The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comments on the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is asking all boat owners to Take Action Now to have their voices heard. 


More than 200 athletes weathered four days of competition, 250 targets and a Final in each of the Shotgun disciplines during the Summer Selection Match at the Hill County Shooting Sports Center in Kerrville, Texas. 


A scenic Harford County property has been permanently protected under a conservation easement between the Harford Land Trust and Maryland Environmental Trust, a unit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO)  has reported operating results for the first quarter of its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), which ended on July 1, 2018. For the quarter, sales were $529 million, down 7 percent from the prior-year quarter and gross profit was $113 million, down 23 percent from the prior year quarter. Despite “continued headwinds and market challenges” Vista CEO Chris Metz says the quarter “exceeded expectations."

TrueTimber will be attending the 2018 Fall Hunting Classic at Bass Pro Shops in Concord, North Carolina this weekend, bringing an impressive selection of performance apparel and gear to outdoor and hunting enthusiasts.

Three days packed full of music and fun are scheduled for the 14th annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in Ontonagon County. 

AO Coolers will attend the upcoming The “Rendezvous” Mid-States industry trade show. The event will be  held in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Safari Club International’s 47th International Hunters’ Convention is returning to Reno, Nevada. Known as the Ultimate Sportsmen’s Market, the convention runs Jan. 9-12, 2019, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc.  will become the presenting sponsor of the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, the largest consumer outdoor show in the west. In addition, Leupold will be sponsoring the local Washington and Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Shows.

The Wildcat Hills Shooting Sports Complex at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area will be the site of a benefit shooting competition for a veterans service organization Saturday, Aug. 25.

The public is invited to celebrate National Dog Day by bringing their four-legged friends for a community hike at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area, Saturday, Aug. 25. 

The National Rifle Association announces the second annual NRA Carry Guard Expo, scheduled for September 14-16 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has indefinitely suspended future commercial paddlefish fishing seasons on the Alabama River. 

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has indefinitely suspended future commercial paddlefish fishing seasons on the Alabama River.


Classic Bass ( has revamped their popular classifieds section to now include marine and fishing items.

- GEAR -

The Firminator G-3 ATV Model puts all the same features of the full size G3 implement into a unit sized just right for an ATV (four-wheeler or side x side). 


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be providing up to $500,000 in BearWise funding to local governments to help reduce human-bear conflicts. 


Hunters can now submit applications for the annual permit-only waterfowl hunting days at Deal Island Wildlife Management Area and Fairmount Wildlife Management Area impoundments in Somerset County. 

It’s hot outside, but a chance to scan through Utah’s latest waterfowl guidebook is a sure sign fall can’t be too far away. You can get the free 2018 – 2019 Utah Waterfowl Guidebook at

Alligator season dates for Alabama's Southwest Zone and the West Central Zone are sunset on August 9 until sunrise on August 12 and sunset on August 16 until sunrise on August 19.


ERGO has expanded into international markets to sell firearm upgrades outside of the USA. They partnered with MAE Group International, Inc. to supply international distributors with high quality upgrades for rifles, shotguns, and pistols.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., has announced that it will become the presenting sponsor of the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, the largest consumer outdoor show in the west.

AO Coolers will attend the upcoming The “Rendezvous” Mid-States industry trade show, August 19-21, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Mossy Oak Properties, Inc. hosted the 2nd Annual “Fox Hole Shootout,” a golf, sporting clays, and dinner to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Catch-A-Dream Foundation, and Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement (SOLE) on June 7, 2018 in West Point, Mississippi. Nearly 600 dinner attendees, 80 shooters, 136 golfers, 50+ volunteers and approximately 40 sponsors assisted in raising a net of $165,000, which was recently distributed to the three charities.

- JOBS -

Gunpowder is seeking candidates for four new positions – Senior Account Director, Public Relations Driver, Social Media Manager and Public Relations Intern – to account for continued new business growth.


Huk announces today its latest video, “Attack-Saltwater” commercial featuring the award-winning footwear line, Attack.


United Tactical Systems announced that its PepperBall LifeLite is now available to the public. These launching devices use CO2 cartridges to accurately propel small, non-lethal plastic projectiles 60 feet at a velocity of 270 feet per second. 


