SIG SAUER, Inc. adds to its Elite Match ammunition line with the addition of a 30-06 Springfield round. Featuring a 175gr Sierra MatchKing bullet, the SIG SAUER 30-06 Win Open Tip Match round has a muzzle velocity of 2,700 fps with a muzzle energy of 2,833 ft-lbs.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program announces the CMP Three-Position Regional Air Rifle Championships, to be held at the world-class South CMP Competition Center.
More than 3,600 acres of wildlife habitat is now permanently protected thanks to a series of conservation easements placed on private land by the Nebraska Land Trust (NLT) with important funding provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Whether you like exploring Florida’s diverse fish species by adding to your Saltwater Fish Life List, chasing the big one to qualify for a Saltwater Reel Big Fish or accepting the challenge to catch three specific fish in 24 hours for a Saltwater Grand Slam, there are plenty of chances for you to take home a prize.
Three talented speakers will be featured during the Michigan DNR’s latest Forests for Fish Forum April 16 at the River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center in Ishpeming.
On the heels of the best-attended Bassmaster Classic in history, B.A.S.S. announces a yearlong celebration of the heart and soul of the sport of professional bass fishing: the fans.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Community First Alliance, Inc. will kick off the spring fishing season with Arkansas’s largest community fishing event April 13 at MacArthur Park in Little Rock.

- GEAR -
Introduced at ICAST 2018, and winner of Best in Show for Saltwater Soft Lure, the LIVETARGET Fleeing Shrimp seamlessly combines a biologically precise shrimp profile and anatomy, a dynamic color palette, biomimetic action and robust saltwater components to synthesize a soft lure that uniquely replicates the appearance, action and sound of a living shrimp.
Offline mapping is one of the latest premium features from Fishidy, the popular mobile app and map-based social network for anglers.
Now available for purchase on and through local YakGear dealers, The Lasso Net is a landing net that retracts in and out of its own handle.
Decoys are absolutely a beneficial tool for today’s turkey hunter but, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s turkey program coordinator, need to be understood to be most effective.

Birchwood Casey recently renewed their support of Hunter’s Handbook, the official student publication of the International Hunter Education Association.
- JOBS -
Leica Sport Optics will be expanding their internal sales team with the creation of 3 new sales positions - National Accounts Manager, Key Accounts Sales Manager, and Sales Administrator.
The Nomad Realtree EDGE Camo Bucket Hat provides performance and comfort by using lightweight fabrics with laser-perforated holes for superior breathability.
The 2A Armament team has been working quietly to perfect the Palouse Lite rifle in their much-anticipated Builder Series. The series is designed to introduce a fully customizable, exceptional quality rifle at an affordable price point.

Midland USA is pleased to announce the X-Talker T295VP4 Two-Way Radio, offered in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. The radios are immediately available.
TAC SHIELD announces the release of their new “Low Profile Admin Pouch,” made of 1000 denier Cordura. The pouch features a flapped exterior pouch that will accommodate flashlights or pistol magazines, and the two slots on the front will hold a wide variety of gear like pens, multi-tools, and more.
The Board of Governors of the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) is pleased to announce that it appointed Mark Boyadjian to the board during its recent annual meeting.
At the close of the enrollment window on April 1, 31,251 students were nominated by their coaches as NASP® Academic Archers from 47 US states, 3 Canadian provinces and two other countries!

Ballistic Magazine features Pop Evil’s bassist Matt DiRito, a musician with a deep-rooted love of 1911s who’s involved in charity work with kids battling serious long-term illnesses. There’s also a round table with Pat McNamara and others about how they deal with 2nd Amendment attacks from the inexperienced.
This issue of American Frontiersman magazine is the first issue of 2019 and it’s the first quarterly edition. This means more DIY project blueprints, more trapping skills and more helpful insight from your favorite writers.
This weekend, America Outdoors Radio will focus on the decline of the number of people who participate in hunting in America and how we can turn this around.
This week, Outdoors Radio features CWD Action Initiative chairman Jeff Guerard, Woodside Ranch manager Julie Massey, comedian Steve Smith and McFarland guide Ron Barefield.

This weekend, April 6 and 7, a freshwater fishing license isn’t required to enjoy the sport.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding park visitors and area residents of the mandatory permitting process for tractors operating on the beaches of Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA).
The Michigan DNR is looking for reports from the public should any potential problems arise, including pooling of water upstream of designated trails and in areas where it does not naturally occur, new washouts, new slumping of the trail grades and blocked water flow on existing structures such as storm drains and culverts.
Deer camp survey results, a resolution in support of a youth bear hunt and a presentation on the DNR-U.S. Forest Service joint Good Neighbor Authority initiative will be discussed among the agenda items when the department’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council meets April 15 in Newberry.

