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— CONSERVATION
Yesterday, the National Fish Habitat Partnership released its second video in a series highlighting the work of their 19 Partnerships across the country. The video spotlights restoration efforts on Grape Creek, a tributary of the Russian River in Sonoma County, CA through the California Fish Passage Forum. | For More...

— CONTESTS
Colt's Manufacturing Company has announced the winner of its Single Action Army® Revolver Facebook giveaway. James Schiller of Buckley, Wash. was randomly selected from a pool of thousands of successful entries to win a Colt model P1870 Single Action Army Revolver. | For More...

— EQUIPMENT
Viridian introduces the first and only green laser sight for Kahr 9mm and .40 S&W polymer framed pistols. Packing the exclusive Viridian Green® 532 nm laser, the breakthrough Reactor® 5 (R5) is up to 50 times brighter than conventional red - visible day or night, indoors or out, in all conditions, at distances no red laser can touch. | For More...

— EVENTS
Celebrate the end of summer at the Calvert Marine Museum's annual Solomons Island Kite Day on Saturday, September 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kite flying is in Glascock field across from the museum. | For More...

Labor Day Hometown Festival, Bass Pro Shops® say-goodbye- to-summer party, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31 from noon to 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops store across the U.S. and Canada.* | For More...

Award-winning vocalist Jamie-Sue Seal will perform some of her favorite Motown hits in a live performance Saturday, Aug. 23, at Michigan's Bay City State Recreation Area. | For More...

Maryland's Calvert Marine Museum hopes to see you in September. Activities and programs are offered for all members of the family. | For More...

This year, in addition to shopping hundreds of boats, attendees at the 2014 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show have access to more educational opportunities than ever before. | For More...

— FISHERIES
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with the Grant Parish Police Jury have scheduled a drawdown for Hardwater Lake to begin on Tuesday, September 2 to control nuisance aquatic vegetation. | For More...

— GEAR
Next Camo announces that the original Heater Body Suit is now available in their Next G1 Vista Camo Pattern. | For More...

Grab-and-go hunters will do well to check out the new Tenzing™ TZ 721 Waist Pack as an ideal solution for their localized sits on stand. | For More...

— HUNTING
Iowa's new 16-day statewide early teal season beginning September 6 will provide waterfowlers an opportunity to hunt this fast flying early migrant before it leaves for the winter. | For More...

Hunter Ed Course has been approved as an official Michigan online hunter education course. Offered at only $17.99 it provides a low cost alternative for Michigan hunters compared to the higher priced alternatives. | For More...

The collective wisdom of members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation says it's possible to wander out in the woods and blunder into elk, but if that's your principal strategy, then you're probably not destined for great success as an elk hunter. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance cooler panels is proud to partner Kittery Trading Post at 301 U.S. Route One in Kittery, ME to bring their innovative product offerings to outdoorsmen in southern Maine. | For More...

Next Camo announces a licensing deal with Affordable Furniture, Inc. introducing their new G2 camouflage pattern on a complete line of furniture items. | For More...

FeraDyne Outdoors, LLC-the parent company of the category-leading Rage, Muzzy, Nockturnal and Tru-Fire brands-announced today it has appointed Craig Tinsley to the position of vice president of operations | For More...

Champion® Premium Shooting Rests have earned a Field & Stream 2014 Best of the Best Award in the accessories category. | For More...

— INVASIVE SPECIES
The Report Florida Lionfish app includes educational information on lionfish and safe handling guidelines, as well as an easy-to-use data-reporting form so divers and anglers can share with the FWC information about their sighting or harvest. | For More...

Asian tiger shrimp, measuring up to 12 inches long, have voracious appetites, feeding on native shrimp, bivalves, crustaceans, and fish. | For More...

— LAND MANAGEMENT
Due to changes in land use, fire suppression and climate, tree densities have increased and forest health has deteriorated near Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (RRLNWR) in Beaverhead County, Montana. In order to mitigate fire risks, and to improve wildlife habitat, staff at RRLNWR have developed a draft environmental assessment | For More...

— MEDIA
Heliconia, the producers of a number of popular outdoor adventure television series, is excited to announce that both Season 1 and Season 2 of Wilderness Systems Kayak Bassin' can now be watched for free by subscribing to CarbonTV , an online video network dedicated to top-quality outdoor lifestyle shows. | For More...

