Outdoor writer Tammy Ballew looks back at the adventures and career of Renaissance Outdoorswoman Sheila Link

Sheila Link showing off her quail

I am honored to know Sheila Link and have had the opportunity to hunt with her. If we could turn back the clock, I would give anything to spend more time with her, listening to her adventures, struggles and quests ...

Jersey City, New Jersey, seems like an unlikely birthplace of a passionate outdoorswoman, but on July 25, 1923, an extraordinary individual was born there. When she was 6- 1/2, Sheila’s family moved to California. Many lengthy journeys were made back home to New Jersey and New York City to visit grandparents, which instilled a comfortable confidence in Sheila through the very different lifestyles of casual western to dressy, formal eastern.

At the age of 13, Sheila, without parental assistance or approval, purchased her first rifle. That little .22 instilled in her a lifetime love of the shooting and hunting sports. She has hunted throughout the U.S., in Canada, Argentina, Mexico, and Africa, and became an avid shooter in several shooting disciplines, along with learning the art of reloading for rifle, pistol and shotgun.

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From the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife - Deadline to Claim Awarded Turkey Permits is Monday, March 24

Joe Petty's Merriam Turkey

Trenton, New Jersey - The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that those who were awarded Spring Turkey Hunting Permits have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 24 to claim their awarded permits. Those who applied for permits through the lottery should have received notification of their results in the lottery.

Applicants who did not receive an e-mail or postcard notification can check if they were successful in obtaining a permit through the online license and permit website.

Awarded permits that remain unclaimed after 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 24 will become available via over-the-counter sale. All leftover and unclaimed permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31.

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From New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife - New Jersey's Six-day Firearm Deer Season Opens Monday, December 9

Kyle Wintersteen's deer from AmericanHunter.orgTrenton, New Jersey - Garden State hunters are finalizing plans and gearing up for the December 9 start of New Jersey's Six-day Firearm Season for deer. The Six-day or traditional "buck" season runs this year through December 14, and will provide great memories and countless hours of excitement for sportsmen and sportswomen throughout New Jersey.

The season bag limit is two antlered deer, but the first buck must be reported via the Automated Harvest Report System before a second buck can be pursued. Hunters who do not harvest a buck or only harvest one buck during the six-day season have the opportunity to take one antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun season … more New Jersey's 6-day firearm deer season in December ...

From the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife - 2013 Turkey Season Opens April 22, Youth Day is April 20

Youth hunter with a prize turkey The arrival of spring is eagerly anticipated by turkey hunters anxious for the beginning of New Jersey's Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season. This year's regular season kicks off on Monday, April 22, and runs for five weeks. Turkey populations are restored statewide, and hunters can enjoy some of the finest turkey hunting on the East Coast right here in the Garden State.

Spring turkey hunting continues to grow in popularity and it's easy to see why. The tranquility of being in the pre-dawn and early morning forest coupled with the adrenaline surge caused by turkeys gobbling from the roost and on the ground provides an incredibly exciting and rewarding experience. If you have never tried spring turkey hunting, or have been away from it for a while, why not get outside this year and give it a try. Be aware though, that once you do you will more than likely get hooked on the experience!


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Five Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun stages for the Tenafly Rifle and Pistol Club

Pistol section of the Tenafly Rifle and Pistol Club NRA Club Champion Challenge

The NRA Club Champion Challenge was introduced in 2012. Calling on clubs, businesses and groups across the country, the Champion Challenge invites those of all skill levels to take their turn for a friendly afternoon of pistol, rifle and shotgun matches ... like the one held up north at the Tenafly Rifle and Pistol Club.

Thanks to the staff up at Tenafly, here's a report on their first match:

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Black powder league sees jump in scores with Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

Black Powder rifle used during the NRA Creedmore Championships

Old Bridge, New Jersey - Lance Brunner has run the Black Powder League at the Old Bridge Rifle and Pistol Club in Old Bridge, New Jersey for over 20 years. The group began with a handful of shooters attending its monthly meets and grew to around a dozen in a few years time. In 2008, in an effort to improve their skills, the league took up the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

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Salem County Sportmen's Club holds 10th annual NRA Day

Firing a cannon to open NRA Day at the Salem County Sportsmen’s Club

Carney's Point, New Jersey - NRA Days are fun-filled family affairs. It's an opportunity to spend the day surrounded with all kinds of shooting sports activities in a safe community environment. Up in New Jersey, at the Salem County Sportsmen’s Club, they held their very own NRA Day this past weekend.

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Three year veteran of the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest coming strong off Honorable Mention in 2011

Jackie Exchbach of Hillsborough, New Jersey enters a pika into the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Fairfax, Virginia - The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest gets a lot of entries each year, but only a handful can receive awards. These students put so much time and effort into their entries and we want to show them off as much as possible. Until the contest is judged, we're going to keep highlighting just some of the entries that catch our eye as they come in. Entries like this one by Jackie Eschbach of Hillsborough, New Jersey.

Jackie began entering our contest in 2010 at the age of eight and is now competing for her third time. In 2011 she even received an Honorable Mention in Category II for a great portrait of a mountain lion. This year she's toned back the ferocity and size, sending us a peaceful pika drawn with colored pencil.

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New Jersey teens arrive in dress whites to tour NRA Museum

Sea Cadets and League Cadets pose outside NRA Headquarters in Northern Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Yesterday, Saturday the 29th of September, marked the arrival of some very important guests at the National Rifle Association. Straight from the docks of Lawrenceville, New Jersey came the John T. Dempster Jr. Division of the Sea Cadets — a nonprofit organization that teaches teenagers teamwork, self-confidence, and leadership.

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