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FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2024

- COMPETITION -
Team Lapua’s Chris Simmons scored a 983.74 beating out over 50 shooters to secure his first-place finish at the inaugural VuDoo Valentines X-Match on February 18th.
TAC Vanes had an incredible team showing to kick off the season at the ASA Hoyt/Easton Pro/Am in Foley, Alabama, with several top finishes across women’s, men’s and known divisions.
- EVENTS -
The Michigan State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation presents this event for new adult hunters to learn to hunt wild turkey, Friday, April 19 - Sunday, April 21, at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings.
Pyramyd AIR is excited to announce the dates of the 2024 Pyramyd AIR Cup! Join airgunners from around the world as they participate in Field Target, 100-Yard Bench Rest, and Gunslynger competitions held at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.
- FISHERIES -
Two angler groups recently joined with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to improve the fishing at two of the state’s most popular lakes. Volunteers with the Arkansas Black Bass Coalition and members of the Lake Chicot Crappie Federation teamed up with their local fisheries biologists to add impressive amounts of fish habitat to lakes in central and Southeast Arkansas.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Shrimp Advisory Panel on March 19 – 20, 2024. The meeting will convene from 8:30 – 5:00 EDT on March 19, 2024 and from 8:30 – 3:00 EDT on March 20, 2024. The meeting will be held in-person at the Council Offices located at 4107 West Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida 33607.
- FISHING -
Calling all Florida saltwater anglers. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Catch a Florida Memory program announces the second season of the Triple Threat Throwdown. This challenge runs from March 1 to Sept. 9, 2024, and will offer Triple Threat Club members the chance to win an exclusive Kayak Fishing Bundle.
- GEAR -
The Stadium Seat from Millennium Sportsline transforms the Little League game-watching experience, addressing the common discomfort associated with traditional bleacher seating. This innovative seat, designed with fan comfort in mind, provides a suspended, back-supported platform for spectators to enjoy the game in style.
Hornady RAPiD Safes, activated by an advanced RFID mechanism, seamlessly respond to the key fob or discreet sticker, unlocking instant access via a spring-assist lid.

The THROOM 8″ KNOCKDOWN Plate Rack Kit includes six 8″ KNOCKDOWN Targets, six KNOCKDOWN Base Mounts and one set of Alpha Stand Brackets all of which require little assembly.
- GRANTS -
Help is on the way to bolster habitat for elk, mule deer, black bears, turkey, quail and other wildlife in California. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners allocated $1,283,263 for 20 different projects ranging from habitat stewardship and wildlife management work to hunter education and mentored youth hunts.
- INDUSTRY -
NSSF® in partnership with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, SIG SAUER and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has released another film in the “Partner with a Payer®” series — a collection of videos highlighting the importance of wildlife conservation and management.
February’s email topic addresses the topic of Red Dot installation and expectations for consumers on handguns and Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs). Handguns & Red Dots show they are decreasing year-over-year at a similar rate, where MSR’s never had a huge lift due to the “surge”.

Primary Arms Government announces its Gold Sponsorship of the National Tactical Officers Association for the year 2024. The NTOA offers comprehensive programs, training, and resources aimed at elevating the standards of tactical operations both domestically and internationally.
NSSF® welcomes the introduction of S. 3812, the Fighting Irrational Regulatory Enforcement to Avert Retailers’ Misfortune (FIREARM) Act, by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). The “FIREARM” Act would create a safe harbor for federal firearm licensees (FFLs) who are at risk of losing their licenses and livelihoods due to the Biden administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy that has weaponized the ATF to revoke licenses for minor unintentional clerical errors and mistakes.
- INVASIVE SPECIES -
Any watercraft transported into Wyoming must undergo a mandatory inspection to look for aquatic invasive species. Inspections must be done by a certified AIS inspector prior to launching on any Wyoming waters.
- JOBS -
Tim Bailey & Associates, (TBA) is seeking to hire a professional sales representative for our Oregon territory.

- NEW PRODUCTS -
MOJO Outdoors, maker of Motion Decoys, announced that their new, patent pending 3-in-1 Hen Turkey Decoy is in stock and currently shipping to Dealers.
SK Customs announced its new “Gold Series” as part of the Early Italian Renaissance collection. Drawing inspiration from the 15th century, the Early Italian Renaissance Series showcases the masterpieces of renowned artists such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Andrea del Sarto and Raphael.
TROY® Industries announces the Troy Long Rifle (TLR) MK12 series of performance driven precision rifles. The MK12 will unlock unmatched precision and allow you to reach out to previously unimaginable distances with the 5.56mm platform.
Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd is proud to announce Glock Focus month will run March 1-31, 2024. We have hundreds of Glock SKU’s in our product line up, including our exclusive custom finishes, Glock Glitter Gunz and Shark Coast Tactical custom pistols. Earn free Glock product with qualifying purchases.

