From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife - CDFW To Hold Public Workshop on Lead Bullet Ban Implementation

Bullets ready for an NRA Day Sacramento, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop Saturday, July 19 to discuss the implementation of the lead bullet ban. The workshop will be held at the Community Room at City Hall, 777 Cypress Ave. in Redding from 7-8:30p.m.

A CDFW representative will detail a proposed implementation plan, the PowerPoint is available on the CDFW website. Following the short presentation, interested parties can make comments and provide input that will help shape CDFW’s final recommendation to the Fish and Game Commission, which CDFW anticipates presenting at the Commission’s meeting in Sacramento in September.

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From USA Shooting - National Champions Named in Men's Air Rifle and Women's Three-Position Rifle

Lauren Phillips, the gold medalist for Junior Women’s Three-Position RifleFort Benning, Georgia - Not only were titles, medals and bragging rights on the line, but for Junior shooters in these events, the chance to represent the United States at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain was also up for grabs.

Garrett Spurgeon (Canton, Missouri) claimed yet another National Title today by winning the Junior Men’s Air Rifle event. Tim Sherry (Highlands Ranch. Colorado) once again claimed the silver and Brandon Muske (Burton, Texas) won bronze.

Seems Spurgeon and Sherry are often atop the Junior Men’s Rifle podiums together. The pair has been gold/silver and vice versa since earlier this year when Spurgeon won gold and Sherry won silver in Men’s Three-Position Rifle at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC). In Men’s Air Rifle at NJOSC, Sherry instead would win the gold.

At this National Championships, Spurgeon also won the Junior Men’s Three-Position Rifle title and silver in Junior Men’s Prone. Sherry took silver in Junior Men’s Three-Position Rifle and bronze in Junior Men’s Prone.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces Proposed Rule Changes To Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law

Public Comments Accepted Through July 21

Crossbow brought by Smith Elite at the POMA Media Day in Columbia, South Carolina

Albany, New York - With new state legislation authorizing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to allow taking of big game (deer and bear) or small game by the use of a crossbow at certain times and places in New York, DEC is now accepting public comment on proposed regulation changes so crossbows may be a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons. DEC will accept written public comment on the proposed hunting rule changes through July 21, 2014.

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From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish - Leftover deer, javelina licenses go on sale online at 10 A.M. June 25

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Santa Fe, New Mexico - Thousands of leftover deer and javelina draw licenses will go on sale online at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 25. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account at https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/

Licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis to New Mexico residents only for the first 24 hours. The sale will be opened to everyone, regardless of residency, at 10 a.m. June 26

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - DNR Celebrates “Walk Off the War” Veterans as they Hike through Washington Monument State Park

Lt. Col. Chris Bushman, MD Veteran Affairs Secretary Ed Chow, and Christina Holden with Warrior Hikers. Annapolis, Maryland - The Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Park Service hosted veterans participating in the Warrior Hike Walk Off The War program as they journeyed through Maryland’s portion of the legendary Appalachian Trail on June 12 at Washington Monument State Park. Park staff greeted the hikers with a much-appreciated potluck dinner organized by Christina Holden, Veteran Outreach Manager for the Maryland Park Service. Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward Chow, park staff and volunteers, and representatives from the Warrior Hike also joined in the celebration.

“On behalf of the entire Department and the State of Maryland, we salute the selfless men and women who protect and serve our country,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill.  “We are humbled by the opportunity to provide these hikers a warm welcome and much-needed respite as they journey through Maryland along the Appalachian Trail.”

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From the Wyoming Game & Fish DepartmentApplication Process for G&F Hunter Management Area Permission Slips Goes Online - Bison now Included

Wyoming bison hunt goes well Green River, Wyoming - Hunters who have obtained a license in one of the hunt areas where there is also access through the Game and Fish Hunter Management Area (HMA) program can start obtaining permission slips for a number of these areas beginning July 14.

Anyone interested in hunting on a HMA must have a permission slip prior to accessing the area. Some HMAs are limited in the number of permission slips. In areas where permission slips are limited, permission slips are issued either on a first-come, first-serve basis or through a random drawing. The Game and Fish website explains the issuance method for slips in the various HMA areas.

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From USA Shooting - Spain the Gain for Top Junior Shooters at 2014 USA Shooting National Championships

Colorado Springs, Colorado - An invite to Granada, Spain, and the 2014 World Shooting Championships awaits top junior and non-Olympic event competitors at the USA Shooting National Championships (USASNC) for Rifle & Pistol in Fort Benning, Georgia, June 23 – June 29.

With so much on the line, attendance at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) is expected to include 525 starts as athletes gun for World Team selection, National Championship prestige and the honor of being named to USA Shooting’s National or National Junior Team for the top-two finishers.

Winning the National Championships is an important goal of every top-caliber shooter, but in the open-level category, it takes a back seat to the season’s ultimate quest which is World Championships success and potential Olympic qualifying opportunities in Spain... find out more about the USA Shooting National Championships at Fort Benning ...

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission - Ticket discounts await hunters, trappers

Outdoors Night at the Harrisburg Senators promises summertime fun, at a savings.

Outdoors Night at the Harrisburg Senators Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The fall hunting seasons are a long way off.

So what in the meantime might serve substitute for a string of decoys on the Susquehanna? How about the Akron Rubber Ducks coming to City Island to take on the Harrisburg Senators.

The baseball game to be played Friday, June 20 is part of Outdoors Night at Metro Bank Park, which provides discounted ticket opportunities for licensed Pennsylvania hunters and furtakers, and loads of outdoors-themed activities including archery instruction and shooting simulators.

Outdoors Night is a partnership between the Harrisburg Senators and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. In addition to ticket discounts and festivities, the first 1,000 children ages 12 and under to walk through the Metro Bank Park gates will receive a free Game Commission baseball cap.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Hunters invited to apply for 2014-2015 Special Hunts July 12

Hunters can apply for access to exclusive hunting areas statewide online at ksoutdoors.com

Hunters can apply for access to exclusive Kansas hunting areas statewide online at ksoutdoors.com Pratt, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism invites hunters to apply online for 2014-2015 special hunts for the fall and winter season. Applications can be made as early as July 12 by visiting ksoutdoors.com and clicking “Hunting/Special Hunts Information.” Drawings will take place August 11 for September and October hunts, and September 29 for hunts taking place October through January. 

The special hunting access gained through this program tends to mean a higher quality hunt and potentially greater harvest rates for successful applicants, but just like with any other outdoor activity, nothing is guaranteed.

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