Outdoor writer Tammy Ballew looks back at the adventures and career of Renaissance Outdoorswoman Sheila Link

Sheila Link showing off her quail

I am honored to know Sheila Link and have had the opportunity to hunt with her. If we could turn back the clock, I would give anything to spend more time with her, listening to her adventures, struggles and quests ...

Jersey City, New Jersey, seems like an unlikely birthplace of a passionate outdoorswoman, but on July 25, 1923, an extraordinary individual was born there. When she was 6- 1/2, Sheila’s family moved to California. Many lengthy journeys were made back home to New Jersey and New York City to visit grandparents, which instilled a comfortable confidence in Sheila through the very different lifestyles of casual western to dressy, formal eastern.

At the age of 13, Sheila, without parental assistance or approval, purchased her first rifle. That little .22 instilled in her a lifetime love of the shooting and hunting sports. She has hunted throughout the U.S., in Canada, Argentina, Mexico, and Africa, and became an avid shooter in several shooting disciplines, along with learning the art of reloading for rifle, pistol and shotgun.

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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 Yamaha Outdoors - Yamaha Donates SE Viking to SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

Tactical Black Viking to be Auctioned at Foundation Event to Raise Funds for SEAL Families

YAMAHA ANNOUNCES NEW TACTICAL BLACK VIKING EPS 4X4Cypress, California - Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has donated a new Special Edition Tactical Black Viking EPS SxS vehicle to the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation. The Assembled in U.S.A. Viking will be auctioned at an upcoming Foundation fundraiser near San Diego with proceeds going to the organization’s mission of supporting SEAL members’ families.

The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation is a San Diego based 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale. Details about the upcoming fundraiser on March 22 are at http://supportourwarriors.org/.

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Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club and others welcomes first time female shooters to the range

San Diego Women on Target participant takes aim with an AR-15 at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club

San Diego, California - If there's ever a place you wouldn't expect to find a NRA Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic its California (with New York coming a close second). But as the final Women on Target of 2013 comes to a close (held today at the Palmetto Gun Club in Ridgeville, South Carolina), a quick review of the record shows that California hosted more clinics in 2012 than any other state.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, Idaho, South Carolina, and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Thanks to the NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager, Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA banquets coming up this next week.

At Friends of NRA banquets are full of great people who support the Second Amendment and want to raise money for local, state and national shooting sports programs. Each event is run by our absolutely dedicated volunteers. Without their help, Friends of NRA would not be able to have such reach across the country or make as much of an impact on the future of our shooting sports heritage as we do today.

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From Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. - Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Selects Smith & Wesson® M&P® Pistols

Department Awards Five-Year Contract to Smith & Wesson for M&P9 PistolsThe Smith & Wesson M&P5

Springfield, Massachusetts - Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced that it has been awarded a firearms contract from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) for new service firearms from the Company’s M&P Pistol Series. As part of a five-year contract, the LASD will purchase Smith & Wesson M&P9 pistols which will replace currently issued non-Smith & Wesson firearms. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department fields approximately 13,000 sworn and non-sworn personnel who are issued duty handguns.

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Ticket to Redding, California's Friends of NRA Event

NRA's Philip Schreier shares stories of firearms and Teddy Roosevelt at Friends Event

Redding, California - Just in case you were wondering about Senior Curator Philip Schreier's conspicuous absence from the opening festivities at the National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro, he was off pinch speaking for NRA Past President David Keene.

President Keene was expected to serve as the keynote speaker for last weekend's Redding, CA Friends of NRA Dinner, their 20th Anniversary, but was forced to cancel at the last minute. Who better to pinch hit for the Past NRA President than NRA Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier. With an overnight bag full of Old Bay & cigars, he lit out for the West coast to arrive the dinner with moments to spare.

"Getting there was quite the experienced," Schreier explained. "Flights were delayed, cancelled and all but disappeared."

Ultimately, it was a light into Sacramento followed by a four hour drive up the coast to Redding that made it all possible. Greeting by a hall filled with Second Amendment enthusiasts, it brought to mind a certain Milwaukee speech given by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 and the trouble he experienced on that October day.

Schreier thrilled the sold out crowd of more than 400 supporting with tales of Roosevelt's spech, the Headquarters' Museum as well as the opening of NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri. ... more on the Schreier's appearance at the Redding, CA Friends of NRA event ...

Paradise Club receives Henry Rifle for Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program accomplishments

George Collins and Mark Myrdahl with the Henry Rifle presented to the Paradise Gun club by the NRA

The NRA recently recognized the achievements of one Paradise Rod & Gun Club in California with a little more than a certificate and a thanks. When we asked for their thoughts of our recognition, this is what they sent:

The Paradise Rod & Gun Club in Paradise, California, is a private membership club affiliated with the National Rifle Association. With more than 500 members and families members have access to our rifle, handgun, trap and archery ranges.

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From the Safariland Group - Team Safariland’s Shooters Rob Leatham and Jessie Duff Take Champion Titles at 2013 USPSA Single Stack National Championship

Jessie Duff Take Champion Title at 2013 USPSA Single Stack National Championship Ontario, California – Safariland® applauds Team Safariland shooters, Rob Leatham and Jessie Duff, for their remarkable wins at the 2013 USPSA Single Stack National Championship held May 9 - 11 at PASA Park, Barry, IL. Both sporting the Safariland ELS belt system with a USPSA adaptor mount, Leatham triumphed with his 17th Single Stack National win while Duff competed in her first Single Stack National and was respectably crowned as the ladies champion.

"This was my first time shooting Single Stack, so I didn't know what to expect,” said pro-shooter Jessie Duff. “But, I enjoyed the match, the stages and the group of ladies I shot with!" Duff, wearing the 5197 Range Series holster, won four out of thirteen stages.

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