FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019

The Fishing Wire will not publish Monday, May 27 due to the Memorial Day holiday. Releases received after 5 p.m Central Time Thursday, May 23, will not publish until we resume our normal publication schedule on Tuesday, May 28.
Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) today announced it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Freedom Boat Club (FBC).
TRUGLO, Inc. recently introduced the EZ•REST — a brush-style arrow rest designed for simple tuning, operation, and use in the field is now available in a bowfishing-specific version.

Indiana schools took two of the three team titles at the 2019 National Archery in the Schools Program Eastern Nationals in Louisville, May 9-11, where more than 15,000 students participated.
The National Wild Turkey Federation has received the 2018 IHEA-USA NGO/Agency Partner Award for their overall efforts benefitting hunter education and continued R3 efforts.
Boaters affected by hurricane Michael can now benefit from updated coastline data that better reflects the devastating changes made to much of the coastline of and near Port St. Joe, Florida.
The Rifle and Pistol athletes of the USA Shooting Team are set for International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup competition in Munich, Germany starting Sunday and running through May 30. More than 920 athletes from 98 countries are expected to compete at this World Cup. USA Shooting is sending 28 athletes to compete in this event.

Major League Fishing (MLF) officials announce that the Bass Pro Tour Stage Seven originally scheduled for Oklahoma's Grand Lake is being relocated to Table Rock Lake in Missouri, due to flood conditions impacting northeast Oklahoma.
Ryan Hopkins, 42, owner of two privately owned cervid (POC) facilities – also known as deer farms – in Osceola County, Michigan, has been arraigned on several misdemeanor charges tied to facility maintenance and inspections, reporting and other areas.
Pulsar returns to the “Granddaddy of all Hunting Shows,” the Texas Trophy Hunters Association Extravaganza. The Extravaganza will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from August 9-11.
The new price for resident trout permits will be $10 annually, while the nonresident trout permit will increase to $20 annually.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a free fishing event for kids and adult anglers with disabilities on Saturday, May 25 at Mt. Hood Pond in Gresham.
- GEAR -
Plano continues the tradition of being on the cutting edge of storage innovations with the new A-series 2.0 Quick Top 3600 and 3700 Tackle Bags.
Introduced at the Archery Trade Show in January to rave reviews, ElimiShield’s new Hunt X10D concentrate is now available
Sellmark Corporation is proud to announce their inaugural Sellmark Outdoor Media Scholarship. Sellmark proudly supports the next generation of outdoor writers by awarding two individuals with a scholarship to attend the 2019 Professional Outdoor Media Association Business Conference in Wichita, Kansas.

Legacy Sports International has named Travis Branzell the Vice President of Merchandise and Product Development.
It is critical that the Conservation Conversation always include people as much as it does wildlife. This was the overarching message from Botswana Minister of Environment Natural Resources and Conservation and Tourism Onkokame Kitso Mokalla during yesterday's press conference on lifting the five-year suspension on hunting in that country.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today was awarded $8.5 million in funding over three years by the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy to expand its nutria eradication operations.
California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

- JOBS -
Barrett is currently seeking qualified individuals to apply as a Regional Sales Manager for the US Commercial Sales Channel. This newly created team helps expand US Distributor and Dealer sales.
Texas Governor Greg Abbot has received HB446 repealing the ban on clubs and knuckles for action while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has received A5944, the repeal of New York’s gravity knife ban. Knife Rights is urging Texas and New York residents to call their governors and encourage them to sign the bills into law.
The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper have sued the Trump administration, alleging it has failed to protect eight highly imperiled species across the country under the Endangered Species Act.
Introduced at the Archery Trade Show in January to rave reviews, ElimiShield’s new Hunt X10D concentrate is now available

Bear OPS extends their combat knife line with a new boot knife, the Double-Edge Boot Knife. This American-made, tactical knife features black textured G10 handles and a 1095 carbon-steel blade with a full-body tang.
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) announces the official launch of its new Online Angling Modules for kids with the release of the Intro to Fishing module.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program is pleased to announce that Legacy Sports International and Pointer Shotguns will be Gold sponsors for the 2019 SCTP season.
“We’re proud to announce that Swagger Bipods is continuing as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor,” said WTU President Jeff Schinkten.

Cordova Outdoors celebrates Memorial Day with a sitewide sale, offering 15% off their hard coolers, soft coolers, accessories, apparel and drinkware. Now through May 27th, 2019, receive 15% off everything on Cordova’s website by using code: MEMORIAL15 at checkout.
Mc3™ Stocks, manufactured by McMillan, is pleased to announce a site-wide sale on all Mc3 stocks in recognition of Memorial Day. From now through May 28, all Mc3 stocks purchased through the Mc3 Stocks website are available for 20% off.
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, giving away a Crossfire Red Dot Optic with any REC7 or REC7 DI system purchased April 15 through August 15, 2019. The optic is valued at over $200.
It's a special Memorial Day weekend edition of America Outdoors Radio featuring two non-profit groups that take combat veterans hunting, fishing and into the wilderness as a means of therapy.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio host Rob Keck is excited for the unofficial start of summer vacation season as the Memorial Day holiday kicks off. This weekend, Rob's hosting a passionate outdoor husband and wife team that are truly experts in the world of camping: Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi, co-hosts of the "RV Family Travel Atlas" podcast.
The FishAmerica Foundation (FAF), the research and conservation arm of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), today announced a $15,000 donation to support research of forage fish off Florida’s coasts
As many people are gearing up to spend time outdoors over the Memorial Day weekend, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds everyone planning to ride an off-highway vehicle (OHV) to do so safely and responsibly.
Anglers who fish in Maine now have a new tool that makes it quick and easy to find out the fishing regulations on any of Maine’s inland waters.

