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— TOP STORY
A California Appellate Court has reversed the Fresno Superior Court's dismissal of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute lawsuit seeking an injunction to block enforcement of the state's ammunition microstamping law and remanded the case back to the lower court to hear arguments. NSSF and SAAMI filed the lawsuit on behalf of their members against the State of California in Fresno Superior Court seeking to block enforcement of the law, violations of which are a criminal offense. | For More...

— ARCHERY
Carbon Express introduces the new Predator XSD – the ultimate penetration in a small diameter shaft. The new Predator XSD features an extreme .166" inside diameter for increased penetration and reduced wind drift. | For More...

— ASTRONOMY
Indiana's Monroe Lake will host a viewing event for the Geminids at Paynetown State Recreation Area on Tuesday, December 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | For More...

— CATEGORY TECHNOLOGY
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) announces the official release of "REEF Lionfish Sightings," a map-based app that will allow users to view and report lionfish sightings and removals throughout the Eastern United States, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. | For More...

— CHARITIES
Lew Horton Distributing, Baron Technology, Inc. and GunBroker.com are again partnering to help critically ill children and their families through the Kids & Clays Foundation. Kids & Clays supports a national series of shooting events, with proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities. | For More...

— COMPETITION
World Archery announced the finalists for the 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards this morning. Among the world's top competitors, six U.S. archers are in the top five of their category. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded nearly half a million dollars in grant funding to assist with elk research and wildlife habitat stewardship work in California. | For More...

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $88,203 in grant funding to assist with habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects across 2,784 acres in Nevada. | For More...

— CONTESTS
Springfield Armory® and Action Target are pleased to announce a new giveaway offering a lucky winner a ready-to-go combination of a brand new SAINT™ AR-15 rifle and five Action Target PT Pepper Popper Targets. Contestants can enter the giveaway by visiting the Action Target Facebook page at www.facebook.com/actiontarget. | For More...

— EDUCATION
Elk University logoMichigan educators with students in grades 9 through 12 can register for a free elk education program designed to fit into a busy school semester while still meeting educational standards. | For More...

— EVENTS
You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at this year's Elk Festival. And, if wild elk are pushed into the ranch by cold and snowy weather, you might have a chance to take a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the middle of the herd. | For More...

Attendees of SHOT Show will have the chance to use their sneakers for more than just traversing the show floor by running in the 2nd Annual Moose on the Loose 5K hosted by Julie McQueen and Jimmy Herman on Monday, January 16 at 4 p.m. | For More...

The Zeiss Victory Stage returns for the DSC 2017 Convention and Expo. This year's lineup features some of the most notable personalities in hunting, game calling and wildlife law enforcement reality TV. | For More...

— FISHERIES
State and federal officials are working together to relocate and expand a small conservation fish hatchery that has helped endangered Central California Coast (CCC) coho salmon hang on in their historic habitat south of San Francisco. | For More...

— GIFT GIVING
Utah fishing or hunting licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy. | For More...

— GIFTS
With an 80-year history of creating memories on the water — and on the ice — few brands know what makes fishing fanatics tick quite like Rapala®, the most trusted name in fishing since 1936. | For More...

— HUNTING
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is asking deer hunters to take two good shots this hunting season – one with their rifle or bow, the other with their camera. | For More...

In most parts of the state, Saturday, Dec. 3 marks the beginning of antlerless deer hunting during the firearms deer season. That means, statewide from Dec. 3 through the season's closing day on Saturday, Dec. 10, properly licensed hunters may take either an antlered or antlerless deer. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Nightforce Optics, Inc., has named Frederick Karl as Strategic Marketing Manager. Fred brings with him extensive experience in product development and marketing in multiple categories of products within the outdoor, military and firearms markets. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Carbon Express® introduces the new PredatorTM XSD – the ultimate penetration in a small diameter shaft. | For More...

The new hi tech lightweight liner lock from Utica has a high carbon steel blade, a lightweight aluminum handle and a pocket clip. | For More...

Alien Gear Holsters announces the release of the all-new Cloak Mag Carrier. The new magazine holster can be worn inside or outside the waistband. | For More...

Bushmaster Firearms International announced its latest modern sporting rifle offering - the Minimalist-SD. The Minimalist provides accuracy, reliability and performance in a rifle that is highly featured, lightweight and economical. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
Merritt Compton of Trumansburg, New York, has been named Conservation Chairman of the Pope and Young Club. Merritt succeeds Denny Ballard as the Pope and Young Club's Conservation Chairman. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Clean Way tm Fuel Fill and The Billfish Foundation have joined in an effort to keep fuel from spoiling our waters. | For More...

— PUBLICATIONS
F+W Outdoors, parent group of Deer & Deer Hunting, announces the addition of John Skrabo to its national advertising sales staff. Skrabo will serve as national sales manager, alongside Michael Cassidy, vice-president of sales and business development. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Jiffy Ice Augers pro-staffer Jim O'Brien, Ice Castle Fish Houses owner Jeff Drexler, Range of Richfield president Jim Babiasz and McFarland guide Ron Barefield. | For More...

It's the gift on everyone's list, important legislation for shooters, 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...

