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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2022

- BOATING -
For the month of October, five red towboats across the United States are going pink to bring the issue of Breast Cancer Awareness to the water.
- CONSERVATION -
SayersBrook renews with Pope and Young as a Silver Level Corporate Partner to continue the Fight for Bowhunting Conservation
- EVENTS -
Department of the Interior leaders visited public lands across America on Saturday, September 24, to celebrate National Public Lands Day and highlight President Biden’s America the Beautiful initiative, a locally-led effort to conserve 30% of America’s lands and waters over the next decade.
Kahr Firearms Group is proud to host this year’s “Rod of Iron Freedom Festival”, at the Greeley, PA, Kahr Headquarters facility, October 7-9.
SIGHTRON announced that they are the official riflescope and spotting scope sponsor of the 2022 Extreme Benchrest Airgun Championship. SIGHTRON will be sponsoring the attendee goodie bag with several promotional items included.

The 37th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference is scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct.2 at the Westin Dallas-Fort Worth Airport hotel, Irving, Texas. It will feature more than 70 speakers covering a wide range of topics including Second Amendment legal action, the upcoming Nov. 8 midterm elections, state and local affairs, the media, personal protection and more.
Preserving the future of shooting sports means providing a variety of assets to young shooters, including mentors, ranges, and funding. Recently, MidwayUSA Foundation offered all three to air rifle and air pistol shooters at an Air Gun Training Camp held in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the X Count facility.
Seventy youth and their families—nearly 150 campers—spent the weekend experiencing the outdoors in new ways at the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) inaugural Campin’ in the Park at Fischer Park in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Outdoor Industry Association has announced its Tier One sponsorship of Outdoor Media Summit,

On Saturday September 24, the nation honored its 55 million sportsmen and women and the active role that they play in the conservation of America’s natural resources.
The Remington Gun Club hosted the inaugural Shoot to Cure charitable fundraiser on Friday, September 23, 2022 in Lonoke, Arkansas. The sporting clays shoot raised a five-figure amount in support of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation.
- FISHERIES -
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin fall trout stock in early October. The department will be stocking thousands of hatchery-raised brown, golden, and rainbow trout in select creeks, rivers, lakes, and ponds across the state.
- GEAR -
DeSantis Gunhide introduces the Slim-Tuk™ holster for the WALTHER PDP, PDP F-SERIES 3.5"-5" with or without Red Dot Sight

Evolution Outdoor is pleased to offer a diverse lineup of premium rifle, shotgun, and pistol cases as hunters gear up for the Fall 2022 hunting season.
The Easton Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) arrow uses a durable carbon backbone combined with an aluminum jacket to combine into the most effective arrow available to bowhunters.
Gear up for hunting season with great deals on the full SEVR lineup of broadheads. Their limited time fall sale is going on now, with product in stock and ready-to-ship.
Premier Body Armor announces the next evolution in their line of body armor, the Everyday Armor T-Shirt. With the protection of a bulletproof vest, now in a lightweight, concealable t-shirt, everyday protection has never been more discreet or affordable.

- HUNTING -
Test results have revealed more than 30 Canada geese found sick or dead recently at Griffin Reservoir in Lackawanna County were infected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), serving as a reminder the 2022 HPAI outbreak continues.
- INDUSTRY -
AMMO, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its new 185,000 square foot world-class ammunition manufacturing facility in Manitowoc, WI, on September 22nd.
The Headrest Safe Company, LLC announced that Jeff Naranjo will assume the role of Chief Manufacturing Officer. As the Chief Manufacturing Officer, Naranjo oversees the company’s manufacturing processes as well as sourcing suppliers and vendors.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers announced that FightLite will be sponsoring an NASGW Expo Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 26th in Kansas City, MO.

