FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2022

Quebec, Canada-based Pelican International Inc acquires a majority stake in GSI Outdoors, a leader in the hydration, cookware and dining products segments of the outdoor equipment industry.
The 2022 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is set to take place in just over a week, during May 26th – 27th, in Florence, AL.
MasterPiece Arms announced that Travis Tomasie, MasterPiece Arms Pistol Team Shooter, won High Overall in the Limited Division at the Double Tap Championship.
Lazy Day Archery hosted a Tennessee S3DA 3D Regional Qualifier at the Holly Fork Shooting Complex in Paris, Tennessee.
The NWTF recently secured $358,000 in funding, thanks to a generous grant provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources via the agency’s Wildlife Habitat Grant Program.

Scholastic 3D Archery invites and encourages members to participate in the 2022 S3DA Spring Turkey Harvest Contest sponsored by Delta McKenzie.
Berger will showcase their products during the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston.
CMC Triggers will release the CCT Hybrid Tiger Stripe and Southern Teal drop-in AR15/AR10 triggers at the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Houston.
Barnaul, a manufacturer of precision steel-case ammunition, will return as a sponsor of the 2022 Kalashni-Con VI. The event will be held at the Big Piney Sportsman’s Club in Houston, Missouri.

SK Ammunition will feature their complete .22 rimfire product line at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, TX, May 27-29.
HeadHunters NW, an executive recruiting firm focused on talent acquisition for the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industry, is accepting in-person strategic planning appointments during the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits from May 27–29 in Houston, Texas.
Primary Arms Optics has announced their second annual Primary Arms Optics Range Day, which will take place at The Ranch in Eagle Lake, Texas on May 26th. Timed a day before the NRA Annual Meetings, the Primary Arms Optics Range Day will connect industry media and community figures with exhibiting manufacturers, showcasing their latest product releases.
Traditions® Performance Firearms will be exhibiting at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Traditions® is located on the main show floor at Booth # 4041.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 2022 Lionfish Challenge tournament, which kicks off May 20 and ends Sept. 6.
The total abundance of blue crab in the Chesapeake Bay in 2022 was 227 million crabs, the lowest abundance observed since the survey began in 1990.
These Eye catching (pun intended) ½ ounce walleye lures have a high gloss finish with an Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp 3X hook in platinum black.
Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit applications are now available online at Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website and from license agents.

If putting locally sourced, nutritious meat on the table while enjoying Utah’s beautiful outdoors sounds good to you, take note that the application period for Utah’s 2022 antlerless hunts opens next week.
The 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits are just around the corner, and CZ-USA will be delivering multiple new product releases when the show opens May 27 - 29, 2022, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
Based in Max, Minnesota, from a young age Brian “Bro” Brosdahl was obsessed with fishing. It didn’t matter that his home waters were frozen solid for a good portion of the year—he was out there at every opportunity, no matter the weather, targeting a variety of panfish as well as walleyes and largemouth and smallmouth bass. Today, Brosdahl is one of the most recognized and respected anglers in North America and perhaps best known for his tremendous influence on the sport of ice fishing
Savage Arms is proud to announce its partnership with the Sportsmen’s Alliance (SA), a leading organization that is celebrating 45 years of protecting and defending America’s wildlife conservation programs and pursuits including hunting, fishing, and trapping.

On May 12, a soldier at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) died of injuries sustained in a bear attack on May 10 while working in a JBER training area. iSportsman, having worked with JBER for many years and proud to have supported many men and women who dedicate their life to the service, would like to extend our condolences.
Iron Valley Supply announces the hiring of Crystal Castaneda to serve as Customer Care Specialist.
The 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits are just around the corner, and attendees can plan on HatsanUSA and Escort Shoguns being there in booth #317.
Pure Archery Group is proud to announce a new relationship with avid outdoorswoman Allie Butler. The partnership extends through all Our Archery Group brands.
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Olin Winchester, LLC, a leading ammunition manufacturer,?is seeking a National Accounts Sales Manager. This position will be located at the East Alton, IL facility.
Olin Winchester, LLC?is seeking a Manager for Winchester Brand Licensing. This position will be located at the East Alton, IL facility.
REDARC, an authority in power management, adds to its off-grid power solutions with the launch of Pure Sine Wave Inverters to the North American Market.
Rosco Manufacturing, a manufacturer of gun barrels & accessories, announced the launch of their Sage Dynamics K9 12.5” barrel.
Everyone needs a great pair of hunting bibs and the Habit Possum Kingdom Cotton Bib in Realtree EDGE and Timber Camo fits the bill with features designed for superior comfort and fit.
Today, Outdoor America announced the debut of Guide’s Tails to their 2-hour block of syndicated programming for the second quarter of 2022.
Walker’s, a brand of GSM Outdoors, has joined MidwayUSA Foundation’s growing list of sponsors. Walker’s products will be featured in MidwayUSA Foundation’s product grant program.
Alarming new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows 42,915 people were killed in traffic accidents last year, so the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today suggested a crackdown on automobiles.
Scholastic 3D Archery invites and encourages members to participate in the 2022 S3DA Spring Turkey Harvest Contest sponsored by Delta McKenzie. The contest consists of active S3DA members submitting information about their hunting experience, equipment used for the hunt and a picture with their harvest.
The Guns & Ammo Red Dot special interest publication is now available to firearms enthusiasts on newsstands. The annual publication will help readers find the perfect optic to mount atop their new optics-ready pistol.
This week, Gun Talk Radio discusses an upcoming decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, love for the 6mm Creedmoor, basics of a gun build, and more.
Ross Melinchuk is this week’s guest on HSCF’s Hunting Matters podcast. The Executive Director of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies will talk about his career, and conservation.
Mossberg International, Inc. has recently discovered a potential safety issue with certain Mossberg International Model SA-410 Shotguns which may lead to personal injury and/or damage to the shotgun: if a user prematurely releases a shotshell while loading or unloading, the unretained shotshell could potentially contact the Bolt Lock Button inside the loading port and detonate. Mossberg is initiating a product safety recall to protect the safety of its customers.
Bring your kayak and join the naturalist for a tour on Indiana’s Patoka Lake on Saturday, June 11 leaving from the Little Patoka Boat Ramp at 9 a.m.
People looking to get into trapping will have a new, and required, education course available online June 1 from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), commonly called avian flu, continues to spread among Vermont’s wild bird population since its initial detection in a pair of bald eagles on April 8.
Yesterday, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission unanimously approved a package of regulations changes that included the adoption of a new waterfowl season structure, beginning with the 2023-24 seasons.

