— EDITOR'S NOTE —
July 4th Holiday
In observation of the Independence Day holiday we will not be publishing any services on July 3 or July 4. We will resume our normal distribution schedules on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
— BOATING —
The nation's largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS
), says July Fourth is shaping up to be the busiest time of the year on the water for the nation's recreational boaters, with boating traffic potentially surpassing last year's levels. | For More...
The results of an eight-year pilot program are in, and Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature have acted. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS
) congratulates the governor and legislators on Friday's passage of HB 7043
that promotes environmentally sound public access and helps address the issue of improperly stored, abandoned or derelict vessels. | For More...
— COMPETITIONS —
Safariland, the Title Sponsor at the inaugural Safariland Expedition Multi-Gun Match, congratulates the winners, and all the competitors who took part in this event in Boulder City, Nevada. Even with the unusual heatwave, 192 shooters joined together for the exciting, new expedition-style match format. | For More...
— CONTESTS —
If you've got a Minnesota sporting canine that is a true companion in your outdoor pursuits, Outdoor News Inc. and Kinetic Performance Dog Food invite you to submit a photo of your dog to enter the 2017 Huntin' Buddy Photo Contest. | For More...
— EVENTS —
SHOT SHOW Industry Day at the Range would like to invite conservation groups to exhibit in the NEW Conservation Corner, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). The event will happen on Monday, January 22 the day before the opening of SHOT Show at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club. | For More...
The 2017 SCTP and SASP National Championships kicks off soon at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. This year's record setting tournament will run July 8-15 and currently has about 3,000 competitors slated to participate with nearly 6,500 event entries. | For More...
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust's 6th International Science Symposium will take place November 10—11, 2017, at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa, in Weston, Florida. | For More...
— GEAR —
DoubleStar Corp announces the MOTAC, a blade was designed by Tuhon Ray Dionaldo, the founder of Filipino Combat Systems. The MOTAC Blade is part of DoubleStar Hydra Edged weapons line. | For More...
The FOXPRO BuckPro gives you the ultimate advantage while chasing the most commonly hunted big game animal in North America. The unit comes with 25 whitetail sounds, and 10 predator sounds and holds 300 sounds. | For More...
— INDUSTRY —
David Bloch, owner of Outdoor Edge announced today that the company has severed all sponsorships with Bill Busbice and the show "Wild Game Nation" in light of Busbice's recent conviction and sentencing for game violations. | For More...
White River Marine Group, the marine manufacturing division of the Bass Pro family, announces that marine industry leader Les Crawford has been named President. | For More...
— MEDIA —
The newest video on GrowingDeer.com is a "how to" for designing a food plot in timber: how to select trees; how to decide borders; how to mark timber; which trees should be saved; which trees have value. | For More...
— ORGANIZATIONS —
The Pope and Young Club is proud to announce the continued support of FeraDyne Outdoors through the Club's Corporate Partners Program. | For More...
Scholastic 3-D Archery's Team On-Point and the Cabela's Outpost in Augusta, Georgia, partnered to host a Family Adventure Day on June 10, 2017. | For More...
— PRODUCT NEWS —
The immense success of Buck Knives' Rival I and II models has boosted the popularity of Buck's everyday line of knives. The 364 Rival I and 365 Rival II are constructed with Buck's standard 420HC steel. | For More...
— PROMOTIONS —
Springfield Armory is pleased to announce the extension of the Gear Up program. Originally scheduled to expire on June 30, 2017, enthusiastic customer response has encouraged Springfield Armory to extend the Gear Up promotion through the end of August 2017. | For More...
— SHOOTING GEAR —
HIVIZ Shooting Systems introduces Luminous LitePipes, a proprietary and patent-pending technology that lets you turn any HIVIZ LITEWAVE sight into a nighttime performance tool. Luminous LitePipes offer the same daylight brightness of traditional HIVIZ LitePipes and feature a new luminous paint core that offers unsurpassed brightness when fully charged. | For More...
