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— TOP STORY
Taurus Holdings, Inc. announces Anthony Acitelli as their new President and CEO. Taurus Holdings encompasses the Taurus®, Rossi®, Heritage and Diamondback FirearmsTM product lines. | For More...

— BOATING
Volvo Penta of the Americas announces a three-year factory warranty for its line of remanufactured marine gasoline engine blocks. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding late Tuesday, stating their collective commitment to rebuild, renew and restore our country's national parks, national wildlife refuges and other public lands alongside youth and veteran conservation corps. | For More...

— ENVIRONMENT
Streamlight®, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance flashlights, announced that the company and several of its U.S. distribution partners recycled nearly 4,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries during the second quarter of 2014. | For More...

— EVENTS
The Calvert Marine Museum announces the 2014 Maritime Concert Series beginning on Friday, August 15 and continuing monthly through November. | For More...

Over the next three days, thousands of Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) enthusiasts will gather at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, New Hampshire, for the annual Jericho ATV Festival. | For More...

Over the next three days, thousands of Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) enthusiasts will gather at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, New Hampshire, for the annual Jericho ATV Festival.
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— GEAR
Tacprogear BLACK, the exclusive line of American-made products offered by Tacprogear, announces the Releasable Body Armor Vest (RBAV) for tactical operators demanding superior upper torso ballistic coverage, full-range of motion and quick-release capability. | For More...

iON America, the global consumer electronics company that brought Shoot/Share™ Wi-Fi connectivity to point-of-view (POV) iON Cameras, unveils the iON CamoCAM™, designed specifically for fishing and hunting enthusiasts, where camouflage gear is critical to success. | For More...

Alien Gear Holsters recently announced the launch of their newest product, the "Cloak Tuck 2.0". This patent pending, Neoprene Composite Holster is Alien Gear Holsters' inside the waistband (IWB) hybrid holster. MSRP is $35.88. (MORE) | For More...

Front Line will expand its line to include a new Taser® holster series. The holsters will soon be available at www.IDFholsters.com, the holster superstore. | For More...

SureFire has expanded its revolutionary line of 2211 WristLights with the release of its new SureFire 2211 Luminox. This new rechargeable WristLight features a high-performance LED focused by a special refractive optic as the original 2211 WristLight, but it also sports a high-quality timepiece from legendary Swiss watchmaker Luminox and 300 max lumens. MSRP $795. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Next Camo announces a licensing deal with Affordable Furniture, Inc. introducing their new G2 camouflage pattern on a complete line of furniture items. | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Nicole Price of Warrior Tactical Firearms LLC in Montgomery, Alabama as a "Local Champion" for her efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. | For More...

For the eighth consecutive year, Bass Pro Shops will sponsor Elk Country Conservation Month, a fundraising effort to assist the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. | For More...

Bill Keyser, president of Kids & Clays Foundation benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities, announces the appointment of Doug Jeanneret as its Executive Director of the Foundation. | For More...

Swab-its®, the premier brand of firearms cleaning swabs designed for every job, has added Corella International Pty Ltd of Jerrabomberra, New South Wales to its growing list of distributors. | For More...

Buck Knives has broadened their line of knives with the brand new Compadre Series consisting of a camp knife, hatchet, and chopping froe. The Compadre Series will make their official debut at the Outdoor Retailer Show. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Varmint hunting can often present a variety of challenges that must be met. Whether it's knocking down a long-range shot or tracking a moving target, speed and accuracy reign supreme. To meet these challenges, CMMG has introduced the Mk4 V and Mk4 V2, both chambered in 5.56x45mm. | For More...

The new SHE® Outdoor C2 Hunting Jacket and Pants for women are designed with innovations and features guaranteed to tip the odds in her favor, not to mention, they're extremely comfortable. | For More...

Millett has announced the release of three new tactical red dot sights. The new M-Force, M-Pulse and Speed Point red dot sights from Millett provide shooters with a versatile selection of precision sighting options equipped for a variety of shooting disciplines. MSRP ranges from $90.95 to $259.95. | For More...

Stevens, by Savage™ Arms, has introduced a fast-handling, stylish over-and-under shotgun that carries a price tag below $700. The all-new 555 is as suited for hunting as for breaking clays. | For More...

Ranew's Outdoor Equipment is proud to introduce the Firminator G-3 ATV Model. The new ATV Model takes all of the features of the full size 3-point implement and right-sizes it for ATV's and UTV's.
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— OPTICS
From August 1 to September 1, 2014, hunters and shooters can receive a $50 rebate on the purchase of select Leupold® VX®-2 riflescopes. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
Legally Armed: A Concealed Carry Gun Law covers concealed carry laws nationwide, highlighting common points of law for each state and the District of Columbia, such that a reader should clearly understand how each jurisdiction differs. | For More...

