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A Publication of the National Rifle Association of America Spring 2013

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DON’T MISS IT!

NRAYouth Day!

At this Year’s Annual Meeting

3GE? PLUS

The Winners

Nebraska Pheasants

2012 Youth Wildlife Art Contest of the

Calling All Members!

Great American Hunters Tour


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President’s Column

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3-Gun is Gaining Popularity

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Calling All Memebers!

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NRA’s Club Champion Program

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Become an NRA RSO

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2012 Youth Wildlife Art

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Great American Hunters Tour

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NRA Outdoors

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Ignoring Deranged People is Wrong-Headed and Dangerous

We show you how to get started!

We need you to volunteer if you can

TRPC of Tenafly, New Jersey and TSSA of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Editors:

Elizabeth Bush National Manager NRA Sports ebush@nrahq.org 703-267-1348 Son Nguyen Marketing Manager snguyen@nrahq.org 703-267-1345

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Stephen Czarnik Marketing Coordinator sczarnik@nrahq.org 703-267-1343

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Ignoring

Deranged People By David A. Keene, NRA President

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few months ago, a mentally unhinged New York City woman pushed an Indian man she had never met onto the subway tracks as a train was approaching. He was killed. She claimed she did it because she hates Muslims and Hindus. It turned out that she had been treated at a New York psychiatric hospital and her mother had called police at least five times due to her violence at home. She had even assaulted a police officer. She was arrested at least nine times and either released outright or allowed to plead guilty to assault and other charges without jail time or remand to a mental facility for treatment. A violence-prone schizophrenic who refused to take her medication, the woman was a danger to herself and to her community, a fact known to her mother, her doctor and to the police. Her case is not all that exceptional. It hit the papers when she murdered a man, just as the cases of the recent school and theater murderers became news when the time bombs inside the perpetrators’ heads went off and they ran amok. But in virtually every case there were signs that those around them should have noticed. In the case of the Aurora murderer, the only person who encountered him and refused to deal with him was a gun dealer who suspected that he was as crazy as he turned out to be. Since the mid-1960s, the NRA has been urging that government, at all levels, take steps to force the

Is Wrong-Headed And Dangerous dangerously mentally ill to get treatment or to get them off the street. NRA members have argued that information on those legally adjudicated as mentally ill and potentially dangerous be included in the federal databases checked when one purchases a firearm. More than 20 states still have failed to input this information— which means that some people who shouldn’t be allowed to purchase any firearm can do so. Not everyone suffering mental distress, mild depression or dozens of other conditions that can, and perhaps should, be treated by mental health professionals is dangerous. But violent schizophrenics and others who often refuse to take the medications that allow them to function as part of a civilized society should be monitored and kept away from potentially dangerous weapons. In recent decades more and more people as dangerous as the Newtown murderer and the New York subway killer have been “deinstitutionalized.” Now, these people are either in prison because they have already lost control of their emotions, or wandering our streets because they haven’t yet committed the sort of violent acts that will finally force lax law enforcement and mental health bureaucracies to take action. Had we come to grips with this problem earlier, the man who died on the subway tracks in New York would be alive. So might the children killed in

Newtown in December and too many others who have died at the hands of deranged killers over the last few decades. It is impossible to predict who might turn into the next subway killer or school attacker. That is why security is so important and why so many schools already protect their students by posting police or armed security guards within their schools. But people who notice the signs exhibited by the clearly disturbed should bring their concerns to the attention of school officials or police who, in turn, should act on those concerns. In fact, predicting who might be mentally dangerous is complicated and fraught with dangers of its own of which we should be aware. Overreaction should be avoided. Civil and law enforcement authorities should never be given the power to willy-nilly categorize people as some sort of threat as an excuse to deprive them of their Second Amendment rights. But there are those who are clearly dangerous and ignoring the threat they pose is just as dangerous. The mothers of the Newtown and New York killers knew something had to be done and both tried to get the authorities to act. Both failed and as a result 27 innocents never saw the New Year.

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Welcome to NRA Sports Magazine!

As you may have noticed, the NRA Club Connection is now NRA Sports Magazine. Established in 2013, the NRA Sports Department was developed for NRA members who have a genuine interest in the recreational shooting sports. The programs offered appeal to a wide variety of clubs, ranges, hunters, novice and shootings sports enthusiasts. Take ownership of your NRA by taking part in these exciting programs.

CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS

NRA Clubs & Associations provides services and assistance to a network of over 14,000 NRA-affiliated clubs, associations, and businesses. Contact us at (800) NRA-CLUB (672-2582) or via email at clubs@nrahq.org with any questions.

RANGE SERVICES

NRA Range Services offers a number of resources to public and private ranges across the country including on-site assistance, educational seminars, grants and much more.

HUNTER SERVICES

When it comes to hunting and skills training, America’s 13.7 million hunters have known for years where to go: The NRA. Working in cooperation with the State of New York in 1949, we developed hunter safety training as it’s known today. Since then, as our proven hunting education principles have been adopted by one state and province after another, we’ve expanded our services and assistance to hunters. Advanced training for young hunters, the latest research and tactics for hunting success and public works that benefit hunters. A 52-squaremile hunting and shooting paradise at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, NM. With all this and more, it’s easy to see why NRA is the number-one hunters’ organization in America.

NRA DAY

Brownells/NRA Day events provide adults, youth, families, hunters, sportsmen, competitors - literally everyone - the opportunity to come together under a formal program to learn, experience, share, and grow in appreciation of the shooting sports. The event themes offered in the program are designed for discovery. They provide exposure to the many different activities available in shooting sports and offer participants the opportunity to explore them in a safe, controlled environment. The Brownells/NRA Day is a family affair! Everyone can attend!

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NRA Sports Activities are designed to introduce new and intermediate shooters to a safe, family fun, mildly competitive, recreational shooting event. These events revolve around the non-traditional action packed, ever popular 3 Gun competition, utilizing modern sporting rifles, shotguns and pistols.

WOMEN’S WILDERNESS ESCAPE

The NRA Women’s Wilderness Escape provides women 18 and older with an eight-day getaway opportunity to experience firearm education with exposure to a wide variety of shooting sports activities and an array of enticing hunting and outdoor related activities. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned outdoor enthusiast, it’s an experience that will prepare you for your next adventure!

For more information, visit our website at http://nrasports.nra.org/ or email us at nrasports@nrahq.org

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NRA creating a 3Gun focus on .22s and AirSoft for your local clubs and ranges Written by Lars Dalseide, Communications Manager, NRA Marketing/Media Relations

Let’s say you’re thinking about looking into participating in 3Gun. You’ve watched the competitions, read the articles, seen the YouTube clips ... you’re a fan. But that’s not enough. Eventually, you’re going to want to move from the fan to the competitor zone. But how? The NRA will have an answer to that soon. “We’re road testing a new version that includes .22s and AirSoft guns,” said NRA Sports Program Specialist Samantha Olsen. “Given the ever rising popularity of 3Gun, having an AirSoft or .22 version of the sport provides young or inexperienced shooters an opportunity to compete.”

