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— TOP STORY
Sturm, Ruger & Company (NYSE:RGR) Q3 2014 earnings seem to confirm what most industry watchers have suspected for some time: the superheated sales cycle is over. Although the company still declared fully-diluted earnings of thirty four cents per share for Q3, those earnings were on net sales of $98.3 million, more than forty three percent year-over-year as compared to 2013's $170.9 and earnings of $1.44 per share, respectively. Ruger CEO Michael O. Fifer cited a reduction in overall consumer demand combined with high retail inventories and aggressive price discounting by competitors- a discounting that was not matched by Ruger. Tomorrow morning, Ruger will host a call to discuss those operating numbers. | For More...

— COMPETITION
With the 2014 IPSC World Shoot in the record books, Team MGM Shooters are celebrating their strong showing. Led by Max Michel who brought home the gold medal in the Open Division in his first-ever World Shoot, Team MGM shooters finished high in all categories. | For More...

— EVENTS
New Second Saturday programs at the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing highlight many aspects of the special exhibit, "Conceived in Liberty," which takes its themes from the Gettysburg Address. The exhibit starts with the Battle of Gettysburg and follows Michigan soldiers through the end of the Civil War. | For More...

Cabela's will celebrate Ohio Whitetail season as the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing colors by hosting Cabela's Deer Camp on November 8 - 9, encouraging outdoorsmen and women to shift their focus from summer adventures. | For More...

Anglers are going to see some exciting new changes in the 2015 Pickwick Lake Catch-A-Dream Bass Classic being held at Pickwick Landing State Park on May 30, 2015. Catch-A-Dream Foundation is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt non-profit organization, based in Starkville, Mississippi that provides children age 18 and younger, who suffer from life-threatening illnesses, the chance of a lifetime to experience outdoor adventure. | For More...

— FISHING
B.A.S.S. has expanded the Bassmaster High School Series to three Opens for 2015 and has increased the number of ways high school anglers can qualify for the Bassmaster High School National Championship. | For More...

— HUNTING
Vermont moose hunters had a successful hunting season according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. A record bull was taken in the October 1-7 archery moose hunt, and the regular moose hunting season was October 18-23. | For More...

Of all the tools you incorporate into your hunting arsenal, among the most valuable is a topo map. Yamaha offers a few examples of how you can implement them into your hunting plans this fall. | For More...

One of Pennsylvania's most exciting seasons will begin this Saturday as hunters head afield in pursuit of one of fall's most coveted game animals, the wild turkey. Hunters should really focus on the varying season starts and lengths throughout the state's 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs). | For More...

— INDUSTRY
After a ten-year hiatus, Guns & Ammo is bringing back its "Guns & Ammo of the Year" awards. | For More...

AirForce Airguns is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Outtech, Inc. to enhance domestic sales and marketing at all levels. | For More...

Crimson Trace, America's recognized leading manufacturer and supplier of laser sighting systems and tactical lights for firearms, has selected Dustin Gimmy as the Regional Sales Manager (RSM) for the Midwest States of Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas. | For More...

Feather Vision optical aids for use in competitive archery and bow hunting has been selected by Yasui & Company, manufacturer of Shibuya Archery products, as the lens supplier for the company's line of Shibuya Archery target scopes. | For More...

The South Carolina Outdoor Press Association (SCOPe) has bestowed special honors on three charter members and one of the state's top wildlife biologists. | For More...

It was a two-stage expansion, but Tualatin, Oregon-based Warne Scope Mounts has doubled the size of their production facility. The expansion has enabled the company to lean-up the manufacturing process, increasing productivity and reducing lead times on orders. | For More...

— INVASIVE SPECIES
Lake Waco has become the seventh lake in Texas to be infested by invasive zebra mussels. Zebra mussels became established in Texas in Lake Texoma in 2009. In 2012, they were found in Lake Ray Roberts and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. In 2013, zebra mussels spread to Lakes Bridgeport, Lavon, Lewisville and Belton. | For More...

— MEDIA
Browning wishes to send a huge congratulations to their fans and friends for helping the Browning Facebook page reach 2,000,000 LIKES earlier this week. | For More...

Fall turkey hunting is taking center stage this week on The Revolution. Get insider advice on how to find the flock, patterning birds, the calls to use, the biggest calling mistakes turkey hunters make and much more. | For More...

