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— BOATING
The Army Corps of Engineers has lifted the small craft advisory for the Arkansas River. Advisories are issued when flows reach 70,000 cubic feet per second. | For More...

Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comments on the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply for 2018, and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging recreational boaters to speak up and be heard by providing comments at http://cqrcengage.com/boatus/app/act-on-a-regulation?2&engagementId=389053. | For More...

— COMPETITION
Century Arms is proud to announce Team Century Arms Pro Shooter, Corinne Mosher, took top honors winning High Lady at the 2017 Rockcastle Pro Am 3-Gun Championship. The 7th Annual 3-Gun Match was held at the Rockcastle Training Center at Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, Kentucky from August 18-20, 2017. | For More...

— DISPLAYS & POP
Real Avid is now offering a hassle-free point-of-sale display fro the pocket-sized Bore Boss. Included are all 10 SKUs from .22 Cal – 12 Ga. with multiple facings of top sellers. In total there are 60 units that come with the free-standing corrugate fixture. | For More...

— EVENTS
Attendees of the 2017 NRA Carry Guard Expo, taking place August 25 through 27 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, should stop by the Apex Tactical Specialties booth (#1009) for a chance to win a free Apex trigger kit in the 'Help Me, Apex. You're My Only Hope.' giveaway. | For More...

Lone Wolf Distributors is pleased to announce their participation in the 2017 NRA Carry Guard Expo held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, August 25th -27th. Lone Wolf will have new products as well as one of a kind deals on custom slides and slide assemblies only available at the show. | For More...

CrossBreed Holsters, a manufacturer of concealed carry products, will be sponsoring the Carry Guard Fashion Show during the premiere of the Carry Guard Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. | For More...

— FISHERIES
In cooperation with several partners, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Tuesday announced that 193 lake sturgeon were stocked in the Tittabawassee River (Midland County) Monday, Aug. 21, at the Gordonville Road launch ramp southeast of Midland. | For More...

Adult striped bass and non-native blueback herring have been dying at Alabama's Lake Martin recently due to a depletion of adequate summertime habitat. | For More...

The August 24, 2017, commercial closure for the Florida Keys/East Florida population of hogfish applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal commercial permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper and/or Gulf Reef Fish, while the August 24, 2017, recreational closure for the Florida Keys/East Florida population of hogfish only applies to federal waters. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
Phantom Lures is excited to share that its popular Banshee crankbait aided in the win for the team of Jason Noble and Jason Stasonis in a recent Oneida Lake Team Walleye event. | For More...

Pro-angler Dean Arnoldussen, of Appleton, Wisconsin, brought in a two-day total of 75.13 pounds of walleye to win the pro-angler category of the Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) Championship event on Green Bay, at Marinette, Wisconsin, on August 20. | For More...

— HUNTING
Squirrel hunters should expect to find an average to above average squirrel population over most of the state, with higher squirrel numbers in areas with quality oak and hickory trees. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Steiner eOptics announces the addition of Thomas Haynes as Manager, International Sales and Marketing for the European region. | For More...

DoubleStar Corp. announces a new collaboration with Filipino martial arts instructor Tuhon Ray Dionaldo. DoubleStar will work with Dionaldo to render his designs into affordable production knives for its new Edged Weapon Division. | For More...

— JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
Heckler & Koch is seeking a Senior Design Engineer who will be responsible for new product design for starting from concept to production. This will include, but is not limited to, design of firearms/accessories, evaluation of prototype transition from R&D to production, technical support and guidance through all steps of manufacturing. | For More...

— LEGAL
Thanks to efforts by members of the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, House Bill (HB) 1819 passed in May 2017, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave will be legal in the state of Texas, beginning September 1, 2017. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Zink Calls have introduces the Long Neck Rocker (LNR) goose call for 2017. This short-reed Canada goose call easily produces brilliant, true-to-life Canada goose sounds with modest effort. | For More...

Viking Solutions® is pleased to announce the release of their updated Buck UP II, a sturdy and user-friendly tripod designed to aid in the skinning and processing of big game. | For More...

