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— AIR GUNS
HatsanUSA has announced the release of the Hatsan Barrage, an all-new semi-automatic air rifle available in both .117 and .22 calibers. The Hatsan Barrage is a Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifle with a gas operated, semi-automatic action. | For More...

— COMPETITIONS
The National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships kicked off its final week of competition at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with the Women's Sport Pistol competition. Taking gold in the event by the slimmest margin thus far at NJOSC was 16-year-old Katelyn Abeln (Douglasville, Georgia). | For More...

John Cox of Debary, Fla., wins the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open #2 held on Chickamauga Lake out of Dayton, Tenn., with a three-day total weight of 68 pounds, 3 ounces. | For More...

All Triton Boat owners are invited to the Triton Owners Tournament at beautiful Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, TN. | For More...

— COMPETITIVE SHOOTING
Team CMP was assembled in May 2016 by CMP's Talladega Marksmanship Park range master Sara Rozanski in an attempt to build a group of elite civilian competitors. In this series, Team CMP members answer questions, as Robert Taylor does in this installment. | For More...

Colt is pleased to congratulate Team Colt shooter Maggie Reese as she achieves the title of 2017 Ladies National Champion in Open Division at the USPSA MultiGun Nationals, April 14-16 in Boulder City, NV. | For More...

The Men's Air Pistol competition concluded at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships with 17-year-old Jack Leverett III (Bainbridge, Georgia) winning gold in the event. | For More...

— CONTESTS
Don't miss the chance to win the reloading setup of your dreams by entering the Lyman Products "What's on your Bench" Sweepstakes. The Grand Prizes includes a Savage Axis II XP Hardwood Stock Rifle, a Borecam Borescope, a Cyclone Rotary Tumbler, a T-Mag Expert Reloading Kit, and everything you need for reloading and firearms maintenance. | For More...

Honor Defense is teaming up with StealthGearUSA for a giveaway event held by Concealed Nation. Two Honor Defense Honor Guard 9mm pistols, three StealthGearUSA holsters and magazine carriers will be given away along with 900 rounds of Team Never Quit ammunition. | For More...

— EVENTS
The 36th annual Hemingway Days salutes the vigorous Key West lifestyle and literary mastery of the author who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s. | For More...

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and The City of Vidalia invite you to join them for an event on Saturday, May 13th at William T. Polk City Park pond in Vidalia, LA. | For More...

The Arizona Game and Fish will be working with the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department to provide a morning of free, family and community fishing and fun at Cortez Park. | For More...

— FISHERIES
NOAA Fisheries announces a federal funding opportunity to promote recovery actions and support engagement activities for critically endangered Atlantic salmon and their ecosystems. | For More...

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has adopted a year-round ban on sturgeon fishing in the Gilbert River as well as additional seasonal angling closures. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Ardent Tackle LLC of Missouri, USA filed suit in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County State of Missouri on April 4, 2017 against Maurice Sporting Goods, Inc. of Northbrook, Illinois for Breach of Contract relating to Maurice's failure to pay Ardent for the sale and delivery of goods. | For More...

Phantom Lures has recently named Jack Rosenswie Company (JRC) as the company's professional sales representative group for the Northeast region of the U.S. | For More...

— JOBS
SportDOG® Brand,the industry-leading manufacturer of electronic dog-training products and accessories is currently seeking a Senior Graphic Designer to work at the company's corporate office, located in Knoxville, Tennessee. | For More...

— LITIGATION
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has filed a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The act gives Congress authority to review and nullify federal regulations with which Congress does not agree within a 60-day period after the rules are finalized. | For More...

— NRA ANNUAL MEETINGS
Traditions announced their attendance at the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits April 28-30 in Atlanta, GA. Traditions' booth will include their full line of guns and accessories as well as catalogs and giveaways. | For More...

Mec-Gar will be showcasing their products at the NRA annual meetings and exhibits, in Atlanta. All NRA show attendees are encouraged to stop by Mec-Gar USA's booth #1413 to see Mec-Gar USA's magazines, for a new product intro and to get show specials. | For More...

Attendees will be the first to see an all-new Springfield Armory pistol platform at the upcoming 2017 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting and Expo when convention hall doors open at 9 a.m., Friday, April 28, 2017. | For More...

