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The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center has selected the National Rifle Association to continue its 65-year tradition of hosting a sport show in Harrisburg, PA, starting in 2014.

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Wisconsin spring wild turkey hunting season begins April 10 with Department of Natural Resources officials saying that hunters should look forward to a good season.

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The 2013 youth spring turkey season will begin on private lands and authorized state and federal lands on Friday, March 8th.

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Hunters older than 17 who want to hunt during the first four seasons of Minnesota’s 2013 spring wild turkey hunt have until Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, to apply for a permit.

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Fall wild turkey hunting opens in 48 Ohio counties on Saturday, October 13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The season continues through Sunday, November 25.

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the results of a comprehensive national survey of outdoor recreation showing a significant increase in hunters and a double-digit increase in anglers over the past five years.

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,941 wild turkeys during the 2012 Spring Turkey Season. The 2012 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,121 in 2011.

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Spring turkey hunters reported harvesting 15,326 birds during the 2012 season. The statewide harvest was 2% lower than last year's total of 15,698 birds.

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Hunters checked 40,447 turkeys during Missouri’s regular spring turkey season, up by 2,120 from 38,327 last spring, or about 5.5 percent.

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Preliminary harvest numbers show that the 2012 spring turkey harvest of 11,324 is the third-highest ever, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Turkey hunters took advantage of comfortable hunting conditions this spring, judging by the preliminary registration total of 42,612 turkeys, a 6 percent increase over the spring 2011 turkey season.

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Hunters reported harvesting a total of 3,132 wild turkeys during the 2012 spring turkey season, an 11 percent increase from last year's harvest of 2,826.

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Hunters checked 17,647 wild turkeys during Ohio's four-week statewide spring turkey hunting season that ended May 20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

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Vermont youth turkey hunting weekend is April 28-29 this year. A shotgun or bow and arrow may be used in the youth turkey or regular spring turkey hunting seasons

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This year’s spring wild turkey season opens in all 88 Ohio counties on Monday, April 23 and continues through Sunday, May 20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

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North Dakota’s spring turkey season opens Saturday, April 14 and continues through May 20. Hunters are reminded a 2012-13 hunting license is required, as last year’s 2011-12 licenses expired March 31.

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The April 11 opening of the 2012 spring wild turkey hunting season is here, and state wildlife officials say hunters can look forward to a good spring hunt.

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Wonderful weather and an uptick in statewide turkey population helped young hunters to a successful youth spring turkey hunt.

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California's 2012 general spring wild turkey hunting season opens statewide on March 31 and extends through May 6, with the archery season extending through May 20.

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After transporting the birds from South Dakota, the Division of Wildlife Resources released 24 wild turkeys on the north side of the LaSal Mountains. The remaining 48 turkeys found a new home on Elk Ridge.

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Turkey permits issued by the Department of Natural Resources through the spring turkey preference drawing numbered 137,598 for Wisconsin’s 2012 spring wild turkey season.

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The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks are now accepting applications for turkey hunting on select Wildlife Management Areas

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Spring turkey hunting permits are now available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The archery season is March 25-May 31. The youth shotgun season is April 7-May 31 and the regular shotgun season is April 14-May 31.

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Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until close of business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for the 2012 Wisconsin spring turkey hunting season and the 2012 black bear hunting season.

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission is expecting hunters to encounter a sizeable wild turkey population when they head afield for the fall turkey season. However, hunters will need to carefully review the fall turkey season dates, which are outlined on page 35 of the 2011-12 Digest, as date structures have changed from previous years

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Mississippi biologists say only 27 percent of hens have been seen with young, and observed broods average 3.9 poults; both figures are down substantially from the summer of 2010.

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Hunters may purchase their fall turkey permits now through the end of the year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The fall season is Sept. 15-Dec. 31.

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Virginia spring turkey hunters reported harvesting 15,687 birds during the 2011 season. The statewide harvest was 3% higher than last year's total of 15,190 birds.

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,121 wild turkeys during the 2011 Spring Turkey Season. The 2011 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 16,565 in 2010. Hunters took a state-record 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006.

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Hunters checked 18,485 wild turkeys during Ohio's four-week, statewide spring turkey hunting season that ended May 15, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The preliminary total represents a 21 percent decrease over last year's harvest number of 23,421 -- the second-highest all-time.

