— BOATING —
The Coast Guard reminds boaters to plan ahead before venturing out on the water by filing a float plan with someone on land and by downloading the Coast Guard Boating Safety social media app.
Memorial Day in Montana is the unofficial start to summer, and as boaters flock to the amazing rivers and lakes across the state, they need to keep in mind the new rules aimed at limiting and preventing aquatic invasive species from spreading.
— COMPETITIONS —
Now in its 7th year, Precision Rifle Series features Open, Product, and Tactical Divisions. The 2018 PRS matches began in February, but they really gain steam in April and beyond, with numerous matches held during the warmer months at venues across the country.
The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Cabela’s will host its 2018 championship event on June 2-3, at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The two-day event wraps up the 2018 season and will determine the Lucas Oil Team of the Year.
— CONSERVATION —
Matt and Stacy Crabb, with the help of The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, developed a plan that would enable the Crabbs to purchase the ranchland along the Front, while protecting native prairie habitat where grizzly bears still roam freely with support from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Matt and Stacy Crabb, with the help of The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, developed a plan that would enable the Crabbs to purchase the ranchland along the Front, while protecting native prairie habitat where grizzly bears still roam freely with support from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
— EVENTS —
The public is invited to join Indiana Audubon for a morning of bird banding demonstrations at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary this summer. Demonstrations are scheduled for select Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through early August.
Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) has teamed with Walmart, The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns, Jack Link’s, Pringles and Zip Firestarters to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week June 2-10.
Plan ahead to attend Salamonie Fall Fest at Salamonie Lake, Oct. 19 and 20.
— FIREARMS —
Smith & Wesson Corp. announced the newest addition to its growing line of M&P M2.0 pistols with the new M&P45 M2.0 in Flat Dark Earth finish. Chambered in .45 Auto, the M&P45 M2.0 pistol joins the previously released M&P9 and M&P40 M2.0 Flat Dark Earth pistols.
— FISHERIES —
If you fish the Great Lakes and catch a marked and tagged fish, please report it. You’re helping the DNR collect critical information about the state’s fish populations and trends.
— HUNTING —
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will provide training June 6in Lincoln for future hunter education instructors.
— INDUSTRY —
Classic Bass (ClassicBass.com), a leader in providing bass tournament anglers timely fishing intel and information, and presenter of the Champions Tour, has announced that anglers can now post their boats to sell on the ClassicBass.com boat listings section for FREE.
Rifle and pistol magazine manufacturer C Products Defense (CPD) has engaged Chevalier Advertising to facilitate its next brand evolution.
Southwick Associates has released a survey of more than 20,000 hunters and recreational shooters that says Easton brand arrows lead the archery industry according to consumer preference and satisfaction.
Hank Forester, QDMA’s Hunting Heritage Programs Manager, will share the promising results of QDMA’s Field to Fork program when he speaks today at the first annual National R3 Symposium in Lincoln, Nebraska hosted by the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports (CAHSS)
Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce it has partnered with champion skeet shooter Vincent Hancock. The two-time Olympic gold medalist will showcase Federal Premium ammunition as a sponsored shooter and serve as a brand ambassador.
— INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION —
Just over a week after the conclusion of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Fort Benning, Georgia, the USA Shooting Team has headed across the Pond to Munich, Germany for the next ISSF World Cup for Rifle and Pistol beginning Thursday.
— INVASIVE SPECIES —
Forest tent caterpillars have hatched, according to forest health specialists, and are expected to cause defoliation again this summer in maple forests in northern and southern Vermont.
— JOBS —
Management Search’s client is a strong, growing manufacturer of premium consumer products serving the shooting sports industry. They are working on their behalf to find a strong Director of Design Engineering to contribute technical expertise, drive innovation, and improve engineering processes to and keep their technology at the forefront of the industry.
Nexus Outdoors is looking for a Photographer/Videographer to help produce cutting-edge depictions of products, both in the field and in the studio.
— NEW PRODUCTS —
SIG SAUER, Inc. is now manufacturing premium pistol and rifle ammunition components for precision handloaders at its state-of-the-art ammunition facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
2A Armament's Balios Lite BLR-16 not only excels in weight reduction, but also in usability. The rifle sports a flared mag-well for faster reloading, MAGPUL MIAD grip and Mission First minimalist stock for control.
International Firearm Corporation introduces the 1911 Government Model from BUL LTD of Israel. This firearm is a part of the BUL 1911 Classic Series- brand new for 2018 and at a retail price of $649.
— NEWS —
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has issued a statement regarding the Santa Fe, Texas High School tragedy.
— NOTICES —
Hiking Vermont’s hillsides is a great way to enjoy a spring day, but the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont recommend checking to see if the area you’re planning to hike or climb is open. Several cliff areas are currently closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons.
— ORGANIZATIONS —
Graf & Sons, the reloading authority, has renewed their national sponsorship with Whitetails Unlimited.
— PARTNERSHIPS —
RISE Armament, manufacturer and supplier of AR firearms and components, is proud to announce its new Patriot High-Performance Trigger and corresponding partnership with Folds of Honor.
— PASSINGS —
John Robert Burgeson, 66, of Andover, Minnesota passed away May 19, 2018. Burgeson established Wildlife Research Center in 1983, which grew to become a major hunting brand.