— NEWS
In a new proposal to list the African lion as a threatened species, U.S. officials acknowledge that lawful hunting is a tool that can help save the species from extinction. Dallas Safari Club (DSC) is encouraging its members to keep hunting lions, but be selective. | For More...

— NOW SHIPPING
Setting the new standard for the micro, compact-carry pistol, Beretta has begun shipping its super thin, ultra-concealable Pico to retailers across the country. Just 18mm at its widest point and with a smooth double-trigger action, the Beretta Pico is the softest shooting, thinnest .380 semi-automatic pistol on the market today; and at a suggested retail price of $399 it is also an exceptional value. | For More...

— ONLINE
Chicago IL -- Pulse O2DA Firearms Training, Inc. (Pulse O2DA), announces a major expansion to its online firearms training academy, including a free one-month trial membership and new access options. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
Joseph Hosmer, president Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) announced recently that SCI Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Foundation will host their third annual sporting clays shoot on February 3, 2015 at 9:00 am. | For More...

Representatives from state wildlife agencies gathered with National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) staff and volunteers for a weekend of training and collaboration aimed at solving the biggest problem facing both conservation and hunting industries - lack of new hunter recruitment and retention. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
In the November issue of Game & Fish/Sportsman magazines, writers lay out a plan to take back their Weekend Warrior Deer Camp hunting land from rampant predators. | For More...

— RADIO
Bowtech's "three bows in one" PowerShift Technology makes its debut on two 2015 Bowtech offerings - the Prodigy and Boss - and you can learn all about them on the latest episode of Petersen's BOWHUNTING Radio. | For More...

— REGULATION
Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is publishing a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will assess the natural and human effects of issuing a permit to authorize the take of the federally endangered American burying beetle. | For More...

— RETAIL
FN America, LLC announces the fall launch of the Power up your FN SCAR® accessory promotion for the company's FN SCAR® 17S rifles. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITION
Team Comp-Tac's Randi Rogers won the bronze medal in individual competition in the Ladies Standard Division at the International Practical Shooting Confederation's (IPSC) World Championship October 13th-17th, 2014, in Frostproof, Fla. Rogers' third place performance also helped secure the gold medal for the women of Team USA's Ladies Standard squad. | For More...

SureFire LLC congratulates Team SureFire members Mike Voigt who took home the Open Senior, Open Senior Shoot-Off, and Open Senior Team titles, and Maggie Reese who took bronze with the USA Ladies production team at the IPSC World Shoot held at Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, FL. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS
Harris Publications, a leading publisher of special interest publications and owner of such titles as Combat Handguns and the popular websites Tactical-Life.com and PersonalDefenseWorld.com, will once again be a major sponsor of the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals. | For More...

— STATES
Miami businessman Rodney Barreto is the new chairman of the Wildlife Foundation of Florida (WFF). Barreto succeeds outgoing chairman Ken Haddad at the helm of the citizen-support organization of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). | For More...

The Indiana DNR Division of Forestry has notified 17 counties they will receive shares of more than $330,000 as part of an annual distribution of timber sale revenue. | For More...

Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission earlier this month approved a $70,000 budget increase for the Coal Pile Habitat Restoration project in Desha County. | For More...

Two 16 year old boys from the Crowley, Louisiana area survived a boating incident on the Indian Creek Reservoir in Rapides Parish. One reason was the correct use of a safety lanyard which killed the engine on their boat when they struck a tree and were both ejected. | For More...

The salmon ladder at Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova will open Monday, November 3, signaling the start of the spawning season on the American River. | For More...

— TECHNOLOGY
Inteliscope LLC t has launched new versions of their popular Apple and Android apps, allowing the shooter to now record video with the Heads up Display and reticle included. The video can be sent directly from the phone to YouTube to share with others. | For More...

— TELEVISION
The all-new online adventure series, "Kendall Jones: Game On," starring Texas Tech cheerleader and avid outdoorswoman Kendall Jones, premiered last week on YouTube and Facebook with more than 100,000 unique views. Additionally, 71.3 percent of the viewership are between 13 to 34-years-old - a coveted and hard-to-reach audience in the outdoor industry. | For More...

World Fishing Network premieres the third installment of the second season of its signature magazine format show, World Fishing Journal, with another all-star episode on Sunday, Nov. 2. | For More...

Sportsman Channel announces the network has dramatically increased its distribution of Sportsman HD in the Comcast Cable market of Chicago. | For More...

