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— ARCHERY
Gold Tip and Bee Stinger pro shooter Levi Morgan won the third and final leg of the IBO (International Bowhunter's Organization) Triple Crown in Tionesta, Pennsylvania, sweeping the season series and earning the 2017 IBO National Triple Crown Champion title. | For More...

Delta McKenzie introduces the Chunk™layered target for broadhead and field-point practice. The cube design offers equal arrow penetration depth on all sides, proving an increased total shootable area. | For More...

— ARROWS & COMPONENTS
Easton Technical Products introduces the 6MM AXIS Under Armour for 2017, a hunting arrow designed with the enhanced benefits of a reduced-diameter carbon shaft. | For More...

— COMPETITION
Following on their win in the Doubles Trap event, the Maquoketa Cardinals of Iowa claimed their second national title breaking 861 of their 1,000 targets in the Handicap Trap Open Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships. | For More...

Breaking 873 of 1,000 targets, the Ankeny Centennial Jaguars Trap Team of Iowa took home the Handicap Trap title in the Intermediate/Advanced Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships. | For More...

Facing off against a team from Jacksonville University, shooters from the University of Tennessee at Martin Trap Team took the Handicap Trap title in the Collegiate Division with a final target count of 839 during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships. | For More...

North Scott's Junior Varsity squad picked up its second national title leading an Iowa team sweep in Handicap Trap in the Junior Varsity Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships. | For More...

The top male and female athletes in Handicap Trap were recognized by the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the 2017 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions. | For More...

Taurus USA congratulates team captain Jessie Harrison-Duff as she finished another successful competition at the 2017 US IPSC Nationals. | For More...

— COMPETITIONS
Taurus USA congratulates team captain Jessie Harrison-Duff as she finished another successful competition at the 2017 US IPSC Nationals. Jessie walked away with a first place finish in the Ladies Open, claiming this national title for the second year in a row. | For More...

— EVENTS
Watch pioneer demonstrations, including blacksmithing, tomahawk throwing and the operation of an oxen-powered 1850 haypress during Indiana's O'Bannon Woods State Park's "Evening on the Farm" on Aug. 5. | For More...

The National Rifle Association is proud to announce the inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo, scheduled for Aug. 25-27 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. | For More...

Walker Tavern Historic Site celebrates the cars of the great era of automobile travel with its annual classic car show, "Walker On Wheels," taking place Sunday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for those not showing a vintage vehicle. | For More...

Join 12 Survivors, Firefield, Pulsar and Sightmark August 27-21, 2017 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the Worldwide Fall Trade Show. | For More...

Sellmark is proud to announce participation at AGLOW from its brands 12 Survivors, Firefield, Sightmark and Pulsar. The event is to take place September 25-28th at Lake of the Woods, Minnesota. | For More...

SureFire, LLC will be an exhibitor at the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held July 26th - 29th in Salt Lake City, Utah. | For More...

— FISHERIES
In Michigan in 2016, more than 70,000 anglers participated in more than 17,000 charter fishing trips on Great Lakes and specific navigable waters. These anglers caught more than 244,000 fish of various species, with about half of the fish caught being trout and salmon. | For More...

Florida's Lionfish Challenge program started on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, May 20, and ends Sept. 4. Over 5,000 lionfish have been removed from Florida waters thanks to the program, including nearly 3,700 recreational fish removals and more than 1,200 pounds commercially. | For More...

— GEAR
Because upland hunters pursue a wide variety of birds under a wide variety of conditions, Trulock makes a wide array of chokes for upland shotguns: from Skeet 1, cylinder, imp. Cylinder, Skeet 2 (lite mod.), mod, improved mod., and full. Many of these are designed for specific shotguns and even in some cases for specific loads. | For More...

The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017--to be held July 26 through July 29 in Salt Lake City--will include a booth specifically featuring Browning Camping products. | For More...

— GRANTS
Rural and volunteer fire departments from 39 counties across Indiana have been awarded more than $250,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants. | For More...

— HUNTING
The waiting is over for hopeful hunters who applied for a 2017 Arizona fall hunt permit-tag. A record 90 percent of all applicants applied online (131,457), compared to 10 percent who filled out a paper application (14,309). | For More...

Trappers are reminded that Idaho rules require trappers to successfully complete a Wolf Trapper Certification course before they can purchase wolf trapping tags. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Honor Defense is pleased to announce a partnership with Jones & Company for sales and marketing in the southeast. | For More...

When Plano Synergy was seeking to partner with an agency to elevate its presence in the digital space, Dallas-based Publicis Hawkeye emerged as the perfect mix of strategic thought, award-winning creative and digital excellence. | For More...

Bullet Weights and its president, Joe Crumrine, were honored with two awards from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program. | For More...

Troup County (GA) Sheriff's Deputy Michael Hockett, 24 years old and newly married, recently became the best kind of statistic – a survivor – thanks in part to his Propper 4PV concealable armor. | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, announces the launch of its completely redesigned website, www.nssf.org. | For More...

