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— BOATING
The public boat access facility at Stinson Lake in Rumney, N.H., will be closed for repairs and improvements starting Monday, July 28, through Friday, August 15. | For More...

— EDUCATION
The Michigan DNR's Academy of Natural Resources, now in its seventh year, enrolls teachers into a week-long crash course on natural resources. The idea is to provide the teachers with a broad overview of natural resources that they can use in their classrooms. | For More...

— EVENTS
The Fall Hunting Classic, held at 63 Bass Pro Shops stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, is set for Aug. 1 to Aug. 17, offering free seminars led by nationally recognized professional hunters, special offers, and a chance to win the "Once in a Lifetime Hunting Trip." | For More...

Recreational and experienced sporting clays shooters from across the country are primed for the National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) annual Turkey Shoot, August 15-17, at the Meadows National Gun Club in Forsyth, Georgia | For More...

August is a great time to visit the Calvert Marine Museum with exhibits and events for visitors of all ages, including First Free Fridays. | For More...

Cabela's Columbus is excited to present the "bow and arrow razzle dazzle" of archery extraordinaire, Frank Addington, Jr. Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
The late arrival of summer has Lake Champlain's bass fishing behind schedule, but it should be back on track during the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open presented by Allstate July 31-Aug. 2.
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Nathaniel Linville was named Grand Champion at the 2014 Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament in Key West, Florida. Linville, with Captain Aaron Snell, caught and released five permit during the three-day tourney. | For More...

— GEAR
TRU-SPEC® has added the MultiCam Tropic™ and MultiCam Arid™ patterns, developed by Crye Precision, to their popular Tactical Response Uniform selections, designed to meet the unique needs of Tactical Professionals, Law Enforcement and Special Operations personnel.
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IDFholsters.com now offers new Front Line holsters designed to fit handguns equipped with Crimson Trace Lasergrips®. | For More...

— HUNTING
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has finalized the 2014 hunting season dates and bag limits for early season migratory game birds, with no changes from last year. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
HatsanUSA, Inc. is pleased to announce its partnership with Odle Sales as its new sales representative in the MINK states. | For More...

Following a successful spring showing in the Do It Best Spring Market Show and the National Hardware Show, Arctic Ice recently gained placement in all 9 of the Do It Best Retail Service Centers throughout the nation. | For More...

This week, Adams Arms announces the new addition to their lineup of piston driven rifles: their AR Pistol. | For More...

A recent sponsorship by Smith & Wesson has made it possible for Orchid Advisors to offer a reduced price of $195 for Single FFL Retailers attending the 2014 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference, October 6-8 at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Fla. (MORE) | For More...

— INDUSTRY UPDATE
During a recent webinar sponsored by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and presented by Growth Strategy Partners on 3.5 Ways to Differentiate Your Products, attendees were asked, "How often do you formally collect customer input when developing new products?" A disappointing 72% said they 'never' to 'sometimes' collect customer input. | For More...

— JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
Traditions™ Performance Firearms is seeking a Sales and Marketing Coordinator. This position is an entry level position with potential for growth.
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— MEDIA
It was a record that stood for 26 years, but records are made to be broken. Last week, a Texas angler hooked into a 972.7-pound blue marlin that smashed the old record by almost 100 pounds. Read about this incredible fish and how it was brought to the scales in this issue of Lone Star Outdoor News, available today on newsstands and online at LSONews.com. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Wildgame Innovations has taken trail camera technology to the next level with the Buck Commander® Nano Series, created with the market's latest technology, sure to provide hunters with the best scouting footage available. | For More...

The new Scent-A-Way® MAX Scent Control Kits from Hunter's Specialties® contain everything a hunter needs to help control human scent on both their body and clothing for a more successful hunt. | For More...

DryCASE introduces the Brunswick waterproof backpack in Mossy Oak® Shadow Grass Blades™ camouflage. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
GLOCK, Inc. has contributed $50,000 to the Civilian Marksmanship Program in support of its new CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, which opens in the spring of 2015. | For More...

