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USA Archery has nominated a strong duo, Trenton Cowles and Catalina GNoriega, to aim for gold at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, pending approval from the United States Olympic Committee. 

For 2018, TruFire has expanded the Smoke series with two new models: the Smoke Max and the Smoke Extreme.   


Tucson Audubon Society’s eighth annual Festival, presented by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, takes place August 8–12. Hosted at a new venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel near Reid Park, this event is the region’s premier birding experience. 


The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Prince William Marina offer a choice of two fun on-water training courses taught aboard single and twin engine powerboats: ‘Powerboat I’ and ‘Powerboat II’, Saturday, June 23, at the marina’s location at 12849 Gordon Rd., Woodbridge VA.


SCTP National Team member Maddy Bernau has only been shooting International Trap for a brief four years but  exceptional performance at the 14thInternational Junior Grand Prix in Porpetto, Italy earned her an individual gold medal in Women’s Trap, as well as another gold medal in the Mixed Team event with USA Shooting teammate Dale Royer.

Scholastic 3-D Archery will host the 2018 S3DA 3-D Archery National Championships June 22nd-24th at the Mermet Lake State Conservation Area near Metropolis, IL.

 The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) is experiencing record growth again this year at the 2018 National Championships  and requires additional help to run a smooth and efficient match. If you will be at the Cardinal Shooting Center July 14-21, have a half day to help and want to earn chances at some great prizes including a minimum of 5 guns, shooting gear and accessories please read on.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat cattails on Lake Ponte Vedra in the Guana River Wildlife Management Areasometime in the next two weeks, weather permitting.

Visitors this summer to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, on the south shore of Lake Superior, might see Michigan DNR staff surveying a number of waterbodies in the area. It’s all part of an effort to better understand what kind of fish make their home in these waters. 


Berkley has signed on as title sponsor of the upcoming Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at South Dakota’s Lake Oahe, and sister company Abu Garcia has been named presenting sponsor, B.A.S.S. announced today.


Viridian Weapon Technologies announced that the Viridian Grip Laser for the new Springfield Armory 911 .380 pistol is now shipping. The laser sight is sold with select models of the Springfield Armory 911 and comes pre-installed on the gun. 

Hogue Incorporated announced the Beavertail HandALL Grip Sleeve to fit the Ruger Security 9.  The HandALL is built from a long-lasting durable thermoplastic elastomer compound.


onXmaps, Inc. and MeatEater, the outdoor media brand that includes Steven Rinella’s popular MeatEater podcast and television series, announced a partnership to help foster growth in the hunting industry. 

Rapala® USA, a member of the Rapala VMC Group, today announced avid angler and longtime industry partner Rodney Sahr will join the company as regional sales manager. Sahr will focus on continuing to grow Rapala & Respected Rapala Brands sales in Florida.

 Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois, has expanded its product offerings available through its business partner, AmmoReady.  In addition to firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition, AmmoReady will now offer archery and camping products as well.

Aerial treatments to disrupt the mating process of gypsy moth are scheduled this week in Marshall County.


Ozonics Hunting® is looking to add to their team of dedicated and passionate product specialists.


The OtterBox Trooper 20 Soft-Sided Cooler in Realtree EDGE is equipped with innovative mounting systems, Duraflex tie-downs and a 2-inch wide padded shoulder strap

Badlands is ready to release the second pattern in the Badlands Approach camouflage series, dubbed Approach FX, along with an entire new apparel line for 2018

Recognized as the leader in carbon arrow technology and design, Carbon Express®, introduces a new high-performance hunting arrow that’s heavier, provides twice the accuracy of a single spine arrow, and delivers even more penetration; all while reducing wind drift, the Mayhem® Hunter SDS. 

LIVETARGET is back with another rattlebait design sure to quickly climb the ranks. Welcome the Yellow Perch Rattlebait, soon available in three sizes and four predator mashing colors.

The PHARMAKON 3 broadhead is the latest members to join the Flying Arrow Archery family. Like its big brother, the original TOXIC, the PHAMAKON 3 has all the great features of the TOXIC and more.


New episodes of Gun Talk’s First Person Defender are here. Beginning Wednesday, June 20th, join in for “What Would You Do?” Wednesdays for three weeks, with more episodes of First Person Defender releasing throughout the rest of the year.


Howard Leight by Honeywell announced an agreement with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to become the official eye and hearing protection sponsor for the organization’s First Shots program, which trains thousands annually in the shooting sports.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council announces the move of thier administrative office to a new location at 4107 W. Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida 33607.

Four members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected to fill two At-Large seats and two regional seats on the board of directors. Their terms begin October 1, 2018, and they each will serve three-year terms.

Safari Club International will be represented at a public meeting of the International Wildlife Conservation Council on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

Safari Club International says “Anti-hunters never let the facts get in the way of an emotionally-based false argument, as is evidenced in their attacks in the media on the meeting of the International Wildlife Conservation Council in Atlanta, Georgia.” That meeting takes place later today.

The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society (RGS/AWS) recently hired Joel D. Thorstad as regional director to enhance chapter engagement and fundraising efforts in Minnesota, Louisiana and Washington.


The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms agrees with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy that the aftermath of Sunday’s shooting incident in Trenton is a great time to “talk about gun policy,” especially how it has disastrously failed to protect his state’s law abiding citizens.


Fishing, hiking and a sportsmen's show.  It's all coming at you this weekend on Northwestern Outdoors Radio.


