American Rifles tells you why these hunting rifles are a steal

Affordable hunting rifle suggestions from NRA's American Rifleman magazine Never thought you could get your hands on a hunting rifle for a reasonable price? Well John Barsness is here to tell you why you're wrong ...

You can pick up a hunting rifle from four of the biggest names in riflemaking for around $300. Sure, that’s a great price, but is it really a bargain? You might be surprised.

Saying American riflemen tend to be conservative is like saying trees tend to grow wood. That’s why new trends in hunting rifles often encounter resistance. One supposedly new way of marketing such guns is by referring to them as “affordable” or “value-priced,” but most Americans simply think of them as “cheap.” That has caused a good deal of grumbling, especially on the Internet, yet another new trend. Since few gun stores feature wood stoves these days, the formerly traditional venue for rifle discussions, shooters whine where we can. Some things never change.

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From the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission - Hunting Seasons Established for 2014-15 at May Commission Meeting

Elk Hunting in Tennessee, photo courtesy of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Nashville, Tennessee - The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission set the 2014-15 hunting seasons at its May meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Ray Bell Region II Building.

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From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - AZ Game and Fish offers $75,000 in grants for hunting

Program is for not-for-profit local conservation groups, clubs and organizations

AZ Game and Fish offers $75,000 in grants for teaching people how to hunt Phoenix, Arizona - The Arizona Game and Fish Department is budgeting $75,000 in grant funding for local sportsmen's groups or organizations that will host public programs or events that teach people how to hunt and the role hunters play in wildlife conservation in Arizona.

“The Local Sportsmen’s Group Grant is perfect for organizations that are looking to start or expand introductory hunting programs in their communities but lack the funding,” said Doug Burt, hunting and shooting sports program manager of Arizona Game and Fish. “This grant program is an investment in the local organizations that, day-in and day-out, are teaching people how to be safe, ethical and responsible hunter-conservationists.”

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Antelope Firearm and Muzzleloader applications being accepted


Pratt, Kansas - Applications for resident-only antelope firearm and muzzleloader permits are being accepted now through June 13.  Only online applications are accepted and are available through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) website, Click "License/Permits" in the upper right-hand corner of the page to begin the process. For more information, call 620-672-0728.

Open to Kansas residents only, more than 1,000 applications are expected for the 140 firearm and 40 muzzleloader permits available this year. Hunters who are unsuccessful in the drawing receive a preference point... Find out more about Kansas' Antelope firearm and muzzleloader season ...

From the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Alabama Alligator Hunt Registration Opens June 3

Alabama Alligator Hunt Registration goes wide open on June 3 The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will open registration for the state’s ninth regulated alligator hunts June 3, 2014. Several changes have been made to the hunt rules including a limit of one registration per person, per zone. Registration must be completed online at between 8 a.m. June 3 and 8 a.m. July 8.

A total of 240 Alligator Possession Tags will be issued for the hunts, which will be held August 14-17 and August 21-24 in southwest and west central Alabama, and August 8-24 in southeast Alabama.

Fifty tags will be issued for the hunt zone in west central Alabama, which includes Wilcox and Dallas counties and part of Monroe County ... more on Alabama's Ninth Regulated gator hunt in August ...

From the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department - Public Asked to Report Feral Swine

Prolific feral swine are now found in New HampshireConcord, New Hampshire - The public is being asked to report any sightings of free-ranging feral swine, more commonly called wild pig, wild boar or feral hog. These animals can now be found from Florida to Washington, with an estimated population of 5 million nationwide. Feral swine are not native to North America and have expanded their range from 17 to 39 states in the last 30 years. They currently inhabit many northeastern states, including New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

Expansion of this invasive species is of significant concern to farmers, livestock producers, natural resource managers, animal health officials, and the general public. In the past few decades, feral swine have arguably become the most invasive and destructive large mammal species in North America. They have been labeled an ecological disaster, in large part because our ecosystems did not evolve with feral swine and therefore have not adapted to their damaging behavior.

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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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From the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources - Goat hunting to open on Kaua‘i

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A taste of Hawaii as feral goat hunting season opens on Kauai - photo courtesy of Hook You Up Outfitters

Lihue, Hawaii - The Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the opening of archery, muzzleloading rifle, and high-powered rifle hunting seasons for feral goats on the island of Kaua‘i. Pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123 “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting,” the following rules and conditions will be in effect for the hunt:

No permit or tag fees will be assessed during the 2014 Kaua‘i goat hunting season.

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From South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - Statewide deer harvest increases slightly in 2013

Deer in South Carolina” title= Columbia, South Carolina - Results of the 2013 Deer Hunter Survey conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources indicate that the statewide harvest of deer last season totaled 225,806, an increase of 4 percent from last year. An estimated 124,482 bucks and 101,324 does made up this total, according to Charles Ruth, Deer and Wild Turkey Program coordinator for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Since 1997, DNR’s Wildlife Section has employed an annual random mail survey to estimate the harvest of deer at the state and county level. This year’s survey was sent to 25,000 hunters... find out more about South Carolina's 2013 deer hunting season ...

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