From GLOCK - GLOCK Annual Shoot a Record Breaking Success - Celebrity Shooters Clifton Collins, Jr. and R. Lee Ermey, the “Gunny” Battle it Out for Top Shot

Clifton Collins, Jr. and The “Gunny” present the first place prize of $3,000 to “MatchMeister” winner, Butch Barton – a five-time GSSF match champion. Photo by Doug Robinson Smyrna, Georgia - Nearly 1,350 competitors and enthusiasts attended the  GLOCK Annual Shoot XXI & Gunny Challenge X hosted by GLOCK and GSSF, becoming the most highly participated action pistol match in World history. 

The weekend-long match held outside Conyers, GA at the South River Gun Club exceeded participation expectations. The level of attendance reaching 1,350 people, making it the most highly attended GSSF event in its 21 year run.

R. Lee Ermey, the “Gunny” presided over his namesake match and was assisted by this year’s celebrity guest shooter, Film & TV star Clifton Collins, Jr. who is most known for his roles in the films Pacific Rim, Star Trek, and Capote, which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. 

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From Aimpoint - Aimpoint launches new Micro T-2 Sight

New sight offers additional features and enhanced performance

Aimpoint, the originator and world leader in electronic red dot sighting technology, has announced the addition of the new Micro T-2 sight to the company’s professional product line. The Micro T-2 will be available for shipment in mid-October 2014, and will be offered alongside the company’s existing Micro T-1 product.

Since its introduction in 2007, the Aimpoint Micro sight has become the worldwide standard for compact reflex sights. Law enforcement and military end users have embraced this sight for its compact size, durability, and extremely long battery life. Feedback received from professional end users identified a series of desired product enhancements that have now been added to this new product. These changes include: a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers and anti-reflective devices, additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets, and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.

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From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - IFW Hunting Report for September 30, 2014

Pheasant image from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website Augusta, Maine - In Region A, October 1 marks the beginning of pheasant season, and IFW biologists and clubs have been busy releasing birds throughout the region.

“We had our first pheasant release on Monday, and we have two other releases planned for October 5 and October 19,” said IFW Wildlife Biologist Corey Stearns. Stearns said that over 40 birds were released at each of the 22 sites, releasing over 880 birds so far in the region.

Releasing the pheasants before the season, or on a Sunday during the season, gives the birds some time to acclimate to their surroundings. Over the course of the season, both the department and area Rod and Gun clubs will release over 2300 birds at 22 different sites.

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From the Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Sage-Grouse Numbers Up

Sage Grouse image courtesy of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website. Cheyenne, Wyoming - The numbers of male sage grouse on leks, or mating areas, was up around 10 percent this year over last year, according to data recently compiled by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Just under 20,000 male sage grouse were counted this year on about 1,100 leks. This summer’s crop of grouse chicks also appears to be much improved over recent years.

Game and Fish Sage Grouse Coordinator Tom Christiansen said the increased numbers of birds are largely due to the good moisture conditions.

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Changes greet hunters at Lac qui Parle controlled goose hunt

Mad Goose! from NRA's American Hunter magazine St. Paul, Minnesota - A number of new changes will greet goose hunters at the Lac qui Parle Refuge controlled hunt this year, including elimination of the need to register for blinds in advance, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The key changes are that hunters will no longer need to apply for blinds in advance, register at the main office or pay the $3 blind fee. There will be no morning or afternoon drawings. And the controlled hunt area boundaries will be smaller.

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From Sturm, Ruger & Co. - Ruger Introduces the AR-556 Modern Sporting Rifle

Newport, New Hampshire - Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces the AR-556™ semi-automatic, M4-style, direct impingement Modern Sporting Rifle. With all major components machined at Ruger's Mayodan, NC facility, the AR-556 offers consumers an affordable, American-made Modern Sporting Rifle with the rugged reliability they have come to expect from Ruger.

"The AR-556 is the first firearm designed and built in our Mayodan, North Carolina, facility, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the finished product," remarked Ruger President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Killoy. "Through extensive design review and product testing, our Mayodan team has delivered a solid rifle that our customers will be proud to own - and we are proud to call a Ruger," he concluded.

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From the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife - Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center dedicated as downstate state-owned facility

Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center - image from the Owens Station website

Greenwood, Delaware - This morning, Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, State Rep. David Wilson, DNREC conservation partners and shooting sports enthusiasts to dedicate a formerly privately-owned shooting sports range and conservation education center near Greenwood as the Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, downstate Delaware’s first and only state-owned public shooting sports range.

Developed over a period of about 30 years by former owner Bill Wolter, the 104-acre property was purchased by the state late last year and is operated under a public-private partnership between the Division of Fish and Wildlife and two commercial businesses... more on Delaware's Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center ...

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia's deer, bear and boar archery seasons open Sept. 27

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Archery seasons for deer, bear and boar start Sept. 27 in West Virginia.

South Charleston, West Virginia - West Virginia's 2014 archery seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar open Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. The bear archery season is a split season (Sept. 27-Nov. 22 and Dec. 8-Dec. 31).

In addition to a base license, bear hunters must purchase a Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS) to hunt bear in West Virginia. Two bear may be taken per year, provided at least one bear is taken in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh or Wyoming counties. Other than the Class DS stamp, no additional stamps are needed to harvest the second bear during the archery season except for non-residents hunting on the National Forest (Class I).

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Apply for a cougar hunting permit

Applications accepted until Oct. 9, 2014

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in no later than 11 p.m. on Oct. 9.
If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in no later than 11 p.m. on Oct. 9 - Photo by Lynn Chamberlain

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in soon.

Applications for hunting permits will be accepted until 11 p.m. on Oct. 9.

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, reminds you that if you draw a limited-entry permit, you cannot buy a permit to hunt on a harvest-objective unit. "Before you apply for a permit," she says, "make sure a limited-entry hunt is the hunt you want to participate in."

More information about the two permits is available on pages 11–13 of the free 2014–2015 Utah Cougar Guidebook. You can also get a copy at DWR offices and from hunting license agents across Utah.

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