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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2023

- AMMUNITION -
Winchester Ammunition continues its tradition of innovation with the launch of an environmentally friendly shotshell, E-Tech, that utilizes wads made from biopolymers that are certified as home compostable.
Featuring Speer’s revolutionary Impact bullet, available for the first time in factory-loaded ammunition, Remington announces three new PRC loads that will be available later this year as part of their Premier Long Range line of centerfire rifle ammunition.
- COMPETITION -
The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s wide variety of programs provide something for everyone throughout the year on the grounds of Camp Perry – located in northern Ohio. Utilizing advanced facilities and qualified professionals for indoor air gun and outdoor rifle and pistol events, there’s no shortage of marksmanship opportunities to enjoy in 2023.
- CONTESTS -
The Project ChildSafe 2023 Safety Sweepstakes is heading into its final weeks of providing donors with a chance to win one of eight great prizes contributed by industry’s top companies. The top prize—a Vault Pro Silver Eagle Gun Safe—is valued at $4,500.00.

- EVENTS -
Founded through a collaboration between SIG SAUER and Team SIG professional shooter Daniel Horner, SHOOT SIG is a membership community that welcomes all levels of firearms enthusiasts, encourages participation in the shooting sports, and offers generous member-only benefits.
Taylor’s & Company announces they will be exhibiting at the Great American Outdoor Show from Saturday, February 4th through Sunday, February 12th at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.
Pope and Young, America’s leading bowhunting conservation organization, is excited to feature several of their vendors that will be in attendance and exhibiting at their 33rd Biennial Convention, taking place in Reno, Nevada, April 12-15, 2023.
Maxim Defense announced that they will be exhibiting at the Worldwide Spring Trade Show from Tuesday, February 7th through Thursday, February 9th in Reno, NV.

- FISHERIES -
The Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife stocked roughly 4,500 brown trout into northern Indiana streams in early January.
- GEAR -
This hard-sided tourniquet case gives you easy access to your tourniquet when seconds matter.Wear it on your duty belt, MOLLE/PALS compatible vest, or in the accessory position on your Safariland® drop leg holster.
- HUNTING -
Hunting of male mountain lions will close ?in Lion Management Unit (LMU) 401,?except for Limited Special License holders,?one-half hour after sunset tonight (Friday, Feb. 3).
- INDUSTRY -
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) announces the release of the 2022 update to American National Standard SAAMI Z299.3-2022, Voluntary Industry Performance Standards for Velocity and Pressure of Centerfire Pistol and Revolver Sporting Ammunition for the Use of Commercial Manufacturers.

Sports South is proud to be offering the new Riton Optics 2023 Riflescopes: PRIMAL, TACTIX and CONQUER.
The marketing team at SPYPOINT Trail Cameras got stronger with the addition of industry veteran and social media ace Brittany Niemerg in January. Brittany joined the SPYPOINT team just before the Archery Trade Association and brings almost a decade of social media management in the outdoor industry with her.
Springfield Armory proudly announces their Hellcat Pro 9mm pistol has won On Target magazine’s 2022 Editors’ Choice Awardl.
Now through February 6, Pietta Firearms and EMF are exhibiting at the NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market, BOOTH #1105.

Templar Knife is exhibiting at the NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market in Fort Worth. The event is taking place at the Fort Worth Convention Center and will run through February 6.
Daniel Defense announces Rod Reasen as Chief Executive Officer of the company, reporting directly to Founder, Owner and Chairman of the Board,  Marty Daniel. Reasen will assume his role as CEO on Monday, February 6.
SLG2, Inc. has officially announced the launch of their new Safe LivinG program, empowering men, women, families and communities with confidence to live securely through interactive informational experiences and web resources.
Precision Rifle Series LLC. announced Manners Composite Stocks was named as the Official Stock -- and an Affiliate Sponsor -- of the 2023 Precision Rifle Series Season. A long-standing pillar within the PRS, Manners has supported shooters and competitions at every level since the inception of the series.

