From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel Registers Another #1 Rating Position with News-Talk TV Series NRANEWS Cam & Co.

LIVE News-Talk TV Series NRANEWS Cam & Co. on Sportsman Channel New Berlin, WisconsinSportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor television for the American sportsman, announced that its ground-breaking, news-talk television series—NRANEWS Cam & Co.—continues to perform strongly and resonate with viewers as the show scored the No. 1 Nielsen ranking in the key M25-54 demo* for its July 5th broadcast. The show was also the No. 2 Nielsen ranking for the M18-49 demo.*

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From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel Introduces a Live Social Media Sportsman Channel's Guns & Gold Memorial Day Marathon with Philip Schreier and Jim Supica On-air Ticker Featuring Viewer Dedications this Memorial Day

New Berlin, Wisconsin – Sportsman Channel, a leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, is pioneering again in the industry launching outdoor TV’s first-ever live on-air social media feed that will populate viewers’ Memorial Day dedication messages from Twitter using #SPORTSMANHEROES. The content will stream on-air live via ticker throughout the network’s eight-hour long NRA Guns & Gold Marathon, which celebrates “Firearms & Freedom,” beginning at 5pm ET/PT on Monday, May 27, exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

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Happy family of deer hunters

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - More than 170,000 pounds of donated venison goes to food pantries statewide

Madison, Wisconsin - An increasing number of hunters and meat processors from all around the state donated their deer and volunteered their time to provide venison to people in need in 2012.

More than 3,000 deer were donated through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources deer donation program, which were then processed and distributed to food pantries statewide.

Participation in the donation program was up 8 percent over 2011, likely a result of increased hunter turnout.

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From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel Scores No. 1 Ranking in Ratings and Growth with LIVE News-Talk TV Series NRANEWS Cam & Co.

LIVE News-Talk TV Series NRANEWS Cam & Co. on Sportsman Channel New Berlin, WisconsinSportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor television for the American sportsman, announced that its ground-breaking, news-talk television series—NRANEWS Cam & Co.—is off to a tremendous start earning a No. 1 ranking in ratings for the key M18-49 and M25-54 demos.*

Additionally, since launching on January 15, outdoor TV’s first-ever LIVE news-talk series has fueled the network to No. 1 in growth in the time period for M18-49 coverage area ratings across all networks for the weeks of 2/18/13 - 2/22/13 and 2/25/13 - 3/1/13, versus 2Q 2012 average. For M25-54, the series was No. 1 and No. 2 in growth for the same weeks, respectively.

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Money to be matched 3:1 with federal funds

 The McMiller Range is one of three state-run ranges in Wisconsin to receive a grant from the NRA Public Range Fund.

A state-run shooting range located in northern Wisconsin’s Iron County will undergo improvements to expand opportunities and make the range safer thanks to a nearly $15,000 donation from the National Rifle Association’s Public Range Fund Grant Program.
 
Keith Warnke, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunting and shooting sport coordinator, accepted a check in the amount of $14,700 from the NRA late last year for the Snaketrack Public Shooting Range project.

This was the third grant awarded by the NRA Public Range Fund in 2012 for upgrading public ranges in Wisconsin. The first two, each for $25,000, were for the Yellowstone Lake State Park range in Lafayette County and the McMiller Range in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

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Official USMC photo by Staff Sgt. G. S. Thomas
NRA Youth Programs Program Coordinator Samantha Olsen was recently contacted by Jeff Nass in Wisconsin regarding the 9th Annual Armed Forces Camps. It sounded like such a great event that we asked if he could send us more on the event ... here's what we received:

The 9th Annual Armed Forces Camps were again a great success for the Marine Recruits (Poolee’s) here in Wisconsin. Every signed recruit in the 9th Marine Corps District is offered the chance to participate in the program. This year, 419 Poolees signed up. Since its inception in 2004, almost 4,000 recruits have made their way through the Camps.

To begin the day, recruits receive an updated classroom program on firearms safety, sight alignment, trigger control, nomenclature, and basic operation of the M16 type rifle. They then make their way to the range, load and fire 25 rounds of 5.56 x 45 ammunition.

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Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year Brian Mrnak

Back in March, Friends of NRA announced the recipients of their Volunteer of the Year awards.

From the pool of Area Volunteers of the Year, who are nominated by their Field Representatives, Region Volunteers of the Year are chosen by a select committee of senior NRA staff. These exceptional volunteers were invited to the NRA Annual Meeting as honored guests where they received special recognition at the National NRA Foundation Banquet.

NRAblog is going to highlight the six Region Volunteer of the Year recipients starting with the Central Region's Brian Mrnak.

Hailing from Ashland, Wisconsin, Brian Mrnak is the current co-chairman and FFL of the the Chequamegon Bay Area Friends of NRA committee. Created in 2008, Brian was there from the start when the committee's first banquet had just 45 attendees and raised over $2,000. In just four short years, that number has grown quite a bit. The 2011 banquet season saw 129 friends of the NRA show up, raising over $32,000.

Brian does so much more for the Second Amendment than just help put on Friends of NRA banquets. Despite Ashland, Wisconin’s isolated location on the the shores of Lake Superior, Brian displays and runs raffles year-round at all gun shows within 50 miles. He also received his Range Technical Team Adviser training in 2009 and acts as the main contact for all the gun clubs in his area.

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Friends of NRA

The NRA Foundation, through funds raised by Friends of NRA, has funded over 18,000 grants throughout the country. It has become America's leading charitable organization in the support of shooting sports and its grants total over $180 million.

Grants provide critical funding to firearm programs on the local, state, and national levels to ranges, shooting clubs and programs like the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.

The Coon Valley Conservation Club in Westby, Wisconsin recently received a NRA Foundation grant to make improvements to their grounds and the Westby Times has a great story about it.

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Six-Teen New Training Counselors Appointed During The Wisconsin State NRA Convention

A group of newly appointed NRA Training Counselors

The NRA Training Department conducted a very successful Training Counselor Development Workshop in conjunction with the Wisconsin State NRA Convention earlier this month.

Conducted by John Howard and Andy Lander with the NRA Training Department, the workshop was filled with sixteen candidates representing nine different states. There were five candidates attending from Wisconsin, one who traveled all the way from the state of Washington and another from Arizona. In addition to those states, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota were also represented.

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