From USA Shooting - USA Shooting Pistol Selection Match Set to Get Underway with Much at Stake

2013 National Champions Sandra Uptagrafft, Jason Turner, Teresa Chambers and Emil Milev look to begin 2014 with a Pistol Selection Match that will lead them to spots on World Cups, World Championships and Championship of the Americas Teams. Colorado Springs, Colorado - The ranges of the USA Shooting Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will come alive over the next week with 40 of the best pistol athletes in the country coming together for a chance to represent the USA Shooting Team at upcoming events including World Cup USA, the World Championships and the Championship of the America’s (CAT).  

The action gets underway Tuesday, February 25 with Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol and Women’s Air Pistol. Fifteen athletes will emerge as the leading candidates for both World Championship and CAT selection, though the second of the two-part qualification won’t take place until May. The top-three athletes in each of the five pistol events contested are assured a spot on the World Cup USA roster and will shoot in Ft. Benning, Ga., during the March 27-April 4 event. 

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From the Colorado Parks and Wildlife - CPW seeks input on hunting season structure

Colorado Parks and WildlifeDenver, Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input on the structure of the big game hunting seasons for 2015 through 2019.

Major issues that are considered during the big game season structure process include the number of seasons for each species, the overlap among different seasons, breaks between seasons and the beginning and ending dates of hunting seasons. The hunting 'preference point’ system and totally limited elk hunting units will also be discussed as part of this process.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Colorado, South Carolina, Washington and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Wednesday brings us the next round of Friends of NRA banquets courtesy of Nicole McMahon, NRA Event Marketing and Communications Manager.

There are only a handful of events left as the wildly successful 2013 season comes to an end. All told, there were about 1,100 Friends of NRA dinners held this year and each one contributed to the record breaking amount of money Friends of NRA has raised for the shooting sports. Of course none of these events would have been possible without the help of our volunteers. Without the thousands of individuals who donate their time to our great cause, we would not be able to accomplish our missions of supporting national, state, and community-focused shooting sports programs.

To attend an event in your neighborhood, check the Friends of NRA website for a list of upcoming events in your state. While it's true that there aren't many left, the list of 2014 events will begin popping up very soon. Bookmark the page while you're there and check back to see when your area is holding its dinners.

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From USA Shooting - Six Set to Compete at World Cup Finals in Munich

Colorado Springs, Colorado - When the U.S. team departed for the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup Finals in Munich, Germany yesterday, they welcomed back a member to the competition ranks and said goodbye to another.

2012 Olympic gold medalist Jamie Gray (Lebanon, Pa., pictured right) will make her competition return in the Three-Position Rifle event. Gray, who has been recovering from a back injury since the Olympics, automatically secured a berth in these World Cup Finals as a reigning Olympic champion.

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Friends of NRA reviews banquet season progress and prepares for second half of 2013

NRA Field Representatives at the winter meeting in NRA Headquarters

Fairfax, Virginia - The Friends of NRA program is a large family of individuals dedicated to preserving our country's shooting sports heritage. This past week we finished highlighting the Volunteers of the Year; the best of the best among the thousands who donate their time to the organization each year.

There's another group within the program that is integral to its success. NRA's Field Representatives works tirelessly year round to make sure all 1,100 events run smoothly and grants go to deserving organizations.

Field Reps are NRA employees and, unlike volunteers, are able to devote all 365 days of the year to Friends of NRA. It isn't a job just anybody can do. Field Reps are constantly on the move, driving around their territories from committee to committee and helping organize events.

All this week the Field Reps are getting a break - if you want to call it that - when they gather for the 2013 Field Operations Division Annual Planning Meeting. A biannual event, meetings bring both Field Reps and NRA Headquarters staff together to review the last half year and plan for the remainder. Days will be filled with training workshops on new and updated Event Services, Insurance, Clubs & Associations, Database Administration, Grants and more services and products. Reps will even begin selecting merchandise for next year's Friends of NRA banquets.

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From the Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Learn to hunt pheasants with CPW

WELLINGTON, Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting recent hunter education graduates who would like advanced instruction on pheasant hunting to sign up for the agency's Novice Hunter Program being launched this summer.

The Novice Hunter Program is a new effort by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to give novice hunters the skills they need to become successful pheasant hunters. Beginning in late June, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a series of one-day programs and follow-up instruction to get novice hunters started on the path to becoming pheasant hunters.

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NRA Volunteer Spreads the Life-Saving Message of the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program

Gene Johnson playing Buffalo Bill and spreading the Eddie Eagle message at Frontier Day Colorado Springs, Colorado - NRA Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. We have professional shooters who teach basic shooting, retired collectors who work at the museum and concerned citizens like Gene Johnson who spread the word about the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program ... and he does so in a very unique manner.

Dressed as Buffalo Bill Cody, Mr. Johnson attends events like Territory Days in Old Colorado City to pass out Eddie Eagle materials to families in attendance. Here's more from this year's Territory Days:

An estimated attendance of 150,000 turned out for the annual Memorial Day 2013 event in Colorado Springs. Gene Johnson gave three performances as Colonel William F. ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody and distributed over 900 NRA Eddie Eagle ‘Parents Guide to Gun Safety’, as well as over a thousand Eddie Eagle Coloring Books and Comic Books to parents and their kids. ... more on Buffalo Bill spreading the word of Eddie Eagle ...

From Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Feeding wildlife is harmful and can bring costly fines

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are reminding the public about the negative consequences of feeding wildlife. The agency cautions that in addition to being harmful for the health of wild animals, it is illegal to feed deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, bears and elk in Colorado.

Wildlife belongs to the public and officials encourage everyone to be responsible and avoid feeding, harassing or approaching any wild animal. Violators may receive fines from communities where feeding violates local ordinances, or from wildlife officers enforcing state laws.

"Most people mean well and probably believe that they are helping wild animals by tossing them their snacks," said Ron Velarde, northwest regional manager for Colorado Parks and Wildife. "However, they are in fact causing more harm than good and we will do what we can to educate the public and discourage the practice, including issuing citations."

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From Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Byers Canyon Shooting Range opens to the public

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reopened the Byers Canyon Shooting Range and the public can once again head to Hot Sulphur Springs to enjoy the popular facility.

The range is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, except during the winter, and includes five centerfire rifle ranges of 25, 100, and 200 yards, one .22 caliber rifle range, one shotgun, and one handgun range. The range also includes straw bales for archery. There is wheel chair access to the 25 and 100-yard target range.

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