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— TOP STORY
Yesterday, Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Ted Poe (R-TX-02) introduced the FIREARM (Freedom From Intrusive Regulatory Enforcement of Arbitrary Registration Mandates) Act - legislation to prohibit the federal government from requiring race or ethnicity to be disclosed in connection with the purchase of a firearm. In 2012, the Obama Administration quietly began requiring the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to record firearms purchasers' race and ethnicity. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
Field & Stream announced yesterday that Ryan Krapp of Bismarck, N.D., has been named the publication's 2014 Conservation Hero of the Year. | For More...

A dedication ceremony for the second largest land acquisition project completed by Pheasants Forever in Wisconsin-the new H&L Farms Wildlife Management Area in Rock County will take place Friday, September 26. | For More...

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites America to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12-18, 2014) with a visit to a national wildlife refuge. While you are enjoying the fishing or hiking or just the tranquility, learn how wildlife refuges conserve your wildlife heritage and enrich your life. | For More...

The region of South Texas and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville were the first-ever to receive the Legacy Landscape for Northern Bobwhite Conservation designation presented by the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
Three individuals are set to be arraigned Monday, Oct. 6, in 73A District Court in Sanilac County, Michigan on poaching charges related to an incident on Sept. 14 in Sanilac County. | For More...

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Jefferson Parish resident for alleged illegal piranha possession violations on Sept. 14 in Harahan. | For More...

— EVENTS
For safety reasons, all parking for the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience will be provided outside the Fort Harrison State Park gates. The most convenient way to enter and exit the event is using the free shuttle service. | For More...

Are you looking for the easiest way to fillet a mess of fish? Whether you're an old hand in the outdoors or a greenhorn who's ready for some new adventures, you can learn some new tricks at the 2014 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo! | For More...

Cabela's will host their second annual Cabela's Campfire Award Benefit Shoot on Saturday, September 27th at the Boise Gun Club. | For More...

Hunters for the Hungry will host its annual "Clean Out Your Freezer Day" to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. | For More...

— GEAR
Vicious Vision Premium Polarized Sunglasses introduces Yellow Moss and Blaze Orange to enhance vision and depth perception during low light periods. | For More...

— GRANTS
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $148,800 in grants to acquire and enhance elk habitat in Pennsylvania as well as help fund more than 20 youth hunting heritage and other projects around the state. | For More...

— HUNTING
Things are looking up for Montana antelope with populations continuing to recover from previous years' winter mortality and reduced recruitment in central and eastern Montana. | For More...

On Monday, September 22, over a thousand moose hunters will enter the woods, embarking on what many call the hunt of a lifetime. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Bill Lewis Outdoors announces the re-hire of Richard Broadwell to be its National Sales Manager, responsible for coordinating sales with reps and accounts nationwide. | For More...

L.C. Industries, Inc announces Trevor Bending as the company's first Channel Manager with development responsibilities for the company's products portfolio and brand strategy of Lewis N. Clark. | For More...

The Federation properties management team announces the appointment of Dollahon PR to assist with marketing communications for its affiliations operating under the federationangler.com umbrella, anchored by The Bass Federation (TBF).
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With less than a month to the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers 41st Annual Meeting and Expo, members and guests will experience the largest Expo in this association's history. A total of 500 booths have been reserved for its sold out Expo with 60+ new exhibitors. | For More...

Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance cooler panels is proud to partner with Jax Outdoor Gear at 1200 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, Co to bring their innovative product offerings to outdoorsmen and women in northeastern Colorado. | For More...

Fishing Tackle Retailer is pleased to announce that B. A.S. S. Senior Editor Ken Duke will become the next Managing Editor of FTR. | For More...

With less than a month to the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers 41st Annual Meeting and Expo, members and guests will experience the largest Expo in this association's history. A total of 500 booths have been reserved for its sold out Expo with 60+ new exhibitors. | For More...

— INDUSTRY NEWS
Atlanta Arms announced the completion of their new manufacturing plant. The new location will offer a state of the art, climate controlled loading facility, and 2,500 sq. ft. of office space. | For More...

