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— COLLEGIATE COMPETITION
As the 2017-18 NCAA Rifle season gets underway this weekend, it's only fitting that things get started at the same place they'll conclude as The Citadel hosts a big match this weekend. Fourteen teams, including defending National Champion West Virginia start tomorrow in the quest for a national championship. With three NCAA Individual Champions, their dreams of a sixth title might be more reality than dream. | For More...

— COMPETITIONS
Savage shooters took three of the top five places in the 1,000-yard F/TR Division at the Northern Rockies Long Range and F-Class Regional Tournament at Deep Creek Rifle Range in Missoula, Montana. | For More...

California pro Ish Monroe and Virginia pro Jacob Powroznik both won their matches during Thursday's semifinal round of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket event on Pokegama Lake, Minnesota. | For More...

— EVENTS
The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) announces Lincoln, Nebraska as the destination for its 2018 POMA Business Conference, to be held June 12 - 15, 2018. | For More...

Taking place at the White River Conference Center, one of the many venues within the newly-opened Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium, plans are in place for the 2017 Bass Fishing Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremonies on Thursday, Nov. 9. | For More...

Eight free family-focused events are scheduled around the state this Saturday, Sept. 23. | For More...

SureFire, LLC will be exhibiting at the 2017 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo Monday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 29, in Indianapolis, IN. The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health, and environmental professionals. | For More...

— FALL FOLIAGE
While all of Indiana has experienced bright, warm days, overnight lows and soil moistures have varied dramatically throughout the state. Low rainfall overall this fall threatens to shorten the window for full color enjoyment. | For More...

— GEAR
The MidwayUSA Lightweight Shooting Shirt is made of 3.24 oz 100% Cotton Poplin, and features extra padding incorporated into the right shoulder to prevent fatigue from those 100 clay days. | For More...

— HUNTING
If you enjoy hunting ducks, geese or swans in Utah, get ready for a good hunt. And give a nod to the snow and rain that fell from the sky earlier this year. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Activity and positive energy continued throughout the conclusion of the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) which included networking events, special education sessions, and new product launches. | For More...

— INVASIVE SPECIES
After being notified in early September of small snails in the Gunpowder River, department biologists and species expert Edward Levri confirmed the presence of New Zealand mudsnails (Potamopyrgus antipodarum). | For More...

— JOBS
This permanent position provides a safe and pleasant environment for recreation activities maintaining and/or operating equipment, systems, grounds, facilities, for park visitors and staff. | For More...

— MARINE ELECTRONICS
For boaters and anglers using Raymarine Axiom units, the new LightHouse 3.2 operating software update provides numerous enhancements and an even more intuitive, seamless, and fluid user experience. | For More...

— MEDIA
Mossy Oak presents "Leap Alaska," a short film that follows Tanner Coulter as he hunts Alaska for the first time with friend Andrew Wiseman. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Girls with Guns® Clothing is excited to announce the launch of their second boot collaboration with The Original Muck® Boot Company - the Woody PK boot in Mossy Oak® Break-Up Country® | For More...

Following the success of the Contender 300 lighted nocks for high speed crossbows, Nock Out used this knowledge to develop a lower profile lighted nock for vertical bows. | For More...

Summit Treestands Vine Double Ladder Stand with Realtree Camo breaks up straight lines for maximum engineered concealment. Featuring a patent-pending ladder section with a curved design, the Vine comes in one- and two-hunter configurations. | For More...

— ONLINE
Windigo Images has added great new work by Canadian photographer, Mark Van Dam. To review his new imagery on the Windigo site simply search by last name Van Dam. | For More...

— OPTICS
Barra Optics has just released its H20 series of hunting style riflescopes. All H20 models feature capped ¼ MOA turrets, fully-coated lenses, flip lens covers, and Barra's signature Diamond Standard Lifetime Warranty. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The Pope and Young Club is proud to announce the continued support of YETI® through the Club's Corporate Partners Program. | For More...

POMA The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) announces Lincoln, Nebraska as the destination for its 2018 POMA Business Conference, to be held June 12 - 15, 2018. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Pulleez International Inc. now offers a line of ponytail accessories for outdoors enthusiasts in partnership with outdoors lifestyle brand Mossy Oak. The products are available on the Pulleez website. | For More...

— PROMOTIONS
Honor Defense is pleased to announce the HonorUSA promotion. They've joined forces with some of the best companies in the firearms industry to offer a 20% off promotion to their customers through November 3, 2017. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
The Practical Guide to Gun Holsters for Concealed Carry is now available in print and eBook formats. The book aims to help lawfully-armed citizens learn how to carry a concealed weapon safely, effectively, and responsibly while avoiding a dangerous false sense of security. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, it's new options for carry, new guns, and a deal you don't want to miss, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. | For More...

Be a part of something special and join host Rob Keck for his amazing show from the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium grand opening celebration in Springfield, Missouri. | For More...

This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Wisconsin DNR hunting & shooting sports coordinator Keith Warnke, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association executive director Don Kirby, charter captain Dan Welsch and archery expert JC Chamberlin. Dan is at Ballard's Black Island Resort on Lake of the Woods. | For More...

— SHOOTING RANGES
After years of careful planning, investigation and opportunities for community input, the construction of a new public shooting range in Grand Traverse County, Michigan is set to begin this October in Union Township | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Kahr Arms is proud to announce their title sponsorship of the Kahr Arms Defensive Challenge & Demo Day. The event will take place October 14th and 15th at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, WV. | For More...

