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— HOLIDAY NOTICE
No Wires on Monday, July 6
In observance of the Independence Day holiday, no wires will be published on Monday, July 6. We will publish our regular schedule this week and resume our full schedule on Tuesday, July 7. Time-sensitive releases for the holiday weekend should reach our editors no later than 6p.m. EASTERN time on Thursday, July 2. Material received after this time will be included in our Tuesday, July 7, 2015 issues if still relevant.

— TOP STORY
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that claimed 11 lives and dumped nearly 3.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP. Ducks Unlimited views the settlement as a critical down payment on a sustainable Gulf Coast and believes that these dollars should be dedicated wholly to the restoration of the region's natural resources. | For More...

— BOATING
There will be an enforced regulated navigation area with an enforced 15-knot speed limit in the Intracoastal Waterway, extending from Buena Vista, Miami, to Black Point, Miami, from 7 p.m. July 4, 2015, until 2 a.m. July 5, 2015. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
Attention duck hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, and stamp collectors: the annual Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp is now available for purchase. The artwork for the stamp, painted by Guy Crittenden, depicts a pair of tundra swans flying over the James River. | For More...

Vanishing Paradise has called the landmark agreement between BP the U.S. Justice Department and the five Gulf states regarding the company's role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill a move that puts "the wildlife and habitat of the Gulf Coast on the road to recovery." | For More...

— CONTESTS
West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR) yesterday announced the kick off of the 2016 West Advantage Calendar Photo Contest. Thirteen talented photographers will see images of their life on the water featured in the 2016 calendar and will each win $100 West Marine Gift Certificates. | For More...

— ENVIRONMENT
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week issued a request for bids to start early construction of key features of the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir, which will sprawl across some 10,000 acres. | For More...

— FISHERIES
An increase of the minimum size limit of gray triggerfish in Florida's Atlantic state waters will take effect beginning July 9. | For More...

— GEAR
Aegis Lifeshirt, a product development company in Florida (USA), will debut the "Lifeshirt", a lightweight shirt-like evolution of the life jacket, at ICAST, the world's largest sportfishing trade show in Orlando, Florida on July 15, 2015. | For More...

Designed to mount to most compact or subcompact pistols, the Firefield Compact Green Pistol Laser Light Combo is a multi-functional laser and flashlight aiming device featuring an ambidextrous digital switch activation for both right- and left-handed shooters. | For More...

Fenwick, the premier builder of fiberglass rods, announces the return of the Fenglass® fly rod. These lightweight fiberglass rods feature unidirectional S2 glass construction and are designed for casting accuracy and sensitivity for subtle fly presentations when strength and minimal weight are required. MSRP $199.99 - $249.99 | For More...

— GRANTS
The Michigan Department of Natural Recourses recently was awarded $600,000 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for bumble bee and Karner blue butterfly conservation. | For More...

— IMAGING
SWAROVSKI OPTIK NORTH AMERICA, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, announces the release of the PA-i6 Adapter for the iPhone®* 6. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that Portland, Oregon-based logistics expert firm TLR has signed on as a Silver Sponsor for the upcoming Import/Export Conference. | For More...

STYRKA is excited to announce it has partnered with HARDCORE Pursuit TV as the title sponsor for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. | For More...

The July fourth is the most American of holidays, often celebrated coast-to-coast with parades, family get-togethers and patriotic fireworks shows. But eyewear innovator Wiley X®, Inc. reminds each of us it's important that we not lose sight of the reason behind all this family fun. | For More...

The editors of The Land Report have released their summer 2015 issue that includes their 5th annual survey of the country's top rural land brokerages. Venerable outdoor names such as Mossy Oak, Whitetail Properties and others again made this year's list. | For More...

Worldwide Trophy Adventures (WTA) is excited to announce the addition of hunting consultant Justin Shafer. | For More...

American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI), producers of the most authoritative Gunsmithing DVD courses, announces the launch of its Christmas in July Sale, running now through August 31, 2015. | For More...

— INSTRUCTION
American Sportsman Shooting Center, home of the nation's only indoor, live-fire cinema range, has announced a summer Youth Shooting Academy, presented by K-5 Arms Exchange, that will be conducted from July 20 - August 13, 2015. | For More...

