From Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. - Yamaha “Real Tough” Sweepstakes for Farmers and Ranchers

Partnership with Agriculture.com and Successful Farming Promotes Viking or Viking VI Giveaway

Partnership with Agriculture.com and Successful Farming Promotes Viking or Viking VI Giveaway at http://realtoughsweepstakes.com

Cypress, California – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has partnered with Agriculture.com and Successful Farming to give away a Viking three-person Side-by-Side (SxS) or Viking VI six-person SxS at http://realtoughsweepstakes.com. The sweepstakes will run through December 29, 2014.

The winner of the online sweepstakes will have their pick between a Viking or Viking VI, both of which are being assembled in the U.S.A. at Yamaha’s factory in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. With class-leading cab room and comfort, and superior handling and off-road capabilities, the Viking is a tough and hardworking utility-based vehicle that is also fun to drive... get all the details on Yamaha's Real Tough sweepstakes ...

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Department - Statewide Pheasant Season Opens Nov. 8

Pheasant from the American Hunter website Sacramento, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is providing several pheasant hunting opportunities at northern California Type A wildlife areas for 2014.

The general pheasant season opens on Nov. 8 and extends through Dec. 21, 2014.

For the 2014 hunting season, wildlife areas are open for pheasant hunting as follows:

Type A wildlife areas in the Sacramento Valley (Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Delevan National Wildlife Refuge, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area’s Little Dry Creek and Howard Slough Units and Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area) will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, and only the first Monday (Nov. 10) of the pheasant season. Grizzly Island Wildlife Area will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, and only the second Monday (Nov. 17) of the pheasant season.

While the Llano Seco Unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area is closed for waterfowl hunting as a result of the drought, it will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays during the general pheasant season. Permits for entry will be issued at the check station through the morning lottery which begins at 4 a.m., with the draw occurring at 4:30 a.m. Entry is also available through first-come, first-serve lists at the check station.

Type A wildlife areas in the San Joaquin Valley (Los Banos Wildlife Area, Mendota Wildlife Area, North Grasslands Wildlife Area, Volta Wildlife Area and San Luis National Wildlife Refuge) will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays only during the pheasant season. Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge will be open for pheasant hunting on the first Monday of the pheasant season (Nov. 10).

The Wister Unit of Imperial Wildlife Area in Imperial County and San Jacinto Wildlife Area in Riverside County will be closed to pheasant hunting this year.

Type C wildlife areas will remain open as normal.

In 2010, CDFW reduced the number of days that certain wildlife areas will be open for pheasant hunting due to a decline the number of hunters targeting pheasant and the cost to operate check stations during the first week of the season. This reduction remains in effect. In response to the continued decline, CDFW is entering the second year of working with Pheasants Forever and the United States Geological Survey to implement pheasant population assessments and identify factors limiting their populations to develop potential management actions.

The modifications of the shoot days on Type A wildlife areas are pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 14, subsections 550(i)(1).

For more information on specific hunting opportunities, hunters should contact their regional CDFW office.

Northern California Boy Scouts receive shotgun merit badge equipment from NRA Foundation grant

Boy Scout Troop 1855 in Folsom, California, with their NRA Foundation grant

Fairfax, Virginia - Boy Scout Troop 1855 of Folsom, California, now has equipment for its shotgun merit badge program thanks to a NRA Foundation grant.

The troop, which formed in the 1990s through a group of parent volunteers, applied for the $8,500 grant to purchase shotguns, ammunition, clay targets, an electric thrower, and all the necessary safety equipment like eye and ear protection - in other words everything you need for some shotgun sports fun. Money for the grant was raised by members of the community at local Friends of NRA banquets, grassroots events for the shooting sports that bring firearms enthusiasts together for a night of fun, food, and fundraising.

