The Applied Ballistics Weapon Division announced the EnABELR cartridge in 375 and 338 calibers. It is a medium capacity, magazine feedable cartridge.
Federal has expanded its line of Premium unprimed brass to include 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5 Grendel cases. Shipments have been delivered to dealers.
The Army Corps of Engineers has lifted the small craft advisory for the Arkansas River. Advisories are issued when flows reach 70,000 cubic feet per second. Even though flows have receded below that threshold, Corps officials urge boaters to always use caution when on the river.

Late in the fall of 2018 the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) introduced the #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast.
The first medals of the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) for Rifle and Pistol were awarded Tuesday in the Men’s Three-Position Rifle competition at the Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs. Defending NJOSC champion and Air Force Academy freshman Peter Fiori, Jr. (Lebanon, New Jersey) successfully defended his title, taking home the gold medal.
Bushnell team shooters Jessie Harrison and KC Eusebio continued their dominance in the competitive shooting sports at the 2019 U.S. Steel National Championship. Eusebio took first place in both the Carry Optics and Rimfire Pistol divisions, while Harrison won the Overall Single Stack division and the Ladies Open division—marking her 9th Ladies Open National Title.
RISE Armament announced its attendance at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits at Indianapolis beginning April 26. RISE will be giving away a free Veil flash hider, a $69 value, to eligible participants.

GSM Outdoors announce their lineup of professional shooters and leading outdoor sports enthusiasts who will be meeting with NRA members and fans, in their booth at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 25-28.
Enjoy fried morel mushrooms while taking in live music at Brown County State Park’s Mushrooms and Mash Festival on May 4 beginning at 6 p.m.
Featuring more than 200 free sessions and activities spanning five days, Pigeon Forge’s award-winning Wilderness Wildlife Week is set for May 7-11. The event is headquartered at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.
It’s time for the annual Lake Eaton Kids’ Fishing Derby at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Ocala Conservation Center and Youth Camp. The derby, for children ages 6-12, will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 4.

The Richmond Raceway in Virginia welcomes the TrueTimber Trailer during the Toyota Owners 400 and ToyotaCare 250 Dash4Cash race this weekend.
Weather predictions have forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Community First Alliance to postpone this weekend's "Big Catch" fishing event and community fair until Saturday, May 18, at MacArthur Park Pond in downtown Little Rock.
Stevens’ new 555 Enhanced is light and handles fast, thanks to a lightweight aluminum receiver that’s scaled to gauge and reinforced by a steel insert. It is now available in 16-gauge.
Rainy weather couldn’t keep 118 bowfishing teams from 23 states from competing in The U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship last weekend at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Bossier City, Louisiana.

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Do-it-yourself bow setups can be challenging with today's hyper-sensitive bow/arrow combinations, but TRUGLO®, Inc. eliminates the difficulty and hassle with the EZ•REST™. Now, setting up your bow for target shooting, the 3D range, or hunting has never been easier or more affordable.
Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls has added three new turkey diaphragm calls to the line for 2019: One-Eyed Tweet, Sharp Tooth Jack and Black Max.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the statewide spring turkey season will kick off Saturday, April 13 with Junior Turkey Hunt Day. All hunters can try to bag a bird during the regular statewide spring turkey season, April 18-May 23.
Hunters who provided the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a tooth from their deer last year can now find out how old their deer was by visiting the department’s website,

The 2019 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range concluded this year with record-breaking numbers. Sponsorship and exhibitor spaces for the much-anticipated 2020 trade event are extremely limited and selling quickly.
FN America, LLC is pleased to announce that South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has selected a custom-designed FN 15 Patrol Carbine equipped with agency-selected upgrades. FN law enforcement distributor, Amchar Wholesale, has delivered a total order of 265 carbines to the agency.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) proudly announces that professional instructor and competitor Tina Martin has joined as the eighth addition to Team Ruger.
Hoppe’s announces the signing of National and World Practical Shooting champion Todd Jarrett to the Hoppe’s Ambassador Program. He will represent Hoppe’s at shooting competitions, appearances at shows and assess products.

