From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - Big Bears, Big Harvest

Fifty-eight bears topping 500 pounds part of fifth-largest harvest in Pennsylvania history

Bear hunting in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania hunters harvested a total of 3,510 bears in 2013, the fifth-highest tally in state history, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported today.

The final total continues a trend of recent bear seasons taking their place in the record books. With harvest totals for 2013 now official, three of the five highest harvests have occurred in the past three years.

The all-time high was recorded in 2011, when 4,350 bears were harvested. In 2012, Pennsylvania hunters harvested 3,632 bears – the third-largest harvest in state history.

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Info on the outdoor show of the year is at your fingertips with GAOS 2014

2014 Great American Outdoor Show app

Fairfax, Virginia - We're a little less than two weeks away from the Great American Outdoor Show, presented by Outdoor Channel, hitting Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The show, which runs February 1-9, is the largest consumer outdoor show in the country, bringing hundreds of thousands of people and tens of millions of dollars to Pennsylvania's capital.

If you're an outdoor enthusiast with plans to join in on the fun, odds are that you have probably already figured out which day (or days) you're coming out. You've lined up a room, booked a hotel and formulated a plan of attack. But the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is a big place. Really big. Do you really think you're going to know where to go once you get inside?

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NRA takes command of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's famed annual outdoor show

NRA's Great American Outdoor Show

Fairfax, Virginia - Arguably our #1 story of the year, 2013 saw the NRA take over production of the annual Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, hunting and outdoor show after an attempt to ban modern sporting rifles led to a protest and eventual cancellation. Harrisburg's economy was estimated to have lost $80 million dollars from the vendors and visitors who did not arrive to do business in the state capital.

With management of the show open to a new organization, the NRA jumped at the chance to not only run the show, but help it grow into something much larger than it had been before. We knew we could achieve this growth thanks to our 141 (now 142) years of putting on the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. Harrisburg's show is the largest consumer outdoor show in the country, but it was still only a regional attraction. A combination of the show's existing support and the NRA's ambition would turn the Harrisburg show into a national event, drawing outdoors enthusiasts from all over the United States.

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Outfitter joins world's largest outdoor show this winter in Harrisburg, PA

Cabela's

Fairfax, Virginia - We're proud to announce that Cabela’s will be joining us as an Associate Sponsor for the Great American Outdoor Show this February 1-9, 2014 in Harrisburg, PA.

Held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, the show is a must-go for every outdoors enthusiast in the country after all the great additions we've made this year. Aside from the huge exhibit hall, the show features a packed schedule of NRA Country concerts, speaking events, a Friends of NRA banquet, archery competitions, seminars, and demonstrations.

“The National Rifle Association is proud to partner with Cabela’s in bringing the Great American Outdoor Show to outdoor enthusiasts across the country,” said Kyle Weaver, Executive Director of NRA General Operations. “We look forward to strengthening the bond we share in our rich hunting, fishing, and outdoor traditions.”

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Outdoor Channel joins NRA to bring nation's largest outdoor show to Harrisburg, PA

NRA Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Fairfax, Virginia –The National Rifle Association is proud to announce that Outdoor Channel will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Great American Outdoor Show, the largest sports and outdoor show in the country. The Great American Outdoor Show will be held February 1-9, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

“Outdoor Channel is looking forward to the inaugural Great American Outdoor Show as we will have the opportunity to celebrate America’s hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions with our valued audience and partners,” said Jim Liberatore, President and CEO, Outdoor Channel. “We’re very excited this year with the NRA’s leadership of the show, particularly the addition of The National Rifle Association Great American Outdoor Show’s new Shooting Sports hall; the show attendees are going to love it. Outdoor Channel, along with the NRA, invites every area hunter, angler, archer, marksman, and outdoor lover to join us this winter in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.”

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - WAIT IS ON FOR LATE-STARTING PENNSYLVANIA DEER SEASON

Some big bucks await those heading afield for Dec. 2 opener.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunters are known for their great patience – and it’s a good thing, too.

Those eager to start the clock on yet another deer-hunting season are waiting out the latest-starting season opener in years.

Because of the way the calendar falls in 2013, and with the opening day of Pennsylvania’s general deer season traditionally held on the Monday following Thanksgiving, the state’s “unofficial holiday” kicks off a full week later than it does in some years.

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Tickets now on sale for NRA Foundation Banquet in Harrisburg, PA

NRA Foundation banquet at Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Fairfax, Virginia - This winter's Great American Outdoor Show, presented by Outdoor Channel, keeps getting better and better. We're proud to announce that the show will now include a NRA Foundation Banquet on Friday evening, February 7, 2014.

Tickets to the inaugural banquet are now on sale and can be found at http://www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org/events/nra-foundation-banquet.aspx.

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Buy tickets online for the February 1-9, 2014 Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Fairfax, Virginia - Tickets for the new Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania are now available online at GreatAmericanOutdoorShow.org.

The Great American Outdoor Show is the largest sports and outdoor show in the country. Kicking off on February 1st and running through the 9th, the show focuses on the hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions treasured by millions of Americans and their families. Inside the 650,000 square foot Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex you will find nearly 1,100 exhibitors including firearm manufacturers, hunting and fishing retailers,outfitters, boats, RVs and more.

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - MEMORABLE ELK SEASON IN THE BOOKS

Nearly 85 percent of the hunters participating Pennsylvania’s 2013 elk hunt have taken home a trophy

Thomas R. Schneider's bull was scored initially at 403 inches, image courtesy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced 72 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 9. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was a perfect 100 percent.

In calling the season a success, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe offered congratulations to the hunters lucky enough to participate in this year’s hunt.

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