From Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Deer Harvest Stays Steady in Western Montana

Elk in Montana - image from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website

Helena, Montana - Deer harvest remained steady and elk harvest slow through the second week of big game hunting season in west-central Montana.

Deer totals at the Bonner hunter check station show 132 white-tailed deer so far, which sets a record for this time of the season at Bonner since 2009. Mule deer checked through Bonner are up 50 percent from last year and 16 percent above the four year average. An elk harvest of 31 through the Bonner station is 18 percent lower than this time last season and 40 percent below the four year average.

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From the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Hunters Against Hunger: Donate Big Game for Hungry Montanans

Helena, Montana - "A Montana law passed during the 2013 state session allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana Food Bank Network to help feed people in need," said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.  The law came into effect when Montana State Senator Kendall Van Dyk sponsored SB123 which passed to become 87-1-293 http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/87/1/87-1-293.htm

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From Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Hunters Reminded To Have Horses Inspected

Mia Anstine heading out for a hunt on horseback

Helena, Montana - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock remind hunters that horses are required to have a brand inspection before crossing county lines.

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From Extreme Huntress - Extreme Huntress™ Announces New App for iPhones and Android Devices

The Extreme Huntress app Kalispell, Montana - Fans and contestants can now follow the Extreme HuntressTM Competition Presented by Brownells(r) through the new, easy-to-use mobile application. The free app is available for download from the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play.

"The face of hunting has changed to include more female hunters. Likewise, technology has changed," stated Extreme Huntress founder and organizer Tom Opre. "We wanted the competition to be accessible to as many people as possible, so we went mobile."

The Extreme Huntress app is a great way to read the semi-finalist entry essays, view episodes of the Extreme Huntress competition and receive notifications when new episodes are released. Fans can cast their vote for their favorite Extreme Huntress, upload photos to share with the Extreme Huntress community, interact with other Extreme Huntress fans and receive exclusive discounts and promotions from the event sponsors.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Courtesy of NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA events for the next week.

At Friends of NRA dinners you're surrounded by friendly, generous people who gather out of their appreciation for the Second Amendment and desire to help our country's shooting sports heritage. Banquets feature games, raffles, auctions and more all to raise money for shooting sports programs at the national, state and local levels.

Wondering what types of exclusive NRA gear you'll find at Friends of NRA banquets? Check out the 2014 merchandise package.

Find the nearest banquets to you on the Friends of NRA website to help plan which banquet, or banquets, you will attend this year.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Straight from 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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Gets twofer helping NRA Foundation grant recipients and crowning new Miss Montana

NRA Foundation CFO Rick Tedrick judges 2013 Miss Montana pageant

Glendive, Montana - For more than 25 years, Rick Tedrick, CFO of the NRA Foundation, has been involved with judging the Miss America pageant. Beginning with local pageants in Maryland where he worked for Ernst & Young - who audits the pageant - Tedrick has remained involved nationally despite his demanding job here at the NRA.

"It would almost be easier to list the states I haven't judged in," Tedrick says with a chuckle.

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NRA Country's Rodney Atkins live in Billings, Montana

NRA Country partners up with Rodney Atkins

Fairfax, Virginia - Tomorrow evening country music stars Rodney Atkins and John Thompson will be performing at the Shrine Auditorium in Billings, Montana thanks, as a part of NRA Country.

Only $29 for a ticket to see some great live country music, part of the event's proceeds will go to the Montana Friends of NRA, who provide grants for local gun clubs, firing ranges and outdoors organizations to continue America's great shooting sports heritage.

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From the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Spring Black Bear Hunting Season Opens April 15

Tracy Nicole Kindred's Black Bear Montana's spring black bear hunting season opens April 15. Spring black bear hunters must purchase their licenses on or before April 14. If purchased after April 14, hunters must wait 24 hours before hunting a black bear.

Black bear hunters are limited to one black bear license a year.

All black bear hunters are reminded that they must successfully complete Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' bear identification test before purchasing a black bear license.

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