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— ARCHERY
Zeiss Sports Optics Pro Shooter Dave Cousins has won the European Pro Series Archery Event held in For van Lier, Belgium. The win is Cousins' eighth in the event. | For More...

— BUSINESS EXCLUSIVE
Later this morning, Ruger will announce to the rest of the industry the return of their LC380 pistol to the California market. Their new LCA 380CA model isn't really a "new" pistol, it's actually the LC380 as was manufactured in 2013- the year it was approved in California-rather than the 2014 version that had some minor modifications in its manufacturing process. | For More...

— COLLEGIATE COMPETITION
Big smallmouth bass boosted Western Illinois University to the top of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series leaderboard Thursday, the first round of the three-day Midwestern Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops. | For More...

— COLLEGIATE FISHING
The University of North Alabama Bass Team has once again shown why they are the best collegiate bass fishing team in the nation. The school sent three teams to the 10th Anniversary BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Cabela's of which all three finished in the top twenty and two teams in the top five. | For More...

— COMPETITION
By breaking 3,653 clay targets in 60 minutes – that's one target every .985 of a second – Dave Miller, CZ-USA's Pro-Shooter & Shotgun Product Manager, set a new Guinness World Record at the first-ever Clays for Kids event, helping raise more than $80,000 in support of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's youth shooting sports programs. | For More...

Memorial Day Weekend 2015 was one of many "firsts" for Wiley X®-sponsored NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, starting with the fact that — thanks in part to a bold call by Crew Chief Darian Grubb — he was first across the finish line at Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
Leading sportsmen and women across the West welcome the announcement of federal plans to conserve key greater sage-grouse habitat as an essential step in ensuring the bird and hundreds of other species remain a vital part of the Western landscape. | For More...

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took a critical step forward in ensuring the future of the greater sage grouse yesterday, when the agency released plans to amend nearly 100 resource management plans (RMPs) across the West to benefit the bird. | For More...

— EVENTS
Wild TV is thrilled to announce the attendance of Grouse River Sporting goods and Prophet River Fire Arms, as well as Fierce Long Range Hunting Rifles at Canada's Wild Outdoor Expo. | For More...

— GEAR
Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leader in developing everyday carry holsters, has created a new Inside the Waistband cant adjustable holster: the Infidel Max. | For More...

SportEAR has taken hearing protection innovation to the next level with their new Custom Edge™ product line with all new, 100% Lynx Digital circuitry and the world's first waterproof in-ear sport hearing devices for unrivaled performance and reliability. | For More...

— HUNTING
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will hold a public hearing June 9 on a proposed regulation change to clarify that a crossbow may be used with a disability permit or by a hunter 50 years of age or older during turkey hunting seasons. | For More...

Vermont's season antlerless deer hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). | For More...

— INDUSTRY
MGM Targets has finalized an agreement with Peacemaker National Training Center, LLC (PNTC), a leading firearms training facility located in West Virginia that will begin with the delivery of an extensive selection and variety of steel targets for virtually all firearms training and competition. | For More...

Phil Chandler has joined PRADCO Outdoor Brands' Hunting Division as the Director of Hunting Operations. | For More...

Custom knifemakers and knife companies will have an opportunity to learn what they need to know and do to protect their knife businesses, business name and products on Saturday, June 6, at the Blade Show in Atlanta, GA. | For More...

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, was named Cabela's Vendor of the Year award for the hunting category. | For More...

MidwayUSA announces the release of "Spatsizi - The Place of the Hunt" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...

Orion - the Hunter's Institute is proud to announce its founder, Jim Posewitz, has received the "Conservationist of the Year" award from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). | For More...

Cannon Safe Inc. is pleased to announce its recent hire of Gregory Gondek, who joins the Cannon Safe team as the Brand Sales Manager. | For More...

Canada's Wild TV announces the attendance of industry retail leaders Grouse River Sporting goods and Prophet River Fire Arms, as well as top end, carbon fibre rifle manufacturer Fierce Long Range Hunting Rifles at Canada's Wild Outdoor Expo. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Crimson Trace is now shipping the Lasergrips® LG-646—a powerful red laser that is designed for Bersa's popular .380 caliber Thunder Concealed Carry (CC) pistol. The MSRP for the LG-646 is $279. | For More...

