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— TOP STORY
What will demand look like in 2015 and beyond? How do businesses plan for and manage this demand? These were some of the questions posed to five industry expert panelists during a NASGW sponsored webinar provided by Growth Strategy Partners. Jeff Creamer, Executive Director at Sig Sauer; Frank Harris, Vice President at Kahr Firearms Group; Chris Carlberg, Sales Manager at Bill Hicks and Co.; Miles Hall, President, H&H Gun Range and Jim Curcuruto, Director of Research at the National Shooting Sports Foundation provided their perspectives as it applied to their individual businesses. | For More...

— EVENTS
Country music stars and avid hunters, Craig Morgan and Josh Thompson, are scheduled to attend and perform at the second annual Louisville Deer & Turkey Expo, held Friday, January 30 through Sunday, February 1. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) has received a special holiday donation from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) in support of its mission to assist disabled veterans and injured active duty military in rebuilding their confidence that the best of life is ahead of them despite their disabilities. | For More...

Outdoor Writers Association of America encourages outdoor communicators to submit applications for the 2015 John Madson Fellowship. | For More...

Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, has announced the winners of its annual Youth Writing Contest for students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Illinois. The 2014 winning entries will be published in the December issues. | For More...

Leupold & Stevens' Mark 6® 3-18x44mm riflescope has been named Guns & Ammo 2014 Optic of the Year. (MORE) | For More...

Leupold & Stevens, Inc. announces a two-year agreement to become the title sponsor of Sportsman Channel's "Gun It with Benny Spies, presented by Leupold®." | For More...

Signature Products Group (SPG) announces that starting January 1, 2015 they will be the official pack licensee for Browning. For 2015, SPG will unveil a completely new line of packs holding true to the Browning tradition of "The Best There Is. " *(MORE) | For More...

The Mako Group has been recognized as a Premier Industry Ally of the National Rifle Association. Mako joins firearm industry leaders who are also Industry stalwarts: Remington, Ruger and Brownell, among many others. (MORE) | For More...

Hard Core Brands, a leader in high-quality decoys, apparel, and accessories, 'calls' on Stone Road Media to expand its brand and products' online presence using innovative inbound marketing strategies. | For More...

Sportsman Apparel announces the appointment of Outdoor Marketing Group (OMG) as its new, regional sales agency of record covering the southeast. | For More...

The National Rifle Association announces the donation of $50,000 (from the NRA Foundation) to the Harrisburg, PA Police Department for the purchase of a fully equipped Police Cruiser. | For More...

Michael Waddell's Bone Collector looks to dramatically increase its online footprint, eCommerce production, and social media engagement by contracting the internet and social media marketing specialists at Stone Road Media. | For More...

— JOBS
It's a pretty simple deal: camp free in return for the chores of operating this remote Florida campground. | For More...

— LEGISLATION
A bill filed Wednesday in the Texas legislature proposes constitutional protections for hunting and fishing. Rep. Trent Ashby of Lufkin, Texas, authored the measure, HJR 61, with support and encouragement from DSC. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
For 2015 Warne Scope Mounts has re-designed their aluminum MSR Flat Top Rings to a horizontally split type, similar in style our industry leading 1 piece RAMP & X-SKEL Mounts. | For More...

— NEWSSTAND, RADIO & TV
It's a new trigger for Ruger 10-22s, competition and self-defense ammunition, the future of gun rights, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. | For More...

— OLYMPIC COMPETITION
The world of competitive shooting is an environment in which there is no forgiveness for poor performance and where nothing but big results guarantees you a chance to stand among the best. With that in mind, USA Shooting entered the 20-monty gauntlet of Olympic and Paralympic qualifying with optimism, support and expectation. With 2015 in sight, they know more about where they need to go- and what it will take to get there. | For More...

— ONLINE
In the season 1 finale of "That's Knot Right", Chad takes the day off from HOOK1 and heads to the Nashville Zoo. | For More...

Wac'Em Archery Products announces the launch of its new website, Wacemarchery.com. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
SCI often operates as a behind-the-scenes asset to hunters everywhere, but its impact on the outdoor industry should not go unnoticed. | For More...

— PRO TEAMS
In September, 2014 Joe Abrahammson broke the world record for heaviest fish ever caught from a fishing kayak by reeling in a 1,247 lb Greenland Shark off the coast of Andørja Island, Norway. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
For anyone who has ever had questions about concealed carry, the Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Concealed Carry has the important answers, offering a crash course in concealed carry with information on everything from selecting a firearm to training to be prepared for the unexpected use of lethal force. (MORE) | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS
For the third year in a row Houston-based holster manufacturer Comp-Tac Victory Gear will be the title sponsor of the Lone Star State's top IDPA match, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship. | For More...

