President Trump Nominates David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior
President Trump has announced his nomination of Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to take over the Department officially. Bernhardt has led the Interior Department on an interim basis since former Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned over ethics questions in January.

Outdoor Organizations Respond:

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane says “The CSF praises the selection of Bernhardt,” calling him “a true advocate for sportsmen and women who has demonstrated being a true advocate for sportsmen and women across the country by working with the community throughout his career in natural resources management, and implementing Secretarial Orders that promote sportsmen’s access to public lands.”
Ducks Unlimited’s CEO Dale Hall praised the President’s announcement, saying Bernhardt’s “integrity in following the law is beyond reproach,” calling him “a champion of conservation and the right person for the job” and calling on the Senate to “swift confirm him.”

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers President and CEO Land Tawney called on Bernhardt to “utilize the best available science to guide decisions that strike a balance between resource development and conservation."
Saying the Interior Department needed new leadership to restore public trust, Defenders of Wildlife says it “is deeply concerned” at the Bernhardt nomination.
Redding Reloading Equipment’s Master Hunter die set line includes a free-floating Carbide Size Button for an even greater level of performance. This new addition makes the Master Hunter Die set a superior upgrade for performance handloading applications.
Ranger Boats pro Jordan Lee reasserted his standing as the hottest professional angler with a win at Stage One on Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour on Florida’s Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and Garcia Reservoir.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., has announced that it will partner with MTN OPS to raise funds for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s (RMEF) land-access projects and other conservation efforts at this week’s Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, held at the Portland Expo Center on Feb. 6-10.
A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to trafficking in protected turtles. David Sommers acknowledged that he falsely labeled and trafficked turtles from August 7, 2014 through October 24, 2017. He faces as maximum of five years’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000 and restitution to New Jersey for the value of the turtles. He will be sentenced May 15, 2019.
Discover why we see gulls in the middle of winter during a presentation at Patoka Lake, Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m.
Learn outdoor skills while meeting other women during Patoka Lake’s Women’s Wilderness Weekend, April 26-28. This is a women’s-only event for ages 16 and older.

Night Fision will be exhibiting at the Nation’s Best Sports Spring Market from February 14 to February 18, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is proud to announce Mossy Oak as the Official Sponsor of the annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, February 13-17 in Nashville.
Jordan Lee, member of the Mossy Oak Fishing Team, won the inaugural Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour title.
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Plano's patented Dri-Loc O-ring and three tight sealing cam-action latches, work together to keep your favorite bait and tackle dry and corrosion free. The Waterproof Stowaways are the toughest, most rugged tackle boxes available.

MYSTERY RANCH introduced the updated Selway to their Hunting Line of backpacks. The updated includes the all new GUIDE LIGHT MT FRAME™ (Mystery Tech) and puts the Selway between the Pintler and Metcalf packs.
The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting district 240, which include portions of Missoula and Ravalli counties, closed at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.
The hunting of female mountain lions in southcentral Montana hunting district 511, which includes portions of Wheatland, Fergus and Golden Valley counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
Special opportunities to hunt Saturdays and Sundays during spring turkey season at Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area Refuge in Trumbull County are planned according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The goal of this unique opportunity is to bring together experienced and new hunters.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds hunters that time is running out to apply online for 2019 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for pronghorn and elk.
Nosler, Inc. steps up in support of Hunter’s Handbook, the official student publication of the International Hunter Education Association and The IHEA-USA Hunter & Shooting Sports Education Journal for 2019-2020.
American Buffalo Knife & Tool Co. (ABKT) is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Don Hansen & Company is the Sales Agency of Record and will be covering the 10 Midwestern states.
Kahr Firearms Group announces its sponsorship of TheManSpot at the King of the Hammers desert race and festival. Vaughn Neville, better known as TheManSpot by his social media fans, will be competing in the 2019 King of the Hammers offroad race in the 4500 class on Wednesday, February 6.

The Outdoor Group announces the promotion of Tommy Gomez to the position of Plant Manager. Tommy will be responsible for managing all manufacturing operations including assembly, supply chain, planning and warehouse management.
Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. received the 2018 “Customer of the Year” Award from Hornady. Bill Hicks and Co., Ltd. has been doing business with Hornady for 30 + years.
Monday, Blue Heron Communications, a full-service, outdoor-specialty marketing agency announced Daren Cole has been named Partner and General Manager. Daren will oversee Blue Heron Communications' expanding Norman office.
West Marine’s December “Month of Giving” fundraiser raised more than $40,000 in support of West Marine’s BlueFuture program which provides annual grants to community-based organizations across the U.S. dedicated to getting young people on and around the water through boating, fishing, paddling and the marine sciences.

