Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an emergency declaration to provide significant funding and resources to the communities experiencing red tide to combat impacts on the environment, tourism and local businesses and property owners.


The Burt Lake State Park boating access site, located in Tuscarora Township in Cheboygan County and administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, temporarily will close starting Monday, Sept. 10, for ramp replacement.

Boaters heading out for the Labor Day holiday will likely find busy waterways and lower water levels. Make sure to have a properly fitting life jacket for each person on board and that all of the safety equipment, including a properly working fire extinguisher, is on board.


The 3rd Annual OPA Tournament took place at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, PA, drawing in both professional and amateur archers from across the globe.


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting entries for its 15th annual photo contest until Aug. 31. Photographers of all skill levels can enter online or by mail for a chance to win cash and other great prizes.


On Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 1:26 a.m., Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Bureau was contacted by the Waterloo Police Department after they conducted a traffic stop of two males who had illegally killed two antlered deer that were still in velvet.


Anglers, conservationists, hunters and others interested in the great outdoors are invited to take part in the annual National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration Sept. 22. 

The Ducks Unlimited (DU) duck head will fly under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend thanks to generous donations from Bass Pro Shops. 

Shoot Like A Girl will have their mobile range operational August 16th-18th at Bass Pro Shops NRA Nascar Night Race in Bristol TN. This is the company's first year to attend the Night Race as a featured exhibitor. 


Auto-Ordnance, maker of the famous "Tommy Gun" and other classic firearms throughout history, is proud to offer the Custom "Squadron" 1911 pistol.


Mark Rose’s journey to the 2018 FLW Angler of the Year recognition culminated at Lake St. Clair, where he noted that, “the pressure I felt was the most I have ever experienced in a fishing boat. It truly felt like I had a piano on my back. With everything on the line, I went back to my ultimate confidence fluorocarbon: 8 lb Tatsu. That line is incredible – I just don’t break fish off with it.” 


Upland bird hunters can apply now for the opportunity to participate in controlled-access hunts on private land through a relatively new Indiana DNR program called APPLE.

Dove hunters can apply in person for permission to hunt a sunflower field at Patoka Lake’s Jackson State Recreation Area on Sept. 1 and 2.

 The deadline to apply for an antlerless deer permit to be used during Vermont’s December 1-9 muzzleloader deer season is Thursday, August 29. 

Licenses to pursue Iowa’s world class deer herd go on sale Aug. 15 at more than 700 license sales agents statewide and online at

Hunters have until 8 p.m. Friday to go online and purchase chances for a raffle, the lucky winner of which will receive an extended opportunity to hunt bull elk anywhere on Pennsylvania’s elk range, as well as a fully guided hunt to be filmed by a professional crew and, if the hunt is successful, the trophy mounted free of charge.

Last fiscal year WTU contributed more than $646,000 in support of various initiatives through the Preserving the Hunting Tradition program.


Ranew's Outdoor Equipment, makers of The Firminator will be exhibiting at the Buckmasters Expo. This year, the show is at the Montgomery Convention Center and will be held August 17-19. 

Petersen's Hunting has recently honored Warne with the Editor's Choice award in the Essentials section of the 2018 Annual Gear Guide.  Of the 12 products listed, Warne's Mountain Tech scope rings and base came out on top.

U.S. & Texas LawShield is pleased to announce that Clenzoil has joined their list of 2A Member Perk preferred partners as well as a U.S and Texas LawShield Facility partner. 

Xpedition Archery proudly  announces their relationship with William J Gartland & Associates, the most knowledgeable and determined sales professionals in the industry.

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American Outdoor Brands seeks a product engineer to perform Engineering tasks either as the administrator of a small project requiring standardized course of action, or as the administrator of an assigned segment of a larger project.

American Outdoor Brands seeks an individual responsible for leading technical support services for New Product Development, maintains quality standards for engineering drawings, test methods, and Engineering Change Orders (ECO's).

American Outdoor Brands Corporation seeks candidates for an Engineering Supervisor position for their Springfield, Mass. location. The incumbent will be responsible for leading technical support services for New Product Development, among other things. 


The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has partnered with onX, a leader in mobile mapping technology for outdoor adventures, to provide users of the onX Hunt app with a free chronic wasting disease (CWD) map layer.