- OPTICS -
Premiering at Outdoor Classics 2024, the Merger LRF XP35 is the most compact binocular by Pulsar, featuring the widest field of view in its category and an extremely sensitive thermal sensor.
In a significant development for entry-level monocular users, Pulsar announces the release of the Axion XQ30 Pro thermal imaging monocular, a substantial upgrade to its well-received predecessor, the Axion XM30F.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) cohosted the 2024 Oklahoma Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol. This event brought together members of the Sooner State’s sporting-conservation community with members of the Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus for a celebration of Oklahoma’s storied outdoor heritage.
- PROMOTIONS -
FN America announces its newest consumer rebate offer, Spring into Savings, available March 1 through May 16, 2024. The program offers up to $150.00 cash back on 70 different models.

Prime Archery®, a G5 company and the leader in Center Grip bows —has announced that during the month of March if you purchase a new Prime Bow, you’ll receive a free ½ dozen G5 Arrows of the customer's choice.
- PUBLISHING -
In this April issue of Handloader magazine, we put Nosler’s factory seconds (bullets, brass and blemished ammunition) to the test. The results may surprise you... To see for yourself, you can also watch the video on Handloader TV.
Shooting Sports Retailer just released a newsletter to over 16,000 dealers featuring Liberty Ammunition. They call Liberty the “New Breed of High-Performance Ammunition”. The SSR newsletter outlines why Liberty is better than other brands.
- RADIO -
This week, Outdoors Radio features Milwaukee Journal Sentinel outdoors editor Paul Smith, Wisconsin DNR recreation warden Joe Mulrooney, and Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin field trips program director Christine Tanzer. Jeff Kelm heads to Oklahoma for Walleye Federation meetings. Dan invites listeners to the Milwaukee Sports Show.

- SPONSORSHIPS -
Waypoint TV is pleased to announce the continuation of its robust partnership with Abyss Battery, a leading marine lithium battery manufacturer.
- STATE AGENCIES -
Hunting and fishing licenses for 2024-25 are on sale now, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
- STATE PARKS -
Join the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at a public meeting Wednesday, March 20, to learn about and share feedback on a new draft general management plan for Duck Lake State Park in Muskegon County.
The North Gate of Clifty Falls State Park (Indiana) is temporarily closed following an incident currently under investigation. The area is secure. If visiting the park, guests should use the South Gate.
The dump station at Johnson Lake State Recreation Area near Lexington will close in early March so it can be replaced by a new two-lane facility. Campers will have access to other nearby dump stations operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission during construction.
- TELEVISION -
Pursuit invites viewers to tune-in to Pursuit Channel and Pursuit UP to catch all the great fishing shows available each weekend.
World Fishing Network invites fishing enthusiasts and those who indulge in the leisurely serenity it provides to enjoy a complete preview for free. From March 1-31, 2024, viewers across the nation will have unfettered access to WFN on multiple cable and satellite providers during the free preview period.
Waypoint TV is excited to announce the addition of Flyways Finest to its platform, airing every Sunday at 11:30 AM ET. Viewers can also enjoy this high-action waterfowl content through the Waypoint TV app and website, accessible anytime, from any device.
The Major League Fishing Tackle Warehouse Invitationals Stop Two presented by Suzuki at West Point Lake in LaGrange, Georgia is available to stream live on MyOutdoorTV.
- WASHINGTON -
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies appreciates Chairman Westerman’s commitment to providing funding to state fish and wildlife agencies for wildlife habitat restoration in the America’s Wildlife Habitat Conservation Act (AWHCA).
House Natural Resources Committee Chair Bruce Westerman (R, AR-04) has introduced his America’s Wildlife Habitat Conservation Act. This bill would authorize $300 million annually for the next five years for state and tribal fish and wildlife agencies to accomplish the goals outlined in wildlife action plans. The bill would also make several positive amendments to the Endangered Species Act.
 

Lex Scanlan chauffeurs Smokey Bear at the Toledo Summer Festival and Logging Show near the Oregon Coast on July 15, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Lex Scanlan)

Growing up in Chicago, a career as a wildland firefighter felt as distant to Lex Scanlan as the vast mountains and giant conifers far to the West.

“Most of my family and friends are from the Midwest where wildfire was a pretty abstract concept,” Scanlan says, chuckling. “I have always been independent, so choosing a career path foreign to most of my family and friends wasn’t too surprising.”

Her stepdad initially inspired Scanlan to pursue structural firefighting with classes at a community college in Arizona. Over a spring break, Scanlan enrolled in basic wildland firefighter classes to earn her Red Card, the certification to work on wildland fires. Before she knew it, she was hooked!

From the Midwest to the West Coast

After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Scanlan earned a masters in natural resources from the University of Idaho with a focus on fire management and ecology. She spent several years working on fire engine crews in the West, but these days she finds herself in a place not known for large megafires – the rainy, moss-laden Oregon Coast.

As the first, full-time fire prevention technician on the Central Coast Ranger District of the Siuslaw National Forest, Scanlan is tasked with a unique set of challenges.

