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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019

- AMMUNITION -
Norma is pleased to announce the availability of TIPSTRIKE, a new line of hunting ammunition. At the heart of the TIPSTRIKE design is a polymer tip that ensures expansion and gives a devastating shock effect due to the construction of the bullet jacket.
- AWARDS -
Taurus is pleased to announce that the editors and staff of NRA Publications' American Hunter has selected the new Taurus Raging Hunter as the 2019 American Hunter Handgun of the Year. 

 

- BIRDING -
Join the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors on Friday, Feb. 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. for a morning of birding in both wetland and forested habitats at Belle Isle Park

- CONSERVATION -
Whitetails Unlimited contributed more than $218,000 through the H.O.P.E. (Habitat Options and Planned Enhancement) for Wildlife program last fiscal year.
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) 2018 update, titled “Connecting People, Waterfowl and Wetlands,” was recently released.
- CONTESTS -
Liberty Safe and Black Rifle Coffee Company have joined forces to offer a giveaway for two of America’s favorite things: top-of-the-line home safes and delicious coffee. From now through February 25, you can enter to win a Liberty Safe filled with Black Rifle Coffee.
- ENFORCEMENT -
Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers aided in the arrest Monday of a 23-year-old Gogebic County man at a service station in Mass City.

- EVENTS -
Viridian Weapon Technologies will be exhibiting the FACT Duty Weapon Mounted Camera at the 2019 National Sheriff’s Association Winter Legislative & Technology Conference.
A family friendly trout fishing event will be held at Big Lake near Council Bluffs this Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m.
Registration is open for spring Becoming and Outdoors Woman workshop, May 3-5, originating from the PZAZZ! Convention and Events Center, in Burlington.
- FISHERIES -
The fishing season, which included spearing or hook-and-line fishing, was scheduled to run Feb. 2-6, or until the harvest quota had been reached--and that came very quickly.

If you’re planning to fish for yellow perch this spring, keep in mind that there’s a new daily possession limit – 25 fish, reduced from 50 – starting April 1 on nearly all state waters.
The fishing season, which included spearing or hook-and-line fishing, was scheduled to run Feb. 2-6, or until the harvest quota had been reached--and that came very quickly.
The trout stocking at Bacon Creek is scheduled for Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Previously scheduled for Jan. 26, the stocking was postponed due to unsafe ice conditions.
- FISHING TOURNAMENTS -
Inshore anglers from across Florida and surrounding regions will converge at Jacksonville, Florida, February 16-17, for the season-opening events for the Florida East Division of the 2019 IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour.

- GAMING -
3-Gun Nation VR was developed as collaboration between 3GN and Team Bravo, a gaming studio based in Hong Kong. The core strategy of 3GN VR is to develop a gaming platform that represents real 3-Gun competition shooting.
- GEAR -
Designed for today’s more compact crossbows, the Slayer Crossbow Case offers the protection needed to keep your bow safe when chasing big game or storing in the off-season.
- HUNTING -
- INDUSTRY -
SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to announce the M18, the compact variant of the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System, has successfully completed a recent Lot Acceptance Test with zero stoppages during the required MHS Material Reliability Testing. The recent MHS Material Reliability Test consisted of firing three M18 pistols to an unprecedented 12,000 rounds each, and the M18 performed with zero stoppages.

Galco International, LTD is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. With dozens of patents and innovations, the Galco Gunleather brand has remained at the forefront of concealed carry gear for a half century.

 

MidwayUSA announces the release of "Brenda's Beceite Ibex," a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.
Mossy Oak is pleased to announce that J Scott Judy is their 2018 ProStaffer of the Year. Mossy Oak is proud to have one of the largest ProStaffs in the outdoors industry, and its winner is chosen from nearly 1000 ProStaff members.
Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd., a distributor of wholesale sporting goods, received the 2018 “Distributor of the Year” Award from Legacy Sports International. Bill Hicks and Co., Ltd. has been doing business with Legacy Sports for 20 + years.