— INDUSTRY UPDATE
Crimson Trace had several employees recently complete a special Retail Education Seminar held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. | For More...

— INSTRUCTION
For the fourth consecutive year International Firearms Consultants (IFC) and Ruger Firearms have teamed up to provide introductory courses on Handling Handguns at New Hampshire Fish and Game's twentieth Anniversary Becoming and Outdoors Woman Fall Weekend. | For More...

— INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
The penultimate day of the 12 day World Shooting Championships brought action once again in all three disciplines. | For More...

— JUST OUT
Gamo® Outdoor USA (www.gamooutdoorusa.com) introduces all-new Varmint Hunter. The Varmint Hunter features its famous laser sight & flashlight combination, but now includes many of the top features from Gamo's premium air rifles. MSRP is $249.95. | For More...

— LEGISLATION
A national sportsmen's coalition expressed frustration Thursday that the U.S. House is recycling harmful legislation that would gut oil and gas leasing reforms on public lands and constrain public input into managing valuable fish and wildlife habitat. | For More...

Trout Unlimited and other local stakeholders yesterday expressed concern with a substitute amendment released on Tuesday, Sept. 16, that alters key provisions of the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act of 2014. | For More...

— MEDIA
Media outlets planning to cover the 6th annual Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience this weekend at Fort Harrison State Park are asked to contact the DNR Division of Communications so they can accommodate your needs. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Wiley X®, Inc. has introduced a new frame/lens combination for the P-17. The new combo is a striking new Gunmetal Grey frame paired with Smoke Grey-tinted Silver Flash lenses. | For More...

Fishouflage's Performance Hoodie Series will be available in Full Pattern with comprehensive color appliqué, Accented Version in Black or Moss with Fishouflage appliqué, and in Ladies with brightly accented Lime, Black and Hot Pink. | For More...

— NEWSSTAND, RADIO & TV
Springfield Armory's XD-S 4.0 proves itself an effective and well-engineered concealed carry gun for a wide variety of users in the November/December issue of American Handgunner. Contributing Editor John Connor examines this polished pocket pal and finds the 4" barreled 9mm XD-S every bit as steady, reliable and concealable as promised. | For More...

— NOTICES
The Department of Natural Resources yesterday announced that the upcoming meeting of the Equine Trails Subcommittee - originally scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Lansing - has been canceled due to the lack of a quorum.
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— ORGANIZATIONS
The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with 10 other prominent agencies and organizations to halt the ongoing decline of young forest habitats and associated wildlife species in Wisconsin. | For More...

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are pleased to announce the expansion of habitat specialist positions in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT). | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Already offering a wide range of high-performance butterfly knives, Bear OPS has just added two new models, including one with an armor piercing blade. Both have a blade made of high carbon 440 stainless steel, heat-treated to an ideal Rockwell hardness of 57-59. MSRP is $135 and $155. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, has partnered with award-winning chef and author, Hank Shaw, in publishing a special cooking feature on an expanded Outdoor News "Taste of the Wild" page. | For More...

— RADIO
It's updates from California and New Jersey, new shotguns, hunters education classes, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Walther Arms joins a growing list of industry members supporting the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Rimfire Challenge. | For More...

— STATES
The 155-foot Kinta S slipped to her watery grave Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico off shore from Mustang Island, Texas, but the nearly 40-year-old freighter will foster new marine life for years to come. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday that its Managed Waterfowl Hunting Areas will host open houses in September and October to celebrate the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy and provide driving tours of each of the areas. | For More...

The Department of Natural Resources will offer free tours to the public and school groups this fall at the Boardman River Weir (in downtown Traverse City), the Little Manistee River Weir (in Manistee County) and the Platte River Weir (in Benzie County). | For More...

If you need a fall fundraiser for your school, club or community group, try selling the 2015 New Hampshire Wildlife calendar. This fundraiser offers local groups a great profit margin, and there's no risk, because calendars are paid for when the order is taken. | For More...

Ohio's top conservation farm families for 2014 were honored yesterday for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation on the land they farm. | For More...

Honorably discharged, Louisiana resident veterans will have extra hunting dates on private lands during the 2014-15 Louisiana deer hunting season. | For More...

