In a series of reports released today by the American Sportfishing Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), expenditures made for hunting, target shooting and sportfishing gear and services in 2016 supported 1.6 million jobs and provided $72 billion in salaries and wages. These monies also generated nearly $20 billion in local, state and federal taxes, much of which benefits vital conservation and educational programs that improve our outdoor areas for all who enjoy them and make hunting and shooting safer activities.
Velocity Outdoor, Inc. (parent company for the Crosman and Benjamin Airguns, CenterPoint Archery and Optics, LaserMax, and GameFace Airsoft brands), announces the acquisition of Ravin Crossbows.
Speer Bullets offers new calibers of Total Metal Jacket rifle bullets for reloaders. Speer TMJ bullets totally encapsulate the lead core for cleaner, more accurate performance. Handloaders now have a 55-grain 224 cal. and a 150-grain 308 cal. bullet to select.

Traditions Performance Firearms is shipping their new SMACKDOWN bullet series. These come with the new Ridgeback Sabot which has horizontal ridges and a deeper base cup for an excellent gas seal.
The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, Fleet Boat Club and West Marine will bring an affordable on-water boat training course, “Intro to Powerboating,” to the club’s location at 1384 Empire Blvd., Rochester, on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Men’s Prone Team of three-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons, two-time Olympian Michael McPhail and 2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky won a team silver medal in the 50m Men’s Prone Rifle event on the third day of competition at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Championship in Changwon, South Korea.
Women ages 16 and older will be afforded the opportunity to shoot inside Shoot Like A Girl’s semi tractor trailer mobile range at Cabela's September 8th from 9:00am-6:00pm and Bass Pro Shops September 9th from 10:00am-4:00pm. New and experienced shooters are invited to attend this free event.

Sightmark is set to make its mark at the 2018 TacOps East Tactical Training Conference, scheduled for September 5 – 7, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Sightmark will feature the Ultra Shot M-Spec and Wolverine optics.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks will be attending the Precision Rifle Expo at the Arena in Blakely, GA. The event brings top manufacturers and long range precision shooters together.
Pulsar will be at the 2018 TacOps East Tactical Training Conference, scheduled for September 5 – 7, in Arlington, Va. Stop by, visit with Pulsar and learn more about their Helion Thermal Monoculars and Accolade Thermal Binoculars.
Design a festive fall wreath at Summit Lake State Park, Sept. 15.

Texas Trophy Hunters Association® (TTHA) reports the largest growth in attendance at the Hunters Extravaganza® Hunting & Outdoor Shows in over five years. With over 600 Exhibitors and nearly 55k in attendance, the 43rd Hunters Extravaganza was a huge success for the exhibitors and attendees as well as the host cities.
The new Sauer S100 Atacama bolt-action rifle, featuring a desert-sand cerakoted barrel and action, is now available exclusively at Sportsman’s Warehouse in 6.5 Creedmoor with the new 6.5 PRC chambering to follow.
Rotenone will be applied Sept. 6 at Pelican Lake on the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) south of Valentine to remove common carp.
Based on numbers in the new 2018 Sportfishing in America: An Economic Force for Conservation the number of anglers increased 8.0 percent since the 2011 report and fishing equipment sales grew more than 21 percent.

Duck Commander’s passion for the outdoors drives the brand to continue making the best game calls for all outdoor enthusiasts. For 2018, Duck Commander introduced the new Flash duck call, the Pioneer featuring Realtree Original camouflage, and extended the Jase Robertson Pro Series line.
Hunters can now apply online for a reserved waterfowl hunt by visiting and clicking on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link.
Sao Bunpan, 55, was shot in the upper body by Khor Bunpan, 50, both of Webster City.DNR conservation officers are investigating, but initially believe this is an accident and no charges have been filed.
Hunters will take to the field Sept. 15 for the start of the fall turkey season. Nebraska, the nation’s top turkey hunting destination, has the birds, permits and opportunities for a great outdoor adventure.

With a couple of the elk seasons underway and more approaching, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is asking for elk hunters’ cooperation in testing for chronic wasting disease.
Vista Outdoor Inc. ("Vista Outdoor") (NYSE: VSTO) announces it has completed the divestiture of the legal entities operating its Bollé, Cébé and Serengeti eyewear brands.
The Polk County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office has selected American Defense Manufacturing's UIC Mod 1 LE-X 11.5” SBR (Short Barrel Rifle) as their official SWAT rifle. T
Seaguar has introduced a “quarter-pounder”, a new 600-yard spool size of the popular InvizX fluorocarbon line that saves anglers money and keeps them supplied with this great line year around.

