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— TOP STORY
The Second Amendment Foundation, the Illinois State Rifle Association, Illinois Carry, Inc., and ten individual plaintiffs residing in other states have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Illinois, challenging that state's concealed carry statute that restricts otherwise qualified non-residents the rights and privileges of carrying concealed firearms based solely on their state of residence. | For More...

— COMPETITIONS
Competitive sporting clay shooters are encouraged to register now for the 2015 Ducks Unlimited Las Vegas Continental Shoot. This annual event will take place February12-15, 2015, at the Clark County Shooting Complex in North Las Vegas. | For More...

Student angler teams from Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida, and King High School in Tampa, Florida, topped the leader boards for their respective categories at the inaugural IFA College and High School Saltwater championship events at Houma, Louisiana. | For More...

The ninth Annual Berkley Big Bass Challenge on Lake Fork, Texas, hosted by BassChamps, took place on October 18th - 19th, at Lake Fork Marina. More than 900 anglers competed for over $125,000 in cash, boats and prizes being awarded. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, and former Wyoming governor, Dave Freudenthal today named 20 members of the national Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources. | For More...

Tips from Audubon on saving our feathered friends when they run afoul of fish hooks and lines. | For More...

— EARNINGS
Rocky Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCKY) announces its third quarter ended September 30, 2014 with sales of $72.7 million and third quarter net income of $3.1 million or $0.42 per diluted share as compared to net income of $2.9 million or $0.39 per share in Q3 of 2013. | For More...

— EVENTS
Maryland's Calvert Marine Museum is excited to announce their November event schedule, offering something for everyone. | For More...

— FIREARMS
Brownells is proud to announce the release of AR-15 Catalog #10. With 104 pages, it contains hundreds of products for building, customizing, repairing and cleaning America's favorite firearm. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, along with partners, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, began construction yesterdat on an artificial reef system in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as "the Pickets." | For More...

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a public meeting Nov. 1 in Mill Creek to discuss last summer's Baker Lake sockeye salmon fishery. | For More...

— FUNDRAISERS
The world leader in air guns has teamed with the leader in AR accessories to create the Benjamin Armada, the premier AR-compatible PCP Air Rifle featuring the official Magpul M-LOK modular accessory system. The first unit will be auctioned off on GunBroker.com, October 20-30 with the proceeds going to support the Navy SEAL Foundation. | For More...

— GEAR
SportEar releases the Extreme Edge, the world's smallest device for both hearing protection and hearing enhancement. | For More...

— HUNTING
To make the most of the upcoming youth deer hunting weekend on November 8 and 9, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department offers tips for the adult who is mentoring the young hunter. | For More...

Nearly 220,000 pheasants will be produced this year by the Pennsylvania Game Commission's game farms to be stocked on game lands and other public lands to provide hunting opportunities for Pennsylvania hunters. | For More...

The 2014 New Hampshire total deer take as of October 19 of 1,952 represents a decrease of 22% from the 2013 season at the same point. The harvest remains up significantly from 2009 and 2010 when the September archery season was bucks only. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
The International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA), the world leader in developing safe and responsible hunters since 1949, has become a promotional supporter of the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Project ChildSafe® program. | For More...

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) has been recognized as the Firearms Manufacturer of the Year by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers for the eighth consecutive year. | For More...

Longtime Ducks Unlimited (DU) Magazine editor-at-large and DU TV co-host Wade Bourne was recently honored with the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association's (SEOPA) Lifetime Achievement Award at the group's annual convention | For More...

Dometic Marine, a division of Dometic Group, today announced that it will exhibit the Dometic Cup Cooler, the industry's first thermoelectric refrigerated cup holder for boats, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 30-Nov. 3. | For More...

Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and the National Association Of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) jointly announce a large donation to the HAVA mission of service to disabled military veterans and their families as they try to re-build their lives after devastating injury. | For More...