Montana state wildlife officials announced yesterday that proposed administrative rules to establish a voluntary management stamp to enable anyone to make a donation to Montana's wolf program won't be adopted this year. | For More...

The public again this year is invited to purchase surplus salmon that has been harvested at Michigan Department of Natural Resources weirs around the state. | For More...

— TECHNOLOGY
BLACKHAWK!® Under the Radar™ Pouches feature Zero Trace™ signal blocking technology to protect valuable electronic devices and digital information from would-be criminals. The pouches halt unwanted scans of personal and financial information stored on RFID chips found in many credit cards, IDs and passports. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Stacy Harris of www.GameandGarden.com joins host Scott Leysath on this week's The Sporting Chef - an original series hosted and created by Scott Leysath. | For More...

Chad Hoover returns to the legendary Lake Guntersville with good friends, and HOOK1 Kayak Fishing Team members Ron Champion and Shane Philips. | For More...

The WildLifer's crew head south...way south...into South America to chase big game in the mountains and plains of Argentina. | For More...

Mike Morgan gears up and heads to Tennessee to meet up with Legends of the Outdoors founder and President, Gary Mason. After a quick river hunt, the guys head over to Arkansas to the jaw dropping Stan Jones Mallard Lodge. The place is unreal and so is the duck hunting. | For More...

— TOURNAMENTS
The championship tournament is being held on Bays de Noc as part of a partnership between Pure Michigan and Bassmaster to promote the state as a top destination for anglers. | For More...

— WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS
The two-part, Massachusetts Becoming an Outdoors Woman deer hunting seminar and hunt workshop has been scheduled for Saturday October 18th and Saturday December 6th. | For More...

Cabela's will celebrate the growing number of women enjoying the outdoors with Ladies' Day Out, October 4, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m in Kearney, NE. | For More...

— YOUTH
A record number of youth came out to experience what it's like to shoot arrows, shotguns and rifles at the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) 3rd Annual Get Youth Outdoors Day on Sunday, Sept. 14 at Wild Marsh Sporting Clays in Clear Lake, MN. | For More...

The Michigan War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, the Michigan Council for History Education and DTE Energy, are pleased to announce an essay contest for students in 3rd through 12th grade. The contest theme is "The Legacy of the War of 1812." | For More...

FEATURE
Good Reads
Unless you've been hibernating somewhere without television, radio or internet- which doesn't really sound like such a bad idea actually- you are aware of the fact that one of the watch phrases of today is "preparedness". And that phrase is one of those rubber-ruler terms that includes everything from remembering to pickup your umbrella on the way out the door to picking up a water purifier, surgical masks and gloves and an Ebola virus repellent on the way home from work at the nuclear power plant.

But the term really isn't a dirty one. Neither is it some synonym for people who are waiting for "the balloon to go up" and society to go down so they can live in blissful squalor without any basic human comforts. Preparedness is nothing more than being aware of where you are at any given time - and realizing that situations can be "fluid". What looks like at first like a benign sky full of tall puffy clouds can morph -quickly- into the advancing edge of a major storm. And if you're out on the water in a boat or hiking in deep woods without a jacket or place to take shelter, life can get interesting.

So let's stop flipping out about the term preparedness and start thinking about how to be better prepared. Normally, the idea that stresses is the one you're least prepared (insidious word) to deal with. I'm not going to tell you to follow along with me in a daily journal entitled "Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You" (really), but I am going to encourage your considering putting a couple of books on your reading list.

They've both been sitting on my desk for some time, and last week I decided to stop glancing across my desk at them and start looking in them to see what I could learn.

Short answer: plenty. These are books that are full of information, but don't read like a some sort of high-tech reference guide.

The first, edited by Tim Macwelch (and the editors of Outdoor Life) is modestly called "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual: 338 Essential Skills". And it covers the virtual waterfront of everything from gear to food and first aid. As the description says, it's the book to help you survive anything and answer the question: "If the worst happens...what happens next?

