From the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Open-gate Weekends Improve Hunting Access on 4 Forever Wild Properties

Open Gate weekends from Outdoor Alabama Montgomery, Alabama - The Alabama State Lands Division announces a series of “open-gate weekends” on four Forever Wild properties designed to increase access to hunting on public lands. During the weekends, the internal woods-roads gates will be opened to allow for easier access to hunting on the properties.

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From the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Registration for the 2013 Alabama Alligator Hunting Season Opens June 4

American Alligator by Rick Dowling The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will open registration for Alabama’s eighth regulated alligator hunting season on June 4, 2013. The hunts will be held on August 15-18 and August 22-25 in southwest and west central Alabama, and on August 9-25 in southeast Alabama. To register for the alligator hunts, visit outdooralabama.com starting June 4. Online registration for the random tag drawing will end at 8 a.m. on July 12.

A total of 275 tags will be issued for the hunts. Fifty tags will be issued for the hunt area in west central Alabama, which includes Monroe County, Wilcox County and Dallas County. A total of 75 tags will be issued for southeast Alabama, which includes Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Russell Counties. ... more on registering for Alabama's August Alligator hunt ...

From Alabama's DCNR - John Denney Wins Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest

John Denney Wins Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest with pintail duck John Denney of Alexander City, Ala., is the winner of the 2014-2015 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest with his painting of a pair of pintail ducks. Denney is a second-time winner of the Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest, having previously received the honor in 2008, and was first runner-up last year.

Denney said his matte acrylic painting took approximately two months to complete. “To me, the pintail is one of the most handsome ducks, so that’s why I chose to paint it. My prior entries were both wood ducks.”

A pair of pintails was also the subject chosen by first runner-up Eddie LeRoy of Eufaula, Ala., who is a previous two-time contest winner as well. A pair of Canada geese painted by Darrell C. Warr More on Alabama's new Waterfowl Stamp Art winner ...

Friends of NRA fires up the grill in the new episode 'Country Cook-Off'

Fairfax, Virginia - Itching to watch the new episode of Friends of NRA tonight on Outdoor Channel? Well you're in luck because we have a preview video to appetize you until it airs.

What's on the agenda this week? Matt and Jessie enter a cooking competition in Alabama and need some help training. To prepare, our hosts meet up with a world-class chef deep in the Appalachian Mountains.

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National Junior Air Gun Championship brings 2012's air gun competition to an apex

NRA National Junior Air Gun Championship in Anniston, Alabama

Anniston, Alabama - This past June the National Junior Air Gun Championship was held in Anniston, Alabama at CMP South. Junior shooters from across the country came to stake their claim as the best with an air rifle.

The NJAGC rotates annually between Anniston and CMP North at Camp Perry, Ohio. In 2011 the championship introduced electronic target systems which utilized precise acoustic measurements to determine the exact locations of every shot. These systems were installed at both CMP locations and the championship finished its transition to electronic targets this year.

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NRA National Junior Air Gun Championship & Training Summit

The NRA National Junior Air Gun Championship & Training Summit starts tomorrow at CMP Center South in Anniston, Alabama.

USA Shooting's 3P Junior Olympics sporter air rifle finishes up today and precision air rifle begins at the NJAGC's conclusion on June 29. This is the place to be if you're an air gun shooter and there will be plenty of them at the range the next few days.

If you missed last year's championship, this year marks the completed conversion to electronic targets which make scores much easier to keep track of and is a world of change for spectators.

As the name implies, this is so more than just a championship. Young shooters who are just getting into the sport and there's a lot to learn. The next three days will be chock full of training seminars on shooting in college, conditioning, how to obtain grants, maintaining your equipment and more. Everyone, the staff, volunteers, and our friends with the Civilian Marksmanship Program, is there to help and this wouldn't be possible without them.

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USA Shooting/NRA Progressive Position Air Pistol Championships

Not too long after the National Junior Air Gun Championship coming up at the end of the month is another great junior competition - the USA Shooting/NRA Progressive Position Air Pistol National Championships.

Held July 6-8 at the CMP South facility in Anniston, Alabama, the championships are a great competition for young air pistol shooters to get championship experience.

Anyone can shoot in the championships until they reach the year of their 21st birthday.

This year's top male and top female will have the honor of being named to the USA Shooting National Junior Development Team where they will have the opportunity to train with Olympic-level talent and greatly improve their skill.

There are three positions a shooter may use in Progressive Position Pistol and, once chosen, it must be used for duration of the match.

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NRA National Junior Air Gun Championship & Training Summit

This year's NRA National Junior Air Gun Championship & Training Summit is approaching fast.

Held June 26-28 at CMP Center South in Anniston, Alabama, this match is open to all juniors shooting sporter or precision air rifle. If you want to get even more shooting in, the match is sandwiched between the USA Shooting's 3P Junior Olympics sporter air rifle on June 23-25 and precision air rifle on June 29-July 1.

Entries to the NJAGC may be limited due to the number of points and relays available and as such are being assigned on a “first come, first served” basis.

Coaches who show or include a copy of their current National Rifle Association/USA Shooting/Civilian Marksmanship Program coaching card will qualify for a $15 discount valid for one individual entry or one team entry.

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Sgt. Damian Williams, Madison Police Dept. and his Refuse to be a Victim class Ruthann Sprague has had a heck of a year so far in 2011 running the NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim® program. For her, it's more than compiling the materials and sending it out to her instructors – there's also a good deal of follow up involved. That's why we get to hear great stories like this one.

"I just received these photos from Sgt. Damian Williams of the Madison Police Department in Madison, Alabama," said Sprague. "His seminar was on October first at the Madison Police Training Facility."

Learning about how to develop a security plan for the home or how criminals think are just a few of the lessons taught in these classes. Each providing something for attendees to consider in their lives.

In a review of the class, one participant wrote, “Sgt. Williams gave us an informative and well presented program. I left at the end of the seminar with several items I need to take action on, things I never thought of before.” That is the goal of the program. Refuse To Be A Victim® aims to build your awareness, intuition and knowledge so that you avoid dangerous situations and make yourself less attractive as a target.

Refuse To Be A Victim® is the NRA’s personal security and crime prevention program that covers home security, auto security, travel security, technology security, physical security, and personal protection devices. You should think about improving your awareness and building your knowledge by attending a Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar. Find one near you at www.nrainstructors.org.

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