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— TOP STORY
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has introduced the NSSF-supported Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S.446), a companion to the House of Representatives bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson. The proposed legislation, with 30 co-sponsors, would compel states to recognize concealed carry permits issued from other states that have concealed carry laws within their own borders - much in the same way a driver's license is recognized. | For More...

— COMMEMORATIVES
Buck Knives is pleased to announce the launch of a new commemorative knife collection appealing to generations of Scouts and Scouters of the Boy Scouts of America. The timeless 110 Folding Hunter has been added to the list of products officially licensed by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). | For More...

— COMPETITIVE SHOOTING
Team Bushnell Tactical Captain George Gardner won the first K&M Precision Southeastern Shooter's Challenge of the year this past weekend in Finger, Tennessee. In addition, Team Bushnell Tactical's newest member, Bryan Sikes, took fourth on this Precision Rifle Series Club Series event. | For More...

Team Comp-Tac's Gordon Carrell won the High Senior title at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship held February 23rd-26th in Springfield, Massachusetts. Carrell finished third Master in the Custom Defensive Pistol Division where he competed with his Springfield 1911. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
In Iowa, experts from Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have been looking at ways to help the local monarch population and to improve and expand the refueling areas for monarchs migrating through | For More...

Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives logoThe Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives program – funded by the Department of Natural Resources, the Quality Deer Management Association, Pheasants Forever and Michigan United Conservation Clubs – promotes the development and growth of wildlife cooperatives in Michigan. Deer and pheasants are the primary species of focus within these cooperatives. | For More...

— CONTRACTS
Winchester has been awarded as the ammunition supplier for the U.S. Army Modular Handgun System program. Winchester will supply full metal jacket and Special Purpose ammunition in support of the MHS program. | For More...

— EVENTS
The public is invited to the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center March 11 and 12. | For More...

Starlight 3-Gun LLC, the company behind the shooting industry's only nighttime national 3-Gun match, announced today that Inland® Manufacturing will host a special side match competition at the upcoming 2017 Starlight 3-Gun Championship. In addition to the company's Gold-Level Sponsorship, Inland Manufacturing will offer event attendees the opportunity to experience a World War II inspired 3-Gun course of fire. | For More...

Hornady Manufacturing, a world leader in bullet, ammunition, and reloading tools, will be exhibiting at the IWA Outdoor Classic show in Nuremberg, Germany March 3-6. | For More...

TROY will be showcasing their weapons, small arms components and accessories at the IWA Outdoor Classics in Hall 9, Stand 541 on Friday, March 4th through Monday, March 6th at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg in Germany. | For More...

— FISHERIES
Work to stabilize a bank of the St. Marys River in Fort Wayne along Headwater Park and the Old Fort has begun. | For More...

Oklahoma's Paddlefish Research Center (PRC) in northeastern Oklahoma will open Wednesday, March 1, for the spring snagging season. Successful anglers are encouraged to donate their paddlefish to the center for biological research, and they won't have to bother cleaning their own catch. | For More...

— GRANTS
Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 grant round. Non-profit organizations and people that help to achieve positive stewardship of the Patuxent River or Patuxent River Basin and its history are eligible to apply. | For More...

— HUNTING
Deer hunters reported harvesting 101,397 deer during the 2016 Iowa deer hunting season, which is about 3,000 fewer than were reported in 2015, but nearly identical to the 2014 harvest. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Southwick Associates announces the 2016 top brands for many hunting and shooting product categories, compiled from internet-based surveys completed in 2016 by the Southwick Associates HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com panels. | For More...

Brothers & Company announces the promotion of James B. Lawson to Vice President in its Tulsa office. | For More...

In the month since the unveiling of the 22 Nosler cartridge, a growing number of quality manufacturers are now offering complete rifles, uppers and barrels chambered in this hot new round. | For More...

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is pleased to announce that effective February 27, 2017, Todd Bailey has been hired to the position of National Sales Manager – Sports Optics Division. | For More...

GSM Outdoors announces their internal promotion of Ben Smith to Director of Sales and Marketing. GSM Outdoors encompasses many brands in the hunting and outdoor markets such as; Stealth Cam, Walker's, Western Rivers, Cyclops, American Hunter, HME and SSI. | For More...

Marketplace Insight and Orchid Advisors launch 'FFL Insight' to enhance retail firearm pricing decisions. The subscription service is available to dealers who seek to understand changes in firearm pricing across the United States. | For More...

