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TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019

- CONSERVATION -
Mossy Oak Fishing is proud to announce a recent investment into coastal conservation by becoming a sponsor of the Coastal Conservation Association’s national website.
- EVENTS -
Mammoth Coolers, a leading provider of premium rotomolded coolers, drinkware, and accessories is proud to exhibit this year at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings, in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center April 26th-28th.
GSM Outdoors is excited to announce the impressive lineup of professional shooters and leading outdoor sports enthusiasts who will be meeting with NRA members and fans, in their booth at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, April 25-28.

New models of the game-changing Mark 5HD from Leupold & Stevens, Inc., will be on display at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis from April 26-28.
Crossbow leader TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is excited to announce the company will display at this year's NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis, IN. The Annual Meetings will be held April 26-28 at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
Clenzoil is proud to be exhibiting at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting. The event will take place April 25-28 in Indianapolis, IN.
The National Rifle Association announces Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, North America's premier outdoor and conservation company, as a returning supporter of the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, April 25-28, 2019, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

- FISHERIES -
Trout anglers hoping to find a great new spot to fish in 2019 should check out Trout Trails, the DNR’s web application.
Saturday, April 27, is the statewide trout opener, as well as the start of the Lower Peninsula inland walleye and northern pike seasons.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will stock 200 rainbow trout in the north pond at Morsches Park in Columbia City on Friday, April 26.
- FISHING TOURNAMENTS -
The 50th Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods will come home to its Alabama roots in 2020. The world championship bass tournament will be held in Birmingham, Ala., with fishing competition taking place on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala., B.A.S.S. announced today.

- GRANTS -
As one of the first round of projects approved under the province’s Conservation Trust, Delta will receive $100,000 to build and install 500 new Hen Houses in southwest Manitoba next winter.
- INDUSTRY -
SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to announce the Indiana State Police have adopted the SIG SAUER P365 as their back-up duty firearm for their full complement of troopers. The Indiana State Police is a statewide law enforcement agency comprised of more than 1,250 troopers across fourteen districts throughout the state of Indiana.
Walther Arms is thrilled to announce their new partnership with ExpertVoice. This partnership will allow experts associated with the outdoor and sporting goods industry to learn about Walther Arms and its products through interactive trainings and games.
Jens Krogh has joined Blaser USA as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. program continues helping those in need in 2019 with the announcement of their annual ‘tour’ locations. During the past 12 years, the network has served more than 35,000 meals and donated 14,000 pounds of game meat and fish to shelters in cities large and small across the United States.
- JOBS -
Rock River Arms currently has an open employment opportunity for the position of Mechanical Engineer at the company's headquarters in Colona, Illinois
RUAG Ammotec USA is seeking a qualified ammunition and firearms enthusiast to join its team. There is an immediate opening for a Product Manager, working in the Tampa, FL facility.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
Previously only available in 200- and bulk 1000-yard spools, Seaguar is proud to announce the popular line is now available in a versatile 600 yard spool that you can take anywhere.

Now available, from Evolution Outdoors is the all-new Gamekeepers product line, a collection of soft cases designed to meet the needs of gun owners from all walks of life.
The Realtree EDGE Camo Table Cover will instantly transform any 6-foot banquet table or wood or resin folding table into an outdoors-themed tablescape ideal for your picnic or party.
Apex Tactical Specialties is expanding its pistol barrel lineup with the addition of a new threaded barrel for the FN 509 model pistols. The new barrel is now available for pre-order and will officially begin shipping on April 30th.
Apex Tactical Specialties is adding to its line of Failure Resistant Extractors with an extractor for FN 509 model pistols. The new Apex Failure Resistant Extractor is available for pre-order now and will officially begin shipping on April 30th.

Building on its reputation for delivering rugged, feature-packed hunting packs, ALPS OutdoorZ reveals the Contender X Whitetail Pack available in the new VEIL™ whitetail pattern.
Steyr Arms USA has announced that it has partnered with Manners Composite Stocks to create a new variant of Tactical Heavy Barrel rifle designed to meet the needs of law enforcement and precision rifle shooters.
The Smith & Wesson Performance Center announced the addition of its new M&P380 Shield EZ pistol in three configurations. It's chambered in 380 Auto and features a ported barrel, flat face trigger, and Performance Center tuned action.
Kahr Arms announces the launch of their special Limited Edition twenty-fifth anniversary K9 pistol. As a limited edition, only 500 of the commemorative models will be made.

