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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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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 6:00am to Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 8:00pm

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Thackerville, OK 73459

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You don’t want to miss Crossings 11th Annual Beast Feast at Crossings OKC! You’ll enjoy a sportsman’s feast, hunting and fishing expo, fellowship, prizes, and a special message from guest speaker Brad Clay from Final Descent Outdoors.


Doors will open to the public at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will be served prior to the program in the Venue at Crossings OKC at 7:00 p.m.


Tickets are $15 for ages 16 and older and are $5 for ages 15 and under. Learn more and purchase tickets at https://crossings.church/beast-feast today!


Questions? We’d love to connect with you! Contact Pam Ingle at pingle@crossings.church or 405-302-1209 with any questions you have about Beast Feast.


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Friday, July 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

City:

Oklahoma City

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Discover a wetland after sunset at the Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area.

Before heading out to tour the wetland, visitors will learn about bats in Oklahoma through the Echolocation Grotto, a traveling exhibit sponsored by Alabaster Caverns State Park. After settling down in an open-air seated trailer, the tour will set out to discover what goes on in a wetland after the sun goes down. Throughout the tour, visitors will learn how the wetland is managed by the OK Wildlife Dept. to provide habitat for wetland-dependent birds and other wildlife. The evening concludes around 11 pm.


Reservations are required. There is no fee and participants must be at least 14 years old.


To make your reservations please contact: melynda.hickman@odwc.ok.gov More information, including a map to the Hackberry Flat Center, will be provided with your email confirmation.


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Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

City:

Frederick

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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.

 

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

City:

Kingston, OK. 73439

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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.


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

City:

Pauls Valley, OK

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