The deadline to apply to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s chronic wasting disease public working group is Friday, April 5.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has completed its new fishery management plan for Greers Ferry Lake thanks in part to the input of anglers through recent public meetings and surveys.
This week, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting public meetings in Wauneta, Oxford and McCook to better understand landowner issues and to let them know of strategies the agency is using to mitigate wildlife damage issues.
Through the support of Toyota Motor Sales USA, the Outdoor Writers Association of America is offering scholarships to qualifying college students wanting to attend the OWAA conference, June 22-24 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Simeon Wright, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources forest health specialist from the Sault Ste. Marie field office, will be among the panelists answering viewer questions live on the April 11 broadcast of “Ask the DNR.”
Viewers will be keeping their eyes on the prize, as the highly-anticipated debut of adventure competition series, The Brigade: The Race to Hudson presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s debuts on Monday, April 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The Q2 programming lineup debuted Monday, April 1 and fans began to catch original premieres and new episodes from returning series across all three networks.
The Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow (Cheboygan County) is seeking volunteers to join in its effort, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, to help protect lake sturgeon from illegal harvest during the annual spawning run.
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF)'s 2019 sportsmen's policy issues briefs are now available online. Each year, CSF's policy team compiles a series of issue briefs that cover a wide range of policy issues affecting the sportsmen's conservation community.

While winters with heavy snow can be hard on deer and other big game animals, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists said that adult deer survival is currently at 92% statewide.

One of the problems with common sense, it seems, is that it appears to be considerably less common than it once was. Instead of definitive answers, you can opt for “choices”. When it comes to gender, for example, you can “identify” rather than being forced into the old-fashioned male/female stereotypes.

There’s just one problem with the ability to identify- it requires either the application of some very convoluted logic or equally involved modifications of our organic plumbing.

It’s the same with the law. It isn’t designed to “bend” with the political wind, it’s designed to stand fast. When it wavers, there’s a decided absence of the measuring standard by which we distinguish between two very different things: right and wrong. And there is a difference.

That’s why last week’s amazingly well-reasoned decision by Federal Judge Roger Benitez that ruled California’s ban on high-capacity magazines is worth noticing. Judge Benitez’s ruling in Duncan v. Becerra has thrown the anti-gun crowd on the west coast into a veritable hissy fit.

In fact, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (yes, the Becerra of v. Becerra) has already filed a motion to stay Friday’s ruling. He is appealing, of course, to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The same Court of Appeals that leads all the other courts in overturned rulings before the Supreme Court and has earned, many times over, the nickname “the nutty Ninth”.

So it becomes, as was observed by our colleague Dave Workman, a likely case of political correctness versus the law. In the Ninth of today, it’s not unreasonable to predict Judge Benitez will be overturned, and the whole matter will then be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Not that the SCOTUS of Chief Justice John Roberts has a terrific record of acting - at least voluntarily- on Second Amendment issues. In fact, this SCOTUS has managed to skirt all but the most non-controversial cases possible when it comes to the thorny problem of the Second Amendment.

That’s why I’m pretty happy after reading Judge Benitez’s whopping 86-page decision. Not just because he treats the Constitution as the law, but he also takes time to remind people that they may “cede liberty to their government in exchange for the promise of safety. Or government may gain compliance from its people by forcibly disarming all. In the United States, the Second Amendment takes the legislative experiment off the table.”

That’s quite an affirmation from any judge. But he wasn’t done, continuing “Regardless of current popularity, neither a legislature nor voters may trench on constitutional rights. An unconstitutional statute adopted by a dozen jurisdictions is no less unconstitutional by virtue of its popularity.”

With that bit of language, Judge Benitez let the supporters of California’s Proposition 63 know that, despite the liberal support of a measure that forced others (always a key) to give up a right wouldn’t last long in his courtroom.

It’s also quite telling that there’s more than a little commentary on the pop culture arguments used by California’s Attorney General in making his case for the magazine ban. He quietly eviscerated Becerra’s use of polls and studies rather than being able to cite police reports and/or statistics to back his case for the actual usefulness of this ban.

My favorite passage makes a great pull-quote if you’re laying out magazines, but it’s also a point that anyone supporting the Second Amendment might want to memorize:

“Nothing in the Second Amendment makes lethality a factor to consider because a gun’s lethality, or dangerousness, is assumed (my italics). The Second Amendment does not exist to protect the right to bear down pillows and foam baseball bats. It protects guns and every gun is dangerous.” (Again, my italics)

About the argument that increased capacity equals a greater danger of “collateral damage” the judge pointedly noted that “the State has not identified one incident where a bystander was hurt from a citizen’s defensive gun use, much less a defensive use of a gun with a high-capacity magazine.”

“That worrisome scenario,” Benitez pointed out, “is improbable and hypothetical.”

Two great words when it comes to describing some of the “reaches” used to make the case against the Second Amendment: “improbable” and “hypothetical.”

Guess I’m “identifying” as a “deplorable” , but I’m thinking we could use a few more jurists like Judge Roger Benitez in the court system.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar

APRIL 9-10
NSSF Congressional Fly-in

Washington, DC (Website)

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, 

MAY 6-8
Firearms Industry Compliance Conference

PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (Website)

JUNE 2-5
NSSF Industry Summit

Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Website)

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

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

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