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Turkey hunting starts in Vermont this weekend, April 23 and 24, with Youth Turkey Season. The youth hunt is held the Saturday and Sunday before the regular May 1-31 spring turkey season.

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Turkey hunters gave it their best shot when the shotgun season opened April 16. Results were mixed, though, as the season opened on the heels of a spring storm that brought snow, rain and muddy and impassable roads across much of the state.

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Hunters must still report their harvest of turkeys but they are no longer required to take their turkey to a check station for physical inspection according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages hunters to get their gear ready for the upcoming spring gobbler hunting season. The four-week season opens Monday, April 25, and closes on Saturday, May 21, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section. Hunters may kill two bearded turkeys during the season but are allowed only one per day.

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The general season youth turkey hunt runs Friday, April 8, through Thursday, April 14. Youths 15 years or younger on April 8 may participate in the youth hunt. All youth hunters must have a valid hunting license. The general spring turkey hunts open April 15 and runs through May 25. Dates vary for controlled hunts, listed in the Upland Game brochure.

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Hunters in northern Missouri can expect to see a few more jakes during the spring turkey season, and hunters statewide will have more mature gobblers to hunt this year. Otherwise, the 2011 spring turkey hunting forecast from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) looks a lot like those for the past few years.

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Spring wild turkey hunting opens in all 88 Ohio counties on Monday, April 18, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The season continues through Sunday, May 15.

"Hunters may see three-year-old gobblers this spring based on the strength of the 2008 hatch," said ODNR Wildlife Biologist Mike Reynolds. “Overall, turkey numbers should be good across the state, but the harvest will likely not top last year’s kill — the second highest all-time.”

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Thirteen wild turkey hens that were native to Barry County have been relocated to Oscoda County, the Department of Natural Resources announced today.

The trap-and-transfer operation was a joint effort of the DNR, Michigan Wild Turkey Hunters Association, National Wild Turkey Federation and the Mio Chamber of Commerce, as part of a plan to revitalize the northern Michigan wild turkey population, which has been in decline during the last decade. The birds, which were trapped on private land in an area with a robust turkey population, were released on public land near Fairview, a town once billed as the "Wild Turkey Capital of Michigan."

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Texas spring turkey hunters are going to see a lot of jakes and hear from even more this season, but success in finding mature gobblers will depend on hunting location.

“You might start calling and have 10 jakes run up,” says Jason Hardin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department upland game bird program leader.

Most of the state’s spring turkey hunting activity occurs in South Texas and in the Hill Country. TPWD estimates about 50,000 hunters take part in Texas’ spring turkey season, harvesting about 25,000 gobblers.

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When Kentucky’s spring wild turkey season opens April 16, hunters should get plenty of opportunities to match wits with the older, experienced gobblers that make the sport so challenging and exciting.

“We have a high percentage of adult birds in our flocks and they are coming into breeding season in excellent condition because of last fall’s big mast (nut) crop,” said Steven Dobey, wild turkey biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The big harvest of 2-year-old birds last season may have buffered (lessened) the number of 3-to-4 year-olds taken.”

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The opening day of the Georgia turkey hunting season is Sat., Mar. 26 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division anticipates that the 2011 season should be fair, with harvest likely down from the 2010 season. Statistics from the 2010 season harvest summary indicate that an estimated 47,275 resident Georgia hunters bagged 34,001 turkeys last year.

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The Wisconsin spring 2011 turkey hunting season runs from April 13 through May 22. The season is divided into six 5-day time periods, each running from Wednesday through Sunday. In total, 225,729 permits were available for the spring 2011 turkey season. More than 145,500 permits were issued to hunters who applied for permits by the Dec. 10 application deadline, leaving about 80,000 permits available after the drawing.

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During the past month, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has released 96 wild turkeys on Elk Ridge in San Juan County. The released birds were captured in South Dakota and Arizona. Wildlife Biologist Guy Wallace explained the reason for the transplant: "Turkey numbers on Elk Ridge declined drastically due to the severe winter conditions of 2009–2010. Snow levels were deep enough and persisted long enough that the birds perished, most likely, from starvation and predation."

