From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - New fishing, hunting licenses go on sale March 5

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Madison, Wisconsin - Wisconsin hunting, fishing, trapping and other licenses for the 2014-15 seasons go on sale Wednesday, March 5. The new annual licenses are valid through March 31, 2015. Hunting and fishing licenses for the 2013-14 license year will expire March 31, 2014.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources encourages long-time license buyers in Wisconsin to consider purchasing a Conservation Patron license. A Conservation Patron license gives the license holder all of the basic fishing and hunting privileges at a great price, $165 for Wisconsin residents and $75 for Wisconsin residents under age 18.

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From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel and Actor/Humanitarian Gary Sinise Join Forces for Network’s “Salute to Service”

The Longtime Veterans’ Advocate to Serve as Salute To Service Spokesman

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New Berlin, Wisconsin – Award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise has signed on to become the official spokesman for Sportsman Channel’s Salute to Service initiative. The announcement was made today by Gavin Harvey, CEO of Sportsman Channel.

Sportsman Channel’s Salute to Service initiative is a multimedia effort to celebrate American servicemen and women, and raise awareness of issues and opportunities facing veterans. … more on Gary Sinise and Sportsman Channel ...

Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Illinois, New York, Texas and more

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Fairfax, Virginia - Here are the next batch of upcoming Friends of NRA banquets across the country courtesy of Nicole McMahon, NRA Event Marketing and Communications Manager.

We're in the final stretch of this year's banquet season. A little over 150 dinners remain of the more than 1,100 Friends of NRA held annually throughout the United States. None of these events would have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers. All money raised at banquets goes right back into supporting the shooting sports - half into national programs and half into local and state programs where the banquet was held.

To attend an event in your neighborhood, check the Friends of NRA website for a list of upcoming events in your state. Bookmark that page while you're at it because next year's events will begin popping up soon.

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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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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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