The 2020 Action Target Safety Award was awarded to Armscor at the 15th Annual Industry Day at the Range on January 20 at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club. Safety auditors judged over 80 shooting exhibitors.
The Association of College Anglers is proud to announce SPRO has renewed its long-standing sponsorship of the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and Association of Collegiate Anglers.
Tigress Outriggers and Gear will be showcasing their innovative fishing products at the world's most anticipated boating event, the Miami International Boat Show, at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, Virginia Key, Miami, Florida, from February 13 through 17.

Whitetails Unlimited’s Deer Camp Tour 2020 is off and running with the first events taking place on January 4 in Fort Kearney, Nebraska and Austin, Minnesota. WTU plans on holding over 80 Deer Camps in 23 different states during 2020.
After a successful first year exhibiting at the Great American Outdoor Show, Pulsar returns to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from February 1-9, 2020 at booth 647.
In 2020, the state-regional-federal partnership will prioritize the tactics that will help its partners implement the recreational fishing survey designs that meet their science and management needs, while providing national guidance around survey and estimation methods.
Nineteen community boating safety education programs received a total of $250,000 this year through the Boating Safety Education Grant, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

More than 1,200 Montana hunters have spoken up in support of increasing public access to hunt elk on private and public lands during the late October and November general season in order to better manage the state’s elk herds.
MTC Holsters, parent company of CrossBreed Holsters, N82 Holsters, and Magna-Arm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Nathan Engelking to the position of Executive Vice President of Marketing.
Honor Defense supporting Virginia patriots through support of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Virginia residents get a 5% discount when designing their own pistol online and the VCDL also receives a 5% donation.
MonsterMeal® Wildlife Feed and Attractants is continuing its commitment to the independent farm and ranch retailers of Mid-States Cooperative.

Walther announces the Meister Manufaktur program, creating an exclusive line of hand-engraved, hand-finished pistols with newly developed coatings and finishes never seen before on a production line.
Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying group will spend at least $60 million to support gun control candidates in 2020, leading the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to declare “Last year he bought Virginia, now he’s trying to buy the United States.”
Featuring blow-molding and impressive detail, Flextone's new Thunder Chick Breeder matches the true-to-life size and posture of a breeding hen.
Part of Vans' new woodland-inspired collection, the Realtree Xtra X Vans Garnett Jacket is the perfect go-to for wet, windy days.

Waterfowl hunters who did not remove their hunting blinds from the waters of the state earlier must do so before February 15 on Lake Champlain or May 15 on inland waters according to a reminder from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Collecting antlers that fall off the heads of deer, elk and moose each winter is a popular pastime in Utah. Before you head outdoors to collect shed antlers, though, you are required to complete the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ Antler Gathering Ethics course.
Hiking and hunting mountains for game is viewed by most hunters as the ultimate hunting experience and endurance test. MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) curated a select group of episodes for the Mountain Hunting Watchlist where every hunter featured is challenged on multiple levels.
A strong, vibrant membership continues to support the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its mission. RMEF ended 2019 maintaining an all-time high of more than 234,000* members.

Operation Hat Trick (OHT) announced today a partnership with Mossy Oak. As part of this collaboration, Mossy Oak will develop and make available to leading OHT licensed vendors, including ’47, Colosseum, and Great American Products, a line of outdoor camouflage designs, patterns, and materials that will generate funds for OHT.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation contributed $5,000, boosting the overall total to $9,200, toward a reward for information leading to the apprehension and successful prosecution of the person(s) responsible for poaching three elk in northwest Pennsylvania.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is onboarding five new Board Members in 2020 to help guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish.
Funeral Services for Forrest L. Wood will be at Flippin First Baptist Church at noon today (Wed, January 29).

Savage Arms is proud to sponsor Her Wilderness’s Snow Goose hunt in Leeds, ND. Savage will partner with Her Wilderness and All Flocked Up Outdoors to provide an unbeatable opportunity for women hunters to spend time together in camp, and in the field.
The public is invited to cut certain downed trees at Clifty Falls State Park for firewood.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a public meeting to discuss management of aquatic resources in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Osceola Council on Aging, Kissimmee, FL.
Trout may be harvested from Rotary Lake in Jackson, Giessing Lake in Farmington and Legion Lake in Perryville, Missouri, beginning February 1.
The creel limit will drop to three fish per person, per day for recreational fishermen fishing from the shore, pier, private vessel, or in any way other than with a for-hire operation.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program, in partnership with the Oregon Inlet Artificial Reef Committee, sank the first of three tugboats off the coast of Pea Island on Monday.
Weekly outdoor news from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks encourages ice anglers and others recreating on ice to use caution. Ice conditions are variable across the state.
It's a special edition of Shooting USA, a full hour devoted to the inaugural Armageddon Gear AG Cup. Twenty of the best precision rifle marksmen have been invited to the Arena Training Facility to find out who is the best.
Today on “Deer and Wildlife Stories”, Keith visits Keeper Ranch in Texas and sees some of the most legendary bucks in the industry. He also learns that this is where the biggest fallow buck on earth came from as they are pioneers in the Fallow deer industry.
Watch as we go on an emotional fishing and hunting combo with Keith Warren and his soon to be son-in-law, Ryan Tackett, for two beautiful typical framed whitetail bucks. Keith's using his big bore air rifle, The Dragon Claw, and Ryan is using his dad's 300 win mag.
Learn how to identify buds, bark and more during Spring Mill State Park’s winter tree identification workshop, which will be taught in two sessions.
Oregon S3DA recently hosted a Northern Indoor Regional Event at M2 Outdoor Sports in Lebanon, Oregon. Archers from S3DA clubs M2 Outdoor Sports and Umpqua Valley Archers competed.

