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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!

Wings of Wellness: Discover the Mental Health Benefits of Bird Watching

As we celebrate mental wellness, we encourage you to take a step back from the daily struggles of life and enjoy the beautiful birds surrounding us.

Tips for Moving Turtles from Roadways

Oklahoma's roads can be a dangerous place for wildlife, especially deliberate but slow-moving turtles. As you motor across the state this spring, consider lending these fellow travelers a hand with these three tips.

An Oklahoma Summer Fishing Must - Barren Fork Creek

ODWC operates two public access locations on Oklahoma's premier Neosho smallmouth bass fishery!

New Fish Habitat Initiative Underway in Oklahoma; Anglers Invited to Contribute

A new kind of fish habitat structure is coming to Oklahoma lakes, and you can help bring them here!

Taking State's Reptiles, Amphibians Requires License

As with other laws, regulations surrounding reptiles and amphibians have evolved through the years. Today, the license required for taking or attempting to take reptiles and amphibians depends on where the animal is collected or harvested.

Eagle Scout Prospect Builds Bat Boxes

A group of Scouts gathered to plan, build, and install three rocket-style bat boxes.

Catfish Angler Guide: Top Tips & Area Highlights

A fish fry favorite, catfish are abundant across Oklahoma and easy to catch come summertime!

Wildlife Sightings: What to Share and How to Share It

Contribute to conservation by sharing the details of your wildlife sightings.

Nature Sightings: What to Share and How to Share It

We offer tips for what to share when it comes to nature sightings and how to share them with biologists.

Conservation Efforts Soar with a Diverse Flock

Because the Wildlife Department is largely funded by the sale of these hunting and fishing licenses, much of its flock is dedicated to the conservation of game species. But a small wing of the agency, the Wildlife Diversity Program, concentrates its efforts on species that aren’t hunted or fished, with a special focus on species considered to be of greatest conservation need.