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— COMPETITION SHOOTING
Black and Blue Bullets (www.blackandbluebullets.com), the manufacturer of premium coated lead bullets, has signed on as a major contributing sponsor for the 2014 California State IDPA Championship taking place on Saturday, October 4, 2014. | For More...

— CONTESTS
The 2014 Michigan Duck and Goose Calling Championships and the 2015 Michigan Duck Stamp Competition were held at the 19th annual Saginaw Bay Waterfowl Festival Aug. 2-3 at the Bay City State Recreation Area. | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
Nearly 300 sea turtle eggs were returned to the beach and reburied Friday after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) caught a man poaching them from a beach in St. Lucie County. | For More...

— EVENTS
Michigan's Interlochen State Park will host its 5th annual John Griffin Memorial Car Show Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the day-use parking lot. | For More...

The sixth annual Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, which is free to all participants, returns to Indianapolis' Fort Harrison State Park, Sept. 20-21. | For More...

Michigan's Highland State Recreation Area will host a free family-friendly day of activities at the 6th annual Haven Hill Festival Saturday, Aug. 23. | For More...

Dallas Safari Club is ramping up for the 2015 edition of its annual convention and expo. Organizers say event registrations and hotel reservations are moving ahead of last year's record pace. | For More...

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Tree Identification program on Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m. | For More...

— FIREARMS
HatsanUSA is pleased to announce the release of its TAC-BOSS 250XT - a CO2 BB pistol that offers the realistic look and feel of a classic American handgun, perfect for both target shooting and plinking with new and well-versed shooters. | For More...

Rock Island Armory this month shipped the first batch of 100 production .22 TCM Bolt-Action Rifles to the United States. The company plans to continue serving the American market with a recurring supply of 300 additional rifles every month for the foreseeable future. | For More...

Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. is offering exclusive Ruger 10/22 Mossy Oak Rifles. The Distributor Exclusive Model 1280 is a Semi-Automatic Rimfire 22LR rifle with a 18.50" stainless steel barrel and synthetic stock finished in Mossy Oak Treestand. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for Chicot Lake, just north of Ville Platte, to begin on Tuesday, September 2 to control nuisance aquatic vegetation. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
Competitive walleye anglers will converge on Bays de Noc at Escanaba, Michigan, Aug. 29-30, for the third regular-season event of the Cabela's National Walleye Tour. The tournament circuit features a pro-am style format and guarantees over 100% payback. | For More...

The 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series will feature a pair of tournaments in the Western United States as the world's greatest bass fishermen test their skills on the Sacramento River out of Sacramento, Calif., April 30-May 3, and Lake Havasu out of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., May 7-10. | For More...

— FOREST FIRES
Thirty-one Michigan Department of Natural Resources employees, who are trained as firefighters, are currently helping to contain wildfires in Oregon, California, Washington and Idaho. | For More...

— GEAR
Frabill Tackle Bag Series come in three sizes to meet every ice angler's volume demands. Each comes packed with Plano's hallmark ProLatch StowAway utility boxes. All feature the simplified system designed to work with frigid fingers in even colder temperatures | For More...

Millennium Treestands is proud to announce they are the winners of the Field & Stream's "Best of the Best" award for the M100u Hang-On Treestand. | For More...

The new Crush line of trail cameras, approved by Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, offers three models that provide hunters of all levels with the latest technology to help bag a trophy buck. | For More...

Sitka Gear is proud to announce that the innovative Blizzard Series has garnered this year's Field & Stream, Best of The Best award for hunting clothing. | For More...

— HUNTING
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety Internet-completion courses in Gadsden and Liberty counties in August. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Orion Scoring System has implemented a referral program for their new Orion at Home bundle. If an individual athlete who orders an Orion at Home bundle is a member of a club or school that uses Orion, they will receive double the initial target set at no additional charge. | For More...