Beretta, alongside sister companies Sako and Tikka, will be displaying a wide variety of firearm, clothing, and accessory products at this week’s 2023 Western Hunting and Conservation Expo held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT, from February 2-5
Redy Nutrients announces a partnership with Johnny Mulligan, host of Primal Divide on Waypoint TV.
- JOBS -
Smith & Wesson is seeking a District Sales Manager for the MT, WY, ID, UT, WA, AK District.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
Holosun's P.ID series of weapon mounted lights consists of four models, P.IDP.ID HC, P.ID Plus, and P.ID Dual. Built for the rigors of professional use, P.ID is compatible with common duty holsters.

 

Get rid of the need and the hassle for keys or combinations with the new TOKK Fingerprint lock.
Beretta announces the launch of a new turkey hunting shotgun to the line-up of popular A300 Ultima platform - the A300 Ultima Turkey. This new turkey shotgun includes enlarged controls, a 7-position Picatinny rail for optics, an enhanced loading port, a 24” barrel with a mid-bead and high visibility front sight, and an extended Beretta mobile choke that puts the pattern on that wary gobbler's head.
- ONLINE -
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever partnered with the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports, Responsive Management, and Dr. Christine Thomas – Founder of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, along with a diverse panel of leaders from organizations and agencies to deliver the inaugural R3 (Recruit, Retain, Reactivate) – What Women Want webinar.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
Pope and Young announces a continued partnership with the John V. Mesh Memorial Scholarship. As part of this partnership, Pope and Young and the John V. Mesh Memorial will announce this year’s recipient of the scholarship at the thirty-third Biennial Pope and Young Convention in Reno, Nevada, on April 15, 2023.
The South Carolina Waterfowl Association (SCWA) will help host Pintail Partners along with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, and the Harry Hampton Foundation to provide the next generation with a duck hunt on one of several private properties. The goal is to get young hunters involved in waterfowl and wetland conservation.
Manticore Arms of Elburn, Ill., has become the latest bronze level corporate sponsor of the Second Amendment Foundation, helping the national gun rights organization continue its education and litigation efforts on behalf of the right to keep and bear arms.
The National Wild Turkey Federation presented Hillsdale College Nimrod Education Center Director Al Stewart with a Special Recognition Award at the 50-year anniversary celebration in Grand Blanc, Michigan on Jan. 14.
SK Guns is showcasing a new collectible firearm set to celebrate the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 50th Anniversary through the SK Customs division.
- PUBLISHING -
The March/April 2023 issue of Outdoor Sportsman Group Publishing’s In-Fisherman Magazine – on newsstands February 7 – delivers timely and cutting-edge strategies for catching the most popular sportfish sought by freshwater anglers, from largemouth bass and smallmouth bass to walleyes and panfish, pike and muskies, catfish and more.
- RADIO -
This week, Outdoors Radio features Hmong chef and TV host Yia Vang, Lake Superior kayak guide Jon Small, and McFarland fishing guide Ron Barefield.
- RECOGNITION -
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Thursday announced its 2023 Tommy Gifford Award winners, an annually-bestowed accolade that recognizes captains, guides, or crew members who have made extraordinary contributions to recreational angling through innovation, leadership, or outstanding accomplishments in their trade.
- RECREATION -
Jacob Chandonnet, 38, of Rockwood was killed Wednesday when he lost control of the snowmobile he was operating, was ejected from the machine and struck a tree.
- RETAIL -
Ammo AZ, Frontier Justice, 2nd Amendment Guns, Titan Ammo Company, We Kick Brass, Mr. Pawn, Fields Outdoor Adventures, Bam Bam Armory, Clark Armory, Summit Gun Broker, Flash My Brass and others have decided to join the Premier Dealer program established by Venom Ammo for 2023.
Apex Tactical Specialties is now shipping its latest optic mount designed specifically for securely mounting the Aimpoint Acro P-1 and P-2 or the Steiner MPS optic to Glock MOS model pistols.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
The Association of Collegiate Anglers announces a continued partnership with 13 Fishing for the 2023 season.
Buck Chasers outfitters, located in legendary Pike County, Illinois, is remaining as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor.
- STATES -
Vermont’s Nongame Wildlife Fund is essential to the conservation and restoration of some of Vermont’s most at-risk wildlife, like the lake sturgeon and Northern long-eared bat. Thanks to a checkoff option on the Vermont state income tax form, donating to the fund is easy.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will continue to accept public comment through Wednesday, Feb. 8, on the National Guard’s proposed expansion of its Camp Grayling training facility to include 162,000 acres of DNR-managed forest land.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will continue to accept public comment through Wednesday, Feb. 8, on the National Guard’s proposed expansion of its Camp Grayling training facility to include 162,000 acres of DNR-managed forest land.
Governor Ron DeSantis' proposed Fiscal 2023-2024 Framework for Freedom Budget, solidifies his commitment to support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) mission to protect Florida’s natural resources.
- STATES&NBSP -
The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) will hold its first scheduled meeting of 2023 on Saturday, March 11, on the campus of Alabama State University.
- SWEEPSTAKES -
Grand-prize winner Stephen Lane is ready to kick off a new year thanks to Toyota’s Tackle the Outdoors sweepstakes. Lane’s grand prize included a 2023 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and a custom DECKED Drawer System plus $1,200 in Marathon fuel and a $1,000 Omnia Fishing gift card — a total value of more than $56,600.
- TELEVISION -
Waypoint TV is releasing Season 8 of fan favorite, Renegade Bass Tour, to Waypoint TV.
Pursuit Channel invites viewers to tune-in or set their DVRs to catch all the great fishing shows on Saturdays and Sundays each week.
HuntStand Presents, Texas Team Trail and AFTCO are all featured this weekend on Outdoor Action TV.
 