— NATIONAL PARKS
Acting Superintendent Bob Krumenaker is inviting everyone who loves Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks to come enjoy free entrance this Monday, August 25, in celebration of the 98th birthday of the National Park Service.
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— NEW PRODUCTS
Utilizing a 600 lumen high-output LED and a modified version of the company's SuperLumen® reflector cone, ExtremeBeam's new M600 Fusion is capable of projecting a wide-set beam to distances of 330 meters. | For More...

LaserLyte® introduces the latest in the TGL series for the Hi-Point pistols featuring the LaserLyte®Master Module system which fits into the gun's housing seamlessly; matching the gun's dust cover and trigger guard with perfect fit. | For More...

MOJO Outdoors announced today that their all new Blue Wing Teal Decoy is now shipping to dealers across the country for the upcoming teal seasons. | For More...

TRUGLO® introduces its new 1911 MODELS for the BRITE-SITE™ TRITIUM ONLY including the Novak® Lo-Mount cut sights for the 5" Government in .45ACP, 9mm/.40 S&W, and 3" Officers and 4.25" Commander models in .45ACP, 9mm/.40 S&W. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
InterMedia is partnering with the Boone and Crockett Club on an initiative to help the hunting community rise to the challenges of a changing world. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, Steve Hall, executive director of the International Hunter Education Association - USA is featured on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio.In addition, listeners will hear how healthy grasslands and forests mean healthy water resources, too. | For More...

Tom Gresham's Gun Talk welcomes KBLL AM and KCAP AM in Helena, Montana as the newest affiliates of Gun Talk. | For More...

— RECOGNITION
Traditions™ Performance Firearms is proud to announce that the Vortek StrikerFire® LDR has been awarded the 2014 Field & Stream Best of the Best award in the muzzleloader category. | For More...

— REGULATION
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed rules regarding issuance of bear hunt guide permits on Monday, September 15, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department in Concord, N.H. | For More...

— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS
Walther Arms announces title sponsorship of the USPSA Area 4 championship. | For More...

The official top ten finishers for the 2014 Midnight 3-Gun Invitational were three-time champion Daniel Horner (US Army), 2-Matt Sweeney (US Army), 3-Kalani Laker (Optics Planet), 4-Joel Turner (US Army), 5-True Pearce (Seekins Precision), 6-Jerry Miculek (Smith & Wesson), 7-Keith Garcia (Timney Triggers), 8-Travis Gibson (MGM Targets), 9-Nate Heinrichs (Elite Arms and Supply) and 10-Jesse Tischauser (Optics Planet).
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The 2014 Midnight 3 Gun Invitational is now history and the winners have been recognized. The top 2014 M3GI Media Member was Steve Gaspar, a freelance writer and contributor to Grand View Media's AR Guns and Hunting magazine. Earning second place was Chris Cheng, an NRA News commentator, with Nick Leghorn a review editor for The Truth About Guns Website finishing in third place. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Benelli's has made the decision to field a sponsored team on the 2015 3Gun circuit, promises to elevate the brand's prominence as a shotgun platform to an even higher level. | For More...

In addition to the title sponsorship of the match expected to draw more than 350 shooters from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, Walther arms will host an indpendent side match with selected models of their current line available for consumers to try out and shoot.
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— STATES
The Pennsylvania Historical And Museum Commission With The Pennsylvania Game Commission Announce The Dedication Of An Official State Historical Marker Commemorating The Original Site Of The Ross Leffler School Of Conservation On Thursday, Aug. 28 At Noon. | For More...

Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet via telephone conference call on Aug. 26 to adopt the upcoming seasons' waterfowl hunting regulations. | For More...

Indiana Archaeology Month in September will highlight the state's utopian communities. A variety of events for all ages will be held every September by universities, museums, organizations and individuals. | For More...

According to North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks, voters have a unique opportunity to benefit growing communities across the state by investing in our parks, trails and outdoor heritage. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Hunt Wicked Close hosts take two-tour (Afghanistan and Iraq) Army Captain Gentry Squires on his very first whitetail deer hunt this week, and as a bonus, Captain Squires gets to hunt and take his very first wild hog. | For More...

The Outdoor Option TV has announced a new effort along with Campus Impact to help everyone deal with bullies. Now teens and parents can join the "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully" campaign. | For More...

Some of the mightiest bucks in Bass Pro Shops King of Bucks collection can also be considered unsolved mysteries because nobody knows the story behind them. Viewers can help crack the case of these mystery monster bucks by watching King of Bucks television, which airs on The Outdoor Channel Saturday, Aug. 23. | For More...

