— BIRDING —
Participants from more than 100 countries submitted a record 147, 265 bird checklists for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count and broke the previous count record for the number of species identified. The 5,090 species reported represents nearly half the possible bird species in the world. | For More...
— COMPETITIVE SHOOTING —
In Acapulco, Mexico for the start of the 2015 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup series, Corey Cogdell-Unrein and Kayle Browning supplied the opening-day highlights Monday with a gold medal, a fourth-place finish and the most important reward of all, an Olympic quota in Women's Trap. | For More...
Scott Folk of Team Apex
took 1st Expert in the Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) division this past weekend at the 2015 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals. | For More...
's Randi Rogers won her seventh consecutive Indoor National Ladies Championship title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship held February 25-28 in Springfield, Massachusetts. | For More...
— EVENTS —
Indiana's Spring Mill State Park is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Gemini 3 space flight, March 21-23, with educational programs. | For More...
With spring just around the corner, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced they will again host a series of Family Fish Fest events across the state. | For More...
— FISHERIES —
The Indiana DNR and organizations with a DNR permit stocked 31.9 million fish in 70 counties in 2014. In a typical year, stocking numbers are between 22 million and 24 million fish. | For More...
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met Tuesday via webinar to review recommendations made by its scientific advisors regarding the red snapper quotas for 2015 and beyond. | For More...
— FISHING TOURNAMENTS —
The 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League season will continue with six tournaments on Saturday, March 14.. The Arkie Division will take on Greers Ferry Lake, the LBL Division opens their season on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes, the Music City Division heads to Dale Hollow Lake, the Okie Division begins their season on Grand Lake, the Savannah River Division competes on Lake Russell, and the Volunteer Division starts their season on Lake Cherokee. | For More...
The 2015 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship event is set for another action packed week in Florence, Alabama during the week of May 17-22. Registration for the championship event is now open. | For More...
— GRANTS —
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently awarded $30,000 to local governments for conservation-friendly development projects — $10,000 each to three local governments that met or exceeded goals to incorporate wildlife habitat conservation in land-use planning. | For More...
— HUNTING —
In addition to the statewide youth turkey hunting days April 18 and 19, 2015 on both public and private lands, the Division of Wildlife will be holding a drawing on Saturday, April 4, 2015 for controlled youth turkey hunting opportunities at Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area as well as Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center (CRJMTC). | For More...
— INDUSTRY —
Patriot Cases is pleased to announce they are the official gun case sponsor for Jerry Miculek, Lena Miculek and Kay Miculek of Team Miculek Competition Shooting. | For More...
Big Rock Sports, LLC and Orchid Advisors, the only management consultancy dedicated to the firearms industry, announced yesterday a partnership to bring best-in-class compliance services, technology and training to Big Rock's customers. | For More...
MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of "Russell's Yukon Moose" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...
TROY will be showcasing their weapons, small arms components and accessories at Enforce-Tac, a specialty exhibition developed exclusively for the needs of police and military agencies at Booth #10.1-400 on March 4th & 5th at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg in Germany. | For More...
— JOBS JOBS JOBS —
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is currently conducting a recruitment effort to hire up to 36 conservation police officers to be assigned to various duty stations across the Commonwealth. | For More...
— NEW PRODUCTS —
Meprolight has announced the addition of high visibility night sights designed specifically for the popular Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. | For More...
The new Hi-Point Carbine from MKS Supply is the same size as its larger-bore brothers in 9mm, .40S&W, and .45 ACP and it's hard shooting, accurate and almost recoil-free. | For More...
Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Fishing Rods use cutting-edge technology to produce lightweight rods that are super strong and sensitive. Plus, these rods are available at a cost that will leave anglers with enough cash to stock up on all the different lengths and actions they need. | For More...
Peeps is the new all-in-one cleaner for eyeglasses and sunglasses, created by LensPen, featuring the same carbon-cleaning technology LensPen products have used to clean fine optics for more than two decades. | For More...
G2 Research announces a devastating new .223 round for hunting and tactical use. The new G2 Research .223 Ripout "Trident" Round produces a masNsive wound channel that helps hunters achieve accurate, sure, swift and quick kills. | For More...
— ONLINE —
The winter weather around the country has been tough. Watch
as the GrowingDeer.tv team shows food plot combinations that work to feed whitetails during harsh conditions. | For More...
— ORGANIZATIONS —
The NRA's newest digital channel, NRAFreestyle.TV, announces the launch of its latest video series, I Am Forever, sponsored by FN America and FNH USA brand products. | For More...
The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) recently announced the receipt of a $2,500 donation from Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. | For More...
A committee of DSC volunteers selected DSC Executive Director Ben Carter as the 2015 recipient of the organization's Outstanding Hunting Achievement Award. | For More...
— PARTNERSHIPS —
The Conservation Fund and its partners unveiled a host of sites across the Eastern seaboard that they hiked, paddled, and explored with the Street View Trekker, a mapping tool from Google that allows anyone with a screen and internet access to journey beyond the road for a tour of iconic American sites. | For More...
— RADIO —
This week Jeremy Greene, the NRA's Director of General Operating Marketing and Media Relations Division joins Gateway Outdoors to provide highlights of this year's Great American Outdoor Show. | For More...
