Federal is excited to announce new Fusion component bullets, which will let handloaders craft their own loads with the bullet design that forever changed hunting ammunition. Shipments have been delivered to dealers.
The new RANGE-ROVER DUO model LED sight retains all the features of the original RANGE•ROVER PRO, while adding an additional red LED inside of the lens.
Eight more athletes, including three Olympians and four Juniors, came to the U.S. Army Marksmanship’s Home of Champions in Fort Benning, Georgia and earned their spots in smallbore (.22 caliber) competition for the Pan American Games or two future World Cups on the final day of USA Shooting’s Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection Match.

Westin Moss and Josh Willis of Tennessee's Whitewell High School win the 2019 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Southern Open presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors at Lake Guntersville with a total of 20 pounds, 11 ounces.
Four 18-foot skiffs take on a 1,300 mile route from Pensacola to Jacksonville April 4-7
SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range has announced that registration is now open for new exhibitors wishing to attend in 2020. The 15th annual Industry Day at the Range will take place one day prior to SHOT Show. Spaces are extremely limited, so prospective exhibitors are encouraged to register soon.
After more than three years of planning, design and construction, the all-new McIvor Shooting Facility will open to the public on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Members of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) and the Foundation of the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (FMWFP) built the public shooting range facility in north Mississippi with support from Winchester Ammunition.

The Stevens 320 Security platform has been proven for years, and now it sports a redesigned black matte synthetic stock and fore- end. Like all 320 shotguns, it features a smooth, reliable pump action, rotary bolt and dual slide-bars.
Starting May 13, anglers will have an opportunity to catch and retain legal-size white sturgeon in the lower 40 miles of the Columbia River under rules approved by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.
Walleye angler harvest rates set records in 2018, and numerous large hatches point to a bright future for the Walleye Capital of the World.
Anglers for Conservation has announced their 2019 Vegas Style Casino Night Fundraiser event benefiting their Hook Kids on Fishing Program, which will be hosted at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, Saturday, April 6..

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Hunter Safety System has partnered with Mossy Oak® to offer its Lil Treestalker youth harness in the very popular Bottomland® camouflage pattern.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) has awarded $309,735 in grant funding to benefit elk and elk habitat in Washington.
 The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is encouraging public agencies to apply for grants to prevent the spread of quagga and zebra mussels in California’s waterways.
Walther is pleased to announce that David Barnes has accepted the position of Law Enforcement Channel Manager. As part of the Walther Law Enforcement Sales Team, Dave will report to Chris Carlberg, VP of Sales and Rick DeMilt, Director of Law Enforcement and Military Sales.

SPYPOINT, an industry leader in cellular trail cameras and technology, joins the ranks of other outdoor companies as a National Sponsor of Whitetails Unlimited.
The Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association has announced the 2019 recipients of its Youth Education Grants.
Bear Archery announces its partnership with One Wish Foundation as the “Official Bow of the One Wish Foundation.” The One Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides children with life-altering medical or social conditions the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventure.
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QuickFire is looking for a Social Media, Content Marketing enthusiast. This person will help manage and execute social media campaigns, drive sales, events, campaigns, promotions and opportunities through appropriate channels, and improve industry awareness for all of their client’s brands.

Kinsey’s Outdoors, a four season retail store for the hunting enthusiast of all experience levels, is seeking candidates for the position of store Marketing Coordinator.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent refusal to delay the federal ban on bump stocks has no impact on the cases being brought by the New Civil Liberties Alliance. NCLA has a case in the Tenth Circuit which won a temporary stay and filed a separate lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on behalf of another client.
Modular Driven Technologies reported that it has launched Emdity, "a rifle stock replacement and accessories supplement that can help improve accuracy in any shooting discipline."  
New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will present the annual State of Lake Erie Meeting on April 11, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Southtowns Walleye Association Club House, 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg, N.Y.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is in search of individuals to serve as members of the Support Team during the 2019 National Matches rifle and pistol events, held in July and August at the historic Camp Perry National Guard Training Base in Ohio.
National Wild Turkey Federation volunteers and members from Indiana showed their support for science-based management of the state's forests by contacting state representatives and urging them to oppose Amendments 1 and 3 to Senate Bill 363. 
Noted birder, author, musician, and founder of the American Birding Expo, William Henry Thompson III of Whipple, Ohio died March 25, 2019.
This weekend on Northwestern Outdoors Radio Sara DiRienzo with Wyoming Game and Fish will tell you about their Access Yes program which has opened up nearly 3 million acres in Wyoming to hunters and anglers.

Breakthrough Clean Technologies announced that they are the first complete gun care cleaning company to sponsor The USA Clay Target League.  The USA Clay Target League offers competition programs for both high school and collegiate athletes. 

