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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019

- AMMUNITION -
Federal announces two new flat-shooting Premium 224 Valkyrie loads that deliver precision accuracy at long ranges. The new loads use the 80.5 grain Gold Medal Berger Hybrid and 78 grain Barnes Shock X.
- BENEFITS -
It might be one of the most patriotic guns in the country, and it could be yours. Honor Defense is auctioning a custom pistol with 100 percent of the proceeds to be donated to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
- COLLEGIATE -
Auburn wins the MLF College Faceoff at the Redcrest Championship in Wisconsin, with dozens of college anglers competing.

- COMPETITION -
Blaser-sponsored shooter Cory Kruse from Willis, Texas was crowned champion of the 2019 World English Sporting Championship on Sunday, August 11 at Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville, Illinois, securing his first World English Sporting title with his Blaser F3 shotgun.
- ENFORCEMENT -
After receiving multiple tips from local anglers about possible over-fishing on Gladwin County’s Lake Lancer, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers ultimately issued a 67-year-old Gladwin man a ticket for illegally taking more than 1,400 panfish.
- EVENTS -
Legacy Sports International is proud to announce their attendance at the upcoming Nation’s Best Sports Fall Semi- Annual Market. Products on display will include the HOWA Oryx chassis rifles, the popular POINTER Arista Over-Unders and the new POINTER Phenoma Camo Cerakote Laser Etched shotguns.
Norma will be showcasing their new-for-2019 ammunition at the Worldwide Show in Reno, Nevada. Norma’s MHP, BONDSTRIKE and ENVY ammunition will be on display.

Spring Mill State Park’s Pioneer Village is hosting a fiber arts weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
Don’t miss the annual Cache River Days in Ullin, Illinois on September 7, 2019. The event includes food, music, exhibits, and a variety of family activities.
- GRANTS -
The Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative, formed in 2013 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Land Trust Alliance, has awarded six new grants to support a variety of conservation projects benefiting birds and other species that live in habitats across the country, from grassland, to scrub, forest, and prairie.
Local units of government, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and other public entities across Michigan interested in furthering their urban forestry efforts are encouraged to apply for the DNR's Urban and Community Forestry program grant.

Communities and organizations in Michigan will plant 1,300 trees in public spaces with $80,000 in grants awarded by a partnership of the Department of Natural Resources, DTE Energy Foundation and nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan

- INDUSTRY -
Holosun will be attending the Nations Best Sports Expo in Fort Worth, Texas, August 26-29. Holosun will be available at booth #740.
Brothers & Company announced that it has promoted Garrett Fresh to the position of Creative Director. Fresh, who works in the agency’s Wichita, Kansas, office, has served as Associate Creative Director and Digital Design Director since 2015.

SureFire, LLC announced that NATO Stock Numbers have been assigned to the SOCOM556-RC2 Suppressor and three different SureFire muzzle devices for 5.56 mm rifles. 

 

Pulsar announced their new partnership with ExpertVoice, the world’s largest advocacy marketing platform powered by experts. This partnership will recognize, empower, and elevate the voices of hunting experts.
As Chattanooga Shooting Supplies continues to grow, they announce and welcome four key players to the CSSI Sales Team. Drew Lenhausen, Robin Brokob, Robin Richardson and Dustin Cimoli bring with them award-winning, top notch account experience from United Sporting Companies, Inc.
This year's Ray Scott Trailblazer Award recipient at the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame Ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, was Chris Dorsey, long time magazine editor, book author and television host and producer

Leica Sport Optics announces changes to sales and marketing structure for their North American operation. Effective September 1, 2019, Leica will shift sales representation to internal, employee-based representation.
- INVASIVE SPECIES -
During the 2018-19 fiscal year, AZGFD decontaminated a record 237 boats -- up from 159 the previous fiscal year. This increase in decontaminations also has helped some Western states, namely Idaho and Utah, curtail accumulations of AIS.  

 

- JOBS -
Nebraska is seeking new conservation officers, but the deadline to apply is rapidly approaching: It's Monday, Aug. 26.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
Whether you are an upland or waterfowl hunter, or just like to break a few clays on the weekends, the CZ 1012 shotgun is your shotgun. With its new gas-less operating system the CZ 1012 is a workhorse that keeps running with minimal maintenance.

The Ruger Security-9 Compact 9mm pistol with factory-installed Viridian E Series red laser sight is now available and shipping nationwide. This laser sight is designed for the Ruger Security-9 series.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has announced that Match Sanctioning is live for all sanctionable match types, including Three-Position Air Rifle and EIC Rifle, EIC Pistol, .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC, non-EIC and Games Rifle and Pistol events.
- PRODUCT NEWS -
Rock River Arms has expanded its popular RRAGE rifle series with the introduction of the new RRAGE 3G.
- RADIO -
Tune into Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio show this week as host Rob Keck talks Collegiate Bass Fishing with the coach of the Bethel University National Champions, Garry Mason.

It's world champion speed shooter Jerry Miculek, a new trigger from Timney to go the distance, lightweight and slim self-defense lights, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
Hunters Connect, the all new You Tube channel and social media platform today announces that ALPS OutdoorZ has become the first sponsor to officially support the all new social media platform for new hunters owned by the International Hunter Education Association, IHEA-USA.

 

 

- STATES -
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages people to take someone fishing this summer for the chance to win a new boat.
Anglers, fish and a diverse set of wildlife will soon enjoy a new stretch of trout stream in the western Panhandle of Nebraska.

