NRA Sports - Spring 2014

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A Publication of the National Rifle Association of America SPRING 2014

magaz i ne

NRA 3GE & The Great American Outdoor Show

NRA Youth Wildfife

Art Contest





2014 National

Air Gun Championships p24

m a g a z i n e

President’s Column: Abuse of Power



& the Great American Outdoor Show


NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show


Wallkill Rod & Gun: Club Champion Challenge


NRA Action Pistol


Youth Hunter Education Challenge


2013 Youth Wildlife Art Contest Some REALLY Fantastic Work Here!


2013 National Air Gun Championships

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Abuse of Power

“The problem with what the president [Barack Obama] is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system; he is becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid: that is, the concentration of power in any single branch.” —Prof. Jonathon Turley, Georgetown University Law School

By James W. Porter II, NRA President


hat remarkable assessment was given before the House Judiciary Committee last December. The subject of the hearing: “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.” Turley provided an alarming benchmark on usurpation of power as Obama moves swiftly on his 2008 threat “to fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Indeed, Obama is transforming the very constitutional structure of our government a structure of checks and balances among the three branches of government that has given our nation its remarkable stability as a true Democratic Republic. When the Founders created the United States Constitution, they struck a remarkable historic balance between three distinct branches of government. With the concept of separation of powers—succinctly enumerated in the first three articles—the responsibilities of the three branches of our government were spelled out: the national legislature, the executive branch under the elected president and the courts. They are separate but equal, with each acting as a check on possible abuse of power by the others. Article I provides that Congress, with political accountability to the people, enacts laws binding on the people and on government. Congress is also exclusively charged with authorizing spending and providing funds for the running of the government as a whole. Article II allocates to the executive the power to carry out the laws enacted by Congress, and to spend funds only as authorized and appropriated by Congress for specific purposes in the law. The article requires that the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Article III establishes the federal courts with the power to interpret the laws and assure that they adhere to the principles and safeguards of the Constitution. For much of our nation’s history, this balance has been maintained. Yet, with the emergence of Barack Obama and his Senate allies willing to cede power to the executive, that critical balance is changing radically. Whether you look at the daily changes in the rollout of the president’s signature healthcare law, or his use of the Internal Revenue Service to intimidate and close down avenues of free speech for his political

opponents, or the massive illegal digital spying on virtually every American by the National Security Agency or his spending of appropriated funds for programs never authorized by Congress, Obama has overturned those constitutional principles. Whatever position you might take personally on any of these issues, the big gorilla in the room is Obama’s lawless approach to governing. Obama rules through an unchecked bureaucracy—which Prof. Turley refers to as “this rising fourth branch. … ” “The center of gravity is shifting,” he told Congress, “and that makes it unstable. And within that system you have the rise of an uber-presidency … There could be no greater danger for individual liberty, and I really think that the framers would be horrified by that shift. … ” Turley said that the remedy—the brake on the imperial presidency—lies with the courts. With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid forcing change in filibuster rules, Obama can now pack the courts with jurists who rubber-stamp his corruption of power. Then the wondrous stability of our nation could end. Specifically on Second Amendment issues, gun owners have become victims of Obama’s abuse of power. In contravention of absolute congressional spending bans, Obama has ordered the Centers for Disease Control, in effect, to create a massive gun-ban propaganda and lobbying agenda to treat gun ownership as a public health menace. Obama has—by executive action—created gun owner registration in five border states by requiring sales that include multiple semi-automatic long guns to be reported and kept in a permanent database. With all of this, there is clear remedy and that is at the ballot box. The one uniting issue for Americans should be, and must be, to stop Obama’s theft and abuse of power. We must elect a Congress that will respect the Constitution and the separation of powers to halt and reverse what Prof. Turley rightly calls “the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.”

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by Nathan Judd, Program Specialist NRA Sports


ne of the fastest growing shooting sports in the country right now is the action-packed multigun competition commonly known as “3-gun.” NRA Sports 3 Gun Experience program (3GE) gives the entry-level or intermediate shooter a way to familiarize themselves with the ever popular sport. NRA Sports set up the Airsoft version of 3GE at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA in early February. With over 6,200 participants of all ages, NRA Sports 3GE was one of the more popular show exhibits. Set up in four booths, 3GE featured a rifle bay, a pistol bay and shotgun bays, as well as an interactive moving and shooting 3-gun bay. Started with a shot timer, the 3-gun bay was popular because it gave a first hand experience of what it takes to shoot this style of competition. Shooters of all skill levels took their aim at the targets and the tinking sounds of the action steel style targets could be heard throughout the exhibit hall all day. From the youngest shooter at age 5 to the oldest at 72, the 3GE interactive shooting booth sustained a steady flow of participants every day. Its popularity even reached the Shooting Sports hall where all the top firearms

manufacturers made their way to the 3GE booth, including Remington, DPMS, AAC Suppresors. Team DMPS, (a highly regarded competitive shooting team) and gave the Airsoft course a go, where they were impressed with the accuracy and realistic functions of the Airsoft equipment. NRA Sports showcased some of the best Airsoft guns (Airsoft GI) on the market and were able to give shooters the information needed to get into Airsoft training as well as host a 3Gun Experience event at their local club. Shooters learned of the capabilities of the Airsoft equipment and saw how it can be customized just as any center-fire versions can. The rifles, pistols and shotguns are licensed by firearms manufacturers to be complete replicas of their center-fire counterparts. With AR style rifles, gas pistols like the 1911 and popular double action designs, the shooter can train using the same firearm setup they use on the range. For more information on how your club can host a 3GE event, visit our wesite at http://

