NRA Sports - Spring 2016

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NRA Public Range Fund Spotlight:

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m a g a z i n e President's Column: Barack Obama's Lifetime Appointment


Great American Outdoor Show!


The Good People of Harrisburg LOVE their NRA!

2015's Winners of... The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest!

Lifetime Skills


Eddie Eagle® in Alva, Oklahoma

Refuse To Be A Victim® Safeguarding Your Tax Return Against Scams

What's New at NRA Outdoors? New Outdoor Schools Are Gaining Popularity

The NRA Shotgun Coach Program Let's See You Break a Pair!

NRA Public Range Spotlight:

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Barack Obama’s Lifetime Appointment

By Allan D. Cors, NRA President


ow! What a great idea. Nobody has ever suggested that to me. I love that. Wow. I tell you, that’s a great idea. ... He’s brilliant. He can set forth an argument, and he was a law professor. He has all the credentials.” That was Hillary Clinton’s gushy answer to a planted question during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire in January where she was asked that if she were elected president, would she nominate President Barack Obama to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. I cannot envision a more ominous threat from a presidential candidate when it comes to the future of American liberty. Imagine Obama—from the vantage of a lifetime appointment on the highest court of the land—using his ideological wrecking ball to continue to “fundamentally transform the U.S.A.” In expanding her answer, Hillary said, “It is true that the next president may get from one to three Supreme Court appointments. I think the Supreme Court has really, unfortunately, been headed in the wrong direction.” During a private, closed-door fundraiser that occurred earlier, Hillary defined the direction she would have the court take: “The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment.” Let me define that: She means “wrong” when, by a one-vote margin, the court (in 2008) found the Second Amendment to be an individual right, striking down the District of Columbia’s gun ban. And she means “wrong” when, also by one vote, a similar Chicago ban was voided in 2010 as violating the Second Amendment, thus extending the right to every corner of the nation. Like Obama, Hillary coyly claims to embrace the Second Amendment, but their version of what it means has nothing to do with the intent of the Founding Fathers. In Hillary and Obama’s Second Amendment, no infringement goes too far. To that end, Hillary and Obama have enthusiastically embraced the massive 1990s Australian scheme that saw the confiscation and destruction of registered semi-automatic shotguns, pump-action shotguns and semi-automatic rifles from licensed owners. In a redux of that destruction of long guns, whole classes of registered handguns were taken from licensed owners. As a result, nearly a million firearms belonging to peaceable Australians were “melted down into soup cans and bus stop benches.” Hillary’s rehearsed answer to that scripted town hall

question about a possible “Justice Obama” was a setup to plant a political seed. This whole question about “Justice Obama” has been creeping into the mainstream media for some time with a series of pundits and academics touting the idea. Hillary, for her part, totally understands that shaping the Supreme Court is key to permanently changing the direction of the nation. In a January 2016 Boston Globe op-ed headlined, “ A make-or-break moment for Suprem Court appointments,” Hillary warned: “The stakes are clear. In a single term, conservative justices could undermine virtually every pillar of the progressive movement. Imagine what they will do in the future if the court becomes even more conservative.” I can imagine that very easily. Her personal nightmare of toppled progressive pillars is our dream of freedoms preserved. With a conservative court saved and expanded, the Second Amendment would be secure for our children and their children. The First Amendment would be, as well. Would Obama accept a Hillary nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court? I would wager that once out of office, then-former President Obama will desperately miss wielding immense power. Further, I suspect that Obama’s colossal, all-smothering ego would welcome the offer if President Hillary Clinton — or President Bernie Sanders or President Joe Biden — were to make it. Obama’s sense of hubris runs his life. He once bragged to a key staffer, “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. ... I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors.” Surely Obama believes he would be a better justice than anyone who ever served on the U.S. Supreme Court. Could he be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, though? Hillary had an answer for that one, too: “You know, we do have to get a Democratic Senate to get him confirmed.” Those threats should motivate every freedom-loving voter we know in the months leading up to the November elections. But we must reach them with our message of freedom one by one. We all must work as never before to win the White House with a pro-Second Amendment president, and we must maintain the pro-freedom majorities in both the u.s. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

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Great American

Outdoor Show!

