A group led by longtime employees and contributors has purchased Deer & Deer Hunting from F+W Media of New York.
Following last year's introduction to the bowhunting industry, SEVR™Broadheads has announced a new model designed to provide optimal penetration in the largest game animals.
BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Yarmouth offer a choice of two fun on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves, Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28 at the club’s location at 72 Lafayette Street, Yarmouth.

From July 5–7, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s law enforcement division will focus on boating law compliance on the waterways and spread public awareness for “Operation Dry Water,” a national campaign that promotes sobriety while boating.
In 2018, 976,200 boats were sold pre-owned (including traditional powerboats, personal watercraft and sailboats), down 0.6 percent from 2017.
The 2019 North American Whitetail Championship begins this fall. Initially, only 14 regions were included in the contest however, The North American Whitetail Championship is excited to announce that they will be opening up registration to Canada.
Yamaha Pro Cliff Pace took home the eighth and final trophy of the regular-season Bass Pro Tour on Green Lake, Wis., June 30 while teammate Bobby Lane finished second.

Preparation paid off for ELEY athletes at the European Games as shooters using the world-renowned ammunition took home 21 medals as well as setting four brand new European Games records.
The Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest is now accepting entries through October 31, 2019. The photo contest is open to state residents and visitors alike, but qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama.
Tigress Outriggers & Gear will showcase its industry-leading outriggers and accessories at ICAST, the world's largest sportfishing trade show, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from July 10 through 12.
The Robert M. Lee Foundation has joined a growing list of sponsors of the Boone and Crockett Club’s 30th Big Game Awards, which is scheduled for August 1-3, 2019, in Springfield, Missouri.

Coming in hot with a batch of fresh products, Plano is heading to ICAST in Orlando with some serious, tackle-storage solutions that will maximize time spent on the water.
Tickets are on sale now for the NRA Personal Protection Expo, scheduled for Sept. 6-8, 2019 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX. The NRA Personal Protection Expo is a three-day educational and interactive experience.
Learn about baseball during the Salamonie senior luncheon Monday, Aug. 5 at the Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center.
Falls of the Ohio State Park will host an open house for people interested in volunteering at the park on July 13 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce its new Flag Series line of firearms. Arriving just in time to celebrate the independence of our nation, these attractive firearms boast painted flag Cerakote and flag camo dipped finishes.
In 1894, Savage entered the world of firearms manufacture with a commitment to a high standard of quality. Savage is proud to mark that milestone with a limited run 125th Anniversary Edition Model 110 collector’s rifle, chambered in five cartridge options.
SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces the SIG SAUER P320 XFIVE Legion. The pistol features the exclusive TXG grip module developed by SIG SAUER engineers with a patent-pending process by infusing tungsten into the polymer material providing the weight of steel with the flex of polymer.
TriStar Arms announced that the new TT-15 Field is now shipping in 12, 20, 28, and .410 gauges. The new TT-15 Field expands on TriStar's popular over-and-under line.

The new edition of the Fish and Boat AZ map not only gives door-to-ramp driving directions to individual waters statewide, it is filled with fishing reports and forecasts, stocking information, bag limits, and locations of marinas, pump-out stations, license dealers, fishing docks, life jacket loaner stations, certified fish scales, and more.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds the public not to swim at fishing access areas due to safety concerns. The primary use of the fishing access areas is for launching and retrieving motorboats.
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Boyds Hardwood Gunstocks leads the aftermarket gunstock industry with the largest selection of gunstocks than any other stock manufacturer on the planet. Included in this list is the new Thompson/Center T/CR22.
The new license year began Monday, July 1, so only 2019-20 licenses are valid when hunting or using Game Commission shooting ranges. And sales of 2019-20 antlerless deer licenses are about to begin, and only hunters holding valid general licenses may apply.

Element HV delivers seven distinct sonar channels including three ultra-high frequency 1.2MHz HyperVision channels (SideVision, DownVision and RealVision 3D) for the clearest and most complete views of the underwater world.
The new, self-contained OZ Radial 400 EZ and OZ Radial Nano Marine models are purpose designed to help anglers and boaters quickly and conveniently destroy the odors, bacteria, mold and fungus they encounter in their boats, vehicles, homes and other spaces, as well as on their gear.
Leupold & Stevens, Inc., has announced that longtime employee Shane Meisel has been named the company’s Director of Marketing, effective immediately.
Outtech, Inc announced today that its board of directors unanimously approved the promotion of Scott Blackwell from executive vice president to president, effective immediately.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has verified that the Asian swamp eel, an invasive species, has been found in Bayou St. John in New Orleans.
Ducks Unlimited released the latest film in its online series. In Mighty Mo, old friends convene on the Missouri River in North Dakota.
Galco is excited to introduce the Stinger belt holster for the Glock 43 with the Streamlight TLR6 attached. The Stinger is constructed of premium saddle leather and fits belts up to 1 1/2” wide.
Perhaps no other spinnerbait has ever offered more attention-to-details than Z-Man’s category-transforming SlingBladeZ -- take a first look here.

Give your wildlife everything they need to maximize their potential with MonsterMeal Mineral Attractant, which contains the right ratio of ingredients to produce optimal antler growth, skeletal development, milk production, and reproductive productivity.
With a .203” inner diameter, the new Carbon Express Maxima RED SD 450 arrow was designed to resist winds and penetrate deep upon impact.
Easton introduces the T64 Full Metal Jacket—the arrow that combines maximum killing power with the highest level of FOC accuracy.
DeSantis Gunhide introduces 3 new holster fits for the SIG SAUER P938 fitted with the SIG LIMA38 laser sight. These include the Mini Scabbard and the Nemesis.