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is considering closing spring turkey hunting in 15 East Texas counties where turkey populations are believed to have dipped below what biologists believe are sustainable numbers. The recommendation tops a brief slate of proposed hunting regulation changes for 2011 presented to the TPW Commission’s Regulations Committee.

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment wildlife biologist Al Stewart recently became the first person on record to complete a World Slam for trapping wild turkeys.

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Remaining permits for the 2011 spring turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting March 21. Leftover permits will be first issued for sale by zone, one zone per day, with each zone having a designated sales date.

In total, 225,729 permits were available for the spring 2011 turkey season. More than 145,500 permits were issued to hunters who applied for permits by the Dec. 10, 2010 application deadline, leaving just more than 80,000 permits available after the drawing.

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Turkey hunters have more time this year than they have traditionally had in the past to apply for this spring’s hunt, either electronically or by telephone. The deadline to apply for the 2011 spring season has been extended by about two weeks. Applications are now being accepted through Friday, Jan. 14, wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, and online.
Also new this year: the youth application process is eliminated, and over-the-counter only permits will be available for the hunt’s last two time periods.

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There are more wild turkeys living in Colorado than at any time before. The Division of Wildlife began working on strategies to increase the turkey population in the early 1980s. Since then, turkeys have been released, or colonized on their own, into most of the available habitat in the state. Wild turkeys now live in 53 of the state's 64 counties.

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Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until close of business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for the 2011 Wisconsin spring turkey hunting season and the 2011 black bear hunting season. Preliminary permit levels for the spring turkey season are set at 225,420 total permits. This is the same number of permits that were available for the 2010 spring season. Total permits available for the 2011 Black Bear Hunt has not yet been determined.

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Following strategies outlined in Vermont’s Big Game Management Plan, the Fish and Wildlife Department recommended expanding fall turkey hunting based on scientific data and public input.
As a result, the Fish and Wildlife Board passed a regulation that allows turkey bow hunting statewide, a seven-day shotgun season is expanded to nine days, and Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) B, D1, D2, and H1 are opened for the fall shotgun season for the first time.

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Wisconsin hunters and trappers looking forward to the 2010-2011 seasons will have some new rules to follow as they pursue their fall pastimes. Several of the new rules were requested and supported by hunters and trappers at the annual Spring Rule Hearings. Others have come to life in response to changing wildlife management needs and new technologies.

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The National Wild Turkey Federation is proud to announce the formation of its first ever upland gamebird chapter.

The Kansas First Upland Pioneers Chapter was created in Iola, Kan., on Aug. 18 by more than two dozen conservation-minded individuals who decided the best way to improve quail populations and upland habitat was to form the first NWTF chapter focused on upland gamebirds.

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Of Turkey Hunts Loved And Lost
Buying a turkey tag is sort of like getting married. We don’t buy them with the expectation of it ending badly. Still, the statistics show that is what is most likely to happen. In fact, turkey hunting is so tough you have a better chance of having a successful marriage than a successful turkey hunt. Of course, unsuccessful turkey hunts are pretty cheap in comparison.

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Filming Your Turkey Hunts Like A Pro
As the price of quality cameras continue to drop, more hunters are opting to film their hunts.

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Leasing Hunting Land:  The Inexpensive Way To Experience World Class Hunting
If you own great property or know someone who has superb hunting property and is willing to allow you access for free, congratulations. You, my friend, have got it made. But for most of us, hunting is done on public land. Hunting public land can be quite good in some areas but often times it is frustrating.

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10 O'clock Turkeys
Lean what to do after you first set up of the day strikes out. Most turkeys are killed off the roost but if you aren't lucky enough to nail a big gobbler right away in the morning there is still hope.

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In a year when one word, "fewer," described life in America -- fewer jobs, fewer home sales, fewer purchases -- hunters were responsible for generating a welcome "more" category, as hunting license sales rose by 3.5 percent in 2009 in states that make up NSSF's Hunting License Sales Index.

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The Scream of the Eagles
The first Bald Eagle I ever saw was on the western end of Mt Magazine in Arkansas. I was about half way up the highest point in the Ozark range when I saw a big black bird with a white head and a white tail flying over the the high point of the mountain, then I heard its high pitched scream. All I could do was stare in amazement, at this breathtaking sight, of which will be ingrained in my minds eye for ever.

