The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Lake Travis offer a choice of two fun on-water training courses taught aboard 21-foot powerboats: “Intro to Boating” and “Women Making Waves,” Saturday, Aug.18, and Sunday, Aug.19, at the club’s location at Rough Hollow Yacht Club. 


Jeremy Monda and Will Boyd of the Quincy Junior Bassmasters in Florida claimed the first-day lead of the Bassmaster Junior National Championship with 10 pounds, 3 ounces on Carroll County’s 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake.

Beginning tomorrow (August 2) and continuing through August 4, a total of 322 boats comprised of two-person teams and their coaches coming all the way from Zimbabwaea, Canada, and 38 states from the U.S. will all come together at Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake for what is now being referred to as the “largest high school fishing tournament in the world,” the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series National Championship.


The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce that Nosler both renewed and expanded its long-time licensing partnership.


TrueTimber has partnered with The Dale Jr. Foundation to launch the Dale Jr. Ride Along Sweepstakes, giving entrants a chance to win a priceless prize package that includes a solo ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr. around the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and a number of other VIP prizes. 


Shoot Like A Girl’s semi-tractor trailer mobile range will be operational at Texas Trophy Hunters Extravaganza August 3rd-5th at the NRG Center booth #H1051. 


Springfield Armory releases the XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm. With a frame less than 1-inch wide, the XD-S Mod.2 9mm survived a 25,000 round test without a failure. The XD-S Mod.2 ships with two stainless steel magazines: a 7-round mag with a pinkie rest and additional flush floor plate for carry and one 9-round extended magazine.

Walther announced availability of the CCP M2, with the features of the CCP but incorporating a new visible cocking indicator and an innovative tool-less takedown. 


Lake Michigan boat anglers report catching good numbers of salmon and trout this summer and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has finished its first full year of implementing a new and enhanced stocking strategy to assure strong fish populations and fishing into the future. 

Fall salmon seasons on Oregon's Columbia River opens today (Wednesday, August 1) with modest forecasts and a few new regulations. 


Landowners who need help with their forests should soon find that Michigan’s Registered Forester program has an up-to-date online database and a new complaint review process.


The Michigan DNR currently is accepting pre-proposals for the next round of Aquatic Habitat Grant Program funding.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in Escambia, Jefferson, Gulf, and Santa Rosa counties in August.


At any retail establishment which is a certified Styrka Dealer, all employees automatically qualify for the Styrka VIP Purchase Program, allowing the purchase of  top-quality Styrka optics at a fraction of their suggested retail prices. 

Honor Defense® is pleased to announce that the Honor Defense® pistols are now approved by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department for purchase by Officers as a back-up or off-duty gun.

On Thursday morning, July 12, the builders of St. Croix rods couldn’t help but smile as they focused on the big screen above the breakroom fireplace at the St. Croix Rod factory in Park Falls, Wisconsin as images flipped across the screen announcing that this team had been honored with three American Sportfishing Association (ASA) ICAST Best of Show awards.

Tactical Solutions, or TacSol, is now a customer of live video company Brandlive. Being new to the live video space, TacSol plans to use Brandlive’s interactive live video platform to broaden its training program and market new products to consumers.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) will file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q after the close of the stock market today (August 1, 2018).

MOJO TV announces a partnership with Apex Ammo to shoot their game-changing TSS ammo. 

ScentBlaster has hired Lou Leamont Sales & Marketing (LLSM) to represent them and assist in expanding their growing distribution.


The unique partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Deep Creek Watershed Foundation and Brookfield Renewable will bring forward a robust zebra mussel monitoring plan, which will utilize a combination of water quality sampling to assess zebra mussel suitability and visual surveys to look for the possible presence of zebra mussels at Deep Creek Lake.


One of the best ways to widen the window of attractiveness for deer, turkeys and a host of other species, while filling nutritional gaps, is planting perennial summer fruit plots with a variety of soft mast species from Chestnut Hill Outdoors. They'll provide a much needed boost when the nutritional value of maturing forbs and grasses is dwindling and hard mast has yet to ripen and fall.

The Second Amendment Foundation is supporting and funding an Illinois High School student’s civil rights lawsuit against her local school district and three school officials for discrimination under color of law.


For those who process their own game, Ranew's Outdoors Hanging Judge Gambrel allows a secure way to hang, weigh, skin and quarter large game at a convenient height that won't hurt your back. 

 The new Plano A-Series 2.0 Tackle Bag will turn heads when you show up with it at your next fishing destination. These classic-style bags are as functional as they are good looking. 

Apex Tactical Specialties announces that customers can now pre-order the new Action Enhancement Kits for the Ruger Mk IV model pistols. Apex kits are available for both the Mk IV and the Mk IV 22/45 with either a black or red anodized trigger.