Outdoor Show

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NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show

kicked off on February 1, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Packed wall to wall with turkey calls, fishing boats, hunting supplies and outdoor gear, Great American marked the return of outdoor shows to the Harrisburg area. A return very much appreciated by vendors and patrons alike. “I’ve been exhibiting at this show for about twelve years and I’ve never seen it this packed,” said Pat from Pat Strawser Custom Calls. “It’s been an unbelievable turn out.” Almost 200,000 people jammed their way into the 650,000 square feet of Expo Center halls in search of the latest and greatest in outdoor gear. For nine days, they attended seminars, entered contests, booked hunting trips and bought that last piece of tackle for fishing season. Staying at the local hotels and dining at local restaurants generated a much needed infusion of cash ($70 million according to Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau estimates) following the cancelation of last year’s show. A decision that hurt the community considerably. “This was our local stock market crash,” said Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste. “When you take a community such as Central Pennsylvania, Dauphin County, and take 80 to 100 million dollars out of the community in one week’s time … that hurts.” 6 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Spring 2014

Since taking over the show, the NRA added a few things to make the event more family friendly. The Family Fun Zone gave parents a break from the kids and kids a break from the shopping as they identified wildlife, learned how to rope cattle, fished the magnetic pond and shot suction cup archery. An NRA Foundation Dinner gathered Second Amendment supporters one night for an evening of games, auctions and fun. And the NRA Country concert, headlined by Brantley Gilbert, packed the main arena with 5,000 fans. But if success can measured by any margin, the best measurement of the Great American Outdoor Show will become apparent next year when we return to Harrisburg. Then we will know, for then we shall see who made the journey back to Central Pennsylvania. Who returned and how far they traveled. “I came in with my mother from Australia,” said Buddy Butler on the Great American Facebook page. “We had a great time and we’ll probably come back next year too … great job NRA.” Next year’s Great American Outdoor Show opens at the Farm Show Complex February 7-15. Come join in the fun!

Patrons found their way through the myriad of exhibits and vendors at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Compex in Harrisburg, PA. All the big names in the f irearms industry were represented. Incredible displays of taxidery were everywhere. The kids were able to enjoy a f ishing competition among other activities. Eddie Eagle shared gun safety lessons with kids throughout the show. Family Fun Zone had a wildlife identif ication stop with all sorts of examples of our majestic North American wildlife. One thing is for certain, there was something for everyone at this year’s Great American Outdoor Show. Spring 2014 • NRA Sports MAGAZINE • 7

You!!! NRA Needs

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 online 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. 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 – 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. As a volunteer you are 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 143rd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits the best ever as well as the Annual Meeting that sends a strong message to America. To volunteer, visit or contact Gayle Carter-Cook, Volunteer Coordinator, at (208) 274-2113 or 8 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Spring 2014

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to share the enjoyment of the Shooting Sports with your friends and family.

n Associatio th e ifl R l a n u The Natio ome to yo to lc e w m r wa you extends a y inviting he b s ie il m fa y at t and their Youth Da ibits A R N e h t h attend tings & Ex e e M l a u NRA Ann napolis, Indiana . in India y, April 27 on Sunda

To pre –register, please visit Free six month youth memberships will be given to attendees. For more information, please contact NRA Sports Recreational Shooting: (703) 267-1472 or email

Join us for activities, fun and prizes! We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!

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he NRA Endorsed Insurance program for NRA Business Alliance members and Club Affiliates was born over a dozen years ago with the purpose of making a simple task of securing insurance for clubs and businesses in the firearm industry. The program is administered by Lockton Affinity, LLC—a leader in insurance program administration— and offers a broad range of insurance, from basic coverage for a club’s firearms to million dollar liability coverage for retail operations, and more. Insurance for Club Affiliates One of the key elements to a club’s success is its protection if someone is injured. Securing a liability insurance policy is the surest form of protection. The NRA program offers custom coverage plans depending on the scope of the club’s activities.

