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— BIRDING
Celebrate the migration of bird life through the Indiana Dunes region from May 5-8 at the second-annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. | For More...

— EDUCATION
A one-day workshop teaching conservation and environmental education concepts will be offered Saturday, March 19, at NH Fish and Game Headquarters, Concord, NH. | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
Two green anacondas were found recently in Brevard County, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants your help in learning more about them. | For More...

— EVENTS
Learn all there is to know about maple trees during a two-hour hike at Indiana's Fairfax State Recreation Area near Bloomington on Sunday, March 6. | For More...

On Thursday morning, the Mule Deer Foundation and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife will open the doors for the 2016 Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (WHCE). | For More...

The Great American Outdoor Show is announcing Bounce Back Sunday, a special promotion allowing all outdoor enthusiasts attending the show between February 6-13 to be readmitted free of charge on February 14, the show's final day by showing a previous day's ticket. | For More...

Franchi is showcasing the newest additions to its expanding line of Italian-made shotguns at the 2016 Great American Outdoor Show, which runs February 6-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. | For More...

Stoeger is showcasing the newest additions to its line of all-purpose shotguns during the 2016 Great American Outdoor Show, which runs February 6-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. | For More...

Benelli is showcasing the newest additions to its shotgun line at the 2016 Great American Outdoor Show, which runs February 6-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. | For More...

— FISHERIES
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists have seen improved fisheries at connecting oxbows along the Mississippi River during fall and winter sampling, and anticipate a great year for anglers. | For More...

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Tuesday, Feb. 9, will begin removing 27 acres of floating plant material in Lake Istokpoga's Big Island Marsh in Highlands County. | For More...

— HOLIDAY SALES
The Mako Group's Annual President's Day Sale of 20 percent off starts Monday, February 8. Products from Meprolight, FAB Defense, E-Lander Magazines, RTS Targets and Front Line Holsters will be available at a discount through the end of February 21. | For More...

— HUNTING
The hunting of female mountain lions in western Montana hunting districts 200 and 201, which includes portions of Mineral, Sanders and Missoula counties, closed one-half hour after sunset on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Honored American Veterans Afield and the National Shooting Sports Foundation announce the very successful completion of the 2nd Annual HAVA/NSSF Golf Classic held on Sunday January 17, 2016 at the Bear's Best Golf Club in Las Vegas. Hosting 100 golfers from the shooting sports industry, the classic attracted tremendous support as 38 companies entered foursomes or individuals, and 8 companies supported the event as sponsors. | For More...

This week's New Product Review from Brownell's includes Navidrex stocks for the Browning High Power, Vortex Optics bubble level and matched scope rings, Jagemann unprimed brass and triggers from Timney. | For More...

Rinehart Targets announces that Brad Rinehart has been promoted to New Project Manager, and Brittney Rinehart joins the team as the Inside Sales Representative. | For More...

MidwayUSA is pleased to announce American Rifle Company as one of the newest additions to their Optics product offering. | For More...

Guidefitter, yesterday at The Great American Outdoor Show announced it has added fourteen additional brands to "the Grid," a unique influencer marketing service for outdoor gear manufacturers. | For More...

Zanders Sporting Goods has announced that it will expand its inventory of archery supplies in 2016.The inventory expansion has already begun and customers should expect to see the new products very soon. | For More...

— JOBS
Plano Synergy is seeking a Creative Director. The creative director will direct all visuals of the company under the supervision of the VP. They will work with their own internal team to deliver marketing collateral in various forms. | For More...

CAA USA is seeking an experienced candidate to fill the position of General Manager for the US market of CAA firearms accessories out of the new facility in Pompano Beach, Florida. | For More...

Tremendous growth potential for organized marketing professional with an internationally recognized firearms brand and firearms accessory company. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Sitka Gear introduces the new Mountain jacket, vest, and pant to its lineup. | For More...

Now available in fly shops across the country and online, the Hodgman H5 wader gives anglers the trusted Hodgman name along with many technologically advanced features | For More...

— NEWS
Tactical Gear Distributors introduces its new Suppressor Program. TGD is partnering with the premier suppressor manufacturers in the industry. | For More...

— NOTICES
Vermont waterfowl hunters who did not remove their hunting blinds from the waters of the state earlier must do so before February 15 on Lake Champlain or May 15 on inland waters. | For More...

The indoor archery range at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will close to public use because of events, competitions or holidays on Feb. 13, Feb. 20 -21, Feb. 27, March 26, and March 27. | For More...