Viridian Weapon Technologies now offers a number of weapon-mounted accessories for the new Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 9mm pistol, including E Series™ and REACTOR® laser sights designed exclusively to fit the handgun.


Join Stange and other In-Fisherman staff as they fish some of the best locations North America has to offer. MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) recently added six season and more than 140 episodes of In-Fisherman.


“The Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation (QUWF) signed a long-term MOU with the College of the Ozarks (CofO), to help students studying conservation and wildlife management obtain the support and funding needed to complete a four-year education” states Craig Alderman of QUWF.

Last fiscal year Whitetails Unlimited contributed $581,000 through its D.E.E.R. (Developing Educational and Environmental Resources) Program. The D.E.E.R. program consists of organizational initiatives and activities that facilitate the introduction of youth and their families to the great outdoors.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet August 20-13, 2018 at the Omni Corpus Christi hotel located at 900 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78401.

Add the National Rifle Association to the list of shooting industry organizations stepping up in a big way to help America’s Shooting Team during USA Shooting’s National Sporting Clays Cup Fundraiser on August 30 at Fork Farm and Childress Vineyards in North Carolina. 

The Mule Deer Foundation thanks Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead for the federal/state cooperation that led to a decision to minimize the impacts of oil and gas development within a key mule deer migration corridor in southwest Wyoming. 


Thompson/Center Arms announced the launch of its “Rimfire Redefined” rebate program, offering a $50 Smith & Wesson prepaid MasterCard with the purchase of a new Thompson/Center T/CR22 semi-automatic rimfire rifle.  


Dealers share how cutting-edge technology and the current marketplace influence the way business evolves in the hunting segment specifically in the August issue of Shooting Industry.


Check out Riton Optics Scopes and Binocs, then Register to Win a Riflescope in booth 107 at Deer Fest.


The American Fly Fishing Trade Association presented Backcountry Hunters & Anglers President and CEO Land Tawney with a new industry leadership award, the Jim Range Conservation Leadership Award, at the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show in July. 


NSSF requested information from the ATF related to the proper completion of a firearm transaction when a non-binary driver’s license or conflicting information regarding sex or gender is provided by the transferee. NSSF has requested that ATF issue formal guidance to the industry in the form of an open letter.

Vanguard announces aggressive sales on some of its most popular hunting and outdoor gear. Huge savings on spotting scopes, binoculars, tripods, and bags start now and extend through September 30.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that Reeves & Dola, LLP, has renewed its Gold-level sponsorship for this summer’s Import/Export Conference. Based in Washington, D.C., Reeves & Dola is a law firm with a focus on firearms and corporate compliance.

Cal Coast Fishing, a fishing accessories manufacturer from Carpentaria, Calif., has signed Elite Series pros Ish Monroe and Caleb Sumrall to their national pro staff. 


The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources invites people of all ages to celebrate hunting, fishing and the great outdoors at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort on Saturday, August 11.

Celebrate lake sturgeon, Wisconsin's largest and longest-lived fish, and the people who have revered and protected this ancient species at an August 10 unveiling of a new display at the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery Education Center. 

Salamonie Lake has changed the dates for this year’s Riders Rendezvous Reunion equestrian weekend to September 14-16, 2018.

A new law that goes into effect today (August 1, 2018)  means people convicted of driving while intoxicated – regardless of the vehicle they’re driving – will lose their driver’s license and be prohibited from operating motor vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, motorboats and snowmobiles. 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is holding a lottery for more than 280 permits to hunters wishing to construct a blind to hunt ducks and geese on select Ohio State Park lakes this waterfowl hunting season.

In a continuing effort to control deer populations, specifically those affecting native plant communities, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will coordinate special deer hunts at nine state nature preserves across the state.


More than 400 young Marylanders celebrated their graduation from the Conservation Jobs Corps Friday after six weeks of job training, conservation education, hard work and fun.


Shooting USA covers Precision Rifle Shooting at the GAP Grind. Also, Savage introduces two new rifles chambered for 6.5 Creedmoor.

Terry Denmon breaks from the Louisiana heat to the waterfowl friendly country of Argentina for a week of pure duck hunting paradise. Load em up as fast as you can because the action never slows.

Tune in Thursday, August 2nd at 9:30pm Eastern, as Davidson’s Gallery of Guns airs its fifth episode of the season. Professional shooter Julie Golob fires rounds through the S&W 1911 Pro Series. We will also be working the bolt on a Savage Tactical Desert rifle and firing the Winchester SXP Shadow Defender shotgun

This week on Ducks Unlimited TV, co-host Cara Harper hunts in Stuttgart, Arkansas, with DU Regional Director Jimbo Robinson and two DU Varsity volunteers, Wyatt Berry and Owen Tyrone, from rival Memphis chapters.