— RADIO
It's a new Gun Talk giveaway with Top Gun Supply, two exciting promotions from Springfield Armory, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. | For More...

Armed American Radio with Mark Walters brings author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza to the national radio broadcast this Sunday, 8-3-2014. | For More...

— RETAIL
Mountain Khakis®, a leading mountain-inspired lifestyle apparel brand, proudly announces High Country Outfitters' sales associate Dorota Peterson has earned the POSSE Outlaw title for the first half of 2014.
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Next Camo and Halpern Import Company announce new product line of flashlights featuring Bonz by Next Camo. | For More...

Vista Camo Next Camo announces that the original Heater Body Suit is now available in their Next G1 Vista Camo Pattern. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS
ArmaLite congratulates Team X-Rail members Tommy Thacker and Greg Jordan of Team ArmaLite and Larry Houck of Team FNH USA on their first place finish at the 2014 Colt 3-Man 3-Gun Championship. | For More...

ArmaLite congratulates Team X-Rail on its first place finish at the 2014 Colt 3-Man 3-Gun Championship. Team X-Rail was comprised of Tommy Thacker and Greg Jordan of Team ArmaLite and Larry Houck of Team FNH USA. The prestigious event took place July 26 at the Topton Fish & Game Association in Mertztown, Pennsylvania. | For More...

— SHOOTING SPONSORSHIPS
IWI US, Inc. announces a corporate sponsor partnership with Indiana SWAT Challenge, Inc. (ISC), a non-profit corporation based in Muncie, Indiana. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
New Hampshire-based firearm parts manufacturer and supplier Tandemkross has come on board as a bronze sponsor of the Rimfire Challenge. The Challenge focuses on competition with .22-caliber rifles and pistols and is designed to introduce new shooters to the sport in an exciting and family-friendly way. | For More...

— STATES
Michigan's Van Riper State Park in western Marquette County will host a party for Smokey Bear's 70th birthday the afternoon of Saturday, August 9, complete with cake, a parade, and educational programming about bears and fire prevention. | For More...

Today and tomorrow, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission is meeting at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at 1175 W. Route 66 in Flagstaff. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. both days. | For More...

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting 2014-15 hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl and discuss a disease that affects the hooves of elk in the southwest portion of the state during a public meeting Aug. 8-9 in Olympia. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a new General Management Plan to guide the future of F.J. McLain State Park, located on the shores of Lake Superior in the Keweenaw Peninsula. | For More...

In Michigan, 17 state parks are certified by the NWS as StormReady. Nationwide, more than 2,000 facilities have received the designation since the program began in 1999. | For More...

Three lucky anglers are winners of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Family and Community Fishing Program tagged catfish campaign. | For More...

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces the reopening of certain state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters that were previously closed due to oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. | For More...

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), in coordination with The Keystone Center, will hold a West Slope Mule Deer Summit in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Aug. 9. | For More...

— STTES
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is holding a five-day online auction to sell a Pennsylvania bull tag to benefit the Pennsylvania Game Commission's elk conservation program. The auction will run through 5 p.m. EST on August 5. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Sportsman Channel has increased its number of GCI subscribers in Alaska as a result of expansion to the Digital Variety package.
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Six hunters, three days and numerous whitetails spotted on the Harteis stomping grounds in Pennsylvania as Freddy Harteis heads home to see who can score "bragging rights" for the year on this week's Hollywood Hunter, exclusively on Sportsman Channel. | For More...

Mike Morgan gears up and heads to Tennessee to meet up with Legends of the Outdoors founder and President, Gary Mason. After a quick river hunt, the guys head over to Arkansas to the jaw dropping Stan Jones Mallard Lodge. | For More...

Wilderness Systems' Kayak Bassin' with Chad Hoover episode, The Kayak Fishing Shoot Out, premieres on the World Fishing Network (WFN) on Monday, August 4th at 7:30 p.m. EST* and reairs five times throughout the week. Check out the full show schedule at: http://bit.ly/1rZ4Zh2. | For More...

— WASHINGTON
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announces a 30-day extension in the amount of time the public has to comment on a proposal to clarify the agency's direction for groundwater. | For More...

National Marine Manufacturer's Association President Thomas J. Dammrich, in cooperation with the US Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich, and Rep. Mike McIntyre D-NC, gave a briefing on the State of the Recreational Boat Industry and Implications for the US Economy Thursday at the US Capitol's Longworth House Office Building. | For More...

The full House Natural Resources Committee voted to move H.R. 5026, the Fish Hatchery Protection Act, to the House floor at a "markup" committee meeting held July 30. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a distance-learning bowhunter education course on Saturday, Aug. 9 in Okeechobee County. | For More...

