From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Fish and Wildlife Department Makes Grant Money Available to Shooting Ranges

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is continuing a grant program that increases access to safe places to shoot.

The grant is available for shooting clubs, sportsmen’s groups and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges and archery ranges. Applicants have until 4:30 p.m. on May 15, 2013 to submit applications. The funding period is Fiscal Year 2014, which runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program was developed to encourage shooting ranges to make improvements and enhance their safety and operation. “Increased range opportunities encourage hunters to become more proficient with firearms and promote safe and responsible gun handling,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry.

Projects eligible for funding include shooting range development, noise abatement structures, safety berms, shooting pads and stations, and road and parking lot improvement. Grant money can be also used for lead mitigation measures.

The Fish & Wildlife Department anticipates making a total of $80,000 available this year. These funds are derived from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program, which is funded from Federal excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment. Grant Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recipients are required to provide 25 percent of project funding, which may come from an ‘in-kind’ funding match such as volunteer labor or donations.

A range receiving one of these grants must provide at least 20 hours of public use per week when in operation and the facility must be made available at reasonable times for hunter education courses.

For further information or to download an application packet, visit the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Click on “Hunting and Trapping,” and then on “Shooting Ranges in Vermont.” You may also contact Chris Saunders, Hunter Education Coordinator, at 802-828-1193.

From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont’s Spring Turkey Hunting Starts Soon

Turkey hunting via the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Vermont offers some of the best turkey hunting in New England according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. In 2012, Hunters took 4,714 turkeys in both the youth weekend and regular May 1-31 seasons, and 1,365 turkeys in the fall season.

What makes Vermont’s spring gobbler season special? Vermont’s turkey hunting is statewide during the spring season. Vermont’s turkey population is one of the highest in New England. You can buy a turkey hunting license without having to go through a lottery. The turkey license comes with two spring tags for two bearded birds and one tag for a turkey of either sex in the fall season. Plus, you get to hunt the entire weekend, because hunting is allowed on Sundays.

Youth turkey hunting weekend is April 27-28 this year. Landowner permission is required to hunt on private land, whether or not the land is posted. To be eligible, a youth must be age 15 or under. ... More on Vermont's Spring Turkey Hunting Season ...

From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Upcoming Events Celebrate Youth Hunting in Vermont

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is co-sponsoring several events specifically for young hunters and their families this spring.

The first is the inaugural Youth Hunting Celebration on Saturday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Kehoe Conservation Camp and Education Center in Castleton, Vt. The daylong celebration will be filled with fun and informative demonstrations and skill challenges for young hunters and their families. All experience levels, from seasoned hunters to those new to the sport, are encouraged to attend.

The Youth Hunting Celebration will include a turkey calling seminar and contest, 4H shooting sports target practice, wildlife identification, and a demonstration from Game Warden Rob Sterling and his canine assistant Rufus. Admission to the event is free and a calendar of the day can be found on the Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont’s 2012 Deer Harvest Report is Online

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s report on the 2012 deer hunting seasons is available on the department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). The report is produced each year after information is received from more than 120 agents statewide and all the data are reviewed for accuracy and trends.

Hunters harvested a total of 13,757 deer in 2012, up more than 13 percent from the year before. The department estimated there would be an increase in number of deer in 2012 due to a mild winter and a reduction in the number of muzzleloader season antlerless deer permits issued in 2011. In response, the number of antlerless permits was increased by 30 percent in 2012.

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Friends of NRA travels to Massachusetts and Vermont for a little education and a lot of fun

Friends of NRA's Matt Duff visits New England patriots on Outdoor Channel

Fairfax, Virginia - This weekend you can catch Episode 7 of Friends of NRA on Outdoor Channel. For three seasons we've followed Matt and Jessie Duff around the country, and now the world, as they the meet the inspiring ways people show their support for the NRA. Each episode we learn a little more about the NRA family and we've only just scratched the surface.

Last episode our dynamic duo trekked the Oregon coast and squeezed in a white water rafting trip. This week it's back to the East Coast as Friends of NRA is in search of New England patriots.

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For this weekend's image rewind, we go back to the time when NRA Program Coordinator Moe Aguilar traveled up to Vermont for the state's first Youth Hunter Education Challenge in twenty years. That weekend brought more than forty youngsters through events such as Rifle, Shotgun, Archery, Orienteering, Trapping Demonstration, how to operate a GPS, and Tree Stand Safety.

Click here to read and see more about the adventure.

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