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SUBSCRIPTION    SUBMIT RELEASES    ADVERTISE    ARCHIVES    CONTACT                                  THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018
— TOP STORY

Unable to either get companies off the waiting list or allow existing exhibitors to expand, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting, and The Outdoor Wire has confirmed with NSSF officials, that SHOT Show will be expanding to two more Las Vegas Strip locations by 2021. SHOT will expand into the MGM Grand Conference Center in 2020 and will add Caesars Forum in 2021. With that expansion, SHOT will occupy 950,000 square feet by 2021. This year’s show covered about 650,000. The expansions will allow the show to grow to accommodate 2,600 exhibitors. According to NSSF Senior VP and CMO, Chris Dolnack, nearly 1,000 exhibitors were turned away from this year’s edition. Today, SHOT Show ranks as Las Vegas’ seventh largest annual show by attendance, bringing an estimated 60,000 industry professionals and 2,100 exhibitors.


— ARCHERY

Meopta USA Sport Optics is pleased to announce its new archery pro staff program.  Led by professional archer, Chris Berry, the Meopta Pro Staff Program is recruiting passionate archers from throughout the United States who appreciate the importance of world-class optics in the field and on the range.


— BOATING

According to Act 694 of the 90th General Assembly of Arkansas passed in 2015, all boats registered in Arkansas must have verified proof of a valid hull identification number. This law is to comply with federal regulations mandated by the U.S. Coast Guard. 


— COMPETITION

The Civilian Marksmanship Program National Smallbore Matches will take place July 17-22, 2018, at the historic Camp Perry, Ohio. It’s been several years since national smallbore matches have taken place at Camp Perry and many competitors will embrace the experience of shooting on these ranges again.


Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce that Team Ruger has logged multiple wins to start its debut season of competition. To date, the team has taken an impressive thirteen first-place, eight second-place and three third-place finishes in various shooting sports disciplines. 


— CONSERVATION

Thanks to a recently completed project that partnered the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Keweenaw Land Trust and the community in acquiring a conservation easement on nearly 1,300 acres of forestland, 3.5 miles of the Pilgrim River corridor is protected for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

A celebration of this accomplishment is planned on Tuesday, July 24.


— EVENTS

U.S. & Texas LawShield® is pleased to present a Range Day to Colorado area U.S. & Texas LawShield members, fans, and family at DCF Guns located, Castle Rock, Colorado on Saturday, July 21tst from 10am-5pm.


U.S. & Texas LawShield presents a Range Day to Colorado area U.S. & Texas LawShield members, fans, and family. The event will be held at DCF Guns located in Castle Rock, Colorado.


— FISHERIES

Florida harvesters are doing great, but there are still tagged lionfish to be found on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. While the exact reef locations are secret, here’s a hint: Find your next lionfish off the county seat of Jacksonville or its saintly neighbor to the south.


— GEAR

The Accu-Seed System, just one of the many great features of The Firminator all-in-one food plot implement, addresses that by handling seeds of all sizes, from the tiniest clovers up to corn, soybeans, peas and sunflowers, and everything in between.


SB Tactical announced release of the new FS1913 Pistol Stabilizing Brace. The FS1913 has a low-pro?le, left side-folding, strut-design that is compatible with all platforms utilizing an M1913 interface at the rear of the receiver.


— HUNTING
Hunters can apply online for a reserved hunt by visiting hunting.IN.gov and clicking on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link. 

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will sell all leftover permits to participate in special deer permit hunts on Arkansas wildlife management areas beginning at 8 a.m., July 23.


— INDUSTRY

The National Shooting Sports Foundation®(NSSF®)  has awarded its highest Five-Star rating for range excellence to RTSP firearms range and retail store locatedin Randall township, New Jersey.


BaseMap, Inc., creator of the BaseMap mobile and web hiking and outdoor activity GPS map app announces a strategic partnership with Blue Heron Communications (BHC), a full service, outdoor-specialty marketing and public relations agency.


This past spring, AO Coolers, which produces soft-sided coolers, closed escrow on a manufacturing facility in Kingsport, TN.  The coolers are completely manufactured in the U.S.A. from the factory in North East Tennessee.


After facing three gruelling rounds of closely-contested ‘camo clash matches’, Prym1 Camo, a new breed of non-directional hybrid camouflage, comes of age defeating the more established patterns of MultiCam (USA), PenCott™ Greenzone (UK), Flecktarn (GER) and Vegetato (ITA) to be crowned the most popular camouflage pattern of UF PRO®’s 100,000-strong social media fan base.


Clenzoil, the leading and most trusted manufacturer of cleaning and maintenance products for the firearms and marine industries is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting July 20-22 at the Louisiana Sportsmans Show in New Orleans, Louisiana. 


Meopta USA Sport Optics is pleased to announce its new archery pro staff program, led by professional archer, Chris Berry.


Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lakes states, is accepting nominations for its  2018 Minnesota Outdoor Leaders Award.


Nature Blinds is celebrating new management,bringing a fresh perspective to the market with its primary goal to launch innovative hunting and non-hunting related products that consumers demand.


SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the commercial variant of the U.S. Army’s M17 official service pistol called the P320-M17. The P320-M17 closely follows the specifications of the U.S. Army’s M17. 


The new Mauser M18 has been named ‘Great Buy’ by the editors of Outdoor Life magazine.  The M18 is available in .243 Win., .308 Win., .270 Win., .30-06, 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag. and 6.5 Creedmoor.


— JOBS

A world renowned manufacturer of high quality products for the shooting sports industry is seeking a sharp and creative Senior Design Engineer to join their team and lend their expertise in developing new, innovative products.  


A recognized, hi-tech company in the shooting sports industry is seeking a skilled Sr. Manufacturing Engineer with strong hands-on machining and programming experience.


A globally recognized firearms manufacturer is seeking an outstanding sales executive to take on a unique, high visibility and high impact role.


— LEGISLATION

The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds the introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S. 3223) in the U.S. Senate Wednesday. A note of thanks to Sens. James Risch, R-Idaho, Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, and  Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., for introducing this innovative legislation that is paramount to the future of natural resource conservation.


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources strongly supports the introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in the U.S. Senate. Senators James Risch, R-Idaho, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. – along with their colleagues Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. – yesterday introduced groundbreaking legislation that provides a critical source of funding to conserve those fish and wildlife in greatest need across the country.


— NEW PRODUCTS

The Rattle Cage™ was designed as a compact rattling device to mimic the sound of two bull elk fighting. The call is made of wood that produces the sound of elk antlers when the “rattle rod” is moved up and down across a series of bumps in the chamber of the call.


Velocity Triggers™ has added yet another American made, drop-in trigger assembly that will fit all AR platforms. The initial product offering has removable trigger shoes that are positioned ½” further forward for faster acquisition and they can be rotated on the axis for a perfect finger fit.


FN America, LLC announced the the release of the FN 509 Tactical, an optics- and suppressor-ready 9mm pistol. The pistol features the company’s patent-pending Low-Profile Optics Mounting System that enables the platform to accept more than ten commercially-available miniature red dot optics.


— ONLINE

From Mossy Oak Capture Digital Productions, Episode 9 of “Elements” features Mossy Oak Fishing’s Team Member and host of “Big Water Adventures,” Mark Davis.


USA Shooting recently selected Brett Favre as one of their honorary Team Captains. In a new, multi-part series airing on GetZone.com titled “USA Shooting Presented by 4Outdoors,” show host Favre talks with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.


— ORGANIZATIONS

The National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and Fresh Air Educators, Inc. are proud to announce a new partnership that will provide exemplary training in the use of drones for law enforcement and first responders in the maritime domain.


The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) welcomed key outcomes from yesterday’s inaugural meeting of the Interior Department’s “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee. The committee discussed approaches that would allow more Americans to enjoy the nation’s great outdoors, and committee leaders were elected.


Bird conservation groups will be raising concerns about the impact on birds from Lake Erie's first proposed offshore wind project, “Icebreaker,” today (Thursday, July 19) at a public hearing before the Cleveland City Council. 


— PROMOTIONS

Customers who purchase one of the family of  Colt AR-15 platform rifles and Military Classics can receive a free rifle case & extra magazine in the M4 Summer promotion. Project S.O.C.O.M. (Sales Of Colt - OperationMerchandising) is a retail initiative where Colt Sales Representatives will visit all Colt Stocking Dealers to further education on Colt products.


— PUBLISHING

Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lakes states, is accepting nominations for its 2018 Minnesota Outdoor Leaders Award. 


— SPONSORSHIPS

“Whitetails Unlimited is proud to welcome X-Stand Treestands as a WTU national sponsor,” Said WTU President Jeff Schinkten. 


— STATES

A sinkhole that opened in the Spring River last month has been closed, Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston announced Thursday, July 12.


Scientists involved in Mexican wolf recovery say environmental groups distributing old and faulty data that calls for the release of captive adult wolves are not helping the recovery of the  endangered subspecies. Biologists at the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) say maintaining a savvy wild-born population and limiting introductions of naïve captive-raised adult animals have been the keys to the ongoing success of the recovery program.


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has lifted walk-in restrictions on all but two of its south-central Montana fishing access sites that were flooded earlier this year. 


Tje Hawai’i Island Branch Manager for the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) estimates the lava, if it maintains its current course and speed, could overtake Pohoiki and Issac Hale Park within the next few days. 


Activities volunteers assist with include helping kids catch and release bluegills in the U.P.-shaped pond, shoot pellet guns or bow and arrow, staff the fire tower or greet visitors. 


Thousands of Oklahoma drivers are representing the state’s wildlife and helping fund conservation with their purchase of a specialty license plate. 


The Fisheries Division has stocked more than 15.5 million fry, fingerlings and mature fish into public waters in Oklahoma so far during 2018. Among that total are more than 1.4 million FLMB that have been placed into 39 lakes this year. 


— TELEVISION

Nebraska is no stranger to monster muleys – and Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester Deadly Passion, can’t get enough of spot and stalk hunts in this state. This week, she heads out with long-time friend Scott Kuhn of Deer Meadow Outfitters to see if she can fill her freezer with a mule deer. 


— VOLUNTEER
"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing" is looking for people to work with ladies at the Tampa Boat Show Sunday Sept. 9 from 3:30 to 4:45 at the Tampa Convention Center for hands-on knot tying and casting. 

— WILDLIFE
Add Jackson, Limestone, Marshall, Morgan and St. Clair counties to the growing list of black bear sightings in Alabama in 2018. In recent years, bears have also been recorded in Chambers, Elmore, Jefferson, Lee, Macon and Tallapoosa counties. 

— WORKSHOPS

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on July 28 and an Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic on July 29, both in Panama City Beach.


— YOUTH

Members of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission joined local trout guides, educators and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week to teach 35 4th- through 6th-grade students about fishing and conservation of our aquatic resources at the 3rd annual Little Red River Fish Camp at JFK Park in Heber Springs.


FEATURE
You Can Learn A LOT In Competition

Ridgedale, MO....The 2018 Sportsman’s Team Challenge (www.stcnationals.com) doesn’t even open tomorrow, and I’ve already learned plenty from the practice sessions. Not enough to help me shoot any better, because I didn’t get any range time in, but enough intel to report there’s plenty of new product in the pipeline to get new shooters even more interested in shooting in general, and shooting sports specifically.

The 2018 Sportsman’s Team Challenge is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops this year, and the event has moved from its former home to the plush BPS Shooting Academy in Ridgedale, Missouri.

 

Even without firing a shot, I’ve seen prototype pistols from three manufacturers, new optics from a “name” brand, and enough custom 10/22 and .22 rimfire pistol work to convince me that the professional shooters love the rimfire for competitions. If you think they’re not taking the rimfires seriously, you only need to check out the image showing how one shooter laid out his extra ammo to make certain it’s at hand - and ready- should they need reloads. With top shooters like Bruce Piatt, Tony Holmes, Max Michel and the number of others here, this isn’t the “relaxed, casual match” that I’d anticipated.

Tomorrow at 9 a.m. local time, one of the most entertaining spectator matches imaginable will begin here at the BPS Shooting Academy. With plenty of spectator arena-style seating available, it’s a great opportunity to come see how good these pros really are. And you’ll have teams like the Round Wheels from HAVA featuring Trevor Baucom and others like the Grumpy Old Men who simply have industry people shooting for the pure fun of it-just in case you need a dose of inspiration or comedy, respectively.

Top competition shooters like Bruce Piatt don’t leave anything to chance if they can help it. Rather than risk ammunition rolling around on the competition table, they use carpet (top) to place their gear at hand. If you’re into seeing the nearly endless varieties of customization that’s possible with the venerable .22 rimfire, you only need to check out the heavy customization on the top pro guns (below). The paint work’s impressive, but the accuracy is something you’ll have to see to believe. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo

 

And did I mention there were some still unannounced production-run pistols getting some practical testing this week? I’ve seen three pistols that convince me competition shooting is getting more affordable for anyone. Didn’t run them personally, but the pros putting early production units into competition says they believe them more than capable of producing affordable accuracy for any shooter. These new models, and a couple of others I’ve seen/shot in the past two weeks tell me families with kids who want to get into practical shooting will breathe a sigh of financial relief. 

In fact, this event convinces me that competition shooting can be affordable for everyone - if you begin with the .22 rimfires. There aren’t nearly enough .22 rimfire matches, but the popularity of the Ruger Rimfire Challenge, this match and a couple of smaller matches I’ve attended tell me the industry might be missing a great opportunity to open this category up to more neophyte shooters.

You can learn a lot from competition shooting, and not just intelligence about what’s coming down the pike for consumers. Every one of the shooters I spoke with yesterday, despite prepping for a major match, had time to talk, offer help when needed, and visit with everyone in attendance.

That’s probably the best reason for someone coming out to such a spectator-friendly venue. Not only can you see the shooters in a great setting, you see great shooters in a setting where they’re comfortable visiting with you, too.

It’s going to be a great competition - but the competition’s only part of the story. If you’re in the Branson-area today or Friday, consider dropping by and saying hello.

We’ll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd

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