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— AIR GUNS
Over 250 matches have taken place in the Crosman National Series, all sanctioned by the American Airgun Field Target Association including 12 major regional "AAFTA Grand Prix" events. Randy Ebersole leads the series going into the final weekend. | For More...

— ARCHERY
The Multi Weapon Pack (MWP) by In Sights Hunting is made to meet all your hunting storage and packing needs. Designed with many hunting pursuits in mind, the MWP has a multitude of applications from the urban archery hunter to long Yukon hunting treks with a rifle and everything in between.
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— CONSERVATION
In an effort to conserve oyster resources in Florida's St. Andrews Bay and allocate the resource throughout the season, the commercial bag limit will be lowered to five bags per person or a total of 10 bags of oyster per vessel starting Oct. 1 in all of Bay County. | For More...

Yesterday the U.S. Forest Service, The Conservation Fund and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announced the protection of 20 acres near Cherokee National Forest's Shook Branch Swim Area at Watauga Lake. | For More...

For 25 years, private landowners in coastal Texas have been working with Ducks Unlimited and partners to restore wetlands and provide critical habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. More than 80,000 acres have been enrolled in the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (TPWP) since its inception in 1991. | For More...

— ENVIRONMENT
The project is one of the first living shoreline projects in the country to incorporate sea level rise projections into its design from the outset, in an attempt to mitigate some of the damaging effects of climate change in a cost-effective and natural way. | For More...

— EVENTS
Visit Historic Mansfield Roller Mill from Oct. 14-23 to experience the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in a new, old-fashioned way. | For More...

Indiana's Lieber State Recreation Area will host its annual Gobble-uns Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 15. | For More...

Gather some friends and join the Calvert Marine Museum for the Aww… Shucks Oyster Social, the annual fundraiser for the Dee of St. Mary's, on Saturday, October 29. | For More...

The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference is returning to its new permanent home in Tampa, Florida, October 4-6, where conferees will have the opportunity to literally test-drive technology.
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TV host Scott Linden's November 11-12 "Fur Feathers Friends" military salute is a virtual sellout, all but one hunt filled by fans of his Wingshooting USA TV series who will hunt alongside retired and active duty military guests sharing their time, birds and the skills of their hunting dogs. | For More...

Army veteran-owned and -operated High Threat Concealment will be attending the 2016 annual meeting and show of the Association of the United States Army. The meeting will be held 3-5 October at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Doug VanderWoude will be joining the growing list of experts speaking at the association's fall Lead Management and OSHA Compliance Workshop, taking place October 16-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. | For More...

— FISHERIES
Maryland's 2016-2017 public oyster harvest season kicks off Oct. 1 and runs through March 31. The opening month is reserved for divers and watermen using shaft and patent tongs. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, together with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and dedicated volunteers took on a unique project this past August to protect juvenile lake sturgeon from sea lamprey treatments conducted on the Big Manistee River. | For More...

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted the Western Atlantic bluefin tuna's spawning habitat, including the shelf and slope waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico, a new study confirms. | For More...

— FORESTRY
Forest regeneration is the practice of establishing young trees after the previous stand has been removed. It is part of a process that begins with planning and coordinating timber harvests, and is just another part of a Michigan DNR forester's day-to-day job – they're planning the makeup of the new forest long before a single tree is cut. | For More...

— GEAR
Worn as a standalone item in cooler temperatures or paired up with a base layer when the cold sets in, Field & Stream's premium collection uses high-end fabric and advanced technologies to keep outdoorsmen protected even in the most adverse conditions. | For More...

— GRANTS
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Fish Iowa! angler education program is providing grants to local 501(c)(3) organizations to support local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through programs, classes and fishing activities. | For More...

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $269,057 in grant funding for 24 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage across Washington. | For More...

— HUNTING
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources yesterday released its 2016 Michigan Deer Hunting Prospects report. The full text of the report follows. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Gander Mountain is celebrating the opening of its new store in Lansing with a three-day grand opening celebration starting on October 7, featuring celebrity appearances, giveaways and family activities for the community. | For More...

Minnesota native, Steve Pennaz, a Plano pro, will receive the honor of being inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 2017. | For More...

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global outdoor recreation equipment company, announce that W. Lee McCollum is retiring from the Board of Directors effective November 1, 2016. | For More...

— LEGISLATION
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Keep Florida Fishing® congratulate the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) this week by an overwhelming 399-25 vote. | For More...

