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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2024

- COMPETITION -
Victory Archery™ is happy to announce it has partnered with competitive shooter Joshua Trolinger. He was the 2017 Kansas ASA champion and fourth place ASA Semi-Pro Shooter of the Year in 2020 on top of several top-five finishes at major events.
TAC Vanes set a high bar at the first leg of the IBO Triple Crown National Championship in Pipestem, WV with top finishes in the women’s and men’s pro classes.
Nosler®, Inc. congratulates sponsored shooter Nick Gadarzi for his impressive performance, securing 1st place overall with a score of 198 points at the Parma Precision Rifle Rumble presented by Burris Optics.
Sturm, Ruger & Company is proud to congratulate Team Ruger Captain Doug Koenig on winning The Bianchi Cup – NRA's Action Pistol Championship – for the unprecedented 20th time in his career.
- COURTS -
The Second Amendment Foundation has submitted a reply brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in its effort to obtain a preliminary injunction against the Connecticut ban on so-called “assault weapons” in a case filed in September 2022. The case is known as Grant v. Lamont.

- EVENTS -
SLG2, Inc. is proud to announce its president, Karen Butler, will be a featured speaker at the 2024 National R3 Symposium, which will take place May 29-June 1, 2024 in Mobile, Ala.
Wildlife for Tomorrow has selected eight outstanding individuals for induction into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame this year. Join us in honoring these deserving individuals at the 26th Annual Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, August 24, 2024, at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.
The Georgia DNR’s Coastal Resources Division (CRD) is excited to announce registration is now open for the 2024 Golden Isles Kids Fishing Event. This free, educational, and fun-filled event is designed to introduce children to the wonders of saltwater fishing and connect families with the outdoors.
Bow Spider will be exhibiting at two of the three Northwest Mountain Challenge events this summer. The Northwest Archery Challenge started in 2012 as a single event in Idaho and has since evolved into the premier 3D archery triple crown event in the West.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting a Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop at Lone Pine State Park in late June. This program is $45 and will focus on outdoor skills, including map navigation, hiking techniques and archery lessons, as well as outdoor photography, nature journaling and more.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting several outdoor education programs, as well as projects on National Trails Day, at two local state parks in June.
- FISHERIES -
Fellsmere Reservoir (Headwaters) in Indian River County joined an elite list of Florida waters when its first Hall of Fame bass weighing 13 pounds or heavier was approved in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program.
The recreational harvest of snook in the Northeast, Indian River Lagoon and Southeast management regions will close June 1, and remain closed through Aug. 31. This includes all Florida state and inland waters as well as adjacent federal waters within each management region.

Angler Mitch Holland couldn’t believe his luck. Almost a week to the day since he caught a brown trout measuring roughly 29 inches, he was back in the same spot at the exact same moment — 7:31 a.m. — of the Little Red River with a nearly identical big brown trout suddenly at the end of his line.
- FORESTRY -
Schools that connect students to nature and trees have the opportunity to register as a Tree Campus K-12 site. This Arbor Day Foundation program recognizes schools that inspire the next generation through experiences with nature inside and outside of the classroom.
- GRANTS -
The Consumers Energy company, Forestry Operations department is offering the Community Street & Boulevard Tree Planting Grant Program. It helps local cities within the Consumers Energy Electric Service area with tree planting projects.
- HUNTING -
A proposed amendment for an item on the June 20 Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting agenda is available for public review and comment online.? The amendment would change mountain lion quotas in some Region 2 mountain lion management units (LMU).

The question heard by many turkey hunters after announcing their harvest often is, “How long was his beard?” In the case of Sharp County resident Chase Davis, he had to respond, “Which one?” Davis managed to take a bird this season that had more than a few reasons to make him smile.
- IN MEMORIAM -
The International Society of Aboriculture Michigan marks with sadness the passing of longtime ISA Michigan member and friend Paul Swartz. Paul was a campus arborist at Michigan State University from 1989 to 2018.
- INDUSTRY -
German Precision Optics (GPO) USA announces its partnership with Schooler Outdoor Marketing. Schooler Outdoor Marketing will be responsible for handling the sales of GPO's full line of premium optics in the 20-state region East of the Rocky Mountains.
- JOBS -
Smith & Wesson is seeking an LE District Sales Manager for the California, Arizona, Southern Nevada and Hawaii territory.

- LEGISLATION -
The Boone and Crockett Club welcomes the vote of the House Agriculture Committee, moving forward its version of the 2024 Farm Bill. The conservation and forestry titles in the bill include key legislative priorities strongly supported by the Club
The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the Farm Bill – the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024. Ducks Unlimited has a long history of working with ranchers, farmers, and other private landowners across the country to enhance and restore millions of acres critical to waterfowl and other wildlife habitats.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
The Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) hosted free, public Take Kids Fishing Day events in four Kentucky locations on Saturday, May 18. Over 380 youths from various communities and backgrounds learned about the importance of fishing and conservation.
- PRODUCT NEWS -
Bear Creek Arsenal now offers the 8.6 Blackout in uppers and rifles. Initially, this will come in a 16-inch configuration with a parkerized SOCOM barrel with a 1:3 twist rate. The 8.6 Blackout offers impressive performance and versatility, making it an exciting addition.

Springfield Armory® is proud to announce the release of two new color variants of the Echelon 9mm pistol. Now available in Desert FDE or OD Green, these two pistols continue the Echelon’s reputation as a highly adaptable handgun engineered with superior ergonomics and built to withstand the harshest conditions.
HIVIZ® Shooting Systems is now offering handgun sight installation for customers through its new HIVIZ Sight Installation Program. Customers may now purchase sights for their semi-automatic handguns through a local dealer or their website and have them professionally installed by the experts at the factory.
- PUBLISHING -
The Summer 2024 Issue of Delta Waterfowl magazine is headed your way. This special “duck dogs” edition celebrates the special bond between hunter and retriever.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) sponsors the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) business conference this May at the South Carolina Waterfowl Association in Pinewood, SC.

