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— ACQUISITIONS
Navico Holding AS, parent company to the Simrad brand of navigational marine electronics, has reached an agreement to acquire MARIS (Maritime Information Systems A/S) from The Grieg Group. | For More...

— BOATING
You're putting the boat away for winter. So what half-truth, wive's tale or tall story have you heard about winterizing a recreational boat? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) helps to set the record straight. | For More...

— COMPETITION
Benton Parrott, of Spanish Fort, Alabama, measured a combined two-day total of 124.28 inches in length to win the 2014 IFA Kayak Fishing Tour championship presented by Hobie Fishing at Houma, Louisiana, on October 18. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
On Thursday, October 16, Conservation Force and its partners (Shikar Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, Dallas Safari Club and others) submitted a 34-page comment critiquing the FWS's July 22, 2014 negative enhancement finding for the import of tourist-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. | For More...

— CONTESTS
Outdoor News Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lakes States, reminds deer hunters to submit their photos in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York for the annual Outdoor News Best Buck photo contest. | For More...

— EVENTS
Visit Alabama's Lake Lurleen State Park on October 31 for a night of Halloween fun when the park hosts its 3rd annual Camp Fear. The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. and will feature hayrides ($1 per person), trick-or-treating and Halloween decorations in a family friendly environment. | For More...

— FISHERIES
Federal budget cuts and higher operating costs have forced the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to reduce salmon and steelhead production at three of its lower Columbia River fish hatchery facilities and plant juvenile coho into a regional lake this fall. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
He never picked the perfect team and only chose the winner twice all season, but Lainsburg, Mich., angler Calvin Stier took his Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing hobby to the next level by earning a total of 10,121 points over nine Bassmaster Elite Series events in 2014. | For More...

— HUNTING
By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, hunting district 501 closed to
hunting of ALL bighorn sheep, one-half hour after sunset on Monday, October 20, 2014.
| For More...

About a third of New Hampshire's moose hunters were successful during the first two days of the nine-day season, achieving a 32% success rate on the opening weekend of the hunt. On Saturday and Sunday (October 18 and 19), a total of 41 moose were taken by hunters statewide - 29 bulls and 12 cows. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
The Safariland Group ("the Company") announced yesterday that Chad Appleby has joined the Company as the Vice President, Tax based in Jacksonville, Florida. | For More...

Benchmade Knife Company is pleased to announce the addition of Greg Hall as a new Product Line Manager. | For More...

Bass Pro Shops is proud to announce plans for a new store in North Palm Beach, Florida. The Bass Pro Shops World Wide Sportsman store will be located on U.S. 1 north of PGA Boulevard. | For More...

LaserMax announced yesterday the delivery of Multispectral Handheld Thermal Laser Markers to U.S. Special Operations Command as part of the Department of Defense's Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program. | For More...

Arctic Ice is proud to partner with Mid South Farm Supply in Clarksdale, MS to bring their product offerings to outdoorsmen in the Mississippi Delta. | For More...

Delta Waterfowl has promoted Jason Tharpe to chief operating officer, a primary role in running the business aspects of the organization. He will oversee systems, planning, staff development and be a liaison to the Board of Directors. | For More...

Successful numbers and rapid expansion have earned Sellmark Corporation® a spot on the 2014 Top 100 Private Companies List in Tarrant County, an area experiencing unprecedented growth and a booming hot spot for some of the nation's most prominent businesses. | For More...

FN America, LLC has completed the legal merger of FN Manufacturing, LLC and FNH USA, LLC into a single entity, FN America. FN America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A
| For More...

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is proud to announce a corporate partnership with Kimlor Mills, a premier designer, manufacturer and wholesale distributor of bedding and home textiles. | For More...

— JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
CrossBreed Holsters (CBH) is currently seeking a National Accounts Manager to oversee CrossBreed® Holsters' dealer program. The estimated hire date is the 4th Quarter of 2014.
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— MEDIA ADVISORY
Steven Rinella, host of the award-winning TV show, MeatEater on Sportsman Channel will participate in the "Evening for Conservation" to help raise money for local conservation efforts during the opening festivities for the Bass Pro Shops Grand Opening Event in Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, October 22. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Flextone Game Calls introduces the new BCX Buck Commander Extreme deer call. With the new BCX Buck Commander Extreme on your lanyard, there's no need to pack two or three different calls to be ready for every possible situation. | For More...

Aimpoint announced the introduction of a new sight designed specifically for modern sporting rifles such as the AR-15. This new product, known as the Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO), expands upon the company's already proven designs and focuses these features into a high quality, entry priced optic.
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Ol'Man Outdoors introduces three new and different models of climbing stands. All three stands have a 300-pound weight rating and come with a safety CD, set-up instructions and a full-body, five-point safety harness. | For More...

The new Kilroy Realtree® Kayak by Jackson Kayak brings hunters closer to waterfowl and other hunting targets. Featuring Realtree MAX-5® camo boat coverings, as well as materials for covering the deck and seat, this Kilroy camo kayak is especially ready for waterfowl season. | For More...

