FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020

Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep is the first expanding 380 Auto load to consistently penetrate beyond the FBI-recommended 12-inch minimum in bare gel and through heavy clothing.
Bowtech proudly announces a limited release of the new Guardian™ bow to honor those who are the first line of defense for our Nation’s well-being, with a portion of the proceeds from each bow going towards two remarkable foundations
As a result of the escalation of COVID-19, Florida Outdoor Life/Field & Stream Expo, Bonnier Events has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Outdoor Life/Field & Stream Expo scheduled for July 24-26 in Lakeland, Florida.
Stage Five of the Bass Pro Tour will stream live on MLFNOW! July 10-15 beginning at 8 a.m. this morning. The Stage and Season Points champion titles are both on the line.

Congratulations to Team Vihtavuori member, Paul Phillips, on winning the 2020 Michigan Fullbore Prone Championship, F-TR division. Phillips loaded Vihtavuori N140 behind Berger 200 Grain Hybrids in Lapua cases to score 445-23X.
The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), scheduled for September 29 – October 1, 2020, will transition to a virtual only event.
New to the Escort Versatile Tactical Shotgun lineup is the BTS bullpup. This next-generation shotgun is available in either 12 ga or .410 cal, and is offered in either black or FDE Cerakote.

Biologists, led by Andy Yung of the agency’s Fisheries Division District 6 in Camden, were able to take pectoral fin spine samples, which can be used to determine the age of fish, along with measurements of the length of about 400 specimens of blues and flatheads caught over a five-day period.
- GEAR -
Just when you thought the in-demand Tatula reel family couldn’t get any better, Daiwa unleashes the new Tatula 300, a true 300-size reel for throwing big bass baits.
Henry has designed and donated 88 limited edition Henry “Ethan’s Army” Edition Golden Boy lever-action rifles to benefit the family of 2-year-old Ethan Shaw and assist with the medical expenses associated with childhood cancer treatment. These rifles are available now through Henry Repeating Arms’ website and the first in the series, ETHANSARMY01, is currently up for auction. All proceeds from the sales of the “Ethan’s Army” rifles will be presented to the Shaw family.
- INDUSTRY - announced that Kristi Heuring has been appointed to the role of Chief Marketing Officer. Heuring, a 26-year marketing veteran and outdoor enthusiast, joins the Everest team after senior marketing roles with Aguila Ammunition and Aimpoint, Inc.

Jonathan Clemins has been named as S3DA West Virginia Regional Coordinator. He is an S3DA Advanced Instructor, NASP Coach and USA Archery Level 3 NTS Coach.
Styrka Optics is excited to announce a new partnership with ExpertVoice, a leader in reaching consumers through social media influencers.
Quadratec, Inc., the world's largest independent Jeep® aftermarket parts and accessories retailer, announces a new online fundraising campaign designed to support Tread Lightly!
Between May 13th, when restrictions were lifted, and June 9th, more than 335,000 licences were purchased, an increase of more than 200,000 on the same period last year.

Streamlight, Inc. launched the rechargeable Stinger 2020, the next evolution in duty-ready flashlights. The new light delivers 2,000 lumens and up to a 24-hour run time. The Stinger 2020 features an anti-roll body design, non-slip side panels and an ergonomic shape for a perfect grip.
Blackhawk announced that it has introduced a new T-Series Jacket Slot Leg Strap Adapter for use with the T-Series holster. The new adapter bolts into the bottom of the T-Series Jacket Slot Belt Loop Holster Platform and serves as the pivot point for the T-Series holster, allowing it to stay upright and secure regardless of your leg position.
All conservation nets get a complete update with an improved PowR Lok™ yoke that is stronger and more dependable than ever, plus lots more to make them the best landing nets on the market.
The Flex Worm is designed with a solid front end profile in the first 1.5” of the bait to ensure a stable hook insertion for Texas rig or shaky head presentations, The solid front end immediately transitions into a tapering ball & joint body design which gives the bait its Flex.

The newly designed Halo XD III Pro Series that consists of six casting and two spinning rods, each selling for $99.
The floating hoop keeps the net frame on the water surface for easy fish handling and holds the tangle-free micromesh netting in place and aides in the capture and release of feisty trout.
Made of high-quality 3M five-year outdoor durable vinyl, the wraps offer easy-to-apply, bubble-free technology. They are also easy to remove within five years, leaving little to no residue.
Dryshod has launched their Southland Men's Hunting Boot. The Southland incorporates many design details and advanced technologies that make it a leading all-terrain waterproof boot for demanding hunters. Crafted with the utmost quality, these boots meet the most challenging hunting climates and terrain.

This week on LUND Ultimate Fishing Experience we join pro staffers Rob Henry and Daryl Ensoll as they try to tackle monster walleye on Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte.
GoPro, Inc. announces that its flagship HERO8 Black camera now functions as a 1080p high-definition, wide-angle webcam.
On the Upland Nation podcast’s recurring feature “Outdoors Insider,” host Scott Linden interviews Andy McCormick, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Legacy Sports International.
Winchester Ammunition and the Scholastic Clay Target Program are once again teaming up — this time with new co-branded ammunition packaging.

