Team Easton’s Tony Tazza has been named the 2018 Archery Shooter’s Association (ASA) Shooter-of-the-Year title. The ASA title is awarded to the archer with the highest cumulative total over the course of the entire season.


The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Prince William Marina offer a choice of two fun on-water training courses taught aboard single and twin engine powerboats: ‘Powerboat I’ and ‘Powerboat II’, this Saturday, August 11, at the marina’s location in Woodbridge VA. 


The Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open on Lake Dardanelle.


Cullman, Alabama played host to the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) finale tournament of the 2018 season, where Elite Archery’s Garrett Ayersman reigned victorious in his first pro win, with teammate Jacob Marlow finishing on the podium in second.

In an impressive conclusion to the Archery Shooters Association season in Cullman, Alabama, Scott Archery and Custom Bow Equipment shooters, Justin Hannah, Garrett Ayersman, Jacob Marlow, Chris Hacker, Jason Dickey and Emily McCarthy earned podium spots and Shooter of the Year titles.

Dissegna Sports Distribution Archery Team claimed a bronze medal last week while shooting at the World Cup in Berlin Germany.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Monday released a comprehensive, three-year action plan that outlines its priorities and goals for using current and future Farm Bill conservation programs to help agricultural producers improve the water quality and overall health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 


Evinrude has received the ‘Business Friend of the Environment’ award presented by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce,the state’s chamber of commerce and largest business trade organization.

Enjoy classic rock on the beach at Indiana's Potato Creek State Park on Aug. 18.

Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce that the new Action Enhancement Kits for the Ruger Mk IV model pistols are now shipping. Kits are available for both the Mk IV and the Mk IV 22/45, with either a black or red anodized trigger.


Recreational and commercial blue crab traps must be removed from certain state waters on the east coast of Florida prior to Aug. 10, the first day of two 10-day trap closures occurring this month.


Communities, schools and other groups looking to boost green spaces are encouraged to apply for 2018-19 Urban and Community Forestry grants. Up to $100,000 is available for projects statewide through the DNR-administered program. 


The SIG SAUER P365 was awarded the 2018 Golden Triggr Award for Innovation in Firearms and the SIG SAUER Electro-Optic Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) was awarded the 2018 Golden Triggr for Innovation in Optics at the latest TriggrCon, held July 26 – 29, 2018 in Bellevue, Washington.

AO Coolers will attend the upcoming Sports, Inc. Outdoor Sporting Goods Show which is a 3 day event being held August 9-11 Booth #729.

Mammoth Coolers is staffing up its sales teams across the United States, including the key hire of Morris Swarts and his group OMA, covering Southeast and Northeast regions (22 states).

U.S. & Texas LawShield, the finest legal defense for self-defense program in the nation, will exhibit at the Texas Trophy Hunters Extravaganza August 10-12 at the Fort Worth Convention Center . 

As the Association’s most prestigious recognition, the annual Hall of Fame Award honors those who have generated or continue to make substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. 

This is the boating industry's opportunity to educate the public about marine manufacturing and build the industry’s workforce. 

Crosman Corporation, a subsidiary of Compass Diversified Holdings, LLC (NYSE: CODI), announced that its board of directors has approved its holding company's new name: Velocity Outdoor. The new corporate identity better reflects the diverse portfolio of brands currently under the Crosman Corporation umbrella. 

Daniel Defense announced the award of a contract to supply the U.S. Army with its Commercial Off The Shelf Carbines. The carbines manufactured by Daniel Defense will support current and future Foreign Military Sales efforts to supply U.S. allies with cutting-edge military equipment. 

Meopta USA Sport Optics is pleased to announce that world-class archers Stephan Hansen and Paul Tedford have joined the Meopta Archery Pro Staff.


Brazil has established itself as a world leader in biodiversity protection, becoming the first nation in the world to adopt the global Alliance forZero Extinction(AZE) framework to identify and map sites holding the last known populations of highly threatened species.