Streamlight® Inc. has renewed its sponsorship commitment to The Travis Manion Foundation. The company's support will contribute to programs that honor and assist the nation's veterans, first responders, and families of fallen heroes. | For More...

The MidwayUSA Foundation, a public charity working to sustain youth shooting sports by providing long-term funding to youth shooting teams, recently welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors. | For More...

For the eighth consecutive year, H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has been named one of the nation's fastest growing companies by INC magazine. | For More...

Cabela's has renewed its agreement as the Official Retailer of SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range for a third year. Industry Day at the Range will be held Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at the Boulder Pistol and Rifle Range in Boulder City, Nev. | For More...

Exploding Targets Sonic Boom Exploding Targets announces the appointment of Baratti Marketing Group as its new regional sales agency of record covering the TALO States. | For More...

Remington Outdoor Company is pleased to announce that it has entered into a marketing alliance with Gabriela Franco. Franco and Remington will be working together to host firearms training events, grow participation in shooting competitions and promote opportunities for women in the firearms market. | For More...

Effective immediately, Moultrie has ceased doing business with a number of e-commerce sites that do not represent where and how its brands and products should be sold. | For More...

Arctic Ice is proud to partner Southtown Sporting Goods at 4602 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville, AR to bring their product offerings to outdoorsmen in northwest Arkansas. | For More...

— MEDIA ALERT
Next week, PBS will air a "Time Team America" episode filmed in Georgia. Archeologists will explore the recently excavated Camp Lawton which - for a brief period during the Civil War - was the nation's largest prison. Today, the land is Magnolia Springs State Park known for beautiful springs, camping, nature trails, fishing and picnicking. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Midwest Gun Works Inc. announces the Timney Triggers section at MidwestGunWorks.com. Midwest Gun Works now offers a wide variety of Timney Triggers and trigger spring kits for most major manufacturers. | For More...

The new Backcountry Gambrel from Hunter's Specialties® offers hunters an easily stored and transported gambrel for processing game. The Backcountry Gambrel has an adjustable spreader bar that can be set at 21" for big game and 13" for predators and small game. | For More...

Costa introduces two new sunglasses, Seapoint and Tern, as part of its late 2014 collection. Both are a great blend of premium performance technology and the fall season's throwback trend. | For More...

The new BlackOut® X300 Ground Blind offers a full 300-degrees of visibility allowing you to spot game approaching from virtually any direction. | For More...

Bear & Son Cutlery introduces the Camouflage Sideliner Hunters. The linerlocks have a 2-7/8" taper-ground blade with a quick-opening thumb hole. | For More...

The new Black Rack, from Flextone Game Calls, can outperform conventional rattling products with its black exterior, Patented Bone-Core Technology, and Full Rack Design. MSRP is $24.99. | For More...

— ONLINE
Heliconia is excited to announce that both Season 1 and Season 2 of Wilderness Systems Kayak Bassin' can now be watched for free by subscribing to CarbonTV. | For More...

Watch the newest video online at www.GrowingDeer.tv where the team shares everything they do for growing and harvesting mature bucks. This video has highlights from their recent Field Day event that was filled with: "How-to's" for tree plots, scent control, trapping, prescribed fire, and much more. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The MidwayUSA Foundation recently welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors. The two added to the eleven-person board are Michael D. English and Michael Callahan. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
In this week's online-exclusive articles from Mark Kakkuri, readers get an inside look at the innovative personal custom touches Kakkuri made on his Glock 19 and a peek at the Spyderco Des Horn knife. | For More...

Staying safe on the road, prepping for apartment dwellers and the importance of treating injury during the "golden hour" are just a few of the topics found in the Fall/Winter 2014 American Handgunner Personal Defense Survive Special Edition. | For More...

MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of "Jack and the Beanstalk" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...