The Good People of Harrisburg

LOVE Their NRA! By Kyle Jillson, GO Marketing/Media Relations/Communications Coordinator


inter in central Pennsylvania can be a dreary experience thanks to billowing winds, piled snow, and gray sky. But for nine days in February, tens of thousands of sportsmen and women flock to Harrisburg, Penn. to be a part of the season’s biggest spectacle - the Great American Outdoor Show. Billed as the world’s largest consumer sports and outdoor show, there’s no denying its size once you step foot in one of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex’s expansive exhibit halls. Nearly 200,000 people passed through the show’s turnstiles this year and began their visit in the show’s Shooting Sports Hall, a condensed version of the exhibits at the NRA Annual Meetings. Filled with the biggest names in firearms, from Smith & Wesson to Remington, each manufacturer’s booth shows off the

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latest gear in the shooting industry, often before it hits retail stores. From the Shooting Sports Hall attendees make their way to the Archery Hall where they can browse bows and arrows to their heart’s content and even try them out on an indoor archery range. Deeper into the complex you’ll find the top anglers in the country holding live demonstrations in the Fishing Hall while vendors are stocked to the gills with rods and tackle and your dream fishing trip is just a conversation away with one of the many outfitters. “It’s like Disney World for the outdoor junkie,” said an enthusiastic attendee named Candy. “Two days wasn’t enough to see it all.” At the far end of the complex lies the Hunting Out-

Crowds of people gathered at the NRA Booth to sign up for NRA Membership, learn more about NRA Programs, and gawk at the incredibly ornate trike built by the Orange County Choppers (seen below).

fitter Hall, sprinkled with all kinds of taxidermy from deer, bear, ducks, and even lions that are just a taste of an adventure you could book with dozens of guides. One of the show-goers, Steve, exclaimed “Last year I joked to my wife that we should go to South Africa and she said YES! I never thought we’d actually go but now it’s a memory we’ll have for the rest of our lives.” The show’s other exhibit halls are packed with outdoor gear vendors, boats, RVs, and even log cabins. There’s literally something for everyone. But the Great American Outdoor Show is so much more than just exhibitors. Want to become a better whitetail hunter? How about learning to cook trout, or the best training methods for a hunting dog? This year’s show had more than 200 seminars and demonstrations on every outdoor related topic under the sun.

Lots of outdoor enthusiasts make their trip to the Great American Outdoor Show a family affair and there’s plenty of events to keep the kids busy. The Family Fun Zone is the ultimate stop for a child who has to take a break from all the walking. Between Hoverball Archery, face painting, wildlife identification, magnetic fishing, and a Laser Shot, this pit stop will reenergize even the most tired tyke. Next to the Family Fun Zone, kids of all ages can learn the basics of the fastest growing shooting sport in the country at the NRA 3 Gun Experience. Equipped with Airsoft technology, participants navigate a course that requires them to put their rifle, pistol, and shotgun skills to the test. The 3 Gun Experience isn’t the only place to get some target practice. Shooters of all ages can plink cans of

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shaving cream, lollipops, moving bullseyes, and other fun targets at the show’s air gun range, staffed by NRA Range Safety Officers who are happy to lend tips. Watch a lot of outdoor TV? The Great American Outdoor Show is teeming with the biggest names in the business. This year’s attendees had the chance to meet “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Jase and Phil Robertson, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Theresa Vail, R. Lee Ermey, Matt Hughes, and dozens of other outdoor celebrities. But the fun isn’t over once the sun goes down. Showgoers who stuck around into the evenings could enjoy an NRA Country Concert featuring Justin Moore with special guests LOCASH and Ben Gallagher; get UnMuzzled with Duck Commander patriarch Phil Robertson as he talked God, guns, and country; and win exclusive NRA gear at the NRA Foundation banquet. Trying to get through everything at the Great American Outdoor Show in a single day is a tough task. Attendees are recommended to plan for at least a couple days if they

want to see everything, and many do. During the show’s nine days, 76% of all hotel rooms in the Harrisburg area were filled with attendees. And between all the lodging, food, and shopping people do when they’re in town, the Great American Outdoor Show brings $73 million to the region’s economy each year. Outdoor sports shows are nothing new to central Pennsylvania. They’ve been going on for more than 65 years. But when the NRA took over show management in 2014 and created the Great American Outdoor Show, its celebration of the outdoor lifestyle was like nothing the area had experienced before. What had previously been a regional event was now on the national stage. The Great American Outdoor Show is only getting bigger and better as the NRA works hard to keep the show fresh, and after three years we’re still just getting started. Want to see more? Visit

