The just-released BEA Report shows outdoor recreation contribution to the GDP is 2.2 percent, greater than farming, mining or public utilities, and is comparable to broadcasting/telecommunications.
Inland Manufacturing and MKS Supply, LLC, are delighted to announce Alan Summers of Wilton Manors, Florida won the 2018 Civilian Marksmanship Program Commercial Class National Championship using an Inland Manufacturing carbine.
Mossy Oak’s Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland will be at Starcraft RV’s display during the Elkhart Open House on September 24 and 25, in Elkhart, Indiana.

Walk the dog at Fort Harrison’s annual Cowboy Bob and Wrangler Gail Bark Walk, Sept. 30.
Legacy Sports International, will be showcasing the Citadel RSS1 at NASGW, Booth #329. The Citadel RS-S1 shotgun (based on the popular AK platform) is capable of home defense, recreational use, and is great for competitions.
Starting Sept. 25, state waters off the following areas will be closed to bay scallop harvest: Franklin through northwest Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark and St. Marks) and Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties (including Cedar Key, Crystal River and Homosassa). 


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking assistance from grouse hunters this hunting season with West Nile Virus Disease sampling and Avid Hunter Surveys.  

Watershed Innovations, Correct Craft’s technology company, hosted a meeting to kick off a project with the University of Central Florida (UCF) to develop a quiet aluminum fishing boat with electric propulsion.
F-3 Media, a strategic media and graphics agency, partners with Stacked Outdoors for digital and social media marketing efforts.
MYSTERY RANCH, an industry-leading backpack company, devoted to making mission-specific products is pleased to announce that whitetail deer enthusiast, Jeff Simpson has joined the MR Hunting Ambassador team.
Starting November 5, 2018, outdoor gear companies will be displaying in online show booths and serving consumers who seek out online e-commerce shopping in this innovative and unique holiday sales promotion, which lasts a total of 56 days, 24-hours-a-day throughout the 2018 holiday season

Outdoorswoman and conservationist Jules McQueen is advocating all gun owners to utilize IDENTILOCK’s technology.


RUAG Ammotec USA has announced that The Murray Road Agency will become their Agency of Record effective immediately. Murray Road will provide a full-suite of marketing and branding services for RUAG Ammotec USA’s portfolio of ammunition brands and products that now includes Norma, Geco, Swiss P and Inceptor.
The National Park Service is seeking public comment on an Expanded Nonnative Aquatic Species Management Plan and Environmental Assessment in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, including Lees Ferry, and Grand Canyon National Park below the Glen Canyon Dam.
- JOBS -
As an industry leader in the small arms arena, JP Enterprises, Inc. is seeking to fill multiple key positions with talented and driven individuals.

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is seeking a Midwestern States Coordinator to co-manage the state legislative sportsmen’s caucus effort organized under the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus programs for the central Midwestern states (IA, IL, KS, MO, NE, OK, TX) within CSF’s Midwest Region.
Barnett's latest evolution of the Droptine™ - the new Droptine™ STR - takes everything hunters love about their favorite faithful crossbow and improves it in every category.
Like the original, the new Silent Brickhouse™ provides ample room for up to three hunters, but improved features now cloak those hunters in silence. A patent-pending, hinged silent door system replaces the old zippered design, simplifying entry and exit with absolutely zero noise.
Huk Performance Fishing announced today its Rogue Wave boot, built for the full-time fisherman and engineered for all day comfort, is now available.

Comp-Tac Victory Gear’s Kydex Handcuff TACO is made of 100% airline grade Kydex and the first handcuff pouch to be offered by Comp-Tac. Teaming up with their parent company, High Speed Gear, Comp-Tac combines their unique knowledge of Kydex forming with HSGI’s patented TACO technology.

Apex Tactical Specialties announces the new Action Enhancement Kits for the popular FN 509, FNS and FNS Compact model pistols are now available for pre-order with orders scheduled to begin shipping on Tuesday, October 9. This is the first and only drop-in trigger kit available for the FN striker-fired pistol line.
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Ed Brown Products, Inc. announced their new Magazine Exchange Program, focusing on their new line of Performance Magazines. They are allowing customers to send old magazines of any make to upgrade to an Ed Brown Performance Magazine of their choice for only $10.
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) honored Dave Branson, executive director of the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin (BTC), with the 2018 United Association (UA) Conservation Steward of the Year Award for his exemplary commitment to conservation and community service.

Thermacell has partnered with the Kids & Clays Foundation to support their national series of sporting clay events. Proceeds from the shooting events benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide housing and other help to thousands of critically ill children and their families across the country each year.
Davidson’s is pleased to announce it has added Wilson Combat, CMC Products, MEC-GAR, and KCI USA magazines to its inventory of firearm accessory offerings.
Time’s running out: today --Friday, Sept. 21 -- is the last day to enter Lyman’s “What’s on Your Bench” Sweepstakes. Outfit the ultimate reloading bench for free.

