— COLLEGIATE SPORTS —
The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Temple Fork Outfitters has renewed its ties and sponsorship of the 2018 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
— EVENTS —
Gary Taylor (Division Chief, ATF Import Branch) and Desiree Dickinson (Programs Manager, ATF Import Branch) will address Federal Firearms Licensees including those who import regulated firearms and firearms components at the upcoming Firearms Industry Compliance Conference.
Shoot Like A Girl will be at booth 12358 inside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX for the NRA Annual Meeting May 4 – 6, 2018.
— FIREARMS —
Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that it is offering versions of the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol with a pre-installed Crimson Trace Green Laserguard. The new M&P M2.0 Compact pistol packages are chambered in both 9mm and .40 S&W and feature a green Crimson Trace laser sight.
— INDUSTRY —
ERGO announced that Caitlin Ortiz will be the new National Distributor and Dealer Sales Representative, helping distributors, dealers and buying group members in selecting firearms accessories.
While GLOCK is currently the preferred pistol for 65% of law enforcement agencies, those numbers continue to grow. During the first quarter of 2018, GLOCK was pleased to welcome over a dozen new agencies making the switch from competitor pistols.
Heron Outdoors, the makers of ScentBlaster™, a highly effective tool that assists hunters in distributing attractant scents more efficiently is pleased to announce their collaboration with Providence Marketing Group.
Jared Gastelum is the newest member to the ERGO Sales Team. Hired to assist in OEM Sales, Jared is a very capable individual and a US Army veteran.
The recreational boating industry is facing major policy decisions that will come to a head this summer and have long-term impacts on boating in the U.S., including getting the Modern Fish Act passed, stopping the year-round sale of E15, and defending our industry from domestic and global tariffs. Join the NMMA for a webinar on Wednesday, May 2 to learn more about these issues.
Cooper hunting joins the Ridge Road Outdoor Marketplace & Order Fulfillment Center to expand their reach and sales.
The OIA Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award is presented to members of Congress and administration officials in recognition for their leadership in support of the outdoor recreation industry.
Lone Wolf Distributors is pleased to announce the hiring of Caleb Giddings as their new Creative Editor. Giddings has over a decade of experience in the firearms industry, including writing, editing, competition shooting, and retail.
— MEDIA —
Join The Revolution this week as we rid ourselves of cabin fever and attempt to craft culinary masterpieces with the final odds and ends of wild game that are left in our freezers from last year’s harvests.
— NEW PRODUCTS —
In recent years, the number of women spending time in treestands and putting fresh meat on the table has continued to rise. To keep these women hunters safe, comfortable and looking their best, HSS now offers a Lady Hybrid Harness.
— NOTICES —
Possible strong winds prompted organizers to cancel this April 21 event, with rescheduling planned for August.
— ONLINE —
On Thursday, April 19th, Brandlive will be hosting a live webcast, The State of Retail & Live Video, led by Brandlive’s Dustin Edwards and Sam Myers.
— OPTICS —
Bushnell has added to its top-selling line of AR Optics with several new options. The growing AR Optics line now has a scope specifically tailored for almost every prevalent caliber of today’s most popular rifle—including 22 LR, .223/5.56, .308 Win., .300 BLK, and even the red-hot 6.5 Creedmoor and .224 Valkyrie.
— ORGANIZATIONS —
Quail Forever has announced the addition of two Coordinating Wildlife Biologists in the state of Texas to assist landowners in implementing early successional habitat projects for the benefit of quail and other wildlife.
Element Outdoors has renewed their Whitetails Unlimited national sponsorship.
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute announced that two new companies have joined its member roster. Savannah, Georgia-based Quantum Ammunition, LLC has been accepted as an Associate Member, and Vairog US, LLC, of Cleveland, Tennessee, has been accepted as a Supporting Member.
To meet the 60/60 and R3 challenge of engaging today’s youth to experience fishing, new broadcast, digital channels, online networks, and education platforms reaching millions are part of the new launch of the Gettin’ Families Fishin’ entertainment and education initiative.
Stewards of Wildlife Conservation, a non-profit organization focused on saving endangered and threatened species, is the recipient of a successful fundraising event recently hosted by Fins, Fur and Feathers (F3) in The Villages located in Florida.
— RADIO —
It’s audio from the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers annual Rendezvous in Boise, Idaho on this week’s edition of American Outdoors Radio.
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features 12-time Wisconsin state turkey calling champion Jeff Fredrick, River’s Edge Resort owner Botch Leonhardt, charter captain “Dumper” Dan Welsch and D&S Bait proprietor Gene Dellinger.
— SHOOTING GEAR —
Crimson Trace announced that its tactical lights designed for long guns are now shipping. The Crimson Trace CWL-100 tactical light provides 500-Lumens of LED white light and the CWL-200 tactical light provides 900-Lumens of LED white light.