The hunt is winding down but the ducks are still working in full force. With only two days left before traveling home, the guys dig in as Alberta's winter begins to take hold. Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8_4IQT74nk | For More...

— TRANSPORTATION
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. has donated a new 2014 Viking FI 4x4 in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day's (NHF Day) celebration of outdoor recreation and conservation. Yamaha reminds outdoor enthusiasts that they can still register to win before midnight on October 31, 2014, at www.yamahaoutdoors.com/nhfday. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
The number of nests in Florida has increased over the past several years as a result of increased conservation efforts and decreased detrimental storms throughout the state. | For More...

FEATURE
Sportfishing Industry Strongly Opposes Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Sector Separation Action
Editor's Note: Today, the American Sportfishing Association offers their explanation of their "strong opposition" to a proposed red snapper separation action in the Gulf of Mexico.


Industry leaders voice serious concerns about the future implications for saltwater fisheries management

Alexandria, VA - - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Council recently voted 10-7 to approve Amendment 40, also known as sector separation, which would divide the recreational red snapper quota between individual recreational fishermen and charter/for-hire captains.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is strongly opposed to sector separation and is deeply troubled that this poorly conceived and detrimental plan was passed by the Gulf Council. In its 2013 position paper on sector separation, ASA urged federal fishery managers to remove saltwater recreational sector separation from all management plan discussions. ASA believes that sector separation will create serious conflicts between private anglers and charter/for-hire captains, and further diminish recreational fishing opportunities for red snapper.

"While we understand the charter/for-hire position, we in the tackle industry don't see Amendment 40 as being in the best interests of the entire recreational fishing community," said Gary Zurn, Big Rock Sports SVP of Marketing. "The economic impacts of sector separation have not been clearly determined, but we know it will have a significant financial impact on the coastal communities and businesses throughout the Gulf region that support recreational fishing."

Earlier this year, a landmark report produced by the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management presented a new paradigm for conserving marine fishing resources while producing the full range of saltwater recreational fishing's economic, social and conservation benefits. A Vision for Managing America's Saltwater Recreational Fisheries outlines the nation's most important recreational fisheries management issues and is intended to help guide federal policy decisions.

"The reason Maverick Boats President Scott Deal and I initiated the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management was because we were concerned about the increasing number of saltwater fisheries management decisions that are limiting anglers' ability to enjoy time on the water," said Bass Pro Shops founder and CEO John Morris and the commission's co-chair along with Deal. "We need everyone involved in saltwater fisheries management, including that of Gulf red snapper, to come together and collectively work to realize the commission's vision."

"The commission's vision for managing our nation's saltwater fisheries is based on conservation, economics and public access," said Deal. "The idea of sector separation is in direct contrast with the commission's vision. This move is not based in sound science or good economics. It is an effort to band aid a poor federal fisheries management system needing major surgery."

A small glimmer of hope for the future of recreational management of Gulf red snapper was provided by a last minute attachment to Amendment 40 that requires a three year "sunset," which means that unless the Council takes action to continue sector separation it will expire after three years. This provision was introduced into the discussion once it became evident that the permanent sector separation proposal had the votes within the Council for passage.

While sector separation is now scheduled to go into effect for up to the next three years, the sunset provision stops any forward movement on bringing catch shares into the temporarily separated recreational sectors and prevents a permanent implementation strategy.

In addition, the five Gulf states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida) agreed on a path forward for regional management (formally known as Amendment 39) that would give each state control over the recreational fishery off their coast, in both state and federal waters, in a way that better meets the needs of the recreational fishing community.

"The most important and valuable action at the Council level for the sportfishing industry is to support the states' efforts to develop a regional management plan as quickly as possible and to help ensure that it be implemented prior to the sunset of sector separation," said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman.

The states' big stumbling block was how to divide the allowable catch among the states. However, the states agreed to an allocation formula during the meeting, as well as a timing strategy for implementation. This gives the Gulf states a strong incentive to agree upon a regional management structure by the time sector separation expires.


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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry's trade association committed to representing the interests of the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry a unified voice, speaking out on behalf of sportfishing and boating industries, state and federal natural resource agencies, conservation organizations, angler advocacy groups and outdoor journalists when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring social, economic and conservation values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America's 60 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation's waterways through KeepAmericaFishing™, our angler advocacy campaign. America's anglers generate over $48 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation's economy creating employment for more than 828,000 people.
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