The National Rifle Association has cancelled the second annual NRA Carry Guard Expo, which was scheduled for Sept. 14-16, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia, due to the impending threat of severe weather associated with Hurricane Florence.
GSM Outdoors, LLC has just announced its acquisition of CoyoteLight, Inc. This acquisition expands GSM Outdoors' hunting category offerings.
Effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition X-ray for the Port of Charleston and all other terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds generated by Hurricane Florence that may arrive within 48 hours.


The ATF has issued a Special Advisory regarding disaster preparedness for FFL Licensees potentially impacted by Hurricane Florence. 
Williams Lake Boat Ramp located southwest of Salmon reopened September 6 for boaters, anglers and other recreationists.
The United States won six medals at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Championship; including a Junior Men’s Skeet silver medal, a Junior Women’s Three-Position Rifle team medal and a sweep of the Women’s Skeet podium.
Randy Goss, of Barnet, has been indicted for shooting a bald eagle in July 2018. Bald eagles are listed as State endangered, and the charge comes with $1,222 in fines and restitution, along with a three-year loss of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses upon conviction.

Held Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center outside Spring Hill, the 13th Annual Maury County-Steve Brown Memorial Youth Dove Hunt was organized by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Wildlife Officers Association and a coalition of local organizations and businesses.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering with the International Hunter Education Association to host the USA Hunting Incident Investigation Academy at Honey Creek State Park Resort and the DNR Rathbun Fish Hatchery September 16 -20.
The Iowa River, from the Coralville Dam to Hills, was the focus of this year’s annual research project to inventory and map the distribution of Iowa’s mussels, often called clams.
Roughly twelve years prior to his top 5 finish at the recent Bassmaster Elite Series event at the St. Lawrence River, professional angler David Walker cast his first ElaZtech® bait.

Max Wilson, of Lomira, Wisconsin, weighed a combined total of 45.83 pounds to win the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour Championship on Lake of the Woods, September 6.
With the 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship quickly approaching, three Mossy Oak Fishing Pros find themselves in the top twelve competitors going into the event.
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Plano offers a number of excellent crossbow storage and transport solutions, including the versatile BowMax® Crossbow Case, the innovative Manta® Crossbow Case, and the impressive-looking SPIRE™ Crossbow Case.
The unfortunate truth is that most shooters simply don’t give enough thought to hearing protection. Just because our particular model or style is comfortable or convenient doesn’t mean it provides adequate defense against hearing loss in any given shooting application.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has designated Saturday, Sept. 22, as a Youth Deer Hunting Day for 2018.
To learn about upland game bird hunting rules and seasons, and more information, see Fish and Game's Upland Bird Hunting webpage, and here's the digital copy of the 2018 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules booklet.
Hunters and anglers who received poorly printed licenses and fading tags can get replacement free of charge. Idaho Fish and Game is providing a couple ways for sportsmen and women to get new copies.
Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently approved extending hunting and trappingseasons for wolves in many units, which will take place this year, but are not reflected in the 2017-18 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet.

Quickfire continues to expand and is excited to announce the addition of Jeremy Cohen as Creative Manager.
F-3 Media, a strategic media and graphics agency, partners with Tigress for digital and social media marketing efforts across all brands is proud to add Dakota Reasoner to our team.
HSM Ammunition, Stevensville, MT, has contracted with Tim Bailey & Associates to represent HSM in the 29 westernmost states and the Pacific Rim.
Kahr Firearms Group has announced that Kahr Arms and Auto-Ordnance are changing the location for product service and repairs. Beginning September 17, 2018, all repairs and product returns must be sent to the new location in Greeley, PA.

Meopta Optics joins the Ridge Road Outdoor Marketplace & Order Fulfillment Center to expand their reach and sales. Meopta Optics products are now available through Ridge Road Outdoors.
As part of efforts to manage aquatic invasive species, a habitat enhancement project at Fort Custer Recreation Area in Augusta, Michigan, recently kicked off. The DNR is working with Kieser & Associates, an environmental science and engineering firm in Kalamazoo, on a plan to enhance the recreation area’s habitat by managing aquatic invasive species in its lakes.
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Ducks Unlimited, Inc., is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer to lead our nation’s premier science-based wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization.
A federal district court has ruled that a section of the California Penal Code is unconstitutional and has issued an injunction against enforcement of a prohibition on the display of handguns or handgun placards that may be seen from the outside of a store in a case supported by the Second Amendment Foundation and two California gun rights groups.

Sitting atop a field of seven elite crossbows in Barnett's expanded Carbonlite™ Series for 2018, the standout Predator™ is Barnett's fastest and most powerful crossbow ever.
LIVETARGET's new Commotion Shad couples an ultra-realistic, shad profile hollow body topwater to a free-wheeling spinner blade tail.
The new Tactacam 5.0 packs even more features in their 5.0 adding 3 customizable preset modes, 1 touch operation, remote sync for controlling multiple cameras with one remote and the ability to Live Stream

For 2018, Plano's proven Z-Series Tackle Backpack features the same great performance, but with brand new aesthetics that reflect its premium functionality, featuring sizzling Kryptek Raid camouflage with striking blue accents.