The Delta McKenzie innovative Wedgie archery targets use a taper design to offer archers an easy, effective option for practice shooting.
- NOTICES -
Dry, windy spring weather has put much of the Lower Peninsula at high risk for wildfires, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
- NRA ANNUAL MEETINGS -
Inceptor Ammunition has expanded its ARX Preferred Defense product line with the addition of a 10mm Auto offering which combines Inceptor’s patented injection-molded ARX projectiles and polymer-copper compound. The new load, along with other popular Inceptor ammunition products, will also be on display at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits at booth #3830.
Canik announces the new TP9 Elite Combat Executive. The new pistol is based on the performance upgrades by Salient Arms and will be shown for the first time at the NRA Annual Meetings.

Aguila Ammunition invites guests to stop by their booth #2859 at the 2019 NRA Show in Indianapolis, IN from April 26th – 28th to learn more about the latest products for 2019 and to register for the limited-edition secret patch giveaway.
Federal Ammunition will unveil unique consumer experiences and innovative products at the NRA Annual Meetings. Attendees are encouraged to visit booth 4955 to see all its new products and get a sneak peek into the launch of Federal’s revolutionary “Custom Ammo Shop,” coming this summer.
Savage announces a lineup of new firearms in NRA’s Mossy Oak Overwatch camouflage at the 2019 NRA Meetings & Exhibits. Mossy Oak will also be giving away nine Savage AXIS II Overwatch rifles at its booth, 4404, during the three-day show.
Traditions announced their attendance at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Indianapolis, IN. The 148th year of the annual show will be held at the Indiana Convention Center and will feature over 15 acres of displays.

SIG SAUER, Inc. and Lipsey’s are honored to announce the release of the special edition NRA P365 micro-compact pistol ahead of the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting. The NRA P365 features a coyote tan grip and slide, with the popular 12-round magazine included.
Century Arms announced that the company will be exhibiting at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting, April 25-28. Attendees are invited to visit the booth to learn more about the new VSKA AK rife and Draco NAK9X from Century Arms and the latest in imported firearms like the PSL and AES-10B.
Beretta anticipates thousands of visitors next week at its redesigned NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits booth. The booth has an open floor plan with new visuals, debut areas of recently launched new products, and a stage for visitors to interact with Beretta ambassadors.
Vihtavuori will be welcoming NRA visitors in booth #5964 during the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, IN.
Rock River Arms will showcase several new rifles and pistols at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis alongside RRA's extensive lineup of LAR-15 and LAR-10 series semi-auto rifles, AR-platform pistols, and 1911 handguns.
CITADEL and Legacy Sports International are introducing their new Cerakote Battleworn American flag ammo can and flag 1911 packages at the NRA Annual Meetings.
Lapua, producer of cartridge cases and ammunition, will be attending the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings & Exhibits. They will be showing cases, bullets and ammunition, including their new 6.5 Creedmoor ammo.
Viridian Weapon Technologies (Booth 1418) will be showcasing a variety of highly advanced weapon-mounted accessories at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 26-28, 2019.
Outdoor television favorites, Keith Warren and his daughter Matti, hosts of The High Road with Keith Warren, are set to kick off the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits by visiting with show attendees at Sellmark booth #5021 on Friday, April 26, from 9 to 10 a.m.
MTM Case-Gard will showcase several of its latest shooting storage and transport items, along with many of its most popular products in their booth #5634 at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 26-28.
Daniel Defense will be one of the exhibitors at the 149th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The company will be located in booth #2834 and displaying several products including the new DELTA 5 bolt-action rifle.
NRA member attendees are encouraged to visit TRUGLO, Inc. at booth #4126 for a chance to win a daily prize drawing and help celebrate our 2nd Amendment rights and heritage. The Annual Meeting will be held at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
Taurus is pleased to present World Champion pistol shooter and Taurus Team Captain Jessie Harrison at the Taurus booth during the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings.
- ONLINE -
Outdoor lifestyle and television host Michael Waddell has handpicked his favorite hunts with some of his favorite hunting companions with the “MOTV Pick of the Week” –
The Waddell Favorites Watchlist.
- OPTICS -
German Precision Optics, USA has announced the company has expanded its custom turret program to cover more of its riflescopes. Kenton Industry Custom Turrets are now available for six more scopes in the Passion line.
- PUBLIC LANDS -
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a public open house Tuesday, May 7, to gather input on a new draft phase 2 general management plan for Rifle River Recreation Area in Ogemaw County.
- RADIO -
This weekend on Northwestern Outdoors Radio summer salmon seasons have been set in the saltwater from British Columbia to Oregon as well as on the Columbia River and we'll share them with you.
- RECREATION -
Try archery, fishing and other outdoor activities for free at the 2019 Outdoor Experience, Saturday, April 27, at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center, a short drive from Tallahassee.
Scouts across Michigan will be hitting the trail – some hiking the Iron Belle Trail or local trails, others riding their bikes or paddling canoes and kayaks – June 1 as part the Iron Belle Challenge.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
As the 2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops approaches in May, Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and the Association of College Anglers announced Power-Pole® will continue their support of the series and will offer a rebate to all collegiate anglers.
TrueTimber, producer of the most realistic camouflage in the industry, will be sponsoring the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament at Big Cedar® Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri, April 24-28, 2019.
- STATE PARKS -
Arizona State Parks and Trails staff have been using the Google R7 Trekker Camera to capture in detail the more than 175 miles of trails in state parks across Arizona.
- STATES -
Somerset County government, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold its first Arbor Day celebration with a tree planting event on April 24.
The Department of Natural Resources will host a public open house Tuesday, May 7, to gather input on a new draft phase 2 general management plan for Rifle River Recreation Area in Ogemaw County.
Three Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) employees were honored during the April 18 State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association meeting in Tallahassee.
The wait is over. Hunters can now check the results of the 2019 nonresident combination and elk and deer permit drawing to see if they were successful.
Arizona wildlife officials tranquilized and safely relocated a sub-adult male bear on Sunday, April 21 in Prescott Valley. AZGFD was contacted by local police who reported  a bear was spotted in the Prescott Valley Old Town Plaza parking lot.
- TELEVISION -
This week on Keith Warren’s Deer and Wildlife Stories, we’re heading to Ohio for the Whitetail Sales Top 30 Deer Auction. Find out how the top deer breeders in the country use the Top 30 Auction to purchase the best genetics in the industry.
Scott York heads to North Texas to meet up with EWT Pro Staff member Brad Nobile and his dad to help out some farmers who are loosing big money to destructive hogs. Lighting up crop fields near the Red River, the guys even the odds and put the Kill Light HD Series lights to the test.
- WILDLIFE -
Arizona Game and Fish department officials tranquilized and safely relocated a sub-adult male bear on Sunday, April 21 in Prescott Valley. AZGFD was contacted by local police who reported that around 8 p.m. a bear was spotted in the Prescott Valley Old Town Plaza parking lot.
 