How do you road test a new 3Gun program? Invite your colleagues at the National Rifle Association down to the Headquarters Range ... that’s how. Hosted by Olsen and fellow Program Specialist Andy Lander, the new setup was put through the wringer by colleagues from NRA’s Membership, Publications, ILA and Law Enforcement Divisions. Some were old hands at the sport while a number fell directly into the first time 3Gunner category. “It was a great first step” said Olsen. “A few things need to be tweaked, but the overall results is that everyone had a great time in a safe, controlled environment.” Primary concerns were

3Gun and 3GAS (Guns from Air Soft) practice run at NRA Headquarters Fairfax, Virginia

centered around equipment and target choices. “The AirSoft shotgun had a heavy spring. That’s fine for experienced shooters, but we’ll probably go to an electric or gas powered version for the next run. And most of the steel targets for the .22 course didn’t fall, so we’re looking into alternatives on that front too.” Though only a few trickled in at the start, the crowd grew to an impressive size before the event drew to a close. Word had spread, excitement was generated and scores were rattled back and forth in the friendly spirit of competition. While Olsen and Lander tinker with the design, it appears that their first 3Gun with a .22 and AirSoft flavor was a hit. “I hit more than I had any right to,” joked National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica. “But they better look out next time.” Spring 2013 • NRA Sports MAGAZINE • 5


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NeedsYOU! As an NRA member, we know you care deeply about this Organization, our Country, our Freedoms and the Second Amendment. We know that you support NRA in many ways. But serving as an Annual Meeting Volunteer takes your commitment to a different level. As you know, the Annual Meeting is NRA’s biggest and most visible event. TV, radio, newspaper and on-line media cover every aspect of it. It’s a great opportunity for us to show the citizens of this Country, and abroad, who we are and how special it is to be a member of the NRA Family. NRA is its Members. It is because of you (your number and your actions) that we are viewed as strong. However, some of our adversaries are trying to convince the public that we are weakened, or even weak – all washed up! They don’t know us. Our members are the backbone of this Country, and we are not compromising our principles, our values, our Freedom or our Country. Give us a challenge and we meet it head-on. NRA is Red, White and Blue – always has been, always will be. We work hard to keep NRA and our Country in a high position in the hearts and minds of not only our friends but also our adversaries. All eyes will be on us this year. Gun owners will look to see how we lead. A new Congress will watch to see how unified and committed we are. As a volunteer, you are, yourself, a leader. You invest of yourself. You take ownership. Wayne LaPierre has the Vision. It is up to us to make that vision a reality. The NRA Staff cannot do it without YOU. We appreciate more than words can say, your valuable time and the sacrifice that volunteering requires. Thank you for your generosity in helping make the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits the best ever as well as the Annual Meeting that sends a strong message to America. For more information, visit http://nraam.org/volunteer/volunteer.aspx or contact Gayle Carter-Cook, Volunteer Coordinator, at 208-274-2670 or nravolunteer@gmail.com.

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ATTention!!!

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MEmbers! The new Congress has begun, and so has the fight for our right to keep and bear arms. We clearly face the most serious threat to our fundamental Second Amendment rights in the last 20 years, and law-abiding gun owners need to act now to ward off an unprecedented onslaught on our rights.

SECOND AMENDMENT UNDER ATTACK IN THE STATES!

The threats to our rights aren't just at the federal level. Serious threats in the form of new "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazine bans, as well as additional, related restrictions have also been proposed at the state and local levels (so far, in New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Colorado, and Vermont, with Delaware and Maryland likely to see legislation in the very near future). As gun owners, sportsmen and supporters of the Second Amendment, we urge you to stay informed (by visiting our website at www.nraila.org) and to be proactive in fighting this battle. Please contact your state and federal legislators and urge them respect our Second Amendment rights.

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Your Name Address City, State, Zip

WRITE YOUR LAWMAKERS TODAY!

Dear Senator/Representative

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While Senator Feinstein’s recently introduced S.150 to ban semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines is garnering the most attention, it is important to note that attacks on our Second Amendment rights are by no means limited to this one proposal. There is also an all-out push to pass “universal” background checks, which would require background checks for firearm transfers between lifelong friends, and maybe even between family members, and also create national gun registration. As your constituent, I want to urge you to oppose any and all gun control proposals that have been, or will be, introduced. We can expect a barrage of attacks on our Second Amendment rights to include not only gun bans, but: attacks on gun shows; restrictions on the lawful purchase of ammunition; eliminating private transfers of firearms, even between family members; gun owner registration; and more. The one thing all of these misguided proposals have in common is they won’t reduce crime. Criminals, by definition, are lawbreakers. They are not deterred by laws against murder, rape, armed robbery, etc., and they won’t be affected by additional gun control laws on top of the tens of thousands of existing laws we have on the books at every governmental level. If you truly care about reducing crime and keeping our children safe, I ask you to oppose these gun control bills, and instead focus on improvements to our nation’s mental health system and enhancing security at our schools. Again, I urge you to oppose any and all gun control bills, and ensure you focus on those solutions that will actually achieve positive accomplishments, while respecting our Second Amendment rights. Please reply to me with your position on these measures. Your votes on these issues will be a major consideration in my future voting decisions. Sincerely, Your Name


2013 Club Recruiting Challenge

Randy Clark-Manager, Recruiting Programs

Another Club Recruiting record. That’s the goal for 2013. NRA measures its growth in membership, an area where Club Recruiters have a direct impact. The challenge for 2013 is to recruit 40,000 NRA members! Club Recruiters met the 2012 challenge by signing up over 35,000 NRA members resulting in $200,000 in commissions going back into club treasuries. Now we must look at how we can continue to grow NRA as an organization in preparation for President Obama’s second term. • Set goals- Set a target for success. Exceed last year’s results by 10%. • Go 100% and verify annually - Every member in your club should be an NRA member, right? Convince them to sign up. If the club is already 100%, look for ways to recruit non-club members. Example: sign up a club member’s spouse! • Additional Venues- Does your club have a newsletter? Include a membership application. Website? Add a membership link.

Have a range? Set up a recruitment table. Growth in your recruiting numbers means extra money in your clubs treasury and a stronger, healthier NRA. I’m looking forward to the challenge of recruiting 40,000 members through our recruiting clubs. You should be too. But we need every club to do their part. Are you looking for a year round way to raise funds for your club or association? The NRA Recruiting program provides your club with a year round opportunity to raise money while strengthening the National Rifle Association. For information on how to join the NRA Recruiting Program call us at (800) 672-0004 (option 2), email us at recruiter@nrahq.org or visit us on the web at www.NRA.org/recruiter. Already a part of the NRA Recruiting Program? We’d like to hear from you too. Please email your suggestions to recruiter@nrahq.org and tell us how we can help you recruit more members.

2012 Tenafly Rifle and Pistol NRA Club Champion Challenge On November 17 and 18, the Tenafly Rifle and Pistol Club (TRPC) of Tenafly, New Jersey held their first NRA Club Champion Challenge. The match was organized by NRA Certified Instructor and TRPC board member John Hlinka. The match included 5 stages. Rimfire rifle, big bore pistol, and .22 pistol stages were fired at 25 yards utilizing traditional targets. Two shorter stages at a 15-yard distance each used tactical pistol and shotgun with knock-down steel targets. Experienced guns and novices shot side by side to earn the right to make TRPC history as the first ever TRPC NRA Club Champions. One of the highlights of the match was between 12-year-old Kyle Macalinao and his father, Marcos. Kyle bested his father in tactical pistol, knocking down the steel targets in blazing time. “The NRA Club Champion program is really gaining steam, because it is an easy way for a club to hold an NRA sanctioned match.

Written by Lars Dalseide, Communications Manager, NRA Marketing/ Media Relations

The program basically provides clubs with a tournament in a box. Awards are provided by NRA, including a Montana Silversmiths belt buckle for the NRA Club Champion”, said John Parker of NRA Competitive Shooting. He added,“We are especially excited that clubs are utilizing the tactical pistol, rifle, and shotgun stages that are offered in the courses of fire.” Gary Brooks had the honor of becoming the first Club Champion. Second and third places went to Lawrence Luhrman and Andrew Kuo, respectively. Carl Johnston was “High Junior”, while Lawrence Luhrman took it for our “High Senior” division. Honorable mention goes to Hamid Zahedi, with good sportsman humor, took the last place trophies in both rimfire rifle and pistol.