The latest episode of "The Specialists" from Mossy Oak Capture features Mossy Oak BioLogic's Austin Delano as he tells the story of his evolution from a kid who liked to hunt and worked on a farm to an industry-leading and highly respected GameKeeper.


The new PUC Expandable Lantern is only two inches tall when collapsed but expands to 5.3 inches to throw light in a full circle of glowing brightness. 

Nock Out Lighted Nocks is excited to announce the launch of an all-new crossbow nock system, making its debut next January at ATA 2019.


Vanguard announced the launch of the Endeavor ED 10X42RT, which is the first to feature Realtree’s new EDGE camouflage pattern. The binocular retails for $299.99, and will soon be available at all Gander Outdoors stores.

Sightmark will be adding two new reflex sights to their already top-of-the-line sights. The Core Shot A-Spec FMS and Core Shot A-Spec LQD. Crafted out of aircraft-grade aluminum, the Cores are IP55 water resistant, shockproof and feature a scratch resistant lens coating.


Whitetails Unlimited is a staunch supporter of the second amendment, hunter rights, and promoting the sport of regulated hunting. Last fiscal year WTU contributed more than $646,000 in support of various initiatives through the Preserving the Hunting Tradition program.

Robert Jellison, a coach/educator from Hartland, Michigan, who has displayed excellence and the utmost dedication to his students and the National Archery in the Schools Program's team, has been named NASP Coach of the Year. 


The SIG SAUER SP2022 was the first SIG polymer pistol and now is your chance to win one of your very own. Register for the SP2022 Sweepstakes, now through August 17, 2018 to participate in this promotion.


Keith Warren, host of two popular television shows airing on Pursuit Channel has won the coveted 2018 Wildlife Industry, Leadership and Development (W.I.L.D.) "Outdoor Advocacy Award”.

Kathleen Smith, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has been honored with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resource Manager of the Year award for her work at the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed Wildlife and Environmental Area in southwest Florida over the past six years. 


Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten has announced that Big Frig, makers of quality coolers, tumblers, and accessories, has signed on as a WTU national sponsor. 


 The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) announced today that it has extended its partnership with Skull Bound TV for another two years. 

The International Defensive Pistol Association announced that the U.S. Concealed Carry Association has signed on as a Gold Sponsor at the 2018 IDPA U.S. National Championship.  

The National Rifle League is pleased to announce Timney Triggers has agreed to sponsor the NRL’s 2018 season as The Official Trigger sponsor.  

Iowa's Maquoketa Caves State Park will open for visitors, including campers, on Aug. 24, just in time for fall travelers and outdoor enthusiasts. 


Connersville became the state’s 12th Bird Town Indiana this past weekend.  At a ceremony Saturday at the Hummingbird Migration Celebration, Connersville was recognized for their work in protecting and conserving bird populations and their habitats. 

Members of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public meeting on August 23, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the US Bank in Vinton to discuss the proposed forest wildlife stewardship plan at Dudgeon Lake Forest Wildlife Area. 


 This week on Ducks Unlimited TV, co-host Field Hudnall and Ducks Unlimited’s Director of Corporate Relations Jeremy Smith head to Kentucky to hunt mallards with the crew from DU corporate partner Higdon Outdoors, the official decoy partner of Ducks Unlimited. 

This week, Gallery of Guns Television features Bob Hunnicutt from Firearms News demonstrating two very different firearms, the Walther PPQ Q4 TAC & the Henry Big Boy Steel Color Case. Ruger's Mark Gurney will present the tight shooting SR1911 Target.

This Wednesday, Shooting USA is there as the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning hosts civilians for combat shooting with three guns. Plus, the British Rifle by Enfield that’s got a German name.


A wounded grizzly bear was killed by Montana FWP officials on Monday on the Marias River west of state highway 417 near Shelby. 
The bear was shot July 26 and the incident is under investigation. 

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed that a female mountain lion was killed by a landowner north of Hay Springs in Sheridan County for depredating poultry. 

For the nearly two decades I’ve been fortunate enough to be in the outdoor business, there are a few companies whose names give you basically all the information you need to have a good idea what their featured products might be.

