With mandatory evacuations ordered by South CarolinaGovernor Henry McMaster due to Hurricane Florence, Shimano has suspended operations of its North Charleston distribution center and fishing division office until further notice.
Commercial vessel operators authorized by the COTP to remain inside Sector Charleston’s harbors, and recreational boat owners, should ensure their vessels are secure at berth and will not pose a hazard to surrounding vessels, the navigable channel, or the environment.
Federal Premium offers a wider variety of unprimed brass for a full range of common rifle and handgun cartridges, including the all-new 224 Valkyrie. This product line includes seventeen various calibers sold in 50- or 100-count packs.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police has issued a safety advisory to avoid boating and other recreational activity on the Upper Potomac River until further notice.
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.  
Logan Maring and Wesley Beavers know their catfish. Each correctly guessed the exact weight of Walter, the flathead catfish, in a contest by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission during the Nebraska State Fair.
For outdoor consumers, the virtual event represents an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the best brands and products that can add value to their outdoors experiences, and then easily purchase the products they choose at great sport show pricing

Leupold & Stevens, Inc. will have its Mark 5HD and other new products on display at the Precision Rifle Expo this weekend in Blakely, Ga. Some of the industry’s most talented precision shooters will put Leupold’s performance optics to the test on the 1,000-yard range offered by the nearby Arena Training Facility.
Rosco Manufacturing announced that they will be attending the 35th annual National Tactical Officers Association Conference in Milwaukee, WI, September 16th-21st. Rosco will be at American Defense’s booth #613.
Barrett will be participating in The 1st Annual Precision Rifle Expo (PRE), being held September 15-16 in Blakely, Georgia. Barrett is excited for the opportunity to be apart of PRE and to be featured as a leader in long-range precision shooting.
The Pope And Young Club will gather to celebrate North America's rich bowhunting heritage, April 10-13 in Omaha, Nebraska. The convention will culminate with the 31st Biennium Awards presentation and banquet on Saturday evening.

TrueTimber will be traveling to the Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend to showcase some of the brand’s most popular performance apparel and ultra-realistic camouflage patterns during the South Point 400 race.
If you enjoy wildlife be sure to make plans to attend the 17th annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison, Vermont on Saturday, October 6.
Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD), one of Southern Maryland’s longest running festivals, celebrates its 41st year on October 6 and 7 at the Calvert Marine Museum. All members of the family can enjoy the fun from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Icons and luminaries of the sport of bass fishing will gather at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, September 27 to celebrate the newest members of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lawrence County at Spring Mill State Park, Sept. 30.
Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Amazing Monarchs,” on Sept. 26.
The monthly Salamonie Senior Luncheon will be on Monday, Oct.1, at Indiana's Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock thousands of brown, golden and rainbow trout in select creeks, lakes and rivers from mid-September through the end of October.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is awarding a total of $500,000 to 10 communities to help them reduce human-bear conflicts.
Arizona’s dove hunters still have time to get out in the field before the 15-day season ends at legal sunset Saturday.
Last year was one of the few years on record that Arkansas did not have a fatality due to a hunting accident, but hunters should be mindful to keep up their guard.
Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation will host a special hunting experience at Cooks Lake, Dec. 1-2, 2018, and have opened up the application period to run through Oct. 1. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted nuisance alligator trappers in western St Johns County (west of U.S. 1, north of County Road 214).
Carl Walther of Ulm Germany is facing increasing success with the leadership of Alexander Lenert. Now, the company has added senior industry executive Bernhard Knöbel. Before joining Walther, Bernhard Knöbel was Managing Director with Blaser for almost 17 years.
Brothers & Company is pleased to announce the hiring of Caleb Carroll to the position of Media Planner/Buyer, Outdoor Recreation. He will report to Laura Beth Matson, Director of Outdoor Recreation Media.
Bringing Michelle Smith on our social media management team adds an element we have been missing. Her hire allows our social team to focus on targeted campaigns,” says Chase Rohlfsen President RubLine Marketing.

