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SUBSCRIPTION    SUBMIT RELEASES    ADVERTISE    ARCHIVES    CONTACT                                  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
— COMPETITION
Wilson Combat is proud of our shooting team's latest results from the 2016 IDPA National Championship held September 13-17 in Cresson Texas. | For More...

— EVENTS
Montana's cave advocacy group, Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto, will be hosting Camp Cave 2016 on October 14– 16, 2016. The multi-day event at Camp Rotary in Monarch, Montana, near Great Falls will offer attendees the chance to learn basic to advanced caving techniques. | For More...

Industry Day at the Range has extended the exhibitor registration deadline to October 14, 2016. Due to the number of interested companies, the event has extended the registration deadline to accommodate as many companies as possible. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
The IFA Kayak Tour will visit Panama City, Florida, for the 2016 championship event, Oct. 7-8. | For More...

— FORESTRY
To stimulate new forest growth and remove stressed and dying trees, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is preparing to harvest oak trees on nearly 2,000 acres of state-managed land in the southeast portion of Kalkaska County. | For More...

— GEAR
The new Muddy Girl E-Z Open Body Lock from Utica has a high-carbon stainless steel black oxide coated blade, belt clip, a lifetime warranty and an MSR of $22.95. | For More...

Flying Circle, a key supplier of field, tactical, and travel bags to the U.S. Military, launches their new line of Concealed Carry Backpacks with the Brazos Backpack. | For More...

— HUNTING
Duck hunters planning to hunt public wildlife marshes, lakes, sloughs, river bottoms or flats in eastern Iowa are encouraged to scout the areas before they plan to hunt. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
The South Carolina Outdoor Press Association (SCOPe) presented special honors to Jim Casada and others at the organization's twenty-ninth annual conference September 17 in Edgefield. | For More...

To celebrate their 60 years of success ACR has been giving back to the communities and industries which it serves with generous donations. | For More...

SHOT Show® Industry Day at the Range™ is proud to announce Aero Precision as the newest Supporting Sponsor. | For More...

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), has announced the nominees for this year's NASGW Leadership Awards. | For More...

Shell Shock Technologies announces a range buy-back program for spent NAS3 shell cases with Anderson Arms(through their subsidiary, Oak Island Ammunition). | For More...

The Safariland Group today announced that Tarey Gettys has been appointed as Vice President and General Manager of VIEVU. | For More...

Old Town Canoes & Kayaks is proud to announce that the ICAST 2016 award-winning Old Town Predator PDL is now shipping, bringing anglers no-fail forward and reverse for unrivaled hands-free boat control and fishability. | For More...

Sampo's ball bearing swivel product lines and Donnmar's pliers and terminal tackle will now be produced at ROSCO's manufacturing facility in Rome, New Jersey. | For More...

STI International has announced the recent addition of Alex Bowen to the team as Human Resources Manager. Bowen is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver. | For More...

— JOBS
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a non-profit wildlife habitat conservation organization seeks a performance motivated team player with strong interpersonal skills to engage and manage volunteer activities, event fundraising and major gift fundraising in Northern California. | For More...

— MEDIA
This week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav, a comprehensive look at properly balancing our predator numbers and what's at stake if we don't. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Hogue is pleased to announce a new selection of Limited Edition Knives that are being offered on their website www.hogueknives.com. | For More...

— ONLINE
This week, GrowingDeer.tv shares the challenges and adventures of early season bow hunting. | For More...

Mossy Oak presents SEEK ONE, a bi-weekly online series featuring Drew Carroll and Lee Ellis as they pursue whitetail bucks in the overlooked areas of suburban Atlanta. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The MidwayUSA Foundation has accepted Houston Safari Club's 501(c)(3) Foundation, the American Conservation and Education Society (ACES), as a partner to participate in its Donor Designated Endowment Program | For More...

Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten has announced that Maverick Blinds, makers of a unique line of hard blinds that help hunters enjoy and maximize their hunting experience, has renewed their Whitetails Unlimited sponsorship. | For More...

The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) has recently added CrappieNow and CatfishNow, two on line digital magazines, to its growing Supporting Partner ranks. | For More...

Thirty-seven key leaders from 15 states attended the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) second annual Advisory Academy, a two-day meeting focused on developing state and local level leadership, sharing best practices, and providing "grass roots" input to the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP). | For More...

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has expressed relief that a suspect in the horrible incident at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington is now in custody, and offers its heartfelt sympathy to the victims and their families for their painful loss. At the same time, however, the gun prohibition lobby is already trying to exploit the tragedy via an e-mail message in which it vowed to end what it alleges is "an epidemic of gun violence tearing our communities apart." | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) is proud to announce that the Hunting Works For America footprint has grown again and now includes a state chapter in Alabama. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
The Backwoods Life crew is wide open filming for the much anticipated season 13 coming in the Summer of 2017. Realtree will continued their partnership with Backwoods Life through the 2017 season. | For More...

— PASSINGS
His small Pompano Beach company produced lures that caught fish around the world and set more than 200 IGFA world records, including the all-tackle Atlantic blue marlin record of 1,402 pounds that was caught in Brazil. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
SureFire, LLC is shipping the new P3X Fury Intellibeam. SureFire's proprietary IntelliBeam Technology is an intelligent sensor and microprocessor-based system that continuously evaluates the environment and adjusts light output, from 15 to 1,000 lumens, based on your surroundings. | For More...

Alien Gear Holsters is now offering holsters for the Ruger American and the Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Shield. Both handguns are compatible with the customizable 'Cloak Mod' OWB Paddle Holster and the concealable 'Cloak Tuck' IWB Holster Series. | For More...

