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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2023

- COLLEGIATE FISHING -
In addition to extensive promotion of the complete lineup of Gamakatsu products, Gamakatsu's 2023 sponsorship includes special 35% discounted pricing offered solely to anglers competing in any of the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events during 2023.
- COMPETITION -
Black Gold Sights’ shooting ambassador Time Gillingham took second place at the Lancaster Classic Shoot.
The Lapua Monarch Cup schedule has been finalized for 2023. The Lapua Monarch Cup is a series of smallbore rifle silhouette matches contested in Canada, USA, and Mexico.
With three of the world’s four premiere indoor events in the history books, Team Easton competitors continue their drive to world domination.
- CONSERVATION -
Through their partnership with CCA, the Florida FWC funded five additional schools this year, helping more students learn about ethical angling, conservation, Florida's aquatic habitats, and fishing basics to help create confident and responsible anglers.

A massive industrial mine proposed for the fish- and wildlife-region of Bristol Bay, Alaska, has been blocked by the Environmental Protection Agency, which announced it is proactively rescinding an industry fill and dredge permit under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act that will prevent development of the Pebble Mine.
- COURTS -
What appears to have been a blatant effort by the State of Illinois to go “judge shopping” to transfer several federal lawsuits challenging the new state law banning so-called “assault weapons” and their magazines has backfired, says the Second Amendment Foundation.
- ENVIRONMENT -
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has used its 404(c) authority under the Clean Water Act to stop the approval and ultimate construction of the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The EPA’s final determination effectively vetoes Pebble Mine, citing concerns about the impacts of mining waste and discharge on Bristol Bay’s renowned salmon fishery.
- EVENTS -
Traditions Performance Firearms will be exhibiting at the 2023 Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania February 4-12. Traditions will be displaying their 2023 line of products in booth number 693.

Nosler Inc., a manufacturer of premium bullets, cartridge cases, ammunition, and rifles, will be exhibiting at the 2023 IWA OutdoorClassics show in Nuremberg, Germany March 2-5.
AGM announced that they will be exhibiting at Nations Best Sports show on Feb 2-6 2023. As an official vendor of NBS, AGM will have the opportunity to meet with and sell to NBS Members – independent sporting goods retailers in North America.
After a highly successful SHOT Show last month, Meprolight is excited to take the show on the road to Ft. Worth, Texas for the Nation’s Best Sports 2023 Semi-Annual Market.
Freedom Munitions LLC will exhibit at the Great American Outdoor Show under new ownership, showcasing the well-known brands of Freedom Munitions, X-Treme Bullets, and LAX Ammunition.

FightLite® Industries, a division of ARES Defense Systems, Inc., has announced its support of the 2023 Shooting Sports Showcase at the CMP Marksmanship Park in Talladega, Alabama, on March 28.
Berger, maker of high quality bullets and ammunition for competitive long-range shooters and sportsmen, will attend the 2023 Western Hunting Expo, February 2-5 in Salt Lake City, UT.
ALPS OutdoorZ will be displaying at the 2023 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo February 2-5 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- FISHING TOURNAMENTS -
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering for a second year with MyCatch by Angler’s Atlas to conduct a statewide walleye fishing challenge starting May 1 through June 30.

- GEAR -
An update for the Modern Tactical collection of concealed carry fanny packs, the lightweight HIP Gunner is designed to carry your weapon concealed on the waist or sling style cross-body.
Nexbelt announced that they will be exhibiting at the upcoming Nation’s Best Sports Spring Semi-Annual Market scheduled for February 2nd thru 6th in Fort Worth, Texas.
True has released the Berm, a small keychain knife designed to always be within reach. This ultra-compact knife is meant to be accessible and used for day-to-day tasks.
- GRANTS -
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Tuesday announced it will offer $41 million through the 2023 Wood Innovations Grant and 2023 Community Wood Grant programs to spark innovation and create new markets for wood products and renewable wood energy.

Now through March 16, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Habitat Grant Program will be accepting applications.
- INDUSTRY -
GPO USA’s original 10x50 rangefinding binocular has recently been named the Best Rangefinding Binocular by POPULAR MECHANICS Magazine.
Springfield Armory announced that the 1911 DS Prodigy 9mm has won the top slot in the “Best 1911” category of Ballistic magazine’s annual Ballistic’s Best Readers’ Choice Awards for 2022.
SK Guns, a limited-edition, series-driven production manufacturer of collectible firearms, has officially named Peter Grillone as Chief Creative Officer.