No one in Dallas or throughout the newly-formed southern ice belt needed to be watching in western Pennsylvania yesterday morning to know what sort of prognostication Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog/meterorologist would make.

Winter’s firmly ensconced in the south. For those shivering southerners, they only hope Ole Phil’s prediction on the duration is exaggerated. And watching the thousands of revelers atop Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania, it seemed their weather was preferable to the icy conditions across the southern part of the country.

But who are we to argue with “Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary” - that is, honestly, his official title. And he looks pretty good for a critter that’s been predicting the weather (at a respectable 40% success rate according to the sour apples at NOAA) since 1887.

But we in the area formerly known as the sunny south won’t be suffering along for much longer. According to the Weather Prediction Center (don’t know their actual batting average) says that the ice storm we’ve been tolerating the past few days is about to move on. And as it moves north (where cold weather belongs) they’re warning of “life threatening wind chills” - that’s wind chills in the 50-below range across New England.

Fifteen million people are under that advisory -but there’s some good news as well. Those abysmal temperatures are only expected to last until Sunday. But for residents of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, it’s going to be a miserable 48 hours or so.

To that, we can only echo the sentiment New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management posted on their Facebook page: “Avoid any outdoor activities on Friday and Saturday!” The exclamation point, btw, is theirs…”Cold temperatures paired with the wind chill factor could lead to potentially life-threatening conditions outdoors.”

Meanwhile, we southerners are still putting up with what the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Texas, describes as “an ice rink on our roads.”

May be lovely to look at, but ice makes for dangerous conditions.

All we can say at this point is this: here in the South, we’re prepared to defend our gas heat. Now would not be time for anyone to suggest it’s time to give up on gas as a heat source.

Right now, we’re taking all the heat we can get.

And the heat’s on-figuratively speaking- for those folks who continue to insist that Americans are ready to give up their guns. The latest NSSF NICS numbers were released yesterday and, no surprise, there’s no real indicator that plowshares will overtake gun company stock prices on Wall Street.

For a forty-second consecutive month, gun sales-as measured by the adjusted NICS numbers from NSSF have topped one-million in a single month.

As NSSF’s Managing Director of Public Affairs Mark Oliva explains it, the numbers are notable… “given the antigun sentiment by certain governors and members of Congress who ignore these trends and instead of focusing on reducing crime, holding criminals accountable and making their communities safer, only focus on instituting roadblocks and denying the rights of those who obey the law. Americans, by the millions each month, are taking ownership their Second Amendment rights.”

Not much to add to that…other than…we’ll keep you posted.

Stay safe this weekend.

— Jim Shepherd

 
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