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— EDITOR'S NOTE
No Wires on Good Friday
In observation of this weekend's Easter holiday, we will not publish on Good Friday, April 3, 2015. News received after 5PM on Wednesday, April 1, will be included in our Monday, April 6 edition if still timely.

— BOATING
"Serenity" has been named the #1 boat name for the second year in a row with the release of the 2015 list of Top Ten Boat Names from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). | For More...

— CONSERVATION
Quail enthusiasts in central Mississippi have formed the third chapter of Quail Forever in the state. Officially known as the Central Mississippi Chapter of Quail Forever, which covers Holmes, Yazoo, Hinds, Madison, and Carroll counties. | For More...

— EVENTS
Alabaster Caverns State Park, near Freedom, Okla., will host a bat festival April 10-11 to showcase Oklahoma's only flying mammals. | For More...

Attendees at the Safety Harbor Boat Show are welcome to participate in any or all of the classes in Captain Joe's Fishing School, that will be held each day. Participants will get hands-on instruction under the watchful eye of expert anglers. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that a new fishing license season begins Wednesday, April 1, which coincides with the new regulation cycle. All 2014 fishing licenses are good through March 31, 2015. 2015 Michigan fishing license & fishing guide | For More...

Five Mississippi lakes have been listed as the top three fisheries to visit for trophy-size crappie according to a recent survey by Josh Gowan with Wired2fish.com. Gowan and a group of professional anglers identified the top 10 lakes to catch trophy crappie in the United States. | For More...

The coming of spring marks a surge in walleye fishing opportunities in river tailwaters below major dams throughout northern Indiana. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, America's oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, announces the promotion of John MacLellan to the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing, effective immediately. | For More...

Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, officially entered the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 28, during an event held in conjunction with the 2015 Northwest Sport show in Minneapolis. | For More...

American Hero Promotions, LLC, is pleased to announce that CMG Marketing & Events has been chosen as the event management company for the Mid-Atlantic Arms Expo (M-AAX) to be held on November 6-8, 2015 in Ocean City, Maryland. | For More...

Delta Waterfowl has renewed a marketing partnership with The Grind, a waterfowl hunting show that will air for its fourth season starting in July on the Pursuit Channel. | For More...

Cabela's has recognized a select group of its merchandise suppliers for superior performance and partnerships throughout 2014. | For More...

— INSTRUCTION
Learn the benefits of prescribed fires by watching the latest episode of The Management Advantage. Prescribed fires will not only improve your property for wildlife in the future, but can also provide near term turkey hunting benefits. | For More...

— JOBS JOBS JOBS
Arcus Hunting is seeking a qualified individual for the role of Vice President of Sales. Responsibilities will include managing all sales activities and staff, both internal and external, overall management of national accounts, and developing and executing customer specific strategies to maximize account sales and profits. | For More...

— JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
This production worker role will primarily focus on the wrapping of Sage fly rods. SAGE, Redington and RIO Products are all brands under the organization of Far Bank enterprises. | For More...

— MEDIA
Michael Hendrick of Bullets & Broadheads TV is appearing on NRA NEWS Cam & Co with host, Cam Edwards, at 5:15 p.m. ET today (March 31) to talk about his recent experience of being targeted by his online merchant for simply setting up an online store to sell hunting related merchandise. | For More...

— MEETINGS
The open house will take place from 4-7 p.m. at the Ishpeming Township Hall, 1575 U.S. Hwy. 41 West, Ispeming, Michigan. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Avian-X LCD (Lifelike Collapsible Decoys) Turkey decoys from Avian-X are so realistic and life-like they are sure fool turkeys like no other decoys on the market, and an advanced Dura-Rubber material makes them easy to pack into the turkey woods. | For More...

Evolved's Under Armour Scent Elimination line covers every element of scent control with the following products: Under Armour Scent Elimination Laundry Detergent, Under Armour Scent Elimination Dryer Sheets, Under Armour Scent Elimination 32-oz. and 12-oz. Spray bottles; Under Armour Scent Elimination BOV Spray, and Under Armour Scent Elimination Shampoo/Body Wash.
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Ameristep introduces two Hyde hang-on treestands, the Tag Out and the Wall Hanger. Both feature a rock-solid, cast-aluminum construction and a quick leveling platform and seat. | For More...