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The Lost Jingle of the Coins
There are bills being attempted by anti hunters in several states to raise the legal hunting age to 16 before a youth may take to the field. It’s only a matter of time before it happens in this state. “ Balderdash,” is the closest word I can get away with here,

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Breaking The Color Barrier
With enough noise and grunting to wake a deaf man (which pretty much describes me), two bears came crashing out of the dense Canadian bush on a dead run and stopped suddenly, smack dab in the middle of the clearing my stand overlooked. I had spent the last five hours napping and reading the better portions of a Reader’s Digest magazine, while consuming too much hard candy.

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced the distribution of more than $740 million to 56 state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation efforts, boat access, shooting ranges, and hunter education.

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EDGEFIELD, S.C. During the 2008 holiday season, National Wild Turkey Federation Chapters in the U.S. and Canada donated 19,042 frozen domestic turkeys the equivalent of 114,252 meals to families in need through it Turkey Hunters Care Program.

Through the Turkey Hunters Care program, local NWTF chapter volunteers from 363 NWTF chapter teamed up with church ministries, food pantries, children's organizations, homeless shelters, National Guard units and other civic service organizations to donate frozen turkeys.

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UTAH Because access to healthy public lands and waters for the enjoyment of responsible recreation is of paramount importance to both organizations, t...

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EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Tom Rodgers, founder of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), passed away Dec. 25 at the Edgefield County Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Rodgers, 64, was survived by his mother, his son Mark and two sisters.

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NEW MEXICO For the first time ever, two lucky hunters will have the opportunity to hunt a Gould's wild turkey in New Mexico. The New Mexico Gould's wild turkey population represents the only native population in the United States. Two New Mexico Gould's wild turkey tags are up for grabs one via an online auction that ends March 1, 2009, and the other via a raffle with tickets available at the NWTF New Mexico State Chapter's exhibit hall booth at the NWTF's Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 19 to Feb. 22, 2009. The raffle drawing will be held on Monday, March 2, 2009.

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SUMMIT UNVEILS RESEARCH ON HUNTING AND SHOOTING PARTICIPATION
Last June, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) hosted the 2008 Shooting Sports Summit in Colorado Springs. The summit gathered leaders from throughout the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industry, as well as key leaders from fish and wildlife agencies and conservation organizations (including the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks), to address key challenges that face the future of the shooting sports.

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The best hunt is a SAFE hunt! Both novice and experienced sportsmen should continuously review basic safety practices. The fall turkey season requires different tactics and safety precautions from the spring gobbler season. Dressing right is the key to both safe and successful turkey hunting. While sitting still is most important, full camouflage helps hunters blend into the surroundings and elude the turkey's keen eyesight.

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NWTF Participates in Convention for Future of Wildlife
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt convened the Governors' Conference on Conservation, which was the beginning of the conservatio...

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Today's green movement uses certain buzzwords -- organic, locavore, renewable -- to the wry amusement of 15 million to 20 million of us who've actually lived the eco-friendly lifestyle that these words describe.

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A whole new way for sportsmen to learn about taxidermy is now available on the internet. www.TaxidermyTube.com, a joint venture between the television show Taxidermy For The Sportsman and Foremost Media, Inc. officially launched September 15th, 2008. The website offers aspiring taxidermists and curious hunters the opportunity to learn taxidermy by watching professionally produced instructional videos online and to corresponding with a panel of professional taxidermist via a private message board.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--Sometimes the best way to appreciate a special privilege is to imagine life without it. In recognition of American soldiers serving far from home this autumn, the U.S. Army is hosting a National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at its Heidelberg Rod and Gun Club near the U.S. military base in Heidelberg, Germany. This lone overseas commemoration of National Hunting and Fishing Day is set for Sept. 27 to coincide with hundreds of events across the U.S. Visit www.nhfday.org for listings.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- For many hunters, that 300-mile drive to deer camp may be put on hold this year. Unwilling -- or unable -- to spend more on gasoline than licenses and lodging, many hunters are checking out their options closer to home.

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National Hunting and Fishing Day

A variety of resources are available at www.nhfday.org for media members covering National Hunting and Fishing Day, the Congressionally appointed annual commemoration of hunters, anglers and conservation.  This year's celebration is set for Sept. 27.

