The Gray Lady tackles bear problem in New Jersey and New York

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category III Second Place recipient Liam Jeanette New York Times reporter Lisa Foderaro looks at the change in attitude when it comes to bear hunting in New York and New Jersey ...

Trying to Lure Hunters as Bears Get Too Close

Newton, New Jersey - State wildlife officials here are trying to get the word out: Bear tastes good.

Hunters who bring in a bear to be weighed when the season starts in December will even receive a cookbook with recipes like “bear satay on a stick” and “grilled bear loin with brown sugar paste.”

“It’s tasty,” Kelcey Burguess, the bear project leader and principal biologist for the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, said of the meat. “It tastes like beef. I like cooking the ribs slowly.”

The object is not really to get more people to cook bear; it is to get more people to shoot one.

More on bear hunting in New York and New Jersey from the New York Times ...

From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - New York Is Open for Hunting

Morgan Roberts, Age 15 on the Youth Deer Hunt 2013

Premiere Locations Abound Across the State as October Hunting Seasons in Full Swing

Excellent Opportunities on Long Island Open Up in November

Albany, New York - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today reminded New York's hunting and trapping community that many game specie seasons are open or will start in the coming weeks and that excellent hunting and trapping opportunities are available across New York.

Hunting and trapping are important management tools for several species, including deer, bear, beaver and Canada geese. These activities also provide significant benefits to New York's economy, especially in rural areas. Sales of sporting licenses, hunting equipment and accessories of all kinds, and expenditures for travel to hunting locations provide tens of millions of dollars annually for wildlife conservation programs in New York and contribute significantly to state and local economies. A recent national survey estimated that hunter expenditures on equipment and trip-related expenses in New York totaled more than $1.5 billion in 2011.

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Annette Doerr of WeShoot2 shares firearm related lessons learned from the equine industry

Annette Stevens-Doerr upon her horse, Cody

Firearms and horses go together like peanut butter and jelly. Well, for me, strawberry jam. That's why after reading NRA Certified Instructor Annette Doerr's piece on WeShoot2 about the ten things her horse taught her about shooting I begged her to let us re-publish it here on NRAblog.

Ten Things My Horse Taught Me About Shooting

1. You get what you pay for. The old saying “You get what you pay for” is absolutely true. I once got a “great deal” on a water bottle for trail riding. It seemed handy, hooked over the horn of my western saddle and then secured around the fender. Sounds great, right? Well the first time we used it was when my husband (not exactly an equestrian) took my horse on a Poker Run with some friends of mine. It was all good, until my horse started spinning and bucking. Seems the nylon strap that hooked the water bottle over the horn came undone causing the full water bottle to drop onto my horses shoulder, spooking him as it banged into him every time he moved.

Now imagine getting a “great deal” on a cheap holster. Is securing your firearm something you REALLY want to skimp on? ... more on lessons learned about shooting from a horse ...

From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces Early Bear Hunting Seasons to Begin

Black bear image from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website

Bear Hunting Seasons Begin September 6 in Portions of Southeastern New York and September 13 in Northern New York

Albany, New York - Under Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that the new 2014 early bear hunting seasons open at sunrise on Saturday, September 6, in portions of New York's southern zone and Saturday, September 13, in the northern zone.

"Early black bear hunting seasons are an important tool for managers to control bear populations, and beginning Saturday, hunters will have a new opportunity to pursue bears in portions of the Catskills and western Hudson Valley," said Commissioner Martens. "Opening these early seasons demonstrates Governor Cuomo's commitment to increasing hunting opportunities here in New York State for sportsmen and women."

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Finalizes Rule Changes to Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law

New Regulations Now in Effect for Fall 2014

American Hunter's Karen Mehall takes aim with a crossbow Albany, New York - The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted final regulation changes to ensure that the crossbow is a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons, Commission Joe Martens announced today. These regulations are adopted under new state law which authorizes DEC to allow big game (deer and bear) and small game hunting with a crossbow under certain conditions.

"The new law that authorizes the use of crossbows for hunting demonstrates Governor Cuomo's commitment to increasing hunting opportunities here in New York State," said Commissioner Martens. "Crossbow hunting is growing across the country and the new law expands the opportunities for hunters to use crossbows when hunting in New York."

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Form Crosman Corporation - Crosman Corporation To Host USA's Largest regular season field target event

Fred Eichler of Sportsman Channel’s “Predator Nation” to compete

Crosman Corporation To Host USA's LARGEST REGULAR SEASON FIELD TARGET EVENT

Bloomfield, New York - Five years after hosting its first field target competition, Crosman Corporation will welcome 100 competitors in six disciplines at the largest event of its kind in the United States. The Northeast Regional Field Target Championship hosted by Crosman will feature participants from fourteen states and Canada competing July 12 and 13 on the company’s Bloomfield, NY campus.

“What began as a helpful gesture to a shooting club when they were no longer able to host the event has turned into the top open competition in the country for field target,” said Mark DeBoard, Shooting Services Manager for Crosman. “Technically it’s a regional competition but we draw participants from across the U.S. and we have international competitors as well.. This year we have them coming from as far as California and Colorado,” added DeBoard. 

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces Proposed Rule Changes To Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law

Public Comments Accepted Through July 21

Crossbow brought by Smith Elite at the POMA Media Day in Columbia, South Carolina

Albany, New York - With new state legislation authorizing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to allow taking of big game (deer and bear) or small game by the use of a crossbow at certain times and places in New York, DEC is now accepting public comment on proposed regulation changes so crossbows may be a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons. DEC will accept written public comment on the proposed hunting rule changes through July 21, 2014.

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From Crosman Corporation - Crosman Corporation Announces Availability of Nitro Piston 2

Benjamin Trail Rifles with Nitro Piston 2 and Clean Break Trigger Bloomfield, New York - The standard for break barrel airgun performance changes today with the announcement from Crosman Corporation that new Benjamin Trail rifles featuring the groundbreaking Nitro Piston 2 powerplant and Clean Break Trigger (CBT™) technology are now shipping. First revealed at SHOT Show to wide acclaim, the highly anticipated new generation of airguns deliver more speed and more power with incredible accuracy, all while being up to ten pounds easier to cock.

“We can’t wait for shooters, hunters and airgun enthusiasts to get their hands on a Nitro Piston 2-powered Trail from Benjamin,” said Jennifer Lambert, Vice President of Marketing for Crosman. “The ease of use, power and accuracy will change everything you thought you knew about break barrel airguns.”

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Ruger SR 556 leaves New York for a new home at NRA headquarters in Virginia

Ruger SR 556 AR-15 rifle donated to the NRA by New York resident Fairfax, Virginia - New York's infamous "SAFE Act" (the Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) went into effect earlier this week. A largely cosmetic legislative offering, as are most gun control laws enacted over recent years, it instantly turned hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers into potential felons. Among other things, the act bans magazines holding more than 10 rounds, calls for the registration of so called "assault weapons", and outlaws commonplace features such as muzzle breaks and telescoping stocks.

The reaction by New York-based NRA members has been mixed. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, our official state affiliate, filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the SAFE Act on constitutional grounds. Some sold their guns to friends and family living out-of-state. And one, a Mr. Steven Albright, donated his rifle to the National Firearms Museum.

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