shooting competition at another club, participating in a fundraiser, or other normal club activities that occur away from the club premises, the club and its members are covered. Coverage for club activities conducted in other states: General liability coverage applies in the coverage territory which includes the U.S. and its territories, Puerto Rico and Canada. Worldwide coverage applies for an insured, whose home is in the coverage territory, while away for a short time on business. The policy excludes any premises used for the purpose of holding one or more gun or firearm shows. These can be insured separately. Coverage for club members: Coverage includes club members as insureds. This means an individual member, as well as the club, would be defended for allegations of negligence relating to club activities. Coverage for guests: Members are insureds on the club’s policy; however, guests are not covered in the same manner. If a guest using a range injures another person in a shooting exercise, or damages property, the guest causing the injury is likely to be named in a complaint, and because the incident happened on club grounds, the club is also named in the complaint. Under this insurance, the club has protection for the guest’s actions, but the guest is not covered. The same would hold true for a trespasser that is injured on

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Wallkill, New York NRA sanctioned reduced-shot 3-gun match for The

Club Champion Challenge

at Wallkill Rod & Gun Club by John Parker, NRA Competitive Shooting


ou can’t have a conversation with a shooter these days without discussing the ammunition shortage. NRA Competitive Shooters have especially been hit hard, the special match caliber ammunition needed as that extra edge in competition has, unfortunately been in short supply. Popular calibers seem to fly off the shelves as soon as new shipments arrive and getting your hands on a box will stretch your budget. New York has been hit especially hard by the lack of available ammunition. Last year, Glen Ryther, a former member of the USMC Reserve Pistol Team (MidwayUSA, NRA Bianchi Cup competitor and friend) called me asking for help in creating a match with reduced ammo counts. NRA thought it was a great idea, because we not only would be making an affordable competition in a sport with expensive equipment, but also bring some much needed attentionto the shortage of ammunition across the nation. The result of this endeavor was historic. NRA Competitive Shooting designed a sanctioned 3-gun Club Champion Challenge for the Wallkill Rod & Gun Club in Wallkill, New York that required fewer rounds than your standard 3-gun competition. Working around the (hopefully temporary) constraints, the match allowed shooters to enjoy the sport without running too high of a bill. The match was divided into five stages, one per week, requiring an average of 20 rounds each. NRA Competitive Shooting supplied awards and promoted the match on social media.

Club Champion: Al Bockemuhl Jr. 2nd place: Beck Whightsil 3rd place: Frank Riess

High Senior: Howie Eriksen High Junior: Justin Ryther

NRA Competitive shooting is happy to find creative ways for shooting clubs to hold sanctioned matches during situations like the ammunition shortage,” said Dennis Willing, Director of NRA Competitive Shooting. “We want to help shooters worry less about how they’re going to shoot and instead focus how well they’re going to shoot.

Everything went great and below you can see the final results. In addition to a flashy belt buckle, the club champion won an exclusive parking spot at the range - what a prize. The staff at Wallkill Rod & Gun were instrumental in creating this match, I would like to thank Glen Ryther, Justin Ryther, and all the members of the club for giving NRA Competitive Shooting the opportunity to help our competitors in New York. For more information about the NRA Club Champion Challenge, please visit the website at or email

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Is Competitive Shooting a “Sport”?

What is it - exactly, that makes an activity a “sport”?

Do you have to break a sweat during an activity in order for it to be considered a sport? Or is it the jersey; if you have to wear a jersey, then it’s a sport? sport |spôrt| - noun Do you have to be on a team for it to be a sport? an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes The definition of the word “Sport” in the dictionary gives you this: by Damien Orsinger Pistol Coordinator, NRA Competitive Shooting


f you’ve ever competed in, or were a spectator at, an NRA Action Pistol competition, you’d realize it is in fact a “Sport”. Let me take a minute to explain. I can tell you from experience that shooting a pistol competition is physically exerting. Not in a heavy lifting kind of way, more in a “I’m in the zone” kind of way, where you’re so intensely concentrated on what you’re doing, that you burn calories just from the stress factor! Not to mention that you’ll most likely be outside, possibly in 100 degree weather, sweating profusely, and having to walk up and down hills to get to your next event. Unless of course, if you’re at the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in which case you’ll get a ride to your next event on a golf cart! If you consider yourself an athlete, and you are the type of person that picks up any sport you try with relative ease, you should try your hand at the sport 14 • nra sports magazine • Spring 2014

against another or others for entertainment

of NRA Action Pistol! I promise it will test your nerves under pressure, your motor skills, your hand-eye coordination and your ability to concentrate in the heat of the moment. These are all the same attributes professional athletes in football, basketball and golf and all the others have to master in order to be at the top level of their discipline/sport. The same time, effort and skill is required to be a top level NRA Action Pistol competitor as it is in any of the above mentioned professional sports. Don’t believe me? Learn more about the sport of NRA Action Pistol, or any of the other competitive shooting disciplines offered through the NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division, visit our website at: or

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More than 50,000 kids from across North America learn shooting, safety, and wildlife identification every year thanks to NRA’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge?


