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— EDITOR'S NOTE
Final Edition of Wires for This Week
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, today's edition is the final edition for this week. We will resume our normal distribution schedule on Monday, December 1, 2014. We wish each of you a happy holiday.

— ENVIRONMENT
In December, volunteers are needed to assist in habitat restoration by removing invasive species that threaten native environments at several Michigan state parks. | For More...

— EVENTS
Chris Cheng, History Channel's Top Shot Season 4 Champion and NRA NEWS Commentator, is seeking items to shoot out of a X Products Can Cannon, as he reported in his latest The Firearm Blog post: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/11/23/send-tfb-stuff-shoot-x-products-can-cannon/ | For More...

With just a few days until the curtain rises on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's 30th annual national convention, all of its scheduled events are either sold out or nearing capacity. | For More...

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce that Early Bird tickets for the Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention are available at www.houstonsafariclub.org/convention/banquet-auction/. These early bird prices will end on December 1. | For More...

— GIFT GIVING
This holiday season, the FWC hopes people will consider gifts that will make a difference in conservation of Florida's wildlife. Find gifts for people who love the outdoors at MyFWC.com by clicking on "Get Involved" and then "Support FWC." | For More...

Consider a fishing gift your favorite angler can love for months to come. A subscription to Mystery Tackle Box means that each month your angler will receive a box containing at least $20 in lures and tackle valued at $20. The contents vary each month, offering a great way to try different products and build a better tackle box. | For More...

— HUNTING
Vermont's hunters will get one final chance for a deer this year during the muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season. The two seasons run at the same time -- December 6-14. | For More...

Blackpowder shooters across the nation are now redefining accuracy and performance with Trophy Copper Muzzleloader Bullets with B.O.R. Lock MZ System from Federal Premium, a bullet that delivers 200-yard accuracy in a non-sabot bullet design that is easy to load, scrubs fouling from the breech and ensures consistent seating. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Mercury Marine has joined the National Marine Manufacturers Association and others voicing disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement Friday to delay until 2015 the final rule that will tell fuel refiners how much ethanol must be blended into the nation's fuel supply. | For More...

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc announces the hire of Breeanna Leiderman in the newly-created role of International Sales Manager and the expansion of sales responsibilities for the company's Vice President of Sales, John MacLellan | For More...

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. are partnering to pursue the U.S. Army's Modular Handgun System (MHS) solicitation to replace the M9 standard Army sidearm. | For More...

Beretta USA announces the release of "Human Technology," an artistic short film detailing the production of the company's premium guns-from the raw-material stage to the finished product. Available on Beretta's website [http://www.beretta.com/en-us/human-technology/], the short film comes from the renowned Ancarani art-movie studio and features a specially-composed soundtrack by Bartolomeo Sailer. | For More...

TSD, LLC. announces their exclusive offering of Battle Rifle Company's BR4 Attaché and BR4 Trooper. The feature packed Battle Rifles have evolved from over 20 years of experience to bring it all into one precision package for use under any condition. | For More...

MidwayUSA announces the release of "The Driven Partridge Shoot" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...

— INSTRUCTION
Panteao Productions is happy to announce the availability of the AR15 Rifle & Carbine DVD at the NRA Store. This ninety minute DVD produced exclusively for the NRA was done with the intent of presenting the AR15 rifle and carbine platform in a clear and straight forward manner. | For More...

— MEDIA
On this week's broadcast we'll be waterfowl hunting. For decades, waterfowlers have proven to be some of the most resourceful of all sportsmen and women with their combined approach of calling, decoying, and plain old woodsmanship. | For More...

— NATURAL RESOURCES
According to a new United States Geological Survey (USGS) report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010, which represents a 13 percent reduction of water use from 2005 when about 410 Bgal/d were withdrawn and the lowest level since before 1970. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
In addition to lures, Rapala® also makes industry-leading accessories to complement any excursion on the ice. New for next winter are two new slush scoops, a Charge-N-Glow Rod Mount and a Titanium Spring Bobber. | For More...

— ONLINE
SIG SAUER, Inc., has launched a redesigned, feature-laden new web store, just in time for SIG SAUER® fans to get their holiday shopping started. To celebrate the launch, SIG SAUER is offering free shipping on all orders placed between November 25 and December 2, 2014. | For More...

— OPTICS
LaserLyte® is proud to announce that the Center Mass laser has been assigned a US patent. The Center Mass laser system offers users a choice between two laser patterns: single dot or the popular Center Mass pattern. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
During this Thanksgiving holiday season, the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) is giving thanks for the many blessings that MDF, mule deer and our great western landscapes have enjoyed this year. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Wiley X, Inc. announces a partnership with Remington Outdoor Company for the manufacture of a full line of Remington-branded eyewear and hearing protection for shooting, hunting sports and outdoor activities as well as a separate series of "Lifestyle Sunglasses". | For More...

— PARTNERSHPIS
Scott Leysath, host of The Sporting Chef TV series airing on Sportsman Channel, and Weston Products are partnering for the 2015 TV show season to promote Weston's lineup of meat & game processing products on Leysath's cooking show. | For More...

— PHOTOGRAPHY
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's BirdSpotter photo contest is underway! Sponsored by Vanguard, the contest offers weekly prizes for the photos that receive the most votes on the contest website. | For More...

— RETAIL
Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter, will be adding Arctic Ice to it vast offerings online and in retail stores throughout the country beginning in 2015. Cabela's currently has 56 U.S. retail locations with 16 additional locations announced, according to the website. | For More...

Starting today, Wednesday, November 26, and running through Cyber Monday, December 1, Apex Tactical Specialties is offering free shipping on all orders from their online store at www.ApexTactical.com. In addition, any order over $100 will receive a free Apex embroidered patch. | For More...

