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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2019

- AMMUNITION -
SIG SAUER, Inc. adds 300BLK to its Elite Performance line of full metal jacket rifle ammunition for training. The 125gr 300BLK load has muzzle velocity of 2,145 fps.
- BOATING -
A panel of distinguished national boating leaders who serve as a sounding board for the nation’s boater advocate, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), gathered last week with BoatUS staff in Washington to discuss key issues affecting recreational boaters.
- CONSERVATION -
The Florida Aquarium is joining the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and local partners in the first high-level strategy to protect and restore seven coral reef sites in the Florida Keys.

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies announces the release of the Fish and Wildlife Relevancy Roadmap, a practical guide that state, provincial and territorial fish and wildlife conservation agencies can use to overcome barriers to broader relevance, public engagement and support.
- CUISINE -
A roasted turkey is always delicious and is usually the centerpiece on the table at Christmas dinner. To ensure a beautifully tender, moist and flavorful turkey this holiday, try Hi Mountain Seasonings Bourbon Glazed Holiday Turkey.

- GEAR -
The Rocky Red Mountain Back Zip Waterproof Snake Boot offers 16 inches of snake-proof protection and is the lightest and most flexible snake guard on the market.
The Bexley camo hunting pant is made specifically for warm-weather hunting. It is excellent at wicking away moisture and keeping you cool, while still keeping you completely covered and concealed.

For cool mornings in the turkey woods, TNT Shooter Gloves will keep your hands warm without losing dexterity. They feature Lycra cuffs and a Dynamax palm that creates a second-skin feel.
- HUNTING -
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the state’s migratory Atlantic Population (AP) Canada goose hunting season will take place in two segments, Dec. 20, 2019 through Jan. 4, 2020 and Jan. 14, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2020.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters reported 8,061 deer taken on opening day of the 2019 Maryland firearm season, Nov. 30.
The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 320 & 333, which include portions of Madison, Silver Bow, Gallatin and Jefferson counties, closed one-half hour after sunset on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.

Although numbers are continuing to come in, and bear hunting remains open through Saturday in some of the state’s Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), as of Monday morning, the 2019 preliminary bear harvest sat at 4,577. The Commonwealth’s previous record bear harvest occurred in 2011, when hunters took 4,350 through a slate of bear seasons.
- INDUSTRY -
Apex Tactical Specialties, the leading designer and manufacturer of aftermarket triggers for top selling pistols, is pleased to announce the company has now raised over $200,000 for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), the nationwide not-for-profit dedicated to rebuilding the shattered lives of the survivors who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.
1791 Gunleather increased dealer assistance with the addition of Crow Shooting Supply as a new wholesale partner.
- JOBS -
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting its third annual Veteran Employment Information Event on Thursday, January 9, 2020 in St. Paul.

- LEGISLATION -
Michigan State Representative Steven Johnson has once again introduced the Michigan Knife Rights Act, Knife Rights' signature knife law preemption a bill, HB 5286.
On November 25, Florida Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Representative Tommy Gregory pre-filed legislation that would increase harassment protections for sportsmen and women and create a sales tax holiday for hunting and fishing supplies.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
A heavyweight jacket is too much, lightweight not enough. To that end, Gill introduces the ‘just right,’ and calls it the Rock Softshell Jacket.
Holosun has earned a reputation for innovation when it comes to tactical sights, and the HS510C and HM3X Magnifier Combo is a great red dot sight combination. The Open Reflex red dot sight offers a wide viewing window with advanced technology unique to Holosun sights.

Prym1 Camo® and Bushbuck Ltd (NZ & AU) have officially announced a new partnership to deliver a new line of camouflage garments and accessories to the NZ/Australian market.
Clenzoil is proud to introduce their all new gun cleaning mats, an essential piece in the maintenance of your firearms.
MYSTERY RANCH is pleased to introduce several new accessories for 2020.
The TrueTimber IceStalker suit was designed for the frigid temperatures and unforgiving environments even the most serious anglers can throw at it.

- ONLINE -
World-class duck destination Honey Brake Lodge and Realtree have partnered to produce a series for Realtree 365, the digital hub for hunting entertainment and education.
- PARTNERSHIPS -
Outdoor Solutions announces its partnership with REC TEC Grills as the official grill sponsor of its Field-to-Table events.
- PROMOTIONS -
German Precision Optics sweetens the deal for its 6-24x50 30 mm riflescope. This scope will now come standard with a GPO bubble level, a 3-inch sunshade and a customized KENTON turret.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
Industry Day at the Range staff is sticking with camo for the 2020 event. TrueTimber is set to return as the Official Camo and Clothing Sponsor of the 15th annual Industry Day at the Range.
frogg toggs® Pro Staff is turning into the most elite club for professional anglers heading into 2020 with the addition of the 2019 Major League Fishing World Champion Jacob Wheeler.
- STATES -
North Dakota anglers are encouraged to refer to the 2018-20 North Dakota Fishing Guide or the state Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations.
The 2020 Classic, the largest fishing, hunting and outdoors show in South Carolina, will be March 27-29 at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.
Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunters finished the weeklong gun season with 63,493 deer taken.
- TRANSPORTATION -
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, introduces new accessories for its lineup of Proven Off-Road ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles, catering to a wide variety of adventures and allowing customers to further tailor and customize their Yamaha for specific environments or driving styles.
- YOUTH PROGRAMS -
The season of giving kicked off with Giving Tuesday and the MidwayUSA Foundation received record donations for youth shooting teams. On this single day, online donations totaled $175,902 and the Foundation added $150,000 in matching funds.
 

