Law Enforcement from the Great Lakes and beyond take on five course for Patrol Rifle title

Prepping to take on course #1 at the National Patrol Rifle Competition

Commerce Township, Michigan - Law Enforcement agents and officers from around the country came together this morning at the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association for the opening of the 2014 National Patrol Rifle Competition. Five courses of fire concentrating on, what else, the patrol rifle.

“We’re expecting somewhere between 100 and 150 competitors to run through the match today,” said competition Chairman Jeff Felts. “It’s going to be a good year.”

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Up to 200 competitors expected at Patrol Rifle Competition in Detroit

Competitor takes aim at the National Patrol Rifle Championships in Novi, MI

Novi, Michigan - In less than a week, almost 200 competitors from across the nation will gather at Multi-Lakes Conservation Association for the 2014 National Patrol Rifle Competition. While the competition promises to unleash the same rugged courses of fire as before, there is a new element to the mix — the NRA.

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From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Latest Pure Michigan Hunt winners take home their prizes

2014 Pure Michigan Hunt winners (left to right) Frank Zrepskey, Bruce Shaneour and Bill Kring Lansing, Michigan - Bill Kring of Cadillac, Bruce Shaneour of Osseo and Frank Zrepskey of Algonac, the most recent winners of the Pure Michigan Hunt drawing, all came to the February Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing to take home their winnings.

Each won 2014 hunting licenses for elk, bear, antlerless deer and spring and fall turkey, as well as first choice at a managed waterfowl area on opening morning.

"I still can't believe it," said Bill Kring. "All I could think is, 'are you kidding me?'"

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From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Get wild in the kitchen - learn to cook rabbit in Grand Rapids Feb. 26

Lansing, Michigan - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources - in partnership with Michigan State University Extension, Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Boone and Crockett Club - is sponsoring a Gourmet Gone Wild (GGW) cooking class at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market (located at 435 Ionia Ave. SW). The class, which takes place on Feb. 26, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m, will feature curried rabbit.

GGW chef Daniel Nelson will teach the class, guiding participants on how to process, prepare and enjoy rabbit cuisine. More specifically, class participants will:

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From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Michigan's first managed wolf hunt begins Friday

Wolf litigation still underway in the western states Lansing, Michigan - Michigan's wolf hunt begins Nov. 15 in three distinct units in the Upper Peninsula. These units were designed around areas of chronic wolf-human conflict where other methods of controlling that conflict have proven ineffective.

The 2013 wolf season will open Nov. 15 and will run until the target harvest for each Wolf Management Unit (WMU) is reached, but no later than Dec. 31. The bag limit is one wolf per person per year. Firearm, crossbow and bow-and-arrow hunting will be allowed on public and private lands. A total of 1,200 licenses were sold, and no additional licenses are available.

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From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Youth waterfowl hunts at Saginaw Bay Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas

From American Hunter - WARMING UP FOR WATERFOWL SEASON Bring your young hunter to one of Saginaw Bay's Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas (MWHAs) in October and November for a thrilling hunting experience. Three Saginaw Bay MWHAs will host youth priority drawings for hunts in the upcoming weeks:

NRA Youth Programs gets another great intern from Hillsdale College

Anna PfaffFairfax, Virginia - Readers of NRABlog might remember the name Hillsdale College. Not only for their shooting programs, but also their incredible collection of students. This summer, there is a new Hillsdale face around headquarters ... and her name is Anna Pfaff.

Pfaff, a teammate of past intern Joe Kain has been given the NRA Youth Program internship reins. There she will work with Shooing Sports Ambassadors, NRA Days, the Winchester Marksmanship Program and more.

Now you may be wondering how a male and female could end up on the same collegiate team. Well, Hillsdale is not your average college. Located in southern Michigan, Hillsdale College is one of select group of universities that competes in shooting sports at the national level.

Anna is one of two female shotgunners on Hillsdale Shooting Team. In her freshman year, Anna competed in a long list of events including Trap, Skeet, Five Stand, Sporting Clays, as well as International Trap and Skeet. First year highlights include a first place in ladies international bunker trap at the SCTP Central Midwest Collegiate Shotgun Championships. The victory came after a sudden death shoot-off.

I had the opportunity to shoot a few rounds of trap with her over the weekend, and trust me; you don't want to bet against her.

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From Trijicon - Trijicon® VCOG™ 1-6x24mm Riflescope Brings Legendary ACOG® Durability and Performance to Variable Power Optics

Trijicon VCOG 1-6x24mm Riflescope

Trijicon has combined the legendary toughness and function of its combat-proven ACOG and associated ballistic reticles with a new variable optic. The new Trijicon VCOG (Variable Combat Optical Gunsight) 1-6x24 mm meets the rigorous demands of duty or competition while giving shooters the flexibility to engage CQB targets and out to the maximum effective range of most service rifles.

Designed and built in the USA, the Trijicon VCOG is machined from a 7075-T6 aluminum forging and given a Mil Spec, hard-coat anodized finish. There is a full 90 MOA of windage and elevation adjustment available in ½in / click increments @100m to get almost any weapon system on target.

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From the Michigan DNR - Spring is best time to take hunter education classes

Michigan residents considering hunting in 2013 and who need to complete a hunter education course should enroll in a class this spring, when offerings are plentiful. Classes are held year-round, but April, May, August and September are traditionally the months when classes are most available.

"We encourage anyone considering hunting this year who needs to complete a hunter education course to enroll now in a spring course," said Sgt. Jon Wood, hunter education program supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources. "Waiting until the last minute before you go deer hunting this fall can often translate into difficulty finding a class or an instructor available for a field day, if you are planning to take the home-study or online course."

Michigan has three types of hunter education courses - traditional classroom, home-study and online. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1960, is required to complete the course before buying a Michigan hunting license or taking an out-of-state hunting trip. Exceptions are made for youths under the age of 10 who are hunting under a Mentored Youth Hunting license or hunters older than 10 who are hunting with an apprentice hunting license. Hunters can hunt under the apprentice program for two years before they are required to take hunter education.

The traditional classroom course is a minimum of 10 hours and includes both classroom and field work with an instructor. The fee for the class is $10 or less to cover field supplies. The home-study course features a workbook to complete classwork. A field day is required with the home-study course and must be scheduled with an instructor prior to starting the course. Michigan also offers two approved online hunter education courses, www.hunter-ed.com/Michigan and www.huntercourse.com. Students who choose the online course will complete their classwork online, and then have a field/skills day with an instructor and take a written exam. The field day must be scheduled with an instructor prior to starting the online course.

For more information about hunter education and locations of classes, go to www.michigan.gov/huntereducation.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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