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Laramie, Wy – It was a successful weekend for Team HIVIZ shooters, Jerry Miculek, Lena Miculek, Lanny Barnes, and Becky Yackley at the 2019 IPSC World Rifle Shoot held in Sweden, August 3-10.

Jerry Miculek took first place in the Open Semi Auto Super Senior Division. For the Ladies, Lena Miculek took home the Silver Medal followed by Lanny Barnes with Bronze and Becky Yackley in 6th place in the Ladies Open Semi Auto Division. The 3 ladies teamed up with Ashley Rheuark who placed first in the match to bring home the Gold in the Ladies Team event.

Over 600 shooters from 37 countries took part in the Rifle World Shoot. The largest national teams were represented by countries such as, Sweden, Norway, Russia and Germany.

The International Practical Shooting Confederation was founded in 1976 as a shooting sport and today recognizes all the main shooting disciplines – handgun, rifle shotgun and action air.

IPSC also emphasizes procedures for safe gun handling and strict adherence to the rules governing the sport. In IPSC courses of fire, the results are calculated by dividing the competitor’s target score by the time taken to complete the course of fire. The shooter must be the most accurate and fastest to win.

 

About Hiviz Shooting Systems – Hiviz Shooting Systems’ vision is to improve the art of shooting. Whether it’s in the field, at the range, or for personal defense, our carefully engineered line of sights and recoil pads are designed to help shooters experience the thrill of outstanding marksmanship. HIVIZ Shooting Systems manufactures high quality Fiber-Optic Sights, tritium sights, recoil pads and accessories for the shooting industry. For further information regarding HIVIZ products, visit the company web site at www.hivizsights.com

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2020 U.S. Olympic Trials for Archery Heats Up with Stage 2 in Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials – Archery continues this week in Texas with the second of four stages of competition. Here’s what you need to know to follow the action:

Trials Process – Nomination

To be nominated to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Archery Team, archers must compete in the Trials as set by USA Archery and the U.S. Olympic Committee. For the Tokyo 2020 Games, there are four stages of the Trials, and participation is open to any USA Archery member who is also a citizen of the United States.Trials events include ranking rounds, team round simulation, head to head elimination rounds, and round robin match play. The total points accumulated from each event will determine the final rankings for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Then, based on how many quota spots the U.S. has earned for the 2020 Olympic Games, USA Archery will nominate archers to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to fill those spots. So, a nation must earn their spots for the Games, and then in the U.S., the archers compete in the Trials to determine who will fill those quota spots. Right now, the U.S. has earned one men’s spot from Brady Ellison’s gold at the 2019 World Archery Championships, and one women’s spot from gold in the mixed team event at the 2019 Pan American Games, contested by Ellison and Casey Kaufhold.

The U.S. will have another chance to qualify full teams of three men and three women at World Cup Berlin in June 2020.

The Stages

  • Stage 1: August 15-16, 2019 – Dublin, OH
  • Stage 2: September 28, and September 30-October 1, 2019 – College Station, TX
  • Stage 3: April 8-11, 2020 – Chula Vista, CA
  • Stage 4: May 25-26, 2020 – Newberry, FL

All archers from Stage 1 are eligible to continue to Stage 2, however, there is a minimum qualifying score, set by World Archery, that must be achieved after June 10, 2019 and by the September 28th qualification round of the second stage. For men, this score is 640 and for women, it is 605 and it can be shot in any 72-arrow, 70m Round at a sanctioned STAR FITA.

After this qualification round, archers will be cut to the top 16 men and women who have achieved the MQS based on cumulative Trials points. At the event in Chula Vista, cuts will be made in each category to the top 8 archers, who will continue to the fourth and final stage. From there, archers will be nominated to the team to fill the U.S. quota spots.

Who to Watch and How to Follow

Results from Stage 1 are available online for the Men and Women. As the Trials continue, follow scores on USA Archery’s Live Results Page. Following the first stage, the top 16 men and women earned .25-4 points in quarter point increments, plus up to 6 bonus points for high scores. With how many points are left in the Trials and how few have been awarded thus far, anything can happen, but there are some early standouts.

World Champion, World No. 1 and five-time World Cup Final Champion Brady Ellison broke several world records this year, including a 702 72-arrow round at the World Archery Championships. The three-time Olympic Medalist is a strong favorite for the men. Ellison’s World Championship teammates and staples on the World Cup circuit this year Jack Williams and Tom Stanwood are currently 3rd and 4th in the Trials. 16-year-old Josef Scarboro was a surprise, coming in 2nd at the first stage, but he backed it up with mixed team silver at the World Archery Youth Championships last month, and Cadet world record holder Joonsuh Oh is 5th ahead of London 2012 team silver medalist Jacob Wukie.

