— BIRDING —
Becoming an Outdoors Woman California will present a birding workshop on May 16-18. The workshop will be in Los Angeles County, regarded as one of the "birdiest" counties in the United States. | For More...
— COMPETITIVE SHOOTING —
Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner won the overall title and first place in the Tactical Ops Division, while Sgt. Matthew Sweeney won in the Heavy Metal Tactical Division at the 2014 U.S. Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championships, April 18-20. | For More...
Colt's Manufacturing Company sponsored-shooter Maggie Reese put in another outstanding performance over the weekend at the USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals, placing 2nd in the Lady's Open division. The match was held April 18-20 at the Desert Sportsman Rifle and Pistol Club in Las Vegas, Nev. | For More...
— EVENTS —
On Friday, April 25, more than 1,000 second- and third-grade students from 21, pre-selected mid-Michigan schools will attend the annual State Arbor Day Celebration at Lansing's Potter Park Zoo. | For More...
— FIREARMS —
GunBroker.com has released its list of Top 5 best selling Used Firearms for March 2014. Remington 700 tops the list as the best selling used Bolt Action Rifle. Colt Python is the best selling used revolver. | For More...
Remington Arms Company is pleased to announce the new Model 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader which uses 200 grains of Triple Seven® Pellets in combination with Barnes' Spit-Fire T-EZTM 250-grain muzzleloader bullets to give the shooter the ability to reach velocities over 2400 fps. | For More...
— FISHERIES —
Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. | For More...
— FISHING TOURNAMENTS —
Inshore anglers from across South Carolina and surrounding regions will converge at Charleston, S.C., May 3-4, for the 2014 Atlantic Division season-opening events of the IFA Redfish Tour and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour. | For More...
The Texas Team Trail will host its final, regular-season event of the 2014 tournament season on Saturday, May 3, at Lake Livingston. The 90,000-acre, shallow-water reservoir is located on the Trinity River, 50 miles north of Houston. | For More...
— HUNTING —
Hunters ages 16 and younger can take advantage of an early-season opportunity beginning a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, April 26. Pennsylvania's youth spring turkey hunt is open to properly accompanied junior hunters and mentored youth. | For More...
— INDUSTRY —
Bug Bam Products has renewed its marketing partnership with Fishhound.com, the industry's largest word-of-mouth marketing platform and leading provider of "real-time" fishing reports. | For More...
Crimson Trace has again filmed a series of television shows with the highly popular Guns & Gear TV show. The shows will begin appearing in July and can be seen on the Pursuit Channel from July to December 2014, and on The Sportsman Channel from January to June in 2015. | For More...
MidwayUSAannounces the release of "Whitetail with a Winchester 1873" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc is announcing a multi-year agreement with Red Jacket Firearms and the stars of the reality-based TV series, Sons of Guns, to include a branded series of shotguns and rifles developed in conjunction with the Red Jacket Firearms team. | For More...
Gander Mountain is once again expanding its network of outdoor specialty stores in a new 52,000-square-foot store to be constructed on Randall Road, in Algonquin, IL. | For More...
— LEGISLATION —
Yesterday, after an overnight groundswell of grassroots recreational boater support, the Florida House of Representatives voted down an amendment to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Bill that would have thrown out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters, and severely impacted anchoring in some of the most important areas along Florida's coasts. The companion bill, however, comes up for discussion in the Senate next week. | For More...
— MEDIA —
Redhead Pro Hunting Team member and one of the most popular celebrities in the outdoor industry, will be interviewed on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio. The show also features Mark Damian Duda, executive director of Responsive Management,
a public opinion research firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues. | For More...
— NEW PRODUCTS —
Put the hassle of carrying a crossbow behind you; the XBOLT "Back Track" Crossbow Hunting Case, from GamePlan Gear, carries like a backpack, so transporting your crossbow to and from your stand is a breeze. | For More...
Command Arms Accessories is proud to offer a non-lethal solution with the Lady Jean, an ergonomic, handgun-styled pepper spray system. Whether you presently carry a personal defense handgun or not Lady Jean is the perfect non-lethal personal defense measure. | For More...
Evolved Habitats® introduces Deer Cane™ Apple an apple infused deer attractant mix powered by the addictive and beneficial ingredients of original Deer Cain and enriched with Evolved's exclusive Glo-Cote™ Ultra Violet enhancement technology. | For More...
PUMA Knives is introducing a new fixed-blade knife designed especially for women. Red Lady, with its Damascus steel modified spear-point blade and red acrylic glass scales and sheath, gives women a knife that is both stylish and durable. | For More...
The Bear Agenda 6 compound bow, available in Realtree APG®, boasts speed with a liquid-smooth draw to produce faster, more stable shots from any position. Features include a red-hot H13 rotating module cam, agile new riser technology and reduced lateral loads at every draw weight. | For More...