Cannae Pro Gear reported that the 2017 SHOT Show was an overwhelming success. Interest in Cannae's products has continued to grow. | For More...

— JOBS
This position will support the Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales Team for new and existing products by providing analytical and operational support to the Sales and Dealer Support Teams. | For More...

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) State Parks Bureau is looking for job applicants for summer recreational aide openings in several parks around the state. | For More...

— LEGISLATION
Monday, the United States Senate voted 72-27 to confirm Wilbur Ross as the Secretary of Commerce. In addition to overseeing a variety of federal agencies involved in economic growth, Secretary Ross will also be in charge of the National Marine Fisheries Service, which oversees a $900 million budget related to saltwater fisheries management in federal waters. | For More...

In a special meeting Monday evening, the City Council of Annapolis, Maryland, responded to a federal Second Amendment civil rights lawsuit backed by Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) by passing an ordinance repealing its total ban on the possession and carry of electronic arms, like Tasers and 'stun guns'. The ban was repealed immediately following the vote. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
New this year are 22 Nosler, 33 Nosler and 6.5 Creedmoor. These new Master Hunter die sets include a full length sizing die coupled with the highly respected Redding Competition Seating Die. | For More...

Wildgame Innovations' new VANISH Concealment Combo is a premium, multi-hunt-ready personal concealment system containing 2 oz. of matte black face paint and 20 gentle, pre-moistened removal wipes. | For More...

— NEWS
Bergara Rifles, a division of BPI Outdoors, is pleased to announce its rifles will now be available in Canada due to its recent exclusive partnership with Canadian firearms distributor O'Dell Engineering. | For More...

— OPTICS
The Meprolight 4X fixed magnification telescopic day scope is now available with four different caliber-dedicated reticles to choose from, CROSSHAIR 5.56, CHEVRON 5.56. HORSESHOE 5.56 and HORSESHOE 5.56 and 7.62 (dual calibers). | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
IHEA-USA Board of Directors has hired Brad Heidel as its new Executive Director. Brad has begun his transition into the role, effective immediately, and will be working remotely from Madison, WI. | For More...

In December 2016, all of the current CMP State Directors met at CMP's Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama to attend the traditional bi-annual meeting. There, the directors were able to hear the inner happenings of the CMP and were given the opportunity to meet their colleagues – some for the first time. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Patriot Ordnance Factory is proud to announce the Revolution is now shipping to distributors. The Revolution is POF-USA's new .308 battle rifle that handles like a 5.56 – because it's the same size and weight as one. | For More...

— PUBLIC LANDS
The American Farm Bureau Federation has called President Trump's executive order to ditch the Waters of the U.S. rule "a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers across the country today." The AFB went on to call the WOTUS rule "nothing more than a federal land grab, aimed at telling farmers and ranchers how to run their businesses." | For More...

— PUBLICATIONS
The March issue of Shooting Industry offers a valuable and comprehensive look at several markets ripe with opportunity for retailers — including recreational shooters, cutlery and long guns. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of "Nothing Goes to Waste in Africa" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...

— RADIO
Bassmaster Radio, a new weekly program focusing on professional bass fishing, debuts Saturday, March 4, on more than 100 radio stations nationwide, B.A.S.S. announced today. | For More...

— RECREATION
The new Centennial Shelter at Indiana's McCormick's Creek State Park is open for reservations. | For More...

— STATES
Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in wildlife, especially deer and moose, should plan on attending one of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife public hearings being held in late March. | For More...

Fishing tournament sponsors who launch from a ramp or marina at a Kentucky state park must first register the tournament and obtain a permit if more than 25 boats participate. | For More...

Landowners have until March 30 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks for enrollment in a new program called Unlocking Public Lands that may qualify a landowner for up to $3,000 in annual tax credits. | For More...

National Invasive Species Awareness Week comes at a unique time for Montana, as Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation continue their joint efforts to implement a plan to fight aquatic invasive mussels. | For More...

— TELEVISION
The Shooting USA 2017 SHOT Show Special debuts Wednesday on Outdoor Channel. New products at SHOT include Smith & Wesson's new M&P 2.0, the return of the Colt double-action Cobra, Hornady's new Black ammunition, and a whole lot more. | For More...

— WASHINGTON
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever testified before the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry regarding important provisions for the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill debate as the organization's Dave Nomsen represented the views of the organization's 149,000 members.
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Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has condemned an administration decision to withdraw the Clean Water Rule, calling it a "shortsighted attack on fundamental conservation laws." | For More...

