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Entries for July 2008

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World Speedshooting Championships  to Feature Free Classes for Newcomers

On Aug. 15 and 16, the Steel Challenge World Speedshooting Championships will be offering first-time shooters a free introduction to shooting and firearm safety.  Several First Shots® seminars will be held each day starting at 9 a.m. Visitors to the range in Piru will have an opportunity to learn from professional instructors firearm safety and the basics of how to get started in handgun shooting. Afterward, seminar participants will be able to walk the competition course and see some of the world's fastest shooters as they compete for the world speed shooting title.

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VDGIF Public Meeting on Monday, August 4

Waterfowlers, this is a reminder that the VDGIF will be holding it's public meeting on Monday, August 4 from 7-9 pm at their main office at 4010 West Broad St. in Richmond to discuss this year's waterfowl hunting regulations. VDGIF will present the preliminary U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Federal Frameworks for this year, discuss potential staff recommendations, and take public comments. The VDGIF Board will act on these regulations at their August 19th meeting, which will also be held at their main office on 4010 West Broad St. in Richmond, starting at 9 am. The public is welcome to attend the Board meeting and provide comments if desired.

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Budweiser, DU Team Up to Preserve North American Wetlands

In a continuing effort to protect the environment, Anheuser-Busch has committed to contribute $2 million to support Duck’s Unlimited’s wetland habitat conservation mission.  As part of this ongoing commitment, the Budweiser brand is working with Anheuser-Busch wholesalers around the country to obtain the funds, which will be directed toward Ducks Unlimited’s “Wetlands for Tomorrow” campaign.

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National 4-H Headquarters Recognizes Bill Stevens for Outstanding Service to National 4-H Shooting Sports Program

National 4-H Headquarters recognized Bill Stevens, retired Conservation Manager, Federal Cartridge Corporation, for his lifelong dedication to the 4-H Shooting Sports Program during the 2008 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in June.

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USDA: No Early Outs Without Penalties For CRP

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said today there would be no early releases of acres from the popular Conservation Reserve Program to be put into production without repayment. He cited robust corn and soybean yields and less-than-expected crop damage as the reasons to keep the program’s regulations unchanged. “This was a very tough decision for Sec. Schafer and USDA,” said Don Young, executive vice president of Ducks Unlimited, concerning the announcement.

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Gun sales strong in Austin area this summer

Austin-area firearms dealers may have the Democrats to thank for brisk sales this summer. The prospect that the next presidential administration might favor new gun-control laws has gun enthusiasts bringing dollars and concerns to local firearms stores ahead of the November election.

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Alabama Dove Season Dates Finalized

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces that the final framework for the 2008 dove season has been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This year the north and south zones in Alabama will hunt under a 70-day season with a 15-a-day bag limit. This change was finalized in late June and represents an increase in the bag limit for the south zone and an increase of the number of hunting days for the north zone.

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28
Records of Alabama’s White-tailed Deer

The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (ADWFF) has a new records and recognition program for white-tailed deer killed in Alabama, the Records of Alabama's White-tailed Deer (RAWD). This new program allows Alabama's deer hunters to compare deer taken in their region to other areas of Alabama, as well as other states in the Southeast. It also showcases the quality animals produced by management efforts and strategies within Alabama.

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28
DNR seeks comments on motor vehicle use plan forforest lands in East Central Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comments on its forest classification and motor vehicle route designation proposal for six state forests in an eight-county planning area in east-central Minnesota. The east-central forests include Land O' Lakes in Cass/Crow Wing counties; Hill River, Savanna, and Waukenabo in Aitkin County, Snake River in Kanabec County, and DAR in Pine County. The proposal also designates roads and trails on scattered DNR lands in Anoka, Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, southern Cass, and Washington counties.

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28
New York becomes 27th state to reduce barriers for new hunters

With Governor Paterson signing New York's Junior Hunting bill July 23, the total number of states adopting legislation to reduce barriers to new hunters has climbed to 27 since the Families Afield program began in 2004. New data shows that across the United States, this program has opened doors to more than 131,000 youth and adults new to hunting.  New York state's Assembly Bill 11033 is expected to do the same as it lowers the age for mentored big game hunting to 14. Before this legislation was passed, New Yorkers had to be 16 years old, which was the oldest minimum age for big game hunting in the nation.