Alabama state waters and federal waters will open for red snapper fishing on Saturday, June 1. The season will consist of weekends, Friday through Sunday, June 1, 2019, to July 28, 2019, and Thursday, July 4.
Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with fun in the sun, fishing, and enjoying time on the water, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is warning everyone to steer clear of the Arkansas River this year, due to the massive amount of water being released from reservoirs throughout Oklahoma that have nearly reached capacity from spring rainfall.
Oregonian’s can fish, crab and clam for free during Free Fishing Weekend, June 1-2.
An annual tradition sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and approved by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Free Fishing Weekend gives many people the opportunity to enjoy the amazing angling The Natural State has to offer.
Private landowners have until June 14 to enroll their land in the Open Fields and Waters (OFW) Program. Through OFW, landowners can earn additional income for allowing walk-in hunting, trapping and/or fishing access on their properties.
Starting Memorial Day weekend, enforcement officers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and promoting public awareness to deter impaired operation of vehicles and vessels.
Relax and tune in to Outdoor Channel on Memorial Day as The Hunt for Monster Bass presents 10 episodes of bass-fighting action beginning at5 p.m. ET.
“Chasin’ The Sun,” the original television series produced by Visit Panama City Beach, has been awarded nine 2019 Telly Awards, including four Silver and five Bronze titles in the television categories of Nature/Wildlife, Sports and Cinematography.
This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from Uncharted Waters with Peter Miller, Booger Bottom USA, Jimmy Houston, Local Knowledge and more.
Join long-time fishing guide Captain George Gozdz as he explores the outdoor lifestyle focused on appealing destinations for anglers on Sportsman Channel’s Unfathomed airing Sundays at 1 p.m.

Whenever I have the opportunity to go to Washington, DC, I try to build in a little extra time to visit old friends. They’ll be waiting for me as always at the former home of General Robert E. Lee.

General Lee’s former home is still called Arlington, but its full name is The Arlington National Cemetery.

My childhood friends are buried there, along with more than 400,000 other active duty service members, veterans and their families.

According to the Arlington National Cemetery website (, they’re joined by as many as 30 new companions each weekday.

It’s a beautifully maintained 624 acre vista that, no matter the season, brings home the sacrifice of others that have made to preserve all our freedom.

Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, DC, is the resting place of more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. It's a sobering reminder of the true cost of freedom. Arlington National Cemetery photo by Elizabeth Frazer with permission.

On Monday, the nation will take time out from the “unofficial kickoff weekend of summer” to remember those who died in service of the country, either in battle or as a result of their wounds.

Many years ago, when I was a child, it was the first weekend of summer - and we picnicked at our local church. Back then, we called it “dinner on the grounds”.

My memories of those weekend include sweet tea by the gallon, heaping bowls of potato salad, mounds of fried chicken, pies and cakes of all sorts, and the ladies of the church (a euphemism for the older widows) happily serving the rest of us. They were all wore a little artificial poppy on their shirts and I still remember how they’d occasionally reach up and touch them as they watched us play.

It wasn’t until years later that I realized those ladies had all lost husbands in World War II.

Wearing the poppy was a tradition carried over from World War I. The poppy flower was apparently the first living thing to reemerge from the European fields ravaged in that war.

It, and Canadian World War I veteran Doctor John McRae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” became symbols of life - and remembrance- after that horror.

For those ladies, the artificial poppies represented very real losses.

As we played, we had no way of knowing that more than one of the kids racing around during those picnics would be going off to a faraway place called Vietnam. I never dreamed some of them would be leaving behind their own wives. Some of them were our playmates at that time. They would become the next generation of the ladies of the church. And I never dreamed that while I would lose touch with many childhood friends, three others would have the same permanent addresses I still visit whenever I can- nearly a half-century later.

Schools begin their summer vacations later today. And this weekend, our neighborhood kids will truly be enjoying their “first weekend of summer” -even in the sweltering Tennessee heat.

We’ll probably join in some of the fun as they ride bikes, skate and play in our cul de sac. It’s a safe haven, and made even more so by the barricades we’ll erect further up the street tomorrow morning to keep traffic to a minimum.

Like the friends of my childhood, they’ll play with little thought of what others sacrificed to bring them another weekend of simply being children.

I’m happy we all have the privilege of enjoying a peaceful family weekend, too.

But as I walk by my office, I’ll catch a glimpse of my father’s flag. And I’ll flashback to memories of playing with Teddy, Steve, and Jimmy. That’s why the next time I’m in Washington, I’ll make time to visit them. I’ll catch them up on what’s been happening, and thank them - again- for their service. It’s the least I can do for such good friends.

Have a great weekend, but take time to remember the ones who gave their futures to preserve ours.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar

JUNE 2-5
NSSF Industry Summit

Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Website)

JUNE 7-9
D.C. Project Foundation’s 3-Gun Fundraiser

Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, Texas. Contact: Dianna Muller Info:

Import/Export Conference

Washington, DC (Website)

Boone and Crockett Club's 30th Big Game Awards

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, Springfield, Missouri,

Outfitter Wire - 2271 N Upton St., Arlington, VA 22207
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