— JOBS
The Managing Editor will work under the supervision of the Group Managing Editor and will serve as in-house liaison to the Production, Marketing and Sales departments to deliver quality editorial. | For More...

— JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
ORMG Inc., parent company of Reserve Fishing and a leader in providing the Outdoor recreational industry with mobile-based booking solutions, is looking for motivated sales representatives in South Florida, Louisiana Gulf Coast, Texas Gulf Coast, Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes region. | For More...

— LEGISLATION
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising bow hunters that they may lawfully carry any caliber firearm when bow hunting on private property during Louisiana's archery season. Previous law prohibited bow hunters from carrying any firearm larger than a .22 caliber pistol while bow hunting. | For More...

— NEWSSTAND, RADIO & TV
Tune in Monday, July 6 at 9:30pm Eastern, as Davidson's GalleryofGuns.com airs its second episode of the season. Co-host Anne-Marie and special guest Ashley Honea of Guns&Ammo take a close look at the sleek Ruger 22/45LT, a reliable and accurate modern pistol with the feel of a 1911. | For More...

It's the latest spy novel from Brad Thor, gun safety for children in schools, and more this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the students selected to attend the 2015 Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), a seven-day educational experience in Washington, DC, held July 27-August 2, 2015. | For More...

The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) announces Martin Metal as their newest Platinum Level Business Alliance member. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
The Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) announces that Buck Knives, Inc., a founding partner, has agreed to a multi-year renewal of its corporate partnership. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is pleased to introduce the new Ruger® SR-556® Takedown autoloading rifle. The barrel is removed from the upper receiver by simply moving the slider bar towards the breech, rotating the barrel and pulling it free - no tools required. At 7 pounds 10 ounces, the SR-556 Takedown handles easily with Magpul's MOE grip and MOE SL stock on a mil-spec buffer tube. | For More...

Applied Ballistics Munitions (ABM Ammo) has announced a brand new cartridge addition to their Ammunition lines, the 260 Remington. The Match Ready™ 260 Remington 140gr Berger Match Hybrid Target load combines class-leading ballistic coefficients with match grade accuracy. | For More...

— PUBLISHER'S NOTE
"Be Ready For Anything" Launches July 8
Be Ready for Anything , The Outdoor Wire Digital Network's newest news and information service launches on Wednesday, July 8. The weekly newsletter will focus on a simple theme: be ready for anything you encounter in life. It will use the latest industry news and information to help you be ready for the unexpected events of everyday life instead of stressing you with the "worst case scenarios" or preparations for "the end of the world as we know it." Featuring common-sense information you can use in both your daily life and emergencies, the inaugural edition will go to all OWDN subscribers. At that point, you'll have a single weekly source for the information you need to be better prepared for…anything.

— PUBLISHING
The all-new Glock Reference Guide from Gun Digest Books is your complete guide to one of the most important and influential firearms designs in the past 50 years. | For More...

— RADIO
"Sooner Outdoors Live," a weekly radio magazine devoted entirely to the exploration of the Oklahoma outdoors, is coming to KREF-FM 98.5 and KREF-AM 1400. The hour-long show debuts at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6. | For More...

This week's Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio show will focus on a new member of the Bass Pro Shops family. Our featured guest is Rusty Sellars, the Founder and CEO of True Timber Outdoors. The hour-long radio show will air Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80. | For More...

Mark Walters, host of the nationally syndicated Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense broadcasts thanks millions of listeners across the country for helping the show grow to its current size in national syndication. | For More...

— RETAIL
Apex Tactical Specialties' #OperationApex continues with free shipping this Independence Day weekend on all orders placed Thursday, July 2 thru Sunday, July 5 from their online store at www.ApexTactical.com. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITION
The Army team from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), won the team title and the top three overall spots during the 56th Interservice Pistol Championship June 8-12. | For More...

— STATES
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program is offering elk hunting opportunities on six new properties. | For More...

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area users that Sostien Bayou Road, Goose Lake Road, Blount Road, Catfish Bayou Road, and Ross Road from the Crowfoot to Long Bayou, are currently closed to all traffic due to high water. Dobbs Bay Road also remains closed at this time | For More...

