From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - Draw results for 2014 Pronghorn buck photograph for AZGFD by George Andrejkoelk and pronghorn antelope hunts are available

Leftover tags available for purchase by mail beginning April 21

Phoenix, Arizona - If you haven’t yet had a chance to view draw results for Arizona’s 2014 elk and pronghorn antelope big game hunts, they are now available by visiting https://az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml and scrolling down to the “View results and bonus points” link. Applicants can also find out if they were drawn by calling (602) 942-3000 and selecting option two.

There were more than 140,000 applicants for this year’s elk/pronghorn antelope draw for hunts or bonus points, and 26,041 tags were issued. The total number of applications, including those submitted on paper and online, was approximately 109,440.

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From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - John Corry is Youth Hunting Program’s Landowner of the Year

Tallahassee, Florida - At its meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today presented John Allen Corry Jr. of Tallahassee with the 2013 Landowner of the Year award for its Youth Hunting Program of Florida (YHPF). This program strives to provide quality hunting experiences for 12- to 17-year-olds to increase the number of youths involved in the tradition of hunting.

Corry owns the 1,100-acre Corry Farms in Gadsden County. The property has gun ranges, a cleaning facility, comfortable deer stands and excellent bass fishing. The land also is known for holding large amounts of game and is intensely managed for game quality and herd health.

“Corry exemplifies what land stewardship is all about and more importantly shares that philosophy with others,” said FWC Commissioner Charles W. Roberts III. “He is passionate about Florida’s great hunting heritage and ensuring that it is passed on to the next generation.”

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Learn how to hunt wild turkeys

Free seminars in Logan and Salt Lake CityAttending a seminar is the perfect way to prepare for Utah’s general statewide turkey hunt - Photo courtesy of The National Wild Turkey Federation

Salt Lake City, Utah - You can learn how to hunt wild turkeys at free seminars in Logan and Salt Lake City.

At the seminars, you'll learn how to set up for and call turkeys. The type of equipment you need, and how to hunt turkeys safely, will also be covered.

Each seminar begins at 6 p.m.

The first seminar will be held April 24 at the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, 2851 W. 200 N. in Logan. The second seminar will be held April 30 at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range, 6000 W. 2100 S. in Salt Lake City.

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Become an effective long range marksman this summer with NRA Outdoors

NRA Outdoors Long Range Hunting/Marksmanship School

Tulsa, Oklahoma – NRA Outdoors has announced the dates for its 2014 Long Range Hunting/Marksmanship Schools, conducted at the R&K Queen Mountain Guest Ranch in Evanston, Wyoming. The four day courses teach the fundamentals of long range shooting, shaping attendees into effective marksmen with the knowledge and confidence to make shots up to 1,000 yards.

Long Range Hunting/Marksmanship Schools feature hands-on instruction by experienced NRA Certified Instructors and some of the industry’s foremost authorities on long range shooting. Classes explore in-depth topics such as ammunition selection, reading weather, bullet placement, spotting skills, maintenance, and more.

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From the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission - Commission adopts new hunting rules, reduces cost of some special permits

Hunting Elk - image courtesy of American Hunter Magazine Olympia, Washington - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits during a public meeting April 11-12 in Olympia.

The commission, a citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), approved those and other changes while adopting new hunting rules for the upcoming season.

The continued growth of many state deer and elk populations will support increases in the number of hunting permits issued this year, said Dave Ware, WDFW game manager.

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From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - 2014 ELK SEASONS SET

Elks - photo courtesy of American Hunter Magazine Pierre, South Dakota - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2014 elk hunting seasons at their April meeting in Oacoma.

The Custer State Park elk hunting season will run from Sept. 20-Oct. 5 with five "any elk" licenses available, one of which is set aside for a successful entrant in a raffle conducted by a nonprofit organization dedicated to big game management. The Custer State Park early archery elk hunting season will run from Sept. 1-30 with four "any elk" licenses available.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - General turkey hunt starts April 28

Lots of permits available

A tom turkey in Utah.
Utah's general statewide turkey hunt starts April 28 - Photo by Scott Root
Salt Lake City, Utah - A chance to experience the thrill of hunting a strutting, gobbling tom turkey is almost here.

Utah's general statewide turkey hunt starts April 25 for those who were 15 years of age or younger on Jan. 23. On April 28, the hunt opens to hunters of all ages.

There's no limit on the number of permits that can be sold for the hunt, so you'll have no problem getting one. You can buy a permit online. Permits are also available from more than 300 hunting license agents across Utah and at Division of Wildlife Resources offices.

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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Statewide spring wild turkey season opens Saturday

John Nakamura takes a turkey with a Remington Model 870 SPS-T Frankfort, Kentucky - Hunters could have the long winter to thank for what is shaping up to be a good start to Kentucky’s statewide spring wild turkey season, which opens Saturday, April 12, and runs through May 4.

”The timing of the first peak in gobbling and our season opener should be pretty close this year because the long winter somewhat delayed the arrival of spring,” said Steven Dobey, wild turkey program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Often the peak gobbling period falls before the season opener, affording gobblers time to breed hens before they could potentially fall prey to a hunter. The late break in the weather this year sets up an ideal scenario across much of the state with breeding activity – and the gobbling that goes with it – approaching a crescendo. The birds haven’t been disturbed and should be more responsive to a hunter’s call.

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From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Chronic Wasting Disease Detected for First Time in Wild Iowa Deer

A whitetail deer that got away - image courtesy of American Hunter magazine Des Moines, Iowa - The first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild Iowa deer has been confirmed.

The deer was reported as harvested in Allamakee County during the first shotgun season in early December. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is currently working to obtain as much information as possible about the infected deer to implement its CWD response plan.

“We have been testing for CWD in Iowa’s deer herd for more than a decade and are optimistic, given the extensive data we have collected, that we have caught this early,” said Chuck Gipp, DNR director.

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