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— AWARDS
Sporting Classics Magazine has selected Winchester Repeating Arms as their Company of the Year for their 2017 "Awards of Excellence". Rafe Nielsen with Winchester Repeating Arms accepted the award from Sporting Classics during the recent Safari Club International Convention. | For More...

— BIRDING
"Orozco," a male peregrine falcon hatched at the Nebraska Capitol in 2015, has been observed in Omaha. | For More...

— CUTLERY
The lightweight Kershaw Reverb is lightweight and has no flipper or thumb stud to catch on anything, making it ready to go with you on your next outdoors trip. The built-in carabiner clip makes it easy to clip to backpack or harness -- for pack-it-anywhere, have it when you need it handiness. | For More...

— EVENTS
PolyCase Ammunition announces its upcoming exhibition at LAAD Defense & Security Expo. Held April 4–7 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the international military and professional security services trade show and conference is the leading Latin American expo, bringing together over 600 exhibitors from 41 countries. | For More...

— FISHERIES
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fisheries biologists recently conducted a fish survey at the lake and collected "several hundred bullheads per frame net," according to northwest district biologist Joe Rydell. "We weren't expecting quite so many." | For More...

Fisheries staff at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission again this spring will capture spawning walleyes to collect eggs to meet stocking requests. | For More...

— GEAR
expands its SWMP holster to fit the new Smith and Wesson M&P, M2.0 in 9MM, .40 and .45 calibers. It is available in paddle, belt and roto styles. | For More...

— HUNTING
Spring turkey hunting success and safety comes down to the same thing – proper planning. Preseason scouting can put hunters in the right position when turkeys come off the roost, increasing their chance for success. | For More...

Iowa's spring season begins April 8 with an Iowa youth only hunting season that covers two weekends and allows hunters younger than 16 when they buy the turkey license to participate. | For More...

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners yesterday gave final approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2017-18 license year. | For More...

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners adopted a slate of deer seasons for 2017-18, proposing a split, five-day antlered deer season (Nov. 27-Dec. 1) and seven-day concurrent season (Dec. 2-9) in 20 Wildlife Management Units. | For More...

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners Tuesday gave final approval to fall turkey seasons for 2017 and spring gobbler dates for 2018. | For More...

The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks approved the proposed rule changes for the 2017 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi on March 22. | For More...

Adult and senior hunters in Pennsylvania who pursue pheasants will need to purchase a pheasant permit in addition to a general hunting license in the 2017-18 license year. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
TrackingPoint, Inc. announces the appointment of Ken D'Arcy as the company's Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board. | For More...

Evinrude has partnered with the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) to donate a newly refurbished 90 horsepower Evinrude E-TEC outboard engine to the West/Rhode Riverkeeper. | For More...

MidwayUSA announces the release of "Sugar Camp" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...

GunVault, Inc, innovator in developing quick access gun safes and other security solutions for hand guns, firearms and personal valuables announces that Dan Gaddis will fill the newly created position of GunVault Vice President. | For More...

— ONLINE
SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range announced the launch of its new website. Industry Day at the Range will take place on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Boulder Rifle & Pistol Club. | For More...

— PRO TEAMS
On Championship Sunday of the Bassmaster Classic on Texas lunker factory Lake Conroe, he caught and landed a 9 lb. 9 oz. bass that exploded on a Storm® Arashi® Cover Pop, a new topwater bait scheduled to be unveiled publicly in July. | For More...

— PUBLICATIONS
Blue Book Publications, Inc. is proud to announce the upcoming release of the 38th Edition Blue Book of Gun Values by S.P. Fjestad. This new edition contains significantly updated values and information reflecting fundamental changes in the gun industry. | For More...

— RADIO
Tom Gresham's Gun Talk is excited to announce the addition of two new radio stations, KPKK FM in Nevada and KPJC AM in Oregon. | For More...

— RECREATION
A family trout fishing event will be held at Iowa's Banner Lake South at Summerset Park, north of Indianola, April 8. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release 1,400 rainbow trout around noon. | For More...

