Federal is proud to introduce five new Premium HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey shotshell loads, extending the revolutionary shells’ deadly reach on gobblers. Shipments have been delivered to dealers.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the SIG SAUER P365 pistol and the SIG MCX Rattler have each been recognized with a 2018 Editors’ Choice Award from ON TARGET magazine. ON TARGET Magazine’s 2018 Editors’ Choice Awards are given to the, “best-of-the-best in new guns, optics, gear, and accessories,” for the 2018 product year.
The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club West Palm Beach/Lake Park offer a choice of two fun on the water training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: “Intro to Boating” and “Women Making Waves,” Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, at the club’s location in Lake Park, Florida.

The University of Montevallo duo of Justin Barnes of Monroeville, Alabama, and Adam Carroll of Carrollton, Georgia, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Seminole Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 1 ounce.
Team Beretta shooter, Joseph Fanizzi, recently achieved podium honors in 6 different events at two regional competitions. At last week’s 2019 Krieghoff Classic, Fanizzi attained 4 podium honors in the Main, 5-Stand, Preliminary, and Super Sporting events in the sub-junior category.
The year’s most anticipated tournament of the year wrapped up Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada with record attendance and a record 24-man shoot down where Elite Archery’s Chance Beaubouef impressed with a second place finish.
Sergio Pagni beat-out 23 other archers in the largest shootdown ever to take the compound open championship -and $53,000 prize- at the fifty-third Vegas Shoot.

America’s longest-serving conservation organization, the Appalachian Mountain Club, is teaming up with the country’s top ranked environmental nonprofit, The Conservation Fund, to protect nearly 27,000 acres of working forestland in Maine’s North Woods.
GoWild has partnered with the National Wild Turkey Federation to promote hunter recruitment with a sweepstakes valued at over $4,500
Four snowmobilers were rescued Saturday night from the ice of the Big Iron River by a pair of conservation officers who risked their own safety to find the riders and bring them back to waiting emergency crews.
Taurus wishes to inform Sports, Inc. members that it will be displaying at the upcoming Sports, Inc. Outdoor Sporting Goods Show February 13-16 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ.

Due to warmer days and cold nights, late February and early March are prime time for ice fishing, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
- GEAR -
The IceChip Insulated Lunchbox in Realtree EDGE Camo or Realtree Fishing Blue is a lightweight portable lunch cooler with the soul and guts of a hard-sided cooler, combined with the weight of a soft-side cooler.
The hunting of female mountain lions in western Montana hunting districts 200 and 201, which includes portions of Mineral, Sanders and Missoula counties, closed at one-half hour after sunset on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.
The Outdoor Group is excited to announce that Stephen Wasko has accepted the position of Assembly Manager, where he will oversee the production and assembly of all nine brands under the TOG umbrella: Elite Archery, Scott Archery, Custom Bow Equipment, SlickTrick Broadheads, Solid Broadheads, Lynch Mob Calls, Duel Game Calls, CAMX Crossbows and Winner’s Choice.

Tactical Solutions is proud to be exhibiting at the 2019 NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market, February 14-18 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Pietta Firearms is proud to be exhibiting at the 2019 NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market. The show will take place February 14-18 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd., a distributor of wholesale sporting goods, received the 2018 “Distributor of the Year” Award from Warne Manufacturing Company.
This weekend you can find Lucky Duck, and their entire line-up, at the NWTF Convention in Nashville, TN. Decoys will be available for purchase: booth #1346.

American Buffalo Knife & Tool Co. (ABKT) is pleased to be exhibiting at the 2019 NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market. The event will take place February 14-18 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bangers LP, a leading shooting sports distributor, is excited to kick off its 2019 online E-Show on Monday February 18th running through Friday, February 22nd.
- JOBS -
Jim Ferry & Associates is seeking candidates for the position of outside sales representative in the outdoor industry. This position will sell in both the commercial firearms and law enforcement firearms markets. The territory is Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. has released two new striking sets of gent’s cufflinks, made from spent Hornady ammunition cases in .275 and .416 Rigby chamberings.

