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No Wires on Monday, September 1
In observance of the national Labor Day holiday, we will not be publishing any wires on Monday, September 1. We will resume our normal publishing schedule for all wires on Tuesday, September 2.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources yesterday announced that the boat launch at Onaway State Park, in Presque Isle County, will be closed Sept. 7-27 in order for staff to complete renovations.
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation acquired 988 acres of private elk habitat in south-central Montana which it conveyed to the Helena National Forest. The transaction also improved existing access to thousands of acres of Forest Service lands. | For More...

Spend the afternoon at Cabela's with HeadHunter's TV star on the Outdoor Channel and country singer Nate Hosie. Easton Archery has partnered with Cabela's to bring this opportunity to Central Ohio, Saturday, August 30. | For More...

ArmaLite is pleased to announce the addition of its Defensive Sporting Rifle™ Series to its extensive line of rifles. This series includes three different models to meet every shooter's needs: Defensive Sporting Rifle™ 15, Defensive Sporting Rifle™ 15F, and Defensive Sporting Rifle™ 10. | For More...

Anglers will be allowed to retain both wild and hatchery coho salmon beginning Monday, Sept. 1, in ocean waters off Washington's Westport, La Push and Neah Bay.
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) implemented conservation measures in an effort to help the Apalachicola Bay oyster population recover from the effects of low river flow. | For More...

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Working Group from 9:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Council office in Tampa. | For More...

The Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) has joined with the Student Angler Federation (SAF) to develop the first ever High School Saltwater Championship. The inaugural event, which features a two-person team format for students in grades 9-12, will take place Sunday, Oct. 19, as part of the Cabela's IFA Redfish Tour Championship in Houma, Louisiana.
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Lake St. Clair will be the battlefield for the final leg of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open #3 presented by Allstate kicks off Sept. 4-6. | For More...

Stag Arms teams with Reactor Watch to create a watch designed to be durable and rugged enough for tactical situations and good looking enough so it can be worn every day. The watch includes a low profile black band, bezel, and watch face. | For More...

As the hunting season heats up across the county, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) is helping hunters hone their outdoor skills with the free online video series, Backcountry College. | For More...

Before hunting migratory game birds, hunters need to be sure their hunting license is current for the 2014-15 hunting seasons, complete with Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. | For More...

Remington Outdoor Company ("ROC") announces a strategic partnership with Pelican Products, Inc. In the partnership, Pelican will create custom gun and accessory cases for each ROC brand, as well as Remington/Pelican branded outdoor gear including coolers, flashlights, and luggage. The Remington-Pelican line of gear will be available in Q4 of this year and feature Pelican's signature hard cases for firearms and accessory pieces. | For More...

As our nation takes a break this Labor Day holiday, Crimson Trace continues its 20-year Made in the USA tradition. All of the company's products are proudly engineered and made in Wilsonville, Oregon, one of the early guiding principles established by company founder Lewis Danielson. | For More...

Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance cooler panels is proud to partner with Lafayette Shooters Supply at 3520 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy in Lafayette, LA to bring their innovative product offerings to outdoorsmen in the southern Louisiana area. | For More...

Tree Stand Buddy introduces a new innovative new mounting system that allows the user to simply attach a mounting receiver to a tree, slide bracket to your stand, then slide your stand onto the receiver and hunt. | For More...

The new Stealth series from StormR combines good-looking and very functional camo patterns for any winter hunting situation. True to its name, the Stealth series incorporates Realtree Max-4 camouflage to make hunters invisible to ducks and geese. | For More...

Give deer the nutrition they need, and give yourself the hunting advantage you deserve with Evolved Deer Cane Apple UV. Made with apple flavoring and enhanced with UV, Evolved has taken its signature attractant to the next level. | For More...

The RedHead® 3-in-1 Tripod/Bipod/Monopod Shooting Stick makes it quick, easy, and convenient to rest whether you're standing, sitting, kneeling, or even shooting prone. | For More...

The bolt-action Model 93 FV-SR chambered in 22 WMR and Model 93R17 FV-SR chambered in 17 HMR weigh 5.5 pounds. Each are equipped with a heavy, fluted barrel which improves accuracy and dissipates heat quickly, an easy-to-use oversized bolt handle, and a 5-round detachable magazine. | For More...