With the Fourth of July weekend upon us, many Arizona residents and visitors are planning to hop on their off highway vehicle (OHV). Before hitting the trail, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds operators and passengers to do so safely and responsibly by following 10 tips for safe, responsible OHV riding. | For More...

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the dates for the 2015-2016 early migratory bird hunting seasons at their July 2 meeting. These dates, recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), are tentative pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval. | For More...

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has developed a new online search tool for anglers who are interested in fishing for trout in western North Carolina. | For More...

For the second time in less than two weeks, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers seized an illegally owned alligator, this time in Prince George's County. | For More...

As the July 10 deadline draws near to enter the 10th annual "Arizona Big Game Super Raffle," the Arizona Game and Fish Department is receiving inquiries about what the raffle is and how it works. | For More...

After high water levels forced several closures at Lake Pueblo State Park, the park is now able to reverse some of those closures with the approach of the holiday weekend. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Heliconia, producers of Kayak Bassin' with Chad Hoover, proudly announces the launch of the 4th season on the World Fishing Network (WFN), Monday, July 6th at 7:30pm EST*. | For More...

Episode 13 of Destination Xtreme, "Not Your Typical Guinea," airs on Sunday, July 5, on SPORTSMAN CHANNEL. Watch as pro staffer Nathan Theriault steps out of his comfort zone as he heads to Papua New Guinea in search of massive water buffalo. | For More...

Episode 2 of The Guides – Life as an Outfitter, "Let the Games Begin," airs on Monday, July 6, on Sportsman Channel and starts at OMM Outfitters as clients roll in for a once in a lifetime opportunity at a bull moose. | For More...

Wild TV Inc., Canada's only hunting, fishing and outdoor lifestyle network renews its partnership with Browning Canada Sports Ltd. (Browning) as a sponsor for the popular series, The EDGE. | For More...

Teal season has finally come to Louisiana! The Mojo crew heads to their home base duck camp, "The Funny Farm" to kick off Teal season. Also, Mike and Terry, spend a day on the lake hunting with Honey Brake Lodge. | For More...

Eight networks welcome the return of SportingDog Adventures this week, beginning with a vortex of ducks in Saskatchewan, Canada. | For More...

In this episode of The Grind Waterfowl TV Dakota Decoy member Joe Thole and Corey Smith of Lucky Duck, team up with WildEar's Zach Meyer to hunt Canada Geese in Ontario with Tim Lucas of Fall Flight Outdoors, along with special guest Jeff Glaser. | For More...

A new season of Mathews' Territories Wild with Tom Miranda brings more exotic locales and more hardcore bowhunts as Miranda continues on his trek of completing various slams with a bow. Tune in to Mathews' Territories Wild exclusively on Outdoor Channel Sundays at 10 a.m. ET. | For More...

— WATERFOWL
North America's spring duck population is at a record high, but returning birds initially found a lower pond count in key areas of the breeding grounds, according to the 2015 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey released jointly yesterday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service. | For More...

FEATURE
Independence Day Reflection
As we prepare to celebrate our national birthday, I'm reflecting proudly on our past, but as a gun owner and recreational shooter, I'm concerned for our future.

Last week, two Supreme Court opinions led one of their own members (more on that below) to accuse the Court of being "drunk on power."

In a dissenting opinion on gay marriage, Justice Antonin Scalia broadened his dissent with an accusation that the Supreme Court was willingly undermining a fundamental principle of the American Revolution: "the (people's) freedom to govern themselves".

Scalia used a decision he described as "lacking even a thin veneer of law" to say the Court made "a naked judicial claim to legislative- indeed super legislative power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government."

Whatever your position on that issue, his words, which appeared very carefully chosen, should concern you.

He characterized the ruling as a "putsch"- a fighting word in most of the rest of the world. "Putsch" is the attempt to overthrow a government via suddenness and speed - a sneak attack.

Scalia and fellow dissenting Justice Clarence Thomas said the intent of the dissent was to "call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy".

For firearms owners, that's warning of what is likely ahead. The landmark Heller opinion reaffirming our right to keep and bear arms was upheld by the narrowest of margins.

Today, that same court seems to be more likely to restrict gun owners than affirm their freedoms.

