From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Opportunities abound for late snow goose hunting

Little Rock, Arkansas - Snow geese abound in parts of Arkansas at present. Wildlife managers are practically begging Arkansans to get out and hunt them.

Reason? The birds are too numerous. They are damaging habitat in portions of their migration and breeding grounds in the far north as well as damaging farm crops in their Arkansas wintering grounds. This has led to the yearly Snow Goose Conservation Order which allows liberalized taking of the birds after the regular waterfowl season has closed.

The conservation order is closed Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, because of the waterfowl youth hunt. It reopens Monday, Feb. 2, and continues through April 25, although the geese likely will have left Arkansas before then.

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From Walther Arms - Small. Accurate. Reliable. Walther Introduces A New State-of-the-Art Concealed Carry Pistol.

Black state of the art Walther Arms CCPFort Smith, Arkansas - Utilizing the new Walther SoftCoil™ gas- delayed blowback technology, Walther Arms, Inc. has introduced its latest concealed carry firearm – the CCP.  This concealed carry semi-automatic pistol comes chambered in 9mm and is the ultimate concealed carry pistol.

Weighing only 22.33 ounces when empty, the CCP’s Soft Coil™ gas-delayed blowback system uses gas pressure from the ignited cartridge that is directed through a small port in the barrel (in front of the chamber) to slow down and delay the rearward motion of the slide. This is accomplished by means of a piston contained inside of a cylinder located under the barrel that opposes the rearward motion of the slide until the gas pressure has declined - after the bullet has left the barrel - hence allowing the slide to end its rearward motion, opening the breech and ejecting the empty cartridge case.

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NRA's Arkansas Youth Hunter Education Challenge championships come down to rabbits and safety trail

Cabin outside the Arkansas State YHEC Competition

We've been following the progress of Benton County's 4-H team at the 2013 Arkansas State YHEC Championships. With his final report on the action, here is Benton County Coach Stuart Sage.
Little Rock, Arkansas - The final days of Arkansas' NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge State Championships started with Wildlife Identification (humbling to most) and ended on the range. While I'd like to say that all teams did well, the truth, as everyone who has ever been on the range knows, is that some did better than others. That truth became even truer when we arrived at the sporting clays.

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NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge includes non-firearm events

Getting ready to take on the Archery Event at the Arkansas State Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Little Rock, Arkansas - Not every event at the NRA's Youth Education Challenge revolves around firearms. Orienteering requires a compass and map, Wildlife Identification requires your eyes, and Archery requires a bow and arrow. This morning at the C. A. Vines 4-H Center in Little Rock, it was the last one (Archery) that called to the team from Benton County 4-H. That's where Stuart Sage, our inside man and Assistant Benton County Coach, concentrated his efforts.

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Hundreds of Junior and Senior competitors show off outdoor skills in Little Rock

Members of the Benton County 4-H YHEC team in Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas - All across the country, tens of thousands of kids are putting their hunting and shooting skills to the test by way of NRA's Youth Education Challenge. A grueling three-day event where teams and individuals compete in eight areas of outdoor expertise; shotgun, rifle, muzzleloader, archer, firearm safety, wildlife identification, orienteering and hunter responsibility. Yesterday, for example, kicked off the Arkansas State Championships at the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Little Rock … and we have someone on the inside.

Mr. Stuart Sage arrived early with approximately 40 competitors in tow from the Benton County 4-H. Started five years ago by Michael Gower, the team began with less than ten members. Oh how they've grown.

"I act as an assistant coach for my son's team," Sage wrote. "Three seasons ago, when he first joined, there were only three Juniors on his team. Now we have sixteen Juniors and five Seniors. We have been busy."

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From Remington Arms Company - Remington expands ammunition operations

Madison, North Carolina – Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) announced its plan to expand operations at the Remington Ammunition Plant in Lonoke, Arkansas. Work on the expansion, which will include the construction of a new building, is expected to begin second quarter of 2013. The $32 million expansion plan is projected to be in operation by the second quarter of 2014.

“We are proud to provide job growth within communities that have supported us for so many years, while meeting the increasing global demand for superior ammunition products,” said Jim Grahlmann, Lonoke Plant Manager. “This expansion reinforces our commitment to deliver the finest quality products for our customers.”

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Combine your passion for motorcycles and the Second Amendment at the 2013 NRA Freedom Ride

2nd Annual Second Amendment Freedom Rally & Ride in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Remember reading about last year's Friends of NRA Freedom Ride down in Arkansas? Did the story inspire you to combine your love of guns with a love of motorcycles? Bet you were thinking it's a shame you missed it, right? Well, maybe you didn't miss it after all.

The turnout for the Freedom Ride went so well that the Eureka Springs Friends of NRA decided to hold another. That's right, the 2013 2nd Amendment Freedom Rally & Ride down in Arkansas will kick off again next month from April 5-7!

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With multiple National Championships, national records and Grand Slams, this 14 year-old can do it all

Shooting prodigy Mallory Nichols in the December 2012 Shooting Sports USA

Fairfax, Virginia - Mallory Nichols isn't your typical 14 year-old. When the "How I spent my summer" essay comes around at the beginning of the school year, she has a lot to share.

Three years ago Mallory decided to follow in the footsteps of her mother and grandfather by becoming a competitive shooter. The shooting sports didn't transform when she picked up a rifle, but it just might by the time she puts it down.

After only a few years, Mallory has made quite the name for herself and is turning heads. With multiple accolades and a sponsorship by Lapua, it seems like the sky is the limit.

Recently, Barbara Baird of Women's Outdoor News caught up with Mallory to get an exclusive scoop for Shooting Sports USA: What's in her range bag?

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Motorcycle enthusiasts take to the road for Friends of NRA

Last summer, Friends of NRA volunteers in Arkansas combined their love for the NRA with riding to come up with a unique way to raise funds for the shooting sports. The result was the Friends of NRA Freedom Ride, which involved local motorcycle groups and was a big success. Read about it below in an article featured in the latest issue of Traditions Magazine.

Friends of NRA Freedom Ride in Arkansas

Freedom can have various meanings around the world and when groups of people disagree on an important issue, the evitable struggle will ensue. In America, the battle for freedom has spanned throughout our history, from the patriots at Concord and Lexington to Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.

Little Rock, Ark., the largest city in the state, is home to the Capital City Friends of NRA committee. For over a decade, the committee has hosted events and is always striving to reach new people in the community.

In search of a new and exciting way to raise funds for shooting sports, a group of like-minded and enthusiastic motorcyclists came together during their time volun- teering with the Capital City Friends of NRA. Sharing their love of the open road and their motorcycle riding pasttime, the group presented its idea of a “Freedom Ride” to NRA Field Representative of Arkansas, Greg Stephens.

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