Bear & Son Cutlery's introduces three new CowhandTM folding knives. Just 3-3/4" closed, these lockbacks have a 2-7/8" taper-ground modified spear-point blade made of rust-resistant 440 high carbon stainless steel that holds an edge. Locked open, they are 6-5/8" long. | For More...
— NOTICES —
The nomination period for the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, which recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina, closes April 30. | For More...
— NRA SHOW —
When the one hundred forty-third annual NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits open tomorrow in Indianapolis, Springfield Armory will be there, and one reason will be to unveil new products in booth #4459. | For More...
ARES Defense will for the first time display its full line of innovative firearms in Booth #7970 at the 2014 National Rifle Association's Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 25-27. | For More...
— ONLINE —
As part of America's PrepareAthon!, USDA will host a wildfire themed twitter chat in anticipation of another severe wildfire season in 2014. Drought conditions in the west, especially in California, combine with other factors to portend a dangerous fire season that now could start at any time. | For More...
This week online at GrowingDeer.tv: The 2014 turkey season gets started with a bang when the Woods girls double down on a pair of long beards. Watch
the video online to see the new Winchester Longbeard XR load in action. | For More...
— OPTICS —
Trijicon, Inc. announces new reticle choices for Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) 4x32 LED riflescopes. The battery-powered LED ACOG scopes now include a selection of Horseshoe, Chevron, or Crosshair .223 illuminated reticles in red and green color, all of which are powered by a single AA battery. | For More...
— RADIO —
This week on the Revolution, Jim and Trav have singled out the best new hunting and fishing gear from decoys to ground blinds, knives, UTV's and more. | For More...
— RECREATION —
Lighthouse lovers are invited to explore lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay with an experienced, knowledgeable guide. The popular Lighthouse Adventure Cruises are on Saturday, June 28, July 12, August 2 and September 20 aboard a private charter vessel. The cost is $130 for the day-long trip; lunch is on your own. | For More...
— SAFETY —
A news conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19, to kick-off North Carolina's "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive," an annual multi-agency safety initiative aimed at summer holiday travel. | For More...
— SHOOTING COMPETITION —
Team Benelli 3-Gun members, Taran Butler and James Casanova took top honors in their respective divisions at the 2014 USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals held last weekend at the Desert Sportsman's Rifle & Pistol Club in Las Vegas. Butler placed first in Open Division while Casanova won Limited Division and Team Benelli lady 3-gunner, Janna Reeves, ranked third among the ladies in Tactical Division. | For More...
— SPONSORSHIPS —
National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) is pleased to announce that Yamaha Outdoors has once again signed on as a sponsor for 2014. This year's NHF Day is scheduled for September 27, 2014. | For More...
— STATES —
Nonresidents deer hunters looking to fill a Kansas tag this fall have until midnight Friday, April 25, 2014 to apply online for a permit. | For More...
The deadline to submit applications for enrollment or renewal in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) is May 1. | For More...
— TELEVISION —
For the first time in history, there is a licensed hunt for deer on Tiburon Island, off the coast of Sonora, Mexico. A desert tent camp, searing heat, steep mountains, thick, thorny brush and some of the most majestic views are all part of the record Tiburon mule deer hunt on this week's episode of "Where in the World is Colorado Buck." | For More...
Sportsman Channel will air its annual bass fishing programming event - Attack of the Bass - on Sunday, April 27 beginning at 8 a.m. ET. | For More...
— TIPS —
You know you have at least one or more gobblers to hunt. How? You heard them on the roost at daybreak or dusk - or both. That's half the challenge. Yamaho offers tips on how to hunt them seriously. | For More...
— VOLUNTEERS —
This month, Florida recognizes the more than 4,000 volunteers who help with 80 volunteer projects annually, bringing a wide range of skills, experiences and perspectives to the FWC team. Their efforts lend to the agency's success in conserving the naturally beautiful habitat of Florida. | For More...
— WILDLIFE —
The results of Michigan's 2014 wolf population survey indicate no significant change in the estimated number of wolves in the Upper Peninsula compared to the results of last year's survey. | For More...
The Ohio Division of Wildlife documented 158 sightings involving an estimated 74 individual black bears in 2013. In 2012, 224 sightings were received from an estimated 93 black bears. | For More...
— WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS —
Women interested in applying for scholarships to defray the cost of attending New Hampshire's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) fall weekend workshop must apply before May 14, 2014, to be considered for financial assistance. | For More...
— YOUTH —
USAYESS in partnership with YESS4MN announces their first Youth Outdoor Experience (Y.O.E.) event Saturday, April 26 and Sunday April 27 at the South St. Paul Rod & Gun Club located at 600 Gun Club Road in South St. Paul, Minnesota. | For More...
The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge recently hosted youth hunters for the first ever Youth Hunt & Learn Weekend - Turkey event that included Turkey Hunting 101, a course in turkey biology and habitat as well as hunter safety. | For More...
Closing the Loop
As you're reading this, I'm headed toward Indianapolis, Indiana and the 2014 edition of the National Rifle Association's Annual Meetings & Exhibition. It's been described as the "gathering of true believers" because of its un-compromising dedication to the Second Amendment. Gun rights opponents have also called it everything from the gathering of "extreme, right-wing crazies" to a collection of "dangerous gun nuts".