WildLife Partners, LLC has renewed its sponsorship agreement with HSCF. With this agreement, the two parties have once again partnered to support HSCF’s mission to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the promotion of our hunting heritage.
This week, Outdoors Radio features wild river expert John Roberts, Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock societies forest conservation director Jon Steigerwaldt and archery expert JC Chamberlin.
It’s new gear, the pro-2A stance from the Libertarian Presidential candidate, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
Tune in to this week’s Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio show as host Rob Keck welcomes legendary fisherman, Bill Dance.
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) has announced the findings of a new fishing license mystery shopper study, which shows promising gains made by states in their online license purchase process.
Fish and Game fisheries managers are gathering public comments about fall Chinook salmon season proposals that describe how seasons and limits could be implemented in the Salmon, Snake and Clearwater rivers.
With the completion of recreational enhancements last week at Rockefeller, there are now more spots for the angling public to enjoy, including two handicap accessible fishing piers.
A large portion of the lower Columbia River will remain open for recreational Chinook salmon fishing July 9 through July 15, state fishery managers announced today.
Included in the proposals are aligning the walleye daily bag limit on all of Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie, removing restrictions on channel catfish on small inland lakes as well as updating how white-tailed deer are handled by processors and taxidermists.
A new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Lake Management Plans webpage is designed to strengthen communication and encourage stakeholders to become more involved with the management plan process.
Maine Game Wardens rescued two female hikers on Black Mountain Wednesday afternoon, carrying one of them down the mountain on their backs, and barely getting both down before severe thunderstorms hit the area.
Artists can find the rules and deadlines for contests that decide what artwork will be on fish and wildlife stamps featuring trout and salmon, waterfowl, pheasant, walleye and turkey.

The boat ramp at Mulberry Bend Wildlife Management Area in Dixon County is closed temporarily due to damage from recent rains.
Sporting Classics with Chris Dorsey is now airing its sophomore season on Outdoor Channel, Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. ET.
One of Mojo’s favorite destinations is El Campo Texas, home of Rocky Creek Retrievers. Mike Morgan stops in to see what Steve Biggers has to offer in regular duck season. As expected the hunts are great, the food spectacular and the hospitality top-notch.

Next week, ICAST, the largest fishing show on the planet, moves from the sweltering heat and humidity of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida to the confines of virtuality. Yep, it’s going virtual.

Instead of seeing old friends and touching new products, we’ll be navigating around show booths using our computer, phone or tablet.

While I’m not a fan of Orlando in the summertime (don’t write to criticize - I’ve lived there), I’m not certain next week’s event, even with all the ballyhoo surrounding it, will be anything like the analog version.

Despite the sweat, swelter and seemingly endless tramping through exhibition halls, there’s really nothing quite like a trade show to get you into the spirit of the sport.

Honestly, four months into whatever you want to call this situation, I’m feeling the need to see industry friends.

We don’t have many opportunities to get together every year, and the pandemic has robbed us of yet another “major”.

Ok, I “get” that you don’t really have to travel to Orlando to see new products, but there’s something about standing in lines and waiting for everything from your hotel check-in to your turn to be overcharged for mediocre dining that’s, well, comforting.

But there’s another thing that causes me to miss events. The non-profits of the outdoors are universally suffering.

Yesterday, I spoke to one CEO who told me that with the exception of a single fundraising dinner early in the year, they’d had zero fundraising opportunities. Today, he said, his job was keeping people engaged. Most of their supporters, he told me were more focused on “not losing their farms and businesses” than helping wildlife. And they were staring down the barrel of rapidly diminishing bank balances.

We’ve already reported on layoffs at non-profits. It’s not totally accurate to blame the pandemic for the problems with the National Rifle Association, but the pandemic certainly hasn’t helped. In a crucial election cycle, they look skeletal compared to other national election years.

The National Wild Turkey Federation has been open about their having laid-off staffers. They’re not unique, just more candid than others.

The only bright spot I see is Pittman-Robertson funding. As people have stocked up on guns and ammo, they’ve also contributed to wildlife conservation efforts. Ditto the money spent on fishing gear.

That’s a good thing, because many of the conservation affinity groups are looking at the equivalent of Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. They don’t have.

Both conservation-based hunting and ecotourism are as plentiful as dodo birds and carrier pigeons.

If the world doesn’t start traveling, it’s not a pretty picture down the road.

African nations are already feeling the impact in funding cuts with increased poaching or the opposite extreme -an overabundance of animals due to the loss of the checks-and-balances of hunting. The overabundance of elephants, for example, are playing havoc with crops.

Virtually all scientific field work- worldwide- has been stopped by the pandemic. Field work is essential to help focus the funds that are available. Like everyone else, wildlife biologists, scientists and researchers have been forced to the virtual world for their meetings. They’re accustomed to using technology to connect and collaborate- but from the field, not their offices.

This isn’t a long piece offering solutions. Many of the world’s medical experts and all the world’s politicians look more like Chicken Little than Jonas Salk or Marie Curie.

Politicians aren’t good at solutions in ideal conditions. Today, we’re as far from ideal as I’ve ever imagined (so are they). Medical research can’t move rapidly because of the regulations piled on them by - you guessed it- politicians and regulators.

Now, however, is the time for all of us to look for places where we can help, rather than simply offering criticism. My family has redirected the money we’d budgeted for dining out and recreational travel toward groups we know are still making a difference.

It’s not much, but if we all did a little, it could mean a lot.

Hey, it’s still the weekend. Get outside. Invite others to go with you.

We all need a dose of the natural. If you don’t believe me, go outside and see for yourself.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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