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Blake Shelton's new venue raises money for wildlife

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Blake Shelton performs at The Doghouse in Tishomingo. (KTEN) Blake Shelton performs at The Doghouse in Tishomingo. (KTEN)
Blake Shelton presented a $144,500 check to the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation. (KTEN) Blake Shelton presented a $144,500 check to the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation. (KTEN)
Luke Bryan helped inaugurate The Doghouse in Tishomingo. (KTEN) Luke Bryan helped inaugurate The Doghouse in Tishomingo. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- We all know Blake Shelton loves to brag on his home state of Oklahoma, but in the past few weeks this country music star took his love for the Sooner State one step beyond.

He used the grand opening of the expansion of Ole Red Tishomingo to raise tens of thousands of dollars to protect one of the state's greatest assets for future generations.

"I'm born and raised in Oklahoma. I love to hunt and fish and get in the outdoors," Shelton told fans at opening night of The Doghouse at Ole Red. "Hey: Even if you don't hunt and fish, the outdoors in Oklahoma... it's heaven."

And with a little help from his buddy Luke Bryan, Shelton turned his new concert venue into a money-maker for the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation.

"They asked me if I would be on the board, and I told them...  I said, 'Hey, I don't know how much you can really count on me. I can raise a lot of money," Shelton said.

And that's just what he did.

With the newly expanded concert space, including an outdoor park area, The Doghouse doubles the size of of the original Ole Red.

"At first it seemed like, 'Man it's Tishomingo... how much space do you really need?' And we figured out that people were coming from everywhere for these concerts," Shelton said.

And come from everywhere they did, from New York to Arizona and all parts in-between. The payoff from The Doghouse to help preserve the future of wildlife in Oklahoma was huge.

"We're handing over $144,500," Shelton said, presenting an oversize check. "That's a pretty good start, right?"

"We're one of the last states that continues to grow hunting and fishing ... because we have such a thriving in-school program teaching that next generation of Oklahomans how to get in the outdoors, hunt, fish, and just enjoy the things that Blake Shelton and I grew up doing in the State of Oklahoma," said J.D. Strong, director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

"You know, it's amazing... this is the second time I've got to experience an idea come to fruition here in Tishomingo," Shelton added.

And if the packed house at The Doghouse is any indication, this is only the beginning for Shelton, his new concert venue, and the Oklahoma Wildlife Foundation.

"I'm super excited," Shelton said. "I'm so proud to be a part of the organization that obviously, a great cause, something that's close to my heart."

Another big name is coming to Tishomingo. Leroy Parnell plays at The Doghouse on June 9.