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— TOP STORY
SB Tactical is excited to announce that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has issued SB Tactical a reversal letter containing a sensible clarification of the Bureau's position on the lawful use of SB Tactical braces. | For More...

— COMMERCIAL RANGES
Action Target Inc. has announced the launch of a new program for recycling spent brass and lead captured in indoor and outdoor bullet traps. The Metals Recycling and Ammunition Program from Action Target provides a convenient system that makes it easy to turn a range's spent metals into new ammunition, range supplies and revenue. | For More...

— COMPETITIONS
Competitive walleye anglers will converge on Lake Sakakawea at Garrison, North Dakota. May 12-13, for the second regular-season event of the 2017 Cabela's National Walleye Tour. | For More...

— EVENTS
Enjoy fun outdoor activities April 29 at the 2017 Outdoor Experience, a free family event hosted at Florida's Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center. | For More...

Held this past weekend, NSSF's second Shooting Sports Fantasy Camp focused specifically on the trending action shooting sport of 3-Gun, with seven of today's top professional shooters guiding 30 students through the ins and outs of the competition genre and honing fine-level firearms handling skills. | For More...

— FIREARMS
CMMG announces the release of the MkG45 GUARD – a new AR15 rifle chambered in the iconic .45 ACP caliber. The GUARD is offered in five different configurations, operates on CMMG's new, patent pending Radial Delayed Blowback system and is fed from Glock magazines. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division announces that at 6 a.m., Monday, May 1, 2017, all inside waters will close for commercial and recreational shrimp harvesting. | For More...

angler on boat on river in Michigan in springMichigan's statewide trout season and the Lower Peninsula inland walleye, northern pike and muskellunge seasons all open this Saturday, April 29. | For More...

— GEAR
Timeless AL MAR KNIVES designs meet Kershaw's precision manufacturing and meticulous fit and finish to bring you updated versions of two of the most iconic AL MAR KNIVES. For 2017, Kershaw is proud to make these famous AL MAR designs -- the AM-3 and AM-4 -- available to a wider market. | For More...

— HUNTING
The primary cause of turkey hunting incidents is a mistake in identifying the target. This poor judgment often causes severe injuries and sometimes even death to another hunter. IHEA offers some common sense rules that are keys to a safe turkey hunting experience. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Student of the Gun media enterprises has moved to Wyoming. SOTG Radio and Television material will be produced from their new headquarters nestled in the Rocky Mountains. | For More...

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) will announce its financial results for the first quarter and file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q on Monday, May 8, 2017, after the close of the stock market. | For More...

— JOBS
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Brand Management, the Associate Brand Manager will be responsible for product, brand and category research and development. | For More...

Battenfield Technologies in Columbia, MO seeks an SEO/SEM Supervisor responsible for coordinating and implementing SEO & SMO strategies for BTI. | For More...

Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. is looking for a highly motivated Digital Marketing Analyst to work within our Marketing Department and Digital Marketing Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for working towards improving our Digital initiatives and increasing ROI of our online marketing activities. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
SIG SAUER, Inc. continues to expand its SIG HT line of premium-grade rifle ammunition with the addition of 223 Rem. | For More...

Eliminator Game Calls has introduced their newest high-quality duck call, the Woody Assassin. | For More...

Packed with Easton's vibration-and noise-killing Deadblow™ technology, new Buckshot series stabilizers come in three models—8-inch XL, 5.5-inch Standard, and the 4-inch Micro. | For More...

— NRA ANNUAL MEETING
TROY will be showcasing their Made in the USA firearms, accessories and upgrades at the NRA Annual Meeting (Booth 4826), April 28-30 in Atlanta, GA. | For More...

BLACKHAWK!'s new fall apparel line for 2017 launches at the NRA Show on April 27 to 30. The line features eight new clothing styles, including shirts, pants and jackets. | For More...

— NRA ANNUAL MEETINGS
Apex Tactical Specialties invites attendees of the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, April 28 through April 30 in Atlanta, to stop by booth #4260 for a hands-on look at the latest products, including soon to be released triggers and kits for the Beretta APX, FN 509, Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 and Sig Sauer P320. | For More...

NRA Annual Meeting attendees will be the first to get a sneak peak of what the new ELEY lot analyzer will look like. | For More...

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, the world's leading manufacturer of high performance sports optics, \will be attending the NRA 2017 Annual Meetings and Exhibits, April 28 – 30 in Atlanta. | For More...

Charter Arms® will introduce four new .38 Spl Undercover Lite Models at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings April 27-30. | For More...

Brownells is set to celebrate the Second Amendment in style with 80,000 of its closest friends this coming April 28 – April 30, 2017, as the 78-year-old company attends its 69th consecutive NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta, GA. | For More...

Champion Traps & Targets, makers of interactive and challenging target systems, welcomes long-range shooting expert Bryan Sikes to the Vista Outdoor booth (#2542) at the 2017 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Atlanta, Georgia, April 27 to 30. | For More...

Bushnell welcomes an all-star cast of hunters and competitive shooters to the Vista Outdoor booth (#2542) during the 2017 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Atlanta, Georgia, April 27 to 30. | For More...

