Davidson’s is pleased to announce that it has acquired select assets of “PLE Wholesale” from ProForce Marketing Incorporated. PLE Wholesale specialized in selling law enforcement dealer programs for many of the firearm industry’s leading manufacturersas well as offering a wide selection of tactical equipment.
Logan Lucas won the first individual medal for the United States at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Championship when he won silver in the Junior Men’s Trap event at the Changwon International Shooting Range.
The Board of Public Works Tuesday approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item that authorizes a $1.7 million grant to the Cecil Land Trust to acquire a 535-acre conservation easement.

The Conservation Fund announces the completion of the four-year, $7.5 million effort to remove the Lower Eklutna River dam in Southcentral Alaska. For the first time in 89 years, the five species of Pacific salmon that live in the Eklutna River, located 20 miles north of Anchorage, can now move upstream to additional spawning habitat.
The annual Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival, a tradition since 1947, is set for Sept. 15-16 at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in Brownstown Township.
You can learn all about “Iron Ore and the Civil War” at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum’s annual Civil War encampment Sept. 29. 
Great Outdoors Month® 2018 was one of the most successful partner celebrations ever.Government leaders at every level joined public and private partners in saluting the many educational, economic and social benefits of fun outdoors.

Lyman Products will be exhibiting everything for the concealed carry customer at the National Rifle Association’s Carry Guard Expo in Richmond, Virginia, Sept. 14 – 16, 2018 at booth #335.
Take a candlelit tour of the Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park, Sept. 22.
Beretta anticipates thousands of visitors next week at the second annual NRA Carry Guard Expo in Richmond, VA. The booth (#720) has been redesigned to ensure that Expo visitors can interact more directly with Beretta staff to better learn about the vast array of firearms for concealed carry, home defense, and personal protection that Beretta offers.
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.

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.
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Whether you prefer the compact design of the Bone Bag™ or the deep sound of Battle Bones®, there is something for you.
In an effort to boost hunter recruitment, Prince Edward Island is waiving the provincial fees to take a required hunter’s safety course. In addition, licenses for first-time hunters will be free.
Whether you’re looking to get started in a new outdoor activity or get some pointers from the pros, the Michigan DNR Outdoor Skills Academy can help.

With hunting seasons underway, it’s important for archery hunters to keep in mind chronic wasting disease and carcass transport restrictions in portions of north-central and south-central Montana.
Hunters 17 years of age and younger will have Utah’s marshes—and the ducks and geese that go with them—all to themselves during two days in September.
Bangers LP announces the construction of a new warehouse facility to be completed in the fall of 2018. With the growth Bangers has experienced over the past 30+ years, the new expanded facility will improve logistical efficiency.
On Wednesday, September 5, ABC-TV’s Good Morning America highlighted PepperBall's LifeLite launcher as a possible solution for school safety. The segment features a demonstration of the latest product from PepperBall, which is the company's first device made for consumers.

Legacy Sports International, leading US importer of firearms and shooting accessories, announces its participation in the 2018 NASGW Expo, October 16-19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
The new Silent CRUSH™ 24 bumps photo resolution to an astonishing 24 megapixels, and users can now choose from HD 720p or HD 1080p video settings.
ArcticShield Women's Classic Elite Bib in Realtree EDGE provides superior warmth and protection against the elements during frigid winter hunts.
Advanced Armament Corporation introduced the newest addition to the brakeout muzzle device series, the Brakeout 2.0 SG12. The Brakeout 2.0 SG12 was developed to mitigate the aggressive muzzle effects of defensive-use shotguns.

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Amanda Schantz has joined the Allen Company as the Director of Product Development for Softlines Production. Eric Chow has joined the Allen Company as the Director of Product Development with a Hardlines Focus. These industry veterans will strengthen theProduct Development team.
Riverview Marina State Recreation Area (SRA) in Nebraska City and the boat ramp at Indian Cave State Park near Shubert are closed to the public until further notice due to high flows from the Missouri River.
To celebrate this time of year and our obsession with elk hunting, Mossy Oak proudly announces the launch of "Bull Rush," an all-new free digital series with no commercials that chronicles the best elk hunts experienced by the Mossy Oak Team.
Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Laura Shambaugh (former S3DA Michigan State Coordinator) as the new S3DA Texas State Coordinator.

