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— EVENTS
Eagles over Monroe will celebrate Indiana's relationship with our national bird through educational programs and birdwatching opportunities at Fairfax State Recreation Area, Jan. 26-28. | For More...

— FISHERIES
Anglers at Dove Hollow Marsh in Indiana's Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area can soon harvest more fish before the marsh is drained this spring for repairs. | For More...

Native to Europe, the German brown trout found in Arkansas' tailwaters of Beaver, Bull Shoals, Norfork and Greers Ferry dams, typically start their spawning run during fall and winter, offering die-hard anglers a chance at some fantastic fishing. | For More...

The AGFC has drop-off locations across the state to let your old Christmas tree have a second life as underwater cover. | For More...

— GEAR
Shake up your wardrobe this year with the new, stylish utilitarian plaid shirts from JAGDHUND | For More...

— HUNTING
The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting district 317, which includes portions of Park County, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
The LIVETARGET story will now be crafted and told by Traditions Media.
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MidwayUSA is pleased to announce Christopher Cauley as Merchandising Manager – Camping and Outdoors. Cauley, an avid outdoorsman and NRA Life Member, began his career with MidwayUSA in 2002. | For More...

Whitetails Unlimited recently awarded a grant in the amount of $25,000 to the Ohio Division of Wildlife to obtain five wildlife-detecting K-9 dogs. | For More...

Parker Compound Bows, manufacturer of high quality Compound Bows and Crossbows, as well as RED HOT Crossbow Accessories, announces the appointment of Ken Jefferies & Associates to provide its expert sales and marketing services for Parker in 37 states. | For More...

— JOBS
PointsNorth Search Group has partnered with a dynamic and forward-thinking firearms organization to locate a Director of Business Development to join their leadership team in the greater Minneapolis area. | For More...

— LEGISLATION
Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen. | For More...

— MEDIA
SOFREP TV is excited to announce the premiere of "Big Mountain Heroes," a documentary following five U.S. Special Operations veterans as they navigate the mountainous terrain of France and cope with the wounds of Post-Traumatic Stress. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Gun Tote'n Mamas™ is pleased to present the Organized Rolling Range Bag- a better way to find your range gear. | For More...

The new CenterPoint Volt 300 crossbow features a reduced draw weight of 130 pounds for an almost effortless cocking/drawing experience along with an anti-dry fire and auto-safety trigger mechanism, and the quad limbs and fully machined cams system provides the ultimate smooth shooting experience. | For More...

Otis announces the launch of their new product, Mission Critical MC-10 High Performance Cleaner & Lubricant which will be the highlight of the Otis booth at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV in January 2018. | For More...

Federal Premium introduces an all-new cartridge that takes the popular MSR 15 platform to unheard of heights in long-range precision and ballistic performance. The 224 Valkyrie produces flat trajectories, match-grade accuracy and supersonic velocities beyond 1,300 yards downrange. | For More...

— NOTICES
A shipment of fresh-cut fir and boxwood stem wreaths later proven to be contaminated with boxwood blight were received on Nov. 22 by Boy Scout Troop 399 in Evansville. The wreaths were being sold as part of an annual fundraising event. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is pleased to announce that the Whitetail Institute has renewed its corporate partnership with QDMA for 2018, extending a relationship established more than a decade ago. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
Guns & Ammo will offer its December issue free of charge online at www.gunsandammo.com/freepreview from December 12-January 9, 2018. | For More...

— RADIO
Bill Heavey, thewell known columnist for Field & Stream, has a new book out and he'll share some hilarious stories this week on the show. | For More...

— RECREATION
Make a New Year's resolution to get outdoors – just take advantage of the 15 combined fee-free days offered by the National Park Service, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service in 2018. | For More...

Mississippi will sponsor free, guided and self-guided hikes in state parks on New Year's Day as part of America's State Parks 7th Annual First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states and Ontario Provincial Parks. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
Brownells now offers the chance to own a customized version of the iconic 1930s Chicago Typewriter with its exclusive Silencerco Summit Tommy Gun package. | For More...

— SHOT SHOW
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Daniel Defense has renewed its sponsorship of the SHOT Show Mobile App for the fourth consecutive year. Headquartered in Black Creek, Georgia, Daniel Defense is a leading manufacturer of premium modern sporting rifles. | For More...

— SPECIAL EDITIONS
Henry Repeating Arms is pleased to introduce the newest rifle in its collection, the Henry Golden Boy Shriners Tribute Edition Rifle. Recognizing Shriners International, an organization comprised of over 200,000 members around the world, Henry Repeating Arms is donating a portion of each sale to the Shriners International fraternity to assist with their many philanthropic efforts. | For More...

— STATES
Test results on Iowa deer samples for the presence of chronic wasting disease will likely be delayed until after the holidays, due to a national shortage of available test kits. | For More...