— STATE PARKS
Logo for Pocomoke River State Park's Fiftieth AnniversaryThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources proudly celebrates the golden anniversary of Pocomoke River State Park. | For More...

— STATES
Wednesday, the Board of County Commissioners for Mora County, N.M., passed a resolution affirming their commitment to keeping public lands in public hands. This action underscores a local movement, with Eddy and Harding county commissions having approved similar resolutions this summer, and a groundswell of support for public lands across the West. | For More...

For the first time, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) have launched an initiative to highlight a "green light" list of fish species from specific waters that may be consumed without limits. | For More...

Thursday, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (AAFM) announced a suite of projects aimed at protecting and restoring the Lake Carmi watershed. | For More...

Some of the best fishing of the year can occur in the fall, when fish actively feed to prepare for the coming winter. | For More...

The voting membership of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies passed four resolutions during its Business Meeting held on September 13, 2017. | For More...

There's a grouse in Michigan that is far less numerous and widespread and is pursued by far fewer hunters than the ruffed grouse. Sharp-tailed grouse are prairie birds, inhabiting grasslands and the neighboring brush, found only in the Upper Peninsula – and mostly on the east end. | For More...

CPW Fishing is the official fishing app of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, providing you great journaling, learning and scouting capabilities - even with no connection. | For More...

If you're looking for a fun family event, the Village of Pecos is having its first annual Fishing Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Monastery Lake, just up the canyon from the village. | For More...

The Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold a public information meeting Sept. 25 to explain to Maui boaters and community the project scope and planned fall schedule for maintenance dredging at Lahaina Harbor and Mala Boat Ramp. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Join Babe Winkelman, Trent Cole, John Wilson and Scott Linden on their hunting adventures this weekend on Destination America. Tune in for all the action this weekend starting at 5:30 AM/ET. | For More...

Terry Denmon heads to Pigeon-rich Idaho to hunt with the fellas from SNM decoys. Armed with MOJO® spinning wing decoys, the action remains hot from the first to the last hunt. | For More...

Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network viewers will experience jaw dropping destinations and reel-gripping adventures during the week of September 25–October 1. | For More...

— TRANSPORTATION
BRP unveils four new 50"-wide Can-Am Maverick Trail side-by-side vehicles at its annual dealer meeting in Dallas, TX. People can now enjoy the Maverick experience while accessing many public trails and tucked-away destinations with ease. | For More...

— WASHINGTON DC
Just days before National Hunting and Fishing Day – which is held on September 23rd every year - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke declared October will officially be recognized as National Hunting and Fishing Month at the Department. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
Endangered whooping cranes are migrating earlier in spring and later in fall, according to a newly published study by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
If you're a fly fishing beginner—or you've never tried it before—the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is holding a free clinic you won't want to miss. | For More...

FEATURE
National Hunting & Fishing Day
It doesn't matter whether you're headed outside for some fly fishing (above) or some early leaf peeping in areas like Stowe, Vermont where leaves are already turning (center), or simply kicking back by a quiet little stream (bottom) tomorrow's the day to get out and enjoy the outdoors.



Tomorrow is the day set aside each year to encourage people to put down their tablets, close their notebooks, put their computers to sleep, turn off the TV and head outside. National Hunting & Fishing Day is the day the people of the outdoors are supposed to open our figurative doors and welcome everyone.

For many, like New Yorkers, there are incentives like free fishing. For others, there are the simple pleasures of leaves that are already beginning their turn toward the brilliant colors of fall. And if getting outside to breathe fresh air and see those gorgeous leaves before they disappear and the grey of winter sets in isn't temptation enough to head outdoors, I don't know what is.

We, for example, are headed to the mountains for a multi-tasking time. It's not only one of our favorite times to be outdoors, it's our wedding anniversary. So we're revisiting some of the favorite places we've frequented throughout our marriage. Since we're traveling as a twosome again, meaning we can be spontaneous. These days it doesn't mean I'm suddenly going to decide to go skydiving, but it does mean I won't hesitate to take a good book and a folding chair and enjoy the mountain air.

There are a plethora of things you can do in the outdoors, and most of them can be done at little, if any, cost. If you're a city dweller, check in the pantry for some aging bread, crackers, chips or whatever, grab the kids or grandkids and head out to a city park and feed your foodstuffs to the wildlife (if that's permitted, of course). Be prepared to deal with squeals of delight and laughter.

If you're heading out for some fishing, take along friends or family members who don't always have the opportunity to get outside. A few years ago, I casually mentioned to a neighbor that I was thinking about going fishing. He told me that he'd not been fishing since he was a little boy, but often remembered how much fun it was. I invited him along and it was the beginning of what has become a great friendship, despite the fact neither of us caught anything.

That's another thing to remember - neither hunting or fishing are entirely about catching, they're as much about the experience as the harvest or catch. In fact, one of my favorite colleagues sent me this description of his recent elk hunting trip "..spent a week in Colorado's high country. I didn't get an elk, but I got what I really needed: a week with no cell phone service and lots of mountain vistas."

That's all you need to know about why we need to help introduce others to the outdoors. It's not just good for our sports, it's good for all our souls.

Get out there this weekend- and take someone along.

--Jim Shepherd
Sep 21-24
Club Cinegetico Jalisciense AC, Guadalajara, Mexico
Oct 13-23
Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 4-5
Poligono 38 Especial
Dec 5-10
Talladega, Alabama
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