Two Massachusetts firearms retailers have petitioned the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County to invalidate Attorney General Maura Healey’s 2016 ‘enforcement action’ for violating the procedures required for issuing regulations under state law and radically re-defining what constitutes “assault weapons” contrary to the intention of the Massachusetts Legislature.


Speer Ammunition announced its new 10mm Auto 200-grain load.  While most 10mm Auto offerings produce ballistics similar to those of 40 S&W, Gold Dot’s 200-grain bullet is loaded for optimal performance from the cartridge. 


Ruger professional shooting team member Randi Rogers has taken the divisional High Lady win at the 2018 US International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) National Championship held at the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, Florida. 

Samson Manufacturing will be competing and displaying new products at the 2018 Rockcastle Pro Am 3 Gun Championships in Park City, Kentucky. The event begins Friday, August 17.

Realtree Fishing continues to grow its partnership with FLW and solidify its commitment to youth fishing by launching its 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School/YETI College Fishing Contingency Program.

Nolan Minor of West Virginia University and Nick Ratliff of Campbellsville University will move on to the final day of the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops. At stake is a berth in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic.


The Great New York State Fair visitor who submits the best name for the dory built at the Fair last year will win it. 


U.S. & Texas LawShield, the finest legal defense for self-defense program in the nation, is proud to exhibit at the Texas Trophy Hunters Extravaganza in San Antonio, Texas.

Industry Day at the Range is pleased to announce that several companies have renewed their commitment as Supporting Sponsor for the 14th annual range event. With the return of these sponsors, there is currently only one Supporting Sponsorship available with a 50-yard exclusive bay. 

The rifle Small Arms Firing School is part of the National Trophy Matches, held annually during the summer months at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility in Ohio. It is a two-day clinic that includes a safety training and live fire portion on the first day and an M16 RifleExcellence In Competition match on day two. 


Wilson Combat now offers the Wilson Combat/Beretta Brigadier Tactical 92 with a Vertec-grip frame conversion. This conversion, performed by Wilson Combat reduces the size of the frame to the significantly smaller Beretta Vertec size which is ideal for shooters with smaller hands or who prefer the straighter, more 1911 style grip. 


Tips from a long-time Wisconsin fisheries biologist may help guide anglers to dog-days success on bass.


Ranger Boats Pro Mark Rose was officially awarded the 2018 FLW Tour Angler of the Year award during the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita, Arkansas.


Florida’s statewide alligator harvest, nationally and internationally recognized as a model program for the sustainable use of a renewable natural resource, begins Aug. 15. 


Quickfire continues to expand and is excited to announce the addition of Alex Blackwell as Production Coordinator.

Bear & Son Cutlery, a favorite among the knife community, will be attending the 2018 Buckmasters Expo this weekend (August 17-19) at the Montgomery, Alabama, Convention Center.

Total U.S. boat registrations edged up slightly (0.7%) in 2017 to 11,953,187, according to NMMA

- JOBS -

Tactical Gear Distributors (TGD) is expanding its inside sales team and looking for candidates knowledgeable in the areas of firearms (tactical and handguns) and related accessories. 

American Outdoor Brands seeks an Engineering Supervisor responsible for leading technical support services for New Product Development, maintains quality standards for engineering drawings, test methods, and Engineering Change Orders (ECO's).

The Associate Manager, Channel Marketing position is open at the Springfield, Mass location of American Outdoor Brands Corporation. The successful candidate will be is responsible for creating, implementing and managing channel marketing strategy to ensure objectives are accomplished on time and on budget.

American Outdoor Brands Corporation seeks candidates for the position of Engineering Supervisor. Located in Springfield, Mass., the successful candidate will lead technical support services for New Product Development, among other things.


Now is the time for a road trip. So, this week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav, we’re talking Summer Angling Adventures. Joining us will be Dave Mercer, host of Dave Mercer's Facts of Fishing, plus JP DeRose from Breaking Boundaries!


Recognizing the centrality of the many predator-prey relationships involving the croaker, the artisans at LIVETARGET have crafted an incredibly lifelike, and equally effective, croaker-inspired lure that is engineered to dominate inshore fisheries.