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin (top left) and Theresa Vail (top right) made appearances.Justin Moore had an outstanding performance for his fans (top middle). The NRA Air Gun Range (bottom) never went quiet for more than a brief moment and even hosted some of our celebrity guests! 4 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Spring 2016

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George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest By Kyle Jillson, GO Marketing/Media Relations, Communications Coordinator


he 28th Annual George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest was held this past December at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va., and featured just over 400 incredible entries submitted by young artists from all over the United States. Begun in 1987, the Youth Wildlife Art Contest challenges students to create exceptional works of art depicting North American wildlife and offers $7,000 in cash prizes. The contest started out small with a specific goal: to foster young artists’ enthusiasm for the outdoors through letting them practice their animal identification skills and expand their knowledge on the continent’s indigenous wildlife. Over the years, the contest has grown in size substantially and many past winners have gone on to make successful careers as professional artists. It makes us proud that the contest’s message has resonated with young artists, who carefully study an animal and hone their techniques to not just accurately depict a species, but to give their entry life. The Youth Wildlife Art Contest is open to any student 6 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Spring 2016

A in grades 1 through 12, public or home-schooled children, and does not require NRA membership to participate. Any North American game animal, including waterfowl and upland gamebirds that may be legally hunted or trapped is eligible to be depicted. Endangered species and non-game animals, such as eagles and snakes, are not eligible subjects. In an effort to level the field of competition and recognize skilled artists of all ages besides the most talented high school seniors, the contest is divided into four categories based on the entrant’s school grade. Although many artist begin at different ages and advance at varying rates, grade-based categories are the easiest way to fairly group artists with similar skills. Each category is judged by a carefully selected panel who evaluate entries on effort, creativity, technique, anatomical accuracy, and composition. Judges select first, second, and third place entries in each category, which receive respective prizes of $750, $500, and $250. A Best In Show award, selected from among all entries across all categories, receives a $1,000 prize.








Category I 2015’s Category I First Place winner is second grader Michael Foret out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His painting of an alligator creeping just above the surface is titled Gator in the Swamp (B). Michael received an honorable mention for his entry in the 2014 contest and it looks like a year of practice paid off. The Category I Second Place winner is third grader Trent Thompson, from Newton, Iowa. His entry, titled Bear in Woods (C), features a hungry bear rearing up on its hind legs to grab some fruit out of a tree. In Third Place is second grader Anna Fair of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, with a scenic view of a white-tailed deer titled Moon Light (D). Anna also won Category I Third Place in 2014 for a remarkable drawing of a wolf. The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is no stranger to the Fair family. A number of Anna’s older sisters have entered the contest in previous years and have received several awards.

Category II The First Place winner of Category II is James Corley Sanders, a sixth grade student from Trout, Louisiana, whose turkey painting, titled The Rendezvous (E), floored our judges. James previously won this category’s Second Place award last year with an entry of a sandhill crane. Category II Second Place went to Christine Yiu of Fremont, California. The fifth grader painted a mesmerizing mountain lion titled Two Gleaming Eyes Outside My Window (F). Luke Lanam, a sixth grader from Seymour, Indiana, won 2015’s Category II Third Place prize with a detailed wood duck painting titled Wood Duck Lake (G). Category III From Brentwood, Tennessee, Ninth grader Hannah Chen won First Place in Category III for her stunning painting of a white-tailed deer titled Deer in Winter (H). Category III Second Place was awarded to Wendy Han or Cumming, Georgia. This eighth grader drew an exceptional raccoon peering from a hiding spot titled I am here (I). Spring 2016 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 7


Third Place Category III went to Michelle Kien, a seventh grader from Rockville, Maryland. Michelle created a vibrant untitled painting of a mountain lion ( J) that impressed our judges. She previously received Honorable Mentions for Category II in 2014 and 2013. Category IV Category IV’s First Place winner was eleventh grader Alice Feng of Union City, California. Her photo-like drawing of two moose (K) looking up from a drink in the river is titled Stay Alert! The Second Place winner in Category IV is Amy Lin of Phoenix, Arizona. The twelfth grader painted a bugling elk , titled The Dauntless (L). Amy previously won Category IV’s First Place prize in the 2014 contest. This year’s Third Place award in Category IV saw the incredibly rare tie. After much deliberation, our judges could not decide between two talented twelfth graders: Min Sin of The Colony, Texas, for the painting of a colorful fox titled Transition (M), or the abstract deer painting A Buck on a Hill (N) by Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Emily Gaston. In the end they gave the award to both artists. Min is also a contest veteran, receiving an Honorable Mention in 2014.


