From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game - Winter Nelchina Caribou Hunts Open October 21, 2014

Nelchina caribou winter hunts open on October 21 - image courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website Glennallen, Alaska – The Nelchina caribou winter hunts in Game Management Unit 13 (CC001, RC566, and DC480-483) will open on October 21, with a winter quota of 600 caribou (300 bulls and 300 cows). The new quota represents an increase in the number of bulls that can be taken under the state’s hunting season..

The decision to increase in the bull quota was based on a survey conducted last week, which found that the herd was still above the objective for bulls after the fall hunting season closed and a large proportion of calves had survived to the fall..

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From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation - Youth Deer Gun Season Kicks Off Friday

Mom points out a potential target to her daughter from their stand during Youth Deer Gun Season. Youth hunters 17 and younger will have the first shot to harvest a deer with a firearm during this season from Oct. 17-19, 2014 Oct. 17 is the day many young hunters are awaiting. That Friday will be opening day for this year's three-day youth deer gun season for hunters 17 and younger.

"This year's youth deer gun season has the potential to be a great one," said Erik Bartholomew, big-game biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The fact that this season happens earlier in the year than other seasons is often a benefit for youth hunters.

"The youth deer gun season is set up so that kids can have a good time in the field. Deer are still in their summer feeding routines and are easy to pattern. And temperatures in October tend to be mild, and that makes for a more comfortable hunt," he said. 

"Since the deer aren't moving as much as they would be during the rut, the kids should have a good chance to set up on a known area and get an opportunity to harvest a deer."

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - New York Is Open for Hunting

Morgan Roberts, Age 15 on the Youth Deer Hunt 2013

Premiere Locations Abound Across the State as October Hunting Seasons in Full Swing

Excellent Opportunities on Long Island Open Up in November

Albany, New York - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today reminded New York's hunting and trapping community that many game specie seasons are open or will start in the coming weeks and that excellent hunting and trapping opportunities are available across New York.

Hunting and trapping are important management tools for several species, including deer, bear, beaver and Canada geese. These activities also provide significant benefits to New York's economy, especially in rural areas. Sales of sporting licenses, hunting equipment and accessories of all kinds, and expenditures for travel to hunting locations provide tens of millions of dollars annually for wildlife conservation programs in New York and contribute significantly to state and local economies. A recent national survey estimated that hunter expenditures on equipment and trip-related expenses in New York totaled more than $1.5 billion in 2011.

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From Swarovski Optik North America - Swarovski Optik North America Announces New STR 80 Spotting Scope

Swarovski Optik NA Announces New STR 80 Spotting Scope Cranston, Rhode Island - Swarovski Optik North America, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, is pleased to announce the new STR 80 spotting scope. Offering HD optics and an illuminated reticle, the STR 80 is excellent for estimating distance and will allow you to see targets at long range.

Great at the range or in the field, the new rugged and ergonomically designed STR 80 scope offers an illuminated MOA or MRAD reticle with 15 brightness levels, 10 day levels and 5 night levels. The reticle, which will get larger or smaller with the object in view as the magnification is adjusted, is extremely useful to help a shooter adjust shots in ¼ MOA or 0.10th MRAD increments at a long range. Also versatile, the STR 80 can be used as a regular spotting scope as needed by allowing the reticle to be completely removed from view. Current Swarovski Optik eyepieces, the 20-60x and the 25-50xW (wide), can be used with the STR 80, adding to its versatility.

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From USA Shooting - Brown Scores U.S. Olympic Quota on Final Shot

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (October 13, 2014)

Colorado Springs, Colorado - Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) was unnerved on his final shot and the result was a win and an Olympic quota to start things right for the USA Shooting Team competing at the Championship of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Brown becomes the first rifle and/or pistol athlete for the USA Shooting Team to earn an Olympic quota.

Down .3 of a point going into the his final shot of the Air Pistol finals and with an Olympic quota on the line, Brown, the 2013 World Cup USA gold medalist, calmly stepped forth, put aside all the distraction being generated from the Cuban entourage cheering on Cuban shooter Jorge Grau, and shot a 10.2. Grau would follow with a 8.8, providing all the satisfaction to Brown and his USA Shooting teammates.

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From the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Hunters Against Hunger: Donate Big Game for Hungry Montanans

Helena, Montana - "A Montana law passed during the 2013 state session allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana Food Bank Network to help feed people in need," said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.  The law came into effect when Montana State Senator Kendall Van Dyk sponsored SB123 which passed to become 87-1-293 http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/87/1/87-1-293.htm

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From the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission - Commission adopts big game regulations and plan to hire new director

Linda Marr Medford, Oregon - The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today adopted the 2015 Oregon Big Game Regulations, which includes increasing the statewide cougar quota. 

Major changes include several modifications to archery season regulations as a result of the recent Archery Review Public Advisory Committee process, including:

  • Adding three controlled archery deer hunts in Walla Walla, Mount Emily and Wenaha units, and removal of the requirement to have a controlled elk archery tag to deer hunt. The tag will also be valid during the general archery season.
  • Adding a new November controlled archery white-tailed deer hunt in the Wenaha unit (estimate 30 tags, will be the hunters only archery deer opportunity).
  • Severing the link between archery deer and elk tags in Sled Springs, Chesnimnus, Maury, and Warner units, meaning an archery elk tag will no longer be required to hunt deer.
  • Adding new Maury and Warner unit controlled archery elk hunts. Tags will also be valid during the general archery season.
  • Returning Sled Springs, Chesnimnus, and Steens Mountain units to the general archery deer season.

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From GLOCK - GLOCK to donate $50,000 to the Young Marines at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting

GLOCK to donate $50,000 to the Young Marines

Smyrna, Georgia - GLOCK will continue to support the Young Marines organization by contributing another $50,000 at 10 a.m. (EST), Monday, Oct. 13, at the GLOCK Booth #3824 at the Association of United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Expo, held Oct. 13 – 15, 2014, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon PL, NW, Washington D.C.

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From Chesapeake Testing - Chesapeake Testing partners with Laser Techniques Company to provide industry-leading gun bores inspection services

Cross Sectional View of a Barrel from Chesapeake Testing Belcamp, Maryland Chesapeake Testing and Laser Techniques Company (LTC) have partnered to provide non-destructive laser-based mapping of gun bores, utilizing LTC’s industry-leading BEMIS™ technology. Located in Belcamp, MD, just minutes from the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground, this new laboratory will be the industry’s first commercial service.

Chesapeake Testing will offer inspection services utilizing the BEMIS-SC™ (Small Caliber) starting in September 2014. The BEMIS-SC™ is intended for 5.56 - 12.7 mm (.22 to .50-cal.) barrels. Chesapeake Testing plans to offer testing to accommodate additional calibers in the future. We are also using the BEMIS system in-house as part of our Quality Assurance Program to ensure the accuracy of our ballistic test barrels.

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