Typically, the Siuslaw faces more floods than wildfires. But recently the area has experienced a rise in human-caused fires, mostly due to a large number of outdoor recreators who seek refuge on the cool Oregon Coast during the hot summer months. Tourism in general has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s great so many people recreate here, but it’s led to an uptick in fire starts,” she says.

Lex Scanlan stands with Smokey Bear and Dan Eddy from Northwest Oregon Bureau of Land Management at the Oregon Ag Fest in Salem, Oregon in April, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Lex Scanlan)

That’s where Scanlan comes in, leading fire prevention and education outreach efforts. Each year, she attends community events and visits local schools to articulate the dangers of human-caused fires. To Scanlan, the job is more than just talking about fire prevention.

“I most enjoy connecting with my community and building trust,” she says. “I often talk to people completely unfamiliar with fire. My Midwest upbringing reminds me to explain wildland fire concepts without the use of complicated fire jargon.”

A Holistic and Proactive Approach

At the Central Coast Ranger Station in Waldport, Oregon, Scanlan works for Zone Fire Management Officer Nathan Shinkle. He had long advocated for a full-time prevention position and recognizes how essential Scanlan is.

Lex Scanlan and her “fancy” camera capture photos at a prescribed burn at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge in the Oregon Coast Range on September 25, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Lex Scanlan)

“One of the first things I did was buy Lex a fancy camera,” he says. “If she’s going to succeed in prevention, she needs to communicate well and be creative.”

Shinkle himself isn’t a typical fire management officer. He directs his firefighters to learn more than just suppression techniques. They also need to learn how fire is a part of the whole ecosystem.

He’s given each of his employees the book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The author explores how indigenous knowledge and ecology intertwine. The book even includes a chapter about prescribed fire on the Oregon Coast, something Shinkle hopes to see more of in the future.

Over the last few years, western Oregon has experienced consecutive historic fire seasons that burned millions of acres and impacted entire towns. Fires in 2020 proved especially destructive. Although much smaller in acreage than the larger fires of the Oregon Cascade Mountains, the 2,500-acre Echo Mountain Fire, burning primarily on private land, destroyed more than 100 homes near the coastal town of Lincoln City during a rare, late-summer wind event.

Lex and Madeline Scheintaub, a fire planner from the Bureau of Land Management, taking pre-burn measurements at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge in preparation for a prescribed burn on September 21, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Lex Scanlan)

With the 2020 fire season and subsequent impacts as a cautionary tale, the Siuslaw National Forest aims to increase fuels reduction projects and prescribed burning.

“The last few years serve as a wake-up call,” said Shinkle. “Climate change adds an extra layer of uncertainty, bringing longer and hotter summers. We’re bound to see increased fire danger on the Coast and a resilient landscape is essential.”

“This is why Lex is so important to our program,” he said. “She knows how to talk to people and understands the ecology behind fire.”

Fire Prevention for the Future

Unlike many places in the West, campfire bans are not a regular annual occurrence on the Siuslaw National Forest. Yet the summer of 2023 brought the driest conditions in recent memory.

To streamline the decision to enact public use restrictions for fires, Scanlan collaborated with a fire planner from the Utah Bureau of Land Management to develop a new fire restriction matrix specific to the central Oregon Coast. By mid-July the Siuslaw had put it into practice, implementing a temporary campfire ban, reducing the risk of wildfires.

“I’m proud of combining my knowledge of fuels, ecology and prevention to create this valuable tool,” Scanlan says. “Our leadership can rely on it as the summer months become hotter and drier.”

Scanlan stands next to a sign board while working as a Public Information Officer trainee during the 2021 Antelope Fire in California. (Photo courtesy of Lex Scanlan)

Scanlan also hones her abilities as a public information officer. Last summer she supported a local incident management team on the Three Buttes Fire.

“The unusual fire activity created a lot of worry and angst in the community. It was the first time in 20 years the Siuslaw hosted an incident management team on the Central Coast Ranger District which led to increased interest from the public and local media,” said Scanlan. “Telling the story of fire burning on the coastal landscape proved complex.”

Luckily the Three Buttes Fire didn’t breach containment lines, but the dense coastal vegetation and steep terrain kept the fire active until fall rains arrived. Scanlan knows it won’t be the last time a large wildfire hits the Siuslaw.

Scanlan finds fulfillment bringing awareness of prevention and fuels management to an area where opportunities to explore these concepts abound. The forest is adding a fire ecologist position on the Central Coast Ranger District and Scanlan hopes to compete for the job soon.

“I love that my job is so much more than protecting the land from unwanted fire,” said Scanlan. “As the climate shifts and we see more fire on the landscape, telling the story about good (planned) versus bad (human-caused) fire will only become more important. An informed public that understands how fire ecology interlinks with forest management is essential for success.”

— Joanie Schmidgall, Siuslaw National Forest

 
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