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— FISHERIES
A team of university and government scientists, selected by an expert review panel convened by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will conduct an independent study to estimate the number of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. | For More...

— GEAR


The all-new Dieback Thigh Rig combines Mossy Oak's® in-depth hunting knowledge with features borrowed from military and law enforcement-style tactical gear to bring to market a truly innovative departure from any current packs in the hunting industry. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Carey's Small Arms Range Ventilation has signed on to sponsor the early winter 2017 NSSF Lead Management and OSHA Compliance Workshop taking place Dec. 11-13 in Salt Lake City, Utah. | For More...

With support from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Southwick Associates has produced the first consumer segmentation study of firearm owners to help manufacturers and retailers understand consumers on a deeper level. Join a special webinar today at 2pm EST to learn more. | For More...

iota Outdoors announces a partnership with OpticsPlanet, Inc. iota's full line of products is now available for sale at OpticsPlanet.com. | For More...

NMMA's New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through September 2017, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 4.4 percent year-over-year (YOY) for the rolling twelve-month (R12M) period through September. | For More...

— INVASIVE SPECIES
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has confirmed the presence of invasive giant salvinia at three locations on Lake Fork – the largest total infestation ever found on the lake. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Springfield Armory is pleased to announce a new XD-E chambered for .45 ACP. The XD-E .45 ships with high quality steel sights right out of the box. | For More...

— ONLINE
New episodes of Gun Talk Media's First Person Defender will be out soon. Beginning November 24, one episode from the original web series will be released every day at 6:00 pm Central, through Friday, December 1st, across all of Gun Talk's online platforms. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The Future Fisherman Foundation will once again offer Christmas shoppers a great opportunity to bid on a bevy of guided fishing trips, in addition to a large selection of tackle packages and merchandise. | For More...

Safari Club International has taken the first step in a new approach to protecting the freedom to hunt by stepping out boldly to tell the story of hunters and hunting. SCI will speak out about hunting and all the good that it does. SCI will be quick to respond when hunting is criticized. | For More...

— PUBLICATIONS
With more than 25 fascinating articles on vintage, replica and classic guns, the crossover appeal of GUNS Magazine Surplus Vintage & Classic Firearms Special Edition 2018 will pique the interests of gun enthusiasts and history buffs alike. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
Outdoor News has kicked off another series of ongoing coverage of tips, gear profiles, and advice from the top names in the industry that will be available throughout the hardwater season for anglers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. | For More...

— RETAIL
The ZEISS holiday promotion includes a FREE pair of 10x42 Terra ED binoculars with any ZEISS Conquest V6 riflescope purchase. Purchase either of the three Conquest V6 models available beginning at $1,549.99. Select from the 1-6x24, the 3-18x50, or the 5-30x50 model, and ZEISS will gift you a new pair of 10x42 Terra ED binoculars. This represents a $449.99 value. | For More...

With new gear spanning across multiple categories, Simms Fishing Products releases its Spring 2018 product line, a collection packed with innovation, technology and imagination, all built to keep anglers on the water longer. | For More...

Hi Mountain Seasonings makes holiday shopping easier than ever this year with a web-only special featuring their new patent-pending, Ultimate Jerky Cutting Board. It runs from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, November 23 to 27. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
UTG's AR15 Super Slim Rear Sight is designed to be durable, lightweight, and borrows from the M16A2 rear sight design. The Super Slim Rear Sight is windage and elevation adjustable and features two aperture sizes for close quarter and long range target engagements and requires no tools to make adjustments. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Major League Fishing announces that Gene Larew Lures is the new presenting sponsor of MLF's All Angles Fishing TV show for the 2018 season. | For More...

— STATES
Sockeye runs have improved since the 1990s, but biologists want better survival of young fish and more returning adults. | For More...

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reminds all outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious of dead or dying trees, including ash trees, which may now be present in Ohio's forests and landscapes. Brittle limbs and tree trunks can break easily or blow over, so people should be alert, especially when selecting tree stand sites for hunting. | For More...

Unsecured trash is the No. 1 reason that Florida black bears enter neighborhoods and come into conflict with people, so the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is awarding 10 communities with a total of $515,283 to address this critical issue. | For More...

The Tonto National Forest has announced it will implement restrictions on the types of shooting targets that will be allowed beginning today (Monday, November 20). The restrictions are the result of the removal of more than 192 tons of trash at shooting sites in the past seven years. | For More...

The Arizona Game and Fish Department's proposed recommendations for 2018 and 2019 elk, pronghorn, and population management hunts are available for review online atwww.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines. | For More...

A 1.5-year-old buck harvested last month in Sidney Township (Montcalm County), was confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. This is the 11th case of CWD to be confirmed in a free-ranging deer in Michigan. | For More...

Within established seasons, Pennsylvania hunters now may use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl; electronic dove decoys solely for hunting doves; electronically heated scent or lure dispensers; and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent-control purposes. | For More...

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters they must first gain permission before hunting on private property. | For More...

If you've never fished on the ice before — or you have, but you want to catch more trout or panfish at waters across Utah — you won't want to miss a free ice fishing seminar in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30. | For More...

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled a public meeting in Selah on management of the state's salmon and steelhead fishing guide industry. | For More...

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host a series of public meetings and a webinar over the next several weeks to review changes that have occurred in the three years since legislation was passed that allowed the department to simplify its hunting and fishing license structure. | For More...