— SHOOTING ORGANIZATIONS
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is proud to recognize the pinning of over 800 young marksmen with Junior Distinguished Badges in the Three-Position Air Rifle program. | For More...

— SHOT SHOW
The first and only firearm ever manufactured by the Hornady Manufacturing Company will be featured as the 2015 SHOT Show rifle and made available to Hornady fans around the world on GunBroker.com. | For More...

— SHOWS
Brian D. Smith the founder and CEO of the Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas event announced the events attraction lineup for the 2015 event. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Julianna Crowder, President and Founder of A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League, announced that the legendary American firearms maker Smith & Wesson will once again be the presenting sponsor of the A Girl & A Gun National Training Conference which is scheduled to take place in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas this coming April 15-19. | For More...

Suzuki is now the title sponsor for The Outdoor Option TV show. | For More...

— STATES
A Newmarket, New Hampshire man has been convicted in the 10th Circuit District Division Court in Brentwood on two counts of Hunting under Revocation and one count of Possessing a Deer, Second Offense; these charges are Class B misdemeanors. | For More...

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has extended the deadline to apply for membership on the department's Master Hunter Advisory Group (MHAG) through January 9, 2015. | For More...

Gary K. Robertson, 60, of Loris, South Carolina is the lucky winner of a Vermont lifetime hunting and fishing license in the 2014 drawing from 4,474 lottery tickets purchased during the year. | For More...

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the state recreational red snapper season will remain open through the rest of December and will close at 11:59 pm on December 31, 2014. | For More...

California wildlife officer David Bess has been appointed the new chief of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announces the completion of improvements along the Kalkaska Route, which includes Snowmobile Trail #79 in northeastern Kalkaska County. | For More...

While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring - and beyond - by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Howard Nursery. | For More...

A new system is in place for issuing Bear Guide Permits under rules adopted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The rules increase the number of bear guide permits issued annually to a total of 50. | For More...

The preliminary numbers are in for New Hampshire's fall hunting seasons show a drop in harvested deer of 8.6% from the final 2013 numbers, but officials characterize it as a good year nonetheless. | For More...

— SURVEYS
In exploring the threats to fishing which are of the greatest concern or have impacted today's anglers the most, AnglerSurvey.com posed the question in one of its bimonthly surveys. Respondents cited access to water as being their top concern. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Season 3 of Knot Right Kayak Fishing wraps up with Chad Hoover joined by budding country music star, Danica Honeycutt, at the Northeast Alabama Hunting Preserve for some big bass action on their pristine and private lakes. | For More...

Sportsman Channel announced its 2015 Q1 program lineup headlined by new and returning series within the network's "Red, Wild & Blue America" banner. The Q1 shows appeal to the diverse interests of today's American sportsmen and women. | For More...

This week on the The Choice, Brian and his son Christian hunt elk in New Mexico. | For More...

If you want to fish like a rock star, there's no better place to learn bass fishing tips than The Bass Pros, which airs on Outdoor Channel Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m., and Thursdays at noon Eastern time. | For More...

Just in time for the holidays, join The Sporting Chef's e-newsletter and receive a free, 20-page holiday recipe e-book. | For More...

Every episode of Bullets & Broadheads, features Michael and Sonia Hendrick and their two children. Season four keeps family values going strong with every stalk and chase near their Texas home. Tune in Sunday nights beginning January 4 at 7 p.m. ET exclusively on Sportsman Channel. | For More...

Universal Huntress TV follows the small-town country girls behind iconic outdoor fashion line Girls with Guns Clothing® as they travel around the globe on the journey of a lifetime beginning Monday, December 29 on Sportsman Channel. | For More...

The Union Sportsmen's Alliance kicks off the seventh season of its award-winning TV series, Brotherhood Outdoors, with "Muleys, Bulls and Moose, Oh My" an episode named for the diversity of big game encountered by co-hosts Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen and special guest Dan Riegler, a Missouri sheet metal worker, on a memorable hunt in Idaho. | For More...

Season Two of Sportsman Channel's original series Amazing America with Sarah Palin, produced by Pilgrim Studios, premieres on January 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In 12 new episodes, the "First Lady of the Outdoors" takes viewers across the United States to share inspiring stories of outdoor enthusiasts/personalities, craftsmen, and other notable Americans who go out of their way to help others. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, along with the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the State of Wyoming, filed a notice of appeal in the Wyoming wolf case issued by the District Court of the District of Columbia, preserving the ability to go forward with an appeal, if it is decided to do so. | For More...

A new study produced Fundación ProAves reports that decades of deteriorating ecosystem conditions have led to 122 of the country's 1,903 bird species now facing extinction. | For More...

