Outdoors Digest – Herald Democrat

By Lynn Burkhead, for The Herald Democrat


Through November 27 – first split of the Texas North Zone duck season.

Through November 27 – Oklahoma Zone 2 duck season first split.

Through December 4 – Oklahoma rifle deer season.

Through December 13 — Woodcock season in Oklahoma.

Through January 1 – general season for white-tailed deer in the Texas North Zone.

Through January 15 – Archery deer season in Oklahoma.

Through February 15 – Oklahoma quail season.

Through February 26 – Texas quail season.

December 1-29 – second split of the pigeon season in Oklahoma.

December 1 – January 31 – Oklahoma pheasant season.


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

Hunting reports

The back of the grind takes place in Texomaland as this is being written. Several dollars have fallen in recent weeks and according to social media a huge dollar was recently run over on the northern edge of Whitesboro…Oklahoma rifle deer season continues through December 4th…The first split of the duck seasons 2022-23 will end this weekend on Sunday, November 27…Reports on the pheasant hunt from the north are good, including a major hunt in Kansas for a group of Texomaland hunters recently. Look soon for more information on pheasant hunting in Texas and Oklahoma…

Fishery reports

At Lake Texoma, the water is stained; water temperature is 65 degrees; and the lake is 60 meters below normal. John Blasingame of Adventure Texoma Outdoors tells TPWD that “striped bass are good with plates and Alabama rigs, and the deadstick bite has started. Boundaries (come) from both ends of the lake.”…Meanwhile, Jacob Orr of the Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service tells TPWD that “Striped bass are good on live shad and flats under gulls or along flats in 10 to 12 feet of water. Water temperatures will rise this week and fish will move shallower again in 10 to 15 feet of water around the islands and along the Washita Flats. The afternoon snack has been better than the early morning (bite). Crappies 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 in them. Catfish are good on cut shad in 50-60 feet of water for keeper fishing and on the flats in 25-35 feet of water for the big blues. They will continue to move shallowly towards the mouths of the rivers as it cools. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are good on live allis shad along the bluff wall; see lots of small fish. Larger fish come in for large Carolina rigged crayfish in 8 to 10 feet deep water (fished) along the rocks.”…

Tip of the week

With the first split of the 2022-23 duck season coming to a close in a few days, mix the species in your decoy spread to include not only the standard mallard blocks, but also the green-winged teal, pintails, widgeon, gadwall and redheads that can be found in the month of November can often be found in bag limits across Texomaland.

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