Murray State University’s Breathitt Veterinary Center recently confirmed to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources that a deceased female deer recovered from Graves County tested positive for hemorrhagic disease, sometimes referred to as “blue tongue” or EHD.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking hunters to continue doing their part to help keep Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a neurodegenerative wildlife disease that is fatal to deer and elk, at bay.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Washington Tourism Development Authority are seeking artists for their annual N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Print competition.
Thanks to the generosity of Dr. C.R. Magness and his wife Kay Magness, boaters and anglers will be able to access a portion of the White River in Washington County.
As deer season approaches, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) remind hunters that it is illegal to import whole carcasses and certain body parts of any species of deer into either state.
When mourning dove season opens September 2, Pennsylvania hunters can experience some fast-unfolding action at managed dove fields across the state.
- SWEEPSTAKES -
B.A.S.S. is offering fishing fans a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to fish alongside a Bassmaster Elite angler and a new Nitro Z18 bass boat in their new “Fish With Jamie Hartman” sweepstakes.

- TELEVISION -
This week, Terry Denmon packs his Mojos and heads South to Mexico to hunt ducks with Wide Open Outfitters. Owner Steve McCain Jr. always aims to please.
Professional angler Ott de Foe hunts for double-digit largemouth bass in World Fishing Network’s Hunt for Monster Bass airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.
Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to Pursuit Channel celebrating its ninth season. Tonight’s show, ‘Banging Steel’ is all about balancing speed and accuracy as Doug steps up to the line of fire at the 2019 US Steel Nationals held in Covington, GA.
The Superbowl of duck hunting begins every year in Canada with Rob Reynolds, owner of Ranchland Outfitters. This year, Terry's good friend Joe Beal comes along with Skip Knowles of Waterfowl Magazine and Keith Heinlein of Stoeger.
 

Having spent the past week separated from my daily routines, I have had the luxury of spending some time simply “thinking”. OK, to some, it might look like I was sitting in a chair staring out at the ocean. But I was cogitating, and I happened to consider some of the things that pass for “normal” under today’s apparently highly flexible standards.

Today, for example, many people appear to live on high alert for the slightest sensation of being “threatened”.

A majority of their triggers aren’t even on my radar. Consequently, I admit being stumped as to what people are so excited about.

God forbid anyone use certain words with specific definitions in their correct context.

It sends some millennials racing for safe spaces or closets for their anti-facis masks or pink hats so they can go shout their rage at ….someone.

Think I’m joking?

OK, look up the following words. When you find the synonym I’m referencing, you’ll know it.

Here you go:

“odd, strange, unusual, funny, peculiar, curious, bizarre, weird, uncanny, freakish, eerie, or unnatural”

Words have definitions, but people today are inflamed by their <i> sound </i>, context or actual definition be damned.

Conservatives complain they can’t use words in context. Liberals complain conservatives have “hijacked” patriotic symbols. Both groups are crippled by the dread of triggering a negative feeling.

Seriously? How about this phrase - in any context: “grow up.”

Stop saying you feel threatened when what you mean is you’re mad because you didn’t get your way.

Don’t play the race, sex, or gender card - until you the facts necessary to make an informed judgement.

Recognize the fact you occasionally might be…wait for it…wrong.

Notice I didn’t write mistaken because I didn’t mean mistaken, I meant meant “the opposite of correct” not wrongly-interpreted or wrongly-perceived.

Wrong means “not right.”

Interpreting it any other way is….you guessed it…wrong.

We’re all wrong about some things.

It is wrong, I believe, to suggest that everyone is the same. You’re mistaken if you expect me to suddenly accept the idea of human homogenization.

Humanity’s a unique stew, not a pasteurized, processed confection where very bite’s exactly the same.

As difficult as this might be some to accept, it’s our differences that bind us. Not a blind acceptance of every belief, custom or value.

Let’s say you don’t like my driving a big vehicle. That’s your right, but it’s only your opinion. I don’t think it wise to drive a underpowered, overgrown roller skate on the interstate.

That doesn’t make either of us wrong, although I’d suggest you evaluate your odds in a collision with anything larger than a bumblebee before taking to the interstate on a cross-country drive. You could be politically correct and clinically dead as a result.

Because, whether you accept it or not, certain vehicles are banned from the interstate highway system because their presence creates hazards for everyone using the road - including you. It’s not a conspiracy to take away your Vespa or prevent your driving your tractor to market.

The current inability for some to accept rules is why grocery store express lines now say “about a dozen items” rather than “ten items or less”.

Groceries have dealt with so many irate customers who are either: a) english majors who can’t count, or b) math majors who can’t read, that they’ve thrown up their hands in figurative surrender.

We’ve watered down dress standards to the point that it’s now fashionable for women to wear underwear as outerwear. I accept that some of you are now labeling me “intolerant”.

And I respectfully disagree.

Because…I’ve never posted anyone’s photo in “people of Walmart” because I think someone’s a little large for their current fashion choices or are wearing makeup that makes the Joker look conservative. I don’t go for publicly “shaming” someone because they’re too-fat, too-thin, too-anything.

That, however, doesn’t mean I won’t snigger when someone’s outfit makes them look like one of the dancers in the ballet scene from “Fantasia.”

If your friends, family, spouse or significant other is OK with a that outfit, it’s your deal, not mine.

As one of my more “enlightened” (liberal) friends told me once: “name calling never accomplished anything, jackass.”

He was serious. I am joking about what he said.

But he’d be offended at my “being mean-spirited by singling this one little comment out to embarrass him.”

If I were being mean-spirited, I’d use his name. That would be mean-spirited, because you’d recognize it.

Here’s something we can agree on: it’s nearly the weekend. Revel in that realization, because another summer has nearly come and gone.

—Jim Shepherd

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National Shooting Sports Month

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NSSF CMO Summit

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