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Best In Show The Best In Show award of the 2015 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest was presented to Justas Varpucanskis, a high school senior from Mokena, Illinois. Justas’s painting Bighorn Sheep (A) impressed our judges so much they expected the sheep to stand up and walk off of the canvas at any moment. Justas has submitted impressive entries to the contest for several years, winning Best In Show in 2013 and Category III First Place in 2012, and there’s no better way for him to have finished in his final year of eligibility. If you or someone you know might be interested in entering the upcoming year's contest, visit our website at to download an application. Submissions must be received by October 31st 2016 for consideration.




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Lifetime Skills:

Eddie Eagle® in Alva, Oklahoma By Gail Swallow, Second Grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary, Alva, Oklahoma


ost students enjoy their physical education class when a motivated teacher is teaching a variety of skills such as coordination, physical activities, games or lifetime skills. For students at the three elementary schools in Alva, Okla., this is especially true every February when they are taught firearm safety with the help of Eddie Eagle and the Wing Team. It is the only program of its kind being taught in a school setting in the state of Oklahoma. The program is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the continued approval and support of the Alva Superintendent of schools, the school board, Wildlife personnel, local law enforcement and parents. In the 1990, many local Boy Scouts were being awarded BB guns. With an influx of firearms in the community and little follow-up education on safety, the Alva school district knew they needed to do something. Then in 1995, after an incident involving 10 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Spring 2016

an Alva Middle School student, the Alva physical education teachers developed a program for BB gun safety. The teachers introduce the program by presenting the Eddie Eagle video and distributing the booklets, parent guides, and stickers to help the students to start thinking about safety. Eddie Eagle and the Wing Team teach children that if they see an unsupervised gun they should: STOP! Don’t touch. Run away. Tell a grown-up. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife teach the students about knowing the difference between a real gun and a toy gun. They teach students to not touch a firearm, but to respect all firearms. Since the beginning of the BB gun safety program, there have been no accidental firearm shootings in Alva with any school-aged children. There has been one incident at the first grade building when a toy gun was left on the steps of the building and

the students knew what to do… and did it immediately! Stop! Don’t touch. Run away. Tell a grown up! Former students always remember the Eddie Eagle and the BB gun safety program most about their elementary days in Alva. The program is just a small but vital part of the education provided to students. A well-deserved thank you goes out to Mrs. Swallow and the Alva School District for ensuring their students learn Eddie’s important safety message and stay safe. State grants from Friends of NRA through The NRA Foundation provide Eddie Eagle program materials to educators in most states free of charge. Teachers can simply email the Eddie Eagle Program at eddie@ to see if they can order free materials for their school. Watch the video and find out more about Eddie and his Wing Team at his website

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efuse To Be A Victim®, the NRA’s award-winning personal safety and crime prevention program, has been dedicated to helping people avoid becoming victims of crime since 1993. Seminars across the country are held every day, giving people tips and strategies that they can implement into their everyday life to help make them less vulnerable. Whether it be personal safety, cyber security, home security, or travel safety, Refuse To Be A Victim provides a comprehensive look at how to create layers of security in your life to lessen your chances of victimization. Each issue, we are going to pass along some safety tips about a different topic. If you are interested in learning more about the program or finding a seminar near you, please visit If you are interested in taking our Online Instructor Course, please visit our website at

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From October 2013 to October 2015, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has received reports of about 736,000 scams aimed at stealing people’s money or identities; nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of these scams. Be extremely wary of the following situations: • Someone calls or emails saying they're from the IRS and you owe money. The caller will say if you don't pay immediately, a warrant could be issued for your arrest. Sometimes they will recite personal information such as the last 4 digits of your Social Security number to sound credible. The number on the caller ID might even look legitimate or imitate the IRS toll-free number. If contacted by email the senders email address might be similar to actual IRS email addresses and contain images that look like an IRS website. • Someone promises you a big refund if you let them prepare your taxes. People generally prey on people who do not have a filing requirement, such as low-income individuals or the elderly. They also target non-English speaking individuals. They charge big money for bad advice or worse yet, file the return and have the refund deposited into their account. • Someone gets a hold of your personal information, previous tax returns, income history W-2s, or other per-

sonal information and files fraudulent returns on your behalf. • Someone contacts you directly after a disaster and claim they're working on behalf of the IRS to help the victims file casualty loss claims and get tax returns.