SIG SAUER Inc. continues to expand its popular Elite Performance Ammunition line with the introduction of full metal jacket (FMJ) centerfire pistol cartridges for practice and competition shooting. | For More...

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is pleased to introduce the SP101® in .327 Federal Magnum, a six-round, small frame, double-action revolver with a 4.2 inch barrel and adjustable sights. | For More...

For 2015 the Winchester Repeating Arms SX3 Long Beard Turkey model will be available in the new Mossy Oak® Break-Up Country® camo pattern. Available in 12 gauge 3 ½", the new SX3 Long Beard Turkey autoloading shotgun features a pistol grip stock and comes with a Briley Invector-Plus Long Beard extra full extended choke tube. | For More...

The new Wild Estrus Bomb, Scrape Blaster and Rubline Foam from Wildgame Innovations each have a special place in a hunter's bag of tricks to tempt a buck's nose, and each also features a UV enhancement that draws deer in close because of their ability to see in the UV spectrum. | For More...

Breakthrough Clean is proud to announce its newest product, the BT-101 Cleaning Kit, which now makes it easy to get the best cleaning technology and cleaning accessories all in one kit. | For More...

Wiley X®, Inc. is adding a bold new model, the #CHVAL05, to its popular Changeable Series WX Valor family for 2015, pairing a new bold, eye-catching Polarized Crimson Mirror lenses with a stylish new Black 2-Tone Changeable Series frame. | For More...

Coming in May, just in time for calling predators during the fawning season, the new Extreme Dimension's iHunt Speaker will be paired with the iHunt by Ruger app to turn your smartphone into a complete game call system. | For More...

— NRA SHOW
Savage Arms will host a variety of shooting sports celebrities in their booth No. 1524 (Vista Outdoor Inc.) at the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Show in Nashville, Tennessee, April 10-12. Mike Stroff and the Savage Outdoors Team; Troy, Jacob and Chase Landry (also sponsored by CCI® Ammunition); as well as Brian "Pigman" Quaca will be on hand throughout the show to meet fans and answer questions. | For More...

— ONLINE
Facebook followers of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can "talk" online with forester Carrie Tauscher about planting trees on Wednesday, April 1, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, on the DNR's Facebook wall. | For More...

Therm-a-Rest and MSR, and Heliconia announce the launch of Backpacking TV, a 19-part educational backpacking series geared towards outdoor enthusiasts. The series officially launches today with the ever informative discussion on "How to Poop in the Woods." [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4aoOcd52vo] | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength. | For More...

Joseph Hosmer, President Safari Club International (SCI) Foundation announced that on March 22, 2015, representatives from Safari Club International and SCI Foundation attended the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wood Bison Media Day in Portage, Alaska. | For More...

— PHOTOGRAPHY
Manfrotto has reached a mutual agreement with Elinchrom and as of May 5, 2015, will no longer serve as the distributor of the Elinchrom's studio lighting systems in the United States. | For More...

— RECOGNITIONS
Robert Love, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries division administrator, was honored Saturday by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation with the 2014 Governor's Award for Conservationist of the Year. | For More...

— RECREATION
Unlock clues about Indiana's Mounds State Park's unique ecosystems during its annual geocaching event on Saturday, April 11. | For More...

The National Park Service and National Park Foundation will celebrate National Park Week April 18-26, 2015 by waiving entrance fees on April 18 and 19. | For More...

The International Dark-Sky Association has deemed New Mexico as one of the top sites in the country to study and observe astronomy. The New Mexico Tourism Department, along with the community of Magdalena, are preparing for the Enchanted Skies Star Party, a two-day stargazing kicking off April 17th, 2015. | For More...

— RETAIL
Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance cooler panels is proud to partner with Westbury's Ace Hardware in Watlerboro, South Carolina to bring their innovative product offerings to outdoorsmen in southeastern South Carolina. | For More...

— SAFETY
The popularity of hunting feral hogs in Alabama has increased during the past few years as land managers target these animals to keep the population in check. Because handling harvested hogs brings with it a small chance of contracting swine brucellosis, officials with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are reminding hunters to protect themselves when field dressing the animal. | For More...

— SHOOTING RANGES
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is proposing strengthening rules for the shooting range it owns at Hammond Cove in Hartland and any others it may open in the future. The proposed rules would not apply to any other shooting ranges. | For More...

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Wayne E. Smith Shooting Range on Cold Mountain Game Land in Haywood County April 13-17 for routine maintenance and repairs. | For More...

