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31st Annual George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Winners Announced

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 31st annual George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest.

Held in November at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va., the 2018 contest featured 350 entries submitted by young artists from all over the country. Begun in 1987, the Youth Wildlife Art Contest challenges students to create exceptional works of art depicting North American wildlife and offers $7,000 in cash prizes.

The contest is open to any student in grades 1 through 12, including home-schooled children. NRA membership is not required to participate. Entries can depict 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.

The contest is divided into four categories based on grade level: Category I (1st – 3rd), Category II (4th – 6th), Category III (7th – 9th), Category IV (10th – 12th). Judges select first, second and third place entries in each category, which receive prizes of $750, $500 and $250 respectively. A Best In Show award, selected from among all entries across all categories, receives a $1,000 prize.

“The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest offers young artists interested in hunting and wildlife an outlet to use their creative talent, practice artistic techniques and refine wildlife identification skills,” said NRA Recreational Programs & Ranges Managing Director Elizabeth Bush. “It makes us proud that the contest’s message has resonated with young artists, who carefully study an animal and hone their techniques to not just accurately depict a species, but to give their entry life. And their efforts also help reinforce the positive effects of hunting and wildlife conservation with the public at large.”

A complete list of winners and those who earned honorable mention status follows. To view the winning artwork online, go to artcontest.nra.org/award-winners/.

BEST IN SHOW
Emma Vande Vort (Grade 10) Lynden WA

CATEGORY I (Grades 1-3)
First Place: Jayden Cheuk, Chandler, AZ
Second Place: Chandana Muhlian, Parsippany, NJ (Shown Below)
Third Place: Sophia Zhao, Chandler, AZ

CATEGORY II (Grades 4-6)
First Place: Cynthia Liu, Chandler, AZ (Shown Below)
Second Place: Morgan Feng, Sugar Land, TX
Third Place: Ada Lau, Houston, TX

CATEGORY III (Grades 7-9)
First Place: Anna Yao, Chandler, AZ (Shown Below)
Second Place: Leyi Gao, Sugarland, TX
Third Place: Minjeong Kim, Coppell, TX

CATEGORY IV (Grades 10-12)
First Place: Christina Zhang, Richmond, TX (Shown Below)
Second Place: Anna Yu, Gilbert, AZ
Third Place: Ethan Pro, Canyon Country, CA

HONORABLE MENTIONS (in alphabetical order)
Yunbeen Bae (Grade 11) Frisco, TX
Yiteng Cai (Grade 6) Toronto, Ontario
Haejin Chong (Grade 10) Carrollton, TX
Fiona Gao (Grade 7) Chandler, AZ
Fay Fay He (Grade 3) Chandler, AZ
Devyn Jin (Grade 2) San Jose, CA
Christina Lee (Grade 6) Dallas, TX
Elaine Lin (Grade 2) Chandler, AZ
Sophia Lin (Grade 6) Scottsdale, AZ
Jayda Ma (Grade 7) Sugarland, TX
Victoria Ursol (Grade 6) Fair Oaks, CA
Cathering Wang (Grade 9) Fremont, CA
Amanda Wong (Grade 10) Chandler, AZ (Shown Below)
Jessica Xu (Grade 7) Coppell, TX
Lucas Yan (Grade 2) Chandler, AZ
Meiuen Yang (Grade 11) Phoenix, AZ

For more information about the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, visit artcontest.nra.org/.

About the National Rifle Association

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. 5.5 million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit http://www.nra.org.

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Meijer Offering Free, Junior Deer Hunting Licenses at All Michigan Stores on Sept. 14-15

Print this coupon out and get a free junior hunting license at any Michigan store.

From Meijer’s Newsroom:

Meijer will be offering free junior deer hunting licenses at all Michigan stores from Sept. 14-15. The Walker-based retailer says the deal is valid for a single junior deer hunting license, which carries a $20 value, or a mentored youth hunting license. Children must be accompanied by an adult to get the license, which can be accessed at the sporting goods desk or by contacting customer service.

More details can be found via The Outdoor Wire or MLIVE.

Create some great memories with your children this hunting season.

Happy Hunting!

