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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.

More on donations from Wisconsin's deer hunters in 2012 ...

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.

More on NRANews ratings on Sportsman Channel ...

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.

More on the how NRA grants are helping shooting ranges in Wisconsin ...

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.

More on Wisconsin's Armed Forces Camps

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.


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.


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.


Faces were all a smile as the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program made an appearance at the Oakwood School, in Oshkosh Wisconsin. Led by Lieutenant Gary Cutler with the Town of Menasha Police Department, thirty-eight boys and girls from Oakwood's first grade gathered round to learn the life saving message: “If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.”

"The students really enjoyed the presentation and video," said Lt. Cutler. "It was great to see."

Pictured above grinning ear to ear, the students of Mrs. Johnson's and Mrs. Cutler's combined classes enjoyed the appearance so much that asked their teachers if they could send Lt. Cutler a card of thanks. The teachers enjoyed it so much that they ask the Lieutenant to return next year so he could make the same presentation to next year’s crop of first graders. Given that Mrs. Cutler is married to Lt. Cutler, we're guessing he's going to make that happen.

Schools, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, and others interested in more information about The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, or persons who wish to see if free materials are available in their communities, should call the Eddie Eagle® Department at (800) 231-0752 or visit www.nrahq.org/safety/eddie.

Wisconsin NRA DayEvent Services Coordinator Amber Niblock-Shorter found the picture at right in her inbox and couldn't help but share it with NRAblog.

"This photo accompanies an article by Paul Mayer, Founder and Chair of the Dodge County Friends of NRA," Niblock-Shorter told NRAblog. "Look for it in our upcoming Traditions magazine."

An excerpt of Mayer's article:

As buses filled with fourth- and fifth-grade students rolled into the Dodge County Fairgrounds, anticipation was building for the young ladies and men about to embark on day of outdoor activities.

The Wisconsin Outdoor Education Expo, the biggest NRA Shooting Sports Camp to date, attracted 3,500 students, teachers and chaperones this year, according to Dan Gunderson, executive director of the Wisconsin Outdoors Alliance Foundation. It was the fifth year for the event, which has reached more than 20,000 students in the past five years. In today’s fast-paced society, these outdoor experiences might be lost forever if not for programs like these and the volunteers and sponsors who help support them.

“The goal of this event is to get the kids active in the outdoors,” Gunderson said. “They get a chance to experience a little of everything at this event. The students are having fun and, at the same time, learning things – and they don’t even know it!”

For the rest of this fabulous story, you'll have to wait for your copy of Traditions magazine!

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