Walther Arms is proud to offer the highest level of quality and precision on the market now in a series of holsters. The Walther Competition C1 Holster is a black kydex competition holster, legal for use in IDPA, USPSA, IPSC, and 3-Gun when using the correct bracket.
2019 brings new additions to the BaitBall Spinner Rig family: biomimetic color patterns that make a proven fish-catcher even more effective. The four new colors will be available for the BaitBall Spinner Rig and its complementary Interchange System.
Streamlight Inc. introduced a laser-equipped model of its popular ProTac Rail Mount HL-X weapon light. The ultra-bright long-gun light delivers 1,000 lumens, while offering double-switch functionality and an integrated red aiming laser with a unique clamp design to maintain windage and elevation adjustments.
Best Binoculars Reviews (BBR) has awarded the GPO PASSION 10x42 HD binocular with its most prestigious award, 2019 Best Binocular.

Bear Archery announced Monday the launch of the Saga 405, a high-performance crossbow built for top-of-the-line speed, extreme accuracy, and maximum versatility at a price that is attractive to well-seasoned hunters and novices alike.
The team at Rhino Blinds, manufacturer of the world’s greatest ground blinds, have partnered up with everyone’s favorite Bone Collector crew to create the ultimate ground blind for hunters.
With the introduction of the Cirrus Pro, hunters have even more capabilities in the palm of their hand. The Cirrus Pro maintains all the same use and functionality as the original Cirrus Wind Indicator.
Federal introduces five new Premium HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey shotshell loads, extending the revolutionary shells’ deadly reach on gobblers. Shipments have been delivered to dealers.
The Salt Creek Valley History Open House scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17 at Paynetown State Recreation Area at Monroe Lake has been canceled due to lake flooding.
This week’s MOTV Pick of the Week – Red Arrow – centers around host Kip Campbell’s love of family, faith and taking monster whitetail. Campbell continues to pursue bigger and better bucks in Red Arrow, streaming now on MyOutdoorTV.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that Birchwood Casey has agreed to be the official target sponsor for the organization’s First Shots program. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Birchwood Casey is a leading manufacturer of firearms cleaning products, targets and other shooting and range accessories.
Hunter’s Handbook, the official student publication of the International Hunter Education Association in the United States announces a partnership with Powderhook.
The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors announces the passing of co-founder and long-time administrator, Tom Pertierra, for the 35-year old public safety, non-profit association. He was 68 years old.
National Audubon Society’s 2019 Audubon Gala honored two environmental stewards who have committed their lives to conservation: Johnny Morris and family and J. Drew Lanham, Ph.D.
The Head Down Firearms SHOT Show giveaways were extended to February 14th to allow those who did not attend the show a chance to win. However, if you haven’t been watching social media, you may not know that there are only a few days left to enter.
GUNS Magazine Executive Editor Payton Miller shares his experience with the new Savage 110 Scout, a scout design that will “probably make even the most adamant purist happy.”
Not sure what to get that special someone for Valentines Day? Just type into your browser, and a plethora of fabulous gifts ideas will appear.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks and Mc3 Stocks are pleased to support the AxisWorks Long-Range Challenge to be held on February 15-17 at the Big Sandy Range located between Wikieup and Kingman, Arizona.
The Castle High School Knights archery team was recognized yesterday on the respective floors of the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate for winning the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) titles of state, national and world champion last year.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting an open house regarding the management of Juniper Lake in Walton County. The FWC is considering a drawdown of Juniper Lake between October 2019 and January 2020 to restore and improve lake habitat.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that elk shoulder seasons end Friday, February 15.
Follow legendary angler Al Lindner as he pursues all kinds of fish from bass to northern pike in Lindner’s Angling Edge, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on World Fishing Network.
Welcome back to the time of the year when temperatures are about to rise, the woods are on the verge of turning green, and the first light of each day is met with a thunderous gobble. Welcome to “Turkey Season” at Mossy Oak GO.
After missing out on several hog hunting trips, Scott York works his way back into the hot seat when Chad starts to feel a little guilty about having all the fun. Summer time hogs under the new Outfitter and Sportsman feeder lights.
This week on Deer and Wildlife Stories with Keith Warren, Keith heads up to Michigan to explore the booming deer industry there, starting at the United Deer Farmers of Michigan convention.

