- APPS -
Joining the community of hunters is as easy as downloading the updated Powderhook app, connecting with partners and joining virtual camps, and then using the technology to participate in the wide world of hunting and outdoor sports.
The Coast Guard urges all mariners to continuously monitor local and national weather sources and avoid coastal areas that may be impacted by the storm.
The 15th annual Western Civilian Marksmanship Program Travel Games is set to bring another round of marksmanship events to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Oct. 16-22, 2018, with a fresh lineup of challenging competitions.

The United States picked up its first two medals on the second day of the International Shooting Sport Federation World Championship in Changwon, South Korea. 
Biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending fishing changes, and if they are approved you’d be allowed to use corn as bait at all of Utah’s fishing waters, keep more lake trout at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, enjoy a two-day possession limit statewide, and have a better chance at catching big channel catfish at Cutler Reservoir.
Rockford Lake in Gage County, Nebraska no longer is on health alert after testing revealed no elevated toxin levels for two straight weeks.
In September, kokanee—which are a shade of silver most of the year—change to a fluorescent red prior to traveling up rivers and streams to spawn. Their bright-red color makes the salmon easy to spot in the waters where they spawn.

Indiana’s state tree nurseries in Vallonia and Medaryville may pay you to collect certain tree seed throughout the state.
- GEAR -
CrossBreed Holsters has recently added multiple holster models designed to accommodate the STI Edge 9mm and .40 S&W semi-auto handguns. This new line expansion now gives STI Edge shooters numerous IWB and OWB carry options for this pistol.
Looking for an alternative to a fixed A1 or A2 stock? -- Check out UTG PRO's new US made S5 fixed stock now shipping to dealers. At 11" in length, the S5 stock feels right at home in comparison to the length of pull of other fixed stocks.
By using the right Trulock Chokes, you can increase your range and pattern size with your favorite dove loads.

St. Croix’s new Legend Tournament Musky “Downsizers” consist of three unique musky models, purpose-built for fishing smaller bucktails, topwaters, crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs and gliders with maximum efficiency.
In response to a federal judge’s ruling, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has suspended the grizzly bear hunting season pending further direction.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that archery hunting for white-tailed and sika deer opens statewide Sept. 7, and continues through Jan. 31, 2019.


A group of 10 young adult hunters experienced the thrill of turkey hunting during the spring’s Ohio Partnership Hunt, which was put on by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

During an Aug. 30 meeting in Salt Lake City, members of the Utah Wildlife Board—a panel of seven citizens appointed by the governor—approved a slight increase in the number of cougars hunters can take during the state’s upcoming season.
Trijicon, Inc. announced the selection of the Trijicon Ruggedized Miniature Reflex sight, Type 2, by NSWC Crane Division for the U.S. Special Operations Command Miniature Aiming System – Day Optics Program. The contract is for a five-year period.
Styrka's SH-BDC reticle and BDC Calculator work hand-in-hand to put hunters on target.
September is Public Lands Month, and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers members are uniting to celebrate, defend and enhance through sweat equity North American public lands and waters.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has named Dr. John Froeschke as its new Deputy director. Dr. Froeschke has worked as a Fishery Biologist and Statistician for the Council since 2009.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is transitioning its federal fishing regulations to the Fish Rules mobile application. Fishermen using the Council's current Gulf of Mexico Fishing Regulations mobile application are asked to download Fish Rules and uninstall the former application. 
Due to overwhelming customer demand, Steyr Arms has announced that it is extending its Summer Sale Event 2018 consumer cash rebate program through the end of September. The program provides customers cash rebates of $125 for any Steyr Pro THB, Pro THB 6.5 Creedmoor or Scout Rifle purchased from any Authorized Steyr Dealer between July 9 and Sept. 30, 2018.
B.A.S.S. and Alabama Power are partnering to award two $5,000 scholarships this year for students currently attending, or planning to attend, a technical school or community college in the state of Alabama.

