Drew Gregory and Greg Blanchard say the new Raymarine Element Sonar/GPS delivered a clear edge in the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship in Louisiana.
The annual National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) are a right of passage for many Junior shooting athletes across the country and this year’s event is no exception. it kicked off with the Men’s Rifle competition Sunday at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) and a wide range of partners to hold a volunteer workday at the project site, April 13, where they are constructing a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk and fishing pier at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center (SYCC) in Apollo Beach.

POINTER Shotguns will be exhibiting at Legacy Sports International’s booth #312 at the NRA convention in Indianapolis and will have their exciting new 2019 items on display.
Modular Driven Technologies is proud to announce their attendance of the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The company will be displaying Chassis systems, magazines and accessories including the MDT ACC, LSS Gen2, LSS-XL Gen2 , ESS, and TAC21.
If you are getting excited to take your fishing boat out for the first time this season, five Utah lakes and reservoirs are a good place to start.
The nonprofit Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) is teaming up with a wide range of partners to give thousands of Florida youth and their families better firsthand access to the Gulf of Mexico’s inshore ecosystem by constructing a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk and fishing pier at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center (SYCC) in Apollo Beach on Saturday, April 13.

B.A.S.S. officials announced today that Lake St. Clair, just outside Detroit, Michigan, will serve as the host venue for the 2019 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Sept. 26-29.
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Ballistic can be a huge help, assisting us as we work to peg nice tight groups at the range and get us ready for long-range competition and hunting.
SPYPOINT announces the LINK-MICRO which delivers all the features and functionality hunters expect in the smallest cellular trail camera available in the market.
Putting modern and convenient tackle solutions into perspective is easy when you look at the new Plano E-Series Tackle Backpacks.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials say recent extreme weather events have not changed the state’s status as the best turkey hunting destination in the nation, but the conditions may have made the birds harder to access in many areas.

Bear Archery is proud to support Identical Draw’s efforts in raising funds for Nebraska’s recent flood victims by donating a Special Edition Kuma finished with a red, white and blue One Nation pattern to be used in a social media giveaway.

Hoppe’s is proud to have been named the Official Gun Cleaning Product of the United States Practical Shooting Association. Hoppe’s, a Vista Outdoor brand, serves shooters of all disciplines.
Rival Arms, manufacturer of precision handgun components for do-it-yourself firearm enthusiasts, has announced that Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. is now offering Rival Arms products for distribution to its firearm dealers nationwide.

Guidefitter announced that it has launched the outdoor industry’s first influencer marketing solution compatible with federal firearms license requirements. The company also announced that it has added Wyoming-based Weatherby to its growing list of outdoor gear partners and Guidefitter’s first firearms brand partner.
Tula Cartridge Works has established a new wholesale distribution infrastructure to serve North America through USARM NORD LLC.
Fresh off the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico where the USA Shooting Team won three medals, shotgun athletes have now made their way to the United Arab Emirates for the second stop on the World Cup circuit in Al Ain where competition is underway and continues through April 15.
Montana's Gallatin-Madison Chapter, Bozeman, earned a place on this year’s Chairman’s Roll of Honor. Billings Chapter won a President’s Elite award.

How valuable are volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation? In 2018, the value of their donated time and labor equates to $24.1 million.
TAC SHIELD® announces the release of their new “Low Profile Admin Pouch” designed to provide an organized platform for storing a variety different mission critical gear.
After years of planning, site evaluation and opportunities for community input, the Department of Natural Resources is moving forward with construction on improvements at the Echo Point shooting range at Allegan State Game Area in Allegan County.
RCBS is proud to have been named the Official Reloading Sponsor of the Precision Rifle Series. PRS matches involve the practical application of long-range rifle shooting born out of military, law-enforcement and hunting scenarios. 


The DNR Division of State Parks recently honored volunteers and employees for their commitment to conservation in 2018.

Kids 15-years-old and younger can discover the fun of fishing at Kids' Fishing Clinics on Saturday, April 13, at 14 park ponds and lagoons in Milwaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.
Snakes are coming out of their dens, requiring added care from anglers and outdoorsmen anytime afield.
The bald eagle closure in the Agua Fria arm of Lake Pleasant was lifted as of noon on Friday, April 5.

An avid hunter and angler, Barry Orscheln also brings a strong business background to the Conservation Commission.
The Division of Sport Fish is closing the entire Kuskokwim River drainage (including all tributaries) to sport fishing for king salmon, effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
The agenda for the Natural Resources Commission meeting Thursday, April 11, has been posted to the NRC website at
After years of planning, the Department of Natural Resources is moving forward with construction on improvements at the Echo Point shooting range at Allegan State Game Area in Allegan County.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a meeting Thursday, April 11 to provide stakeholders with an overview of the Hatchery and Fishery Reform Policy review and seek public input.
The Council on Recreational Fishing Funding will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Senate Hearing Room of Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Avenue in Dover.
Trout fishing in Washington reaches full speed April 27 when hundreds of lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish – open for a six-month season.
Hornady® has been granted two utility patents related to the RFID technology used in their premium line of RAPiD® Safes.

This week on The High Road with Keith Warren, Matti Warren takes us back to Ontario, Canada where she took her first black bear. Turns out she can't get enough of this amazing experience so she’s back for one more black bear with the same air rifle.

When I first heard that Taurus USA was relocating from cosmopolitan Miami, Florida, area to rural Bainbridge, Georgia, I asked the same question I’ve heard many times since then: why?