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature came to us from the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA).

Washington, DC - In a letter submitted to President Donald Trump on Thursday, February 7, 2019, Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) Executive Director Jim Donofrio requested an immediate halt on all work on proposed industrial wind farms along the Atlantic Coast. The request was prompted in response to the issuance of 6 commercial offshore wind leases by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) since 2016 along the Atlantic Coast. BOEM is the federal agency under the Department of Interior that oversees offshore renewal energy development in federal waters. Donofrio called for work being conducted under this permits to be halted citing a failure of the agency to fully investigate and assess the impacts that offshore wind energy generation facilities will have on valuable commercial and recreational fisheries.

In his letter, Donofrio articulated the fishing community's concerns with the pace at which the leases have been issued and the lack of a comprehensive ecological evaluation on the potential impacts that offshore wind development may have on fish stocks. While the idea that adding new structure in the form of wind turbines to the ocean, particularly in areas where the bottom is comprised of fine sand, will attract fish and create new fishing opportunities for anglers, one cannot over-look the literature coming out of countries that have aggressively developed their coast lines with wind turbines. Studies from Denmark and other European countries find that fish stocks display measurable behavioral and migratory responses in presences of noise (vibrations created by the massive blades) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) produced by the turbines and the miles of underwater cables required to transmit the electricity generated to shore.

Applying these findings to the lease areas proposed for development off of Atlantic coast the US, there is the very real threat that once installed, offshore wind farms may disrupt north/south and inshore/offshore migrations of important fish stocks such as striped bass, bluefish and pelagics. It is also unknown how the inshore/offshore movements of demersal species such as summer flounder will be impacted. It would be extremely unfortunate to build these facilities in hast only to find out that EMF from the transmission cables disrupts the seasonal movements of summer flounder into Mid-Atlantic bays and estuaries. RFA finds that associated risks far outweigh the benefits of offshore wind and demands that development be halted so that all potential impacts can be fully vetted.

"The companies that are pursuing these projects have no legal obligation or regard for American commercial or recreational fishermen who have been on these grounds earning a living for decades," explained Jim Donofrio. "Our jobs and our fisheries must come first."

In a recent article included in Making Waves, RFA's newsletter, RFA outlined the numerous concerns associated with offshore wind facilities. Specifically, the article outlined the economic cost of offshore wind which falls on the backs of rate payers. In many of these projects, the vast majority of the capital comes from rate payer subsidies, federal and state assistance and tax credits, not from private sources. Offshore wind has proven to be one of the most expensive forms of electric generation but companies, many of which are foreign, are scrambling to secure leases because US tax payers will foot the bill for the planning, construction and operation of their facilities and then in turn, the companies can sell the electricity back to rate payers at an above market rate.

Also cited in the February 7th letter to President Trump are the navigational and safety at sea issues associated with the proposed offshore wind facilities. The United States Coast Guard and the United States Marine Corp have both expressed concerns that wind turbines would interfere with their missions along the East Coast.

BOEM has conducted 7 competitive lease sales and now has 12 active wind development areas with at least one in each state from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Total lease areas off the Atlantic Coast are expected to exceed 1.4 million acres excluding the submerged lands developed and used for transmission lines. Make no mistake, once fully built, off-shore wind stands to have a significant and permanent impact on our fisheries.

"There is absolutely no reason we should be rushing to develop offshore wind with the US producing more clean, domestic natural gas than ever," stated Donofrio. "BOEM needs to slow down and carefully review all the impacts associated with offshore wind before jeopardizing our marine resources and straddling US tax payers with higher electric bills."


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Western Hunting & Conservation Expo

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Mid-South Sports, RV and Boat Show

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