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— ARCHERY
The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials process came to a close after thousands of competition arrows shot since the process began last September. | For More...

— BOATING
B. B. Comer Public Boat Landing on Lake Guntersville in Jackson County, AL will temporarily close June 1 to June 30, 2016, for the demolition of the old Highway 35 Bridge. | For More...

— COLLEGIATE FISHING
Day 2 of the 2016 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Cabela's brought high winds, scattered schools of bass, and among many other things, a National Championship title for Auburn University. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
Thanks to generous donations from the Trumbull County Federation of Sportsman's Clubs, the Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Woodcock Society, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Mosquito Creek Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited, a total of 21.43 acres of land adjacent to Grand River Wildlife Area (GRWA) was recently purchased according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). | For More...

Thanks to a conservation-minded partnership effort, commuters on the Savannah Highway will have a new park to enjoy, and the Lowcountry will have 638 additional acres of protected open space. | For More...

— DONATIONS
Smith & Wesson Corp. presented Honored American Veterans Afield with $50,000 at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, KY. The donation will support ongoing programs designed to assist disabled veterans and wounded active duty military personnel. | For More...

— EVENTS
Georgia State Parks provides a sample of June events around the state. For more programs, visit www.GaStateParks.org/events and the parks' web pages. | For More...

Southern Maryland's own, Sam Grow, is back in town and has been added as an opener to the Chris Young concert on June 4 at the Calvert Marine Museum. | For More...

Thousands of fishing fans are expected to gather in Durant, Okla., to celebrate summer during the third annual GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino Resort June 8-12. | For More...

The Third Annual Outdoor Adventure Days will be held June 10 and June 11 at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range in Salt Lake City. There's no cost to attend the two-day event. | For More...

— FISHERIES
In cooperation with Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and local bass anglers, Florida-strain largemouth bass were recently transported and released into backwater areas to improve survival rates. | For More...

A new Ohio record Yellow Perch, weighing 2.86 pounds, was caught by David Berg of Mentor, Ohio in Lake Erie in Lake County, Ohio. | For More...

A cobia tagging project is underway along Florida's east coast. Scientists with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are tagging cobia in order to track movement of the fish to learn more about the migration of the Gulf and Atlantic stocks. | For More...

Now that aquatic plants have returned to Lake Webster, the Indiana DNR is relaxing limits on how much weed control will be permitted this summer at the 774-acre lake in Kosciusko County. | For More...

The Federal facility spawned 560 captive and wild pairs of Gila trout yielding 122,423 eyed-eggs. | For More...

— HUNTING
Vermont's muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting permit applications are now available on Vermont Fish & Wildlife's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A quick-link to the information and online applications is on the home page. | For More...

Deer hunters, who want to hunt the Marias River Wildlife Management Area southwest of Shelby, Montana in Hunting District 406, have the month of June to submit their application. | For More...

The deadline to apply for Montana FWP's special license drawings for antelope and elk and deer B licenses is Wednesday, June 1. | For More...

— ILLUMINATION
Browning will expand its growing line of flashlights to include the new Hellcat in 2016, a hunting flashlight featuring a super bright white, long distance beam. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Eastman Outdoors, Inc. announces an expanded partnership with Mountain States Sports Marketing to make all products under the Eastman Outdoors umbrella more accessible to Western sportsmen. | For More...

Robinson Outdoor Products has issued a statement regarding last week's ruling of false advertising for the company's introductory advertising of ScentBlocker Trinity scent control technology by a Michigan District Court. | For More...

Kroll International has been honored with the Epicor Customer Excellence Award in the Technology Innovator category in the Epicor Customer Excellence Awards program for the Americas region. The inaugural Epicor Customer Excellence Awards winners in the Americas regional program were presented at the Annual Insights Customer Conference. | For More...

Brownells will donate five percent of its total sales from the Memorial Day Weekend to Special Operations Wounded Warriors (SOWW), a non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreational events and other support for Purple Heart recipients of the U.S. Special Forces Community. Magpul will match Brownells' five percent donation by also donating five percent of its Memorial Day Weekend product sales sold at Brownells. | For More...

— LEGISLATION
N-146 proposes 7 closed fishing areas or Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the reef tract from Stuart to Biscayne, comprising 20-30% of the entire reef, with the areas permanently closed - never to open up to fishing again. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Summit Treestands®, an industry leader in producing methods for hunting from an elevated position, introduces The Hex™ as a revolutionary option for ladder-stand hunters, via a design that stands in a category of its own. | For More...

— NRA SHOW
GLOCK, Inc. made significant donations at the recent 145th NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky. The donation ceremony was attended by industry media, representatives from different divisions of the National Rifle Association, and representation from the Scholastic Shooting Sport Foundation (SSSF). | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
As its agency of record, Blue Heron will serve as the day-to-day point of contact for all media inquiries related to TackleWebs while implementing a host of marketing communications and public relations efforts to educate media and consumers about the brand's innovative and diverse line of products. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Galco Gunleather introduced multiple holster fits for the new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield in .45 ACP. Galco offers a pair of its best-selling inside the waistband holsters, the Stow-N-Go and the Tuck-N-Go, the popular Pocket Protector, and two of its finest belt holsters, the Stinger and Side Snap Scabbard. | For More...

MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the latest addition to their shooting gear lineup – the MidwayUSA Deluxe Cotton Canvas Shotgun/Rifle Case. Features include a large external-zippered pocket, brass zipper, a plush micro-suede interior and genuine leather accents. | For More...

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new KILO Rangefinders to the company's Electro-Optics division. The KILO850 and KILO1250 will join last year's successful KILO2000. | For More...