To Combat These Scams:

• Do NOT give out info over the phone or via email. The IRS will never ask for such information over the phone or email and will always send out a written notice. Additionally, the IRS will NEVER require a specific type of payment, while scammers will often ask for a money transfer or payment with a prepaid debit card. • Taxpayers need to watch out for identity theft especially around tax time. Be extremely careful with your personal information. Shred anything with info such as birthdays, usernames, social security #’s, banking info, mother’s maiden name, etc. on it. If you have emails with tax information, be sure they are secure by choosing difficult passwords and changing them often. • Always get a copy of what was filed for you if you use a tax preparer. Remember, taxpayers are legally responsible for what is on their tax return even if it is prepared by someone else. • Contact the IRS directly if you’re worried the call isn’t real. Call 800-829-1040 or go to Spring 2016 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 11

What's New at



By Shawn Skipper, NRA Publications, American Hunter

s I perused the Outfitter Hall at the Great American Outdoor Show in early February—dreaming of hunting adventures—I eventually happened upon the NRA Outdoor booth, manned by my colleague Greg Ray. Suffice to say, if you're an NRA member, you've heard of the program. It was conceived to help connect NRA members with some of the finest outfitters and guides in the outdoor industry. And it has done so with gusto since its inception. What some folks haven't yet realized, though—the kind folks in Harrisburg, Pa., among them—is that NRA Outdoors is no longer just your portal to outfitters. Training courses are on the docket now, too. You can still call Greg and his people and access their inside connections on the finest big game guides on just about any continent. But now you can ask them to help sharpen your skills, too. The courses offered are hosted at topnotch facilities and overseen by only the finest instructors available, which I can attest to personally. I attended the "Practical Hunting Rifleman School" last summer and found that it helped clean up a few mechanical errors that might have cost me this past fall on an elk hunt, had they not been addressed. That said, don't think that everything being offered is hunting specific. Quite the contrary. Don't believe me? Here's a rundown of what they're offering.

Long Range School

The Long Range School, predictably, helps prepare you to reach out and hit targets at farther distances than ever before. It's the original NRA Outdoors course, and is available in three locations: Utah/Wyoming, West Virginia, and Texas.

Tactical Carbine School

The Tactical Carbine course may be called introductory, but it's an introductory course of the highest degree. Led by hand-selected senior level U.S. Military Operators that are federally accredited instructors, students will learn the basics of defensive tactical shooting. Want to make sure you're ready to defend yourself and your loved ones? This is the place. 12 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Spring 2016

Wilderness Survival School

Here's a new course that I think should catch the eye of hunters and "preppers" alike. The Survival Skills School takes students into the back-country, where they learn the ins and outs of the wilderness from hand-selected U.S. Military Operators, plant experts, and firearm instructors.

3-Gun Introduction School

Interest in the 3-Gun circuit has boomed in recent years. Don't know how to start your own competitive career? Then this is the course for you. The NRA Outdoors 3-Gun School will walk you through the entirety of 3-Gun competitions, from set-up to mastering your marksmanship with each firearm.

Defensive Handgun Academy

This one speaks for itself. Think of the Tactical Carbine course, but with handguns. At the same time though, students will be taught defensive mindset and defensive technique, which are critical skills to have in a highstress situation. The course focuses on proper and relevant handgun techniques, safety, and more. And, like I said, the folks at NRA Outdoors will still be there to help you book that once in a lifetime hunt, too. Just don't sell them short. For more information, go to

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The NRA Shotgun By Don Sipes, NRA National Shotgun Coach Trainer


Shotgun Coaches are trained to coach clay target sports, including American Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, International Trap, and International Skeet. The NRA Coach differs from the NRA Shotgun Instructor in that the Shotgun Instructor conducts the NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course teaching novice shooters the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely use a shotgun to shoot flying targets; whereas the Coach is specifically trained to coach the competitive clay target sports. The Instructors usually have a teaching relationship with their students for only the 8-hour duration of the basic course; the Coaches usually have a much longer instructional relationship with their student athletes lasting from a single shooting season to several years. While most Shotgun Coaches work with youth shotgun teams, many coaches prefer to coach small groups or individual shooters. Even the casual weekend shooters want to improve and would benefit from the help of a trained coach.

