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Christmas gifts for the outdoor enthusiast

If you're struggling to find that perfect Christmas gift or stocking
stuffer for the outdoor enthusiast in your family, the Oklahoma Department
of Wildlife Conservation's Outdoor Store is just the place for you.

"The Department's Outdoor Store has something for just about everybody,"
said Nels Rodefeld, information and education assistant chief for the
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "Whether your friends or
family enjoy hunting, fishing or bird watching, there are some great
presents for the outdoor enthusiast.”

A quick mouse click at www.wildlifedepartment.com/outstore.htm will
download an order form. Simply fill it out and mail it in and your
shopping is complete. You can also pick up the gifts yourself at the
Department’s Oklahoma City and Tulsa-area offices.

For the gift that lasts all year long, consider a subscription to the
Department’s official bi-monthly magazine, “Outdoor Oklahoma.” Six issues
packed with stunning photography and informative articles will be
delivered right to your loved one’s door for only $10 a year.
Subscriptions are available by calling 1-800-777-0019, or you can order
over the Internet by logging on to the Department’s Outdoor Store.

No outdoor enthusiast’s yard is complete without a birdhouse. Not sure
what type of bird she would want to attract? No problem. For $18, the
Dial-a-Bird house’s unique design has a rotating entry hole. Set the hole
to one of three sizes to attract species like the tiny chickadee or the
medium-sized tufted titmouse or the larger bluebird.

“Don’t forget appreciation gifts for landowners when you are making your
Christmas list," Rodefeld added.

Know someone who spends spring and fall seasons working in the yard and
loves watching wildlife? The Department’s book, “Landscaping for
Wildlife,” outlines steps any landowner can take to turn a yard into a
wildlife haven. It is 200-plus pages of full-color photographs, diagrams
and charts. For $20, it provides details about what to plant and build to
attract birds, ducks, butterflies, frogs, turtles and a host of other

Rodefeld said that one of five Wildlife Conservation vehicle license
plates is the perfect gift for that spouse who already has every hunting
or fishing gadget ever made. Choose from white-tailed deer, scissor-tailed
flycatcher, largemouth bass, bobwhite quail or the turkey plates. The
plates cost just $25 above your regular annual registration fee, and the
best part is that $20 of this cost is earmarked for Oklahoma’s Wildlife
Diversity Program. Applications for the unique tags can be picked up at
any local tag agents and the plates can be customized for no extra charge.

The “Bobwhite Quail in Oklahoma” handbook is for quail enthusiasts of all
kinds - hunters, landowners and do-it-yourself game managers. This
40-page, full-color booklet contains tips for habitat improvements and
everything you should know about the natural history of Oklahoma’s most
popular upland game bird.

Fishing publications, caps and birdhouses are just a few of the other
items found at the Outdoor Store. Pictures and a detailed description of
each item are included on the Internet, or go check out the items for
yourself at the Department's Oklahoma City and Tulsa offices.





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