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— TOP STORY
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking the Sierra Club to retract a fundraising letter that makes false statements about Arizona's endangered condor population. The department (AZGFD) says untrue claims were made about hazards to condor health in a fundraising letter from Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. In his June 24 fundraising appeal, Brune claims a link between uranium mining and condor health. | For More...

— ARCHERY
To protect the new line of ZeroSeven Browning Crossbows or most other crossbows on the market, Browning Crossbows has introduced the Browning TPS (Total Protection System) Crossbow Travel Case. The case will be sold separately or is included with a purchase of the OneSixTwo Browning Crossbow. | For More...

— COMPETITIONS
Sam Stone and Evan Coleman of Texas State University took the Day 1 lead of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops with an impressive 20 pounds, 13 ounces, despite the fact they were soaked the whole day. | For More...

— COMPETITIVE SHOOTING
At just 12 and 13 years old, Justine and Jalise Williams are making a splash in the competitive shooting world. At the recent Berry's USPSA Area 1 Championships, Justine Williams claimed the High Lady prize and top B class honors in the Production Division. Older sister Jalise earned High Junior and top B class shooter in Single-Stack Division. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
Today, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton will give the keynote address at the Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps graduation. Over 300 young people from Baltimore City, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George's and Worcester counties - and their families and friends - will gather for the ceremony. | For More...

The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever will celebrate its 11th anniversary fundraising banquet Aug. 13 in Norman. | For More...

— DONATIONS
The MidwayUSA Foundation has matched $194,394 in donations to youth shooting teams for the month of June. This money will benefit 98 youth shooting teams that are part of MidwayUSA Foundation's Team Endowment Account Program. | For More...

— EVENTS
Experience 19th century life at Indiana's Spring Mill State Park Pioneer Heritage Days, Aug, 6-7. | For More...

Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites have many events scheduled for August. For more programs, visit www.GaStateParks.org/events and the parks' web pages. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites visitors to enjoy a variety of events this month at state parks and recreation areas in northeastern Michigan. | For More...

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum will host "Artisans at the Forge" on its grounds Saturday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 7. | For More...

— HUNTING
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in Jefferson County. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
Brandon Fulgham and Brad Chappell are guides on Mississippi's famed crappie waters like Grenada, Ross Barnett, Sardis and Washington, but they're traveling to Oklahoma this weekend to try their long-lining skills where the technique is little known. | For More...

MidwayUSA is pleased to announce Superlative Arms as one of the newest additions to their Gun Parts product offering. Superlative Arms is a manufacturer of high quality firearms components with over thirty years of aerospace engineering and manufacturing experience. | For More...

FFL Design announces that Dark Storm Industries (DSI) is now offering their products for sale through vArmory, the shooting sports industry's first ever wholesale e-commerce platform. | For More...

Whitetails Unlimited has named Jim Wiltinger of Genoa, Wisconsin, its Field Director of the Year for fiscal year 2015-16. | For More...

Brunswick Corp. reported a second-quarter net sales increase of 9 percent, reflecting growth in fitness and fiberglass outboard and aluminum boats, as well as solid performance in outboard engines and marine parts and accessories. | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearms industry's trade association, will be holding a dedicated Lead Management & OSHA Compliance Workshop, October 16-18, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. | For More...

"The Sidekick" is a lightweight folding lockback with a 420 stainless steel blade and DelrinTM handle that comes with a custom sidekick leather sheath. a lifetime warranty and an MSRP of $42.90. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
The Minn Kota® Ulterra® with fully automated stow and deploy and power trim, now features Bluetooth® wireless communication. | For More...

— OPTICS
The Sightmark Core SX series offers specialized riflescopes tackling a wide range of shooting and hunting applications. All Core SX scope models are IP67 waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and fog proof. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
The Boone and Crockett Club's National Collection of Heads and Horns received a permanent donation of the new World's Record pronghorn from Mike Gallo during the Club's 29th Big Game Awards banquet held in Springfield, Missouri, this past week. | For More...

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that Hornady Manufacturing has joined NSSF's #GUNVOTE Chairman's Club, committing $250,000 in support of the association's critical voter registration and education campaign. This is the largest donation the #GUNVOTE campaign has received to date. | For More...

The Pope and Young Club Conservation, Education and Outreach fund has awarded a grant to the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). The grant helped provide food vouchers to the NASP volunteers throughout the 2016 season. | For More...

Matwetwe Safaris, offering outstanding safaris in South Africa, has renewed as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor. | For More...

Quail Forever has announced Tim Caughran as the organization's new director of field operations. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Powderhook and Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors announced today the release of a revolutionary Digital Mentoring program delivered via the Powderhook app. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Stevens is proud to offer its first semi-automatic shotgun, the new 12-guage S1200. The S1200 provides reliable, inertia driven semi-automatic performance at an attractive price. | For More...

BLACKHAWK!'s new apparel line is now available in stores. The line features 14 new clothing styles and 10 new headwear options. | For More...

It's tough to see the sights and the target when aiming a rifle, handgun or bow. The Lyman Products EyePal attaches to your protective eyewear and provides a small image where everything is in focus. | For More...

Hogue, Inc., is proud to announce the newest additions to their growing line of Laser Enhanced (LE) Grips. Revolver grips for Smith & Wesson's round butt K/L and J Frames are now in stock. | For More...

— RADIO

A Massachusetts gun rights group fires back at their Attorney General's directive on semi-autos; steel-core gun belts for a secure carry setup; and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. | For More...

With the Sunday broadcast already airing on nearly 200 radio stations in hundreds of cities across the country and the daily program now in dozens of cities five days per week, Armed American Radio and parent company USCCA are moving to rapidly expand the reach of both shows. | For More...

