From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - John Corry is Youth Hunting Program’s Landowner of the Year

Tallahassee, Florida - At its meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today presented John Allen Corry Jr. of Tallahassee with the 2013 Landowner of the Year award for its Youth Hunting Program of Florida (YHPF). This program strives to provide quality hunting experiences for 12- to 17-year-olds to increase the number of youths involved in the tradition of hunting.

Corry owns the 1,100-acre Corry Farms in Gadsden County. The property has gun ranges, a cleaning facility, comfortable deer stands and excellent bass fishing. The land also is known for holding large amounts of game and is intensely managed for game quality and herd health.

“Corry exemplifies what land stewardship is all about and more importantly shares that philosophy with others,” said FWC Commissioner Charles W. Roberts III. “He is passionate about Florida’s great hunting heritage and ensuring that it is passed on to the next generation.”

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Learn how to hunt wild turkeys

Free seminars in Logan and Salt Lake CityAttending a seminar is the perfect way to prepare for Utah’s general statewide turkey hunt - Photo courtesy of The National Wild Turkey Federation

Salt Lake City, Utah - You can learn how to hunt wild turkeys at free seminars in Logan and Salt Lake City.

At the seminars, you'll learn how to set up for and call turkeys. The type of equipment you need, and how to hunt turkeys safely, will also be covered.

Each seminar begins at 6 p.m.

The first seminar will be held April 24 at the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, 2851 W. 200 N. in Logan. The second seminar will be held April 30 at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range, 6000 W. 2100 S. in Salt Lake City.

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From USA Shooting - Injury Forces Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie (Beyerle) Gray to Retire

Colorado Springs, Colorado - There comes a time in every elite athlete’s life where they eventually succumb to the pain they place upon their body to perform the sport they love. Today is that day for reigning Olympic gold medalist Jamie (Beyerle) Gray (Lebanon, Pa.) as she reluctantly retires from her competitive rifle career. 

No doubt that the gold medal she earned in London helped make the decision a little bit easier as did the new life she’s building in Kalispell, Mont. But more than that, Gray wasn’t willing to forego her long-term health for the opportunity to continue shooting. 

Since 2010, Gray has tolerated a lower back that was unbearable at times and something that worsened each time she put in the training time necessary to compete at the very best. Simply put, her back could no longer bear the brunt and it told her so every time she tried.  

“It has taken a toll on my body, mind and life since,” Gray acknowledged. “At the Olympics, I had three injections in my back after the air rifle match, which allowed me to be successful in smallbore.” 

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From the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit - USAMU shooters take World Cup gold and silver

Staff Sgt. Jeff Holguin of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Shotgun Team nails his target during the gold medal shoot off for Men's Double Trap at the 2014 ISSF Shotgun World Cup April 13.

Tucson, Arizona - It was an all-American shootout for the gold and silver medals for Men's Double Trap during the 2014 International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup April 13 at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club.

After both U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) Soldiers hit 27 out of 30 targets, Staff Sgt. Jeff Holguin captured his first World Cup gold by beating teammate Staff Sgt. Josh Richmond in a shoot out for first place.

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From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - NRA Presents $25,000 Check to Wildlife Commission for Public Shooting Range

Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers (L) accepts a $25,000 check from National Rifle Association of America Director of General Operations Program Development Brian Hyder to support construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County. Photo by Melissa McGaw Raleigh, North Carolina — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently accepted a $25,000 check from the National Rifle Association of America to help fund the construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County.

Brian Hyder, director of the NRA’s General Operations, Program Development Education and Training division, presented the check to Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director, at the Commission’s headquarters on Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

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From the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission - Commission adopts new hunting rules, reduces cost of some special permits

Hunting Elk - image courtesy of American Hunter Magazine Olympia, Washington - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits during a public meeting April 11-12 in Olympia.

The commission, a citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), approved those and other changes while adopting new hunting rules for the upcoming season.

The continued growth of many state deer and elk populations will support increases in the number of hunting permits issued this year, said Dave Ware, WDFW game manager.

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From Savage Arms - Savage Arms Hosts Meet-and-Greets with Brian “Pigman” Quaca at the 2014 NRA Show

Brian Pigman Quaca Brian “Pigman” Quaca’s relentless approach to hunting hogs has made his show “Pig Man: The Series” a fan favorite. Pigman visits booth #6152 during the 143rd NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits April 25-27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind. He will meet with his fans and sign autographs April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and again April 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees will also get a chance to see the latest products from Savage® Arms and Gunslick® Pro.

Suffield, Connecticut - SUFFIELD, CT - Brian “Pigman” Quaca’s relentless approach to hog hunting has made his show “Pig Man: The Series” a fan favorite. Quaca will be making two meet-and-greet appearances at booth #6152 during the 143rd NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits April 25 to 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind. Pigman will meet with fans and sign autographs April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and return on April 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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From Smith & Wesson - Smith & Wesson® Now Shipping M&P® Shield™ Pistols to California

New 9mm and .40 S&W Pistols Grandfathered Prior to California Microstamping Mandate;Smith & Wesson M&P SHIELD™ .40 S&W CA Compliant Non-Microstamped, Compliant and Approved for Sale in California

Springfield, Massachusetts - Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that it has commenced shipping non-microstamped, California-compliant versions of its popular M&P® Shield™ pistols. Approved and added to the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale prior to the microstamping requirement, the new M&P Shield pistols offer customers in California a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol specifically engineered for personal protection.

Built to professional standards and designed to serve as a dependable carry gun for private citizens, the California-compliant M&P Shield pistol is available in both 9mm and .40 S&W. In accordance with state regulations, the new M&P Shield pistols feature a tactile loaded chamber indicator and a magazine safety ... more on the Smith & Wesson's shipment of California Compliant Shield pistols ...

From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - 2014 ELK SEASONS SET

Elks - photo courtesy of American Hunter Magazine Pierre, South Dakota - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2014 elk hunting seasons at their April meeting in Oacoma.

The Custer State Park elk hunting season will run from Sept. 20-Oct. 5 with five "any elk" licenses available, one of which is set aside for a successful entrant in a raffle conducted by a nonprofit organization dedicated to big game management. The Custer State Park early archery elk hunting season will run from Sept. 1-30 with four "any elk" licenses available.

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