Crimson Trace is now offering the recently released Laserguard® LG-443 with a red laser diode for the compact GLOCK 42 pistol, which also serves double duty by fitting onto GLOCK's newer Model 43 pistols. The new LG-443G (Green) Laserguard will soon be shipping to dealers across America. | For More...

The LaserLyte CrossBow Sighter gets archers on target fast and saves money on expensive bolts/broadheads. Gain crossbow confidence by re-checking zero before going out into the field to ensure optimal accuracy. MSRP is $64.95. | For More...

CTK Precision is proud to introduce the AR Buttstock Rail, a Picatinny rail designed to mount at the sling attachment point on the underside of LUTH-AR MBA-1 and MBA-2 stocks. | For More...

The latest addition to the growing line of lockback knives from Bear & Son Cutlery® is the midsize 205RC with a handy metal pocket clip for convenient carry and easy access. | For More...

Archenemy, a brand new line of bowfishing equipment is for those new to the sport as well as those who have already discovered the thrills of arrowing carp, gar and other rough fish. | For More...

This Father's Day, give dad a gift that he can enjoy and cherish for many years to come: a SkullHooker® European skull-mount. | For More...

— NEWSSTAND, RADIO & TV
Tom Gresham's GUNTALK is pleased to welcome WAJR AM, WAJR FM, WBUC AM, and WBTQ FM, as the newest affiliates of GUNTALK! | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features The Range of Richfield owner Jim Babiasz, Wisconsin Crossbow Federation president Chris Dymale, Wildland Mangement CEO Eric Schlender and fishing pro Duffy Kopf. Jeff begins fitness training for the 2016 Ice Fishing World Championship. Dan shoots handguns at the new Range of Richfield. | For More...

This week, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio features Lori McCullough, CEO of Tread Lightly! and Sydney Dougherty, marketing coordinator for Big Cedar Lodge. | For More...

— RECREATION
Governors in 13 states across the country are joining forces with park agencies and other partners to introduce kids and families in their states to outdoor recreation through Capital Campouts during Great Outdoors Month™ – a national celebration of the benefits of outdoor recreation throughout the month of June. | For More...

The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center will host a public Open House on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the family to enjoy hands-on activities related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping. Admission is free. | For More...

Denver- Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages outdoor enthusiasts and recreationists to celebrate National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6 on Colorado trails. | For More...

Alabama State Parks will host several guided hikes in celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6. The hikes are free and no reservations are necessary. Park entrance fees are required where applicable. | For More...

— RETAIL
Cabela's Incorporated will host Outdoor Adventure Day at all its store locations on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in partnership with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation and the Trailblazer Adventure Program. | For More...

— SECOND AMENDMENT
The federal district court judge handling the Second Amendment Foundation's challenge to the District of Columbia's "good reason" concealed carry permit requirement has denied the city's request for an immediate administrative stay of his ruling last week granting a preliminary injunction against further enforcement of the requirement. | For More...

— STATES
Since its grand opening last month, the Bass Pro Shops superstore in downtown Memphis has earned high praise from those who have toured the facility. Many of the striking photographs of nature scenes that they see along the walls come from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. | For More...

The Indiana DNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) is seeking public input on funding priorities for the 2016 funding cycle of the Coastal Grants Program. | For More...

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments beginning June 1 on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons. | For More...

Many public hunting and fishing areas managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation have sustained damage from the historic flooding that has engulfed many sections of the state this month. By May 25, Oklahoma City had shattered its record for the all-time wettest month on record, with more than 18 inches of rain. | For More...

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has indefinitely postponed a scheduled drawdown on Iatt Lake in Grant Parish due to the high water level in the Red River. | For More...

— SWEEPSTAKES
GSM is excited to announce week 03 of their 12 week Spring into Summer giveaway.Western Rivers will be giving away a Mantis 75R handheld electronic caller to one lucky winner. | For More...

— TELEVISION
It's the best fishing destination in American this weekend when Jimmy Houston and Paula Dean kick Destination America off by going bass fishing in Missouri. | For More...

This week on The Sporting Chef, Scott Leysath participates in an Asado Feast, a traditional Argentinian fest, complete with a doe on a spit. | For More...