If your Labor Day travel plans include crossing the Mackinac Bridge Monday, Sept. 3, please remember that the Mackinac Bridge Authority will close the bridge to vehicle traffic from 6:30 a.m. to noon.


Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Chad Hansen as the new S3DA Arizona State Coordinator. As the State Coordinator, Chad will oversee all aspects of the S3DA program in Arizona. 

The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society (RGS/AWS) provided testimony  regarding the proposed early closure of the Wisconsin ruffed grouse hunting season at the August 8, 2018 Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting in Green Bay through David Moore, RGS/AWS Board Chairman.

Through its grants program,

Houston Safari Club Foundation

is proud to sponsor the 6th Annual Texas Bass, Bucks & Boots, Thursday, November 6th in Houston, TX and CSF’s 29th Annual Banquet & Auction to be held in Washington, DC, September 5th, 2019.

Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Chad Hansen as the new S3DA Arizona State Coordinator. As the State Coordinator, Chad will oversee all aspects of the S3DA program in Arizona, including tournaments, trainings, and division of the state into regions. 

TEAM SIG Captain Max Michel and TEAM SIG shooter Lena Miculek recently joined over 2,700 student athletes at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships to host development clinics and mentor junior competitive shooters. 

The recreational fishing industry Thursday expressed its appreciation to Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) for introducing H.R. 6660, the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act.

"We're grateful for Rep. Wittman's leadership in working to advance this vital bill to authorize the National Fish Habitat Partnership, which was created during the Bush administration to foster partnerships that improve conditions for fish species and enhance recreational fishing opportunities," says Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. 

Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh is “highly qualified” to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Second Amendment Foundation said, expressing hopes that the Senate will swiftly confirm the 53-year-old jurist to the high court bench.


The National Park Service (NPS)  joins the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service in an unprecedented memorandum of understanding with the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, the American Sportfishing Association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation for the development and expansion of cooperation for planning and implementing projects and activities to promote recreational fishing and boating on public land and waterways. 


The 2018 American Handgunner Concealed Carry Special Edition makes concealed carry choices easier for everyone from beginners to seasoned shooters — and anyone in between. The issue is rich with reviews on today’s most notable self-defense firearms.

With its August 10 issue, Lone Star Outdoor News completed its 14th year of operation. The issue includes a 44-page Hunting Texas Annual insert.


This week on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio host Rob Keck is celebrating National Shooting Sports Month with three notable guests who practice and teach firearm safety, and exercise proper stewardship of our land.

Guns and fun at a media event in Texas, competitive shooting and training, and more, this Sunday on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the original nationally-syndicated talk show about guns and the shooting sports.


Don't forget that Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can explore DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit Aug. 18-19. 


  A100,000-square-foot Cabela’s in Rogers in Arkansas is currently undergoing a significant renovation to bring Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and Tracker Boats together under one roof for the first time. 


The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that FN America has signed on as a Supporting Sponsor of National Shooting Sports Month. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, FN America, LLC, is a U.S. subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A. 


The public can tour an archaeological survey, chat with archaeologists, and learn about the history of Versailles State Park during a special program on Aug. 14.


Three Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) employees were honored at the recent Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet. 

The Nebraska Upland Slam encourages hunters to try to take a ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie chicken and northern bobwhite in the state. 


Doug Koenig’s Championship Season, now in its eight year on Pursuit Channel, visits Doug at his home in Pennsylvania. Recalling what began as a hobby visit with his Dad to a nearby gun shop to purchase a firearm, Doug suddenly became interested in handgun competition shooting.

Another year and another trip to Ranchland Outfitters with Rob Reynolds. The mojo crew is quickly reminded why this is an annual trip as flocks of mallards bomb their spinning wing decoys. Along for the trip is Wildfowl editor Skip Knowles, Stoeger’s Keith Heinlein and Terry’s close friend Joe Beal.

This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from Raised Hunting, Wingshooting USA, Angler’s Journal TV, Fish Mavericks and more.

Ridge Reaper Films signals the approach of another hunting season with the premiere of its sixth season, aired on Under Armour Hunt’s Facebook and YouTube channel.

