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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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We often fear snakes because we don’t know enough about them. Being able to identify venomous snakes can help keep you from fearing the majority of snakes, which are not venomous. Join us to hear from Mike Porter, senior wildlife and fisheries consultant, who will provide you with need-to-know information about snakes in Oklahoma. You’ll have the chance to ask your questions about snakes and see multiple species of live snakes native to Oklahoma.


What You Will Learn:

• The basics of snake biology

• The largest snake species in Oklahoma

• The smallest snake species in Oklahoma

• The venomous snakes in Oklahoma

• Common nonvenomous snakes in Oklahoma

• How to avoid snake bites

• Snake bite first aid


How You Will Learn:

• Seminar Presentations

• Demonstration

• Q&A


Who Should Attend:

• Anyone wanting to learn about Oklahoma snakes


Date/Time:

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

City:

Ardmore, OK 73401

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Ponds can provide you with endless hours of recreation, and they can increase the value of your property. There are many goals for an impoundment, such as sport fishing, waterfowl, livestock water, swimming, fire suppression supply and irrigation supply.


This event will focus on managing sport fish in small impoundments. You will learn how to develop a quality sport fishing impoundment from the ground up, from site selection to managing existing fish and everything in between. Come learn fish management fundamentals that will aid you in developing and managing an enjoyable fishery.


What You Will Learn:


•Watershed physical properties and how they influence pond size

•How land management in the watershed influences water quality and quantity

•The importance of soil type in site selection for a pond

•The difference between overflow types and their application

•How dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity and other water chemistry parameters play roles in sport fish management

•Common sport fish identification

•How to apply proven stocking strategies

•The tools used to monitor fish populations

•How to manage individual fish populations

•The value and benefits of aquatic vegetation

•How to use different techniques for controlling aquatic vegetation

•Plant identification and its importance


How You Will Learn:


•Classroom discussion

•Q&A

•Seminar presentations


Who Should Attend:

•Land owners or managers looking to improve the management of their ponds and/or sport fish


What You Should Bring:

•Plants that you would like help identifying


Date/Time:

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 6:15pm

City:

Ardmore, OK 73401

Description:

Discussion will include the topics of forest management, prescribed burning, pollinators, livestock grazing, habitat management for quail, turkey and dove, and other subjects pertaining to upland game birds. RSVP for meal planning to (907) 750-2600 or lmciver@quailforever.org.


Date/Time:

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:00am

City:

Clayton, OK 74536

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:00am

City:

Clayton, OK

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We are excited to announce our newest event, The Fish Bowl. Our new fishing tournament has a first place Bass division prize of $10,000. The Fish Bowl benefits OK Kids Korral and is part of the annual Sand Bass Festival in 2019. The event takes place on June 8, 2019 at Catfish Bay on Lake Texoma. There is also a mandatory Captain's Meeting on Thursday, June 7th at 6pm at Catfish Bay Marina.


1 in 8 boats gets a payout in the Bass Division!


BASS DIVISION

Motorized boat - $10,000 first place prize with 15 prize levels

Non-motorized boat/kayak - $1000 first place prize with 3 prize levels

Big Bass - $2000 prize

Worst Fisherman - $500 prize


STRIPER DIVISION

Motorized boat - $2500 first place prize with 3 prize levels

Non-motorized boat/kayak- $1000 first place prize with 3 prize levels

KIDS DIVISION FOR PRIZES (in Catfish Bay at our assigned area near the Marina)

Free 12 and under w/ paid adult


(All prizes based on 150 motorized boats. Subject to change)


All the proceeds from the fishing tournament go back into supporting the sport and providing extra fundraising for The Toby Keith Foundation's OK Kids Korral. The Korral is a cost-free home for children fighting cancer.


Visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org/news-and-events.org for more information or call us at 405-271-6552.


Date/Time:

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 5:45am

City:

Kingston

Description:

This tour may start early but it will be worth it! All of the rains have created a wetland that already has nesting wetland birds. Participants will tour the wetland in a seated, open-air trailer and help the Wildlife Dept. biologists and volunteers record the breeding birds observed on that day. Reservations are required and children must be at least 8 years old to participate. Binoculars are available for participants to use.

Please email melynda.hickman@odwc.ok.gov to make a reservation. A confirmation will be emailed to you along with a map and written directions to the Hackberry Flat Center.


Date/Time:

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 6:00am

City:

Frederick

Description:

Come learn about the effects of growing season fire on livestock, wildlife and plants. Also learn how to conduct a growing season burn on your property.

Agenda

8:30-9:00am Registration

9:00am Welcome

9:15-10:30am Burning in the growing season, Forage/Browse Quality, Wildlife impacts, Equipment

10:30-12:00 How does season of burn affect plant diversity, pollinators, and sericea lepedeza

12:00-1:00pm Lunch provided (no cost)

1:00-3:30pm Conduct growing season burn (weather permitting)


Date/Time:

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 8:30am

City:

Stillwater

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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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