Christensen Arms announced that they have hired industry veteran, Willie Vernon, as the Executive Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining Christensen Arms, Willie worked as head of Marketing for BOTE, SilencerCo, Vista Outdoors Tactical Business Unit and Rex Specs.
In one of college football’s marquee games of the week, Ole Miss will host Kentucky on Saturday when the Rebels will sport an exclusive helmet showcasing a custom color scheme from the camo experts at Realtree.
Field Ethos officially announces Shane Meisel as Chief Marketing Officer. Meisel joined the FE team earlier this summer and has been focused on brand building, product line creation and other marketing and communication activities.
- JOBS -
The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen & Conservationists (PFSC) is seeking a part-time salaried, Marketing/Fundraising/Outreach Coordinator.

- NEW PRODUCTS -
Henry Repeating Arms is pleased to announce two limited-edition models celebrating the company’s twenty-fifth anniversary.
Fall/Winter/Spring Food Plot Blend from Antler King provides a high-quality food source throughout hunting season and beyond with the protein and energy deer need to stay healthy and grow trophy racks.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced the Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun. Formerly known as an "1895 GBL" (Guide Big Loop), this model is Ruger's first reintroduction in the Guide Gun family of rifles and Ruger's first introduction of an alloy steel Marlin rifle with a blued finish.
Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the release of the all new MRAT Compensator for the FNX-45 model pistols equipped with a factory threaded barrel.
Alien Gear Holsters and the Rapid Force line of Level 2 and Level 3 Duty Holsters introduce the LVL 2 Slim Holster. It accommodates suppressor height sights of 0.475-inches and the optic cut is compatible with all standard optic mounting plates.
Primary Arms Optics has just released their first 1-10x scope, the SLx 1-10x28mm SFP Rifle Scope, which launches with a choice of two ACSS reticles. Priced at $449.99, this new 1-10x LPVO delivers premium performance with unprecedented value.
- OPTICS -
What if, like millions of other Americans, you already own a standard pistol — not optics ready — and want to mount a micro-red-dot? Technological advances in design and manufacturing have allowed the engineers at Meprolight to solve these problems with the Mepro microRDS.
- POACHING -
Several hunting seasons are in full swing, and Utah’s general-season deer hunt — arguably the state’s most popular hunt — starts Oct. 22. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are hard at work patrolling the state to protect wildlife and to make sure hunters are obeying the laws.
- RECREATION -
Bring your kayak and join the interpretive naturalist on Saturday, Oct. 1 for the final kayak tour of Patoka Lake’s season. The trip will leave from the Osborn boat ramp at 9 a.m.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
Victory Archery is excited to announce the company has renewed its partnership with Dirt Nap TV for another season of the outdoor web show.
- STATES -
In 2021, visitors to Oklahoma State Parks spent $354.2 million in the communities surrounding the parks, according to new research commissioned by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.
According to research commissioned by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department, visitors to Oklahoma State Parks spent $354.2 million in the communities surrounding the parks in 2021.
Effective September 26, 2022, a Purple Heart recipient who has been an Arizona resident for at least one full year will be eligible to purchase a state combination hunt and fish license for 50 percent off the standard price.
- TECHNOLOGY -
Garmin International announces inReach® Messenger, a new communication-focused device with global two-way texting, location sharing, and SOS capabilities1. Built for those who want a quick and easy way to reach loved ones when they’re without cellular coverage, inReach Messenger provides seamless satellite communication either as a standalone device or when paired to the new Garmin Messenger companion app for smartphones.
- TELEVISION -
Stacy Welling-Haughey, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Upper Peninsula field deputy, will be among the DNR staffers to answer viewer questions live Thursday night on “Ask the DNR” on WNMU-TV13.
Waypoint TV has joined forces with Media 360 LLC, America’s original, categorically exclusive media authority dedicated to whitetail deer and hunting them.
Dr. Christopher Seabury is one of the leading CWD researchers in the world. He is a tenured professor at the College of Vet Med at Texas A&M and is currently conducting ground breaking research at captive deer breeding facilities on why some whitetails contract CWD while others in the same proximity don’t. Learn more about his findings on this week’s edition.
- TRAPPING -
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting bids for the 2022-2023 trapping season at several Wildlife Management Areas and other public lands.
- VOLUNTEERS -
Volunteers from communities in Tennessee, New York and Wisconsin pulled just under 18,200 pounds of trash from the ramps and shores of Chickamauga Lake, Pickwick Lake, Oneida Lake and the Mississippi River as part of the 2022 Bassmaster Lake Clean-Up Challenges sponsored by AFTCO and Yamaha RightwatersTM.
 