Frequently, I find myself rewriting something that I truly believe: guns today are better than they’ve ever been. Advances in everything from metallurgy to machining have enabled gun makers to turn out affordable guns that are absolutely as good as the high-dollar custom rigs from only a few years ago.

Granted, the truly custom guns are even more remarkable, but what the technological advances have done is democratize the shooting world.

It’s no longer the exclusive purview of the $8,000 custom rifle to compete in precision long-range competition. Ruger’s Precision Rifle (MSRP $1599 -$2099 with street prices significantly lower in most calibers) can compete right out of the box -leaving money for one of the many affordable long-range scopes and ammo.

Like I’ve also said before, it’s a great time to be a shooter.

Another affordable rifle I’ve found to be very accurate and durable is the Thompson/Center Compass. I’ve put a lot of rounds through my Compass Utility, having first met it on a prairie dog shoot where I put a lot of rounds downrange (T/C was buying the ammunition and providing the rifle). I was so impressed that it now lives in my safe, venturing out for the occasional trip to the range.

It’s a great rifle, but utility is an apt description. It’s solid, accurate and reliable. But its basic blued/black composite appearance is, in a word, boring. Like many other reliable tools, it looks about as interesting as a hammer.

Recently, I’ve started looking at thinning the crowding in my safe. And I’m going Marie Kondo on this one- with a twist. If a gun triggers a memory, I’m not only going to keep it, I’m going to see if I can’t enhance it. The more accurate description might actually be honor it. The goal’s simple, to boil my accumulation down to a few proven performers that will pass down to friends and family.

For some, that only requires a good cleaning. They’re awesome as-is. For others, say for example, the T/C Compass, I’m planning on making some improvements.

There’s nothing I have the ability to do that will enhance the rifle’s accuracy. But the very basic stock’s another matter. Thanks to Boyd’s Gunstocks, I can put a wooden stock on the gun that not only improves the look, it improves the fit-for whomever’s shooting it.

A conversation with Boyd’s led me to get one of their AT-ONE laminate stocks for the conversion project. A couple of reasons: first, I like laminated, and second, their stocks are as close to idiot-proof as you can get when it comes to installation. Not being a competent gunsmith, I’m not one for lengthy fitting sessions that could involve metalwork or technical fitting.

What I am qualified for is a simple installation. And the AT-ONE didn’t disappoint. The only fitting I had to do was the installation of the trigger guard and the magazine catch. I got the magazine catch on the first try. The trigger guard was also a quick remediation (turn it around, you dope).

Removing the stock (top) was no big chore. Two screws were no big issue. My initial trigger guard installation was backward, but it was easy to spot the mistake (below). The bolt wouldn’t come back because the stock screw blocked it. Quick fix.

It was a really simple process -despite my initial backward-install of the trigger guard. When the bolt wouldn’t come to the rear, it was instantly obvious that something was wrong. Take a quick look, turn it around, and repeat the torquing of the two screws holding the action in the stock.

There’s really nothing much to screw up. Boyd’s has the idea of specific-fit down to the point that if there’s a problem- you’re probably it. The only variable is the need to know that firearms need to be torqued correctly- and “correct” usually means inch pounds, not foot pounds.

Fortunately, I learned that distinction several damaged screws ago.

It’s not the most artistic portrayal of a transformation, but the differences in the look -and fit- of my older Compass is noticeable. It’s now a rifle that looks as good as it shoots. And it shoots well.

When I finished, I appreciated the look of the new laminate stock. But when I started adjusting the stock to fit, I really realized how much improvement I’d made.

With the adjustable cheek piece and butt, I now have a mild-mannered, accurate -and still lightweight- rifle that’s capable of wreaking havoc on prairie dog towns or punching holes in targets-while being adjustable for almost any body type.

Don’t know about you, but a lightweight, accurate rifle that’s capable of varmint control or target shooting that’s distinctly “mine” - at a total price under $500 (plus scope) looks like a pretty good deal.

Especially since I have a durable, all weather stock that’s not only functional, it’s good-looking.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar

Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, PA

Safari Club International Convention

Reno/Sparks Convention Center, Reno Nevada

Western Hunting & Conservation Expo

Salt Palace Contention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

APRIL 17-19
NRA Annual Meetings

Nashville, TN

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