From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - NRA Presents $25,000 Check to Wildlife Commission for Public Shooting Range

Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers (L) accepts a $25,000 check from National Rifle Association of America Director of General Operations Program Development Brian Hyder to support construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County. Photo by Melissa McGaw Raleigh, North Carolina — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently accepted a $25,000 check from the National Rifle Association of America to help fund the construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County.

Brian Hyder, director of the NRA’s General Operations, Program Development Education and Training division, presented the check to Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director, at the Commission’s headquarters on Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

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From the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission - Commission adopts new hunting rules, reduces cost of some special permits

Hunting Elk - image courtesy of American Hunter Magazine Olympia, Washington - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits during a public meeting April 11-12 in Olympia.

The commission, a citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), approved those and other changes while adopting new hunting rules for the upcoming season.

The continued growth of many state deer and elk populations will support increases in the number of hunting permits issued this year, said Dave Ware, WDFW game manager.

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From Savage Arms - Savage Arms Hosts Meet-and-Greets with Brian “Pigman” Quaca at the 2014 NRA Show

Brian Pigman Quaca Brian “Pigman” Quaca’s relentless approach to hunting hogs has made his show “Pig Man: The Series” a fan favorite. Pigman visits booth #6152 during the 143rd NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits April 25-27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind. He will meet with his fans and sign autographs April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and again April 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees will also get a chance to see the latest products from Savage® Arms and Gunslick® Pro.

Suffield, Connecticut - SUFFIELD, CT - Brian “Pigman” Quaca’s relentless approach to hog hunting has made his show “Pig Man: The Series” a fan favorite. Quaca will be making two meet-and-greet appearances at booth #6152 during the 143rd NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits April 25 to 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind. Pigman will meet with fans and sign autographs April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and return on April 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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From Smith & Wesson - Smith & Wesson® Now Shipping M&P® Shield™ Pistols to California

New 9mm and .40 S&W Pistols Grandfathered Prior to California Microstamping Mandate;Smith & Wesson M&P SHIELD™ .40 S&W CA Compliant Non-Microstamped, Compliant and Approved for Sale in California

Springfield, Massachusetts - Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that it has commenced shipping non-microstamped, California-compliant versions of its popular M&P® Shield™ pistols. Approved and added to the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale prior to the microstamping requirement, the new M&P Shield pistols offer customers in California a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol specifically engineered for personal protection.

Built to professional standards and designed to serve as a dependable carry gun for private citizens, the California-compliant M&P Shield pistol is available in both 9mm and .40 S&W. In accordance with state regulations, the new M&P Shield pistols feature a tactile loaded chamber indicator and a magazine safety ... more on the Smith & Wesson's shipment of California Compliant Shield pistols ...

From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - 2014 ELK SEASONS SET

Elks - photo courtesy of American Hunter Magazine Pierre, South Dakota - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2014 elk hunting seasons at their April meeting in Oacoma.

The Custer State Park elk hunting season will run from Sept. 20-Oct. 5 with five "any elk" licenses available, one of which is set aside for a successful entrant in a raffle conducted by a nonprofit organization dedicated to big game management. The Custer State Park early archery elk hunting season will run from Sept. 1-30 with four "any elk" licenses available.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - General turkey hunt starts April 28

Lots of permits available

A tom turkey in Utah.
Utah's general statewide turkey hunt starts April 28 - Photo by Scott Root
Salt Lake City, Utah - A chance to experience the thrill of hunting a strutting, gobbling tom turkey is almost here.

Utah's general statewide turkey hunt starts April 25 for those who were 15 years of age or younger on Jan. 23. On April 28, the hunt opens to hunters of all ages.

There's no limit on the number of permits that can be sold for the hunt, so you'll have no problem getting one. You can buy a permit online. Permits are also available from more than 300 hunting license agents across Utah and at Division of Wildlife Resources offices.

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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Statewide spring wild turkey season opens Saturday

John Nakamura takes a turkey with a Remington Model 870 SPS-T Frankfort, Kentucky - Hunters could have the long winter to thank for what is shaping up to be a good start to Kentucky’s statewide spring wild turkey season, which opens Saturday, April 12, and runs through May 4.

”The timing of the first peak in gobbling and our season opener should be pretty close this year because the long winter somewhat delayed the arrival of spring,” said Steven Dobey, wild turkey program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Often the peak gobbling period falls before the season opener, affording gobblers time to breed hens before they could potentially fall prey to a hunter. The late break in the weather this year sets up an ideal scenario across much of the state with breeding activity – and the gobbling that goes with it – approaching a crescendo. The birds haven’t been disturbed and should be more responsive to a hunter’s call.

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From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Chronic Wasting Disease Detected for First Time in Wild Iowa Deer

A whitetail deer that got away - image courtesy of American Hunter magazine Des Moines, Iowa - The first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild Iowa deer has been confirmed.

The deer was reported as harvested in Allamakee County during the first shotgun season in early December. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is currently working to obtain as much information as possible about the infected deer to implement its CWD response plan.

“We have been testing for CWD in Iowa’s deer herd for more than a decade and are optimistic, given the extensive data we have collected, that we have caught this early,” said Chuck Gipp, DNR director.

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From Discovery Channel - New Series Boss Hog premiers on Discovery Friday, April 11

Pigman Brian Quaca debuts new series Boss Hog on Discovery ChannelGroesbeck, Texas - BOSS HOG, premiering on Discovery Friday April 11 at 10PM ET/PT, follows Brian “Pigman” Quaca and his crew as they take on Texas’ wild hog problem, building his own “pig empire.”  In recent years, wild hogs have ravaged Texas, causing an estimated 1.5 billion dollars in agricultural damage annually. Where most see this as a nuisance, Pigman sees it as an opportunity, making money off every aspect of the pig – from booking clients on high-end hog hunts and customizing hog hunting bows, to stuffing and mounting trophy boars.  

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