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— EDITOR'S NOTE
No Wires on Monday, September 7
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, we will not publish any wires on Monday, September 7, 2015. We will resume our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 8. All time-sensitive releases for distribution prior to Tuesday, September 8 must be submitted to the appropriate wires no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, September 3. Relevant releases received after that time will be included in our Tuesday, September 8 editions.

— ARCHERY
Indiana's Monroe Lake will host an estimated 1,200 bowhunters for the "second leg" of the International Bowhunting Organization's (IBO) National Championship Triple Crown tournament, June 10-12. | For More...

— CAMPS
Salamonie Lake will host a free trapper education course, Oct. 3 and 4, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. Participants should register by Sept. 27. | For More...

— COMPETITION
Bass Pro Shops-sponsored Tony Stewart will race a retro-inspired No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobile 1 Chevrolet SS in the Sept. 6 Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington as a part of the track's The Tradition Returns weekend. | For More...

— COMPETITIVE SHOOTING
16 year old Junior shooter phenom Kolby Pavlock dominated the 2015 NSSF Rimfire Challenge Northwest Championships with his overall win and 30 plus second lead over 2nd place. Team MGM shooter, True Pearce took 4th in Limited. | For More...

Walther Arms, Inc. has renewed its title match sponsorship for the USPSA Area 4 Championship at Triple C Tactical Range Complex in Cresson, TX. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
Thanks in large part to funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the final 100 acres of the 9,814-acre Rocky Fork property is now protected, ensuring important wildlife habitat, water quality, recreational access and economic opportunities for neighboring communities. | For More...

— EVENTS
The Pioneer Village at Indiana's Spring Mill State Park will come to life with historical re-enactors, crafts, demonstrations and musical entertainment during the annual Tri Kappa Candlelight Tour on Sept. 19. | For More...

Dr. Lelia Kelly, Associate Extension Professor and Consumer Horticulture Specialist for the Mississippi State University Extension Service will present a program about Mississippi wildflowers at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, September 12. | For More...

The CMM Fossil Club will present a free paleo double-header public lecture on Saturday, September 12 with presentations by fossil club member, Debbie Palmer, and local student, Adam Lindholm, in the Harms Gallery. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) yesterday initiated the release of water from Ruedi Reservoir for the month of September for the benefit of the Colorado River endangered fish. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
Inshore anglers from across Florida and surrounding regions will meet at Ruskin, Florida, on Sept. 12-13 for the final 2015 Florida West Division events of the IFA Redfish Tour and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour. | For More...

— GEAR
ALPS OutdoorZ has won the 2015 Petersen's Hunting Editor's Choice Award for the Traverse X hunting pack. | For More...

— HUNTING
Hunters are enthusiastic about Vermont's upcoming October 3-25 and December 5-13 split archery deer hunting season, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. | For More...

Oklahoma's Free Hunting Days weekend allows any Oklahoma resident to go afield without the normally required standard hunting license. | For More...

Shortly before dawn on Sept. 5 the 2015-16 North Carolina dove hunting season will open officially. Hunting hours on opening day and throughout the season will be one half hour before sunrise and ending at sunset. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
United Sporting Companies (USC) announces the appointment of Scott Walker to the position of President Ellett Brothers Marine Division as he continues to retain his current responsibilities as USC Chief Purchasing Officer. | For More...

United Sporting Companies (USC) announces the appointment of Chuck Walker to the position of President Evans Sports Division as he continues to retain his current responsibilities as USC Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. | For More...

According to a new report, U.S. Angler Population, Who Comes and Who Goes anglers aren't nearly as avid as we like to think. The good news is there's far more opportunities to engage people in fishing than one would believe. | For More...

The 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro held on Lake Hartwell out of Greenville, S.C., has been nominated by the readers of SportsTravel Magazine, for a 2015 SportsTravel Award. | For More...

Gander Mountain, announced yesterday it will open its newest Colorado location in Parker in the spring of 2016. | For More...

B+B Marketing Communications has formed a partnership with Rusted Rooster Media and its sister company, Hatch Marketing Group, to provide strategic marketing and communications expertise. | For More...

Mesa Tactical is pleased to announce a joint project with Beretta USA as Mesa Tactical's Urbino stock has been selected for use on Beretta's 1301 tactical shotgun. | For More...

— JOBS JOBS
The shooting sports division of Maschmedt & Associates has immediate openings in Colorado, Utah, and Kansas/Missouri territories for outside sales representatives. | For More...

