Tenicor is proud to announce its win of the 2018 TRIGGRcon Golden Triggr Award for most innovative accessory product. Designed as an appendix carry holster, the Tenicor Velo is purposefully designed to make your gun disappear -- and is "FBI back-flip" safe . . . 


Bianchi Pro team member, Kenda Lenseigne, and her horses Sparky and June Bug, won multiple competitions at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association’s (CMSA) Lakota Western US Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lenseigne beat 252 competitors, both men and women, to take the “Overall Cowgirl” title with a winning time of 64.70 seconds after five combined stages. 

Bryan Labelle of Hinesburg, Vt., won the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open No. 3 held on Lake Champlain with a three-day total weight of 58 pounds, 10 ounces. 


Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), joined by local residents, announced at a press conference in New Durham today that it has sent notice to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department stating its intent to file a lawsuit against the agency for Clean Water Act violations. 


On Saturday, August, 11, as part of an appearance he will be making at a brand new Gander Outdoors store in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mossy Oak's Ronnie "Cuz" Strickland will be giving away a deer hunt.

TrueTimber has partnered with Rambo Bikes, maker of all-terrain fat tire bikes, to give away a brand-new Rambo R750XP G3 electric bike in TrueTimber’s popular Viper Western pattern during the TrueTimber Rides with Rambo Sweepstakes. 

Odin Lure Company has launched a month-long giveaway open to everyone. There's no purchase required,  just go to the Odin Lure Facebook Page, like the post, and share a photo of your Frigg Plug in the comment section.


How do you survive a bear attack, catch the biggest bass or salmon, get the best hiking boots, and more? Find out when Sportsman’s Warehouse(NASDAQ:SPWH) opens its new location in Milpitas, CA August 16-18th.


The recreational fishery will open for two consecutive 3-day weekends: August 10-12, 2018 and August 17-19, 2018 with a 1 fish per person per day bag limit and no minimum size limit.  

Oregon's DFW notes that releasing wild salmon requires special care to make sure that the majority survive.

Beginning Monday, August 6, angling the North Umpqua River fly area is closed from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise. 

S. 3119 and H.R. 2083 would amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to provide Northwest states and Columbia River treaty tribes streamlined authorities to effectively address excessive sea lion predation where the problem is most acute, including below Bonneville Dam, at Willamette Falls, and on tributary spawning grounds.  

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 CrossBreed® Holsters continues to pace handgun manufacturing launches with the recent introduction of new holster models for the Taurus G2c. 

The two new holster fits  are built from premium saddle leather in black or tan, molded to exact specifications for secure and concealable carry, and have three slots for multiple carry options. MSRP is $90.99


The July 2018 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 821,260 is a decrease of 9.5 percent compared to the July 2017 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 907,348. 

ELEY announces a brand new social media channel dedicated to hunting: ELEY OutdoorsUSA. Search for @eleyoutdoorsusa on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and follow for the latest updates and news.

On Wednesday, the Trump Administration announced that they are considering increasing the Section 301 tariff on $200 billion in Chinese products from 10 to 25 percent – which includes boats, marine parts, and trailer tires. Because of this development, the administration has extended the deadline for submitting comments and requests to testify, and NMMA is encouraging all affected members to weigh in. 

 Parker Compound Bows, Inc.announces the appointment of Non-Typical Outdoor Sales to cover the central Midwest region of the US.

Project ChildSafe, a safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Miles Hall as Oklahoma City’s S.A.F.E. Summer “Local Champion” for his lifelong efforts in raising awareness and promoting firearms safety and education.

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation a performance motivated team player with strong interpersonal skills to engage and manage volunteer activities, event fundraising and major gift fundraising in northern Oregon. 


The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) has expanded its communications department with the addition of Dan Johnson as the organization’s new public relations manager. 

Wildlife Forever proudly unveils Calls for Conservation, a new promotion with the Deadshot Custom Call Company offering acrylic, hand-made duck calls just in time for the upcoming waterfowl season.