— ONLINE
The Feb. 13 show will feature the deer program administrator for the state of Ohio, Dr. Mike Tonkovich, Ohio Outdoor News Editor Mike Moore, and Buckeye Sportsman host Dan Armitage. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
DNZ Products joins the growing list of sponsors for North America's longest-running celebrations of big-game conservation and management, the Boone and Crockett Club 29th Big Game Awards, scheduled for July 14-16, 2016 in Springfield, Missouri. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Vapor Trail Archery has selected Gallup Media Marketing as their agency of record. | For More...

— PRESCRIBED BURN
The Indiana DNR will conduct a prescribed fire on 123 acres of Clark State Forest in Clark and Washington counties in late winter or early spring. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
With its first commercial .45 ACP, Walther's "power-packed PPQ" makes its presence felt on the cover of GUNS Magazine's April issue. | For More...

— RADIO
It's winter fishing in the Northwest with Guide Austin Moser on Northwestern Outdoors Radio. In addition to this we'll be talking to Cindy Carpenter with Youth Outdoor Unlimited about the fundraising banquet they've got coming up in Moses Lake and we'll also learn about Rascal Rodeo, a unique event for people with special needs taking place all over the Northwest | For More...

— RECOGNITION
Conservation officer Joel Lundberg, a 13-year veteran of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, recently was honored by the Shikar-Safari Club as Michigan's Wildlife Officer of the Year. | For More...

— RECREATION
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed a 2 ½-mile segment of snowmobile Trail No. 8 in Chippewa County because of unsafe riding conditions.
| For More...

— REGULATION
A public hearing on proposed marine rule changes affecting recreational anglers targeting haddock and/or cod in New Hampshire waters will be held on Thursday, February 25 in Portsmouth. | For More...

Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commissioners unanimously approved a slate of regulation additions and changes during their regular meeting Feb. 1 at Quartz Mountain Resort Lodge in Lone Wolf. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
ADCOR Defense and NRA announced the firearms manufacturer's new sponsorship of Cam & Co "On Location" shows and "Hero of the Day" segments. Airing on NRANews.com, Cam & Co, sponsored by Nosler, is a daily talk show hosted by popular personality Cam Edwards. | For More...

Otis Technology is pleased to announce its participation as the presenting sponsor of the first annual Babes with Bullets 3-Gun Challenge. The match takes place April 30th - May 1st at the Miculek's Shootout Range near Shreveport, LA. | For More...

— STATES
Indiana's state parks are looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts in exchange for free camping during their service. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week on Deer & Wildlife Stories, Keith Warren stays in his home state of Texas to visit John True at Big Rack Ranch. John and his partner, Tom Swift, are the owner of several giant whitetails, including the famous Dos Ancho. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources asks those who live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, or those who are just visiting, to share any moose sightings through the Moose Observation Report form, now available online. | For More...

— YOUTH
The Outdoor Youth of the Month program is a partnership between Outdoor News and Clam Outdoors announces Tyler Fromm of New Hope, Minn. as youth of the month. | For More...

FEATURE
News Briefs
It's Back-to-Back gun rights cases on the docket today in California as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear two important cases brought by the Calguns Foundation. In Silvester v. Harris, the three judge panel will hear a Second Amendment challenge to California's 10-day waiting period. A District Court previously ruled in the Calguns Foundation's favor in a 3-day bench trial….The second case, Tracy Rifle and Pistol v. Harris, challenges California's ban on some truthful, non-misleading handgun related speech by firearms dealers. Calguns is arguing against that ban based on First Amendment rights. The oral arguments are actually available live on the Ninth Circuit's YouTube Channel at:
https://www.youtube.com/user/9thcirc/videos.

No one's saying anything formally, but there's plenty of back-channel "buzz" after an email announcing the breakup of one of the longest-term relationships in the firearms industry …For the past 25 years, Norman, Oklahoma's Blue Heron Communications has been the agency of record for Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation. That includes Smith & Wesson and Thompson/Center Arms. No exact count, but that tenure has serviced about a dozen presidents and about third that many owners. No longer.

A short email from Blue Heron Communications President Gary Giudice late yesterday afternoon announces an end of the quarter-century relationship. For many of us in the firearms media, the announcement is the equivalent of the classic "man bites dog" story. Agencies seldom dismiss blue-chip clients. That makes what is an interesting "inside baseball" story into a legit business one. Yes, we're checking…but look for a Dragnet story "just the facts ma'am." Many of us have good friends on both sides of this breakup.
Shopping Season


"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1

September in Georgia is the start of hunting season. Since before I could remember — even when I was just old enough to hold a Red Rider BB Gun — the calendar turning to September has always meant it's time to hunt.

