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— ARCHERY
Nearly 500 shooters from more than 16 states attended the Scholastic 3-D Archery Indoor Nationals, held in conjunction with the NFAA Indoor Nationals at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. | For More...

— COMPETITION
The most lucrative tournament trail in professional walleye fishing returns to action April 12-13 as the Cabela's National Walleye Tour visits the western basin of Lake Erie for what is expected to be a slugfest of epic proportions. | For More...

— COMPETITIVE SHOOTING
Acapulco was the site of a great American skeet performance Saturday led by another career win for the incomparable Kim Rhode, along with a silver and fourth for Team USA. Rhode stood highest on the podium for the third time competing in Acapulco, defeating her impressive teammate Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana) in the Finals. | For More...

Springfield Armory is pleased to announce another big finish at one of USPSA's most prestigious championships by Team Springfield™'s junior competitors. It was a clean sweep of the USPSA Area 2 Championship by the youngest members of Team Springfield, Justine and Jalise Williams. | For More...

— CONTESTS
General Tire launches the Reel Job sweepstakes offering bass fishing fans a chance to win a VIP trip to fish with Team GT pro anglers Skeet Reese and Edwin Evers. | For More...

— EVENTS
The 2017 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival (VFFF)will return to The Meadow Events Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond April 8-9 | For More...

Celebrate Trout Heritage Day with the kids in Madison April 1st when the Rapidan Chapter of Trout Unlimited and VDGIF partner with Graves Mountain Lodge the first Saturday in April for Trout Heritage Day and Kid's Fishing Day. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Chehalis River will remain closed to salmon fishing and will not open to fishing for spring chinook on April 16 as scheduled in the 2016-17 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. | For More...

The 2017-2018 recreational fishing season for black sea bass in federal waters of the South Atlantic will start on April 1, 2017, and end on March 31, 2018. | For More...

— FISHING
The Toolkit, which includes research, best-practices and free resources, aims to help fishing and boating stakeholders increase participation from the current 46 million anglers to 60 million anglers by 2021, contributing to gains in boating and conservation. | For More...

— GEAR
GPO, USA announces the PASSION HD binocular portfolio. The PASSION HD binocular lineup is built on a high-performance and highly durable magnesium frame and includes 42mm and 50mm objective lens models. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Grizzly Cartridge Company has hired Elite Outdoor Sports Marketing as its national sales representation company. Moving forward, Elite Outdoor Sports Marketing will manage all outside sales for the Rainier, Oregon based ammunition manufacturer. | For More...

Swanson Russell rose to new heights in 2016, reaching $120 million in capitalized billings while building an addition that elevates its Lincoln office on the corner of 12th and P streets. | For More...

As part of their new, nationwide expansion, Outtech is proud to welcome two new members to the team. Ryan Blackmun and Curt Wilson will be joining Outtech as the first additions to the western initiative. | For More...

Becky Jones Mahlum replaced Tom Keer on the OWAA board of directors after Keer resigned in late February to devote time to expanding his own company. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Providing the right flex and power, along with the right lengths and the optimum components, G. Loomis introduces its new IMX-PRO bass rod series designed for fishing bottom contact baits. | For More...

— OPTICS
GPO, USA introduces the GPOTAC 8Xi riflescope. It is built on a 34mm machined aircraft aluminum main tube and comes standard with an iControl fiber-optic, auto-off, illuminated, and mil-spec horseshoe reticle. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced that the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle is now chambered in .450 Bushmaster. The .450 Bushmaster model offers big-bore, high-energy performance in a compact and handy rifle which weighs only 6.6 pounds. | For More...

— RADIO
If you are looking for some new places to recreate outdoors that are inexpensive and in many cases, uncrowded, consider a trip to Bureau of Land Management properties. | For More...

— RETAIL
Water's Edge Marine, located in central Iowa, is the newest authorized dealer for sales and service of Ranger boats. | For More...

— SCHOLARSHIPS
Announced at its special reception for high school and college bass anglers following Saturday's weigh-in at the Bassmaster Classic in Houston, for their studies beginning in fall 2017 Shimano will award five $3,000 scholarships to select high school seniors planning to major in biology, fisheries, wildlife or natural resource fields. | For More...

Shimano has announced through the new "Shimano Varsity" program they will award five scholarships to select high school seniors planning to major in biology, fisheries, wildlife or natural resource fields. B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliand has been selected as a judge on the scholarship panel. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
The DeSantis # M72 Yukon Hunting Rig is made of heavy duty ballistic nylon with a fully adjustable harness which can be adjusted for multiple angles. The large revolver model comes with a speed loader pouch & cartridge loops. | For More...

Lyman is pleased to announce the release of a new and improved model of their very popular Digital Trigger Pull Gauge. The new model Trigger Pull Gauge features a solid collapsible rod with 4 locking positions. This feature increases ease of use with a wide variety of firearms, and prevents the rod from moving when applying pressure to the trigger. | For More...