Editor’s Note: There are still a few days left before Christmas, but the holidays are rapidly approaching. Here are a few suggestions for the angler or boater on your list.


A gift card to the local outdoor store might do, but here are some suggestions for those anglers and boaters who regularly spend lots of time on the water.

 

Ranger Boats Apparel: Lightweight Pack Jacket and Performance ¼ Zip

From hats and neck gaiters to hoodies and tournament performance shirts, Ranger Boats provides anglers with stylish, comfortable and purpose-built apparel and accessories for days on the water. The Lightweight Pack Jacket is the perfect solution to keep dry when sudden storms pop up. One hundred percent waterproof and with fully taped seams, the jacket repels water without sacrificing breathability. Made from a moisture wicking and quick-drying polyester/Spandex blend, the Ranger Cup Performance ¼ Zip keeps anglers cool and dry. Built-in sun protection of up to UPF 50+ prevents sun damage on long days on the water.  
 
MSRP: Lightweight Pack Jacket: $127.00; Ranger Cup Performance ¼ Zip: $60.00

 

Binoculars for Boating: Steiner BluHorizons

A full day on the water usually begins early and ends late. Steiner’s BluHorizons Series offers the first sunlight adaptive binocular for all light conditions. Steiner exclusive Autobright™ Sunlight adaptive lens technology automatically adjusts brightness for the best view in any lighting situation. Whether the sun is just below the horizon, shining brightly directly overhead or bouncing off water at all angles, BluHorizons are engineered to gather the right amount of light and reduce glare for optimum viewing. Steiner’s Fast-Close-Focus™ system is unrivaled in providing clear vision quick and easily. Ergonomic eyecups comfortably protect eyes from distracting sidelight, glare and wind and textured rubber armor on the prism housing provides a secure, non-slip grip. BluHorizons are waterproof, protecting the optics from splashing water from any direction.

MSRP: $219.99 - $229.99
Steiner-Optics.com

 
B.A.S.S. Membership
 
For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has promoted the sport of bass fishing with an emphasis on conservation initiatives and youth programs. Born from a crazy idea from Ray Scott to create a membership organization for competitive bass anglers, the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society has grown to become the authority on bass fishing and the keeper of the sport. Buying a family member or friend a one-year membership to B.A.S.S. will give them a subscription to the venerable Bassmaster Magazine, access to the digital archives from the past 10 years’ issues and $50 in fishing gear. The membership also delivers special pricing for insurance, car rentals and select fishing gear. Proceeds from the membership help drive conservation and education programs to preserve the sport of bass fishing.

MSRP: $15.00
Bassmaster.com

 

Five-Star Mexico Bass Fishing Trip: Anglers Inn International

If catching a hundred largemouth bass including the possibility of landing fish nearing double-digit weights in a single day sounds like heaven, then Anglers Inn International’s lakeside resorts on El Salto and Lake Picachos are the places to go. With some of the hottest and most intense bass fishing in the world, Angler’s Inn International provides not only top-notch fishing but also luxurious accommodations with impeccable service. Seasoned guides will put even the greenest stick on the action while classically trained chefs prepare a variety of local and international dishes complimented by cold beer and tart margaritas. Situated in the remote Sierra Madre Mountains outside of Mazatlan, every creature comfort is available at both resorts. From satellite TV and Wi-Fi to an open bar and spa services, guests are pampered from the moment they arrive.

MSRP: $2,045 for four nights and three days (Standard Package)
AnglersInn.com

 

 

Annual Fishing License
 
Making the first foray into fishing requires fishing tackle, a bit of knowledge and a lot of patience. For beginners and experts, the most important item to get is a fishing license. Not only does a license keep anglers on the right side of game officials, the fees from license sales help fund wildlife conservation, habitat restoration and wildlife education and research. Each state’s game agency relies on these funds for up to 75 percent of their budgets. Without this funding, agencies would lack resources to manage fish and game, provide access for anglers, and keep waters clean and set regulations. Gifting a fishing license is the first step in creating a lifelong angler while helping conservation.  

MSRP: $15-$40 (Varies by State)
https://fws.gov/fishing/fishinglicense.html

 

Rod Storage: Denver Outfitters

Organization is key to a great day of fishing. The days of throwing a few rods and reels in the pickup bed are a thing of the past. Denver Outfitters offers rod and reel storage solutions to keep anglers organized while offering protection from breakage, the elements and opportunistic thieves. The vehicle-mounted Rod Vault ST gives bass, inshore and other fishing diehards a safe place to store and transport their gear. The ST can fit up to six baitcasting and spinning rods and reels all rigged and ready to hit the water. The Rod Vault Fly houses two to four 8-weight reels and rods as long as 10 feet. Durable and secure, the Rod Vault fly and ST rod holders deliver convenience and protection.

MSRP: Rod Vault ST: $399.00; Rod Vault Fly: from $349:00
Denveroutfitters.com

 

Tackle Storage: Lure Locker 5-Pack

Organized fishing tackle can be the difference between winning and losing a local tournament. Lure Lock’s TakLogic revolutionizes tackle storage by keeping tackle and baits in place with a proprietary gel coat lining. Each tackle box of the Lure Locker 5-Pack features optional permanent dividers to create up to three separate compartments. Snap-apart dividers provide ultimate customization and easy-to-open latches secure the lid closed. Made in the U.S.A., Lure Lock boxes are scent-free to keep baits and tackle and do not leave a residue on lures. The 5-Pack is available in three sizes.

MSRP: Lure Locker 5-Pack: $74.99 (Sm.), $99.99 (Md.), $119.99 (Lg.)
LureLock.com

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