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— ARCHERY
Easton Technical Products introduces the HEXX™ FOC arrow. Using an ultra lightweight carbon, the HEXX F.O.C. shoots flatter for archers looking for ultimate speed from their bows. | For More...

— BENEFITS
Honor Defense recently donated a firearm for a raffle at the IV8888 event and the winner was Forge Relations. In the spirit of giving, Forge Relations asked Honor Defense to "pay it forward" and auction the firearm to support the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. | For More...

— BOATING
As part of Governor Larry Hogan's Customer Service Promise to provide government services in an accessible and convenient manner, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that Maryland boat owners can now renew their vessel registration online. | For More...

— CHARITABLE EVENTS
Captain Bill Miller again sponsors his "Fishing for Hope" food and fund raiser in cooperation with Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa | For More...

— CONSERVATION
The U.S. Forest Service's Southern Region has joined with the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) in efforts to restore wild bobwhite quail at the landscape level. | For More...

— EVENTS
The Pope and Young Club announces its bi-annual Bowhunters Rendezvous will be held June 8-10, 2018, at the MacKenzie Center in Poynette, Wis. | For More...

Media members interested in starting the new year right by attending the 2018 DSC Convention, January 4-7, can pre-register for credentials now. | For More...

U.S. & Texas LawShield is pleased to offer a Range Day to Austin-area fans and family. The event will be held at Shady Oaks Gun Range - Cedar Park, Texas on Saturday, December 16th. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2018, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. | For More...

— GEAR
High Threat Concealment announces the release of the newest modular rig, the Quick Response System – Salvo (QRS Salvo). | For More...

SureFire, LLC is proud to announce the brand new upgraded 6PX and G2X series of lights will now have a high output of 600 lumens. | For More...

— GRANTS
West Marine has announced the names of the 25 nonprofit organizations that will receive fall 2017 BlueFuture grants, unnrestricted $1,500 grants to community-based organizations dedicated to getting young people on and around the water in recreational and educational capacities. | For More...

— HUNTING
The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 319 and 341, which include portions of Silver Bow and Deer Lodge counties, closed one-half hour after sunset on Mon. Dec. 11, 2017. | For More...

The second portion of Maryland's muzzleloader deer hunting season is set to open Dec. 16. Hunters who possess a valid hunting license and a muzzleloader stamp from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources may use muzzleloading firearms to hunt white-tailed and sika deer during the season, which concludes Dec. 30. | For More...

Applications for multispecies Super Tag and Combo lottery permits will be accepted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission beginning January 2, 2018. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
NMMA's New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through October 2017, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 4.7 percent year-over-year (YOY) for the rolling twelve-month (R12M) period through October. | For More...

Stryde Concepts, developers of the sponsorship management systems, AnglerTrack.net and SportsmanTrack.net are excited to announce the upcoming release of Ambassador Link.
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Nikon announces its MONARCH HG has been awarded Field & Stream's Best of the Best Outdoor Gear 2017. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Witch Doctor Tackle (Witchdoctortackle.com), a leader in the design, production, and distribution of premium, performance bass fishing tackle and equipment is pleased to introduce their new Kahuna Custom S-Glass Casting Rod. | For More...

MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the addition of the MidwayUSA Men's Trail Pants and Men's Trail Shorts. Constructed from stretchable polyester, MidwayUSA Trail Pants and Trail Shorts are designed to move with you, not against you. | For More...

SB Tactical announced new stabilizing brace kits for Remington Tac-14 and Mossberg 590 Shockwave firearms. The SBM4 and SBL kits are now shipping. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
StayTightSling, the innovative device that keeps your rifle on your shoulder, has renewed their national sponsorship with Whitetails Unlimited, said WTU President Jeff Schinkten. "We appreciate the support from StayTightSling," said Schinkten. "One of the more irritating things we put up with in the woods is having your rifle slip off your shoulder when you are walking, and it always seems to happen at the worst time. This product is so simple, and at the same time it fixes the problem." | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Realtree Fishing announced today a partnership with bass professional Jacob Wheeler, bringing together the hottest new brand in fishing with one of the top professional fishermen on the tournament trail. | For More...

