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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019

- ARCHERY -
Ultra-Micro 4MM Full Metal Jacket and Carbon Injexion shafts have emerged as the top performers for archers seeking the highest level of arrow penetration.
- BOATING -
Boat owners can now help support conservation efforts in Alabama when renewing their boat registration. The cost of the distinctive identification sticker for boats is $50 in addition to the regular vessel registration and county issuance fee. For each sticker sold, $20 is allocated to ADCNR for the operation of Alabama’s state parks.
- COMPETITION -
Mike Elsea of Mooresville, Indiana took home the $50,000 grand prize and $23,000 in additional prize money for winning the Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) National Championship held March 28 - 30 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Registration opens today (April 2) for Carnivore’s Hunter Games, a hunting competition where you can test your prowess in rifle shooting, wingshooting and archery - or simply choose the one you like best. The competition will be held September 20-22, 2019 at the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Cave City, Kentucky.
- CONSERVATION -
Outdoor recreationists who hunt, shoot, fish and boat are providing more than $1 billion this year to support increased outdoor access and wildlife habitat conservation across the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing the funds to all 50 states and U.S. territories Monday.
- EVENTS -
The Forks of the Wabash will be the topic of the May Salamonie senior luncheon
Holosun is pleased to announce it will be returning to the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana this year from April 26-28, 2019.

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Brown County State Park will have a volunteer call-out meeting on April 11 at 10 a.m. at the Brown County State Park Nature Center.
- FIREARMS -
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) proudly introduces four new Target models to the Ruger American Rimfire family. Constructed from stainless steel for superior aesthetics and corrosion resistance, all four rifles live up to Ruger's reputation for accuracy and rugged reliability.
- FISHERIES -
Vermont’s traditional trout fishing season is set to open Saturday, April 13, and despite recent cold weather and lingering snow cover across the state, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife says anglers can still have fun and be successful early in the season.
Adam Aghion of Pikesville, has established a record by catching a 2.07 pound fallfish, marking the first time this freshwater species has been recognized by the state.

Rainbow trout stockings will not occur this spring at Elm Creek because high water has had a detrimental impact on trout habitat there.
- GEAR -
The Plano Kayak V-Crate's ergonomic design easily fits in the rear cargo compartment of almost any fishing kayak and the clever, unobtrusive two-piece design securely stores and protects fishing tackle in a unique V-shape that makes accessing essential tackle items from the cockpit an easy proposition.
- HUNTING -
Hunters seeking a western adventure continue to choose Wyoming to pursue elk. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department saw an increase in non-resident elk applications for the 2019 season. Nonresidents submitted 23,750 applications, a 2.9 percent increase from 2018.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists have released their recommendations for the 2019 big game hunts and are asking for the public’s feedback.

- INDUSTRY -
Mammoth Coolers, a leading provider of premium rotomolded coolers, drinkware, and accessories proudly announces the addition of the Tackett Brothers to its sales team.
Gill Fishing is proud to announce Premier Sales Solutions, LLC (PSS) will handle the western sales territory of 13 states.
Major League Fishing (MLF), the premier professional bass fishing league, has named Jeff Clachko, Senior Vice President, Sponsorship and Media Sales. The announcement was made today by Major League Fishing President and CEO, Jim Wilburn.
Lakewood™ Products is proud to announce the addition of Sara Lamson in the role of Sales and Marketing Representative.

After extensive testing, the Singapore Police Force has awarded the tender for the purchase of more than 6,000 GLOCK pistols to GLOCK Asia Pacific's distributor, W.H. Brennan & Co Pte Ltd.
Gunswerks has broken ground on its new 44,396 square foot corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Cody, Wyoming.
Cyrus Hunter Baird, Safari Club International Manager of Government Relations, has been named to this year's "30 Under 30" list selected by the American Conservation Coalition, EarthX and the National Audubon Society for his work in the conservation world.
Legacy Sports International (LSI) hosted Northern Exposure Sporting Group Inc. in Reno, NV on March 28 and 29. The Northern Exposure Sporting Group are the official rep group for the Legacy Sports Brands throughout Canada, providing comprehensive corporate and field sales support for HOWA, POINTER and CITADEL.