TacSol launched several products this year at SHOT, and since the debut into the market, there’s been evidence of demand for their X-Ring VR rifle, X-Ring VR Takedown rifle, and their new Aeris suppressor.
Highby Outdoors, an online retailer comprised of former Cabela’s Inc. employees, announces the launch of its new online retail business, Based in Sidney, Nebraska, the company will offer outdoor products in the hunting, firearms and shooting, fishing and marine, knives and tools, camping and outdoors, and optics.
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S&W is seeking a brand manager for the M&P brand. The incumbent will provide oversight and direction for the brand -- brand hierarchy, market positioning, advertising and consumer facing materials.
Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Delta Waterfowl, and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers this week filed an amicus brief to support the writ application filed by the state of Louisiana requesting that the Louisiana Supreme Court hear a case affecting public ownership of Catahoula Lake.
TrueTimber has collaborated with world-famous optics brand Nikon to give outdoor enthusiasts a trio of hunt-ready optics in the legendary TrueTimber Kanati pattern
The LIVETARGET Rudd Swimbait’s intelligently engineered tail oscillator generates a unique, rudd-inspired swimming action and vibration that elicits hot pursuit and violent strikes.
Decorated in Realtree MAX-1 for superior concealment the lightweight, convenient and easy-to-use Decoy Carrying Case by Montana Decoy makes simple work of toting up to three decoys to your setup.
Victory Archery™ has firmly established itself as the carbon arrow experts. When you depend on superior accuracy for your target arrows, look no further than Victory Archery and the new VXT™ Target Arrows.
Delta McKenzie’s Wedgie Bag Target is now available in a convenient, portable 20-inch model. The tapered design allows the target to be free-standing with increased stability for arrow impact, even on uneven surfaces.
Apex Tactical Specialties announces that the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger for the Gen 3/Gen 4 model Glocks is compatible with the new Glock 43X and Glock 48 model pistols.
The new VXT Target Arrow is a micro-diameter (.166 ID) shaft offering the world class performance of a parallel-taper design built specifically for those who the demand the highest standards from their target arrows.
Delta McKenzie’s Wedgie Bag Target is now available in a convenient, portable 20-inch model. The tapered design allows the target to be free-standing with increased stability for arrow impact, even on uneven surfaces.
This week’s MOTV Pick of the Week - SCI Expedition Safari - takes viewers around the world in search of all types of game and is available to stream on MyOutdoorTV.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet on Monday, February 18th, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore in Tampa, Florida.
SITKA Gear is pleased to announce its partnership with Whitetail Properties, North America’s premiere brokerage for buying and selling recreational hunting, ranch and farm land.
ELEY announced the launch of its Match Director Program, offering discounts on its ammunition to help grow and incentivize rimfire matches in the U.S.
Nosler, Inc. steps up in support of Hunter’s Handbook, the official student publication of the International Hunter Education Association and The IHEA-USA Hunter & Shooting Sports Education Journal for 2019-2020.
Due to the government shutdown, the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region Permits Office is notifying permit holders of the continued validity of some permits, beyond the expiration date stated on the permits.
Summit Treestands, makers of versatile, cutting-edge elevated hunting stands and ground blinds, has renewed as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor.
In order to protect returning king salmon and ensure fishing opportunities in the future, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) will implement a sport fishing regulation closure for king salmon in the Karluk River drainage including the lagoon and its outlet stream effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 1 through 11:59 p.m.Thursday, July 25.
The Indiana DNR’s Community Hunting Access Program (CHAP) is now taking applications for funding for the 2019 hunting season through March 31.
Hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers in Wyoming contributed more than $1 billion to Wyoming’s economy during 2017, according to a new analysis by the University of Wyoming. It’s a 2.3 percent increase from 2016 due to more people heading outdoors.
Following Monday's press conference on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture would like to make clear that decades of research have provided abundant evidence that prions, or misfolded proteins, are the infectious agent of CWD, and this hypothesis is accepted by state agriculture and wildlife agencies across the U.S.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds hunters that time is running out to apply online for 2019 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for pronghorn and elk.
With the goal of producing more fish for endangered orcas, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife raised 7 million additional hatchery salmon in 2018 to release this year in the Columbia River, Puget Sound and tributaries to Washington's coast.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors March 10 and April 14 in Lincoln and May 8 in Kearney.
Up to $2.75 million in funding from the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF) may be available to local public agencies statewide for the Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange grant program (SAVE).
Lure Lock wants you to avoid a tackle disaster by entering the Lure Lock Effect Sweepstakes where one lucky winner will walk away with a Lure Lock tackle box package valued at over $750.
Join National Freshwater Fishing and Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Famer Jimmy Houston as he travels the country searching for the biggest fish around on
Jimmy Houston Outdoors on World Fishing Network on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
Watch as Matt Duff and Major League Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman Chipper Jones chase big bucks in Major League Bowhunter, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m., on Sportsman Channel.
This week on The High Road with Keith Warren, Matti Warren takes us back to Ontario, Canada where she took her first black bear. Turns out she can't get enough of this amazing experience so she’s back for one more black bear with the same air rifle.
This week on Deer and Wildlife Stories with Keith Warren, we head to the West Texas Hill Country to show viewers what "The Look of Texas" is for big whitetail bucks. Plus, we show viewers the “Super Star” of the deer industry.

