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The Changing Face of Today’s Target Shooter

Newcomers—defined as those who have taken up target shooting in the last five years—are trending younger and female; also, they are city and suburban dwellers. In these ways, they are quite different from established participants and, as a result, are changing the face of target shooters in America. This influx of newcomers also underscores that the traditional pastimes of handgun, rifle and shotgun target shooting continue to have a broad appeal to new generations of Americans.

Driven by newbies, target shooting participation has leaped by 19 percent, from 34.4 million in 2009 to 40.8 million in 2012. That’s a 6.4 million increase; for comparison, golf and some other traditional activities have seen their participant base decline by millions.

Although they may be different in age and gender, newcomers share one important thing with established participants—their passion for firearms ownership and the shooting sports.

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Arizona Non-lead ammo program continues

In past years, the coupon for free non-lead ammunition was mailed with the hunt tag. However, this year, the department has been working to expand its network of retailers that will accept the coupon to better accommodate hunters. In addition, now a limited supply of the most common ammo will be available for coupon redemption at the Phoenix and Flagstaff department offices (note: it will not be offered for regular sale).

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Yamaha Funds Motorized and Outdoor Recreation Grants

“The OHV community is embracing the expanded platform of the Outdoor Access Initiative and we encourage all recreationists who rely on OHVs to access the outdoors to keep an eye out for projects that promote and protect that access,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group Vice President.  “We recognize that by broadening the scope of the GRANT program, we increase competition for the funds available but, as a result, we expect to see projects that have a greater benefit to all OHV enthusiasts.”

Funding and equipment were awarded by the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative to the following organizations:

  • Carbon County, Utah
  • Coos Riders Association, Oregon
  • National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
  • Texas Motorized Trails Coalition
  • Androscoggin Valley ATV Club, New Hampshire
  • Field of Dreams Trails Park, New Jersey
  • Norton Branch Fire & Rescue, Kentucky
  • Ride with Respect, Utah

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has a new website (www.yamahaoutdooraccess.com) with a new look and increased functionality.  Visitors can choose to submit an application with the required attachments directly to the online platform, rather than emailing into the program.  As always, the site features the GRANT cycle calendar, and riding clubs, outdoor enthusiast associations, land managers and conservationists can also find the current Outdoor Access Initiative GRANT guidelines for submission.  Yamaha continues to seek qualified projects and applications at local, state and federal levels. The next deadline to submit a GRANT application is Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative:
The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs). Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of trails, maintained and rehabilitated countless riding areas, improved staging areas, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local riding communities across the country to improve the OHV experience. Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies, outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation groups with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable use by motorized off-road vehicles.  A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects. Examples of appropriate projects for GRANTs include, but are not limited to:

  • Trail development, restoration and maintenance
  • Trail signage and map production
  • Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
  • Land stewardship, safety and education

Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the Outdoor Access Initiative are available here. For specific questions about the Outdoor Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email [email protected] or write to:

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Lowrance Off Road GPS Map Area Requests

Rugged Routes is geared towards using Lowrance GPS’s off road and features some in depth how-to articles on various Lowrance off road GPS tech projects and setups including but not limited to interfacing a Lowrance with a ham radio for APRS operation as well as hooking up various other sensors and accessories for off road vehicles.

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Cheetahs Return to Road America 50th Anniversary for Gathering of Historic Cheetahs

The Cheetah is the creation of California car builder, Bill Thomas II, and was introduced to sports cars racing in 1964. It has a rich history with Elkhart Lake as the Cro-Sal Special Cheetah, named for mechanic Gene Crowe and the original driver, Ralph Salyer, won the June Sprints at Road America in 1964. The distinctive shape and its high, power-to-weight ratio made this unique car very competitive during the 1964 and 1965 race seasons. There were less than 25 original Cheetahs built and only a few of those still exist today. Sam Goings and Jay Stephenson are two original Cheetah owners that have already planned to display their historic racers at this event. Cheetah fans are encouraged to check out the Cheetah Reunion website at www.cheetahreunion.com where registration info is also available.

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