— ONLINE
From Mossy Oak Capture Digital Productions, Episode 6 of "The Obsessed" features Chuck Belmore and Jon Justice of The Habit TV as they share their obsession for the fast-growing sport of bowfishing. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The Pope and Young Club is proud to announce the continued support of Hoyt Archery through their Corporate Partner Program. | For More...

The Michigan Sharp-tailed Grouse Society will host its 2017 annual meeting next week in the eastern Upper Peninsula. | For More...

The partnership began nearly two decades ago and with a recent $5,000 grant, Whitetails Unlimited has contributed over $50,000 to the Hay Creek-Hoffman Lake Wildlife Area. | For More...

A National Rifle Association instructional shooting clinic for women only will be held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The Women On Target event at the Civilian Marksmanship Program facility is open to female marksmen of all ages and experience levels. | For More...

— PASSINGS
The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors is sad to announce the passing of one of our industry greats, William J. "Bill" Orr, founder of GT Distributors and a founding member of NAPED. Bill passed away Aug. 21 at his home in Georgetown, Texas. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
For 2017 Browning is introducing the B15 Beauchamp over and under shotgun as part of the John M. Browning Collection. The storied gunsmiths of Fabrique Nationale d' Herstal, Belgium, will exquisitely enhance each new B15, meaning that owners of the new shotgun can expect balance and reliability from precision engineering plus the finest of aesthetic finishes. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
American Waterfowler's Giant Gear Guide issue may have a cover that makes you smile, but the guts of the 174 page behemoth mean serious business. | For More...

MidwayUSA announces the release of "The First Baldrige Award" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Ruffed Grouse Society director of conservation projects Scott Walter, Wisconsin DNR invasive plants coordinator Kelly Kearns and pro angler Duffy Kopf. | For More...

— RECOGNITION
During a recent South Carolina Forestry Commissioner meeting held at National wild Turkey Federation headquarters, Mandy Harling, director of Hunting Heritage Programs at the NWTF, presented retiring SCFC Director Gene Kodama with a NWTF print. | For More...

— SCHOLARSHIPS
B.A.S.S. and Alabama Power are partnering to award two $5,000 scholarships this year for students currently attending, or planning to attend, a technical school in the state of Alabama. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
The Tipton Power Clean Electric Gun-Cleaning Brush Kit reduces the time and effort spent on cleaning firearms. The kit comes with a variety of cleaning heads and an adapter to use with any 8-32 thread cleaning brush tip. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten has announced that Black Eagle Arrows has signed as a WTU national sponsor. | For More...

USA Shooting announces that PELTOR™ Sport will become the organization's Official Hearing Protection Provider through June 2018, outfitting the team for training, competitions and recreational shooting purposes. | For More...

— STATES
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is taking public comment on several items, including brucellosis, forest management, setting hunting seasons, proposed changes in fishing regulations, and proposed ice fishing contests. | For More...

The Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is a 1,500-acre outdoor playground on the way to nowhere. While travelers are not likely to stumble upon it, hunters would be wise to know its location. | For More...

Ordering trees from the DNR's State Forest Nursery just got easier. A new online sales site – http://nursery.iowadnr.gov/ – features dozens of quality native Iowa trees and an easy check-out process. | For More...

Non-resident military personnel stationed in Alabama and those with Alabama non-driver identification cards will see changes this year in the process of purchasing Alabama recreational hunting and fishing licenses. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss several interesting topics when the panel meets Thursday, Aug. 24 in Newberry. | For More...

Training will prepare volunteer educators for teaching small groups of school children (grades 1-5) about the cultural history of the Great Bay Estuary and the natural resources found in the region. | For More...

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reminds dove, waterfowl and other migratory birds hunters to complete their Harvest Information Program survey before hunting this fall. | For More...

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to assist with fall spotlighting efforts to help document the population of endangered black-footed ferrets in Aubrey Valley and on the Double O Ranch, both near Seligman. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week, Florida Insider Fishing Report is targeting wahoo in the panhandle region with Capt. Pat Dineen. | For More...

Struttinbuck TV, the 8 p.m. starter of the Pursuit Channel's third and fourth quarter Close Call Thursdays, has announced a new promotional partnership with Hunters Specialties (HS). | For More...

Beginning the week of August 28, The National Wild Turkey Federation will air the first episode of a two-part series, titled "Tennessee's Private Forests," on "Save the Habitat. | For More...