Richard Childress Racing announces plans to continue its partnership with Bass Pro Shops during the 2018 racing season. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's will serve as a primary sponsor for the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. | For More...

— PEOPLE
Wanda Kenton Smith of Freedom Boat Club has been selected as the recipient of the thirty-first annual Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award, announced the MRAA Educational Foundation yesterday. | For More...

— PROMOTIONS
Apex Tactical Specialties' has kicked off its annual 12 Days of Apexmas promotion, with a special discount announced each day only on ApexTactical.com, wraps up this Friday evening, December 15.
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— RADIO
Cirrus Outdoors announces a new partnership with professional hunter and television host Jim Shockey. | For More...

Bass tournaments, fish and wildlife news and overnight snowshoeing and cross country skiing are part of the fun. | For More...

— RECREATION
Cadillac PathwayThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources is expanding winter recreation opportunities at Leelanau State Park with the addition of a new, marked winter sports trail open to hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and fat tire bikers. | For More...

— STATES
Preliminary results from the 2017 firearm deer season, the Department of Natural Resources' current sustainable forestry campaign and an update from the Office of the Great Lakes all are on the agenda for the next regular meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday, Dec. 14. | For More...

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on open water fishing contests proposed for the 2018 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. | For More...

Nebraska's largest reservoirs are the state's best walleye habitats and consistently provide the best walleye fishing. | For More...

The Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, silky shark, spinner shark, and tiger shark | For More...

As part of these weekends, all fishing license fees are waived for two days with residents and out-of-state visitors allowed to enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish during their respective open seasons. Please note all other regulations still apply during that time. | For More...

Recent tests of trout in the Cimarron River show that the fish are now safe to eat because no traces of pollution were found from a 2016 fuel spill. | For More...

A Grays Harbor County judge has sentenced a commercial crab fisherman to 90 days of electronic home monitoring and fined him $5,000 for stealing crab pots offshore of Westport, concluding a case that began with an investigation last year by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). | For More...

Old Dogs & New Tricks


A whimper, one ever so slight and resembling the noise made by an injured dog, came from two of the three dog boxes in the back of my truck. Normally I'd take heed, but I already knew the deal: I was belling up my wife's 3-year-old male setter, Rebel, and the old gals in the other boxes were miffed.

FEATURE
Thoughtful Gifting Ideas
Most in the outdoors associate "shooter" with someone who enjoys recreational firearms. I'd include myself in that group, although I'd hesitate to add the word "competitive" despite the fact I do shoot in competitions. I participate . Good shooters compete .

But there's another shooter in the outdoors- the photographer. There are almost as many types of those shooters as there are gun enthusiasts. Landscape, wildlife, and underwater photographers are like sporting clay, three gun and long-distance shooters in one way: each of them uses specialized (and generally expensive) equipment.

Makes both challenging, especially at Christmas time. It's difficult to buy them something useful that's also thoughtful - especially if you're looking at something other than a "major" gift.

Today, three suggestions for the "shooter" on your list. One each for firearms and cameras and a "combo" suggestion that would work for either (or both).

Whether you're using a modern sporting rifle, .22 rimfire or handgun, Chamber View's blaze orange inserts let you know the guns are safe whether they're on the bench (above) or in the safe (below).

Competition shooting events are nearly fanatical about safety. After all, the tools of these competitions are capable of causing serious injuries-or worse- if not safely handled.

That's why it's important to be able to see - quickly- whether a firearm's "safe" or not. Chamber View products (www.chamber-view.com) makes a wide range of safe indicators, enabling you to "See Safety Fast". They feature blaze orange silicon devices that fit in the action of your firearm. With them inserted correctly, you can tell in an instant that a firearm is "safe".

Chamber View makes their inserts to fit almost any gun from shotguns to AR-10/15s, semi-auto pistols, .22 caliber rifles/pistols. There's also a universal handgun unit.

You can get them from a variety of online retailers including Amazon (they're most expensive there), Brownells, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, and Optics Planet and the prices vary from $8.59-$12.45 per unit.

