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— AMMUNITION
Federal Premium Ammunition is proud to announce its new Gold Medal Berger, which combines the most sought-after bullets on the Precision Rifle Series with the industry's most trusted factory ammunition. Shipments are currently being delivered to dealers. | For More...

— CONTESTS
The CCA Louisiana Statewide Tournament and Angler's Rodeo (STAR), presented by Chevron, begins its 23rd year of competition on Saturday, May 27. | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
On Wednesday, May 24, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers arrested nine suspects for violations of Florida's laws pertaining to possession of American alligator, alligator egg harvesting, interstate transport of alligator eggs and hatchlings, falsifying official records, dealing in stolen property, conspiracy to commit racketeering, racketeering and other wildlife violations. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery in Mammoth Spring is recovering from widespread flooding that resulted from a storm on April 29. | For More...

Roy Beasley holding new state record bigmouth buffaloThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed a new state-record fish for bigmouth buffalo. This marks the first state-record fish caught in 2017 – and it was caught by an angler who held the previous state record for bigmouth buffalo from 2008. | For More...

DEC caught and released 95 fish over 40 inches and several over 50 inches this spring in the egg-taking operation at the lake. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
Despite high water and heavy flows on the Arkansas River, the GoPro Bassmaster Elite at Lake Dardanelle presented by Econo Lodge "is a go," B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon said Wednesday. | For More...

— GEAR
The Swagger All-Terrain Bipod is one accessory that can immediately increase hunting success and extend effective range by providing a steady shot, even in the most unpredictable hunting situations. | For More...

Calling elk is in Kristy Titus's DNA, so it was just a matter of time before she partnered with Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls for her "Pursue the Wild" line of elk calls. The call is now available on Titus' website, and will be coming to Cabela's stores this July. | For More...

— HUNTING
Michigan's hunt 234 spring turkey licenses, which can be used through May 31, are still available anywhere DNR licenses are sold or online at E-License. There are also a few leftover licenses available in limited-quota hunt areas. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Bast Durbin Advertising of Slinger, Wisconsin, has announced the addition of social media communication and content strategy expert Hannah Stonehouse Hudson. | For More...

Starting Tuesday, May 23, and running through Monday, May 29, Apex Tactical Specialties is offering free shipping on all orders from their online store at www.ApexTactical.com during this Memorial Day weekend. In addition, any order over $100 will receive a free Apex PVC patch. | For More...

Mossy Oak Capture Digital Productions is certainly honored to present a new digital mini-series titled "Honor." The purpose of "Honor" is to acknowledge the service men and women of this great country and tell their stories of heroism, bravery, and humility. | For More...

The National Deer Alliance (NDA) is proud to announce G5 Outdoors, a leading manufacturer of premium archery equipment and design, has pledged support to NDA. | For More...

— LAND MANAGEMENT
Chestnut Hill Outdoors, home of the very best food plot tree, the Dunstan Chestnut, provides a large selection of both hard- and soft-mast trees for use in food plots and attracting wildlife. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Phantom Lures, widely known for its design and manufacture of high quality, proven baits is excited to introduce the new Hex crankbait to an already stellar lineup of muskie lures. | For More...

— ONLINE
People visiting the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's website, agfc.com, will be greeted with a fresh new look when the agency rolls out its new design June 1. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The donation of a RUGER Predator Rifle, in .308 caliber, and Cuddeback Cameras, made by the Quail and Upland Wildlife Foundation, were arranged by QUWF Chief Biologist, Nick Prough, who, after several site visits to see the devastation being done to the Missouri landscape by feral hogs initiated the request. | For More...

Nearly 4,500 acres of prime wildlife habitat in southwestern Washington are permanently protected and opened to public access thanks to ongoing collaborative efforts by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and PacifiCorp, an electric utility company. | For More...

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has awarded $158,000 towards outstanding junior marksmen through its CMP Scholarship Program to be used for the 2017-2018 term – over $5,000 more than the previous year. | For More...

Delta Waterfowl has hired Janice Presley as development director for the East Coast, as the organization continues to grow strong support for its conservation programs. | For More...

— PUBLICATIONS
Gun Digest the Magazine, a property of Gun Digest Media, LLC, has announced a significant expansion to its flagship title. Beginning with the June issue, several notable columnists will be lending their expertise to the magazine's pages. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
The May 26th edition of Michigan Outdoor News is on newsstands and in mailboxes this week, and readers in the Wolverine State will find an update on proposed deer hunting regulation changes that will be in effect in Michigan. | For More...

— RADIO
Joining The Revolution with Jim and Trav this week for an exclusive, in-depth, two-part interview to discuss Habitat Rehab will be famed whitetail and conservation expert Lee Lakosky from "Crush with Lee & Tiffany". | For More...

