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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019

- ACQUISITIONS -
Sellmark is proud to announce the addition of Kopfjager to the corporation’s family of brands. Launched in 2012, Kopfjager began with a rifle rest designed, tested and redesigned by two SWAT officers, Garret Hellinger and Matt Banes.
- BOATING -
BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Prince William Marina offer a choice of four fun on-water powerboat training courses: Intro to Boating (both for single engine and twin screw vessels), Women Making Waves, and Precision Docking and Boat Handling, Saturday, June 29, and Saturday, August 3, at the marina’s location at 12849 Gordon Boulevard, Woodbridge.
- COMPETITION -
Longtime conservation partner Dallas Safari Club (DSC) and the Dallas Safari Club Foundationare stepping in once again to support America’s Shooting Team in hopes of helping Raise The Flag. This time they are providing $25,000 in travel support to USA Shooting’s Paralympic Shooting Team ahead of the upcoming 2019 World Shooting Para Sport Championships, October 11-18 in Sydney, Australia.

Hornady celebrates the win of shooter Jake Vibbert at the Precision Rifle Series Quiet Riot in Hiawatha, Utah May 31-June 1, 2019. Vibbert won the national Quiet Riot match using the new Hornady 6mm 110 gr. A-Tip Match bullets.
- CONSERVATION -
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to designate critical habitat for four endangered freshwater mussels found in 18 states in the East and Midwest, marking a major legal victory for the species and for the Center for Biological Diversity.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fully supports removing the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife as proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
The Bowsite Meet and Greet instigated the raising of almost $30,000 earmarked for the Pope and Young Club’s Conservation Fund.

- CUTLERY -
Hogue’s new Exploit knife is their latest "backbone trigger/fire out the front" automatic knife offered to consumers. The Exploit’s blade is cryogenically treated, hand sharpened and honed.
Buck Knives is excited to introduce a new series of everyday carry knives featuring a ball bearing pivot system. The Sprints feature a 3 1/8” blade with an overall closed length of 4 3/8”, making these lightweight liner lock flippers perfect for every day.
- EVENTS -
ERGO’s team will be in Utah for the Rocky Mountain Airgun Challenge June 6th-9th. The company is proud to be a sponsor of the event, helping towards the amazing $20,000 prize pool for winners.
The annual John C. Garand D-Day event, held June 6-9, 2019, at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Talladega Marksmanship Park, will stray from its usual format to celebrate history not only through marksmanship competition but also through fanfare and fun. The event will honor the 75th anniversary of the Allied Forces landing at Normandy Beach in France in 1944 through a series of vintage rifle and pistol competitions.

- FIREARMS -
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Spartan II series of pistols with the 1911 Spartan II Full-Size and Carry, and the P238 and P938 Spartan II Micro-Compacts. The Spartan II series of pistols are all hammer-fired, single-action-only, all-metal pistols with a distressed coyote finish.
Gunwerks launched a new program producing quarterly, limited run rifle builds. The first in the SkunkWerks series is the FireStarter, a competition-specific chassis rifle build chambered in 6mm Creedmoor.
Savage is excited to announce the new 110 Apex Predator XP, which offers adjustability and accuracy. The 110 Apex Predator XP pairs a Model 110 rifle with a 4-12x44mm Vortex Crossfire II scope that comes mounted, bore-sighted and ready to hunt.
- FISHERIES -
The recreational red snapper season will start June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and remain open through July 12, closing July 13.

- GEAR -
Galco Gunleather introduces a wide range of popular holsters fit to the Mossberg MC1Sc pistol. These iinclude the Ankle Glove, Combat Master, Scout 3.0 and more.
- INDUSTRY -
Meopta USA Sport Optics is pleased to announce industry veteran Barton Hege has joined the company as Field Advisor. In this position, Hege will assist with online consumer service and provide extensive content generation for social media platforms.
Veteran outdoor journalist and fishing guide, Capt. Richard Simms, has been hired as the new Editor of CrappieNOW [HOTLINK: http://www.crappienow.com/], the free online digital magazine dedicated solely to crappie fishing across the nation.
- LEGAL -
The Second Amendment Foundation has joined in an amicus brief to the Colorado State Supreme Court in support of a case that challenges Centennial State gun control laws including the ban on so-called “high capacity” magazines.