Everest.com announces a Favorite Fishing storefront has been added to its online marketplace.
Maxim Defense will be attending the (NBS) Nation’s Best Sports Spring Semi-Annual Market and showcasing their latest offerings Thursday, February 2 through Monday, February 6 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas.
AMMO, Inc. announced that it will release financial results for its fiscal third quarter 2023 ending December 31, 2022, after the stock market closes on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. The Company will also host a conference call for investors at 5:00 p.m. EST that same day.
Viridian Weapon Technologies is proud to present a variety of new products at the 2023 Nation’s Best Sports Spring Semi-Annual Market, booth #304.
- JOBS -
Michigan's more than 1,300 seasonal park workers positions are great for college students, retirees or those that love to work in the outdoors. The hourly rate starts at $15.
- LEGISLATION -
Gun Owners of America announced support for the introduction of the SHORT (Stop Harrassing Owners of Rifles Today) Act by Congressman Andrew Clyde (GA) and Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS). This bill, which would remove the unconstitutional taxation, registration, and regulation in the National Firearms Act of Short-Barreled Rifles, Short-Barreled Shotguns, and those classified under “Any Other Weapons,” was introduced to coincide with the formal publication of the ATF’s draconian pistol brace firearm ban.
- LITIGATION -
NSSF welcomed the U.S. District Court of New Jersey’s preliminary injunction order to block a public nuisance law that was recently enacted by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy. That law allowed frivolous and unconstitutional lawsuits against members of the firearm industry for the subsequent criminal misuse of a lawfully-sold firearm by remote third parties over whom members of the industry have no control.
- NEW PRODUCT -
Hatsan’s new ZADA break barrel air rifle is the newest edition of entry-level, spring-action air rifles. The refined design is engineered to be the ultimate high-performance beginner’s shooting platform.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
DeSantis introduces the #215 Transit Holster, an old school IWB holster with a new school twist. It is built from firm, sueded center cut steerhide and reinforced at the top with both Kydex and premium saddle leather to aid in easy re-holstering.
The ETS Group announces the release of their new line of Carbon Smoke Series Magazines. These dark smoke-colored magazines are impact, chemical, and UV resistant, and the translucent body allows you to see the remaining round count.
Timber Creek Outdoors released new sizes to their Cantilever Scope mount at the 2023 SHOT Show. The Cantilever Mount was designed with the MSR shooter in mind and allows for quick and easy optics installation on any flat-top MSR while maintaining proper scope position.
Code Blue® is excited to unveil seven unique scent products designed to prolong scent, enhance scrape success, and provoke response from dominant bucks.
- NOW STREAMING -
On Episode 15 of Behind The Brand, Todd Fuller dives in with Scott Salyers, Fishing Group Publisher, Bonnier Corporation.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
Whitetails Unlimited has granted more than $40,000 to DTD Outdoors over this past year. DTD stands for Deer, Turkey, and Ducks and focuses on providing hunting opportunities for military veterans and disabled children in and around Monroe County, Mississippi.
The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) will be convening a forum of leaders for an in-depth discussion to review the success of SO 3362 to conserve migration, connectivity, and winter ranges for big game and outline opportunities for the future on Friday, February 4 from 1-4 pm at the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo at the Salt Palace Exposition Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
- PROMOTIONS -
Hornady announces the 2023 Get Loaded promotion that offers free bullets with qualifying purchases of Hornady reloading products.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
Precision Rifle Series (PRS) LLC. is thrilled to announce Creedmoor® Sports as a 2023 Official PRS Rimfire Series Sponsor.
- STATES -
The Mills Administration announced its second call for proposals through the Land for Maine's Future Program (LMF) in a little over a month. The latest requests are for conservation and recreation projects that protect working forest land and for Working Farmland Access and Protection Program projects.
The Road End (Big Fox) Public Boat ramp on Harris Reservoir in Randolph County, Alabama, will temporarily close for renovation on February 6, 2023.
The draft agenda for the Feb. 9 meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission has been posted at Michigan.gov/NRC.
Whether you want to learn something new, stretch your legs or see something beautiful, here are six ideas from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for outdoor fun that can be completed in just a day.
- TELEVISION -
Shooting USA covers the Rocky Mountain Airgun Challenge, bringing top rifle shooters to a quieter range for competition. Then, the German response to the superior firepower of the M-1 Garand was the Gewehr 43, now one of History’s Guns.
- WORKSHOPS -
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is sponsoring workshops for K–12 educators on Iowa’s outdoors this spring and summer.
 