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From Yamaha Motor Corp. - Register for Yamaha Outdoors-NHF Day Sweepstakes Before Midnight October 31

2014 Yamaha Viking FI 4x4

Support National Hunting and Fishing Day with Chance to Win Viking FI 4x4

Cypress, California - Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., the leading maker of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for outdoorsmen and women, has donated a new 2014 Viking FI 4x4 in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day’s (NHF Day) celebration of outdoor recreation and conservation. Yamaha reminds outdoor enthusiasts that they can still register to win before midnight on October 31, 2014, at www.yamahamotorsports.com/nhfday.

This year’s NHF Day celebration was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, and continues to serve as the most effective grass roots effort ever taken to promote outdoor sports and conservation... more on Yamaha Outdoors' Viking FI 4x4 giveaway ...

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Nonprofit Groups Can Raise Funds With California Hunting Tags

California Department of Fish and WildlifeSacramento, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2015-16 season.

There will be 12 or 13 of these special fundraising tags reserved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups to sell, which will allow the highest bidder to hunt bighorn sheep, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope in California. Nonprofit organizations compete for a chance to auction these special fundraising tags, which hunters can only buy through such auctions.

Organizations that have previously applied or expressed interest in future opportunities to sell these tags have been notified by email. The possibility of winning such a rare prize attracts bidders to the groups’ fundraising events, which helps them raise more money for their organizations.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, Louisiana, Michigan and over a dozen other states

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA banquets have brought Second Amendment supporters together for more than 20 years now under one goal: ensuring the future of America's shooting sports.

With more than 1,000 banquets being held annually by dedicated volunteers like you, the funds raised at Friends of NRA banquets make a real difference. Half of all money raised at a banquet goes right back into grants for local shooting sports programs and the other half supports programs with a national scope. Besides all the good they do, they're a whole lot of fun.

If you haven't attended a banquet, try one out. Below are the banquets coming up this next week, but you can visit the Friends of NRA website and see what's coming up in your neck of the woods.

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From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - CDFW To Hold Public Workshop on Lead Bullet Ban Implementation

Bullets ready for an NRA Day Sacramento, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop Saturday, July 19 to discuss the implementation of the lead bullet ban. The workshop will be held at the Community Room at City Hall, 777 Cypress Ave. in Redding from 7-8:30p.m.

A CDFW representative will detail a proposed implementation plan, the PowerPoint is available on the CDFW website. Following the short presentation, interested parties can make comments and provide input that will help shape CDFW’s final recommendation to the Fish and Game Commission, which CDFW anticipates presenting at the Commission’s meeting in Sacramento in September.

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Father and daughter showing off their catch

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Hunting and Fishing Licenses Make Fine Gifts for Father’s Day

Sacramento, California - Are you or someone you know hunting for a gift for Father’s Day? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) thinks giving dad a hunting or fishing license would make his day great.

“The gift of these licenses provides the recipient with a bounty of opportunities to enjoy hunting and fishing in California,” said Charlton H. Bonham, director of CDFW.

California is the third-largest state in the nation and about half of its land is publicly owned. That translates into millions of acres of huntable public property. Fishing opportunities also abound in the more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs and 80 major rivers in California. The state also features more than 1,100 miles of coastline that is home to hundreds of native fish and shellfish species.

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From Yamaha Motor Corp. - Yamaha Expands GRANT Program: Outdoor Access Initiative Reaches Broader OHV User Community

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Cypress, California - Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces the expanded platform for its GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) program, along with a new name: Outdoor Access Initiative.  Designed to extend support to off-highway vehicle (OHV) users in a wider variety of outdoor activities, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative remains the industry leader in supporting safe, responsible use and open sustainable access to trails and riding areas. 

“Yamaha is the leader in supporting our industry and customers on OHV issues as well as conservation, land access and safe, responsible use of ATV and SxS vehicles – whether in recreation, hunting or agricultural settings,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group Vice President. “The GRANT program always has welcomed applications from diverse groups.  With this new name, we make it clear that the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative actively encourages the submission of projects that support safe, responsible use of OHVs as well as sustainable access to land for all outdoor enthusiasts.”

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