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NWTF Helps Women in Grand River Learn, Laugh and Lighten Up

The Northcoast Limbhangers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a Women in the Outdoors fishing event Saturday, August 16, at Grand River Marina in Grand River, Ohio.  Women can enjoy a half-day of perch fishing from a charter boat on Lake Erie and register for their choice of two classes. Alluring jewelry making, basic fishing techniques, fishing gear selection and filleting and cooking are just a few of the classes being offered.

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WISCONSIN SPORTS FEST SLATED FOR AUG. 15-16

The Wisconsin Sports Fest attracts more than 30,000 attendees each year, and the sixth edition, at the Sunnyview Exposition Center in Oshkosh, should be another crowd-pleasing festival. In addition to live musical entertainment, outdoor personalities will be on hand to speak and sign autographs.

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NWTF Founder Honored with Special Award

As the National Wild Turkey Federation celebrates its 35th year of promoting wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America's hunting heritage, the organization is reflecting on its rich history and honoring the man who started it all.  Tom Rodgers, of Edgefield, S.C., founder of the NWTF, received a one-of-a-kind Founder's Award during a ceremony at NWTF headquarters, Saturday, Aug. 9.

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Michael Waddell Named NWTF Spokesman

Michael Waddell, the outdoor industry's charismatic television show host, has agreed to become the official spokesman for the National Wild Turkey Federation.  In this new role, Waddell will represent the NWTF as host of its television series, "Turkey Call," which airs on Outdoor Channel. In addition, Waddell will assume emcee duties at the organization's national convention, which will be held Feb. 19 to 22, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. Members also will be treated to personal appearances by Waddell at many other NWTF events.

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NWTF Turkey Shoot: An Event for Family and Fun

There's nothing quite like a day at the shooting range to strengthen a marriage and make new friends - at least that's the case for Jeff and Lynn Montjoy of Greenwood, S.C.  Jeff Montjoy, an avid hunter and longtime member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, introduced his wife to sporting clay shooting after learning about the sport from a friend. What began as a hobby quickly turned into an obsession the couple credits with helping them meet new friends and make their 20-year marriage better than ever.

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The Minnesota Grand Slam this Week on Pheasants Forever Television

Grand slams are usually reserved for the baseball diamond, but this week on Pheasants Forever Television, you'll see how wildlife artist John House stroked one out of the park. The episode airs on Outdoor Channel on Thursday, Aug. 7th at 10PM CDT / 11PM EDT. The episode will also air on Friday, Aug. 8th at 10AM CDT / 11AM EDT and again on Saturday, Aug. 9th at 5:30PM CDT / 6:30PM EDT.

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AD CAMPAIGN POSITIONS NSSF AS RESOURCE FOR SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE FIREARMS OWNERSHIP

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has launched a public awareness campaign to inform Washington, D.C., residents—particularly those now considering purchasing a handgun—about the many educational resources it makes available to firearms owners. The campaign follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision (Washington, D.C., et. al. vs. Heller) reaffirming the Second Amendment as an individual right and ruling the district’s ban on handguns unconstitutional.

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Fort Stewart gains more than 271,000 new trees thanks to NWTF and partners

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) continues to make restoring the longleaf pine - one of America's most endangered ecosystems - a priority.  The NWTF recently signed a conservation agreement with the Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF) Partnership for Longleaf Pine Restoration to help restore the longleaf pine to areas in and near Fort Stewart in southeastern Georgia.

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GFP Commission to Meet at Fort Sisseton

In addition to their regular business, Game, Fish and Parks Commissioners will get a history lesson when they conduct their August meeting at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park. The commission's agenda for the one-day meeting on Aug. 7 includes a tour of the park, located 10 miles southwest of Lake City. 

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Minnesota Hunters Enjoy Outstanding Turkey Season

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) reported an excellent wild turkey hunting season this spring, with a record harvest totaling 10,994 gobblers.  During the past 30 years, wild turkeys have flourished across the North Star State due to the efforts of the MDNR, the Minnesota State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and other partners.

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NWTF New York Chapter Releases Strategic Plan

During the last five years, volunteers from the National Wild Turkey Federation's 62 New York chapters have raised and spent more than $490,000 through Hunting Heritage fundraising banquets. These dollars have helped fund habitat enhancement projects, outreach and education programs and research within the state.