Gallery of Guns TV is happy to welcome back professional shooter Travis Tomasie. Travis shows off the Remington V3 Field Sport. Our team looks at a rifle designed and built for the female shooter; the Weatherby Vanguard Camilla. | For More...

This week, it's the Vintage Sniper Match in Talladega for collectors competing with classic rifles and historically accurate optics from the two World Wars. A team from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit also takes the challenge with a reproduction 03A4. | For More...

This week on Guns & Gear, it's newly introduced M&P15 rifles from Smith & Wesson. Accurate, lightweight, heavily featured, and in a variety of color choices, one of these rifles may be just the MSR you've been looking for. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
Help hatchlings home by leaving them alone. That's what beachgoers should remember if they encounter sea turtle hatchlings emerging from nests and clambering toward the water. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
For those who have a few acres of forestland – one acre, 10 acres, 20 acres, even 80 acres or more – the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy will host a workshop on managing your forestland Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Hartwick Pines Visitor Center in Grayling. | For More...

There is still space available in the introductory waterfowl hunting clinics the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer in Cadillac on Saturday, Sept. 2, as part of its Outdoor Skills Academy. | For More...

FEATURE
Eclipse: Our Readers Respond
From the reports we've gotten back over the past 24 hours, it sounds like many of the people who were out watching the eclipse yesterday were stuck in traffic and were unable to share their memories with us. But we're getting reader responses today- and wanted to share them- and some excellent photos with you.

For Jeff Davis, the photography certainly appears to have been worth a 1,200 mile round trip. He captured really great images of the full (top) and engagement ring (below) eclipse phases. Jeff Davis photos, with permission.

Jeff Davis from Whitetails Unlimited traveled 600 miles to see the eclipse- from his home to the World Shooting Complex in Sparta, Illinois. Jeff told us he drove down Sunday and camped there in a very cool Clam screened shelter. Gotta love what he called a "three minute setup for the shelter and cot"- and he had some really sold reviews for the WSC with its 3 linear miles of ranges.

Jeff told us the downside of his trip was, you guessed it, the return. "It took me four hours to go the first 150 miles on the way home," he said, "got in about 2:00 a.m."

Kim Emery, however, had the opposite of the congestion experience with her family's trip from Red Wing, Minnesota to Cameron, Missouri to check out the eclipse. Kim went prepared for heavy traffic and large crowds, packing extra jugs of water, cash, toilet paper, hand sanitizer- even an empty gas can- ready to fill "just in case." Even extra eclipse glasses.

Turns out everyone in Cameron was prepared for their visitors. The Cameron viewing location was just off I-35 with "lots of free parking" ( that's a rarity). In fact, it sounds like the residents of Cameron and their visitors had quite a time together, with everyone visiting, watching the eclipse ("everyone oohed and aahed like it was the 4th of July").

Sounds like a great time, and here's a traveler's tip from Kim: If you're driving by on I-35 and have a need for something sweet, consider hopping off and visiting Sweet Al's Donut Shoppe. Sounds like Cameron (population 9,788) did a great job of not only preparing for company, but making their guests feel welcome as well.

And there were some interesting observations about wildlife from around the country, with the common reports telling of crickets, cicadas and other night critters tuning up when the sun dimmed and temperatures fell.

Author J. Wayne Fears, one of the most astute wildlife observers I know, had some observations from the animals around his home. At the peak of the eclipse (only about 90% in his area), J. Wayne reports "the crows in the mountains around our house sounded off, and as the light increased and the temperature rose, they became silent."

He reported the same thing happened with the roosters at a neighbor's farm. But the most interesting thing he reports concerned bluebirds. He has bluebird houses in his backyard, but "nesting is now over and the bluebirds only use the houses to get in during heavy rain and later during cold nights."

At the peak of the eclipse, however, "the bluebirds were fighting for the opportunity to perch on top of the houses." A few, he reports, also went inside.

Seems the eclipse left a lasting mark on many of us...so keep those reports coming.

--Jim Shepherd
Aug 25-27
Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Sep 20-24
Jericho, Vermont
Sep 21-24
Club Cinegetico Jalisciense AC, Guadalajara, Mexico
Oct 13-23
Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 4-5
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