From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - DNR unveils 2015 turkey cooperator patch, reminds hunters to apply for spring turkey license

patch with Wild Turkey Management Cooperator, 2015, picture of turkey, DNR logo, michigan.gov/turkey

Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to think spring and get in the turkey hunting spirit by purchasing a wild turkey cooperator patch and applying for a spring turkey hunting license.

The 2015 turkey patch, designed by Phoebe Talaga of Lake Orion High School, is now available for purchase. The Michigan chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, in partnership with the DNR, coordinates the wild turkey patch program. Proceeds from patch sales are used to fund wild turkey-related projects and management in Michigan.

Young hunters, 17 years old and younger, who have a valid wild turkey hunting license may receive a free patch. To receive a patch, please send name and complete address, along with a legible copy of the youth's valid wild turkey hunting license, to National Wild Turkey Federation, Wild Turkey Patch Program, P.O. Box 8, Orleans, MI 48865. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery. If you have questions, please e-mail michiganwildturkeypatch@yahoo.com.

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From Yamaha - Yamaha Announces All-New Wolverine R-Spec Side-by-Side Vehicle

Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec, an all-new Side-by-Side vehicle

Yamaha Sets New Standard with Most Off-Road Capable SxS with Class-Leading Comfort

Cypress, California – January 20, 2015 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., today introduced the Wolverine R-Spec, an all-new Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle that sets a new standard in off-road capability and class-leading comfort. Designed and engineered for exploring extreme terrain, the Wolverine R-Spec is assembled in the U.S.A. for worldwide distribution.

The 2016 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec boasts an all-new nimble chassis with a compact design, look and feel, a comfortable and secure cab with seating for two, Yamaha’s proven core technologies, and overall superior handling and durability with industry-leading suspension adjustability.

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From GLOCK - GLOCK Introduces New Optic Mounting Platform and Largest Pistol to Date

GLOCK 40 Gen4 in MOS Configuration Las Vegas, Nevada - GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK Modular Optic System (MOS). The MOS platform was designed by GLOCK engineers to enable users to mount their preferred reflex sights to their pistol in order to improve their target acquisition. The Gen4 models G34, G35, and G41 will now be available in the new MOS platform.  Coming soon is GLOCK 40 Gen4 in MOS Configuration – the long slide pistol is intended for 10mm enthusiasts as well as handgun hunters.

“Our research has prompted us to release the MOS configurations for the G34 Gen4, G35 Gen4 and G41 Gen4 and the new G40 Gen4 in the MOS Configuration,” ... more on the latest from GLOCK ...

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Maryland’s New Winter Turkey Season to Open Statewide

Strutting by Lori R. Bramble Annapolis, Maryland - This month kicks off Maryland’s first-ever winter turkey hunting season, taking place January 22-24 statewide. The new season will provide hunters with increased turkey hunting opportunities while minimizing conflicts with other seasons.

The bag limit is one turkey, of either sex. Hunters who took a turkey in the 2014 fall season may not harvest any in the winter. Hunting hours are one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Weapons are limited to shotguns loaded with #4 shot or smaller. Crossbows or vertical bows are also legal. Harvest reporting requirements are the same as other turkey seasons. Hunters may check-in their harvests via phone, internet or mobile device with the AccessDNR app.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia Hunters Harvest 2,385 Black Bears in 2014

Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Applications for the limited bear firearms season in 17 counties must be submitted by Aug. 18, 2014. South Charleston, West Virginia – West Virginia hunters harvested 2,385 black bears during the combined 2014 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined 2014 seasons were 11 percent lower than the 2013 harvest of 2,692 bears. The black bear harvest of 2014 marks the fifth time in five years that the harvest has topped 2,000 and is tied for the third highest harvest on record.

"Mast conditions in 2014 helped some hunters and hurt others," said Carpenter. "The 2014 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook documented vastly improved oak mast conditions over 2013. Historically, abundant oak mast has led to a decreased archery harvest and an increased December firearms harvest, and that scenario held true in 2014... more on West Virginia's 2014 black bear hunting season ...

From USA Shooting - 17th Title in Sight for West Virginia as NCAA Rifle Season Starts Phase 2 of 2014-15 Campaign

The West Virginia University rifle program has done nothing to deter us from thinking a 17th title is well within its grasp with a perfect 8-0 record at the midway point of the NCAA Rifle season. The second-half of the NCAA rifle season got underway this past weekend with two months remaining before the NCAA Rifle Championship.

Having not lost in 23 consecutive matches including two Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) and two NCAA Rifle Championships, the Mountaineers own eight of the top-nine aggregate team scores overall. In both and Air and Smallbore events, they currently have four of the top individual scores with no other school having more than one representative in smallbore and just second-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks showing two in Air.

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From Buck Knives - Buck Knives releases 245 MWG Navy SEAL Knife

245 Matt Would Go knife Designed by a SEAL for SEALS, the 245 Matt Would Go knife is a nearly indestructible tool, built for the roughest of circumstances.

Post Falls, Idaho - Special Warfare Operator First Class (SEAL) Matthew J. Leathers was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards, including the Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. In 2013 Leathers was lost at sea during open ocean training exercises. During his nine years with the U.S Navy SEALS, Leathers designed a knife that held up to his high standards and caught the eye of his fellow SEALS.

Buck Knives has entered into agreement with Tim Leathers, father of fallen Navy SEAL Matthew Leathers, to continue making a knife that was originally designed by Leathers himself... more on Buck Knives Matt Would Go Navy SEAL Knife ...

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Spring Turkey permits go on sale January 12

SPRING TURKEY PERMITS GO ON SALE JAN. 12

Hunters have through Feb. 13 to apply online for Unit 4 Spring Turkey Permits

PRATT –  Have you been dreaming of longbeards? Do you find yourself spending extended periods of time listening for gobbles in the distance? Are you driving your family nuts practicing clucks and purrs on your turkey call? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing spring turkey hunting withdrawals. But don’t worry, help is on the way!

All 2015 Spring turkey permits will be available over-the-counter and online beginning Jan. 12, except for Unit 4 permits, available only to Kansas residents and are disbursed through a lottery drawing... get all the details on spring turkey hunts in Kansas ...

From Sturm, Ruger & Company - Ruger Introduces the SR1911 Lightweight Commander-Style Pistol

Ruger's SR1911 Lightweight Commander-Style Pistol Newport, New Hampshire - Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is excited to introduce the Ruger® SR1911® Lightweight Commander-Style pistol; an aluminum frame version of the popular SR1911 Commander-Style pistol. This new model features a black anodized aluminum frame with a satin stainless finish on the slide, resulting in an attractive two-tone appearance in a gun that weighs 7oz. less than the all stainless steel version. It comes factory equipped with an integrated, polished titanium feed ramp and features thin, hardwood grip panels for concealed carry, as well as front strap serrations for improved grip.

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