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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021

- TOP STORY -
 
SIG’s SHOT Show 2022 Space Reassigned
Earlier this week, we told you that SHOT Show 2022 was a definite “go” -and broke the news that SIG Sauer had notified the National Shooting Sports Foundation that ongoing Covid-19 concerns would prevent their participation. Late last night, we learned that the glaring space formerly occupied by SIG (SHOT’s largest footprint at 70x200) would not be empty. Under the SHOT Show/NSSF point allocation system, the option for that now-available space would fall to the highest priority point holder. The space was offered, and the offer was accepted. When SHOT 2022 opens its doors, the new tenant of that very-significant space will be Vista Outdoor. The realignment of space due to the SIG Sauer decision may impact other exhibitors as well. Or, we’re told, the NSSF may “repurpose” the space. It’s a developing story, and as always, we’ll keep you posted.
- COMPETITION -
On Sept. 11, 2021, the Civilian Marksmanship Program hosted its inaugural Talladega 3D Archery Tournament on the newly constructed Archery Range at the Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.
- CONSERVATION -
Thursday, the Montana Wildlife Federation released a new report:The Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation in Beaverhead County” that reveals the significant economic impact of outdoor recreation in Montana that could be undermined without a new approach to the management of local public lands.
- EVENTS -
The National Deer Association (NDA) has announced a virtual public meeting, October 20, supported by the University of Pennsylvania to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state.
Visit booth # 686 to see Elite Survival Systems and their innovative range bag.

Apex Tactical Specialties, the leading designer and manufacturer of aftermarket triggers and accessories for firearms, will be exhibiting at the 2021 NASGW Expo taking place October 27-29 in Columbus, Ohio. Distributors are invited to visit Apex in booth #114 for the latest on new products and to take advantage of special pricing offered during the NASGW Expo.
- FISHERIES -
The Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday approved new regulations aimed at protecting fish populations in a newly acquired state game area and Lake Gogebic and allowing for increased harvest opportunities for northern pike on several lakes throughout the state.
- FISHING TOURNAMENTS -
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jason Christie has seen just about every inch of Grand Lake and he’s making two predictions for the upcoming Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open: anglers can catch fish just about anywhere, but they won’t be able to win in any one spot.
B.A.S.S. officials announced the slate for the 2022 Bassmaster Opens Series, with nine tournaments in three divisions covering nine states as the pathway to some of the most-coveted invitations in all of professional bass fishing.

- GEAR -
High Speed Gear released the Polymer Handcuff TACO as an extension to the popular Polymer TACO line made by High Speed Gear.
SYKD Hunt now offers their Vindicate XVC crossbow decorated in NEXT G2 Camo.
- GRANTS -
The Indiana DNR’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) grants program has begun accepting pre-proposals for its 2022 funding cycle. The submission deadline is Dec. 10, 2021.
- INDUSTRY -
Stealth Project suppressors announces they’re attending the NASGW Expo October 27-29th in Columbus Ohio. Stealth Project is excited to showcase their - Revolutionary Patented Helical Design with Accelerated Gas Technology.

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute,®Inc., (SAAMI®), is pleased to announce that it has added two new web-based resources. These new documents help to clarify the interchangeability of certain ammunition in a specified firearm chamber, and identify the names of equivalent and historical cartridges.
After opening an initial partnership in July, 4473 Cloud is now integrated with premium partner FastBound, offering a seamless digital storage solution to thousands of FastBound users across the country.
- INSTRUCTION -
U.S. LawShield announces a free resource available to real estate agents called “Staying Safe: The 5-Step Road Map to Real Estate Agent Safety and Peace of Mind.”
- LITIGATION -
A federal court has granted a preliminary injunction in a case involving zoning restrictions designed to ban a gun range in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, the Second Amendment Foundation announced.

- OPTICS -
ZEISS announces the release of the all-new ZEISS LRP S5 first focal plane riflescopes. The new long-range riflescopes from ZEISS include high-performance optics, best-in-class total elevation travel, highly repeatable, precise, and tactile turrets as part of a compact and heavy-duty riflescope – with a daytime visible illuminated reticle.
The ultramodern Wraith 4k Mini 2-16x32 Digital Riflescope. blends Sightmark’s commitment to superiority with cutting-edge technology to provide customers with the ultimate day-or-night shooting experience.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
MidwayUSA Foundation is honored to continue a partnership with ammunition leaders, Federal Premium & CCI Ammunition. This partnership not only supports thousands of youth shooting teams but also sponsors future MidwayUSA Foundation special events that will provide funding to these teams.
Trijicon, Inc. recently renewed their SCI corporate sponsorship and has been a crucial partner and Corporate Sponsor since 2007.

For a fifth consecutive year, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever announceRuff Land Kennels as a national sponsor and the “Official Kennel of The Habitat Organization.”
- RADIO -
It’s new high-tech binoculars from Sig Sauer, a gun rights update from DC Project, a new book with stories of police gun battles, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
- RETAIL -
Each hand crafted Twentieth Anniversary BFR is part of a limited series, with only 20 pistols to ever be produced. Staying true to its roots, this custom gun is based on a .45-70 Government long frame model, the first production caliber.
- STATES -
Arkansas State Parks will host a public information session to introduce the design for the new visitor center at Pinnacle Mountain State Park on Oct. 19 at the West Summit Pavilion from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is proposing an Exterior Firewood Quarantine to prevent the introduction of unwanted plant pests and diseases into Michigan. Public comments on the proposal are due by Friday, November 19, 2021.
For a tenth year, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and The Peregrine Fund are again offering prizes to hunters who use non-lead ammunition or who remove all big game remains from the field when hunting with lead ammunition, in an effort to help endangered California condors.
The October 23-24 statewide youth pheasant, quail, and partridge season for hunters ages 15 and younger provides an excellent opportunity to mentor new hunters.
- STUDENT FISHING -
The first major Association of Collegiate Anglers double points event of the season, the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open, has provided some major shake-ups to the standings in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year.

