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— TOP STORY
The Second Amendment Foundation won a significant court victory yesterday against "good reason" requirements for concealed carry when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of such a requirement in Washington, D.C. The 2-1 ruling, written by Judge Thomas Beall Griffith, declares that, "At the Second Amendment's core lies the right of responsible citizens to carry firearms for personal self-defense beyond the home, subject to longstanding restrictions…The District's good-reason law is necessarily a ban on exercises of that constitutional right for most D.C. residents. That's enough to sink this law under (the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court's Heller ruling)." | For More...

— ARCHERY
After leading qualification with one of the highest field archery scores in history, Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona) was well poised to take his first World Games gold this weekend. | For More...

— BOATING
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled required boating safety courses at locations throughout the state in the coming months. The home-study option of the course allows participants to download and study materials online before attending a three-hour review and test-out session. | For More...

— CAMPING
National wildlife refuges from Alaska to Florida offer camping opportunities that allow visitors to see wildlife up close in a variety of natural habitats. | For More...

— COMPETITIONS
Walther Arms, Inc. congratulates Hwansik Kim for outstanding performances at two recent major IPSC matches: 1st Overall Production at the BC Provincial Championship and 2nd Overall Production Division at the IPSC US Nationals. | For More...

The top male and female athletes in Doubles Skeet were recognized by the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the 2017 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions. | For More...

Members of the Jacksonville (Fla.) University Sporting Clays, Skeet & Trap Team picked up their second national title during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships with their win in the Collegiate Division in Doubles Skeet. Earlier in the match Jacksonville shooters claimed the Doubles Trap title. | For More...

The Southern Shooting Sports of Tennessee held off the Ben Avery Clay Crushers of Arizona to win the Doubles Skeet title in the Rookie Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships. | For More...

The Haywood Young Guns of Tennessee outpaced the Allen Eagles Competitive Shooting Team to capture the Doubles Skeet title in the Intermediate/Entry Level Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships. | For More...

The Volunteer State's Henry County No Fly Zone edged out teams from Iowa and Montana to claim the Doubles Skeet title in the Intermediate/Advanced Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships. | For More...

Georgia's Lake Oconee Shotgun Team took the Doubles Skeet title in the Junior Varsity Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships. | For More...

After breaking 280 of 300 targets, members of the Pella Christian Eagles Shooting Team of Iowa took home the national title in the Open Division in Doubles Skeet during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships. | For More...

KC Eusebio took the top spot as First Place Overall Match Winner at the 2017 US IPSC Nationals, July 15-16. | For More...

Mandy Bachman traveled to Elkhart, Iowa to defend her High Lady title at the Iowa State IDPA Championship. She finished the match as High Lady, 3rd ESP Master, and 8th overall. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
The upper stretch of the Cedar River in north-central Iowa is now 28 tons of trash lighter, thanks to the efforts of 469 volunteers. | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
Iowa Department of Natural Resources state park rangers have charged two hunters after a tip was reported by fishermen of shots fired at Lake Manawa on July 22. | For More...

— EVENTS
Benelli USA invites the outdoor industry to join in support of Freedom Hunters at this year's Benelli USA Invitational. Slated for September 15 at Prince George's County Trap and Skeet in Glen Dale, Maryland, the event will raise money for Freedom Hunters through a team-based sporting clays competition, silent auction and raffle. | For More...

Tactical Solutions will be exhibiting this week at TRIGGRCON in Tacoma, Washington. TRIGGRCON is four day firearms convention open to media and industry attendees, and open to enthusiasts the final two days. | For More...

Daniel Defense has announced that it will be attending the 2017 TRIGGRCON Expo in Tacoma, Washington. The first two days of the event will include a range day and industry day open to media and industry leaders, and the final two days will be open to the public. | For More...

On Saturday, Aug. 5, Walker Tavern Historic Site near Brooklyn, Michigan, will host a vintage base ball game between the home team, Walker Wheels, and rival Saginaw Old Golds. Weather permitting, the game begins at 1 p.m. Admission is free. | For More...

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce its displays, exhibits and programs for the 2017 Maryland State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds (Aug. 25- Sept. 4), including the ever-popular Scales & Tales Program. | For More...