Tim MacWelch is a known quantity in the field of survival and preparation training. In addition to having written hundreds of articles, he is the founder of Advanced Survival Training (www.advancedsurvivaltraining.com), a school that teaches everything from basic preparedness to advanced courses for the armed forces, and the State and Justice Departments from various locations throughout northern Virginia.

A sampling of his instruction includes Urban Survival ("whether at home, at work or even in the car") Ultimate Fire Starting, and Survival Gear and Bug Out Bags.

The 338 Essential Skills are presented in the Outdoor Life style that's a blend of smart layout, good images and slightly snarky righting that makes it easier to remember common-sense information that the "mil-spec" manuals many of us have tried -and failed- to plod through.

For example, the very first skill is "understanding situational awareness" - and it reminds us that knowing what's going on around you is something that can't be over emphasized. From there, it moves through everything from your gear (Pack a BOB for Any Situation) to practical medical advice ("Don't Spill Your Guts" and advice on knife fights (Don't Get Into Them).

Two for the road -or the field. Prepare for Anything (above) is an Outdoor Life compendium of 338 essential skills while, "Bush Craft 101" (below) is billed as a "field guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival". Both have the information as promised.

It's an entertaining read and you'll find yourself learning - despite yourself. The list price is $27, but it's available on Amazon.com for $20.98. Hey, being prepared to save money isn't a bad strategy either.

"Bushcraft 101" by Dave Canterbury, however, is another of those informational books that's designed to be easy-to-understand and make the 5Cs of Survivability: Cutting tools, Cover, Combustion devices, Containers, and Cordages understandable. If you're like me and have been confused at virtually everything you've seen after the immutable fact that water is the most essential thing you need to survive anything -except drowning- Canterbury's book will go a long way toward making you comfortable in the wilderness.

Canterbury's no neophyte to the field - he's the co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School in Ohio, named one of the Top 12 Survival Schools in America (Link).

Canterbury's no-nonsense advice on the right gear to take into the wilderness is a key bit of info, but he'll also give you information and insights necessary if you decide to take that essential gear and make other tools and supplies you might need. From there, Canterbury moves you through the process for collecting food to teaching you ways to cook it after you realize your crockpot must be in your other pack.

And he'll help you with everything from those basic skills to surviving the surprise snowstorm or running out of water because you couldn't get back as planned.

Bush Craft 101 is one of those books that's small enough to stick in your backpack and have the expert with you when you're afield. And as both authors will tell you, paper is one of those things with a multiplicity of uses, from reading to keep calm to tinder for a fire, a way to leave messages, or a substitute for leaves should you find yourself, well, answering a call of the wild.

Bushcraft 101 is list priced at $16.99, but I've seen it on Amazon for $11.16- and I've also noticed it's a number one selection in that reference category.

Two pieces of entertaining and informative reading that just might save your life in an emergency.

Can't get much more useful than that.

-- Jim Shepherd
Sep 20
Camdenton Memorial Airport, Camdenton, Missouri
Sep 20-21
The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, Mobile, Ala.
Sep 21
Airheads of Maine, 404 Plains Rd., Hollis, Maine
Sep 21
St. George, Utah (Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park)
Sep 26
MSSA, 9287 Old Brownsville Rd, Arlington, TN 38002
Sep 26-28
Hyatt Regency O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL
Sep 27-28
Lead Farm Range, Versailles, Missouri
Oct 2
Albuquerque, NM
Oct 3
Sir Walter Gun Club, Creedmoor, NC
Oct 3
North Versailles, PA
Oct 3
Rolla, MO
Oct 6-8
Turnberry Isle Resort, Miami, Florida
Oct 10
Lefthanders Gun Club, Loami, IL
Oct 11-12
Minneapolis Marriott West, Minneapolis, Minn
Oct 14-17
Statehouse Convention Center Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 16
Old Fort Gun Club, Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Oct 31-Nov 2
Cops Range at Rolla MO
Oct 31-Nov 2
Hansen Range, Punta Gorda Florida
Nov 2
Rio Salado Sportsmans Club, Mesa Az.
Nov 7
3043 E. SCHOOL ROAD, BELVILLE, TEXAS 77418
Nov 7
Sanners Lake Sportsman's Club
Nov 7-9
South River Gun Club, Covington, GA
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