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1st Wayne Placek 97-1 2ⁿd John Hlinka 95-1 3rd Gary Brooks 93-2

1st Frank Jackson 84-6 2ⁿd Charles Yu 84-7 3rd Lawrence Luhrman 81-6

Tactical Shotgun (15yd) 1st Frank Jackson 94-3 2ⁿd Mathew Watkins 93-3 3rd Carl Johnston 88-3

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Meet the Tropical Sport Shooting Association Match Champions Left to Right: Ryan Rodriguez/Top Junior, Craig Wood/3rd place, Jose Garcia/2nd place and Top Senior Wayne Dayberry, NRA Club Champion

TSSA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida conducted our most successful NRA Club Champion Challengeyet. The local chapter of Friends of NRA Greater Broward was involved as well, something I just foundout about today and think is fantastic. Rick Lund, of the Tropical Sport Shooting Association provided us with coverage of their first NRA Club Champion Challenge held Nov. 17. Also in attendance was the Greater Broward chapter of Friends of NRA, who were a match sponsor. The NRA Club Champion Challenge winner receives a Montana Silversmiths belt buckle emblazoned with the NRA logo, and all other match winners receive a medal. All awards are provided by the NRA. The competitors shot in three stages of Pistol, Rifle-Carbine and Tactical Shotgun. Some with multiple

strings which were scored on NRA B-16 Targets or steel. According to Rick, “South Florida presented us with a near picture perfect day for the 22 members that managed to sucessfully completeour first NRA Club Championship Challenge. The format required firing from static positions, so we exercised getting into several of them while manipulating your firearms on the clock. Overall, everyone who participated (and we had a number of people who came out early but did not finish the match) were great competitors and helped behind the stages keeping things moving.” Thanks Rick, we hope everyone who participated had a great time at the match! Learn more about the NRA Club Champion Challenge here: www.nraclubchamp.com.

2013 Club Leadership & Development Webinar Series

All Webinars are broadcast on Thursdays at 1:00pm EST

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Missed the last club webinar? Go to www. nrahq.org/clubs/club_university/default.asp to view it now. If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact us at (800) NRA-CLUB (672-2582) or by email at clubs@nrahq.org.

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Add more credibility, and help your club reduce liability by participating in the NRA Range Safety Officer Program By Andy Lander, Program Specialist, NRA Recreational Shooting

What is an NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO)? The NRA Range Safety Officer program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally recognized range officer certification. NRA RSO’s are people who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations. RSO’s must be at least 21 years of age or older. The course consists of: roles and responsibilities, range standard operating procedures (SOPs), range inspection and range rules, firearm stoppages and malfunctions, and Range Safety Briefings which include emergency procedures. Candidates must also receive 90 percent or better on the written exam. How does one become a certified NRA RSO? There are two ways an individual can become an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer. The first option is only available to individuals who currently possess a valid NRA Firearms Instructor certification or NRA Coach appointment in one of the NRA’s firearms training programs. NRA Coaches and Certified Instructors have the option of taking the Range Safety Officer course by home validation. To take the RSO course by home validation, an NRA trainer may order on line at http://www.materials. nrahq.org or call the NRA Program Materials Center at 1-(800)-336-7402 to order the Range Safety Officer Student Packet (item number 13520), complete the exam, and mail the exam along with the application and appropriate fees to the NRA Training Department. Those individuals who do not hold a trainer rating must attend an RSO course. The courses are only conducted by Chief RSOs. The term “Chief Range Safety Officer” is the title that the NRA uses to identify those individuals certified to train NRA RSOs. The RSO course is a nine-hour course that consists of classroom time and practical exercises conducted on a range. RSO candidates will receive the Range Safety Officer Student Packet (item Number 13520) which can be obtained by the CRSO from the NRA Program Materials center at 1-(800)-336-7402 or may

be purchased online at http://www.materials.nrahq.org. How does one become an Instructor to teach the RSO Course? As indicated, the NRA calls these individuals Chief Range Safety Officers (CRSO). One of the ways an instructor may obtain the rating is by attending an NRA Training Counselor Workshop (TCWS). If the Training Counselor candidate already has the RSO rating, then he/ she will be upgraded to CRSO upon successful completion of the TCWS. Training Counselor CRSOs may also conduct the CRSO discussed next. Individuals who possess the RSO certification or go through the RSO Training prior to starting the CRSO training may attend a CRSO course put on by an NRA Training Counselor who also holds the CRSO certification. This is an instructor level course, so the Training Counselor must make sure that the individual has been through the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT), which is a minimum of six hours. This course, accompanied with the Basic Range Safety Officer’s course, is given to the CRSO candidate. The materials that the CRSO candidate will receive are: Range Safety Officer Lesson Plans (item number 13516) and Range Safety Officer Student Packet (item number 13520). NRA has a waiver process for those RSOs that are also certified instructors. Instructor/RSOs submit a request in writing for the upgrade, a resume of shooting experience, a letter from the range or club “officer or manager” on the range or club letterhead, requesting the upgrade and why, with the appropriate payment of $11.00 for members and $26 for all non-members. A new CRSO must order a Range Safety Officer Lesson Plan (item number 13516). When conducting an RSO course each candidate must be provided with a Range Safety Officer Student Packet (item number 13520). The CRSO will grade the exams and submit the application, appropriate fees and course report form (item number 14680) to the NRA Training Department.

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$15,000 donation allows improvements to Iron County public shooting range Money will be matched three-to-one with federal funds A state run shooting range located in northern Wisconsin’s Iron County will undergo improvements to expand opportunities and make the range safer thanks to a nearly $15,000 donation from the National Rifle Association. Keith Warnke, Department of Natural Resources hunting and shooting sport coordinator accepted a check in the amount of $14,700.00 for the Snaketrack Public Shooting Range. This was the third grant from the NRA for upgrading public ranges. The first two, each for $25,000.00, were for the Yellowstone Lake State Park range in Lafayette County and McMiller Range in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Warnke says the funds will be matched at a three-to-one rate with federal Pittman-Robertson grant monies to improve the three very popular ranges. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp noted that with an estimated 800,000 16 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Spring 2013

shooters in the state, Wisconsin DNR has a long history of promoting safe and accessible shooting opportunities, including a commitment to provide ranges on public lands. The dozen or so public ranges are considered generally heavily used and several are in need of repair and maintenance work. “These grants, generously given from the National Rifle Association, will really help us to fulfill our commitment to improve and increase public awareness of, and access to, quality, safe shooting opportunities at public ranges,” Stepp said. The Pittman-Robertson grant revenues are taxes that are paid by shooters and hunters on ammunition and equipment, “so it’s only fitting we’re putting the money right back into providing more shooting opportunities,” she said. NRA Senior Field Representative Scott Taetsch thanked Secretary Stepp

and the DNR for having implemented this much needed program, stating that the NRA, with its vast experience and resources in shooting ranges, was proud to assist in building more public ranges in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) President Jeff Nass stated, “Working together we can properly use Pittman-Robertson funding and expand and improve shooting ranges across the state.” Wisconsin FORCE is the NRA’s Official State Association and has been working closely with the NRA and DNR on various projects. They have helped to tie the two organizations together on this project. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Warnke 608-576-5243


The National Rifle Association extends a warm welcome to youth and their families by inviting you to attend the NRA Youth Day at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits which will be held in Houston, Texas on May 5th from 10am to 5pm. Spend the day exploring 400,000 square feet of exhibit hall containing over 550 exhibitors from across the country. Share the excitement with

NRA Youth Day

spectacular displays and fun filled events for the entire family. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to share the enjoyment of the Shooting Sports with

NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits May 5, 2013 10:00am to 5:00pm At the George R. Brown Convention Center www.nraam.org

your friends and family. Events included in NRA Youth Day are: 3GAS (3 Gun AirSoft) LaserShot, Air Gun Range, and Sponsor Safari.

