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— CONSERVATION
The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) has released a new plan that, when fully implemented, will help protect humans and marine life from the negative impacts caused by harmful algal blooms, or HABs. | For More...

On Wednesday, December 9, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) will meet to vote on the Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) and the Spill Impact Component Rule pursuant to the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
The Coast Guard freed 50 living sharks and two tripletail Tuesday, from illegal longline gear and gill net that was found about 400 yards offshore, near South Padre Island, Texas. Five dead sharks were also caught in the illegal fishing gear. | For More...

— EVENTS
Kristy Titus, NRA Certified Instructor and Cabela's Ambassador, is assisting new shooters at the Shoot Like a Girl booth (#110) during the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Elk Camp and Hunter Christmas running now through December 12 at The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). | For More...

— GIFT GIVING
LaserLyte®, innovators in firearms laser technologies, are proudly offering a new Laser Combo Kit that combines three of the most popular laser training tools in a single party pack. | For More...

— IN MEMORIAM
On Thursday, December 3, 2015, Baron Technology, Inc.'s beloved founder, Frank E. Baron, passed away after a brief illness. Always with a smile on his face or a joke to tell, Frank will be remembered fondly by all who worked with, and for, him since he started the company in May 1982. He would have been 89 on Christmas Day. Godspeed, Frank. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF) announces the debut of Starting Point, a comprehensive resource center for entrepreneurs beginning the process of entering the firearms industry marketplace. | For More...

Huk, a performance apparel company offering quality, technical fishing clothing to anglers, has upgraded its sponsorship and signed a three-year agreement with B.A.S.S. to become a Premier Sponsor of all Bassmaster tournament circuits. | For More...

We've all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. And that all politics is local. To this end, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Southwick Associates released a report, Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts, along with a series of one-page infographics, which depict recreational fishing's economic impact on all 435 Congressional districts and the 50 states. | For More...

Swab-its®, the makers of Bore-whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips™, announced they will be on hand for the Christmas Sale at Canyon Sports on Saturday, December 5 in Martinez, California, where Swab-its staff will be holding cleaning demonstrations. | For More...

Mountain Mike's Reproductions Co (MMR) makers of many new innovative outdoor products, announces their return to the ATA Show. | For More...

FFL Connect announce the launch of its newest valuable business development offering – the Dealer-Direct Mail Management Program. | For More...

Three top executives have resigned at Fishing Holdings, the Arkansas-based boat manufacturer acquired by Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops. Former president Randy Hopper, VP of Sales Keith Saffron and VP/Finance Mendel Hughes all resigned, effective Monday. | For More...

The National Deer Alliance (NDA) is proud to announce Nick Pinizzotto as its first President and CEO. Nick's recent employment history includes serving as CEO of the Sportsman's Alliance and CEO of Delta Waterfowl Foundation. | For More...

Skylar Isdale has been named Sportsman Channel Communications Coordinator.

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Safariland®, the worldwide leader in retention holsters, is honored to win the 2015 Brilliance Award for Best Tactical Holster by OpticsPlanet, Inc. for its 6378USN ALS® Low Signature Pistol Holster for the GLOCK 19,23 with light. | For More...

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has presented Kevin McNair, owner of Tactical West of Las Vegas with a Certificate of Recognition which congratulated and commended him on his commitment to raising firearm and gun safety in the State of Nevada. | For More...

— JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
Do you want to be a member of the Cabela's team? This is your chance. Cabela's has an opening for a Video Production Supervisor in the Marketing and Brand Management Department at our corporate office in Sidney, Nebraska. | For More...

— LITIGATION
A Florida judge has dismissed the village of Key Biscayne's lawsuit against the National Marine Manufacturers Association over the Miami International Boat Show. | For More...

— MEDIA
This week on The Revolution with Jim and Travl, the boys are talking Bucket List Hunts with Tom Miranda, Daniel Lee Martin, and Julie McQueen. | For More...

— MILESTONES
Today (Friday, December 4) marks the one-year anniversary of the effective date of Initiative 594 in Washington State, but the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says it does not appear the measure has been effective at all in preventing any crimes, noting that there have been "no arrests, no prosecutions and no convictions under this statute." | For More...

