RICHMOND, VA – On March 11, 1916 legislation was passed creating the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). On June 17th the act became law and the cloak room of the Senate was opened for Department business. When the Department was established in 1916, it was considered the most radical event in the history of conservation in Virginia. It took the support of many individuals, groups, and organizations before the landmark legislation would ever become a reality. The newly created state agency quickly began the work of restoring the state’s beleaguered fish and wildlife populations, as well as improving the loss of critical wildlife habitat. In those early years the conservation of Virginia’s wildlife resources was to be funded exclusively by hunters and anglers through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. Those funding challenges still remain while the number of people wanting to use those wildlife resources is dramatically increasing. [Read more…]
Call Your U.S. Senators Today!
The NSSF needs your voice! As soon as this afternoon or Friday, the United States Senate is expected to consider the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill. A number of anti-gun U.S. Senators will be proposing amendments that will have an adverse impact on your rights as a law-abiding American. We are all united in wanting to stop terrorism. We must, however, oppose efforts that will do nothing to stop terrorist acts, but that will advance old and previously defeated gun-control measures under a new label.
Call your Senators today at 202-224-3121 and urge them to oppose anti-gun amendments sponsored by Senators Feinstein, Schumer, Murphy and Booker.
MISSOULA – The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), the multi-agency committee responsible for coordinating the recovery of grizzly bears in the continental United States and adjacent Canadian Provinces will be taking their annual summer meeting to the North Idaho. The IGBC will be meeting at the Kootenai River Lodge in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, starting on June 22 and ending June 23. [Read more…]
PHOENIX – Only a few hours remain to apply for 2016 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison and pheasant.
All online and paper applications must be received by the department no later than 11:59 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, June 14. Postmarks do not count. [Read more…]
Idaho Falls – When it comes to bears and humans a strange bond exists. As infants we give our children stuffed bears, yet as adults many people fear being in the same woods where bears might be. The Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) will be hosting a free workshop to help demystify bears and help humans to understand what they can do to keep themselves and bears from getting into trouble. [Read more…]
Over a 3-day period last week, multiple world records were broken in Louisville, Kentucky. The world’s largest indoor archery ranges, totaling more than a half-mile were set-up in just 20 hours at Kentucky’s Exposition Center. Then, over the next three days student archers broke the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) national tournament record with 12,897 archers (up 7%). The NASP®/IBO 3D Challenge (“3D Challenge”) hosted 3,416 shooters (up 20%), and Centershot Ministries (archery in the church) had 953 archers (up 1,200%). Archers from 909 schools in 41 states and Washington D.C. competed, in these, the worlds largest archery tournaments! Female participation at Nationals was 47%, another record for NASP® by two points! [Read more…]
The Pennsylvania Game Commission today offered testimony to legislators on two issues important to the state’s hunters and trappers.
First, Game Commission Deputy Executive Director Bryan J. Burhans testified before the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee about the potential expansion of Sunday hunting. Then, Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough testified before the House Policy Committee on the importance of a license-fee increase and Senate Bill 1166, which would enable the Game Commission to set its own fees for licenses. [Read more…]
Rack-It LLC has confronted a common issue of individuals who are incapable of manipulating the slide of their semi-automatic firearm. They responded with a simple, easy-to-use device called the Rack-it. The Rack-it is a compact sized CNC-machined block available in either t6061 aluminum or Delrin that isolates the slide only of a semi-automatic firearm. Usage requires a simple push down and pull up, or push and release movement only, making the required action quick and easy. It is designed in three sizes and is offered in three models: belt clip, wall mount, and a shooting range/gunsmith stand. The belt clip and wall mount brackets are made of 1050 cr spring steel and powder-coated while the shooting range/gunsmith stand is made of 1/4″ steel and powder coated. The independent design allows the user the freedom to choose regarding holster preference and requires no modifications to the firearm. The aluminum Rack-It is anodized with a type 3 hard coat Teflon impregnated finish, available in 4 colors while the Delrin is available in black. [Read more…]
US and International response from educators and coaches to NASP’s new Academic Archer program has been outstanding! Registration concluded for the 2015/2016 school year on April 30th with 8,517 students enrolled into the program. Educators from 38 US states and two Canadian Provinces implemented the NASP Academic Archer Program with their students. [Read more…]