Archangel's new AAMINI stock, featuring a proprietary formula of carbon fiber, glass fill and polymer, creates a nearly indestructible, ergonomic, adjustable stock for the Ruger® rifleman. | For More...

Seventy members of the Whitetail Properties staff are now certified Level I QDMA Deer Stewards following a custom course provided to the company's Land Specialists, video production team and headquarters staff. | For More...

Brownells has released a new three-part video series showing how to prepare for emergencies that could arise at work, at home and in the car. Each video covers potential situations and shows how to use specific supplies and gear - including products featured in the recently-released Brownells ESG Essentials Kits. | For More...

Outdoor Indiana magazine's September-October issue features a cover story on an annual traditional fox hunt in Zionsville and a removable eight-page booklet on Monroe Lake in Bloomington. | For More...

It's a huge win in California, a fight for gun rights in Washington, big game hunting, 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...

DNR Law Enforcement Division staff with honoree Frank Opolka in front of patrol boat. The Frank Opolka, a 27-foot SAFE boat, was named by the Department of Natural Resources in a ceremony Wednesday in Marquette. The boat was named for Frank P. Opolka, a former DNR deputy director who was responsible for the agency's operations in the Upper Peninsula. | For More...

Trail running will debut at the sixth annual Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 20-21.The activity is one of about 50 to be offered free to all participants at Indianapolis' Fort Harrison State Park. | For More...

Visit the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing Saturday, Sept. 13, and enjoy free admission courtesy of Lake Trust Credit Union. | For More...

Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge will begin the annual nuisance alligator harvest on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. During the harvest period, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will not open the refuge to the public each day until 10 a.m. | For More...

MidwayUSA is excited to announce the third annual Camo TuesdayTM - The First Official Shopping Day of the Fall Hunting Season on September 2nd. This year, Camo TuesdayTM will feature deep discounts on select footwear, ammunition, optics, clothing and more from big name brands. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources urges residents and visitors to be cautious when lighting, enjoying and extinguishing their outdoor fires this Labor Day weekend. | For More...

Ty Dillon will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the No. 33 Realtree/Rheem Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport Racing. | For More...

Wiley X® sponsored racer Joey Logano drove his #22 Team Penske Ford to the checkered flag at Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a challenging track that bills itself as the "world's fastest half-mile." | For More...

National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is a prominent figure in the conservation efforts across the country. Through their multiple outdoor programs, NWTF displays its continued support of conservation. National Wild Turkey Federation is once again sponsoring National Hunting and Fishing Day. | For More...

Twenty-eight cadets graduated from the California Wildlife Officer Academy during ceremonies at the Performing Arts Center in Paradise, Calif. on August 23, 2014. The graduating class included 17 sponsored warden cadets who will begin field training immediately | For More...

Waterfowl hunters and wildlife enthusiasts can now buy the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp - also known as the Duck Stamp - at more than 1,400 Michigan license sales outlets. | For More...

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public workshop Sept. 16 to discuss the development of a new management plan for the Klickitat Wildlife Area. | For More...

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 2 to accept public comment on proposed amendments the rules and regulations for potentially dangerous quadrupeds, big exotic cats and non-human primates. | For More...

Dallas resident Michael Hartman has never been deer hunting. That is going to change this season after Hartman's name was drawn after the Texas Trophy Hunters Extravaganza show in Fort Worth. | For More...

This week on Kayak Bassin' with Chad Hoover, Chad Hoover and Andrew Stern visit Highland Rim Retreats in middle Tennessee to battle powerful storm winds and big bass.
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J. Alain Smith has been on the hunt for the elusive African kudu for the last six years. This year, Smith is hunting in the rising heat of Tanzania, Africa, hoping to catch a glimpse of a prized kudu on Rugged Expeditions. | For More...

This week the fellas of MOJO stay close to home and hunt their duck camp named, "The Mojo Funny Farm." After a long off season, the guys are chomping at the bit for opening morning of Teal season. | For More...

This week, Chef Scott Leysath will show how easy it is to cook juicy, mouthwatering quail in this week's The Sporting Chef
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Deer & Deer Hunting TV looks to dissect the mind of a bow hunter and what motivates them to pursue deer year after year on this week's all-new episode, airing this Sunday on NBC Sports. | For More...

