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                                                               A COLLECTION OF LETTERS TO THE WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
                                                              We’d like to hear from you! Send your letters to Outdoor
           JULY 2018                                          Oklahoma Letters, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152,
           1    “Outdoor Oklahoma” TV, Fish Kill Seminar, 8 a.m., OETA.  or send e-mail to donald.brown@odwc.ok.gov.
           7    Oklahoma City free fishing day, no city permit required.
           8    “Outdoor Oklahoma” TV, Fishing Basics With Daniel Griffith,    Dear Outdoor Oklahoma,
                  8 a.m., OETA.
                                                                I so much enjoyed the March/April issue of Outdoor Okla-
           9    Okla. Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting, 9 a.m.,   homa, namely “The Three Seasons of Bird Watching.” As an
                  Oklahoma City.
           10   Family Fishing Clinic, 6:30 p.m., Jenks-Zebco casting pond,   Okie transplant to Oregon, I was much disappointed to find that
                  wildlifedepartment.com/education.           cardinals are absent here, as are the scissortails. My first spring
           13–14 Ducks Unlimited state convention, Bricktown-Oklahoma City,   in Oregon, I was thrilled to see the familiar face of a robin!
                  (479) 220-9735.                               I will always remember the first and only time I saw a paint-
           14   Boat safety class, 10 a.m., Bass Pro Broken Arrow, (405) 522-1880.  ed bunting. I was living east of Ada, and it was after a spring
                Hooked on Fishing class, 8 a.m., Edwards Park, Oklahoma City.  rain that one appeared in my backyard. Such a beautiful sight.
                Fly fishing clinic, 10 a.m., Bass Pro Oklahoma City,    In Oregon, there is an abundance of wild turkey. Appar-
                  (405) 218-5200 — fly shop.                  ently they are not native to this area and were introduced by
           15   “Outdoor Oklahoma” TV, Ponca City teacher, 8 a.m., OETA.  man years ago. It’s very common for turkey to stop traffic on
           17   Okla. Striped Bass Assn. meeting, 7 p.m., Zebco, Tulsa,    many neighborhood streets!
                  (918) 639-8114.                               Walks in the forest are rare for me, but the article “Avoid Itchy
           21   Hooked on Fishing class, 8 a.m., Springlake Metro Tech,   Situations” was especially informative since it showed the various
                  Oklahoma City.                              types of plants that grow in what regions of the U.S., including the
           22   “Outdoor Oklahoma” TV, Summer Crappie at Eufaula, 8 a.m., OETA.  Pacific Northwest. Many thanks for the wonderful publication
           24    Family Fishing Clinic, 6:30 p.m., Jenks-Zebco casting pond,   and for delivering a piece of Oklahoma to me regularly in Oregon.
                  wildlifedepartment.com/education.                                   Becky Butler, Corvallis, Ore.
           28   Hooked on Fishing class, 8 a.m., Crystal Lake, Oklahoma City.
                Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NW Oklahoma banquet,   Editor’s Note: Thank you, Mrs. Butler, for your support
                  Woodward, (580) 994-1000.                   of the official Wildlife Department magazine. We appreciate
                Boat safety class, 10 a.m., Bass Pro Broken Arrow, (405) 522-1880.  every subscriber!
                Friends of NRA Texhoma event, 6 p.m., Ardmore, (580) 222-1276.
           29   “Outdoor Oklahoma” TV, x, 8 a.m., OETA.       Dear Wildlife Department,
           •  National Wild Turkey Federation events set in Wilburton, (July 14);   As a fishing guide, I am more than “casually” involved in
            Atoka (July 20); Oklahoma City (Ladies, July 21); Eufaula (July 21);   the activities of the Wildlife Department. In all of these many
            Info: www.nwtf.org/events.
           AUGUST 2018                                        years of being around and affected by the their decisions, I
                                                              can say that they do the following:
           1    Entry Deadline for Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp Design Contest.  1. Truly care about our wildlife and their ability to thrive.
           4    Oklahoma City free fishing day, no city permit required.  2. Support harvesting programs as a means to ensure the
           5    “Outdoor Oklahoma” TV, TBA, 8 a.m., OETA.     health of our wildlife.
           6    Okla. Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting, 9 a.m.,   3. Listen to the concerns of the public.
                  Oklahoma City.                                4. Like and support hunters and fishermen.
           11   Boat safety class, 10 a.m., Bass Pro Broken Arrow, (405) 522-1880.  5. Take their jobs very seriously.
           12   “Outdoor Oklahoma” TV, TBA, 8 a.m., OETA.       6. Won’t tolerate abuse of wildlife.
           21   Okla. Striped Bass Assn. meeting, 7 p.m., Zebco, Tulsa,    Being a guide, this is my favorite one …
                  (918) 639-8114.                               7. They are consistent in their enforcement of rules. There is
           25   Boat safety class, 10 a.m., Bass Pro Broken Arrow, (405) 522-1880.  no gray area. The law is the law. Every time a Game Warden
           •  National Wild Turkey Federation events set in Cherokee (Aug. 3);   pulls up to my boat for an inspection, I know what they are look-
            Edmond (Aug. 3); Oklahoma City (Aug. 4); Stigler (Aug. 4); Norman   ing for, and I know every Game Warden goes by the same book.
            (Aug. 4); Holdenville (Aug. 11); Tishomingo (Aug. 18); Oklahoma City   Honest hunters and fishermen have nothing to fear when
            (Dodgers game, Aug. 19); Grove, Aug. 25). Info: www.nwtf.org/events.
           •  Friends of NRA events set in Newcastle (Aug. 2); Oklahoma City (Aug.   a Game Warden pulls up. They are on our side (if we follow
            9); Enid (Aug. 11); Elk City (Aug. 18); Tulsa (Aug. 23); Shawnee (Aug.   the rules).
            25). Info: www.FriendsOfNRA.org.                    Thanks to the Game Wardens and biologists that let me
           •  Ducks Unlimited events set in Perry (Aug. 4); Coweta (Aug. 4); Sand   have a resource and a dream job that I can make a living off of.
            Springs (Aug. 4); Bartlesville (Aug. 11); Oklahoma City (Aug. 17);          James Allen, via Facebook
            Blair (Aug. 30). Info: www.ducks.org/events.

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