The Izaak Walton League of America believes the Clean Water Rule is fundamentally sound and that further delay in restoring protections for streams and wetlands risks long-term damage to water quality, habitat for fish and wildlife, and our economy. | For More...

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has issued a response to President Trump's executive order directing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to revise their 2015 Clean Water rule, saying "sportsmen will not "settle for watered down protections or negligence for the habitat that supports the fish and wildlife we love to pursue." | For More...

One cabinet appointment under the Trump Administration that was being closely watched by fishermen and the marine industry was confirmed yesterday by the US Senate as Wilbur Ross was approved as the Secretary of Commerce. The Recreational Fishing Alliance believes Ross brings a strong business tone to the department. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently received laboratory confirmation that six white-tailed deer sampled in Allegany County tested positive for chronic wasting disease. All of the cases were found within the existing Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area. | For More...

— YOUTH PROGRAMS
Across the country, student archers are currently competing in the National Archery in the School's Program's state archery tournaments, to determine who will move on to the highly anticipated 2017 NASP Nationals on May 11-13. Student archers, coaches, and parents will travel to the Bluegrass state's Exposition Center, located in Louisville, Kentucky, for another exciting year. | For More...

FEATURE
Statement of sportsmen and women who support an effective Clean Water Act regarding today's Trump Administration Executive Order on the Clean Water Rule
Editor's Note: President Trump's executive order on the Clean Water Rule has kicked the proverbial hornet's nest with several outdoor groups. Today, we offer the collective signees of a response to the executive order the opportunity to make their case for an alternative.

The Trump Administration is undermining the Clean Water Act. American sportsmen and sportswomen call on the Administration to protect headwater streams and valuable wetlands, keystones of America's clean water and hunting and fishing heritage

Does America need cleaner waterways? Or do we want to forsake decades of progress and allow degradation of our streams, rivers and wetlands? Those are the vital questions for the new Trump Administration and the 115th Congress.

American sportsmen and women want to move forward, not backward.

Yet, today, President Trump signed an executive order to start rolling back the Clean Water Rule, a new definition issued in 2015 to clarify what are "waters of the United States." The legally sound and scientifically supported definition would ensure protection for headwater streams and wetlands.

The Trump administration Executive Order directs the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to rescind and revise the Clean Water Rule. It directs the agencies to consider using former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's minority opinion that said seasonal streams and many wetlands do not merit protection as a basis for the revision.

If Justice Scalia's direction is followed 60 percent of U.S. streams and 20 million acres of wetlands would lose protection of the Clean Water Act; a tragedy for fish and wildlife, hunting and fishing, and clean water.

President Trump's reliance on Justice Scalia's opinion is especially misguided and must be reversed. The Trump Administration must consider the benefits of the 2015 Clean Water Rule and make sure that any revised rule does the following:

  • Restores longstanding protections for millions of wetlands and headwater streams that contribute to the drinking water of one in three Americans, protects communities from flooding, and provides essential fish and wildlife habitat that supports a robust outdoor recreation economy.

  • Sustains the sport fishing industry, which accounts for 828,000 jobs, nearly $50 billion annually in retail sales, and an economic impact of about $115 billion every year that relies on access to clean water.

  • Sustains duck hunting in the U.S., including 1.5 million duck hunters whose expenditures invest more than $3 billion into our economy.

  • Fulfills the aspirations of 83 percent of American sportsmen and women, from across the political spectrum, who believe the Clean Water Act should apply to smaller streams and wetlands, as the 2015 rule directed.


The new Administration must listen to the voices of American sportsmen who want more clean water, more fish and wildlife habitat, and new progress building on the successes of the past.

Sportsmen and women will do everything within their power to compel the Administration to change course and to use the Clean Water Act to improve, not worsen, the Nation's waterways.


For more information, please contact:

Steve Moyer, Trout Unlimited (703) 284-9406 smoyer@tu.org

Ben Bulis, American Fly Fishing Trade Association (406) 580-6887 ben@affta.org

Katie McKalip, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, (406) 240-9262 McKalip@backcountryhunters.org

Jan Goldman-Carter, National Wildlife Foundation (202) 797-6894 goldmancarterj@nwf.org

Jared Mott, Izaak Walton League of America (301) 548-0150 ext. 224 dmerritt@iwla.org

Kristyn Brady, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (617) 501-6352 kbrady@trcp.org
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