NOMAD, authentic hunting apparel built by hunters for hunters, proudly announces its new line of gear is now available at retailers.
RUAG Ammotec USA has announced key leadership appointments. Paul Lemke has been named General Manager for RUAG Ammotec USA, Inc. and Daniel Yaich has been named Manufacturing Manager. RUAG Ammotec USA, Inc. sells, markets and distributes Norma, Geco, and Swiss P brand ammunition.
Freshwater fishing boats, sterndrive cruisers, personal watercraft and pontoons were up 3 to 5 percent in the rolling 12-month average.
Beat the crowds and fill that freezer early by tuning in to The Revolution with Jim and Trav as they hand out seasoned tips to make your 2018 deer hunts more successful and discuss #DeerWeek

The new TZ 2220 daypack offers 2,400 cubic inches of 100% usable space and allows its owner to hunt light and hunt fast while keeping every critical item within easy reach.
Bloodsport believes that bow hunters deserve a variety of choices in arrow design. That's why their 2018 lineup of high-performance arrows includes two all-new small-diameter options.
Silent Legion is empowering long range shooters by suppressing their sound without influencing accuracy. The .300 Norma Magnum suppressor is world renowned for the performance abilities and superior build quality.
Field & Stream offers a new line of hunting packs designed to keep your gear protected, organized and easily accessible throughout the hunt.
An ideal early season top, the Field & Stream Men's Quarter Zip Tech Tee in Realtree EDGE keeps odors at bay thanks to antimicrobial fabrics that deter the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police has issued a safety advisory to avoid boating and other recreational activity on the Upper Potomac River until further notice.
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission’s regularly scheduled bi-monthly meeting, which was scheduled for Sept. 18, at Fort Harrison State Park, has been canceled.
The west entrance to Yankee Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lancaster County has reopened now that high water has receded.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is announcing all agency-related event cancellations and/or postponements, as well as closures on game lands across the state, due to Hurricane Florence at
To celebrate the opening days of elk season, Mossy Oak recently launched an all-new digital series featured in its free, on-demand video library. Coming off of the intense action of the first episode of “Bull Rush,” the latest episode contains four of Mossy Oak’s most action-packed archery hunts.
Upgrade your riflescope rings to Sightmark’s new line of cantilever mounts. The cantilever mounts are a great alternative to regular riflescope rings, with a primary use for ARs.
As bowhunters across North America head afield for challenge and adventure, Victory Archery and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers are launching a corporate partnership that underscores Victory’s commitment to the wild public lands and waters on which its customers depend.
Outdoor News Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lakes States, has published a series of calendars for sportsmen in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York.
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features country music artist and TV host Nick Hoffman, Lyme disease expert Dr. Bill Rawls, Treeland Resorts event coordinator Tatum Treland-Schlapper and pro angler Duffy Kopf.
This week on America Outdoors Radio, Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester Deadly Passion previews Deer Week on both the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel.
- RETAIL - announces their September sale. Outdoor enthusiasts can gear up for camping adventures with the Motorola line of LUMO lanterns, on sale for 50% off.
Now through the first week of December, order online or call Chestnut Hill Outdoors to guarantee your fall trees
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) is pleased to announce that Public Affairs Co. has signed on to be a Supporting Sponsor of the organization’s 2018 CMO Summit.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) proudly announces its support of the International Defensive Pistol Association as a gold level sponsor of the 2018 IDPA US National Championship, which takes place September 13-15 at CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.
A 10-year plan for the Herky Huffman/Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area will be presented at a public hearing in Osceola County on Thursday, Sept. 20.
Conservationists have a new way to contribute to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s efforts at replacing wildlife habitat for the northern bobwhite, thanks to a new Quail Conservation Stamp available through the AGFC licensing system.
A memorial procession for Indiana Conservation Officer Sgt. Ed Bollman, who died in the line of duty during an ice rescue on Feb. 13, will be held on Friday, starting at 11 a.m. Graveside honors consistent with all Indiana fallen officer line-of-duty deaths will be given at Bollman’s grave at Brookside Cemetery.
Outdoor Sportsman Group announces that the first six seasons of MeatEater will return to Sportsman Channel and be featured during its own programming block Monday-Friday, 6-7 p.m. ET
In a win for the sportsmen's conservation community, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2591, the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow's Needs Act of 2017, on a voice vote
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be ramping up efforts at disease-monitoring surveys, beginning Sept. 17, and are asking motorists to help by reporting any road-killed deer they see along Arkansas’s roads and highways.
Indiana Conservation Officers will host a Trapper’s Education Course at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, Oct. 13-14.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, United States Department of Agriculture and Quail Forever will host a special workshop to help landowners bring back northern bobwhite in central Arkansas at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 18.