Free six month NRA Youth memberships will be given to attendees. For more information please contact: NRA Sports Recreational Shooting at 1-800-672-3888 or email nrasports@nrahq.org


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George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Written by Kyle Jillson, Media Specialist, NRA Marketing/Media Relations

This past November a panel of judges at NRA headquarters carefully selected the winners of the 25th Annual George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest. Entered by first through twelfth grade students across the United States, artists competedfor $7,000 in prize money. As always, our judges were stunned by the level of skill displayed in each entry and awarded winners, honorable mentions and Best In Show after scrutinizingly meticulous observation. Started in 1987 to help young wildlife enthusiasts practice their identification skills, The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest has grown into one of the United States’ premier contests for young artists. NRA membership is not required to participate and home BEST IN SHOW 1 Jaeha Woo, Alpharetta, Georgia CATEGORY I (Grades 1-3) First Place: 5 Alisa Jia, Chandler, Arizona Second Place: 12 Michelle Zhao, Fremont, California Third Place: 4 Aland Liu, Fremont, California CATEGORY II (Grades 4-6) First Place: 8 Hannah Chen, Thorofare, New Jersey Second Place: 6 Anna Chen, Germantown, Maryland Third Place: 11 Nancy Shao, Sugar Land, Texas

schooled students are also encouraged to enter. Students may not enter artwork depicting any animal of their choice as there are limitations on what constitutes a legal entry. Only North American game birds and animals that may be legally hunted or trapped are accepted for judging. Endangered species and non-game animals like eagles and snakes are not eligible subjects. Because the contest spans such a wide range of ages, artwork is divided into one of four categories, based on student grade, to prevent novices from being unfairly judged against more seasoned artists. Contest judges examine effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy and composition of each entry before selecting first, second and third place winners in each category. First,

CATEGORY III (Grades 7-9) First Place: 3 Justas Varpucanskis, Mokena, Illinois Second Place: 10 Joanne Zheng, Johns Creek, Georgia Third Place: 7 Alice Feng, Union City, California CATEGORY IV (Grades 10-12) First Place: 2 Marianne Lim, Norcross, Georgia Second Place: 13 Paige Rajnus, Malin, Oregon Third Place: 9 Ingrid Cai, Johns Creek, Georgia

second and third place recipients win $750, $500 and $250 respectively. An overall winner, selected without regard to category, receives a Best In Show award and a $1,000 prize. The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest received more than 800 entries this year thanks to its generous endowment from the George Montgomery Foundation. This donation has allowed the contest to increase in scope by increasing prize values and expanding school outreach. Participation is a great way to give aspiring artists experience working with new mediums and subjects. We are proud to have celebrated our 25th anniversary and look forward to another 25 years of great art.

HONORABLE MENTIONS Paul Adelgren, Monument, CO Rachel Ahn, Boyds, MD Sasha Balasingam, San Jose, CA Tyler Bay, Elyin, OK Noah Bounds, Shreveport, LA Janet Cui, Fremont, CA Sophia Du, Fremont, CA Soledad Green, Fairfax, VA Cortney Ha, Monterey Park, CA Gina Huang, Johns Creek, GA Jordan Irby, Cedar Hill, TX Amy Lim, Dallas, TX Kaleigh McDonald, Brighton, MI Maria McDonnell,Spotsylvania, VA Andy Mize, Falmouth, KY Albert Pei, Union City, CA Lenora Pousland, Austin, TX Sohinee Saha, Cupertino, CA Jessica Sheng, Palo Alto, CA Ariston Stitt, Desoto, TX Veda Thomas, Phoenix, AZ Jeffrey Wan, Novi, MI Eric Wang, Auburn, AL Kelly Wang, Johns Creek, GA Reanna Wang, Cumming, GA Catherine Zheng, Fremont CA Spring 2013 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 19


4Provide -H Project Clubs Lifelong Impact by B. Wade Hutcheson

Spalding County Extension – in collaboration with local government leadership, numerous individuals, agencies, and organizations on local, state and national level – has developed a nationally recognized youth sports shooting program and facility that offers firearm safety training, contributes to positive youth development, provides a competitive atmosphere for advanced training, and encourages youth to continue to the collegiate level and beyond.

Situation:

Avenues for firearm safety instruction, shooting sports training, and competitive shooting activities are sorely lacking. The closing of older venues after the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta left a void in both facilities and programs for the sport. Opportunities for young people to participate in positive group activities are also limited. Spalding County 4-H Project SAFE was created to serve as an alternative and engaging extra-curricular activity for youth that provides excellent role models and professional caliber training, and is growing in popularity among GA 4-H’ers and their parents.

Response:

Establish a sustainable youth shooting sports system to promote, support, and actively engage youth in firearm safety and competition training in a safe, affordable atmosphere. Spalding County Project SAFE began in 2001 with 6 broken BB guns. Support for the program was almost immediate, and those six broken guns soon turned into new ones, with an air rifle program added soon after. The program gained popularity so fast that it outgrew 3 spaces in 5 years. The Project SAFE 20 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Spring 2013

Advisory Team fixed on a vision to develop a state-of-the-art indoor air rifle facility, few of which exist in the country. Through collaboration with local business and County gov’t, Spalding Extension was able to secure a suitable facility and longterm lease agreement, $1 per year, which allowed the opening of the Ole Mill Range Complex (OMRC). The OMRC, overseen by Spalding County Extension and built largely with donations, gifts, grants, and volunteers, today impresses all who enter.

The OMRC:

• Is a USA Shooting Certified Training Center • Comprises a 52-Position 10-meter (10 m) airgun range, 14 positions for dual use in air rifle/50 foot smallbore, 10 individual (50 m) smallbore lanes, and 6 air pistol firing points with target retrieval and carriers; providing opportunities for young athletes to compete and prepare for national level competition, collegiate scholarships and Olympic aspirations. • Provides instruction by certified coaches teaching the disciplines of BB, air rifle, air pistol, rimfire sporter 22, and smallbore. 4-H members, individuals, clubs, numerous high school riflery programs, and JROTC teams as well as collegiate athletes utilize the facility; developing proper shooting techniques, good sportsmanship, teamwork, character, competence, confidence, and other lifelong skills and traits. • Annually hosts athletes from no less than 7 southeastern states during the Ole Mill Invitational (Nov 16-18 & 23-25, 2012) with more than 250 athletes competing annually. Over the course of the year, OMRC hosts

more than 775 athletes in other local, regional, state and national level competitions. This has a positive economic impact to the community by attracting visitors to competitions who spend on lodging, meals and incidental expenditures. Shooting sports require discipline, perseverance, concentration, ethics and sportsmanship – all life skills important to youth development. It is an Olympic sport that offers access to 200 scholastic shooting teams as well as scholarship opportunities at nearly 100 different schools — regardless of ability to sprint a 100 yard dash, hit a homerun, dunk a basketball, or have an amazing fastball. In fact, 24 Project SAFE members have already received full or partial scholarships and the organization is prepared to begin offering scholarships in 2014 as a result of a smart financial management of a recent endowment. Many alumni now proudly serve in the military.

Impact:

Spalding County 4-H Project SAFE, through the Ole Mill Range Complex, serves over 90 4-H members on an annual basis. When asked to describe Spalding County 4-H Project SAFE, project club leader/volunteer Roy McClain responds, “It provides basic thru mastery in air rifle as well as firearm safety instruction and competitions including BB, sporter air rifle, precision air rifle, small bore rifle and air pistol. Juniors may pursue this interest through high school and beyond. We take athletes as young as the 5th grade and prepare them for a future in high school, collegiate, and Olympic selection teams. The impact is greater than


just increased firearm safety and competitive skills. These young athletes learn life skills which can and will prepare them for success in life and business, as well as helping them become responsible citizens.” Spalding 4-H has won the 4-H State Precision Air Rifle Match in 6 of the last 8 years, and the 4-H State Sporter Air match in 2012. Other accomplishments include numerous NRA and JR Olympic matches: the Silver medal team in 2007 NRA and JR Olympic competition, 2008 NRA National Champion 3 Position Precision

Air Rifle Team, 2008 Bronze Medal 3P Junior Olympic Team; and 2011 Bronze Medal NRA The facility also provides a training venue for air rifle coaches to obtain NRA/CMP/USA Shooting Level 1 certificated training and we offer classes to meet requirements for Level 2. To date more than 50 coaches have received Level 1 training. One needs to see and sense the unique quality and attention to detail in youth shooting sports education and engagement to completely gauge the impact of this 4-H project club.

Visit the Ole Mill Range Complex website: http://www.olemillrangectc.com. See the USA Shooting press release announcing Certif ied Training Center status: http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/spalding/4H/ProjectSAFE/documents/MRCNamedUSAShootingRTC.pdf.