Just in time for fall hunts, the Mac Daddy Caddy from Hunter’s Edge is now available in America’s No. 1 Camo. The Mac Daddy Caddy is a multi-use chair designed to ease a hunter’s load while out in the fields and woods.
Be ready for your next hunt with the Scent Crusher® Travel Closet, which provides an easy and effective way for hunters to eliminate odors on clothing and equipment.
Be prepared this season with the Próis® Torai Midweight apparel line in CumbreTM camo for serious women hunters who demand gear that fits superbly, and functions even better.
SIG SAUER announced the release of the M17 video series, “The Chosen One.” The four-part series is a documentary, created in conjunction with the civilian release of the P320-M17, which chronicles the U.S. Army’s exhaustive search for a new sidearm.
Whitetails Unlimited awarded a $6,828 grant to the Mid-America Special Sportsman’s Association in Rocheport, Missouri. The organization concentrates on serving area individuals with special needs by providing them with hunting opportunities.
Field to Fork, a hunter recruitment program for adults from non-hunting backgrounds, is expanding into seven new states this year after two successful seasons of pilot testing near QDMA Headquarters in Georgia.
Following a successful North Carolina Fundraiser, USA Shooting is now turning its attention to The Golden State for another key donor event needed to achieve the organization’s 2020 Vision
MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of "Red Stag in Patagonia," a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.
Sitting not quite halfway between Sioux City and Council Bluffs with I-29 going right through it, it’s easy to think that Badger Lake Wildlife Area would be overrun with bird watchers, duck hunters, kayakers and nature lovers 24/7/365.

To celebrate the season, Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism promotion office, and Minnesota State Parks and Trails have teamed up to provide a weekly fall color report starting this Thursday, Sept. 13. 

CrossBreed Holsters announces production of nine new holster models for the Springfield XD-S Mod.2. Inside waistband carry options include the CrossBreed SuperTuck IWB, Founder's Series SuperTuck IWB, and Designer Series MiniTuck IWB.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on draft general management plans to guide the future of North Higgins Lake and South Higgins Lake state parks in the northern Lower Peninsula.
Michigan’s 4 million acres of state forest land require a lot of careful planning to keep them healthy and thriving. That’s why the DNR finalizes plans for each forest management unit two years in advance of when any management activities – prescribed burns, timber harvests or tree thinning, for example – will take place.
The Calvert Marine Museum is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Wilkins, new curator of Maritime History.
This week on Ducks Unlimited TV, co-host Ashley Ward travels to the Lowcountry of South Carolina to hunt ducks with a group of women who passionately support Ducks Unlimited.
Shooting USA covers the USPSA Multi-gun Nationals this week. Plus, the French MAS 36, the last bolt rifle in World War II, is now one of History’s Guns.
Tune in Thursday, September 13th for another episode of Gallery of Guns Television. Upland hunters will enjoy our Browning Cynergy CX review. Professional shooter Travis Tomasie will present the Marlin Trapper.
Iowans can help make their park a better place on Sept. 22 as more than 40 state parks will participate in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) second annual statewide Volunteer Day.
On Sept. 22, you can see the birds—and learn more about them—as the Division of Wildlife Resources and its partners host a sandhill crane viewing day.
Idaho Fish and Game removed a third bear from the wild in Eastern Idaho this summer because the bears were attracted to food left out by people. In early September, a young grizzly bear was trapped and later transferred to a Texas wildlife sanctuary, where it will remain.
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is a perennial supporter of community-based efforts to introduce youths to hunting, conservation and the great outdoors, and the organization was proud to add Tennessee’s 13th Annual Maury County-Steve Brown Memorial Youth Dove Hunt to its list of sponsored events.

We took it as a good omen when the first living thing we saw at the shotgun range was a horned lizard yesterday morning. In Texas, the old expression goes, “everything bites, stings or scratches” so we were glad to see something that looked ferocious but wasn’t out to do anything other than get away from us.

The horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) may be endangered, but it’s also quite an engaging little critter. The one we found on the shotgun range yesterday proved tolerant, if not enthusiastic about being included in a variety of selfies.

Horned lizards notwithstanding, we were in Texas for the purpose of putting Remington’s Versa-Max and Versa-Max V3 shotguns through a little field testing- as in dove fields. First, however, we needed an extended range session to try out the right out of the box 12 gauges.

Remington's Versa-Max shotguns being prepped before their initial visit to the clay range.

Range testing shotguns (writer testing) is generally a two part exercise. First, stuff the shotgun as full of shells as possible (for semi-autos).

Then, empty said magazine as slowly as possible on clay targets.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Until the shotgun becomes to hot to hold or shells and targets are exhausted, testing is concluded.

Remington's Jessica Kallam (above) puts a Vera-Max through its paces while Kat Ainsworth (below) runs the Tac14 pump.


If you’re in the company of writers, you shouldn’t be surprised when one of the more “unusual” models shows up at shooting line. In this instance, one of Remington’s Tac14 models. Not many clays were broken with it, but the efforts prove- once again- that the short models are capable of more than personal defense.

Having not spent a lot of time with the Versa-Max, I was pleasantly surprised with the VersaPort system, and how it appears to minimize recoil as well as enable quick switches between various size shells (2 3/4, 3 and 3 1/2 inches are gobbled up with no problem.)

For me, the Versa-Max worked great, running more than 125 shells in pretty short order with no problem.

But the point of testing these guns is to get out into the Texas grain fields and do a little field testing on doves.

Tomorrow, I’ll let you know how that goes.

--Jim Shepherd

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