Pat and Nicole Reeve, hosts of the hit series Driven with Pat & Nicole, join Ken on this week’s show to talk about their new website, podcast, digital platforms, and the 14th season of Driven, airing Tuesdayevenings on Outdoor Channel.

In the recent Nielsen Marketplace 3Q18* viewers per viewing household (VPVH) report measuring the key demographic Men 25-54, Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel rank among the Top 20 competitive networks in all basic cable. 

While no one wants to die, no one also likes to be lied to.

According to most mass liberal media and some misguided school students, you would think all Americans will soon die from a firearms inflicted homicide or an accident involving a firearm.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

In fact, those widely noted and quoted champions of research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), like to, and are paid to, find the facts. Their National Center for Health Statistics lists the leading cause of death in American as heart disease. This verifies those who argue spoons have killed more Americans than firearms. More CDC numbers reveal cancer, respiratory diseases, accidents (mainly ladders), strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, and nephrosis are numbers one through nine in the causes of death listing. This group of illnesses and death inflictors amassed more than 1.9M (million) deaths in 2015 (best year stats are available) as reported in the Health United States, 2016 Table 19. Rounding out the top 10 in the leading cause of death for Americans was suicide. This accounted for 44, 000-plus deaths in 2015 in the United States of America. Not all of those self-inflicted deaths were accomplished with a firearm.

Firearm related deaths in America are actually low in the overall counts and totals.

It’s important, however, to also note that in causes of death, suicide ranked as number 7 among males and was not in the Top Ten causes of death listed for females. 

Overall, in the white population, suicide dropped to cause No. 9 and was not in the Top Ten among causes of death for Black or African Americans in the survey numbers. 

Suicide was also absent in the Top Ten causes of death in the US’ Hispanic and Asian populations. No specific numbers of firearms data were available in the report because those are covered deep within the homicide and suicide numbers.  

It is also worth noting that homicide was a Top Ten cause of death in several segments of our nation’s population, including Black, Hispanic, and American Indian populations. Suicide was also noted high in the Top Three causes of death in ages 6- 24 per two tables in the report. 

Full details on causes of death in America can be read at:

This government funded report also delves into death causes, including automobile injuries, suicides and death rates for firearm related injuries. Here, deep in the details, the numbers become more interesting. In firearms related deaths per 100,000 Americans, the rate for males is basically 11%. Suicide rates in the same population base at 13%, and deaths by homicide were a much lower 5.5%. Motor vehicles totaled more than 11% of the deaths in 2015. Opium and drugs pulled down about 16% of the population. Thus the numbers reveal that drugs and steering wheels killed more Americans than firearms. 

Occupational injuries in construction, waste management and agriculture/forestry/fishing also claimed many lives. This detailed taxpayer funded report also covers statistics on headaches, disabilities and cigarette smoking. In fairness, the 488 pages in the report also reports on the state of dental care, doctor visits, women health issues and other topics but fails to elaborate in any details on firearms and firearms specific deaths.

Deep in the report’s details, I discovered that in the 2015-year category, about 24% of males reported that they had carried a weapon that year. The number who had been in a fight was twice as high. And those carried weapons were listed as gun, club or knife in the fine print, and NOT just firearms. Thus self defense is an important part of life in America. 

In the report’s Abstract we find the most understandable summary of life—or dying—in America:

“In 2015, the 10 leading causes of death were, in rank order: Diseases of heart; Malignant neoplasms; Chronic lower respiratory diseases; Accidents (unintentional injuries); Cerebrovascular diseases; Alzheimer’s disease; Diabetes mellitus; Influenza and pneumonia; Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis; and Intentional self-harm (suicide). They accounted for 74% of all deaths occurring in the United States.” Further in the weeds, falls were ahead of accidental discharge of firearms in the top 113 causes of death. Firearms were also buried in the numbers in categories 105, 109 and 110 related to homicide and suicide. Thus, firearms and death-by-firearms, are far down the list in causes of death in America—almost to the extent of not being reportable had the statistics only reported on the Top 100 causes of death in the United States.

So, these government generated numbers report that taking care of yourself and your health can be the ticket for a long life compared to believing the media and worrying about firearms, and firearm related death numbers. Life and death in America is not what is reported on the major news networks.

-- Michael D. Faw

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