Gridiron Capital, LLC, an investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams, is pleased to announce the signing of a definitive agreement to sell its controlling interest in Good Sportsman Marketing Outdoors (GSM Outdoors), to Platinum Equity. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in Q3 2024.
Several projects aimed at improving boater access in Utah were recently approved for funding and should begin construction in 2024. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources administers the Boating Access Grant Program for Utah, which funds projects like boat ramps, marina parking areas, marina restrooms, docks and other improvements at boating areas.
Scholastic 3-D Archery recently concluded its 7th annual Eastern Outdoor Target National Championship at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. This culminating event in the eastern region brought together nearly 300 archers from 87 S3DA teams across 16 states, all vying for the title of National Champion in their division and class.
Steven Slee, 60, of Dimondale, MI, continued to add hardware to his collection of awards as he led the O-Class for the second consecutive year at the 2024 National Rimfire Sporter Match. During the event, Slee accrued a score of 580-21X for the win.
SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG professional shooter Daniel Horner on a historic win at the 2024 USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals. After successfully defending his championship title, Horner remains the only competitor in USPSA history to hold the national Modified Division title and is the first competitor ever to earn a national competition title win with an MCX-SPEAR LT rifle.

Competition shooter Danyela D’Angelo is proud to represent the United States in the 2024 IPSC Rifle World Shoot. Danyela has previously been sponsored by Kahr Firearms Group, competing in a variety of shooting sports using Kahr, Magnum Research, and Auto-Ordnance equipment.
X-Vision Optics announces its participation in the upcoming Chattanooga Shooting Supplies Dealer Show, held from July 28th to July 30th at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The countdown has begun for the Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters Expo! Just days away, the event taking place July 26 to 28 is open to the public and guarantees to have something for waterfowlers from all flyways inside the Raising Canes River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors is excited to announce their Kansas Shooting For Mentorship inaugural fundraiser taking place on August 17th, 2024 at Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, KS.

Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation’s (OSCF) Executive Director, Jim Curcuruto, will be presenting at the NRA Range Development and Operations Conference in Denver, July 31 – August 1, 2024.
MOJO® Outdoors announces that it is excited to be a Mallard Level Sponsor and will exhibit at the upcoming Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters Expo in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the Raising Cane’s River Center on July 26-28 at Booth No. 363.
Christensen Arms invites the public to attend the premiere screenings of its new film, “LEGACY,” featuring Jim Shockey and directed by Jim’s son, Branlin Shockey, which will be shown at the Bass Pro Shops locations in Independence, Missouri, and Garner, North Carolina.
Kent Cartridge announces its participation as a Bluebill Sponsor at the Delta Waterfowl Expo. The event will take place from July 26-28, 2024, at the Raising Canes River Center in Baton Rouge, LA. Kent Cartridge will be exhibiting at Booths 161 & 147.

Shoot Like A Girl® will be making a stop at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s in Short Pump, Va., bringing an interactive event that aims to introduce women and their families to the exciting world of shooting sports in a fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fire Program has dispatched wildland firefighters to help with fire management efforts across the Rocky Mountains, the west coast and the Pacific Northwest.
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The Swagger Bipods QD42 is designed to meet the needs of crossbow hunters with its innovative QD system. This hybrid design integrates Quick Adapt Technology from our Hunter Series, creating a versatile and highly functional shooting system.
Millennium Treestands® is proud to introduce the L-118 Bowlite Single Ladder Stand, thoughtfully designed for comfort and portability. Weighing in at 53 lbs., the L-118 perfectly balances sturdiness and portability, making it ideal for run-and-gun hunters.

MYSTERY RANCH introduces the ANCHOR POINT BOW CASE, designed to safely transport valuable bowhunting gear to and from your destination. Boasting ample padding, customizable hook-and-loop straps, and plenty of zippered pockets, the ANCHOR POINT BOW CASE safely keeps it all in place.
Furbearer and wolf hunting and trapping regulations for the 2024-2025 season are on the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission agenda for Aug. 16. To give Fish, Wildlife & Parks additional opportunity to assess wolf trapping dates and where those dates would apply, agenda discussion and decision on those specific aspects of the wolf trapping regulations will be postponed until the commission meeting on Oct. 10.
Patoka Lake has released its waterfowl resting area access calendar for the 2024-2025 migratory waterfowl hunting season. A copy is available at the Patoka Lake main office, 3084 Dillard Road in Birdseye and at by selecting “hunting” from the activities tab.
Hobie® Eyewear had a standout week at ICAST 2024. With an impressive product line and unwavering commitment to innovation, Hobie® Eyewear garnered extensive attention and acclaim from the angling media.