- SWEEPSTAKES -
Blocker Outdoors Pro Ambassadors, Fred and Michele Eichler, operate Fulldraw Outfitters in Trinidad, Colorado, providing high-quality guided and non-guided hunts for Colorado big game.
- TELEVISION -
This week on MOJO Migration, the hunt continues in Alberta, Canada and Rob Reynolds of Ranchland Outfitters keeps Mike and gang steady on the ducks.
Keith Warren heads south of the border to the Sonora Desert of Mexico where Keith gets the once in a lifetime chance to hunt a trophy Big Horn Sheep.
In this week’s Man Eats Wild, Mario Kalpou and special guest, Rick Pollack, are off the coast of New Zealand near a live volcano seeking kingfish when the volcano erupts

This week’s episode of Sporting Classics with Chris Dorsey celebrates a classic Lowcountry hunt as Dorsey invites Negrini Cases’ Steve Lamboy and family to hunt marsh hens at Dorsey’s home in Brays Island, South Carolina.
 

Editor’s Note: Recent incidents in Utah have resulted in the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Department of Health to provide a primer of prescribed actions for residents if they have an unfortunate “interaction” with wildlife. You may substitute the appropriate state wildlife and health departments for your state because the advice is solid.


SALT LAKE CITY — Due to some recent incidents with rabid wildlife, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Utah Department of Health want to remind the public what to do if you or your pet have contact with a wild animal.

While rabies in wildlife can be a concern, it is still fairly uncommon. Bats are the most common carrier of rabies in Utah, but it has also been confirmed in foxes and skunks. Other terrestrial carnivores, such as raccoons and coyotes, have been documented with rabies outside of Utah.

Since 2016 in Utah, there have been 59 instances of a person being exposed to a confirmed rabid animal, one of which resulted in a fatality (2018). In that same five-year timeframe, 37 pets have been exposed to rabid wildlife. Since 2016, 96 wild animals tested by the Utah Department of Health were positive for rabies — 94 of those were bats.

“On Labor Day, a pet dog in St. George was exposed to a wild fox, and we responded and captured the fox,” DWR Wildlife Biologist Melinda Bennion said. “The fox later tested positive for rabies. And in another recent incident in St. George, a cat brought a bat into a house, and the bat also tested positive for rabies.”

Symptoms of rabies in wildlife

Although some animals with rabies often look and act normal, most develop one of two forms of the disease.

“One form is ‘furious rabies’ in which the infected animal is easily excited or angered,” Utah Department of Health Disease Epidemiologist Hannah Rettler said. “The other is ‘dumb rabies’ in which the infected animal becomes paralyzed. However, the only way to know for certain if an animal has rabies or another disease is to humanely euthanize the animal and have it tested.”

Animals infected with rabies may have some of the following symptoms:

  • Irritability

  • Restlessness

  • Nervousness

  • Unusual behavior (i.e., animals that are usually nocturnal are active during the day or animals that usually fly may be on the ground)

What to do if you have had contact with a wild animal

  • Immediately call local animal control or the nearest DWR office so officials can attempt to capture the animal for testing. Do not try to capture or trap the animal yourself. If the incident occurs after office hours or on a weekend, call the non-emergency number for your local police dispatch, who will then route the report to on-call DWR staff.

  • If the animal is unable to be submitted for testing, it is presumed that you have been exposed to rabies.

  • Immediately visit the Utah Department of Health website to find the nearest location to receive the rabies vaccine (post exposure prophylaxis).

  • Contact your local health department with questions and to report the incident

“Once a person begins to show signs of the disease, there is no effective treatment, and rabies is almost always fatal,” Rettler said. “That is why it is so important to work with your animal control officers, DWR officials and local health departments to determine if you need the rabies shot after an exposure. It is lifesaving treatment and the reason why human cases of rabies have decreased so dramatically in the last 100 years.”

What to do if your pet is bitten, scratched or has had close contact with wildlife

  • Immediately call local animal control or the nearest DWR office so officials can attempt to capture the wild animal for testing. If the incident occurs after office hours or on a weekend, call the non-emergency number for your local police dispatch, who will then route the report to on-call DWR staff.

  • If the animal tests positive for rabies, next steps depend on the status of your pet's rabies vaccination. If the wild animal is unable to be submitted for testing, it is presumed the pet has been exposed to rabies.

  • For the protection of you and the public, an unvaccinated dog, cat or ferret that has been bitten or scratched by a confirmed or suspected rabid animal will be euthanized immediately by a veterinarian or animal control officer.

  • If you are unwilling to have your pet euthanized, the local health officer will order the animal to be held in strict isolation in a municipal or county animal shelter or a veterinary medical facility approved by the local health department for at least four months for dogs and cats, and six months for ferrets — at the owner's expense, per state code.

  • If the pet is up to date on rabies vaccinations, it will require a 45-day home quarantine in partnership with local animal control.

“Having to euthanize an unvaccinated pet that was exposed to a rabid animal is one of the most heartbreaking parts of our jobs, so we strongly encourage everyone to keep their pets up to date on their rabies vaccinations,” Rettler said.

Tips to prevent pets from interacting with wildlife

To avoid having your pets possibly exposed to rabies or other diseases, here are a few tips to help prevent your pet from interacting with wildlife:

  • Bring your pet inside at night

  • Close and lock your pet doors at night to prevent small wildlife from possibly entering

  • Keep your pet on a leash when hiking or camping

“We really appreciate our partnerships with the local animal control, health departments and veterinarians across the state in these types of situations,” Bennion said.

 
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