From Sturm, Ruger & Co. - Ruger Introduces the All New, Striker-Fired LC9s Compact 9mm Pistol

Ruger's new Striker-Fired LC9s Compact 9mm Pistol Newport, New Hampshire - Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the introduction of the all new Ruger® LC9s™ pistol. The LC9s™ is a striker-fired version of the award-winning LC9® pistol. Like the LC9®, the LC9s™ is a slim, lightweight, personal protection pistol that is chambered in 9mm Luger. The LC9s™ features a newly designed trigger mechanism with a short, light, crisp trigger pull that improves accuracy and performance.

"The Ruger® LC9® set a high standard for reliable, lightweight personal protection," said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and Chief Operating Officer. "The LC9s™ follows the success of the LC9®, yet provides a new option for shooters who prefer the short, crisp trigger pull of a striker-fired pistol," he added.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Bobcat hunting changes

DWR also recommends cougar hunting rules for upcoming season

Wildlife biologists are recommending changes that could result in more chances to take bobcats in Utah this fall.

Bobcats appear to be doing well in Utah.
Bobcats appear to be doing well in Utah.
Photo courtesy of Gary Kramer and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The recommendations would also result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season. During the 2013–2014 season, a total of 330 cougars were taken.

You can review the Division of Wildlife Resources' bobcat and cougar recommendations online.

Learn more, share your ideas

After you've reviewed the ideas online, you can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them.

RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Aug. 28 to approve rules for Utah's 2014–2015 cougar and furbearer seasons.

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From the Arizona Game and Fish Department - Event raises funds to ‘Save Recreational Shooting in Arizona

Arizona Fish & Game DepartmentPhoenix, Arizona – The future of recreational shooting in Arizona looks a little brighter after a successful fundraising event at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix on Saturday, April 12. The Arizona Game and Fish Department teamed up with TreadLightly! to sponsor the combination fun shoot and dinner party attended by nearly 200 people.

Recreational shooting in Arizona came under increased scrutiny when the Sonoran Desert National Monument, one of the last parcels of public land open to recreational shooting within a 30 mile radius of Phoenix, was ready to ban recreational target shooting. As an alternative to closure, Game and Fish, TreadLightly!, the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service were asked to develop a model public/private partnership to keep Arizona’s public lands open to recreational shooting. This partnership is considered a pilot project that can, when proven successful, be replicated across the nation.

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From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - New crossbow deer hunting season will be offered in 2014

DNR staff encourage hunters to participate in interactive chats

Crossbow hunting Madison, Wisconsin - With some major rule changes coming for this year's deer hunting season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has created a number of resources to help make sure hunters are ready for another great deer season.

New in 2014, a crossbow deer hunting license is available for any qualified hunter to purchase. Previously, only disabled hunters could use a crossbow under the authority of an archer license.

The crossbow deer hunting season will run concurrent with the regular archer season. During open firearm seasons, a gun deer license will authorize bow and crossbow use... find out more about crossbow deer hunting in Wisconsin ...

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - DNR Announces Blind Site Licensing Dates and Locations

DNR Announces Blind Site Licensing Dates and LocationsAnnapolis, Maryland - Waterfowl hunters may apply to receive their blind site licenses for the 2014-2015 hunting season starting August 5. A lottery for the opportunity to choose blind sites will occur at the locations listed below. Dates and instructions are as follows:

  • August 5 from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at all locations listed below. Individuals arriving after 8 a.m. will not be eligible for the lottery drawing and will have to wait until all applicants have selected a site. The drawing will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. Once selected, applicants have eight minutes to select their blind sites; no more than two sites per applicant may be selected per day. Licensing will end at 4:30 p.m. and resume the following day.
  • August 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. licensing will be held at all DNR Service Centers and offices as listed.  
  • August 7 and thereafter, the centers will operate on normal business hours.

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From Steyr Arms - Steyr HS.50 Shooters Take First and Second in Hunter Class at the FCSA World Championships

Walter Wilkinson recaptures the Hunter Class score world championship this year with a total score of 283-7X Bessemer, Alabama - Walter Wilkinson and Eduardo A. de Fontcuberta proved once again that the Steyr HS.50 is the world’s most accurate factory production .50 BMG bolt-action rifle by placing first and second, respectively, in the Hunter Class at the Fifty Caliber Shooters’ Association World Championships held July 3rd through 5th at the NRA Whittington Center near Raton, NM.

This marks the third time in four years that a shooter behind an out-of-the-box HS.50 has won the Hunter Class Score 1,000-yard World Championship, where competitors engage their targets with bipod-mounted rifles from the prone position. The three other FCSA World Championships classes are contested from rests atop solid concrete benches. It is also the first time HS.50 shooters took the top two places, ahead of a class filled with—and once dominated by—custom rifles.

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From GLOCK - GLOCK Awards Marietta Police Department for Partnering in the GLOCK Safety Pledge Drive

Chad Mathis, R. Lee Ermey, and official from the Marietta Police Department Marietta, Georgia – Executives from GLOCK, Inc. Traveled to Marietta City Hall on Wednesday to Recognize the Marietta Police Department for their Outstanding Representation of Public Safety Awareness in Partnership with GLOCK’s Gun Safety Campaign.

GLOCK launched June National Safety Month with an online pledge drive to promote gun safety and awareness to the general public. GLOCK asked for the community and the industry to join them in making the same commitment to safety, which they uphold and is at the core of GLOCK Confidence. 

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From the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Application Period Deadline Nearing for 2014 WMA Big Game Quota Hunts

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Nashville, Tennessee -  The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is announcing that the application deadline is nearing for the 2014 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Big Game Quota Hunts, the regular elk, youth elk, and WMA youth hunts. Entries must be submitted before midnight (CDT) on Wednesday, July 23.

The WMA hunting instruction sheet lists locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Instruction sheets can be obtained and applications made for the hunts at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org. Mailed instruction sheets will not be processed into the drawing system.

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From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Kids can try firearms on for size during Demo Days at DNR shooting ranges

Kids can try firearms on for size during Demo Days at Michigan DNR shooting ranges Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources will once again offer Demonstration Days for mentored youth hunters at its Ortonville, Pontiac Lake, Rose Lake and Sharonville shooting ranges in July and August.

Mentored youth hunting regulations require that hunting devices are properly fitted and appropriately suited to the youth hunter. The Demonstration Days events will give young hunters a chance to try a variety of firearms - rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders - archery equipment and crossbows with help from range officers and hunter education instructors; meet with conservation officers about what to expect while in the field; and try out the DNR's hunting simulator. Participating partners include the National Wild Turkey Federation with its JAKES trailer and Pheasants Forever.

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