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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019

- AMMUNITION -
CCI Ammunition is proud to announce new Clean-22 ammunition. Clean-22 uses an exclusive polymer bullet coating to greatly reduce copper and lead fouling in the barrel without leaving a residue. It also cuts lead buildup in suppressors 60 to 80 percent.
GECO has announced the release of two new lines of personal defense ammunition: RED ZONE and ACTION EXTREME. RED ZONE is optimized for short barreled pistols and ACTION EXTREME can be used with confidence in pistol caliber carbines, full size and even sub-compact pistols.
- ARCHERY -
The Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) arrow combines an aluminum jacket over a micro diameter carbon shaft that results in the most advanced arrow ever available to bowhunters.

- BOATING -
A total of $249,932.69 from the state’s Waterways Safety Fund is being provided to support 13 community boating safety education programs this year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
- COMPETITION -
Winter Range is riding into Phoenix, Arizona, February 18-24, where the jingling of spurs, the mouth-watering aroma of chuck-wagon cooking, and cowboys vying to see who’s quickest on the trigger are going to take over the Ben Avery Shooting Facility (BASF).
Edwin Evers racked up 51 pounds, 12 ounces to outdistance Jeff Sprague, (40-8), Boyd Duckett (35-15), Brent Ehrler (34-13) and David Walker (34-7) and claim the win.
- CONSERVATION -
The State of Mississippi acquired approximately 1,500 acres of coastal wildlife habitat at the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Grand Bay Savanna Coastal Preserve in Jackson County.

- CONTESTS -
Birchwood Casey announces that attendees who visit the Birchwood Casey at 2019 Pheasant Fest, February 22-24 at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, will have the opportunity to register to win a Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen shotgun and a Birchwood Casey product package valued at over $2,200.
- DESTINATIONS -
The City of Pierre, South Dakota has been notified by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (USDOT) that it has selected SkyWest to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) to the Capital City. SkyWest expects to return commercial air service to Pierre sometime in April.
- EVENTS -
Join QuietKat and Outtech at the NABA (National Archery Buyers Association) Reno show, February 21-23 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada where Members will see the new 2019 models, which feature a new frame design and upgraded battery system.
- INDUSTRY -
The NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored winners of the 2019 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, recognizing exceptionally groundbreaking new consumer marine products.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Orlando Police Department has adopted the SIG Virtus Rifle as part of their standard issue equipment for the departments uniformed officers, detectives, watch commanders, and sergeants. The Orlando Police Department is comprised of over 700 sworn officers protecting over 275,000 citizens in the City of Orlando.
Lure Lock has signed famed Devils Lake, North Dakota guide and national touring walleye angler, Johnnie Candle to its national pro staff, which now covers anglers on both national bass and walleye circuits.
Guntec USA has seen increased demand of their AR15 Extended Bolt Catch Release, Gen II Air-Lok Series Hand Guard, and their AR15 TES since the products were first launched at SHOT Show.
Bill Hicks, the founder of Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd., started the company in 1969 out of his passion for collecting firearms. As his personal collection grew, he discovered the possibilities of indulging his passion while making money at the same time, and began buying and selling collectible firearms out of his home. He soon expanded into the gun show circuit, and with the help of his children, Matt and Shelly, the family business began to thrive.

Scott Neuschwender is a leading Territory Sales Manager for Legacy Sports Int. Scott works primarily in the Northeast, covering business with Distributors, Buy Group members and Independent Dealers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.
The Vernon Police Department has implemented the FACT Duty™ Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC™) from Viridian® Weapon Technologies, becoming the first agency in the state of Texas to formally adopt this technology. Chief Randall Agan and Viridian officials will speak on Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 am at police headquarters: 1306 Main Street Vernon, TX 76384.
- LEGAL -
Three amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs have been filed in support of plaintiffs' petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States in Knife Rights' nearly eight-year-old civil rights lawsuit over New York City's persecution of pocket knife owners.
- LEGISLATION -
The North American Gamebird Association's (NAGA) longtime partner the Sportsmen's Alliance has alerted the organization to two bills introduced in Oregon that are critical threats to the gamebird industry.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation praised the introduction of H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act of 2019 in the U.S House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill was authored by Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Rob Bishop (R-Utah).
- NEW PRODUCTS -
Koola Buck continues to provide the most innovative and trusted products to keep your game meat safe from the field to your freezer with the introduction of the new Blood Red Game Bags. The bags are available in two sizes: Large for elk or big game quarters and Small for deer or antelope quarters.
Be prepared for the shot no matter how or from where a deer approaches your stand thanks to the new Triad 360 Swivel stool from ALPS OutdoorZ.
JP Enterprises has debuted their new manual rifle chassis, the Advanced Precision Ambidextrous Chassis, now available for purchase. Machined from light-weight 6061-T6 aluminum, this V-block Remington 700-compatible chassis system was designed for ease of carry and operation.

- NEWS -
GRITR announced the launch of a new holster line hand crafted in Texas. The initial GRITR product line consists of three holster models for the SIG Sauer P365 – a standard inside the waistband, an IWB with a sidecar magazine holder, and a standard Outside The Waistband holster.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
The National Wild Turkey Federation and Blue Forest Conservation have signed a memorandum of understanding with the goal of improving the health of America’s National Forest System.
The North American Crossbow Federation has finalized its efforts to establish basic definitions, standards and testing procedures for the crossbow industry according to the procedure set forth by ANSI.
Visitors to Texas’ Goose Island State Park will once again enjoy fresh water close at hand while camping, fishing and picnicking along the Gulf Coast, thanks to the efforts of hardworking union volunteers and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance.