Sportsman Channel and the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) are combining efforts to honor the contributions of the American worker and celebrate today's youth, who represent the future of our nation's workforce and outdoor heritage. | For More...

— TOURNAMENTS
Competitive walleye anglers will converge on Bays de Noc at Escanaba, Michigan, Aug. 29-30, for the third regular-season event of the Cabela's National Walleye Tour.
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— WORKSHOPS
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering three "Getting Started in Deer Hunting" seminars this September. | For More...

Ohio's Wildlife Habitat Workshop-Woodlands Part 2, the latest in a series being offered to landowners wishing to improve wildlife habitat on their property, will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Preble County. | For More...

FEATURE
Wildlife Managers in Drought-Stricken California Prepare for Fall Migration
Each year millions of birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway relying on a diverse string of habitats that stretch from Alaska and Canada to Central and South America. While the wetlands of the Central Valley provide less than 5 percent of the habitat historically available, they are critical as a feeding area during the migration and wintering of these birds. In following its mission, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has responsibility to provide habitat for these migrating birds.

Because habitat conditions on the northern breeding grounds have been good, a higher number of migratory birds have been reported across the Pacific Flyway. The fall migration into California is anticipated to result in numbers like those seen in the 1970s, when record numbers of birds made their way to the state's wetlands areas. As California endures one of the worst droughts in recorded history, managers of state, federal and privately owned wildlife areas have been coordinating operational planning and the potential impacts of drought on the coming waves of migratory birds that depend on California habitats. To support these birds during their long migration, these efforts will greatly improve our ability to maximize habitat and food resources over the fall and winter with reduced water supplies.

"As the drought continues, it will be of key importance to balance the habitat needs of migratory birds and other species with the overall needs of domestic and agricultural uses," said CDFW Deputy Director Dan Yparraguirre. "The situation is changing constantly so we will have to make some tough decisions ahead. We will continue to work with our partners to provide much needed habitat for waterfowl. In doing so, we will be employing the most efficient water saving strategies we can that provide the highest benefit to wildlife. Throughout the state, CDFW staff is carefully developing the most effective actions to conserve water and provide critical habitat."

Migratory birds begin showing up in the Central Valley as early as July, with peak populations typically occurring in December and January. To accommodate the birds, wildlife area and refuge managers typically create habitat through water delivery to some wetlands in stages. As a result of extremely limited water supply this year, habitat availability on public areas will be all the more critical for early migrating species and to maintain natural habitat to reduce depredation on agricultural lands. Birds will congregate on fewer, smaller wetlands, likely increasing the effect of disease, which occurs even in wet years. Recreational opportunities on some public areas may be limited and reduced managed wetlands may also increase depredation on nearby agricultural fields.

Some state wildlife areas and the National Wildlife Refuge System were established as long ago as 1937 to provide core habitat areas and offset crop depredation by migratory waterfowl. State and federal agencies have relied on strong partnerships with nongovernmental organizations and private landowners to implement wetland habitat management and wildlife-friendly farming practices to meet the habitat needs in the Klamath Basin, Sacramento Valley, Suisun Marsh, San Joaquin Valley and the Imperial Valley regions. Those partnerships and private lands programs have resulted in providing two-thirds of the wetland acreage while the wildlife areas and refuges provide the remaining one-third.

In support of the habitat needs and as part of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), the federal water project dedicates water supplies to 18 state and federal refuges throughout the Central Valley and the Grasslands Water District in Merced County. Due to limited water resources, these wetland habitats will be receiving only a portion of the water this year. Water supply quantities available to support the wetlands range from 30 percent at Kern National Wildlife Refuge south of the Delta, to 75 percent at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, north of the Delta. Other refuges and private wetlands that do not receive CVPIA water are also facing significant water reductions. While strong partnerships and coordination make maximizing water resources possible, the extremely limited water supplies are anticipated to result in a 25 percent reduction of all managed wetland and significantly larger reductions of wildlife-friendly farming which will likely impact birds and humans alike.

"Scientists are predicting one of the largest Pacific Flyway bird migrations this fall due to a wet spring and above average breeding conditions in the north. With California's historic drought, this could be a devastating year for birds," said Sandi Matsumoto, senior project director of The Nature Conservancy's migratory bird initiative. "The Nature Conservancy is very concerned about protecting enough viable wetland habitat for the incoming migratory birds. We are working with partners, such as CDFW, to reduce the potential negative impacts."
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