From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Hunters post Kentucky’s second-highest deer harvest on record

Deer image form the American Hunter website Frankfort, Kentucky - After two seasons of record harvests, Kentucky’s deer hunters kept the pace up this past season.

The 2014-15 season closed on Jan. 19 with 138,892 deer checked; the second highest total on record and third consecutive season with a harvest exceeding 130,000 deer.

“I’m happy,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “There are a lot of deer on the landscape, and we’re seeing an uptick in license sales. We’re providing hunting opportunity and our hunters are able to be successful. As an agency, that’s what we want to do.”

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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Apply now for quota deer, small game, waterfowl and bear hunts

Battling deer from NRA's American Hunter magazine Frankfort, Kentucky – Hunters may apply throughout September for a variety of quota hunts in Kentucky.

Quota hunts help manage hunting pressure on popular public areas by limiting numbers. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is midnight (Central time) Sept. 30.

Applications for quota deer, small game and waterfowl hunts at state wildlife management areas and other public lands may be submitted online at or by calling 1-877-598-2401. Applications and lists of available quota hunts are available on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ website by clicking the “hunt” tab.

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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources - Mentor-youth dove hunt sign-ups begin Aug. 11

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Frankfort, Kentucky - Registration for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources mentor-youth dove hunts opens Monday, Aug.11.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conducts the mentor hunts as an avenue for adults to introduce youths to the joys of dove hunting. The department limits the number of participants to avoid overcrowding.

Hunters interested in reserving a space for these unique hunts must register by calling Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. Hunting reservations will not be accepted prior to Aug. 11.

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Practically unbreakable watch made specifically for the rugged outdoor enthusiast

Knoxville, Tennessee - While attending the 2014 Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, I spent one afternoon weaving through the aisles of the Product Showcase. The Product Showcase is where corporate partners showcase their wares in front of the nation’s most influential outdoor communicators. For me, it’s a great way to talk to partner representatives about new products, developments and story ideas. Simply said, it’s the perfect way to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not.

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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Statewide spring wild turkey season opens Saturday

John Nakamura takes a turkey with a Remington Model 870 SPS-T Frankfort, Kentucky - Hunters could have the long winter to thank for what is shaping up to be a good start to Kentucky’s statewide spring wild turkey season, which opens Saturday, April 12, and runs through May 4.

”The timing of the first peak in gobbling and our season opener should be pretty close this year because the long winter somewhat delayed the arrival of spring,” said Steven Dobey, wild turkey program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Often the peak gobbling period falls before the season opener, affording gobblers time to breed hens before they could potentially fall prey to a hunter. The late break in the weather this year sets up an ideal scenario across much of the state with breeding activity – and the gobbling that goes with it – approaching a crescendo. The birds haven’t been disturbed and should be more responsive to a hunter’s call.

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From USA Shooting - Nanook Marksman Sherry Claims NCAA Smallbore Title While WVU is Halfway to Sweet 16

Murray, Kentucky - An exciting first day of NCAA Rifle action concluded with University Alaska-Fairbanks shooter Tim Sherry claiming an individual title while West Virginia University stands on the precipice of another impressive team title.

Sherry etched his name in the history books of all-time Nanook greats with an impressive performance in the finals.  Meanwhile, WVU opened defense of its national championship, winning the 2014 NCAA smallbore tilte with a score of 2338 today, at the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships, at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range, in Murray, Ky. 

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Collegiate Rifle Teams gunning for a chance at the Championships in Kentucky

7th ranked Army's NCAA Qualifier was Senior Day for Richard Calvin, Joseph Todaro, Michael Matthews and Zachary Wells - image from @Army_Rifle
7th ranked Army's NCAA Qualifier was Senior Day for Richard Calvin, Joseph Todaro, Michael Matthews and Zachary Wells - image from @Army_Rifle
Fairfax, Virginia - March Madness is officially kicking off this weekend as teams around the nation raise their rifles for a shot at qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships in Murray, Kentucky. With events in Fort Worth, West Point, Lexington, and Columbus, the qualifying events are the first step in earning one of eight invitations to the big dance in Kentucky.

Though competitions are taking place all throughout the nation this weekend, most of the rifle world is zeroed in on Murray State's Pat Spurgin Rifle Range where top ranked West Virginia joins #4 Nebraska and #5 Jacksonville State in their push for the overall prize.

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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Record deer harvest among Kentucky Fish and Wildlife highlights for 2013

Record Frankfort, Kentucky - Earlier this year, Outdoor Life magazine picked Kentucky as the nation’s top spot for trophy white-tailed deer.

The state produced 42 reported entries into the Boone and Crockett Club record book in 2012.

“We’ve got more hunting opportunities now than we’ve ever had,” said Karen Waldrop, wildlife director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “And we’re nationally recognized as a deer destination.”

While it won’t be known until later if hunters in Kentucky have topped that trophy mark this year, they have certainly enjoyed another record deer harvest.

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Support the NRA at dinners in Florida, New Mexico, North Dakota and more

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Fairfax, Virginia - Courtesy of NRA Event Marketing and Communications Manager Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA banquets coming up this next week.

At Friends of NRA events, you can find friendly, generous people who gather out of their love of the Second Amendment to raise money for the shooting sports. Here, you'll find unique, collectible NRA gear that attendees can win in raffles and games, or bid for in auctions.

Don't see a banquet near you on the list below? There are only a handful of banquets left this year, but the 2014 season will be starting pretty soon. Check the Friends of NRA website in the coming months to catch the 2014 announcements when they roll out.

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