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— ARCHERY
SCOTT Archery, the world's foremost manufacturer of mechanical release aids for archery, is now offering its most hunter-friendly design ever: The new FREEDOM XT release. | For More...

The Easton Foundations Gator Cup is the second of four U.S. Archery Team (USAT) Qualifier Series Events of the 2016 season where archers earn valuable points towards a spot on the national team. The event will consist of official practice, a 72-arrow ranking round, and head-to-head elimination matches. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Archery, final nomination shoot is the last of a three-part trials process. | For More...

— AWARDS
Hornady Manufacturing received a National Rifle Association Publications Golden Bullseye Award during a special ceremony at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings. Hornady received the award for Precision Hunter with ELD-X bullet, which has been chosen as the 2016 Ammunition Product of the Year by American Rifleman magazine. | For More...

— BOATING
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announces the public boating access site at Fletcher Pond in Alpena County is now open following repairs made to damaged ramp planks and the construction of a new skid pier. | For More...

In 2016, the global annual celebration, "Summer Sailstice" will take place on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 uniting nearly 19,000 sailors with a schedule of local events that encourage the community to join in on the fun and celebrate sailing. | For More...

To help customers prepare for and possibly avoid delays, the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department urges boaters to contact its marinas for updates on important information before heading out to launch. | For More...

— COMPETITION
Elite Pro Shooter Chance Beaubouef crafted an Elite win at the first annual Organization of Professional Archery (OPA) Summit Invitational. | For More...

— EVENTS
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns have joined forces with Walmart®, South Bend® and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW) with kickoff events hosted at Walmart stores across the United States June 3-5. | For More...

The Indianapolis Symphonic Band will perform a free, outdoor concert at Fort Harrison State Park on Saturday, May 28. | For More...

Monroe Lake's third annual Faerie Gathering will be held at Indiana's Paynetown State Recreation Area on Saturday, June 18. | For More...

The Berkley Experience Trailer rolls through 2016 with 27 different locations. The next event is at the Scheels store in Billings, MT. | For More...

The Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear exhibit opens at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' Museum of Natural Science on May 28, 2016 and runs through December 30, 2016. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The rule change will remove dog snapper, black snapper, mahogany snapper, and schoolmaster from the Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan. | For More...

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Cabela's recently unveiled the 2017 schedule, which includes stops at some of the most popular tournament bass lakes in the country. | For More...

— GEAR
The new Weekend Series Speed Bags are available in the familiar 3500, 3600 and 3700 sizes for easy integration to your tackle transport and storage system. | For More...

Summit Treestands is now offering the new Explorer SD™ climbing stand in both an open and closed-front configuration for hunters looking to hunt where most stands aren't capable of going. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd., a full-line distributor for the hunting and shooting sports industries, is pleased to announce the recent addition of Holosun Technologies to their product line. | For More...

Due to an increase in customer demand for its products and the need for additional operating space, XS Sight Systems has expanded into a new location. The company will move its operations further down the road to 2401 Ludelle St., Fort Worth, Texas. | For More...

STI International recently announced the appointment of Josh Dow as Gun Production Manager. Josh had most recently been the Machine Shop Manager at STI, where he implemented changes that improved machining operations and increased productivity. | For More...

Swanson Russell received 18 awards in the national Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) Communications Contest. | For More...

Rocky Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq:RCKY) today announced that the Company will make a presentation at the 17th Annual B. Riley & Co. Investor Conference at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California. | For More...

— MEDIA
FMG Online Editor Mark Kakkuri is inspired by the late, great gun-guy Jeff Cooper's adage "if you can't put your hand on your gun right now, all this training is wasted" in his online reviews of the Nighthawk Custom T4 (9mm only) and Stirn IWB holster for comfortable, inside-the-home concealed carry. He also shares some great how-to videos of the orange-colored Kershaw Leek knife. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Access your favorite fishing hole with ease in the12'3" Field & Stream Shadow Caster Angler Kayak. | For More...

Kangaroo Trading Company has partnered with Mossy Oak Nativ Living to offer kids, tween and adult furniture and accessories featuring Mossy Oak's popular camo patterns. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
Houston Safari Club has supported The Tashinga Initiative via a grant for a forward anti-poaching base in the central Lower Zambezi Valley, to enhance the efficacy and efficiency of anti-poaching units and reaction time to incursions by poachers. | For More...

When anti-gun California Senator Barbara Boxer found herself confronted by Bernie Sanders supporters last week and she "feared for her safety," she surrounded herself with security, but the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today suggested an alternative: Maybe she should get a firearm. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Outdoor Sportsman Group, has teamed up with Go RVing to create the Weekends AWAY summer adventure travel series as part of an OSG Integrated Media initiative. | For More...

Inspired by BHA's work, Hunt To Eat developed the "Hunt. Fish. Protect." design, with the proceeds going to BHA. Since its release at BHA's annual North American Rendezvous, the shirt has been a top seller. | For More...

— PEOPLE
For Kevin Terry, preserving native trout is a passion—and his colleagues in the conservation community are taking notice. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
The Wilson Combat AR9 9mm pistol caliber carbine was designed to be the new standard in pistol caliber carbine reliability. The use of common 9mm service pistol magazines makes it an ideal choice for patrol, home defense and cost-effective tactical training. | For More...

— PROMOTIONS
Armscor-Rock Island Armory is kicking off the summer with a special promotion for its TCM Series fans. Any purchase of the M22 TCM BA rifle qualifies the buyer for a free box of TCM ammo upon registering the firearm with Armscor-RIA. | For More...

The Berkley Experience Trailer rolls through 2016 with 27 different locations. The next event is at the Scheels store in Billings, Montana. | For More...