- JOBS -
The Outtech team is continuing to expand and is currently seeking highly-qualified candidates with a passion for the outdoor industry. The company seeks candidates in various fields - for sales, marketing and key accounts positions.
- LAND MANAGEMENT -
Mast orchards are an effective and popular way to attract and hold more wildlife on your land. However, if you want them to be more productive, remember the 5 Ps: Proper Planting Prevents Poor Performance.
- MEDIA -
Brandlive, the video solutions platform for companies like GoPro, adidas, and Digital Trends, has announced the release of Brandlive Producer, a new software for producing professional-quality live video events.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
Streamlight, Inc. introduced a new version of its ultra-compact TLR-6 rail mount weapon light, designed to securely attach to the rail and trigger guard of SIG SAUER P365 subcompact handguns. The new light/laser module, which uses an ultra-bright power LED, also features an integrated red aiming laser.

Real Avid announced a new tool set, the AR15 Armorer’s Master Kit. It contains the Armorer's Master Wrench, Lug-Lok Upper Vise Block, the Smart Fit Vise Block and more.
Mec-Gar USA announced the addition of an upgraded 9mm 19 round Sig Sauer P226 X5 magazine to their product line. The magazine consists of a 17 round tube with their new aluminum +2 basepad installed.
Offered in 11 different models with specific actions for every salmon fishing technique, G. Loomis introduces the newly-designed E6X Salmon rods.
- NEWS -
A leading international Electro-Optics company is seeking a Vice President of Sales and Marketing, who will lead a US subsidiary based in Harrisburg, PA.
- NOTICES -
Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by Feb. 20.
- ONLINE -
Gulf Coast communities now have a new way to access coastal and ocean information about the Gulf of Mexico thanks to a new website developed by the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS).
- ORGANIZATIONS -
The Boone and Crockett Club supports President Trump’s nomination of David Bernhardt to be the new Secretary of the Interior.
- RECOGNITION -
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce that Kerry Graves has been honored as the Service’s 2018 Supervisor of the Year in the Southwest Region. Graves manages Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
- RECREATION -
Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers increased snowmobile patrols during the 51st running of the International 500 Snowmobile Race over this past weekend in Sault Ste. Marie in Chippewa County.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
In 2019, BOLT Lock will remain a sponsor of Justin Lucas for the fifth year, supporting his competitive fishing career move to Major League Fishing (MLF).
- STATES -
The Buffalo Reef Task Force has released a Draft Preliminary Alternatives Analysis for protecting important reef fish spawning habitat from copper mine tailings (stamp sands) dumped into Lake Superior at Gay, Michigan 100 years ago.
If you’re planning to fish for yellow perch this spring, keep in mind that there’s a new daily possession limit – 25 fish, reduced from 50 – starting April 1 on nearly all state waters.
The DNR's social accounts (62 in all, including dozens of individual state park Facebook pages and a state parks Instagram feed) are among the most active in state government, receiving over 100,000 messages a year through the department's social channels.
Idaho Fish and Game's proposed changes for the 2019-20 big game hunting seasons are now available for public review and comment.
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Wednesday, February 13, at FWP Headquarters in Helena. The session begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be streamed live via video to all FWP regional offices and audio streamed online at fwp.mt.gov.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) added an additional date, February 19 at the Alachua County Library Headquarters in Gainesville, to a series of public meetings to gather community input about the agency’s aquatic plant herbicide treatment program.
- TELEVISION -
Shooting USA covers the NRA World Shooting Championship, a match that adds the scores from many different shooting disciplines to find the best all-around shooting champion.
- TOURNAMENTS -
Inshore anglers from across Florida and surrounding regions will converge at Jacksonville, Florida, February 16-17, for the season-opening events for the Florida East Division of the 2019 IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour.
- WASHINGTON -
The Boone and Crockett Club Tuesday affirmed its commitment to fighting Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) by supporting recently introduced House legislation HR 837.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies welcomes the recently nominated David Bernhardt as the next Secretary of the Interior.
- WILDLIFE -
As part of its multi-year Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Project, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks conducted elk capture operations in both the northern portion of the Tendoy Mountains southwest of Dillon and in the southern portion of the Bangtail Mountains northwest of Livingston.
 