It’s time to get serious about the outdoors was the message in a new video unveiled at a Capitol Hill event hosted by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and featuring Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Steve Raines (R-MT), Angus King (I-ME), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Warner (D-VA). 


The extent of impact that a late winter and heavy rains and flooding in northern Iowa in June and July had on pheasant nesting success will likely be seen when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts its annual pheasant counts. The statewide survey takes place Aug. 1-15. 

If you see coughing bighorn sheep during your visit to Zion National Park, please let the park biologists know. While some minor coughing is natural, excessive coughing is a symptom of bacterial pneumonia, a disease that can cause significant concern for populations of bighorn sheep.

If you’re reading this......

....the world probably hasn’t ended, despite the hysterics of twenty one attorneys general, including Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania and Bob Ferguson of Washington State. 

They’ve gone to court in an attempt to protect the rest of us from the distribution of.....

...pornography? Nope.

...scams of senior citizens? Come on.

They’re out to protect us from the distribution of free CAD drawings for 3D printers. 

These horrifying CAD files from Defense Distributed could allow you (if you have the technological expertise and a 3-D printer) to print (manufacture) what the media calls “ghost guns.”

The whole controversy began in 2012 when 25-year old law student Cody Wilson posted designs for a single shot pistol made almost entirely of ABS plastic online. It was, he said, his way of proving that the government couldn’t really deny the people access to objects. “In the future,” Wilson said,” they’ll be able to make guns for themselves.”

In May of 2013, Defense Distributed, Wilson’s self-described Wiki project, published a video showing one of their printed pistols being fired. 

At that point, the State Department sent a cease-and-desist letter to Wilson, saying his act of posting the design violated ITAR- the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. 

The State Department logic was that someone in another country where the United States doesn’t sell weapons could download the materials and make guns.

Wilson complied- but simultaneously notified the government that the plans had already been downloaded 1,000,000 times. (Disclosure: That total included one download I made to see if I could. Don’t know if they were legit, because I lacked a CAD program to open them. That’s likely the same surprise that greeted more than one of the other 999,999 people who downloaded them.)

In 2015, Wilson sued the government, citing his right to free speech. Last month, a settlement agreement was reached.  In it, the State Department said it had determined that “certain firearms and related items that are widely available for commercial sales, and technical data related to those items, is of a type that does not offer critical military or intelligence advantage to the United States.”

Today, the Defense Distributed website is set to relaunch, offering what it calls "private defense tech development in the public interest." OWDN screen shot

In short, Wilson hadn’t done anything to compromise modern national security or military superiority.

The settlement said that effective August 1, 2018, Defense Distributed could again post the drawings for download. The ability to print a plastic pistol that more closely resembles the stamped metal, single use pistols the Allies made and dropped to freedom fighters in World War II didn’t compromise our military superiority.

At that point, the gun hysteria machine went into turbo mode.

Why? Ignorance, although some of it is willfull. 

The “guns” aren’t “invisible” to X-rays.  And despite LA City Attorney Mike Feurer and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s insistence otherwise, they won’t “enable criminals to print untraceable guns on demand.” 

In fact, printed guns- due to variables in material and printer quality- might be more dangerous for the shooter than the target. German 3-D printing magazine All3dp, published police testing of a gun from a 3-D printer and concluded it “could endanger the shooter as much as anyone else.”

The ATF’s testing proved it not  a gap in qualities, it’s a chasm.  One ATF unit printed from ABS-M30 plastic fired eight times when tested. It was classified a “lethal weapon.”  Another, printed from plastic called VisiJet, exploded.

Is is possible to “print” a gun? 

Yes, absolutely. 

I’ve fired a commercial prototype pistol where the majority of their parts were “printed” using commercial 3-D printing. Can’t say one hundred percent of the parts were printed, because the barrel may have been from an earlier version of the pistol. 

But it was fired- repeatedly- by several writers (after we were assured that it had already been fired “hundreds” of times before we tried it). It was still running when we finished.

The fact a company with a six-figure manufacturing machine running equally expensive software can “print” parts (metal ones in this case) shouldn’t lead us to jump to the conclusion that we’re about to be overrun with combo crack houses and gun printing offices. 

“Printing” is the same term applied to web-press printing newspapers - or kids carving a design into a potato, dipping it in ink and transferring it onto a piece of paper. Same, term, but magnitudes of difference in the level of sophistication.

Ultimately, the real issue isn’t about “printing guns” is (surprise) about rights.

One side says “we already have the ability, we’re concerned about keeping the right, so we’re pressing the issue.”

The other side doesn’t believe individuals have that “right” -but know admitting that wouldn’t be politically advantageous. 

Instead, they choose to use hysteria, misinformation, hyperbole and misdirection to attack the technology that they see preventing their successfully regulating the “right”.

Whatever happens with this latest “threat” the real fight is nowhere near over. 

And we’ll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd

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