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28
Pheasants Forever Plugs In Outdoor Channel as New National Sponsor

Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever(QF) are proud to announce that Outdoor Channel is the organization's newest national corporate sponsor. The partnership teams the organization's conservation mission with Outdoor Channel's goal of delivering a conservation message to sportsmen and women across the country.  The fourth season of Pheasants Forever Television (produced by Ron Schara Enterprises) recently debuted on Outdoor Channel and is currently airing on Thursdays at 10PM CDT / 11PM EDT, Fridays at 10AM CDT / 11AM EDT and again on Saturdays at 5:30PM CDT / 6:30PM EDT. Outdoor Channel will also sponsor Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's popular monthly eNewsletter, "On The Wing," beginning with the July edition.

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28
Olympics Spur Record Year for Scholastic Shooting Program

As the Olympics prepare to showcase shooters among the world's athletic elite, America's "Little League of Shooting Sports" is celebrating record participation as well as its influence on the Games in Beijing.  The U.S. Shooting Team has just eight spots for shotgun shooters. In trial competitions, 25 percent of those spots were won by alumni of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), a national youth shooting league that's become a phenomenon across the country.

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Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Family Memberships Take Flight

Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) have launched a new membership package to engage the whole family in wildlife habitat conservation. The new Family Membership will increase the awareness and participation in conservation efforts of people representing a wide range of ages.

"Families and conservation have always gone hand-in-hand," explains Cheryl Riley, PF/QF's Vice President of Education & Outreach. "We believe it is essential to the success of our conservation mission to involve even the youngest members of our society in the outdoors.
Enjoying the outdoors as a family builds bonds, memories, and a passion for nature that will last a lifetime."

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NWTF Helps U.S. Olympic Shooting Team Aim for Success

Thanks to a $10,000 donation from the National Wild Turkey Federation, raised through a unique auction, the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team is even closer to going for the gold this summer in Beijing.  The Federation donated a complete 2008 banquet package of 39 outdoor-inspired items for individual auction at GunBroker.com.

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25
Hunting Accidents Remain Low in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reports that there were 19 hunting accidents in 2007, with one fatality. This is an increase of two accidents over the previous year but still a very small number considering that approximately 271,000 hunters spent more than 3 million days afield in 2006 (the latest year for which figures are available), agency staff report.

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24
Illinois Controlled Pheasant Hunting Reservation Information

Controlled pheasant hunting opportunities will be available at 18 Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) sites this fall, and the 2008-09 season dates and permit reservation information are now available online.

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Rules in Place for Mentored Youth Hunts this Fall

RAPID CITY, S.D.--Following action by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission, a framework of rules is in place to allow mentored youth hunting in South Dakota.

The commission’s action was prompted by a law passed in the last session of the Legislature that established mentored youth hunting. Now the rules are in place to allow youth who are accompanied by a mentor to hunt this fall.

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21
Early Fall Canada Goose, Youth Waterfowl Seasons Finalized

RAPID CITY, S.D.—Regulations for the early fall Canada goose hunting season and the youth waterfowl hunting season were finalized by the S.D.  Game, Fish and Parks Commission at its July meeting in Rapid City.  Much of South Dakota will be open for the early fall Canada goose season which runs from Sept. 6 through Sept. 26. The areas closed to hunting during this season include Unit 2 which encompasses most of the counties along the Missouri River as well as portions of Fall River and Custer counties and, in a change from previous seasons, Perkins County. Also included in the closed area is Bennett County.

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21
Arizona Game and Fish Announces

Stamp collectors, conservationists, birders, and waterfowl hunters: The 2008 Arizona Waterfowl Stamp is on sale now.  This year’s stamp features a majestic pair of swimming canvasbacks. The art was created by the 2006-2007 Federal Duck Stamp winner Sherrie Russell Meline.