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks is please to announce its series sponsorship of the National Rifle League's Butch's Oklahoma Shoot to be held September 7-9 at Woodward, Oklahoma.
The Warren Ranch have committed to a gold-level sponsorship for the 2018 Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt, hosted by the Wyoming Women's Foundation (WYWF). Located near Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Warren Ranch is best known for carrying on the name of the Warren Livestock company and its long-standing presence in Wyoming.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and The Nature Conservancy will dedicate the new Electric Island Nature Trail at Lake Hamilton on Friday, Sept. 21. Access to the island is by water, so the AGFC will open the event with a special float via kayak or motorboat shuttle beginning at 9 a.m.
Vermont's 2018 winners for the Goveror’s Award of Environmental Excellence are: the Alchemist Brewery, Downstreet Housing and Community Development, Global Foundries, Vermont Coffee Company, and the Village of Essex Junction.

The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is implementing the “Pelican Harbor Marina Boat Ramp Parking Lot Beautification Project,” to renovate, upgrade and improve public access to the marina facility. Construction is expected to start in September 2018 and will be completed in Fall 2019.
This week on The High Road with Keith Warren, Keith heads to West Texas on an aoudad hunt. Keith encounters rugged terrain, feral hogs, and plenty of West Texas Aoudad.
Eberlestock has announced it’s recent partnership with tv show host and conservationist Jana Waller of Skull Bound TV. Based in Boise, Idaho Eberlestock engineers and manufactures high performance backpacks and precision gear for the hunting, laws enforcement and tactical markets.
“The Experience” led by co-hosts Weston and Jodi Clark is excited to announce that Victory Archery, the Carbon Arrow Experts, has joined in the effort to recognize, honor, and reward the show’s true American heroes.


Weston Clark, CEO of “The Experience, with Weston & Jodi,” is pleased to announce that Morrell Targets, best known for having the “world’s best targets for practicing archery,” has united with the show as their way of supporting the show’s American heroes.
This week on Guns & Gear, it’s silent shooting with Smith & Wesson's M&P M2.0 with a threaded barrel and Gemtech suppressor. Plus, SIG's Elite Copper ammo in 6.5 Creedmoor, the PC Carbine from Ruger, HEVI-Shot's HEVI-Duty shotgun shells, and the M600DF rifle light from SureFire.
Wind Creek Hospitality is the latest entity to partner with the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef & Restoration Foundation (AGCRRF) to expand recreational diving opportunities off Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
The annual International Coastal Cleanup at Janes Island State Park begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 15.
This week, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) One Radio Operator and one Receiving Distribution Trainee to wildfires in Oregon. 
The Florida Fisha and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic in Ocala on Sept. 15.
You can sharpen your waterfowl hunting skills at a free clinic on Sept. 8. And—if you’re 14 years of age or younger—you might even win a free 20-gauge shotgun.

Hunting seasons are kicking in all across the country, sending some 11 million men and women into the wildlands. Additionally, 29 million Americans gather wild nuts, berries and fruits. 

Everyone who ventures into wildlands should be able to identify plants like poison ivy, poison oak, and thistles. They also should know where snakes might hide, where to step and not get wet or muddy, and how to carefully climb a tree-stand.

Unfortunately, another wildlands hazard has developed over the last 30 years or so – illegal cartel marijuana grows. California has the most, but trespass marijuana grows have been found in 23 states and on 72 national forests. Other states with significant cartel gardens on national forests, national and state parks, BLM lands and USFWS wildlife refuges include: Colorado, Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin and Kentucky —especially in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Almost four million plants are removed from illegal grows on public lands nation-wide every year, less than 20% of what’s actually out there.

According to DEA Agents and California Game Wardens, a cartel “owns” every national forest, national park, state park, and wildlife refuge in the state. 

Lt. John Nores, head of the California’s game wardens tactical unit that focuses on eradicating trespass marijuana grows on wildlands, and co-author (with yours truly) of War In The Woods, says that at least 3,000 to 5,000 organized crime-operated “trespass grows” are identified each year on California’s wildlands.  Many are in excess of 1,000 plants per site, and some can go up to 200,000 plants. Each plant has a street value of over a million dollars. Understandably, growers want to protect their crop. And early fall, before temperatures drop into freezing, is the prime harvest time. 