TRUGLO Inc is pleased to announce that the new TRITIUM PRO handgun night sights surpassed expectations and impressed members of the National Tactical Officers Association. NTOA Evaluators put the TRITIUM PRO sights through rigorous testing and scored them based on several categories including: design, performance, quality, durability, versatility, accuracy and ease of use. | For More...

— STATES
The free event is set for Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. | For More...

The public can view greater prairie-chickens and Sandhill cranes at public viewing blinds at the Nebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement Project (NCORPE) property and the North River Wildlife Management Area between North Platte and Hershey. | For More...

The latest addition to the Alabama State Lands Division Canoe Trail is the 19-mile Perdido River Canoe Trail, which is divided into two segments with three access points along the Perdido River in Baldwin County. | For More...

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the seventh annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 22 at nine different locations across the state. | For More...

ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft conducted analysis and determined that once the water level reaches the designated interim pool level, normal boating operations, including towed water sports, could resume at Buckeye Lake without a restricted area. | For More...

— TELEVISION
On this week's episode of GunVenture, Tom Gresham hits the red dirt road as he travels through Arizona, teaming up for product testing with RECOIL Magazine's Iain Harrison, and checking in with Arizona based manufacturers Robar, McMillan, and POF. Things will heat up when Tom gets the chance to shoot a flame thrower, plus don't miss side-trips to the rodeo, and an off-roading jeep tour through the majestic red rocks of Sedona. | For More...

This week on Guns & Gear, learn how you can train from home with the Quick Tyme Target from LaserLyte. Also featured, the Springfield Armory's XD Mod.2 and Smith & Wesson's fully featured M&P15 Sport II. Then it's a trip to the range with the Ruger 5.56 Takedown. | For More...

Pursuit Channel will be expanding its market-leading distribution coverage in the United States via a long-term carriage agreement with AT&T U-verse. | For More...

This week Keith travels to Saskatchewan, Canada on a whitetail hunt with his .50 caliber Pyramid Air Dragon Claw air rifle that also shoots an arrow 500 feet per second. | For More...

During the week of March 27–April 2, World Fishing Network viewers will get hooked on new seasons of their favorite fishing series. | For More...

FEATURE
Classic Shots from Houston


Along with putting away a couple hundred pounds of great brisket, chicken and sausage, just a deep fly ball away from Houston's Minute Maid Park, the high school and college age anglers attending the special Shimano reception also plenty of time to try out some new tackle. The Shimano SET crew took over the Jackson Street BBQ parking lot and turned it into practice casting lanes. Shimano photo with permission.




He might not have had a great Classic 2017, but crowd pleaser Gerald Swindle demonstrated his heart for others in Houston. Swindle shaved his impressive beard for charity, raising more than $22,000 for breast cancer research.




Houston is a major metropolitan area, but the love for fishing was obvious in the long lines that waited -patiently- each day for the Classic Expo to open.




B.A.S.S. has made it plain that one of the strategies in their future is a larger internet presence. Over the weekend, bass fishing enthusiasts across the country were able to watch the action live via the internet.
FEATURE
Histor-LEE: Jordan Lee Comes From Behind to Take 2017 Basssmaster Classic Title
(B.A.S.S. photo)
Grant, Alabama's Jordan Lee has won the 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe, weighing a total three-day catch of 56 pounds, 10 ounces.

Lee,one of the new generation of professional bass anglers, won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Championships in 2013 before moving into the Bassmaster Elite series. With Sunday's win and $300,000 first place check, he nearly doubled his total earnings as a professional angler.

In thirty-seventh place after a Day One five-fish total of only 8 pounds, 9 ounces, Lee roared back with 21 pounds on Saturday and the biggest bag of the tournament, 27 pounds, 4 ounces after Sunday's final round, to take the Bassmaster Classic title.

Fellow Alabamian Steve Kennedy's 55 pound, 10 ounce total was good enough for second place, ahead of final day leader Brent Earlier, who faltered, finishing third.

James Elam, Ott DeFoe, Michael Iaconelli, Bradley Roy, Bobby Lane Jr., Jared Lintner and four-time Classic champ Kevin VanDam rounded out the top 10.

2016 Classic Champion Edwin Evers finished in eleventh place.

SUNDAY'S FINAL RESULTS:

(Only the top 25 anglers fish Sunday's final round)

PlaceName
1Jordan Lee
2Steve Kennedy
3Brent Ehrler
4James Elam
5Ott DeFoe
6Michael Iaconelli
7Bradley Roy
8Bobby Lane Jr.
9Jared Lintner
10Kevin VanDam
11Edwin Evers
12Jacob Powroznik
13Brett Hite
14Dave Lefebre
15Timothy Klinger
16Ryan Lavigne
17Randall Tharp
18Drew Benton
19Cliff Crochet
20Clifford Pirch
21Jason Williamson
22Ish Monroe
23Chris Zaldain
24Justin Lucas
25Todd Faircloth

Apr 5-8
Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
Apr 5-9
Oklahoma City Gun Club Arcadia, Oklahoma
Apr 27-30
Apr 27-30
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
May 12-13
Sig Sauer Academy, 233 Exeter Road, Epping, NH 03042
Jun 2-4
Talladega, Alabama
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