I'm not ashamed of either, but I do regret the years I spent listening to their caterwauling without responding. That's because the 2013 Annual Meetings started an amazing year for me. Last year's annual meeting was where I announced that I wasn't going to spend the next few months watching, I was getting involved in the battle to take back our country. I had no idea what my "summer project" was going to turn into.
Dave Workman had the inside story and the first look at MyTime2Stand. Dave Workman photo with permission.
Opening day last year, veteran reporter David Workman first reported
that I would be spending my summer traveling around the country telling people they can
make a difference, but needed to start now instead of waiting to be the "last man standing." Waiting was exactly what the loud-mouthed minority wanted the "silent majority" to do - sit until it was too-late to stand.
I called it "My Time 2 Stand" -because I wasn't calling on anyone else to mobilize behind me, trot out and change the world. Instead, I thought then, as I know
today, that most people weren't oblivious to what was happening, but they'd been convinced by the mainstream that one person couldn't make a difference.
It was a big change for me. After 40 years as a "dispassionate observer" I was going totally
out of my comfort zone. And putting my journalistic dedication to neutrality on the shelf concerned me. I've always tried to play "down the middle" as a reporter. This was decidedly not
a neutral position.
For me, Indianapolis will figuratively close the loop.
After a long year of travel, my jeep is going back to the factory look. This was the final stop at the opening of Steyr's new Alabama HQ. Jim Shepherd photo.
After 20,000 miles, dozens of speeches to groups as small as ten and as large as 2,500, it's time to wrap up "MyTime2Stand". The jeep is back in Birmingham where the wrap that's led to lots of discussions with people over the past year is coming off. It's becoming the jeep my family expected instead of the one that got honked at, photographed and forced them to learn my "elevator version" of why it was wrapped like that.
The road rig, like the driver, is a bit worse for wear. Fortunately, the damage to them was nothing more serious that some scuffs in wrap. The driver, however, required surgical repairs after a misadventure in Utah (a story for another time).
Last weekend my wife - who found herself alone most of last year - asked a simple question: was it worth it?
That's tough to answer.
It's easy to look back, even after all the miles, speeches, appearances and dozens of conversations -planned and unplanned- without drawing any conclusions.
In Oklahoma City (above), people turned out to greet me at H&H's great facilities in other places (below) the jeep and trailer were the attraction.
On the other hand, more than 11,000 people went to my website and signed a promise to "Stand Up. Show Up. Speak Up" in their own communities. As a result, some bad rules were changed by school boards, city and county governments. People DID get active.
But some very private moments that made it worthwhile, too. Driving across parts of the country I'd never seen firsthand renewed my spirit. And hospitality shown by strangers reaffirmed my belief that good people were still everywhere. A stranger jumping to my defense as a pair of angry young men threatened me for being a "racist" proved neither "right" nor "American" were determined by skin color.
The pivotal event in the trip may have happened as I was driving through Illinois. Glancing into my rear view mirror, I saw a highway patrol cruiser, lights flashing as an officer signaled me to pull over.
No, I wasn't speeding. But was driving a vehicle with a message challenging authority and in possession of guns and magazines that were all illegal in Illinois. Pulling over, I was preparing the worst.
Before I could hand over my license, insurance card and proof of ownership, the officer smiled and said "don't worry, you weren't doing anything wrong."
"I saw your logo and know the wires. And this could put me in all kinds of trouble, but I just had to tell you that everyone in Illinois isn't anti-gun. Plenty of us don't agree and we're not going anywhere. We'll fight to change what's gone wrong, but it will take time."
"So," he said, "don't give up on us."
The rest of this week will be spent in a place where it's obvious not everyone agrees. But a year later, I'm even more convinced that message must be brought home and spread across the rest of the country.
In 2014, we ALL need to stand and send a message that can't be ignored.
Crowne Plaza Houston, 8686 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas
Ridgeway Rifle Club, Ridgeway, PA
Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports, 1402 County Rd. 276, Columbia, MO
Dutchess County Pistol Club Wappingers Falls, NY
NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico
USAMU's Pool and Phillips Ranges, Fort Benning, GA
Augusta Archers, 99 Archery Lane, Staunton, VA 24401
Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill Area, 30 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143
NE New Mexico
Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, Columbia, MO
Coshocton Sportsmens Club, 21280 Jackson TWP Rd. 283 Coshocton, OH 43812
May 30-Jun 1
Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska.
May 30-Jun 1
Camp Swift- Bastrop, Texas ( National Guard Base)
May 31-Jun 1
Hamilton Rod & Gun Club, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
USAMU Ranges, Fort Benning, Georgia
Mill Creek Rod & Gun, Newmanstown, PA
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel 1 Monarch Place Springfield, MA
Coonhunters Association, Batavia, NY
Estes Park, Colorado
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
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