SIG SAUER’s P365 has carved its own niche in the 9mm category and earns praise for its slim design, EDC capability and ample capacity. It’s featured in the October issue of GUNS Magazine.

After more than 20 years of research, author Ryan Hatfield (Editor of Western Hunter Magazine) has released his new book, Idaho’s Greatest Mule Deer, 2nd Edition

American Waterfowler’s 2018 Guide is now available on newwstand,  by print subscription and via digital app. This premier issue represents 164 pages of serious duck and goose hunting business.


This week Ken spent a day chasing topwater bass and big summer crappie with nationally acclaimed outdoors writer Brent Frazee.  Brent has over 40 years of award-winning writing to his credit and received the Outdoor Writers Association of America Lifetime Achievement award in 2014.  


The National Retail Federation (NRF), the world’s largest retail trade association representing more than 18,000 companies from the United States and more than 45 countries, has named Bass Pro Shops the number two hottest retailer in America ahead of Amazon, PetSmart, IKEA, Verizon and many others. 

 How do you survive a bear attack, catch the biggest bass or salmon, get the best hiking boots, and more? Find out when Sportsman’s Warehouse (NASDAQ:SPWH),, opens its new location at 111 Ranch Drive, Milpitas, California, August 16-18. 


The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) invites recreational shooters to take aim at select public shooting ranges during Alabama’s Free Range Days. During these events, license and shooting range permit requirements will be waived, and new shooters will have the chance to get hands-on experience with firearms at no charge from certified instructors at the Barbour, Cahaba, Delta, Etowah, and Swan Creek public shooting ranges on the dates listed below.


If you’re looking to catch trout and salmon in central Maine, Maranacook Lake is one you’ll want to put on your bucket list. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding regional workshops to present information on opportunities for local governments to help conserve gopher tortoises in Florida. One, co-hosted by the FWC and Santa Rosa County Extension Services is scheduled for August 14 in Santa Rosa County.

Ever wonder what it would be like to see hundreds of elk in one place at one time? That opportunity is possible during the elk viewing workshop hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department with support from the Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience (AWWE) and Mormon Lake Lodge. Workshop presentations are scheduled for the morning on Saturday, Aug. 18. 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce a portion of the coast is re-opened for recreational razor clamming as domoic acid levels have fallen below the closure limit.  

Inductees will be chosen based on the following criteria: ethics, leadership and commitment, unselfish contributions to the sport, scope of impact on freshwater fishing and fishing/fisheries management expertise and impact. 

The presence of adult zebra mussels in Omaha’s Cunningham Lake has been confirmed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 

The volunteer day set for August 14 is part of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife's Reservoir Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Program (RAHEP). RAHEP builds fish habitat in reservoirs where natural structure is lacking.

With the new system, hunters and anglers can choose to carry their documents electronically (on their smart phone or tablet) and tag fish and wildlife with a mobile app that will work even offline. 

The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) deployed one Heavy Equipment Boss to Washington and one Ground Support Unit Leader Trainee to Idaho to assist state and federal partners with wildfire suppression efforts.


This week on Guns & Gear, Barnes Bullets celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the all-copper X bullet.


On Friday, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued a statement which said, in part: "Judge Brett Kavanaugh must be confirmed to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, which once again confirms the president’s determination to put qualified jurists on the bench who will interpret the Constitution rather than try to reinvent it."


A single longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) was identified on an adult, male wild white-tailed deer that was euthanized on July 10 by Game Commission personnel because it was exhibiting signs consistent with chronic wasting disease (CWD). The deer came from Centre County’s Potter Township.

Grayson Morris (right) and Tucker Smith of  Birmingham, Alabama’s Briarwood Christian School won the 2018 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Kentucky Lake with a three-day total weight of 50 pounds, 2 ounces

Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children at Kids’ Fishing Day on Aug. 18 at Roaring River State Park. 

