Mountaineers win exclusive Rifle Conference Championship in March Madness prelude

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Oxford, Mississippi - One of the last big matches leading up the NCAA Rifle Championships is the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) tournament. Made up of nine NCAA recognized rifle teams without an NCAA recognized rifle conference, GARC is a power rifle club onto itself. So powerful that three out of the eight teams invited to compete in this year's NCAA Rifle Championships are GARC teams. Now that's muscle.

The 2015 tournament was practically a repeat of the 2014 championships as the University of West Virginia dominated the Air Rifle matches to top Kentucky by a convincing 38 points.

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From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks - Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is January 31

Duck image from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website Jackson, Mississippi - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone that all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the final statewide youth waterfowl hunting day of the season on January 31, 2015.  Adults are encouraged to participate by taking a youth under the age of 16 to experience waterfowl hunting on public or private lands. 

"It is extremely important to the MDWFP that Mississippi hunters take the time to pass along the hunting tradition to youth who will soon be old enough to drive themselves, purchase a hunting license, and hunt on their ownMore on Mississippi's youth waterfowl hunting day ...

From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks - Primitive Weapons Season for Deer Opens December 2

A hunter posing with her first deer, Sharkey County, MS Jackson, Mississippi - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds hunters that the statewide Primitive Weapons Season for deer opens December 2 and runs through December 15 in all three Deer Management Zones.  Antlerless deer and zone-legal bucks are eligible for harvest.  Hunters may take one legal buck per day not to exceed three per license year.  On private lands, the antlerless deer bag limit is five per license year with no daily limit.  On U.S. Forest Service lands, the antlerless bag limit is one per day, not to exceed three per year.  

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From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks - Mississippi’s Duck Season Starting Soon

A hunter and his duck - image from American Hunter magazine Jackson, Mississippi - Mississippi's duck hunting season opens Thursday, November 27, 2014. Many waterfowl hunters are anxiously waiting, due to record breeding population estimates last spring. However, hunters should remember that winter severity and local habitat availability also play a major role in how many ducks make their way to Mississippi.

The hunting season for ducks, mergansers, and coots will be November 27, 2014 - January 25, 2015. The duck daily bag limit is a total of six ducks, which may include four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintail, one canvasback, one mottled duck, and one black duck. The merganser daily bag limit is five mergansers, only two of which may be hooded mergansers... get the rest of the details about Mississippi's duck hunting season ...

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 Mossy Oak - Mossy Oak holding benefit auction for Bob Humphrey

Mossy Oak is auctioning trees, seed, camouflage and more to benefit a friend in need.

Long-time outdoor writer and friend Bob Humphrey recently suffered a severe injury to his right eye. He has had two eye surgeries and is facing more in the future. This accident has not only left him with vision impairment, but with the burden of numerous bills. We are asking our friends to rally around Bob during this difficult time. The proceeds from this auction will go directly to help Bob.

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From Mossy Oak - Camo Your Golf Club in Mossy Oak with ClubCrown

ClubCrown now offers a Mossy oak cover for your favorite golf club A ClubCrown is an innovative and exciting way to personalize and improve the look and style of any golf driver, wood or hybrid. ClubCrown in now pleased to offer Mossy Oak’s two most popular designs, Break-Up and Break-Up Infinity.

“At ClubCrown we have received thousands of requests for Mossy Oak designs,” said Andrew Glaser, ClubCrown CEO. “It is our mission at ClubCrown to bring every golfer in America the ClubCrown design that they most desire. With the large number of golfers who also love Mossy Oak, this great partnership brings us a big step towards that goal.”

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Shot in the leg and hand, Pearl City Detective McCarley keeps head and stops attack

Detective David McCarley of the City of Pearl Mississippi Police Department Pearl City, Mississippi - It's a dangerous job.

One that thousands of men and women take on every day. It's the job of America's law enforcement officers.

Never knowing what's around the corner, they put their lives in danger every day. Every time they walk through a door, perform a traffic stop or serve a warrant, there's a chance that things can go wrong. That was the case in Pearl City, Mississippi when Detective David McCarley joined a group of fellow detectives to apprehend a sexual predator.

For his actions that day, Detective McCarley has been named the NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2012.

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12,000 Women learn to shoot at NRA Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinics

NRA's Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic Fairfax, Virginia - "Women want to learn how to shoot."

According to NRA's Women on Target program, participation in the female focused instructional shooting clinics increased by 26% in the 2012. National Women on Target Program Coordinator Diane Danielson believes she knows the reason why.

"It's all thanks to word of mouth and the nature of the program," said Danielson. "We're strictly for women, primarily the first time shooter. It's about getting out to shoot and getting over the fear of firing those first shots."

Since the program's fervent beginnings back in 2000, almost eighty-thousand women have stepped onto a Women on Target range. Though the curriculum varies per event, ladies are generally offered the opportunity to fire pistols, rifles and shotguns under the watchful eye of an NRA Certified Instructor.

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