- NEW PRODUCTS -
Mec-Gar USA announced the availability of an upgraded 9mm 10 round Sig Sauer P226 X5 magazine. The magazine consists of a 17 round tube with the new aluminum +2 basepad installed. The magazine is dimpled to prevent more than 10 rounds from being loaded, but allows the spring and follower to be removed for cleaning and maintenance.
Small-game and youth hunting, Hunter Education training, target practice, and plinking: if any of these shooting sports are on your "to do" list, CZ-USA has a high-quality and affordable CZ 457 rimfire rifle for you and yours.
Wildlife Research Center® has introduced their Ultra-Premium Scent Killer® Gold® Personal Care Kit. Serious odor fighting formulas, all in one convenient kit. Perfect for deodorizing and getting cleaned up, before and after the hunt.
Show off your patriotism and passion for the outdoors with the Realtree® Americana Low Back Seat Cover in Edge, Single in Realtree EDGE Camo.

LIVETARGET’s ICAST award-winning Hollow Body Craw has set a new standard for bass bait realism. The progressive bait seamlessly combinesform and function with a paradigm-shifting blend of critical elements from two distinct lure families—bass jigs and hollow body baits.
- NOTICES -
Due to the severe smoke and traffic restrictions just south of the project in Long Valley from the Coldwater Fire, the Arizona Elk Society and USFS have decided to cancel this week’s scheduled project at Long Valley.
- ONLINE -
Mossy Oak GO is now streaming “Lone Star Chital” from THE HUNGER, a digital series directed by outdoor media producer, Josh Dahlke.
Now available on MyOutdoorTV.com (MOTV) is a collection of sports, entertainment and outdoor lifestyle celebrities who love to hunt and fish in the MyOutdoorTV Superstar Watchlist.

- ORGANIZATIONS -
Firearms enthusiasts and competitive shooters from across the U.S. are preparing for the D.C. Project Team Match to be held June 7 through 9 at the Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas. The two-person, team match is a fundraiser for the D.C. Project Foundation, and will feature John “Tig” Tiegen, and Jerry Miculek as competitors.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that it has selected five recipients to receive a portion of 2019’s $100,000 grant allotment provided by the NSSF Hunting Heritage Trust.
Scholastic 3-D Archery welcomes Quentin R. Young as the newest member of the S3DA Board of Directors. Quentin graduated from the University of the Cumberlands with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers members continue to step up in support of North America’s public lands and waters, fish and wildlife, and hunting and fishing opportunities, establishing eight new chapters in the United States and Canada.

Safari Club International and Safari Club International Foundation have combined operations under Chief Executive Officer W. Laird Hamberlin. Both will continue as separate non-profit corporations maintaining their respective Boards of Directors, but day-to-day operations will go forward under the leadership of CEO Hamberlin.
- SAFETY -
Hot weather and little to no rain means that the forest is dry, creating higher fire danger and the increasing risk of unwanted wildfire. Please stay alert and be safe in the woods, especially with campfires.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
The Quality Deer Management Association is pleased to announce that Heaven’s Trail®, manufacturers of high quality tree stands and tree stand accessories, has joined QDMA as a corporate partner.
Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten has announced that Redneck Blinds has renewed as a WTU national sponsor.

USA Shooting is excited to announce the return of Krieghoff International back to its powerful lineup of sponsors as the organization continues a resurgence of sponsor support in build-up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- STATE PARKS -
Our popular “Three Free” weekend – two full days when Michigan residents and visitors can grab a fishing pole, ride the off-road trails and visit state parks, all free of charge – is back, June 8 and 9.
Michigan will be celebrating our feathered friends with programs in many state parks during Wildlife Weekend, June 21-23.
- STATES -
The reputation of Three Mile Lake and Twelve Mile Lake as a fishing destination is well known around the Midwest – and beyond. These two lakes, separated by two miles, are panfish and walleye heavyweights that draw anglers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Missouri and Nebraska eager for a chance to fill their bag limits.
Senior Warden Timothy Carey of Mount Holly is Vermont's State Game Warden of the Year. A game warden since 2013, Carey received the award in recognition of his excellent service from Governor Phil Scott on June 4 in Montpelier.
The agenda for Michigan's Natural Resources Commission meeting, Thursday, June 13, 2019 has been posted to the Natural Resources Commission website at Michigan.gov/NRC.
The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet June 18 and 19 at FWP Headquarters in Helena. On both days, the meeting will be streamed live via video to all FWP regional offices. The meeting will also be audio streamed online at fwp.mt.gov.
- TELEVISION -
This time, Shooting USA covers Precision Rifle Competition at the Brawl in Texas with the shooting challenges that are complicated by the south Texas weather.
This week, “Keith Warren’s Deer and Wildlife Stories,” heads to the West Texas Hill Country to show viewers what "The Look of Texas" is for big whitetail bucks. Plus, we show viewers the “Super Star” of the deer industry.
- TRANSPORTATION -
BRP's new workhorse Defender lineup now includes more horsepower, industry-leading torque, and an entirely new 6x6 model, while the performance-centric Maverick lineup features enhanced performance and improved accessibility.
- WILDLIFE -
Many grassland bird species are in decline due to the loss of appropriate grassland habitat.
Utah is bear country and they are amazing animals. If you follow a few simple steps, you can decrease the chances of that happening and can help keep you and the bears safe.
- WORKSHOPS -
Interested in learning how to get started with backpacking or in bringing butterflies to your garden? There’s still time to register for these upcoming DNR Outdoor Skills Academy classes.
 