unting is a sport steeped in rich history, culture, and tradition. As families face packed schedules and less accessible land, it is becoming increasingly difficult for adults to teach and pass the hunting tradition on to children. It is perhaps here – educating future generations of hunters and instilling the importance of perpetuating an American tradition – that the NRA’s Youth Hunter Educational Challenge (YHEC) flexes its greatest value. YHEC provides a practical environment for young hunters to develop and improve upon their marksmanship, hunting and safety skills. This program is regarded as the most comprehensive youth hunting program in North America. With eight different 16 • nra sports magazine • Spring 2014

Carrying On the History, Culture and Tradition of Hunting

by Matt Fleming Program Coordinator, NRA Hunter Services

shooting and responsibility events, YHEC builds on skills learned in basic hunter education courses and encourages safer, lifelong hunting. Since its founding in 1985, YHEC has reached more than 1.2 million youth in 33 states. 2013 saw 98 local and statewide YHEC events which drew 10,089 nationwide participants, with 365 youngsters from 17 states advancing to the International YHEC event. As anti-hunters continue to claim a decline in youth hunting interest, YHEC continues to grow and attract more participants each year. The NRA is committed to extending the reach of YHEC by expanding local, state, and provincial level events in the coming years.



The NRA developed the guidelines for hunter safety training that have been adopted by states all across the country?

The generosity and support of communities and local clubs is critical to the successful expansion of YHEC - each event requires a sponsoring organization, a role which local gun and shooting related clubs can easily fulfill! Although organizing a YHEC event may seem daunting, the minimal requirements are simple and the NRA will provide assistance and support along the way. In order to relieve the burden on sponsoring organizations, an official YHEC program only requires one shooting and one responsibility event. Importantly, organizations can tailor events to their specific needs and size, so as not to overwhelm organizers and participants. We encourage clubs,

associations, or organizations with an interest in hunting and shooting to sponsor a YHEC event. If you belong to any such organization, please consider starting a YHEC program. Not only will you provide educational and positive hunting exposure to youth in your community, you will have a hand in perpetuating further interest in the hunting tradition. Another key to YHEC’s success is the hundreds of adults willing to volunteer their time to make an event come together. If unable to start a local YHEC program, volunteer and donate time as a coach, instructor, event volunteer, statistician, or range officer. The future of hunting in America relies

on the involvement and education of younger generations. We deeply appreciate all that you do to preserve and advance this great American tradition. Please help us strengthen and grow the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge. For more information on starting a YHEC event or becoming a volunteer, please call Hunter Services at (703) 267-1503, (703) 267-1523, or email Monty Embrey at As always, information is also available on our website at YHEC is a longstanding event that relies on tremendous support from the hunting and shooting community. The NRA extends its sincere gratitude to its generous sponsors. Spring 2014 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 17

NRA-Institute for Legislative Action Federal Update Get Involved as We Gear Up for 2014 Elections

“This election is the most important of our lifetime!” We have all heard this refrain. And while this statement may seem to be over-used when viewed from a historical prospective, it doesn’t make it any less accurate. In reality, the only election we can actually influence is the next one, so this November’s elections are, in fact, the most important elections for Second Amendment supporters! Our Second Amendment rights are under attack like never before; not only in Washington, but across the country, and it is up to us as gun owners to Stand and Fight. There is no better way to directly impact this year’s elections than to get directly involved with our grassroots efforts and ensure those you know who share our commitment to freedom do the same. In an effort to help you do just that, NRA-ILA’s Grassroots Division has a number of programs to ensure that we elect pro-gun officials nationwide. The first step is making sure you are registered to vote, and then making sure that those who support our rights are also registered. Trigger the Vote is a program centered on making sure gun owners have the tools they need to make the process as easy as possible. A few of the features on include checking your voter registration status, registering to vote, and even finding your polling location. This one-stop-shop for voter registration is the perfect way to make sure every pro-gun advocate is eligible to vote this November! For those of you interested in truly playing a leadership role in our election efforts, then the Election Volunteer Coordinator (EVC) Program might be for you. EVCs work year round in their communities to promote the Second Amendment. Some of the responsibilities of an EVC include recruiting and organizing volunteers to mobilize voters in support of our candidates, working gun shows, and serving as a liaison between local gun owners and the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division. NRA-ILA’s FrontLines™ Volunteers represent the tip of our grassroots arrow. NRA-ILA FrontLines™ 18 • nra sports magazine • Spring 2014