The NRA Coach Program is endorsed by all of the major clay target sports’ National Governing Bodies, including The Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), The National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA), The National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA), and USA Shooting. The Coach Education Program is managed and administered by the NRA Education and Training Division, and also includes coach training courses for Rifle and Pistol Coaches. The NRA Level 1 Shotgun Coach is trained in the Level 1 Shotgun Coach School. The School consists of 12 hours of classroom instruction followed by 4 hours of practical coaching exercises on the range. Satisfactorily participating in this instruction and passing the 80-question open-book written examination results in being awarded a two-year rating as a Level 1 Shotgun Coach. Level 1 Coach Candidates must be age 18 or older and must have at least a basic knowledge of shotgun shooting and be familiar with at least one of the clay target sports. Youth clay target shooters ages 15-17 who have an interest in helping others learn to shoot may also attend a Shotgun Coach School. Those satisfactorily completing the school will be recognized as a Shotgun Junior Trainer until their 18th birthday at which time they will be automatically upgraded to a Level 1 Coach with no additional training or upgrade fee required. 14 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE Spring 2016

The Level 1 Coach Schools are conducted by a member of the NRA Shotgun National Coach Development Staff (NCDS). NCDS members are carefully selected coaches who are specially trained to present the Level 1 Course in an interesting and enjoyable manner. The Level 1 School includes lessons on Safety, Shotgun Shooting Fundamentals, Equipment, Coaching Trap, Coaching Skeet, Coaching Sporting Clays, Mental Training, Shooting Rules and Etiquette, Coaching Ethics, Coaching Methodology, Team Building, and Training Planning. The 430-page Shotgun Coach Student Study Guide and other printed materials are provided to each Coach Candidate. The current schedule and contact information for all coach schools can be found at Interested persons may register online at that website for the school of their choice. In each of the past two years, NRA has conducted over 50 Shotgun Coach Schools throughout the United States. If there is not a school that meets your time or distance requirements, a club or organization in your local area may decide to sponsor a coach school to better meet your needs. Coach schools are conducted at any date and place of the sponsor’s choosing. The sponsor establishes and collects the tuition fee which must include the $100 NRA fee per attendee and the transportation, lodging, and meals costs of the school

Coach Program

instructor. The sponsor provides the necessary classroom and range locations. If the total tuition fees collected exceed these financial obligations, the sponsor may keep the excess revenue and use it as they see fit. Obviously, the tuition cost will vary from school to school. They usually range from $150-$200 per Coach Candidate. A complete Coach School Sponsor’s Guide can be obtained at If you are a clay target shooter who would enjoy helping beginning and intermediate shooters learn and improve their ability in a lifelong sport while building life skills like self-confidence, discipline, responsibility, teamwork and sportsmanship, please consider becoming one of our nearly 5,000 Shotgun Coaches who work with over 120,000 clay target shooters annually.

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NRA Public Range Fund Spotlight:



By Brian Hyder, National Liaison, General Operations, NRA

he Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) is charged with managing a wide array of fish and wildlife species in the state. Alligators, whitetailed deer, doves, waterfowl, furbearers, bobwhite quail, a variety of small game species, wild hogs, and the coveted Osceola wild turkey can all be found in the “Sunshine State.” Deer are the most popular big game animal hunted in Florida followed closely by wild hogs. The hogs are not native to the state and are believed to have been introduced by Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto as early as 1539. Other species that present unique challenges to the agency are black bears, non-native snakes, and the Florida panther. The black bear is one of the most successful conservation stories in Florida. Once estimated at only a few hundred, this native animal now numbers over 3,000. Although controversial, in 2015, the FFWCC approved a limited bear hunt in 4 Bear Management Units. These hunts are necessary and the most effective tool to stabilize an expanding bear population. Unfortunately, the state has also seen exploding populations of non-native snakes due to releases of the “pets” by humans. In 2010, the state created a hunting season for Burmese and Indian pythons, African rock pythons, green anacondas, and Nile monitor lizards. These species threaten the ecosystems of a large part of south Florida. Once occupying large areas of the eastern U.S., the only populations of cougar left in the east are found in south Florida. Estimated at only 20 in the 1970s, today, (due to protection from hunting, protected habitat and improving genetic diversity by introducing panthers from Texas) they now number about 160 animals. This rare and elusive endangered species will continue to present a challenge to FFWCC for years to come. In addition to managing all of these wildlife challenges, the FFWCC also manages more than 5.5 million acres of public hunting on wildlife management areas across the state. Nick Wiley is the Executive Director of the agency and the man at the helm of the agency’s management decisions. Wiley knows that before becoming a hunter, one must become a shooter and he is committed to providing safe places to shoot for Florida’s hunters and recreational shooters. Wiley and Bill Cline, Section 18 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Spring 2016