NRA Hunters For The Hungry Clearinghouse Program Robert L. Davis, Jr., Manager, NRA Hunter Services

Did you know that the NRA supports over 125 hunger relief organizations throughout the United States? The names of the programs in the states may vary, but in general, they’re all cooperative efforts among hunters, sportsman’s associations, meat processors, state meat inspectors, and hunger relief organizations to help feed those in need. These programs have brought hundreds of thousands of pounds of venison and other wild game to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and food banks. The NRA supports these state level efforts through its Hunters For The Hungry Clearinghouse. As part of NRA Hunter Services, the clearinghouse puts interested individuals in touch with programs in their area and fosters public awareness through education, publicity, fundraising, and hands on volunteerism. In addition, the staff of NRA Hunter Services work in the field with state governmental agencies conducting evisceration and meat processing

preparation of whitetail deer that are distributed to area food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and needy families. NRA’s efforts in cooperation with our state partners have supplied over 10,000,000 meals annually to the less fortunate throughout the United States. In mid-February, the NRA Hunter Services staff volunteered their services to support a Washington area governmental agency in its Urban Whitetail Deer Management Program. All the venison will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank which will then distribute the protein rich meat to various hunger relief organizations in the greater Washington D.C. area. If you would like to take part in this effort to better your community, whether it’s by donating wild game, money or your time, your generosity is sure to have an impact. Visit our website www.nrahfh.org or call (703) 267-1516. Spring 2013 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 21


The NRA Great American Hunters Tour is on the Road! Robert L. Davis, Jr., Manager, NRA Hunter Services

For a point blank encounter with some of the most famous and highest scoring Whitetail Bucks in the world, make sure you don’t miss the NRA Great American Hunters Tour (GAHT). With more than 50 replicated world record Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young bucks in the collection, it’s an absolute must see for any Whitetail enthusiast. Held in conjunction with hunting and outdoor shows as a featured attraction, the NRA will bring 12 of their Whitetail heads to put on display at the show. Around 6,500 outdoor fans from all over the area come to get firsthand looks at the famed Hansen, Jordan, Breen, Del Austin, Minnesota Monarch, Hole in the Horn, Beatty and Mel Johnson Bucks! The cost to attend this event is generally $7.00 to $12.00. There is more to the show than merely looking at the Whitetail displays. At Hunting and Outdoor shows there will be guides & outfitters, retail products, lots of other outdoor related displays for attendees to see, and also a lineup of seminar speakers. NRA is also present to sell sponsor items, NRA apparel, memberships, promote NRA programs and answer questions

about hunting and the NRA. Monty Embrey, NRA Program Coordinator for The Youth Hunters Education Challenge and GAHT, said “The NRA Great American Whitetail Collection display allows sportsmen and women a chance to see the largest and most unique whitetails in the world up close and personal.It is not unusual for attendees to take hundreds of photos of the collection during a show”. This renowned event can bring hunting experts seen on TV with NRA staff that has over 125 years of hunting experience hunting the country. It’s great for the whole family and offers something for every level hunter. Plus, you can speak to NRA staff about upcoming events or other NRA programs. As always, you can join or renew your NRA memberships at the booth!

Tour Show schedule to date: 03/01-03/13 Dixie Deer Classic Raleigh, North Carolina 08/09-11/13 Sportsman’s Show Richmond, Virginia

For more information about the NRA Great American Hunters Tour, visit our website www.nragaht.org or call (703) 267-1503. 22 • nra sports magazine • Spring 2013


Heartland Pheasants—A Trip with NRA Outdoors

By Justin McDaniel, Assistant Editor, www.NRAhuntersrights.org

“Justin, go ahead and take the outside, in case any birds run out ahead of the dogs and cross that path to your left.”

Troy’s instruction made sense. Moments earlier, we had seen a ring-neck in that same brush-hogged path as we parked the trucks, and the path served as a potential break-out point for any birds fleeing the pursuit of Troy’s German shorthairs. I moved out of the waist-high CRP grass and into the cut that bisected the field, feeling lucky to be out of the boot-grabbing tangle that practically screamed pheasant habitat. I also knew that manning the left flank of our five-man line would give me a clear shot at any birds that flushed in that direction, especially being a right-handed shot. We hadn’t gone more than 50 yards when Gracie, a beautiful brown and white shorthair, stopped in her tracks and stared intently into the thick cover. “Gracie’s on point,” Troy called out. He quickly moved in to flush the bird, and with a cackle a rooster erupted from the cover and flew hard to my left, just as I had envisioned. I instinctively shouldered my 12 gauge and swung the gun through the bird to get ahead of it and pulled the trigger. The pheasant fell neatly from the overcast sky, and the first bird of the morning was in the bag. No sooner had we resumed our advance when another ring-neck flushed wild directly in front of me. The bird rose overhead and got on top of

me quickly, and I sent a load of No. 6s whizzing past him for a clean miss. He turned and landed on the other side of the mowed path, and in doing so flushed another bird, this time a hen. Troy and the other guides from our outfit, Pheasant Bonanza Hunt Club & Kennel, had instructed us that hens were in fact legal birds in the area we were hunting, so I fired again and dropped her from the sky. My hunting partners and I were five minutes into NRA Outdoors’ first hosted trip for NRA members, and we had already flushed three birds and deposited two into Troy’s game bag. We were hunting a newlyacquired parcel in the Loess Hills of eastern Nebraska, about an hour north of Omaha, just off of U.S. Hwy 75, and it was paying immediate dividends. As luck would have it, the next point of the day was in front of me as well. “George, you take this one,” I hollered, not wanting to hog all the action. George Harris, a pharmacist and native Texan who now resides on the Big Island of Hawaii, was an avid cowboy action shooter, but until now he had never hunted pheasants. The day before, as we loaded our gear into the truck for the ride from Omaha’s Eppley Airport to our ultimate destination of Tekamah, Neb., he had told me Spring 2013 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 23


that a pheasant hunt was on his bucket list. When the bird flushed, it happened to be an all-black, melanistic rooster, a unique prize. George didn’t let him get away. “I guess this old Browning shoots pretty darn good,” he said, admitting that the over-under had sat in recent years in favor of the side-by-side Colt he prefers for cowboy shooting. As we finished our first pass through the field, we came upon the remains of two dead deer, likely victims of the epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) outbreak that has killed thousands of deer in Nebraska and elsewhere across the parched Midwest this year. EHD outbreaks tend to occur in late summer and early fall and commonly appear during drought conditions when deer seek water at muddy areas where they are likely to come in contact with the

shed a few layers as the mercury climbed near 70 degrees, then closed out our morning with several more passes of the terraced fields. Between the five of us we bagged about a dozen birds in all.

biting midges that transmit the usually-fatal disease. This was prime whitetail country, and one could only wonder how many other deer lay wasting in the rolling prairie that stretched out before us. We continued on and by mid-morning the sun had emerged, a welcome sight considering that rain had been forecasted and in fact fell heavily in the pre-dawn hours, only to be replaced by a blanket of fog. We stopped for a cold drink and

shooter Tim Bradley, who treated everyone to one of his shooting shows at the end of the hunt, and Greg Ray, president of NRA’s newest member benefit, NRA Outdoors. “The point of this trip was to give members from all over the country the opportunity to come together for a common interest and share a weekend of good camaraderie and good fellowship,” Greg said.

