From Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. - Yamaha “Assembled in USA” Rhino Sweepstakes Runs Through May 31
All Funds go to Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed The Children
CYPRESS, California – April 16, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is running an “Assembled in USA” Rhino sweepstakes to raise funds and awareness for Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed the Children. Each $5 donation via online entry serves as a chance to win a new Tactical Black Special Edition Rhino 700 FI.
This is Yamaha’s second “Assembled in USA” Sweepstakes. This year’s contest was launched at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), the largest outdoors industry trade show, and the sweepstakes will run through May 31 with Yamaha selling tickets onsite at the NRA Show in St. Louis May 3-5.
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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Grants Available to Improve Public Access to Non-Profit or Municipal Shooting Ranges across the State
Grants Program Application Period Is Now Open Through May 31
In an effort to support recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women across the state and to promote safe and responsible use of firearms, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner (DEC) Joe Martens, in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, launched the Shooting Range Small Grants Program. This effort, which encourages the development, improvement and operations of shooting ranges, is tied to Governor Cuomo's Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative.
Funding for 2013 includes $65,000 for matching grants at a three to one ratio to eligible non-profit or municipal shooting ranges across the state. Funding for the program is derived from a federal tax on firearms and ammunition, made available to state fish and wildlife agencies for their sportsman education activities.
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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Free rifle-shooting clinic, competition
.22 rifle shooting event happens April 6
RICE, Utah — Children, youth and adults will have a free chance to shoot at a variety of moving and stationary targets with a .22 rifle soon. On April 6, the Division of Wildlife Resources, in partnership with Ron and Jeremy Young — organizers of the North Springs .22 Challenge — will offer a shoot at the North Springs Shooting Range south of Price.
Registration begins at 9 a.m.
"The event consists of a number of timed shooting events called stages," says Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR. "A different type of target and objective will be offered at each stage. Trophies will be presented to those who accrue the most points."
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From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department - Take Down Birdfeeders – Don’t Be Part of the Problem
CONCORD, N.H. – While this past winter was certainly not severe by New Hampshire standards, it was a more normal winter compared to 2012. Nonetheless, spring is here, the snow is melting fast, and bears are getting active across the Granite State. As you celebrate the strong spring sun, you need to be thinking about removing your birdfeeder until next winter. To help prevent bear visits, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department recommends taking down bird feeders from April 1 to December 1.
If you or someone you know still needs convincing, just watch the Fish and Game video of a bear family taking down a backyard birdfeeder at http://youtu.be/aJ-_nDnQJ_w.
The New Hampshire public needs to be proactive and take action now to prevent attracting a bear to their home. Last year was severe in terms of conflicts between bears and the public and resulted in a record total of over 1,100 statewide complaints, according to Fish and Game Bear Biologist Andrew Timmins. This was predominately due to the fact that most natural bear foods were completely absent during spring and summer. Droughty conditions in 2012, coupled with blossom-killing frost in May, led to poor fruit crops. Fall production of acorns and beechnuts was not much better.
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From the Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Wyoming has Record Elk Harvest in 2012
CHEYENNE - Favorable hunting conditions, long seasons, and a growing elk population allowed Wyoming hunters last year to post the highest elk harvest ever recorded in the Cowboy State.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s recently completed harvest survey revealed that 57,331 hunters harvested 26,385 elk for a 46 percent success rate. This bested the previous high of 25,692 elk taken by hunters in 2010. Over the past 10 years, Wyoming hunters have averaged over 22,000 elk harvested annually with a hunter success rate of greater than 40 percent.
Biological Services Supervisor Bob Lanka said the exceptional harvest is attributable to a robust elk population. “We are in the golden age of elk right now,” Lanka said. “Climatic conditions in recent years have been favorable for elk and the population in much of the state has been on the increase.”
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From California Department of Fish and Wildlife - CDFW to Offer Wild Pig Hunting Clinic in Monterey County
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and the Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association will offer a wild pig hunting clinic on April 6. The clinic will be held in Lockwood (Monterey County).
Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will cover will pig biology, hunting techniques, legal requirements, methods for locating wild pigs, locations to hunt, hands-on field dressing and care of wild game.
The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45 for adults. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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From Crimson Trace - CTC To Hold 2nd Annual Midnight 3 Gun Invitational
Wilsonville, Oregon - Crimson Trace, the leading brand of laser sighting systems for personal protection firearms, announces the return of the most talked about shooting match in the industry: The Midnight 3 Gun Invitational (M3GI). Taking place in complete darkness over two nights, August 16th & 17th, in the high desert of Central Oregon, the 2013 M3GI is poised to once again raise the bar for shooting events in the United States by utilizing lasers and lights to challenge even the most experienced competitors. Event registration is by invitation only - beginning April 2nd, 2013.
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From North Dakota Game & Fish - Moose, Elk and Bighorn Sheep Seasons Set
North Dakota’s 2013 moose, elk and bighorn sheep proclamation is finalized and applications are available at the State Game and Fish Department’s website. The deadline for applying is March 27.
A total of 111 moose licenses are available in 2013, 32 fewer than last year.
Randy Kreil, Game and Fish Department wildlife chief, said a downward population trend in the northeastern portion of the state is of great concern. “Unit M1C will remain closed,” Kreil said, “and in addition, unit M4, which encompasses the Turtle Mountains, is also closed this year.”
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From Aimpoint - Aimpoint launches new optic package for Blaser® rifles
Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in electronic red dot sighting technology, has announced a new sight and mount combination designed specifically for use on Blaser rifles. The highly successful Aimpoint Micro H-1 (2 MOA dot) sight has been paired with a high quality steel saddle mount manufactured by Blaser to create this exciting new package.
Aimpoint’s previous Micro H-1 for Blaser rifles utilized a short mount that locked into just one of the two mounting points featured on Blaser rifle barrels. Based on repeated requests from the user community, a longer mount that utilizes both of the mounting points was developed and tested. Quick detach levers were added to allow this sight to be mounted and dismounted quickly, and without loss of zero. This mount is suitable for use on Blaser rifles, including the R93 and R8 models.
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