The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is now updating more than 8,000 fans on Facebook and is asking sportsmen to help its page hit 10,000 "likes" by the end of the year.

"Go to the Wildlife Department's Facebook page today and 'like' us for a chance to win a free fishing rod and reel that we'll give away in a drawing, plus start receiving all kinds of great updates on our page," said Micah Holmes, information supervisor for the Wildlife Department. "We've already given away all kinds of cool things to our Facebook fans, including a Buck knife and a nice pair of binoculars."

The Department is also updating about 2,200 followers on Twitter.

The Wildlife Department's regular brief updates on Facebook and Twitter provide sportsmen with information ranging from sportsmen's photos from across the state to links on timely news stories, cool videos, hunting season updates and last minute reminders.

Social media users can log on to to "like" the Wildlife Department's Facebook page and start getting updates and can receive Twitter updates by signing up to follow "OKWildlifeDept." Sportsmen who do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts can still follow the Department's accounts online.

"Facebook and Twitter are great ways for us to keep sportsmen in the know, but they are also great hubs of activity where sportsmen can go to see what other Oklahoma hunters and anglers are buzzing about," Holmes said. The Wildlife Department also sends fish and wildlife news to more than 80,000 subscribers through free periodic e-mails, which can be received by signing up at

"And we have a lot of other great information sources like, Outdoor Oklahoma magazine and TV, and a range of newsletters and publications," Holmes said. "Most of this information is free, and we just want sportsmen to have it so they can get the most from our state's outdoors."