On June 14, the Greenways Foundation honored Indiana's former director of DNR Outdoor Recreation Steve Morris with its award for “Outstanding Public Official.” The award honors an Indiana public official whose vision and passion have led to demonstrated success with trail networks.


Apex Tactical Specialties announces the release and immediate availability of its new Failure Resistant Extractor for the M&P M2.0 model pistols from Smith & Wesson.


The Great Outdoors Month® Council is pleased to announce Aspira™ as its new Lead Sponsor for 2018 and beyond.


Nearly three dozen Maryland Forest Service firefighters have received certification through the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy, held recently in Garrett County. 

Interested in property in northern Michigan’s beautiful Presque Isle County? Don’t miss the DNR’s upcoming land sale, starting July 10, where parcels ranging in size from an acre to 32 acres will be available by sealed-bid auction.

Mississippi’s Mahannah, Riverfront, Shipland and Twin Oaks Wildlife Management Areas are re-opened to public access and use.


This week on Deer & Wildlife Stories, Keith is going crazy about elk. Keith visits multiple elk farms across North America and shows us how elk farming brings families together while presenting a great business opportunity.


Anyone who comes along a stranded marine mammal or sea turtle should call the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Hotline at 800-628-9944.

Keeping a small flock of chickens at home to provide eggs and meat has become increasingly popular, but many first-time small-scale poultry farmers are discovering that several species of wildlife like the taste of chicken as much as we do.  The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department urges poultry owners to use electric fencing and follow other precautions to protect their birds from predation.

The canine creature shot in Montana a month ago that captured the curiosity of the nation is actually a gray wolf.

Learn to take nature photos with your smartphone at Salamonie Lake’s Second Saturday program on July 14.

Big Week for the Wires

We’re not big on tooting our own horns at The Outdoor Wire Digital Network. In fact, we’re uncomfortable doing it. Occasionally, however, it’s totally appropriate to share significant bits of news with everyone. 

This is one of those weeks- because we’re commemorating one significant milestone, and going forward on a number of new projects in the near future.

First, the milestone. 

On Thursday, June 19, 2008, we delivered the initial edition of The Tactical Wire. Yep, for the past 10 years, Tactical Editor Rich Grassi has been editing a service that has grown to be one of those go-to resources that people in the LE/military/training arena respect and value. 

Today marks the ten-year anniversary of The Tactical Wire. It’s come a long way from the initial edition’s four news items.

This morning’s edition ( features Rich’s look back at the ten years, and gives an insight into how our entire operation has grown. Ten years ago, we certainly didn’t have the cadre of subject matter experts, number of distinct services - or the plans to expand that keep us hopping behind the scenes on a daily basis.

But we’re advancing - and I’m pleased to announce that the latest change is over at The Birding Wire ( where I’m ecstatic to announce the addition of two terrific subject matter experts to replace the place-holder editor (me) who’s been filing in while we located a replacement for founding editor J.R. Absher. 

Tomorrow’s edition will be edited by the team of Dr. Peter Stangel and Paul Konrad- two names that are very familiar to experienced birders.  Between them they’ve written and edited hundreds of articles for a variety of birding and scientific publications. For eight years, Paul served as editor of Wild Bird magazine- the largest and most popular birding magazine in the United States. We know they’ll instantly improve what I feel is our most unique wire.

We’re more than a bit excited at their enthusiastically joining our family of subject matter experts. Anyone considering birding as a hobby will find we have two of the most helpful-and enthusiastic- birders possible. They’re ready to help everyone get more enthusiastic about birding.

Their first edition hits tomorrow morning, so be on the lookout.

And we’re very pleased with the reception and growth of our newest service, The Outfitter Wire. I’ve not spent a lot of time ballyhooing its debut, but we’re justifiably proud of the latest edition to our services. You can check it out for yourself at If you’ve ever considered travel for hunting, fishing or outdoor adventure, this will be a great resource.

Yes, it’s our newest service, but the new-look and layout style has had some of you guessing

Since I’m feeling very uncomfortable about so much blatant self-promotion, it’s appropriate to go ahead and unwrap the next service -and editor on the horizon. 

Later this summer, we’ll be launching The Hunting Wire

Coming later this summer: The Hunting Wire-featuring insight and expertise from our newest editor, Richard Mann.

And we’re coming out of the gate with one of the most recognizable names in hunting and shooting as our editor-in-chief. Our longtime friend, shooting companion and colleague Richard Mann will be heading this project. 

Right now, Richard’s in Africa on a hunting trip- and prepping material for the first editions.

We’ve been reluctant to jump full-bore into the hunting space because we’ve lacked a resident hunting expert in our editing cadre. Richard more than solves that challenge, in addition to 

bringing additional expertise in firearms, cartridges and reloading, and shooting to further strengthen all our services. 

He’s also going to be taking advantage of a system-wide upgrade we’re taking through the final testing phases, and when The Hunting Wire kicks off later this summer, it will be the first of our services to feature video as a regular part of our original content. 

Over the next few weeks, you’ll be noticing some big improvements in all our services. 

We’ve already begun implementing the redesign in The Airgun and Fishing Wires. The redesign will make all our respective services more “friendly” on smart phones and tablets. Increasingly you’re telling us that’s how you principally access our services. 

The new design will cut down clutter - for everyone -making it easier for us to keep our primary promise to everyone who subscribes to any of our services: we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd 

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