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— ARCHERY
Beman, an industry leader in carbon arrow development for over 25 years, introduces the new ICS WhiteOut™ carbon crossbow bolt.
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— BOATING
August is the peak season for recreational boat insurance claims. In an effort to prepare boaters for a potential claims experience and help save time, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers three tips that can help boaters get the boat back on the water sooner after a claim. | For More...

— COMPETITION
Finding their own path of totality was the USA Shooting's contingent of skeet shooters during the 2017 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup that concluded Monday in Porpetto, Italy. All told, the junior skeet squad dotted the top of the leaderboard with gold and silver medals along with a fourth, a pair of sixths and a seventh. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
National Wild Turkey Federation chapters in Texas budgeted $191,700 to further the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative within the state for 2017. | For More...

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, as well as staff representatives for U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Representative Andy Harris, joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Conservation Fund and the National Audubon Society over the weekend to examine new projects that are increasing wildlife habitat protection at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. | For More...

— EDUCATION
About 50 Detroit-area teens and young adults will learn about Michigan's natural resources through a variety of classroom and hands-on activities, when the Department of Natural Resources Youth Conservation Academy gets under way Tuesday, July 11. | For More...

— EVENTS
Bear OPS, a brand under Bear & Son Cutlery, will bring their lineup of automatic knives to this year's NRA Carry Guard EXPO —Booth 1115 at the Wisconsin Center of Milwaukee.
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FN America, LLC is pleased to announce that the company will be exhibiting at the 2017 NRA Carry Guard Expo hosted at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI, from August 25 – 27, 2017. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be drawing down Trout Brook Pond in Chippewa County this September. | For More...

The bay scallop season off Gulf County, Florida remains postponed due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay. The season postponement will continue until scallop samples test safe for human consumption. | For More...

— GEAR
NOMAD, performance hunting apparel built by hunters for hunters, proudly announces that its new and expanded line of apparel is now available and shipping to retailers across the country. | For More...

The LaCrosse Alphaburly Pro Realtree Max-5 800G Hunting Boots Alphaburly Pro combines high-quality, scent-free rubber with naturally insulating neoprene.
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Styrka created its top of the line S9 Binoculars with hunters in mind, and gave them three options to best suit their hunting needs. All S9 Series binoculars feature ED objective lenses for unrivaled low light performance and are built on an ergonomic, open-bridge design. | For More...

— HUNTING
Continuation of Nebraska's teal season depends on hunters' ability to distinguish teal from other duck species. During this experimental season, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission again will evaluate the rate at which ducks other than teal are shot at or taken. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that waterfowl reserved hunt applications are available now through Monday, Aug. 28. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
In seeking out the ideal individual to represent your fishing rod company, it probably doesn't hurt to hire an angler who, you know, fishes a lot. That might be the understatement of the year relative to St. Croix Rod's elite roster of professionals, its newest ambassador, Tony Roach. | For More...

Portland Outdoors is proud to announce the hire of Eddie Salter "The Turkey Man" as VP of Sales and Promotions. | For More...

Can-Am Off-Road is pleased to announce their presence at the 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, August 29-31. Attendees of the show can see Can-Am's display at Booth #2283. | For More...

The National Wild Turkey Federation strongly supports Secretary Sonny Purdue's announcement of Tony Tooke as the new chief of the USDA Forest Service. | For More...

Ranger Boats and the Association of Collegiate Anglers have renewed their long-standing partnership of the 2018 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. | For More...

The Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) has presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Chicago area resident William P. Hite, President Emeritus of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA). | For More...

— JOBS
Battenfeld Technologies, Columbia, Mo., is seeking a Regional Director of Sales. The incumbent will lead the sales initiative for Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. (BTI) within their assigned region. | For More...

— MEDIA
"70 - Mr. Fox Haas' 70th Turkey Season" airs Monday, August 21 on Mossy Oak's YouTube channel and on their Facebook page. | For More...

In the newest video on GrowingDeer.com they take advantage of velvet bucks feeding in soybeans and scout for hit list bucks. Then they review an important deer hunting tool - the grunt call. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Ozonics® is announcing the introduction of a hard side blind mounting bracket for use with its HR200 and HR300 in-the-field ozone generators. | For More...

Magnum Research (MRI) is expanding their Desert Eagle series to also include the Desert Eagle with a classic case hardened finish in .44 Magnum, .50 AE and .357 Magnum. | For More...

— ONLINE
Facebook followers of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can "talk" online with State Archaeologist Amy Johnson on Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, on the DNR's Facebook wall. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) announced the winners of its 2017 Branch Achievement Awards at their 17th annual National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. | For More...

The Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) recently reached another milestone, following its recent tenth anniversary, in presenting its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Chicago area resident William P. Hite, President Emeritus of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA). | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Phantom Lures is excited to announce their exclusive partnership with Pro-Troll. Beginning in 2018, select baits from Phantom Lures will incorporate the Pro-Troll E-Chip. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Walther Arms, Inc. announces an update to the P22 pistol, the P22QD. The update includes a de-cocking safety, updated safety markings from 'S' and 'F' to a traditional red dot, and the recoil spring is now fully captured. | For More...

— RECREATION
Experience rural life as it was in the 19th century during a Living Pioneer Farmstead event at Indiana's O'Bannon Woods State Park over Labor Day weekend. | For More...