Goose Island State Park has reopened its boat ramp to general public use. The park received significant damage during Harvey and access has been limited during cleanup and while repairs are being made. | For More...

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists have classified Lake Georgetown as infested with an established, reproducing population of invasive zebra mussels and have also changed the status of Lake Livingston to fully infested. | For More...

ODFW is waiving all fishing licensing requirements on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to #optoutside with friends and family during the long holiday weekend. | For More...

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) seeks public comment on a request by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to provide an exemption from the state's fish passage requirements at a fish barrier culvert on an unnamed tributary to South Umpqua River, located on Interstate 5 at mile post 115.95 in Douglas County, Ore. | For More...

Governor Kay Ivey has announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has approved more than $33.5 million for five new projects and amendments to two existing projects which focus on the restoration and conservation of Alabama's natural resources. | For More...

The rule opens lower Snake River to retention of hatchery steelhead measuring under 28 inches in length in the lower sections. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week, GunVenture goes to Puerto Rico for an iguana hunt using airguns from Pyramyd Air. Hosts Ryan Gresham and Kevin "KJ" Jarnagin discover that hunting iguana is not only fun, but helpful to the community. | For More...

Gobble up this week's highlights on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network with a special feature of the ever-popular "Racksgiving" nightly programming on Sportsman Channel during the week of November 20-26. | For More...

Sportsman Channel's Racksgiving presented by Mossberg Firearms showcases five nights of unmatched big game hunting shows celebrating hunters' success – and misses – beginning November 20-22 and again November 24-25. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
Dallas Safari Club (DSC) applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement regarding a positive enhancement finding for elephants in the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. | For More...

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced a record year for the number of green sea turtle nests in Florida, with approximately 39,000 nests reported. | For More...

FEATURE
Hold On A Minute........
The weeks before a major holiday normally are low-impact. Nearly everyone is in the wind-down mode, focusing more on the logistics of getting families together than the usual complications of life.The news business is no exception, and this week normally focuses on gas prices, holiday shopping and the inevitable complications of weather on one of the heaviest travel times of the year.

This year might be different- especially for big-game hunters.

Instead of focusing on pardoning the presidential turkey, Mr. Trump has cut the legs out from under Fish & Wildlife Service - and simultaneously infuriated many of the groups whose members helped put him in the White House.

Today's news contains announcements from hunting groups applauding a Thursday announcement from the USFWS that the 2014 ban on importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe was being lifted.

For big game organizations, the announcement seemed to herald a return to scientific wildlife management. It was a significant change from apparently politically-motivated decisions made under the previous administration.

Unfortunately, the applause for the USFWS was deserved, but the celebration premature.

On Friday, President Trump shocked his own administration and the conservation organizations with this tweet:

"Put big game decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!"
(@realDonaldTrump).


Yep, in 144 characters (or less), Mr. Trump tossed the USFWS decision, discounted scientific research done by wildlife managers, and ignored reforms made in both Zimbabwe and Zambian wildlife management that were credited with the 2014 ban.

Unfortunately, these groups used facts to argue the fate of most African wildlife. This decision seems driven entirely by social media and mainstream criticism of the USFWS announcement.

The fact that managed hunting helps maintain healthy wildlife herds while simultaneously bringing much-needed income to equip game rangers to combat the rampant poaching that reduced elephant herds by nearly 30 percent from 2007-2014 drove the USFWS decision, but it appears they had nothing to do with Mr. Trumps decision to stop the process.

That decision appears to have been a reaction to the protests of "weaponized" followers of animal rights groups.

Only minutes after word of the USFWS decision got out, groups like the Center for Biological Diversity and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) turned their followers on the White House, using social media and a willing media to categorize the USFWS decision as "political fealty to the NRA and SCI".

Mr. Trump, simply stated, buckled under that pressure.

As the Center for Biological Diversity celebrated Mr. Trump's blocking the USFWS, a spokesman said it would take "more than a tweet to stop trophy hunters from slaughtering elephants and lions."

The meaning was pretty obvious: CBD now knows whose button to push- and they won't be reluctant to do so going forward.

No anti-hunting group offered any suggestion as to what might stop the wholesale slaughter of both species by rampant poaching. But the CBD, the HSUS and similar groups are far more focused on banning hunting than preserving wildlife.

But Mr. Trump's tweet also seems to have infuriated- and energized- one of the very groups the HSUS's Wayne Pacelle suggested Mr. Trump owed political fealty: Safari Club International.

In today's news section, you'll see a story headlined "SCI Ushers in New Era in Hunting"

Going forward,the release reads, SCI "will be more proactive and not back down" when it comes to accurately telling the story of wildlife preservation -and the positive role hunters play in effective game management.

Now, it seems what was nothing much more than a small victory for hunters and game managers has the potential to escalate into a pitched battle between hunters and anti-hunters. A battle, SCI President Paul Babaz says, his organization has no intention of losing.

In fact, he says SCI will "quick to respond when hunting is criticized".

We'll see - especially if the response needs to be addressed to @realDonaldTrump.

Are hunters and the outdoor industry really willing to take on a president they helped put in the White House? Attempting to correct any unilateral decision, even ill-informed ones, could invite an even worse response.

But even the most ardent Trump supporters who are big game hunters may have a hard time rationalizing continued support in the face of this decision.

As always, we'll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd
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