From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Deadline Approaching for Big Time Texas Hunts Entries

Big Horn sheep image courtesy of the © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Austin, Texas — If you think that dream hunt of a lifetime is out of reach then you probably haven’t entered in the Big Time Texas Hunts.

The Lone Star State boasts some of the finest hunting anywhere in the country, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Big Time Texas Hunts offer hunters a chance to experience the best of the best. Just ask last year’s Texas Grand Slam hunt winner Kelly Hill of Houston, who first learned of the program during a hunter education class and was selected for the Big Time Texas Hunts’ crown jewel after entering for the very first time.

“I went and researched it when I got home; and I was like – this is amazing,” said Hill... find out how you can win a Big Time Texas Hunt ...

$8,000 NRA Foundation Grant helps shooting sports in the Texas Panhandle

Dallam County, Texas, 4-H Rifle Team receives NRA Foundation Grant

Dalhart, Texas - The Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Rifle Team of Dalhart, Texas, has recently benefited from Friends of NRA fundraising. On March 13, 2014, the local 4-H office received notification that the grant request submitted in November by a member of the Dallam Parent Leaders Association was approved by the Texas State Fund Committee and the Board of Trustees for the NRA Foundation, Inc.

Not only do these grants provide monetary support, but they also help to build valuable relationships within the shooting sports and Friend of NRA communities. Some valuable connections were made during the grant process this year at the local, state and national level. This year Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Rifle Team will receive a rifle and equipment valued at $8,343.21.

Under the instruction of Kelly McMurry and Martin Dettle of Dalhart, the Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Team, which competes in 3-position small-bore rifle, now has room to grow in numbers of participants and coaches. Our local team had one coach and seven members in 2013. We added a second coach earlier this year, and we hope to see our numbers continue to grow. The team will now have more equipment available for teaching and practicing and we hope it will have greater success in the upcoming district competition on May 9-10, 2014, in Amarillo.

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From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - TPWD Online Public Hunt Drawing System Now Live

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s new online-only Public Hunt Drawing System Austin, Texas - Hunters applying for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s drawn public hunts can now take advantage of the new online-only Public Hunt Drawing System.

The new online-only system is currently accepting applications for 2014-15 Drawn Hunts, including Special Permit hunts, E-Postcard hunts, and US Forest Service Antlerless Deer Permits. For the first time, the entire process is being handled electronically — from applications, to fee payments and permit issuance. “Applications for Drawings on Public Hunting Lands” booklets, application forms and permits will no longer be printed and mailed out. Hunt options can be browsed online by category or by area using an interactive map. A downloadable PDF of the 2014-15 Drawn Hunt Catalog is also available online.

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Texas program makes more than 300 arrests and $17 million in confiscations

Paws on Patrol founder Kristi Schiller

In the first week of August, those who receive the NRA's Law Enforcement Newsletter will hear about the work of Kristi Schiller the program she spearheads — Paws on Patrol. Here's a quick look ...

Born with an instinct to protect and serve the pack, K9s are invaluable assets to public safety. They keep drugs out of schools and illegal munitions off the streets. Most important, they help our law enforcement officers go home to their loved ones at night.

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Funds to pay for rifles, arrows, targets and more for Texas youth group

Baylor County 4-H coach holds a check from the NRA Foundation Fairfax, Virginia - You hardly ever hear about positive stories and the NRA. The ones where the National Rifle Association awards scholarships, recognizes a deserving individual or assists a local youth group. Which is exactly why we're tell you the story of Baylor County's 4-H program.

A hardworking local outfit that runs summer camps, teaches leadership, brings their brightest to events like the Star of Texas and Rodeo Houston Stock Shows. Last year they applied for a number of NRA Foundation Grants ... they received two.

Find out more about the NRA Foundation's grants to the Baylor County 4-H program ...

Tactical Shooting Instructor school enters the rifle phase in Texas

Constable Jerry Raburn of Denton County Precinct #3 practices a seated firing position prior to live-fire exercises.

After another long day of training, NRA Law Enforcement Competitor & Tactical Police Competition RO Mike Lane returns with his tales of eighteen students undertaking a five-day Tactical Shooting Instructor course in Lewisville, Texas.

Lewisville, Texas - What a great day of training!

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Officers learn to operate under real world conditions at the Jerry R. Galler Public Safety Training Center

Officer Mike Short performs a rapid magazine change during the middle of the 'El Presidente' drill.
Mike Lane, a longtime competitor and Range Safety Officer for NRA's Tactical Police Competitions is one of eighteen students undertaking a five-day Tactical Shooting Instructor course in Texas.

During the week, Lane will share his experience and outlook on the class, the people and the rest of his time in Texas.

Lewisville, Texas - Wishing to keep his department’s training staff up-to-date with the most advanced, contemporary ideas in modern firearms training techniques, Chief Russell Kerbow of the Lewisville Police Department recently hosted an NRA Instructor Development School at the newly dedicated Jerry R. Galler Public Safety Training Center.

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From Discovery Channel - New Series Boss Hog premiers on Discovery Friday, April 11

Pigman Brian Quaca debuts new series Boss Hog on Discovery ChannelGroesbeck, Texas - BOSS HOG, premiering on Discovery Friday April 11 at 10PM ET/PT, follows Brian “Pigman” Quaca and his crew as they take on Texas’ wild hog problem, building his own “pig empire.”  In recent years, wild hogs have ravaged Texas, causing an estimated 1.5 billion dollars in agricultural damage annually. Where most see this as a nuisance, Pigman sees it as an opportunity, making money off every aspect of the pig – from booking clients on high-end hog hunts and customizing hog hunting bows, to stuffing and mounting trophy boars.  

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Top collegiate shotgun shooters named NRA All Americans at ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio

2014 NRA Collegiate All-American Shotgun First Team

San Antonio, Texas - The 46th Annual ACUI Clay Target Championships were a hard-fought five days that saw competitors go through couple hundred thousand clays and shotgun shells. When the dust settled at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, perennial favorite Lindenwood University had won their 11th consecutive national title.

Among the awards handed out that evening were the announcements of the 2014 NRA Collegiate All-American Shotgun teams.

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