From Crosman Corporation - Registration now open for Crosman All-American Field Target Championship

Bloomfield, New York - In just five years Crosman Coporation, the world leader in airguns and ammunition, has grown its regional field target competition into the country’s second largest, behind only the American Airgun Field Target Association’s national championship. For 2015, the Crosman All-American will take place June 13-14 at the Rochester Brooks Gun Club in Rush, NY.

The event has grown to include nearly 100 competitors in six air rifle disciplines and an air pistol event, so a venue change was needed to accomodate the increasing interest from shooters across the country.

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From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - GAME COMMISSION RELEASES DEER HARVEST ESTIMATES

Whitetail deer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission website

Harvests decreased statewide in 2014-15, report shows

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The Pennsylvania Game Commission today reported that, in the state’s 2014-15 seasons, hunters harvested an estimated 303,973 deer – a decrease of about 14 percent compared to the 2013-14 harvest of 352,920.

Hunters took 119,260 antlered deer in the 2014-15 seasons – a decrease of about 11 percent compared to the previous license year, when an estimated 134,280 bucks were taken. Also, hunters harvested an estimated 184,713 antlerless deer in 2014-15, which represents an about 16 percent decrease compared to the 218,640 antlerless deer taken in 2013-14.

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From USA Shooting - Golden Rhode Again; U.S. Women’s Skeet Team Dominates Olympic Shotgun medalist Kim Rhode Again with Gold, Silver, 6th & Olympic Quota

Acapulco, Mexico - On International Women’s Day, it was an American shotgun trio who turned the celebration into a mostly all-American affair for the fourth time during the 2015 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Series season opener in Acapulco, Mexico.

The trio of Kim Rhode, Caitlin Connor and Morgan Craft represented 50 percent of the women’s skeet final and walked away with the top two podium spots, a sixth-place result and an Olympic country quota. It was the second time in four events that all three American shooters made finals following the performance of the Men’s Double Trap team that started the trend Thursday. Through four events in Mexico, the USA Shooting Team has earned five medals, nine top-6 finishes and three Olympic quotas with Men's Skeet still to go on Monday.

Five-time Olympic medalist and current Olympic Champion Rhode (El Monte, California) was her usual stellar self on her way to victory. She’s competed in four World Cups since a London Olympic gold and the birth of her son and she’s won three of them and finished in third in the other. Rhode qualified for the semifinal with 72 targets, and then finished atop of the board making it into the gold-medal match with a perfect score of 16 hits out of 16 targets.

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From USA Shooting - Americans Earn Gold, Bronze, Sixth & Olympic Quota in Double Trap

2008 Olympian Jeff Holguin is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Colorado Springs, Colorado - It’s a pretty good day anytime 50 percent of the finals field is wearing the USA Shooting vest.  That’s exactly what happened Thursday at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, with three U.S. entries into the six-person Double Trap finals. Results would get even better after the U.S. Army Marksmanship trio walked away with a gold and bronze medal, an Olympic quota and a sixth-place finish. 

The two-medal performance adds to a great season-opening World Cup thus far for USA Shooting with two more events still to come. Two of the three gold medals have been earned by Americans, along with two Olympic country quotas as well as three other top-six performers.  Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska) earned gold on Monday to get things started for the USA Shooting Team. 

Today, Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, California) claimed the exact same spot on the podium he held to conclude last year’s World Cup season as the victor.  In October, it was as the World Cup Finals champion. Today, it was for the third World Cup win of the 2008 Olympian’s career as well as the start he was looking for with sights on Rio and Olympic selection… find out more about USA Shooting success at the ISSF World Cup ...

From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department - Elk and Moose Seasons Set, No Bighorn Sheep Season

Bighorn Sheep image from North Dakota Game and Fish Department Bismarck, North Dakota - North Dakota’s elk and moose hunting seasons are set with more licenses available in 2015 than last year. However, the bighorn sheep hunting season will be closed for the first time since 1983.

A total of 301 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall, an increase of 40 from last year. Unit E1 has an additional 15 any-elk and 15 antlerless licenses, and unit E3 has an increase of 10 antlerless licenses. In addition, the split season antlerless elk only portion of E1 is eliminated to provide additional hunting opportunity and address late-season depredation issues.

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From The Shooting Wire - Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU) cadet takes Most Accurate Shooter

Cadet Zach Williams of Weatherford, TexasCorpus Christi, Texas - At the Pirates of Texas Carbine Championship, Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit commander, Cadet Zach Williams '16 of Weatherford, Texas was awarded one of the matches most coveted prizes: The Most Accurate Shooter Award.

Cadet Williams, using an Adams Arms COR rifle that was provided to CCMU by Adams Arms as a team sponsor, fired the entire seven stage match and was only an amazing 7 points down at the end of the last stage. More amazing is that Cadet Williams fired his match fast enough to also placed 4th in Limited Division (the largest in the match), and 9th overall among all 128 shooters in all divisions.

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From the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

- Deer, Bear, Turkey Harvest Data Announced

White-tail deer image from the Virginia.Gov website Richmond, Virginia — While Virginia deer and turkey harvests reflected a decline from last year, the black bear harvest reached record numbers. Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have compiled the preliminary figures for the 2014-15 fall/winter hunting season. A bumper crop of acorns across the state coupled with management actions to meet population objectives and some higher than normal disease mortality all factored into fluctuations in populations and harvest trends.

White-tailed Deer

During the past deer season 190,745 deer were reported killed by deer hunters in Virginia… find out more about Virginia's deer, turkey & black bear harvest ...

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Apply now! Time is running out

As application period winds down, DWR shares exciting news about deer in Utah

This fall's buck deer hunt could be one of the best ever in Utah.
This fall's buck deer hunt could be the best ever in Utah - Photo by Scott Root

This fall's deer hunt could be one of the best Utah's hunters have seen in years. If you want to participate, you need to submit your application soon.

Applications to hunt deer, and other big game animals in Utah, are due online no later than 11 p.m. on March 5.

Applications are being accepted for every big game hunt except the general-season bull elk hunt. General-season elk permits will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis, starting July 14.

Exciting news

After the hunts were over last fall, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources visited areas in Utah where deer congregate in the winter. What they found is promising news for the state's deer hunters.

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From the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Elk And Deer Permit Application Due March 16

Elk images from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website March 16 is the deadline to apply for Montana's 2015 deer and elk hunting permits. An easy-to-use application packet is available from all hunting license providers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and online at fwp.mt.gov.

FWP urges hunters to apply online. "It's fast, convenient and accurate," said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman in Helena.

Resident hunters need a 2015 conservation and elk license to apply for a special elk permit but everything else needed to apply is in the application and information packet, Aasheim said.

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