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The Outdoor Group will host a career fair Wednesday, August 22nd from 4:30pm – 7:00pm at 1325 John Street, West Henrietta, NY 14586


The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) celebrates the signing of House Bill 4528 into law by President Donald Trump last week on Thursday, August 2, 2018. This legislation amends the Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) of 2012, by stating that no billfish can be entered into trade or sold in the continental United States. 


Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Greg Ashley, of Newburgh Indiana, as the new S3DA Indiana State Coordinator.


Adding to the popular Adrenaline Series of hunting arrows, Carbon Express® delivers the new Adrenaline™ XSD.

Cuddeback is pleased to launch CuddeLink Cell, an advancement of the company’s CuddeLink wireless mesh network trail cameras.

Delivering a marine electronics industry first, Raymarine Axiom users can now take to the skies with the latest LightHouse 3.6 OS update. The new Axiom UAV app brings together the power and simplicity of Raymarine navigation with advanced unmanned aerial imaging.

Barnes Precision Match is now available in 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor and 260 Remington. Precision Match rounds are loaded with a match grade Open Tip Match projectile featuring a long boat tail and high B.C.

This year, Nockturnal's FIT line has been expanded with even more color and multi-color strobe choices to include Blue, Orange and White, as well as Red/Blue and Green/Blue strobes.

The Strongback Elite Realtree Chair in EDGE will ensure a comfortable sit during your hunting and fishing excursions. The sturdy little chair combines Realtree EDGE camo with the best lumbar support in a folding chair. 


Join Backwoods Life hosts Kevin Knighton and Michael Lee for an engaging Facebook LIVE event on Sportsman Channel’s Facebook page tonight (Tuesday, August 7) beginning at10:30 p.m. ET.


T.U. has not changed its plan for the annual meeting scheduled for Sept. 19-23 in Redding, California, despite massive fires in the area. 

The Boone and Crockett Club, the oldest hunter-conservationist organization in North America, has entered into an agreement with Michigan-based Prestige Imports LLC to nationally distribute a line of spirits that will carry the Boone and Crockett Club name including a straight bourbon, straight rye and American blended whiskey.

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

Take your first step toward enjoying a day at the range during National Shooting Sports Month this August by locating a shooting facility in your area through the “Find A Range” feature at 


SureFire, LLC announced the launch of the all-new 1,000 lumen X300U-A and X300U-B. With tens of thousands of units sold to military and law enforcement world-wide, the SureFire X300 Ultra features 1,000 lumens of white light focused by a Total Internal Reflection lens. 

The DNR Division of Communications earned four awards for its magazine, Outdoor Indiana, at a recent Association of Conservation Information (ACI) conference. 

Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce that the new Action Enhancement Kits for the Ruger Mk IV model pistols are now shipping. Kits are available for both the Mk IV and the Mk IV 22/45, with either a black or red anodized trigger.


Clenzoil announces their sponsorship of the University of South Florida Fishing Club for the 2018-2019 school year. 


 As incidents of bears breaking into homes, garages, sheds and vehicles in Vermont increases, so too should efforts by residents to bear-proof their homes and secure potential outdoor food sources that can attract bears.

Online registration for the popular mentor-youth dove hunts offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is open  and continues through August 17online only at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website,

Chronic wasting disease and state parks centennial anniversary plans are among the agenda items at the upcoming meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, set for Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Lansing Community College Downtown Campus, Health & Human Services Dept.

Hoosiers who own off-road vehicles (ORVs) purchased after Dec. 31, 2009 must register those ORVs through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
Enjoy classic rock on the beach at  Indiana’s Potato Creek State Park with P.T. and the Cruisers on August 18.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has completed the transition to our new regional office at 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506.   LDWF staff from New Iberia and Opelousas are now housed at the new location. 

Following heavy rains this past spring, more lakeshore property owners than usual were asking the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about an unexpected visitor – floating bogs dislodged by the high water and coming to rest against docks, water outlets and boat landings. 

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing an administrative rule to codify the population objectives detailed in the conservation strategy for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.


