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— APPS
The National Deer Alliance announces the release of a new app for deer hunters called NDA App. The app includes stories and articles found on NDA's website, social media pages and its weekly On Watch newsletter. | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
Drivers out and about in Vermont this fall may be stopped and checked by Vermont State Game Wardens. Wardens recently conducted such a routine hunting season check of motor vehicles on Sunday, November 19, in Bakersfield. | For More...

— EVENTS
Drive through Indiana's Turkey Run State Park campground to see sites filled with holiday displays during the park's Festival of Lights, each weekend between Nov. 24 and Dec. 31. | For More...

SureFire, LLC is exhibiting at the Military and Police exhibition in Paris, France until 24 November 2017 at Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. SureFire will be co-exhibiting with Terrang MP-Sec France. | For More...

— FISHERIES
One of the largest reservoirs in Colorado has produced a new state record arctic char, caught by a vacationing physician from Virginia, Nov. 6. | For More...

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) fisheries biologists certified a new state record shoal bass weighing 5.95 pounds and measuring 22.4 inches long, caught by 14-year-old angler Sheldon Grace from Headland, Alabama. | For More...

— HUNTING
After two days, 1,310 black bears have been harvested as part of Pennsylvania's statewide bear season, according to preliminary totals released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. | For More...

The first of Iowa's popular shotgun deer seasons is Dec. 2-6 when an expected 60,000 orange clad hunters head to the timber, followed by another 60,000 hunters who prefer the Dec. 9-17 second shotgun season. | For More...

The Boone and Crockett Club, the oldest hunter-conservationist organization in North America, reinforces their position statement on big game trophies and hunting to help clarify and educate the public on the misconceptions being circulated on the conservation benefits of hunting and what a mature, trophy animal represents. The position statement expresses the Club's belief that the term "trophy hunting" is ambiguous, subjective, and is not something that can be singled out as if there are good and bad forms of hunting. | For More...

With families gathering many will take to the woods and fields to share in hunting traditions. IHEA-USA would like to take this time to remind hunters of the 4 Basic Firearm Safety Rules - to live by. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
With Christmas and the upcoming holidays, sales of FireDisc Cookers are beginning to climb. Retail outlets find the versatility of FireDisc Cookers an asset for leveling out peaks and valleys during the various sales seasons, as they tend to sell well year-round.
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Kryptek continues to grow their brand momentum with the addition of extremely talented and experienced individuals from the outdoor industry. | For More...

— JOBS
IWI US opens up position for Director of Sales to lead sales strategy for continued sales growth through existing and new sales channels. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
International Firearm Corporation, exclusive importer of an elite selection of European firearms is proud to offer American shooters the Strasser RS14 Evolution and RS14 Evolution Tahr for the first time. | For More...

The new Realtree Xtra Ultra 24-Can Square Cooler Bag by Igloo features a full suite of outdoor-grade features, including ultra-thick insulation and puncture-resistant fabrics that will keep drinks cold for up to two days. | For More...

The new Electronic Predator Decoys from ICOtec feature adjustable speed dial, intermittent motion, two quick-change toppers, LED light for night hunts, connectivity to e-callers and self-contained battery power source, both units require four AA batteries, not included. | For More...

— NEWS
Samson Manufacturing, Inc. is pleased to announce their specials for the weekend of Black Friday through Cyber Monday. | For More...

— ONLINE
Mossy Oak Capture Digital Productions has released its third episode of "Family Tree," a web series that highlights the importance of spending time outdoors with family, teaching and guiding through hunting and conservation efforts, which serves to preserve the outdoors heritage. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
CI will recognize the accomplishments of members' participation in the Record Book and World Hunting Awards during the annual Night of the Hunter Gala Celebration at the 2018 SCI Hunters' Convention in Las Vegas on Thursday, February 1, 2018. | For More...

Whitetails Unlimited recently issued a grant in the amount of $5,000 to the national arm of the Scholastic 3D Archery program. | For More...

Saying the press has been "full of conjecture" about SCI's reaction to President Trump's ordered hold on issuance of import permits for elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambie, SCI President Paul Babaz has issued a statement "to end the conjecture". | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation praised U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and John Culberson (R-Texas) for their leadership on introducing the bipartisan H.R. 4434, the Fix NICS Act of 2017 into the House of Representatives. | For More...

— PROMOTIONS
CrossBreed Holsters dives in to the holiday season by offering customers early access to Black Friday sales. Shop the CrossBreed website every day as new deals will be added. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of "Driven Grouse Shooting" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Jim and Trav will be joined for an in-depth extended interview by Gregg Ritz, host of "Hunt Masters", plus Stephen West Jr. from the all-new series "West of Texas" and Zach Waterman, Nosler's Public Relations Manager, for a little feral hog Piggin' Out. | For More...

It's the biology of big game hunting, exclusive guns, Cyber Monday deals, and more, live this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated talk show about guns and the shooting sports. | For More...

— REGULATION
News of Montana's first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease underscores the importance of a bill introduced Tuesday by Reps. Ron Kind and Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin. | For More...

— RETAIL
Vanguard announced aggressive savings Monday on its award-winning Endeavor ED II line of binoculars and Endeavor HD & Endeavor XF Spotting Scopes. Now through December, save up to $100 (with MIR) on Endeavor ED II Binoculars. | For More...

