D E R A T I O N
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION FIELD DAY

Saturday Feb. 1, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


This field day is a free educational opportunity created especially for hunters, private landowners and citizens
wishing to learn about improving habitat for white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and other native wildlife in northeast
Oklahoma. The event is held in cooperation with Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma State
University Cooperative Extension, Oklahoma Forestry Services, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service,
Noble Research Institute, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever and is supported by
Oklahoma NWTF State Chapter. Come enjoy the day with us on Cherokee WMA, 31,360 acres
of rolling hills covered with oak-hickory timber in southwestern Cherokee County.

Cherokee WMA Wildlife Conservation Field Day Info

 

 

Date/Time:

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

City:

Tahlequah, OK 74464

Description:

Free event to help you catch rainbow trout at Dolese Youth Park pond.

For ages 10 and up.

Register at 405.297.1426

Topics covered - knot tying, safe casting, baits and lures, outdoor ethics, cooking /cleaning and best places to fish


Date/Time:

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

City:

Oklahoma City, OK 73122

Description:

CVTech and the NWTF are partnering up to offer a Hunter Education class in El Reno on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The class will be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students must be at least 10 years old to take the written test. The Back Road Strutters Chapter of the NWTF will be serving up lunch to those who attend. To register, call CVTech at 405-422-2201 or online at www.cvtech.edu.


Date/Time:

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 8:00am

City:

El Reno

Description:

Prescribed Fire Planning

Workshop

Saturday February 15th 2020

Agenda
8:30-9:00am

  • Registration and Welcome

9:00am-12:00

  • Fire Plans
  • Fire Weather
  • Firebreaks
  • Smoke Management
  • Pre-burn Management

12:00-1:00pm

  • Lunch provided

1:00-3:30pm

  • Fire Equipment
  • Conduct burn (weather permitting)

 

Please RSVP by February 10th or for more information contact:
Brandon Boughen at brandon.boughen@okstate.edu or 405.282.3331
John Weir at john.weir@okstate.edu or 405-744-5442


Location:
OSU Fire Service Training Center west of Stillwater, OK
Directions: From I-35 and 51 Hwy 8.5 mi East to Karsten Creek Road then South 0.25 mi
From Stillwater 6 mi West on 51 Hwy to Karsten Creek Road then South 0.25 mi

Date/Time:

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

City:

Stillwater, Oklahoma

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The Illinois River Fly Fishing School features seasoned fishing instructors, Mark Patton, Tom Adams, Blake Patton and Tre Dupuy. The clinic offers in-depth information about equipment, flies, casting, and onstream instruction. Participants attend Friday night orientation and Saturday morning sessions on equipment and flies. Sessions on casting and stream instruction are held on the banks of the lllinois River on Saturday afternoon. No meals are included in the cost of course. If you would like meals on Saturday, Big Daddy's Restaurant will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner.  For more information, or to enroll, please call:  405-613-6520

Date/Time:

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 8:00pm to Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 8:00pm

City:

Vian, OK 74962

Description:

Come join the Oklahoma Herpetological Society for exciting presentations from local and regional professionals about Oklahoma reptiles and amphibians! We will also have our members meeting (non-members welcome to attend) to hold elections and discuss general business for 2020. Stick around for our fundraising raffle (or auction TBA) and to network with other OK herp enthusiasts! For information on how to register, visit our eventbrite link or contact us at okherpsociety@gmail.com.


Date/Time:

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am

City:

Edmond

Description:

This is our do-not-miss social event of the year offering the chance to win topnotch firearms, hunting gear, personal items, and exclusive home furnishings. Best of all, the proceeds go toward supporting a cause that's close to the heart of hunters, their families, and the future of the great outdoors.


RSVPs are needed absolutely no later than February 12, 2020 and can be made either by calling Mike Burnside at (918) 630-8557 or by visiting https://events.rmef.org/shop/tulsa.


Date/Time:

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 5:00pm

City:

Tulsa

Description:

​​​​​​For the fourth year, Rack Madness is returning bigger and better than ever! The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will host this free public event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at its Oklahoma City headquarters at 1801 N. Lincoln. Anyone wanting to have an Oklahoma-harvested deer or elk rack scored is invited (black bears and pronghorn also will be scored). Free buffalo chili and chips will be served at 11:30 a.m. and prizes will be given away to lucky registrants throughout the day! There will even be a lifetime license giveaway courtesy of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation! To win you must bring a trophy for scoring and be present for the drawing.



Those planning to bring a rack or trophy for scoring will need to register. To login or create a profile and register, click here.



  • Each participant may bring two racks or trophies, and the scoring service is free.

  • Only Oklahoma-harvested trophies are eligible for scoring. Both antlers must be attached to the skull plate, whether mounted or unmounted.

  • Trophies that haven't undergone a mandatory 60-day drying period will be scored but not yet eligible for Cy Curtis recognition.

  • There will be no time slots. It will be first come first serve.


 


REGISTER FOR RACK MADNESS


 




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 - 9:00am to 7:00pm

City:

Oklahoma City, OK

Description:

Buy tickets on website listed. Contact Eric Ledoux, 405.863-3294, or Harold McNutt, 405-922-7544. Table sponsorships also available.

Date/Time:

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

City:

Norman

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