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— EDITOR'S NOTE
July 4th Holiday
In observation of the Independence Day holiday we will not be publishing any services on July 3 or July 4. We will resume our normal distribution schedules on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

— ACQUISITIONS
Professional shooter Doug Koenig's X-Ring Productions, LLC, has acquired Chamber-View L.L.C, manufacturer of visual safety products for shotguns, AR rifle platforms and pistols. | For More...

— ARCHERY
Obsession Bows continues to turn heads with its groundbreaking compound bows and Field & Stream Magazine is the latest to take notice, naming the Obsession Turmoil among its Best Hunting Gear of 2017. | For More...

Gold Tip and Bee Stinger pro shooter Levi Morgan won the second leg of the IBO National Triple Crown in Bloomington, Indiana, capturing the podium of the Pro Release class. | For More...

Reintroduced earlier this year at the Archery Trade Association trade show, the Rocky Mountain brand is back to life with the introduction of innovative new broad heads in addition to a new lineup of archery sights. | For More...

— COMPETITION
The recurve finals day at the Hyundai Archery World Cup Salt Lake saw Olympians Mackenzie Brown and Brady Ellison take center stage for the bronze mixed team final. | For More...

Century Arms announces their Platinum Sponsorship of the Northwest Championship Rimfire Challenge. | For More...

The National Rifle League's seventh match of the 2017 NRL season will take place September 30- October 1, 2017, in Logan, New Mexico. | For More...

— COMPETITIONS
Wilson Combat team members, Greg Martin, Austin Proulx, Les Kismartoni, and Mandy Bachman traveled to the Wisconsin State IDPA match on June 17th, 2017. The team had a successful match. | For More...

GASTON J. GLOCK style LP is proud to announce Dave Sevigny's Production win at the Georgia State Steel Challenge Championship. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
On Tuesday, June 27, members of the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and SCUBAnauts International will join forces with scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory to plant 500 nursery grown corals near Looe Key. | For More...

In a letter sent to members of Congress, recreational fishing and boating groups, led by theAmerican Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Keep Florida Fishing®, expressed strong support for increased federal funding of Everglades restoration projects that have been authorized by Congress, including the Central Everglades Planning Project, Tamiami Trail bridging and Herbert Hoover Dike repairs. | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
A Saginaw County, Michigan man was fined heavily, ordered to serve jail time, probation and community service, and had his hunting privileges revoked when he was sentenced recently for deer hunting violations he committed during the fall 2016 firearm deer hunting season. | For More...

— FIREARMS
Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that it has expanded its line of Self Defense pistols to include Flat Dark Earth and Gray frame finishes. The Smith & Wesson SD Series is chambered in 9mm or .40 S&W. | For More...

— FISHERIES
Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30. | For More...

Harvests from freshwater fisheries such as the Great Lakes could total more than 12 million tons a year globally and contribute more to global food supplies and economies than previous estimates indicate, according to a study published yesterday by Michigan State University and the U.S. Geological Survey. | For More...

— FISHING
People are able to fish from shore without a license in most state parks on a lake or river that doesn't require a trout stamp. | For More...

Ranger Boats Pro Carl Svebek III weighed a total of 36 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the Bassmaster Central Open #2 on the Sabine River at Orange, Texas, on June 17. | For More...

— GEAR
The Firminator is an all-in-one machine that prepares the ground, plants the seed, and cultipacks the ground afterwards for top yields. | For More...

The New Stay Sharp case was designed to keep broadheads components sharp, together, secure, and ready for use in the field. | For More...

PROTECH Tactical, a brand of The Safariland Group, announced its complete line of integrated tactical plate racks and carriers featuring FirstSpear technologies is now available. | For More...

— HUNTING
Two public hearings have been set by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board to gather input on proposed changes to the state's bear hunting regulations. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
MOJO® Outdoors is proud to announce the extension of a 15 year partnership with Outtech for continued support in marketing and sales efforts with key customers. | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announces the winners of its 2017 Voting Member Scholarship Essay Contest. | For More...

SIG SAUER, Inc., The Complete Systems Provider, is proud to announce the selection of the striker-fired P320 9mm as the sidearm of choice for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office (LCSO). | For More...

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent addition of Allen McCormick, who will serve as Vice President, Marketing. He will lead SIG SAUER marketing and development of the SIG brand, spearheading company initiatives across Firearms, Ammunition, Electro-Optics, Suppressors, Airguns and Training divisions. | For More...

Adding to over 20 years of building precision rifles, Christensen Arms is pleased to announce the official opening of the its Custom Shop. The shop offers a variety of maintenance and gunsmith services that can be purchased via the company's website. | For More...

— INVASIVE SPECIES
You're invited to partner in the fourth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby July 9 at Mote Marine. | For More...

— OPTICS
No matter what you are hunting, scouting for or just trying to get a good, clear look at, Styrka has a binocular for you--and one to hold up to most anything Mother Nature can throw your way. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
SC applauds Representative Paul Gosar (R), along with co-sponsors Trent Franks (R), Tom O'Halleran (D) and David Schweikert (R), for introducing the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act on June 22. | For More...

Banks Outdoors, makers of blinds, feeders, and a wildlife watering system, has renewed their sponsorship with Whitetails Unlimited. | For More...

— PEOPLE
Bud Cook, Broker for Mossy Oak Properties NC Land and Farm in Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, has received its inaugural "Fox Haas Award" | For More...

— RADIO
We just won several Excellence in Craft Awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association for interviews we aired in 2016 and this week we will be sharing them with you. | For More...