— SPONSORSHIPS —
Vertx, a manufacturer of quality, low-profile apparel, tactical garments and low-profile concealed carry bags and packs, is proud to announce their sponsorship of the Northwest Championship Rimfire Challenge. | For More...
— STATES —
Fast action by conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources saved the life of a volunteer who collapsed June 17 at a Northern Kentucky sporting event for children. | For More...
Zebra mussels have been positively identified for the first time in Lake Travis in the Colorado River Basin in Central Texas, just weeks after biologists confirmed the aquatic invasive species had also spread to the Guadalupe River Basin. | For More...
Summer is here, and many boaters are enjoying Wyoming's waters. Game and Fish reminds all of those boaters to be prepared and be sure watercraft is outfitted with the required safety equipment. | For More...
After 39 years working for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Rock Springs Game Warden Dave Hays is now ready to retire. | For More...
Iowa fisheries management biologist Mark Flammang was recognized as the Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) at their annual meeting, June 26 in Ashland, Nebraska. | For More...
Fireworks are illegal on all state and federal land in Montana, including all FWP fishing access sites, wildlife management areas and other sites. | For More...
Visitors to seven state recreation areas will be allowed to touch off fireworks on Independence Day, but visitors should always use caution when lighting fireworks. | For More...
Over the next two weekends, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and its partners will continue the "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive" campaign and participate in the "Operation Dry Water" campaign. | For More...
The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, introduces the 2017 collector's edition Michigan duck stamp and prints. | For More...
If the results from the latest Gambel's quail call counts are any indication, Arizona hunters just might find a few more birds to chase when the 2017-18 general season opens statewide Oct. 6. | For More...
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent rescued three people from a sinking vessel in Vermilion Bay the morning of June 27. | For More...
— SURVEYS —
Outdoor recreation is a huge economic force in the state of Colorado, generating $28 billion in consumer spending annually, according to a 'sneak peek'
of the Outdoor Recreation Economy State Report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). | For More...
— TELEVISION —
Doug Koenig's Championship Season returns to Pursuit Channel. From remote hunting destinations to the firing line, join your host and world shooting champion Doug Koenig on his quest for the ultimate trophies. | For More...
A new season of Guns & Gear premieres this Thursday, June 29th, at 8:30PM Eastern, during the Sportsman Channel's "Lock & Load Thursdays" lineup. This week, Sig Sauer rifles and the XD-E from Springfield Armory are featured. | For More...
GunVenture is back, starting this Thursday, June 29th, at 10:00 PM Eastern, on Sportsman Channel. This week, it's all about wingshooting. | For More...
— TOURISM —
Whether you're a newcomer to boating or you're a veteran on the water, the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey
(MTA/NJ), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and advancing the recreational boating industry, would like to remind everyone to be safe, be prepared, and most importantly have fun! | For More...
— WASHINGTON —
Farmers and ranchers across this country are cheering EPA's proposal today to ditch its flawed Waters of the U.S. rule. | For More...
According to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and other organizations, the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to withdraw the Clean Water Act protections for headwaters and wetlands will impact trout, waterfowl and businesses that rely on quality places to hunt and fish. | For More...
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) applauded Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) for introducing S. 1436, the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act. | For More...
According to the Izaak Walton League, the Trump administration's action has "turned back the clock on clean water protections with its proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule." | For More...
— WATERFOWLING —
The new 2017-2018 federal duck stamp is on sale now. The stamps, which cost $25, are valid from July 1 through June 30, 2018. | For More...
You Read It Here FIRST….
From the National Rifle Association….the National Highpower, Precision Pistol and Smallbore Matches will be held in the same locations in 2018 as they are in 2017.
Currently, the 2017 NRA National Matches are scheduled with Highpower being held for the first time at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, July 7-25. Precision Pistol will be at historic Camp Perry, Ohio from July 9-13, and Smallbore entering its third year at Chief Wa-Ke'-De Rangein Bristol, Indiana from July 8-July 17.