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Extended Through September! Check Out The Steyr Arms Summer Rebate 2018.

Get cash rebates of $125 on any Steyr Pro THB, Pro THB 6.5 Creedmoor or Scout Rifle purchased from any Authorized Steyr Dealer.

With summer now coming to a close, Steyr Arms announces that its 2018 Summer Sale Consumer Cash Rebate Program is extended through September 30! This rebate program will offer customers cash rebates of $125 on any Steyr Pro THB, Pro THB 6.5 Creedmoor or Scout Rifle purchased from any Authorized Steyr Dealer between July 9th  and September 30, 2018. This is the best deal of the summer!

Receiving the cash-back rebate on any of the qualified Steyr firearms is easy. Customers have two options  to get the rebate ¾ either go to http://steyrarms.rebateaccess.com to submit the rebate electronically (preferred method), or customers can download and fill out the rebate form—which can be found at http://steyrarms.com/rebate/—and mail it along with with a copy of the original dated sales receipt to:

Promotion #84315
Steyr Arms $125 MIR
P.O. Box 22092
Tempe, AZ 85285-2092.

Mail-in forms must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2018. To check the status of your rebate, visit http://steyrarms.rebateaccess.com or call 800-953-3098. A rebate check will be mailed within six to eight weeks of submission.

This cash rebate is only applicable to retail transactions on new rifles, and unfortunately, it cannot be combined with Steyr Arms’ Law Enforcement and Military Sales Program or any other special offer. This rebate is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

While you’re at their website, don’t forget to sign up for the Steyr Arms Newsletter for the latest news and exclusive deals from the company. Better yet, if you’d like a chance to win a Scout, Pro THB or a Merkel SXS, sign up for the Big Buck Down! Giveaway and you’ll be automatically signed up for the Newsletter.

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to save!

 

 

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First-Time Deer Hunting Guide for Beginners

Are you a first-time hunter? If you are new to deer hunting, there’s a lot you need to learn.

It is not wise to start hunting for a deer if you do not know the “ABCs” of first-time deer hunting. Going into the forest without any prior training is a threat to not only you, but to others as well. Trust us, you do not want to take that chance. It’s pertinent you follow the tips in this first-time deer hunting guide to have a successful first-time deer hunting experience:

Rule 1: Never Go Deer Hunting without Informing Someone First

Have you seen the movie 127 hours? If you have, you know what can happen if you do not inform anyone of your whereabouts. If you are going to hunt deer on your own, you need to inform a friend, family member, or even your neighbor. If a hunting-related fatality occurs or you get lost in the woods, you will have someone who will notice your absence and send for help.

Rule 2: Choose Your Hunting Ground

You can either go deer hunting on public land or private land. Even though other deer hunters may tell you otherwise about hunting on public land, saying that it’s a bad choice, do not cross it off your list, as it is just a myth. If the public land allows deer hunters to come and hunt for deer, you should go, unless your personal preference is private land.

Rule 3: Select Your Hunting Weapon

In this first-time deer hunting guide, this rule is important to follow. You should select your weapon recommended by an experienced deer hunter. If you have prior knowledge about the best deer hunting weapons to use, refer to it to select your weapon. Some hunting weapons that are highly recommended for beginners to use include:

  • .270 Winchester
  • .30-06 Springfield
  • .30-30 Winchester
  • .308 Winchester
  • 7mm Remington Magnum
  • Remington Model 700
  • Ruger American Rifle
  • Savage Trophy Hunter XP
  • Weatherby Vanguard
  • Winchester Model 70

Rule 4: Educate Yourself on Deer Hunting Regulations and Laws

Before you go deer hunting, you need to review the regulations and laws related to the activity. Review both the local and state laws and regulations. To find the most up-to-date information on deer hunting laws, visit your state’s website.

Note down important rules and regulations to follow as well as the repercussions of breaking one of them. For instance, your state might even require you to complete and pass a hunter safety course before you can go deer hunting.

Rule 5: Obtain Your Hunting License

You need to obtain your hunting license. If you do not have one already, you need to buy it. Along with buying your deer hunting license, you need to pay for the hunting weapon and ammo. Once you obtain the hunting license, you will receive the legal status to hunt on either private land or public land.

