America's leader in outdoor TV returns for second annual Great American Outdoor Show

NRA's Great American Outdoor Show

Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association proudly announces its continued partnership with Outdoor Channel, who will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Great American Outdoor Show for the second consecutive year. Held February 7-15 2015 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA, the Great American Outdoor Show is the largest sporting and outdoor show in the world.

“We are excited to continue working with Outdoor Channel to promote our country’s rich hunting, fishing, and outdoor traditions through the Great American Outdoor Show.” said Kyle Weaver, Executive Director of NRA General Operations. “The relationship between our two organizations is only getting stronger thanks to this partnership and several great NRA television shows.”

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission website - PENNSYLVANIA HUNTERS READY TO TALK TURKEY

Fall season begins Nov. 1 in most parts of state; season lengths vary by WMU

turkey hunt from Pennsylvania Game Commission website One of Pennsylvania’s most exciting seasons will begin this Saturday as hunters head afield in pursuit of one of fall’s most coveted game animals, the wild turkey. But hunters really need to focus on the varying season starts and lengths throughout the state’s 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs). Hunter compliance protects the resource and ensures better turkey hunting in coming years.

While season lengths in most WMUs remain unchanged from last year, the first season segment has been shortened from three weeks to two in WMUs 3A, 3B and 3C – all of which are in northern Pennsylvania – to help those populations rebound from declining trends. And while a three-day season remains intact in WMU 5A, the timing of the season has changed to a Thursday-through-Saturday format to provide greater opportunity for hunters whose schedules do not allow for a weekday hunt.

Hunters who didn’t participate in the fall turkey season last year still might be unaware of season length changes put in place in 2013 in some WMUs, due to an ongoing study to determine how the length of the fall season affects the female turkey harvest.

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From the Pennsylvania Game CommissionSTATEWIDE ARCHERY SEASON BEGINS OCT. 4

Pennsylvania Game Commission wishes bowhunters safe days afield.

Deer hunting opens in Pennsylvania - image from the Pennsylvania Game Commission website

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Archers can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Oct. 4 to Nov. 15, and during the late archery deer season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 10.

This is a statewide season, however, as announced previously, all hunting and trapping seasons, including the statewide archery season, have been temporarily closed within seven townships in Pike and Monroe counties. Details of the closure are available in Oct. 1 news release (Release #85-14) available at the Game Commission’s website.

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American Built Arms Company

Group from Veteran Owned Arms business sits down with NRA's Catherine Mortensen

Fairfax, Virginia - We get all sorts of interview requests here at the NRA.

Our faithful brethren over at NRANews head the list that includes film crews and production companies for History Channel, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, Outdoor Channel, A&E and Sportsman Channel to name a few. But ever now and then we get a call from a lesser known outfit.

Like American Built Arms.

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High school students spend a day with Marines, testing simulators and learning history

2014 NRA Youth Education Summit at Marine Corps Base Quantico

Fairfax, Virginia - Below is the third part of 2014 Youth Education Summit participant Victoria Hrach's experience at the weeklong trip for high school students. Here, Victoria recounts the summit's trip to Marine Corps Base Quantico just outside Washington, D.C. At the base, a Marine liaison guided students to hi-tech training simulators, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and some good chow. Later that evening, the summit traveled back north to D.C. to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial and Marine Barracks Washington for the famous 8th & I parade. Read the first and second parts of Victoria's story.

We woke bright and early on Friday morning, and ran through the parking lot, with the chaperones trying to give us a taste of Marine training; they put us through drills like jumping jacks, push-ups, and other endurance activities. By the time the chaperones allowed us on the bus, we had already done so much as a precursor to the experiences that we would later have that day at an actual Marines base.

At Marine Corps Base Quantico, we headed to different simulators and were broken into groups. Four of those groups, including mine, first headed to the Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer, or VCCT. The VCCT was a Humvee inside of a tent, with the walls all around it showing images of the simulation “surroundings” of Iraq. We had a driver, a radio communicator, one person each on the .50-caliber turret and M249, and two using M16s (myself being one of these two).

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Pennsylvania's Victoria Hrach discusses Y.E.S.'s travels in the nation's capital

2014 NRA Youth Education Summit at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Fairfax, Virginia - This is the second part of 2014 Youth Education Summit participant Victoria Hrach sharing her experience at the once-in-a-lifetime trip for high school students. In this excerpt, the Smithton, Pennsylvania, native talks about the summit's two days in Washington, D.C., visiting a number of museums and monuments to learn our country's history and the importance of a federal government. Read the first part of Victoria's story here.

The following day, we traveled to Hillsdale College in Washington, DC for our debates. Our group of students this year was split into four debates, each with a con and a pro side, for a total of eight teams. Even the teams that were assigned sides that were difficult to argue still did exceptionally well, and whether new or experienced in debating, each participant truly brought a unique speaking style and interesting points to their presentation. After our debates, we traveled upstairs and watched Marco Rubio speak, proposing ideas for immigration and education reform.

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Y.E.S. student hits the books after returning home to write about her experiences in D.C.

2014 NRA Youth Education Summit class; Victoria Hrach is second from left on the bottom row

Fairfax, Virginia - Smithton, Pennsylvania's Victoria Hrach was one of two students representing the Keystone State at this past summer's NRA Youth Education Summit. After returning home from her unforgettable seven day trip to Washington D.C., the high school student found a keyboard and wrote about her experience. Below Hrach recalls her initial interaction with Y.E.S. and the summit's first full day - at NRA Headquarters no less.

On January 15, 2013, I first heard about the National Rifle Association’s Youth Education Summit program, in an NRA member email sent out to me. Y.E.S. offered scholarships, debates, and tours in Washington, DC – so I decided to look further into the application process.

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Raffle chances for once-in-a-lifetime bull-hunting opportunity available online through Friday.

The Keystone Elk Country Alliance tag rifle Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - It’s too late to enter Saturday’s drawing for one of the 108 Pennsylvania elk licenses to be issued by lottery this year.

But even for those who missed the deadline, there’s still one last chance to take part in the state’s 2014 elk hunt – and do so in style during an extended season.

Hunters have until the end of Friday to go online and purchase chances for a raffle, the lucky winner of which will receive an extended opportunity to hunt bull elk anywhere on Pennsylvania’s elk range, as well as a fully guided hunt to be filmed by a professional crew and, if the hunt is successful, the trophy mounted free of charge.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, Louisiana, Michigan and over a dozen other states

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA banquets have brought Second Amendment supporters together for more than 20 years now under one goal: ensuring the future of America's shooting sports.

With more than 1,000 banquets being held annually by dedicated volunteers like you, the funds raised at Friends of NRA banquets make a real difference. Half of all money raised at a banquet goes right back into grants for local shooting sports programs and the other half supports programs with a national scope. Besides all the good they do, they're a whole lot of fun.

If you haven't attended a banquet, try one out. Below are the banquets coming up this next week, but you can visit the Friends of NRA website and see what's coming up in your neck of the woods.

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