This week, Backwoods Life hosts Kevin Knighton and Michael Lee travel to South Georgia to hunt turkeys with Preston and Chris from Locash Cowboys at Trophy Georgia Hunts ( as they take part in the Country Goes Huntin. | For More...

Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) teen volunteer, Carter Lawrence of Phoenix, Ariz. was selected as a Youth Hero of Conservation by Field & Stream in the September issue of the magazine. | For More...

Goodbye to Summer? Nah.
As I was battling putting the cover on the boat yesterday morning, I still managed to admire gorgeous summertime weather. And I was thinking about this "official end to summer" thing that's supposed to be the ultimate meaning of Labor Day.

It's not.

Heck, it's not the official last hurrah for kids before school starts back either. Kids have been back in school for a couple of weeks here, and in some places they don't really have a summer vacation. When you hear someone shrieking at you that this weekend is "the official back to school shopping weekend" ignore them, too.

Ditto the big "Sell A Thons" that are in every commercial break on every TV and cable station right now. Bogus "events" too.

This was what I saw as I was covering the boat yesterday morning. Does this look like the end of summer to you? Me neither. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.
Labor Day weekend is the weekend we're supposed to appreciate the work of the American worker . OK, the work might not always be as up to snuff as it once was, but the reasoning hasn't changed: this long weekend is to give workers across the country the thank you they deserve for the rest of the year's efforts.

Unfortunately, the same people who work most of the other holidays will be working this weekend, too. And we should take time to thank them for their efforts as they wait our tables, pick up and deliver our packages, cook our restaurant meals or service our cars today so we can get on the road to relaxation.

I'm not going to beat this one to death because that's a waste of my effort and your time. Instead, I'm simply going to thank you for continuing to accept our work in your eMail boxes all year long.

There are days we don't think anyone notices, and those days when we hope no one's looking because we made a bonehead error. And there are also those days when we seem to slip up and hit a nerve that brings "nastygrams" from people who seem to be waiting for any opportunity to hammer someone else's work.

It all goes with the job- just like the occasional banged knuckle goes with working with your hands. Not that either is fun. They're just part of the job of the job each of us does.

If you're off this weekend, I hope you have a great time and are back with us next week when we'll again show up in your inbox.

If you're working this weekend, thanks. All of us appreciate it-whether we remember to tell you or not.
We're not working over the entire weekend- but some of us will be working a large part of it. Not necessarily because we want to be working when most people aren't, but because of a promise I made to you nearly thirteen years ago. always, we'll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd
Aug 28
Fredericksburg, VA
Aug 28
Old Fort Gun Club, Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Aug 28
Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 28
Colorado Rifle Club, Byers, CO
Aug 29
Augusta, ME & Hampden, ME
Sep 5
Ankeny Ikes Practical Shooters/Dragoon Trail Chapter IWLA
Sep 5
Dartmouth, MA
Sep 6
Oklahoma City Gun Club, Arcadia, OK
Sep 11
1700 Candler Road, Gainesville, GA. 30507
Sep 12
Silver Creek Conservation Club Sellersburg, IN
Sep 12-14
Newport waterfront along America's Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island
Sep 13
Ephrata Sportsmen Club 1114 W Columbia Moses Lake, WA
Sep 13
Augusta Area Sportsman's Club, Augusta, WI
Sep 20
Camdenton Memorial Airport, Camdenton, Missouri
Sep 20-21
The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, Mobile, Ala.
Sep 21
St. George, Utah (Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park)
Sep 26
MSSA, 9287 Old Brownsville Rd, Arlington, TN 38002
Sep 26-28
Hyatt Regency O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL
Sep 27-28
Lead Farm Range, Versailles, Missouri
Oct 2
Albuquerque, NM
Oct 3
Sir Walter Gun Club, Creedmoor, NC
Oct 3
North Versailles, PA
Oct 3
Rolla, MO
Oct 6-8
Turnberry Isle Resort, Miami, Florida
Oct 10
Lefthanders Gun Club, Loami, IL
Oct 11-12
Minneapolis Marriott West, Minneapolis, Minn
Oct 14-17
Statehouse Convention Center Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 16
Old Fort Gun Club, Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Oct 31-Nov 2
Cops Range at Rolla MO
Oct 31-Nov 2
Hansen Range, Punta Gorda Florida
Nov 2
Rio Salado Sportsmans Club, Mesa Az.
Nov 7
Nov 7
Sanners Lake Sportsman's Club
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