From USA Shooting - Spain the Gain for Top Junior Shooters at 2014 USA Shooting National Championships

Colorado Springs, Colorado - An invite to Granada, Spain, and the 2014 World Shooting Championships awaits top junior and non-Olympic event competitors at the USA Shooting National Championships (USASNC) for Rifle & Pistol in Fort Benning, Georgia, June 23 – June 29.

With so much on the line, attendance at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) is expected to include 525 starts as athletes gun for World Team selection, National Championship prestige and the honor of being named to USA Shooting’s National or National Junior Team for the top-two finishers.

Winning the National Championships is an important goal of every top-caliber shooter, but in the open-level category, it takes a back seat to the season’s ultimate quest which is World Championships success and potential Olympic qualifying opportunities in Spain... find out more about the USA Shooting National Championships at Fort Benning ...

From Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Colorado's fall limited turkey license applications accepted beginning May 22

Denver, Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding turkey hunters that they can begin applying for fall limited licenses Thursday, May 22 through the July 10 deadline. Over-the-counter turkey licenses can be purchased at any Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, license agents or online beginning August 5.

Hunters are advised that applying for a limited license, or purchasing any license online is recommended to streamline the process and prevent common mistakes that may invalidate an application.

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Public ranges offer hunters the chance to check you sights and test your gear

Public Range partial funded by grants from the NRA

Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado - The advent of Spring (at least in some parts of the country) brings about a welcoming of all things new. New jobs, new hunting season, and new gear you’re chomping at the bit to take out in the woods. But before you’re ready to take anything out for more than dry run, best to make sure all is in working order. That’s why the reopening of Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Colorado is so important.

Closed in a seasonal fashion in order to protect the “wintering wildlife,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reopened the Byers Canyon Shooting Range for the coming season. Open seven days a week, the range is open from sunrise to sunset throughout the fall.

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From USA Shooting - USA Shooting To Attend 2014 NRA Annual Meeting

Colorado Springs, Colorado - A busy shooting industry show season comes to an end this week but not before USA Shooting Team staff and athletes attend the 2014 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, April 25-27. 

The 2014 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits taking place at the Indiana Convention Center features over 600 of the most spectacular displays of firearms, shooting and hunting accessories in the world all contained within 400,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Among the exhibitors will be the USA Shooting Team in booth #8251 with guest appearances by USA Shooting Team members Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Wash.), Sarah Beard (Danville, Ind.) and Ashley Carroll (Solvang, Calif.).

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Top spot in 3-Position Olympic Junior Rifle Championship goes to Nebraska freshman

Nebraska freshman Lauren Phillips at the  National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships I first read about Lauren Phillips in 2012. Back then she part of a spitfire quartet known as the West Seattle/Vashon Thunderbirds. Fresh off her team's NRA National Junior Sectional victory, she decided to start taking a more serious approach her shooting career.

Since then, she hit the road for matches in Fort Benning, Georgia, Anniston, Alabama, Camp Perry, Ohio and Colorado Springs, Colorado. What did that travel catalog get her? How about a scholarship to the University of Nebraska and a spot in the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships.

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From USA Shooting - Injury Forces Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie (Beyerle) Gray to Retire

Colorado Springs, Colorado - There comes a time in every elite athlete’s life where they eventually succumb to the pain they place upon their body to perform the sport they love. Today is that day for reigning Olympic gold medalist Jamie (Beyerle) Gray (Lebanon, Pa.) as she reluctantly retires from her competitive rifle career. 

No doubt that the gold medal she earned in London helped make the decision a little bit easier as did the new life she’s building in Kalispell, Mont. But more than that, Gray wasn’t willing to forego her long-term health for the opportunity to continue shooting. 

Since 2010, Gray has tolerated a lower back that was unbearable at times and something that worsened each time she put in the training time necessary to compete at the very best. Simply put, her back could no longer bear the brunt and it told her so every time she tried.  

“It has taken a toll on my body, mind and life since,” Gray acknowledged. “At the Olympics, I had three injections in my back after the air rifle match, which allowed me to be successful in smallbore.” 

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From USA Shooting - Current & Future Stars Gather in Colorado Springs for 2014 Nat'l Jr. Olympic Shooting Championships

Women's Air Pistol will be intense despite the bond Lydia Paterson (left), Alana Townsend (middle) and Darian Shenk (right) have formed as the current and future stars of the sport. Colorado Springs, Colorado - The current and future stars of USA Shooting are set to begin 17 days of competition during the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting (NJOSC) Championships taking place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 10-26.  The best junior men’s and women’s pistol competitors will get things underway beginning Thursday.

Following pistol, Women’s Rifle takes to the range April 16-20, and then NJOSC will conclude with Men’s Rifle, April 22-27. Both rifle weeks will consist of an Air Rifle and Three-Position (smallbore) competition. In order to compete in this year’s NJOSC, competitors must have been born in 1994 or later, providing for a junior competition that is unparalleled in the shooting sports.

There is a lot at stake for the young shooters that will travel to Colorado from all corners of the country. Each event will provide two opportunities to be appointed to USA Shooting’s National Junior Team. This is a remarkable opportunity for the nation’s top young shooters to gain valuable experience through different camps and international events ... Find out more about these Junior Olympic shooters ...

From USA Shooting - Kentucky’s Davis Wins NCAA Air Rifle Title, West Virginia Claims 16th National Championship

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Colorado Springs, Colorado - In college rifle, days don’t come much bigger than this.

The NCAA Rifle National Championships came to a close today on the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray, Ky. with No. 1-ranked West Virginia claiming a nation-best 16th NCAA championship. The Mountaineers claimed their second championship in a row with their score of 4,705, beating the previous record score of 4,700 set in 2011 by Kentucky.

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From the Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Big Game Access Program cancelled after pilot study

Colorado Parks and WildlifeColorado Springs, Colorado - After a pilot study, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be suspending its Big Game Access Program (BGAP). BGAP was designed to evaluate the potential of a big game leasing program in southeastern Colorado and create hunting opportunities that both benefited landowners and hunters in the area. However, recent budgetary shortfalls have caused Colorado Parks and Wildlife to reevaluate all of its programs and as a result the decision was made to end BGAP.

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