The Board of Directors of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), parent company of Mercury Marine, has authorized the discretionary repurchase of up to $200 million of the Company's outstanding common stock, either in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions over an approximate two-year period. | For More...

Americase, Inc., the industry leader of airline quality transport cases, is proud to announce that they are celebrating their 30th year of business. | For More...

MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the promotion of Neal Lines to the position of Marketing Team Application Development Manager. Neal began his career at MidwayUSA as an Application Development Intern during the summer of 2008. | For More...

— MEDIA
Fall turkey hunting takes center stage this week on The Revolution with insider advice on how to find a flock, patterning birds, the calls to use, the biggest calling mistakes turkey hunters make and much more. Listeners will bear from legendary outdoorsmen Harold Knight and David Hale of Knight & Hale Game Calls and Steve Hickoff the Turkey Hunting Editor at Realtree.com. | For More...

J.W. Ramp and Anthony Hardy take the reigns this week for episode 96 of the AR-15 Podcast and cover vehicle storage options to safely and properly transport everyone's favorite black rifle. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
The New Carlson's Tactical Muzzle Brake choke tube features a porting designed to reduce recoil significantly. This new choke tube is manufactured from 17-4 Heat Treated Stainless Steel in your choice of either Cylinder or Extra Full constriction. | For More...

After rigorous testing and evaluation Wilson Combat is pleased to announce the availability of our new large format BILLet-AR rifles in .308 Winchester caliber. The .308 caliber rifle is an ideal choice for the hunter or long-range shooter looking for an AR-style rifle with impressive down range ballistics. | For More...

The first of eight new Lund models for 2015, the new 1850 Impact XS is engineered at 18 feet, 7 inches in length with an ultra-broad 94-inch beam, and combines hardcore fishing elements with plenty of features to please the entire family. | For More...

The Electrolux Ergorapido® 2-in-1 cordless stick vacuum is now available in Realtree Xtra®camo. The new 2-in-1 Electrolux Ergorapido Limited Edition Realtree Xtra Camo vacuum displays your love for the outdoors even when you've got to spend a little time indoors. | For More...

A suspending jerkbait with a thick, minnow profile and an aggressive action on retrieve, the Storm® Twitch Stick is now available in four new minnow-matching color patterns - Ghost Wakasagi, Ghost Hot Blue, Ghost Herring and Ghost Pro Blue. These patterns are semitransparent, making them killer in clear water. | For More...

— NOTICES
The nonprofit ArtsQuest and the Hokendauqua Chapter of Trout Unlimited are partnering to offer their first Fly Tying Workshop December 10 and 17, at the Banana Factory community arts center, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. | For More...

— ONLINE
A date at the gun range with a girlfriend has sparked additional coverage for women shooters at Guns & Ammo. "25 Ways to Make Women Feel at Home on the Range" is now available at Guns & Ammo online. | For More...

— PHILANTHROPY
Pure Fishing continues to support the American Breast Cancer Foundation with a portion of the proceeds from all Ladyfish and Lady Trion sales donated to the American Breast Cancer Foundation. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
California's rangelands feature an enormous diversity of plant and wildlife species. Identifying this diversity and how it influences the management of rangelands is the subject of a special issue of the journal Rangelands as well as the upcoming meeting of the Society for Range Management. | For More...

— RADIO
Chris Cheng, the season four champion of the History Channel's Top Shot, is the featured guest on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio. Also joining the show is Arctic Cat's Media Relation Specialist Kale Wainer. The show will air Saturday, Oct. 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL RADIO's SiriusXM channel 80. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
XS Sight Systems, makers of firearm sights that give the user considerable advantages in the highly dynamic world of threat situations, has joined the growing list of returning major sponsors supporting the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals. | For More...

Berkley, maker of Trilene, PowerBait and Havoc, has signed a multiyear deal with B.A.S.S., LLC to continue its longtime relationship with the Bassmaster Tournament Trail. | For More...

— STATES
The fashion mags suggest bold prints and the color gray are in this fall, but trendy hunters always choose hunter orange. | For More...