Leader, Hunter Safety and Public Shooting Ranges, have been busy in recent years providing these facilities. Currently, there are unstaffed ranges on the Apalachicola, Osceola, and Ocala National Forests. Staffed ranges can be found at the Bay County Public Shooting Range, Tenoroc Shooting Range, Knight Trail, Indian River, and Babcock Webb Shooting Ranges. Shooters in Broward County and Miami-Dade Counties can find ranges at Markham Park and Trail Glades, respectively. In addition to these wonderful facilities, the agency is also currently working on the Triple N Ranch and construction is scheduled to begin soon on the state’s flagship facility, The Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Complex. Palm Beach County is designed to provide an educational facility, a place for first time shooters to be comfortable in their introduction to the shooting sports, for hunters to hone skills, and for youth to train for Olympic shooting events. Florida’s shooting ranges are targeted at hunter safety, marksmanship skills, recreation, and wildlife restoration. A portion of the excise taxes collected from the state’s hunters and shooters, along with fishing and hunting license revenue, help to fund hunter education programs including the development of public shooting ranges. NRA’s Public Range Fund has played an important role in the development of 4 of Florida’s new public ranges. Triple N Ranch, Tenoroc, Bay County, and Palm Beach County have all received NRA grants in recent years. To date, 66 public ranges across the nation have been built with NRA’s help. Over $1.5 million has been spent from the fund resulting in over $22 million in new ranges nationally. This program continues to provide critical funding to the states, including Florida, enabling them to access the federal funds (P-R) for range improvement and construction. The NRA and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are mutually committed to the shooters and hunters of the state and will continue to work on their behalf. For more information on Florida’s public shooting ranges go to or call William Cline at 850-413-0085. Interested in building public ranges in your state? Visit our website at

“There is a shortage of public shooting range facilities in Florida – a situation that limits people’s opportunities to practice safe f irearms handling and could slow the growth of participation in the shooting sports. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is strongly committed to supporting safe, responsible hunting and target shooting. We’re achieving that goal by building public shooting ranges to serve areas of greatest need. We’re grateful for our partners at NRA who are providing f inancial assistance and technical support to help us get these ranges off the ground.” Nick Wiley Executive Director Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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NRA Affiliated State Associations AL STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N 2009 Rogers Dr Huntsville, AL 35811 256-534-7968 Website currently unavailable

ID STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N PO Box 140293 Boise, ID 83714-4183 208-452-4183

MN RIFLE & REVOLVER ASS'N, INC. 4737 CR 101, Box 114 Minnetonka, MN 55345-2634 320-968-6898

AK OUTDOOR COUNCIL, INC. 310 K St Ste 200 Anchorage, AK 99501 907-264-6645

IL STATE RIFLE ASS'N, INC. P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198

MS STATE FIREARM OWNERS ASS'N PO Box 1061 McComb, MS 39649 601-341-8797

AZ STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N P.O. Box 74424 New River, AZ 85087 623-687-4251

IN STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N, INC. 7527 State Route 56 W Rising Sun, IN 47040 812-534-3258

MO SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N 6140 N. Wagontrail Rd Columbia, MO 65202-9658 314-440-3811

AR RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 2348 Conway, AR 72033 501-327-4702

IA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 240 Prospect Road North Liberty, IA 52317-9660 319-626-2710

MT RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 48 Ramsay, MT 59748 406-868-4181

CA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N, INC. 271 E Imperial Hwy Ste 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772