— STATE PARKS
Effective immediately, Michigan's Silver Lake State Park Voucher Center will be known as the ORV Welcome Center. This change is the result of several months of strategic planning between the DNR and a volunteer task force who are working to improve the Silver Lake ORV Area (SLORVA). | For More...

— STATES
The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building in Baton Rouge, LA. | For More...

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation presented Chevron with the Business Conservationist of the Year Award at Saturday's banquet honoring recipients of the Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards for 2014. | For More...

The Department of Natural Resources yesterday announced that the Michigan Trails Advisory Council will hold its regular meeting Tuesday, April 7, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, in Roscommon, Michigan. | For More...

The next time the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners convenes, it will be at its full, eight-member complement after the appointment of James R. Daley of Cranberry Township in Butler County. | For More...

Michigan officials are reminding all anglers that a new fishing license season begins tomorrow - no foolin'. | For More...

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting a free "Outdoors Day" on April 8, 2015, at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla in Currituck County. | For More...

The snow might be hanging on in much of the state, but April 1 is the day New Hampshire anglers have been dreaming about through the long, cold winter -- the start of open-water fishing on the big lakes that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department manages for landlocked salmon and lake trout. | For More...

That portion of Idaho's Egin-Hamer Closure Area that is south of the Egin-Hamer Road is scheduled to open at sunrise on April 1. | For More...

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to collect approximately 76 million eggs to meet the 2015 stocking requests. | For More...

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its recent public hearing approved adjustments to bass length limits on several lakes, a change in alligator gar bag limit on Falcon Lake and clarifications to commercial crab and finfish rules. | For More...

— TELEVISION
"Dynasty" is not a word bandied around the sports world too often these days. But that may be changing as Sportsman Channel is set to provide a two-hour special presentation - Iditarod 43: The Deep Freeze - on Thursday, April 2. | For More...

Sportsman Channel's Easton Bowhunting TV series returns Friday, April 3 at 10 p.m. ET with a three-part 10th anniversary special highlighting the history of Easton and Easton Bowhunting TV | For More...

RollnBones TV kicks off Season Two, Episode 14 with host Marc Casavan casing the ever-elusive Elk in the Black Hills of South Dakota. | For More...

Big Cedar Lodge serves as the stage for a gathering designed to promote all of the outdoors with the first-ever Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf last May. Now, viewers can tune into a special television event, "Bass Pro Shops Legends—Big Cedar Lodge" for an in-depth look at this historic occasion (https://vimeo.com/119455621). | For More...

On this week's episode of Deer & Wildlife Stories, award-winning outdoor television producer and big game hunter Keith Warren heads to Texas to check out a group of whitetails who's antlers all carry a common theme: High, Wide and Heavy. | For More...

Pigman: The Series, hosted by Brian "Pigman" Quaca, and SIG SAUER®, designer and manufacturer of the world's most reliable firearms, accessories, and ammunition, have entered into a two-year partnership for 2015-16 that will include various forms of strategic media content on Pigman: The Series airing on Sunday nights on Sportsman Channel. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
If you've never fished Utah's Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge Reservoir—or if you have, but you want to catch more fish the next time you go—you won't want to miss a free April 8 fishing seminar in Salt Lake City. | For More...

— YOUTH
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2015 at the Turcotte Education Center near Canton June 24 and 25 for youth ages 11-15. | For More...

Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2015 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. The deadline for submission of entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) has been extended to May 15, 2015. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will once again offer Demonstration Days for mentored youth hunters at its shooting ranges in August. | For More...

FEATURE
Knives and Targets Targeted Unfairly
Our friends at Knife Rights (www.kniferights.org) sent us an advisory yesterday we felt we should share. If you're transiting a state where knives are frowned upon - and some "flavors" are outright illegal- you don't have any over-arching laws protecting you. So if your travels from Point A to Point B cause you to change planes or have a layover in a place with "different" knife rules, you might want to reconsider carrying along some of those "no-no" knives simply because they're legal at your final destination.

The latest warning regarding travel through a sea crazy-quilt regs came after an individual called KR for a lawyer referral. An individual was traveling from JFK Airport with automatic knives in his checked luggage. After screening, there were questions -unrelated to his knives. When his luggage was opened, however, the TSA notified local authorities about the knives and- you guessed it- he was arrested on numerous local and state violations.