The National Archery in the Schools Program announces that Jeff Rawlinson, a respected and experienced administrator from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, will become the second-ever Vice President of NASP®.
Vudoo Gun Works announces Heather Miller as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Heather brings over a decade of expertise in the firearms industry, with a proven track record of driving revenue growth and enhancing brand and customer engagement.
Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit announced the appointment of Kemba Solomon to the position of Regulatory Affairs Manager, Yamaha Marine External Affairs Division. In her new role, Solomon will work to harmonize regulation and encourage a regulatory environment that aligns with business and technical realities. She will coordinate activities with industry trade organizations and work within the industry to encourage the development of standards for new and emerging technologies.
FALCO® Holsters announces the addition of Luke Cuenco to the team as a new Content Creator. Cuenco will create various content, including product reviews, how-to guides, and real-world application videos, to highlight the unique features and benefits of FALCO holsters.

Kelly Brand Management, a full-service sales and marketing agency, is expanding its Outdoor division this year with the addition of Beeman/Marksman Airguns.
The 2023 Maui wildfires, fueled by dry weather and strong winds, ravaged homes, charter businesses, and livelihoods in the beloved fishing community of Lahaina, Hawaii. In an effort to help the fishing community recover from this destruction, Cannon sent a film crew to Maui to tell the stories of charter captains and locals who are still picking up the pieces of their former lives, one day at a time.
Glow Rhino announces its search for manufacturers' sales representatives in the outdoor and knife markets. We are seeking motivated and dedicated sales representative groups eager to grow a new brand with unique technology.
Springfield Armory® announces the launch of the Prodigy™ AOS 9mm pistol in a Cerakote® Coyote Brown finish. This new Prodigy variant is available in both 5” and 4.25” variants, in both standard-capacity and 10-round versions.

NASP® coordinators, sponsors and supporters recently met in-person and virtually to discuss and share strategies to improve the 22-year-old program. The highly successful event was co-sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
In outreach efforts to encourage all veterans from all services to understand and use the benefits they have honorably earned, QUWF and RUGER have partnered in a pilot program to provide free firearms training and range use for veteran children and grandchildren.
Walther Arms, Inc. announces that the Walther PDP F-Series has been acclaimed as the favorite pistol by participants of A Girl and A Gun Women's Shooting League's 12th Annual National Conference, SHINE 2024.
Big & J continues to meet the needs of deer hunters and wildlife enthusiasts with their renowned product, Cotton Crave. Unlike other attractants, Cotton Crave, introduced to their lineup last year, promises to remain an essential tool for attracting deer for years to come, thanks to its unique blend and powerful aroma.
Rock River Arms has launched a new consumer rebate program effective now through September 2, 2024. The RRA Webstore Special rebate program is open to all consumers who purchase a new RRA AR rifle or AR pistol (excluding RRAGE and 22LR models).
Precision Rifle Series (PRS) announces Peterson Cartridge as the Official Brass for the 2024 Precision Rifle Series Season.
Precision Rifle Series (PRS) announces Vudoo Gun Works as the Official Rimfire Barreled Action of the 2024 Precision Rifle Series Season.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is pleased to announce that GunBroker, the world's largest online marketplace for firearms, accessories, and ammunition, has joined the organization as a corporate partner at the Gold level.
NSSF® announces that Mark Barnes & Associates will return as Gold Sponsor of the 2024 NSSF Annual Import/Export Conference that will take place July 30-August 1 in Washington, D.C.
Mineral County entered Stage II fire restriction on Saturday, July 20. Stage II fire restrictions are also in place in Missoula and Ravalli counties. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks follows the counties’ lead in placing fire restrictions on its properties within each county.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens are seeking information on a white-tailed deer buck found shot and wasted in a residential neighborhood on Two Mile Bridge Road near Red Lodge.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on environmental assessments (EAs), conservation leases and other department projects. For more information, including how to submit comments, click on the links provided or visit?
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved the annual Wyoming Game and Fish Department budget. The standard operational budget, which supports the day-to-day work of the department, was approved at $102 million. Game and Fish doesn’t receive state general fund dollars. The bulk of the budget comes from sportspeople.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking informal comments on administrative rules for the Shooting Sports Grant Program. The chapter has been revised to eliminate redundancies, improve efficiency, and update the grant expense amount from $500 to $15,000 to reflect updated state finance bid requirements.
If memorable hunting moments and real-life storylines are what’s on tap this summer, tune in for “Mossy Oak Moments” block of programming on Outdoor Channel beginning at 7 p.m. ET every Tuesday. Tune in for hunting series featuring some of the most renowned outdoorsmen and women in the industry showcasing unforgettable hunting adventures.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking everyone, especially landowners, to report dead sage grouse to the department so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus. While there are no signs of an outbreak, Game and Fish asks the public annually for reports to help in the management of the state’s sage grouse populations.
Iowa’s pheasant population typically shows increases following mild winters with springs that are dryer and warmer than normal. Spring was wetter than normal, with May coming in as the eighth wettest in 152 years of records. Given the statewide information, the weather model is predicting pheasant populations will likely be lower for the 2024 hunting season.
Much-needed monsoon rains bring out desert wildlife in Arizona. Desert tortoises are one of many fascinating species encountered during the monsoon season. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) urges the public to follow these important guidelines.
As part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, the U.S. Geological Survey, in conjunction with Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, is working to inform the public that pre-baiting and scientific capture operations are once again about to begin within eastern portions of the Custer Gallatin National Forest as well as private lands, east of the Yellowstone River and south of I-90, in Montana.

