From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department - Enter the Lottery Now for a Chance to Hunt Moose in N.H.

Don’t miss a year, or you’ll lose your points!

Justin Routhier on a 2010 moose hunt - photo from New Hampshire Fish and Game Department CONCORD,New Hampshire - If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time to enter the lottery and try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime. Applications for the lottery cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents (nonrefundable) and are available online at huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent. A total of 275 permits will be issued in this year’s lottery.

Apply now by visiting N.H. Fish and Game at huntnh.com, where you can apply online or print out a mail-in application. Lottery applications for 2013 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, May 31, 2013, or delivered to N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. Applicants are encouraged to apply online and early since there is less chance of submitting an incomplete application.

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From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department - Take Down Birdfeeders – Don’t Be Part of the Problem

CONCORD, N.H. – While this past winter was certainly not severe by New Hampshire standards, it was a more normal winter compared to 2012. Nonetheless, spring is here, the snow is melting fast, and bears are getting active across the Granite State. As you celebrate the strong spring sun, you need to be thinking about removing your birdfeeder until next winter. To help prevent bear visits, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department recommends taking down bird feeders from April 1 to December 1.

If you or someone you know still needs convincing, just watch the Fish and Game video of a bear family taking down a backyard birdfeeder at http://youtu.be/aJ-_nDnQJ_w.

The New Hampshire public needs to be proactive and take action now to prevent attracting a bear to their home. Last year was severe in terms of conflicts between bears and the public and resulted in a record total of over 1,100 statewide complaints, according to Fish and Game Bear Biologist Andrew Timmins. This was predominately due to the fact that most natural bear foods were completely absent during spring and summer. Droughty conditions in 2012, coupled with blossom-killing frost in May, led to poor fruit crops. Fall production of acorns and beechnuts was not much better.

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Junior Team Receives Support from SIG SAUER Academy

Venturing Crew 556 at the Sig Sauer Academy Pro Shop receiving their new pistols

Working with Youth Cooperative Organizations is an essential part of NRA's quest to pass on the tradition of America's Shooting Sports. That's why we're glad to hear about outfits like the SIG SAUER Academy's support of a local Venturing Crew.

Thanks to Venturing Crew 556 in New Hampshire for sharing this story:

Dunbarton, New Hampshire - Pioneer Sportsmen’s youth shooting team, Venturing Crew 556, received additional sponsorship from Sig Sauer Academy earlier this year. In 2012, the Academy helped start the team with donations of ammo, ear and eye protection. This year they are increasing their support with six new P229 pistols.

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Epping, New Hampshire - There's only one Tactical Police Competition left on the NRA's schedule this year. That will take place next weekend at the Blackhawk Shooting Range just outside of San Antonio, Texas.

For an idea of what you're going to see next weekend in Texas, take a look at what happened last weekend at the SIG SAUER Academy in New Hampshire.

For more on NRA's Tactical Police Competitions, check out their section of the NRA Law Enforcement website

The Boy Scouts of America are one of NRA's most active Youth Cooperative Organizations, who utilize NRA firearms training for their shooting sports programs. Troop 270 from new Hampshire is no exception. Thank you to Scoutmaster Mike Michaels for sending the following report and photos from Troop 270's day of rifle shooting.

Tenderfoot Scout Nathan Cormier
Tenderfoot Scout Nathan Cormier admires one of his targets. Photo by Carol Lane
Dunbarton, New Hampshire - Boy Scout Troop 270 of Pembroke, New Hampshire brought out 18 Boy Scouts and 10 adults for a great day of rifle training and shooting fun. Weather was no concern as the boys were donated indoor range time and target rifle usage from Pioneer Sportsmen Inc. of Dunbarton, New Hampshire. Pioneer is a private club for pistol, rifle and archery with a beautiful and well equipped indoor range.

New shooters just starting the Rifle Merit Badge went through the NRA FIRST Steps rifle course with Instructor Scott Lane. Experienced boys proceeded directly to the range to complete their groups. One of the toughest parts of earning the Merit Badge is shooting five, 5-shot groups at 50 feet that can be covered by a quarter. Many of the participants were able to complete the requirements. All the boys had a great time with over 1600 rounds fired.

The troop shoot was organized by Scoutmaster Mike Michaels who has been a firearms enthusiast since the first day he shot a .22 rifle as a young Boy Scout. Michaels is noticing that there are not enough kids involved in the shooting sports but yet all of the scouts he meets are very interested in shooting.

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East Kingston, New Hampshire - Over the weekend we told you about 16 year-old Olivia Zocco earning her Distinguished Expert rating through the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program. Now we have news about a club in New Hampshire that runs the program at their facility and recently had a member earn his Distinguished Expert rating as well.

Bill Zelck recently earned his NRA Distinguished Expert NRAblog recently spoke with Dean Osborne, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program Administrator at the State Line Field and Stream Club in East Kingston. Osborne coordinates club member’s participation in the program and understands its appeal to shooters of all levels.

“First of all, it’s self-paced and you can do it on your own time. Another thing is that you don’t need a specific type of firearm – you can use any type of firearm that you may have,” said Osborne. “It’s a structured course of competitive shooting, easy to follow, and uses qualified targets. It’s also easy to introduce everyone into the program.”

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