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State Archery Tournament — and a state record bass

March 29, 2012

SHOOTIN' SISTERS — From left, sisters Cailey and Candice Yochum and Jesse and Katie Bullard will not only represent Wister Public Schools at this week's State Archery Tournament, but their families as well. Photo by George Midgley

Archery in the Schools State Tournament was this week. Wister School had three teams that went to Oklahoma City to compete against 21 other teams in their division. The high school team is back again after several years of success, including a third-place finish last year. They have many successful shooters on the team, and are hoping for another good showing at the state level.
The 2011 defending state champion in the male division, Colton Woolbright, is from Wister. Following his victory in Oklahoma last year, he made the long trip to Kentucky to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program Tournament, where he finished eighth.
In addition to Colton’s individual success, the high school team has qualified for nationals for the last several years as a team, and also had several other individuals qualify for the national level — including Jesse Bullard, who finished as the female state champion two years ago.
At the regional tournament in McAlester last month, the high school finished third, and had several shooters in the top five on the male and female side. The female side was a double family affair with sisters, Jesse and Katie Bullard, finishing in the top five in the high school divison. Another set of sisters, Candice and Cailey Yochum, also finished in the top five in their respective high school and elementary divisions.
I have really enjoyed being a part of the NASP, and I believe it is a great opportunity for the kids to enjoy competition and camaraderie with other students from around the state and nation. Not only does it encourage teamwork, but it rewards individuals for outstanding performance. It’s a great program overall. I will have results from our area students next week.
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Once again, Oklahoma’s youth turkey hunters have the annual opportunity to head to the woods a few days earlier than other hunters during the youth turkey season, slated this year for March 31-April 1 in most of the state and April 21-22 in the southeast region where we live.
The youth spring turkey seasons are offered to youth younger than 18 years of age who are accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older. The adult may not hunt or possess archery or firearms equipment. While eligible youth can hunt during both youth seasons, the limit for both youth seasons combined is one tom turkey. Turkeys taken by youth turkey hunters during the spring youth turkey seasons are included in the youth hunter's county and regular spring season limits.
Youth who participate in the youth spring turkey season not only get an early opportunity to hunt, but those youth who do not harvest a turkey during the youth season may use their unfilled turkey licenses during the regular spring season, which runs April 6-May 6 in most of the state and April 23 May 6 in the southeast region, which includes LeFlore, Latimer, McCurtain, Atoka, Choctaw, Coal, Pittsburg and Pushmataha counties.
For more information go online to www.wildlifedepartment.com.
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This time of the year, the fishing is really picking up, and the opportunity to catch a really big fish is really good. Benny Williams Jr. cashed in on his chance when he reeled in the new state record largemouth bass at Cedar Lake last weekend. The brute weighed 14 pounds, 12.3 ounces and was a monster. I send out my congratulations to him and his success on the lake. It’s quite an accomplishment to go down in history on the state record books.
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Email questions or comments to gmidgley_golf@yahoo.com.

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