New economic reports reveal that more than 53 million Americans consider themselves sportsmen, spending more than $93.5 billion in 2016 on gear, licenses, travel, clothing, gas and more in connection with their hunting, target shooting and sportfishing activities.
The National Park Service (NPS) has joined several federal agencies and private organizations, including NMMA, on an unprecedented memorandum of understanding (MOU) – which calls for the development and expansion of cooperation on planning and implementing mutually-beneficial projects and activities to promote recreational fishing and boating conducted on public lands and waterways.
FLIR Systems, Inc. announces its participation at the 62nd Annual Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers’ (AGLOW) Conference, September 10-13, in Bismarck/Mandan, North Dakota.
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FN America, LLC is seeking a strong, motivated and engaged sales and marketing executive to fill the role of Vice President, Sales and Marketing. This individual will provide effective leadership and strategic direction to all sales and marketing activities

Capable of delivering arrows to target at blazing speeds of 400 feet-per-second with a crushing 140 foot-pounds of energy, Barnett's new Raptor Pro™ STR delivers the power necessary to take on any big game animal in the world.
Mammoth Coolers is proud to announce that Mossy Oak Fishing branded coolers and tumblers are now available for purchase on
Mossy Oak is proud to announce its partnership with Buck Bone Organics, offering Buck Bones’ all-natural dog chew antlers in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country packaging.
The new Fieldline 12-Point Daypack in Realtree EDGE carries everying you need for your day's hunt, while keeping it easily accessible.

Field & Stream's early season apparel and boots are available at Field & Stream and DICK'S Sporting Goods stores nationwide and at and
The Gering Fire Department is gearing up for its Wildland Engine Academy, which consists of training exercises at Buffalo Creek Wildlife Management Area in the Wildcat Hills on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9.
USA Shooting Episodes 1-3 are now streaming on In this multi-part series streaming on, show host Brett Favre talks with Olympic and Paralympic athletes about their struggles, victories, and the importance of raising awareness and funds for USA Shooting’s athletes.
“Outdoor recreation is one of our nation’s largest economic engines and benefits vital conservation and education programs that benefit all Americans,” stated Virgil Moore, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of Idaho Fish and Game. “Hunting, fishing and wildlife watching are part of our national heritage and continue to be powerful forces in our nation’s economy.”
The Butte Sink Chapter of Oroville, California, formed in August behind a motivated committee that includes Hunter Walsh, chairman; Tom Rafferty, vice chairman; Bryanna Thomas, secretary; and Michael Kehle, treasurer.
Whitetails Unlimited has invested over $140,000 in multiple initiatives that will be promoted at all WTU events during the current fiscal year, which began July 1st. While these initiatives will be presented directly to the more than 107,000 WTU members that will be attending these 475 events, messages will also be made available to the general hunting public.
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is pleased to see a series of reports released today by the American Sportfishing Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, showcasing expenditures made for hunting, target shooting and sportfishing gear and services in 2016 supported 1.6 million jobs and provided $72 billion in salaries and wages.
Increased consumer interest in the self-defense and concealed carry segment over the last decade affords dealers plenty of opportunities to grow sales. The September issue of Shooting Industry features “5 Tactics For Improving Self-Defense & Concealed Carry Sales” — and why they work.
Outdoor Indiana magazine’s September-October issue features a cover article on barn quilts. Barn quilts are large squares painted to resemble a quilt block and applied to the side of a barn.
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features kayak instructor Jon Small, Ruffed Grouse Society CEO Ben Jones, Buckhorn State Park manager Heather Wolf, Buckhorn Store owner Tim Voll and archery expert JC Chamberlin. Dan heads to Bismarck, ND for the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers conference.
It’s lots of hunting news plus Eric Winther sharing how things are going with this year's Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program on the next edition of Northwestern Outdoors Radio.
A newly opened water trail – the Beaver Island water trail in northern Michigan – offers the unique experience of paddling around an island. The water trail wraps 42 miles around the island in Lake Michigan, sitting about 30 miles off the coast near Charlevoix.
Action Target Inc. has announced the launch of Game Series paper targets, which bring an added element of competition and entertainment to target shooting.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds us that two of its shooting ranges are open for sighting-in rifles before you go hunting -- one in Hartland and the other near Island Pond.
Just in time for hunters preparing for the upcoming seasons, a new public shooting range in Grand Traverse County is now open.
Yamaha Wolverine X4 Sweepstakes Supports Outdoor Sports and Conservation; Annual NHF Day set for Sept. 22
Ripcord Arrow Rests of Dillon, Montana, has partnered with “The Experience, with Weston and Jodi” on Discovery Channel .
“NorthWoods Common Scents is well-regarded as New England’s finest deer lure, and we’re thrilled that they have renewed as a WTU national sponsor,” said Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten.
Several Iowa state parks are experiencing impacts from the recent heavy rainfall forcing closures of the parks and many trails. Currently, George Wyth State Park is completely closed due to flooding.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds us that two of its shooting ranges are open for sighting-in rifles before you go hunting -- one in Hartland and the other near Island Pond.
The California legislature has sent a bill to end commercial drift gillnet fishing to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature. Senate Bill (SB) 1017 phases out the use of mile-long nets that drift in the open ocean, compensates drift gillnet fishermen, and encourages a transition to innovative new swordfishing gear.
A wild game processing workshop will be held September 24 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus.
The shootout sport that Hollywood created: the Cowboy Fast Draw World Championship from Fallon, Nevada, with the best who can draw and thumb their single actions in a fraction of a second.
On Gallery of Guns TV this Thursday, Ruger's Mark Gurney will present the 10/22 American Eagle TALO Special Edition & the AR-556 MPR. Also, the very easy to operate .380 from S&W, the M&P Shield EZ -- and Taurus' Jacob Eaton will be firing rounds through the Raging Hunter revolver.
Chris Watson, President of Watson Airlock, has announced his support and commitment to “The Experience, with Weston and Jodi Clark.” Watson Airlock of Washington, Pennsylvania is the maker of the Ultimate Gearbags for Hunters and Outdoorsmen.
Doug Koenig’s Championship Season, on Pursuit Channel, heads to the rocky desert terrain of the Pro Gun Club in Las Vegas, NV. Doug is competing in the Two Gun Division of the 2018 Safariland Expedition 3-Gun match.
This week on Ducks Unlimited TV, co-hosts Cara Harper and Doug Larsen take advantage of the spring snow goose season in Arkansas with Jerod Brown of Greentop Farms.
This week on Ducks Unlimited TV, co-hosts Cara Harper and Doug Larsen take advantage of the spring snow goose season in Arkansas with Jerod Brown of Greentop Farms.
SIG SAUER Academy announced a series of foundational handgun and rifle course offerings at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas for October 2018. These courses will be taught by the elite SIG SAUER Academy Instructors.
Michigan’s current population is estimated at 14,000 adult black bear – almost 11,000 in the Upper Peninsula and nearly 3,000 in the northern Lower Peninsula. The first season opening Sept. 10 in the Upper Peninsula.

