From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - DNR unveils 2015 turkey cooperator patch, reminds hunters to apply for spring turkey license

patch with Wild Turkey Management Cooperator, 2015, picture of turkey, DNR logo,

Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to think spring and get in the turkey hunting spirit by purchasing a wild turkey cooperator patch and applying for a spring turkey hunting license.

The 2015 turkey patch, designed by Phoebe Talaga of Lake Orion High School, is now available for purchase. The Michigan chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, in partnership with the DNR, coordinates the wild turkey patch program. Proceeds from patch sales are used to fund wild turkey-related projects and management in Michigan.

Young hunters, 17 years old and younger, who have a valid wild turkey hunting license may receive a free patch. To receive a patch, please send name and complete address, along with a legible copy of the youth's valid wild turkey hunting license, to National Wild Turkey Federation, Wild Turkey Patch Program, P.O. Box 8, Orleans, MI 48865. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery. If you have questions, please e-mail

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From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - New dates for Michigan's muzzleloader deer season

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the 2014 muzzleloader deer season opens across the state Friday, Dec. 5.

"Having a statewide opener for muzzleloading season really eases confusion hunters have on when and where this season starts," said DNR deer biologist Ashley Autenrieth.

Zones 1 and 2 will remain open until Dec. 14. Zone 3 has seven more days of muzzleloader hunting, with the season ending Dec. 21. For hunting zone information, see the 2014 Hunting and Trapping Digest or visit

Hunters must have a base license and either a deer license or deer combo license to take an antlered deer... more on Michigan's deer season for muzzleloaders ...

Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, Louisiana, Michigan and over a dozen other states

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA banquets have brought Second Amendment supporters together for more than 20 years now under one goal: ensuring the future of America's shooting sports.

With more than 1,000 banquets being held annually by dedicated volunteers like you, the funds raised at Friends of NRA banquets make a real difference. Half of all money raised at a banquet goes right back into grants for local shooting sports programs and the other half supports programs with a national scope. Besides all the good they do, they're a whole lot of fun.

If you haven't attended a banquet, try one out. Below are the banquets coming up this next week, but you can visit the Friends of NRA website and see what's coming up in your neck of the woods.

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From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Kids can try firearms on for size during Demo Days at DNR shooting ranges

Kids can try firearms on for size during Demo Days at Michigan DNR shooting ranges Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources will once again offer Demonstration Days for mentored youth hunters at its Ortonville, Pontiac Lake, Rose Lake and Sharonville shooting ranges in July and August.

Mentored youth hunting regulations require that hunting devices are properly fitted and appropriately suited to the youth hunter. The Demonstration Days events will give young hunters a chance to try a variety of firearms - rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders - archery equipment and crossbows with help from range officers and hunter education instructors; meet with conservation officers about what to expect while in the field; and try out the DNR's hunting simulator. Participating partners include the National Wild Turkey Federation with its JAKES trailer and Pheasants Forever.

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From Applied Ballistics - Applied Ballistics Announces iOS Version of Mobile App

Applied Ballistics Announces iOS Version of Mobile App

Highly-Demanded Ballistics Software Now Available for Apple Devices

Cedar Springs, Michigan – Applied Ballistics is excited to announce the official release of the highly-anticipated iOS version of their mobile app, “Applied Ballistics Mobile”; allowing Apple iPhone and tablet owners to download and take advantage of the ballistic computing software that has become popular on the Android platform.

The Applied Ballistics Mobile App runs a Point Mass ballistic solver; the state of the art ballistic solver calculates long-range rifle trajectories, and along with the library of ballistic coefficients provided by Bryan Litz, makes this the most accurate and complete ballistics app available.

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From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Bear license drawing results posted; leftover licenses on sale in July

Samantha Virk hunting bears in Alaska Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources announced that results of the 2014 bear hunting license drawing have been posted at A total of 7,831 bear licenses were available during the bear application period (May 1 - June 1).

A total of 267 leftover bear licenses are available in the Bergland Management Unit (Sept. 25 - Oct. 26) and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:

  • Holders of Lifetime Comprehensive Licenses, who were not selected in the drawing, may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 7.

  • Unsuccessful applicants may purchase a leftover license beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) Monday, July 14.

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June's National Patrol Rifle Championships welcomes 122 competitors to Michigan

Competitors walk to the starting line for the National Patrol Rifle Championships

Commerce Township, Michigan - More than a hundred competitors gathered on the tall grass and rolling berms of the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association in lower Michigan this month. Law Enforcement all, they arrived from as far as away Oklahoma and Virginia to take part in the 2014 National Patrol Rifle Championships. Talking and laughing while waiting to drop off their entry forms, each stopped at the whitewashed registration building window as equals. That would not last long.

The goal was clear; beneath the unseasonable searing Michigan sun, battle back the heat, the exhaustion, and the frustration to stay on target.

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Applied Ballistics of Long Range Shooting 2nd Edition Applied Ballistics is a comprehensive volume on long-range ballistics

Cedar Springs, Michigan – Applied Ballistics, LLC proudly announces the eBook release of Bryan Litz’s most popular and comprehensive volume on long-range ballistics, Applied Ballistics for Long-Range Shooting – Second Edition.  The second edition of the book includes two additional chapters covering extended long-range shooting and monolithic bullets

Available now on Amazon (Applied Ballistics of Long Range Shooting 2nd Edition-eBook), Litz’s in-depth look at long-range ballistics dispels the myths typically associated with the craft, and applies science in a format everyone can understand

Litz takes the context of the book one step further, by including actual data from personal tests using the same methods on over 200 long range bullets; making the book an inarguable resource for any long range shooter thanks to its objective approach in comparing different elements

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James Craig, Detroit's new chief of police says “We’re advocates of self-protection. We want people to be safe.”

James Craig, Detroit’s new police chief David Burnett reached out to Detroit Chief of Police James Craig to discuss the chief's comments suggesting that criminals would think twice about attacking if more responsible citizens were armed ...

A Show of Courage in Detroit

“I have a gun, get out!”

That’s the warning a Detroit mother gave the three hoodlums attempting to kick down her door on the night of Feb. 17, 2014. Armed with only a replica handgun, the intruders thought she was bluffing—until she opened fire. The mother of two was armed with a Hi-Point TS4 Carbine (what some would call an “assault rifle”) her husband gave her after a break-in just two weeks prior.

The crooks literally fell over themselves and quickly fled the area. Caught on surveillance cameras, the video went viral and illustrated what appears to be a growing trend in Detroit—citizens fighting back.

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