From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Deer Archery Season to Open September 5

White-tailed Deer - Photo from FWS.gov Annapolis, Maryland Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opens statewide on September 5, 2014 and continues through January 31, 2015. As a reminder, there is a statewide bag limit for bucks, but the antlerless deer bag limits differ between the two Deer Management Regions.

New this year, in Region A hunters may take only two antlerless deer for the license year. Also new, an antler point restriction institutes that a hunter may not harvest more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler present. Any additional antlered deer taken within the legal seasons and bag limits must have at least three points on one antler. Junior Hunting License holders are exempt from the antler point restriction.

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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 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 Maryland Department of Natural Resources - DNR Announces Blind Site Licensing Dates and Locations

DNR Announces Blind Site Licensing Dates and LocationsAnnapolis, Maryland - Waterfowl hunters may apply to receive their blind site licenses for the 2014-2015 hunting season starting August 5. A lottery for the opportunity to choose blind sites will occur at the locations listed below. Dates and instructions are as follows:

  • August 5 from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at all locations listed below. Individuals arriving after 8 a.m. will not be eligible for the lottery drawing and will have to wait until all applicants have selected a site. The drawing will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. Once selected, applicants have eight minutes to select their blind sites; no more than two sites per applicant may be selected per day. Licensing will end at 4:30 p.m. and resume the following day.
  • August 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. licensing will be held at all DNR Service Centers and offices as listed.  
  • August 7 and thereafter, the centers will operate on normal business hours.

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - DNR Celebrates “Walk Off the War” Veterans as they Hike through Washington Monument State Park

Lt. Col. Chris Bushman, MD Veteran Affairs Secretary Ed Chow, and Christina Holden with Warrior Hikers. Annapolis, Maryland - The Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Park Service hosted veterans participating in the Warrior Hike Walk Off The War program as they journeyed through Maryland’s portion of the legendary Appalachian Trail on June 12 at Washington Monument State Park. Park staff greeted the hikers with a much-appreciated potluck dinner organized by Christina Holden, Veteran Outreach Manager for the Maryland Park Service. Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward Chow, park staff and volunteers, and representatives from the Warrior Hike also joined in the celebration.

“On behalf of the entire Department and the State of Maryland, we salute the selfless men and women who protect and serve our country,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill.  “We are humbled by the opportunity to provide these hikers a warm welcome and much-needed respite as they journey through Maryland along the Appalachian Trail.”

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NRA Exec. Vice President Wayne LaPierre spoke on Thursday to the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre set to address the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference National Harbor, Maryland - On Thursday, February 6, 2014, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre spoke to a room packed with thousands at the 2014 CPAC conference:

There must be some NRA members out there! To each of you, I thank you for being here with me and for your support and vigilance in defending our freedom. You and NRA members all over the country have made a real difference in making this nation and our freedoms safer.

A little over a year ago, the NRA offered a simple, honest and effective proposal to make our schools safer. The political and media elites responded by calling me just about every nasty name in the book. You remember.

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NRA Executive Vice President addresses the CPAC crowds Thursday at 2:30

National Harbor, Maryland - More than 10,000 conservatives are expected to arrive this year at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center for CPAC 2014. Officially known as the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC reaches out to "leading conservative organizations, educational institutions, elected officials, thought leaders, media and grassroots activists who impact conservative thought in the United States."

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - 2013-14 Deer Season Results Released

Maryland hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined (September 6, 2013 through January 31, 2014). The harvest shows a 10 percent increase compared to last year’s total of 87,541 deer. Biologists attribute the increase to multiple factors including more hunters participating and better hunting conditions, with deer actively searching for acorns that were scarce in most locations.

“Our deer harvest rebounded to levels closer to what they were before last year’s significant decline,” said Brian Eyler, Maryland Department of Natural Resources deer project leader. “I believe we had more hunters in the woods this year and hunting conditions were better than last year.”

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