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All for the Members

At lunchtime we headed back to the lodge, a magnificent, well-appointed log structure that was the home of the facility’s original owner—but now serves as lodging quarters for Pheasant Bonanza’s overnight guests. Fittingly, we sat down to a lunch of fresh pheasant breasts over wild rice, and everyone ate and shared stories from the morning’s action. There were 14 of us in all, including 11 NRA members from Arkansas, California, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Hawaii. Also in attendance was Benelli exhibition


“Our goal is to have multiple hosted trips with NRA Outdoors staff attending,” he added. “I can’t thank Benelli and Federal Premium Ammunition enough for their support of this event. This is all for the members.” To find out about future NRA Outdoorshosted trips, “like” them on Facebook at www. facebook.com/NRAOutdoors or sign up for their newsletter at http://blog.nraoutdoors.com/. NRA Outdoors is a free service that gives NRA members access to detailed information on more than 300 pre-approved hunting and fishing outfits across the globe. Every destination has been thoroughly vetted through a rigorous inspection process, so you can be sure that any hunting or fishing trip booked through NRA Outdoors is of the highest caliber. “We actually go to every one of our outfitters,” said Greg. “The main thing we do is make sure that the outfitter is what he says he is.” Once you have an idea of what you want to hunt, NRA Outdoors, which was developed in partnership with the outdoor travel agency Outdoor Connection, will give you information on various outfitters based on the criteria you designate—things like trophy expectations, lodging expectations, budget, hunting style, and the physicality of the hunt. A member of Greg’s team helps with everything from booking the trip and making travel arrangements, to gear lists, itineraries, references, travel insurance and regulations. Members can also purchase discounted gear through NRA Outdoors. This service is available free of charge, and the cost of booking a hunt through NRA Outdoors is the same as booking the trip directly with the outfitter. There is no mark-up whatsoever. As an added benefit, each time an NRA member books a trip through NRA Outdoors, a portion of the proceeds helps NRA defend the Second Amendment. Pheasant Bonanza is naturally one of the outfitters on NRA Outdoors’ list, and it has received consistently high marks over the years from Outdoor Connection’s evaluators for the quality and value of its hunts. It’s easy to see why. Pheasant Bonanza operates as a controlled shooting area, meaning it is licensed for extended hunting and increased bag limits. They also offer sporting clays, skeet, trap and 5-stand shooting. If you have any preconceived notions, however, as to what a “preserve” hunt is like - throw them out the window. They don’t apply to Pheasant Bonanza. The birds are a mix of stocked and wild, but they all fly like wild birds—hard and fast. All of the hunting is done over dogs with some of the most knowledgeable, friendly, hard-working guides you’ll ever meet. As is Pheasant Bonanza’s custom, 17,000 pheasants were released about six weeks prior to our midOctober hunt to complement the wild population

already on the ground. Releasing the birds weeks in advance gives them ample time to get acclimated to their new surrounding and improves the hunting experience. Over the years, the birds that have made it through hunting season have reproduced, creating a sizeable population of wild pheasants. “We had a nice hatch of wild birds again this year,” noted Trent Leichleiter, Pheasant Bonanza’s general manager. The food is first rate and there’s plenty of it, all prepared on site by the operation’s own chef. The lodge is modern, with high vaulted ceilings, and can comfortably sleep upwards of 20 hunters. They also have a pro shop where you can purchase guns and ammunition, and they even train and sell gun dogs.

Passing It On

After lunch, we headed out for an afternoon hunt. We broke into three groups, just as we had that morning. I was paired with Frank and Janelle Bleier, a father-daughter pair that came to Nebraska by way of Long Island. This was Janelle’s first hunting experience, although at age 15 she’s already an avid outdoorswoman. She has gone fluke fishing with her dad in New York’s Spring 2013 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 25


Great South Bay. She has climbed 10 of the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondacks and hopes to eventually complete all 46, a distinction that would earn her a place in the prestigious Adirondack FortySixers Club. At age 9 she completed a 15-hour climb up 5,344-foot Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York. And she’s shot .22s with her dad and tagged along once on a grouse hunt. But she’d never actually hunted. “I wanted to ease her into hunting,” said Frank, an NYPD narcotics detective. “Grouse hunting in New York, you might see one bird in three days. I knew she would get a lot of action here. I want to spark her interest in hunting and keep her interested. “It’s rare to see a girl her age hunting on Long Island.” In preparation for their adventure together, Frank bought Janelle a 20-gauge Remington 870 compact in Mossy Oak pink camouflage. They shot together for a month leading up to the hunt, and dad was impressed with her shooting. “She shoots better than me,” said Frank, as he flashed a proud smile. The first morning Janelle got plenty of shooting in but no birds to call her own. The afternoon

session played out much in the same fashion. Janelle had such a great attitude and never let the misses get her down, although you could see on her face how badly she wanted to get that first bird under her belt. I did not hunt with Frank and Janelle our final morning in Nebraska, but as she walked back to the lodge—seemingly on air— the huge smile on her face said it all. “I got three birds this morning, and they were all my own,” she said, beaming with youthful enthusiasm and pride. “The whole trip has been great,” Frank said. “That was just the cherry on top. “I’m happy for her. I hope this keeps her coming back. It’s important to keep this tradition alive. I might try waterfowl hunting with her on Long Island next. Then, who knows? Maybe she’ll want to go whitetail hunting with me. We are one bad election away from all of this being a thing of the past,” he added. “I want her to embrace this tradition and hopefully pass it on to her own family someday.”

To book a trip of your own through NRA Outdoors, visit www.nraoutdoors.com, call 888-712-6726, or send an e-mail to info@nraoutdoors.com. For more information on hunting and shooting opportunities at Pheasant Bonanza Hunt Club & Kennel, visit www.pheasantbonanza.com.

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NRA Affiliated State Associations ALABAMA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION • Mr. James Moses, President 256-534-7968 J.moses1@comcast.net • Mr. Ramon J. Samaniego, Jr., Secy/Treas 256-534-2644 www.alabamaservicerifleteam.com/ ALASKA OUTDOOR COUNCIL, INC. P.O. Box 87-1069 Wasilla, AK 99687 (907) 841-6849 • Mr. Rod Arno, Exe. Director aoc@alaskaoutdoorcouncil.org www.alaskaoutdoorcouncil.org ARIZONA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 74424 New River, AZ 85087 623-687-4251 • Mr. Noble C. Hathaway, President 623-687-4251 president@asrpa.com • Mr. Ed Roberts, Vice President 480-694-5090 Edroberts@cox.net www.asrpa.com ARKANSAS RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 2348 Conway, AR 72033 501-327-4702 • Mr. David Joyner, President (479) 263-6665 davidj@specent.com • Ms. Ann Fairless, Sec./Treas. aekfairless@sbcglobal.net www.arpa-online.org CALIFORNIA RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC. • Silvio M. Montanarella, President (951) 736-0156 s.montanarella@crpa.org • Mr. John C. Fields, Exec. Director 714-992-2772 jcfields@crpa.org www.crpa.org COLORADO STATE SHOOTING ASSOCIATION 609 W. Littleton Blvd, Suite 206 Littleton, CO 80120 720-283-1376 • Mr. Tony Fabian, President 303-663-9339 president@cssa.org tony@ajfabianlaw.com • Mr. David Gill, Vice President 303-378-8608 dave@dgillphoto.com www.cssa.org

CONNECTICUT STATE RIFLE & REVOLVER ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 • Mr. Brad Palmer, President 860-480-4600 Csrra.president@gmail.com • Mr. Randy Bieler, Director 203-272-1725 cablerandy@snet.net www.csrra.com DELAWARE STATE SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 1786 Wilmington, DE 19899 • Mr. Daniel Lindbergh, Vice President 302-475-4228 nanadear@verizon.net • Mr. John C. Sigler, President 302-678-9962 jsigler@ps-corp.net www.delsports.net FLORIDA SPORT SHOOTING ASSOCIATION, INC. 14629 SW 104 St #188 Miami, FL 33186 407-701-1030 • Mr. Al Dart, Secretary Rimfire22@aol.com • Mr. Robert Stokes, President robertstokes@me.com www.flssa.org GEORGIA SPORT SHOOTING ASSOCIATION PO Box 1733 Macon, GA 31202 478-955-7068 • Barbara Senbertrand, President 912-778-4577 Beeranch@btconline.net • Mr. Tom Patton, Secretary/Treasurer 478-275-2752 gssasectres@charter.net www.gssa.com HAWAII RIFLE ASSOCIATION • Mr. Harvey F. Gerwig, President (808) 306-7194 hghawaii@gmail.com • Bill Richter, Secretary 808-261-2754 itsmeblr@gmail.com www.hawaiirifleassociation.org IDAHO STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION • Mr. Neill Goodfellow, President 208-452-4183 home president@idahosrpa.org • Mr. Jon Carter, Secretary 208-888-2829 phone/fax secretary@idahospra.org www.idahosrpa.org

