Hoot & Holler Training Academy hosted the Ark-La-Tex Archery Festival at the Louisiana fairgrounds in Shreveport, Louisiana. There were 6 indoor tournaments conducted under one roof.
Anderson Archery hosted the Kentucky S3DA Central Indoor Regional at Anderson County High School in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. There were 295 archers that participated in this event.
Sporting Classics magazine recently recognized Federal Ammunition as part of the magazine’s 17th annual Awards of Excellence. Nominees for the 2019 awards were submitted by Sporting Classics’ senior and contributing editors, then finalized by the magazine staff.

Starting today, the top skeet athletes in the world will be on display at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club in Arizona for the second half of USA Shooting’s Shotgun Spring Selection.
Anderson Archery hosted the Kentucky S3DA Central Indoor Regional at Anderson County High School in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, with 295 archers participating.
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc., will be making an appearance at the 2019 IWA OutdoorClassics show on March 8-11.They will be showing their new contract-winning REC10 this year.
SureFire, LLC will be exhibiting at both the IWA Outdoor Classic and Enforce Tac shows March 6-11 in Nuremberg, Germany. SureFire will be displaying their illumination tools, hearing protection, and several new additions to its extensive product line.

Mossy Oak Fishing is proud to display Elements Agua, the official pattern of B.A.S.S in its booth at the 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
Trinity Oaks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded on the premise that active participation in the outdoors is a powerful, healing, and fundamentally life-changing experience, teamed up with the Hill Country Chapter of the Quail Coalition on Feb. 15-17 to offer six Austin-area boys the opportunity to truly learn where their food comes from.
Bear Archery and its family of archery brands is set to attend the 2019 Outdoor Life Field & Stream Expo held March 8-10 in Lansing, Michigan.
The outdoor community comes together this weekend at the expanded Outdoor Life/Field & Stream Expo presented by Suzuki KingQuad at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich., March 8-10.

JP Enterprises has debuted their new manual rifle for 2019, the MR-19. The MR-19 is a collaborative rifle project between JP and other premier manufacturers in the precision rifle market, including Ultimatum Precision and Proof Research.
Savage brings together precision, performance and price with its new AXIS II rifle which features an AccuTrigger and updated stock. The rifle’s user-adjustable AccuTrigger, thread-in headspacing and floating bolt head extract the utmost accuracy from the 22-inch button rifled sporter barrel.
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The new Shocker™ Cut-N-Run Turkey Pack (from ALLEN) is the only piece of turkey gear that can be used for fast stalking as a chest pack, covering ground as a sling pack or even during stationary calling sequences as a thigh rig.
Available in either a 2.5- or a 3.3-inch blade length, the new TrailBlaze features ambidextrous thumb studs for easy one-hand opening as well as a stainless-steel pocket clip for easy sheath-free carry.

Remington Cutlery introduced its second group of products under the official license of Buck Knives, Inc. at SHOT Show. These include limited edition Bullet Knives, new additions to the Heritage Series and more.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that $24.75 million in funding is available for local governments and nonprofit organizations seeking to restore local waterways, increase climate resilience and develop the next generation of environmental stewards.
Whitetails Unlimited has awarded a $1,000 grant to the Doddridge County, West Virginia 4-H Shooting Sports program. During the past year Whitetails Unlimited has awarded more than $80,000 to local 4-H Shooting Sports Programs throughout the country.
The seven winners of the 2018 Wetland Wonders Challenge are Rod Brummel of Fenton, Kris Kartje of Milan, Dustin Lemaire of Chesaning, Cameron MacLennan of Holland, Seth Martin of Smith’s Creek, Gage Newberg of Grant and Karl Weder of Monroe.

Stone Road Media is proud to welcome former VP Group Account Director of Hatch Marketing, Katie Wilberding, to their team.
Callie Hoyt and Clay Crabtree have joined the National Marine Manufacturers Association as its newest directors of federal government relations.
Want to learn more about the transition from ITAR-to-EAR under U.S. Export Control Reform for the firearms and ammunition industry? Join Orchid Advisors at the IWA Outdoor Classic March 9th through the 11th in Nuremburg, Germany for a free introductory training session on ECR.
To emphasize its commitment to digital media, Realtree has formed a new division called Realtree Digital, LLC, and partnered with Bill Winke, the pioneer of digital video content within the hunting industry.

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Texas Hunter Products is looking for a motivated, results-driven Director of Sales to drive the sale of hunting and fishing products. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the person selected be charged with maximizing the availability of our brands and products. If you are competitive, experienced, and hungry to grow, they would be excited to talk to you.
The Washington "Spring Blade" Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, has passed the Senate 46-1. It would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of "spring blade" knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of "dangerous weapon.
Streamlight, Inc introduced the TLR-VIR II, a lightweight, compact rail-mounted tactical light with a high intensity white LED, an integrated infrared LED illuminator, and Class 1 “Eye Safe” IR aiming laser. The new light securely fits all long guns with MIL-STD-1913 rails and M17/M18 pistols.
Michael Waddell Signature Series Time & Motion™ Strap Vest 2.0 in Realtree Timber Camo is designed for the hunter who wants all the bells but can do with a little less whistle. However, with 10 custom call pockets and more than 20 other pockets, the Strap Vest 2.0 carries more gear than most full vests on the market.