Last week, we reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, listening to the overwhelmingly positive voices of his Attorney General and state legislature, signed legislation effectively dissolving the state’s nearly 70 year old ban on “gravity knives”.

This week, Governor Cuomo’s not changed his mind, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, is still defying the state’s legal change. After pitching what could best be described as a bureaucratic hissy-fit, hizzoner and his police chief dredged up an obscure law regarding the public transit system he says will allow the New York Transit Authority police to -legally- continue to arrest owners of the knives now widely used by everyone from stagehands to plumbers, electricians, construction workers, and, yes, first responders.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promises the ban on "gravity knives" will continue on New York City subways. Photo from KnifeRights.

Here’s the bit of legalese he’s using to say it’s ok to continue to enforce a regulation the rest of the state -and a federal judge -have ruled illegal:

See below the text of New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations; Title 21 - Miscellaneous; Chapter XXI - Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Subchapter D - Rules and Regulations Governing the Conduct and Safety of the Public (emphasis ours):

Section 1050.8 Weapons and other dangerous instruments.

(a) No weapon, dangerous instrument, or any other item intended for use as a weapon may be carried in or on any facility or conveyance. This provision does not apply to law enforcement personnel and persons to whom a license for such weapon has been duly issued and is in force (provided in the latter case the weapon is concealed from view). For the purposes hereof, a weapon or dangerous instrument shall include, but not be limited to, a firearm, switchblade knife, gravity knife, boxcutter, straight razor or razor blades that are not wrapped or enclosed in a protective covering, sword, shotgun or rifle.

Section 1050.10 Fine and penalties.

Pursuant to section 1204(5-a) of the Public Authorities Law, any person committing one or more violations of these rules shall be subject to either:

(a) criminal prosecution in the criminal court of the City of New York, which court may impose a fine not to exceed twenty-five dollars or a term of imprisonment for not longer than ten days, or both; or

(b) civil penalties imposed by the transit adjudication bureau in an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars per violation (exclusive of interest or costs assessed thereon).

Knife Rights continues to caution anyone visiting New York City to continue to exercise common sense when carrying a pocket knife. Don’t clip it to your pocket (brandishing) and if confronted by an officer for carrying a knife, don’t argue; comply. There’s no percentage in unnecessarily provoking an officer.

One more bit of news that should help clear some of the speculation about the resignation of Pete Brownell from the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association.

When Brownell announced he was leaving the board due to “business obligations” the speculation was rampant that there was something amiss with that explanation.

There wasn’t anything wrong, but there were some things coming.

Having been privvy to some of the behind the scenes activity, we’ve maintained our distance from the resignation, the speculation and the entire NRA situation. And we still believe when you have nothing to add to a story, your audience is better served without speculation.

That having been said....2nd Adventure Group, a holding company wholly owned by Pete and Frank Brownell, has purchased the website AR15.com, adding it to their holdings which include Brownells, Inc., and other industry brands.

Pete Brownell tells The Outdoor Wire Digital Network it will become the “backbone” of what he envisions as a communications outlet for the Second Amendment.

It’s already a significant presence with shooters, boasting a user group of more than five million.

According to former owners, Eduard, Juan and Jorge Avila, the decision to sell to 2nd Adventure was their realization that, after 23 years, the Brownells and their group made most sense. Like the Avilas, they say, the Brownells “see the importance, now more than ever, for having a free, unfiltered forum for pro-Constitutional voices and ideas to be heard.”

We’re told there are “big things ahead” and with a growing void in the pro-Second Amendment universe, it makes sense that a group with business acumen and a deep respect for the Second Amendment move both the idea- and the backbone- forward.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd

OUTDOOR WIRE
Event Calendar

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 di@pro3gunner.com Info: pro3gunner.com/team-match

JULY 30 - AUGUST 1
Import/Export Conference

Washington, DC (Website)

AUGUST 1-3
Boone and Crockett Club's 30th Big Game Awards

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, Springfield, Missouri, https://www.biggameawards.com/

 
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