Editor’s Note: Today’s op-ed from National Shooting Sports Foundation President Joe Bartozzi is reprinted with permission.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has made no secret about her desire for more gun restrictions. She has prepared an a la carte menu of ideas from universal background checks to bans on “assault weapons” and standard capacity magazines to ending sales to those between the ages of 18 and 21.

On the other side of Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, which took a failed experiment of the 1990s and somehow made it even worse.

Long-time political writer Dick Polman, in a column in the Atlantic  noted that the only missing ingredient to getting these bills signed into law is a “new massacre” to make gun control “a first-tier story.” There you have it. Polman pointed out what we’ve witnessed time and again.

So, here is our position – plainly stated. Those in the firearms industry are on the front lines every day working to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. Gun control advocates, whether elected officials and their staffs or the paid professionals of gun control lobbying organizations, meanwhile, are fully prepared to take advantage of the next tragedy.

Safer Communities

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, working on behalf of our industry, promotes the safe and lawful use of firearms for target shooting, hunting and self-defense. We want to ensure that those who are prohibited from possessing them, or those who can’t be trusted to purchase or handle firearms responsibly never get their hands on them. It is the firearms industry that leads the way to making our communities safer.

We act on the clear distinction between what constitutes lawful commerce in firearms and the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens to bear firearms and their criminal misuse. Gun control advocates may pay lip service to the Second Amendment and talk about not wanting to “take away your guns,” but that is exactly what most of what they propose tries to accomplish.

Through Project ChildSafe®, NSSF has partnered with more than 15,000 law enforcement and community partners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories and engaged more than 8,500 organizational supporters to distribute more than 38 million firearms safety kits including cable style gun locks. The program was singled out but the Government Accounting Office for its effectiveness. We have run this program for 20 years. Firearms manufacturers have been providing locking devices in the box with each new gun purchase for about the same amount of time.

NSSF launched Don’t Lie for the Other GuyTM in 2000, to help prevent and illegal “straw purchases” of firearms. The program is run in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to help educate firearms retailers how to detect and deter straw purchases. The public outreach associated with this campaign warns those who might consider this crime, they risk 10 years in jail and $250,000 fine. In that time, more than 1 billion media impressions have spread that message.

Real Solutions

Our FixNICS® campaign was launched in 2013, to encourage states to report to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System all records that establish someone is prohibited from owning a firearm under current law. As the result of our work in 16 states, in just five years, the number of disqualifying mental health records submitted to NICS increased by 220 percent to more than 5.3 million, from about 1.7 million in December 2012. Patterned on our work at the state level, The Fix NICS Act was passed on an overwhelming bipartisan basis in both houses of Congress and signed into federal law by President Trump last year. This law gives the states resources to further improve this reporting and also compels federal agencies to submit all disqualifying records.

More recently, NSSF again partnered with ATF to launch Operation Secure StoreSM to help retailers stem firearms thefts from their stores. This program encompasses a longstanding commitment to match ATF rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who commit these crimes. Additionally, through store security seminars nationwide, NSSF and ATF team up to help educate retailers on steps they can take to reduce the likelihood of thefts. NSSF independently takes this commitment further by offering retailers in-depth security audits and encouraging the use of such security products as protective window film and smash-resistant display cases. Affinity programs offer discounts to NSSF member retailers on these and other such products.

About two-thirds of firearms-related fatalities are due to suicide. Recognizing that tragic fact, NSSF has joinedwith the nation’s largest suicide prevention organization to develop a suicide prevention toolkit to help firearms retailers, shooting range operators and customers understand risk factors and warning signs related to suicide. The materials point to where to find help and help encourage secure firearms storage options. NSSF also works closely with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department to help prevent suicides.

This is what action looks like. These are real solutions that help build safer communities. Instead of taking advantage of and politicizing tragic events with public relations tactics in support of policies that are ineffective and harmful to our citizens’ rights, we will always work for solutions over soundbites and will be steadfast in our work, day in and day out, on the front lines of preventing guns from getting into the hands of those who should not have them.

— Joe Bartozzi
Bartozzi is President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)

Event Calendar

Great American Outdoor Show

The annual Great American Outdoor Show will be held at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

National Wild Turkey Federation 42nd Annual Convention & Sport Show

Gaylord Opryland Hotel 
Nashville, Tennessee

Western Hunting & Conservation Expo

Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City. Website:

Mid-South Sports, RV and Boat Show

The 56th annual Mid-South Sports, RV and Boat Show will be held Feb. 15-17 at the Agricenter in East Memphis. The show has added RVs to its title this year ( or 901-867-2007).

Ducks in the Desert Continental Shoot

Clark County Shooting Complex, Las Vegas, Nevada
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