is comprised only of the most dedicated and active volunteers who are willing to work vigorously with NRA-ILA and their EVC to defend our Second Amendment rights. FrontLines™ is not for the faint of heart. Only those pro-freedom activists who pledge their regular assistance when called to action will be enrolled. All FrontLines™ Volunteers receive: up-to-the-minute legislative/election alerts and analyses; crime and safety studies and statistics; NRA-ILA’s political newsletter, “Freedom’s Voice”; and direct access to ILA staff and our resources via our toll free Volunteer Hotline. To enroll in the FrontLines™ program visit the “Get Involved Locally!” section of, or contact the ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683) and request a Volunteer Information Form. Do you own a business? Do you know of a local business owner who staunchly supports the Second Amendment? If you do, this is the program for you. These businesses will serve as distribution points for NRA-ILA election and legislative materials. Second Amendment Activist Centers will be listed at www. and will be promoted via email. To learn more about this program, visit, or call ILA Grassroots at (800) 392-VOTE (8683), and ask to speak to your state’s Grassroots Coordinator. NRA is the premier gun rights group fighting everyday to ensure that we can continue to enjoy the liberties afforded to us by the Second Amendment. So no matter how you choose to get involved this year, just remember, if there was ever a time to Stand and Fight, it is NOW!

While we can’t expect everyone to do everything this election season, we must work to ensure everyone does something! Don’t wait. Start TODAY!

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George Montgomery/ NRA Youth Wildlife

Art Contest


ince its beginnings in 1987, the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest has challenged young artists throughout the United States to create exceptional works of art depicting North American wildlife. The 26th annual contest, held this past November at NRA Headquarters, received more than 600 entries and featured $7,000 in cash prizes. Created with the goal of assisting young outdoors enthusiasts with animal identification, the Youth Wildlife Art Contest is open to any student in grades 1 through 12, including home-schooled children, and does not require NRA membership to participate. Contest rules limit eligible wildlife to any North American game bird or animal that may be legally hunted or trapped. Endangered species and non-game animals, such as eagles and snakes, are not eligible subjects. In order to keep similarly skilled artists together, contest entries are divided into four categories based on the artist’s school grade. Each category is judged by a panel of handpicked artists who evaluate entries on effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy and composition. First, second, and third place entries 20 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Spring 2014

are selected in each category, receiving respective prizes of $750, $500, and $250. The winner of Best In Show, awarded for the highest scoring entry across all categories, receives a $1,000 prize. This year’s first place winner in Category I is third grader Jerry Yuan of Fremont, California, who entered this colored pencil drawing of an armadillo titled Looking Out. Category I’s second place winner is third grader Ally Wang of Canton, Michigan. Ally drew a lifelike raccoon in colored pencil titled Raccoon of the Forest.

Alisa Jia from Chandler, Arizona, took third place in Category I this year for her colored pencil drawing of a mountain lion titled Roaring. Although only in the third grade, Alisa previously found success in the contest by winning First Place Category I last year. Category II’s first place recipient is Elijah Roberts, of Union, Kentucky, who drew a beautiful Red-Winged Blackbird in a piece titled The Black Bird. Our judges were extremely impressed with Elijah’s talent and the drawing’s anatomical correctness.

This year’s third place winner in Category II is Janet Cui of Fremont, California. Janet also has a history with the contest, receiving Third Place Category I in 2010 and Honorable Mention Category II in 2012. Her vibrant Sharp-Tailed Grouse drawing, titled In Hiding, floored our panel of judges. The recipient of this year’s First Place Category III comes from the NRA’s backyard in Germantown, Maryland. Seventh grader Anna Chen’s painting, The Spirit of the Wolf, was praised by our judges for being extraordinarily lifelike.

Second place winner Catherine Chen is developing quite the list of accomplishments in the Youth Wildlife Art Contest. The sixth grader from Fremont, California has previously received Third Place Category I in 2008, Second Place Category I in 2010, and Honorable Mention Category II in 2011. This year’s entry of a wolf, titled Howling in the Moonlight, really impressed our judges.

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Category III’s second place winner is Liam Jeanette of Wheaton, Illinois. The eighth grader’s extremely detailed portrait of a bear, titled Bear, wowed our judges, who took a particular liking to the ice stuck to the bear’s snout. Kelly Wang, the third place recipient in Category III, is another contest veteran, receiving Honorable Mention Category III in both 2011 and 2012 before finally breaking into the top three this year. The ninth grader from Johns Creek, Georgia, charmed our judges with sense of motion captured in her piece – The Ravenous Wolf. Be warned, if you look at the drawing for too long you’ll expect the wolf to walk right through it.

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Tenth grader Joanne Zheng of Johns Creek, Georgia received Category IV’s first place prize this year for her drawing of a Dall sheep titled Guardian of the Mountain. An artist of exceptional skill, Joanne has previously won Third Place Category III in 2011 and Second Place Category III in 2012. Matthew Mayers, a twelfth grader from San Jacinto, California, won Second Place Category IV this year for his scratchboard drawing of a wolf titled The Sentinel. There is almost no room for error when etching your artwork from the scratchboard’s thin layer of black India ink to expose the white China clay underneath.

In his final year of eligibility, contest veteran Noah Bounds took Category IV’s third place prize for Focused, an ambitious painting of a Canadian lynx. Previously, the twelfth grader from Shreveport, Louisiana, has taken home Second Place Category IV in 2011 and Honorable Mention Category IV in 2012.