— NOW SHIPPING
Previously only made for the U.S. Government, Okay Industries AR-15 .223/5.56 magazines are now available commercially for manufacturers, law enforcement and civilian shooters. | For More...

Freedom Munitions– America's largest direct-to-consumer manufacturer of ammunition– announces the immediate release of their new line of brass plated steel cased ammunition, American Steel. Freedom Munitions' American Steel line is proudly manufactured and assembled in Lewiston, Idaho. | For More...

— ORGANIZATIONS
Landowners throughout the Great Plains were honored in the nation's capital by Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the Legacy Award – accolades for their efforts to protect and conserve soil, water, and wildlife, as part of the Conservation Reserve Program's (CRP) 30th anniversary. | For More...

Mossy Oak Brand Camo is Ducks Unlimited's newest corporate partner, making the well-known brand the official camouflage of Ducks Unlimited. | For More...

The 2016 schedule of events is now available at www.caliberedevents.com. | For More...

— PEOPLE
Yesterday, U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell recognized Nancy Bell, The Conservation Fund's New Hampshire and Vermont State Director, with the 2015 Chief's Honor Award for Conserving Open Space. | For More...

— RADIO
This week, a Christmas party at a county agency in San Bernardino was attacked by an employee and his accomplice. What can an armed citizen do to prepare for these kind of attacks? That, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. | For More...

The Armed American Radio Network, two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, is announcing continued growth. | For More...

Join host Rob Keck this week on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio for these exclusive interviews with two of the industry's best bass fishing pros- Brian Snowden and Timmy Horton. | For More...

— RETAIL
This Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6, West Marine customers will have a holiday-inspired opportunity to support the organization's BlueFuture Fund™ at stores across North America. Give Back Weekend is the official kickoff for the company's three-week December fundraiser, which ends Dec. 24. | For More...

Engel Ballistic Research Inc., (EBR) is offering specialized ammunition for big game hunters and avid target shooters. EBR's wide range of subsonic and frangible ammunitions – originally designed for law enforcement and military-specific use – will now be available for purchase within civilian markets. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Xtreme Outdoor Products is joining Whitetails Unlimited as a sponsor of WTU's Deer Camp Tour 2016. | For More...

The National Rifle Association announces Franchi as the title sponsor of its hit TV show NRA All Access. The show's fifth season, featuring new host Theresa Vail premieres on Outdoor Channel on Wednesday, December 30 at 6:30pm EST. | For More...

— STATES
To increase customer service the Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages off-highway vehicle (OHV) owners to sign up to receive their yearly OHV decal renewal reminder through e-mail. | For More...

The Arizona Game and Fish Department swapped approximately 800 old and tattered life jackets with new ones during life jacket exchange events at area lakes this past summer. | For More...

Field reports after last week's ice storm have contained negatives and positives, but as far as detriments to quail, pheasants and prairie-chickens, it is too early to tell according to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. | For More...

A lottery drawing will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, for youth bow hunters wishing to participate in this year's archery season for white-tailed deer at the Abraham Forest, 1 mile west of Green Springs, Ohio. | For More...

The Corps of Engineers will close both lanes of Arkansa Highway 178 across Bull Shoals Dam from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 to install equipment needed to refurbish the tainter gates on Bull Shoals Dam. | For More...

Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet December 10 in Helena at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Montana WILD Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave. | For More...

Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are seeking information on an elk poaching in southwest Otsego County. | For More...

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds hunters that the primitive weapon season for deer opened December 2 and runs through December 15 in all three Deer Management Zones. Antlerless deer and zone-legal bucks are eligible for harvest. | For More...

— TELEVISION
Find out what it takes to be a survivor as three victims share their stories of survival in the season finale of Fight to Survive with host Craig DeMartino,  exclusively on Outdoor Channel on Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. ET. | For More...

FEATURE
How to Shoot A Bow by Saxton Pope


Saxton Pope died in 1926: a doctor, writer, outdoorsman, and avid bowhunter. He helped bring bows and arrows out of the history books and into the modern era. While he used longbows of his own making, his lessons on shooting with stick and string are still informative for present-day archers. They also offer a glimpse into the not-too-distant past and the opinions of an archery legend.