Brand Avalanche Media joins with the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, helping to introduce young shooters to the shooting sports. Along with Mossberg, Springfield Armory, TruGlo, FeraDyne Outdoors, Boyt Harness, Federal Premium and CCI Ammunition, they created the YSSA $9K Spring Guns and Gear Giveaway, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Alliance.
- PEOPLE -
NMMA president Thom Dammrich made his final keynote address at the Miami International Boat Show’s Innovation Breakfast over the weekend, speaking about the state of the industry and outlining strategic objectives for the association.
- PROMOTIONS -
Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that Smith & Wesson and Thompson/Center Arms have renewed their “Thank You For Your Service” military appreciation program for 2019. This program applies to all active duty, honorably discharged, retired, or disabled members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Reserves.
- RETAIL -
Walther has introduced an innovative program that shows how confident they are in their flagship model, the PPQ series of handguns. This program is called "Shoot It. Love It. Buy It.” and allows buyers to try out their PPQ line and return it if you’re not satisfied.
\FireDisc® Cookers are shipping from the company's Texas base to all points east and west at an accelerated pace.
Rival Arms has announced an agreement with Zanders Sporting Goods for distribution of multiple lines of Rival Arms products.
Fix It Sticks, the industry innovator of modular firearms maintenance tools and torque limiters introduces two new tool kits: The Works and The Duo.
The Browning Maxus Realtree Timber Camo Shotgun offers Maxus performance with Realtree Timber concealment, as well as spacer adjustable length of pull, a fiber optic front sight and more.
- STATES -
Anglers who love to catch rainbow trout received a Valentine’s Day gift in the Kansas City area: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on February 14 provided a fresh stocking of trout at six lakes.
To reduce the chance that cutthroats are listed under the Endangered Species Act, biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Forest Service are planning to treat waters in the High Uintas Wilderness to remove nonnative fish, after which native cutthroat will be reintroduced.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a special “A Conversation with Commissioners” town hall style meeting tonight (Tuesday, February 19, 2019) from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., in the AGFC auditorium at 2 Natural Resources Drive in Little Rock.
Idaho Fish and Game is adding three proposals for the 2019-20 big game hunting season for eastern Idaho mule deer hunts and elk hunts in the Weiser and Brownlee zones in response to new information.
The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was detected at background levels in only one Southwest Florida sample over the past week, absent elsewhere around the state.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept archery paddlefish permit applications March 1-14 from both residents and non-residents.
Indiana Conservation Officer Robert Klakamp has been selected the 2018 District 6 Officer of the Year. Klakamp is currently assigned to Brown County. He has been a conservation officer for a little more than two years.
Indiana Conservation Officer Josiah Julian has been selected by his peers as the District 4 Officer of the Year. He hired on with the DNR Law Enforcement Division in 2015 and was assigned to Madison County, where he has served since.
The National Association of Charterboat Operators and the International Game Fish Association have partnered to provide financial help to those with the most need due to the impacts of Hurricane Michael. This funding will come through the IGFA’s Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund.
- TELEVISION -
This week on The High Road with Keith Warren, Keith and Matti Warren head to Quinlan Ranch in Chama, New Mexico to hunt for Matti’s first Bull Elk. Also, Keith bags this one of a kind Mule Deer that you won't believe they got on video.
- TOURNAMENTS -
Former B.A.S.S. Nation Champion Paul Mueller proved he belongs in the big leagues of professional fishing by winning a spotted bass shootout on Georgia’s Lake Lanier. Mueller earned $100,000 by winning the Toyota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Lanier.
- WASHINGTON -
Representatives from the recreational fishing and boating community, NOAA Fisheries and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to develop and expand a framework of cooperation for planning and implementing mutually beneficial projects and activities to promote sustainable recreational fishing and boating conducted within federal marine waters, including national marine sanctuaries.
- WILDLIFE -
The National Deer Alliance (NDA) is joined by an impressive list of conservation organizations supporting the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s chronic wasting disease (CWD) management strategy, while reinforcing that ample scientific research points to prions as causing the disease.
 

EDITOR’s NOTE: Today’s feature was provided to us by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

MISSOULA, Mont.—Imagine being able to stand in one spot and yet you can witness the year-round migration of elk across the vast Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Now you can do so thanks to a collaborative effort between the National Geographic Society, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Invisible Boundaries, a highly interactive exhibit created by National Geographic and based on years of scientific data, is now on display at RMEF headquarters.

“This is an amazing exhibit that follows the migration routes of nine different elk herds throughout the Yellowstone region,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We appreciate the good folks at National Geographic in allowing us to host this display and we encourage everyone to come check it out.”

“The Invisible Boundaries exhibit ended up at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation because that’s where it belongs,” said Chris Johns, Beyond Yellowstone program leader for the National Geographic Society. “RMEF is about elk and education and helping people understand the intricacies and wonder of elk.”

Featuring an interactive map, vivid animation, video and photography by Joe Riis, and artwork by James Prosek, the exhibit captures years of scientific information gathered by Arthur Middleton, professor at UC-Berkeley and National Geographic fellow, and state and federal agencies. It presents an ecosystem-wide overview of the dynamic movements of elk herds. Scientists used camera traps, radio tracking, observation and analysis to further the understanding of how elk and other living things interact across the landscape.

“If you think about large landscape connectivity and large landscape conservation, it’s important to think of elk not just in Yellowstone, but to think about how they move across the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. And that’s what this exhibit helps people understand,” added Johns.

It is fitting that the Invisible Boundaries exhibit is now on display at RMEF headquarters. In 2006, RMEF worked with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to provide funding for research that eventually led to the Wyoming Migration Initiative, the project from which the exhibit is created. In total, RMEF offered six years of funding to assist the project and still provides funding for ongoing elk research in the area.

RMEF’s headquarters is located at 5705 Grant Creek Road in Missoula, Montana. It is free and open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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