New York's Hudson Valley clinic serves as Women on Target role model

Family time at the Hudson Valley Women on Target event in New York Poughkeepsie, New York - As the promising warmth of Spring continue to battle the fierce and frigid Winter winds, the staff and volunteers at the NRA are in full swing. Programs from the Competitive Shooting, Law Enforcement and Education & Training Departments are either up and running or ready to launch. An ever popular example is NRA's Women on Target Program.

Officially known as Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, Women on Target is a great way for first time female shooters to learn the ins and outs of firing a gun. And for the grizzled veterans, it's a perfect opportunity to pass on a few pointers to your Second Amendment sisters.

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From Crosman Corporation - Crosman announces official opening of European distribution center in Denmark

Rochester, New York - Crosman Corporation announces the opening of a new logistics facility in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of a strategic initiative to accelerate order fulfillment to the company’s growing customer base in Europe. The European distribution center (EDC) represents a partnership between Crosman Corporation, Crosman Europe and DSV Denmark.

According to Phil Dolci, Crosman President and CEO, the new partnership provides transcontinental logistics to the European market with an extensive and compliant selection of products. “Fulfilling orders faster and customizing products to satisfy EU countries’ regulation requirements are the cornerstones of our expansion strategy. Enhancing that service to our European customers is a priority and we expect this facility to be a significant contributor to our international growth efforts,” said Dolci.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Eurasian Boars No Longer "Fair Game" In New York

American Hunter Assistant Online Editor Sarah Smith Barnum gets her first hog at a western game hunt in Paso Robles, Calif., with Weatherby and Camp Five Outfitters.

Proposed Regulations Would Prohibit Hunting or Trapping of Wild Boars in New York

Albany, New York - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner (DEC) Joe Martens today announced the proposal of new regulations that would prohibit hunting or trapping of free-ranging Eurasian boars in New York. The proposal is designed to ensure maximum effectiveness of DEC's statewide eradication efforts. Public comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted until January 25, 2014.

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Rising Senior Todaro edges last year's top college shooter during NRA's 3-Position Rifle Championship

Cadet Joseph Todaro with the Volunteer Trophy at the NRA Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships
Cadet Joseph Todaro with the Volunteer Trophy at NRA Championships.

Port Clinton, Ohio - A number of champions took to the stage this summer during the awards ceremony for NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle. Staring with the overall winner Joseph Hall, we saw High Civilian Tarl Kempley, High Woman Amy Fister, and High Collegiate Joseph Todaro.

A cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Todaro won the college title by firing a 2367-148x over the three days of three positioning along the shores of Lake Erie. In addition to High Collegiate, Todaro's total was also good enough to finish in the top ten overall.

"It's a true honor to achieve such an honor," he said following the ceremony. "I can't wait to bring it back to New York."

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Footage of special NRA-sanctioned 3-Gun Club Champion Challenge

Wallkill, New York - Last month we told you about a special 3-Gun Club Champion Challenge the NRA sanctioned for the Wallkill Rod & Gun Club in Wallkill, New York.

Due to the nationwide ammunition shortage, the challenge worked around the hard-to-find ammunition and required fewer rounds than your standard 3-Gun competition, letting shooters enjoy some sport without running too high a bill.

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NRA sanctions reduced-shot 3-gun match for Club Champion Challenge

NRA Club Champion Challenge winner Al Bockemuhl

Wallkill, New York - You can't have a conversation with a shooter these days without discussing the ammunition shortage.

Popular calibers seem to fly off the shelves as soon as new shipments arrive and getting your hands on a box will stretch your budget. New York has been hit especially hard by the lack of available ammunition and, now that the weather is warm, competitive shooters are having a tough time looking for fun.

Enter the NRA.

This past May, NRA Competitive Shooting designed a sanctioned 3-Gun Club Champion Challenge for the Wallkill Rod & Gun Club in Wallkill, New York that required fewer rounds than your standard 3-Gun competition. Working around the (hopefully temporary) constraints, the match allowed shooters to enjoy some sport without running too high a bill. The match was divided into five stages, one per week, requiring an average of 20 rounds each. NRA Competitive Shooting even supplied awards and promoted the match on social media.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Expands Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Opportunities and Extends Snow Geese Harvest Period

snow geese from American Hunter Bobcat hunting and trapping opportunities are expanded and the snow geese harvest season is extended under two sets of regulations adopted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

"Under Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Hunting and Fishing initiative, New York is working to increase hunting and trapping opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen," Commissioner Martens said. With these changes, DEC is implementing strategies of the recently adopted Bobcat Management Plan that will provide sustainable harvest opportunities while maintaining a stable or increasing bobcat population. In addition, I encourage the hunting community to take full advantage of the newly expanded snow geese season in the years ahead."

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From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation - 2012 Deer Harvest Results Are Up From Last Year

NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Increased Hunting Opportunities

Hunters harvested approximately 243,000 deer during the 2012-13 hunting seasons, about 6 percent more than were taken the previous year, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

"Deer hunting is a long-standing tradition in New York, providing shared recreation and a valuable source of food for many families," said Commissioner Martens. "Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Hunting and Fishing initiative expands hunting opportunities statewide for sportsmen and sportswomen for the growing population of deer. This past year's deer take reflects these efforts as well as deer population growth throughout much of the state."

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Grants Available to Improve Public Access to Non-Profit or Municipal Shooting Ranges across the State

Grants Program Application Period Is Now Open Through May 31

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

In an effort to support recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women across the state and to promote safe and responsible use of firearms, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner (DEC) Joe Martens, in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, launched the Shooting Range Small Grants Program. This effort, which encourages the development, improvement and operations of shooting ranges, is tied to Governor Cuomo's Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative.

Funding for 2013 includes $65,000 for matching grants at a three to one ratio to eligible non-profit or municipal shooting ranges across the state. Funding for the program is derived from a federal tax on firearms and ammunition, made available to state fish and wildlife agencies for their sportsman education activities.

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