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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2020

- TOP STORY -
Just when you thought 2020 could not get any weirder, we got this from the Utah Department of Public Safety--it apparently is not a hoax.
- ACQUISITIONS -
Ruger has closed its acquisition of “substantially all of the Marlin Firearms assets from the Remington Outdoor Company, Inc. bankruptcy. The purchase price of approximately $28.3 million was paid with available cash on hand.

- AMMUNITION -
Federal Premium releases its new Swift Scirocco II centerfire hunting loads lineup. The new bullet promises to push effective range to new extremes while delivering a more lethal blow on impact.
- CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS -
Major League Fishing (MLF) announces the cancellation of the REDCREST 2021 Outdoor Sports Expo, scheduled to be held February 26-28, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- COMPETITION -
Team Winchester sporting clays shooter Anthony Matarese added another achievement to his already impressive shooting sports career: 2020 World FITASC champion.

Extended warmth has made the fall transition challenging this year, but Bassmaster Elite Series pro Scott Canterbury believes the milder conditions could deliver solid potential for the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open on Lay Lake.
- CONTESTS -
This Western Kitchen Seasoning Giveaway starts on November 25 and runs through December 31--enter for free and win all this great seasoning package.
New Mexico Wild invites all artists to submit original artwork for our 2021 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp Contest. All two-dimensional drawings, paintings, or photographs featuring the Mexican gray wolf are welcome.
- ENFORCEMENT -
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are asking for information after finding three garbage bags full of dead waterfowl along the north side of Herriman Highway.

- EVENTS -
The recently rebranded Open Season Sportsman’s Expo is adding a sixth event in 2021 as Monroe, Louisiana will welcome the series at the Monroe Civic Center Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2021.
- FISHING TOURNAMENTS -
The Marietta Bassmasters Club duo of Carter Koza of Marietta, Georgia, and Tanner Hadden of Evans, Georgia, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Lake Hartwell Open in Anderson, South Carolina.
Ranger Boats Pro Jordan Lee won the 2020 MLF Championship, bringing the angler the top prize of $100,000.
- GEAR -
Galco introduces the versatile and affordable Switchback belt holster for 4"- 4.5” semiautomatic pistols. Fitting guns similar to the Glock 17, SIG-Sauer P320 Compact, and S&W M&P, it accommodates pistols with and without most red dot sights.

- GRANTS -
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has recommended 14 community and state parks, trails and sports facilities across the state to share $5,441,600 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants.
Today the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 18 communities will share $1,926,000 for projects including trailhead development in Marquette County, recreation center renovation in Oakland County and park improvements in Crawford County.
- HUNTING -
Don’t forget to bring your deer head to a DNR deer check station or drop box to be tested for bovine tuberculosis, especially if you hunt in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Otsego, Oscoda, Presque Isle or Roscommon counties.
- INDUSTRY -
Bangers, a shooting sports wholesaler, and Iver Johnson Arms Inc. have entered into a wholesale agreement to distribute the extensive line of Iver Johnson Arms shotgun and pistol products to independent firearms retailers nationally.

EasyExport™ has posted the latest issue of EasyExport Insights™, containing three years of export sales statistics for 22 categories of firearms, rifle scopes and related products.
NEMO, designer of outdoor gear and accessories that are built to improve the experience of adventure, has donated 1,600 sleeping bags to Big City Mountaineers and its partners in an effort to get more kids outside.
- INSTRUCTION -
The Ambassador Academy will take place February 13-17, 2021, at WOFT, near Orlando, FL. The event gathers subject matter experts to help brand ambassadors be more successful representatives for their partners, as well as more effective industry influencers.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
DSG Outerwear, makers of technical, high performance and size-inclusive hunting apparel for women, is proud to announce its newest introduction for avid female hunters, the new AVA 2.0 Softshell Hunting Jacket and Pants set.

CHARD continues to grow its line of processing products with the introduction of durable, stainless-steel dehydrators, ideal for outdoors enthusiasts, health-conscious cooks and even craft makers.
Using the same technology as its other launchers, the PepperBall Mobile combines an LED flashlight and aiming laser with a powerful PepperBall launcher.
- NOW STREAMING -
On a new episode of Majesty Outdoors, we head to south Texas brush country for a hunt at Burns Ranch.
- ONLINE -
Several leading outdoor gear brands from the Vista Outdoor Inc. portfolio of brands have partnered with Powertex in launching a new e-commerce platform for brand ambassadors, enthusiasts and fans. The collection of brands include Bushnell, Bushnell Golf, RCBS, Champion Range and Targets and Hoppe’s.

- OPTICS -
Steiner's Cinder Thermal Sight offers enhanced thermal imaging in a sleek, modern thermal sight perfect for rifle-mounted or handheld target acquisition day or night, even in poor weather conditions. Advanced features include Wi-Fi video streaming and Recoil-Activated Video recording.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
The Dallas Safari Club congratulates Charlton McCallum Safaris as the DSC 2021 Outfitter of the Year. DSC is proud to announce the winner in advance of the DSC Convention, Reflections
- PROMOTIONS -
MDT announced their Legendary Black Friday Sale from Thursday, November 26th through Monday, November 30th. Customers can expect deep discounts on chassis, magazines and accessories.
Outdoor Edge has announced its Secret Santa Sale. This promotion offers 30 percent off the entire store plus free shipping.

