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THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2021

- ARCHERY -
After earning a full men’s and women’s team quota for the Tokyo 2020 Games this past weekend, the USA recurve squad came in hot and ready for the last stage of the Archery World Cup.
- COMPETITION -
Daniel Defense congratulates Daniel McLeroy, DD Product Design Manager, on his first place finish in the Production Division at last weekend’s Cool Acres Sporting Camp PRS event. McLeroy not only won the Production class, but finished 5th overall using the recently introduced DELTA 5 PRO, a product he also happened to design for Daniel Defense.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program presents updated information on restrictions previously set for the 2021 National Matches. The matches will be held at Camp Perry, Ohio, in July and August. Updates include new information on awards ceremonies, Distinguished Badge pinning, range occupation and mask regulations.
Team Luth-AR members topped the field at the 2021 Nordic Vortex Tri-Gun Match held in Forest Lake, MN June 18th-20th, 2021. Luth-AR was a Platinum Sponsor for 2021.
As the opening ceremony of the 2021 Olympics draws closer, the athletes’ excitement and anticipation are growing. The USA Shooting shotgun teams are training hard, and its members are carefully considering what they expect of themselves, and what they want for the team competing in Japan this year.

Anthony Matarese Jr. continued his winning streak in 2021 with an impressive performance at the NSCA U.S. Open. Matarese Jr. bested the field and won the Main Event champion title, his third U.S. Open win, as well as runner-up in the FITASC event.
Hornady congratulates team shooter Jake Vibbert and his match teammate on their performance at the 2021 Snipers Hide Cup Team Match, June 20-21, 2021 in Colville, Washington.
The field for the final two Bassmaster Elite Series events is down to 95 anglers after Clent Davis, Rick Morris and Brett Preuett have withdrawn for the remainder of the 2021 season.
- CONSERVATION -
The 2021-22 Federal Duck Stamp goes on sale Friday, June 25. The stamps, which cost $25 and raise about $40 million for conservation each year, are valid from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

- EVENTS -
Benelli is set to exhibit the newest and latest products at the inaugural Ducks Unlimited Expo at the Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas, June 25-27.
- FISHERIES -
Recreational bay scallop season for Franklin County through the northwestern portion of Taylor County, as well as Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties opens July 1 and will remain open through Sept. 24.
- GEAR -
Galco’s VHS 4.0 is now available for the Glock 17/19 series with some weaponlights, and with or without red dot sights.
Sporting clays enthusiasts and competitors know – choke tubes are necessary to stay competitive. Trulock Choke Tubes offer choke tube specialists that can help enhance a shooter’s natural ability to ultimately break more clays.

- GIVEAWAYS -
Rock River Arms wants everyone to know there is still time to enter for a chance to win a RRAGE 2G rifle. The RRAGE 2G headlines the larger prize package of the Shoot On Tactical Advantage Giveaway going on now through July 5, 2021.
- INDUSTRY -
Between now and some point in 2022, the “Third Party Cookie” will no longer be viable. Media Lodge doesn’t rely on third party data and they don’t track the browsing history of their users.
Traditions® Firearms announces a partnership with Gregg Ritz of Outdoor Channel’s acclaimed series, Hunt Masters.
- JOBS -
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation seeks a detail-oriented individual for a leadership role on their accounting team.

- NEW PRODUCTS -
Gamakatsu introduces a new pre-tied French Hook Snell rig, perfect for a wide range of freshwater fish species. The versatile snell rig comes in five different hook sizes available in ten-packs and two colors.
Made of stainless steel to ward off corrosion and rust, Gamakatsu's heavy-duty pliers will become the tool you reach for whether you're an avid salt or freshwater angler.
Weighing in at a mere 16.5 lbs., Millenium's M150 features GoLITE Design and 100% aluminum construction and a durable, long-lasting powder-coat finish.
Huk’s Rogue Wave and Rogue Wave Camo fishing boots are built for anglers who demand the best from their clothing and gear so they can stay on the water when others have headed for the hill.

Muddy Outdoors announces the new Remote Beacon Illuminator is now shipping. This remote activated green LED is designed to help locate a treestand or blind in the dark and keep you safe.
This Independence Day, celebrate with a firework of taste in your mouth by topping your meal with Aubrey D.’s Gourmet Condiments from Gourmet Chips and Sauces.
Cold Steel expands their culinary cutlery with the Cold Steel Kitchen Classics Set, a complete knife set designed for the American family household.
- ONLINE -
Gun Talk’s First Person Defender is back for its ninth season. New episodes of the popular self-defense series, plus bonus training and tip videos, premiere each Sunday at GunTalkTV.com, and appear on Gun Talk platforms.

Professional Shooter & Brand Ambassador for Ruger, Maggie Reese Voigt is the host of Ruger American New Shooter Academy: Maggie’s Mission, now streaming on GetZone.com, ROKU and the Media Lodge Firearms Platform.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
Ducks Unlimited (DU) staff members recently received a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Regional Director’s Honor Award for conservation work on the DeLuca Preserve in the USFWS South Atlantic-Gulf and Mississippi Basin.
Daniel Defense Executive Vice President, Cindy Daniel, announced the formation of The Double D Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c) 3, whose sole purpose is to advocate for and protect the Second Amendment.
- RADIO -
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Brian Spicer, host of “No Limits Hunting” television show.

