From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - The Maryland Black Bear Lottery is Open

“MarylandAnnapolis, Maryland - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting applications for this year’s lottery for black bear hunting permits. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the black bear hunting season scheduled to take place October 20 through 23, 2014.

The lottery will be operated through DNR’s licensing and customer service platform, COMPASS. Interested persons may apply in one of the following ways: online through COMPASS; by phone at 1-855-855-3906 (weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.); by visiting a DNR Service Center; or at one of more than 250 sport license agents across the State.

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on August 31 and accompanied by a $15 nonrefundable application fee... more on Maryland's black bear hunting lottery ...

From Smith & Wesson - Smith & Wesson® Expands M&P® Series with New M&P®22 Compact Pistol

Smith & Wesson® Expands M&P® Series with New 22 Compact Pistol

Compact .22LR Pistol Delivers Popular M&P Features in a Smaller, Rimfire Package Made in U.S.A. -Accessories Available -Ammo Rebate with Purchase

Springfield, Massachusetts - Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that it has added a new model to the company’s flagship line of M&P® polymer pistols with the introduction of the M&P22 Compact. Engineered to professional standards, the new tactical rimfire pistol incorporates a variety of features inherent to the design of the full size M&P centerfire pistol in a new, smaller scale version. Manufactured entirely in the United States by Smith & Wesson, the .22 LR pistol provides shooting enthusiasts with M&P accuracy and reliability in a new fun-to-shoot, compact profile.  To round out the shooting experience, from now through December 31, 2014, Smith & Wesson will ship 222 rounds of Winchester .22LR ammunition to each M&P22 Compact consumer who redeems the promotional coupon.

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From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Commission sets waterfowl seasons, discusses elk with hoof disease

American Hunter writers and editors on the duck huntOlympia, Washington — With a record number of ducks counted on the northern breeding grounds this year, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved migratory waterfowl hunting seasons for this fall and winter during a public meeting in Olympia Aug. 8-9.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also approved a new regulation that requires hunters to leave on site the hooves of any elk taken in southwest Washington to help minimize the spread of a disease that affects the region’s herds.

Under the waterfowl hunting package, most hunting opportunities in Washington will be similar to last year. That includes a statewide duck season that will be open for 107 days, starting Oct. 11-15 and continuing Oct. 18-Jan. 25. A special youth hunting weekend also is scheduled Sept. 20-21.

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From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - 2014 Fall Turkey Season Finalized

mountain lion image from NRA's American Hunter Magazine PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has finalized the 2014 fall turkey hunting season. The fall turkey season will begin Nov. 1, 2014, and end Jan. 31, 2015.

Fall turkey hunters will see a reduction in turkey licenses available and the closure of several West River and East River counties. The Black Hills unit includes a boundary change which retains an open area on the eastern and southern areas of the Black Hills; including a reduction in licenses from 1,500 to 750. Fall turkey hunters will be limited to a total of two turkey licenses.

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Antlerless Deer Permit Application Deadline, Aug. 15

Muzzleloader deer hunting from American Hunter Magazine Montpelier, Vermont – The deadline to apply for a Vermont muzzleloader antlerless deer hunting permit is fast approaching – August 15.

Hunters can apply on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A quick-link to the information and application is provided on the home page. Or, they can apply with a paper application available from license agents.

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From NRA Publications - NRA Family InSights Announces Caption Contest

Grand Prize of LaserLyte Trainer Bullseye Kit

Fairfax, Virginia - NRA Family InSights, the entertaining and educational magazine for junior NRA members and their families, has announced a caption contest to give away a LaserLyte Trainer Bullseye Kit. Enter the contest at http://www.nrafamilyinsights.org/articles/Win-LaserLyte-Trainer-Bullseye-Kit-With-Your-Wit.
 
“Photos are an important part of any magazine, whether online or in print,” said Managing Editor Wendy LaFever. “But without context, some photos are begging for a caption and we think our readers can come up with some very clever ones.”

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - DNR announces fall duck and goose seasons

Tips for Late Season Goose Hunting from American Hunter Magazine St. Paul, Minnesota - Minnesota’s waterfowl season will open a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 27, under a similar season structure to last year, with similar bag limits and with season dates that vary for north, central and southern zones, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The waterfowl seasons are based on a federal framework that applies to all states in the Mississippi Flyway.

“While the season structure is similar to recent years, there is an adjustment in the duck season dates in the south duck zone,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist.

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From Outdoor Channel - The C96 Broomhandle Mauser

The C96 Broomhandle Mauser
Earlier this year, the crew from Gun Stories gathered at the NRA's National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia to shoot segments for this season's round of shows. This week, they're cleaning things up with the C96 Broomhandle Mauser ...

Think of it as a jigsaw puzzle that, when fully assembled, creates one of the most recognizable gun profiles of all time.... more on the C96 Broomhandle Mauser pistol ...

From Bass Pro Shops - Jim Supica to share highlights of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio

In the first year, over 375,000 visitors flock to the new museum, located at Bass Pro Shops flagship store in Springfield, Missouri, to see rare, historical firearms.

Entrance to the National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops
Entrance to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri.

The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, which opened a year ago this month at Bass Pro Shops flagship Springfield, Missouri, store, will be featured on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio. Jim Supica, NRA’s director of museums, will share the stories of the museum’s most rare, historical treasures, which have attracted over 375,000 visitors to date. The show will air Saturday, Aug 9, 2014, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL RADIO’s SiriusXM channel 80.

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