Officers and agents from as far as West Virginia and Washington state vie for Top Shot honors

Pistol phase of the National Patrol Rifle Championships in Michigan

Commerce Township, Michigan - As the sun begins to set over fields and lakes of Michigan proper, competitors in the National Patrol Rifle Championships are packing up their rifles, stocking up their gear and making way for the Suburban Collection Showplace Convention Center. By sundown all will have returned to conference headquarters for the Annual Awards Ceremony Banquet.

Headlined by former Secret Service Agent turned author and commentator Dan Bongino, the banquet promises to eventually give way to the awards. Recognition of those who drudged through the courses, ignored the elements and eventually found a spot at the top of the leaderboard. Not as easy as it sounds.

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Log dragging and tourniquet application starts second stage at Michigan rifle Championships

Competitor applies a tourniquet at the National Patrol Rifle Competition in Michigan

Commerce Township, Michigan - In November of 2013, members of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department came under attack. The life of one officer was saved thanks to a simple device — a tourniquet. The fourth police officer shot in the attack, her comrades gave aid (saving her life) and returned fire.

This was the inspiration for Course #2 at the National Patrol Rifle Championships … Albuquerque Lesson.

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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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