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— TOP STORY
In a major development concerning the National Shooting Sports Foundation's leadership to halt discrimination in the provision of financial services and products to firearms related businesses due to "Operation Choke Point", top officials of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) have admitted wrongdoing and said they would cease practices that had the effect of encouraging such disparate treatment. | For More...

— COMPETITIONS
The new Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) Lucas Oil Redfish Opens presented by Cabela's offer saltwater anglers a unique, high-stakes team tournament with 100 percent cash payout. | For More...

— CONTESTS
Hunt Brothers® Pizza announces the grand prize and first prize winners of the third annual "Hunt to Win" sweepstakes. Megan Filzen of Roseville, Minnesota, is the grand prize winner and Chad Little of Fairhope, Alabama, is the first prize recipient. | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
Kansan William Hessman, 55, and his brother Torry Hessman, 47, have plead guilty to several wildlife charges after Colorado wildlife officers found evidence that the two had set up bait sites for big game and other wildlife species. | For More...

Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer Danielle Munkelt caught four people who were spearfishing illegally on Tuesday at the Channel 5 Bridge near Craig Key. They face up to 60 days in jail and/or up to $500 in fines for each violation. | For More...

The lancha had 50 red snapper weighing 196 pounds, four people, and fishing gear aboard the vessel when it was stopped 40 miles offshore and 12 miles north of the border.
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— EVENTS
Hornady® Manufacturin will be sponsoring a series of reloading clinics on Thursday, February 5, 2015, during the Safari Club International convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. | For More...

Join friends and neighbors for free birding tours, live entertainment, exhibitors and much more at Birdapalooza, a celebration Feb. 7 of the rich diversity of birds and wildlife on Lake Apopka on the shores of one of Florida's largest lakes. | For More...

Minnet Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester Deadly Passion will be at Grand Slam Club/Ovis convention January 30-31 at the Grand Sierra Reno in Reno, Nevada where she will host a seminar on "Aggressive Hunting Tactics: Utilizing Calls and Decoys". | For More...

— FISHERIES
February 1 marks the beginning of the fishing season schedule for 21 of Alabama's 23 state-owned public fishing lakes. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW is pleased to host the 2015 Student Angler Federation (SAF) GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP on Sunday, March 22nd at Wildwood Park located at 3780 Dogwood Lane Appling, Georgia. | For More...

The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW is pleased to host the 2015 Student Angler Federation (SAF) LOUISIANA HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP on Sunday, March 29th at the Grand Ecore Ramp in Natchitoches. | For More...

The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW is pleased to host the 2015 Student Angler Federation (SAF) ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP on Sunday, March 29th at the Mascoutin Access area on Clinton Lake. | For More...

— GAMES
Bass fishing fans may not have the opportunity to walk across the stage at the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, but they do have the chance to compete for prizes of their own as part of Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing presented by Toyota. Fantasy Fishing launches Feb. 2 at 12:01 p.m. ET at www.Bassmaster.com/fantasy. | For More...

— GEAR
The Oculus 7.0 ED Monocular is the perfect compromise for hunters looking to save space and weight. Designed to provide great clarity in a compact optic, the Oculus 7.0 has 10-power magnification, a 25mm objective and many of the features you'd expect in high end glass. | For More...

— HUNTING
New Hampshire's 2015 moose hunt lottery is now open. Enter today to try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime -- hunting moose in the rugged woods of the Granite State. Entering the lottery costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Skull Hooker selects F-3 Media as it's digital media company of record. F-3 Media will handle all aspects of digital and social media content for Skull Hooker. | For More...

Timney Triggers has been asking shooters and hunters, "What trigger would you like us to build next?" The response has been incredible and thanks to our customers' involvement, we're thrilled to announce their 2015 Customer's Choice for a 100% drop-in Timney replacement trigger: the Ruger American Rifle. | For More...

Mounting Solutions Plus (MSP announces the availability of the new EOTech 518 and 558 Holographic Weapon Sights. Both of the new EOTech sights are in stock and currently shipping from MSP. | For More...