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Web Site Tracks Waterfowl Populations, Habitat

A special Web site offers waterfowl hunters up-to-date information about all four of North America's flyways.  The site, www.Flyways.us <http://www.flyways.us/>, a joint effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service, was developed by biologists and waterfowl manager across the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific flyways.

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17
Goose, Duck Hunting Seasons Proposed in South Dakota

The Game, Fish and Parks Commission approved proposals for the duck and goose hunting seasons at its July meeting in Rapid City. The seasons will be finalized at the commission's August meeting at Fort Sisseton. As proposed, Canada goose hunting along the Missouri River would get a little bit later start. The season in Unit 2, largely those counties along the river and portions of Custer and Fall River counties, would start on Nov. 1 and go through Feb. 13, 2009.

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17
Antelope Added to Sportsmen Against Hunger Program

After a record year of antlerless deer donations, South Dakota's Sportsmen Against Hunger Program is expanding to include payments for the processing of doe and fawn antelope. The program will continue to offer a $50 processing certificate for antlerless deer and for 2008 will also offer a $40 processing certificate for doe and fawn antelope. The certificates are available directly from the processors with the majority of participating processors accepting the Sportsman Against Hunger certificate as the full payment for processing. After processing the meat is distributed to families who need meat.

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17
More Antelope Hunting Licenses, Tags Offered in 2008

As South Dakota's antelope population reaches a near-record size, the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission has approved a hunting season that offers significantly more licenses and tags.  To increase the harvest of antelope, the 2008 season will offer two new types of licenses: a three-tag license good for any antelope and two doe/fawn antelope and a three-tag license good for three doe/fawn antelope.

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NWTF’s Mississippi Chapter Debuts Plan for Continued Success

Since 1985, the National Wild Turkey Federation's Mississippi Chapter has raised and spent more than $1.8 million on conservation, hunter education, improving land access, research and many other projects within the state.

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17
Sports Shop Offers Favre $25,000 Shopping Spree to Return to Green Bay

Jon Gafner would be more than happy to give away the $25,000 worth of merchandise his store sign promises if Brett Favre came back to the Packers.  The marquee sign on Gafner's Jackson Street business, Jon's Sport Shop, says, "Hey Brett, $25,000 shopping spree if you come back!"

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Minnesota Land Becomes Legacy This Week on Pheasants Forever Television

Eleven years ago, Christopher Kurilla lost his battle with leukemia.  Now, a 220-acre paradise suited for all the outdoor activities he loved doing bears his name in Stearns County, Minnesota. The story of the Christopher Kurilla Wildlife Management Area is one that will truly touch your heart.

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13
Contests Callers - Do you want the BRAGGING RIGHTS or not?

Contests Callers - Do you want the BRAGGING RIGHTS or not?  ARE YOU THE BEST- ARE YOU "THE KING"?  Well Put Up or Shut Up!!!  The VAWFA and Bass Pro Shops of Hampton,VA presents the 2008 VAWFA PINKS Duck & Goose Calling Contests "Lose in the contest - lose your call or Money"!

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JACKSON- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is beginning a new research project on the Jackson Elk Herd that will involve collaring up to eleven elk along the southern boundary of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) this summer. The elk, which summer in YNP and winter on the National Elk Refuge (NER), are of particular interest to area sportsmen's groups who helped fund the project.

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CHEYENNE - Resident and nonresident moose and bighorn sheep hunters and nonresident elk, deer and antelope hunters are reminded that the preference point only application period is now underway. Applications for preference points will be accepted through Sept. 30.

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CHEYENNE - Hunters who missed the earlier application periods for elk, deer and antelope licenses could still have an opportunity to hunt this fall by participating in the upcoming drawing for hunt areas and license types that were under subscribed in the initial draws.

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09
One-Armed Wonder This Week on Pheasants Forever Television

Pheasant hunter Kim Stephens may be a better shot with one arm than you are with two. See for yourself this week on Pheasants Forever Television, airing on Outdoor Channel on Thursday, July 10th at 10PM CDT / 11PM EDT. The episode will also air on Friday, July 11th at 10AM CDT / 11AM EDT and again on Saturday, July 12th at 5:30PM CDT / 6:30PM EDT.