Hogue Incorporated continues their celebration of 50 years of quality manufacturing by unveiling several new products at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Hogue will be unveiling a beavertail HandALL grip sleeve made to fit Ruger's LCP II pistols. They will also be showing their new G10 grips to fit Ruger's Mark IV -- and more new products. | For More...

An NRA member and U.S. Army combat veteran, Mr. Uhrin, also known as the "FedEx Guy" will attend several events with the Brownells team at the upcoming 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. He recently appeared on national media in video showing him bravely saving an American flag from being burned by a group of protestors. | For More...

Tactical Squirrel has teamed up with Honor Defense for a giveaway at the NRA show. The pistol will be shown in the Maker Ammo booth #760. No purchase necessary to enter. | For More...

Viridian announced the guest speakers appearing at their stage at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. These include Mark Gurney of Ruger, Rob Leatham of Springfield Armory and Massad Ayoob, among others. | For More...

Heckler & Koch's striker fired subcompact debuts at the 2017 NRA Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. The VP9SK has all of the characteristics of the larger frame VP models but in a more compact design. | For More...

Century Arms has announced a series of raffles that will be held at their booth, #723, at the 2017 NRA Show in Atlanta, GA on April 28th and April 29th. | For More...

Grizzly Cartridge Company will be exhibiting at this year's NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is proud to recognize and honor its conservation army of 11,000 volunteers during National Volunteer Week. | For More...

— PEOPLE
Tampa businessman and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Chairman Emeritus Richard A. "Dick" Corbett has been elected chair of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. | For More...

— RADIO
It's a week of mixing it up as Northwestern Outdoors Radio features more than standard hunting and fishing fare. | For More...

— RETAIL
Daniel Defense has announced the latest offer in its 2017 Daniel Defense Retail Rewards Program. With this new promotion, DD Retail Rewards members will earn double points for all DDM4 V7 firearms they sell. | For More...

— SCIENCE
For some species speed is most important, while for others maneuverability and turning ability are critical. In fact, you can tell a lot about how a fish moves—and how it makes a living—simply by the shape of its body. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
UTG PRO just introduced their first USA made pistol grip for the AR15 platform. This pistol grip is molded from impact resistant high strength polymer and has an ergonomic shape and ambidextrous design. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
The National Rifle League is pleased to announce that B&T Industries has agreed to sponsor the NRL's 2017 season as the official Bipod Sponsor. B&T Industries is the maker of the Accu-Shot monopods and Atlas Bipods. | For More...

— STATES
On Free Fishing Day, you can fish anywhere in New Hampshire -- freshwater or saltwater -- without a fishing license. | For More...

The 78-day season will be open for Saturdays and Sundays starting May 6. On May 27, the season will be open continuously through July 9. It will then reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, plus Labor Day. | For More...

The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise. | For More...

The Commission set the 2017 Pacific halibut and ocean salmon and Pacific halibut seasons for Oregon's territorial waters within three nautical miles of shore by adopting staff proposals. | For More...

If you are 12 to 14 years old and want to learn about Vermont's wildlife and gain outdoor skills, you still have an opportunity to attending one of Vermont Fish & Wildlife's Green Mountain Conservation Camps this summer. | For More...

The season's first wave opens May 26 and extends through June 18 with a ten fish bag limit at 12 ½-inch size limit. | For More...

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) finalized the 2017 Oregon recreational halibut seasons and regulations. | For More...

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is seeking public comment on two requests to exempt from fish passage requirements at two independent locations, one on an unnamed tributary to W FK Coyote Creek in Lane County and the second on an unnamed tributary to Quedo Creek in Josephine County. | For More...

Online videos depicting the practice of using mechanically manipulated decoys while turkey hunting have prompted several inquiries to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources about the legality of using them in Alabama. Under current law, certain forms of turkey decoys are illegal in the state. | For More...

Arizona hunters still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for select 2017 elk hunts as 791 leftover hunt permit-tags remain. | For More...

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission adopted staff recommendations for 2017 big game hunting seasons at its meeting April 21 in Norfolk. | For More...