Raymarine’s new Ray90 and Ray91 modular VHF radios give you the freedom to roam and communicate from anywhere onboard using optional wireless handset stations.

Chevron Products Company today introduced its new Techron Marine Fuel System Treatment formulated specifically for gasoline-powered boats and the harsh marine environment.

The High Road’s Keith Warren announces his latest airgun demonstration video with the Seneca Double Shot .50 Caliber PCP Shotgun from Air Venturi.  This classically styled air shotgun features two barrels built to fire three different types of ammo downrange including shotshells, round balls, and Air Venturi Air Bolts.

Constructed of heavy-duty 1.25-in. (3.8 cm) diameter steel tubing, the Adventure Roof Rack offers a convenient cargo solution for off-road adventures and serious chores.

Sightmark is adding two new reflex sights: the Core Shot A-Spec FMS (SM26017) and Core Shot A-Spec LQD (SM26018).

Garmin International, Inc. announces the PRO 550 Plus, an all-in-one premium dog training and tracking system that combines a proven tube-style training remote with a simplified GPS tracking system. 


MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of "My Packing List for Africa," a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.


This week on America Outdoors Radio John McOmie with McOmie's Custom Lures will tell you about his salmon catching spoons, Bennett Mintz will share some great National Parks to take a fly rod to this summer, and more. 


Learn to paddle canoes, kayaks and paddleboards during Paddlers’ Paradise at Summit Lake State Park,Aug. 18 and 19.


Mammoth Coolers is proud to announce their sponsorship of Megan Meyer, world-renowned drag racer and reigning 2017 NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster Point champion.

The Gun Collective and SB Tactical are excited to announce a title sponsorship for TGC’s The Legal Brief. SB Tactical will serve as The Legal Brief’s exclusive sponsor for a 12 month duration. 

Starting Aug. 17, state waters off Gulf County, including St. Joseph Bay, will open to bay scallop harvest, continuing through Sept. 30.

While it may be tempting to go out on an off-highway vehicle (OHV) after a rainstorm when the temperature is cooler and the ground is fresh, doing so can cause long-lasting damage to the habitat. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) advises that OHV operators turn around if they encounter wet and muddy roads. 

Biologists devoted an additional $50,000 this year to cleaning up, repairing and otherwise improving access for anglers interested in watching a bobber from the side of the lake.

The 2018 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Introductory Skills Weekend is slated for October 5-7, 2018 at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond and registration is now open!

Vermont’s annual auction of five moose hunting permits was held Wednesday when sealed bids were opened and the permit winners were notified.  The bids totaled $43,702.83 which will help fund Fish & Wildlife Department educational programs.

Many sportfishing products contain chemicals that require consumer warnings under California’s Proposition 65.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Lafayette man for alleged criminal mischief on Aug. 13 in Pointe Coupee Parish.


With bow season just around the corner, it’s time to break out the arrows and start tuning up the bow. Fred Eichler, host of Sportsman Channel’s Easton Bowhunting TV, offers tips and techniques that have given him success in the field. New episodes of Easton Bowhunting TV air on Sportsman Channel on Fridays at 10 p.m. ET.

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was provided to The Outdoor Wire by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS - Cutting a tree, let alone an oak, seems like a sin to many hunters. These beneficial trees produce the acorns that are seen as the lifeblood of hunting season. Many a hunter has placed their deer stand based on the availability of a hot section of forest where the acorns are dropping, and more than one hunter has called foul when they see small sections of their favorite duck woods suddenly logged and resulting brushy areas beginning to grow.  

There’s more at work than just a logging operation. Rob Willey, statewide habitat program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission helps explain how to see the proverbial forest for the trees.  

“Our only motivation in these cuts is improving the wildlife habitat,” Willey said. “And good wildlife habitat is disturbance dependent. Cutting trees, prescribed fire, injecting trees to create snags all increase the diversity of what’s available for wildlife in a forest.”

Many hardwood areas currently owned by the AGFC were logged and cleared of merchantable timber before the AGFC took possession of the land several decades ago. The result is many stands of trees roughly the same age. As those trees mature, they created a closed canopy that shades out competition for resources from smaller trees, shrubs and grasses. 