Field & Stream gave top honors to the best new hunting, shooting, and related outdoor products yesterday, announcing 24 winners in the magazine's annual "Best of the Best" roundup. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Gateway Outdoors Radio explores how Tim Smail, a whitetail deer enthusiast, is working with QDMA to provide hunters and others who enjoy whitetail a better understanding of this unique animal. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS
In a test of skill and equipment, Team Bushnell Tactical Pros Jon Lester and Clark Kennedy took on a field of competitors and the Virginia Mountains before securing the win at the second annual Bang Steel Long Range Precision Match. | For More...

The 11th Annual Western Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches will return to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility Oct. 10-29, 2014 to a growing crowd of enthusiastic competitors. New and experienced marksmen alike are welcome to participate in these recreation-oriented competitions. | For More...

The Vermont Junior Shooting Sports Association (VJSSA) is proud to announce that Glock and Warne Scope Mounts have both returned as major match sponsors for their annual Rimfire Steel Match Fundraiser on Saturday, September 27 to support junior shooting sports in Vermont. | For More...

Colt sponsored shooter Mark Redl won the Custom Defensive Pistol Division of the New England Regional IDPA Championship.This win increases Redl's lead in his division for the 2014 King of New England title, which he looks to claim again after his victory in 2013. | For More...

— SHOOTING FACILITIES
Although renovations are "progressing nicely" Michigan officials say the Dansville Shooting Range in Ingham County is not yet open to the public. | For More...

— SHOOTING RANGES
The DNR staffed shooting ranges (Ortonville, Pontiac Lake, Rose Lake, and Sharonville) will be open on Monday, September 1, for the Labor Day holiday. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Powder Creek Shooting Park, located in Lenexa, Kan., recently dedicated their event pavilion to TriStar Arms for their continued support of the shooting sports. | For More...

— STATES
For the first time, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will offer a live webcast of its August 20-22 meeting. | For More...

The Alabama Hunting and Fishing Trail for People with Physical Disabilities provides hunting, fishing and shooting opportunities through a network of public and private sites scattered around the state. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Aug. 21 in Cadillac to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Cadillac management unit. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer two parcels of land in Cheboygan County for sale by live public auction Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 in Rogers City, Michigan. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Thursday, Aug. 21, in Stephenson to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Escanaba management unit, which includes Delta and Menominee counties. | For More...

Vermont's annual auction of five moose hunting permits closed on August 14, with $32,494.50 taken in from the five winning bids. The auction helps fund Fish & Wildlife Department educational programs, such as the Green Mountain Conservation Camps for youths. | For More...

— SWEEPSTAKES
A grand prize winner has been named from the more than 70,000 entrants in the LaserMax 2014 "Win a One Year Supply of Ammo" Spring Sweepstakes.The winner wins 100 rounds of ammunition each week for an entire year. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Tonight, "American Rifleman TV" airs Part 2 of its four-part series, "The Handguns of August," which features the pistols and revolvers used throughout The Great War. | For More...

This week, Steven Rinella, host of Sportsman Channel's MeatEater, is introduced to his good friend Jerod Fink's turkey hunting motto: "sun's out, guns out" - and he's not referring to biceps. Rinella and Fink are hunting giant turkeys in southeastern Wisconsin. | For More...

— TRANSPORTATION
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has launched a new Viking VI "Build Your Own" (BYO) site providing customers the opportunity to personalize and accessorize their vehicle online. Current and potential Viking VI customers can now see what their customized machine might look like via an interactive site at www.YamahaViking.com. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday its finding that the Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) after the service analyzed the significant conservation efforts carried out by private landowners as well as federal and state agency partners to improve conditions for Arctic grayling in the Upper Missouri River basin. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host 11 hunting mentor seminars statewide in September to network with experienced hunters and share information about mentoring new hunters. | For More...

— YOUTH
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Walnut Grove will host a youth fishing rodeo at Golden Memorial State Park on Friday, August 29. | For More...

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Roebuck Lake on Saturday, August 30. | For More...

FEATURE
Road Weary, But Wiser
No phone call in the middle of the night is ever answered without some trepidation. Late night calls, whether you're making them or getting them, seldom bring good news.

