Funds raised from taxes on hunting and fishing industries to benefit outdoor recreationists, conservation, regional economies

Strutting by Lori R. Bramble

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it will distribute $1.1 billion in 2015 to critical fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects throughout the country. The funds come from Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act revenues, which tax sales on sporting firearms, ammunition, and archery and fishing equipment in all 50 states.

“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “But they are also the fuel for a massive financial engine that benefits outdoor recreationists, hunters, boaters and anglers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and local and regional economies. Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”

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NRA All Access swings by Fairfax, Virginia, to film segments for upcoming season

Jessie Duff in the National Firearms Museum

We were very excited to have NRA All Access host and world champion shooter Jessie Duff on site to film in the NRA Range and the National Firearms Museum.

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Sign Up Now for Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt Event

Turkey hunting via the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Montpelier, Vermont - In an effort to promote youth hunting in Vermont, youth hunters are encouraged to sign up for the Third Annual Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt this spring. Youth hunters will be treated to a luncheon on Sunday, April 19, at the Waterbury Fish & Game Club, where they will take part in a discussion on the importance of the hunting tradition in Vermont.

The following weekend, the young hunters will take part in a guided turkey hunt to coincide with Vermont’s youth turkey hunting weekend on April 25-26.

“I always look forward to this event,” Gov. Shumlin said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Vermont tradition with the young Vermonters who will carry it on for generations to come.”

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From the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - 2015 Spring Turkey Season April 4-May 17

Turkey from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website Nashville, Tennessee - Tennessee’s 2015 spring turkey season opens on Saturday, April 4 and continues through Sunday, May 17. When it comes to the forecast for the season, sportsmen can look forward to what is expected to be another good year in terms of harvest numbers.

“I don’t think anything will change dramatically this season in terms of harvest numbers,” said Roger Applegate, TWRA Turkey Program Coordinator. “By and large, all things point to a stable population. Harvest numbers will fluctuate from year to year.

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From the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife - Annual wild turkey hunt for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters set for April 4

Wild Turkeys from the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Dover, Delaware – Prior to the start of Delaware’s 2015 spring wild turkey season, youths aged 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters will have a special one-day turkey hunt opportunity on Saturday, April 4. Youth and disabled hunters will be able to hunt wild turkeys on private property, state wildlife areas and state forest lands.

Hunters ages 13 to 15 must have a valid Delaware junior hunting license and must have completed a hunter education course, as well as a Division of Fish and Wildlife-approved turkey hunter safety class. Hunters age 10 to 12 are exempt from these requirements. All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older who is licensed to hunt in Delaware, and who has taken a DNREC-approved turkey hunter safety class. Adult companions may not possess a firearm during the hunt. For more information on safety classes, click Delaware Hunter Education.

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From Yamaha Motor Corp. - Yamaha Launches 2015 National Hunting and Fishing Day Sweepstakes

Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec

All-New Wolverine R-Spec will be Given Away to Support NHF Day

Cypress, California - Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, the leading maker of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for outdoorsmen and women, is supporting the National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) again in 2015, and this year is giving away the all-new Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec in Hunter Green through an online sweepstakes at:

This is the eighth year Yamaha is sponsoring NHF Day and is proud to continue to support the event and overall effort by giving away a prize that sets a new standard in off-road capability, has class-leading comfort and is assembled right here in the USA. The sweepstakes will be promoted online and at NHF Day events nationwide. Outdoorsmen and women, 18 years-of-age or older, can enter to win by simply registering online through the end of October 2015.

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From the Nevada Department of Wildlife - Nevada's Big Game Tag Application Opens

big-game-tag-app-open-sm Reno, Nevada - If you’re interested in hunting big game in Nevada this year, the Nevada Department of Wildlife wants to remind everyone that the big game tag application process opens today, Monday, March 23.

Hunters have an array of hunts; mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, mountain goat, black bear and three species of bighorn sheep (Desert, California and Rocky Mountain), to choose from. Deer, elk and antelope offer options for male or female of each species, as well as several options for weapon type including rifle, archery and muzzleloader.

Again this year, NDOW is offering some combination hunt options that allow sportsmen, hunting in predetermined areas, the chance of hunting a cow elk simultaneous to hunting a mule deer, and one that allows sportsmen the chance to hunt a cow elk while also hunting bull elk.

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Whitetail deer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission website

Harvests decreased statewide in 2014-15, report shows

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The Pennsylvania Game Commission today reported that, in the state’s 2014-15 seasons, hunters harvested an estimated 303,973 deer – a decrease of about 14 percent compared to the 2013-14 harvest of 352,920.

Hunters took 119,260 antlered deer in the 2014-15 seasons – a decrease of about 11 percent compared to the previous license year, when an estimated 134,280 bucks were taken. Also, hunters harvested an estimated 184,713 antlerless deer in 2014-15, which represents an about 16 percent decrease compared to the 218,640 antlerless deer taken in 2013-14.

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Going after big game? Know what dangers await you ...

Grizzly image from NRA's American Hunter magazine Keith Wood provides a cautionary tale when it comes to hunting America's dangerous game ...

Dangerous Domestic Game

It was 2 a.m. when the black waters of Lake Okeechobee erupted in a foamy geyser as a 10-foot alligator inhaled the rotten chicken used as bait. The engine on the airboat fired to life and the small craft surged forward toward the thrashing reptile. The plan was to get the boat directly over the gator and snatch him with a hand-thrown grappling hook. Florida’s regulations for gator harvest require some unorthodox methods when it comes to bringing the animals in for their meat and hides—you can’t just shoot for the head the way that African crocodiles are hunted.

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