The American Museum of Fly Fishing's annual Fly Fishing Festival returns for a very special 10th anniversary this August 12 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. | For More...

— FISHERIES
Lee County Public Fishing Lake will temporarily close beginning August 1, 2017, due to the resignation of the lake manager. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
Kevin Van Dam lead the first three days of the tournament during relatively placid conditions, and then the Michigan native proved at least two things when the weather changed on Sunday: his knack for adapting quickly to changing conditions, and his ability to consistently fool bronze bass. | For More...

— GEAR
The Firminator is ideally suited for putting in warm-season crops. It combines a heavy-duty disc harrow, a true agricultural-grade cultipacker and a precision ground-drive seed system in one unit that you can pull behind an ATV or a tractor. | For More...

Hogue Knives is pleased to introduce the newest addition to their quality line of knives, the X1-Microflip button lock flipper. It features features Hogue's robust button lock mechanism along with their patent-pending blade retention device. | For More...

GERBER announces the introduction of the new Sharkbelly. It's an update to the classic everyday carry pocket knife, available in partially serrated and full fine edge blade variations. | For More...

— GRANTS
Whitetails Unlimited has awarded grants totaling $15,000 to the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center in Lansing, Iowa. The combined grant included funds from WTU's Northeast Iowa Chapter as well as WTU national headquarters. | For More...

— HUNTING
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, is praising North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper for his signing yesterday of the bipartisan Sunday hunting expansion legislation. | For More...

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for this year's black bear lottery. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the four-day hunting season, taking place Oct. 23-26 in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Apex Tactical Specialties, the leading designer and manufacturer of aftermarket triggers and accessories for firearms, is pleased to welcome Zanders Sporting Goods as its newest distributor helping deliver Apex's popular products to firearm retailers across the country. | For More...

MidwayUSA announces the release of "Close Calls with Horses" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...

Signature Products Group (SPG) is pleased to announce the promotion of Steve McGrath to Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. | For More...

— JOBS
Kinsey's seeks a qualified candidate for an Internal Sales Representative- Key Accounts to be responsible for handling the day-to-day communications with key sales accounts. | For More...

— MEDIA
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has launched "BHA's Podcast & Blast," a podcast spotlighting people, places and issues central to hunting and fishing on North America's backcountry public lands and waters. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
The Lucky Pair, new for 2017, includes a mallard drake and hen, both spinners. It includes the same features as the Junior II, and they're all HD remote capable (not included). The three decoys run on 4 AA batteries, equating to 12-14 hours of run time. | For More...

For 2017, Bloodsport is taking proven Gravedigger and Night Fury design and performance to the extreme with their new Gravedigger Extreme and Night Fury Extreme broadheads. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
Officials from the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame together with noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris Tuesday announced plans to establish a permanent home for the exhibit and collection honoring bass fishing's legends as part of Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. | For More...

— RECOGNITION
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is pleased to announce that Primos Hunting and Kalkomey were awarded the association's 2017 Hunting Heritage Award at its National Convention last week in New Orleans. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
Redding Reloading Equipment introduces new die sets in 6mm Creedmoor. They will be available in Type–S, Type-S Match and Competition series die sets. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Remington Arms Company, LLC, has signed as the Presenting Sponsor of the association's inaugural National Shooting Sports Month. Founded in 1816, Remington is an American manufacturer of firearms and ammunition. | For More...

Adaptive Tactical, LLC is proud to announce it is a Gold Sponsor of the Northwest Championship Rimfire Challenge. The challenge will be held July 28-30, 2017, at the Parma Rod and Gun Club in Parma, Idaho. | For More...

Sinclair, a leader in oil and gas since 1916, is a Hunter Sponsor of this year's fifth annual Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt, hosted by the Wyoming Women's Foundation. | For More...

— STATES
Lee County Public Fishing Lake will temporarily close beginning August 1, 2017, due to the resignation of the lake manager. | For More...

Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) officers made contact with hundreds of boaters the weekend before the Fourth of July as part of Operation Dry Water, a national awareness and enforcement campaign that targets people who are operating a boat or watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. | For More...

The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation, together with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will induct five individuals into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. | For More...

In August, classroom courses will be offered at Lincoln, Omaha, Papillion, Kearney, Grand Island and Norfolk that allow Nebraskans to comply with the state's education requirements for boating. | For More...

