From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Muzzleloader Deer Season to Reopen December 20

Deer running through the woodsThe second portion of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season begins on Saturday, December 20 and runs through January 3, 2015. Hunters who possess a valid Maryland hunting license and a Muzzleloader Stamp, or are exempt from the hunting license requirements, may use muzzleloading firearms to hunt white-tailed and sika deer during this season.

The bag limits for the season are:

From Beretta - Beretta Releases Limited Editions of Iconic 90 Series Pistols

92FS Brigadier Inox Accokeek, Maryland The Beretta M9 and 92FS are among the most widely recognized firearms in history, and the most notable models from Beretta’s iconic 90 Series. The Beretta 92 was submitted in 1980 for the XM9 program conducted by the U.S. Military to seek out a replacement for the M1911.

During a five-year testing period these pistols were subjected to the most extensive military pistol test program ever conducted. In 1985, the Beretta M9 – a model from the legendary 90 Series, was adopted as the official sidearm of the U.S. Military and has served there ever since. 

Beretta has produced many variants of the 90 Series since then and today is very excited to announce it will manufacture a limited number of selected models from this iconic series.

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Firearm Deer Season to Open November 29; New Sunday Hunting Opportunities

Successful Maryland deer hunter - image from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website Annapolis, Maryland - The two-week firearm deer season opens November 29 and runs through December 13, 2014. Hunters who possess a valid Maryland hunting license or are exempt from license requirements may use firearms to harvest white-tailed and sika deer during this season.

The bag limits for the season are:

Youth-hunting in Maryland

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - DNR Announces Two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

Annapolis, Maryland - Young hunters can hone their skills with the help of an experienced adult November 1, 2014 and February 7, 2015. During these two Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days, hunters ages 15 and younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on public and private lands when aided by a qualifying adult.

To participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. All junior hunters and their adult mentors must possess a Maryland hunting license, or be exempt from the license requirement... more on special youth waterfowl hunting days in Maryland ...

From Chesapeake Testing - Chesapeake Testing partners with Laser Techniques Company to provide industry-leading gun bores inspection services

Cross Sectional View of a Barrel from Chesapeake Testing Belcamp, Maryland Chesapeake Testing and Laser Techniques Company (LTC) have partnered to provide non-destructive laser-based mapping of gun bores, utilizing LTC’s industry-leading BEMIS™ technology. Located in Belcamp, MD, just minutes from the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground, this new laboratory will be the industry’s first commercial service.

Chesapeake Testing will offer inspection services utilizing the BEMIS-SC™ (Small Caliber) starting in September 2014. The BEMIS-SC™ is intended for 5.56 - 12.7 mm (.22 to .50-cal.) barrels. Chesapeake Testing plans to offer testing to accommodate additional calibers in the future. We are also using the BEMIS system in-house as part of our Quality Assurance Program to ensure the accuracy of our ballistic test barrels.

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Early Muzzleloader Deer Season to Open October 16

Deer in a field The first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens on October 16. This season serves as one of many that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers from September to January each year to manage deer populations, and provide hunters with recreation and food. Annapolis, Maryland - The early muzzleloader season will run from October 16-18 in Deer Management Regions A and B. Region A consists of Garrett, Allegany and western Washington counties (private land codes 250 & 251) and Region B is the rest of the State. Also in Region B, hunters can harvest antlerless-only deer from October 20-25.  

As a reminder, there is a statewide bag limit for antlered deer (bucks) of one per weapon season (i.e., bow, muzzleloader and firearm seasons). Hunters in Region B have the option to take one additional bonus buck after purchasing a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp and taking two antlerless deer. The antlerless bag limits differ between the two Deer Management Regions

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From Benelli USA - America’s ETHOS Embarks on a 50-State Tour

America’s ETHOS Embarks on a 50-State Tour - Benelli

Accokeek, Maryland - Benelli USA is proud to announce the launch of “America’s ETHOS” 50-State Tour. A single Benelli ETHOS will be traveling to each of the 50 states over the coming months to perform a variety of shooting tasks determined by the recipient in each state. America’s ETHOS will tell the story of one shotgun traveling the country experiencing the unique environments and conditions that each of the 50 states has to offer without being cleaned along the way.

Writers, pro staffers, competition shooters, sales reps, dealers, outdoor celebrities and industry partners will receive this particular out-of-the-box ETHOS to use in every way a shotgun can be used. To document the experience, this ETHOS will be accompanied by a logbook and video camera for each ... more on the America’s ETHOS 50-State Tour ...

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Deer Archery Season to Open September 5

White-tailed Deer - Photo from FWS.gov Annapolis, Maryland Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opens statewide on September 5, 2014 and continues through January 31, 2015. As a reminder, there is a statewide bag limit for bucks, but the antlerless deer bag limits differ between the two Deer Management Regions.

New this year, in Region A hunters may take only two antlerless deer for the license year. Also new, an antler point restriction institutes that a hunter may not harvest more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler present. Any additional antlered deer taken within the legal seasons and bag limits must have at least three points on one antler. Junior Hunting License holders are exempt from the antler point restriction.

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From Franchi - FRANCHI hunts new ground with Theresa Vail and Limitless: The first Miss America Contestant to endorse firearms brand

Former Ms. Kansas and Ms. America contestant and outdoor celebrity Theresa Vail Acokeek, Maryland - Franchi, a division of Benelli USA, has announced its sponsorship and endorsement deal with the former Ms. Kansas and Ms. America contestant and outdoor celebrity Theresa Vail.

As part of the arrangement, Franchi will be the presenting sponsor of Vail’s new Outdoor Channel reality show “Limitless with Theresa Vail” and bring her onto the brand’s prostaff team. It’s a move calculated to show the brand’s support of young and aspiring shooters, and give the Italian shotgun maker access to a broader and more diverse set of potential buyers.

“We’re thrilled to work with Theresa—and believe that not only is she a personality, but a person who comes along once in a great while in our industry.” … more on Ms. America contestant Theresa Vail signing with Franchi ...

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