Springfield Armory announced the 2020 Springfield Armory Black Friday Sale, offering its customers a 20 percent discount off the entire Springfield Armory Webstore from Friday, November 27th, through Monday the 30th.
Beretta announced the start of the Black Friday Sale, during which consumers could receive up to $100 off their order when they spend up to $300 this holiday season on BerettaUSA.com.
- RADIO -
This weekend, America Outdoors Radio will talk with Judd Lee from Worldwide Trophy Adventures about bison hunting in the Western United States.
It’s corruption regarding concealed carry permits in a California county, buying a used gun, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
- RECREATION -
Two guided hikes, one November 28 and one December 12, will be hosted at Patoka Lake.
- RETAIL -
Beretta USA is pleased to announce that all three Beretta Gallery locations are open and offer many ways to stay safe and shop with convenience this holiday season.
Kryptek’s biggest sale of the year is on now through December 7, accompanied by the highly anticipated release of the company’s annual Holiday Catalog.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
Leading fishing brands continue to sign on in support of the Berkley Abu Garcia High School Bass Class seminar program, including storage solution manufacturer Plano.
- STATES -
Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area’s property office and shooting range have temporarily closed. The property office will remain closed at least until Monday, Nov. 30. The Deer Creek shooting range will remain closed until at least Wednesday, Dec. 2.
The Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing Michigan residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department released the “Vermont Outdoors” app to help the public recreate outdoors in a safe and socially distanced manner.
Rules on gill nets, southern flounder and striped bass were part of the commission meeting last week. Now they want your input.
Between 150 and 200 additional steelhead will be stocked in the Boise River on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 25th, in addition to the 250 steelhead stocked in the river a week ago.
The Floating Restroom Grant Program helps reduce pollution from recreational boater sewage by providing floating public restrooms in areas with limited landside access.
The purpose of the closure is to complete much needed repairs so that, once reopened, the hatchery can serve as a recreational resource for visitors and produce Kern River rainbow trout for the sport fishing community.
Preliminary Nebraska deer check-in numbers indicate statewide harvest is down 3 percent compared to 2019 for the November firearm season.
- TELEVISION -
It's a special edition of Shooting USA, a full hour devoted to the inaugural Armageddon Gear AG Cup.
This week on MOJO Migration, Mike meets up with Brooks and Neil of Soar No More for a Waterfowl shoot in Idaho.
This Week on MOJO TV, the team looks back at Mike Morgan’s last hunt for MOJO, which happened to be one of his most favorite adventures at Ranchland Outfitters in Alberta, Canada.
After the table is cleared and it’s time to relax, tune in “Game On Saturdays” exclusively on Outdoor Channel every Saturday evening from 7– 9 p.m. ET.
Featured this week on Guns & Gear, there's SIG SAUER's SIERRA6BDX riflescope, Ruger’s 6.5 PRC Hawkeye Long Range Hunter and more.
 

With Thanksgiving here, it’s time to get over what we’ve already come through in 2020 and start looking forward.

It won’t end the coronavirus, establish peace and harmony in government, or correct any of the injustices in the world.

But it might help you prepare for what’s ahead- whatever that may be.

We are in the final phase of 2020. And I’m ready for a new calendar.

Not that a new calendar would bring the equivalent of a global reset. If it were that simple, I’d already be working off the 2035 calendar.

2020 could have used several resets. And we’re not to December 31 yet.

But we’re all still bumping along. That’s what we need to remember.

Having seen how the work-from-home orders impacted others, I’m very thankful for the fact I’ve been working from home for more than two decades. My wife had to make big adjustments in how she works. But we’re both still working from home - and speaking - after more than six months of 24/7 togetherness.

And in these very uncertain times, we’re thankful to have jobs. Not everyone is so fortunate.

But I harbor no illusions whatsoever that this will be a normal Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving will be different for everyone.

The pandemic tossed a huge wrench into everyone’s lives, and holidays are no exceptions.

And challenges can be magnified during the holidays. Especially if you’re dealing with a loss or struggling with uncertainty.

Doesn’t matter what the uncertainty is, they all bring that hollow feeling that leads to sleepless nights, uncertain days, and a loss of hope.

Telling you I’ve been there- and gotten through it- may not offer much comfort. Sometimes, empathy isn’t enough. But it’s still true.

Other than prayer, it’s the best I have to offer. If you’re in an uncertain place this Thanksgiving, I’m pulling for you.

Thanksgiving 2020 won’t fill our home with family. Our Thanksgiving meal as most meals the past few months- will be eaten as a couple. It won’t keep us from offering a prayer of Thanksgiving, but it will emphasize - again - how things this Thanksgiving are different.

As we take a few days off for this holiday, I hope that each of us will take some of that time to reflect. Try not to focus on what you’re lacking, rather try to appreciate what you have.

If you do, Thanksgiving might be the point where things begin to turn for the better. That’s my prayer for all of us.

Happy Thanksgiving.

—Jim Shepherd

 
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