Word yesterday that Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) has completed another phase of the reformation plan announced in late 2017.

This time, it’s the sale of their eyewear holdings. According to a release you can read in today’s news section, the “legal entities” operating the Bolle’ Cebe’ and Serengeti eyewear brand are now the property of “an entity controlled by a significant European private equity firm” (can’t help you with this, no one’s talking on either side of the pond).

Ultimately, whomever the players behind the “entity” curtains are, what this transaction means is Vista gets out of the eyewear business and adds approximately $154 million to their capital funds.

It also means Vista can move on to the next phase of its “transformation plan” -and continue to seek buyers for brands outside their core markets of “ammunition, hunting and shooting accessories, hydration bottles and pack, and outdoor cooking products.”

And it’s worth noting - even a few days after the fact- that another of the industry’s major players, American Outdoor Brands (a/k/a Smith & Wesson) reported a very good first quarter for fiscal year 2019. AOB reported net sales of $138.8 million for the first quarter, an increase of $9+ million (7.6 percent) over the same period in 2018. That increase also included a jump in gross margin to 37.8% - a big jump from the 31.5% in Q1 2018.

Those improvements, according to AOB’s James Debney, came from “new products, reduced promotion versus the previous year,” and “solid progress on expense reduction initiatives.”

Debney credited new product introductions across the company’s diverse holdings, but singled out their M&P Shield 380 EZ pistol sales as one of their most successful introductions. But the best news might be the fact the company’s beefed up its balance sheet by reducing debt from nearly $200 million in 2018 to $135.9 million today. According to CFO Jeff Buchanan, AOB paid their line of credit down to zero in the quarter-leaving them with an unused $350 million line that’s expandable to $500 million.

There’s another interesting retail tidbit today. Seems Black Diamond, a higher-end skiing and mountain climbing equipment company, is very much displeased with WalMart. The “retail beast from Bentonville” has been buying up other companies, apparently in an effort to “upscale” some of their offerings.

Included in those acquisitions was Moosejaw, a retailer that sells Black Diamond products. And that’s where the wicket gets sticky. Buying a retailer is different from buying a brand or manufacturer (like Bonobos- a men’s brand analysts describe as “slightly more upscale” than typical Walmart offerings).

Black Diamond sells products to Moosejaw- but has gone into conniptions over Walmart’s apparent use of Moosejaw to augment the offerings ala the “Premium Outdoor Store Created by Moosejaw” on the website.

So…Black Diamond has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Walmart, telling the retail giant to “cease and desist use of the Black Diamond® and diamond logo trademarks in a manner likely to confuse consumers into believing that Walmart is an authorized dealer of Black Diamond or that the new outdoor site is otherwise associated with or sponsored by Black Diamond.”

Black Diamond’s position is simple: buying a retailer doesn’t guarantee you official distribution or retail rights to their products across your other properties. It’s significant story because Black Diamond’s position seems justifiable - and it has the potential to impact the idea of corporations changing product mixes and retail positioning via acquisition.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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