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PADDLEFISH STATE RECORD CERTIFIED AT  132.5 POUNDS


            New state- or lake-record fish have been added to the Wildlife Department’s official database in recent weeks. Here is a snap-
          shot of the big ones that didn’t get away!



                                    State Record                                          State Record Spotted

                                   Paddlefish                                            Gar (Unrestricted

                                   (Restricted Division)                                 Division)

                                   Weight:                                               Weight:
                                     132 pounds, 8 ounces.                                 11 pounds, 4 ounces.
                                   Length:                                               Length:
                                    65 inches.                                             40.5 inches.
                                   Girth:                                               Girth:
                                    39 inches.                                            13.75 inches.
                                  Angler:                                               Angler:
                                    Larry Morphew of Yale.                                Dustin Statton, Meeker.
                                  Method of Catch:                                      Method of Catch:
                                    Rod and reel.                                         Bow and arrow.
                                  Date Caught:                                          Date Caught:
                                   April 29, 2018.                                        May 11, 2018.
                                  Area Caught:                                         Where Caught:
                                   Arkansas River (Black-                                Lake of the Arbuckles.
                                   burn area).

            What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught? A 7-pound largemouth, a 2-pound crappie or a
          45-pound blue catfish? While your fish might not be a new state record, it possibly could be
          the biggest fish ever caught from your favorite lake. Thanks to a network of record-keepers
          at lakes across the state, your next trophy could qualify as a lake record.
            The Lake Record Fish Program was established as a way to serve anglers and
          recognize big fish and the lakes they come from. To find out more, go online to
          wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/records.htm.


          DON’T FORGET HUNTER EDUCATION


            Hunting season is fast approaching, and it’s a great time to think
          about hunter education. Whether you are required by law or not,
          everyone can benefit.
            Topics include firearms safety, wildlife conservation and identifica-
          tion, safe archery and more. The classes help people become responsi-
          ble and ethical hunters.
            Oklahoma’s free hunter education course is offered both online and
          in several classroom sessions taught by a certified instructor. Class-
          room courses are offered across the state at various times and locations.
          For class schedules, go to www.wildlifedepartment.com/education.
          The convenient online course can be found on the same web page.
            Any Oklahoma resident 10 or older may complete the online course
          and print a hunter education certification card upon completion of
          the online final exam. Youths 9 and younger may take the course for
          knowledge but are not eligible for certification; instead, these youths
          may buy an apprentice-designated hunting license. Apprentice-desig-
          nated licenses may be used by anyone 30 or younger. Hunter education
          certification is not required for anyone 31 or older in Oklahoma.


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