— MEDIA
On this episode of First Person Defender, a concealed carry course instructor is put to the test when a confrontation between neighbors escalates to violence. He'll have to keep a cool head to keep himself, and others, safe. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Utica's new Team Realtree rugged stainless framelock features 2.7" high carbon stainless steel black oxide coated blade, hand honed to a razors edge. | For More...

Sightmark's Solitude LRF Binoculars are built rugged enough for fist-full-of-dirt adventures with features like hermetically sealed IP67 waterproof, fogproof and dustproof protection and a rubber armored body. | For More...

The newest of the ever-popular Abu Garcia® Revo® low profile baitcast reels are now being shipped to retailers across the nation. | For More...

— NEWS
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is proud to announce the addition of the Ruger American Pistol Compact model. This new model is chambered in 9mm Luger and is available in both Manual Safety and Pro model configurations. See the feature in the Shooting Wire. | For More...

— NEWSSTAND, RADIO & TV
It's man vs. machine, next week on GunVenture! Join VATA Group trainers Greg Lapin and Destin Mounts as they travel to Tennessee for some high-tech training using interactive and mobile Marathon Targets' robotic targets. | For More...

Next week on Guns & Gear, it's the modern Colt Lightweight Commander pistol- with more features and less recoil. Plus, the ambidextrous Ruger American Pistol, with interchangeable grips; the Mossberg Flex System with combo packages for your Mossberg 500; some range time with SureFire suppressors, and tips from the pros. | For More...

It's survival tools and techniques, an amazing gun cleaner, giveaways, promos and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet October 17-20, 2016, at the IP Casino Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. | For More...

After 23 years at Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), Margaret Bonds Podlich has announced that she is stepping down as President effective September 30. | For More...

After some much needed major repairs and upgrades, The Pope and Young Club/St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting, has reopened. | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation praised the bipartisan introduction of the Export Control Reform Act of 2016 in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 6176, as well as the companion Senate bill, S. 3405, and called on Congress to pass this sensible pro-business and trade-enhancing legislation. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
The Savage Arms AXIS II package rifle line has increased. Savage has added to the series with new stainless barrel and hardwood stock options. Caliber options include the popular 6.5 Creedmoor. | For More...

Federal Premium offers its Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded Tip offering in 223 Rem, which has proven itself as one of the most effective cartridges available in this caliber. The .223 Rem Trophy Bonded Tip bullet retains more than 90 percent of its weight, penetrates deep, and shoots flat and accurately. | For More...

— PROMOTIONS
Gander Mountain kicks off the season with safety seminars and a new 'Camo Friday' program. Each Friday from September 30 through October 28, customers who show their 'camo pride' by wearing camouflage into any Gander Mountain will receive 10% off all camo products, including firearms. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Kristen Giger Project Biologist for the National Wild Turkey Federation in PA outlines a special fall hunt, and is inviting Military Veterans to participate. | For More...

Join host Rob Keck and his guest Dr. Grant Woods for an in-depth conversation about whitetail deer, hunting and wildlife management on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio. | For More...

This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Range of Richfield president Jim Babiasz, charter captain Dan Welsch, Wisconsin DNR hunter education administrator Jon King and McFarland fishing guide Ron Barefield. | For More...

— RECOGNITION
As a "thank you" for serving our communities, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians can present a valid badge or ID to receive a 10 percent discount on regular priced merchandise at all Bass Pro Shops locations from October 1st through Oct. 31st. | For More...

— RECREATION
With fall weather in full swing, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites visitors to enjoy the great outdoors during upcoming events at state parks in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
NOMAD Performance Hunting Apparel is pleased to announce the sponsorship of Sheep Shape show for the 2016-17 season on the Sportsman Channel. | For More...

Creedmoor Sports, Inc. is honored to announce that it is the signature sponsor of the upcoming Creedmoor Cup Matches, being held October 12 to 16, 2016, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, Arizona. | For More...

— STATE PARKS
Indiana's O'Bannon Woods State Park is celebrating 100 years of Indiana state parks by dedicating a renovated group camp on Oct. 7. | For More...

— STATES
These six tips will get you started on making sure your boat survives the winter and is ready to go next spring. | For More...

The seasonal catch-and-release fishery at Arizona's Silver Creek opens this Saturday, October 1. | For More...

— TELEVISION
SWAROVSKI OPTIK Quests, continue hunting in Spain, seeking Muflon ram, this week on Outdoor Channel | For More...

