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— TOP STORY
Yesterday, Judge Freda Wolfson of the United States Federal Court in Trenton, New Jersey, entered an Order and Judgment against the State of New Jersey prohibiting the state's enforcement of the ban against activities authorized by federal law, regulation, or permit. The Order and Judgement in response to a suit brought against the state by Conservation Force, the Garden State Taxidermist Association, and five New Jersey hunters says hunters may continue to import, export, and possess federally authorized Big Four hunting trophies in the State. | For More...

— ARCHERY
The first Buckeye Classic is in the books with great success as the 2016 U.S. Archery Team (USAT) Event Series comes to a wrap and solidifies national rankings. | For More...

The Rio 2016 games saw another Easton sweep of the podium, with 24 of 24 medals won by archers using the Easton X10 arrow | For More...

— CONSERVATION
Houston Safari Club (HSC) is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with Conservation Visions, including support of the Wild Harvest Initiative. | For More...

— EVENTS
Indiana Dunes State Park invites guests to relive the area's fur-trading past during History Comes Alive Weekend, Sept. 11 and 12. | For More...

Paddleboard enthusiasts, kayakers and canoers are invited to visit The Water is Great in New York State: Boat and Paddle Clean and Safe Exhibit at the 2016 Great New York State Fair to receive free Safe 'n Sight decals and one If Found decal for kayaks or canoes. | For More...

Members of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will be available to meet with the public Thursday, September 8 in Ironwood. The commissioners will be at the Breakwater Restaurant in Ironwood. | For More...

Bass Pro Shops, the industry leader in conservation efforts ,is once again leading the way and partnering with National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day). | For More...

— FISHERIES
The recreational harvest season for snook starts Sept. 1 statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. | For More...

— GEAR
The Badlands Diablo hunting backpack has been redesigned for 2016 with added functionality and a Realtree Xtra camo option. | For More...

Ready for a big game hunting adventure, the new Incase knives from Browning integrate a knife sheath with a leather or nylon ammo belt case. | For More...

— HUNTING
Leupold & Stevens, Inc., and The Boone & Crockett Club® have presented the 2016 Hunt Fair Chase Award to Michael Swyers for his incredible solo Rocky Mountain goat hunt in British Columbia, Canada. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced a disaster relief effort to help its members whose businesses were impacted by the recent floods in Louisiana's Baton Rouge region. | For More...

Steel Will Knives announces Rogers Sports Marketing are now representing them throughout the southern United States. | For More...

Cabela's and Shoot Like A Girl announced a partnership to make Cabela's the premier retail destination for female shooting-sport enthusiasts. The new expanded partnership will include on-site visits by Shoot Like A Girl's mobile range to Cabela's stores, training for Cabela's staff, Shoot Like A Girl product features at Cabela's, and more. | For More...

— INSTRUCTION
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) is pleased to announce that registration has opened for its newest Shooting Sports Fantasy Camps, two back-to-back events scheduled for this October at the highly regarded and well-respected United States Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. | For More...

— MEDIA
MYSTERY RANCH recently sat down with Adam Janke, Editor in Chief at The Journal of Mountain Hunting and Host of their "Beyond the Kill" Podcast. | For More...

Outdoor Trails Media, Inc. has announced the addition of several new stations/cable outlets to its rapidly growing affiliate network carrying their popular outdoor radio program The Revolution with Jim & Trav. | For More...

— NATIONAL PARKS
Dry Tortugas National Park will reopen on today (Tuesday, August 30) at 8 a.m. The ferry and seaplane concessions will resume day trips to the park, weather permitting. The Dry Tortugas closed to recreation on August 27 for the approach of tropical weather system 99L. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
With a high carbon stainless steel blade with a black oxide coating and pocket clip, the new Crush Air Frame Liner Lock from Kutmaster carries a MSRP Of $22.95 | For More...

— ONLINE
ERGO Grips announced their new, updated website, ergogrips.net. A safer shopping cart is added to the more easily navigated site as well. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
Shoot Like A Girl has announced the 39 members of its pro staff. | For More...

A new mobile app developed by Wildlife Forever and the Clean Drain Dry Initiative, works to use Augmented Reality (AR) technology to educate, inform and inspire conservation stewardship. | For More...

Efforts focused on sustaining Idaho's legendary upland bird populations have received a major boost with the formation of the Elmore County Chapter of Pheasants Forever in southwest Idaho. | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Ryan Burt has joined its Retail Advisory Council. Burt is the CEO of Calibers Shooting Sports Centers based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a family-owned business since 1997. | For More...

Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently announced the 2015-2016 Regional Director (RD) and Director of Development (DOD) of the Year award recipients. Scott James and Adam DeHaan were recognized for their outstanding leadership during the 2016 fiscal year. | For More...

— PET CARE
For Fall 2016 Browning Pet Care has expanded their line of products to fit the needs of performance and household canine companions. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Stack-On Products has added a biometric lock to three of their most popular safes, each with entry level price points and top-end capacity. The new lock face features an ergonomic design that is placed at just the right angle to make it easy to scan your fingerprint. | For More...

— PROMOTIONS
Comp-Tac Victory Gear offers 15% off and Free Shipping on orders over $50 from August 29th through September 5th, on Comp-Tac's online store. The sale includes a range of items: concealed carry holsters, competition holsters, gun belts, magazine pouches, pepper spray and flashlight holders. | For More...