— SAFETY
Hunter Safety System, the company dedicated to saving hunters' lives, has launched a new instructional video specifically on properly and safely hanging a ladder stand on the popular video-sharing website, YouTube. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
The Outdoor Option TV show is pleased to announce a growing, multi-platform sponsorship deal again with Sheffield Financial. | For More...

— STATES
Nebraska's mule deer buck harvest, as of December 1, has increased for the third consecutive year to 8,486 (up 2 percent from 2015) and is on track to beat the 2008 record of 9,115 adult bucks. Populations continue to grow in response to low mule doe harvest. | For More...

The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet via teleconference at 8:30 a.m.. | For More...

Wyoming sportsmen are commending a state government decision to reject a controversial land swap in the Wyoming Range that would have resulted in the loss of public access to thousands of acres of state lands. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Outdoor Channel viewers will find plenty of adventure, thrills and some laughs every day of the week throughout December 5–11. | For More...

During the week of December 5–11, Sportsman Channel viewers will have plenty hunting and adventure to enjoy. | For More...

World Fishing Network viewers will learn about some of the sweetest honey holes to fish around the world during the week of December 5–11. | For More...

Terry Denmon 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 Rob Reynolds. Part 2 | For More...

Next week on Guns & Gear, it's the evolution of Mossberg's MVP line of rifles. We'll also check out new optics from Sig Sauer, shoot Barnes Bullets' high performing Range AR ammunition, great for training or competition, and light up the range with LaserLyte's Lyte Ryder Center Mass Laser Sight. | For More...

Next week on GunVenture, two episodes from the First Person Defender series remind us how quickly the most mundane activity can become downright deadly, and how staying aware can also mean staying safe. | For More...

— VOLUNTEERS
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the December schedule of volunteer stewardship workdays at state parks and recreation areas in southeast and southwest Michigan. | For More...

— WASHINGTON
The U.S. Senate has passed H.R. 4665, the Outdoor REC Act, which would instruct the Department of Commerce and federal land management agencies to provide statistics on how the outdoor industry, including recreational fishing and boating, contributes to the U.S. economy. The legislation now goes to the president's desk for signature. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is releasing two new videos in the "Living with Florida Black Bears" series, designed to educate the public about how to safely coexist with bears in Florida. | For More...

Healthy black bear populations and a need to protect livestock might lead to more hunting opportunities in southeastern Utah next year. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
The pro-staff at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy will team up with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and Tails-a-Waggin' guide service for the academy's first-ever upland game bird hunting clinic Saturday, Dec. 17. | For More...

Learn the basics of ice fishing with Clint Brunson, an avid ice angler who also serves as a fisheries biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, at a free clinic with on Dec. 10. | For More...

FEATURE
Bipartisan Win for Conservation Could Be Highlight of Lame Duck Season
Editor's Note: Today's Op-Ed written by Jeff Crane and Whit Fosburgh first appeared in The Hill (www.thehill.com)

As America's 40 million sportsmen and women head afield to deer stands and duck blinds this month, senators and representatives attempt to wrap up the 114th Congress and a lame duck session that provides an opportunity to finally send bills committed to hunting and fishing priorities to the president's desk. After six years of support from sportsmen, legislation that is critical to fish and wildlife habitat and public land access has been bundled and passed out of both House and Senate chambers along strongly bipartisan lines (including a 97-0 vote in the Senate), and now these bills are closer than they've ever been to the finish line.

The 114th Congress should not adjourn without passing these bills with critical benefits for conservation and sportsmen's access.

There is some belief that the next Congress, and the next administration, might prove easier to get a sportsmen's legislative package signed into law. But sportsmen have seen these policy priorities delayed now for six years, mired in gridlock, with the clock running out time and again. The prospect of more delay is certainly discouraging. The makeup of next year's Senate calendar proves that now is the time to pass these bipartisan measures. While lawmakers will be tasked with more than one thousand confirmations, including a Supreme Court justice, plus finishing the 2017 appropriations process and beginning the fiscal 2018 budget process, it is difficult to see just when the Senate might return to sportsmen's provisions—it certainly won't be quickly.

The time is now, on this Congress's watch, when so much progress has already been made. The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act in the Senate, and the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act in the House, currently on the table as part of the broader energy bill conference, combine to benefit not only America's hunters and anglers, but all Americans who care about accessible public lands, clean water, and productive fish and wildlife habitat. These provisions also directly benefit the $90-billion hunting and fishing economy, a part of the $640 billion spent on outdoor recreation in the U.S. each year.

This election season has divided the nation and highlighted our differences. Conservation, the outdoors, and our hunting and fishing sports have never been partisan issues. Instead, these things unite us as Americans.

Of course, Congress has a list of things that must get done before the end of the year and the conclusion of the 114th, including a funding agreement, a defense authorization, and a Water Resources Development Act. America's hunters and anglers would like to add a bipartisan sportsmen's package to that important list.

— Jeff Crane is the president of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. Whit Fosburgh is the president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Dec 1-10
Las Vegas Convention Center (upstairs from Cowboy Christmas)
Dec 2-3
Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland
Dec 6-11
CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, Talladega, Alabama
Dec 16-Jan 2
Jan 10
Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina
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The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, The Woodlands, Texas
Jan 15
Bear's Best Golf Course, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
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