 Recreational marijuana is now legal in nine states and medical marijuana is legal in 30 states. In California,  in addition to medicinal uses, adults over the age of 21 can legally use, possess and share marijuana—and grow up to six plants at home. Recreational sales became legal in 2018. You’d think this would cut into the black market, but so far the opposite is true. Black market marijuana is cheaper and people can buy it and sell it without paying taxes.  

Encountering a trespass grow site is a new wildlands danger. Most of the growers are heavily armed and trails leading to grows are frequently booby trapped with trip wires and punji pits (camouflaged underground beds of sharp poisoned sticks).

According to Lt. Nores, growers typically use deadly illegal chemicals to grow their illegal pot. “There can be serious health hazards associated with the EPA banned poisons Furdan, Carbofuran,  Metaphos, Q-Furan etc. that growers typically use. While trade names vary, they all contain nerve agents found in nerve gas as developed by the Nazi's and kill wildlife and humans within minutes when very small amounts are ingested.  One 16 ounce container can kill over 2300 humans and two table spoons full of the undiluted crystalline substance can wipe all living aquatics for several miles within pristine waterways.
Because these products were banned in the US over a decade ago and aren’t available in the US, cartel growers smuggle them into the country illegally and covertly to use throughout their grow operations in California and many other states.   Rhino poachers throughout African national parks are using it to poison and kill Rhinos so they can cut and take the ivory without having to fire a shot and alert their presence to the rangers.  Animals die a horrible death when ingesting this stuff!!”

Nine of every 10 illegal marijuana farms raided in California this year contained traces of powerful and potentially lethal pesticides that are poisoning wildlife and could endanger water supplies. Carbofuran is so powerful that a quarter-teaspoon can kill a 300-pound bear.  Frequently dead squirrels, bears, and birds, and other animals are killed by these pesticides, and if the chemicals seep into streams, salmon and trout also may be killed. 

In July a deputy sheriff in Mendocino County, in northern California where more illegal marijuana is grown than any other place in the US, while enforcing a search warrant, came into contact with Metamidofos, a highly toxic banned pesticide. The pesticide can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled and can cause nausea, vomiting, sweating and respiratory issues. The deputy was treated at a local hospital after he began experiencing stomach problems that progressively worsened and is still under supervision.

Gear, including fertilizer, pesticides and black plastic irrigation piping, confiscated from four growers caught hiking into a trespass grow.

In a press release, the Sheriff’s Office cautioned members of the public and other law enforcement officers to use extreme caution when coming into contact with illegal marijuana cultivation as toxic chemicals are “now frequently found” in such operations. 

It’s estimated that in Mendocino County alone, 1.8 million marijuana seedlings are planted every year, and most are illegal. 

So, how do you avoid having such an encounter? 

Black plastic pipes bring water into this pond where toxic chemicals are added and then the toxic water is sent to the garden.

First, most all trespass grows are irrigated by black plastic irrigation pipe that carry water from up to a half mile away. In most gardens each plant has its own special pipe and even a timer for irrigation. Typically, before the irrigation water reaches the garden, it dumps into a pool or a small dam on a stream, where chemicals are added. Recent research in California has found that about 90% of black market marijuana contains chemical poisons.

You can also detect marijuana by its odor, which is somewhat like a skunk. 

And you may also overhear voices, typically which aren’t speaking English. Lt. Nores says about 85% of all growers they catch are illegals. 

In all these cases, quietly retreat, retracing your trail. Don’t linger at the site, or touch anything that looks out of the ordinary.

Then, when you get a safe distance away, call in the location of the grow if you have a cell phone, or report it when you get out of the woods. 

Unless you’re a combat veteran, it’s difficult to get a sense of what it’s like to be part of the team that focuses on eradication of a grow. That has changed with the recent release of a 24-minute documentary WAR IN THE WOODS: Raid to Reclamation by American Zealot Productions.

Also, if you are associated with a law enforcement agency, you can also pass along information about a new toxic chemical detection device that can detect toxics in the field in in 15 minutes.  For more information call or email Lear Asset Mgt. 

-- James A. Swan, PhD
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