— OUTDOOR RETAILER SHOW
PahaQue® Wilderness is adding to their growing line of family camping equipment with a line of new waterproof TentRugs and new hammock designed to eliminate the uncomfortable "mummy effect" of traditional camping hammocks. Both will be introduced at the OR Summer Market in the Green Supply booth #38208. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
The Big Game Special, by Bowhunter, the No. 1 bowhunting magazine, hits newsstands soon and offers bowhunting adventures for both the dreamers of exotic locales and doers in their own backyard. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Deer Fest director Hugh McAloon, fishing guides Scott Bretting and Ted Peck, Jiffy pro-staffer Duffy Kopf and Adams County parks director Fred Nickel. Dan fishes trout in Wisconsin's Coulee Country. Jeff prepares his food plots for fall planting.
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It's a big move for Beretta, a new line of emergency and survival gear and supplies from Brownells, easy instruction for shotguns, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio. | For More...

— RECOGNITION
The Potterfields were honored by SSSF as the 'Founding Life Diamond Members' of the Champion's Roundtable, which recognizes donors who have made major contributions to the SSSF mission. | For More...

— RETAIL
Native Outdoors has released its 2014 Fall Catalog. The catalog is now available online and print versions are now arriving in mailboxes. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS
Industry members from across the country gathered in Sebastian, Fla. at the Indian River Shooting Range, July 18-19 to launch the 12th Annual Shooting Industry Masters. Over 350 competitors and industry partners raised thousands of dollars in support of NSSF's First Shots, USA Shooting and HAVA. | For More...

The USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports (USAYESS) National Championships took place June 27 to 29, 2014 at the National Shooting Complex (NSC) in San Antonio, TX. A total of $93,000.00 was deposited into team endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation from the National Championships. | For More...

Colt's Manufacturing Company proudly sponsored FMG's Shooting Industry Masters event at the gold level, as well as donating a special Single Action Army® Revolver to the event's charitable auction. It was auctioned at a final price of $3,600, with 100-percent of the proceeds benefitting USA Shooting. | For More...

— STATES
More than 600 acres in Minnesota's Stearns and Wright counties have been permanently conserved in honor of Minnesota's military veterans. The Veterans State Wildlife Management Area is now open to public hunting and outdoor recreation. | For More...

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will conduct hearings on Aug. 14 at several locations on proposed new rules to establish a voluntary wolf management stamp for anyone to make a donation to Montana's wolf management program. | For More...

In an effort to increase public access to sharp-tailed grouse hunting opportunities, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has expanded the state's Hunting Access Program to the eastern Upper Peninsula and is seeking private landowners to join the partnership program. | For More...

In an effort to increase public access to sharp-tailed grouse hunting opportunities, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has expanded the state's Hunting Access Program to the eastern Upper Peninsula and is seeking private landowners to join the partnership program. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week on Kayak Bassin', Chad Hoover heads north of the border to search for big bass in the Ottawa Valley's Clayton Lake-a world-class public lake found just outside of the nation's capital. | For More...

Beginning Monday, August 4, Sportsman Channel returns with a full-week of Aporkalypse 2014. The entire week of expanded hog eradication takes a deep dive into the many issues associated with the feral hog epidemic. | For More...

This week on Gun Talk Television, host Ryan Gresham goes full-tactical with guns and gear on a nighttime hog-hunt in Texas. | For More...

This week on The Bucks of Tecomate, host David Morris heads to the wide open spaces of Wyoming to hunt with long-time friend, Jadee Kroeger, of Kroeger Country Outfitters.
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It's Teal Season in Texas and no place better to hunt than with Rocky Creek Retrievers' Steve and Deanna Biggers. Plus, Special guests Hannah & Kaylee show you how to "Revitalize" your MOJO on Saturday's all new episode of MOJO TV. | For More...

— WASHINGTON
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will wait until after mid-term elections to "re-evaluate" a controversial new policy on elephant hunting. But conservation groups including Dallas Safari Club (DSC) worry that political gamesmanship in America is already compromising sustainable elephant management in Africa. | For More...

Southerland, after a visit to Key West, said he was very concerned and indicated he would call for a subcommittee hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee. | For More...

— WILDFIRES
An Ohio crew departed the State Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg early Saturday morning to travel to Redmond, Oregon, where they will be dispatched to help fight wildfires, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). | For More...

— WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is sponsoring a kayaking class Aug. 16 on the Clark Fork River near Thompson Falls. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
Hebron State Fish Hatchery will be hosting an early goose hunting clinic on August 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. The clinic will cover basic goose hunting techniques, decoy placement and calling. | For More...

The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites you to participate in a bat monitoring survey on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale. | For More...

Get an introduction to waterfowl hunting at a free seminar being offered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. | For More...