— RECREATION
The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) urges support for federal outdoor recreation programs in the FY2018 budget now being crafted by the Congress. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
Jagemann announced the launch of its JAG Magazines for the Glock 42 and Glock 43. The magazines are designed with improved follower geometry and round stacking for ease of use and disassembly. | For More...

Adams Arms introduced their new P-Series at this year's NRA Annual Meetings. A staple of the P-Series will be the Micro Gas Block. | For More...

— STATES
The deadline to enter the lottery for a 2017 Vermont moose hunting permit is July 3. Applications are available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com and printed applications from Vermont license agents. | For More...

Florida waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County through the Pasco/Hernando county line will be open for scalloping starting July 1. | For More...

If you applied for a Michigan bear or elk hunting license, drawing results are now available online. | For More...

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is joining a national effort to highlight boating safety. | For More...

Commissioners approved Price Lock during a conference call on June 23, which makes the deal official to save hunters, anglers and trappers money in the future by purchasing a 2017 annual license and continuing to buy one annually. A twenty-percent license fee increase is set to take effect in 2018. | For More...

The cost of a resident fishing license will increase $3, from $22 to $25, and a resident deer license will increase $4, from $30 to $34. | For More...

Two sub-adult male grizzly bears were euthanized by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Monday morning after livestock depredation events during the weekend west of Stanford. | For More...

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft will be participating in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI). | For More...

A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held June 29, 2017 in the DNREC Auditorium, located at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover. | For More...

— TELEVISION
SportingDog Adventures is back on air with Season 7 rolling out July1. | For More...

The season premiere of Ducks Unlimited TV takes viewers to the Prairie Pothole Region of Saskatchewan for an unforgettable goose hunt. Co-host Field Hudnall joins Grant Kuypers of Buck Paradise Outfitters for this classic early-season hunt. | For More...

MOJO® TV proudly celebrates the start of their eleventh season of outdoor television with their third quarter premiere episode airing this week on Sportsman Channel. | For More...

The action packed hunting series, MOJO® Migration has been added to the Pursuit Channel lineup with episodes airing Sundays at 3:30pm/EST starting this week. | For More...

This week on Shooting USA's Impossible Shots, it's shotgun play day with Smith & Wesson Pro Shooter Jerry Miculek. | For More...

This week on The High Road with Keith Warren, Keith travels to Oklahoma for opening day of deer season and then heads to Georgia's Gum Log Plantation for a thermal hog hunt. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, will release three rehabilitated sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday June 28, 2017 at 9am. | For More...

Turns out Idaho's mule deer fawn mortality wasn't as bad as feared, but still the second-lowest winter survival in nearly 20 years. Elk fared better, with 54 percent of radio collared calves and 96 percent of collared cows making it through the winter. | For More...

Four of a Kind


Famar's Rombo brings four bores to bear at any one time.

FEATURE
SCOTUS Declines to Opine on 2A
It looks as if the Supreme Court is in the avoidance mode as it winds up its latest session, and that vacation mode isn't sitting well with either California gun owners or Second Amendment advocates.

Yesterday, the high court declined to review Peruta v. California, a challenge to the "good cause" requirement in issuance of concealed carry permits. In this instance, "good cause" tosses out the idea that personal protection is "good enough" in some California counties and requires a specific cause, i.e., domestic violence or carrying large amounts of cash.

On that basis, it seems crack dealers are afforded a better than even chance to legally obtain a permit, but average citizens who simply want to be responsible for their own protection are out of luck.

The case came to the SCOTUS because a three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (yes, that circuit- "the nutty ninth") ruled the policy stood in violation of the right to self-defense. When the 11 judges in the same court heard that appeal, they ruled (7-4) that the restrictions were permissible.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch disagreed with the decision, with Thomas saying the decision "reflects a distressing trend: the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right."

While the rumors of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement swirl, it does appear the Roberts Court does, indeed, evade those situations where a ruling on the Second would help clarify the extent of gun laws in the nation.

For now, the California law remains in effect, and residents are, like those of Chicago, the District of Columbia and other areas that have effectively thumbed their noses at the Supreme Court's rulings, are denied the right to firearms outside their homes.

In another less-reported industry development, Bass Pro Shops has quietly notified something like 7,000 independent retail stores in 50 states and 75 other countries that effective August 1, they'll be losing wholesale distributor American Rod & Gun.

Why would BPS be sending those notices? Because ARG is the exclusive wholesale distributor of Bass Pro Shops brands, including RedHead, Offshore Angler, and White River Fly Shops, in addition to several gun and ammo manufacturers including Remington, Browning and Winchester.

Bass Pro Shops says it's discontinuing its Standard Dealer Program because they believe they can make "the biggest positive impact for the outdoor industry by focusing our attention and resources on better serving sportsmen and advancing key conservation initiatives with our outdoor partners."

Bass says when they began the program (in the 1970s) there were few wholesale sources supplying quality products to independents. Today, they say, the industry is thriving.

So, those independent retailers will find themselves looking for non-Bass products to fill the holes on their retail displays.

American Rod & Gun will continue to supply "key business partners and conservation partners to help advance shared conservation priorities".

--Jim Shepherd
Jun 26-Jul 29
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, Ohio
Jul 8-15
Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
Jul 8-15
Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
Jul 12-14
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
Jul 20-22
Jul 20-22
Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, Nebraska
Jul 20-23
New Orleans, Louisiana
Jul 21-23
Rochester Brooks Gun Club, Rochester, New York
Jul 27-Aug 1
World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, IL
Jul 28-30
Aug 2-12
World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, Illinois
Aug 12
American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, Vermont
Sep 20-24
Jericho, Vermont
Sep 21-24
Club Cinegetico Jalisciense AC, Guadalajara, Mexico
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