Sunday night, I got one of those calls. It came from a robotic calling system, but the news still wasn't good. My early- morning flight home following the Midnight 3 Gun competition in Bend, Oregon had been cancelled. I was now rebooked- without consultation - onto a flight leaving at 10:20 p.m. that same evening.

The airline had essentially stolen a full day of my life -and booked me on a red-eye as a token of their remorse. I hate red-eyes because they seem prone to delays, especially if they pass through an airline's hub. This one- booked on the mashup formerly known as American and US Airlines- was headed for Charlotte. Last year, the same two airlines collaborated to delay me (twice) and then strand me there overnight. Adding insult to injury, they'd passed out meal coupons after all the restaurants had closed.

In response, I'd rented the last available car and driven home. I slept several hours, then drove to the airport and turned in my rental car, picked up my personal car and then driven home. All that, FYI, was accomplished before the later flight had even left Charlotte. Seems it had been delayed.

Fying is no longer fun - and anyone with more than three domestic flights this year has seen the slide in service- and attitudes -firsthand. But I was determined not to let those unexpected extra hours in Oregon go to waste.

Instead of sulking about the airport, I kept my rental car (for an additional $154-thanks, American) and paid visits on sporting good stores- large and small. What I saw was intriguing -and paralleled information subsequently collected from other regions.

First, not every area of the country is suffering across-the-board ammo shortages. After a TSA agent inspecting my baggage decided that my rifle ammo for the match wasn't "appropriately packaged" and removed it from my luggage (it was bulk packed). When I arrived, I got a voice mail asking that I call the airlines "about my ammunition".

So...instead of having enough match ammo to actually get in some practice, I had none . I was already planning on getting shotgun ammo there, but I had another reason to be very motivated to do that sooner than later.

What I'd feared would turn into a search was actually a one-stop shopping trip. Big 5 Sporting Goods had plenty of ammunition- and they weren't the least bit reluctant to share it with me-at a price that made me think I may have been getting gouged at home.

So the unexpected delay gave me the chance to see what other retailers were selling and then compare that info with some of the "reliable sources" I regularly communicate with across the country.

Looks like there are once again some common trends.

First, the racial violence in Missouri has increased consumer uncertainty. That is creating very strong traffic near the Missouri violence. That uneasiness has spilled into Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

As one of my dealer contacts explained, "customers are expressing concerns about the importance of securing their businesses and protecting their families." Those concerns, he added, weren't so much out of fear, but of being "wisely prepared".

Many of the retailers I've spoken with say much the same thing- the state of the country today makes people want to be prepared. That preparation includes the basics to survive a "normal" emergency, but is broadening into preparations to defend businesses and families from thugs taking advantage of uncertain situations.

Overall, however, gun sales continue their gradual slide from the crazy levels of 2013. And consumers -especially new ones- are doing business with the stores where they've gotten help or feel comfortable with their sales staff.

That's a very common remark I heard from consumers. When speaking with other shoppers, it was common for them to warn me away from stores where they believed prices were high or the salespersons were guilty of either pressing -or ignoring- shoppers.

And we're getting reports of stores shutting down in areas where sales were previously off the charts. Some of those stores appear to be ones that have taken advantage of a superheated market to "maximize their return" on their inventories.

Now, consumers are letting these dealers know they were buying from necessity, not desire. Even in uncertain times- like today- when faced with comparable selections of products, it seems consumers express their ultimate customer satisfaction by voting with their feet.

Unfortunately, there aren't any alternatives to the airlines today. If there were, many business travelers would be using them.

Railroad resurgence, anyone?

--Jim Shepherd
Sep 12-14
Newport waterfront along America's Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island
Sep 13
Ephrata Sportsmen Club 1114 W Columbia Moses Lake, WA
Sep 26-28
Hyatt Regency O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL
Sep 27-28
Lead Farm Range, Versailles, Missouri
Oct 6-8
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