Hoosier golfers have a unique opportunity this Friday, Aug. 25, at The Fort Golf Course at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. | For More...

— RETAIL
Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd., a full-line distributor for the hunting and shooting sports industries, is offering two Colt LE6920 models with a Battleworn American Flag Cerakote® stenciled finish. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
"The people at ALPS OutdoorZ are hunters, they understand hunting, and we are thrilled to have ALPS OutdoorZ renew their national sponsorship with Whitetails Unlimited," said WTU President Jeff Schinkten. | For More...

— STATES
Two lingering vacancies on the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners have been filled by Michael Mitrick, of York, and Stanley Knick Jr., of Dupont. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Mossy Oak has joined well-known saltwater fisherman and outdoorsman Mark Davis as a partner on "BigWater Adventures" TV show. | For More...

This week on Ducks Unlimited TV, the crew heads to two locations in west Tennessee to hunt with DU college volunteers and calling legend Buck Gardner. | For More...

Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG) – the world's largest aggregator and content provider of outdoor lifestyle programming, announces its inaugural #DeerWeek brought to you by Cabela's, to air on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel this fall.
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The Training Cell team takes to the dense foliage of Hawaii for another intense training session. Individuals went through in an accelerated tracking course in the jungle to hone skills useful in any environment—urban or otherwise. | For More...

Jerry Miculek, Smith & Wesson Pro Shooter, is drag racing with his new shotgun. Then, U.S. Army Marksman, and Olympic Shotgunner Sergeant Josh Richmond is juggling clay birds. | For More...

— YOUTH
Thirteen youth from all regions of the state were recently selected to participate as members of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission's Youth Conservation Council. | For More...

FEATURE
Solar Eclipse Comes...and Goes
When the moon began sliding in front of the sun in Tennessee (above), there were just enough clouds to provide a little viewing perspective- even through special protective filters (below). Jim Shepherd/OWDN photos.

It clogged highways, filled hotels, campgrounds and makeshift campsites to capacity from Oregon to South Carolina, but it seems, to the relief of safety and security officials nationwide, the solar eclipse didn't trigger any sort of cataclysmic event. And it offered some spectacular viewing- provided you had the right spectacles for the spectacle.

It was actually a bit disconcerting to be "covering one of the events of a lifetime" from the comfort of my own deck, but that's the benefit of a location just off the 100% eclipse track. Personally, 98.8 percent was plenty of eclipse for me, especially since we spent several hours driving on Interstate 40 yesterday through the heart of the eclipse track. The roads were congested with motorhomes, cars with "Eclipse 2017" written on back windows, and ever few miles we were treated to signage from the Tennessee State Police warning "No Parking on Shoulder During Eclipse".

And I'm thankful I'm not one of those eclipse viewers who was forced to pay big bucks to park anywhere from a Cracker Barrel General Store to farmers' fields and private roads.

That comfort, however, came with a price. I didn't get to see the hordes of people who were out looking at the phenomenon. Consequently, I didn't get to see if the people behaved as strangely as the few animals I observed. But I'm betting they were worse.

Once the eclipse got rolling, it didn't take long for the moon to obscure the face of the sun (top). As we approached 98-plus percent coverage (middle), it was easy to be distracted and not notice until the sun was starting to emerge from the other side of the moon (bottom). OWDN photos.



As we approached what was one of the more unusual lighting situations I've ever seen, the hummingbirds that normally patronize our feeder on the deck went to roost, although just for a couple of minutes. Likewise, as the temperature dropped (about seven degrees), the crickets and cicadas started singing. Since the temperature - and light- started to come back to their normal stifling levels in just a few minutes, it was one of the shorter concerts I've ever heard.

Halfway across Tennessee, our friend and colleague Tony Dolle decided to hang out in his tree stand and watch the wildlife. According to Tony, the deer didn't come out, but he did hear "one turkey gobble" and found the "mosquitoes out in force, making me thankful I brought bug spray."

He also reports that cattle in an adjacent field "bedded down like it was evening, only to get right back up with the eclipse passed."

We're hoping you will share your experiences, photos and stories with the rest of us. After all, it's not every day we all have the chance to have a collective experience like this one.

Our friend Jim Gleason at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, tells us the eclipse mania was in top gear. He said "predictions of tens of thousands, crowded campgrounds, parking restrictions on highways, food shortages and, yes, the inevitable shortage of porta potty access was making things a "nightmare" for emergency teams on standby.

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, sources tell us the partying has been going on all weekend, and it looked like everyone would -finally- be hitting the highways and heading home late yesterday afternoon. In case you've never been around a "southern social experience" of this sort, think NASCAR, Kentucky Derby, or major college football game.. that kind of a traffic hassle no one needs.

And we're watching for reports from groups like the Wyoming Migration Initiative, too. They were changing some of the GPS collars on mule deer they're tracking during the eclipse to see if there were any notable changes. They're also collecting experiences with wildlife at: https://www.facebook.com/migrationinitiative/.

When the clouds rolled in, it was an opportunity to see if the eclipse was as impressive without filtration. It was.
One final photo...just because it was an interesting one. Just as the eclipse was getting going, we had some scattered clouds roll through. It made for an interesting image-especially since it was taken without a solar filter.

As always, we'll keep you posted.

Jim Shepherd



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