If you're looking for a small gift that's still thoughtful -or affordable stocking stuffers for shooters on your list, they're worth a look.

The "other" shooters on your list differ from the firearms shooters in one key area- a tendency to carry more than one shooting device at a time. Rather than spend time changing lenses, advanced amateurs and pros are more likely to carry multiple cameras and change between them as the shooting situation dictates.

Having operated for years with a minimum of two and sometimes three cameras around my neck, I can tell you it's a pain in more ways than one. I've tried nearly every "system" out there, and have found them all useful in some, but not all, situations.

But for wildlife and bird photography, I've decided the one that best suits me is the Cotton Carrier dual camera system. Rather than try and describe it, I'll simply say that the photo really is worth 1,000 words in this instance.

This system distributes weight on the shoulders and hips, and off the neck. That's big when you're talking about moving around with heavy gear, because a long day shooting means a very tired neck if you're carrying all the weight there. It's also more comforting to know that your gear is secure when you're moving.

For the image "shooter" who likes to go afield, consider the Cotton Carrier 2-camera system. If you're looking at a wildlife shooter, go for the camo -but they're available in black as well.
Using a Cotton Carrier system while covering everything from hurricanes to hummingbirds, I've taken more than one spill. While my carrier unit definitely shows the wear and tear, it's never let my gear take the impact. No one enjoys taking a tumble, but it's a whole lot easier to dust off your pride than realize you've trashed a piece of gear.

The Cotton Carrier 2-camera system isn't cheap, but it's still under $100 and can bring your photographer neck relief and reassurance that the expensive gear's not going to go flying in the event of a misstep.

They're available in 1-or 2-camera configurations from online photo dealers like B&H or Adorama -you can learn more about them at www.cottoncarrier.com.

And finally, the little item that will be a hit with both types of shooters is one that I only discovered a few months ago, but have come to depend on for everything from basic illumination to "setups" for video and still photography.

It's the Litra Torch. Billed as "Studio Lighting in Your Pocket" it's an inch-and-a-half cube of LEDs and batteries that is switchable from 100 to 800 lumens of flicker free, wide-beam lighting.

The Litra Torch is small enough that you can put a unit in your jacket pocket and forget it's there- until you need light. And it will deliver up to 800 lumens for up to 4 hours before it needs a recharge.
It was designed to be the ultimate light companion for action cameras like the GoPro, but the little units are quickly becoming must-have tools for everyone from still photographers to videographers who occasionally need a little "boost" in their lighting.

And unlike most lighting, these little units aren't just tough , they're waterproof to 15 feet. Makes sense, because they were designed to be used with action cams on anything from motorcycles to surfboards.

In short, they're the most useful little lights I've ever seen. To the point that I've started carrying three of them in my video kit -and I never carry a camera without one of them tossed in the bag "just in case."

Last week during a trip to Smith & Wesson, I tossed the (included) diffuser on a Litra and used it to give me a little emphasis lighting on a shooting stage. It's the same setup I used when the lights went out at home the other day. Sitting the Litra on a tabletop with the diffuser at the lowest setting (100 lumens), I had plenty of illumination to move around the house - and a runtime that outlasted the power failure.

Check them out at www.litra.com and you may find they're something you want to add to your "kit" -whether it's for photography, camping or your bugout bag. If you do, don't hesitate to get them now- because there's special holiday pricing in place right now at B&H Photo (www.bhphoto.com) and Hunt's Photo (www.huntsphotoandvideo.com) where you can get a Litra for $59.95 - that's $20 less than the price I paid just a few weeks ago.

No one ever said you shouldn't get a great deal on a great gift, right?

--Jim Shepherd
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 11-14
New Jersey Contention & Exposition Center, Raritan Center Expo Hall, Edison, New Jersey
Jan 15
Jan 23-26
Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Jan 26-28
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
Jan 28-Feb 2
Isaac Davis Memorial Range, Wacissa, Florida
Jan 31-Feb 3
Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 3-11
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Feb 8-11
Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 19
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Clark County Shooting Range, Las Vegas, Nevada
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