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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020

- EDITOR’S NOTE -
 
Good Friday Observation
In observation of Good Friday we will not be publishing any of our services tomorrow, Friday, April 10. We will resume our distribution schedules on Monday, April 13, 2020. We wish everyone a happy Easter.
- TOP STORY -
Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt has announced a proposal for new and expanded hunting and fishing opportunities across more than 2.3 million acres at 97 national wildlife refuges and 9 national fish hatcheries. This proposed rule is the single largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in history.
- AMMUNITION -
SIG SAUER, Inc. adds a 205gr subsonic 300BLK load to its Tipped Hunting line of ammunition. It features a yellow-tipped, 205gr lead-core bullet designed for explosive expansion and exceptional accuracy.

- CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS -
Following Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order issuing a Stay-At-Home directive through April 30, the Palm Beach International Boat Show has been postponed until further notice.
BTT has postponed or cancelled all events scheduled to take place over the next two months, including the 9th Annual New York City Dinner and other gatherings in Naples and Boca Grande.
- COMPETITIONS -
The CCA Florida STAR, with some $500,000 in total prizes and scholarships, has been reset to begin July 1 and continue through Oct. 4.
- FIREARMS -
Versatile, affordable and designed with clay shooters in mind, the CZ Redhead Premier Target line now features a 20-Gauge option, too. The CZ Redhead Premier Target Over-and-Under 20GA features 30-inch barrels, auto ejectors, a mechanical selectable trigger and five extended choke tubes.

- FISHERIES -
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis told Parliament the decision for a six day shutdown was based on advice from the COVID-19 health team, and the presence of asymptomatic carriers.
- GEAR -
SportDOG Brand introduces its new SportTrainer Series of remote training systems featuring OLED (Organic LED) transmitter screens that guarantee easy-to-read information regardless of hunting or training conditions.
- HUNTING -
Spring is a great time to stretch your legs and do some woodland exploration, especially for those people who are experiencing some added cabin fever this year.Hikers, hunters reminded to stay safe during turkey season
- INDUSTRY -
Marlin marks the 150th anniversary of the Marlin lever action rifle with the Anniversary 444 Marlin and the 150th anniversary Model 60 rifle in .22 LR.

Body Armor Direct, an online direct-to-consumer retailer of NIJ Certified body armor, has seen demand for their bullet resistant t-shirt increase significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CCI took the top spot in handgun ammunition in a recent report released by Southwick Associates which surveyed more than 20,000 hunters and recreational shooters. Combined with its centerfire sub-brand Blazer, CCI was purchased by more than 24 percent of those surveyed.
Congress and the Trump administration are moving quickly to approve additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – a program established by the $2 trillion economic stimulus bill, which originally authorized up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.The National Marine Manufacturer’s Association has compiled a set of instructions on how to apply for PPP.
QuietKat proudly stands behind a proposed rule as E-Bikes are not limited by fitness level, age or ability. To propose your own comment and to take a stance on the proposed rule, visit http://www.regualtions.gov.

- NATIONAL -
Reports of increased crime as the coronavirus pandemic continues underscore the renewed public interest in gun ownership, and the necessity of gun shops and shooting ranges where genuine gun safety is practiced and taught, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
Daiwa calls it Saltiga, the latest technological marvel from the company that’s known for taming the Seven Seas.
XS Sights has expanded its high-performance 3-Dot RAM Night Sight line to include the Canik TP9SF series and Taurus G2 pistols. The front sight features XS’s proprietary Ember Glow Dot technology which absorbs ambient light and glows in low light.
The Magellan Outdoors Men's Realtree WAV3 Neck Gaiter protects your neck from the harsh rays of the sun while you're on the water.