FEATURE
Hunter Education Volunteers Help Leverage Conservation Dollars
EDITOR'S NOTE: Today an Op-Ed on the value of volunteers in conservation. Our thanks to all the Conservation organization contributors for their input and work on this feature.


In a previous Outdoor Wire edition, Floyd "Link" Grass of Denver, North Carolina was recognized as the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) Volunteer Instructor of the Year. Grass is one of more than 57,000 active IHEA-USA instructors who reach more than 670,000 hunter education students annually and make hunting one of the safest recreational activities.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, that compiled data from the Consumer Products Safety Commission, hunting is safer than basketball, football, bowling and even golf. Yet there is more to the story than educating hunters about firearms and hunting safety, wildlife laws, outdoor responsibilities and preserving our hunting heritage.

Hunter education volunteer hours are used as "matching dollars" to help state fish and wildlife agencies leverage important wildlife conservation dollars from the federal government through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR.) WSFR has functioned for more 75 years and is described as a "user-pay public-benefit" model. Sporting goods manufacturers, such as those who produce firearms and ammunition, pay a federal excise tax that is held by the U.S. Treasury and apportioned by the USFWS-WSFR to state fish and wildlife agencies.

The amount of funds a state receives is based on a formula that includes land area and the number of paid hunting license holders in that state. Hunter education funds are based on population and other factors. Volunteer hours are used as "matching funds" (or equivalent value) to make both state and excise tax dollars go further, ensure that state fish and wildlife agencies can use their Wildlife Restoration Program dollars most effectively. These matches are typically a 3-to-1 match ratio, three dollars of federal tax money for every dollar of state money.

In 2012, states submitted reports from almost 21,000 volunteer hunter education instructors who collectively spent more than 330,000 hours-leveraging over $2.5 million in matching funds!

Hunter Education volunteer time nationwide generates significant value for state wildlife agency budgets, as all hours qualify as "matching" funds for use with federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration excise tax moneys. These excise tax funds from the sale of firearms, ammunition, fishing tackle and more are made available to state wildlife agencies through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service WSFR program.
Dan Forster, Director of the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and current president of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (www.fishwildlife.com), commented on the value of volunteers to state wildlife management agencies, "The hours volunteered by hunter education instructors and other wildlife management volunteers provides the conservation efforts of our resource management agencies with $2.00 -$3.00 for every dollar's worth of time they volunteer. When there are millions of dollars available in Federal match money from WSFR funds, the volunteer hours are a huge benefit to the state's budget and ability to successfully manage our wildlife."

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, said, "Volunteer Instructors are the backbone of the West Virginia Hunter Education Program. Last year, 183 volunteers dedicated over 3,000 hours, drove almost 14,000 miles, participated in almost 500 classes, and graduated over 7,000 students; all because they love their sport and want to pass on the heritage to the next generation of hunters. "These efforts generated a value of approximately $67,000 in match dollars, greatly enhancing the WVDNR's ability to utilize all of the Federal Wildlife Restoration funds."

Besides funding hunter education programs, Wildlife Restoration Program dollars purchase land for wildlife restoration purposes, improve habitat for wildlife, and support research projects directed at solving wildlife restoration problems. Alabama used WSFR funds to re-establish white-tailed deer on nearly 30 million acres of range, and wild turkey on 20 million acres. Alaska used WSFR money to learn about the habitat requirements, reproductive biology, and interrelationships between species of Dall sheep, grizzly bear, moose, caribou and wolves. Connecticut acquired nearly 10,000 acres of land, including key wetlands along Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River. Kansas purchased 57,000 acres of wildlife habitat. Maine's first WSFR project live-trapped and banded waterfowl in order to learn more about migration routes, age and sex ratios, and the numbers of local nesting species.

Since 1937, more than $7.6 billion has been invested in wildlife restoration through the Wildlife Restoration Program. It has become the most successful federal-state-conservationist-sportsmen partnership in history - and hunter education volunteers have been a part of it.

Hunter education is a great way to introduce or reconnect young people to the natural world, and it is a key strategy to build the next generation of hunters, who have been-throughout American history-some of the most dedicated and successful conservationists. When hunters purchase their guns and ammunition, along with their hunting license, they help to ensure the future of the birds and game they hunt.

Want to be a part of this important American legacy? Consider serving as a volunteer hunter education instructor in your state! To learn how, contact your state wildlife management agency or go to www.ihea-usa.org or call IHEA-USA at (303) 430-7233.

Contributors to this article include: Primary author: Christina Milloy, USFWS, Fish & Wildlife Administrator, Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (www.Christina_Milloy@fws.gov); Dan Forster, Director of the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and current president of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies; Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief-West Virginia DNR and Steve Hall, Executive Director, IHEA-USA (exdir@ihea.com)
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