Thursday, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announced that David Weinstein will lead close-to-home recreation advocacy as its state and local policy director. David is currently the Western conservation finance director for The Trust for Public Land.
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) welcomed Chief Executive Officer of Vista Outdoor Inc., Christopher Metz, to its Board of Directors.
The Professional Outdoor Media Association has created a Social Media Influencer membership qualification category, available for both Voting media members and Associate media members (non-voting).
Steyr Arms is celebrating deer season with a month-long Big Buck Down! Giveaway program. Each prize package will be highlighted by either a Steyr or Merkel firearm and will include JAGDHUND and X JAGD gear as well as a two-day, two-person hunting trip.

Viridian Weapon Technologies will be celebrating 12 years of weapon-mounted innovation by launching a year-long promotional campaign. Customers and fans can get in on the action right away by visiting Viridian on Instagram for a sweepstakes that will kickstart the festivities.

This week host Rob Keck is into camo patterns with a bit of racing mixed in. He’s talking to the Founder of True Timber Camo, Rusty Sellars.
This week host Rob Keck is into camo patterns with a bit of racing mixed in. He’s talking to the Founder of True Timber Camo, Rusty Sellars and NASCAR’s defending Monster Energy Cup Champion, Martin Truex Jr. 


It's finding your survival mindset, training with a competitor, companies and brands supporting gun control, and more, this Sunday on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the original nationally-syndicated talk show about guns and the shooting sports.
Anthony Licata, Editorial Director for Field & Stream and Outdoor Life, joins Ken on this week’s show to discuss conservation, public land access, and the importance of R3 programs across the country.
Enjoy a guided birding walk at Belle Isle Park Friday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to approximately noon. 
Biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending changes; if the changes 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.
Honor Defense introduces another significant update for their pistols. In addition to the recently announced "Lifetime Warranty", the pistols will now feature a polished stainless-steel chassis.
The Board of Public Works Tuesday approved the Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquisition of 212 acres along the Pocomoke River as an expansion to Pocomoke River State Park. The former golf course will be repurposed to provide access to the Pocomoke River Water Trail as well as additional recreation opportunities.
A prescribed burn is planned at Gulf State Park as part of a forest management plan associated with longleaf pine restoration, fuel reduction and invasive species control. The planned burn will take place in the park’s campground between sites 188 and 316 on September 10-14, 2018, weather permitting.
The DNR will celebrate 100 years of elk in Michigan with a special event Saturday, Sept. 8. The fun begins at 5 p.m. at the downtown pavilion in Gaylord. 
The agenda for the Michigan Natural Resources Commission meeting, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Ontonagon, has been posted to the Natural Resources Commission website at
If you hunt or trap at the following DNR managed waterfowl hunt areas or DNR managed floodings, be aware that maintenance activities are occurring and some water levels are low.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln Children’s Zoo and Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired will provide students with disabilities a chance to engage in science exploration through sight, sound, touch, and smell at Sensory Safar on October 3 at Lincoln Children’s Zooi.
We’re hunting Bucks & Bulls so tune in to The Revolution with Jim and Trav this week as they zero in on how to hunt pre-rut elk, early season mule deer, whitetail and antelope.
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 weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from Uncharted Waters with Peter Miller, Red, White and Bass, South Bend’s Lunkerville and more.
As outdoor enthusiasts make plans for fall seasonal adventures, Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel will be available on DISH Network as a free preview now through October 2.
Mike and Terry meet up near Abilene Texas for 3 days of fantastic wingshooting. Ducks, doves and pigeons were on the agenda and it was a hunt you won't soon forget. This adventurous season begins with the ultimate wingshooting destination of South America with Ramsey Russell of and Skip Knowles of Wildfowl Magazine
Terry and the Mojo Gang head to Canada to take advantage of an early season duck hunt and film the brand new King Mallard. Also the guys plan to test some new Waterfowl products and spot a rare specimen. Ranchland Outfitters, one of Mojo’s favorite spots on the globe, is the destination for the September hunt. Hello Waterfowl season.
The National Wild Turkey Federation says it is "pleased to learn Jim Hubbard was sworn in as U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment yesterday and looks forward to working with him."
“Cisco” the three-legged desert tortoise is living the resort life. After being hit by a car near Wickenburg, Arizona, he found his way into the AGFD Desert Tortoise Adoption program and was recently adopted by Cibola Vista Resort and Spa in Peoria.
Young hunter education graduates are invited to test their skills in a fun, practical competition Oct. 13 at Platte River State Park.


Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in far southwestern Arizona is remote beyond compare, yet afforded one family a most uncommon hunting experience.

Autumn is for remembering. The last light of summer yields to the first beautiful days of fall. This time of year is a communion between what was and what might be. Fall brings with it hunting seasons—and naturally, memories of seasons past.

Len Anderson of Tucson, Arizona, a retired high school chemistry and biology teacher and baseball coach, remembers desert bighorn sheep hunts. For with him, it’s a family matter. Three generations of Andersons have a particular attachment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and hunting bighorns on craggy mountainsides under the desert sun. Len and his father and his son—all three have harvested desert bighorns on the refuge.

“Some hunters wait a lifetime to draw a bighorn tag in Arizona, and some never do,” said Anderson. “For three of us to draw tags over the years and take sheep off the refuge has got to be extraordinarily rare.”

The Arizona Game and Fish Department issues desert bighorn sheep tags by lottery. The numbers of licenses available are few while applicants are many. Competition for sheep tags is stiff and only a select number of hunters get on the refuge each year. That number varies from 6 to 12 each autumn, and depends on the sheep population size.

Len’s son Dennis was the first Anderson to harvest a sheep on the refuge, in 1994. He was only 16 years old at the time, but by no means was it his first hunt.

“Dennis had already taken a mule deer and a Boone and Crockett pronghorn. I introduced him to hunting when he was quite young, passing on to him what my dad passed onto to me,” said Anderson.

Dennis went on to a career in baseball, a switch-hitting catcher. He played for the University of Arizona Wildcats and then Minor League Baseball with the Marlins and Cubs franchises.

In 2008, Anderson’s father, Leonard, after 40 years, finally drew a sheep tag to hunt at the refuge.

“It was an odyssey,” said Anderson. “I am most proud of my dad—at 80 years old, we knew it would be a tough hunt in the wilderness. But he did it.”

The elder Anderson was no stranger to adversity. This son of a Finish immigrant carpenter volunteered to join the U.S. Navy in World War Two—at 15 year old—promising his father he would complete high school if he came home. Leonard piloted Higgins boats in the Pacific theatre, laying brave Marines on the beaches at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and pulling the dead and wounded back out to ships, all while under artillery and small arms fire. He didn’t earn his diploma, but did one better: a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, followed by a license in structural engineering.

“Architects gave dad their drawings, and he’d make their buildings stand up,” said Anderson. “He had a fruitful career but it was a stressful job. He was a strong figure in the home and I saw a softer man when we hunted together. Dad introduced me to the solitude you find in the desert.”

There is much solitude to be found at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. It is arguably one of the most rugged places in the United States, comparable to just short of living on the lunar surface. The place names speak to exacting surroundings of the refuge: Growler Mountain, Camino del Diablo, Devil Hills, Sierra Arida. It is remote beyond words and harsh for humans. The heat is searing; commonly 115 degrees in summer. The refuge is expansive—1,344 square miles—and 93 percent of that is designated wilderness. If you want to see it, you use the quads in your thighs—that is, you go by foot. The wildlife refuge is larger than Rhode Island by 131 square miles, but absent a single permanent inhabitant.

But that’s not to say that the place is short on living creatures. To the contrary: saguaros stand steadfast on the desert floor. Sonoran pronghorn scurry over the sandy playas that are so common here. Six species of rattlesnakes make a living among the basaltic boulder-strewn soils. You can hear gilded flickers drum and flit about cholla and mesquite and ocotillo and other plants that have more thorns and spikes than leaves. And there is the desert bighorn sheep, an object of respect and affection among the Andersons.

Len Anderson would finally get his desert bighorn sheep in 2017. Though he had remarkably drawn a tag the same year as his boy Dennis, attentions during that hunt were devoted to his son. This time, however, at 68 years of age, Anderson was of the mind this might be his last sheep hunt. After several scouting trips and much preparation to get in what he calls “sheep shape,” he was the third Anderson to harvest a bighorn ram at Cabeza Prieta.

Anderson remembers autumns recent and autumns past.

“My 39-year-old son helped me pack out the ram just as I had helped him 23 years earlier,” said Anderson. “My dad, approaching his 90th birthday, could not participate in the hunt, but the first phone call I made was to him.”

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— Craig Springer

Springer is in External Affairs with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Region

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