Killer Instinct® Crossbows introduces the new BOSS 405 crossbow kit. A hard-hitting crossbow featuring a compact, adjustable frame designed for serious shooters or someone just getting started.
Galco introduced a wide range of holsters for the Taurus TH9 pistol. This includes belt holsters, premium IWB designs, versatile carry options and more.
- NOTICES -
The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is temporarily shutting down additional recreation sites on the Blue Ridge and Chattooga River Ranger Districts to protect public health and safety.
- ONLINE -
In the series finale, the two remaining teams get a surprise when a bass fishing legend and another special guest show up to take them on in a battle of who can catch the single biggest fish in just 90 minutes.
Kalkomey, the online source for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Hunter and Boating Education programs, is offering a special 25 percent discount on online courses for Hunter Education and Boating Education certification for two weeks in response to the coronavirus and the cancellation of in-person courses.
Fish Addictions TV kicks off season 5 with a bang. With some help from Eskimo Ice Fishing Gear and Garmin Panoptix™ Livescope the guys are able to get bites from 10” gills to 14” crappies and more.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam is applauding Interior Secretary David Berhnardt’s proposed rule to expand hunting and fishing opprtunities to Americans by opening 2.3 million acres to public access.
The National Rifle Association on Wednesday applauded U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith's proposal to expand hunting and fishing opportunities nationwide by 2.3 million acres.
The Boone and Crockett thanked Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt for his proposal to expand hunting and fishing opportunities on more than 2.3 million acres of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) properties across the country.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is pleased to recognize the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) as its 2020 Agency of the Year.
- RADIO -
This week, Outdoors Radio features Wisconsin Department of Tourism secretary designee Sara Meaney, Ruffed Grouse Society president Ben Jones and pro angler Duffy Kopf. Dan and Jeff discuss event cancellations and rescheduling.
- RECREATION -
Even in states with “stay at home” orders, outdoor exercise and recreation like fishing are listed as exceptions and healthy alternatives to sitting inside. People still need to be mindful of extending the same precautions they have in indoor settings when heading to their favorite fishing location.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
GSM Outdoors announces the renewal of its sponsorship with hunting broadcast personalities Pat and Nicole Reeve's show Driven with Pat & Nicole.
Carlson’s Choke Tubes, a leading manufacturer of high-quality chokes and shotgun patterning technology, will continue its welcome support as a corporate sponsor of Delta Waterfowl.
- STATES -
Though early reports indicated boating was banned under the governor's order, the office of Governor Whitmer announced Friday that recreational boating is allowed at present.
As temperatures warm up this spring, many Iowans are wondering if they can still fish in light of the COVID-19 health emergency. The answer is yes, but be careful and responsible.
Idaho Fish and Game commission will meet via conference call April 9 at 8 a.m. MDT.
The private recreational angler red snapper season opens Monday, June 1, 2020 for a projected 63-days in federal waters.
The 2020 paddlefish seasons on the Yellowstone and Lower Missouri rivers (yellow tag) are canceled in response to Gov. Steve Bullock’s extension of the directives for social distancing and non-resident quarantine to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
2019-20 annual licenses set to expire March 31, 2020 may continue to be used to hunt and/or fish until 11:59 p.m. on May 22, 2020.
Increased sightings of coyotes in neighborhoods could be due to changes in human activity caused by COVID-19 or could coincide with the normal increase of activity seen every spring as pup-rearing season gears up, according to biologists with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has recently awarded nearly $24 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) to four new projects in the state of Alabama.
Coho salmon are getting a boost from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) strategic plan to prioritize salmon restoration and habitat improvement projects in coastal watersheds from Santa Cruz to Mendocino counties.
DEC and State Parks recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice physical distancing, and use common sense to protect themselves and others.
Today Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) call upon Governor Murphy to reopen the outdoor portions of New Jersey’s state parks and forests.
Kalkomey, the online source for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Hunter and Boating Education programs, is offering a special 25 percent discount on online courses for Hunter Education and Boating Education certification for two weeks in response to the coronavirus and the cancellation of in-person courses.
- TELEVISION -
Travel the globe and explore unique saltwater fishing destinations on World Fishing Network with a newly-curated saltwater block of fishing programming on Monday–Friday from 6-8 a.m. ET and again Noon-2 p.m. p.m. ET.
- WASHINGTON -
The U.S. Department of the Interior has disbursed almost $353 million in FY 2019 energy revenues to the four Gulf oil and gas producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and their coastal political subdivisions (CPS) – an increase of 64.2 percent ($138 million) over the prior year.
Ducks Unlimited joined outdoor recreation partners, including the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, the National Wildlife Federation and 47 other organizations to send a letter to governors and mayors across the country, urging them to take actions to maintain safe and appropriate public access to nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- WILDLIFE -
Increased sightings of coyotes in neighborhoods could be due to changes in human activity caused by COVID-19 or could coincide with the normal increase of activity seen every spring as pup-rearing season gears up, according to biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
 

Since the world is essentially living in a state of quarantine, here’s a tiny little history lesson on quarantines. A mashup of trivia fact and history lesson, if you will.

In March, 1348, the city-state of Venice, faced with the rising toll of the Black Plague, issued an order: all ships coming there must lie at anchor quarantino - 40 days- before landing. The idea worked and the practice spread to other European port cities. And, the quarantine was born.

Now, you know where it comes from.

But do you really understand what it means?

It means you pull back into your own little world. To park your butt and stop whining about being forced to do nothing.

Boiled to its essence, quarantine means be still and live.

Yes, it means lots of other things, too: inconvenience, cabin fever, shortened tempers, increased tensions about money, family; all that, and more.

But being driven temporarily crazy by your loved ones may be the surest way to have them around when we get back to normal. Normal probably won’t mean things will go back to exactly as before, but we’ll get back to something resembling our lives “before the virus.”

For the first time, many of you are working from home. You’re learning that a shortened commute doesn’t mean extra time on your hands. And that there’s a fundamental difference between working from home and being at home.

You don’t understand that until you’ve experienced it. Working, really is working, wherever you’re doing it.

But working sure beats not working (consider that before complaining to anyone out of work).

Extra time added to stress of unemployment does not make for restful nights.

Today many of us are restless, agitated, confused and tired. Consider this: we’re complaining about the absence of the things we ordinarily complain about.

That seems more indicative of internal issues than external pressures.

Maybe it’s time to stop reacting to the external and start listening to the internal. Great clarity really can come via terrific uncertainty.

It may be an uncertain time, but it’s also springtime. Despite the uncertainty, take a little time to recognize the rebirth.

This weekend, we will celebrate Easter, one of those times when Christianity and Judaism are directly linked. The Last Supper was, in fact, a Passover Seder. Both celebrate death passing into new life.

Both celebrate God’s ability to deliver. To deliver a race from oppression. To replace death with life. To make a way where there seemed to be no way.

We’ll be doing Easter differently this year. Worship services will be done via Zoom or live streaming, family gatherings with FaceTime or video chats. If high traffic slows bandwidth, some of us will resort to the plain old telephone.

But we’ll connect. Because we need connections. Stability in the face of uncertainty.

Tomorrow, as is our custom, we will not publish any wires in observance of Good Friday.

But we aren’t leaving you for long. We’ll be back in your eMail on Monday, April 13.

And, as always, we’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

 
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