From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Statewide spring wild turkey season opens Saturday
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
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
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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
- 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
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
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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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Apply now for your best chance at a Kentucky elk hunt; permits exceed 1,000 this year
Frankfort, Kentucky - You don't have to wait until midnight April 30 to apply for a Kentucky elk hunting permit. You can avoid an Internet traffic jam at the deadline by applying sooner than later at www.fw.ky.gov.
This year, Kentucky will issue 10 youth permits and 1,000 general quota hunt permits through a random drawing conducted by the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology. The quota hunt permit number is 105 more than last season and represents an all-time high for the state.
Elk hunts are open to Kentucky residents and those who live outside of the state.
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From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources - Kentucky Fish and Wildlife summer conservation camp registration deadline extended to May 15
Frankfort, KY. - Students in the fourth through sixth grade still have time to apply for summer conservation camps operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
The camp application deadline was recently extended to May 15 to allow families more time to plan summer activities for their children. Each weeklong camp session offers kids a healthy dose of outdoor fun along with skills designed to build self-sufficiency.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife operates three camps on Cumberland, Grayson and Kentucky lakes.
"There are still spots available," said Laura Burford, assistant director of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's Information and Education Division. "There are available weeks at all three camps. Parents should contact their local conservation educator, call the department at 1-800-858-1549 or visit our website at fw.ky.gov for more information."
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Rosters and individual shooters picked for NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State
Fairfax, Virginia - After announcing the eight teams who will compete for this year's NCAA Rifle Championships earlier this week, the NCAA has released the selected rosters and the individual shooters chosen to participate.
Held March 8-9 at the Converse Hall and French Field House on Ohio State's campus, this year's championships can be expected to come down to the wire. Defending champs Texas Christian looks not only for its first back-to-back win, but a third championship in four years. Kentucky, 2011 winner, has its eye on reclaiming the throne. Dynasties Alaska-Fairbanks and West Virginia are both in the running and would each like to add another championship to their double digit wins.
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It's business time for Friends of NRA's Jessie as she brings her shotgun to bear
The Outdoor Channel's Friends of NRA television show follows Matt and Jessie Duff as they travel around the United States in search of the NRA experience. After a few leisurely episodes in Season 3, it's time for Friends of NRA to go to work.
During episode 4, scheduled to air Sunday night, Matt and Jessie return from their South American excursion only to make way for the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. That's where Jessie plans to compete in the 1st Annual Benelli Tactical Shotgun Championship.
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