ILLINOIS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION, INC. P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 • Mr. Richard Pearson, Exe. Director 815-635-3198 executive@isra.org • Mr. Donald Moran, President 815-370-2966 donm@isra.org www.isra.org INDIANA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC. c/o 7527 State Route 56 Rising Sun, IN 47040 812-534-3258 • Mr. Jerry Wehner, Executive VP vp@isrpa.org • Mr. William B. Thomas, Jr., Secretary 812-948-8226 Billed2@hotmail.com www.isrpa.org IOWA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION 240 Prospect Road North Liberty, IA 52317-9660 (319) 626-2710 • Mr. Bill Besgrove, Secretary secretary@iasrpa.org • Mr. John Klopfenstein, President 319-986-5267 president@iasrpa.org www.iasrpa.org KANSAS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 219 Bonner Springs, KS 66012-0219 • Ms. Patricia Stoneking, President (913) 667-3044 pstoneking@ksraweb.org • Ms. Elizabeth Brown, Secretary (913)608-1910 info@ksraweb.org www.ksraweb.net LEAGUE OF KENTUCKY SPORTSMEN, INC. 2500 Handy’s Bend Road Wilmore, KY 40390 859-858-0135 • Rev. Tom Cottingim, NRA Liaison 859-533-8896 t.cottingim@insightbb.com • Mark Nethery, President Markn11501@bellsouth.net www.kentuckysportsmen.com LOUISIANA SHOOTING ASSOCIATION 350 Quill Ct. Slidell, LA 70461 985-781-4174 • Mr. Daniel Zelenka II, President 504-421-1323 dzelenka@louisianashooting.com • Mr. Danny Hudson, Secretary 337-396-9650 danohudson@bellsouth.net www.louisianashooting.com

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NRA Affiliated State Associations (ME) PINE TREE STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC • Mr. Ronald Vaillancourt, President ronval@roadrunner.com • Angus N. Norcross, Treasurer 207-882-4713 gusnor@roadrunner.com www.mainerpa.org MARYLAND STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION • Mr. Richard Kussman, President 410-838-1734 rkussman@msrpa.org • Mr. Douglas Self, 1st Vice President 410-592-6188 dself@msrpa.org www.msrpa.org (MASSACHUSETTS) GUN OWNERS’ ACTION LEAGUE P.O. Box 567, 37 Pierce Street Northboro, MA 01532 508-393-5333 508-393-5222 • Mr. James Wallace, Exe. Director jimwallace@goal.org • Mr. Jon Green, Director Training & Education Jongreen@goal.org www.goal.org MICHIGAN RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 530637 Livonia, MI 48153-0637 • Mr. Leo Cebula, President lcebula@hotmail.com • Mr. Gary Duda, Sec./Tres. 586-727-1977 keduda@provide.net www.michrpa.com MINNESOTA RIFLE & REVOLVER ASSOCIATION, INC. 4737 CR 101, Box 114 Minnetonka, MN 55345-2634 • Mr. George Minerich, President 320-968-6898 George.minerich@q.com www.mrra.org MISSISSIPPI STATE FIREARM OWNERS ASSOCIATION • Mr. Douglas Bowser, President 601-341-8797 douglasmbowser@yahoo.com • Ms. Deborah Withers, Secretary 601-888-4973 debbie@withersplace.com www.msfoa.tripod.com MISSOURI SPORT SHOOTING ASSOCIATION PO Box 10170 Columbia, MO 65205 573-449-2849 • Lee Koester, Secretary/Treasurer leekoester@hotmail.com • Mr. Kevin Jamison, President 816-455-4669 816-413-0696 fax kljamison@earthlink.net www.missourisportshooting.org or www.safewithguns.org

MONTANA RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 48 Ramsay, MT 59748 406-782-3450 • Jamey Williams, President jameydan@gmail.com • Ms. Zona Mowrer, Secretary secretary@mtrpa.org www.mtrpa.org NEBRASKA MARKSMANSHIP ASSOCIATION 13105 Sky Park Drive Omaha, NE 68137 402-933-4881 • Mr. Bill Keil, President hpinne@cox.net • Mr. W. Aaron Woehler, Secretary 402-679-1147 wawoehler@msn.com www.nemarksmanship.org NEVADA FIREARMS COALITION 5575 Simmons St, Ste I-176 North Las Vegas, NV 89031 • Mr. Don Turner, President (602) 799-6466 don@nvfac.org • Mrs. Megan Ferrante, Secretary (702) 933-3273 megan@nvfac.org www.nvfac.org GUN OWNERS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, INC. P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0487 603-225-4664 • Mr. Mitch Kopacz, President president@gonh.org • Mr. Ralph Demicco, Vice President 603-485-5000 www.gonh.org ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUBS, INC. 5 Sicomac Road, Suite 292 North Haledon, NJ 07508 • Mr. Scott L. Bach, Exe. Director (973) 697-9270 defendfreedom@earthlink.net • Kathy Chatterton, President 201-251-0933 kschatterton@msn.com www.anjrpc.org NEW MEXICO SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION, INC. P.O. Box 30850 Albuquerque, NM 87190-0850 505-856-6574 • Mr. Ed Dresner, President 505-206-4842 edabw@msn.com president@nmssa.org • Mr. Ken Laintz, Secretary 505-6723507 membershipsecretary@nmssa.org www.nmssa.org

NEW YORK STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION,INC. 90 S. Swan Street Suite 395 Albany, NY 12210 510-272-2654 • Mr. Tom King, President 518-424-1349 tomkingnra@gmail.com • Mr. Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr., VP (518) 389-8322 Jpd556@hotmail.com www.nysrpa.org NORTH CAROLINA RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-295-7220 • Mr. David McFarling, President 919-929-9585 dhmcfarling@mindspring.com • Mr. David Prest, Secretary 910-295-7220 dprest@pinehurst.net www.ncrpa.org NORTH DAKOTA SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 228 Bismarck, ND 58502 • Rick Jorgenson, Executive Director 701-662-4760 rjorgenson@dvl.midco.net • James Ladwig, President 701-484-5236 james@curtslock.com www.ndssa.org OHIO RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 43083 Cincinnati, OH 45243-0083 513-891-1325 • Mr. Bob Sacco, President 513-239-2618 President@orpa.net • Ms. Mary Sacco, Secretary secretary@orpa.net www.orpa.net OKLAHOMA RIFLE ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 850927 Yukon, OK 73085-0927 405-324-8498 • Mr. Charles Smith, Executive Director 405-324-2450 office/fax okgun@cox.net • Mr. Rick N. Baker, Secretary 405-867-4460x239 rbaker@burford.com www.oklarifle.org OREGON STATE SHOOTING ASSOCIATION • Mr. Tim Pitzer, Vice President 541-928-2460 541-981-2064 ossavp@ossa.org • Mr. Stan Pate, President (503) 652-9931 president@ossa.org www.ossa.org

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NRA-affiliated state associations Cont’d PENNSYLVANIA RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION • Mr. Jack Lee, President 724-865-2597 prpaleg@zoominternet.net • Mrs. Becky Dutra 814-236-0708 Jbd10@verizon.net www.pennarifleandpistol.org RHODE ISLAND STATE RIFLE & REVOLVER ASSOCIATION PO Box 10177 Cranston, RI 02910 • Mrs. Gail Hogan, Secretary 401-573-0260 Gahogan777@hotmail.com • Mr. Charles Hawkins, President 401-828-1424 Hawkinsmachine@verizon.net GUN OWNERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA P.O. Box 211 Little Mountain, SC 29075 • Mr. Gerald Stoudemire 803-945-7677 LMGS@sc.rr.com • Ms. Peggy Bodner 803-329-8668 mbodner@comporium.net www.gosc.org SOUTH DAKOTA SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION PO Box 3 Dell Rapids, SD 57022 605-428-5488 • Mr. Dan Anderson, Director dan@sdshootingsports.org • Mr. Tom Raines, President tom@sdshootingsports.org www.sdshooting.org TENNESSEE SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION, INC. 6653 Jocelyn Hollow Road Nashville, TN 37205 • Dr. Ray Harvey, President 615-352-3954 Ray.harvey@earthlink.net • Mr. Eugene Paranick, Director 615-791-1879 eparanick@comcast.net www.tennesseeshootingsportsassociation.org