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Shooting Industry Masters Raises

Shooters from throughout the industry stepped to the firing line at the 6th Annual Shooting Industry Masters July 26 to blast clays and ring steel, all in support of NSSF’s Step Outside program.  More than 150 shooters, including company CEOs, sales reps and factory craftsman, competed in the three-gun competition at the Hartford Gun Club in East Granby, Conn. Produced by FMG Publications, the event’s raffle raised $16,500 for the Step Outside program, which introduces newcomers to shooting.

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NWTF Presents Glenn Sapir 2008 Communicator of the Year Award

Glenn Sapir, of Putnam Valley, N.Y., was recognized as the National Wild Turkey Federation's 2008 Communicator of the Year recipient during a Professional Outdoor Media Association conference luncheon Saturday, Aug. 2, in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Top Gun Reveals Secrets To NWTF Turkey Shoot Success

Shooters from around the country are chomping at the bit to shatter clay targets at the National Wild Turkey Federation's 15th annual Turkey Shoot, held Aug. 15 to Aug. 17, 2008 at The Meadows National Gun Club in Forsyth, Ga.

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Renewed Partnership to Help NWTF Conservation, Outreach Efforts

The National Wild Turkey Federation's recently renewed agreement with Bank of America will help more than 500,000 NWTF volunteers and staff to continue to improve wildlife habitat and preserve our nation's hunting traditions.

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Renewed Partnership to Help NWTF Conservation, Outreach Efforts

The National Wild Turkey Federation's recently renewed agreement with Bank of America will help more than 500,000 NWTF volunteers and staff to continue to improve wildlife habitat and preserve our nation's hunting traditions.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NWTF Continues to Aid Wild Turkey’s Amazing Comeback

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The once rare gobble of the wild turkey is becoming more commonplace in areas across North America, thanks to the work of the National Wild Turkey Federation's Making Tracks program.

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National Hunting and Fishing Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Legendary handgun maker and rising star in hunting rifles and shotguns, Smith & Wesson has become the newest sponsor of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

The annual celebration of hunters, anglers and conservation is set for Sept. 27, 2008.

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NWTF, Daisy Partner to Celebrate Women in the Outdoors

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation recently signed an agreement with Daisy Outdoor Products that will help commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the NWTF's Women in the Outdoors outreach program.

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NWTF, State and Federal Agencies Unite to Fight Cogongrass

GEORGIA — Cogongrass - a little-known, aggressive weed - is causing big problems for wildlife, having attacked millions of acres of wildlife habitat across the Southeast. But the National Wild Turkey Federation and its project partners are fighting back.

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Framework for Conservation Title agreed upon, details expected early next week

Washington, D.C.

May 2, 2008 Late last night, congressional leaders reached a framework agreement on the 2008 Farm Bill's Conservation Title. Lawmakers are still ironing out other titles to complete the new Farm Bill. Full conservation program specifics will not be publicly released until early next week, but the new Farm Bill appears to be moving forward with the possibility of floor votes in both the Senate and House next week.

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PIERRE, S.D.—South Dakota’s hunting heritage has traditionally been passed from one generation to the next. Recognizing that linage, and wanting to help it along, the S.D. Legislature approved a bill this year that allows children as young as 10 years of age to take part in mentored hunting opportunities.

“Having youngsters in the field is nothing new in South Dakota,” said Tony Leif, director of the Wildlife Division of the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department. “Many South Dakotans learned about hunting and the outdoors well before they were old enough to hunt.”

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Renewed Partnership Benefits Wildlife and Landowners

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Thanks to partnerships between the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), thousands of acres of wildlife habitat have been conserved and improved throughout the nation.

To continue improving wildlife habitat and helping landowners, the NWTF and NRCS recently renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU, which was first signed by the two groups in 2003, will continue their partnership until 2013.

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NWTF Makes Arbor Day a Year-Round Conservation Effort

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Each year, conservation-minded Americans celebrate National Arbor Day by joining forces on the last Friday in April to plant an estimated 18 million tree seedlings.

However, to improve wildlife habitat and the environment, tree-planting efforts must span much further than Arbor Day celebrations. Through the National Wild Turkey Federation's initiatives, private landowners and volunteers work year-round to rejuvenate forests by managing habitat and planting trees.