Rock River Arms is now shipping a new series of semi-autos chambered in 9x19mm. Designed to work with GLOCK style magazines for optimal cross-compatibility with GLOCK pistols, the BT-9 pistol & carbine series takes shooting fun and personal defense systems to new levels.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, has recognized U.S. House of Representatives Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) the 2018 Legislator of the Year.
Unique ARs chooses Ridge Road Outdoors expand their digital reach to targeted consumers.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, in partnership with Responsive Management and the NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum, invite personnel from fish and wildlife agencies and nonprofit/ nongovernmental organizations that are committed to the promotion and defense of hunting to attend an interactive one-day workshop on how to debate and communicate effectively about hunting to be held on May 15, 2019 in Dulles, Virginia,

Glenn Eller and Ashley Carroll won silver yesterday in the Trap Mixed Team event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
The sportfishing industry has expressed its support for a new bill in Congress to ensure the smaller fish in the ocean that serve as the food source for most marine sportfish, known as forage fish, will be sustainably managed.
The sportfishing industry expressed its support for a new bill in Congress to ensure the smaller fish in the ocean that serve as the food source for most marine sportfish, known as forage fish, will be sustainably managed.
BLACKHAWK worked to create the ultimate line of duty-rated holsters – the T-Series. With its streamlined thumb-activated retention, the T-Series keeps your firearm at the ready while maintaining total security.

ERGO will be showing a new product at the NRA Annual Meetings this month. It’s the TDX-0 -- Tactical Deluxe Zero Angle Grip. It’s now available in a reduced angle for comfort and control on precision rifle chassis, AR15 and AR10 platforms.
Mec-Gar USA announced the addition of a 9mm 10 round CZ 75B magazine to their product line. The magazine consists of a full-size tube which is physically limited to a 10 round capacity.
The Snake Slayer is chambered for both .357 Mag. and .38 Special loads and is available in a version that handles both .45 Colt and .410 loads as well.
Mossy Oak and American Buffalo Knife and Tool Company have teamed up to bring hunters a trio of new knives with Mossy Oak patterned handles. All three knives are immediately available.

RAILBLAZA’s newest R-Lock Series of electronic mounts make it easier than ever for fishermen to hold everything while they’re out on the water. Now available on and through local YakGear dealers, these go-to mounting systems easily lock in fish finders, chart plotters and other important electronics aboard a kayak or boat.
Timney Triggers announced its new series of AR triggers designed specifically for pistol caliber carbine (PCC) AR rifles.
The Winchester SXP Hybrid Hunter Realtree Timber Camo Shotgun is fast, reliable and accurate. It's also made to take all the punishment you can dish out with a chrome-plated bore and chamber and a matte black chrome bolt.
Cordova Outdoors, the officially licensed cooler of the National Rifle Association, now has available NRA-logo coolers for purchase through the Cordova Outdoors website.
RSR Group, one of the nation's top distributors of shooting sports products, is now carrying Rival Arms products. Rival Arms products available through RSR Group fit GLOCK models 19, 17, 22, 23, 34, and 43.
American Buffalo Knife & Tool Co. (ABKT), a leading provider of premium knives and multi-tools announces they have partnered with Zanders American Distribution Company.
Hi Mountain Seasonings has unveiled two new point-of-purchase (POP) displays: the 2019 Spring display and the “Cook In or Cook Out” display.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces that it has entered into an agreement with Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) to serve as an associate sponsor on its No. 19 Toyota Camry driven by Martin Truex, Jr.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering free tree seedlings to landowners in Somerset and Worcester counties who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream or other waterway on or near their property through the Backyard Buffers program.
As a part of a joint wildlife disease initiative, Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking grant proposals for collaborative research, education and outreach projects to address the most important issues around wildlife disease in Michigan, especially chronic wasting disease in deer.
Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester Deadly Passion, shares youth hunt footage that was submitted for her “Memory Chase” segment over the years, plus footage from her own experiences introducing young hunters to new hunting opportunities.
Any game meat can be ground using the proper tools – as Chef Scott Leysath will demonstrate on this week’s The Sporting Chef show on Sportsman Channel. Leysath grinds duck, fish and of course, venison, using his Weston Brands grinder. Tune in to The Sporting Chef exclusively on Sportsman Channel on Sundays at 1 PM ET.
On the heels of a decisive vote to permanently reauthorize the Land and Conservation Fund under the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act in February, Senate leaders from both sides of the isle joined together to put forward a bill that would fully and permanently fund the LWCF at the originally intended annual level of $900 million.
With April showers and May flowers come baby animals. This spring, keep wildlife wild by leaving them where they belong.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds the public to protect themselves and their pets by keeping a safe distance from wildlife, especially animals that may be behaving abnormally, such as those that appear overly aggressive and/or lacking a fear of humans.
Join Wil Hafner, education program specialist for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for a free crappie fishing seminar Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Cook’s Lake in Casscoe.

