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Outdoors Digest-Herald Democrat

By Lynn Burkhead, For The Herald Democrat


Through November 27 – First breakup of duck season in North Texas zone.

Through November 27 – First split of duck season in Oklahoma Zone 2.

Until December 4th – Oklahoma Gun Deer Season.

December 13th – Oklahoma woodcock season.

Through January 1st – General season for whitetail deer in the North Texas zone.

Through January 15th – Oklahoma archery stag season.

February 15th – Oklahoma quail season.

Until February 26th – Quail season in Texas.

December 1-29 – Second split of Oklahoma pigeon season.

Dec 1 – Jan 31 – Pheasant season in Oklahoma.


Happy Thanksgiving weekend from the staff of Herald Democrat Outdoors. We hope and pray that you, your family, loved ones and friends enjoyed a great Turkey Day celebration this week… The Red River Fly Fishers will hold their next gathering, a pre-Christmas gathering, at Rec Hall at Eisenhower State Park December 6 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. For more information on the long-standing local fly fishing organization, visit the website at www.rrff.org… As mentioned last week, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation 2022-23 put-and-take The Blue River trout season is now underway, providing a great opportunity for families to spend some time outdoors during the Thanksgiving holiday week, the program which is scheduled to begin last week on November 1st. With cold weather and cold water looming in the coming weeks, keep an eye out for another season of good rainbow trout fishing at the creek near Tishomingo… Rainbow trout fishing season in Grayson County is not far away now, as in the next few Months stockings are applied. At Denison’s Waterloo Lake Park Pond the stockings are held in December, two in January and one in early March… Look for a full report on the 2022-23 local trout season coming soon…

hunting reports

As of this writing, the back of the rut is happening across Texomaland. Several bucks have fallen in recent weeks and a huge buck was recently run over on the northern edge of Whitesboro, according to social media… Oklahoma gun deer season lasts through December 4… The first part of the 2022-23 duck season ends on Sunday this weekend , November 27th…pheasant hunting reports from the far north are good including a great hunt in Kansas recently for a group of Texomaland hunters. Look for more pheasant hunting prospects in Texas and Oklahoma soon…

fishing reports

The water is patchy at Lake Texoma; water temperature is 65 degrees; and the lake is 1.90 feet below normal. Adventure Texoma Outdoors’ John Blasingame tells TPWD that “Striped bass do well with slabs and Alabama rigs and the deadstick bite has started. Boundaries come (come) from both ends of the lake.”…Meanwhile, Jacob Orr of the Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service tells TPWD that “striped bass do well on live allis shad and slabs under gulls or along flats in 35-40 feet of water . Water temperatures will rise this week and fish will start to move more shallowly around the islands and along the Washita Flats in 10-15 feet of water. The midday bite was better than the early morning (bite). Crappie are excellent in 18-20 feet of water on pink or white jigs and minnows. I still see a lot of undersized fish with the keepers mixed in. Catfish do well on cut shads in 50-60 feet for halter fish and on the flats in 25-35 feet for the big blues. They will continue to move flat towards the mouths of the rivers as it cools. Trout and smallmouth bass are good for live allis shad along the cliff; lots of little fish to see. Bigger fish come on big carolina crabs in 8-12 foot water (fished) along the rocks.”…

tip of the week

With the first part of the 2022-23 duck season drawing to a close in just a few days, mix the species in your bait spread to include not just the standard blocks of mallard, but also the green-winged teal, pintail, widgeon, gadwall and more redheads due in November are often found in pocket borders in Texomaland.

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