At last week's SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Benchmade® Knife Company of Oregon City, Oregon named Scott Hayes, of ProActive Sales & Marketing™, as its "Benchmade Rep of the Year." | For More...

SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range is pleased to announce that Smith & Wesson is the 2015 winner of the Action Target Safety Award.
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Browning presented Larry and Brenda Potterfield with a donation of $49,315.00 at the 2015 SHOT Show. This donation to the MidwayUSA Foundation will benefit shooting teams that have an active Team Endowment Account with the Foundation. | For More...

Justin Boots has signed a deal to join The Outdoor Option team in its mission of continuing to produce high quality, outdoor programming the whole family can enjoy. | For More...

ATK (NYSE: ATK) received the "Company of the Year" award from SHOT Business at the Bonnier Outdoor Group breakfast during the 2015 Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. | For More...

Lipsey's, a nationally renowned firearms distributor, had the honor of receiving the Daniel Defense Top Gun Distributor of the Year award for 2014. | For More...

This year, Matt Bley's efforts in promotion and sales of Arctic Ice throughout Washington and Alaska earned him the top award from sales management at Arctic Ice. | For More...

HatsanUSA Inc. announces Thomas F. Gowen and Sons as the company's Manufacturer Sales Representative Agency of the Year for 2014. | For More...

Bullets & Broadheads, featuring Michael and Sonia Hendrick, is proud to announce continuing their partnership with Crossbreed Holsters in 2015. | For More...

Minn Kota® wants to keep anglers locked on their most productive fishing spots in 2015 by offering a $100 mail-in reward with the purchase of any Talon shallow water anchor between January 1 and June 1, 2015. | For More...

Ross Tyser has been recognized for his contributions to the SHOT Show Auction and his efforts to support the hunting and shooting sports at the recently completed SHOT Show. | For More...

Thompson/Center Arms' IMPACT! muzzleloader has been recognized as the top performing muzzleloader by Game & Fish/Sportsman magazine.
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MidwayUSA announces the promotion of Brad Spears to the position of Logistics Manager - Inbound & Outbound. | For More...

As part of the annual SHOT Business Awards announced last week in Las Vegas, professional shooter and Team Smith & Wesson Captain Julie Golob was named "Person of the Year" while Sporting Goods District Sales Manager Todd Shay was named "Sales Representative of the Year."
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ATK gives top honors to South Carolina's Palmetto State Armory at the 2015 Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, naming it 2014 ATK Dealer of the Year. | For More...

Leupold's Pigman: The Series and host, Brian "Pigman" Quaca, brought home two awards from Sportsman Channel's 2014 Sportsman Choice Awards last week during the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas. | For More...

Larysa Switlyk host of Larysa Unleashed won 'Shot Of The Year' with her shot titled as "Fast Reflex Doe". The episode aired in 2014 during Larysa Unleashed's first season on the popular outdoor network. | For More...

— LEGISLATION
Several years of work culminated this week in the introduction of a bill to remove all references to knives under Pennsylvania state law Section 908 "Prohibited Offensive Weapon." | For More...

— MEDIA
In the latest video in the "Roy's Insider Tips" series, American Handgunner Publisher Roy Huntington examines the effectiveness of .38 Special wadcutters at 100 yards | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
FTI, Inc. has recently developed a 'green' cleaner formula to add to the company's Tetra® Gun care product line. The new Tetra® Gun Cleaner Degreaser is a water-based formula designed to effectively remove lead and carbon fouling as well as pre-existing lubricant and solvent residue from firearm parts. | For More...

FTI, Inc.introduces the new Tetra® Gun Pistol Maintenance Kit custom-designed to include all the chemicals and accessories pistol shooters need to maintain their firearms in one handy kit. | For More...

Walker's® Game Ear® introduces the Ultimate Digital Quad Connect. The ear protection device offers state of the art digital technology including Bluetooth™ wireless, adjustable frequency tuning, up to nine times hearing enhancement, and sound activated compression. | For More...