Tom Dokken, owner of Dokken’s Oak Ridge Kennels and Dokken Dog Supply, joins Ken this week to talk bird dogs.  Dokken is one of the country’s leading dog trainers, and his techniques and products are industry standards.

It's one of the most infamous law enforcement gun battles in America, a chance to own a piece of history, and more, this Sunday on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the original nationally-syndicated talk show about guns and the shooting sports.
Outdoor recreation accounts for 2.2 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), according to the final report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on the outputs from outdoor recreation.
Kahr Firearms Group is proud to announce its sponsorship of the NRA National Police Shooting Championships on September 24-26 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks announced that the National Rifle League joined the roster of corporate sponsors for the West Coast Guardian Long Range Competition match near Wikieup, Arizona, December 8-9, 2018.

Ready to put SITKA Gear's clothing to the test, the 2018 Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt is excited to welcome SITKA Gear as a bronze-level sponsor.
Vermont is renowned for its colorful fall foliage but fall also offers some of the best fishing opportunities of the year according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Gov. Mary Fallin has proclaimed Saturday, Sept, 22, 2018, as National Hunting and Fishing Day in the state of Oklahoma.

ODFW is looking for volunteers to help with the Chinook program at Salmon River Hatchery at Otis this fall.
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has awarded Nebraska’s Forney family the prestigious Private Lands Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Award.
Terry heads south to Mexico to hunt with good friend Steve McCain at Wide Open Outfitters. The area Steve hunts is a waterfowl mecca and should be on everyone's bucket list.
Terry Denmon breaks from the Louisiana heat to the waterfowl friendly country of Argentina for a week of pure duck hunting paradise.
The Grind Waterfowl TV concludes their trip to Utah with some incredible views, and wigeon hunting. Hunting the Great Salt Lake is one of the most unique places you can hunt and you can't beat how these birds decoy.
As the organization’s largest STAR to date, with over 6,200 registered anglers, the 2018 event will officially conclude with CCA Florida and partners awarding over $320,000 in prizes and scholarships to anglers from across the state at the upcoming awards banquet, presented by Visit Citrus, on Saturday, October 20th at the Rock Crusher Canyon Pavilion and Amphitheater in Crystal River, Florida.
The American Sportfishing Association(ASA), a founding member of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), today voiced its support for the final report recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant contributor to the U.S. economy. 

Image courtesy of North Carolina National Guard with permission.

As the Carolinas struggle to survive the still-rising waters that have been the primary threat from Hurricane Florence, getting a sense of the magnitude of loss in lives and property is one that’s difficult to comprehend.

It’s one thing to hear a river’s rising. But hearing a river’s depth has quadrupled -and is still climbing- simply boggles the mind. More than three dozen people have already died, and the waters simply haven’t begun to recede in some parts of the Carolinas.

One area where the toll is still being calculated is agriculture. Farmers hurried to get crops harvested before Florence hit, but there were many crops that were simply drowned in the fields.

Livestock, too, is paying the price. According to SuccessfulFarming, the toll in poultry, pork and pollution has already surpassed the damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services estimates that 3.4 million poultry birds and more than 5,000 hogs have already died. According to North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, “we will probably exceed what we had (losses) in Matthew.”

In all, North Carolina raises about 12 percent of the U.S. swine herd, and many of those animals remain trapped in barns where even more may drown. Nine percent of the U.S. chicken flock and thirteen percent of the nation’s turkeys are also in the threatened areas.

“There will be,” Troxler said, “pretty good losses on the poultry side, too.”

A byproduct of the hog farming- manure- may present a potential health threat. Hog waste is stored in outdoor pits (also called lagoons). According to North Carolina surveys, nearly 20 pits have either collapsed or been flooded by the torrential rains. That’s a concern because waste from those lagoons could spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Farmers administer antibiotics to their farm animals - and antibiotics can be found in their waste.

A sampling of waterways in eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew showed temporarily elevated bacteria levels. Fortunately, many of the state’s farmers significantly lowered the levels in their lagoons prior to the arrival of Hurricane Florence. There are more than 3,300 of these lagoons in North Carolina.

WH Group Ltd’s Smithfield Foods Inc., the nation’s largest pork producer, closed the world’s largest hog slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina, but said their other plants were operating at limited capacities.

At this point, there’s really no way to begin and estimate the toll on wild animals in the impacted areas. However, wildlife officials say the damage from Hurricane Florence virtually assures a significant impact on wildlife throughout areas most heavily impacted by the hurricane and accompanying rainfall.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd

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