MidwayUSA announces the promotion of Dan Stokes to the position of Development Operations Manager. | For More...

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute is offering new 'Look Before You Pump' hangtags to all NMMA members to help promote the use of E10 or less fuel to your customers – great for dealerships, showrooms, boat shows, etc. | For More...

— INDUSTYR
Sellmark's 12 Survivors, Firefield, Sightmark and Pulsar brands will be participating in the sixty first annual conference of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), September 25-29 at Lake of the Woods, Minnesota. | For More...

— JOBS
PRADCO Outdoor Brands is searching for a highly motivated and experienced sales professional to serve as a sales representative for their Lower Michigan and Indiana territory | For More...

As a critical member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) for the Accessories Division, the Vice President of Marketing for Battenteld Technologies is responsible for the strategy, tactics and programs to create interest, demand and recognition for BTI and its products through the use of PR, Product Marketing, Creative Services, Advertising, Strategic Relationships, Direct, Event, Channel and Online Marketing. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
FightLite® Industries announces a development program for next generation, lightweight polymer ammunition to work in conjunction with its patented Dual-Feed™ Squad Automatic MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle). | For More...

Outdoor Tech launches a Mossy Oak camo edition to expand their offering of rugged audio and power products. | For More...

The new touring series focused on fit and comfort, make their debut at the renowned Outdoor Retailer expo July 26-29, and provide all the benefits of a traditional touring kayak in a more comfortable, user-friendly package. | For More...

Federal Ammunition announces th launch of Non-Typical, a full line of competitively-priced ammunition specifically built for the American deer hunter in 13 popular hunting cartridges and bullet weight options, including a 140-grain 6.5 Creedmoor. | For More...

Available with Large Rifle Primer pockets and Small Rifle Primer pockets, Starline's new 6.5 Creedmoor rifle brass is produced with the same demanding quality control standards that Starline has become known for. | For More...

— NOTICES
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet August 7-10, 2017 at the Marriott Plaza, San Antonio. The Committee and Council Agenda are posted on the Council website and meeting materials will be posted as they become available. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
In light of continuing chatter and rhetoric aimed at privatizing federal public lands, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation continues to advocate its support for keeping public lands in the hands of America's citizens. | For More...

American optics maker, Leupold & Stevens, has added its name to a growing list of supporters behind a new initiative led by the Boone and Crockett Club intended to highlight the core values of fair chase and strengthen the image of the North American hunter. | For More...

The NRA Foundation has awarded $15,000 in college scholarships to attendees of last summer's 2016 Youth Education Summit through the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship program. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Scent Crusher, evolving ozone technology within the hunting industry, announces a strategic partnership with Michael Waddell's Bone Collector. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Buck Knives is pleased to present the 722 Blue Line SpitFire, designed as a tribute to military and law enforcement officers. The 722 Blue Line represents the commemoration of our country's fallen law enforcement and the support of those still in the force. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Squirrels Unlimited founder Joe Wilson, Range of Richfield president Jim Babiasz, charter captain Dan Welsch and archery expert JC Chamberlin. Jeff reports on last weekend's Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit qualifier on Devil's Lake in North Dakota. | For More...

— RECREATION
Bring your kayak to Patoka Lake on Aug. 21 to view the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse from the water. | For More...

Learn to identify wildflowers and other plants during Monroe Lake's Flora Field Days this summer and fall. | For More...

— RETAIL
JEBS Choke Tubes are now available at www.OpticsPlanet.com. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Whitetails Unlimited is proud to announce that Vortex Optics has renewed their WTU national sponsorship. | For More...

Federal Premium and CCI are now the Official Shooting Sports Partners of the Boy Scouts of America. The shotshell and rimfire ammunition partnership supports 1,620 Scout Camps that offer shooting sports across the country. | For More...

— STATES
The Michigan DNR is seeking public input regarding management plans in Peacock and South Newkirk townships (Lake County); Pioneer, Norwich, Enterprise, Caldwell, Lake and Holland townships (Missaukee County); Cedar Township (Osceola County), and Liberty and Greenwood townships (Wexford County). | For More...

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh Monday announced that Bill O'Neill has been named natural resources deputy for the agency, effective Sunday, Aug. 13. Current natural resources deputy, Bill Moritz, is leaving his position with the DNR to work for the Wildlife Management Institute. | For More...

The Board of Trustees of the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust will hold its third quarterly meeting on August 10, 2017, in the Birmingham Room of the Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, Ala. | For More...

As a precautionary measure due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish, the bay scallop harvest originally scheduled to begin on July 25th in Gulf County waters will be temporarily postponed. | For More...

The drowning of two adults at Lake Havasu on Friday, July 21, is a sad reminder that everyone — regardless of age — should wear a life jacket when out on the water. | For More...

Grassland-nesting bird populations continue to decline in numbers in Vermont according to recent surveys conducted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. | For More...

