From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation - Statewide elk hunting season approved by Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission

2010 Super Hunt winner Jack Pederson from Idaho - Photo from the SuperHunt Idaho Facebook Page. The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission has established a statewide elk hunting season in addition to approving several other hunting and fishing rule changes at its recent meeting in Oklahoma City.

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation say a statewide elk season addresses agricultural depredation problems for some landowners by allowing for a controlled thinning of elk herds while creating new opportunities for hunters.

Elk can be found in at least 30 of Oklahoma's 77 counties, some of which have been open to controlled and private lands hunting for many years. Most are found in the southwest region in and around the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, where a highly sought after limited elk hunt is offered almost every year through the Wildlife Department's Controlled Hunts program. Elk hunting in the area outside the refuge also has been available for many years through a private lands season in Caddo, Comanche and Kiowa counties. Additionally, controlled hunts have been available on Pushmataha and Cookson Hills wildlife management areas and through a private lands season in six northeast Oklahoma counties. Elk are found in Oklahoma outside those areas, though, including in the Panhandle, where elk migrate through the state from Colorado and New Mexico.

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From the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Wild Hog Lease Member Exemption Set to Expire July 31, 2014

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Nashville, Tennessee - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reminding all individuals involved in private hunting leases that they must be listed as designees on a landowner’s wild hog exemption in order to assist with wild hog control after July 31, 2014.

Currently, individuals that are a part of leases established before Sept. 15, 2011 are allowed to assist landowners with wild hog control in addition to the designees listed on the landowner’s exemption.

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From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Turkey Hunting Season Begins April 5

North Carolina turkey season starts April 5. (Photo by Randy Young)

Raleigh, North Carolina - The statewide spring season for wild turkeys — male and bearded turkeys only — opens Saturday, April 5, with a one-week youth season that lasts through April 11. The season for all hunters opens April 12 and continues through May 10.

During youth season, only turkey hunting by youth less than 16 years old is allowed. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. The adult may accompany more than one youth during a particular hunt and the adult cannot harvest a turkey. Each youth must have a Big Game Harvest Report Card and report harvest. License-exempt youth should report their harvest using a Big Game Harvest Report Card for License-Exempt hunters.

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From Extreme Huntress - Extreme Huntress™ Announces New App for iPhones and Android Devices

The Extreme Huntress app Kalispell, Montana - Fans and contestants can now follow the Extreme HuntressTM Competition Presented by Brownells(r) through the new, easy-to-use mobile application. The free app is available for download from the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play.

"The face of hunting has changed to include more female hunters. Likewise, technology has changed," stated Extreme Huntress founder and organizer Tom Opre. "We wanted the competition to be accessible to as many people as possible, so we went mobile."

The Extreme Huntress app is a great way to read the semi-finalist entry essays, view episodes of the Extreme Huntress competition and receive notifications when new episodes are released. Fans can cast their vote for their favorite Extreme Huntress, upload photos to share with the Extreme Huntress community, interact with other Extreme Huntress fans and receive exclusive discounts and promotions from the event sponsors.

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From the Wyoming Game & Fish Department - Wyoming Hunters Enjoy Near Record Elk Harvest

Cheyenne, Wyoming - Hunters often talk about the good ol’ days when it comes to their favorite fall ritual, but for elk hunters the good ol’ days are now as revealed by recently completed Game and Fish harvest surveys.

For the second year in a row, Wyoming elk hunters had a banner year with the elk harvest for 2013 topping more than 25,000 animals. Estimated harvest was 25,968 elk for the year, surpassed only by the record 26,365 elk taken in 2012. By comparison, in 1995, elk harvest was 17,695 elk, more than 8,000 fewer than the Wyoming harvest of the past few years.

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From Sportsman Channel - Outdoor TV Funny Man Benny Spies Joins Sportsman Channel Original Series “Amazing America with Sarah Palin”

Benny Spies joins former governor and original 'Mama Grizzly' Sarah Palin as a field host for Amazing America with Sarah Palin exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

South Dakotan and National TV Host of “Gun It with Benny Spies” Joins Super Power Team

New Berlin, Wisconsin - Outdoor TV reality host on Sportsman Channel, Benny Spies, joins former U.S. vice presidential candidate, governor, best-selling author and original “Mama Grizzly” Sarah Palin as a field host for her new show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin exclusively on Sportsman Channel. Spies is a field host for the weekly, original series that will highlight some of the most uncommon, interesting – and sometimes inspiring – people, places and pastimes connected to America’s outdoors lifestyle. Amazing America with Sarah Palin premieres on Thursday, April 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont Hunters Took More than 14,000 Deer in 2013

Youth hunter with whitetail deer Montpelier, Vermont - Hunters took 14,107 deer during Vermont’s four deer hunting seasons in 2013, according to a report on last year’s hunting success just released by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

The number of legal bucks with at least two points on one antler totaled 8,831, up 8 percent from the year before.

“We estimated there would be an increase in the deer population in 2013 due to two consecutive mild winters,” said state deer biologist Adam Murkowski. “The number of antlerless deer permits was increased last year by 16 percent in response to these mild winters and we maintained or reduced antlerless deer permits in other regions to promote population growth.”

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From the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife - Deadline to Claim Awarded Turkey Permits is Monday, March 24

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Trenton, New Jersey - The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that those who were awarded Spring Turkey Hunting Permits have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 24 to claim their awarded permits. Those who applied for permits through the lottery should have received notification of their results in the lottery.

Applicants who did not receive an e-mail or postcard notification can check if they were successful in obtaining a permit through the online license and permit website.

Awarded permits that remain unclaimed after 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 24 will become available via over-the-counter sale. All leftover and unclaimed permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31.

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From the Nevada Department of Wildlife - Hunt of a Lifetime - The Silver State Tag

Silver-State-TagNo offense, but if you don’t put in for a Silver State Tag when the big game application period opens on Monday, you must not like hunting very much.

The Silver State Tag already allows hunters the chance to hunt one of four premier big game species (mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope) anywhere in the state, but now you also have the chance to win thousands of dollars of hunting gear as well.

Several sportsmen’s groups and stores have teamed up to include additional items to the lucky hunters who draw a Silver State Tag. These prizes include:

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