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2013’s Best In Show award went to Justas Varpucanskis of Mokena, Illinois. The tenth grader’s painting, titled Raccoon in Repose, received heavy praise from our judges for its lifelike raccoon and excellent technique. Justas, who is no stranger to winning, received First Place Category III in last year’s contest.



Hunters for the Hungry program donated almost 3 million pounds of meat to the underprivileged last year and every state chapter relies on NRA’s Hunter Services Department to serve as the national clearing house? Spring 2014 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 23


by Damian Allen

Reorganized to maximize club participation throughout the United States, with live scoring for all age groups, this year’s Airgun Championships will be an exciting, new competitive option for shooters during March 29-30 or April 5-6.


he 2014 NRA National Open Air Gun Championships are coming up fast! This year’s national competition will be easier to join and more accessible for the Nation’s shooters. Instead of taking place at one location, 2014’s Air Gun Nationals will take place at selected locations around the country, with scores reported online. Shooters from the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest and even Alaska and Hawaii, will be able to compete without traveling halfway across the globe. Champions, from all different origins, will know that they are the best in the country, not simply the best shooter able to travel to the nationals. In addition to expanding the number of places where you can shoot, the 2014 NRA National Open Air Gun Championships will live up to the open in its name. All shooters are encouraged to compete. There will be prizes specifically for juniors, adults, and adaptive shooters. If you laid down your air rifle because you thought you grew out of competition with it, it’s time to dust it off! In addition to the national awards mailed to the top shooters in the country, local awards will be given to the top scoring shooters in various categories at each location. Shooters may of course compete either with a sporter or precision air rifle. The 2014 NRA National Open Air Gun Championships will be a 60 shot course of fire, with twenty shots in each position. The Orion 24 • nra sports magazine • Spring 2014

scoring system will be used, which will allow all targets to be scored identically, and for decimal scoring to greatly reduce the occurrence of ties. This year’s event represents a step forward, and an opportunity to take advantage of both electronic scoring machines and the ability to share scores instantly online. This is the first year our national championship will make full use of these abilities, and it represents an opportunity for clubs to participate in a brand new type of competition. NRA is excited to make this happen, and hope to build on lessons learned during this year’s competition. If exploring this frontier sounds like something shooters in your area would be interested in, contact the NRA! This championship seeks to exemplify a simple truth: local clubs are the backbone of the shooting sports. The goal is to involve as many shooters as possible by reaching out to as many clubs as possible. As of the publishing date, there are seventeen locations already onboard. However, if you’d prefer to be a host for the competition rather than travel to the nearest participating location, there is still time to add locations. If your club has an Orion system, and you would like to be included in the list of participating clubs, please email Damian Allen, Air Gun Coordinator with the NRA at

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NRA’s Women’s Wilderness Escape program teaches everything from shooting to game calling to survival training and archery?



The latest numbers from NRA’s Women on Target program show a 26% increase in participation?

Eddie Eagle to the Rescue During the second week of school this past fall, a 2nd grade student at Quiet Waters Elementary School in Deerfield Beach, FL found a handgun lying by the sidewalk near her school. Shaelyn Casey said she remembered Eddie Eagle and his GunSafe® message. She stopped, didn’t touch the gun then immediately left the area to go tell the Assistant Principal and School Resource Officer. The gun was recovered and thanks to Shaelyn’s brave action no one was hurt. Want to learn more about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program or order materials? Visit, call (800) 231-0752 or email us at to find out more.

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NRA Affiliated State Associations ALABAMA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION 2009 Rogers Dr Huntsville, AL 35811 256-534-7968 • James Moses, President ALASKA OUTDOOR COUNCIL, INC. 310 K Street Ste 200 Anchorage, AK 99501 907-264-6645 • Bill Iverson, President ARIZONA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 74424 New River, AZ 85087 623-687-4251 • Noble C. Hathaway, President • Ed Roberts, Vice President ARKANSAS RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 2348 Conway, AR 72033 501-472-2316 • David Joyner, President • Ann Fairless, Sec./Treas. CALIFORNIA RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC. 271 E Imperial Hwy Ste 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772 • Jim Shea, President • John C. Fields, Exec. Director COLORADO STATE SHOOTING ASSOCIATION 609 W Littleton Blvd Ste 206 Littleton, CO 80120 720-283-1376 • Tony Fabian, President • David Gill, Vice President CONNECTICUT STATE RIFLE & REVOLVER ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 203-272-1725 • Brad Palmer, President • Randy Bieler, Director