In 1977, David Allan Coe wrote a song Johnny Paycheck recorded. It instantly became the anthem for the working man. Especially one who was tired of seeing his sweat go toward making someone else rich.

The song title? “Take This Job and Shove It.” It’s a song with a title that sums up the whole story from the first C chord through the G7/F chorus. At that point in my life, it suited my life, too.

If Senator Elizabeth Warren gets her way, what began as the working man’s lament to bad bosses, incompetent supervisors and thankless labor might well be rerecorded and entitled “A CEO’s Resignation Letter to the Board of Directors”.

The Massachusetts Senator wants to make it a federal crime for corporate executives to “negligently permit or fail to prevent violations of the law at their company.” As nearly as I can tell, knowledge of the said offense wouldn’t be required to prove “negligence”.

Sen. Warren wants first-time offenders to serve a year in jail, with three year terms in the hoosegow for any subsequent offenses - all for the crimes of others. To make it less offensive, she’s proposing the law only apply to companies with more than $1 billion in annual revenue.

She’s conflating stirring up class envy by using “size”, but that’s a topic for another time. It is worth noting that she’s ignoring a bit of basic law: crime by definition, is harm intentionally done. It’s why every crime violates the law, but not every violation of the law is a crime.

Nonetheless, this “prominent scholar in bankruptcy law”is willing to overlook that small detail- if it allows her to punish CEOs for, well, being CEOs. If, by extension, that liability also attached to elected officials, making them liable for the acts of their aides, political agents and fundraisers, she might be a little more reluctant to suggest such a fundamental change in the law.

If Sen. Warren’s measure miraculously passed, CEOs would instantly join dodo birds and carrier pigeons on the extinct species list. Fortunately, her purpose isn’t to pass useful legislation, it’s designed to somehow signal her identification with the struggles of the working class.

Yep, going into the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings & Exhibits later this week in Indianapolis, Indiana, it’s once-again time for the annual anti-gun“virtue signaling” by politicians. And the pointedly anti-NRA “reporting” from the local and national media.

Fortunately, most of it will culminate with a series of predictable interviews with the 7-12 protesters who will “gather en masse” in Indianapolis to call for “something to be done about gun violence.”

