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— TOP STORY
According to a report released yesterday by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $42.9 billion in 2014, a 125 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs* rose from approximately 166,000 to more than 263,000, a 58 percent increase in that period. | For More...

— APPEARANCES
Tim Anello, host of Outdoor Channel's popular realistic outdoor show "Inside Outdoor TV," is scheduled to attend this year's Muzzy Classic bowfishing tournament at Alabama's Lake Guntersville, April 25 and 26. | For More...

— BIRDING
Carl Zeiss Sports Optics announces its continued sponsorship of New Jersey Audubon's World Series of Birding, set for May 9, 2015. Since its beginning in 1984, the event has raised more than $9 million for bird conservation. | For More...

— CAMPING
A new custom Fire Pit from Plantation Spoiled is the perfect addition for any camp, whether you're at the hunting property, on a camping trip or ready for a backyard fire ring. | For More...

— COMMERCIAL FISHING
The Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association and the Midwater Trawlers Cooperative are the two newest members of The Seafood Harvesters of America. | For More...

— EVENTS
The National Wildlife Federation's Great American Campout will kick off its eleventh year of connecting people with the great outdoors when Nick Offerman of NBC's Parks & Recreation and official spokesman for the event helps kick things off on Saturday, June 27, 2015 | For More...

Kids and families looking for a little outdoor adventure are reminded that the Eighth Annual Outdoor Heritage Day will take place at Riverbend Park in Palisade from this Saturday, April 25, 2015. | For More...

Standouts in preserving cultural resources will be presented with 2015 Indiana Historic Preservation Awards at the statewide historic preservation conference this week in Kokomo. | For More...

The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society are giving a boost to local chapter habitat work days this spring by organizing the distribution of free native tree and shrub seedlings to chapters in Michigan. | For More...

The Palmetto Shooting Complex at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the town of Edgefield welcomed nearly 1,200 visitors to the area for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' (SCDNR) Inaugural Youth Sporting Clays Open. | For More...

— FISHERIES
Large numbers of small fish called alewives are washing up on the shores of Lake Champlain in Milton and Georgia. State fisheries biologists from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department say it is an example of the kind of problems a non-native invasive species can cause. | For More...

— FISHING
The team of American anglers that qualified by winning the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament in Bermuda team caught 67 sailfish for a grand total of 13,400-points to win the 16th Annual 2015 Offshore World Championship (OWC). | For More...

— FUND RAISERS
Injured and disabled veterans from across the country will gather in Syria, Virginia on April 25-26 to participate in the 9th Annual 2-Fly Tournament benefitting Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. | For More...

— GEAR
Flextone's new Lock Down™ slate and glass pot calls are options that will be found in many turkey vests this spring because they eliminate the one disadvantage of pot calls, which is not being able to get your hands on your striker at that critical time. | For More...

Ozonics is designed to bond ozone to scent molecules, then cascade the heavy molecules downward through the hunter's scent profile, rendering human scent undetectable by deer and other game. | For More...

Unlike standard trail cams, the PlotWatcher and PlotWatcher Pro help hunters monitor entire food plots and big fields with constant, every-10-second pictures that are easy to review helping hunters confidently choose the best place to set up and hunt trophy toms on their property. | For More...

Made of heavy-duty polyethylene, Advantage Hunting Blinds stand up to harsh weather, are inedible to bugs such as termites and carpenter ants and bees smf various models allow for two to four hunters, season after season. | For More...

C Products Defense Magazines are officially the most thoroughly tested magazine on the planet with over 100,000 documented rounds by a major firearm manufacturer with zero failures and zero parts replacements, exceeding all government specifications and operating flawlessly in all extreme environments. | For More...

Blade-Tech Industries announces its new "Klipt Appendix IWB" holster is in stock and ready to ship for the new Glock model 43. | For More...

— GRANTS
The Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA)has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit created by American Water—the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The grant will bring together union members and American Water employees to volunteer their time and skills to water-related conservation projects in Charleston, West Virginia, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Peoria, Illinois. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
LandLeader LLC, a national recreational real estate marketing and listing company has appointed M. James Morey as their Public Relations manager. | For More...

LandLeader LLC, a national recreational real estate marketing and listing company announces sponsorship of the Quality Deer Management Association. | For More...

Sports South, LLC of Shreveport, Louisiana CEO Skipper Dixon announces the promotion of Tripper Dickson to President, effective April 15, 2015. | For More...

Bernie Shreve, Chief Engineer forC Products Defense Magazines, was named the 2015 Engineer of the Year in a ceremony conducted at the company headquarters in Bradenton Florida on Monday, April 20th. | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announces that Gold Coast Armory has made a donation in the amount of $22,000 to NSSF in support of the organization's premier shooting event series, the Rimfire Challenge. | For More...

Mec-Gar Srl, the largest OEM firearm magazine manufacturer in the world is celebrating 50 years of doing business internationally. | For More...