Brownells caps its "Back In Black Rifle Event" with Black Rifle Friday sales featuring even more incredible bargains on AR-15 parts and accessories, plus discounts on Glock® magazines, 1911 barrels, ammunition, reloading equipment, trail cameras and action cameras. Popular Emergency and Survival Gear products will also be marked down.The sale starts at 12:01 AM on Black Friday, November 28. | For More...

Comp-Tac Victory Gear, is offering 20% off all products starting Wednesday, November 26 , through Monday, December 1, 2014. Customers can enter the code: THANKS-2020 during check out to receive the discount on all products including the brand new Kydex color: Blue. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITION
Competitors in the National Wild Turkey Federation's Still Target Competition have set world records with Winchester® Long Beard XR turkey ammunition. Not just once, but three times, and in Long Beard XR's first year of competition. | For More...

— STATES
The Department of Natural Resources recently finished stocking 36,228 muskellunge fingerlings into 21 water bodies located throughout the state in an effort to enhance Michigan's fisheries. | For More...

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds landowners, watershed groups, and others that this winter's deadline to apply for Future Fisheries Improvement Program grants is December 1. | For More...

A 51-year-old man from Waterford, Michigan, has confessed to and been charged with killing an elk on the opening day of firearm deer season. | For More...

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) are encouraging hunters 15 years of age or younger to enter the 2014 Youth Hunter of the Year competition. | For More...

Ohio's young hunters checked 6,453 white-tailed deer during the two-day youth gun season, November 22-23, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Returning to familiar grounds, Doug Koenig travels to Barry, Illinois to compete in the Masters International Championship. The difficult course of fire encompasses three stages, Precision, Action and Long-Range. Don't miss this episode to see if Doug can successfully repeat his dominating performances there. | For More...

It's the championship of NRA Action Pistol, better known by the name of the trophy, the Bianchi Cup. It's the richest and most prestigious match in the handgun shooting sports. And we'll take time to remember our late friend Tom Knapp, who died far too early at the age of 62. Watch Tom set his world record and hear from Tom's friends and others he influenced in his shooting career. | For More...

FEATURE
Thanksgiving, Already?
Thanksgiving's....tomorrow...already?

Wasn't Independence Day last month?

It you're young, you'll find that a well-worn piece of humor you've heard from grandparents, parents and now; me. If you have lots of Thanksgivings under your belt, you understand.

My days aren't getting shorter just because it's almost winter. They're getting shorter because I put a higher value on them than I once did. For me, time is flying by.

As we're coming up on the end of 2014, I realize the holiday season -officially marked by Thanksgiving, not Halloween (an illegitimate holiday) is not the time for slowing down and reflecting many of us remember from childhood.

Today, some of us are still hustling to do end-of-year bookkeeping, trade show planning, and cost-containment - just in case the slow revenue numbers of the past two quarters don't show some sign of life come January.

For many businesses, a new year means starting from zero on the revenue meter. It's a never-ending battle to keep a spot in ad budgets that gets more intense during slow times.

Some companies have already committed their bucks for '15. The others are trying to juggle budgets, project next year's revenues, get ready for SHOT Show, and the half-dozen or so other shows they'll be attending - almost before the Tournament of Roses parade ends on New Year's Day -and celebrate the holidays.

But Thanksgiving is different for at our house because if you're not cooking, you're kicking back and enjoying a real day of down time.

Thanksgiving's the official "last day before we can start Christmas decorating" and the eve of "Black Friday" for the girls. They cook, then plop down and plow through the huge Thanksgiving day paper, looking for "deals" and planning their mid-morning assault on the retail industry.

We learned years ago that without all-night vigils, those awesome early bird specials aren't happening. For some, Black Friday is all-out war, even with the internet and pre-Black Friday sales. We choose to be non-combatants.

So we sleep in, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and then our shoppers head out while the rest of us -weather permitting- go do something outdoors.

This year it's looking like we have several options- a mild cold front predicted for tonight might make for a last good bite on the lake or a pleasant day on the links. Either way, it's a winner. Weekdays in the outdoors with a clear conscience are few and far between-even if your business is the outdoor industry.

I don't know what you're looking forward to - or dreading for the holidays- because I've had enough of them to know that not all of us are in the same place.

If you're looking forward to Thanksgiving because of time with family and the chance to to take a break, I hope you savor every second.

If you're not looking forward to a holiday because of a challenging personal situation, I've been there. Often enough to know there's not a lot I can do or say that will offer the kind of help you really want.

But those experiences have taught me that bleak situations can turn, sometimes miraculously.

If you're in need of a miracle, know that I'm praying that you get one. It might not seem like a big deal, but prayer can change things.

If that offends you, I offer no apology. My faith is what has kept me going in times I hope never to repeat and would never wish for anyone else.

As we take the next couple of days off to spend time with our families, we'll be checking messages, reading email and getting ready for next week.

That's because our next editions on Monday, December 1 mean there we're only three weeks from our final edition of 2014 (Friday, December 19).

And we have plenty of big things to tell you between now and then.

But they'll keep for a couple of days. After all, tomorrow's Thanksgiving.

I hope yours is a great one.

--Jim Shepherd
Nov 29-30
Hernando Sportsmen's Club, 16121 Commercial Way (Highway 19), Brooksville, FL
Dec 4-7
The Mirage Hotel & Expo Center, Las Vegas, NV
Dec 4-7
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
Dec 20
Universal Shooting Academy - Frostproof, FL
Jan 14
Elm Fork Shooting Sports, 10751 Luna Road, Dallas, TX 75220
Jan 20-23
Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 19-22
Lake Hartwell and Greenville, SC
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