— AMMUNITION —
Federal Premium launches a new load in 224 Valkyrie aimed at long-range target shooters with its release of 90-grain Sierra MatchKing. The bullet design has a sleek boat-tail that maximizes ballistic coefficient.
— AMMUNITION RELOADING —
The 10mm is back and is a great cartridge. Redding has added a Premium Expander Die for the caliber and it uses a specially designed expander plug coated in titanium nitride.
— BOATING —
Nebraskans will enjoy this summer boating on waters across the state. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges boaters to keep safety the top priority.
BoatUS addresses three common mistakes boat owners make with DSC-VHF radios and some simple ways to improve safety aboard your boat.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has created a video and other educational materials for the new "B-WARE: Boating While Alert Reduces Entanglements” campaign to raise awareness about the role boaters play in the generation of derelict crab traps/pots.
— COMPETITIONS —
Cascadian Bowmen hosted the 2018 Oregon S3DA 3-D State Championship in Noti, Oregon. Approximately, 31 archers from 4 different clubs participated in this event.
Michigan S3DA held their 3-D Regional on May 19th and their Outdoor Regional on May 20th at West Michigan Archery Center in Rockford, Michigan.
Tactical Solutions Shooting Team posts big success with two 3rd place medals at the recent European Steel Challenge Championships. Mike Gallion, Chris Mitsuoka and Trenton Mitsuoka from Team TacSol competed in the Open and Rimfire Open Pistol Team Divisions.
It was a grand performance by the American contingent of 12 junior shotgun competitors bound for World Championships later this summer after competing in a warm-up Grand Prix match in Porpetto, Italy, May 19-22.
Register for the 2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship. CAAFTC will be held July 20-22, 2018 in Rochester, NY. Dedicated air gun competitors from around the globe can continue to register for the three-day competition which features multiple shooting matches including the main two-day rifle event.
— EVENTS —
Show an appreciation for trails and help restore them at Indian Cave State Park on June 2 in celebration of National Trails Day.
Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announces America’s Boating Club – United States Power Squadrons is its Official Charitable Partner for the 48thAnnual Newport International Boat Show.
— FIREARMS —
The Model 1911 R1 Tactical is now available at retail. The guns feature a match grade trigger, 5-inch match grade stainless steel barrels and the frame and slides are tuned for consistent performance.
— FISHERIES —
You can fish Arizona waters for free on Saturday, June 2, making this an ideal time to take the family out for some fun and relaxing outdoor recreation.
— HUNTING —
Hunt 234 – a statewide hunting license valid for public and private lands (except for public lands in the southern Lower Peninsula) – runs through May 31, perfect for your Memorial Day weekend plans.
— ICAST —
On the Water is an excellent way for buyers and media, and other attendees, to check out gear, tackle and accessories at the world's largest tackle show in OrlandoJuly 10-13.
If you plan on staying in one of the ICAST hotels, you must register in order to receive the ICAST housing rate.
— INDUSTRY —
Hornady Manufacturing Company has struck a deal to sell more than 90,000 of its Rapid Rack empty chamber indicator / load-assist devices to the French Ministry of Defense through the company’s French distributor, Sidam SAS.
Project ChildSafe, the firearms safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, was honored to be named among finalists vying for the National Safety Council’s 2018 Green Cross for Safety Awards. NSSF and Project ChildSafe’s selection as one of three finalists for the Excellence in Safety Award recognized the program’s continued commitment to helping prevent firearms accidents, thefts and misuse.
Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois recently hosted their Smith & Wesson Weeks Promotion March 26 thru April 6, 2018. This event was open to all of Zanders’ dealers and offered huge discounts on a variety of Smith & Wesson items.
KastKing (wwwkastking.com) has created a fly fishing combo to support military Veterans. EntitledThe Defender Series, they are available below cost to the not-for-profit Anglers of Honor veterans support organization www.Anglersofhonor.org
— JOBS —
The ideal candidate will work closely with the Director of Sales to create sales plans for dealer and international sales channel; while also have the ability to motivate, coach, and manage the sales team.
— NEWS —
This Memorial Day weekend, ODIN will offer its biggest savings of the year. Sale items include forends, XMR’s, gas blocks, compensators, barrels, stocks and more.
— ONLINE —
The results of a recently completed fawn survival study will be discussed live at a Tuesday, May 29 webinar.
— ORGANIZATIONS —
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation accepted an invitation to serve on the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council.
It’s the kick off to summer boating season, but thanks to President Trump’s recent announcement to allow the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol) fuel year-round, some boats could be headed for the dry docks. Misfueling, reliability and safety issues, as well as environmental questions have recreational boaters concerned.
— PUBLIC LANDS —
This week, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced a proposal that would expand hunting and fishing opportunities to 30 National Wildlife Refuges, spanning more than 248,000 acres.Of the 30, 20 in 19 states would be opened for migratory game bird hunting opportunities.