In addition to annual hunting and fishing permits, hunt/fish combos are available, as well as lifetime permits, which are perfect for kids, grandkids and graduates. | For More...

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed along Lee and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida over the past week. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week, Terry heads south to waterfowl rich country of Mexico to hunt with good friend Steve McCain at Wide Open Outfitters. | For More...

— VIDEO
Visit www.GrowingDeer.com to see their latest deer hunting videos. The newest episode shows a successful Arkansas hunt where Lindsey Martin tags a massive home grown buck. | For More...

— VOLUNTEERS
Locally, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is enlisting the help of landowners and citizen scientists to assist biologists as part of the American Kestrel Partnership, a program designed to collect data to be used to conserve this important species for future generations. | For More...

— YOUTH
The Arkansas Wildlife Federation and the Little Rock-based nonprofit organization Creative Ideas have come together to promote wildlife education through the arts in the Fifth Annual Wildlife of Arkansas Student Art Contest. | For More...

Ode to the Check-In Station


Hunting, for Kyle Wright, is about spending a good time alone, about reorienting myself to the world around me. But it's also about communing with those we meet in the wider world, about conversations and connections with our fellow man.

FEATURE
Five Years After
Today's an anniversary most of us would rather not celebrate. Five years ago, a disturbed 20-year old slaughtered 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

The fact he'd murdered his mother and stolen her guns didn't stop the calls for new gun laws. None of which would have prevented the event. But that didn't stop the gun control groups. Never does, as we've unfortunately learned since.

The NRA was roundly criticized for suggesting that the only answer to a bad guy with a gun was a good guy with a gun.

Another nonprofit group, however, was listening in frustration as well-meaning, but immensely uninformed people called for "national conversations" about school safety while simultaneously pillorying the NRA for it's "good guy with a gun" suggestion.

That group, decided to take a different approach - and they've come a long way in just five years.

"I remember an ABC News town hall in Columbus, Ohio," says Jim Irvine, Chairman of Buckeye Firearms Foundation, "Gun control advocates kept talking about having a so-called 'national conversation' about school safety. It was so frustrating because we'd been having that conversation for years and nothing had changed."

And Irvine decided not to wait.

"So in the middle of the town hall we said we were done talking. It was time for action. We announced a program to train teachers and other school staff to carry guns in schools so they would be ready to stop active killers quickly," he said, "There were literally gasps from the audience."

Buckeye Firearms Foundation's FASTER Saves Lives program has given more than 1,300 teachers, administrators and other staff firearms instruction (above) as well as the essentials of first-aid to save lives in emergency situations (below). Buckeye Firearms Foundation photos, with permission.

The announcement was met with more than disbelief by the crowd. Editorials said no school would ever participate - and no teacher could possibly be interested.

But when the Buckeye Firearms Foundation reached out with the offer to train 24 teachers more than 1,000 applied.

Since then, they've trained more than 1,300 teachers and staff from 225 school districts across a dozen states- including 76 of Ohio's 88 counties "where no teacher would possibly be interested."

Next year, 400 additional educators are already set up to go through their training.

And the original class has become the FASTER Saves Lives program (http://fastersaveslives.org). It's a nonprofit program that gives educators practical violence response training -including emergency medical care.

"After five years, attitudes have changed dramatically," Irvine says. "School boards, members of law enforcement, and the media often start off skeptical. But after they attend a class and see for themselves the high quality of instruction and how the program has adapted proven ideas from real world active killer events for the school environment, they realize FASTER Saves Lives is the best, most effective solution available."

Here's where each of us can help. Demand for the classes from schools around the country have exceeded the funding from Buckeye Firearms Foundation. They've gotten some grant money for 2018 and 2019 for instruction in Ohio, but training isn't inexpensive.

By now, you've probably figured out where I'm headed.

If you're looking at your year-end tax situation and need to donate a little more cash to worthwhile organizations in 2017, consider a check to "FASTER Saves Lives" .

You can send your tax-deductible donations to :

FASTER Saves Lives
PO Box 357
Greenville, OH 45331

It's a 501(c)(3) public charity, so it's a legitimate donation that could help save you some tax dollars- and maybe someone's life in an active school shooter situation.

Kudos to the Buckeye Firearms Association for acting instead of talking about doing something. It's a grassroots organization that demonstrates -again- that you don't need a mega-organization to make a difference.

You just have to be willing to try.

-- Jim Shepherd
Dec 20
Jan 3
Jan 4-7
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas
Jan 11-13
Indiana Convention Center 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
Jan 11-14
New Jersey Contention & Exposition Center, Raritan Center Expo Hall, Edison, New Jersey
Jan 15
Jan 23-26
Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Jan 26-28
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
Jan 28-Feb 2
Isaac Davis Memorial Range, Wacissa, Florida
Jan 31-Feb 3
Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 3-11
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Feb 8-11
Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 19
Feb 22-25
Clark County Shooting Range, Las Vegas, Nevada
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