Uberti USA will bring the newest additions to its expanding line of authentic reproduction firearms to the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, which runs April 27-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. | For More...

Daniel Defense will be exhibiting at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to debuting its latest products, Daniel Defense will also be giving away nine DDM4V7 5.56mm rifles during the event. | For More...

Hornady Manufacturing is presenting an introductory class on reloading techniques at the NRA Annual Meeting and National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on April 28 and 29. | For More...

BLACKHAWK! will host top competitive shooters in the Vista Outdoor booth (#2542) at the 2017 NRA Show in Atlanta, Georgia, April 27-30. Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet world-class shooters Todd Jarrett, Jessie Duff and John Scoutten. | For More...

The SIG SAUER line of semi-automatic Advanced Sport Pellet air rifles and air pistols will be on full display in the SIG SAUER booth (# 3741) at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend. This includes the newest CO2-powered air pistols.
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— PRODUCT NEWS
Hogue Incorporated has added models to fit Ruger's Mark IV pistols to their expansive line of G10 offerings. They are available in a Piranha Grip texture for an aggressive grip, a diamond checkering for a lighter textured feel, and in a smooth finish for a sleek, more subtle touch.
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— PUBLIC LANDS
The National Wildlife Federation says prospect of a review of national monuments that could result in the diminishment of important cultural, historic and natural sites across the country would be "an unprecedented assault on our public-lands legacy." | For More...

— PUBLISHING
Outdoor Indiana magazine's May-June issue features a cover article on the state's 737 documented waterfalls. | For More...

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever has announced an Upland Bird Hunting Super Issue which will be mailed to all the organization's members in September 2017. | For More...

— RECREATION
Get closer to nature with fun, interactive activities for all ages at Ponca State Park on April 29. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
The ERGO MSR Hand Guard goes on sale this week. Lightweight with an ergonomic design, the hand guard is constructed of high-strength, impact & heat resistant polymer and weighs only 2.6 oz. | For More...

ERGO announces their affordable, quality package to complete an AR: the ERGO MSR stock, ERGO MSR Hand Guard and the ERGO MSR Grip. Designed and made in the USA, the MSR Package features ERGO's limited lifetime warranty. | For More...

Hornady has recently added the 22 Nosler Custom Grade Die Set to their lineup of precision machined dies. The Die Set includes a full-length sizing die and standard seating die, packaged in a stackable storage box that's compartmentalized to hold optional components such as bushings, shell holders and more. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Taurus USA announces the renewal of its Gold Sponsorship of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation - Voice of the American Sportman. | For More...

Moultrie has signed on as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor, said WTU President Jeff Schinkten. | For More...

— STATE PARKS
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced opportunities for operating concessions to provide goods and/or services in Michigan state parks. | For More...

— STATES
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is launching new programs to encourage people to help remove nonnative Burmese pythons from the Everglades ecosystem and surrounding area.
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The graduation will add 23 new agents to the LDWF Enforcement Division following seven months of training. | For More...

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its spring public auction of surplus and confiscated items May 1 at department headquarters in Frankfort. | For More...

— STUDENT FISHING
The Oneonta High School duo of Laine Cooley of Oneonta, Alabama, and Noah Coleman of Pinson, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds even to win the 2017 FLW High School Fishing Alabama Open tournament on Logan Martin Lake. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week on Keith Warren's DWS we feature the Deer Breeder Corporation (also known as the DBC) and discover why this association is so important to anyone who loves whitetail deer. | For More...

— VETERANS
Honored American Veterans Afield announced the new Learn to Shoot Again series at West Virginia's Peacemaker National Training Center. Held on April 19 and 20, the LTSA is meant to assist severely disabled and physically challenged veterans in their rehabilitation. | For More...

— WASHINGTON
After being confirmed in in 87-11 vote as the Secretary of Agriculture, sportsmen are looking to former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to champion rural communities and natural resources. | For More...

The American Farm Bureau Federation "heartily congratulates Secretary Sonny Perdue on his new role leading our nation's Agriculture Department" and is "eager for agriculture to finally have a seat in the President's cabinet." | For More...

"Ducks Unlimited congratulates Mr. Perdue on his confirmation as the Secretary of Agriculture," said Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall. "The USDA is a strong partner in delivering important conservation programs on private lands, including the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which are all vital to Ducks Unlimited's mission. We look forward to working with Secretary Perdue and his staff to help advance these and other conservation priorities that conserve soil, water, wetlands and grasslands that people and wildlife depend on." | For More...

Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at Shenandoah National Park April 24 to discuss improving visitor experiences on America's public lands and waters. | For More...

The National Wild Turkey Federation praises the U.S. Senate for confirming former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
Join instructor Viki Graber, a 4th generation willow basket maker, for a School of the Folk Arts Willow Weaving Workshop on June 2-3 at Mississinewa Lake (Peru, IN). | For More...

— YOUTH
The Department of Natural Resources will host a celebratory event Saturday, April 29, at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan, Michigan, to dedicate a new kids fishing pier. | For More...