At just 15, youth standout Casey Kaufhold is the leader of the women’s trials. Kaufhold has also set several national and world records this year as a young trailblazer, who could become the youngest Olympic archer since medalist Denise Parker in 1988. 5-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig, and Rio 2016 Olympian Mackenzie Brown are still in the mix, sitting 7th and 9th respectively. Eliana Claps, who has appeared on several world teams for the U.S. over the past quad is currently 2nd, while compound star Crystal Gauvin is chasing Olympic dreams in 3rd. Alexandria Zuleta-Visser is 4th, just ahead of Erin Mickelberry, who has been a regular for the U.S. on the world circuit this year.

As the Trials continue, follow USA Archery on FacebookTwitter, and Instagramfor updates from the events. Official photos are posted regularly to USA Archery’s photo site.

About USA Archery

USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States. For more information, visit www.usarchery.org.

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FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the 2019 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC) will begin Sept. 23 in Pearl, Mississippi.

The competition, conducted by the NRA and hosted by the Mississippi Highway Patrol/Mississippi Department of Public Safety, is a three-day event that tests the marksmanship skills law enforcement professionals from local, state and federal agencies across the U.S. and the globe, as well as select members of the U.S. Military. Participants’ shooting skills are realistically tested as competitors start with guns holstered in timed matches from multiple positions and distances.

“These law enforcement officers are some of the best marksmen in the country and we’re excited they’re coming to Mississippi to test their skills,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “Our top-notch shooting facility is the perfect location for this competition and we welcome all to visit our state and enjoy all that Mississippi has to offer.”

The championships moved to the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer’s Training Academy this year from Albuquerque, New Mexico where it was held in years past. Hundreds of competitors and many spectators are expected in Pearl for the competition, bringing in an estimated hundreds of thousands in economic boon. Last year’s competition in Albuquerque brought in about $425,000.

“This is the premier shooting competition for law enforcement members across the globe who dedicate their lives to ensuring our safety every day,” said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president, NRA. “We are grateful to Gov. Bryant for bringing this competition back to Mississippi and we can’t wait for the start of this great tradition.”

The Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy (MLEOTA) sits on 243 acres in Rankin County, Miss., and boasts world-class range facilities.

For more information about the 2019 NRA National Police Shooting Championships, visit https://lecompetitions.nra.org/national-police-shooting-championship/. To book accommodations at the 2019 host hotel—the Hilton on East County Line Road—where the NPSC tuition-free training, banquet and other special events will take place, visit bit.ly/2019-NPSC-Hotel. NPSC competitors are eligible for a special rate and free breakfast at The Hilton.

To learn more about the NRA Law Enforcement Division visit le.nra.org or call 703-267-1640. For more information about the Mississippi Highway Patrol/Mississippi Department of Public Safety, visit www.dps.state.ms.us.

About the National Rifle Association

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five 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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West Henrietta, NY – The familiar duo of Alexis Ruiz and Curtis Broadnax found themselves each team gold medalists once again at the World Archery Youth World Championships over the weekend in Madrid, Spain, after a week of intense competition.

The experienced pair qualified to represent Team USA’s Junior compound team through a host of outdoor tournaments throughout year, as they did in 2017 where each finished in first individually at the Final in Rosario. Competition was tough in Madrid, especially in the junior women’s team race. There, Alexis Ruiz, shooting her custom Victory X and her teammates (Anna Scarbrough and Savannah Vanderwier), defeated the Russian team by a close score of 230-229. This title was the eighth in history for the US junior women’s team. Ruiz finished fourth on the weekend individually after a hard fought bronze medal match.

“The Youth World Championships was another amazing tournament where my bow performed perfectly. I was shooting well in qualifications even in some wind, and I was able to qualify 3rd. My elimination matches went very well, but my last two matches were a tough fight that I didn’t win,” Ruiz said. “Team rounds went well as I was able to bring home a gold medal, and overall I’m very happy about how this tournament went, and now I’m headed home to train for the World Cup Finals.”

Following Ruiz’ match, where the two final arrows were called 10’s to take the lead, Broadnax, shooting his custom Echelon 37 with his teammates (Cooper French and Connor Sears), headed into the gold medal match in a commanding way, leading by five points after the first end. End by end, the trio added to their lead for a final score of 233-224 to best Mexico for the gold medal.