Carp believe they ought to rule the world, and they are very good at making it happen.

Those who have been smacked in the head by a jumping silver carp are not enthusiastic about these invasives becoming the national bird of America.

But we might as well hope to wipe out largemouth bass and bluegills as eliminate common or European carp, which are now more indigenous than many native species across North America. They’ve been here since being imported in the 1800’s, and they are never going away unless the continent dries up into another Sahara at some future twist in climate change.

The “war” that’s proposed is against relative newcomer carp species, the silver, bighead and black. We note without prejudice that these are all Chinese carp—just sayin’.

Love the cuisine, hate the carp . . . .

It’s possible that these carp can be controlled, though not eliminated. Researchers are finding their DNA in thousands of lakes and waterways attached to the Mississippi River, and no control method tried so far has shown promise of widespread success.

While most of the spread has been the result of pond-stocked fish escaping into waterways, there’s enough blame to go around among sportfishers, namely us, who inadvertently carry fertilized carp eggs or microscopic juveniles in our livewell water. Bass anglers who regularly visit multiple lakes are particularly likely to be part of this, as are crappie and walleye anglers who carry live minnows from lake to lake.

While some invasive species are relatively unobnoxious or even helpful—the gobies in the Great Lakes, for example, have actually proven to be a huge growth booster for smallmouths and walleyes—Asian carp have thus far proven to be pretty troublesome guests.

The silver carp is the most obnoxious of the group due to the habit of large schools flushing like a covey of quail when a boat runs through them. These fish may weigh from 5 to 50 pounds and they can jump 10 feet straight up.

You can imagine what would happen if you are driving your Ranger at 60 mph through the school—sort of like running into a concrete block dropped off an overpass, those who have had the experience report.

However, a new effort from Wildlife Forever and supported by AFTCO, which has proven itself a perennial champion of good things in fishing and conservation, shows promise of slowing the spread.

The plan is to expand the “War on Carp” education campaign, providing new tools and resources to educate the public in support of increased state and federal management. The idea for the “war” apparently came from Wade White, a board director for TVA, and the effort has generated considerable federal and state investment in carp removal and mitigation projects.

The USGS says potential control methods include the use of fish poisons, physical barriers, physical removal, habitat alteration, or the addition of predators, parasites, or pathogens—but none show promise of total elimination. See details on the Invasive Carp Regional Coordinating Committee website.

Now they need us to do our part, according to Pat Conzemius, prez and CEO of Wildlife Forever.

Through partnership with AFTCO, Wildlife Forever will be focused on giving home to a new campaign website, social media presence, and development of educational resources. In addition, sales of the War on Carp t-shirts will continue to support the national program and advocacy efforts.

“AFTCO is happy to work with Wildlife Forever on this important conservation program. Invasive species are impacting fisheries across the country, and we are committed to investing in organizations dedicated to educating anglers and protecting the resource,” said Casey Shedd, President of AFTCO.

The War on Carp™ is a national campaign to educate the public on threats posed by invasive carps. Coordinated messaging focuses on strategic content, marketing communications, advocacy, and educational tools on how to prevent and help manage.

Basically, our part is simple—remove the drain plug and empty the livewell ashore after each trip, trim down the outboard to drain, and get rid of any weeds snagged on the trailer. Never dump leftover bait in the lake. For weekend warriors, that’s all it takes, and the effort will not only slow down the spread of carp but also invasive zebra mussels and water weeds.

It would also help if you invest in an AFTCO War on Carp T-Shirt—5 bucks from every purchase goes to the eradication effort. And make an occasional call or drop an email to your legislators to keep this problem on the griddle both in state and national legislation.

To learn more, join the War on Carp mailing list here: Info@WildlifeForever.org. To see the AFTCO shirt, go here: https://aftco.com/products/war-on-asian-carp-t-shirts

--- Frank Sargeant Frankmako1@gmail.com

Frank Sargeant is editor of our newest wire service, The Water Wire

 
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