The staff upstairs at NRAhuntersrights.org is giving away a Hawke DeerPASS SR 3-9x40 slug/muzzleloader scope this month ... here's everything you need to know from the NRAHuntersRights.org website:

The PASS in Deer PASS stands for Hawke’s Point and Shoot System, which allows the scope to double as a range finder. When set at 6x magnification, and with the center cross zeroed at 50 yards, the DeerPASS SR’s bracket system allows you to range your deer using any of three measurements—chest to tail, nose to ear, or the white circle around the eye. Once you have the deer bracketed, you then use the corresponding aim point for the shot.

The DeerPASS SR also features a red/green illuminated, glass-etched reticle; 1/4 MOA fingertip turrets; pre-calculated aim points from 50 to 225 yards; fully multi-coated lenses; and Hawke’s Extreme View (EV) optical system, which gives the shooter a 20 percent wider field of view. This waterproof, fogproof and shockproof scope is also fully compatible with Hawke’s free online Ballistic Reticle Calculator. Retails for $249. Visit: www.hawkeoptics.com

To enter your name in the drawing, just send an email to huntersrights@nrahq.org and put 'Gift Giveaway' in the subject line. If your name is selected, you'll be contacted at the end of the month and our Hunters' Rights staff will ship your gift to you. 

Bushnell’s new BackTrack D-TOUR personal GPS device on NRAblog The NRAhuntersrights.org crew has another great giveaway for the month of July.

Whether you're trying to find your way back from Port Clinton to the National Rifle & Pistol Championships at Camp Perry or just make it home, Bushnell’s new BackTrack D-TOUR personal GPS device is the idea piece of equipment for you.

Mark up to five location with easy to follow distance and directions that allows anyone to find their way back to their favorite hidden deer stands, fallen game or a new vacation rental home. You can also track time, temperature, altitude as well as latitude and longitude.

And after your adventure, download the data to your computer to review up to 48 hours worth of data to see if there might be a shortcut the next time you venture into the great unknown.

To enter your name in the drawing, just send an email to huntersrights@nrahq.org and put 'Gift Giveaway' in the subject line. If your name is selected, you'll be contacted at the end of the month and our Hunters' Rights staff will ship your gift to you. 

The Hawke Varmint SF 6-24x44 1/2 Mil Dot Riflescope

The NRAhuntersrights.org crew has another giveaway this month and there's only one day left to enter for your chance to win.

June's gift is one of Hawke’s new Varmint SF riflescopes, which have been specifically designed to meet the needs of hunters and target shooters who require long-range accuracy.

Extreme accuracy is achieved with a precise side focus wheel, and the reticle is a newly developed ½ Mil Dot design (compatible with Hawke’s free online Ballistic Reticle Calculator) with additional aim points between every dot for increased precision. The all-new optical system features fully multi-coated lenses with a 44mm objective lens, enhancing brightness, clarity and low-light performance.

Low, non-intrusive, BDC (bullet drop compensating) turrets (1/4 MOA) allow ‘dialing’ for long-range shots. A streamlined fast focus ocular makes the scope easy to mount on rifles with large bolts. Other features include: waterproof, shockproof and fog proof design; all-weather grips; zoom thumb bump; and Hawke’s worldwide warranty. Comes pre-threaded for a sunshade. MSRP: $199. Visit: www.hawkeoptics.com

To enter your name in the drawing, just send an email to huntersrights@nrahq.org and put 'Gift Giveaway' in the subject line. If your name is selected, you'll be contacted at the end of the month and our Hunters' Rights staff will ship your gift to you. 

Win a Henry Lever-Action .22 Rifle on NRAblog The team from NRAhuntersrights.org has another great giveaway this month, and May's prize is a .22 caliber Henry Lever Action Youth rifle, just like the ones awarded to top NRA Day State Coordinators.

Perfect for the young hunter looking for a reliable, lightweight gun to take afield, the Henry .22 is just 4 1/2 pounds and 33 inches in length and is aslo ideal for an adult looking for a compact rifle. It's got a 12-round capacity and is already grooved for a scope. The rifle also features a fully adjustable rear sight, American walnut stock and famously smooth Henry action.  

To win this beauty, all you have to do is send an email to huntersrights@nrahq.org with "Gift Giveaway" in the subject line and you'll be entered to win. The winner will be notified at the end of the month. Visit www.henryrifles.com to learn more about Henry Repeating Arms or to get your free color catalog.

Pictures of bear, boar, deer, duck & moose from NRAHuntersRights.org Trophy Room on NRAblog

When's the last time you visited the NRAHuntersRightsts.org's Trophy Room? Better yet, when's the last time you submitted a shot to the NRAHuntersRights' Trophy Room? What, you haven't? Time to get on the ball.

In addition to keeping you apprised of all hunting related threats and what the National Rifle Association is doing to defend them, NRAHuntersRights.org has been gathering trophy stories and photos for a couple of years now. All the idea of Managing Editor J.R. Robbins, the Trophy Room is a great place to share your latest outdoor tale.

"Everyone likes to brag a little when they have success in the field," said Robbins. "We thought, why not let them do it here."

To have your photo considered for the Trophy Room, send a high rez photo to huntersrights@nrahq.org with "Trophy Gallery" in the subject line. Make sure to include your name, hometown, the species, date and location of hunt, and the firearm or bow used. With any luck, you're story will soon pop up in the NRAHuntersRights.org Trophy Room.

