From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia's deer, bear and boar archery seasons open Sept. 27

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Archery seasons for deer, bear and boar start Sept. 27 in West Virginia.

South Charleston, West Virginia - West Virginia's 2014 archery seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar open Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. The bear archery season is a split season (Sept. 27-Nov. 22 and Dec. 8-Dec. 31).

In addition to a base license, bear hunters must purchase a Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS) to hunt bear in West Virginia. Two bear may be taken per year, provided at least one bear is taken in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh or Wyoming counties. Other than the Class DS stamp, no additional stamps are needed to harvest the second bear during the archery season except for non-residents hunting on the National Forest (Class I).

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Trijicon and Peacemaker succeed in creating championship that offers variety of shooting experiences

Trijicon World Shooting Championship American Rifleman

American Rifleman's Brian Sheetz breaks down why the Trijicon World Shooting Championship is such a hit ...

Trijicon World Shoot Winds Down
After such an unqualified success as the Trijicon World Championship, it's obvious that Peacemaker has succeeded in its mission to bring excellence in a variety of shooting experiences to the masses.

From a wide range of competitors in both pro and amateur categories to sponsors and staff, the inaugural Trijicon World Shooting Championship appears to have been a success if it is to be judged by the enthusiastically affirmative responses that arose from the informal survey question, “Would you shoot it again next year or recommend it to a friend?”

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Early Bear Gun Seasons to Open Sept. 18 and Oct. 4 in selected counties

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Hunters have until Sept. 26 to apply for a permit allowing them to hunt black bear in select counties concurrent with the traditional buck-gun season Nov. 24-26, 2014. South Charleston, West Virginia - Hunters are reminded that a bear season with or without the use of dogs will take place in all or parts of 16 counties Sept. 18–20 and all of eight counties Oct. 4-10.

The counties or parts of counties open to bear hunting with or without dogs from Sept. 18–20 include: Barbour (east of state Route 92), Braxton (east of I–79), Clay (south of Elk River), Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Mineral (west of New Creek), Monroe (east of U.S. Route 219), Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur (east of state Route 20), and Webster. 

The counties open for bear hunting with or without dogs Oct. 4-10 include; Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming.

"Counties that will be open for early bear hunting are above their management objective and need additional bears to be harvested to achieve their goal,"... More about Bear Hunting Season in West Virginia ...

The Mountain State to debut NRA's newest state-level Y.E.S. October 16

Top Shot Season 4 champion Chris Cheng with the 2013 NRA Youth Education Summit's top shooters

Fairfax, Virginia - Each year the NRA selects a couple dozen exceptional high school students to attend its National Youth Education Summit, a seven day educational experience in Washington, D.C. Students spend the week touring the memorials and monuments around our nation’s capital while learning the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen.

Some students are selected after submitting an application, but an increasing number of attendees reach Y.E.S. from a state-level program that graduates the top candidate(s) on to the national summit. Starting in 2002 these state Y.E.S. programs have popped up in Alaska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and now West Virginia.

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Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Antlerless white-tailed deer

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Applications available for 2014 antlerless deer season limited permit areas

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Applications for the 2014 Antlerless Deer Season are available at West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. These applications also may be downloaded from the DNR's Web page at

"These limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that limited numbers of antlerless deer permits are necessary to meet management objectives," said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

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From Trijicon - Trijicon World Shooting Championship Adds Junior and Amateur Divisions

2014 Trijicon World Championship

Wixom, Michigan - The Trijicon World Shooting Championship, co-sponsored by the NRA and other industry leading manufacturers, will now offer divisions for both Amateur and Junior level shooters. Effective immediately, registration is available for both newly added divisions.

"The idea here is to offer a less intimidating and expensive experience for up and coming shooters," said Cole McCulloch, Owner and Founder, Peacemaker National Training Range. "Myself and all the sponsors involved believe this inaugural event should be available to the most advanced firearm competitors from around the world, regardless of age or overall access to professional competition."

To be considered for this elite competition, Junior and Amateur participants must be competitive shooters or aspiring professionals capable of handling firearms in a safe, responsible and experienced manner.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Permit applications available for special deer hunt at National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia

Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Hunters must have their applications for the special deer hunt at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory submitted by Aug. 1, 2014.

Green Bank, West Virginia – The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia, has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident-only controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).

Submitting an application enters the hunter in a drawing for a maximum of two days on the NRAO site. Applications for the drawing must be received by NRAO on or before Aug. 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and issued a special NRAO letter of authorization to deer hunt. Only hunters who have applied and have received a letter for a particular day or days can hunt... more about hunting at West Virginia's National Radio Astronomy Observatory ...

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,017 Spring Turkeys in 2014

West Virginia turkeys South Charleston, West Virginia – Preliminary harvest figures for the 2014 spring gobbler season indicate West Virginia hunters checked in 9,017 bearded turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources. This year's harvest represents a 19 percent decline from the 2013 harvest and a 6 percent departure from the five-year average.

Only District 2 had a harvest increase (up 5 percent) when compared to 2013. All other districts had harvest declines when compared to last year: District 1 (down 20 percent), District 3 (down 28 percent), District 4 (down 17 percent), District 5 (down 27 percent), and District 6 (down 16 percent).

Preston (344) and Mason (297) counties led the state in total harvest. Rounding out the top 10 counties were Jackson (294), Wood (268), Harrison (264), Wyoming (263), Fayette (243), Greenbrier (242), Ritchie (237) and Roane (235).

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West Virginia's Peacemaker National Training Center hosting 3-Gun match this Saturday

NRA Sports' Samantha Olsen ready for a weekend full of 3-Gun fun

Fairfax, Virginia - You always know what you’re going to see when you run into NRA Sports’ Samantha Olsen — chipper smile, a quick laugh and an enthusiasm for the job that most envy. But what you don’t expect to see, at least on a Thursday, is Sam sporting a jeans and t-shirt combo. Ah, but that’s a good reason for that. She’s got a 3-gun match brewing.

“We’re loading up guns and ammo and heading to the Peacemaker National Training Center tomorrow,” said Olsen. “Tomorrow we set up and Saturday we shoot.”

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