My desire to spend as much time as possible in the woods has, at times, presented problems for me with the opposite sex. From the time I began to date in high school, girlfriends had a hard time understanding just how important hunting season is to me. From Sept. 5, when dove season began, all the way through the end of deer season, I would constantly catch grief for spending so much time hunting. This problem continued into college, and even now my wonderful wife, Christa, just cannot fully grasp the importance of hunting season.

One day in October I walked into my house after spending several hours deer hunting. My sister, Allison, and my wife, Christa, were sitting in our family room. My sister said, "Did you kill anything?" "No," I said. "I saw two does and a small buck, but nothing worth shooting." Then my sister had the gall to ask me this question: "How can you go deer hunting day after day and never, ever get tired of it?"

FEATURE
Knife Rights' Wisconsin Knife Law Reform Bill Signed!
Editor's Note: Today, a piece of good news from Wisconsin from our friends at Knife Rights.

Governor Walker reads the inscription on the specially engraved Pro-Tech TR-4 automatic knife presented to him by Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter (right). Wisconsin FORCE Executive Directer Jeff Nass (left) looks on. (Mark LaBarbera photo courtesy of Knife Rights.

Knife Rights' Wisconsin Knife Law Reform Bill including Knife Law Preemption, AB 142, was signed on Saturday by Governor Scott Walker. Wisconsin is the eleventh state in which Knife Rights has repealed a switchblade ban and the tenth in which we have passed Knife Law Preemption. The law goes into effect as soon as it is officially published, which is expected to occur this week.

The signing ceremony was held during the annual meeting of Wisconsin FORCE, the state NRA affiliate. Wisconsin FORCE and Executive Director Jeff Nass played a critical role in passage of the bill and Knife Rights is appreciative of their support for our efforts to forge a Sharper Future for all Americans.

At the signing, Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter presented Governor Walker with a Pro-Tech TR-4 automatic (switchblade) knife specially engraved with the state seal and his name and dedication during the signing ceremony.

Speaking of the new law he was signing, and echoing Ritter's statement that Knife Rights is the Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment, the governor said, "Wisconsin citizens have the fundamental right to defend themselves and feel safe and secure in their homes and we remain committed to protecting those rights."

Bill sponsors Representative Kathleen Bernier and Senator Terry Moulton received specially engraved Allen Elishewitz designed Hogue EX-A01 automatic knives in recognition of their efforts to get this bill passed. Present at the signing was Travis Hakes (standing behind Gov. Walker in photo above), a law enforcement officer and owner of Trigger Control LLC, who first brought the issue of the state's switchblade ban to the attention of Rep. Bernier. He also received one of the Hogue EX-A01 autos to honor his help in providing the spark that ignited the limited legislation which after hard lobbying by Knife Rights and our friends and resulting amendments eventually resulted in full knife law reform in Wisconsin.

AB 142 removes all restrictions on switchblades (automatic) knives and concealed carry of all knives from Wisconsin statutes with the single exception that a person who is prohibited under state law from possessing a firearm may also not go armed with a concealed knife that is a "dangerous weapon."

Despite some erroneous reports to the contrary, there is no restriction in the statute as to who can now buy, own and carry an automatic knife in Wisconsin. Because the legislature insisted on retaining a limit on concealed carry by a prohibited person, there is some ambiguity as to what knives such a person can carry concealed. What type knife or knives are considered a "dangerous weapon" with respect to the prohibited person restriction is not defined in statute.

The Knife Law Preemption aspect of AB 142 repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.

AB 142 retains political subdivisions' ability to "[prohibit] the possession of a knife in a building, or part of a building, that is owned, occupied, or controlled by the political subdivision."

Knife Rights passed the nation's first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Knife Rights has repealed knife bans in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

Thanks to Pro-Tech Knives and Hogue for their donation of automatic knives for the signing ceremony.
Feb 11-14
Salt Palace Convetion Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 17-21
Feb 18-20
S&W ESC 299 Page Blvd. Springfield, MA 01104
Feb 20-21
M.C. Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Mar 2
Mesa, Arizona
Mar 10-13
Expo Center, Northlands, Edmonton, Alberta
Mar 31-Apr 2
Kingston, Jamaica
Apr 7
Palmetto Gun Club, Summerville, South Carolina
Apr 13
Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr 21-23
South River Gun Club, 5205 GA-212, Covington, GA 30016
Apr 22
29595 Leonard Road, Atlanta, Indiana 46031
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