I spent several decades in hurricane country during my time on the Little Manatee River, just off Tampa Bay, and one thing I learned is there’s no dependable categorization for severe weather on the coast.

While satellite weather forecasts and computerized rainfall projections have made things like storm surge a lot more predictable, Mother Nature sometimes outsmarts the weather gurus. It will be wise to keep that in mind as Hurricane Ian approaches the Gulf Coast this week.

The worst “hurricane” we experienced in all our years in Florida was not even a hurricane. It was not in hurricane season and it had no name.

In fact, that was its name.

The “No Name” storm popped up on radar just 50 miles out in the Gulf on March 12, 1993. It showed as a fat red line, straight as a ruler, from northeast to southwest, about midnight.

We got about three hours warning of a “severe weather event” on local TV.

We were not worried—we had already been in our house through several minor September hurricanes that brushed the Tampa Bay area, with zero issues. How bad could an un-named storm in March be?

We found out pretty quickly.

When that red line hit the coast around dawn, the temperature dropped 20 degrees and the wind went from zero to 70 mph in about five minutes.

The power went out.

The water in the river almost immediately started running backwards. It’s a tidal river and it does this normally on occasion with strong incoming tides pushed by moderate winds. But this was not normal.

The water was moving fast enough to create whirlpools and eddies, which never occur in this normally lazy blackwater flow.

And within an hour or two, the water level went from normal, about two feet below the cap of the seawall, to over the seawall and into the back yard.

“Don’t worry,” I told my wife. “We’re 13 feet above the mean high tide.”

“Why is the water coming up through the rain gutters, then?” was her response.

It was, gushing up through every drain on the street.

Soon the street was submerged.

“We can always get out in the jon boat,” I advised the family. My wife rolled her eyes. The jon boat was 8’ long.

The wind kept buffeting the house. Palm fronds slammed into the windows. The water was creeping up the driveway. A mullet jumped out in the street. Out-of-control gulls went sailing by, screaming.

“I guess we’d better go if it gets much highers,” I had to admit as I watched the water come lap at the doorstep. By then it was waist deep in the street—driving out was out of the question.

And just then, the wind began to drop. Of course, it only dropped to about 40 mph, but that was enough—within 30 minutes or so, the water stopped rising. In an hour, it was noticeably lower.

And that was our brush with the “No Name” Storm, one of the worst weather disasters of the century.

It turned out Tampa Bay had very minor problems outside some sunken boats—farther north along Florida’s west coast, the strength of the storm and the topography had put 12 feet of water into some homes that were only a few feet above sea level. People had drowned in their attics trying to avoid the rapidly rising water. Tornadoes had leveled houses inland all over the state.

And away from the coast, the storm flexed its muscle as a major blizzard. There was 4” of snow blanketing the ground in the Florida Panhandle, 13 inches in Birmingham, Alabama. Over 50” of snow paralyzed the Smoky Mountain states and snapped off tens of thousands of trees, blocking roads for hundreds of miles.

In any case, bottom line is you can never be too prepared for severe weather. The storm headed for Florida’s Gulf Coast this week is sure to cause plenty of trouble, even though forecasters say it will “only” be a Cat 1 storm when it hits land.

The storm is forecasted to be a slow mover with lots of rain, and that probably means flooding for anyone living on a river or in low coastal land. Eight to 10” of rain can be a real disaster for people who live on land that’s only a few feet above sea level.

Bottom line is that many storms that seem like minimal concerns to many of us can be disasters for those in the bullseye. Keep your eyes and ears open on this one.

(As this is written, NMMA has announced that the giant International Boat Builders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) planned this week for Tampa Convention Center has been cancelled. It’s a costly move, but probably a wise one.)

-- Frank Sargeant
Frankmako1@gmail.com

 
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