In partnership with Pamp's Outboards, TESTRIDE is open to the public on Friday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
Pick up a copy of the June issue of Shooting Illustrated, on newsstands now, as this is the magazine's final newsstand edition. Beginning with the July 2016 issue, Shooting Illustrated will be an Official Journal of the National Rifle Association. | For More...

— RECREATION
On Saturday, June 11, Alabamians will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters. Free Fishing Day is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 4-12. | For More...

— RETAIL
TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is excited to announce that Hunter's Outlet has completed its remodeling and relocation project. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
Action Target Inc. announces its release of the Sentry Stall: a new stall design for indoor shooting ranges. The Sentry Stall, in addition to Action Target's industry-leading Defender Stall, allows range owners to customize their ranges with a selection of stall designs and options. | For More...

The new M1000 mechanical scale provides right- or left-handed operation and a wealth of big-time features at an affordable price. Featuring a proven design that lets you weigh up to 1,000 grains with +/-0.1-grain accuracy, the M1000 also offers RCBS' magnetic damping system for fast readings, and maintenance-free movement. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Thompson/Center Arms, part of the Smith & Wesson Family, has signed on as a platinum-level sponsor for the 2016 Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt. | For More...

— STATES
The Department of Natural Resources has launched its first-ever fishing video contest, Fishing in 15. This contest aims to highlight Michigan's world-class fisheries and fishing opportunities by tapping the public to develop short videos that visually showcase the resource. | For More...

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be stocking a hybrid trout new to Arizona, in two Arizona Rim Country lakes this week, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Willow Springs Lake and Woods Canyon Lake will each be stocked with catchable size (8-10 inch) tiger trout the week of May 23. | For More...

Another five manatees fitted with GPS transmitters are being tracked in Georgia, the second year of a project providing valuable insight into how these rare mammals use estuarine waters near Kings Bay submarine base and along the rest of Georgia's coast. The health of the manatees is also being documented. | For More...

On Saturday, June 11, Alabamians will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters. Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to fish without a fishing license for a day in both salt and fresh waters. | For More...

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering a series of Paddle Ohio events to promote paddling on Ohio's state-designated wild, scenic and recreational rivers, water trails and Ohio State Park lakes. | For More...

Indiana Dunes State Park will offer a special themed weekend to explore the natural and cultural resources in the dunes from a "glamping" perspective, June 3-5. | For More...

Coastal Awareness Month in June is a chance for Hoosiers to celebrate northwest Indiana's unique natural resources and the region's importance to the rest of the state. | For More...

To celebrate lakes and to encourage residents to join in water quality protection efforts focused on lakes, Vermont will host their annual Lake Seminar on Friday, June 3. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Celebrating our nation's military veterans, NBC Sports re-airs special episode featuring Ollie Hughes from Heroes on the Water with Mike D of South Bend's Lunkerville. | For More...

This week on GUNTALK, we put out the call for family and friends to nominate a person who deserved to win a day of training with Chris Cerino. The winner had no idea what was waiting for him when he arrived home. | For More...

This week, Guns & Gear features the new Smith & Wesson revolvers with LaserMax lasers; supreme gun cleaning products from Slip2000; Mossberg's Patriot rifle; Springfield Armory's .45 and 9mm 1911 RO Compacts; and Stag Arms' competition-ready Model 3T. | For More...

Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff will highlight spring and summer outdoor activities Thursday as they answer questions on the live "Ask the DNR" television program. | For More...

This week on Deer & Wildlife Stories, Keith Warren travels to the home of the biggest whitetail to ever roam the Midwest. X Factor was a staple buck in the breeding industry who's superior genetics gave birth to legendary sons. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
The Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation recently submitted comments in favor of delisting of the grizzly bear as a threatened species under the federal the Endangered Species Act (ESA). | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Holmes County, Tuesday, June 7. | For More...

— YOUTH PROGRAMS
Team spirit, diligent practice sessions, coaches and parents who give of their time freely, and a "friends and family" atmosphere amongst the young competitors, equated to winning results at the 2016 4-H State Rifle Competition for the Hernando Sportsman's Club 4-H rifle team members, for a fifth year in a row. | For More...

FEATURE
News and More News
When Freddie Gray died following his suffering a broken neck while in custody in the back of a police van, the city of Baltimore, Maryland was racked with more than a week of protests that escalated into violence, looting and arson.

The city only returned to a semblance of normal after Freddie Gray became one of last year's rallying cries for groups that are today facing criticism as having been indirectly responsible for the rise of murders in major cities. That indirect responsibility has been laid at their feet because officials now say that many police officers are hesitant to take any action in many instances rather than face the same specter of prosecution and expense faced by the six Baltimore officers charged in Gray's death.

Yesterday, after waiving a jury trial, choosing instead to argue his case before Circuit Judge Barry Williams- a black man, officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of assault and other charges in the case.

Yes, there were protesters on hand- about a dozen of them, and they chanted something at Nero's brother as he left the court (escorted by sheriff's deputies), but the Freddie Gray family, surprisingly, praised Judge Williams for having not "bowed to pressure" from the black community. In fact, Gray family attorney Billy Murphy praised Williams, saying "the family might not be pleased with the verdict, but they respect the rule of law."

At this point, there are no reports of violence or arson in connection with the verdict, and the expected outpouring of social media commentary regarding the verdict seems pretty much equally divided for and against Judge Williams' verdict.

Surprisingly, there has been very little said or written about President Obama's just-announced decision to end the arms embargo that has been in effect against Vietnam since the 1960s. Calling the embargo "a lingering vestige of the Cold War" Mr. Obama called the embargo "unnecessary as he was signing a series of bilateral agreements that included the $11 billion purchase of Boeing 737 aircraft by the Vietnamese national airline VietJet.
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