From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel Releases New Promo for “Amazing America with Sarah Palin”

New Berlin, Wisconsin - Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor television for American sportsmen and women is releasing the second promo for the network’s new show, “Amazing America with Sarah Palin.” The fast-growing outdoor lifestyle network will premiere “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” on April 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

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From the the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - 2014 Spring Turkey Hunting Season Opens With Youth Hunt

Nashville, Tennessee - The Young Sportsman Hunt on March 22-23 kicks off the 2014 spring hunting season for wild turkeys. The statewide spring turkey hunting season opens the following weekend on March 29 and runs through May 11.

The Young Sportsman Hunt will give the youngsters the first opportunity. Youth hunters ages 6-16 are allowed to harvest one bearded turkey which counts toward statewide bag limit unless taken on a Wildlife Management Area where turkeys are designated as bonus birds.

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From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game - Wildlife Interests Worth $4.1 Billion to Alaska's Economy, New Study Finds

Hunting muskox in Alaska - image courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Juneau, Alaska – Almost a million resident and visitor households embarked on at least one trip in Alaska to hunt or view wildlife in 2011, according to research presented in the recently published report, “The Economic Importance of Alaska’s Wildlife in 2011.” Along the way, the $3.4 billion spent by those hunters and viewers accounted for $4.1 billion in economic activity statewide.

“Visitors reported that wildlife is one of the main reasons they visited Alaska,” said Doug Vincent-Lang, director of the state’s Division of Wildlife Conservation, “and residents said wildlife contributes to their quality of life and reasons for living here.”

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From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks - Spring Turkey Season Opens March 15

Mississippi gobbler courtesy of Mississippi's Wild Turkey Program Jackson, Mississippi - It is time for Mississippi's turkey hunters to practice their yelping and dust off their shotgun.  The spring turkey season opens March 15 and ends May 1.  Opportunities to pursue spring gobblers are plentiful across the Magnolia State, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) anticipates that hunting success will be good in 2014.  "Jake sightings were up across most areas of the state last spring as a result of a very good hatch during the summer of 2012," says Dave Godwin, MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Coordinator. "This should mean good numbers of two-year-old gobblers, good gobbling activity, and solid success rates," says Godwin. "We do seem to be off to another relatively late spring, so peak gobbling activity might occur later in the season once the weather warms up." 

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From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Statewide Turkey Hunting Season Opens March 22

Image courtesy of American Hunter's TEN TIPS FOR HUNTING SPRING TURKEYS Social Circle, Georgia - Springtime hunters are eagerly preparing for the opening of turkey hunting season in Georgia.  The highly anticipated day is Saturday, Mar. 22 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division expects that the 2014 season should be a good one.  

“One of the best areas of the state will be the coastal plain, thanks to reproduction numbers that were stable in 2012, and then saw an increase this past year,” says Kevin Lowrey, Wildlife Resources Division wild turkey project coordinator. “However, due to both low reproduction numbers and a good harvest of gobblers for the past two years, 2014 might be a challenging year for hunters, especially in the piedmont and ridge and valley.” 

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From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department - Bighorn Sheep, Elk and Moose Seasons Set

Ron Spomer takes a moose in B.C. - image courtesy of American Hunter Magazine Bismark, North Dakota - North Dakota’s 2014 bighorn sheep, elk and moose proclamation is finalized and most season information is the same as last year.

The bighorn sheep season will have five licenses available, one more than last year. Licenses in Unit B1 increased from one to two due to skewed male-female ratios caused by declining numbers of females. Unit B2, which was created to prevent overharvest of Sully Creek rams, has been immersed into B1 due to low numbers in the area.

Similar to last year, collared rams may not be harvested in Unit B3. The season length has been extended to two months, and the new opening date corresponds with the peak of the rut to improve prospects of finding mature rams.

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From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - CDFW to Offer Wild Pig Hunting Clinic in Monterey County

pig on range Lockwood, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association will jointly offer a wild pig hunting clinic on Saturday, April 12. The clinic will be held in Lockwood in Monterey County.

Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will cover wild pig biology, methods for locating wild pigs, laws and regulations for pig hunting, hunting and field dressing techniques and the care of wild game.

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From the Nevada Department of Wildlife - Wild Game cooking classes coming to Las Vegas

Tony Catalde's bacon wrapped quail at 2012 POMA Top Chef cook offLas Vegas, Nevada - Nevada big game seasons begin in late summer and it is never too early to prepare for a successful hunt. Part of that preparation involves learning how to cook that freezer full of healthy, organic and tasty game meat you will obtain.

For the many hunters and families the learning process begins with a simple question. What do I cook?

To help answer that question, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has partnered with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas to conduct a series of game care and cooking workshops. The workshops will provide answers and options beyond the standard "throw it in a crock pot and cook it" recipes.

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From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - State's wolf population kept expanding last year, according to WDFW survey

Gray Wolf Photo by Gary Kramer, USFWS Moses Lake, Washington - Gray wolves established four new packs and expanded their territory in the state over the past year, state wildlife managers told the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at a public meeting here today.

That assessment was based on an annual survey by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) that confirmed the presence of 13 wolf packs, five successful breeding pairs and at least 52 individual wolves in 2013.

Donny Martorello, WDFW carnivore specialist, said the latest findings point to continued growth in the state's wolf population under state and federal recovery plans.

"While we can't count every wolf in the state, the formation of four new packs is clear evidence of steady growth in Washington's wolf population," he said. "More packs mean more breeding females, which produce more pups."

All but eliminated from western states in the last century, wolves are now protected under Washington law throughout the state and under federal law in the western two-thirds of the state.

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