KS STATE RIFLE ASS'N P.O. Box 219 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-608-1910

NE MARKSMANSHIP ASS’N PO Box 390311 Omaha, NE 68139 402-933-4881

CO STATE SHOOTING ASS'N 609 W Littleton Blvd Ste 206 Littleton, CO 80120 303-663-9339

L OF KY SPORTSMEN, INC. 1116 Hume Road Lexington, KY 40516 859-351-7113

NV FIREARMS COALITION 5575 Simmons St, Ste I-176 North Las Vegas, NV 89031 702-353-5935

CT STATE RIFLE & REVOLVER ASS'N P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 860-480-4600

LA SHOOTING ASS'N 350 Quill Ct. Slidell, LA 70461 985-781-4174

GUN OWNERS OF NH, INC. P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0487 603-225-4664

DE STATE SPORTSMEN’S ASS'N P.O. Box 94 Lincoln, DE 19960 302-475-4228

(ME) PINE TREE STATE R&P ASS'N, INC PO Box 373 Yarmouth, ME 04096 207-882-4713

ASS'N OF NJ R&P CLUBS, INC. 5 Sicomac Rd Ste 292 North Haledon, NJ 07508 973-697-9270

FL SPORT SHOOTING ASS'N, INC. 5915 Viking Rd Orlando, FL 32808 407-295-5115

MD STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N 341 Whitfield Rd Catonsville, MD 21228 410-838-1734

NM SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N, INC. P.O. Box 20787 Albuquerque, NM 87154 505-286-8449

GA SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N PO Box 1733 Macon, GA 31202 478-955-7068

(MA) GUN OWNERS’ ACTION L PO Box 567, 361 W Main St Northboro, MA 01606 508-393-5333

NY STATE R&P ASS’N, INC. 90 S. Swan Street Suite 395 Albany, NY 12210 518-272-2654

HI RIFLE ASSOCIATION PO Box 543 Kailua, HI 96734 808-306-7194

MI RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 71 Marshall, MI 49068-0071 269-781-1223

NC RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-295-7220

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NRA Affiliated State Associations ND SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N P.O. Box 228 Bismarck, ND 58502 701-255-4601

UT STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 4834 Van Buren Ave Ogden, UT 84403 801-499-9763

OH RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 6116 Misty Creek Dr Loveland, OH 45140 513-426-7944

VT FED'N OF SPRTMN’S CLUBS, INC. 16 Millstone Blvd Barre, VT 05641 802-272-8544

OK RIFLE ASS'N P.O. Box 850927 Yukon, OK 73085-0927 405-324-2450

VA SHOOTING SPORTS ASS’N P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848

OR STATE SHOOTING ASS’N 34423 Brewster Rd Lebanon, OR 97333 541-409-3358

WA STATE R&P ASS'N, INC. 17541 Fremont Ave N Shore Line, WA 98113 206-427-8257

PA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N 1573 Chestnut Grove Hwy Grampian, PA 16838 814-236-0708

WV SRPA P.O. Box 120 Eleanor, WV 25070 304-586-3116

GUN RIGHTS & SAFETY ASS'N OF PR PO Box 191919 San Juan, PR 00919-1919 787-691-1919

WI F.O.R.C.E. PO Box 130 Seymour, WI 54165 888-337-3534

RI 2ⁿd AMENDMENT COALITION 928 Atwood Ave Johnston, RI 02919 401-944-1600

WY STATE SHOOTING ASS'N, INC. 625 Sweetwater St Lander, WY 82520-3044 307-335-9323

GUN OWNERS OF SC P.O. Box 211 Little Mountain, SC 29075 803-345-5761 SD SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N PO Box 3 Dell Rapids, SD 57022 605-428-5488 TN SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N, INC. 6653 Jocelyn Hollow Road Nashville, TN 37205 615-491-2633

TX STATE RIFLE ASS'N 8411 N. IH 35 Austin, TX 78753 512-615-4200

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Bryan Hoover

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Brian Smith

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Area 34 (HI, OR)

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Area 41 (ND, SD)

Clay Pederson

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Josh Toennessen

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Area 6 (NV) Steve Wilson

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Daniel Wilhelm

Area 36 (Southern CA)

Mike Davis

Area 37 (Central CA)

Paul Rodarmel

Area 46 (Eastern CA)

Cole Beverly

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Bob Anderson

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