From Franchi - FRANCHI hunts new ground with Theresa Vail and Limitless: The first Miss America Contestant to endorse firearms brand

Former Ms. Kansas and Ms. America contestant and outdoor celebrity Theresa Vail Acokeek, Maryland - Franchi, a division of Benelli USA, has announced its sponsorship and endorsement deal with the former Ms. Kansas and Ms. America contestant and outdoor celebrity Theresa Vail.

As part of the arrangement, Franchi will be the presenting sponsor of Vail’s new Outdoor Channel reality show “Limitless with Theresa Vail” and bring her onto the brand’s prostaff team. It’s a move calculated to show the brand’s support of young and aspiring shooters, and give the Italian shotgun maker access to a broader and more diverse set of potential buyers.

“We’re thrilled to work with Theresa—and believe that not only is she a personality, but a person who comes along once in a great while in our industry.” … more on Ms. America contestant Theresa Vail signing with Franchi ...

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia's Canada Goose Season opens Sept. 1, 2014

Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. West Virginia's Canada goose season begins Sept. 1, 2014. South Charleston, West Virginia – West Virginia's 2014–2015 waterfowl seasons will begin statewide Sept. 1, 2014, with the opening of the early Canada goose season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The early Canada goose season ends on September 13. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. All other general waterfowl hunting regulations apply to the September season.

Hunters must possess a federal waterfowl stamp and a free Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration card in addition to a regular hunting license. HIP cards are free and available from DNR offices and all hunting license agents.

"Canada geese are found throughout West Virginia, but the largest concentrations are in the major river valleys where agriculture and suburban landscapes provide an abundance of open land… find out more about Canada Goose hunting in West Virginia ...

From Gamo Outdoor USA - GAMO® OUTDOOR USA OFFERS A CHANCE TO WIN AIR RIFLES, OPTICS, LASER DESIGNATORS, BLOWGUNS, AND KNIVES IN THEIR 2014 ANNUAL SUMMER GIVEAWAY

Gamo Outdoor USA Fort Lauderdale, Florida –Gamo Outdoor USA (www.gamooutdoorusa.com), the leading manufacturer of high quality air guns, optics and laser designators, is pleased to announce the start of the 2014 annual summer giveaway. The annual giveaway is an online/social media event where the different brands under the Gamo® Outdoor USA umbrella offers its social media participants the chance to win a product from their catalog.

Headlining the 2014 Summer Giveaway event, Gamo® Adult Precision Airguns is offering a unique product. A Whisper Fusion Pro .177 Cal air rifle which has been autographed and used by Gamo’s Prostaff team at the highly successful “Squirrel Master Classic” TV/Hunting event this past February in AL. Autographs included are from members of Bone Collector TV Show, Shawn Michaels, and Keith Mark from “MRA Hunting” TV Show, Jackie Bushman from “Buckmasters” TV Show, Jon and Gina Brunson from “Addicted to the Outdoors” TV show and Keith Warren from “The High Road with Keith Warren” TV Show. One prize will be given away for each brand. Prizes include:

Find out more about the 2014 Gamo Outdoor USA Giveaway ...

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - LAST CHANCE TO HUNT WORLD-CLASS ELK IN PENNSYLVANIA

Raffle chances for once-in-a-lifetime bull-hunting opportunity available online through Friday.

The Keystone Elk Country Alliance tag rifle Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - It’s too late to enter Saturday’s drawing for one of the 108 Pennsylvania elk licenses to be issued by lottery this year.

But even for those who missed the deadline, there’s still one last chance to take part in the state’s 2014 elk hunt – and do so in style during an extended season.

Hunters have until the end of Friday to go online and purchase chances for a raffle, the lucky winner of which will receive an extended opportunity to hunt bull elk anywhere on Pennsylvania’s elk range, as well as a fully guided hunt to be filmed by a professional crew and, if the hunt is successful, the trophy mounted free of charge.

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - The Maryland Black Bear Lottery is Open

“MarylandAnnapolis, Maryland - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting applications for this year’s lottery for black bear hunting permits. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the black bear hunting season scheduled to take place October 20 through 23, 2014.

The lottery will be operated through DNR’s licensing and customer service platform, COMPASS. Interested persons may apply in one of the following ways: online through COMPASS; by phone at 1-855-855-3906 (weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.); by visiting a DNR Service Center; or at one of more than 250 sport license agents across the State.

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on August 31 and accompanied by a $15 nonrefundable application fee... more on Maryland's black bear hunting lottery ...

From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Commission sets waterfowl seasons, discusses elk with hoof disease

American Hunter writers and editors on the duck huntOlympia, Washington — With a record number of ducks counted on the northern breeding grounds this year, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved migratory waterfowl hunting seasons for this fall and winter during a public meeting in Olympia Aug. 8-9.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also approved a new regulation that requires hunters to leave on site the hooves of any elk taken in southwest Washington to help minimize the spread of a disease that affects the region’s herds.

Under the waterfowl hunting package, most hunting opportunities in Washington will be similar to last year. That includes a statewide duck season that will be open for 107 days, starting Oct. 11-15 and continuing Oct. 18-Jan. 25. A special youth hunting weekend also is scheduled Sept. 20-21.

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From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - 2014 Fall Turkey Season Finalized

mountain lion image from NRA's American Hunter Magazine PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has finalized the 2014 fall turkey hunting season. The fall turkey season will begin Nov. 1, 2014, and end Jan. 31, 2015.

Fall turkey hunters will see a reduction in turkey licenses available and the closure of several West River and East River counties. The Black Hills unit includes a boundary change which retains an open area on the eastern and southern areas of the Black Hills; including a reduction in licenses from 1,500 to 750. Fall turkey hunters will be limited to a total of two turkey licenses.

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Latest steps by HSUS to ban hunting goes through the Department of the Interior

American Hunter's look at new HSUS regulations on public land hunting Outdoor writer Adam Heggenstaller digs deep into what the Humane Society is trying to do to public lands ...

HSUS Attempts to Drive Hunters, Shooters from Public Lands
NRA and other conservation organizations call for Interior Department to reject lead-ammo ban petition; Hornady urges hunters and shooters to take action.

In a July 23 letter submitted to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, NRA and 32 other conservation organizations call the recent lead-ammo ban petition filed with the Department of the Interior (DOI) by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other anti-hunting groups “quite simply an attempt to drive hunters, and subsequently recreational target shooters, off of Federal public lands. It is unnecessary, has no basis in sound science and should be rejected by the Department.”

The HSUS petition, filed in early June, demands DOI implement rules that ban hunting ... more on the Humane Society's attempt to shut down public lands ...

From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Antlerless Deer Permit Application Deadline, Aug. 15

Muzzleloader deer hunting from American Hunter Magazine Montpelier, Vermont – The deadline to apply for a Vermont muzzleloader antlerless deer hunting permit is fast approaching – August 15.

Hunters can apply on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A quick-link to the information and application is provided on the home page. Or, they can apply with a paper application available from license agents.

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