Galco Gunleather is excited to announce multiple holster fits for the Ruger EC9s. These include the Combat Master, TacSlide, KingTuk and others.
— STATES —
Recreational salmon seasons have been set for 2018 and they’re a mixture of good and bad news for California anglers.
The Army Corps of Engineers has lifted the small craft advisory for the Arkansas River. Even though flows have receded below the advisory threshold, Corps officials urge boaters to always use caution when on the river.
Anglers at the Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) trout lake are facing some stiff competition. Double-crested cormorants recently discovered the lake. As a result, the fish-eating birds have lowered the anglers’ catch rates.
Many anglers remember their first fishing experience with a parent or mentor who taught them the basics and gave them the opportunity to catch fish. That opportunity is now being replicated across Vermont through several programs that are specifically designed to teach beginners how to fish.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering some special events to celebrate Earth Day this year. Learn more about great free outdoor events scheduled at state parks and state nature preserves to enjoy in April.
The latest plan was the combined effort of biologists from across the state, including everyone from hatchery biologists, fisheries managers throughout Arkansas, assistant chiefs of divisions and even the state’s fish pathologist.
State Game Commission properties in the Santa Fe National Forest, including campgrounds and fishing areas in Pecos Canyon are under Stage 1 fire restrictions because of extreme fire danger.
— TELEVISION —
This week on The Sporting Chef on Sportsman Channel, Chef Scott Leysath shows viewers how to make sausage with any kind of game.
Sportsman Channel continues to show strength with year-over-year gains in primetime on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundayin the key demographic Men 25-54 during the first quarter of 2018 compared to one year ago.
— TOURNAMENTS —
Ranger Boats Pro Bryan Thrift brought in a total of 70 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the FLW Tour event at Lake Cumberland, April 12.
Zinke Signs Secretarial Orders To Increase Recreational Opportunities on Public Lands and Waters
Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was submitted by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
Photo credit: Xanterra Parks & Resorts
Outdoor recreation is taking on a more prominent role at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has signed two secretarial orders continuing his efforts to prioritize the Department of Interior’s recreation mission and increase access to public lands.
Secretarial Order 3366 directs certain Interior bureaus to create and deliver plans to the Department within 90 days that focus on developing or expanding recreational opportunities on public lands and waterways. This order also directs bureau heads to designate one full-time employee charged to oversee recreational opportunities.
Secretarial Order 3365 establishes the position of Senior National Advisor to the Secretary for Recreation to ensure deliberate and active coordination of recreational policy in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The position will be filled by Rick May, who currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary. May, a decorated retired Navy SEAL Captain, is a passionate outdoors enthusiast and has quickly earned the respect of national recreation leaders.
“From my first day on the job, I have made it abundantly clear that we are going to refocus on Interior’s long-standing but recently forgotten recreation mission,” said Secretary Zinke according to today's press release on the secretarial orders. “We are incredibly fortunate, as Americans, to have amazing public lands and waters to carry out our tradition of outdoor recreation but the Department must continue to create opportunities to increase access for these pursuits.”
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) leaders praised today's orders. “We are delighted by the Secretary’s actions to put in place what he has pledged: a system that will elevate the priority of outdoor recreation on public lands and waters managed by the Department of Interior," said Thom Dammrich, ORR Chair and President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. "The Secretary’s action recognizes the importance of outdoor recreation for our economy, particularly rural economies, and for the physical and mental health of all Americans. His actions today will help grow outdoor recreation and ensure that fun in the outdoors remains central to the American lifestyle. The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable pledges our support to the Secretary in his efforts to elevate the Department’s commitment to outdoor recreation.”
“Outdoor recreation is an economic engine that produces 2% of the U.S. GDP and is growing at a faster rate than the U.S. economy as a whole," said Frank Hugelmeyer, ORR Vice Chair and RV Industry Association President. "With the right public policies, outdoor recreation will continue to be an American economic engine for years to come. Which is why the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable and its member associations applaud today’s announcements by Secretary Zinke as a common-sense plan to elevate the importance of outdoor recreation on public lands and waters throughout the Department of the Interior. This is an important step towards improving the visitor experience on public lands and waters across the country.”
“The recreation industry looks forward to cooperating with the Department to offer visitors to parks, refuges and other special places great experiences," said Derrick Crandall, ORR President. "The result of better and modernized visitor infrastructure will contribute to a renaissance of rural communities and a renewed commitment by all Americans to the strong conservation ethic our nation has shared with the world. We thank Secretary Zinke for putting a new emphasis on welcoming enjoyment of our public lands and waters and embracing new skills and new ideas to make visits compatible with protecting our natural and historic resources.”
To learn more about the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, visit www.recreationroundtable.org.
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