— PUBLISHING —
Sweeping into the timber, the American Waterfowl June/July cover magically illustrates the beauty of ducks and trees. Why do mallards in timber seem like a dream too good to be true?
— RADIO —
National R3 Symposium leaders discuss recruit, retain and reactivate program for sportsmen.
— RECREATION —
Families are invited to Paynetown State Recreation Area on Saturday, June 9, for Monroe Lake’s third annual “Nature Play Day: Play Passport Challenge.”
Join guided hikes or explore Turkey Run and Shades State Parks on your own for National Trails Day, June 2.
— SAFETY —
As many people are gearing up to spend time outdoors over the Memorial Day weekend, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds everyone planning to ride an off-highway vehicle (OHV) to do so safely and responsibly.
— STATES —
For the sixth time in the past 10 years, a DNR project has been honored at the Indiana GIS Conference sponsored by the Indiana Geographic Information Council.
Lovers of lakes are invited to attend the 14th annual Vermont Lake Seminar. This daylong seminar is a time to celebrate lakes, learn how to write and submit a successful water quality grant application, and meet leaders from around the state pursing lake restoration projects.
High water in south central Montana’s major rivers has prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to restrict 11 fishing access sites to walk-in only.
— TELEVISION —
This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from Major League Fishing: All Angles, Out Da Bayou, A Fishing Story with Ronnie Green, Jimmy Houston, and more.
Everyone loves a great comeback story, and “The Experience” features powerful, personal encounters with brave men and women who have made sacrifices and given their best—sometimes at great cost—in order to make a difference in the lives of those around them.
— WASHINGTON —
“The Farm Bill is not dead. In fact, the House may try to bring it to the floor again in June. In the meantime, our attention turns to the Senate,” said Dave Nomsen, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “It is now the Senate’s turn to develop their version of a Farm Bill that will work for all, including those with a passion for conservation."
— WILDLIFE —
It is natural for some people who see a young wild animal apparently abandoned by its mother to want to rescue it. The correct course of action is to leave it alone.
— WORKSHOPS —
Monroe Lake is offering a two-hour kayak fishing workshop at Paynetown State Recreation Area on Thursday, June 14 at 6 p.m.
— YOUTH PROGRAMS —
It was a very good year for Alabama’s student archers at the National Archery in the Schools Program Eastern National Championship. Placing in the top five of their shooting categories were two Alabama teams and four individual students.
Holiday Eve Reflection
It's no longer called Decoration Day. Not many outside the south probably even know what a “Decoration Day” is- or that not all of them were mandated holidays. Some of us remember gathering at our churches, having services, eating lunch, then visiting the graves of departed family members. We celebrated those who went before us. Those whose hard work and sacrifice made our various situations possible.
There aren't nearly as many solemn celebrations like these as there were when I was growing up. But whether you observe it or not, this holiday commemorates much more than the official kickoff weekend of summer.
Memorial Day was originally designated to honor the Union dead from the Civil War. It was expanded in World War I to include all Americans who died in military service to their country.
Today, it is more commonly remembered as the weekend of the running of the Indianapolis 500 and/or the beginning of summer. True to that model this year, schools in our area finish today, freeing kids for another summer of fun. Like youth, unfortunately, their summers aren’t as long - or nearly as carefree- as the ones older people like me remember. There are entirely too-many pressures on today’s kids. There are also entirely too-few parents teaching them how to cope with times when things don’t go their way, tragedies happen or they don’t like the way people in charge are doing their jobs. But that’s a topic for another conversation.
Just down the road from our new home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is the Stones River National Battlefield. Walking its restful vistas, it’s almost unimaginable that 24,645 soldiers were killed, wounded or captured on the same ground where I walk to relax.
Wandering the adjacent military cemetery, it’s brought into harsh focus by row upon rows of simple white markers. The cemetery’s large- and full- the only soldiers buried there died in the fields where the community bikes, hikes, wanders and watches wildlife. Their sacrifice is brought into focus when I realize that without their deaths this park wouldn’t exist.
Without the sacrifice of our military, virtually nothing we enjoy today would exist. And this weekend’s the time to remember that- and to remind those who follow us.
As a Memorial Day tradition, some Americans will visit cemeteries and memorials to place wreaths in honor of fallen friends, relatives and comrades. It's the weekend that all national cemeteries sprout small American flags. The weekend when my young daughters used to say the “flags are blooming."
It is the continuation of a tradition of honoring the fallen that dates to the Greeks. They honored their dead, especially their heroes, with chaplets of laurel and flowers.
We are enjoying this holiday weekend with our families, and hope you have the same privilege. There will be no wires on Monday, but we will be back on Tuesday, May 29, with our full editions.
Over the weekend, I hope you’ll take a moment to say a prayer of thanks for those who died in service, and will add a prayer of protection for those now serving.
This is the weekend we should remember this truth: "all gave some; some gave all."
To each of them, our sincere thanks.
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