— PUBLICATIONS
The July issue of S.W.A.T. Magazine features the new Nighthawk Custom Hi-Power. This was John Browning's last design, and many think it was his best. The made-in-Belgium Hi-Power has undergone a full custom makeover by the artisans at Nighthawk Custom, with many additions and upgrades. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Northwestern Outdoors Radio heads to the South Central part of the Beaver State to explore an area known as "Oregon's Outback". This sparsely populated region is home to a combination of high desert, forests, wetlands, streams and lakes that provide lots of opportunities for the outdoors enthusiast. | For More...

— RECOGNITION
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park's wildlife division recently honored several wildlife staff for their work for the department during the past two years at the biennial division conference. | For More...

— RECREATION
June 11 is Free Fishing Day in Utah. You don't need a fishing license to fish in the state that day. | For More...

— REGULATIONS
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced changes to fishing regulations at four MDWFP lakes. These changes go into effect on June 23, 2016. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
Safariland announced the expansion of Safariland and Bianchi concealment holster lines with several new fits for the new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .45. Safariland concealment holster models fitting the M&P Shield .45 encompass ten models for belt slide, paddle and inside-the-pants carry. | For More...

— STATE PARKS
Indiana State Parks is celebrating its 100th birthday by "rolling back" gate admission to a 10-cents-per-person donation for each of those two days. | For More...

— STATES
Alabama State Parks will host its second public meeting to discuss short-range forest management plans within Lake Guntersville State Park on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. | For More...

Hunters will lose access to 19,480 acres of public hunting land in south Alabama this fall as the Scotch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Clarke County will no longer be a part of the state WMA system. | For More...

The 2016 Alabama red snapper season began Friday, May 27th and continues through Sunday, July 31st in state waters, up to 9 nautical miles from shore. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week on The High Road with Keith Warren, come along as Keith and his son Kolton participate in the Sportsman's All Weather All Terrain Marksmanship (SAAM) 4-Day Advanced Precision course at the FTW Ranch in Barksdale, TX (www.ftwoutfitters.com). | For More...

— VOLUNTEERS
The Indiana DNR is seeking volunteers to help gather information on recreational use at large northern Indiana lakes to learn about the spread of aquatic species. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
All wildlife species and their young should be left in the wild. If you see a baby animal, whether a goose or a grizzly, keep your distance and leave it alone. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
Indiana Dunes State Park will host two beach-glass jewelry workshops on Sunday, June 5, at the nature center. | For More...

— YOUTH
This year's 30th Annual Catch A Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016 and will take place at Kentucky's Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. | For More...

FEATURE
Bianchi Cup Changes Don't Change Champion
The National Rifle Association wanted to shake things up for their 2016 National Pistol Championship, better known as the Bianchi Cup.

So, they changed the format of the matches, eliminating the Aggregate competition and initiating a new Colt Championship Final.

Under this new format, the top finishers by class and division fired a separate, championship match on Saturday. Their preliminary scores would be combined in to an aggregate to decide the title. The other 180 or so shooters were done- and expected to stick around for the final festivities on Saturday night.

The for events of the Bianchi Cup haven't changed, but the format change in the 2016 competition may have upset some of the longtime competitors. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to stick around due to a personal situation, but since the match's concluded, I've gotten plenty of comments from competitors. Not all of them positive.

No change in a competition pleases everyone -ever. There are always the frustrations of personal performance expectations versus the actual results. And criticism of the long periods of inactivity between shooting the four matches that comprise the Bianchi Cup is something I heard long before I finally took the plunge and competed.

The primary complaints I got this year were over a perceived reduction in prizes, giveaways and overall sponsor presence in general.

So it looks as if the jury is still out on whether or not the changes were for the better with many of the longtime Bianchi competitors.

At least one longtime competitor can't be displeased.

Smith & Wesson professional shooter Doug Koenig made history on Saturday, becoming the only 17-time winner of the Cup.

Doug Koenig made history -again- taking his 17th Bianchi Cup title. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.
He fired his "normal" perfect score (1920-183X) and a combined Match X and Colt Championship Final score of 3840-361X — two points higher than second-place finisher Troy Mattheyer.

In other words, the new format only proved what everyone in shooting sports knows: when it comes to the Bianchi Cup, Koenig is the most dominant competitor since its beginning in 1979.

This year's format shakeup is only the second time the competition's varied from the overall score from the four stages -called "events": the Practical, Barricade, Moving Target and Falling Plates. In 1985 the Cup's Practical event was temporarily replaced by the 600-shot 600 point International Rapid Fire Event.

It was a bust with competitors and in 1986 the Practical event was returned.

The Bianchi Cup is one of the most difficult- and often maligned- events in pistol shooting. If you're a competitor in the faster sports of IPSC, USPSA or Steel Challenge, it's the match occasionally described as slow and boring. If you're a competitor in the older precision-pistol disciplines, it's the match that uses stopwatches rather than timers.

For those shooters who have become part of the Bianchi Cup competitor's "family" it's the match that combines speed and accuracy to put your shooting abilities to a test while providing you enough time to visit with friends from around the globe.

As you can imagine, messing around with those longstanding friendships and the competition that fostered them might not sit well with everyone.

But the NRA is making efforts to make shooting sports more appealing to the general public- and makes a little risk-taking worthwhile.

—Jim Shepherd
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Wichita Falls, Texas
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Grand Island, NE
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KELLEC Range, Random School Road, Rosenberg, Texas 77471
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Billings, Montana
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USA Shooting International Shotgun Range, Fort Carson, Colorado.
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