Recently held in Cullman, Ala., the 2019 National Archery in the Schools Program/International Bowhunting Association Alabama 3D State Championship showcased some of the best student archery teams from throughout the state. During the event, 264 archers from 26 schools competed for top honors.  

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new bear hunting regulations at its March quarterly meeting.
Funds collected from the Texas Bass Conservation License Plate go to improved fish habitat, bass management and angler access around the state.

Throughout the study, KDWPT district fisheries biologist Scott Waters will follow the movements of adult walleye using telemetry to evaluate mortality patterns, movement, home range, and habitat selection.
The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is temporarily closing access to Blue Lake in the Sandhills of Garden County while the ground thaws.
It’s no joke that Outdoor Channel is available on DISH as a free preview from April 1 through April 30. Currently, Outdoor Channel is available on DISH Channel 396 and is part of the Outdoor Package. 

A year of comments and questions lead Chad and Scott to open up the vault and reveal some of their most lethal tips and tactics to insure success on nocturnal hogs.
This week on The High Road with Keith Warren, Keith and Matti head back to Legends Ranch to hunt monster whitetail bucks and Keith gets an early Christmas present. Check out this Legacy Hunt and the new Wildlife Center that has over 2,200 mounts!
Join host Jarrett Edwards as he brings action and education together in Jarrett Edwards Outdoors on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on World Fishing Network.

Since this is April Fool’s Day, I seriously considered not having a feature.

That’s no joke- and neither is a question I’ll raise, but not presume to answer.

On Friday, a Federal District Judge Roger T. Benitez ruled that California’s law banning magazines that hold more than ten rounds was unconstitutional. He then issued an injunction barring state officials from enforcing said statute (Ca Penal Code 32310 (a)).

In Judge Benitez’s opinion, the law was an overreaction to high-profile gun crimes that made criminals out of ordinary citizens. Or, as he wrote, “Crime waves cannot be broken with warrantless searches and unreasonable seizures. Neither can the government response to a few mad men with guns and ammunition be a law that turns millions of responsible, law-abiding people trying to protect themselves into criminals.”

“Yet,” he concluded, “this is the effect of California’s large-capacity magazine law.”

Benitez issued a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement in 2017. It was upheld in July by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

It’s a solid ruling, and should be celebrated as one badly needed example of a judge who read the law, compared it to the Constitution of the United States, and concluded- reasonably- that legislative overcompensation did nothing to stop crime or crazies.

As you can imagine, California legislators, like Sen. Scott Wiener, went off the deep end (again). Weiner called the ruling “a ridiculous interpretation of the Second Amendment,” and said he would pledge to support an appeal of the ruling.

OK, that’s his right. In the meantime, California residents in possession of “high capacity magazines” (and we know there are more than a few) have not been turned into “instant felons” by a legislature that has become known for criminalizing “normal” and legalizing “outrageous.”

But while it may be legal, would it be prudent for a California gun owner to instantly start ordering higher capacity magazines?

I’d think not. But at least one online outlets is offering anything from +5 base pads for Glock 9mm pistol magazines to 50-round drum magazines for AR-style rifles to California residents.

Granted, they’re using a gigantic disclaimer: “We will ship magazines (any capacity) to our California customers, UNTIL THERE IS ANOTHER ORDER STATING OTHERWISE FROM A FEDERAL JUDGE. This could change as early as next week!”

For the record, I hope there isn’t another decision that reverses Judge Benitez’s ruling. I think the only reasonable limits on magazine capacity should be reliability and your ability to carry it.

But the Ninth Circuit Court isn’t called the “nutty 9th” by legal scholars because of a predisposition to follow the law. It has slipped and slid around precedent like a rat through a maze when it has sought to “re-interpret” the law.

And there’s no guarantee that the retailer’s admonition that “This could change as early as next week” isn’t correct. The 9th Circuit, when challenged, has more often than not chosen to double down rather than capitulate to reasoned rulings that disagree with their liberal outlook.

So the magazine capacity issue would seem to still be one that’s unclear- and one that will remain unclear until the Supreme Court is (eventually) forced to rule on the matter.

A retailer’s ability to quickly react to what might be a great marketing opportunity is worth recognizing. But if I lived in California, I’d have reservations about plunking down money for something I still might have to either surrender - or destroy - in the future.

The only thing constant in California is a shifting set of rules - especially for law-abiding gun owners.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar

APRIL 10-13
Pope and Young Club 31st Biennial Convention

La Vista Hotel and Conference Center - Omaha, Nebraska

2019 HSCF Sporting Clays Tournament

Greater Houston Gun Club, 

JUNE 7-9
D.C. Project Foundation’s 3-Gun Fundraiser

Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, Texas. Contact: Dianna Muller Info:

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