Mossy Oak Fishing is thrilled to congratulate Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith on winning the 2018 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series National Championship presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods.


Song Sleuth (, the popular and powerful birding by ear learning tool and bird song identifier app, is now available for Android devices


This week on The High Road with Keith Warren, Matti and Keith are in South Texas on a hog hunt. Watch as Keith and Matti film each other eradicating hogs with their thermal scopes at night.

The President’s Outdoor Scholars Program at the University of Montevallo has started sharing its special hunting and fishing trips with the rest of the world via its new YouTube series, "Outdoor Scholars TV."

SlickTrick Broadheads, makers of the world’s deadliest broadheads, announces today the continuation of their partnership with Whitetail Frenzy, now on The Sportsman Channel.


 B.A.S.S. and Anglers Inn International are offering the second exclusive B.A.S.S. Members Only discount for 2018. 


“Passage of S.3119 will support these partnership efforts by providing a management framework that allows fish and wildlife agencies to meet the goals of both the MMPA as well as the Endangered Species Act in a timely manner while not expanding upon the number of sea lions permitted for take under current law.”


Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park successfully participated in a rigorous re-accreditation process from the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA) and the International Marine Animal Trainer's Association (IMATA).


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering a New Instructor Training Course for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont.

Registration is now open for the next Alabama Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources sponsored event takes place at the 4-H Center near Columbiana, Ala., on October 5-7, 2018. 

Things are hot in California. Air temperatures are triple digits and there are strong winds. One result is at least 17 serious fires burning in California, most notably the Mendocino Complex Fire, the second-largest fire in California history.  

There are some other kinds of fires in Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, “The Emerald Triangle,” which is also the epicenter of thousands of illegal trespass marijuana grows, as well as the site of the 1990 battle between eco-activists and loggers named “Redwood Summer.” Organized by Earth First!, Redwood Summer involved 1,500 activists dressed as owls and singing protest songs. They chained themselves to heavy equipment, blocked logging roads, climbed trees, and suspended themselves by wires above highways to protest logging of old-growth redwoods. Things got violent at times.

The issue behind Redwood Summer was that 95% of the original 2 million acres of virgin redwoods had been cut down. After Redwood Summer reached an uneasy truce, some good things happened. Virtually all remaining redwoods are now protected to a significant degree and restoration efforts are planned or underway for 95% of the redwood forest that was logged.

Following Redwood Summer and the bankruptcy of Pacific Lumber in 2006, the subsequent acquisition of the lands by Humboldt Redwood Company seemed like the old-growth forest of the headwaters of the Mattole River were saved. HRC promised not to log old-growth forest and won community support. But, in 2014 HRC re-conceptualized their old-growth forest policy and began felling old-growth trees. This immediately prompted protests.

The company attempted to resume logging in May of 2017, sending in crews to “restore the balance” of species on previously logged lands by using herbicides to remove madrones, tanoaks, canyon oaks, and others in nearly 200 acres of mixed species forest -- but no Douglas firs.  In June of 2017, forest activists blocked a road under the banner “Save the Mattole’s Ancient Forest,” stopping the herbicide operation, and no timber was extracted.

The current battle in the Emerald Triangle between environmentalists and the Mendocino Redwood Company centers at Rainbow Ridge, an 18,000 acre forested tract on the headwaters of the Mattole River where there are about 1,100 acres of old-growth Douglas fir and associated hardwoods, but no redwoods.

As before, the conflict began with lawsuits, but when California’s logging and fire prevention agencies didn’t object to the logging, protestors began sneaking onto Rainbow Ridge to block logging. Two new protest strategies are building a tripod structure over the Monument Gate Road that enters Rainbow Ridge to prevent lumber trucks and heavy equipment from entering. And, to make it more difficult for them to be extracted, some protestors are linking themselves together using the “Sleeping Dragon” method of wrapping their arms and hands together with chains and other materials.

The tripod structure built by protesters to block access for logging.