Rule 6: Dress Accordingly

Another important rule in this first-time deer hunting guide includes the way you dress for the activity. You need to wear and have the following items of clothes to have a safe deer hunting experience:

  • Blaze orange vest and hat
  • Gloves, jacket, and hat
  • Tall and long rubber gloves (field dressing)
  • Flashlight (tracking deer)
  • Zip tie, Ziploc bag, and pen (tagging deer, depends on your state’s laws)
  • High quality sharp knife (field dressing)
  • Extra ammunition (just in case)
  • Permits (should always be on you)
  • Gun (but you knew that already)

Rule 7: Look for Signs to Scout Out Deer

You need to scout out the area for signs of deer activity. You need to learn the type of food deer eat during hunting season. The like acorns that fall from the white oak, but every year, they eat something different. Look for these signs to scout out the deer:

  • Shrubs
  • Clipped grasses
  • Tender shoots of plants
  • Rubs
  • Tracks
  • Deer droppings
  • Wind direction

Rule 8: Take a Deer Hunting Survival Kit

A deer hunting survival kit is a must-have for first-time hunters. This first-time deer hunting guide would be incomplete without this rule, as it can save your life. The deer hunting survival kit needs to include:

  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Pain killers
  • Antibiotic gel or cream
  • Water tablets
  • Painter’s cloth
  • Light sticks
  • Cloth strips to make bandages
  • Athletic tape for blisters
  • Band aids of different sizes
  • Fire starter
  • Poncho
  • Medical gloves
  • Emergency blanket
  • Paracord

 

Follow all these rules mentioned in the first-time deer hunting guide to have a fun, enjoyable, and exciting first-time deer hunting experience.

 

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How Not to Die in the Woods

Hunting is one of the safest sports there is. Let’s keep it that way.

Each year, about 700 American hunters meet their end while in the field. That may sound like a lot, but when you consider that the U.S. averages approximately 15 million hunting licenses per year, you’ll understand why, statistically, hunting is safer than golf and bowling. That doesn’t mean you should blithely stroll out into the fields unprepared. Here’s how not to die in the woods.

The Wrong Tree

Make sure you practice tree stand safety.

Interestingly, most hunting fatalities aren’t gun-related—the most common cause of death is falls from treestands. If you hunt from a treestand, here are some things you should do before the season begins to cut your risk:

  • Inspect your stand. Is it rust-free and in good working order?
  • Inspect your harness. Are there any frayed bits? Put it on—does it fit, or does it require adjustment?
  • Inspect your tree. Is it still alive and capable of supporting your weight?
  • And finally: Once the season starts and you’re hunting in earnest, wear your harness at all times—no exceptions!

Wear Your Orange

Wearing your orange is absolutely critical.

The next easy way to safeguard yourself is to wear blaze orange. The beauty of blaze is that it’s highly visible, even to colorblind people. When you wear it on your head, it helps highlight the unique bipedal motion of a human being walking, which reduces your chances of being mistaken for a deer to virtually nil. If your state’s hunting laws don’t mandate blaze orange, wear it anyway—at a minimum, on your way in and out of the woods.

Tell Someone Where You’re Going

Make sure someone knows exactly where you’ll be. | (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Amanda Morris)

We can mitigate our risk in the outdoors, but we can’t eliminate it. Even the most seasoned outdoorsman can get caught flat-footed by weather, get lost or just trust the wrong treestump. Of course you should have your cell with you, but you should also make sure someone back home knows where you’re going, and when you expect to be back. That way, if something unexpected happens, they can alert the authorities to start looking for you right away.

Don’t be a Donut

Never forget the lessons of gun safety instruction. | (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve Kotecki)

You’re out in the woods, no range officers in sight. So it’s cool if, just this one time, you don’t unload your rifle before you go over that rock wall, right? Or if you let the muzzle wander somewhere it shouldn’t? Well, we can’t stop you, but although there aren’t any hard statistics on this point, we’re pretty sure that nearly 100 percent of gun-related accidents happened right after someone broke a gun safety rule just this one time. Don’t be a donut. The rules of gun safety are even more important when you’re far from transportation and medical attention.