— JOBS JOBS JOBS
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Wildlife Management Cooperative Specialist in Missouri. This is a full-time, home-based position (must reside in Missouri). | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Whether at the job site or in hunt camp, the Milwaukee Tool FASTBACK™ Camo Spring Assisted Knife is your go-to knife. | For More...

The Realtree Girl Bella Ladies Tri-Fold Buckle Wallet is ideal for the woman who loves a combination of Western flare and outdoors appeal. | For More...

Boyds has recently released new hardwood gunstock options for the popular Remington 710 and 770 models, | For More...

Available in patent-pending Oklahoma and Willow styles, new VMC Gliding Jigs are finesse baits productive in both deep and shallow water. | For More...

Diamond Archery has announced that the Infinite Edge Pro is now available in all new Mossy Oak® Break-Up Country™. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The Pope & Young Club has published the very first Bowhunting Records of Velvet North American Big Game. Published in 2015, this book contains all velvet entered animals prior to January 1, 2015. | For More...

Whitetails Unlimited has named Jim Wiltinger of Genoa, Wisconsin, its Field Director of the Year for fiscal year 2014-15. | For More...

— PRODUCT RECALL
IMR Legendary Powders is officially announcing a product safety warning and recall notice for IMR 4007SSC on the six lot numbers listed below. IMR has received reports that this particular powder in 1lb and 8lb containers may have become unstable due to possible rapid deterioration. Use of this product from these lot numbers shown on the enclosed label may result in spontaneous combustion, fire damage or possible serious injury. | For More...

— PROMOTIONS
DUEL 3 is back, and CrossBreed® is getting in on the action by inviting fans to participate in the event and potentially win one of its own SuperTuck or other products. | For More...

— RADIO
Bass Edge Radio features BASS Elite Angler James Elam in their latest iTunes podcast. Bass Edge Radio hosts Aaron Martin and Kurt Dove discuss with James his exciting comeback at the Chesapeake Bay event and summer/fall transition of bass behavior. | For More...

This week on The Revolution, Jim and Trav have assembled an elite squad of outdoorsmen that are prepared to give us their predictions for the "2015 Wild Game Forecast". | For More...

— RETAIL
From September 4 through September 13 everything at www.themakogroup.com will be 20 percent off with no restrictions. | For More...

MidwayUSA's Camo Tuesday™, September 8, is more than just another hunting sale, it's The First Official Shopping Day of the Fall Hunting Season. | For More...

— SAFETY
Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District, which covers most of Arkansas and southern Missouri, are asking everyone to practice good water safety habits and follow 5 safety steps this Labor Day weekend. | For More...

— STATES
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a position paper that will help guide the agency's strategic priorities for Florida panther recovery and management. | For More...

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will present its final proposed hunt guidelines at a Friday, September 4 meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission in Springerville. | For More...

As California's September 19 and September 26 general deer hunting season openers approach, hunters across the state are gearing up to head out in search of deer in many of the most popular hunting areas. | For More...

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Fisheries Section staff recently launched a new program designed to increase the amount of fish-attracting structure in Kansas public waters. As part of the program, staff will sink approximately 300 "PVC cubes," to attract fish. | For More...

The Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) has released a six-page fishing regulation booklet in Spanish called "Regulaciones de Pesca, Indiana 2015." | For More...

— SWEEPSTAKES
Just in time for the hunting season, participants can register for a chance to win a Parker ThunderHawk Crossbow as part of Parker Bows and RED HOT brand Crossbow Accessories' 10 week promotion. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week on SportingDog Adventures, Jeff Fuller packs up his three young sons and the Soggy Acres retrievers and heads to Simmesport, Louisiana for duck camp where they are hosted by the Hebert family and the Haydels of Haydel's Game Calls. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
The penalty for transporting or releasing feral swine in Alabama has been increased from a class C to a class B misdemeanor, which carries a mandatory fine of $2,500. | For More...

FEATURE
Back to the Brands/Cultivating Culture
With 30 well-known brands (and counting) under its belt, Vista Outdoors (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company that actually prefers to be known by its company names: Bushnell, Primos, Federal Premium, CamelBak, Savage Arms, Bolle, and Blackhawk!

It's almost as if the acquisition binge is based on solid products and brands rather than a more traditional rollup of companies that may be facing moribund sales, lagging product development or simply have outgrown its capital acquisition abilities.

Having spent a couple of days with the folks from Blackhawk! at their manufacturing HQ here in Montana, it's apparent that the brands, while being acquired, aren't being encouraged to be absorbed into an amorphous corporate identity, they're being encouraged to keep on doing what they do best -and to stick on message with their products.