— TOURNAMENTS
John Davis and Payton McGinnis, collegiate anglers from the University of Alabama, qualified for the 2015 Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge with a seventh-place finish in the recent 10th Anniversary BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela's at Lake Pickwick. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
All wildlife species surveyed during the 2015 Oklahoma April Rural Mail Carrier Survey appeared to have a good overwinter survival heading into breeding season. Those species also appeared to have rebounded from the severe winter of 2009-2010 and the drought of 2012-2013. | For More...

— YOUTH
Children ages 8 to 11 can explore nature at the Ouabache Wonders Day Camp at Ouabache State Park, June 15-17. | For More...

FEATURE
12 Trail Camera Concepts - A Watchful Eye
Editor's Note: Today's feature comes to us courtesy of the Mossy Oak Gamekeepers Club (www.gamekeepersclub.com)


Most whitetail enthusiasts don't run their trail cameras through the early summer months for several reasons; one being, a buck's antlers haven't developed to a point of distinguishing them from other bucks. Next month is the perfect time to get your cameras working for you and following are a few thoughts to help you get the most from your trail cameras.

1) Choose the right camera. The worst cameras today are better than the first flash cameras that hit the market. The two most important features are an infrared flash and a quiet shutter. No animal, including whitetails, like to have a whopping, white explosion go off in their face when it's pitch black. Flash cameras spook wildlife, period. You must also have a quiet shutter. If you get photos of the animal looking at your camera, it could be hearing your shutter.

You may also want certain other features like better resolution, time-lapse, burst mode, video, password protection or built in viewer. It all depends upon your personal needs, but like most things...you get what you pay for.

2) Angle the camera to the trail. Trigger speeds have come a long way in recent years, but if you're covering a trail or a passage where the animals will pass by relatively quickly, it's best to angle the camera (about 45 degrees) to the trail rather than placing it perpendicular to the trail. If the camera is placed at a right-angle to the trail and the animal passes through the sensor area traveling fast, you may only have an image of a hind-end or no animal at all.

3) Use your cameras to back-track specific bucks. If a buck is showing up at a food plot or feeding station after dark and you don't have snow to back track him to his bedding area, let your trail camera do the work for you. The closer you get to their core area, the better your chances for a shot during legal shooting light. The key is to keep your cameras moving. A buck may simply walk five feet out of your camera's sensor area, so keep repositioning them. Follow your buck back in to a spot where you have a good chance of killing him during legal hunting hours.

4) Place the camera south of your target area and remove all debris. At times you may also get away with facing your cameras to the south, it depends upon the time of the year as the sun's angle to the earth will change. It's really the sunrise and sunset that you should try to avoid. By facing the camera in a northerly direction your daytime photos should have the best lighting.

Make sure to remove all obstructions. Cut branches, weeds and twigs out of the way. Below you'll see it's suggested to use natural foliage to keep the camera concealed and hide it from thieves, but if you do, just make sure you have a clear path to your target area. Otherwise the LEDs will light up the brush in front of the camera leaving your target underexposed. It can also cause false triggering. If a large, sun-saturated branch is passing in front of the camera's sensors you'll have an SD card full of animal-less images.

5) Camera thieves suck! Deter camera crooks by concealing the camera, securing them to a tree with a cable and lock, hanging them in hard to reach spots or placing them in a locked steel box. Nothing seems to stop a really determined camera bandit, but to begin you must use some common sense - don't hang your camera in an obvious location. A camera hanging on a trail, next to a feeder or at a gate opening may be a bit too tempting. Find a less obvious spot and camouflage the camera into the surroundings.

One of the best ways to discourage theft is to hang the camera high in the tree. Bring a climbing stick section, a couple tree-steps or a small ladder and hang the camera out of reach of the average person. Remember, if you hang it high, you'll need to place a branch or wedge behind the camera to angle it downward.

Security chains and cables work well to deter most, but sometimes if a camera pinching puke can't take the camera, they'll destroy it. Again, if a resolute crook wants the camera they seem to find a way - unfortunately a pair of bolt cutters fits in a backpack. Lastly, some cameras have security boxes that can be fastened to a tree and then the camera locked into the box.

It is possible to use a second, better hidden camera to catch a camera thief. If you place a second camera pointed at your original camera and make sure to conceal it VERY well, it's possible to catch some of these brainless camera-nabbing crooks. The penalty for vandalism or theft is much greater than trespassing.