- STATE AGENCIES -
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will temporarily close nearly a dozen facilities in Marquette and Baraga counties, primarily for road and parking area improvements, beginning next week.
- STATE PARKS -
Despite high winds that tore through the north side of Nebraska’s Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area May 23, the park remains open, with all campsites available.
- TELEVISION -
On the The High Road, we are at Keith Warren's own Texas Hidden Springs Ranch where Keith has his friend Bruce Mitchell "The Alligator Man" out for the THSR Doe Challenge.
- WILDLIFE -
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) dispatched a black bear last night after it attacked a 15-year-old male in Alpine, Ariz. The victim was sitting inside a cabin when the bear entered through an open door and proceeded to swipe at him from behind.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department responded to an aggressive bear in Underhill at approximately 6:30 am on Friday, May 24. The bear’s behavior was judged a risk to public safety, and the bear was euthanized after a period of observation.
Wildlife officers from the Arizona Game and Fish Department removed two coyotes from the vicinity of Thomas and Hayden roads in Scottsdale Wednesday evening after receiving reports of an attack on a person walking his dog.
 

June 1-7: Help spread the message of ‘Make Sure It’s Secure’

Next week, NSSF—The Firearm Industry Trade Association—will launch its inaugural Gun Storage Check Week, a national campaign to remind gun owners to review their firearm storage practices and consider how they can do their part to prevent unwanted access.

The campaign’s motto is “Make Sure It’s Secure.”

We know that millions of gun owners store their firearms responsibly, but at the same time we can do more to help prevent firearm-related accidents, suicides, and thefts.

That’s why Gun Storage Check Week makes this simple ask of firearm owners and their families—Take a moment and check to make sure your firearms are securely stored when not in use. By denying unwanted access to firearms, accidents, and suicides—and the emotional trauma they cause—can be prevented. Let’s face it, no one wants their firearm to be connected to such a sad incident.

Gun Storage Check Week will take place twice yearly—

  • June 1-7 during National Safety Month, and
  • September 1-7 during National Suicide Prevention Month

Industry companies, grassroots organizations and individuals are encouraged to mark Gun Storage Check Week on their calendars and to help promote ‘Make Sure It’s Secure’ by using the promotional toolkit at GunStorageCheck.org. Help remind your community that firearms placed on closet shelves, refrigerators, and bedside tables, or thought to be “hidden” or “out of reach,” are not safely stored and might be within the grasp of an unsupervised child or person in crisis. Help remind gun owners they have many options to choose from to store their firearms securely when not in use.

We want gun owners, particularly new owners, to know that a secure storage device exists for just about every need. If readiness for personal and home protection is a priority, fast-opening lock boxes are a good option for security and come in models that use keys, combination pads, or biometric technology. Temporarily storing a firearm in a vehicle? Remember, your vehicle is not a gun safe, but there are devices that can be affixed by a cable to a car seat or placed in consoles or trunks to keep guns secure and out of sight. If you’re an avid shooter, hunter, or a collector and own many guns, a full-size gun safe or gun cabinet provides protection, including against fire. More electronic and app-based security devices are coming to the market as well.

Household changes require a ‘check’

Gun safety is part of overall home safety, and Gun Storage Check Week encourages that we all review our storage practices on a regular basis to keep loved ones safe. This “check” is especially important when changes occur in your household—for example, a child gets older and is now able to find “hidden” things you thought were concealed, or you now live with someone who does not know how to safely handle or operate a firearm. We need to prevent access by these and other individuals who shouldn’t be handling guns. NSSF has many resources to help you decide on the storage device that works for you at GunStorageCheck.org.

Secure Storage and Suicide Prevention

More than half of all suicide deaths yearly involve a firearm, and that number rises to more than 72 percent for veteran suicides. When individuals are struggling with their mental health or are in crisis, research shows that they rely on their spouse or partner, mother, siblings, and friends for support. By better understanding why people take their own lives, knowing how to have a “brave conversation” to help someone who’s struggling and by practicing secure storage, we can better equip ourselves if the time comes to save a life.

Respecting the right to own firearms and taking steps to prevent suicide by firearm—such as deterring access during a difficult period in life —are not incompatible. When a person with thoughts of suicide is prevented from accessing a firearm or other lethal means, a vital pause takes place, allowing time for the period of acute risk to pass or for intervention to take place. Studies show that once deterred, individuals tend not to seek a substitute method of suicide.

Win a Lock Box

A fun part of Gun Storage Check Week is the opportunity to win one of 25 free lock boxes generously donated by ShotLock. Anyone can enter at GunStorageCheck.org, and entrants can receive additional chances to win when they watch a safety video covering the rules of gun safety and storage options. Please consider watching the video with family members.

Gun Storage Check Week will raise awareness twice a year, but it’s important to know that NSSF has many programs that work year-round to keep firearms away from those who should not have access to or possess them. These include Project ChildSafe, Don’t Lie for the Other Guy, our suicide prevention initiative “Have a Brave Conversation,” FixNics, and Operation Secure Storage, collectively known as Real Solutions.

Promotional Resources

Remind gun owners and their families to take a moment to assess their firearm security during Gun Storage Check Week. Help promote Gun Storage Check Week in your community, online, and in the media by using resources available at GunStorageCheck.org.

Thank you.

— Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

 
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