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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018

- APPAREL -
The brand new CallaidTM down insulation line of hunting clothes by Próis® is the impeccable combination of the best of technology with natural perfection.
- COLLEGIATE FISHING -
The Association of Collegiate Anglers along with the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series are proud to announce their renewed partnership with Yamaha Marine.
- COMPETITION -
Barrett is honored to be part of the competition that will identify the best sniper team from a wide range of agencies and organizations that includes the U.S. Military, International Militaries, and Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement.

Packing guns and homework, ten members of the SCTP National Team made their way to Colorado Springs last week for USA Shooting’s 2018 National Championships. Meredith Bernau, Heather Broski, Emilio Carvalho, Monica Dale, Peter Meola, Jack Olsen, and Matt Wells were on the ground first for the International Trap championships.
- EVENTS -
This year's Fall Family History event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Archives of Michigan in Lansing. 
- EXHIBITS -
The vintage 25-foot Old Town Camp Canoe was relaunched on Tuesday at the Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) after spending many years in storage. Patuxent Small Craft Guild (PSCG) volunteers have been restoring this beauty for the past eight months
- FISHING TOURNAMENTS -
Despite 20 mph-plus winds, Skarlis says several factors added to his ability to produce fish while the majority of teams struggled on some level to produce walleyes during the event. One was the “incredible” sensitivity of the St. Croix rods he and his partner employed during the three-day event.

More than 200 of the top semi-professional bass anglers from both the United States and around the world will visit Alabama's Guntersville area Nov. 1-3 for the 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship at Lake Guntersville.
The IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela’s will host its championship event at Hopedale, Louisiana, October 26-27.
- HUNTING -
The Michigan DNR uses the age of harvested animals — not exclusively deer — to model species age structure with the intent to better manage wildlife.
- INDUSTRY -
For an eighth consecutive year, Leupold & Stevens, Inc., has again been recognized as the Optics Manufacturer of the Year by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW). Leupold was presented with the award at the annual NASGW meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Pittsburgh.

The FN 509® Tactical, released in July, has won the 2018 NASGW-POMA Caliber Award for Handgun of Year.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®)  has entered into a partnership with the Hunting Heritage Trust to create a first-of-its-kind million-dollar grant program in support of hunting and the shooting sports recruitment efforts. 
Hornady, a fixture of the Grand Island, Nebraska business community for nearly 70 years, will open a new chapter in its history with a public open house for its new Hornady “West” facility on Friday, October 26.
The National Rifle Association proudly announces Cordova as the official licensed cooler and preferred vendor of the NRA.

Celerant Technology announces Schuylkill Valley Sports as their first client to integrate their weekly SSI Data point of sale data reporting through Celerant’s new integration tools that connect seamlessly with SSI Data.
Nines Optics announces its partnership with Frontier Sales and Marketing, Rogers Sports Marketing, and Maschmedt and Associates to help grow Nines Optics consumer reach and make it easier for customers to purchase Nines products.
- LITIGATION -
On October 1, 2018, Century Arms filed a Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice of their lawsuit brought against XTech Tactical, Judge Robin L. Rosenberg subsequently signed the order, closing the case.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
For 2018, ScentLok introduces the all-new ScentLok BaseSlayers AMP Lightweight, Midweight, Heavyweight Tops and Pants.

From their Thumb Break Scabbard to the Model 111 Pocket Tuk, DeSantis Gunhide now has twenty nine holster fits for the Glock 45.
Remington Arms Company announces a new load to the Premier Match Ammunition line: 6mm Creedmoor. The bullet is the venerable Barnes Match Burner Open Tip Match BT.
Hornady Manufacturing, a leader in bullet and ammunition technology, is proud to announce a comprehensive lineup of new and technologically advanced products for 2019, the company’s 70th year in business.
Heckler & Koch announces the VP9-B pistol. It offers a new US-style reversible push button and utilizes the same magazines as the other VP9 Series guns.

- NOW SHIPPING -
The customization and precision competitive shooters need to finish at the top of every event are engineered into all facets of Savage’s new MSR 10 Competition HD. Shipments of these new rifles have been delivered to dealers.
- ONLINE -
BeAlive, a digital video entertainment network for the mobile, social generation of outdoor enthusiasts, has debuted its first original limited run series, Baird Brothers.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Advisory Panel on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Gulf Council's office in Tampa, FL.
- RADIO -
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Wisconsin DNR hunter education administrator Jon King, Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo founder Mark LaBarbera, kayak instructor Jon Small and archery expert JC Chamberlin.

