A third idle-speed, no-wake zone was activated Wednesday on the Santa Fe River, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.


The 2018 Civilian Marksmanship Program Cup Matches, a series of rifle competitions, boomed this year as it claimed a new spot on the annual National Trophy Rifle Matches schedule, boasting 44 teams and 267 competitors during its July 23 through July 25 run.


Ridge Road Outdoors will be at Game Fair in Ramsey all six days of the event, which runs Aug. 10-12, and Aug. 17-19.

Industry Day at the Range has announced that media members, buyers, dealers, distributers and retailers wishing to attend the 2019 Industry Day must be selected by anexhibitor in order to receive a formal invitation. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to reach out personally to exhibitors before August 31, 2018 to request to be included.


The Lionfish Challenge has less than a month to go (last day to submit is Labor Day, Sept. 3), but there is still plenty of time to earn prizes or find an FWC-tagged lionfish, worth up to $5,000. 

One way the public can help with the Asian carp fight in Arkansas is to report whenever they see any invasive species, such as Asian carp, to the AGFC’s aquatic nuisance species program at


Classic Bass ( is pleased to announce that the site for the 2018 Championship will be Le Homme Dieu Chain located in Alexandria, MN, on Friday, August 31st.

Clayton Shilling, of Prairieville, Louisiana, measured a combined limit of 56.38 inches to win the second regular-season event for the 2018 Louisiana Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour presented by Hobie Fishing on August 5 at Houma, La.

Trevor Taylor, of Panama City, Florida, and Steve Ward, of Panama City Beach, Florida, weighed a two-fish limit that totaled 18.03 pounds to win the second regular-season event for the Louisiana Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Cabela’s on August 4 at Houma, Louisiana.

Fifty-six of the best bass anglers in the world will be showing off their catch at this weekend’s Forrest Wood Cup in Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs, but biologists and tournament officials will be scrambling to take care of the true stars of the show, the largemouth and spotted bass to be displayed during the event’s weigh-ins at 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

- GEAR -

Walker’s is now shipping to dealers and distributors their EXCEL Series digital electronic muffs. The new XCEL Series muffs advance hearing protection design and digital sound management with two debut models—the 100 and 500BT -- that are now available. 

Tired of battling mice and squirrels chewing up you tree stand seat, well end that battle with The Tree Stand Replacement Seat from ThermaSeat.


For the second consecutive year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will offer the public a dove hunt on private land through a permit process. 


Mayfly Outdoors plans to complete its new Montrose headquarters in late 2018 as part of the Colorado Outdoors Project along the Uncompahgre River. 

Work Sharp Outdoor is partnering with Benchmade Knife Company to encourage individuals to #WorkSharpStaySharp in celebration of Annual Knife Day, which takes place nationwide August 24.

Viridian Weapon Technologies recently participated in a presentation featuring the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera to mayors and city officials from across the country at the National League of Cities 2018 Small Cities Council Conference in Independence, Minn. 

 Realtree continues its legacy of supporting conservation of wildlife and habitat by renewing its sponsorship of National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) for 2018. 

Rick Parsons, the CEO of Safari Club International, announced yesterday that he will retire from his position after a new CEO is hired and brought up to speed on SCI's internal operating systems.  Parsons will then return to his advisory capacity within the organization. 

RubLine Marketing has been named the  marketing agency of record for Wrap A Strap. 

Kahr Firearms Group is proud to continue to raise money for veterans through Magnum Research, Inc and the "13 Hours Desert Eagles" Project.

- JOBS -

The ideal candidate will have editorial and writing experience for both print and online media, experience with both InDesign and website content maintenance. A background in hunting preserve operations and/or game bird production is a plus. 

Kalashnikov USA is looking for a motivated, hands-on Engineering Manager who is passionate about leading, design and quality and has a background in the firearms industry.


The Innovative FieldTorq knife increases field dressing performance and safety. 


It's important to choose plants that are specifically adapted for the climate in your area. 

To ensure you pick the right plants for your region, Chestnut Hill Outdoors lists these Zones for each of their products.



