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Outdoor Oklahoma Journal

This is the Outdoor Oklahoma Journal, where we're all about helping you pursue and engage in Oklahoma's vibrant outdoor lifestyle. Follow us for great hunting and fishing stories, wildlife features, insider information about unique opportunities, and tangible details on how to go out and be a hunter, angler, and conservationist. The outdoors are always open, so don't miss out!

The Ins and Outs of Ideal Wild Turkey Roost Trees

Roost trees are vital for a turkey on a daily basis as well as on a seasonal basis. In the evenings, turkeys will perch up off the ground where they are protected from predators, then fly down in early mornings.

Rare Oklahoma Crayfish Hatched at Texas Zoo

The Center for Conservation and Research – San Antonio Zoo has successfully hatched 47 Oklahoma cave crayfish in a lab setting.

Biologist Hauls in Remarkable Woodpecker Sightings

Four species of woodpecker were detected within an Oklahoma Breeding Bird Atlas survey block near the community of Vinson. The survey was completed as part of the state's second atlas effort.

The Benefits of Pond Aeration

While not a magic bullet, pond aeration can be an integral piece in your pond management plan, especially if you are constantly fighting poor water quality, fish kills, and other water-related issues.

A Closer Look at Patch-Burn Grazing for Livestock and Wildlife

Management practices like patch-burn grazing are beneficial for cattlemen and wildlife managers alike, increasing both the profitability of the livestock operation while also increasing the recreational value of the property.

Wild Double Take: American and Painted Ladies

Tips for identifying two Oklahoma look-alike butterflies, the American and painted ladies.

ODWC Shooting Range Update

As shooting sports grow in popularity, see what the Wildlife Department is doing on WMAs to make sure there's a place for you to shoot.

We’ve Got Answers: Biologists Reply to Lizard FAQs

We checked in with biologists to answer a few of the Wildlife Department’s most frequently asked horned lizard questions and learn how to best help these well-loved reptiles.

Tinker Conservation Program Flies Past 20-Year Milestone

Research teams have been tracking and studying the Texas horned lizards at Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base for two decades.

Small Game: A Guide for Hunters

Small game hunting is due for a resurgence.