It's immaterial whether or not TSA has the authority or duty to report state or local level infractions. But Knife Rights assures us it's not the first time that's happened. In some instances, the passenger and luggage were simply "passing through" the airport where they were stopped.

Yet another reason universal legislation protecting knife owners when traveling within the United States is needed. And another reason why Knife Right's Legal Blade (tm) App is something you should consider getting-especially if you travel with a knife. You can get that app in the Apple App store or on Google play -along with the accompanying article "What to Do if Arrested or Stopped".

One more bit of info from Knife Rights- a debunking of yet another internet-based rumor (read it on the internet, gotta be true, right?). Florida has not passed an ivory ban. That rumor is categorically untrue. An ivory ban bill (SB1120) has been introduced in the Florida legislature, but it's not even been scheduled for a hearing.

A total of eleven state ivory ban bills have been introduced this year- and to date- four have been defeated: Maryland, Virginia, Washington and -most recently- Illinois. No ivory bans have passed.

If you're headed to the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits next week in Nashville, Tennessee, you should stop by the Knife Rights booth and learn more about their work to protect the rights of knife owners. They tell me they'll be located in booth #706, right next to Ka-Bar.

When it comes to fun things to do when target shooting, there aren't many that rank higher on my fun meter than hitting a target and getting one of two sounds: the "ding" of hitting steel or the deeper "boom" of hitting an exploding target.

But the use of the word "exploding" has apparently caused yet another problem with (and a for ) NBC News.

Word yesterday that NBC Universal News Group (NBCU) and Lexington, Kentucky NBC Affiliate WLEX Communications have been slapped with a lawsuit for slander and defamatory print reports about- and against- Tannerite Sports.

Seems Today and the Today web site ran a story headlined: "Bombs for Sale: Targets containing dangerous explosive being sold legally".

That's what might be called close, but no cigar when it comes to fact-checking. Tannerite is well known for making marker targets for rifle shooting -and they do make a very pleasing "boom" and reward you with what you might think is a puff of smoke when hit...but you'd be incorrect to presume it's smoke.

You see, Tannerite isn't actually an explosive -not in the "bomb" sense of the word. First, a "bomb" as is pointed out in the Tannerite lawsuit, is illegal to manufacture. To call the exploding targets created when the inert elements of Tannerite are mixed together a "bomb" is just wrong. Using "bomb" interchangeably with "explosive" shows a bit of ignorance that NBC's now-commonly accepted bias against anything having to do with firearms wouldn't bother to notice.

What Tannerite inventor Dan Tanner makes is as far from a "bomb" as you can get. It's a very specific-application item that can't be set off with a fuse, won't ignite in a flame and can't be set off with an electrical charge. That would cover virtually all ignition systems for a "bomb". But there are even larger differences: you can't set if off with a handgun caliber round or even a .22 caliber rifle. It takes something moving at more than 2,000 feet per second to set off Tannerite.

And the net effect isn't what you'd get with a bomb- despite the many dip sticks (myself included) who have tried to use it for all sorts of silly experiments. Used correctly, the sum result of igniting Tannerite is the sound of a concussive blast and a cloud of water vapor.

That's right - water vapor- it's not a puff of smoke from an explosion; it's a target indicator- not some secret shooting society's weapon of mass destruction.

At this point, NBC and its reporter Jeff Rossen have done more than demonstrate their ignorance of a few basic facts, they've created yet another example shooting enthusiasts can cite when they make the case that mainstream media in general- and NBC News in particular- can't be trusted to report honestly on anything related to firearms.

They've also slandered the reputation of a legitimate businessman who's proven before that he's not willing to back down when wronged. Another shot in the credibility for NBC's news division might produce a "boom" in the courtroom that has damages attached.

--Jim Shepherd
Apr 10-12
Music City Center, Nashville, TN
Apr 11-12
Smokey Valley Archers, Lindsborg, Kansas
Apr 17-18
World Shooting and Recreation Complex, Sparta, Illinois
Apr 18-19
Lake Norman, North Carolina
Apr 18-19
Cinnamon Creek Ranch, Denton, Texas
Apr 18-19
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
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 16-17
Table Rock Lake, Missouri
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
Jun 6-7
Hamilton Rod & Gun, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Jun 19-20
Como, Mississippi
Jun 20-21
Coon Hunters Association, Batavia, New York
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