When I saw the news that Irwin Jacobs had died, I was shocked. Jacobs, 77, was best known in the outdoor industry as the chairman of Genmar Holdings, at one time the world’s largest boat builder.

Irwin Jacobs, 77

But I’d known Jacobs since the 80s when he was known as “Irving the liquidator” for his practice of buying into companies and threatening to break them up. It was a practice known as “greenmailing” - and Jacobs, along with T. Boone Pickens, were two of the best in the world at the buy in, agitate, and get out - with a heavy profit practice.

When I first met Jacobs, we were producing a show for the Business News Unit of CNN called “Pinnacle”. The show was very successful, and allowed me to meet many of the biggest names in the business world: Peter Grace of W.R. Grace Corporation, Anthony Goizueta, the Chairman of Coca-Cola, Malcom Forbes, John Phelan, the Chairman of the NYSE, Mary Kay Ash -the founder of Mary Kay cosmetics, Pickens, and many others.

Only two of those business giants, Goizueta and Jacobs, ever acknowledged having been on the show. I dismissed it at the time as just another effective business technique. It wasn’t unusual in those long-gone times, to actually receive a hand-written note from the most skillful businessmen. They knew that relationships were critical - especially with the media. Although CNN was still a fledgling operation at the time, I remember Jacobs’ note saying “one day, the whole world will know about business- because of CNN.”

I didn’t have any further contact with Jacobs until I began The Outdoor Wire nearly 20 years ago. I was covering the FLW Championship when a friend introduced us. He had no way of knowing that Jacobs and I had met- years before- and I doubted seriously that he would have any recollection of our meeting.

To my surprise, Jacobs smiled, shook my hand and said “looks like we both survived CNN.” And from that minute forward, he always treated me like an old acquaintance, not a reporter who had asked him some decidedly unfriendly questions about his business practices in the 1980s.

When I first traveled to Flippin, Arkansas, to visit Ranger Boats, we stayed at Jacobs’ sprawling estate above Bull Shoals Reservoir. That’s when I realized that the same guy I knew as the “liquidator” was also the guy who owned J.R. Watkins Co., the soap and household products company. It was obvious there was some connection- Watkins products were everywhere.

Why am I doing all this reflecting about a man who was as tough a businessman as you’d ever want to meet? Because behind all the tough, confident businessman, Jacobs was a marshmallow when it came to his family.

Ultimately, it seems his love for Alexandria, his wife for 57 years and the mother of their five children, was the ultimate cause of both their deaths.

Police reports from Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota indicate that Jacobs, described by his friends as “distraught” over Alexandria’s failing health and signs of dementia, shot her, then himself.

The police have stopped short of calling it a murder-suicide, but say Irwin was “responsible” for the deaths. They are seeking no other suspects, and say there’s no risk to the public’s safety.

It’s an unexpected end to a colorful figure who cut a path through our industry.

More than that, it’s yet another example of the fact that not even the privileged are exempt from despair that convinces them life is no longer worth living.

—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, 

APRIL 25-28
148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

The 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits will be held Thursday, April 25, to Sunday, April 28, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.

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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