A Connecticut state legislator has introduced a measure that, if passed, would levy a 50% tax ammunition. According to Rep. Jillian Gilchrist, the bill is a “public health matter” not the equivalent of a “sin tax” levied against shooters.

The freshman legislator explained in a video she uploaded to Twitter that “we want to increase it (the tax on ammunition) by 50 percent, because we see it as a prevention measure.”

“For example,” she continued, “if someone were to buy a 50 cartridge box of ammunition for about $10, it would increase the price to $15.”

As you can imagine, the National Rifle Association has already condemned the legislation, while legal observers have concerns about the legality of such a measure.

Gilchrist’s not impressed.

“We see this as a public health measure,” she said, “similar to what we’ve done in Connecticut with increasing the tax on cigarettes. When we increase that tax, we’ve seen a reduction in use.”

While her measure - and the motivation behind it- may be called into question, there have been other successful taxes on ammunition. The Washington Supreme Court upheld Seattle’s ammunition and gun tax in 2017, saying the tax was acceptable because its “primary purpose was to raise revenue” rather than discourage gun owners from buying ammunition.

The NRA was quick to post this on Twitter: “This dreadful legislation punishes law-abiding citizens and makes it harder on them to safely use firearms.”

Gilchrist’s response was equally pointed: “Every day, hundreds of Americans are killed with guns. @NRA, I’m interested in preventing gun violence. If increasing the tax on ammunition can prevent just one death, it’s worth it.”

That sounds good, but it’s easy to advocate for a tax when it doesn’t impact you. And it seems a reach to treat shooting and smoking as equal public health issues. Smoking, after all, is a health risk. Shooting, on the other hand, is recreation - and already subject to all sorts of safety regulations.

What she’s suggesting is, in essence, a sin tax. And another step toward two less than noble goals: the further demonization of gun owners and another government intrusion into the lives of average citizens.

Of course, she’s not alone in her ultimate goals. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a 50 percent increase in the state budget for the program that seeks to seize firearms from people ruled “ineligble” to own guns because of past criminal convictions or mental illness. Newsom’s also pushing state lawmakers to expand a CalDOJ unit tasked with enforcing gun sale laws, and a bump in budgeting for the Firearms Violence Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

California legislators, in response, are hoping they can reintroduce and pass gun control legislation that was vetoed by former Gov. Jerry Brown.

Those measures include a purchase limit of one long gun per month, and regulations on parts that can be used to build “homemade” guns.

They’ve already introduced measures that would put a 10-year firearm prohibition on anyone convicted of two drug or alcohol crimes in a three-year period, a requirement that gun owners lock up their weapons when they’re not at home, and a tax on gun sales that would fund violence prevention programs. A bill that would permit more people to seek “gun violence restraining orders” against someone they “believe poses a danger to themselves or others” has also been reintroduced.

Today, we live in a society where tolerance, lifestyle choice and personal freedom are shoved down the throats of anyone who dares question government encroachment that’s supposed to be “for our own good.”

Instead, the belief in limited government, fewer regulations, or the idea that personal responsibility accompany personal choice isn’t covered by the same people who in turn pillory us for “intolerance.”

That’s not tolerance; it’s hypocrisy.

—Jim Shepherd

OUTDOOR WIRE
Event Calendar

FEBRUARY 2-10
Great American Outdoor Show

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

FEBRUARY 13-17
National Wild Turkey Federation 42nd Annual Convention & Sport Show

Gaylord Opryland Hotel 
Nashville, Tennessee
http://www.nwtf.org/convention

FEBRUARY 14-17
Western Hunting & Conservation Expo

Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City. Website: www.huntexpo.com

FEBRUARY 15-17
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 (www.memphisboatshow.com or 901-867-2007).

FEBRUARY 20-24
Ducks in the Desert Continental Shoot

Clark County Shooting Complex, Las Vegas, Nevada
Info: 
 (661) 992-2941, email shoot@ducks.org or visit www.chshootresults.com

 
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