Collin Kearns, Editor-in-Chief of Field and Stream, joins Ken on this week’s show, sharing the magazine’s extensive whitetail rut coverage and offer a few tips and techniques for hunting each phase of the rut.
This week on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio host Rob Keck is exploring tree stand safety, and how a safe hunter can be a more effective hunter.
It’s the latest recipient of the Spirit of Hope Award, a new TV show about building historical weapons, hunting rifles, and more, this Sunday on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk®, the original nationally-syndicated talk show about guns and the shooting sports.
Thom Abraham, the voice of Bassmaster Radio, joins us to discuss some serious changes going on in the world of tournament bass fishing this fall, and the show covers lots of other outdoors topics, as well.

- SHOOTING COMPETITIONS -
Beretta introduces the new ‘Beretta Challenge’ competition at the upcoming 2018 NSCA Nationals in San Antonio, Texas. Reinventing the Super Sporting event sponsored by Beretta in previous years, this inaugural competition is the result of a collaboration with our senior Team Beretta shooters and the NSCA executive staff.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
The Pope & Young Club is proud to announce a continuing relationship with Scholastic 3D Archery. In addition to participating in S3DA events, students learn about fair chase, ethical bowhunting and the role of hunters in wildlife conservation.
- STATES -
A listing of the most critical road projects to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and improve big game migration was published online recently by the Wyoming Wildlife and Roadway Initiative Team.
Despite difficult hunting conditions the first six weeks since archery season arrived the first of September, the state’s youth hunters posted good results las weekend with early muzzleloader season on deck.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) hosted 20 disabled American veterans from Ohio for a guided archery hunt at Zaleski State Forest and Lake Hope State Park over the October 5-7 weekend.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider proposed changes to fisheries regulations and orders when it meets October 26 in Kearney.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting applications for Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP) grants to accomplish large-scale restoration of private and publicly owned, high priority wildlife habitats through noxious weed management.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation headquarters in Oklahoma City has returned to its permanent location at 1801 N. Lincoln Boulevard.
During a special meeting, the PFBC Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Tim Schaeffer to the role of Executive Director.
- TELEVISION -
Team Mojo heads to El Campo, Texas to meet up with Steve Biggers, owner of Rocky Creek Retrievers for an early season teal hunt. Joining the team is good friend Joe Beal and Kyle Wintersteen from Delta Waterfowl.
This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from Discovering Water, True North Alaska, Major League Fishing and more.
- TRAVEL -
Western River Expeditions’ 2019 Grand Canyon programs are sold out. The company is taking bookings for comparable river rafting trips for the 2019 season on whitewater rivers through Cataract Canyon (Colorado River) and Desolation Canyon (Green River). 2020 trips will begin booking November 15.
- WEATHER -
Wetland conditions across most of the state are good and, in places, have improved since early September, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
- WILDLIFE -
A 4-year-old doe killed on a deer damage shooting permit in Dickinson County’s Waucedah Township has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, marking the first confirmation of the incurable deer disease within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
- YOUTH PROGRAMS -
The Pope & Young Club is proud to announce a continuing relationship with Scholastic 3D Archery. This after-school archery program, which allows participants to use equipment of their choice, has a goal to provide opportunities in various phases of archery such as indoor 5-spot, 3D, and outdoor target archery.
 

It’s no longer summer, but we’re still celebrating Casual Friday, so what better time for a little water cooler chatter, right?

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, industry leaders are gathered for the annual National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NAGW) annual meeting and exhibits. That’s one reason we’ve seen so many new products announced, but it’s also the show where there are fewer media types and more industry insiders.

So…there’s a lot of insider back chatter going one. And here’s some of what we’re hearing from Pittsburgh (other than the city has a lot of good restaurants).

First, where are the button down shirts and blazers? One longtime industry figure says he’s never seen more Brooks Brothers suits. Seems the industry’s buttoned-down and serious at this NASGW, and that’s probably a reflection of the fact there are more big (as in really big) companies in the industry that any time in recent memory. Corporate culture still likes the dressed up style. The fact that SHOT has gotten progressively more casual over the years is one reason I jokingly refer to CEOs in their company regalia as being the latest in “urban camo.”

