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Enjoy the great outdoors — and plenty of action indoors, too — during the 10th edition of the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo, unfolding Sept. 26-27 at the Lazy E Arena, just north of Oklahoma City.
Thousands of visitors are expected to turn out for all the fun at this free event conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation with the help of many great organizations, partners and volunteers.
The Expo takes a hands-on approach to educating visitors of all ages and all experience levels about Oklahoma’s wildlife and natural resources and how to enjoy them. All the crowd favorites will be there, including kayaking on an indoor pond, shotgun and pellet gun target shooting, fishing in a stocked pond, archery in the woods, and making crafts such as birdhouses and baskets.
“This is the state’s largest outdoor recreation event, and it draws thousands of people each year,” said Rhonda Hurst, Wildlife Expo coordinator for the Wildlife Department.
Visitors are encouraged to plan to spend the entire day at the Expo, because there are so many things to see and do there. Youngsters will have a chance to ride mountain bikes, take a shot at bowfishing in the pond, check out some of Oklahoma’s common sport fish in a giant glass tank, and much more.
There will be plenty of learning opportunities offered at dozens of booths inside and outside the arena. Visitors can speak with wildlife biologists and outdoorsmen experienced in fishing, hunting, game calling, wildlife and fisheries management, reptiles and amphibians, and more.
Seminars will include Starting a Fire Without Matches, Fish Cleaning and Jug Lining 101, among other topics. Various hands-on activities including Simulated Noodling, Wildlife Bling Make-N-Take and Fly Tying will capture the interest of the whole family! Another favorite of Expo visitors is always the chance to sample some wild game cooking. And the best thing about all of this: It’s free!
“In short, the Expo is a celebration of everything outdoors in the state of Oklahoma,” Hurst said. “We want you to leave the Expo with a new appreciation for wildlife and the hobbies of hunting, fishing and wildlife watching.”
The Wildlife Expo has its own website at wildlifedepartmentexpo.com. Log onto the site to find out the latest information, including how to get to the event, lists of activities and events, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Expo hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Admission and parking are free. Be sure to mark your calendar now and make plans to be a part of the fun at the 2015 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo!