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— COMPETITION
3-Gun Nation, in partnership with Nosler, Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association and MGM Targets, is proud to announce a unique competition format in Oregon Oct. 21-22. 3-Gun, Long Range and a combined match title will all be up for grabs in this two-day, combo event, where competitors can choose to shoot one individual match, or shoot both and go after the title of "King of the Range." | For More...

— CONTESTS
When you snap photos of your buck this fall, remember to submit them to the 2017 Best Buck Photo Contest appearing in the Outdoor News publications. The annual photo contest is now open to hunting enthusiasts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York. | For More...

— ENVIRONMENT
The state issued 13 avoid-water advisories for the beaches and environs Wednesday because of high bacteria levels in the wake of Hurricane Irma. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has announced that laboratory tests have confirmed that the Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) is responsible for the deaths of thousands of carp in Crawford County's Pymatuning Reservoir, located in Pymatuning State Park. | For More...

NOAA Fisheries requests comments on an amendment and proposed rule that include management measures to rebuild the gray triggerfish population in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), which is currently overfished (population abundance is too low). | For More...

— INDUSTRY
UMAREX GmbH & Co. KG received the license from GLOCK for the reproduction of its internationally recognized pistols. UMAREX will in the future build the famous GLOCK pistols in the categories "Airguns" and "Airsoft." | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers is proud to announce the finalists for the brand new NASGW-POMA Caliber Awards. NASGW has chosen the top products in six categories including Best New Rifle, Best New Handgun, Best New Shotgun, Best New Ammunition, Best New Optic, and Best New Accessory. | For More...

Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten has announced that Element Outdoors has signed as a WTU national sponsor. "We welcome Element Outdoors to the Whitetails Unlimited family, and we're looking forward to a great relationship," said Schinkten. "Element Outdoors has developed camo patterns and apparel in a different way; their products look great and the quality is outstanding." | For More...

— PEOPLE
Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois, is proud and excited to announce that Co-Owner, Glenda Zanders, was inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame on August 19th at Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
TRUGLO, Inc. is pleased to announce complete compatibility of all existing Glock handgun sight models with the new Generation 5 series of Glock pistols. Sight products include TFX Pro, TFX, TFO and others. | For More...

UTG recently introduced their Recon Flex bipod series. The Recon Flex saves on weight and eliminates bulky mounting bases by taking advantage of direct attachment at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions of long guns equipped with either M-LOK or Keymod handguards. | For More...

— SHOOTING SPORTS
Jaycie Hoenig, 18, had an incredible first trip to the National Matches, where she had planned on only attending the Small Arms Firing School. Unbeknownst to her, the small taste would turn into a smorgasbord – and she would end up learning more than she could have ever dreamed. | For More...

— STATES
The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was not detected in samples collected throughout Florida this week. | For More...

The week of April 2-6, 2018, West Virginai's DNR will stock only golden rainbow trout in designated lakes and streams across the state, including those in several state parks. | For More...

Catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. | For More...

Volunteers willing to be leaders to organize events at schools are needed, especially in the Upper Rogue Valley (Jackson County). | For More...

Today, CPW operates 19 hatcheries that breed, hatch, rear and stock over 90 million fish per year. | For More...

The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Thursday, Sept. 28, in Red River to consider numerous matters, including changes to the state's fishing rules. | For More...

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Inland Fisheries division is launching a scale loaner program to give local tournament organizers the ability to use the catch, weigh and immediate release formats made popular by state and national-level tournaments like the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest (TBTF) and Major League Fishing. | For More...

Today, more than 700 moose hunters will be able to enter the Maine woods looking to bag a moose, the state's most majestic mammal. Last year, 75% of hunters were successful in their efforts. | For More...

As of September 24, several changes have been made in the Alabama crab regulations for both commercial and recreational crabbing. | For More...

Pennsylvania's statewide archery deer season begins Saturday, September 30, and the return is prompting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to issue some helpful reminders. | For More...

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has voted to ban the transportation of live, wild-caught baitfish from one waterbody to other watersheds in an attempt to prevent the spread of invasive species, such as Asian carp and zebra mussels.But the Commission has delayed the regulation's effective date until Oct. 1, 2018, to allow baitfish producers time to grow shad large enough to fill the needs of the state's striped bass guides. | For More...

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will implement Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations on 34 trout waters in 20 western North Carolina counties on October 1. | For More...

The red snapper catch numbers in Louisiana ended more than 100,000 pounds below the state's self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds for the recently completed 2017 season, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. | For More...

Arizona GFD has added two new waters to the Community Fishing Program: Show Low Creek in Show Low and Greenfield Park Pond in Mesa. | For More...

Deer hunters who applied for a Vermont muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit by the August 24 deadline can now go to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) to see if they won a permit. | For More...

On Friday, the Watershed Conservation Authority and The Conservation Fund held a dedication event celebrating the protection of the long-coveted "Mt Baldy Ranch" in the Angeles National Forest. | For More...

A ranch near Dupuyer lost ten calves last week to grizzly bears. Officials warn that in general bears are much more active this time of year as they prepare for their hibernations. | For More...

— TELEVISION
GunVenture goes to Puerto Rico for an iguana hunt using airguns from Pyramyd Air. Hosts Ryan Gresham and Kevin "KJ" Jarnagin get some serious trigger time as they help to take down some of these Puerto Rican pests, responsible for continuous damage to the territory's crops, infrastructure, and irrigation systems. | For More...

This week on The Choice, Yes Newfoundland with Bob Efford's hunting and Vicki & Ralph are up to the challenge. Once again warm weather, winds and not great conditions to get the moose moving but the goal is to get fresh moose meat in the Cianciarulo's freezer and will this duo make it happen. | For More...

— TOURNAMENTS
Jacob Powroznik defeated four anglers in five days to win this week's Classic Bracket on Pokegama Lake, outscoring Steve Kennedy in the two-day first round, Dave Lefebre in the semifinals and Ish Monroe in Friday's closely contested finale. | For More...

— YOUTH PROGRAMS
The NRA Youth Education Summit is thrilled to announce that it is adding a second session of Y.E.S. in summer 2018. The 2018 Y.E.S. sessions will be held July 9-15 and July 23-29. | For More...

FEATURE
Walt Disney of the Outdoors
In case you've missed it, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris opened another of his outdoor projects to the public over the weekend, The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.

The obligatory grand opening guest list read like a who's who of conservation, politics and entertainment. Former Presidents Carter and Bush took the ultimate celeb tour with Morris (top) but actor Mark Wahlberg (bottom) wowed the crowd with his dive in the amazing Great Oceans Hall, a 300,000 gallon circular tank teeming with a variety of saltwater fish.)

And it's no wonder that he's now being referred to as "Walt Disney of the Outdoors". His stores have always been tourist attractions, but his showpieces, including the Pyramid in Memphis and now the "WOW" connect people with the outdoors the same way Disney and his "imagineers" connected families to fairy tales and cartoon characters.

To give you the idea of how big Morris thinks, the 350,000 square foot, non-profit Wonders of Wildlife was ten years in the making- and is larger than the Smithsonian Museum of National History.

Before opening the doors to the general public, however, Morris threw a private preview that included an A-list that would get attention anywhere. As is in the keeping with Springfield, Missouri now being referred to as the "Captiol of the Outdoors" his party goers included former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (who swam in the shark tank while answering questions from attending grade schoolers), and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Celebrities included actors Kevin Costner and Mark Wahlberg (who also took advantage of an invitation to scuba in the tanks) and country singers Luke Bryan, Dierks Bently, John Anderson and others.

It's safe to say that Morris has fired another bullseye with this latest project - while simultaneously cementing his position atop outdoor advocates and making a great case for Springfield, Missouri's becoming a major tourist attraction.



Now open to the public, the new Wonders of Wildlife exhibits give the rest of us the opportunity to see and experience the outdoors in compelling ways, from surrounding ourselves with River Monsters (top) to the 4D (sight, sound, hearing and smell) panoramas of sheep on mountain peaks (Bottom).



Thanks to Morris and his projects, visitors there can now enjoy everything from world-class family entertainment in WOW to top level golf, and maybe even squeeze in a little shopping at the Bass Pro Shop -conveniently located just next door.

The new Wonders of Wildlife is open every day but Christmas. You can learn more at www.wondersofwildlife.org.
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