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09
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Presentation Outline

Members of the Virginia Waterfowlers’ Association attended a presentation by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

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08
Turkey Shoot Sporting Clays Tourney Creates Big Dollars

More than 1,000 sporting clays enthusiasts will pour into Forsyth, Ga., Aug. 14 to Aug. 17, for the National Wild Turkey Federation's Turkey Shoot sporting clays tournament.

Over 600 of them will shoot in the event, held at the Meadows National Gun Club. Many will stop in the local Bass Pro Shops in Macon to purchase their ammunition, and will stay at local hotels throughout the four-day shoot, pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy.

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08
Chronic Wasting Disease Undetected in Bay State Deer

Based on data gathered during this past year, no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in Massachusetts deer or moose. MassWildlife recently received results from a federally certified veterinary diagnostic laboratory that indicate that all the brain, lymph node, and tonsil samples taken from deer during last fall's hunting season tested negative for the disease.

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2008 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop -- Registration Now Available Online

The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department is gearing up for its 14th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop. The workshop will be held Sept. 19-21 at Outlaw Ranch, near Custer.

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07

It's that time of year again when white-tailed deer fawns are showing up in yards and hayfields and concerned citizens want to know how to help. In almost all cases, the best way to help is to simply give the fawn space and leave it alone. Fawns, born from April through July, are purposely left alone by their mothers. Female deer, called does, stay away from the fawns to avoid leading predators such as dogs or coyotes to their location. The white-spotted coat camouflages a fawn as it lies motionless in vegetation. By giving it a wide berth, you also reduce the risk of inadvertently leading predators to the hidden fawn. Does will return several times each day to move and/or feed their young. You probably will not see the doe at all since she only stays to feed the fawn for just a very few minutes before leaving it alone again.

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05
Call of the Loons! Conservation “Loon” Plate Holders Get Free Admission
to Most State Parks This Weekend

Augusta – In appreciation for their support of state parks and the protection of endangered and threatened species, drivers whose vehicles sport the Conservation “Loon” Registration Plate will receive free admission to state parks and historic sites this weekend (July 19 and 20).

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02
Unit M Antlerless Deer Permits Now Available

Hunters who want the chance to take an additional antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire during the fall hunting seasons can buy a special permit from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department starting July 1.

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02
Maryland Deer Test Negative For Chronic Wasting Disease

Samples collected from more than 900 deer during the 2007-2008 Maryland deer hunting season showed no signs of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Recent laboratory test results confirmed no evidence of the disease in brain and lymph nodes collected from 983 deer. Additional samples from sick or injured deer also showed no signs of the disease. During the past six years, over 4600 Maryland deer have been tested and were CWD-free.

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01
DNR Seeks Input on Allowing Deer Hunting in Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area (SNA)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on whether to allow deer hunting in the Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) on Wednesday, July 23, at the Carlton Fire Hall at 100 Forth St. N., Carlton, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. or until all testimony is heard.

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01
Pheasants Forever TV Returns Next Thursday on Outdoor Channel

Ron, Raven, and Pheasants ForeverTelevision are back for the fourth season of the popular outdoor variety show. The show is slotted to air on Outdoor Channel on Thursdays at 10PM CDT / 11PM EDT, Fridays at 10AM CDT / 11AM EDT and again on Saturdays at 5:30PM CDT / 6:30PM EDT. Season four of Pheasants Forever Television will debut on Thursday, July 3rd at 10PM CDT / 11PM EDT.

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Pheasants Forever Asks USDA for Additional 500,000 SAFE Acres

During a contract signing ceremony today at brothers Jeff, Steve, Mike, and Brad Hemmer's farm, Pheasants Forever (PF), USDA, South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Department and elected officials celebrated the immediate success of a new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) practice; State Acres For wildlife Enhancement (SAFE). As part of the event, PF requested an additional 500,000 acres nationwide for the program based on strong interest and demand for SAFE in multiple states.

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Firearms Industry Hails Victory in Supreme Court Case

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms industry – hailed today's United States Supreme Court 5-4 decision written by Justice Scalia that determined authoritatively that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms.

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