This week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav, it’s all about The Perfect Shot. Tune in as we talk popular calibers, custom long-range rifles, matching your caliber and ammunition to the game you pursue as well as concealed carry, holsters, and much more.


All of Seaguar Smackdown’s advantages will be paired with an extremely low-visibility color, Stealth Gray, yielding an incredible tool for helping anglers to evolve into the ultimate apex predators above the waves.

Offering the feel of a sneaker with the durability of a boot, the Nike SFB Field 2 GTX Realtree EDGE Camo Boot  is designed to be an extension of the outdoorsman's body, while enhancing balance, endurance, speed, adaptivity and prowess.

The new Umarex SpeedBelt ARX Muzzleloader Bullets feature the revolutionary Inceptor ARX projectile and give hunters a 50-caliber offering in the popular hunting platform. The latest offering from Umarex is now shipping to retailers nationwide.

Since the initial venture into the aluminum boat market in 2013, Ranger Boats quickly became the industry’s fastest growing aluminum boat brand. Value-packed and feature-laden, the lineup of the 2019 RT Aluminum Series brings a fresh, new look along with additional features built specifically for bass and multi species anglers.

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks introduces the new Adjustable A6 stock to the A-series line of precision rifle stocks. This new rifle stock is based off the popular A-5 with three exceptions – flat sides on the fore arm for shooting off barricades, a tapered butthook, and no texture on the fore end and pistol grip.

Mossy Oak announces that Elevation will feature Mossy Oak Break-Up Country on two new bow case designs.

The 200 Pound Capsule Feeder is perfect for small acreage property owners who want the exibility to move the feeder around with ease and features and integrated bases with handles, and the patented ground-sitting capsule design eliminates the dangers of working under a 400 lb barrel. 

With its patented coring technology, Flying Arrow’s PHARMAKON 3 is like no other broadhead in the industry.


The NRA Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program reached another milestone in its 30th anniversary year, as the program fulfilled more requests for Eddie Eagle program materials in the month of July 2018 than any other month in program history.


Daniel Defense has expanded its custom Cerakote collection to include the all-new “Rattlecan” finish. Rattlecan is the 4th custom firearm coating to be introduced by Daniel Defense.  

The 700 SIXSITE Edition is an exciting collaboration between Remington and SIXSITE Gear.  The 700 SIXSITE is built to the exact specs with a blueprinted stainless 700 action complemented with a premium stainless barrel in the caliber of your choice.


MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of "Problems with Double Rifles," a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.

This issue of Tactical Life’s Black Guns can get you prepared to win the war of words in the fight against "America's Rifle." Take a page from firearms experts Pat McNamara, Fred Mastison, David Bahde and Kris “Tanto” Paronto who talk about the most recent attacks on the AR platform. 

FMG Publications is pleased to announce the addition of Brent Wheat as editor of GUNS Magazine. Wheat’s decades of industry experience as a lifelong hunting and shooting enthusiast is expected to resonate with GUNS Magazine’s loyal readership. 

Speer Ammunition is pleased to announce its newest volume of handloading expertise. Decades of reloading knowledge and the latest recipes and techniques have been distilled into a single source: The Speer Handloading Manual No. 15. 


This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features charter captains Dan Welsch and Dan Jordan, fishing pro Duffy Kopf and Riton Optics industry liaison Ace Luciano.


Lure Lock is excited to announce that it has added defending Forrest Wood Cup Champion Justin Atkins, three-time FLW Tour Angler of the Year Andy Morgan, two-time FLW Tour winner Jason Lambert, as well as upcoming starts Michael Neal and Braxton Setzer to their stable of professional bass anglers using the Lure Lock cases.


California Department of Fish and Wildife’s most recent Wildlife Officer Academy class will graduate tomorrow (Friday, August 10), with a final inspection at noon and the formal ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. at the Paradise Performing Arts Center in Paradise. 

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering a New Instructor Training Course on Saturday, September 15, for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont.