IMR Legendary Powder's newest extruded powders with Enduron technology feature a built-in copper fouling eliminator, insensitivity to temperature extremes, small sized grains for easy flow with an ideal loading density, and no ingredients considered harmful to the environment. | For More...

There is a Duck Commander blind for any waterfowl-hunting situation, from low-profile layout blinds for fields to roomy, full-concealment pop-up blinds in the dark timber. Ameristep even offers a hay bale blind.
| For More...

— ONLINE
Facebook followers of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can "talk" online with nongame mammal biologist Scott Johnson about bats on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, on the DNR's Facebook wall. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) made contributions totaling $44,000 last week to the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc. endowment accounts of 14 Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) teams. The teams earned the endowment funds while competing in the Massachusetts State SPP Match on September 13 and the SPP Northeast Fall Regional Match on October 4. | For More...

— PROMOTIONS
Sitka Gear will donate $100 to the RMEF, for every new life member who joins the Foundation by October 31st, up to 200 new life members. With each new life membership, RMEF will send you an exclusive life member jacket and cap, made by Sitka Gear. | For More...

Now through December 31, 2014, Beretta is offering a $75 cash gift card with the purchase of any Px4 Storm pistol including the full size Inox and Special Duty, Px4 Compact and Px4 Sub-Compact models. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
As interest in concealed carry continues to soar across the country, the new issue of Gun Digest the Magazine delivers information that both veteran and new shooters alike need as they consider guns for personal defense. | For More...

— RADIO
Northwestern Outdoors Radio covers hunting, fishing and conservation this coming weekend. | For More...

Student of the Gun Radio is pleased to welcome their newest sponsor, Velocity Triggers of Phoenix, Arizona. "We've been friends folks at Velocity for years and we are pleased to have them on board with the SOTG family." said Paul Markel, host of SOTG TV and Radio. | For More...

— SAFETY
As Alabama hunters head to the woods for the opening days of archery deer season, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division urges all hunters to observe treestand safety rules for a safe and enjoyable trip outdoors. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS
FMG Publications, one of the leading magazine publishers catering to the firearms enthusiast and shooting sports participant, and owner of such well respected titles as American Handgunner and GUNS Magazine, has signed on as a returning sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals. | For More...

Sunday's skeet win for two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) brought the USA Shooting Team's quota haul to three total during an important continental shooting event at the eleventh showing of the Championship of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico. | For More...

— STATE PARKS
Alabama State Parks reminds the public that bowhunters will be in Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham on scheduled dates from Nov. 1, 2014, through Jan. 31, 2015. Hunt dates will be weekdays only with the exception of three weekends in January 2015. T | For More...

— STATES
The Coast Guard is urging boaters and beach goers to exercise caution in and around the waters of San Francisco Bay due to forecasted strong swells over the next few days. | For More...

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has issued a Public Notice concerning an application by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for a Department of the Army permit to conduct restoration activities on 11 lakes and water bodies in the FWC's North Central Region. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold two meetings Monday, Nov. 3, to inform the public about the start of a general management planning process for Fisherman's Island State Park in Charlevoix, Michigan. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Join co-hosts Shawn Michaels and Keith Mark for Episode 4 - Season 4 of MacMillan River Adventures (MRA) Hunting on Outdoor Channel where Michaels and Mark pursue the elusive Black-tail deer in northern California. | For More...

Following a very special announcement that was made during the close of this past Sunday's episode of "Crush with Lee & Tiffany," Outdoor Channel would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Lee and Tiffany Lakosky on the upcoming birth of their baby, endearingly nicknamed "Baby Crush." | For More...

In a four-part whitetail special, "Mr. Whitetail" himself embarks on an adventure-filled journey where finding the best whitetail is only part of the fun. The four-part Trailing the Hunter's Moon whitetail special begins Saturday, October 25 on Sportsman Channel. | For More...

For Larry Weishuhn, lifelong outdoorsman and host of Sportsman Channel's Trailing the Hunter's Moon, nothing beats hunting whitetail deer - especially when it includes family, old friends and a trip to his beloved South Texas Brush Country - the "mecca" of monster deer. "Mr. Whitetail" himself embarks on an adventure-filled journey where finding the best whitetail is only part of the fun. The four-part Trailing the Hunter's Moon whitetail special begins Saturday, October 25 at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sportsman Channel. | For More...

FEATURE
The BP Windfall--Funds for Gulf Restoration
Editor's Note: Today's feature originally appeared in yesterday's edition of our companion service, The Fishing Wire. With the Gulf Coast webinar set for tomorrow, there is still time for interested parties to take part in the discussion of how this record amount of environmental money is spent.


In one of the more bizarre turns of events in environmental history, the calamitous BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may turn out to have been historically a good thing for many portions of the shores of this American sea.