Honor Defense announced the addition of an ambidextrous safety version of the sub-compact and the Long Slides models of their pistols. They are priced the same as other Honor Guard pistols during the launch period. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
Celebrating the DIY hunter, American Waterfowler's exciting October issue takes you solo to the Northern Prairie with adventurous hunter Ron Peach, then follows Jay Strangis as he heads straight to the wilds of Washington's Columbia River to hunt with a gang of millennial fowlers not afraid to change it up to find success. | For More...

— RECOGNITION
The South Carolina Outdoor Press Association (SCOPe) presented special honors to Jim Casada and others at the organization's 29th annual conference September 17th in Edgefield, S.C. | For More...

— RECREATION
LaserLyte®, innovators in firearms laser technologies, proudly announces their Laser Plinking Can Kit is now available at Bass Pro Shops stores and online. | For More...

— STATES
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will break ground for a new youth fishing pond October 3 on the former Spring Creek hatchery site near Camp Sherman. | For More...

Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) is releasing their legislative report card for the 2016 legislative session. The grades are provided side by side with legislators' 2015 grades to provide a full picture of how members voted during the 2015-16 legislative session. | For More...

— TELEVISION
On this week's The Sporting Chef presented by Camp Chef, host Scott Leysath fries duck and fish in his Weston Brands fryer. | For More...

There is nothing like the sound of bugling elk, as Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester Deadly Passion, confirms as she gathers close friends for an amazing elk trip. | For More...

— TOURNAMENTS
ustin Rienerth, of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, measured a combined limit of 45.13 inches to win the second 2016 regular-season event for the Atlantic Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour presented by Hobie Fishing on Sept. 25 at Georgetown, South Carolina. | For More...

Mike McDonald and Lin Fore Jr., both of Georgetown, South Carolina, weighed a two-fish limit that totaled 9.34 pounds to win the second event for the Atlantic Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Cabela's on Sept. 24 at Georgetown, South Carolina. | For More...

FEATURE
More Simple Tricks to Up Your Average on Doves


Not all shotshells are created equal. Shoot wisely this dove season.

FEATURE
Simple Fixes Can Save Lives
Editor's Note: As our feathered friends start heading south for winter, a plea to help make their journey easier from the American Bird Conservancy.

Washington -- Migratory birds are on the move, winging their way from nesting and breeding grounds in North America to winter habitat in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It's a spectacular journey—but it's one that many of them will never finish.

Habitat loss, outdoor cats, and pesticides all take their toll, but one of the biggest threats to the birds' safe travels is one they can't see. Hundreds of millions die every year in the U.S. when they collide with glass windows. High-rise offices create an obvious threat, but about half of collisions occur at private homes. Several birds of conservation concern are among the species most vulnerable to window collisions, including Golden-winged and Canada Warblers, Painted Bunting, and Wood Thrush.

Help is as close as your local hardware or art-supply store. Window screens, painted designs, and bird tape or decals, properly applied, can all deter birds from flying into glass.

Watch a new video PSA from ABC that calls attention to bird collisions and showcases creative—and attractive—ways to help at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isZTxQoJ5Zs&feature=youtu.be

Creative solutions don't require spending a lot of money. "There's a solution for everybody and for every budget," said Christine Sheppard, Manager of American Bird Conservancy's Bird Collisions Campaign. "Cost, aesthetics, ease of application, or how long it lasts—which solution you pick depends on what matters most to you."

General guidelines: Spacing is important! Most birds will avoid windows with vertical stripes spaced four inches apart or horizontal stripes spaced two inches apart. More complicated or irregular patterns will also work as long as they follow the same spacing rules. For best results, patterns must be on the outside surface of the windows.

Here are five ways to make your home windows bird-friendly and help our fall migrants reach their destinations safely. (Visit ABC's bird-smart glass page (to see a list of more products, including materials designed for architects and builders. We'd love to see your solutions; send us a photo.)

  • Paint designs on your windows. Apply tempera paint (available at most art and craft stores) freehand with a brush or sponge, or use a stencil. Tempera is nontoxic and long lasting, even in rain, but comes right off with a damp rag or sponge. Find stencils at craft stores or download free stencils online. Seasonal designs make for a fun family project. "This is a really good, quick, inexpensive solution," Sheppard says.
  • Install window screens. You can also stretch lightweight netting, screen, or other material over windows. The netting must be several inches in front of each window, so birds don't hit the glass after hitting the net. Several companies (see birdscreen.com or birdsavers.com, for instance) sell screens, solar shades, or other barriers that can be attached with suction cups or eye hooks. (See also easyupshade.combirdbgone.comnixalite.com, or birdmaster.com.)
  • Use patterned window filmSolyx Bird Safety Film, which can be ordered online, is intended to be applied to the outside of the glass and will last for years. "This is my favorite retrofit," Sheppard says. "It's elegant and it works really well." White CollidEscape is another excellent choice. (Note that most window films—solar films, for instance--designed for external use are not patterned and will not warn birds away from windows.)
  • Create patterns with tape or stickers. (Remember the spacing guidelines above.) "Applied in the right patterns, tape really works, as long as it's not clear," Sheppard says. Translucent or opaque tape can work as a temporary fix or longer term if it's made to last outdoors. Even a kid's sticker collection can be repurposed to keep birds away from windows. Note: You can use prefabricated decals—as long as you space them properly and use them on the outside of windows. The shape does not matter; birds see hawk-shaped decals as obstacles but not as predators. To be effective, decals must be spaced no more than four inches apart horizontally or two inches apart vertically—more closely than recommended by most manufacturers.
  • Buy or make your own "zen wind curtains." (See photo.) Designed to be installed on the outside of the glass, Acopian BirdSavers zen curtains are made from paracord and can be custom-fitted to your windows. Handy or looking for a good weekend project? Try a DIY version.


(Photo courtesy of Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph)

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American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.
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