Mark Feldstein & Associates Inc. (MFA) recently introduced the Illuminator Camo Flashlight with licensed Mossy Oak® camouflage patterns designed for outdoor sports and recreation.
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— PEOPLE
Few men cast a larger shadow on the hunting world than John Nosler did. The long-time innovator helped shape the development of big-game bullets, as well as the way hunters utilized their firearms and ammunition. His story is being celebrated this month in the February issue of Game & Fish/Sportsman magazines. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
TRUGLO® introduces its next generation of their awarding winning TFO® (Tritium/Fiber-Optic) handgun sights, the NEW! BRITE-SITE™ TFX™ (Tritium/Fiber-Optic Xtreme). | For More...

— PUBLISHING
Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, profiles one of the fastest growing facets of open-water fishing in its latest editions: fishing kayaks. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Rick Emmitt is featured on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio along with Bass Pro Shops pro fishing team member and crappie angling guru Don Collins. | For More...

Tom Gresham's Gun Talk (R) Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports, recorded a special Gun Talk Radio show from the Crimson Trace booth on Thursday, January 22nd, at the 37th Annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference (SHOT Show) in Las Vegas, to air this Sunday, February 1st. | For More...

— RECOGNITION
The American Museum of Fly Fishing announced yesterday that Tom Brokaw will be honored with their 2015 Heritage Award. The celebration will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015 at The Racquet & Tennis Club in New York City. The Heritage Award will be presented by honorary event chair Lefty Kreh. | For More...

— RECREATION
The Department of Natural Resources today announced that F.J. McLain State Park in Hancock, Michigan, has closed a total of 32 lakefront campsites due to unsafe conditions and extreme Lake Superior shoreline erosion. | For More...

Michigan's Muskegon State Park and the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex are pleased to announce that after 14 years without winter camping, the park will offer 20 rustic winter campsites this year. | For More...

— RETAIL
Bass Pro Shops donates these used rods/reels to organizations like Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors to help kids get started in fishing. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS
The Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU), at Texas A&M University, and the Corps of Cadets will host the third annual Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) Southwest Winter Regional competition in College Station, TX on February 7th, 2015 | For More...

— SHOT SHOW
Hunter's Specialties presented annual sales awards to their rep groups during an in-the-booth ceremony at the 2015 SHOT Show. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Texas A&M announces Houston-based Freedom Munitions as the official ammo sponsor of the Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit as they begin their 2015 competition schedule and defend their SPP Collegiate National Championship. | For More...

— STATES
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Feb. 19 to take comments on adopting into its rules an amended no-wake zone requested by the Lake Wylie Marine Commission and creating a new no-wake zone on Lake Wylie. | For More...

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting Feb. 18 to seek input in developing a management plan for Goose Creek Game Land located in Beaufort and Pamlico counties. | For More...

After two seasons of record harvests, Kentucky's deer hunters kept the pace up with the 2014-15 season closing with 138,892 deer checked; the second highest total on record and third consecutive season with a harvest exceeding 130,000 deer. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Keith Warren's Deer & Wildlife Stories and Record Rack have renewed Sponsorship relationship for 2015. | For More...

This week on Mojo TV, Terry treks north to hunt coyotes using his MOJO DOUBLE TROUBLE in Alberta Canada with Rob Reynolds of Ranchland Outfitters. With increased reports of predator attacks on cattle the fellas head out to the fields to try and thin the grossly populated coyote. | For More...

— VOLUNTEERS
The Department of Natural Resources needs volunteers to cut invasive, non-native shrubs from high-quality wetlands, woodlands and prairies during workdays at southeastern Michigan state parks throughout February. | For More...

FEATURE
Q&A: Steven Rinella "The Meat Eater"
Editor's Note: Occasionally we get press releases we think will be of interest to our readers in a larger context than simply promoting a program or product. One of those is this conversation with Steven Rinella "The Meat Eater". And our congratulations go out to the Rinellas on the birth of their third child...mother, son, and dad doing fine.


Sportsman Channel's "MeatEater" Steven Rinella Discusses Organic Eating, Cooking, New York City and More in Five Questions

NEW BERLIN, WI - Sportsman Channel's "MeatEater" Steven Rinella is purposeful and passionate about his hunting style and the wild game he harvests and consumes. Rinella, whose show, MeatEater premieres exclusively on Sportsman Channel on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, has been described by many people - inside and outside of the outdoor industry - as a "modern day Daniel Boone."