One of those companies is Oregon’s Crimson Trace. For nearly 25 years, C-T has been the category leader in laser technology. Granted, their laser mix now is about 50/50 red and green today, but the vast majority of “professionals” you’ve seen using lasers in everything from pro shooting competitions to movies like Jurassic World have been using C-T products.

Over the past few years, they’ve also integrated lights into their products. I hesitate to call them integrated flashlights because the idea of encouraging use of a light mounted on a gun as a flashlight concerns me. 

Crimson Trace, through their lasers and into their light/laser technologies haven’t manufactured flashlights, they’ve integrated weapon mounted lasers and illumination. 

Over the past two days, I’ve been at the Rockcastle Shooting Center a few miles from Bowling Green, Kentucky looking at a few of Crimson Trace’s newest offerings.

When they were shown to the little group of us, there was one comment we all had in common: “where’s the laser?”

Yep, after nearly a quarter century of lasers and light/laser combinations, Crimson Trace is now offering weapon-mounted lights -without lasers.

The newest gun mounted lighting from Crimson Trace doesn't have the "instinctive activation" of their grip mounted lasers, nor the separate light/laser and activation grip of their Linx system. But the simple tap on-tap off feature enables the lights to be cycled quickly - and, importantly, less expensively than previous models. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.

We tested a pair of their new units, the Model  LTG 770, a compact, fitted unit designed for Smith & Wesson’s popular Shield pistol (Crimson Trace is, like S&W an AOB company), and a larger unit the CMR-208 a larger, 420 lumen unit designed for rail equipped rifles, pistols and shotguns.

The CMR-208 is a tactical light designed to be used on rail-equipped rifles, pistols and shotguns. It is, in a word, bright as demonstrated by Airgun Wire editor Tom McHale.

After the initial surprise, we learned that the new light-only products were the result of requests from existing Crimson Trace customers. And C-T is one of those companies that listens to customers. And the initial result are a pair of lights that have two things in common that are not always the case with other C-T laser or light/laser products: first, the new lights are less expensive that the combo units, and secondly, these new lights are bright.

Mounted on an AR-style rifle, the CMR 208 more than capably illuminated Rockcastle’s unique test-bed for lights and lasers: a cave that’s about 50 feet underground, several hundred feet long and is the absolute definition of pitch black when you don’t bring your own illumination.

Rockcastle Shooting Center’s "hole" (a technical term among spelunkers) is a fairly expansive underground shooting area that's only accessible via a claustrophobia-inducing shaft. Once inside, however, it’s the perfect place to test the illumination values of lighting instruments- and quickly identify the holes in your shooting techniques under stress.

While running a basic shooting scenario Rockcastle’s Nick Noble walked us down “the hole” while we used the gun-mounted lights to not only guide us down the narrow passage, but to illuminate targets and make the friend-foe determinations we all pray we don’t one day face for real. It’s trite sounding, but the experience is, well, eye-opening.

You’re already underground in a pitch-black situation. That’s enough to get the heart pumping and the adrenaline on a hair trigger. Once you’re handed a loaded gun, told to move down a narrow passage that is eerily similar to the passages U.S. troops had to go through -for real- during the Battle of Tora Bora, you find your temperature elevating along with your blood pressure. That, in turn, results in near instantaneous condensation on your safety glasses, further reducing your visual acuity (and confidence).

We made two runs each with the rifle and pistol. And to an individual, we found ourselves far more serious in the second runs. Strides shortened, room clearing techniques and use of cover improved, and we even took advantage of natural shooting rests that stabilized longer shots -while providing as much cover as possible from the porous Kentucky limestone.

A few hours in the cave isn’t enough time to thoroughly test these new products, but it was more than enough time to remind each of us that while we consider ourselves to be more familiar with our gear than most, there’s simply no substitute for the kind of simulation and live-fire practice that’s not possible in many places. You’re not likely to find an indoor range willing to turn their lights out and allow you to roam up and down the firing points, and traipsing around at night at your local range probably is frowned on by the neighbors- if it isn’t forbidden by regulation.

But it’s enough time to remind each of us that we need to take advantage of opportunities like these because it reminds us to pass on experiences that might help each of our readers get better, too.

It’s what we’re supposed to be doing as part of our ongoing promise: we’ll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd

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