Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Public Kayak Demo Day in OKC May 9

Sunset Paddling
Originally uploaded by FreeWine.
I got this news via email from Bill Becquart:

Wednesday, May 9 will be the date for this year's Kayak Demo in OKC.

In the past it has been held at Lake Hefner
This year it will be held on the banks of the Oklahoma River
at the Chesapeake Boathouse.

Kayak Demo Day
6:00-9:00 pm

Free & Open to the General Public

presented by the

Oklahoma City Outdoor Network
The Red Dirt Paddlers
OKC Metro Area - Kayak Club
The Chesapeake Boathouse

All types of Kayaks will be there
Recreational, Whitewater, Inflatable & Folding

Also, like in the past...

What makes this demo work
is when the Members of the OKC-ON
bring their own personal kayaks
to this demo - for others to try

We need your kayak to make this work
Please - plan to be there !!!!

Bill Becquart


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Eufaula Bass Fishing Tournament April 29

Eufaula Lake Fish Sign
Originally uploaded by FreeWine.
The Associated General Contractors Building Chapter (AGC) will be hosting its Fourth Annual Bass Fishing Tournament at Lake Eufaula April 29, 2007.

Fishing times are from 6:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Entry fee is $100 per boat. There will be numerous door prizes and give-a-ways.

The tournament is a benefit for "Kids, We Care" which seeks to rehabilitate children through the sport of fishing. For more information contact Peter Morrical at (405) 478-3502 or Paula Chichester at (405) 528-4605.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Oklahoma's State Vegetable...The Watermelon?

Originally uploaded by FreeWine.
Oklahoma already has the strawberry as its official fruit, so the state Senate cleared the way Tuesday to declare the watermelon the state vegetable. Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman from Rush Springs, site of an annual watermelon festival, brought this enlightened idea forward.

Sen. Don Barrington, R-Lawton, sponsored the bill in the Senate.

The controversy on whether watermelon is a fruit or vegetable has been officially decided by the Oklahoma Legislature. -- Don Barrington

He says watermelon comes from the cucumber and gourd families, which are classified as vegetables.

Of course, the dictionary refers to the watermelon as a fruit.

I think Okra got robbed!

The bill now goes to Gov. Brad Henry.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Mushroom Hunting and Other Distractions

Oklahoma Morel Mushroom
Originally uploaded by FreeWine.
If you have noticed a lack of paddling trip news, I apologize. The Forces That Be have conspired to keep me off of the water for most of the last few weeks. My day job and our river lot purchase has kept me quite busy lately, forcing me to miss out on paddling in some wonderful weather. I hope you have faired better.

I did get to sneak out with my Dad recently to paddle up a secret creek in search of the ever elusive Oklahoma morel mushrooms. It was Dad's first time paddling a kayak, but he is a very skilled canoe paddler so he was fairly comfortable paddling Dianne's Heritage Angler fishing kayak.

It was great to get a chance to share an hour or so paddling with Dad. He has a bad back, so I wouldn't want to subject him to a long paddling trip. Paddling the local creek was just perfect. When I was young, Dad tried to teach me about many kinds of Oklahoma hunting. Morel hunting is my favorite. I only wish it were a longer season.

Despite it being early in the season, we enjoyed 70+ degree temps, sunshine and just enough cloud cover for good picture taking. Check my Flickr pages to see more pictures from this trip, I have a special Flickr set for Morel mushroom shots from this trip. Stop by and see the Oklahoma outdoors pictures Dianne and I take and leave us a comment sometime. We would love to hear from you!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Archery in the Schools Event at Deep Fork Refuge

A Program Worth Making an Oklahoma Road trip to Support
Nearly 100 students from three Okmulgee Co. schools showed up at the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge Tuesday to participate in the second annual Okmulgee County Archery Day.

Students at the event competed against each other in Olympic-style archery shooting events and also tried 3-D archery target shooting and mock bowfishing. Additionally, students were treated to a wild game lunch and hands-on archery instruction. The highlight of the day-long event included a shoot-off between the three competing schools, which were Morris, Wilson and Beggs. Morris took home the team championship trophy, but every school had individual shooters who placed in the top three of either the boys or girls shooting events.

Taking first in the boys category was Luke Driver, Morris, followed by Alex Workman, Morris, and Christian Bowers, Wilson. In the girls category, Krysten McLaughin, Morris, took first placed, followed by Cassy Rice, Beggs, and Kate Nichols, Morris.

Okmulgee County Archery Day was part of the Oklahoma Archery in the Schools program coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The national program is a partnership between state wildlife agencies, schools and the nation's archery industry.

"The Archery in the Schools program makes it possible for students to try a sport that isn't normally offered in schools. It's so much fun though, that schools are catching on and getting students involved," said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Wildlife Department who also heads up the Archery in the Schools program for the state.

Designed for 4th-12th graders, the Archery in the Schools curriculum covers archery history, safety, techniques, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement. Teachers attend an eight-hour National Archery in the Schools training class taught by certified Wildlife Department instructors, and then return to their schools fully prepared to teach the two-week archery course to their students.

Students shoot at targets placed before an arrow-resistant net, and the shooting equipment is designed to fit every student. Eleven universal draw-length compound bows, 60 aluminum arrows, five foam targets, a bow rack, a backstop and a repair kit are all part of the Oklahoma Archery in the Schools kit that can be purchased by schools to offer the program.

"Archery is one of those sports where all students can really learn to excel at something, and it allows them to be a little competitive, too,"
Meek said. "But even if they don't compete in the sport, archery is still a lifelong hobby that they will always have to enjoy."

The Oklahoma Archery in the Schools state tournament is slated for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 26 at the University of Central Oklahoma's Hamilton Field House and Wellness Center. Any of the state's 80 schools that have taught the two-week Archery in the Schools curriculum can bring students to compete in the tournament.

For more information on the Archery in the Schools program, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.