The Mountain State to debut NRA's newest state-level Y.E.S. October 16

Top Shot Season 4 champion Chris Cheng with the 2013 NRA Youth Education Summit's top shooters

Fairfax, Virginia - Each year the NRA selects a couple dozen exceptional high school students to attend its National Youth Education Summit, a seven day educational experience in Washington, D.C. Students spend the week touring the memorials and monuments around our nation’s capital while learning the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen.

Some students are selected after submitting an application, but an increasing number of attendees reach Y.E.S. from a state-level program that graduates the top candidate(s) on to the national summit. Starting in 2002 these state Y.E.S. programs have popped up in Alaska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and now West Virginia.

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Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Antlerless white-tailed deer

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Applications available for 2014 antlerless deer season limited permit areas

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Applications for the 2014 Antlerless Deer Season are available at West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. These applications also may be downloaded from the DNR's Web page at www.wvdnr.gov.

"These limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that limited numbers of antlerless deer permits are necessary to meet management objectives," said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

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From Trijicon - Trijicon World Shooting Championship Adds Junior and Amateur Divisions

2014 Trijicon World Championship

Wixom, Michigan - The Trijicon World Shooting Championship, co-sponsored by the NRA and other industry leading manufacturers, will now offer divisions for both Amateur and Junior level shooters. Effective immediately, registration is available for both newly added divisions.

"The idea here is to offer a less intimidating and expensive experience for up and coming shooters," said Cole McCulloch, Owner and Founder, Peacemaker National Training Range. "Myself and all the sponsors involved believe this inaugural event should be available to the most advanced firearm competitors from around the world, regardless of age or overall access to professional competition."

To be considered for this elite competition, Junior and Amateur participants must be competitive shooters or aspiring professionals capable of handling firearms in a safe, responsible and experienced manner.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Permit applications available for special deer hunt at National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia

Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Hunters must have their applications for the special deer hunt at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory submitted by Aug. 1, 2014.

Green Bank, West Virginia – The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia, has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident-only controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).

Submitting an application enters the hunter in a drawing for a maximum of two days on the NRAO site. Applications for the drawing must be received by NRAO on or before Aug. 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and issued a special NRAO letter of authorization to deer hunt. Only hunters who have applied and have received a letter for a particular day or days can hunt... more about hunting at West Virginia's National Radio Astronomy Observatory ...

From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,017 Spring Turkeys in 2014

West Virginia turkeys South Charleston, West Virginia – Preliminary harvest figures for the 2014 spring gobbler season indicate West Virginia hunters checked in 9,017 bearded turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources. This year's harvest represents a 19 percent decline from the 2013 harvest and a 6 percent departure from the five-year average.

Only District 2 had a harvest increase (up 5 percent) when compared to 2013. All other districts had harvest declines when compared to last year: District 1 (down 20 percent), District 3 (down 28 percent), District 4 (down 17 percent), District 5 (down 27 percent), and District 6 (down 16 percent).

Preston (344) and Mason (297) counties led the state in total harvest. Rounding out the top 10 counties were Jackson (294), Wood (268), Harrison (264), Wyoming (263), Fayette (243), Greenbrier (242), Ritchie (237) and Roane (235).

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West Virginia's Peacemaker National Training Center hosting 3-Gun match this Saturday

NRA Sports' Samantha Olsen ready for a weekend full of 3-Gun fun

Fairfax, Virginia - You always know what you’re going to see when you run into NRA Sports’ Samantha Olsen — chipper smile, a quick laugh and an enthusiasm for the job that most envy. But what you don’t expect to see, at least on a Thursday, is Sam sporting a jeans and t-shirt combo. Ah, but that’s a good reason for that. She’s got a 3-gun match brewing.

“We’re loading up guns and ammo and heading to the Peacemaker National Training Center tomorrow,” said Olsen. “Tomorrow we set up and Saturday we shoot.”

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia Hunters Harvest 2,682 Black Bears in 2013

Tracy Nicole Kindred's Black Bear South Charleston, West Virginia - West Virginia hunters harvested 2,682 black bears during the combined 2013 archery and firearms seasons, according to Paul Johansen, assistant chief in charge of game management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The preliminary harvest data for the combined 2013 seasons were nearly identical to the 2012 harvest of 2,691 bears. The black bear harvest of 2013 marks the fourth time in the past five years that the harvest has topped 2,000 and is the second highest harvest on record. 

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Hunt and Banquet Oct. 25-26 Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke, W.Va.

Sighting in of rifles at the Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Hunt. Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce. ROANOKE, W.Va. – The 2013 West Virginia Governor's One Shot Whitetail Hunt event will take place Oct. 25 and 26, operating out of Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston in Lewis County. This will be the seventh year for the fundraising event that presents the proceeds to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program, administered by the West Virginia Food Bank in Gassaway.

Since its inaugural event in 2007, the One Shot has donated more than $300 thousand to the HHH Program. The event is supported by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, volunteers from the private business sector and individuals who act as guides for participating hunters. All hunting takes place on private land so as not to interfere with other hunters. Only antlerless deer are harvested, helping to control populations on those lands. All venison harvested during the hunt is donated directly to the HHH program.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia’s Deer and Bear Archery Seasons to Open in September

Tracy Nicole Kindred's Black Bear SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2013 archery seasons for white-tailed deer and black bear open on Saturday, September 28. The bear archery season is a split season (September 28-November 23 and December 9 - December 31). The deer archery season runs through December 31.

This is the second year the black bear archery season will have both a September start and an extended December segment. “The black bear population continues to expand,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. “We believe the expanding population can sustain an extended archery season and provide a great deal of recreational opportunity.”

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