DELAWARE STATE SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 94 Lincoln, DE 19960 302-475-4228 • John Sigler, President FLORIDA SPORT SHOOTING ASSOCIATION, INC. 14629 SW 104 St #188 Miami, FL 33186 407-701-1030 • Alan Dart, Secretary • Robert Stokes, President GEORGIA SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N PO Box 1733 Macon, GA 31202 478-955-7068 • Barbara Senbertrand, President • Tom Patton, Secretary/Treasurer HAWAII RIFLE ASSOCIATION PO Box 543 Kailua, HI 96734 808-306-7194 • Harvey F. Gerwig, President • Bill Richter, Secretary IDAHO STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N PO Box 140293 Boise, ID 83714-4183 208-452-4183 • Neill Goodfellow, President • Jon Carter, Secretary ILLINOIS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION, INC. P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 • Richard Pearson, Exe. Director • Donald Moran, President INDIANA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC. 7527 State Route 56 Rising Sun, IN 47040 812-534-3258 • Jerry Wehner, President • William B. Thomas, Jr., Secretary

IOWA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 240 Prospect Road North Liberty, IA 52317-9660 319-626-2710 • Bill Besgrove, Secretary • John Klopfenstein, President KANSAS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 219 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-608-1910 • Patricia Stoneking, President • Jackie Todd, Secretary LEAGUE OF KENTUCKY SPORTSMEN, INC. 2500 Handy’s Bend Road Wilmore, KY 40390 859-858-0135 • Tom Cottingim, NRA Liaison • Mark Nethery, President LOUISIANA SHOOTING ASSOCIATION 350 Quill Ct. Slidell, LA 70461 985-781-4174 • Daniel Zelenka II, President • Danny Hudson, Secretary (ME) PINE TREE STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC PO Box 373 Yarmouth, ME 04096 207-882-4713 • Ronald Vaillancourt, President • Angus N. Norcross, Treasurer MARYLAND STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION 341 Whitfield Rd Catonsville, MD 21228 410-788-6787 • margaret Clarke, President • Douglas Self, 1st Vice President (MASSACHUSETTS) GUN OWNERS’ ACTION LEAGUE 361 W Main St Northboro, MA 01606 508-393-5333 • James Wallace, Exe. Director • Jon Green, Dir. Trng. & Ed.

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NRA Affiliated State Associations MICHIGAN RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 71 Marshall, MI 49068-0071 269-781-1223 • Leo Cebula, President • Charles Hayes, Secretary MINNESOTA RIFLE & REVOLVER ASSOCIATION, INC. 4737 CR 101, Box 114 Minnetonka, MN 55345-2634 320-968-6898 • George Minerich, President MISSISSIPPI STATE FIREARM OWNERS ASSOCIATION PO Box 1061 McComb, MS 39649 601-341-8797 • Douglas Bowser, President • Deborah Withers, Secretary MISSOURI SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N PO Box 209 Winfield, MO 63389 314-440-3811 • Mike Kight, Secretary • Kevin Jamison, President MONTANA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 48 Ramsay, MT 59748 406-868-4181 • Jamey Williams, President • Zona Mowrer, Secretary NEBRASKA MARKSMANSHIP ASS’N PO Box 390311 Omaha, NE 68139 402-880-4868 • Bill Keil, President • W. Aaron Woehler, Secretary NEVADA FIREARMS COALITION 5575 Simmons St, Ste I-176 North Las Vegas, NV 89031 702-373-5935 • Don Turner, President • Megan Ferrante, Secretary

GUN OWNERS of NEW HAMPSHIRE, INCORPORATED P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0487 603-225-4664 • Mitch Kopacz, President • Ralph Demicco, Vice President ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUBS, INC. 5 Sicomac Rd Ste 292 N. Haledon, NJ 07508 973-697-9270 • Scott L. Bach, Exe. Director • Kathy Chatterton, President NEW MEXICO SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION, INC. P.O. Box 753 Los Alamos, NM 87544 505-286-8449 • Ed Dresner, President • Ken Laintz, Secretary NEW YORK STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N, INC. 90 S. Swan Street Suite 395 Albany, NY 12210 510-272-2654 • Tom King, President • Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr., VP N. CAROLINA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-295-7220 • David McFarling, President • David Prest, Secretary NORTH DAKOTA SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 228 Bismarck, ND 58502 701-775-2863 • Rick Jorgenson, Executive Director • Richard Butler, President OHIO RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 43083 Cincinnati, OH 45243-0083 513-891-1325 • Bob Sacco, President • Mary Sacco, Secretary