— YOUTH COMPETITIONS
For the fourth consecutive year, the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods will be held on Kentucky Lake at Paris, Tennessee. | For More...

FEATURE
Blue Lines and Yellow Trout
The Apache trout has gone from anonymity to the state fish of Arizona

Blue meandering lines on maps of eastern Arizona tell a story about the shape of the land and the interactions people have with it. They symbolize the streams that vein off the White Mountains and pour downhill to their inevitable juncture with something larger that may sport another colorful name.

The streams form patterns on the maps that please the eye. Their names enliven the imagination. There's no poverty of spirit in some of the labels: Hurricane, Moon, Sun, Stinky, Firebox, Paradise, Soldier, Crooked, Peasoup. Two silver rills that spill into Little Bonito Creek remain unnamed by map makers. And that has perhaps the greatest charm of all; it could be that the artifices of mankind have yet to reach this remote place on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation where threatened Apache trout persist. All of these waters harbor some of the last remaining populations of a pretty trout found nowhere else but in streams that rim the White Mountains of Arizona.

The Apache trout is named for the people and the place that are intertwined with one another. The yellow trout ornamented with black spots, white-tipped fins, and a raccoon-like eye mask lives naturally only in the headwaters of the White, Black, and Little Colorado rivers near the New Mexico border.

The fish has been well known to anglers for some time. Local farmers and ranchers made forays into the high country in summer to catch them. One correspondent, simply "J.H." from Show Low, Arizona, wrote in a July 1886 issue of the St. John's Herald: "I speak truly when I say it was the most enjoyable period of my life." He recounted how he and his pals caught scads of Apache trout from the White River during a prolonged summer outing. The sport fishery was renowned.

The Apache trout had become known to science a few years earlier in 1873, when it was collected by members of the U.S. Geographical Survey, though it was wrongly identified as a Colorado River cutthroat trout. Other scientists collected the yellow trout from the White Mountains from time to time, but it wasn't until a century later in 1972 that the fish was properly recognized as a unique species and assigned its current scientific and common name. A year later it was placed on the endangered species list.

That recent scientific description doesn't mean that others had not already known that the trout was something significant. The White Mountain Apache Tribe was prescient, the first to conserve the fish, closing Apache trout streams to angling in the 1940s. By that time, the trout had been reduced to a mere 30 miles of streams all within the confines of their Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

Places everywhere have their scars, and the White Mountains were no exception. The loss of habitat from excessive timbering and grazing and the introduction of non-native trout species were detrimental to the native Apache trout. Over-stocked cattle trampled stream banks and reduced shrubs that would cool trout waters in their shade. Abusive land uses accelerated topsoil erosion into Apache trout streams. High sedimentation during the spring run-off affected trout reproduction; fine sediments clogged porous gravel beds where oxygen-rich water should percolate over incubating Apache trout eggs. To make matters worse, non-native brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout were planted in Apache trout streams. All three species out-compete the native fish for food and spaces to live, and rainbow trout hybridize with Apache trout.

Over the last 75 years, through the actions of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, followed by work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), U.S. Forest Service, and Arizona Game and Fish Department, Apache trout populations have rallied. The future looks sunny for the species; it could be the first sport fish to be recovered and removed from federal threatened or endangered species protection.

Conservation work continues. Cattle have been fenced out of select Apache trout streams within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and along streams within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Non-native sport fishes are no longer stocked near Apache trout waters. Alchesay-Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery, located on the reservation, continues to raise Apache trout for sport fishing. Apache trout from the federal fisheries facility are stocked on the reservation and they are shared with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to be stocked in neighboring national forest waters. Many streams are open to anglers.

The Service's Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) biologists remain shin-deep in Apache trout work, striving toward that goal of recovering the threatened species. They expend a great deal of energy removing non-native brown trout and brook trout from Apache trout waters. They accomplish this with backpack-mounted electrofishing gear where the unwanted fish are stunned and netted from high mountain streams.

A new technology known as environmental DNA guides their work. Fish shed skin cells and of course eliminate bodily waste in the water which contains the animal's DNA. That DNA can be detected in the water. Biologists from the FWCO and tribe collect stream water from several sites over long reaches. Water passes through a filter and the filter analyzed by U.S. Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station. The lab results then specify which stream sections contain the unwanted non-native trout.

Periodic population monitoring continues, as does barrier monitoring. Where unwanted non-native fishes occur downstream, constructed barriers keep them at bay below and the pure Apache trout populations protected above. Constructed barriers exist on 23 creeks.

Conservation is a laborious affair, but nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. "Make haste slowly," the adage goes; being deliberate delivers success. Toward that end, the Apache trout lies within the Service's Mogollon Emphasis Area where it focuses conservation work.

At present, Apache trout exist in 28 populations and swim in 170 miles of stream. The lot of Apache trout has changed significantly over time. In what is really only a brief period, the species has transcended from anonymity and mistaken identity since the time of the happy letter-writer, J.H., to the point when the White Mountain Apache Tribe stepped up to protect their trout. It's now the official state fish of Arizona and a favorite for anglers.

Craig Springer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Southwest Region, External Affairs, Albuquerque, New Mexico. www.fws.gov/southwest
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