Recently, Rinella participated in a Q&A forum with Sportsman Channel to discuss everything from his favorite hunting locations, organic cooking and his experiences living in New York City.

Q: Do you believe more people are accepting and exploring the 'field to plate' movement?

A: I think there's more excitement about it on a popular culture level for sure. Of course, there has always been a lot of Americans who were quietly eating wild game meat without thinking of it as something extraordinary. My early hunting and fishing mentors come to mind most readily; they ate game several times a week but never thought to proselytize about it. But, now you've got a new crowd of far more vocal folks, the kinds of people with Twitter accounts who want as many people as possible to know what they're up to. They give "field to plate" a sense of buzz. They put it out there and it is something new. In a per capita sense, though, I really have no idea if Americans are actually eating more game. But, they are definitely talking about it more.

Q: Where is your favorite place to hunt and why?

A: I like to hunt Alaska. I have family there and I know the place pretty well. In particular, I like to do fly-in, self-guided hunts in the nastiest backcountry I can find. That kind of stuff makes me feel very alive.

Q: How did you become such an accomplished cook of wild game?

A: I learned to cook by experimenting, reading, and hanging out with chefs who know a lot more than I do. I listed those three things in their proper order of importance. I should point out here that I'm not nearly as good with food as some guys are. I specialize in what I like to think of as caveman cuisine-rough and rustic stuff, done over fires with an eye toward historical significance - but guys like Hank Shaw and Michael Ruhlman can cook circles around me.

Q: What is your favorite wild game to prepare/consume and why?

A: That's tough to answer, because I like just about everything. I love how surprisingly good squirrels are; I love the texture of a perfectly done mallard; I love the reliability of elk meat. The world of wild game is just too complex to be broken down into favorites. I even like some foods that I don't actually like, simply because I enjoyed the experience of trying them for the first time. Take javelina, for instance. It's fun just to try to make that meat taste as good as possible, which will never be great.

Q: Having lived in New York City and when you were not cooking, what were your favorite go-to restaurants?

A: This will sound funny, but I actually got burned out on restaurants in New York City. For a year or so I loved it, hitting all of these beautiful (and often expensive) restaurants. Then, the sensation started to dull and I found myself craving home cooked meals at my friends' houses or at my own home. By far, the best meal I ever ate in New York City was at the apartment of Chef Matt Weingarten's house. I liked it much better than eating at the restaurant he was running at that time, even though the restaurant's food was "better" by any objective standard. But there's huge subjectivity to food, obviously, and to me there's a genuine and soulful quality to home-cooked food that is lacking in restaurant food.

About Steven Rinella: Steven Rinella is an avid outdoorsman, writer, and television personality best known for his ability to translate the hunting lifestyle to a wide variety of audiences. He is the author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine, the award-winning American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, and most recently, Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter. He is a correspondent for Outside magazine, and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, O the Oprah Magazine, Men's Journal, and more traditional hunting and fishing publications like Field and Stream and Petersen's Hunting.
Jan 31
Pima Pistol Club, Tucson, Arizona
Feb 4-7
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 7
Gunsmoke Shooting Range, Snook, Texas
Feb 7
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Feb 7-8
Montgomery County Shooting Complex, Southside, Tennessee
Feb 14
Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Feb 19-22
Lake Hartwell and Greenville, SC
Feb 19-22
Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 20-22
Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa
Feb 20-22
Agricenter, 777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN
Feb 20-22
PAC Center, Monroe Community College, Henrietta, New York
Feb 26-28
Smith & Wesson Academy 299 Page Blvd. Springfield, MA
Mar 4
Mesa, Arizona
Mar 14-15
Cody Shooting Complex, Cody, Wyoming
Mar 21
Fort Benning, Georgia
Mar 21-22
Ankeny Izaak Walton League, Elkhart, Iowa
Mar 31-Apr 1
Des Moines, Iowa
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