6) Take advantage of the time-lapse feature. This means the camera is triggered at predetermined time intervals rather than movement through the sensor area. Time-lapse is a great feature for covering food plots, agricultural fields or any large open area. If you can't figure out which trails deer are most often using to access a food source, time-lapse can teach you.

Time-lapse is also a great feature for scouting turkeys. It can tell you areas gobblers prefer for strutting zones/bugging areas and where it's best to set up your ambush.

7) Use scent for a stopper. A small amount of scent placed in your chosen spot can stop your buck in the perfect position to pose for his portrait. A little Trail's End #307 or Golden Buck will work during early season or after the rut, and Special Golden Estrus or Mega Tarsal Plus will stop them in their tracks and draw them in during late October through November. Place the scent on a Key-Wick and then put it on a branch or twig about four feet off the ground.

Mock scrapes work amazingly well to take an inventory of the bucks you have in your area. You may not get many photos of does, but bucks are instinctually drawn to the scrape from early October into December. You can "doctor-up" a buck's natural, existing scrape or make your own mock scrape. A Magnum Scrape Dripper with some Active Scrape or Golden Scrape will work best for this tactic.

8) Develop a system for filing your photos. To really effectively manage a property you must be good at keeping records. Trail camera photos are one of the primary ways to keep on top of what's happening on your property. They help you to gather information on mature bucks, document trends over the years and there is no better way to determine density, buck to doe ratio or age structure of your herd. Now days, one property manager on a 500 acre parcel can go through 200,000 images or more in one season. Whether you categorize your files by date, place where the camera was located, the specific buck you're after or some other system, it's important to find a way to organize your images so you can find them when you need to recap.

9) Shoot a test photo/video so you know it's framed properly. If your camera has a built in viewer this will be easy, but you don't want your camera to capture just legs or half a set of antlers. Consider using a digital picture viewer so you can check over your photos in the field. Small digital cameras may also work for you.

10) Find the sweet-spot. Most cameras will claim they are good to a certain range... when in reality, they stink at the maximum touted limit. Set them close enough to your target to get good nighttime illumination on the subject from your infrared flash.

11) What are some camera manufacturers thinking with their mounting systems? The strap some of them give you to fasten your camera to a tree could double for a seatbelt in a car and it requires two people to get it around a tree. A simple small rubber cord (bungee-cord) with hooks at each end works perfectly if you're not worried about theft. Otherwise, with mounting systems like the "Stake Out" or "Stic-n-Pic" you don't need a tree at all. Some trail-cams will work with a regular camera tripod. There are numerous other mounting options, but it's nice to have something simple and fast.

12) How and when should you check your cameras? Some say you must wait a certain time-span and check them at a specific time of day, but every situation is different. In some instances you may need to check them every day or every-other day. Under other scenarios you may want to wait a week to ten days or more before you check them. Variables would be the time of year, location of the camera(s), what you're trying to do with your camera, how you're checking the cameras, weather conditions and more. The idea is to check or move your cameras when you will disturb the area the least.

Since an ATV or some farm vehicles are less intrusive than a person on foot, some choose to mount their cameras so they can drive right next to the camera to switch out SD cards. This is less of a disturbance than walking in on foot because whitetails will stay bedded and will tolerate the vehicle passing by, where a person on foot would bump them to the next property. If you're able to drive right to your camera you also leave much less human scent in the area.
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Hilton City Center, Milwaukee, WI
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Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, NE
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Grand Lake, Oklahoma
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Augusta Archers, Staunton, Virginia
May 30-31
CrossRoads Shooting Sports, Johnstown, Iowa
May 31
World Shooting Complex, Sparta, IL
Jun 1-3
Savannah, Georgia
Jun 6-7
Hamilton Rod & Gun, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Jun 8-14
Yankton, South Dakota, USA
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Como, Mississippi
Jun 19-22
Chula Vista, CA
Jun 20-21
Coon Hunters Association, Batavia, New York
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Straight Thru Archery, Aurora, Minnesota
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Decatur, AL
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Capital City Bowmen, Olympia, Washington
Jul 13-17
Toronto, Canada
Jul 13-18
World Shooting and Recreation Complex, Sparta, Illinois
Jul 18-19
NFAA Headquarters, Yankton, South Dakota
Jul 25-26
Sparta Rod & Gun Club, Sparta, Wisconsin
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Bass and Bucks, Wabash, Indiana
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