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July 15, 1999

For more information contact:
Natalie Verdi at 609-777-4194

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife recently received $4,399 in grant monies to support its Becoming an Outdoors-Woman one-day workshop entitled "Women's Introduction to Pheasant Hunting" and its "Take a Kid Pheasant Hunting" annual field day. Grant checks, presented by area representatives from the National Rifle Association and Friends of NRA (FNRA), were the result of FNRA fundraising activities held across the state.

The grants will enable the Division to continue introducing youth and novice hunters to safe and responsible hunting practices through special pheasant hunting workshops. During the events, students are guided by Division staff and volunteer mentors with trained bird dogs. Each participant is provided with an opportunity to hunt in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere along with individualized and small group instruction related to the sport.

The NRA Foundation is dedicated to safeguarding American firearms traditions through the support of gun safety education, marksmanship training and wildlife conservation programs nationwide. A large part of its funding comes directly from fundraising activities conducted by the FNRA. As the foundation's grassroots arm, FNRA helps area residents get involved with NRA programs and promotes responsible gun ownership and shooting sports in local communities. Half of the proceeds are set aside in the NRA Foundation's National Program Fund with the remaining proceeds placed in an NRA State Fund to underwrite local programs and projects.