Terry Denmon, Mike Morgan and the Mojo Crew pack up and head north to one of their favorite destinations: Ranchland Outfitters in Alberta Canada. With Greenheads, Geese and Coyotes the guys look forward to the yearly trip and can't wait to get settled into blinds with their go-to guy for Canadian hunting, | For More...

— WASHINGTON
In a bipartisan letter submitted to Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eileen Sobeck on Thursday, members of the House of Representatives stressed the importance of scheduling a benchmark assessment for summer flounder in 2017. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
In Michigan, wood ducks were common prior to European settlement. They rapidly decreased in number during the late 1800s due to unregulated hunting, market hunting, deforestation and loss of wetland habitat. | For More...

To continue the cutting-edge science being conducted on Florida's black bears, FWC researchers recently placed radio-collars on 16 adult female bears to track their movements in and around Tates Hell State Forest in northwest Florida. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Disease Lab and the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health today announced they have confirmed that a deer in Berrien County has died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). | For More...

FEATURE
New Pistol From Ruger
In today's news section you'll be able to read all about the newest pistol addition to Ruger's growing product line. It's their Ruger American Pistol Compact. It's the downsized version of the Ruger American pistol which was introduced last December.

The original was designed with input from law enforcement and military trainers and incorporated several new (for Ruger) features, from a recoil-reducing barrel cam to spread recoil over time, a low-mass slide, low center of gravity and bore axis, it was a solid-shooting pistol that may have gotten slightly lost in the end-of-year crush.

(Top) The Ruger American Compact announced last evening ships in a carrying case along with three grip modules and two nickel -Teflon coated magazines. Below, you can see the size difference between the 12 and 17-round magazines. The extension spacer helps you get a very solid grip on the Compact pistol. OWDN photos

I've been shooting the new Compact version for the past few days, and my first impressions are very positive. It's smaller than the full-size, but decidedly more "beefy" than the S&W, Glock, and other compacts to which it will undoubtedly be compared. Normally, I'm carrying a S&W Shield and that's a significantly smaller gun. The Ruger, however, gives the ability to carry significantly more rounds in the pistol- especially if you elected to carry the 17-round mag in the gun. I would - simply because the compact magazine could be concealed more easily, not because I'm anticipating a "problem" that necessitates a 17-round solution. But small-motor skills go out the window in an adrenaline-dump situation, so not needing a mag change would be a good thing.

Before going much further, let me re-state the obvious: I'm an average shooter. As much as I enjoy hunting, plinking and even competition, I'm not a technical expert. We're blessed to have a pair of subject-matter experts in Rich Grassi and Tiger McKee. They're serious authorities on guns- and the first places I go for advice. So… we've prepared a double-barrel bit of work this morning.

You can read Rich Grassi's in-depth review of the Ruger American Compact in this morning's Shooting Wire (www.shootingwire.com if you're not already a subscriber).

I've run just under 125 rounds through the American Compact this week, and it has fed and functioned flawlessly with only one failure to eject that I attributed to my lack of lubrication. The gun cleared quickly and there were no subsequent issues.

As you'd expect from a Compact, it handles quickly, and the lower bore axis really does help you recover quickly for follow-up shots. The Novak LoMount 3-dot sights are clear and the 1.45" thin frame allows for a firm grip whether you're shooting weak, strong or 2-handed.

The adjustable grip sizing and "purpose-oriented" grip frame texturizing also help get your hands positioned correctly, but I'd prefer a bit more texturizing. My shots tend to cluster between 6-9 o'clock -the result of permanent lost of strength in my left (weak) hand, not a gun problem. It's another reason I prefer aggressive textures. At the same time, I'd have to say the "purpose-oriented" grip frame texturizing helped minimize that physical challenge.

Best results at 15 yards. The gun will definitely perform better than my abilities.
As is Ruger's practice, the new American Compacts are rolling out to dealers, and the MSRP is $579, the same as the other pistols in the American line.

Ruger's been enjoying several very successful business years, but they've been smart and used that success as fuel for research and development as well as building cash reserves and making capital improvements. They've readily admitted that many of their new projects have actually been on the boards for some time, but demands for existing product kept them from rolling out new products.

Even with two new pistols in two weeks, I'm betting they're not done yet.

As always, we'll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd
Oct 7-16
Ben Avey Shooting Facilities, Phoenix, AZ
Dec 6-11
CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, Talladega, Alabama
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