Campfires will be banned at all Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in Yellowstone County starting August 10, 2018, because of fire danger. 

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law an investment of $6 million to begin construction on the S-333 expansion project by the end of the year, with the goal of releasing more water south into the Everglades rather than directly to the east and west coasts. 


Pursuit Channel has announced a new, long-term agreement with Cox Communications,  a cable-television icon based in Atlanta Georgia, which provides TV, internet, digital telephone, home security and tech solutions to millions of its residential customers. 

Tune in Thursday, August 9th at 9:30pm Eastern, as Davidson’s Gallery of Guns airs its sixth episode of the season. Remington's Travis Tomasie will show us a home defense Model 870 Marine Magnum Tac-14 shotgun. 


Based on a judicial order and settlement entered on August 6, the Piping Plovers that nest annually at Jones Beach State Park in New York will no longer face the risk of predation from feral cat colonies inside the Park’s boundaries.

To prevent flooding on nearby roads, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently completed construction of 19 water control devices on beaver dams in locations throughout Vermont. 


This weekend, scientists from the National Park Service (NPS) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are inviting the public to the Working Woodlands Workshop in Woodstock to learn about what it means to be ‘flood resilient’, the importance of vegetation along our streams and rivers, and how to accurately assess water quality.


Zanders Sporting Goods is now a completely woman-owned business.  Long-time Zanders co-owner, Dennis Zanders, made  the decision to pass ownership of the company to his daughters after 50 years in the family business. The Zanders ownership group now consists of Glenda Zanders, Kathy Zanders-Stellhorn, Stefanie Zanders, Jill Zanders-Henslee & Christine Zanders-Cox.  


The Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships drew youths from 26 states participated to the eight day event, with 2,692 competitors putting over one million rounds down range.


The Student Air Rifle Program reports over 2,100 students participated during SAR as part of in-school air rifle lessons during the recently finished 2017/2018 school year. 

NEWTOWN, CT — The Board of Governors of the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association to the firearms industry, has announced that O.F. Mossberg & Son’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Joseph Bartozzi, will be the organization’s next President. Bartozzi will assume his new duties September 10, 2018.

Current President and CEO Steve Sanetti will stay on in his CEO capacity through his retirement at the end of 2019, at which point Bartozzi will take over those additional duties.

Bartozzi has spent the majority of his career with Mossberg, joining the company in July 1986. His time with Mossberg included a wide variety of positions, including Quality Engineer, Quality Manager, Product Service Manager, Director of Technical Services, Director of Manufacturing Operations and Corporate Attorney.

Bartozzi currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI); Treasurer and Member of NSSF’s Board of Governors; Board Member and Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (CAHSS); Committee Member for the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM); and Technical Advisor to the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners(AFTE). He is also certified as a Range Safety Officer (RSO) by the National Rifle Association. Bartozzi was nominated for the 2013 “Person of the Year” by SHOT Business magazine, a nomination reprised in 2014.

In 2015, Bartozzi was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. A member of the Connecticut and Maine State Bar Associations, he holds three professional certifications from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and he is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

“The Board of Governors agreed that Joe’s unique set of experiences and skills will provide NSSF and the firearms industry with the strong leadership needed to ensure we can continue our mission of promoting, protecting and preserving hunting and the shooting sports for generations to come,” said Robert Scott, Vice Chairman of Smith & Wesson and NSSF’s Board of Governors Chairman.

“I have known Joe Bartozzi for more than 20 years, on both personal and professional levels, and I believe he is an exemplary choice for this important position,” said Sanetti. “I know that he will work extremely hard to further our mission for the benefit of our industry and its customers, and I am very much looking forward to working together with Joe during this transitional period in the coming year.”

“I’ve had a tremendous career thus far at Mossberg, one for which I’m most thankful,” said Bartozzi. “As difficult as it is to leave that fine organization after 30 years, it is an honor to now take on a leadership position that will work to successfully conquer the challenges and seize the opportunities before us for the benefit of all our industry members.”


About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

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