— STUDENT FISHING
Mike Mueting and Nick Spencer of Wahoo's Star City team caught a five-fish limit weighing 15.56 pounds to capture The Bass Federation – Nebraska High School Fishing Championship. | For More...

— TELEVISION
The last Wednesday and Thursday in July is the two-day Mini-Season for lobster in Florida waters, followed by the opening of the general lobster season the first Wednesday in August. Capt. Jimbo Thomas offers tips on targeting lobster. | For More...

This week on The High Road with Keith Warren, Keith travels to Legends Ranch in Bitely, Michigan with his daughter Matti for her 21st birthday. | For More...

This week on Ducks Unlimited TV, the crew is back in Montana for more duck hunting, sharp-tailed grouse hunting, fly fishing and duck banding. | For More...

Season 6 of The Grind is currently playing on the Pursuit Channel and this week is episode 5, North Country Mallards, which is a two-part show. | For More...

It's an Impossible Shot like none other. Smith & Wesson Pro Shooter Jerry Miculek attempts to shoot two guns at the same time – and accurately. Then, it's a Wild West version of the "El Presidente" shooting drill, Cisko-style on Shooting USA's Impossible Shots. | For More...

— WASHINGTON
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today applauded the confirmation of David Bernhardt as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
Within the next few decades, human-caused habitat loss looms as the greatest threat to some North American breeding birds. The problem will be most severe on their wintering grounds, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Global Change Biology. | For More...

Absent as a Pennsylvania breeding bird since the mid-1950s, two pairs of federally endangered Great Lakes piping plovers returned this year to nest in the Gull Point Natural Area at Presque Isle State Park in Erie County. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
Kelly Creek Flycasters and Idaho Fish and Game wil co-sponsor a women's fly fishing clinic that includes classroom sessions at the Fish and Game office on 16th Street, Lewiston, casting lessons at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds on Burrell Ave, Lewiston, and a weekend fishing trip on the North Fork Clearwater River. | For More...

— WORTH NOTING
On July 25, 1992 Spanish Paralympian, Antonio Rebello, launched a flaming arrow to light the cauldron of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. This one iconic archery shot, witnessed by an estimated two billion people on television around the world, is still today the benchmark for Olympic flame lightings. | For More...

FEATURE
We Can Protect Private Property Rights and Public Land Access
Editor's Note: Today's op-ed was written and submitted by Nick Gevock, Conservation Director of the Montana Wildlife Federation

Two core values that Montanans share make our state great: a deep respect for private property rights as well as a dedication to public land. Defending both of these values is essential to our way of life.

Montana is blessed with 28 million acres of public land that supports hunting, hiking, camping, and countless other outdoor pursuits. However, the majority of Montana's land is in private ownership. Unlike some Western states that are a majority public land, and Eastern states that are all private, Montana enjoys a mix. This balance of public and private land is crucial to our outdoor traditions and our farming and ranching heritage. Generations of Montanans have hunted both private and public lands. Our livestock industry, and the communities that depend on it, also rely on public and private land. Montanans deeply respect private property and at the same time are dedicated to protecting public access to public land.

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 60 percent of Montanans hunt on private land. It is in everyone's interest to provide incentives and financial support for landowners who wish to allow access to their land. This provides opportunity for hunters, and it benefits landowners by controlling the damage that elk, deer and other game cause to crops and fences.

In fact, Montana has a suite of solid programs for private landowners who want to allow public access. The Block Management program provides cash compensation to hundreds of landowners for hunter access. The Unlocking State Lands program gives a tax credit for access across private land to landlocked state parcels. Numerous locally-based collaborative efforts such as the Devil's Kitchen Working Group near Cascade bring landowners and hunters together to forge access agreements for private land.

Last legislative session, the Montana Wildlife Federation worked with other sportsmen's and agricultural groups to increase compensation to landowners in Block Management and renew the Unlocking State Lands program. MWF and other groups are also working together to forge better relations between landowners and hunters to open up more private lands to hunting.

Even as we work to support private landowners who provide access to their land, we also must maintain a strong defense of public access to public land. This includes protecting legally recognized public roads and trails and defending access to public streams.

It's unfortunate that there are people who want to limit the ability of Montanans to access our public lands, often so they can profit personally from that access. Because private property rights are such an important Montana value, people sometimes claim them as their excuse for blocking access to public land. It's a distraction. Illegally blocking legal access to public property is not the same as deciding what happens on your private property. It's an affront to legitimate property rights, and it's unfair to all Montanans to play private property rights against public land access.

Montanans need leaders who will support private property rights and public access rights. This means continuing to provide incentives and support for private landowners to expand access to their land. It also means standing up for public land managers who defend public access, and not just talking the talk about access. The current controversy surrounding public access in the Crazy Mountains illustrates how important it is that we support and defend the professional employees who are working to protect public access and private property.

Working together, and being honest about private property rights and public land access, is the best way to protect our Montana values and outdoor heritage.

Nick Gevock is the conservation director for the Montana Wildlife Federation.
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