Chinook salmon seasons on the Snake, Little Salmon and Upper Salmon rivers will close at the end of fishing hours on Sunday, July 30. The closures to these fisheries are occurring because harvest objectives are being met and/or because the Chinook run has ended. | For More...

It's easy to show support for Florida's manatees and sea turtles by sticking on a decal. Every July the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) introduces new manatee and sea turtle decals available with a $5 donation. | For More...

Indiana anglers who reel in a large fish can now submit their Fish of The Year and Record Fish entries to the DNR online. A new online form allows anglers to fill out data quickly and email a photo and other documentation. It is at wildlife.IN.gov/9453.htm. | For More...

One of the easiest ways to let others know that you love Texas horned lizards is by adding a lizard license plate to your car. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a ribbon-cutting event Tuesday, Aug. 1, to mark the official opening of the new universally accessible kayak and canoe launch at Mitchell State Park in Wexford County. | For More...

Iowa's 865-acre Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area is attractive to more than ducks and pheasants. It brings in shorebirds, bobolinks, Eastern meadowlarks, goldfinches, tiger salamanders, prairie skinks, turtles, bees, monarchs, dragonflies, damselflies and more. Six pairs of Forester's terns have been seen here. So have multiple adult and young eared grebes. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week, Shooting USA's John Scoutten covers the STI Limited National Championship in Florida. Plus the Whitworth Rifle, one of History's Guns. | For More...

This week on Guns & Gear, see the Calvin Elite AR trigger, designed for speed and accuracy, from Timney Triggers. Then, check out Barnes Bullets' VOR-TX LR ammo for long range shooting, and dive into optics from Sig Sauer, including the ROMEO6. | For More...

On Thursday, Gallery of Guns TV will feature Julie Golob shooting the S&W Model 586 and Scott Kenneson demonstrates SIG's P238 Spartan. | For More...

Outdoor Sportsman Group's (OSG) MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) content continues to grow with the announcement of the acquisition of the programming library of Heartland Bowhunter. | For More...

— WASHINGTON
The American Bird Conservancy this week applauded a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate to ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide the group contends has been "killing birds and poisoning the environment for the past half-century." | For More...

— WILDLIFE
Last week, a collared lion was tracked and shot by a professional hunter (PH) and his client near Hwange National Park. The animal was well outside the confines of the park, and was hunted in a fair-chase, ethical manner. Upon discovering the lion was a research subject, PH Richard Cooke, a DSC member, retrieved the collar plus hair, blood and tissue samples for the researchers. From these valuable specimens, ongoing lion research will provide more information about lion habits, range, and reproduction. Dallas Safari Club is proud to be a supporter of these initiatives, through advocacy at the national and international level, as well as conservation grants through the DSC Foundation. | For More...

— YOUTH
If you want to know who is the best Ship in the country, that honor goes to Sea Scout Ship 100, SSS Dominion, of Manassas, Virginia, which was recently bestowed with the 15th Annual Sea Scout National Flagship Award. | For More...

FEATURE
Rare Sonoran Pronghorn are Rebounding
Editor's Note: Today's feature was submitted by Craig Springer of the USFWS.

Border Patrol, Department of Defense and Arizona Game and Fish Department advance Sonoran Pronghorn conservation.
If sound had color, what fills your ears on a Sonoran summer day would be a matte monochrome. The flat nasally shrill of insects that go sight unseen rises to a crescendo and falls away to a lull, like water swelling and falling in a slow rhythm lapping on a sandy shoal.

It's sandy here to be sure. But there's little natural water. It's locked up in the pulp of cactus or the waxy leaves of sparse green plants. Some of that plant matter is food for the Sonoran pronghorn, an endangered species that's found nowhere else in the world than in the far southwest corner of Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico.

The core of what is left of the rare mammal is centered on Cabeza Prietaand Kofa national wildlife refuges. But the animal with a habit to move around in small caravans ranges widely onto other federal public lands: the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Organ Pipe National Monument and Yuma Proving Grounds. The pronghorn exists on the Tohono O'odham Nation as well. Two additional populations persist in Sonora, Mexico.