Earlier this month, J.R. & Justin up in NRAHuntersRights.org told Brian Bertrand of Denver, Colorado that he should be on the lookout for a Hawke Panorama EV 3-9x50mm riflescope. Seems Brian's name was plucked from the pile of prospective entries for the March NRAHuntersRights.org giveaway. And this month's prize is nothing to sneeze at either.

Thanks to the good people over at Crosman Corporation, the April prize from NRAHuntersRights.org is a Benjamin Marauder PCP .25 cal. air rifle with a custom engraved NRA logo on the hardwood stock. This rifle, accompanied by a CenterPoint 3-12x44mm scope with mounts, a 3000 psi air tank, hand pump, and .25 caliber pellets, has a suggested retail price of $955.00.

“With its precharged pneumatic powerplant generating up to 900 fps, and over 30 foot pounds of energy, the Marauder air rifle is capable of taking prairie dogs to fox-sized game, at or beyond 50 yards,” said Bob Hampton, Crosman's VP of Marketing. “Participation in this program provides a great opportunity for us to reach hunters and educate them about the viability and enjoyment of hunting with airguns.”

If you'd like a chance at making this baby your own, then all you have to do is send an email to huntersrights@nrahq.org with Gift Giveaway in the subject line. Once May rolls around, the boys upstairs will gather those entries, choose a winner and send that rifle off to it's rightful owner.

J.R. Robbins, Managing Editor of NRAHuntersRights.org, writes about the recent uptick in the sales of hunting licenses:

Hunting License Sales Turning Around

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reported a total of 14,974,534 paid license holders for 2009, an increase of 526,494 over 2008. The 3.6 percent rise in paid license holders represents the largest single year increase since 1974.

Several reasons probably account for the increase, ranging from hunting programs conducted by NRA, state agencies and other groups to mentored hunting laws that eliminate barriers to hunting. A difficult economy that motivated Americans to hunt for the table, and additional time to hunt brought about by unemployment may be factors as well.

The number of licensed hunters had been experiencing a decades-long decline, from 19.1 million in 1975 to 12.5 million in 2006, according the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Yet even those numbers may be deceiving. An NSSF study released last fall and conducted by Southwick Associates found that 21.8 million people had bought a hunting license at least once in the last five years.)

Anti-hunting groups and mainstream media often pointed to the declining license sales figures as proof that Americans "no longer want to hunt." "Enthusiasm for Hunting Wanes in Virginia," reads a Feb. 7 headline in newsleader.com.

The article stated that in Virginia, "The number of hunting licenses issued annually is half what it was in 1974," and added, "The number of licenses decreased from 253,425 in 2009 to 245,185 in 2010, or 3.3 percent."

While the numbers may be accurate they reflect loss of opportunity and access much more than loss of interest. It has become far too difficult for the average hunter to find a place to hunt. That's why NRA has fought hard to keep funding in "Open Fields" programs, which provide private landowners incentives ...

Read JR's complete take on the rise in hunting on NRAHuntersRights.org.

Each month, NRAHuntersRights.org awards one lucky reader with a handsome giveaway. Past prizes include a Pacific Bowie Stag Handle Knife, a pair of Hawke’s Frontier ED binoculars, and even a Henry Youth Model .22. This month the prize is equally as dazzling.

For the month of March, NRAHuntersRights.org is giving away a brand new Panorama EV 3-9x50mm riflescope courtesy of Hawke Sport Optics. It's waterproof, it's fogproof, and for those who've taken a tumble or two during their outdoor adventures, it's even shockproof.

"It's a really nice scope," said NRAHuntersRights.org Managing Editor J.R. Robbins. "And with Hawke's Extreme View optical system, it provides a 20% wider field of view than most standard scopes."

Valued at just under $200, the Panorama EV features a red/blue illuminated 1/2 Mil Dot ballistic reticle, a 1/4 MOA finger tip turrets, the fast focus eyebell, and an all-weather zoom ring. If you like what you're hearing then there's only one thing to do.

Throw your hat into the ring by sending an email to huntersrights@nrahq.org with Gift Giveaway in the subject line. At the end of the month they'll pick a winner, attain all the pertinent information, and ship him/her a brand new scope. Sounds pretty good.

J.R. Robbins, Managing Editor of NRAHuntersRights.org, asked NRAblog to remind our readers about their double gift giveaway for February:

Thanks to a generous donation from Leupold, February has turned into a special double Gift Giveaway month on NRAhuntersrights.org! In addition to the NRA Gunsmithing Tool Set previously announced, we’re also giving away a Leupold UltimateSlam shotgun/muzzleloader scope.

Leupold’s all-new UltimateSlam scope gives you everything you’ve come to expect from a Leupold optic: crisp, bright sight pictures in all conditions; legendary ruggedness and waterproofing; and a full lifetime guarantee. What sets the UltimateSlam apart is Leupold’s new Sabot Ballistics Reticle, or SA.B.R. Whether you shoot a muzzleloader or shotgun, the SA.B.R. reticle provides precise and distinct hold points for 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 yards. Simply set the UltimateSlam’s power selector to the icon matching the load you’re shooting, and you’ve got precise aim points from 50 to 300 yards. This 3-9x40 offering comes in Mossy Oak treestand. Other features include ¼-MOA windage and elevation controls and a scope cover. Retails for $319.99. Visit: www.leupold.com

If you missed it, George Leming of Ottumwa, Iowa, won the NRA Pacific Bowie Stag Handle Knife in our January Gift Giveaway. You could be next! Enter today for a chance to win!

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