- JOBS -
Apex Tactical Specialties, the industry’s leader in the design, development and manufacture of aftermarket trigger kits for pistols, is seeking candidates for the position of CNC Machine Operator at their Peoria, Arizona facility.
- LEGISLATION -
Extreme Risk Protection Orders, generically known as “red flag laws” that allow the seizure of private firearms based on a complaint filed with the authorities must include and guarantee due process, or they shouldn’t be allowed, the Second Amendment Foundation said.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
The Ol' Tom Mesh Back Flyweight Shirt with Spine Pad in Realtree Timber Camo is the perfect solution to knock off the early morning chill. The Tech 1/4 Zip with Spine Pad provides warmth without adding bulk.
The Frabill Magnum Bait Station is the first of its kind, a fully integrated bait box with the aerator built right into the lid.

TrueTimber has partnered with Bear Archery, well-known manufacturer of bows and archery equipment, to give bowhunters an all-new compound bow package in the popular TrueTimber Kanati.
The Real Avid Smart Drive 90 is a master grade gunsmithing bit set featuring tool grade steel bits. The driver comes with a jeweler’s top handle for one hand adjustments and a bright, 360° COBB LED light to illuminate the work area with no shadows.
Lyman Products announces A-Zoom StrikerCaps dry practice training aids. They are made without a rim and are equipped with a centering O-ring which grips the chamber walls and keeps the snap cap in place in the chamber.
- ONLINE -
Ducks Unlimited has released the latest film in its online series. In “The ACE Basin” viewers are treated to a hunt in South Carolina and interviews with some of the key people behind conserving the ACE Basin.

GetZone.com’s latest original series, In the Hunt, is now live. This 25-part series serves to satisfy the outdoor enthusiasts’ growing appetite for more hunting content.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) new Inland Fisheries Policy Manager is Chad Tokowicz, who comes to ASA from the House Committee on Natural Resources staff.
On Monday, February 18, 2019 Tom Wondrash, National Director of the Scholastic Clay Target Program announced the launch of their “new and improved” SCTP Virtual Scoring Platform for SCTP teams across the country.
- PROMOTIONS -
Daniel Defense has partnered with optics manufacturer Vortex to offer a deal to its customers. Customers will receive a free Vortex SPARC AR red dot sight with the purchase of any Daniel Defense AR pistol during the month of April.

- PUBLISHING -
The April issue of Shooting Industry features articles, key takeaways and an expanded New Product Showcase derived from the industry’s annual trade event, the 2019 SHOT Show.
- RECREATION -
Because there’s an extensive network of trails in the more than 30 parks around the state, Arizona State Parks has narrowed it down to Red Rock State Park, Oracle State Park, and Buckskin Mountain State Park as the top three springtime hikes that are sure to please with views and adventure alike.
Final maps detailing the 6,339.5 miles of northern Michigan state forest roads open to ORV use – as well as printable maps by county – now are available on the DNR website.
- RETAIL -
The 30-day extension for qualifying purchases delivers bonus benefits up to $2,950 in combined retail value for eligible models.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
The National Shooting Sports Foundation and Orchid Advisors are pleased to announce that Davidson’s and Easy Bound Book are Silver sponsors of the 2019 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks is excited to support the upcoming Guardian Long Range Competition. This first competition of the 2019 Guardian series will be held April 6-7 in Warrenton, North Carolina.
- STATES -
As spring nears, Michigan residents may occasionally see some smoke, courtesy of prescribed fires, or burns, carried out in different areas of the state by the DNR. They can be conducted any time of year, but most burns are done in the spring and fall.
Angi Bruce will serve as the new deputy director of external operations, the first woman to hold the position in Game and Fish history. Rick King was selected as the new chief of wildlife and chief game warden, and Rebekah Fitzgerald was selected as the new communications director. All three candidates were promoted from current roles within the department.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners is scheduled to meet Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters. Individuals interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – can do so at the April 8 meeting, and may register on a first-come, first-to-speak basis.
- SWEEPSTAKES -
Throughout April and May, consumers who download the Pilot Flying J mobile app and enter the promo code, “BASS2019” will receive an instant $5 offer redeemable at any Pilot or Flying J Travel Center, and will be automatically entered for a chance to win $5,000.
- TELEVISION -
Scott Leysath, The Sporting Chef, shows just how easy it is to make a batch of tamales using your own filling – no need to buy the “stuff” in a can. Tune in to The Sporting Chef exclusively on Sportsman Channel on Sundays at 1 PM ET.
- WORKSHOPS -
If you’re interested in learning more about the latest fisheries research and management activities, angler catch data, fishing trends, and the overall “big picture” about what’s happening in the Great Lakes and how it might affect fish populations, attend one of the upcoming, free, Great Lakes fisheries workshop.
Catching, cleaning and cooking fish- the Arizona Game and Fish Department and The Breadfruit and Rum Bar want to show you how to do it all at a Hook-to-Plate Family Fishing event during the morning of Saturday, April 6 at Cortez Lake in Phoenix.
 