Mark Ellert, President of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges, announced today its plans to open the company's third Florida resort on St. Augustine Beach, Florida. | For More...

Staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission planted aquatic vegetation in five Piedmont reservoirs to improve fish habitat and provide anglers with better fishing opportunities. | For More...

In the market for a used all-terrain vehicle, pickup bed toolbox or perhaps an airboat? You might find the perfect bargain November 8 at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's surplus property auction. | For More...

The state is collecting information on how the public enjoys reefs in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties to assist in future management. | For More...

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer announces several capital improvement projects at Hocking Hills State Park. Those include complete renovations of the park's 40 cabins. | For More...

The Department of Natural Resources Equine Trails Subcommittee will hold its next scheduled meeting Monday, November 3, at Constitution Hall, 525 W. Allegan St. in Lansing, Michigan. | For More...

Texas put a ban on uprooting seagrass with boat props in place last year, and reports prop scars are dropping significantly. | For More...

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds Coloradans that daylights-saving time ends November 2. As we fall back to an earlier end of the day, motorists should be on the lookout for migrating wildlife. | For More...

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced its decision yesterday to deny the Friends of Wolcott Pond's petition to restrict use of Wolcott Pond. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking additional input and comments on the management of northern Lake Michigan islands. A preliminary vision and a set of draft goals and objectives have been developed and will be available for comment at three scheduled meetings. | For More...

— TELEVISION
The High Road Group, Inc. producer of multiple nationally broadcast outdoor television series is pleased to announce the addition of Jacob Sagemuehl as our new Social Media Director. | For More...

Join us for a unique fly-in big game hunt along the west coast of Newfoundland for this week's episode of Woods N' Water Big Game Adventures on the Pursuit Channel. | For More...

— WATERFOWL
For the third consecutive year, waterfowl numbers in North America have eclipsed the highest ever recorded. An amazing 42.9 million breeding ducks were surveyed this year -- 43 percent higher than the long-term average between 1955 and 2013. | For More...

FEATURE
Around The Industry
The Ebola virus may be pushed off the front pages of today's newspapers with the announcement late yesterday afternoon that the four former security guards for Blackwater USA have been found guilty of multiple counts of murder, manslaughter and assorted weapons violations for their roles in the September 16, 2007 shootings in Nisur Square in Baghdad, Iraq.

At the time, Nicholas Abram Slatten, 30, of Sparta, Tennessee; Paul Alvin Slough, 35, of Keller, Texas; Evan Shawn Liberty, 32, of Rochester, New Hampshire; and Dustin Laurent Heard, 33, of Maryville, Tennessee were providing contract security to U.S. officials when something went wrong and their team started shooting. Before it was all over, 14 unarmed civilians had been killed.

The verdicts came on the twenty-eighth day of jury deliberations and more than two months of trial. A sentencing date hasn't been set, but the four have been detained until Senior Judge Royce C. Lamberth pronounces sentences. The murder charge against Slatten carries a mandatory life sentence, while the first degree manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and weapons charges carry sentences from 15 to 30 years.

A fifth Blackwater guard, Jeremy P. Ridgeway, pled guilty in December 2008 to voluntary manslaughter and attempt to commit manslaughter. He then testified as a government witness and has not yet been sentenced. Another nine members of "Raven 23" the security detail involved in the incident testified as did 30 Iraqis, the largest group ever to travel to the United States for a criminal trial. A total of 71 witnesses testified in the trial.

No word on whether there will be appeals on behalf of the four former Blackwater USA employees.

And there's no room for appeal, but plenty of time for protests after a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and others over what the groups considered inadequate pump warnings regarding the highly-controversial E-85 gasoline.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed the recreational boating industry's challenge of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule regarding misfueling mitigation plans surrounding the sale of E15, saying the group failed to establish Article III standing because they "cannot show members have suffered or are suffering with an injury in fact (due to sales of E-15) that is traceable to the misfueling regulation and readdress able by a favorable decision."