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Turkeys Accused of Fowl Play

For many years, some hunters have wrongfully blamed wild turkeys for devastating quail populations by eating quail eggs and chicks. This idea may sound ridiculous, but, once again, the accusations against turkeys are flying.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- National Hunting and Fishing Day, the Congressionally appointed celebration of hunters, anglers and conservation set for Sept. 27, welcomes Outdoor Channel as an official sponsor for 2008.

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MAN to Leverage SEG’s Relationships with Hunting and Fishing TV Producers, Country Music Stars



Denver and Elba, ALABAMA., (April 23, 2008) – The Maximum Adventure Network (MAN), a 24-hour outdoors adventure-focused television channel, announced today a strategic alliance with Southern Entertainment Group (SEG) LLC, a video and online content distribution company that owns and operates the Artists and Fans Network and Country Lifestyles Network. The alliance will provide additional outdoors adventure TV programs for MAN, give MAN access to marketing opportunities with a variety of country music stars, and provide SEG TV producers with a national platform for airing hunting and fishing shows.

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DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. — Ask any wildlife biologist what it takes to keep wildlife healthy, happy and close to home, and they'll tell you it's all about having good habitat.

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The USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management jointly recognized the National Wild Turkey Federation during the 73rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Michael Waddell to Chair National Hunting and Fishing Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Outdoor television star Michael Waddell has been selected as honorary chairman for this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day, set for Sept. 27.

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Wounded Veteran Takes Dream Turkey Hunting Trip

National Wild Turkey Federation member 1st Lt. Kyle Burns of Ft. Benning, Ga., will begin a three-day, all-expenses-paid turkey-hunting trip on Tuesday, April 1, thanks to Higher Ground Outfitters, Knight & Hale Game Calls and the NWTF.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Woolrich, a perennial supporter of National Hunting and Fishing Day, has again come aboard as a major sponsor of the annual commemoration set for Sept. 27.

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While the NWTF’s national board of directors reluctantly accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Rob Keck on March 26, he will remain at the helm until June 1 to help guide our organization during this transition period.

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Legislation to Remove Barriers Introduces 87,000 to Hunting

New hunters are taking to the field, thanks to laws that remove unnecessary restrictions. Since 2004, more than 87,000 apprentice hunting licenses have been sold.

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Prescribed Burns in Spring Improve Wild Turkey Habitat

Each spring, the National Wild Turkey Federation’s wildlife biologists hear the fears of concerned hunters who don't understand that prescribed burns in March and April -- months generally known as wild turkey nesting months -- are far more beneficial than harmful to wild turkey populations. However, the NWTF's wildlife biologists have research showing the years of improved nesting and brood habitat created by a growing season prescribed fire is far more important to the turkey population than the loss of a few nests.

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This year, the NWTF awarded Cabela’s the Corporate Achievement Award during the Federation's 32nd annual Convention and Sport Show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 21 to Feb. 24.

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Billy Yargus of Ewing, Mo. won First place in the 2008 Wild Turkey Bourbon/National Wild Turkey Federation Grand National Calling Championships in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 22 to Feb. 24.

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ATLANTA- Only one point separated the first and second place finishers in the Wild Turkey Bourbon/National Wild Turkey Federation Grand National Friction Calling Contest, but in the end, Brookville, Pa. native Matt Van Cise’s finesse of friction calls earned him a place in the winner's circle Thursday.

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It's a tale of two women, hundreds of miles apart, yet they share a common goal: to introduce more women to traditional outdoors activities. Both Pennsylvania's Katrina Skrapits and Ohio's Cheryl LaRosa love the outdoors, mainly hunting, and they share their passions with hundreds of women each year.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A long-time supporter of the sporting heritage, Cabela's has again signed on to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day, set for Sept. 27.

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Firearms and Ammunition Contribute
$3 Billion to Wildlife Conservation;
Industry Announces Important New Initiative

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EDGEFIELD, S.C. —Food, fun, fellowship and fundraising are the main events at a National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet coming to a location near you.

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USA Shooting Safety Coalition Video "BASICS OF FIREARM SAFETY" Now Available!