Mercury's Veer boats are extremely light and float in just over 6" of water, making them a great choice for flats and stream fishing. (Mercury Marine)

Fiberglass boats have dominated the recreational market for more than 60 years, but there are hints that at least for the low end of the market it may not be the preferred hull material in the future.

Several companies, including Brunswick/Mercury, are now building “roto-molded” plastic boats. Heat up plastic pellets until they melt, force them into a rotating mold that distributes the material evenly and presto, out pops a boat that is ready to go as soon as a few fittings are added.

The process is far faster than producing a fiberglass boat, uses less costly materials and requires far less skilled labor. 

E-Motion Electric Outboards, which hold the world electric outboard speed record of 116 mph, are built by Vision Marine, the same company now producing Phantom rotomolded plastic boats. (Vision Marine)

The result is the boats can be sold for a much lower price.

The Mercury Veer, a 13 footer that weighs just xxx and has a draft of only xxxx, is available for about xxxx. And in terms of ability to get up on the flats, it’s comparable to some technical skiffs that cost $50 grand.

Vision Marine, which has been an innovator in producing electric outboards, has just announced a partnership with xxxx that will also produce rotomolded plastic boats, the first being the Phantom. It’s a 16’6” side console model that weighs about 800 pounds and is rated for power up to 50-hp. There are no seat cushions or much of anything else, but the company says it will haul up to 10 people. It’s about $15,000, which ain’t that cheap, however, compared to some similar barebones fiberglass models. Add an electric motor and batteries to give a 10-hour operating range and the price jumps to about $30,000, which is not that competitive. Genmar built a Logic line of rotomolded designs, 12’ to 21’, in the early 2000’s but the brand is now defunct.

The first models of the Phantom won't win any beauty contests but the company says they are practical, durable and completely recyclable. (Vision Marine)

Environmental Advantages

Rotomolded plastics are recyclable, which fiberglass boats are not so far. Grind up a plastic boat and put the pellets into the hopper and you can produce another boat without more petro-chemicals. Given the attitude of many towards oil—even though it has created much of our civilization—and the fact that there’s a finite supply, this could be a small step in the right direction of a more sustainable industry.

Thus far the process has been limited to smaller boats because building larger roto-molds becomes prohibitively expensive. It also does not help that most of these boats have been cosmetically less than appealing—they look like large pool toys.

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