OKLAHOMA RIFLE ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 850927 Yukon, OK 73085-0927 405-324-2450 • Charles Smith, Executive Director • Rick N. Baker, Secretary OREGON STATE SHOOTING ASS’N 2815 S Shore Dr SE Albany, OR 97322 541-928-2460 • Dan Sweet, Secretary • Nelson Shew, President PENNSYLVANIA RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION 1573 Chestnut Grove Hwy Grampian, PA 16838 814-236-0708 • Jack Lee, President • Becky Dutra, Secretary GUN RIGHTS & SAFETY ASSOCIATION of PUERTO RICO PO Box 191919 San Juan, PR 00919-1919 • Rafael Torres, President 787-691-1919 GUN OWNERS of SOUTH CAROLINA P.O. Box 211 Little Mountain, SC 29075 803-345-5761 • Gerald Stoudemire • Peggy Bodner SOUTH DAKOTA SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION PO Box 3 Dell Rapids, SD 57022 605-428-5488 • Gregory Iverson, Secretary • Tom Raines, President TENNESSEE SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION, INC. 6653 Jocelyn Hollow Road Nashville, TN 37205 615-352-3954 • Ray Harvey, President • Eugene Paranick, Director

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NRA-affiliated state associations Cont’d TEXAS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Ste 300 Austin, TX 78752 512-615-4116 • Jan Jumper, Asst. Director • Bruce Kivell, President UTAH STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 5926 S Fashion Point Dr #200 Ogden, UT 84403 801-499-9763 • Elwood P. Powell, President • Ralph Schamel, Vice President VERMONT FEDERATION OF SPORTSMEN’S CLUBS, INC. PO Box 225 Lyndonville, VT 05851 802-535-7111 • Clint Gray, President • Evan Hughes, VP/NRA Liason VIRGINIA SHOOTING SPORTS ASS’N P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848 • Lucien Charette, Exec. Director • Andrea T. Smith, Secy/Treas

WASHINGTON STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC. 17541 Fremont Ave N Shore Line, WA 98113 206-427-8257 • Alan Carey, Secretary • James Crosier, President WEST VIRGINIA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 2504 Buckhannon, WV 26201 304-472-5174 • Amy Tenney, Treasurer • Gary Bailey, President WISCONSIN FIREARM OWNERS, RANGES, CLUBS AND EDUCATORS PO Box 130 Seymour, WI 54165-0130 920-687-0505 • Jeff Nass, President • Gary Nichols, Secretary

WYOMING STATE SHOOTING ASSOCIATION, INC. 625 Sweetwater St Lander, WY 82520-3044 307-335-3044 • Roger Sebesta, Secy/Treas

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NRA Field Representative Directory EASTERN REGION Eastern Regional Director Bryan Hoover Area 1 (ME, NH, VT) Brian Smith Area 2 (NY) Jay Rusnock Area 3 (CT, MA, RI, NJ, Lower NY) Jim Reardon Area 4 (DE, Eastern PA) Kory Enck Area 5 (Western PA) Thomas Baldrige Area 7 (WV, Western VA, Western MD) Jim Kilgore Area 12 (Southern OH) Andrew Root Area 45 (DC, Eatern MD, Eastern VA) David Wells Area 49 (Northern OH) Marc Peugeot CENTRAL REGION Central Regional Director Chad Franklin Area 13 (Northern MO) Travis Scott Area 14 (IN) Craig Haggard Area 15 (KY) John LaRowe Area 17 (WI) Scott Taetsch Area 18 (Northern IL) Michael Huber Area 19 (MO) Gregg Pearre Area 23 (IA, NE) Tim Bacon Area 51 (MI) Allan Herman Area 52 (Southern IL) Donald Higgs SOUTHERN REGION Southern Regional Director Al Hammond Area 8 (Eastern NC) Lloyd Edwards Area 9 (SC) Charles Johnson Area 10 (GA) Brad Ward Area 11 (Northern FL) Patrick “Bret” Eldridge Area 16 (LA) Chad Bowen Area 22 (AL, MS) Gene Newman Area 42 (Western NC) Robert Doug Merrill Area 43 (TN) Mike Webb Area 48 (Southern FL) Tom Knight MID WEST REGION Mid West Regional Director Tom Ulik Area 20 (OK) Darren DeLong Area 24 (KS) Rick Chrisman Area 25 (Northern TX) Chris Griffin Area 26 (Southern TX) Liz Foley Area 27 (NM) Peter Ide Area 30 (CO) Brad Dreier Area 39 (AR) Erica Willard Area 47 (Western TX) Jack Cannon WESTERN REGION Western Regional Director Brad Kruger Area 21 (MN) Scott Lembke Area 28 (MT) Joseph Crismore Area 29 (WY) David Manzer Area 33 (ID) Steve Vreeland Area 34 (HI, OR) Mike Carey Area 38 (Southern AK) Greg Stephens Area 40 (Western WA) Keifer Lewis Area 41 (ND, SD) Clay Pederson Area 53 (Northern AK) Josh Toennessen SOUTHWESTERN REGION Southwestern Regional Director Jason Quick Area 31 (AZ) Winston Pendelton Area 32 (UT, Esatern NV) John Kendall Area 35 (Northern CA) Daniel Wilhelm Area 36 (S. CA, S. NV) Mike Davis Area 37 (Central CA) Paul Rodarmel Area 46 (E. CA, W. NV) Steve Wilson Area 50 (Mid California) Bob Anderson

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