While the enormous outpouring of oil, variously estimated at up to 4.7 million barrels (about 200 million gallons over 87 days), was the greatest manmade environmental disaster in history, killing fish, marine mammals, bottom fauna and sea birds in untold numbers as well as fouling hundreds of miles of shoreline and virtually wiping out an entire tourist season in many communities surrounding the Gulf, it now appears that the enormous fines and lawsuit penalties levied against British Petroleum and associates may wind up giving a historic infusion of cash for environmental projects that stood no chance of being funded or even planned without the giant cash cow suddenly available.

Those of us who have spent time around the Gulf oil rigs fishing know that they are not the demonic towers of environmental destruction that some folks seem to think they are: In fact, there are more fish per square foot around these towers than anywhere else in the Gulf, with both reef species like snapper and grouper and pelagics like kingfish and yellowfin tuna swarming around many. On the other hand, the BP disaster shows the potential for great harm that's inherent in pulling industrial quantities of petroleum out of the sea floor anywhere in the world, and hopefully has taught the entire civilized world a lesson in the need for careful control of this harvest. And the huge fines resulting have hopefully taught a lesson to the companies extracting the oil, as well.

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed the RESTORE Act into law, establishing a trust fund within the Treasury Department, with 80 percent of the civil penalties to be paid by parties responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. To date, civil penalties and interest deposited into the trust fund exceed $653 million.

That could be a drop in the bucket. The Justice Department has found "gross negligence" against BP, which means penalties under the Clean Water Act will swell to $4,300 per barrel, making the determination of how many barrels were released critical in settling what the ultimate civil fine will total. The fine reportedly could have been as low as $1,100 a barrel had BP not cut so many corners in regards to the safety of its workers and the health of the Gulf. If BP's estimate for barrels spilled is accurate, the fine will be about $10 billion for its gross negligence. That total could be in excess of $18 billion if the Justice Department is right. Either way, it's an enormous amount of money.

A total of 35 percent of the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund is divided equally among the five states for ecological and economic restoration. The states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas each receive a share for projects and programs they select. In Florida, the state's allocation goes to 23 coastal counties for projects they choose. A second Interim Final Rule finalizes an additional allocation for 20 parishes in Louisiana.

Treasury will also provide grants for centers of excellence research programs using 2.5 percent of the trust fund, divided equally among the five Gulf Coast States.

On September 15, Treasury posted the funding opportunity announcement for these grants as well. The centers of excellence will focus on science, technology, and monitoring. In addition to these grant programs, the Interim Final Rule published in August describes requirements for RESTORE Act programs administered by other federal agencies. Treasury is just one of several federal entities working to implement the RESTORE Act.

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, a federal council composed of the five Gulf Coast States and six federal agencies, will use 30 percent of the trust fund for projects selected by the council, and administer grants to the states pursuant to council-approved state expenditure plans using an additional 30 percent.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use the remaining 2.5 percent of the trust fund for a program focused on advancements in monitoring, observation, and technology. For more information on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, visit http://www.restorethegulf.gov/.

In short, it's by far the greatest infusion of money into an environmental restoration project in U.S. or world history, an unimaginable windfall that if spent wisely should bring tremendous benefits to the Gulf estuarine and beach areas for decades to come--and some very nice added benefits to the anglers who chase the millions of fish that will be produced in these restored areas.

To be sure, the Gulf is likely to face issues in coming decades if sea level rise continues as many scientists predict--while wetlands, mangroves and marshes like wet feet, too much water can kill out these nursery areas, which are absolutely essential to preserving the chain of life that ultimately results in everything from gamefish to porpoises and whales.

The public has an opportunity for input on projects that need funding from this money. Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 22) , a public webinar will run from 6 to 8 p.m. EST.

Advance registration is required. Go here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/338981370

To be sure, the road to full recovery of the Gulf from the BP incident is still somewhere in the future, but the restoration projects already underway and those planned for the future may well bring the resource to a level that is even better than before the disaster, for the fish and marine life, for anglers and boaters, and for the general public which enjoys this uniquely American resource.

- Frank Sargeant, Editor, The Fishing Wire
Oct 20-24
Fort Benning, Georgia
Oct 25-26
Sarasota Military Academy, Hernando Sportsman's Club and Skyway Trap & Skeet
Oct 31-Nov 2
Cops Range at Rolla MO
Oct 31-Nov 2
Hansen Range, Punta Gorda Florida
Nov 2
Rio Salado Sportsmans Club, Mesa Az.
Nov 7
3043 E. SCHOOL ROAD, BELVILLE, TEXAS 77418
Nov 7
Sanners Lake Sportsman's Club
Nov 7-9
South River Gun Club, Covington, GA
Nov 29-30
Hernando Sportsmen's Club, 16121 Commercial Way (Highway 19), Brooksville, FL
Dec 20
Universal Shooting Academy - Frostproof, FL
Jan 14
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Elm Fork Shooting Sports, 10751 Luna Road, Dallas, TX 75220
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