From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources - 18 state parks to close temporarily for deer reductions

Deer hunting in Indiana parks - image from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website Indianapolis, Indiana - Select Indiana state parks will close temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.

The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 17 and 18, and Dec. 1 and 2.

The state parks affected are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River and Whitewater Memorial.

These state parks will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.

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Top tips from top Instructors at the NRA Convention in Indianapolis

NRA Instructors

Indianapolis, Indiana - The NRA Instructor Seminar at this year's Annual Meeting was the largest on record. With almost 500 signing up for the exclusive event, the venue was changed not once, not twice, but three times. That's right - it was bigger than even we expected it to be.

In addition to hearing about the latest and greatest programs coming from NRA Headquarters, instructors also had the chance to hear from some of the top practitioners in the field like Mike Hughes of NextLevelTraining.

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Postal Match team from the United States led by TCU's Katie Bridges

Junior Shooters at the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships

Bristol, Indiana - Every year at the NRA Smallbore Championships, the top 10 junior shooters are brought together for a special match; the Drew Cup.

Brought to life back in 2003 thanks to the British National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA), the Drew Cup is named for British Smallborer William Drew. It is a postal match where each team shoots a the specified course of fire at their home ranges and send the results in to be scored against other teams ... that would be teams from Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

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Lapua shooter captures another NRA crown with mastery of prone rifle

2014 NRA Smallbore Prone Rifle Champ Kevin Nevius

Bristol, Indiana - It's not the first time Kevin Nevius won the NRA Smallbore Prone Rifle crown. In fact, it's not even the second time he's won an NRA National championship. A surprising notion given his late start in the sport of competitive shooting. One he grabbed hold of with both hands.

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Top scores at NRA Rifle Championships separated by 12 bullseye shots

Shooter adjusts her sights at NRA Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships in Bristol, IN

Bristol, Indiana - Over the past three days, the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships have been focusing on prone. For the uninitiated, prone is a fancy word for laying on your belly. Legs out, elbows in, rifle to your cheek with the target downrange.

With almost 200 competitors shuffling through two elongated relays - trading morning shoots for afternoon shoots on odd days - this phase of the Smallbore Championships has seen the leaderboard skip to and fro.

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Buchanan's win is first of many for NRA Smallbore in Bristol, Indiana

Competitors stepping up at the NRA Smallbore 3-Position rifle championships in Indiana

Bristol, Indiana - For the first time in decades, NRA’s Smallbore 3-Positions Championships have departed the wind and shores of Camp Perry for the peaceful pines of the Wa Ke' De range. With 100 shooting points, permanent cover, and a considerable asphalt firing line, the Wa Ke’ De is a gem amongst ranges.

“It’s a beautiful location,” said Smallbore Match Director Howard “H.Q.” Moody. “The community is receptive and our competitors are having a whale of a time.”

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The National Smallbore Rifle Outdoor Conventional Three Position Championship Day One

The Metallic Sight Championship

George Norton on the U.S. Army Marskmanship Unit takes first in Metallic Sights Smallbore

Veteran competitor and shooting sports writer Hap Rocketto sat down with NRA Board Member Walt Walter to put together this report from Day One of the NRA's Conventional 3-Postition Smallbore Championship

Bristol, Indiana - The first day of the National Smallbore Rifle Outdoor Conventional Three Position Championship easily reminded of one of the penultimate scene of the Warner Brothers 1942 classic Casablanca. Nazi Major Heinrich Strasser is shot by Humphrey Bogart's character, Rick Blaine. Corrupt Police Inspector Louis Renault was a witness to the shooting but saves Rick's life by telling the investigating police to "round up the usual suspects". It seems that all of the usual suspects were present at Bristol and ready to shoot.

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US Army Marksmanship Unit's Norton atop scoreboard as preliminary scores come in on Smallbore Championships in Bristol

Competitors change targets at the 2014 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships in Bristol, Indiana

**Initial scores were inaccurate and corrected at 5:00pm est on Thursday, July 17.
Bristol, Indiana - Temperatures have been cool this week in Bristol, Indiana, as hundreds of shooters get low for the 2014 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Position Championships. The Wa Ke' De range is more than just a change of scenery from the traditional location at Camp Perry, Ohio. For this year and next, shooters won't have to battle the high heat and strong winds coming off of Lake Erie's shore as they vie for titles.

But this year's location isn't the only thing that's new. The National Smallbore Rifle Position Championships feature a lot of new young talent, like New Jersey's Peter Fiori who won a few junior titles during the Metric Championship.

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Army Marksmanship Unit holds top spots in NRA National Championship

Female shooter waits for a break to fire at NRA Smallbore Rifle Championship

Bristol, Indiana - The rain has returned.

Here with no where near the fury or bluster that accompanied yesterday's storm, today's downpour is still making an impact. Add the drizzle to the already brisk conditions (expecting a high of 65 degrees today) and you've got quite the collection of chilly competitors. But that's how you build a champion.

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