Editor’s Note: This weekend marks opening day of fishing season in many parts of the country. Today, Craig Springer shares some of the reasons why it’s such a special occasion for many anglers.

April can be a cruel time of year in northern-tier states; it’s not quite spring, not quite winter. But it brings with it opening day of fishing seasons.  Welting sleet spit from gunmetal gray clouds or a sunlit bluebird sky—no matter the weather, anglers of all stripes are out on the water when trout, walleye or other sport fish species come into season, open for fishing after a winter-long hiatus.

Opening day of trout season is a cultural phenomenon, said Tim Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). “It’s deeply historic. Opening day has a long happy history,” said Schaeffer. “It’s almost carnival-like—it’s a rich tradition in Pennsylvania.”

Opening day is of course, one day out of the year.  From a fisheries management perspective, preparing for opening day is a yearlong process, according to Schaeffer. The PFBC operates 14 state fish hatcheries, eight of which raise trout—3.2 million brook, brown, and rainbow trout are stocked by the agency each year in Pennsylvania. 

“Hatcheries run 24/7/365,” says Schaeffer. “It’s a constant cycle of work. Field biologists contribute to that cycle; their assessments determine where to stock and what habitat concerns need addressed. Conservation officers work with our biologists to I.D. stocking locations.” 

Rod and gun clubs and sportsman’s groups in Pennsylvania also figure into the whole affair, contributing another 1 million trout from about 150 cooperative nurseries statewide before and after opening day.  “Anglers are deeply invested in conservation,” noted Schaeffer.

Anglers’ license fees are a literal investment in conservation, an integral part of the American system of conservation funding that pays for research and fisheries management angler and boating access, and raising and stocking over 1 billion fish nationwide each year.  Excise-taxpaying fishing tackle manufacturers also pay the freight via the Sport Fish Restoration Act. “Industries are our investment partners on behalf of anglers and boaters,” says Schaeffer.  “Without their excise tax dollars, we would not be able to perform our conservation work—without industry, fish and wildlife agencies would be adrift.”

Eric Palmer, Director of Fisheries for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department agrees. “We understand and appreciate the support of the tackle industry,” said Palmer. 

“The longstanding Sport Fish Restoration Act provides steady and reliable conservation funding. It’s especially important in a small rural state like Vermont.”

In Vermont, opening day is a cultural event, according to Palmer. “There are many social gatherings. Clubs host pancake breakfasts and fly-tying clinics. It’s really about a movement from winter to spring and new beginnings.” The opener for brook, brown, and rainbow trout occurs on the second Saturday in April. That means catch-and-release restrictions are lifted on trout. Steelhead are running upstream, then, too. Fishing license sales reach a crescendo in mid-April, says Palmer, showing what is on the minds of many anglers. 

Funds from Sport Fish Restoration excise taxes are key to making fishing good in Vermont, according to Palmer. “The funds help in a variety of ways such as managing good stream flows and ensuring good habitat along and within streams,” said Palmer. “We have secured tree root wads in trout streams to allow the water flow to scour out sediments, create cooling shade, and deepen pools and runs for trout. The tax dollars also pay for boat ramps, parking lots, and safe roadside pull offs so anglers can get on the water.”

Vermont’s fish hatcheries supplement the steelhead runs and walleye in rivers flowing into Lake Champlain.

Walleye are also hugely popular in The Wolverine State.  Spring openers in April and May for walleye, trout, and northern pike are quite historical, according to Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ chief of fisheries, James Dexter.

Most of the preparation of opening day centers on brook, brown and rainbow trout. The state agency stocks trout at 700 different sites, all supported by funding from Sport Fish Restoration. “Many of the inland trout creeks and lakes are put-grow-take fisheries, sustained by our hatchery system,” said Dexter.  “Every corner of the state is getting fish, and they get there by a fleet of modern trucks. Excise taxes paid by industry support our entire hatchery system.”

Michigan is bounded by four Great Lakes, and manufacturer excise tax dollars are critical for research and management of lake trout, yellow perch, coaster brook trout, and walleye fisheries. 

Whether your home waters harbor steelhead plowing upstream, walleye in the dim light of a deep lake, or put-and-take trout in a stream, the longer days and warming air harkens a new day and new adventures. Anglers embrace the happiness of the pursuit. 

“Opening day in Pennsylvania is a rebirth,” said Schaeffer. “Anglers are optimists—they always have something to look forward to. Conservation makes that possible and would not happen without the support of those who fish.  We thank them for that and wish them more enjoyable days on the water.”

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-- Craig Springer, USFWS, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration

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