An American Redstart killed in a building collision. Photo by Ben Norman.

Chicago, Houston, and Dallas top the list

Ithaca, NY—An estimated 600 million birds die from building collisions every year in the United States. Scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have published new research highlighting artificial light at night as a contributing factor. They've ranked metropolitan areas where, due to a combination of light pollution and geography, birds are at the greatest risk of becoming attracted to and disoriented by lights and crashing into buildings. The research was published today in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.It combines satellite data showing light pollution levels with weather radar measuring bird migration density.
MOST DANGEROUS CITIES FOR BIRDS:
SPRING MIGRATION
MOST DANGEROUS CITIES FOR BIRDS:
FALL MIGRATION

1. Chicago

1. Chicago

2. Houston

2. Houston

3. Dallas

3. Dallas

4. Los Angeles

4. Atlanta

5. St. Louis

5. New York

6. Minneapolis

6. St. Louis

7. Kansas City

7. Minneapolis

8. New York

8. Kansas City

9. Atlanta

9. Washington, D.C.

10. San Antonio

10. Philadelphia

 

 

Because many birds alter their migration routes between spring and fall, rankings of the most-dangerous cities change slightly with the season. During spring migration, billions of birds pass through the central United States between the Rockies and the Appalachians, so cities primarily in the middle of the country comprise the most-dangerous list for that season. Heavy spring migration along the West Coast also puts Los Angeles on the spring most-dangerous list. Fall bird migration tends to be intense along the heavily light-polluted Atlantic seaboard, which is why four eastern cities make the list in autumn.


"Chicago, Houston, and Dallas are uniquely positioned in the heart of North America’s most trafficked aerial corridors. This, in combination with being some of the largest cities in the US, make them a serious threat to the passage of migrants, regardless of season," notes study lead author Kyle Horton, a Rose Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Lab.

Although bird migration in spring and fall lasts for months, the heaviest migratory activity occurs during the span of just a few days. For example, a top-ranked light-polluting city can expect half of its bird-migration traffic to pass through over seven nights spaced out during the season; these nights are unique for each city and depend upon wind conditions, temperature, and timing.

 

Graphic by Kyle Horton, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


"Now that we know where and when the largest numbers of migratory birds pass heavily lit areas we can use this to help spur extra conservation efforts in these cities," adds study co-author Cecilia Nilsson, also a Rose Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Lab. "For example, Houston Audubon uses migration forecasts from the Lab's BirdCast program to run 'lights out' warnings on nights when large migratory movements are expected over the city."

Horton also notes that, given an estimated quarter-million birds die from collisions with houses and residences every year, even homeowners in these most dangerous metro areas for migrating birds can play an important role.
"If you don’t need lights on, turn them off," states Horton. "It's a large-scale issue, but acting even at the very local level to reduce lighting can make a difference. While we’re hopeful that major reductions in light pollution at the city level are on the horizon, we’re excited that even small-scale actions can make a big difference.”

Support for this study came from the Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship, Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, the Leon Levy Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

Reference:
K. G. Horton, C. Nilsson, B. M. Van Doren, F. A. La Sorte, A. M. Dokter, A. Farnsworth. Bright lights in the big cities: migratory birds’ exposure to artificial light. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2019.
OUTDOOR WIRE
Event Calendar

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

La Vista Hotel and Conference Center - Omaha, Nebraska https://pope-young.org/convention/default.asp

APRIL 13
2019 HSCF Sporting Clays Tournament

Greater Houston Gun Club, hscfdn.org/events/sporting-clays-tournament/ 

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

Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, Texas. Contact: Dianna Muller di@pro3gunner.com Info: pro3gunner.com/team-match

 
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