From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Ohio Hunters Check more than 175,000 Deer in 2014-2015

Whitetail deer image from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website Columbus, Ohio - Ohio’s white-tailed deer archery season closed Sunday, Feb. 1, marking the end of Ohio’s 2014-2015 deer hunting season. Across the state, hunters checked a total of 175,745 deer during all 2014-2015 hunting seasons.

In the last few years, through increased deer harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to approach acceptable populations. The effectiveness of these management efforts are reflected in the decreased number of deer checked this season. During the 2013-2014 hunting season, Ohio hunters checked 191,455 deer. Bag limits were reduced in 46 counties prior to the 2014-2015 deer hunting season, and antlerless permits were eliminated in 29 counties.

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From the Civilian Marksmanship Program - Top Winners and Individuals Named in 2014-2015 JROTC Postal Competition

Precision rifle winners at the JROTC Postal Match

Port Clinton, Ohio - A total of 11,515 young marksmen participated in the 2014-2015 JROTC Postal match, with the top shooters and teams in each branch earning an invitation to the JROTC Regional Service Championships, to be held in Phoenix, AZ; Anniston, AL; and Camp Perry, OH.

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From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Ohio’s Deer-Muzzleloader Hunting Season is Jan. 2-5

White tail deer in Ohio Columbus, Ohio – Ohio’s white-tailed deer muzzleloader hunting season opens Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Deer-muzzleloader hunting season runs through Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

Hunters can pursue deer in Ohio with a muzzleloader or bow during this four-day season. Hunters checked 16,464 deer during the 2014 four-day muzzleloader season.

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Ohio's small game, furbearer and waterfowl seasons are also open during the muzzleloader season. All hunters (except waterfowl hunters) must wear a visible solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange coat, jacket, vest or coveralls during the muzzleloader season.

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Lima News highlights the increase in female gun ownership

Taking aim at an NRA Women on Target clinic Lima News reporter Megan Kinnear explores the rise in female gun ownership in Ohio and across the United States ...

Women with guns on the rise
Gun classes and courses offered in the Lima area to women

Lima, Ohio - In the United States, the interest and use of guns for recreation or self-protection among women is growing. Gun clubs and Conceal Carry Weapon instructors are responding to the demand, and see the need for women-only events and courses.

According to a poll on gallup.com, gun ownership among women in the United States jumped from 33 percent in 2009 to 43 percent in 2011 — a 10 percent increase in just two years. In comparison, men reporting ownership on the same poll increased only one percent in the same timeframe.

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Familiar faces fighting for fullbore rifle title as Championship rolls to an end

Taking aim at 800 yards for NRA's Fullbore Rifle Championship in Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Today's schedule of fullbore for the NRA National Rifle Championships begins with little distractions. The weather is clear, the competitors are positive, and the scoring is stable. Though the winds are still in play, the relatively low temperatures along with sunny skies means adjustments necessary for a V are few.

A V? That's right. Because we're shooting fullbore rifle, that means we're firing on the 5 V target. In other words, competitors only earn 5 points for a bullseye. On the flip side it means that only lose 5 for a miss or crossfire. Not something you want to hang your hat on, but a positive nonetheless.

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Taking time off and concentrating on F-Class rifle shooting refocuses 4-time champ

2014 NRA Long Range Rifle Champ Michelle Gallagher takes aim at Camp Perry

Port Clinton, Ohio - You could say shooting is in her blood. Raised in a home where national titles were about as regular as Johnny Carson on late night, it was only a matter of time until Michelle Gallagher won a National NRA Rifle title of her own. Or, as is the case this year, a fourth National NRA Long Range Rifle Championship.

“I started shooting when I was about 7,” Gallagher explained. “Mom was taking me and Sherri (her sister) to the range ever since we were little kids. “

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Change in distance and targets leads to trouble for some at Rifle Championships

Nancy Tompkins firing on the line at Camp Perry during NRA Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - The final championships held on the hallowed ranges of Camp Perry is reserved for Fullbore. Call it a modified version of our Palma Championships. Actually, to be accurate, Palma is a modified Fullbore Championship. Here are the basics.

Competitors fire the same rifles used in the Long Range High Power Rifle competitions. The primary differences are two; distance and target. At the NRA Fullbore Championships, competitors will fire from 300, 600, 800, 900, and 1,000 yards (internationally the 800 is usually replaced with 500). The targets, somewhat smaller, are of the ICFRA (International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations) 5v variety.

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Images from the 2014 NRA National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships

Spotter gauges the wind during NRA's Long Range High Power Rifle Championships at Camp Perry

Port Clinton, Ohio - It's never easy to stand behind the big gun. Wait for the wind, brace for the recoil, breath when the moment calls for it and fire. It's a religious experience for some.

This week at NRA's Long Range High Power Rifle Championships, competitors faced these conditions and more as the wind and sun and rain of Camp Perry taxed each and every shooter to the extent of their limits. A majority of those who arrived buckled under the pressure. Though a few, a select few, managed to rise the occasion.

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New winners and old take to the stage for NRA titles

Team Remington Captain Ken Roxburgh with High Junior Waylon Burbach at the NRA Long Range Rifle Awards

Port Clinton, Ohio - A few hundred competitors, sponsors and NRA officials gathered at the Hough Theater last night for the 2014 NRA National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships. Some arrived to claim titles, others to congratulate their peers, it was a special night for all.

Led by Long Range Rifle Match Director Sherri Judd, the ceremony started 30 minutes behind the scheduled 8:00pm start time - another victim of yesterday's weather delay.

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