(Colorado Springs, CO, Jan. 24)-The USA SHOOTING SAFETY COALITION has completed a "Basics of Firearm Safety" video that incorporates the best practices of member training organizations. In contrast to previous efforts by a variety of sources, this video is fast paced, interesting and fun to watch. The pacing, music, video sequences and transitions will hold the interest of students and creates easy to remember safety points.

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More than 60 Merriam’s wild turkeys have been released onto Pueblo lands near Albuquerque, N.M.   The birds were part of a trap and transfer program between landowners in northeastern New Mexico and the Santa Ana Pueblo

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Watch five days a week with the National Wild Turkey Federation’s most dedicated volunteers as they pursue North America’s grandest gamebird on Sportsman Channel.

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The National Wild Turkey Federation is holding its 32nd annual Convention and Sport Show Feb. 21 to Feb. 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center, and is offering something special for all the women in attendance.

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Dozens of wild turkey callers under age 21 will compete at the NWTF’s Junior and Intermediate Grand National Calling Championships during the Federation’s 32nd annual Convention and Sport Show Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, 2008, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Wonders of Wildlife museum, official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day, has announced a major sponsorship from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to kickoff the 2008 celebration of the annual holiday, set for Sept. 27.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Safari Club International Foundation has announced that it will contribute $250,000 to the Hunting Heritage Partnership (HHP), a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The donation increases annual grant money available by 50 percent, from $500,000 to $750,000 to address critical issues affecting the future of hunting.

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ATLANTA — The auditorium is packed, the judges are tough and the tension is palpable. It's not the latest installment of American Idol - it's the National Wild Turkey Federation Grand National Wild Turkey Calling Championships, sponsored by Wild Turkey Bourbon.

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Ruger Milestone Rifle Highlights SHOT Show Auction

Over the years, manufacturers and sportsmen have helped raise well over $500,000 for the future of hunting in America through the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show's annual firearm and knife auction. The 2008 auction promises to be another exciting one. The items include a highly embellished Ruger rifle with a historic serial number, an elegant Pennsylvania longrifle and a finely crafted, expertly engraved folding knife.

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Federal's Conservation Manager Bill Stevens Retires, Closes Career with Field & Stream Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Stevens is closing the books on 42-years as Federal's conservation program manager. He finished on a strong note with Field & Stream Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award-presented to him in September as part of the Heroes of Conservation banquet in New York City.

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Teens tops in shooting sport

With the school year well under way, many teens are busy with football, soccer, cross-country or another "traditional" sport.  Twin brothers Trent and Eric Pribil, seniors at Edmond North High School, are polishing up their rifles and shotguns for another year of participating in shooting sports.

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Virginia Friends of NRA honored

Reprinted with Permission from the NRA Club Connection--The Virginia Friends of NRA received a State Friend of Extension Award as part of the Virginia Extension Service Association's annual meeting held in Richmond, May 24. The award was presented by the Alpha gamma chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension honorary organization. Accepting the award were NRA Field Representative Macey White of Middlesex County, State Fund Committee Chairman John Ritenour of Rockingham County, and State Fund Committee Assistant Mindy Deviers.

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USA SHOOTING FORMS FIREARM SAFETY COALITION

Recognizing the need to promote the safe handling, storage and transportation of firearms, USA Shooting announced during the recent Orlando Shot Show that leading firearm instruction and sports shooting organizations are joining with them to form the USA Shooting Safety Coalition.

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National 4-H Shooting Sports Foundation Joins Education and Firearm Safety Initiative

The National 4-H Shooting Sports Foundation is joining a newly formed coalition of organizations to promote the safe and responsible storage and use of firearms. National 4-H will join the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) and USA Shooting, to work together on a new initiative to enhance the education and training of the nation’s firearms
instructors and their work with hunters and competitive shooters. Child Guard, LLC, will serve as an official Supporting Partner of these organizations, providing technical expertise, financial support and products in support of the program.

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KDFWR Commission Creates New Permits for Deer & Turkey Hunting

KDFWR Commission Creates New Permits for Deer & Turkey Hunting The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission, in a specially-called meeting, took action this week to create nonresident hunting permits to accompany the junior turkey permit they approved at their August meeting.
Frankfort, KY, (September 20, 2004) The Commission made the recommendations after comparing hunting opportunities, bag limits, hunt and herd quality, license requirements and prices with neighboring and other states.

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