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was written by our friend and colleague, Tom Gresham. He points out many points that you won’t get elsewhere-especially in the mainstream. 

This past week has been a tornado of activity, in the media and in the courts, as politicians and the media have lost their minds over the news that the U.S. government agreed to settle a lawsuit by Cody Wilson and his company, Defense Distributed, (along with the Second Amendment Foundation). The agreement said that Wilson could publish files on the internet. HORRORS! Actual information on the web. But, the info is designs and files which allow someone to use a 3-D printer or CNC machine to make a firearm.

1. It is legal to make your own gun. Without a serial number. As long as you aren't selling it or giving it away. If it's for your own use, you can make it and use it. You still must abide by all federal and state laws, and cannot be a prohibited person.

That's nothing new, and it doesn't matter if you make it with a garage full of machine tools, a file, or a 3-D printer. Here's the exact wording from the ATF web site:

Does an individual need a license to make a firearm for personal use?

No, a license is not required to make a firearm solely for personal use. However, a license is required to manufacture firearms for sale or distribution. The law prohibits a person from assembling a non–sporting semiautomatic rifle or shotgun from 10 or more imported parts, as well as firearms that cannot be detected by metal detectors or x–ray machines. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF. 

2.  No one is going to download a gun from the internet. I know, it sounds stupid. But that's what the ignorant politicians and the media keep saying. The issue is the publishing of CAD drawings and other files. Publishing. Think "First Amendment.”

3. It is illegal to make a gun that is undetectable. Has been for 30 years. So, no, Senator Schumer, 3-D files do not allow someone to legally make a gun that is undetectable to airport screeners, you fool. And, yes, the NRA agreed to not oppose this bill. WHAT?  Wait a minute. Politics isn't a simple game of checkers. It's chess. The NRA got rid of a bill which would have banned a lot of guns, and got a substitute that would ban no guns in current production. This was when the media (still ignorant back then, as well) was shouting that the new Glock pistol was made of plastic and couldn't be seen by metal detectors and X-ray machines. Sometimes you win by letting the other side think they have won. Here's what Wikipedia says about it.

"Initial proposals to ban handguns with less than 8 oz of steel were opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), and what resulted was a compromise that banned guns with less than half the metal content of the Glock.  The NRA agreed not to oppose the Act because it did not affect any existing guns."

4. A team of superstar lawyers working with Cody Wilson and the Second Amendment Foundation appeared (either in person or by phone) in more than a half-dozen court rooms as the attorneys general of a number of states sued to get a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the publication of the files. This team argued, among other things, that this is just publishing files. It's a First Amendment case. The U.S. government is OK with it. We won in several states, but eventually a judge (in Seattle) issued the TRO, and Wilson agreed not to publish -- for a while.

5. Information can not be stopped. Even before the TRO was issued, the files had found their way to the web and had been downloaded tens of thousands of times. A new web site popped up to host the files -- The horse is not only out of the barn, it has left the county.

6.  As with all other gun control efforts, this is not about guns. It's not about safety. It's not about crime. The words of the gun ban lobby tell you what it's about. They say they won't know who has guns. They wail that they won't be able to trace those guns. They shout that they won't be able to register those guns. As always, this is about control. Not control of guns. Control of you.

7.  This legal fight will continue, and it's going to cost a lot of money. The attorneys general are using our money. Wilson and the Second Amendment Foundation depend on donations. DONATE HERE

One other point. Blocking the publication of these files is prior restraint, which normally is anathema to the Left. Blocking free speech usually would have them marching in the streets. In this case, of course, it's acceptable because it's free speech about something they don't like. One has to wonder how they would react to a campaign to block free speech on any of their pet issues. Oh. No need to wonder.

Tom Gresham
Author, outdoorsman, gun rights activist, and firearms enthusiast for more than five decades, Tom Gresham hosts Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the first nationally-syndicated radio show about guns and the shooting sports, and is also the producer and co-host of the Guns & Gear, GunVenture and First Person Defender television series.

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