What that means, at least in one instance, is that Blackhawk! won't be pushing out a ton of new hunting products -but another Vista company, Primos, may benefit from the down-in-the-dirt with the operators experience of the Blackhawk! brand. So, too, may other companies see some of their tertiary lines slide into categories where customers are better-suited due to that brand's existing identity.

For Blackhawk! that means new offerings for the benefit of "operators" -the core group from which the company originally began. And for those of us who enjoy the benefits of the rough work of others, it means we'll reap the benefits as well.

From products that use new fabric technologies to make a pocket holster that stays in the pocket but releases the gun when needed (above) to a new "cool" looking line of carryalls in their Diversion line, Blackhawk! is keeping their eye on developments for their core customers.

If you carry a pistol, you'll be seeing several new products that offer everything from deep concealment for pocket pistols to concealed carry for full-sized guns that can handle a variety of different firearms. I'm also impressed with some of the new mag pouches -and the fact that there's a variety of options available that should enable a shooter who wants to get into the fast-growing sport of 3-gun to put together a rig of belt, holster, and assorted mag pouches for about $250.

As I said, beginners to experienced shooters can benefit.

One line that looks as if it is going to be a winner with the younger generation- especially those returning from active duty and want to carry their "stuff" without looking like they've bumped off a surplus store, would be the variants to their Diversion line. Introduced a couple of years ago, Diversion carriers were exactly that- gun carriers that looked like gym or tennis racket bags in stead of gun carriers.

But the rap on them was that they were "boring" according to Tactical Products manager Chris Laack. "The guys coming back from active duty wanted something to carry their gear," he said, "including a gun in many instances, but they wanted something a bit more hip."

In response, Blackhawk! has introduced a line of wax canvas bags. Made from Martexin 10.10, these bags are certainly metropolitan cool. They have Fidlock buckles (that will confound TSA and other security officials with their complicated simplicity) and inside areas designed to carry everything from tablets to pistols and multiple magazines.

The most intriguing new product we can finally talk about is the new Generation 3 recoil reducing stock system from Knox. It makes shotguns considerably easier to shoot more accurately-even for the recoil sensitive.
But one item I'd seen earlier this year but couldn't talk about is finally ready to rollout to customers-although that availability is likely 60-90 days out.

The Knox Generation 3 recoil reducing stock system is the product of Blackhawk's "all under one roof" development process. While Generations 1 and 2 performed well, the company engineers believed there was a better way to soften recoil. And for the sake of accuracy, we know you can't simply do away with recoil -there's a Newton's law about that.

But there's no rule in physics that says you can't soften - or spread the intensity of the traditional hammering of a shotgun using damping devices. The new Generation 3 system uses a newly developed system based on the spring and buffer system of Generations 1 and 2, modified so that there's a straight-back "slide" rather than a slanted directional move that is uncomfortable for some shooters because it essentially impacts their cheek. With cheek weld a serious component of accuracy, that was something they set out to eliminate.

In side-by-side testing, I can tell you they have. Shooting a variety of loads from buckshot to magnums, the Generation 3 system, incorporating their earlier sliding system and a new proprietary honeycomb butt pad (think "run flat tire technologies) softens recoil to the point that it was possible to mix loads without really noticing much difference.

There's more on that system ahead, but it will initially introduce for the Remington 870 line with a Mossberg 500 not far behind. And no, it won't work with semi-autos. Those systems are designed to use the recoil as part of the cycling process. Dampen one part and you've seriously inhibited the gun's ability to run smoothly.

As always, we'll keep you posted.

- Jim Shepherd
Sep 3-4
College Station, Texas
Sep 3-7
Penberthy Rec Sports Complex, College Station, Texas 77843
Sep 5-7
College Station, Texas
Sep 8-13
Medellin, Colombia
Sep 11-13
Tusco Rifle Club, New Philadelphia, Ohio
Sep 24-25
Peacemaker National Training Center, 1624 Brannons Ford Rd. Gerrardstown, WV 25420
Sep 24-26
Peacemaker National Training Center, Brannons Ford Road, Gerrardstown, WVA
Sep 26-27
Lake Murray, South Carolina
Oct 9-11
Old Fort Gun Club, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Oct 10-11
Douglas Lake, Tennessee
Oct 10-11
Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 17-18
Lake Guntersville, Alabama
Oct 17-18
Mexico City, Mexico
Oct 21-24
Rockcastle Shooting Center, Park City, KY
Oct 27-30
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
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