TrueTimber Strata, one of the brand’s most popular multipurpose camouflage patterns, is now featured on several Excalibur Crossbow products, including the Micro Suppressor, Assassin and Assassin 420 TD.
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Samson Manufacturing will be exhibiting at the 46th IWA OutdoorClassics 2019, from Friday, March 8 through Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Exhibition Centre in Nuremburg, Germany.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has been developing more opportunities for those wanting to learn rifle marksmanship safety and fundamentals by offering remote, regional rifle Small Arms Firing Schools around the country throughout the year. The regional SAFS program began in August 2018 and has expanded its schedule for 2019.
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps announced the selection of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program as the firearms safety training and marksmanship partner for the USNSCC Program. The Scholastic Action Shooting Program is operated by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, an educational-athletic non-profit amateur sports organization which exists to introduce scholastic age youth to competitive team shooting sports.

Tactacam video cameras has renewed their national sponsorship with Whitetails Unlimited.
Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, has signed on to become a Local Partner Sponsor of the 2019 Bassmaster Classic to be held March 15-17 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Winchester Ammunition, a long-time sponsor and supporter of the Scholastic Clay Target Program has agreed to a three-year sponsorship at the “Red Diamond” level, the highest level of sponsorship available to those interested in supporting the program.
Prophetstown State Park is expanding under an agreement to purchase 134 acres of land on the southeast side of the park’s existing footprint. The land, part of the park’s original master plan, has been sought by the DNR since the 1990s.\
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Boise on March 12-13, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in the Main Auditorium of the Washington Group Building.
In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced the locations of 69 trout stockings.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout in ten lakes across Iowa in March and April as part of its cool weather trout program.
The Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD) will host three public meetings to provide information about potential upcoming regulation changes. To provide the information in a timely manner, the meetings are designed to address the priorities and issues of specific user groups.
Sixty-two outstanding high school anglers from across the country have been named to the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.
Shooting USA’s Jim and John Scoutten and Chris Cerino run the aisles at SHOT Show 2019 to report what’s making news in firearms, ammo, and accessories in a full hour of non-stop reporting.
Turkey hunting can require a lot of gear and oftentimes the need to get from one place to the next quickly. Can-Am is highlighting some accessories to put on its Defender line that will help get you and your gear from one place to the next when chasing Spring gobblers this season.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game is looking for volunteers to assist in planting sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings this spring in three locations in the Magic Valley. These native shrub communities provide food and shelter to a variety of wildlife including mule deer, elk, sage grouse and other upland birds, as well as song birds and small mammals.
To get started, attend one of Fish and Game’s New Instructor Orientation classes coming up in southeast Idaho. These classes also serve as great refresher courses for those who are already certified hunter or trapper education instructors.
The Game Commission has launched its second livestream of the season – video and audio captured at a Monroe County black-bear den and streamed in real time to viewers at

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature first appeared in our companion service, The Archery Wire. In her feature, Mia Anstine explains why it’s important for hunters to get involved in the battles over gun rights.

Hunters need to stand together now more than ever to preserve our traditions and freedoms. I recently wrote an op-ed in opposition to H.R. 8, the supposed universal background check law. Later, the House GOP invited me to speak at a press conference on Capitol Hill where the bill then passed the House with a 240 -190 vote. We have to tell our Senators to vote NO on this and other feel-good bills.

I grew up with a family who hunted to put food on the table. We also lived down a dirt road, far from town and had guns as a means of protection for us and our livestock. I still live in a rural area, hunt, and have animals. This way of life isn’t one that the masses understand. For that reason, I’ve become an instructor and work to share hunting, shooting, and the outdoors with others.

I teach basic firearms, archery, and hunter education classes. I also help with youth competitive shooting teams. H.R. 8 is a threat to these activities. If a youngster competing in a Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) competition and she only has a bow, I won’t be allowed to lend her, her parents, or the coach a shotgun, unless I’m present at the event, or I run a background check on them.

In Colorado, we already have a universal background check law, which has done nothing to reduce crime. Our law, and H.R. 8, has many shades of gray. While a grandparent will be able to loan a hunting rifle to their grandchild, an uncle won’t be allowed to loan one to his niece. A step-father won’t be allowed to loan to their step-child.

There are exemptions for hunting written into H.R. 8. As an outfitter, I may loan my gun to a client for “a reasonable length of time.” Some hunting seasons are months long — Is that a reasonable length of time?

I’ll have to run a background check on my neighbor whose animals are being threatened by predators, or friend who has a stalker. Then he/she can “borrow” my gun, except then it becomes his/her gun. To return the firearm, they’ll have to run a background check on me. With H.R. 8 if we don’t follow these rules, we’ll both become felons.

We all have to stand against these types of laws, and if you’re an archer who thinks it won’t affect you, know that they’re attempting to ban the National Archery in the Schools program in the state of New York. Your state could be next, or like these universal background check laws, it could go national.

The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting; It’s designed to save us from tyranny. Universal background check laws will never be universal because criminals don’t obey the law. It will instead cause law-abiding citizens to become criminals.

I urge you to not to solely rant on social media but to contact your Senators now. Tell them to VOTE NO on H.R. 8 and other bills that threaten to dismantle our constitution.

Follow this link to contact your Senators now.

-- Mia Anstine 

Follow Mia at http://MiaAnstine.Com Listen to her podcast “MAC Outdoors” on iTunes, Stitcher and more. 

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