— RETAIL
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the latest addition to their hunting gear lineup – the MidwayUSA Men's Dove Vest in Realtree Xtra. | For More...

Constructed of rugged, high-grade aluminum, the GeoTrek Trekking poles and GeoPath Hiking Staff come equipped with easily adjusted twist-locking mechanisms for quick length adjustments, durable anti-shock technology with interior springs, and non-slip grips for reliable trail performance. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Vapor Trail Archery is a proud to be the title sponsor of the 100-Yard Archery Challenge at the 34th Annual Minnesota Game Fair in Ramsey, MN August 12-14 and August 19-21. The challenge, now in its fifth year, has been sponsored by Vapor Trail for the past two years. | For More...

— STATES
Michigan's Walker Tavern Historic Site is experiencing a revitalization that has theJeanne Hewitt Keith and her husband, Forist in a 1960's photo of the tavern. junction hopping once again, thanks in part to recent renovations and enhanced programming. | For More...

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding public workshops to share information about and solicit comments on the proposal to designate new Critical Wildlife Areas and modify five existing CWAs throughout the state. | For More...

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2016-2017 winter season. | For More...

The agenda for the August 11, 2016, Natural Resources Commission meeting has been posted to the Natural Resources Commission website at www.michigan.gov/nrc | For More...

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a series of public meetings in August to update the public on current black bear information and discuss bear management. | For More...

Drawdown gates are scheduled for opening by the St. Martin Parish government during the first week of August, 2016. Water levels will be lowered 2 to 4 inches per day to the desired level of 3 feet below normal pool stage. | For More...

The grand prize in this unique giveaway is an Emotion Kayaks Stealth Angler 11 fishing kayak, an advanced angler tackle bag, a cool mesh life jacket, and a Fish Eagle Classic rod/reel combo, all donated by Cabela's. | For More...

Winners of the 11th annual "Arizona Big Game Super Raffle" were announced Thursday night at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix. | For More...

Fall doesn't officially start for another two months but in one respect it's already upon Kentucky hunters and trappers. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Doug Koenig Championship Season is now on Pursuit Channel, Friday nights at 10:00 pm EST as part of the NRA Freedom Friday lineup. Doug and his son Zach travel to La Pampa Province in Argentina for a Red Deer Stag hunt. | For More...

Next week on GunVenture, an episode from the First Person Defender series shows how a web developer, with some shooting experience and limited training, responds to a gunfight at a local store. | For More...

On next week's episode of Guns & Gear, it's an explosive Liberty Safe torture test. Then, Springfield Armory shows off their latest caliber and color for the XD-S line. Plus, go wireless with Crimson Trace's LiNQ system for ARs, and more. | For More...

SWAROVSKI OPTIK NORTH AMERICA's TV show SWAROVSKI OPTIK Quests travels to The Tirol in Austria for an excellent hunting journey. Host Dean Capuano is joined by fellow SWAROVSKI OPTIK employees, Gray Farnsworth and Greg Enos, as they each go after their first Austrian chamois. | For More...

— TRAPPING
A Trapper Education Course will be held at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area August 13 and 14. | For More...

FEATURE
National Parks 100th Anniversary Producing Record Turnouts
On August, we'll be celebrating the National Park Service's one hundredth anniversary. And it seems Americans are recognizing that auspicious anniversary by visiting those parks in record numbers.

National park visitation hit an all-time high last year, but this year's on pace to blow right through those 2015 numbers. That means more than 307-million of us will pass through those entrances around the country.

In fact, a recent American Automobile Association (AAA) survey says 79 percent of Americans are likely to visit our national parks this year. "The demand for national parks is off the charts this year, and it's exciting to see that Americans are poised to take even more national park vacations in the years to come," said Bryan Shilling, managing director of AAA Travel Products and Services. "In times of global uncertainty, many people are turning to domestic vacations and the wide variety of national parks offer something for every traveler to discover."

Eighty five percent of all Americans have visited a National Park at one time or another, and a majority of us still call those parks "must see" destinations. Having visited my first national park (Mammoth Cave) early- and often- in my childhood, I've never missed an opportunity to visit others.

They seldom disappoint -and in this time of global uncertainty, they're viable options for families that might seek their adventure elsewhere in the world otherwise.

"It's not surprising to see that younger generations are particularly interested in visiting national parks," added Shilling. "Travel is part of Millennials' DNA, and they consistently seek experiential travel opportunities, a major draw for national park visitors."

According to the AAA survey, we seem to feel that spring, fall and summer, respectively, are the best times to visit. But you'd do well to remember that there are select dates in honor of the 100th anniversary when you can enjoy discounts. All sites that charge an admission fee, for example, will offer free admission August 25-28, September 4, and November 11.

Before starting our weekend (ours will include a drive through the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park), here are some of the "factoids" to consider about our National Parks:

The vast majority of visitors (91 percent) drive to their destinations.
Most of us (66 percent) stay in hotels, but camping, vacation rentals or cabins are popular with the others.
Walking, hiking and sightseeing are the favorite activities, regardless of how you arrive.

If you have the opportunity, check out one of our National Parks this year….for a listing of them, visit: http://www.nationalpark-adventures.com/united-states-national-parks.html

Have a great weekend, and if you're headed outdoors -take along a friend and introduce them to our world.

—Jim Shepherd
Aug 1-7
USA Shooting International Shotgun Range, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Aug 3-6
Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 11-14
Aug 12-14
Interstate Center at the McLean County Fairgrounds, Bloomington, IL
Aug 15-17
Atlanta, GA
Aug 27-28
Sep 14-18
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