That’s their anti-gun movement’s time-tested euphemism for “let’s see if we can’t come up with something that will finally get rid of the millions of pesky law-abiding gun owners we don’t like.”

Senator Warren’s just the first to get her licks in.

Bank on the 3,213 other Democratic candidates for President to chime in between now and the final NRA sessions on Sunday. And prepare for the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth from the mainstream as both President Trump and Vice President Pence make appearances in Indianapolis.

It’s Mr. Trump’s third consecutive appearance, so you’ll read, hear or see something to the effect that his speech is “what has become an annual pilgrimage to pledge loyalty to the gun lobby” somewhere before it’s all over.

Snark aside, there are real threats to the firearms industry that will be topics of discussion apart from the general membership sessions. They’re genuine threats; loosely tied to the concept of “virtue signaling.”

In February, we reported on the “book reports” a group of activist investors pushed through at Ruger and American Outdoor Brands (Smith & Wesson’s parent company) following the 2018 Parkland school shooting.

Those shareholder resolutions compelled both Ruger and American Outdoor Brands to create comprehensive report on the “risks facing its business.”

The companies responded with extensive reports that, essentially, told dissidents the companies “understood their concerns” - but the companies were in the gun business, had been for many years, understood the inherent risks, and were doing their jobs- which included assessing - and mitigating- the risks facing their businesses.

Both companies responded appropriately. AOB even went so far as to issue guidance for investor interactions with them going forward.

One of the points required a recognition of the fact the gun business was essential to the DNA of the company. It was strongly implied that investors who didn’t want to be in the gun business might look elsewhere for investment opportunities.

That didn’t go well with several in the dissident groups, among them the Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary (a/k/a “the sisters of eternal misery” at companies in which they’ve made their activist presence known).

The sisters are part of the “interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility” (ICCR) which joined Majority Action (a group that The Motley Fool investment site describes as “a platform that ‘empowers individuals and groups to organize for progressive causes’”) in calling for the Ruger/AOB “book reports”.

Now it appears they’re trying for a “second bite at the apple” at Ruger (NYSE: RGR).

They’re calling for shareholders to withhold their votes for Ruger’s board chairman Michael Jacobi and BoD member Sandra Froman.

Let’s be clear: their call will have no impact on the nominations. They’re running unopposed, and under a plurality vote, a single “yes” vote is enough to elect -everyone.

It’s a symbolic gesture, but this time two of the major investment groups who joined them in (quietly) supporting their 2018 resolution are keeping quiet.

The goal, I’m told, is to possibly influence Ruger’s board going forward, and, to show the dissidents’ hatred of the NRA.

According to sources with direct knowledge of the groups, the dissidents are trying to make a case that the NRA sometimes works against the best interests of the firearms industry. If they can make that case, they’ll try to stop Ruger’s future contributions to the NRA. Over the past three years, those contributions have been estimated at $10 million.

They’re also contending that Sandra Froman’s being on the NRA Board creates a clear conflict of interest.

For the record, this isn’t a move anyone -on either side of “the gun debate” thinks will succeed. What both sides can agree on is that it’s both time-consuming and expensive to deal with.

Connecticut’s recent Supreme Court decision allowing a lawsuit against Remington, makers of the Bushmaster rifle used in the Sandy Hook shootings to go forward in direct contradiction of protections were presumed in the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act and a plethora of new gun control measures recently introduced at the local and state levels present enough real issues for gun companies to deal with.

And those threats exist for all companies, not just publicly-held ones.

Activist investors, it seems, aren’t nearly so concerned about investment as they are about activism. Were I an investor in either Ruger or AOB (I’m not), I’d be looking for ways to eliminate - or penalize - activists’ negative influence on my investments.

Maybe it’s time for investors to clarify - or correct- fellow investors’ “goals and objectives.”

Bet you won’t hear that anywhere else this week. We’re heading to Indianapolis bright and early tomorrow, and our goal is simple: we’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

OUTDOOR WIRE
Event Calendar

APRIL 25-28
148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

The 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits will be held Thursday, April 25, to Sunday, April 28, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. https://www.nraam.org/

MAY 6-8
Firearms Industry Compliance Conference

PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (Website)

JUNE 2-5
NSSF Industry Summit

Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Website)

JUNE 7-9
D.C. Project Foundation’s 3-Gun Fundraiser

Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, Texas. Contact: Dianna Muller di@pro3gunner.com Info: pro3gunner.com/team-match

 
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