While visiting San Angelo, Texas to get some familiarization time on Remington’s Versa-Max shotguns, I’ve had the time to do some in-depth analysis of my individual shooting capabilities. That prognosis isn’t good.

At the end of another long day in the field, there was little doubt that the Versa-Max shotgun shot straight. Unfortunately, doves seldom fly a straight line, making the shooting somewhat more challenging. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.

And after having spent a long session on clay targets and two days shooting (at) doves, I’ve determined there’s more than one thing wrong.

Part of the problem’s my infrequent time spent on shotguns. I spend approximately 3,549 times practicing on rifles and handguns that the shotgun. That’s a problem that might be minimized by my reallocating practice time. Having someplace where shotgun shooting was offered near my home would probably help too, but not to the degree that I’m willing to move or build a trap field.

The larger problem, has no quick remedy. The major piece of the problem that confounds dove hunters worldwide is....the dove.

Half way through a second box of Remington dove loads, I’d determined that the Versa-Max shotgun wasn’t the problem, my glasses weren’t on upside down, and I was making smooth mounts and controlled swings in my largely unsuccessful efforts to put fifteen of these poor creatures (per day) out of their collective misery.

The dove, including the native and their unwelcome Eurasian kin, are cursed with aerodynamic issues. Unlike even the simplest clay target, doves are incapable of level flight, gradual altitude changes or slow curves.

No, these unfortunate birds dart around the sky like dragonflies. To imagine their flight path, visualize a squirrel hopped up on cocaine leaping madly through the trees.

Due to their particular affliction, the seem doomed to flit erratically across the skies, into and out of grain fields, and occasionally directly over the heads of the confounded shooters sitting, standing and occasionally cursing around the edges of those fields.

This milo field outside San Angelo, Texas, was regularly visited by large flocks of a variety of dove strains. The shooters stationed around the margins of the fields, however, were unable to do much to prevent their wreaking havoc on the defenseless milo. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.

Seems every species has its own respective problems.

The dove’s controlled flight issues, fortunately, don’t detract from the fact they are actually quite tasty. So tasty, in fact, that yesterday’s feature about the Remington shotgun that promulgated this venture brought the following request from one of our longtime readers: “your talking about doves has me craving them. When you write to tell us about your success, please include a good dove recipe.”

While I can’t fix the aerodynamic issues of those poor birds, I can certainly satisfy that request from a faithful reader. In fact, I’ve convinced our chef to share his special, personal recipe for bacon and jalapeno wrapped dove breasts.

Jason Powells Personal Recipe for Bacon-and-Jalapeno Wrapped Dove Breasts

(It’s a favorite with cowboys, ranch hands and hunting guides-and their customers)


  • Take the dove and cut the breasts in half.
  • Remove the meat and marinade it in milk for 5-10 minutes
  • Set aside
  • Take large jalapeno peppers and quarter them lengthwise
  • Remove the seeds and devein
  • Wrap the jalapeno around the dove
  • Wrap bacon tightly around both and secure with a toothpick
  • Sprinkle Tony Cachere’s cajun seasoning to taste


In the oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Put the wrapped breasts on a cookie sheet and cook until done

On the grill:

  • If you have a fish basket, open and spray inside lightly with Pam
  • Insert the wrapped dove breasts, close the basket and cook until done.

This fish basked method enables you to turn several at a time rather than having to hand turn each serving. A big help if you’re cooking for a group.

Jason tells me that if you don’t have dove breasts and want to offer something that your dinner guests will also enjoy, substitute fresh shrimp for the dove.


-- Jim Shepherd

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