Before you write to indignantly remind me the 2A only recognizes a God-given right, realize this: today's Washington is as fundamentally different from our founding fathers as the Houses of Parliament and monarchy from which they declared independence.

Justice Scalia says the Supreme Court has affirmed the right of the elite to decide what's best for "the rest of us". Last week it was health care and personal partners. Next time, it could be the right of firearms ownership.

The Court's apparent willingness to decide law rather than follow it has many other smart people, principally those located outside Washington, equally concerned.

Today's Supreme Court, as described by two of its own members, is highly unrepresentative of the people - and actively engaged in a "social transformation" of the country.

In fact, Scalia's dissenting opinion characterized the entire Federal judiciary as "hardly a cross-section of America."

Should enough of the "unrepresented America" decide enough is enough and act, Justices Scalia and Thomas may have unknowingly authored the catchphrase for yet another Declaration of Independence.

The first American revolution, Scalia wrote, represented the ultimate rejection of "taxation without representation". He continued, saying "social transformation without representation" was equally intolerable.

That accurately describes the feeling of many across the nation as many elected officials, sworn to follow both the law and will of their constituents, do neither.

They're joined at the hip with a mainstream media which agrees with their reshaping of America. With "the watchdog of liberty"- a free and unbiased media- transitioned to lap dog, news is no longer reported; it's tailored to fit a particular narrative.

In short, our leaders no longer believe us smart enough to make our own decisions -so they're making them for us.

That's what makes Justice Scalia's dissent both damning and frightening.

It's damning in his enumeration of just how far government has distanced itself from the people.

It's frightening because it indicates Washington no longer fears dissenters -even when they sit on our Supreme Court.

If you accept what Justice Scalia has written as accurate, many in government believe the rest of us to unwilling to suffer the discomfort associated with defending our core beliefs and national values. And they've suborned millions into agreeing with them by making it better to live on the dole than work.


Absent a dissenting Supreme Court and with the judicial branch already playing follow the leader, they really see nothing to rein in their remaking of our country as they think it should be.

A wealth of anti-gun legislation has already been introduced at the state and national levels this year.

It may look like more of the same knee-jerk legislation offered on the heels of other national tragedies.

But today's legislative, executive and judicial branches are fundamentally different from those of only a few years ago.

As tens of thousands of New Yorkers have refused to comply with the mandated registration of their modern sporting rifles, legislators have seethed and are quietly looking for some way to compel their compliance.

With the non-compliance, these gun owners have essentially made themselves willing criminals. But the legislators appear uncertain as to how far they can push to enforce their legislation.That's partially due to many law enforcement officials saying they won't be part of some police action against otherwise law-abiding citizens.

Still, many of those elected officials would have no problem declaring firearms ownership as entirely illegal, or making gun ownership a disqualification for anything from holding a government job to opening a bank account or obtaining medical care.

We will still celebrate Independence Day 2015 at my home tomorrow, because we still have much to be thankful for.

But I hope you'll take a few minutes to consider the thoughts I've been compelled- but uncomfortable-to write as a holiday message.

Examine your own family and your beliefs, then ask the same Creator whose guidance was petitioned by our founding fathers to give you a sign as to what each of us can - and should - do going forward.

God bless each of you - and, yes, God bless America.

As always, we'll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd
Jul 4-5
Capital City Bowmen, Olympia, Washington
Jul 13-17
Toronto, Canada
Jul 13-18
World Shooting and Recreation Complex, Sparta, Illinois
Jul 18-19
NFAA Headquarters, Yankton, South Dakota
Jul 25-26
Sparta Rod & Gun Club, Sparta, Wisconsin
Aug 1-2
Bass and Bucks, Wabash, Indiana
Aug 8-11
Toronto, Canada
Aug 11-16
Wroclaw, Poland
Aug 15-16
Saginaw Field and Stream, Saginaw, Michigan
Aug 23-30
Donaueschingen, Germany
Aug 29-30
Echo Valley Archers, Fayette, Iowa
Sep 3-4
College Station, Texas
Sep 5-7
College Station, Texas
Sep 8-13
Medellin, Colombia
Sep 11-13
Tusco Rifle Club, New Philadelphia, Ohio
Sep 26-27
Lake Murray, South Carolina
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