From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation - 2012 Is One of the Highest Bear Harvests on Record in New York

New York bear hunters took 1,337 black bears during the 2012 hunting seasons, making last year the third highest bear harvest on record in New York, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. Only the 2003 harvest (1,864) and 2009 harvest (1,487) surpassed last year's take.

"New York has excellent bear habitat and vast, accessible public lands that offer exciting opportunities for bear hunting," said Commissioner Martens. "Black bears are thriving in New York, and they represent a great resource for all New Yorkers. Through the NY's Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative, Governor Cuomo is improving opportunities for hunting in New York State."

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New York rebuilds and recovers following Hurricane Sandy

Humvees meet in the street during a Hurricane Sandy cleanup in New York

NRA's American Warrior Magazine sent J.R. Salzam into the mix for a firsthand look at the Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts up in New York. Here's his report:
Following in the footsteps of Sandy
NRA American Warrior correspondent J.R. Salzam is embedded with New York National Guard troops in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

"Guardian 3-0, this is Apache 6. SP time now, 3 pax, 1 victor, moving out into the area of West Rockaway. How copy, over.”

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Matt and Jesse took a great trip to speak with 9/11 firefighters last season on Friends of NRA. Did you see it?

Fairfax, Virginia - With the recent news of Friends of NRA coming back to the Outdoor Channel for a third season, we started looking back on some of our favorite moments from the show. Moments like in the second episode of last season when Matt and Jesse traveled to New York City just prior to the ten year anniversary of the tragic September 11th attacks.

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A picture of New York City Police Officer Walter Weaver, his Smith & Wesson revolver and a 9/11 patch Fairfax, Virginia - There are events in a person's life that are forever tied to a location. I remember where I was when X happened. That day for me was when the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart just minutes into that January morning flight. That was until September 11th. A morning that changed all our lives.

The ground in our nation's capital shook when the plane hit the Pentagon. Maybe I just think I felt it ... I was only 10 miles away, relatively safe at home, but I felt it. The Flight 93 National Memorial off Route 30 in Pennsylvania always induces emotions of loss. And I can't begin to comprehend the effect the attacks had upon the city of New York.

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homemade air conditionerPort Clinton, Ohio - If there's one thing you can count on during NRA's National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, it's the heat. Smack dab in the middle of summer, right on the shores of Lake Erie with nothing but open skies all but guarantees that some will suffer during this those humid days on the range. Just not the smallbore folks from the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.

"This is our first time out here," said Bruce Bill, parent of a New York shooter. "We knew it was going to be hot."

So what did Bruce do to prepare the troops? He built a portable air conditioner, of course.

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We Shoot 2 becomes an NRA Instructor We Shoot 2 is a relatively new blog out there chronicling the adventures of a New York female firearms enthusiast. Now I'll admit that I was a little late getting to her game, but thanks to a few nudges from friends, I found myself scrolling through her musings earlier today.

What really caught my eye, however, was her tale about:

Becoming an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

I’m not sure who was more surprised, the 36 men in my NRA Pistol Instructors certification class that there was a woman in the class, or me, that there was ANOTHER woman in the class! 36 men, 2 women. Giddyup!

When a gentleman from my Sportsman’s club put out an email that he would be teaching an NRA Instructors class, I jumped at the chance. My husband was less excited about spending the required time in a classroom, but I honestly think he didn’t want me to do it without him so I signed us both up. There were a few other guys from my club there, but most of the other attendees were from other clubs.

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Continuing with our highlights of this year's Region Volunteer of the Year award winners, we bring you the Eastern Region's Diane March.

Friends of NRA's Region Volunteers of the year are chosen by a select committee of senior NRA staff from the pool of Field Rep-selected Area Volunteers of the Year. These exceptional volunteers for Friends of NRA were invited to the NRA Annual Meeting as honored guests where they received special recognition at the National NRA Foundation Banquet.

Diane March is a resident of Wappinger Falls, NY, serving as co-chairman of the Mid Hudson Friends of NRA committee. Approaching its twenty year anniversary, the committee's inception in 1994 saw an impressive 432 attendees at its first banquet, raising over $12,000. Since then, there have been 9,964 attendees at their events who have helped raise a cumulative $1.18 million. Diane raised over $50,000 for the 2011 banquet season alone through tickets sold, sponsorships, underwriting, and donations.

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Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor Patrick Fuller going through crime prevention techniques on NRAblog

If you're in or around New York City then you need to make room on your calendar for Sunday. For inside the Westside Pistol Range on 20 West 20th Street, Patrick Fuller will be holding his final Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar inside the city. After this, he's packing his bags and heading for the open plains of Pennsylvania.

"It was time," said Fuller. "I wanted to teach one more class before making the move."

What can you learn at a Refuse seminar? Just the basics about increasing your general awareness, security in the home and standard criminal prevention methods. Single parent? College student? Relatively new to the Big Apple? Then there's no reason why you shouldn't attend.

In roughly three hours, Patrick will give you the tools to develop your own personal safety strategy, providing information on:

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Pat Fuller and his Refuse to be a Victim class Ruthann warned me this would happen. Put up a few posts about a few of her instructor's Refuse To Be A Victim® classes and the others would start crawling out of the woodwork. Isn't it great when a plan comes together?

So who do we have here? That would be Patrick Fuller and students from one of his Refuse seminars. You might think this class is small, and some are, but there is great significance in what Patrick is doing. Not only is he spreading the ever valuable personal safety strategy word, but he's doing it in an important place — New York City.

In fact, Patrick's classes are the first of their kind to be taught in the Big Apple since 2005. Right there on 5th and 20th at the Westside Pistol and Rifle Range. Pretty significant, aye?

Another interesting piece of trivia about Patrick relates to HIS instructor. None other then Gun for Hire's Anthony Colandro. Anthony has long been an NRA instructor in a wide variety of NRA disciplines. He teaches, his wife Pilar teaches, his friends and family teaches at one of their four Gun for Hire locations. And in his spare time, Anthony has played host for Gun for Hire Radio and two record setting New Jersey Friends of NRA Banquets.

I'd say Patrick couldn't have made a better choice when choosing his instructor. So far, he's doing a bang up job with all that Anthony and the NRA has taught him.

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