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Statement From NRA-PVF Chairman
Chris W. Cox On The 2010 Nevada U.S. Senate Race Hunting-and-fishing

In the coming days and weeks, the NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) will be announcing endorsements and candidate ratings in hundreds of federal races, as well as thousands of state legislative races. Unless these announcements are required by the timing of primary or special elections, the NRA-PVF generally does not issue endorsements while important legislative business is pending.

The NRA-PVF also operates under a long-standing policy that gives preference to incumbent candidates who have voted with the NRA on key issues, which is explained in more detail here.

The U.S. Senate recently considered a number of issues important to NRA members,

including the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Out of respect for the confirmation process, the NRA did not announce its position on Ms. Kagan's confirmation until the conclusion of her testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee. Her evasive testimony exacerbated grave concerns we had about her long-standing hostility towards the Second Amendment. As a result, the NRA strongly opposed her confirmation and made it clear at the time that we would be scoring this important vote.

The vote on Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Court, along with the previous year's confirmation vote on Sonia Sotomayor, are critical for the future of the Second Amendment. After careful consideration, the NRA-PVF announced today that it will not be endorsing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for re-election in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Nevada.

NRA members and other interested parties are encouraged to visit for more information as Election Day draws near.


In addition to the upcoming junior pheasant season, which will be held Oct. 9-16, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has established other special seasons for those 12 to 16 years of age, who can hunt either with or without a junior hunting license.

Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director, noted that the newest junior season to the agency’s line up is the junior rabbit season, which will run from Oct. 9-16, and run concurrent with the junior pheasant season.

“As pheasants and rabbits inhabit similar habitat and can both be pursued using bird or rabbit hunting dogs, running these two seasons together broadens the opportunity and excitement for younger hunters,” Roe said.  “Experienced hunters with dogs are encouraged to pass along our state’s hunting heritage by serving as mentors for junior hunters.  In fact, the Game Commission has published a new planning guide to assist individual hunters or conservation organizations to host guided hunts for eligible junior hunters.”

To view a copy of the new manual, go to the Game Commission website (, click on “Education” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, select “Special Hunts” in the “Special Events and Programs,” and then choose “Youth Hunt Planning Guide” in the “Special Hunt Guides.”

Other junior-only seasons in which participating youth are not required to first obtain a license are for squirrel (Oct. 9-15) and waterfowl (Sept. 18).  While they are not required to purchase a license, participating youth must first pass a basic Hunter-Trapper Education course.

Junior-only seasons in which participating youth must pass a basic Hunter-Trapper Education course and obtain the required licenses are: antlerless deer (Oct. 21-23) and spring gobbler day (April 23).

Roe also noted that junior license holders’ antler restrictions require that a legal buck must have one antler of more than three inches in length or one antler with at least two points.