From the the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - 2013 Elk Hunt Application Dates Scheduled for June 12 Through July 24

Elk from special 2012 Tennessee hunt NASHVILLE --- The application period for Tennessee’s 2013 elk hunt will be June 12 through July 24, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced. This year’s application period, which also includes the youth hunt application period, will be held concurrently with the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and WMA Youth quota period.

Tennessee’s fifth elk hunt is scheduled to be held Oct. 21-25 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, located off I-75, north of Knoxville. There will again be five Elk Hunting Zones designated at the WMA.

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NRA's Wayne LaPierre focuses on School Safety, Background Checks and the need to Stand and Fight

Wayne LaPierre speaks at the National Wild Turkey Federation convention in Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee - On Thursday, February 14th, NRA Executive Vice President spoke to those attending the National Wild Turkey Federation's 37th Convention in Nashville. The following is Mr. LaPierre's response to President Obama's State of the Union Address:

Two nights ago, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Address. In that speech, the president displayed a level of political fraud and public deception that cannot be ignored.

Before we get to that, let’s go back about two months. Days after tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the president held a press conference at the White House.

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NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre to address Obama's State of the Union

Wayne LaPierre to address Obama's 2013 State of the Union address on NRANews and Sportsman Channel at 5:00 on February 14

Nashville, Tennessee - Later this afternoon, in Nashville, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speak at the 37th Annual Convention and Sport Show of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Coverage of the event begins at 5:00pm eastern standard time.

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Friends of NRA fires up the grill in the new episode 'Country Cook-Off'

Fairfax, Virginia - Itching to watch the new episode of Friends of NRA tonight on Outdoor Channel? Well you're in luck because we have a preview video to appetize you until it airs.

What's on the agenda this week? Matt and Jessie enter a cooking competition in Alabama and need some help training. To prepare, our hosts meet up with a world-class chef deep in the Appalachian Mountains.

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No matter where you live, the joy of the shooting sports should be accessible

December 2012 NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - This month's issue of NRA InSights shows you how sharing your love for the shooting sports can be the biggest gift of all. Read on to learn about one generous firearms enthusiast who brought the shooting sports to the inner-city schools of Memphis, Tennessee and is helping shape a whole new generation of trap and skeet shooters.

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Songwriter Heidi Newfield readies to release second solo album

Heidi Newfield chosen as NRA Country Artist Of The Month for October

Nashville, Tennessee - You've heard about NRA Country, right? In a nutshell, its the celebration of the bond between the country music community and hard-working Americans everywhere. Part of that is naming an NRA Country artist of the Month. For October, that artist is Heidi Newfield.

“Country is much more than the place you were born and raised," said Newfield. "To me, it’s about having a love for our beautiful land and a respect for this great nation’s founding principles."

Finding a spot in the spotlight with Trick Pony in 1996, Heidi sang lead, played guitar and even provided the finishing touches with a little harmonica too. Then, ten years later, she left. Time to head out on her own.

"I've decided to branch out and try it on my own," she said back in 2006. "It's time for me to follow my heart and take my own path."

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Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award recognizes modern day heroines and their legislative work to protect the 2nd Amendment

Nicole 'Nikki' Goesler, winner of NRA's 2012 Ludington Women's Award, at the Tennessee state capitol Fairfax, Virginia - If you don't know the name Nicole Goeser, well, you should. Think again. Maybe you know her by the name of Nikki. In either case, you will know her now as the winner of NRA's 2012 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award.

On April 2, 2009, Nikki was working with her husband Ben in a Tennessee restaurant. It was a family karaoke business. During the night's shift, Ben was shot and killed by a man who had been stalking Nikki. She was there.

Though a conceal carry permit holder, Tennessee law did not allow Nikki to carry inside a bar or restaurant. She decided to change that.

After countless weeks and months of meeting with lawmakers and testifying before committees, Nikki was able to help change that law in Tennessee.

"She lives what she believes," said NRA Women's Programs Coordinator Diane Danielson. "As a strong and fervent advocate for gun rights, Nikki has demonstrated her dedication through her actions."

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National Sheriffs' Association 2012 Convention

Nashville, Tennessee - The National Sheriffs' Association 2012 Convention begins today as they do their best to woo the city of Nashville with their patronage and events. Taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, it is there where law enforcement professionals can learn about jail and court security, firearm training, hostage situations and more. More being a bit of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program.

"We are ready and waiting," said NRA Eddie Eagle Manager Eric Lipp. "The sheriffs are fantastic partners when it comes to helping spread Eddie's message."

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Nashville, Tennessee - Today marks the beginning of the 2012 National Sheriffs' Association's Annual Conference in Nashville. A gathering of the nation's sheriffs, deputies, like minded law enforcement professionals and one peculiar looking bird — Eddie Eagle.

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