Willey says stands of even-aged oaks with a closed canopy may look good for a picture or even be a good place to set up and hunt during hunting season, but the habitat must provide for wildlife year-round. A closed canopy forest of oaks with nothing on the ground but leaves gives deer, bears and other animals nothing on the ground to eat except for 3 months out of the year. They need food and shelter on the ground somewhere throughout the year to survive and that closed canopy doesn’t provide that. 

Thickets and brushy areas may not be as visually attractive to people as tall stands of oaks, but they’re exactly what wildlife need during part of the year. Again Willey says a diverse mix of habitat types is what is most beneficial.

“By making small cuts of 3 to 4 acres or opening overcrowded areas where some trees are in poor health, we are putting sunlight on the ground to promote the growth of herbaceous vegetation, as well as the next generation of desirable red oaks,” Willey said.

The red oaks Wiley mentions aren’t a single species, but a family of oak species, such as Nuttall and willow oaks. Area managers set prescriptions for them in bottomlands because of their attractiveness to wildlife and growing requirements.These oak species produce abundant acorns that are small enough to be used by waterfowl as well as deer and other animals. Overcups tend to produce larger acorns covered in a tough cup that often makes them unusable by ducks and other birds. 

“Some white oak species, like overcup, are more shade tolerant and can compete in a closed canopy forest, but red oaks need some light on the ground to be able to grow to the point they can withstand some flooding and overshading,” Willey said. “We want to increase the ratio of the red oak family, and we want to create a good mix of age classes within the canopy to add diversity.”

Willey says some oaks will be cut during some of the process, but the resulting stand always has the goal of shifting the total stand to healthier, more beneficial trees. Managers follow a prescription to remove trees showing signs of stress, such as crown die-off, branching at ground level and swelling trunks as well as trees where competition is too great and overall food production can be improved. 

Each timber harvest that takes place on AGFC property goes through more steps than a bill on its way to becoming a law. First, habitat biologists make site visits and work with WMA managers to write a prescription for what methods of forest improvements could be used to achieve better habitat. This prescription includes a comprehensive inventory of the stand’s characteristics and species composition. The prescription then must be approved by the area manager, regional supervisor and assistant chiefs before being presented to the AGFC Wildlife Division Chief. Each step of the reviewing process ensures that cutting is the most beneficial tool to see the desired results. 

Once the prescription is complete, the habitat coordinator and WMA manager mark each tree to be removed in the harvest and begin the process of opening a sealed bid for contractors. The AGFC then maintains 100 percent oversight of the contractors to maintain site quality for the best benefit of wildlife. 

“Honestly, we have many contracts offered that loggers won’t even bid on because the quality of what we want removed isn’t even enough to cover their operation costs,” Willey said. “But it’s not about money at all.”

Willey says even if the harvest didn’t take place steps would be needed to improve the habitat, including cutting or injecting them at a total loss. In fact, the AGFC conducts just as many noncommercial forest management activities to create these openings as timber harvests. 

Currently, the AGFC has open timber harvest contracts on 17 wildlife management areas across the state, many of which were actually initiated several years ago, but had to be extended because of extremely wet conditions on the bottomland hardwoods that make up the majority of the AGFC WMAs. The total amount of acreage in open sale contracts still equals less than 3 percent of the land controlled by the AGFC.

“Historically we have planned to conduct roughly 4,000 acres of commercial timber harvest each year throughout the state, which is just a little over 1 percent of the land in AGFC-controlled WMAs,” Willey said. “But we can’t even complete that much because of poor site conditions. I have one timber sale that initiated in 2007 that just now may be completed this year if the weather holds long enough for the contractor to do their job.” 

Willey says he knows exactly how people may feel when they first see an area that has been logged, and agrees that it may not seem like the picture of a perfectly manicured forest for a painting. But looks can be deceiving. 

“We’re managing for the most benefit to the wildlife throughout the entire year, and the wildlife response to cutting when done right is unbelievable,” Willey said. “Plus, we’re creating the conditions to keep these forests healthy long into the future for our children and grandchildren.”


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