TEXAS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Ste 300 Austin, TX 78752 512-615-4200 • Stephen Hall, Executive Director (512) 615-4116 (512) 550-7330 execdir@tsra.com • Robert Butler, President (830) 885-7230 butlerra@gvtc.com www.tsra.com

UTAH STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION • Mr. Elwood P. Powell, President 801-449-9763 1dpowell@sisna.com • Ralph Schamel, Vice President 801- 277-4016 ralph@xmission.com www.usrpa.org VERMONT FEDERATION OF SPORTSMEN’S CLUBS, INC. • Mr. Clint Gray, President 802-467-8445 • Mr. Evan Hughes, VP/NRA Liason 802-272-8544 VTGUNS@aol.com www.vtfsc.org VIRGINIA SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 • Mr. Lucien Charette, Executive Director 540-672-5848 vssamain@verizon.net • Ms. Andrea T. Smith, Secy/Treas 540-672-4570 andrea.smith@myvssa.org www.myvssa.org WASHINGTON STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC. P.O. Box 382 DuPont, WA 98327 • Mr. Duane Hatch, Secretary 253-853-7533 secretary@wsrpa.org • Mr. James Crosier, President 206-853-4657 president@wsrpa.org www.wsrpa.net WEST VIRGINIA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 2504 Buckhannon, WV 26201 304-472-5174 • Ms. Amy Tenney, Treasurer 304-472-5174 Buckhannon@hotmail.com • Gary Bailey, President GLBFarm@aol.com www.wvasrpa.org WISCONSIN FIREARM OWNERS, RANGES, CLUBS AND EDUCATORS • Mr. Jeff Nass, President 920-687-0505 nass@athenet.net • Gary Nichols, Secretary 262-246-3317 gnichols@wi.rr.com www.wi-force.org WYOMING STATE SHOOTING ASSOCIATION, INC. • Mr. Mark Spungin, President 307-836-2188 home • Mr. Roger Sebesta, Secy/Treas 307-335-9323 wssa@wyoming.com www.wyossa.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

Clubs & Associations

Webinar @ 1pm EST - “NRA DAY” - March 21st Workshop @ 9am C - Houston, TX - May 5th Webinar @ 1pm EST - “Media Relations” - May 30th

www.clubs.nra.org Range Services

Range Development Conference Denver, CO - April 7-10th

www.rangeservices.nra.org Hunter Services North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference - March 25-30th NRA Sponsored Breakfast @ North American Event - March 27th NRA Mid-America YHEC Events Canton, OK - March 23rd Campbellsville, KY - March 23rd Holden, MO - March 24th Aline, OK - April 6th Memphis, TN - April 13th Harrodsburg, KY - April 20th Elkhorn, NE - April 20th Wellington, KS - April 27th Guymon, OK - April 27th Norman, OK - May 18th NRA New Mexico YHEC Events Raton, NM - May 31st NRA North Carolina YHEC Events Harmony, NC - March 23rd Columbia, NC - March 23rd Ellerbe, NC - April 27th NRA Washington State YHEC Events Puyallup, WA - April 20th NRA HCIP Wild Turkey Hunting Clinics Meyers Station, MD - March 23rd Johnstown, PA - April 13th International Hunter Education Conference San Antonio, TX - April 2-6th

www.hservices.nra.org Recreational Shooting 3GUN Handicapped Children’s Picnic Izaac Walton League Centreville, VA - May 11th

www.nrasports.nra.org/ 3-gun-shooting-events.aspx NRA DAY Women’s Free Introductory Clay Target Program Tucson, AZ - March 2ⁿd Middlesex Sportsmens Hunt Club Hartfield, VA - April 20th CCKC Bristol Range Bristol, WI - May 19th

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NRA Field Representative Directory EASTERN REGION Eastern Regional Director Brian Hoover 740-297-4255 Area 1 (ME, NH, VT) Brian Smith 207-255-1000 Area 2 (NY) Jay Rusnock 845-298-7233 Louis Fico 914-337-0196 Area 3 (CT, MA, RI, NJ, Lower NY) Area 4 (DE, Eastern PA) Kory Enck 717-689-3200 Area 5 (Western PA) Thomas Baldrige 724-861-0447 Area 7 (WV, Western VA, Western MD) Jim Kilgore 304-255-2916 Area 8 (Eastern NC) Lloyd Edwards 919-776-0922 Area 12 (Southern OH) Dave Meszaros 740-868-8044 Area 42 (Western NC) Robert Doug Merrill 828-628-0410 David Wells 434-696-2189 Area 45 (DC, Eatern MD, Eastern VA) Area 49 (Northern OH) Marc Peugeot 419-636-3171 CENTRAL REGION Central Regional Director Chad Franklin 217-536-6978 Area 14 (IN) John Crone 317-837-5673 Area 15 (KY) John LaRowe 859-363-7681 Area 17 (WI) Scott Taetsch 715-873-3360 Area 18 (Northern IL) Michael F. Huber 815-652-0033 Area 19 (MO) Gregg Pearre 573-761-5466 Area 23 (IA, NE) Tim Bacon 515-576-1285 Area 32 (Eastern NV, UT) John Kendall 435-652-3062 Area 43 (TN) Mike Webb 901-382-4789 Area 51 (MI) Allan Herman 989-686-3013 Area 52 (Southern IL) Donald Higgs 217-720-4424 SOUTHERN REGION Southern Regional Director Al Hammond 386-462-5421 Area 9 (SC) Dale Carwile 864-223-9900 Area 10 (GA) Brad Ward 770-228-8218 Area 11 (Northern FL) Patrick “Bret” Eldridge 352-726-0059 Area 16 (LA) Chad Bowen 318-697-5012 Area 22 (AL, MS) Gene Newman 205-489-1288 Area 25 (Northern TX) Chris Griffin 817-441-7700 Area 26 (Southern TX) Liz Foley 936-273-6397 Area 39 (AR) Greg Stephens 479-705-1815 Area 47 (Western TX) Jack Cannon 325-617-4460 Area 48 (Southern FL) Tom Knight 941-748-7676 MID WEST REGION Mid West Regional Director Tom Ulik 507-993-1824 Area 20 (OK) Darren DeLong 405-692-8672 Area 21 (MN) Scott Lembke 218-844-2000 Area 24 (KS) Rick Chrisman 913-294-9956 Area 27 (NM) Peter Ide 505-281-6721 Area 28 (MT) Joseph Crismore 406-293-2498 Area 29 (WY) David Manzer 307-746-2520 Area 30 (CO) Gwen Chermack 719-539-9574 Area 41 (ND, SD) Clay Pederson 701-522-9622 WESTERN REGION Western Regional Director Brad Kruger 208-305-0945 Area 31 (AZ) Greg Gearing 623-566-4998 Area 33 (ID) Steve Vreeland 208-286-0950 Area 34 (HI, OR) Mike Carey 541-385-9404 Area 35 (Northern CA) Daniel Wilhelm 707-994-5877 Area 36 (S. CA, S. NV) Mike Davis 714-368-0451 Area 37 (Central CA) Jason Quick 805-239-4246 Area 38 (Southern AK) Chris Peters 907-222-3998 Area 40 (Western WA) Keifer Lewis 360-985-7749 Area 46 (E. CA, W. NV) Steve Wilson 209-847-4826 Area 50 (Mid California) Bob Anderson 209-723-0233 Area 53 (Northern AK) Josh Toennessen 907-479-4119 NRA Clubs & Associations • 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 • www.nrahq.org/clubs


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