Another question I’ve heard from more than one source: “where are all the hoodies and t-shirts?” OK, a couple said clothing, but you know what I mean. Apparently there’s a near-absence of apparel- and what one friend calls the “unicorn” of the industry- purses targeted at women who concealed carry.

There are already some solid products in the industry that allow for concealed carry on the body, but purse makers seem stuck as to how to make leather goods fashionable versus mil-spec. There is a big difference.

Whether they manage to figure that one out or not, NASGW 2018 appears to be shaping up as a good show, reflecting a healthy industry. More industry thoughts later….

Meanwhile, out on the water, anglers are speculating on the future of Pure Fishing. Now a designated “surplus” company in the massive Newell Brands portfolio, there’s been a lot of recent speculation over what’s ahead.

We’re not seeing the bobber disappear - yet- but Newell Brands’ filing of an 8-K form with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week seemed to point toward something happening. The 8-K is one of those forms you file when there’s something out of the ordinary coming.

One “potential” name tossed around in the Pure Fishing deal would certainly have put an interesting spin on the company. Earlier this year, American Outdoor Brands (yes, the company formerly known as Smith & Wesson Holdings - NYSE: AOB) indicated a desire to acquire “brands in the fishing realm”. Granted, it would be the equivalent of landing a trophy bass if AOB were to acquire the entire Pure Fishing portfolio, but we’ve been assured that AOB isn’t going after Pure Fishing.

We’re watching, but as is the case in public companies, no one’s talking- with good reason. As Elon Musk’s discovered, the SEC takes loose lips very seriously. Someone leaking word of a deal could be looking at some serious grief. In the meantime, Pure Fishing continues making and selling product.

Florida officials appear to have been overly-optimistic in their earlier assessment that Hurricane Michael had helped break up the latest breakout of Karenia brevis - better known as Red Tide. Now, it seems Indian River County is dealing with an outbreak serious enough to close their beaches.

Earlier this week, Brevard County’s Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, and Cocoa Beach also confirmed their waters having tested positive for red tide -although their beaches are still open. Signage is up to warn people about the outbreak.

Right now, Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, MIami/Dade, Brevard and Indian River counties are all now under states of emergency because of red tide.

Finally, goodbyes to a couple of gentlemen who crossed the proverbial river this week.

A.G. Russell, III, (above) of the eponymous A.G. Russell Knives, died October 12 during surgery. Walter D (Dee) Huddleston (below), former U.S. Senator and Kentucky radio announcer, died Tuesday at his son’s home in Warsaw, Kentucky. Images with permission.

A.G. Russell was one of the best known knife makers in this generation. In fact, Russell was working on knife designs in the A.G. Russell store only two days before he died during what was to be a routine angioplasty. Russell wasn’t just a great knife maker, he was one of those business owners who loved his customers- and saw that affection reciprocated. His family requests that donations be made to military and veterans organizations in lieu of flowers. Services for Mr. Russell will be held on Sunday, October 21 (details at http://www.westfieldchapel.com/book-of-memories/3629481/Russell-Andrew/service-details.php?fbclid=IwAR0d29-WsxZEPXTMmX0nVLWcbk5pxxERDRQXuGwun70QQX6JO_nMgCfe-Eo)

Walter D. (Dee) Huddleston, isn’t one of those names from the outdoors. Huddleston, a two-term United States senator from Kentucky is probably best known as the man Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated in 1984 to begin McConnell’s long Senate career.

But Dee Huddleston’s indirect connection to The Outdoor Wires is undeniable. Before politics, he worked in several Kentucky radio stations - including WLBN, a 1000-watt AM station in Lebanon, Kentucky - my hometown.

That little radio station began my broadcasting/journalism- career. From there, I went on to cover Huddleston and his political career. I visited his Senate office shortly before he left office in 1984, and we laughed about how we’d both wound up in Washington “through no fault of our own other than having some ambition.” The last thing he told me was to “remember who I worked for” - advice that took several years to sink in.

Rest in peace, gentlemen. You’ll be missed.

— Jim Shepherd

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OCTOBER 16-19
NASGW Expo & Annual Meeting

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