Bainbridge (in case you’ve never been there) is a small South Georgia town that’s minuscule compared to the sprawl that is Miami. It’s far-better known for farming and great wingshooting properties like Southwind Plantation - than the high-tech manufacturing of today’s gun industry.

But Taurus is coming, and in a big way.

Construction’s rolling along on a brand-new 205,000 square foot facility that, when completed, will employ around 400 people.

The new Taurus facility in Bainbridge, Georgia is taking shape-and the excitement in the community is building for its imminent arrival. Taurus photo with permission.

In fact, Taurus President David Blenker told me that were already 25-35 workers on the job in Bainbridge. “They’re great workers,” he told me proudly, “and they’re excited to be working for a company like Taurus.”

For someone who’s become resignedly accustomed to hearing workers apologize for employment in the gun industry, that’s great news. And everyone I had the opportunity to speak with in Bainbridge volunteers just how excited they are at this new opportunity.

From the maintenance supervisor who cheerfully gave me directions around town to a half-dozen pharmacists where I was getting a prescription filled, everyone told me they’re going to make the people of Taurus feel right at home.

Since Taurus’ corporate DNA includes more than a little Hispanic influence, I’d imagined their relocation could give both Bainbridge and the relocated workers a case of culture shock.

But the figurative red carpet Bainbridge has rolled out for Taurus is nothing like the begrudging tolerance shown toward anyone in the gun industry who works “up east” or in major metropolitan areas . There, guns are a social no-no.

Up east, it’s more a company’s of longevity and history in the area, not admiration for the them or their products, that make them even tolerable.

Georgia (with the possible exception of Atlanta) has shown itself more than willing to welcome gun companies. After all, hunting, fishing and shooting are essential pieces of life in the South.

“We’re in a very good place right now,” Blenker proudly told me, “a great management team, enthusiastic designers, sales people and core workers- and soon a great new facility here in Bainbridge.”

There is one small logistical wrinkle in what otherwise sounds like a love fest.

Last year, Bainbridge was devastated by Hurricane Michael.

As Michael swept through Coffee, Houston, Mitchell, Wilcox and Decatur counties, homes and businesses suffered billions of dollars in damages.

Today, many of the buildings in Bainbridge still sport blue tarpaulins covering roofs needing repair. Uprooted trees, damaged fences and heaping piles of debris bear testimony to the devastation. One construction company owner told me his business was booked for the next year -just with roof and structural repairs.

That damage has caused a commensurate shortage of available real estate in Bainbridge.

As Southwind Plantation’s Leslie Bernier explained, “the construction’s non-stop, but there are still plenty of places waiting on roofs, awnings and fences. Those homes and businesses can’t be reopened, listed for sale, rented, or financed until all the repair work’s done.”

Near term, the housing shortage will likely force some relocated staffers to nearby towns like Colquitt. There’s some local concern regarding the distances workers would have to travel if they were forced to nearby towns.

They’re unfamiliar with the fact that for workers in metropolitan areas, time, not distance frequently dictates where they live.

Workers in a major metropolitan area consider two factors in choosing where they live: the cost of housing versus the time they’ll spent commuting.

Affordable housing forces many metro workers to commute an hour or more - each way,

Having lived in Miami, Atlanta, and New York City, I know that living as little as seven-to-ten miles from the office can translate into an hour of commuting each way.

In Bainbridge, a 40-45 minute commute translates into just over 45 miles. Draw a circle with a 45-mile radius around Bainbridge and you’ll see there are plenty of options.

If you’re accustomed to measuring commuting in time, not distance, you’ll realize there’s an equation inversion - in your favor. Factor in lowered taxes, favorable home prices and a lower overall cost-of-living, and you understand why nearly a quarter of Taurus’s Florida employees are relocating.

Bainbridge is also a place where Taurus is already discovering loyal customers. Blenker delights in telling how people recognize the Taurus logo on his shirts and come over in restaurants to tell him they’re already Taurus owners, but are really excited at the company moving there.

Expect to see more of Taurus' new products around South Georgia after their Bainbridge, Georgia, facility gets running. Taurus photo with permission.

Drive around Montgomery, Alabama these days, and you’ll see a lot of Hyundais cruising the roads. That wasn’t the case before Hyundai built a manufacturing plant there.

In the south, loyalty still runs deep.

There may be some initial challenges with accents and speed-of-speech, but it you’re a neighbor that clears away a lot of differences in rural Georgia. And I’m told there are already plans to open a couple of Cuban restaurants in the area.

In farm country, coast-to-coast, people judge your products more on their performance and value than their cachet. If a product works as advertised and it’s offered at a fair price, there’s no quarreling with that - especially if it was made in the neighborhood.

Another thing that helps convince big companies to uproot their plants and people and head to rural Southern areas like Bainbridge, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, or Columbia. I’ve heard it every time I’ve covered a corporate relocation in any industry: people want to work- and believe in delivering a fair day’s work for a commensurate wage.

If you’re a corporate executive weary of having to avoid certain people in your neighborhood, or are tired of protesters outside your door every time something bad happens, that’s a very appealing idea.

Several CEOs who have relocated their companies over the past few years have told me the case for moving to areas where you're welcome offers so many intangibles that it transcends simple spreadsheet evaluation formulas.

Based on what I’ve seen and heard in Bainbridge, Taurus has discovered another of those areas in Bainbridge.

We’ll keep you posted.

—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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