There are two species of Douglas fir – green, coastal species found from BC to northern CA; and blue, found in the Rocky Mountains from Canada to the Mexican border.  The total acreage of forests in the Douglas-fir region has declined from approximately 15 million acres at the time of settlement to 5 million acres at present, but it’s not an endangered species. Most of original old-growth Douglas fir forests have been logged.

Mendocino Redwood Company says that it will cut only 14% of the old-growth fir trees on Rainbow Ridge, and they promise to remove some hardwoods to allow for reforesting with Douglas firs.

Nonetheless, protestors want all logging stopped and the property transferred to the U California Natural Reserve system

.            Rainbow Ridge currently is a battleground. If protestors won’t leave, they’re arrested. On July 22nd, three protestors were arrested by security guards and county sheriff deputies came to take away the prisoners.  Some contest the arrests, but entering an area with “No Trespassing” signs is a crime.  In some states trespassing is a misdemeanor. In others it can be a felony.

Protesters or terrorists? When you're warned about trespassing, resist removal and threaten violence, are you a committed environmentalist or a terrorist?

In support of law enforcement officers, how do you know that a trespasser isn’t a terrorist? Terrorist websites encourage people to set fires as a weapon.

There have been a number of articles featuring the protestors’ views.        Some balance is needed. An April 2018 article offers corrections about what Mendocino Redwood Company says they will do.   

In a conflict like this, both sides need to understand the law, tell the truth, and understand the opposition.

A Fact Check on protestors claims finds:

Some eco-activists claim that several endangered species will be harmed by logging Rainbow Ridge, specifically: Pacific fishers, coho salmon, northern goshawk, golden eagle, northern spotted owls,   and a fungus, Agarikon.

Pacific Fisher -- Fishers are common weasel-like animals that live in the forests of Canada, New England, Midwest, and Rockies. Only one subspecies found along the Pacific Coast, the “Pacific Fisher,” is listed as “threatened.”  

Coho Salmon – Coho salmon were once common in the Mattole River. Today, they’re only a few left. NOAA lists one subspecies of coho salmon as “endangered” and three other subspecies “threatened.”  Farther north in Canada and Alaska coho salmon are common.

Some assert that the decline in Mattole salmon is primarily due to road building, logging and farming leading to streambed damage.  Actually, there’s already a Mattole River Restoration Program underway involving the Mattole Restoration Council, Mattole Salmon Group, and Sanctuary Forest, in collaboration with the watershed landowners, multiple private and agency funders.

Northern goshawk -- Northern goshawks have a world-wide circumpolar distribution. They are listed in Appendix II of CITES as “Least Concern” (Population stable).

Golden Eagle --  Golden eagles also have a global distribution. Their conservation status is listed as: “Least Concern” (Population stable)

Northern Spotted Owl -- The USFWS lists the northern spotted owl as “Threatened.” When spotted owls can’t find old-growth forest they become more susceptible to starvation and predation.  However, competition from larger barred owls migrating westward is a more important cause of the decline in spotted owls.  

Agarikon (Laricifomes officinalis) – is a wood-decay fungus found in EuropeAsia, Africa and North America that causes brown heart rot on conifers. It’s commonly known as quinine conk because of its bitter taste. However, it doesn’t contain quinine, and it has no anti-malarial properties. Extracts do have antiviral activity against some viruses and they prefer Douglas firs.

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People have a right to voice their opinions. Rainbow Ridge is a beautiful area, but not telling the truth undermines all conservation work.

Recent studies   have found that support for environmental groups is declining because many appear to be dependent on crises, real or not.

Instead of lawsuits and protests, why not work with business and government agencies to solve problems like the Mattole River Restoration Program?  Green alliances are definitively an alternative.

 Redwood Summer got violent at times. Hopefully, this time people can work on non-violence and problem-solving.

Actually, Mother Nature is also letting people know what it thinks. The other day a guard dozed off sitting in his truck. When he woke up, he got out and met a mountain lion 10 yards away. They eyed each other for a minute or two, and then the lion walked away. That was the second time a mountain lion has been spotted on Rainbow Ridge.

-- James A Swan, PhD

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