Fulton Precision Archery, maker of Ramcat Broadheads, announces the recent addition of industry veteran Bill Ruth. | For More...

PROVO, UT– Action Target will be exhibiting at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) conference that is held April 20-25 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, Ilinois. In addition to exhibiting, Action Target will have a mobile shooting range at the conference available for use to vendors and attendees. | For More...

— JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
Quickfire Productions is a video production company specializing in creating videos for businesses in the hunting and outdoor market and is currently looking for a full-time project editor to be based out of their Cleveland, Ohio offices. Salary commensurate with experience. | For More...

The Associate Editor provides editorial and search engine optimization (SEO) and marketing (SEM) essential to the content of the NRA FAMILY INSIGHTS web properties. Work must be performed in an accurate and punctual manner, ensuring that it satisfies established quality standards and policies and meets production deadlines. | For More...

Candidates for the position should have experience in attaining customer satisfaction by providing problem-solving resources and managing staff. | For More...

— MEDIA
Four (4) tom's down and lots of turkey hunting action in the new video at www.GrowingDeer.tv!Watch the turkey hunting action as the kids put the hammer down Pay attention as you'll see an unexpected strutter - a hen in full strut. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Walker's® Game Ear®, the shooting and hunting industry pioneer in hearing protection, introduces the new Foam Ear Plugs in 100-count jar. | For More...

Redding Reloading Equipment is offering die sets for the exciting new 6mm Creedmoor Cartridge. This new round has great and game changing potential for a host of sport shooting and hunting disciplines, as a result, new sets will be offered in Standard Full Length, Standard Neck and Deluxe. | For More...

Gene Lumsden, CEO of Legacy Sports International, Inc. announces the new Pointer Break Action shotgun from Legacy Sports International. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) will hold a Pre-Convention Online Auction with 54 great items up for grabs! Items include hunts, trips, travel accommodations, deer hunting and management equipment, collectibles, guns, knives, and much more. | For More...

— PADDLESPORTS
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's spring outdoor adventure series continues with a talk by licensed fishing guide Tim Moore, who will present a wealth of tips and strategies for successful kayak fishing at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, Concord, N.H. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Through goHUNT's web based "INSIDER" program, members can join for $149, and goHUNT.com will donate $50 to the Pope & Young Club's Conservation & Outreach fund in their name. | For More...

— RADIO
Late April fishing is going off this weekend and Northwestern Outdoors Radio has suggestions on where to catch trout throughout the Northwest. | For More...

— RETAIL
Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance cooler panels i partners with Northwoods Wholesale Outlet in Pinconning Michigan to bring their innovative product offerings to the avid outdoor enthusiasts of The Great Lakes State. | For More...

— SATES
Hunters have through May 20 to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and turkey seasons in Washington state. | For More...

— STATES
The Department of Natural Resources is recruiting volunteer instructors for a pair of off-road vehicle safety education programs set for May and June. | For More...

The 2016 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp will feature the winning photo submission of a native Ohio butterfly. Learn more about Ohio Native Butterfly Species by visiting wildohio.gov. Entries will be accepted Aug. 10-23, 2015. | For More...

From April 20-26, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) encourage boaters to "Spring Aboard" by enrolling in a boating education course. | For More...

The Michigan DNR is using the state's annual observance of Wildfire Prevention Week, April 19-25, to remind the public about the dangers of wildfires. | For More...

From April 20-26, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) encourage boaters to "Spring Aboard" by enrolling in a boating education course. | For More...

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will open to public use an additional 1,166 acres along the Wabash River with the start of spring turkey hunting season tomorrow (Wednesday). | For More...

The presence of black bears is not necessarily a problem or threat to your safety, but it is important to remember that bears are wild animals and deserve respect. Donna Andrews of the Bear Interest Group will offer a one-hour presentation on black bears Sunday April 26, 2015 at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. | For More...

Indiana's Spring Mill State Park seeks volunteer help to plant 50 trees in the campground in celebration of National Arbor Day, April 25. | For More...

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has released its annual Master Angler program report and the 2014 edition is highlighted by two new state record fish – both caught in Lake Champlain. | For More...

This week's rain, in combination with mild temperatures, signals the start of another marathon for New Hampshire's frogs, spotted salamanders and toads. They breed in temporary waterbodies called vernal pools. They must get to the breeding pools, mate and lay eggs, and the young must hatch and grow legs before the vernal pools dry up this summer. | For More...

The nation's largest recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), is speaking out against AL House Bill 258, that if passed by the Alabama Senate could decimate bass, crappie and other sportfish stocks. | For More...

Arizona Game and Fish Department officials have not found any cases of chronic wasting disease in the state's deer and elk populations despite the illness being detected in nearby states. | For More...

Several scholarships are available to defray the cost of attending New Hampshire's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) fall weekend workshop. | For More...

Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission has closed another bighorn sheep hunting district, this one north of Plains in northwestern Montana, due to a suspected disease-related die-off. | For More...

On Friday, April 17th, Supervisors of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests signed a Record of Decision for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), an unprecedented, collaborative effort to restore 1 million acres of at-risk ponderosa pine forest across northern Arizona. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Intrigued by the Grey Wolf's physical ability to hunt, Remi Warren, host of Sportsman Channel's original series Apex Predator, explores what it takes to run with wolves. | For More...

FEATURE
Truth Or Not?
Time for another attempt to empty the ocean with a fork....yep, another "Danger!" "Warning!" and "Is This True???" story.

Truth: California has passed legislation banning traditional ammunition for hunting. Also true: the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DSTC) says it do the same thing for lead in all fishing tackle.

What California has NOT done is ban any particular caliber of ammunition.

Let's repeat this one more time for those of you who are preparing to forward me the link to the story that says we can all either quake in our collective boots or shake our fists and shout "not here" while we run out and start hoarding ammunition- again.

The story is a spoof - no matter how many copies you get from well-meaning friends. The story is from National Report- a "fake news site" (see accompanying image).

National Report is not a news site, despite the 3,231 copies of this story you'll probably get over the next decade. The "Ticker" at the top should be a contextual clue. Screen shot taken from NR website.


In case you simply refuse to accept the fact -or you've been sending National News reports to friends, here's a note from their archives from web- debunking site Hoax Slayer (www.hoax-slayer.com):

National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental.

There was an interesting editorial page piece in yesterday's (3/20/15) real NYT that reports something the author apparently finds troubling: crime is at near-historic lows, but gun ownership is on the rise.

The opinion piece written by Charles M. Blow quotes last week's Pew Report that says "for the first time, more Americans say that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, 52 to 46 percent" .

Blow's piece is titled "Has the NRA Won?"

That's the rhetorical question Mr. Blow uses to get the attention of those who agree with his feeling that "reasonable restrictions" -his words - are vitally important.

But he admits that "One may begrudge and bemoan the fact, but it is hard to deny it: the N.R.A. appears to be winning this round."

But he doesn't see the Pew Report as proving a long-term "win"- only "winning this round."

Anti-gunners will never willingly accept the fact they don't know what's best for everyone -even if their experience doesn't go beyond a single borough of New York City. That's why the NRA keeps pounding that message to it's slowing, but still-growing membership. As tiring as that pounding can get, the fight never stops.

Over the weekend, Larry Keane at the NSSF blogged a piece on Maryland's ending their ballistics imaging program.

Keane writes that, after a decade of trying, both houses of the Maryland General Assembly finally ended the "dysfunctional experience with what had once been billed as a crime scene investigation tool, but was never used to solve a single crime."

Despite the vote, the program -and its costs- will be borne by taxpayers until October. And, as Keane points out, the battle against another not-ready-for-prime-time technology, microstamping, continues because "Legislators in too many states have a tendency to leap before taking a good look. The result in Maryland and New York has been the now-discarded ballistics imaging distraction that law enforcement did not need and did not want.

"In the end, no one was served. Taxpayers footed the bill for those wasted efforts. In Maryland's case the costs won't be recovered by sending uncounted barrels of brass casings for recycling.  Call it a lesson learned.  Be wary of any technology touted as the panacea for solving gun crimes."


Be alert for stories that "appear" to be true, especially before forwarding them to others. Spending a couple of minutes checking something out will be appreciated by your friends. Really.

If the validity of a story has you concerned, drop us an email at editor@theoutdoorwire.com. Finding the answers, especially to questionable stories, is another part of our job. And part of keeping our promise -we'll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd
Apr 25-26
Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Apr 25-26
Lake Guntersville, Alabama
May 2-3
Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports, Columbia, Missouri
May 5-8
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
May 7-9
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky
May 14-16
Tom Lee Park, Downtown, Memphis, TN
May 16-17
Table Rock Lake, Missouri
May 16-17
Kentucky's Salato Nature Center, #1 Game Farmfarm Rd, Frankfort, KY
May 20-23
Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, Columbia, MO
May 23-24
Coshocton Sportsmen's Club, Coshocton, Ohio
May 29-31
Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, NE
May 30-31
Grand Lake, Oklahoma
May 30-31
Augusta Archers, Staunton, Virginia
May 30-31
CrossRoads Shooting Sports, Johnstown, Iowa
May 31
World Shooting Complex, Sparta, IL
Jun 6-7
Hamilton Rod & Gun, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Jun 19-20
Como, Mississippi
Jun 20-21
Coon Hunters Association, Batavia, New York
Jun 26-28
Knoxville, Tennessee
Jun 27-28
Straight Thru Archery, Aurora, Minnesota
Jul 4-5
Capital City Bowmen, Olympia, Washington
Jul 13-18
World Shooting and Recreation Complex, Sparta, Illinois
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