FEATURE
National Deer Alliance Announced
There were several key items taken away by attendees of the inaugural North American Whitetail Summit held March, 2014. Primarily organized and made possible by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), the summit identified issues and potential solutions.

One of the sticky broad areas was a wealth of disparate organizations dedicated to affinity groups of deer hunters. Despite being the primary economic motivator when it came to the hunting economy, there was no unifying organization representing the broad category of "deer hunter". The Summit resolved to move on that idea, using the QDMA as the primary organization to form a new umbrella organization.

In today's news section you'll read the formal announcement of the National Deer Alliance (NDA). The goal of that umbrella group is to represent deer hunters (no designations as to the type of hunting preferred), wildlife managers, and enthusiasts through into a single-voiced organization. According to Craig Dougherty, the initial Executive Director, the hope is that the sum of the parts will be greater than the whole.

If that's the case, deer hunters will find themselves into a group that, not unlike the NRA in gun rights, will speak with a bigger voice when government looks at making decisions that impact deer.

"When the 225 or so stakeholders in deer got together at the summit," Dougherty told me, "we took a very hard look at the deer world. What we saw was a collection of small organizations that really had a common interest: deer."

"And we decided we needed to move -and QDMA was the group to get it moving."

Today, NDA has four people, including Dougherty, working to launch a national organization. It sounds like a huge job, but unlike other older organizations, Dougherty says the NDA will use far less traditional methods of growth and spreading the word about itself.

"We're using tools that are electronic," he said, "no magazines -and we'll use weekly news distributions to members to cover all the areas of interest to those enthusiasts. Even our signup process is electronic."

Speaking of signup, there is currently no charge for the membership, with the goal to create a single speaking voice representing deer, but to be a "here when you need us kind of service," as explained by Dougherty.

When I pressed two key issues: deer "farming" and high-fence hunting and the genetics issues raised by both issues, he told me the organization wouldn't run away from those issues, but when looking at the larger issue -deer and deer hunting nationwide- there were other issues that were front-burner items for NDA.

"We have shrinking numbers compared to 15 years ago," he said, "and that's talking about deer and the deer hunters. In about have the states, we've seen hunting numbers decline -and harvest rates down even more significantly. And those two items are a reason the Mule Deer Foundation is supporting us- we all have to be concerned with those declines, and we have to find solutions."

So what about the other two topics? "We've not positioned on either of them yet," Dougherty said, "but I'd imagine that a best-practices solution is probably the best way to go. Deer feeding and deer breeding are subjects that need real answers, not just positions."

"We're here to represent the animals and the hunters," he said, "and on about 80 percent of the issues, we're all in agreement. We want to work from the common ground inside our organization and advocate for the best answers for everyone."

"We want to make certain that when it comes to decisions that impact either group, on any level, hunters have a representative seat at the table. That means we need to have membership numbers that reflect a national presence."

According to Dougherty, the goals of the NDA when it comes to membership are pretty modest- if you look at the total estimate number of deer hunters (just over eleven-million). "I'd say we could expect to have 250,000 members by the end of 2014, and we'd like to see that number double again in '15," he said, "when you look at the numbers today, you'll see that deer hunters affiliated with a national conservation organization are tiny, especially compared with turkey, ducks, pheasants or elk." Deer hunters in national organizations are pegged at 1 percent compared with 8, 41, 9 and 24 percent, for turkey, ducks, pheasants or elk, respectively.

Those numbers mean reaching the smallest percentage of hunters (8%/turkey) would mean nearly a million members. The other numbers would put NDA over the threshold of what constitutes a "major" organization when it comes to having influence in Washington.

So is political "clout" the ultimate goal? "No," says Dougherty, "deer are critical to the health of our overall outdoor world. We've got to be here for the deer- and the deer enthusiasts."

Time will tell, and we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you would like more information, their website is supposed to be up and running by the time The Outdoor Wire hits your inbox this morning. So, you should be able to go to this web address:
www.nationaldeeralliance.com and signup. Your name, email address and zip code are all they're looking for at this point- again, there's no charge for membership.

--Jim Shepherd
Jul 24-27
U.P. State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, Michigan
Jul 24-27
The Classic Center, Athens, Georgia
Jul 26
Shoshone County Public Shooting Range, Smelterville, Idaho
Aug 2-5
World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, IL
Aug 5-10
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
Aug 6-16
World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, IL
Aug 13-16
Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association Range, Bend, Oregon
Sep 12-14
Newport waterfront along America's Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island
Sep 26-28
Hyatt Regency O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL
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