Nebraskans are invited to participate in the second Cowboy Ultra, a two-day race that will guide runners (solo and relay teams) across the 191 miles of the Cowboy Trail from Valentine to Norfolk. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, proudly presents its Superlite Gas Block. The Superlite Gas Block is machined from rugged 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum and Type III hard coat anodized to match the finish of most AR style uppers. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
For the seventh consecutive year, Winchester Ammunition has signaled its support for sporting clays and America's hunting and shooting sports heritage by serving as Official Ammunition Sponsor of the Hunting Heritage Trust's Jack Robertson Invitational Sporting Clays Shoot. | For More...

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program announces that firearms maker, Taurus, is continuing their support as a Silver Level sponsor for 2017. | For More...

Xpedition Archery has signed on as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor. "Xpedition Archery builds every bow by hand to the customer's specifications, using cutting-edge manufacturing processes, and we're thrilled they are a WTU national sponsor," said WTU President Jeff Schinkten. | For More...

For the seventh consecutive year, Winchester Ammunition has signaled its support for sporting clays and America's hunting and shooting sports heritage by serving as Official Ammunition Sponsor of the Hunting Heritage Trust's Jack Robertson Invitational Sporting Clays Shoot. | For More...

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program welcomes Aguila Ammunition and Texas Armament & Technology (TxAT) as one of the newest sponsors of the program. | For More...

— STATES
Citizen scientists across the state can document plant and wildlife sightings in the month of April as part of the Virtual Spring BioBlitz!, hosted by the Oklahoma Biological Survey. | For More...

beach at Bay City Recreation AreaSeeking input on a proposed beach access action plan at Bay City State Recreation Area in Bay County, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, in Bay City. | For More...

New state record smallmouth and freshwater drum were among the impressive catches in the Angler Achievement Awards Program for 2016. | For More...

In recognition of its stewardship of an often unheralded natural resource in Michigan – Michigan's night sky – the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City was awarded the second annual Pure Award at the 2017 Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism last week in Detroit. | For More...

The Iowa DNR will hold the 2017 spring auction on April 22, at Pioneer Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines. Doors will open at 7 a.m., and the auction will begin at 8:30 a.m. | For More...

Earlier this year, Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff took to the sky in small aircraft to observe and count ducks, geese and swans on southern Michigan waterways. DNR Wildlife Division staff observed 148,521 ducks, 49,840 geese and 5,103 swans in 2017's survey. | For More...

Hunters heading afield in the 2017-18 seasons will be able to carry semiautomatic rifles for hunting small game and furbearers, but not for big game, based on regulatory changes approved yesterday by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners. | For More...

Ohioans will soon be treated to a spectacular display of native spring wildflowers during the month of April. You can follow along as the bloom unfolds from south to north this spring with the Ohio wildflower bloom report, published each Friday by the ODNR. | For More...

— SWEEPSTAKES
Textron Off Road, a Textron Specialized Vehicles brand, has teamed with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) MX on a dirt-infused sweepstakes with a grand prize that includes an 80HP Stampede EPS+ side-by-side, Suzuki DR-Z70 motorcycle and a Las Vegas trip for two to watch the AMA Supercross Finals in VIP style. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Tune in April 1st, at 7 p.m. EST on Sportsman Channel for the primetime premiere of Orion Chronicles with Damon Bungard. | For More...

Shooting USA attends the NRA Tactical Police Competition. Officers from more than 50 agencies across the U.S. compete with duty guns and gear. Plus, the first successful double-action Colt that was never as famous as the Peacemaker -- the Model of 1877, one of History's Guns. | For More...

— WASHINGTON
The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council has closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging EPA's release of farmer and rancher personal information, with a federal judge approving a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states. | For More...

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has called the executive order signed yesterday lifting the stay on new coal leasing a "set back to efforts to improve the federal coal program." | For More...

FEATURE
Climate Change & Industry Readings
With yesterday's signing of an Executive Order rolling back many of the climate change-related mandates of the Obama Administration, President Trump has caused a recognition of the continued schism in the industry when it comes to climate change.