FEATURE
Housekeeping Before the Holidays
This is our final edition of 2014. And this year, I'm not writing with mixed emotions. I'm very excited at the prospects for 2015, but we need the time off to get everything ready for what is always a hectic January.

The last two years, I've spent a significant amount of time traveling around the country to ask face-to-face what topics are most important to you. In 2015, we'll be responding to your input, and in some new and exciting ways.

We'll be using the next two weeks to streamline our back-office systems. It shouldn't be obvious, but it will allow our editors to do even more of their great original work. That's because of the streamlined workflows.

That will make a difference - in each of our eight services. No, I didn't miscount.

We're adding another wire to The Outdoor Wire Digital Network in January. It will roll out just prior to SHOT Show.

The new wire is in direct response to your feedback. You've wanted more coverage of "prepping" but with information that's useful in your daily lives, not another list of last-ditch gear and tactics designed for the "end of the world as we know it."

As one reader told me: "I'd like information that makes me better prepared for small disasters we could face on any day, not a recipe for serving the family pet after our supplies run out in the bunker."

I hear that.

So we're taking a different approach, especially compared to most of the "prepper" material you see. I believe you'll like it. If you don't, you'll have the chance to tell me why.

All our subscribers will be sampled-in for the first edition. Telling us if you want to keep it will be your first opportunity at giving us feedback.

In 2015, my primary goal is to give you more opportunities to give us your feedback- to listen more closely and respond accordingly.

We'll offer you opportunities to point us toward stories you think are important. And you'll have the chance to suggest questions you'd like us to ask of people you might not be able to access on your own.

We still have the need for a return to civil discourse, and we think this is a first step.

The ability to unemotionally discuss hot-button issues seems to have been lost in the "mainstream media."

We're going to try and model good behavior and invite "the mainstream" to watch. We're also going to try and gently correct some of their more egregious errors when it comes to shooting, hunting and the outdoors.

Rather than make fun of them, we're going to try to get them to listen -and learn. If they don't, it's on them, not us.

Most of our changes are the direct results of time I've spent with many of you. I've seen how hot-button issues impact your lives.

To guide those efforts more effectively, I have to reallocate my time. And before any of you start celebrating, that is not a retirement announcement.

My travel schedule has been challenging physically (OK, no more rock-climbing), but reinvigorating mentally and emotionally. And it exposed me to "new voices" from around the country.

In 2015, you'll notice new contributors work in the wires.

Some names you may recognize. Others will be emerging voices- energetic newcomers bringing fresh ideas and new perspectives. And their participation will undoubtedly mean more hashtags and communication via social media. Today, those things are necessary to keep you posted.

Expect much more video and audio next year, too. And we're working on live interaction opportunities- because we're integrating more technology into all our services in 2015.

The technology will you opportunities to interact with us -and newsmakers in real-time. It's simpler than it was when we started investigating it more than a year ago.

Not so many years ago The Outdoor Wire was a single outdated PC hooked to a dial-up modem. They both sat on a folding table that was the desk, file cabinet and corporate HQ. The operation was HQ'd in one corner of an unfinished basement.

Each of you helped us become a network of services that have more reach into the outdoors than any other service in the world. When you became readers,the industry realized there was a need to get you reliable information in a timely fashion.

It took three very lean years, but once we won their trust, they began to support us. Their reluctance was understandable. Others had come into the industry, promised plenty and delivered nothing.

So I'm preparing for our a few days away with no melancholy. And we are heading in into what is the most joyous time of the year.

If you're doing well going into the holidays, you know someone who's not. Help if you can; then offer a sincere prayer of thanksgiving for your fortunate situation.

Those roles can reverse.

Over the next few days, I'll get a couple of notes from readers telling me they miss "their wires."

We all enjoy those notes for a couple of reasons. First, it's good to know the work is appreciated. But more importantly, you consider that work to be "your wires". You have shaped them for nearly 13 years - and you're why we are working over the holidays to make the services even more responsive in 2015.

Our first editions of the new year will arrive in your mailbox early on the morning of Monday, January 5, 2015. And we'll get another year underway. I can hardly wait to get started.

Until then, happy holidays, Merry Christmas, happy new year and may God bless you each of you and your families.

Your friend,

Jim Shepherd
Dec 20
Universal Shooting Academy - Frostproof, FL
Jan 10
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama
Jan 14
Elm Fork Shooting Sports, 10751 Luna Road, Dallas, TX 75220
Jan 15-18
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas
Jan 20-23
Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Jan 23-25
Kansas Expo Center, Topeka, Kansas
Feb 4-7
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 19-22
Lake Hartwell and Greenville, SC
Feb 19-22
Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 20-22
Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa
Feb 26-28
Smith & Wesson Academy 299 Page Blvd. Springfield, MA
Mar 4
Mesa, Arizona
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