— RECREATION —
Camping options for the Memorial Day weekend in an Iowa state park are quickly shrinking. | For More...
— REGULATION —
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission yesterday unanimously approved new rules that outline requirements for operators with facilities located within floodplains. | For More...
— SHOOTING RANGES —
Construction has begun on a new, family-friendly shooting complex at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area near Gering, Nebraska. | For More...
— TELEVISION —
This week on Impossible Shots, Byron Ferguson tries the hardest shot in all of archery, the Robin Hood. On Shooting USA, it's 3-Gun competition from Las Vegas. Then, it's the story of the Martini Henry rifle | For More...
Watch a special episode of Avian-X TV featuring Guy Fieri and Blake Shelton spending time clucking, gobbling and cooking up turkey on Shelton's ranch on March 7 at 7 p.m. ET. | For More...
Tonight, on "American Rifleman Television," the crew remains in Herstal, Belgium, to cover the guns made today by Fabrique Nationale, in particular the arms made for military forces around the world. | For More...
Two brothers. One dream. This week on Deer & Wildlife Stories, Keith takes a trip to Louisiana to visit the Bollingers and their monster whitetail ranch. | For More...
— TRANSPORTATION —
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., was awarded the 2015 FinOvation Award from Farm Industry News magazine for its Viking VI Side-by-Side (SxS) utility vehicle. | For More...
— WILDLIFE —
Extreme cold conditions on Michigan's waters are causing some trouble for Michigan's waterfowl. The exceptionally cold winter weather of the past few weeks has caused the rivers and waters of the Great Lakes to freeze further into the center. | For More...
— WORKSHOPS —
Join UW-Extension Natural Resource Educator, John Haack, to learn how to enhance your woodlands to attract a variety of wildlife. This session will cover the four necessities to attracting wildlife to your land. | For More...
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service will host a pond management workshop in Chickasaw County on March 12. | For More...
— YOUTH —
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) will host a "Fish Predator" program for youth on Saturday, March 14. | For More...
BoatUS: Lightning Facts
Editor's Note: Today's cautionary feature comes to use courtesy of BoatUS.
Analysis of Decade of Lightning Strike Insurance Claims and What It Means
The jagged line in this sailboat's hull paint is a "lightning track" that shows how the electrical charge passed from the bobstay to the jackstand to reach the ground. BoatUS photo with permission
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The odds of getting struck by lightning are about one in a million. But if you own a boat, the odds of it being struck by lightning are significantly higher – about one in a thousand. However, not all boats are created equal when it comes to lightning. A just-released analysis of 10 years of insurance claims by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) shows that certain boats are significantly more at risk than others. But which ones? And, what can you do if you're caught on open water? BoatUS has some answers:
Let's first state the obvious:
While even PWC's can be hit, it's a no brainer why monohull sailboats with their tall masts pointing to the sky have significantly more lightning claims than powerboats – 3.8 chances per 1,000 versus a 0.1 chance in 1,000 for bass boats-runabouts-pontoons. The national average for the probability of a boat lightning strike claim for all types of boats and sizes is 0.9 chance per 1,000.
It's also not a stretch to understand why larger boats of all types – which present a larger target to the skies – are struck more often than smaller ones. A boat 40-65 feet in length has 6 chances per 1,000 while boats 16-25 feet have just a 0.2 chance per 1,000. Increasing the height of a sailboat mast from 35 to 45 feet nearly triples the odds of being hit.
Location matters, too:
Where boating populations are dense and lightning is common, strike insurance claims are high. Six of the top 10 states in terms of frequency of lightning claims – Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina – all lay within the thunderstorm hotspot in the Southeast and midsection of the country. Heading west, the frequency of lightning claims falls to about 1 chance in 10,000 along the Pacific Coast, or about 1/10ththe national average.
The effect of two hulls:
A multihull sailboat is almost twice as likely to have a lightning claim as a monohull. But this is true only for sailing craft – the frequency of pontoon boat lightning claims is well below average. Why sailing cats get hit more is unclear, although theories include lack of a keel, more wetted surface, larger footprint, the dockage of cats at the outside edges of a marina, and higher average mast height.
What can you do to lessen the chance of a strike on open water?
According to the University of Florida's "Boating Lightning Protection" by William Becker, it's better to run for protection than remain in the open, so long as you can make it all the way back to shore and take shelter in your car or an enclosed building and are not caught at the shoreline.
If that's not possible, pull in the fishing lines or wakeboarders early as strikes can occur a mile in front of thunderstorm cloud. Listen to the weather reports and learn to read weather conditions. Lower antennas. In an open boat, stay low, keep arms and legs inside. If there's an enclosed cabin go below to the center. If your boat has a lightning protection system, avoid touching anything connected to it such as a mast. Turn off any electronics and don't touch them. That includes avoiding the VHF if possible. If you can, remove it and store down below.
To view the full analysis online, "Striking Lightning Facts", in the January 2015 issue of BoatUS Seaworthy Magazine, go to BoatUS.com/lightningfacts.
About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):
BoatUS is the nation¹s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners' voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn't end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won't, day or night. The BoatUS insurance program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit www.BoatUS.com
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