Searing summer heat reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit scorches the Sonoran Desert floor. It's exceedingly arid and the spaces between stands of low shrubs and patches of grasses are wide with more earth and stone and sand showing than vegetative matter. That wildlife can survive here is a testament to the press of time — the flora and fauna are adapted to a life determined by the sky that day in and day out is a cloudless cobalt blue.

Put Together For Speed and Survival

The Sonoran pronghorn is one of five subspecies of the animal iconic of the open plains of North America. This Sonoran form of pronghorn is set apart from the other more common forms by its prominent skeletal features described by zoologists in the 1940s. The Sonoran pronghorn is smaller and lighter in color. Where the animal naturally ranges — the Sonoran Desert — is a small geographic area compared to the range of the other pronghorn subspecies.

That big chest holds large lungs and a huge heart and those little legs carry a pronghorn over land quicker than any other animal in North America — sixty miles per hour tops. Slower speeds can be sustained for long distances thanks to its impressive cardio-pulmonary system. A pronghorn would rather be out in the open where it can see danger coming for nearly 360 degrees and for a good distance away. And to evade the perils of a would-be predator, a pronghorn doesn't hide — it just has to outrun it.Sonoran pronghorn look like an animal put together by committee: widely spaced ebony eyes protrude on the side of its head just under its horns in front of tall ears. Its legs are as skinny as willow slips that hold up a barrel-shaped torso wrapped in a tan pelt the color of ripe wheat. But form follows function here. Its eyes afford a broad field of vision. The pelt melds the animal into its habitat.

Then and Now: Drought Set Their Recovery Back

Despite unparalleled vision and being fleet of foot, Sonoran pronghorn could not evade wide-spread habitat loss as a result of in part from incompatible grazing practices that in some areas contributed to accelerated erosion and the replacement of plants unfavorable to pronghorn. Moreover, pronghorn avoid the artifices and presence of people such as canals and roads and increased activity around some areas of the border. The crush of tires over gravel roads perturbs the animals; paved roads are shied and canals carrying domestic water to cities are simply foreign and avoided, but not because of the water.

Water seems to be a limiting factor in Sonoran pronghorn conservation. That was brought to light with a dreadful drought in 2002. The animal limped through a crippling 13-month dearth of rain and it nearly fell into the abyss of extinction. Through the previous two decades, the population averaged about 140 animals. In 2002, it sank to a mere 19 individuals when the summer monsoonal rains that usually come pouring down in July waited until September to arrive. The drought lowered fawn survival and left the population with fewer healthy adults in the population to breed. The population was top-heavy with older animals.

From dire circumstances come drastic measures: in late 2003, seven of the remaining 19 animals were caught and placed in a 640-acre pen on Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge to facilitate captive breeding and re-stocking as habitat improved. Captive breeding continues, but is viewed as a temporary measure. Over the last decade, the populations have trended in the right direction; 241 pronghorn have been released from captivity; four years ago, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge received 13 pronghorn delivered in by helicopter. Range-wide the numbers are steadily climbing from the dangerous low point of 2002.

Increasing Water Sites for Sonoran Pronghorn

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona by USFWS
The Border Patrol keeps up its necessary work along the international border and has supported essential conservation endeavors underway, such as captive breeding. The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program, funded by hunters and anglers, has granted funds to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to build 18 water catchment systems on the national wildlife refuges. The structures catch rain, collect it underground and let the water gravity-feed to a lower point where wildlife can drink it. It's been hugely successful in improving the lot of Sonoran pronghorn. The larger of the catchments can collect enough water during summer monsoons to store and deliver water for pronghorn until they are replenished when rain falls upon the land the following summer.

Population monitoring continues on the ground and in the air. Some animals carry radio transmitters. Every two years aircraft fly over the same lines above Sonoran pronghorn habitats, spotting and counting the number of animals seen and heard by telemetry, to count the population in the wild. Captive breeding continues as well, with 82 pronghorn presently kept at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and another 28 housed at Kofa.

With the drought of 2002 behind us, the future of the endangered Sonoran pronghorn looks relatively sunny. The peculiar animal adds color to the harsh land: what a sight they are to see when they ruffle their white rump and bolt away with ease — far faster than any would-be predator can possibly run.

Craig Springer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — Southwest Region, External Affairs
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