'Get Your Apex On' this Labor Day weekend with free shipping on online orders placed Tuesday, August 30 through Monday, September 5 at www.ApexTactical.com. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
Outdoor Indiana's September-October issue features the many uses of persimmons, Indiana's favorite fruit, and how the town of Mitchell celebrates during its annual fall festival that's named for the fruit. | For More...

— RETAIL
Now through September 15, 2016, Coonan Inc. is offering customers a free Range Bag ($150 value) on the purchase of any new Classic or Compact .357 Magnum. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIP
Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten has announced that Bucks of America has signed on as a WTU national sponsor. "Bucks of America has an outstanding line of quality apparel branded around the hunting and outdoors lifestyle," said Schinkten. "The folks at Bucks of America, and their affiliated company, Bucks of Nebraska, understand hunters because they are hunters. We're honored to welcome them into the WTU family." | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Sponsoring the 2016 Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt is just one additional way that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) ensures the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage for future generations. | For More...

— STATE PARKS
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that the swimming beach located on Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay in Brimley State Park (Chippewa County) has reopened after a temporary closure that revealed elevated E. coli bacteria levels. | For More...

— STATES
The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) will reopen Sept. 2 and remain open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. | For More...

The department is considering new rules to establish new types of combination fishing licenses at lower cost than for the individual licenses. | For More...

If you have a sense of curiosity about what lies in the skies above us, come to Arizona's Catalina State Park for the next Star Party on Saturday, September 24, 2016. | For More...

A Rienzi, Mississippi, man has been charged with one count of possessing protected wildlife, a violation of Alabama wildlife regulation 220-2-.26, which places restrictions on the possession, sale, importation and/or release of certain animal and fish species. | For More...

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's Youth Deer Hunting Day returns for its second year on Saturday, September 24. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announces that Perch Lake State Forest Campground in Luce County will host displaced campers from Muskallonge Lake State Park. | For More...

Anglers and others can give their opinions about fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed on 14 lakes and three rivers. | For More...

August 31 is the last day for Idaho hunters to purchase a second general season elk tag at a discounted price. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Outdoor Channel will be available to all DISH customers on Channel 396 as part of a five-week free preview, starting Wednesday, September 7 and ending Wednesday, October 5. | For More...

— VOLUNTEERS
Help keep a restored prairie healthy by volunteering at Indiana's Summit Lake State Park on Saturday, Sept. 24. | For More...

From the Pages of Sporting Classics


Depending on who's doing the talking, the average shooter expends somewhere between five and ten shells for every dove he bags. Do two things and you'll eliminate three-fourths of your misses.

FEATURE
Shooting Down Rumors About Lighted Nocks and Expandable Broadheads
Editor's Note: This latest bit of "rumor control" comes to us courtesy of Jennifer Jackson, Regional Conservation Educator for Idaho Fish and Game.

Rumors have spread throughout Idaho that expandable broadheads and lighted nocks on arrows are legal for big game archery hunting. However, these rumors are not true.

With archery season starting next week, there is a lot of talk "around town" about the use of lighted nocks. In fact, this talk has spread throughout southern Idaho, carrying with it the rumor that lighted nocks on arrows are legal for archery hunting of big game in Idaho. Not so.

A quick look at page 98 of the 2015-16 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet reveals that all electronic or battery-powered devices attached to an arrow, bolt or bow are unlawful with one exception: disabled archery permit holders may use a non-magnifying sight with battery-powered or tritium-lighted reticles.

The nock of an arrow is usually made of plastic and serves as the attachment point to place an arrow on a bowstring. Lighted or illuminated nocks are designed to glow after the arrow is released, acting somewhat like a tracer so that the archer can better track the path of the arrow and where it hits its target.

Because lighted nocks are battery-powered, they are not allowed on arrows used in big game hunts per Idaho law. Mounted cameras and rangefinders are other examples of electronic devices prohibited on archery equipment when pursuing big game in Idaho.

Another rumor making its way through the archery hunting community is that expandable broadheads are now legal. Again, not true. Information regarding what archery equipment is or isn't allowed can be found on pages 98 and 99 of the big game regulations.

Not all of the recent hunting rumors are archery-related.

Contrary to what hunters may be hearing, disabled veterans do not have special hunts, zones or units set aside solely for their hunting opportunities. However, disabled veterans are able to purchase a resident combination license for only $5 or a nonresident hunting license with a three-day fishing license for $31.75.

Tags for both resident and nonresident disabled veterans are also sold at a significant discount. In addition, there are special permits associated with motorized vehicles for which individuals with disabilities may qualify, namely shoot from vehicle permits and permits for using an OHV/ATV as an aid to hunting.

There have been no significant changes to Idaho Fish and Game rules and regulations for big game. Everything that was in place last hunting season still stands for this year because Idaho Fish and Game has gone to a two-year regulations cycle.

That being said, it is the responsibility of every hunter, trapper and angler to "know before you go." Before heading in to the field, take the time to familiarize yourself with the seasons and rules for the hunting and fishing experiences you wish to enjoy.

For more information about seasons and rules for any species, consult the regulations that can be picked up at any Fish and Game office or Fish and Game license vendor. These regulations can also be found online at idfg.idaho.gov.

While visiting Fish and Game's website, be sure to click on other helpful tools such as the Frequently Asked Questions option on the home page or scroll down to the bottom of the page to the Hunt Planner and Fishing Planner.
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