FEATURE
Vilification, Redux
Don't know about you, but I've about had it with the demagoguery of the press and politicians- regardless of party- who blame me -and you- for everything wrong in the entire world.

For the past 15 years, I've occasionally used the expression "well-meaning dunderheads" to describe people who were dedicated to ideas based entirely on their feelings and not facts. That's because I realize there are some ideas (love, joy, hope, faith, peace) that are worth believing in. Maybe I'm a dunderhead, but I want those things, too. All year long, not just during the Christmas season.

But the reactions to yesterday's terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California has erased the last bit of hope I held for a peaceful, rational bridging of the divide that separates those who believe in the Second Amendment from those who don't.

The bile poured out on anyone who disagrees with the elimination of guns has convinced me -finally- that for them, the elimination of guns, and gun owners if necessary is the only acceptable outcome for them.

Yesterday, Senate Democrats wasted no time introducing two measures that sought to: 1) resurrect the Manchin-Toomey "universal background check" and, 2) expand the prohibited persons list to anyone unknowingly placed on the government's terrorist watch list.

After Senate Republicans voted down the measures, it was rage, not rhetoric that greeted them. "Those who choose to do the NRA's bidding will be held accountable by their constituents," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), after calling the NRA the "quasi-military wing of the Republican party."

Not bad from a man who's never turned down endorsements or cash- from any gun company -or firearms group (like the NSSF) who've endorsed him in the past. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York called it "unbelievable that the NRA could be so unreasonable" saying the organization was "digging its own grave."

Yesterday afternoon, I did receive an "action alert" telling me Senate Democrats were going to reintroduce "universal background checks" and an expansion of the prohibited persons list for firearms purchases.

But the came from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, not the NRA (note: as of 9 p.m. last night, I still hadn't received anything from the NRA). Odd, actually.

Shortly afterward receiving the NSSF's alery, I spoke with the NSSF's Senior VP and Chief Counsel Larry Keane and asked him about the opposition to the "watch list."

His answer wasn't based on individual gun rights.

Instead, it focused on the fact that adding a person who might be under suspicion for a criminal activity to the prohibited persons list wouldn't keep them from getting firearms illegally, but it would create a de facto "terrorist notification system.

"If someone suspected they were being surveilled -or they were doing something illegal and wanted to know if they'd done something to alert authorities," Keane said, "they could go to a gun store and try to make a legal purchase. If they were denied, well.there's their answer."

Seems very logical to me, but I also thought it unrealistic to believe that yesterday's horror was in response to some slight at a company function.

I've known people to leave parties angry, but none ever went home and geared up in body armor, dropped their child off at grandma's then showed up at work and tried to wipe out everyone possible. Yesterday, however, was the first time I've ever seen the media run from the idea of it being a terrorist attack rather than "workplace violence."

Unfortunately, it's not the first time I've heard our President say more gun control would prevent these kinds of tragedies- or the mainstream media parrot that position.

That's what concerns me most. "Reporting" means sticking to the facts- doing anything other than reporting what's known, rather than what's popular in your cocktail circles isn't reporting, it's either "advocacy" or it's malignant relative "propaganda."

As the investigation continues, it's becoming apparent that Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, were "on a mission" to use the words of the FBI's assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles bureau. Whatever motivated their attack, they were prepared to do more. Police discovered hundreds of rounds of ammo in their rented SUV, along with 12 additional pipe bombs in their apartment and equipment to "construct more IEDs or pipe bombs."

In some cases, shooters turn out to be mentally unstable, and they've simply "snapped."

Other active shooter scenarios are the result of a considered plan with a goal of killing as many as possible before being stopped by - someone. The majority of victims die in seven to ten minutes- generally the average response time of the best police departments in the country.

Arriving heavily armed, armored and intent on committing mayhem isn't workplace violence- it's terrorism.

And I can't accept that supposedly rational people really believe disarming average people will stop horrors like this from happening again. To me, their motivation for wanting everyone disarmed is more frightening than terrorism.

—Jim Shepherd
Dec 18
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