On one hand, there are the companies that have actively supported changes in many of the EPA regulations they feel have retarded economic growth. On the other, the companies more concerned with climate change. They believe the relaxing of any climate regulation only accelerates the negative impact of man on the environment.

The Outdoor Industry Association wasted no time decrying the Trump order, calling it a reversal of policies put in place to "protect our public lands, air and water and reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change."

"Outdoor businesses rely on a stable climate," said Alex Boian, OIA vice president of governmental affairs, "many have taken steps to reduce their own contributions to climate change. Today's executive order is a disappointing step in the wrong direction to mitigate the threat of climate change."

Defenders of Wildlife (DOW) President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark called climate change the "single greatest global threat we face," saying the executive order "only serves polluters who would operate without regard for our natural heritage for future generations."

"It does not serve the clear majority of American people who want our children to inherit a healthy planet….And it absolutely does not serve our nation's wildlife, which must fight for survival against habitat damage and pollution in a rapidly changing climate."

"President Trumps actions," the DOW statement continued, "mark a dismal beginning for an administration that promised to 'Make America Great Again.'"

These groups don't speak for the majority of outdoorsmen in the United States, and certainly not the majority whose tax dollars fund the vast majority of all conservation work on the local, state and national level. They do, however, represent the most vocal of outdoor enthusiasts.

The Outdoor Industry Association's policy and advocacy agenda considers climate change "one of the most significant threats to the outdoor recreation industry". It has called on Congress to pass "comprehensive climate change legislation" and actively supported many of the policies reversed in yesterday's Executive Order.

Expect to hear more from these groups and others in the near future.

On Another Topic Entirely ….we've heard, read and discussed a variety of positions on just how the firearms industry's doing in the new "Trump business environment". We've heard a variety of reasons for some of the ebb and flow of the industry and reasons proffered range from a lessening of demand for certain products (a reasonable industry position) to the "end of fear-based gun buying" offered by many in the mainstream media.

But what does a true business observer see? To find that out, I've been speaking with Nicholas Kirk, Managing Director of The Hickory Group. THG provides strategic financial advice to investment firms, public and private firms and "special purpose entities" and Kirk's experience enables him to see through a lot of the confusion.

Is the American firearms industry really in trouble as the mainstream would have you believe?

Here, in its entirety, is his response:

"Mark Twain presciently alluded that the death of the U.S. firearm & accessory industry has been greatly exaggerated.  Specifically, the mainstream media has attempted to present three general issues as indications of a slowing firearm industry under Trump: Issue 1 - Stock prices of firearm firms; Issue 2 – Layoffs; Issue 3 - NICS results.  These three items can be refuted with data and logic which readers won't find in the mainstream media.
 
Concerning issue 1: Share price change results from a number of factors, including, but not limited to, trading volume, market sentiment and the share price of peers.  To point to share prices as a gauge of industry health is a myopic view that is professionally negligent.
 
Concerning issue 2: Layoffs are a matter of corporate operations specific to a firm and, in cases of publicly traded firms such as Ruger, layoffs tend to boost share prices after a layoff is announced.  In short, many issues, including automation, share price concerns and generally poor corporate planning are the general drivers of layoffs.
 
Concerning Issue 3: A review of NICS results for February 2017 demonstrates that such NICS checks exceeded January 2017 NICS checks by 9%.  Further, February 2017 was the largest month of NICS checks by volume since the "fear" years of February 2013 and February 2016.  Moreover, January 2017 NICS month-over-month growth was only off the median January month-over-month growth for the same time period of 2012 – 2016 by 3%.  Finally, the "Black Friday" NICS checks for 2016 were 185,713, which broke the FBI's forecast of approximately 180,000 and the previous "Black Friday" record set in 2015.
 
In sum, an honest intellectual analysis of the three Issues presented by the mainstream media are refutable with hard data and comparison to prior year results.  "When in doubt, tell the Truth", wrote Twain in Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.  We agree.

—Nicholas Kirk, Managing Director
The Hickory Group


Editor's Note: If you'd like to respond, please send your responses to jim@theoutdoorwire.com. We will forward them Mr. Kirk.
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