From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - 2014 Arizona pronghorn antelope and elk hunt draw booklet is online

Elk pronghorn 2014 regs_cover Phoenix, Arizona - Hunters can apply now for the pronghorn/elk draw by downloading and submitting a paper application; printed booklets, application forms and envelopes are anticipated to be at license dealers by end of next week; online application service anticipated to be available by early to mid-January

The 2014 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information regulations booklet has been posted online by the Arizona Game and Fish Department at www.azgfd.gov/draw.

Hunters may now begin applying for hunt permit-tags issued through the drawing process by downloading a paper application form at www.azgfd.gov/draw and submitting it by mail or by hand delivery. ... more registering for Arizona's Elk and Pronghorn hunts ...

Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Illinois, New York, Texas and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Here are the next batch of upcoming Friends of NRA banquets across the country courtesy of Nicole McMahon, NRA Event Marketing and Communications Manager.

We're in the final stretch of this year's banquet season. A little over 150 dinners remain of the more than 1,100 Friends of NRA held annually throughout the United States. None of these events would have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers. All money raised at banquets goes right back into supporting the shooting sports - half into national programs and half into local and state programs where the banquet was held.

To attend an event in your neighborhood, check the Friends of NRA website for a list of upcoming events in your state. Bookmark that page while you're at it because next year's events will begin popping up soon.

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From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - Public invited to grand opening of Northern Arizona Shooting Range

Rifle at the ready on an outdoor range. Flagstaff, Arizona - The public is invited to the grand opening of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range, located east of Flagstaff, on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with an honor guard presentation of colors by officers from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Arizona Department of Public Safety, followed by remarks from Game and Fish Department Director Larry Voyles, Game and Fish Commissioners Jack Husted and John W. Harris, Northern Arizona Shooting Foundation President Bill Gow, former Game and Fish Commissioner Michael Golightly, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, Arizona House Representative Tom Chabin, and other invited dignitaries.

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From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - Online application service now available for Arizona’s 2013 fall hunts

The 2013-14 Arizona Hunting Regulations The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced that the online application service is now available for Arizona’s 2013 hunts for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo, and pheasant.

Hunters now have the option of applying online for a tag issued through the draw process by visiting https://az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml and scrolling down to the “Apply for a Draw” link.

The 2013-14 Arizona Hunting Regulations are available online at www.azgfd.gov/draw. Printed copies of the regulations are now at Game and Fish offices and will soon be available at license dealers statewide.

The application deadline is Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by 7 p.m. (MST). Those applying online will have to pay the non-refundable $7.50 application fee (which is charged as part of the tag fee whether applying online or with a paper application).

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Arizona business says contribution is "important to all of us at the core of the current debate on gun control"

Youth Ambassador Breanna Lincoski with Eddie Eagle.Tuscon, Arizona Late last year, NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program reached an important milestone; 26 million kids. That's 26 million pre-k through 3rd graders who sang along and learned Eddie's lifesaving message of "Stop! Don't Touch! Leave the Area. Tell an Adult."

Thanks to that message, along with the coloring books, DVDs and other instructional items that come along with it, America's accidental firearm fatality rates have fallen steadily for decades.

The program centers around the Eddie Eagle mascot costume. Available to law enforcement agencies only, the costume captures the children's attention and draws them in. Problem is that the costume isn't cheap.

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From the Arizona Fish & Game Department - Take in the fun at this weekend’s free Outdoor Expo

Arizona Fish & Game DepartmentOutdoor enthusiasts know that the place to be this weekend is the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Feel free to invite your family and friends!

The free event offers loads of activities, presentations and exhibits for everyone ranging from novices to seasoned outdoor recreationists. Whether you want to see live wildlife, take the kids fishing at the huge catch-and-release tanks, try out shooting sports on the range, view OHV and boating exhibits, learn target archery, watch exciting cowboy mounted shooting competition, attend informative presentations, or visit with more than 150 exhibitors, the Outdoor Expo offers something for everyone.

Best of all, admission and parking are free. There is a nominal charge for ammunition at some of the shooting venues. The Gold Sponsor for this year’s Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo is Cabela’s.

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Learning Precision Law Enforcement Rifle techniques from AFTT

AFTT owner Mark Fricke explains shooting positions to students during his Precision Rifle class in ArizonaAFTT owner/instructor Mark Fricke discussing shooting positions during his Precision Rifle class.

When I started working here at the NRA, I knew there would be a learning curve. The need to become intimate with the training, competitions, locations and lingo which surround the shooting sports. But I never thought I'd take as far as I did last March. That's when I enrolled in a Law Enforcement Precision Rifle class out in Wickenburg, Arizona.

The trip out to Arizona was less then encouraging ... record low temperatures, impassable back roads and the idea of sleeping in my SUV for the week were just a few of the obstacles. But it got better.

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Who among this year's first, second and third graders placed in the Youth Wildlife Art Contest's youngest category?

Alisa Jia, a second grader from Chandler, Arizona, took first place in 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category I

Fairfax, Virginia - The results are in for the 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest and we have some great pieces of art to show you.

First up are the winners from Category I, reserved for students in grades one through three. These entrants are so young you can barely call them artists, but their skills suggest otherwise.

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NRA Life of Duty's profile of Pinal County Sheriff Babeua & his men

Drugs seized by Pinal County Sheriff's Department in Arizona on NRA Life of Duty "My fellow American can't imagine what it's like to serve as a sheriff or a deputy in the number one county for the pass through of drugs and human smuggling in the entire nation."

That warning comes from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeua. Sheriff Babeau and his men (especially the SWAT unit) were recently profiled on NRA's groundbreaking digital experience Life of Duty. Launched in 2011, NRA Life of Duty highlights heroes who go to work every day, protecting, defending and fighting for the safety of the general public. Heroes like the men and women of the Pinal County Sheriff's Department.

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