“It feels great. Days like this are about hard work put together,” Broadnax shared with World Archery in a post-tournament interview. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without each other, without teammates. I’m glad everything worked out.”

While Broadnax shifts his focus to indoor season in the coming months, Ruiz has one more outdoor target objective: the World Cup Final in Moscow, Russia. Seeded first by a margin of more than 20 points for the women, Ruiz takes aim at the podium.

To learn more about Elite Archery’s winning line of tournament and hunting bows, visit www.elitearchery.com

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UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. — On Sunday afternoon, for the second time in three tournaments, Jamie Hartman claimed a Bassmaster Elite Series victory.

Both were special. But he couldn’t deny this one meant just a little more.

Fishing in his home state of New York, Hartman caught five bass that weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces Sunday and jumped from fourth place into the winner’s spot at the SiteOne Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake with a four-day total of 80-13.

After all the bass had been weighed, Hartman carried the blue trophy into a boisterous crowd of fans who were eager to hug and high-five their hometown favorite. It was a stark contrast to the celebration he was basically denied when he earned his first victory two months ago at Lake Guntersville and a severe thunderstorm rolled through just as he was handed the trophy.

“It just couldn’t be any better than this,” Hartman said. “For it to happen right here in my home state with all of my family here, it’s incredibly special.

“This is where my heart is. It’ll be hard to top this — ever.”

Hartman was one of the few anglers all week whose trajectory was consistently headed upward. He caught 16-14 Thursday, 19-9 Friday, 22-2 Saturday and 22-4 Sunday.

He spent all week fishing with two baits — a 4.75-inch Synth Worm from Riot Baits in green pumpkin neon on a drop-shot rig and a shad-colored crankbait he said is no longer in production.

He said his weights went up every day because he slowly learned the sweet spots of the area he was fishing on the North end of the lake.

“I had found a place on the South end during practice that was just loaded with them,” he said. “That’s where I started, and they just weren’t in there. I left there with only about 14 pounds and went back up to one little area of grass I found back up North.

“I decided to stick with that the rest of the week, and I learned which parts of it I needed to be fishing and which ones I didn’t have to bother with.”

Hartman said the green pumpkin neon pattern, which is a two-toned worm with green pumpkin on one side and chartreuse on the other, seemed perfect for the water color at Cayuga. He dyed the tail chartreuse to add even more color.

His crankbait bite was best when there was at least a little wind blowing. So, when he found slick calm conditions Sunday morning, he panicked and decided to run to the South end of the lake in an effort to catch one more big bass fishing boat docks.

After fishing 15 docks without a bite, he ran back North.

“As I was running to the South end, I could see that wind was finally putting a little bit of a ripple on the water,” Hartman said. “I started to just turn around and go right back to fish the crankbait. But I knew I would be able to tell pretty fast if the dock bite was happening — and it wasn’t.”

His decision to leave the docks proved to be the right one as he quickly landed a 4-pounder on the crankbait that put him over the top.

“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “If I don’t make that run to the South — if I just stay where I was — maybe I don’t catch that 4-pounder. It worked out just right.”

Without that final big fish, Hartman would have come up short at the scales. His final total of 80-13 was just 10 ounces better than that of second-place angler Jeff Gustafson (80-3) and less than 2 pounds better than third-place pro Chris Zaldain (79-0).

Hartman’s second $100,000 first-place check of the season brought his career earnings with B.A.S.S. to just over $458,000. He only joined the Elite Series three years ago, and he missed several tournaments last season with back issues.

“The first win was awesome, coming back after everything that happened last year,” Hartman said. “I had missed everything that I had worked so hard for my whole life.

“This is all I’ve ever wanted to do — and to have this happen here today in New York, is literally my dream coming true.”

The Phoenix Boats Big Bass award of $1,500 went to Derek Hudnall for the 8 pound, 1 ounce giant he landed on Day 1 of the tournament.

Hartman earned $3,000 in Toyota Bonus Bucks for being the highest placing angler to drive a Toyota, while Brandon Lester earned an extra $2,000 for being the second highest-placing pro to drive a Toyota.

2019 Bassmaster Elite At Cayuga Lake Title Sponsor: SiteOne

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Talon, Triton Boats, Yamaha,

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, Carhartt, Lowrance, Mossy Oak Fishing, T-H Marine

2019 Bassmaster Elite At Cayuga Lake Local Host: Village of Union Springs

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 510,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, BassPro.com Bassmaster Open Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

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