For his years of service and dedication to wildlife enforcement, Maj. Todd Kennedy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission became the state's first recipient of the Guy Bradley Award. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week on Guns & Gear, it's the fully featured M&P 15-22 Sport rifle from Smith & Wesson. Clay 'birds' are broken with the Mossberg 930 Pro-Series, the range-ready Colt Competition pistol is shot, and new ammunition from Sig Sauer, including rifle ammo and range ammo, is checked out -- and more. | For More...

See first-hand what it takes to turn raw materials into high-quality firearms during a tour of the manufacturing facilities of two top brands, on this week's episode of GunVenture. | For More...

This week on The High Road with Keith Warren, Babe Winkelman joins Keith at his ranch, Texas Hidden Springs Ranch | For More...

FEATURE
Good Read
Here's something that makes me really uncomfortable: colleagues asking me to read and/or review their books, especially when they're fiction.

Not because they're not good writers, most of them truly are. Because the first truly tough news editor I ever worked for said something that's stuck with me over the years: "inside every good reporter is the great American novel, and that's where the d**n thing should stay!"

He wasn't much for subtlety, but he left an impression. So strongly that I've run from the idea of writing anything remotely book- length.

Since beginning The Outdoor Wire, I've read the work of many real writers in outdoor journalism. And I enjoy reading their work. That's the other reason why I get nervous reviewing their work. I think I have as much in common with real writers as butchers do with surgeons.

Until recently, James Tarr wasn't one of those guys.

Don't get me wrong, he's a good writer- very good. And he's a great storyteller. Sitting with him at any writer event meant great - and occasionally ribald- stories of his colorful past.

When I overheard someone asking about "his book" I asked what he'd written. Expecting a "Guide to the Colt Revolver" -type book, I was surprised to learn it was a detective novel entitled "Whorl".

Then he asked if I'd like a review copy. At that point, I had no choice but to accept.

And I'm glad I did.

Be prepared for some second looks at the title. But don't let that keep you from giving "Whorl" a try.
From the first chapter until the last graf, I was intrigued by the plot, engaged by the characters, and surprised by his breadth of knowledge. In fact, when I finished "Whorl" I complained to Tarr about his leaving me wanting more. He accepted the compliment, and explained that, while he didn't "really" have any plans, he wanted to leave at least the chance of a second book.

Hopefully, he's sitting in front of his computer looking for more inspiration, because I'd like to see if he can top this one.

His ability to interweave a somewhat dispirited part-time armored car messenger, a hard-charging FBI fingerprint technician, a stripper (decidedly missing the usual heart of gold of a "soiled dove") and a threatened bureaucracy into a believable plot showed imagination that makes me wonder if he might occasionally "embellish" his personal stories, too.

A grasp of fingerprint technology -and a potential hole in this supposedly "foolproof" detection method- had me wondering if there really weren't hundreds of wrongfully convicted "criminals" helping overload today's correctional facilities.

And his choice of a title took away any doubt about his wicked sense of humor. You'd be surprised how many people glance at "Whorl" and instantly substitute "i" for an "e". That simple letter substitution caused more than one casual passerby to do a double take, stop and pick up the book.

After skimming a couple of pages several asked to borrow my copy. It'sbeen out- and back- a couple of times -although I had to be less than subtle getting it back the last time

And I'm a lot less inclined to loan this one than most, because the note he wrote on the flyleaf isn't just funny, it's almost enough inspiration to convince me to sit down and give fiction a try.

You can't read his inscription, but you can read "Whorl."

If you're looking for a weekend read that will have you alternately laughing out loud and scratching your head wondering what's going to happen next, I'd say it's worth the time.

It's available on Amazon (paperback only, $17.95) Books A Million and other online retailers.

Get your own. You can't borrow mine.

—Jim Shepherd


Details:
ISBN-13: 9781539723783
ISBN-10: 153972378X
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publish Date: November 2016
Page Count: 494
Apr 27-30
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
May 11-13
May 11-13
May 12-13
Sig Sauer Academy, 233 Exeter Road, Epping, NH 03042
Jun 2-4
Talladega, Alabama
Jun 2-15
Jun 23-25
Jun 24-26
Duluth, Minnesota
Jun 24-26
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Duluth, Minnesota
Jul 8-15
Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
Jul 8-15
Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
Jul 12-14
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
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