— PEOPLE —
Mossy Oak is proud to announce that its Fishing Team Member Ott DeFoe has made full-time cup status for Major League Fishing (MLF) and will compete in the two MLF Cup events scheduled for 2019 (with a shot at making the 2019 General Tire World Championship).
— PUBLIC LANDS —
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for his effort to give America’s outdoorsmen and women greater opportunities to hunt and fish on public lands.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently partnered with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to leverage more than $1 million in appropriations from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Priority Recreation Access program to open or improve access to nearly 55,000 acres of public land across four states.
— PUBLICATIONS —
With the release of the XD-S Mod.2 and 911, Springfield Armory has released two prime contenders into the cadre of concealed carry options. Compact and with no shortage of features, the defensive duo is featured in the July/August issue of American Handgunner.
— RECALLS —
After 22 reports mufflers melting plastic heat shields, American Honda is recalling all model year 2016-2017 and “some” model year 2018 Honda Pioneer 1000 Vehicles. The recalled vehicles were sold in colors including red, blue, green, gray and yellow. They were sold at authorized Honda Powersports dealers nationwide from October 2016 through April 2018.
— RECOGNITION —
Ft. Pierce resident Kyle Patterson, a law enforcement officer and investigator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has received the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Award for Marine Conservation.
— RECREATION —
Home to an expansive 12,500-mile network of trails, Michigan is cementing its reputation as the nation’s Trails State. It’s also the perfect place to take part in National Trails Day Saturday, June 2.
Registration is open for the Full Moon 5K at Patoka Lake on Friday, July 27.
— RETAIL —
Now, through Monday, May 28, Apex Tactical Specialties is offering free shipping on all orders from their online store at ApexTactical.com during this Memorial Day weekend. In addition, any order over $100 will receive a free Apex patch.
— SPONSORSHIPS —
Federal Premium Ammunition has partnered with champion skeet shooter Vincent Hancock. The two-time Olympic gold medalist will showcase Federal Premium ammunition as a sponsored shooter and serve as a brand ambassador.
— STATE PARKS —
DNR Director Cameron Clark will join Indiana State Parks staff to dedicate the new Kunkel Lake swimming beach at Ouabache State Park on May 23.
— STATES —
If you’ve ever been curious about what happens at these unique hatchery facilities, the DNR encourages you to plan a visit with family or friends this summer and see this very cool work as it happens.
Firewood producers who want to improve their businesses’ profitability and learn the latest management and production practices are invited to attend the National Firewood Workshop June 20 and 21 near Frankenmuth.
— TECHNOLOGY —
The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has agreed to recognize that the Iridium network meets all the criteria of the IMO needed to provide mobile satellite services in the GMDSS. Iridium plans to begin providing GMDSS service in early 2020.
— TELEVISION —
This week on Deer & Wildlife Stories, Keith heads to a family-owned farm in Louisiana. Boom Whitetails shows us how the whole family pitches in to grow giant healthy deer.
The Pursuit Channel continues to add great programming partners by welcoming Full Draw Adventures (FDA) to the network’s SCI Big Game Tuesday block beginning in third quarter.
— WILDLIFE —
A region-wide effort to better understand West Nile virus in ruffed grouse is getting underway in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges people who come across young animals to leave newborn wildlife alone and keep a distance.
— YOUTH EVENTS —
For more than seven decades, MOOD Youth Camp has engaged campers in Michigan’s natural resources, taught outdoor technical skills and helped children develop a passion for conservation.
From The RBFF: Participation In Fishing Up For Second Straight Year
Topline numbers from Outdoor Foundation Report, as well as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fishing License Data show category growth
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation has announced participation in fishing has increased for the second year in a row. Topline numbers from the soon to be released Outdoor Foundation Outdoor Recreation Participation Report and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Historical Fishing License Sales Data both show growth in fishing participation.
- Highlights –
- Fishing participation rose 4% to 49.1 million total participants in 2017
- Fishing license sales increased 1.3% in 2017, making for a 4.3% increase over the last 10 years
- Youth participation –
- 11.6 million youth (ages 6-17) participated in fishing
- Up 5.4% from 11 million participants in 2016
- Female participation –
- Increased 3.1% to 17.1 million participants
- First-timers –
- 3.0 million participants had their first fishing experience in 2017
- Up 21% from 2.5 million in 2016
- Hispanic participation –
- Increased 11% to 4.2 million participants in 2017
“As we continue to move closer to our 60 in 60 goal, news like this is incredibly encouraging,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “It’s obvious that the work RBFF and the industry are doing is working. More and more consumers are realizing the joys of fishing, and with fishing being the number one activity done from a boat, the entire industry has plenty to celebrate. Perhaps most importantly, all this means more funding for critical conservation programs across the nation.”
Set for release in the coming days, the Outdoor Foundation’s report highlights participation and trends across the entirety of outdoor recreation, including fishing, hiking, biking and more.
The 2018 Special Report on Fishing, which will be released in July and includes additional information on fishing participation by gender, age, ethnicity, income, education and geographic region, will be available for download in RBFF’s Resource Center, along with previous years’ reports. Additionally, the USFWS issues an update on license sales data each year, including tags, permits and stamps, as well as the gross cost of fishing licenses sold.
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