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Wildlife Department Cancels
Bass Tournament Study
Department officials have reluctantly called off a bass tournament
study scheduled for August 23, 2003 at Lake Texoma. The study, which
was designed to be part of a multi-state research project to
evaluate summertime bass tournament mortality in the southeast,
failed to attract the number of anglers required to make the study
Department personnel from both Oklahoma and Texas have been working
cooperatively for months to organize the tournament and to be on
hand to collect the needed research information.
A target goal
of 60 anglers participating in the tournament was set in order reach
a valid sample size of bass needed for study analysis. As of Monday,
33 anglers primarily from Oklahoma had indicated an interest in
participating but only about 20 of those had pre-registered and paid
the entry fee for the event.
“I received a
call late Monday from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials
who stated they were canceling their participation in the
tournament,” said Kim Erickson, Chief of Fisheries for the Oklahoma
Department of Wildlife Conservation. “Without having the combined
personnel and equipment resources from both states to pull this off,
we have decided to cancel the tournament,” said Erickson.
deeply appreciate the anglers who were willing to help and regret
any inconvenience this cancellation may cause. We especially want to
thank Oklahoma Anglers Unlimited and President, Robert Cartlidge,
for the help and assistance provided in trying to get this project
off the ground.”
pre-registration tournament entry fees will be refunded.