Steyr Arms' Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials will begin this afternoon (Wednesday) and continue until Monday at midnight, CST. The holiday specials will cover all Steyr Arms brands—Steyr, Merkel, JAGDHUND and X JAGD. | For More...

Rosco Manufacturing announced their Cyber Weekend sale going from Thursday to Monday. Customers will have the opportunity to save 20% sitewide on all Bloodline barrels and Rosco's newest Purebred barrels. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Mossy Oak's Fishing Team is growing with the addition of Bassmaster's up-and-comer Jordan Lee. | For More...

Wiley X®-sponsored NASCAR driver Cole Custer earned his first career NASCAR XFINITY® Series victory, winning the Ford EcoBoost 300 Saturday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. | For More...

Prym1 camo is partnering with American Airgunner to supply its host, Rossi Morreale, and other air gun hunters with camo that has the effectiveness of a predator. | For More...

— STATES
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will discuss the proposed designation of the region including Soap Creek, Fox Hills and Eldon Wildlife areas, Stephens State Forest, Lake Wapello State Park and Pioneer Ridge Nature Area as a state Bird Conservation Area (BCA) during a public meeting on Dec. 7. | For More...

The Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup will hold its next scheduled public meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Foggy's Steakhouse in Christmas, Michigan. | For More...

Arizona dove hunters will be able to double their wing-shooting pleasure when the state's "second" season begins Friday, November 24. The late season runs through January 7, 2018. | For More...

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says its public shooting ranges in Hartland and the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area will be closing for the winter on December 15. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Lucas Oil is now sponsoring Gun Racing with the Championship of Pistol Caliber Carbine action shooting. John Scoutten and Tony Pignato both shoot the match and report the action, as the best in the sport compete for $10,000 in prize money. | For More...

This week on Guns & Gear, it's big news for hunters with DoubleTap Ammunition's new ammo loaded with Swift Scirocco bullets. Plus, explore Ruger's family of American pistols, hearing protection form Walker's, Colt's Combat Unit carbine, and the new MasterFire holster system from SureFire. | For More...

— WASHINGOTN
News of Montana's first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease underscores the importance of a bill introduced by Reps. Ron Kind and Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin which would give states and tribes the funding and other assistance they need to fight the always-fatal neurological disease in deer, moose and elk that threatens the nation's big-game populations and hunting opportunities. | For More...

— WASHINGTON
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies supports community-based natural resources management and the role it plays in international wildlife sustainability by utilizing funds generated to align conservation with local community needs. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
Originally found only in the wild, turkeys now exist as meat-producing domesticated derivatives -- the broad breasted white, broad breasted bronze, white Holland, bourbon red, and a host of other breeds – all of them descended from our native wild turkey. | For More...

— YOUTH PROGRAMS
Through their matching program, funded by Larry and Brenda Potterfield, the MidwayUSA Foundation has added $641,530 to 222 youth shooting team endowments and 7 agency endowments. The majority of this donation stems from the 2:1 Matching Program, which concludes in 2017. | For More...

FEATURE
Plenty to Be Thankful For
This is our last edition before the Thanksgiving holiday. Like most of you, we're taking the rest of the week off for some invaluable family time.

After all, it's the start of the holiday season and run-up to the wind down of 2017.

It's safe to say that 2017 has been "different" in almost every sense of the word.

We've seen natural catastrophes in abundance, inexplicable tragedies aplenty and it has seemed at times the whole world had come completely unhinged.

But we're still here and chugging along, although some are showing the wear and tear more than others.

Our national "leaders" aren't looking so hot. They're feeling uncomfortable for a lot of reasons. One is the risk of being accused of some indiscretion. Every leader in business, government and society is fearful of being accused of something- real or imagined. Not everyone is guilty of anything, but everyone's feeling the pressure.

I spoke with a social scientist about the #metoo syndrome. She says we're facing a unique "social situation" with no simple answers.

"Never before," she explained, "have people taken current social 'sensitivities' and applied them retroactively to yesterday's social norms."

Without a doubt, she says we're living in the most hyper-sensitized society ever. But she took a pass at trying to explain why. Characterizing it as "overly sensitive" would, she explained, undoubtedly make some people uncomfortable.

And there's a backlash when any of those hair triggers are tripped. She actually warned me to expect negative responses to even raising the issue.

So....I won't.

We're going into a holiday created to focus us on the good in our lives, not the irritants. And for a majority of us, there's still far more good than bad happening-although the good gets especially short shrift today.

If you're in a great spot, I share your sense of celebration. But I'd challenge you to share that good fortune with someone going through a rough patch.

Sometimes, a simple word of encouragement or friendship is all it takes to help someone keep going.

Tomorrow, my family begins arriving for Thanksgiving and I can hardly wait for us to be together again. It's taken me years to realize that friends and family are more important than things or places. Where we are together isn't nearly so important as simply being together.

Might sound strange, but I consider you part of my circle of friends. And I hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving.

--Jim Shepherd
Nov 23-24
Dec 5-10
Talladega, Alabama
Dec 20
Jan 3
Jan 4-7
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas
Jan 11-13
Indiana Convention Center 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
Jan 15
Jan 23-26
Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Jan 26-28
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
Jan 31-Feb 3
Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 19
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