They will be highlighting a couple of organizations helping injured service members and veterans on the Memorial Day weekend edition of America Outdoors Radio. | For More...

— RECREATION
Indiana DNR campgrounds and cabins at state parks, state reservoirs and state recreation areas are booked to capacity for Memorial Day weekend. For picnics and other day-use gatherings, shelters at locations statewide remain available. | For More...

— RETAIL
Anyone who purchases any one of the 16 new Honor Defense® pistols from this month until July 4th you'll receive products with a value over $125. | For More...

— SAFETY
Barnes Bullets, LLC determined that eighteen Lots of its Barnes Bullets, LLC 300 Weatherby 180 grain TTSX VOR-TX ammunition packaged product may contain cartridges of a different caliber. Firing a rifle with the incorrect caliber of ammunition may result in damage to the firearm, serious personal injury, or death. | For More...

— STATE PARKS
The public is invited to the grand opening of the new aquatic center at Nebraska's Ponca State Park on June 3. | For More...

— STATES
Nebraska's Lied Platte River Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that spans the Platte River near South Bend, will temporarily close for repairs at the end of May. | For More...

To encourage additional visits in 2017 the DNR has launched its Hatchery Passport Program, which will reward visitors to all six state fish hatcheries and two select egg-take weir facilities with a collectible sticker representing each respective location. | For More...

Thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, anyone may fish in Arkansas without a fishing license or trout stamp from noon, Friday, June 9, through midnight Sunday night, June 11. | For More...

Commissioners approved hunting regulations changes for the 2017-18 hunting seasons, including the season dates for all game, including the 2017-18 waterfowl season and 2018 turkey season at last week's meeting in the AGFC headquarters in Little Rock. | For More...

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. | For More...

Pheasant, cottontail and wild turkey population measurements indicated higher numbers in Nebraska in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the April Rural Mail Carrier Survey. | For More...

Citizens interested in healthy waters and landscape-based solutions to water quality are encouraged to attend the 13th Annual Vermont Lake Seminar on Friday June 2, 2017. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
Landlubbers can learn the basics of sailing for free at Patoka Lake on June 17. | For More...

FEATURE
Drone Rule Shot Down
It's not gotten wide distribution, but a federal appeals court has downed the Federal Aviation Administration's rule requiring registration of non-commercial drones. And as expected, opponents of the decision say it will make the skies less safe.

Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of John Taylor, an unmanned aircraft (drone) enthusiast who sued the FAA, saying the FAA lacked the authority to issue the Registration Rule. In the decision, Circuit Judge Brett Kavanau wrote simply: "Taylor is right."

The three judge Appeals Court panel argued that the agency was barred from imposing new regulations on "model aircraft" due the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, a law that says the FAA "may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft" so long as the aircraft was less than 55 pounds and only used recreationally.

In response, the FAA says it is "carefully" reviewing the decision, and "put registration and operation regulations in place to ensure that drones are operated in a way that is safe and does not pose security and privacy threats."

Interestingly, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International has expressed their disappointment with the system, saying the registration provided "accountability and responsibility by users of the national airspace" and the ruling "helped create a culture of safety that deters careless and reckless behavior."

The drone registration requirement was issued in 2015 and required any drone over .55 and under 55 pounds to be registered with the agency. Unregistered drone owners were subject to civil and criminal penalties.

As of February, the FAA said there were more than 770,000 drones registered. The FAA estimates that round 2.3 million drones will be sold this year- and another 13 million by 2020.

The law barring the FAA's registration requirement, by the way, expires in September, but Congress could change the laws regarding non-commercial drones by then. Or the FAA could appeal the decision.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has been quoted as saying the agency is launching an "Aviation Rulemaking Committee" to look at how to create ways to remotely identify and track drones even when the pilot isn't visible. "This," Huerta said, "is one of the law enforcement community's top concerns, and we hope the recommendations we receive will pave the way for expanded drone operations over people and beyond visual line of sight."

Over the weekend, I watched as a drone owner was "playing" with a new unit. Unlike my older drone, his new unit was smaller, faster, more maneuverable and had new wireless communications abilities allowing him to control it far beyond our visual range.

He was conspicuously careful as he flew it over boats on Tennessee's Cherokee Lake, but the new technological advances certainly make it possible to operate far from an operator's immediate proximity.

With internal "digital fences" prohibiting drones from flying into controlled airspace and self-regulating altitude capabilities (new drones are programmed to fly under 400 feet and absent any examples of the misapplication of drones for nefarious purposes, the FAA might have a tough time convincing a higher court- or Congress- that a need exists for them to reinstitute a registration policy that is obviously not effective.

We'll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd
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Talladega, Alabama
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Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, Georgia
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Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, Texas
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Duluth, Minnesota
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Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Duluth, Minnesota
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Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
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Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
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