The NRA announcement thanks all their "partners at these locations for their cooperation and assistance as we work together to provide the finest in competitions. We are particularly grateful to our military partners and their continued support of competitive shooting. Above all, the NRA thanks all our members, the National Match competitors, judges, sponsors, volunteers and the entire competitive shooting community for their faithful efforts to sustain and grow these historic shooting disciplines."
Busbice Booted At OC
The Outdoor Channel has "indefinitely suspended" co-host Bill Busbice, Jr. and "Wildgame Nation" following Busbice's guilty plea to a pair of game violations as the result of an incident witnessed and reported by other hunters last October on Busbice's Spring Creek Ranch in Wyoming.
Bill Busbice, Jr., one of the hosts of "Wildgame Nation" has been "indefinitely suspended" - along with his show, from Outdoor Channel. Photo from Outdoor Channel online.
A statement from Outdoor Channel President and CEO Jim Liberatore didn't mince words: "We have strict policies and procedures in place that require all our talent and producers to abide by all hunting regulations....As a result of the recent charges in Wyoming involving Bill Busbice, Jr. we have suspended the show and Busbice indefinitely from Outdoor Channel."
While Liberatore's action was swift, his statement wasn't exactly accurate. Busbice wasn't charged
in Wyoming, he was convicted after entering a guilty plea.
On May 23, 2017, Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Fank Zebre accepted Busbice's guilty plea to the charges of intentionally allowing an antlerless elk to go to waste and taking an elk without the proper license.
Busbice could have been sentenced to jail, but Zebre instead offered a sentence of 180 days of jail - suspended, "providing he lead a law abiding life during the one and a half years of unsupervised probation".
Additionally, Busbice was fined the maximum for both offenses and their restitution charges ($23,000) and had all game and fish license privileges revoked for a period of two years.
Since Wyoming is a participant in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, Busbice's license privileges are concurrently revoked in 44 additional states, including Louisiana, Busbice's home.
The seriousness of the offense may have been compounded by the fact Busbice's actions weren't just illegal, they were recorded.
Unedited video seized from the Busbice by investigators show Busbice shooting several times at a large bull in a herd of elk - and missing but striking a calf. When Busbice finally hits the object of the hunt (a large bull subsequently seized by officials) audio reportedly has Busbice saying "We have to eliminate that part where I shot a cow," and "Yeah, we gotta get rid of that cow."
According to court records, Busbice had the ranch manager field strip the bull, then hide the calf in a ditch and dispose of the bull elk's guts, attempting to hide evidence of the poaching.
During questioning about the act, officials say Busbice's explanation for failing to report the incident was concern about having recently been cited for previous wildlife violations.
Earlier in 2016, Busbice was apparently cited for purchasing a resident elk license and more than the authorized number of deer licenses and paid $1,430 in fines for those violations.
This offense, however, carries a considerably higher overall cost.
Shortly before our news deadline last evening we received word that Outdoor Edge, one of Busbice's sponsors had "severed all sponsorships with Bill Busbice and the show 'Wildgame Nation' in light of Busbice's recent conviction and sentencing for game violations."
"Since our founding, nearly three decades ago," Outdoor Edge owner David Bloch said in his statement, "Outdoor Edge has been a strong advocate of ethical and legal hunting and fishing.We do not condone or support any deviation from these founding beliefs, and for this reason, we have decided to end all sponsorships related to Bill Busbice."
The cancellation of the sponsorship was immediate, but the Outdoor Edge announcement (which you can read in today's news section) cautioned that "future airings of the show may still show Outdoor Edge as a sponsor."
This is one of those stories that won't end anytime soon, because the blowback to sponsors has most likely only just begun.
As always, we'll keep you posted.
-- Jim Shepherd
Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, Nebraska
New Orleans, Louisiana
Rochester Brooks Gun Club, Rochester, New York
Jul 27-Aug 1
World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, IL
World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, Illinois
American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, Vermont
Club Cinegetico Jalisciense AC, Guadalajara, Mexico
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