This week, Tom discusses lessons learned from the comfort of home, what it takes to be a good pistol magazine, a big sale and easy way to take action on gun rights, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
This week Outdoors Radio features Skyroam marketing director Stephen Genest, Wisconsin DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist Alaina Gerrits, charter captain “Dumper Dan” Welsch and Pappas Trading Post owner Randy Smith.
- RECREATION -
Patoka Lake is hosting a kayak trip that will depart from Wall’s Lake Boat Ramp on Saturday, July 10 at 9 a.m.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
“We’re proud that Ameristep is continuing as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor,” said Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten.

- STATES -
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department still has a few openings in the July 11-16 Fish and Wildlife summer course for teachers and other educators.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on development of a new general management for Proud Lake Recreation Area in Oakland County.
- SWEEPSTAKES -
TrueTimber has teamed up with TenPoint Crossbows to host a summer sweepstakes beginning today. One fan will be randomly selected to win a TenPoint Titan M1 crossbow in TrueTimber Viper Western camo and a $500 TrueTimber gift card.
- TELEVISION -
Sportsman Channel has signed on as the official multimedia distributor of the McKenzie Archery Shooters Association (ASA) 3D Live Tournament. The next event to broadcast via linear, digital and social channels is the ASA Mathews Pro/AM on Saturday, June 26.
- WILDLIFE -
If you see a flock of turkeys in Vermont during July and August, the department asks you to report the turkey brood survey on its website.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking boaters and anglers to enjoy loons from a safe distance this summer.
A young mountain lion left orphaned after its mother was killed in traffic, has been released into the wild after months of care provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the San Diego Humane Society (Ramona Wildlife Center).
 

Two thousand, six hundred forty-eight miles ago, I was prepping for an RV trip to South Dakota. With that nine-day journey in the rearview mirror, it’s time to share some of the lessons learned.

First, if you’re the kind who likes to be prepared, you’ll likely find yourself unpacking some things you never used.

If you’re like me, that’s probably a good thing.

Most of my unused items weren’t the patently obvious things you need for summertime travel like sunscreen and extra hats (although I had brought of both). They were things designed for dealing with things we’d prefer not happen. As I unpacked them, I was relieved they’d ridden to-and-from South Dakota without ever being unpacked. No one wants to open the second first aid kit, much less the tourniquet and blow-out kit I bring whenever there’s recreational shooting on the agenda.

Other than a tiny cut after getting a bit too-close to a riflescope, I made it home unscathed.

My RV, unfortunately, also appears to have gotten a little scrape. Seems someone got a bit too-close while I was parked somewhere during my travel, leaving a couple of parallel scratches about four inches long and the width of a truck bumper.

It’s headed in for its annual checkup later this morning. That’s when I’ll have my dealer’s service department look for what appears to be a small leak in a drain line. It seems somewhere between the shower pan and the outlet water is getting out into the interior. Ordinarily, I’d be flipping out about it, but one thing I have learned after spending several nights in campgrounds is that RVs, no matter their size, are like houses in that there’s always something that needs attention.

As I was hauling unworn clothes back into the closet, I realized I had once again fallen for the “you have the room, so bring it along” lie. If you’re traveling in an RV and staying in full-service campgrounds, you’re better off to bringing a roll of quarters and laundry detergent than four nice shirts, two pairs of dress pants, and dress shoes “just in case.” From what I saw on this trip, long pants and sneakers instead of shorts and flip-flops constitute dressing up.

The thermometer tells the story (above). It was hot, and staying hydrated when not riding a motorcycle meant drinking lots of water whenever we did stop (below)

Another lesson was reaffirmed. In 100-plus degree heat it is far better to protect yourself from the sun, perspire and stay hydrated than it is to deal with a serious sunburn and dehydration. Watching a miserable mom try to deal with a couple of sunburned kids was a harsh reminder to keep rubbing on that sunscreen.

Regarding dealing with the heat…it is virtually impossible to over-hydrate yourself in triple-digit temperatures and extremely low humidities. It is entirely possible to drink so much water you flush the electrolytes from your system. Staying hydrated is important, but so is replacing the electrolytes. Water will keep you going in the daylight, but replenishing those electrolytes will help prevent leg cramps keeping you up at night.

One thing it seems many campers forget is that if you’re not using rechargeable lights and/or batteries, you will probably need spares. I routinely carry a small battery box that contains the most commonly used batteries, along with a couple of the wafer-styles that run everything from lasers on handguns to key fobs for cars (or campers). About the third time someone asked me if I might happen to have a 2032 battery (I had several), I realized that many people seem to believe batteries never die.

Batteries always die; most usually when you need them most.

If you use regular batteries, bring spares. If you go rechargeable, don’t forget the chargers.

There’s nothing as disconcerting as realizing your camera battery’s dying, then realizing you forgot your charger -and spare batteries. You won’t always be able to find a replacement for either, so make certain you’ve onboarded your spares and chargers before your departure.

Tiny tips from a big trip.

But I learn something new every time I take to the open road. Fortunately, experienced campers seldom mind your asking questions.

After all, one reminded me last week, everyone was new to camping at some point.

— Jim Shepherd

 
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