(Sidebar: If you remember what I wrote yesterday about a government that would rather "do nothing and deal with the aftermath later" this should sound familiar.)

The NMMA says the court's ruling has "set an extremely high bar for industry challenges to regulatory action" and continued to say the court appears to "fail to fully comprehend the seriously flawed misfueling rule by the EPA."

In a statement (you can read it in its entirety in this morning's edition of The Fishing Wire (www.thefishingwire.com), the NMMA continued:

"This latest decision not only continues to allow the potentially dangerous E15 at gas pumps across the country, but continues to put consumers and retailers at extreme risk. The EPA's rule does not make provisions to ensure that low ethanol fuels like E10 remain at the pump for consumers who may require them nor does it take any actionable steps towards educating consumers about how to choose the correct fuel for their needs."

"NMMA will be working on behalf of the boating industry to do everything we can to prevent misfueling through education and to take the necessary actions to ensure that compatible, low ethanol fuels remain available and affordable for the 89 million boaters enjoying our waters across the United States." said Nicole Vasilaros, director of federal and legal affairs for NMMA. "And while this decision is disheartening, the matter is far from over. NMMA continues to actively seek Congressional action that will reform the Renewable Fuel Standard and protect recreational marine products and consumers."

It only looks like a comic book. There's not much funny in Senator Tom Coburn's fifth- and final- report on waste in Washington. Image with permission.
In Washington, yesterday marked the fifth -and final- release of Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn's Wastebook Report. It's not the final because government waste has stopped, but Coburn will step down at the end of this current Congress. As one observer put it, "he's leaving the government with a blueprint on how to save money, if anyone's willing to implement it."

Not likely. As Coburn writes in his introduction, "Washington politicians are more focused on their own political futures than the future of our country. And with no one watching over the vast bureaucracy, the problem isn't just what Washington isn't doing, but what it is doing.

Say, for instance, spending $171,000 to study the gambling habits of monkeys, or the State Department spending $90 million each year on cultural exchange programs, including one program that included a "nose flutist". In 2012, State gathered musicians from around the world in Florida where they participated in a "flash mob."

Don't get me started on the $300,000+ plus spent on Swedish massages -for rabbits. Read the entire report at http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=6932c44c-6ef4-491d-a0f1-078b69f1f800.

Jay Leno will headline the Industry Dinner at SHOT Show 2015. NSSF image with permission.
If you're going to SHOT Show 2015, here are a couple of parting thoughts. First, it's less than three months away. Secondly, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) tells me the tickets for their Industry Dinner are going fast. And I understand why. The entertainment is one of Vegas' hottest tickets any time of the year- Jay Leno.

The master of humor without profanity will be the entertainment -and I think he will make for an awesome evening. Thanks, NSSF for booking Leno as the entertainment because you've helped me accomplish something I've tried to figure out how to do for some time: get Jay Leno's picture in a column without worrying about "his people".

Hot tickets are going fast - and he's only doing the one show. Get 'em while they're hot, and before they're gone.

--Jim Shepherd
Oct 25-26
Sarasota Military Academy, Hernando Sportsman's Club and Skyway Trap & Skeet
Oct 31-Nov 2
Cops Range at Rolla MO
Oct 31-Nov 2
Hansen Range, Punta Gorda Florida
Nov 2
Rio Salado Sportsmans Club, Mesa Az.
Nov 7
3043 E. SCHOOL ROAD, BELVILLE, TEXAS 77418
Nov 7
Sanners Lake Sportsman's Club
Nov 7-9
South River Gun Club, Covington, GA
Nov 29-30
Hernando Sportsmen's Club, 16121 Commercial Way (Highway 19), Brooksville, FL
Dec 20
Universal Shooting Academy - Frostproof, FL
Jan 14
Jan 14
Elm Fork Shooting Sports, 10751 Luna Road, Dallas, TX 75220
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