Shadow Hunter Blinds proudly presents a better anchoring stake, the Slotlock™. The Slotlock™ is an ultrastrong, multi-purpose stake, made in the U.S.A.
Tactacam is excited to announce the FISH-i HD, a new camera for outdoorsmen to capture a different venue of action-packed footage, at ICAST 2019, held July 9th-12th in Orlando, Florida.
At some point during their Oct. 4, 2018 banquet, the Nashville Chapter hit a prestigious milestone: $1 million in cumulative funds raised for Delta Waterfowl.
A popular fishing pier on Champion Lake in the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge received a much-needed facelift thanks to union volunteers, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) and the Lower Trinity Basin Master Naturalists.
The MidwayUSA Foundation recently announced a new team incentive to help youth shooting teams in their Team Endowment Program grow their individual endowment. The Online Recurring Donation Drive will run through August and encourages teams to attain and grow recurring gifts.
Outdoor Indiana magazine’s July/August issue features a cover article on the DNR’s Invitation to Conservation (I2C) efforts.
Realtree for Him Fragrance in Realtree Xtra Camo Packaging is designed for the man who feels most at home in the outdoors.
The Safariland Group announced its ninth year of sponsorship of “Doug Koenig’s Championship Season.” The show airs on the Pursuit Channel.
Hoppe’s continues to find shared success with Hoppe’s team shooter Jessie Harrison as she continues her dominance in the competitive shooting sports. At the recent U.S. Practical Shooting Association Area 7 Championships, Harrison took first place in the Ladies Open Division and placed fifth in the overall competition.
SureLock™ Security Company (Dansons, USA) proudly announces its television & seminar tour sponsorship of Shoot Straight TV and Chad, Marsha, Walker and Wyatt Schearer.
Legacy Sports Int’l and POINTER Shotguns announce sponsorship of Scott Linden’s Wingshooting USA television series. The Reno-based company will introduce their new POINTER Arista over-under shotguns on Wingshooting USA.
Watercraft are a significant cause of loon mortality. Loons frequently nest and rear their young in areas where boats move at higher speeds.
Join Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Capital Sports for a free paddling event on Saturday, July 20 at the Helena Regulating Reservoir for an introduction to paddle sports.
Donation’s to voluntary wolf mitigation are now being accepted through Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Velocity Precision Engineering™ has teamed up with over 20 industry partners to create the ultimate give-away-The Cool Dad Starter Kit and someone will win this ultra-cool starter kit. This give-away will run until July 15, 2019.
MOJO® TV proudly celebrates the start of the 14th season of outdoor television with their 3rd Quarter premiere episode airing this Saturday on Sportsman Channel.
Presented by Pheasants Forever and Federal Ammunition, the award-winning upland television series, “The Flush,” returns for its eighth season on the Outdoor Channel starting the first week in July, airing every Tuesday at 7 a.m., Thursday at 1 p.m., and Saturday at 8 a.m. EST.
This year, Wild Boar Fever X presented by Aimpoint, the most-celebrated driven boar hunting series ever produced, returns to U.S. airwaves on July 6-7 on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel Canada (6 p.m. ET).
Twenty Flagstaff-area mule deer are at the forefront of a three-year study that will help the Arizona Game and Fish Department analyze movement patterns and guide management strategies aimed at conserving mule deer migration corridors and providing guidance for preventing deer-vehicle collisions.
Mentors and youths who would like to participate in this year's Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program must pre-register with the Refuge by Monday, August 12. Participation in the program will be limited to 40 enrollees.

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature appeared in our companion service The Shooting Wire. 

My friend Bryce Towsley has recently completed a new book: Gunsmithing Modern Firearms: A Gun Guy's Guide to Making Good Guns Even Better. I considered reviewing this book with some misgivings. I am to gunsmithing what Washington, DC is to sound public policy: a zero.

Oh, I can do a detail inspection of GLOCK pistols and install sights on them – and the federal government can do something worthwhile. I’m not quite sure what that would be at the moment.

But Bryce is mechanically sound – and another thing Bryce can do is write; entertaining, instructive and detailed, he takes duffers like me along the path he followed in doing some rather serious work in “making good guns better.” When he finds that’s not enough of a challenge, he takes a collection of parts and creates ‘builds,’ something I should never be tempted to do.

He brings gun crankery into the modern era by a complete, frank and candid discussion of the modern firearms finishes: coatings. Not stopping there, he takes the reader by the hand and teaches the best way to prep the surfaces for the new finish and to apply them – and to cure them. A very humorously told tale of his “oven,” a device he created to cure coatings brings to mind the books from Brownells entitled Gunsmith Kinks.

He doesn't just build and repair guns, Bryce is also an accomplished shot and an experienced hunter.

Bryce takes homely guns – the Mosin and a GLOCK 22 trade-in – and makes them his own with considerable work and detail. He builds a rifle without a lathe and later in the book describes a cost-effective gunsmith-appropriate lathe, currently available and one he’s acquired to do his work.

No gunsmithing book would be complete without building a 1911 and an AR-15 from parts – Bryce puts his mark on each, making them personal. In fact, all of his work is personal as is his conversational writing style.

I’ve heard it, long and loud, from people in my cohort who decry the loss of story-telling in gun-writing. We speak of the greats from our youth who wrote stories (more than reviews), tales that made us want to be gun-writers, accounts that touched our very souls – I’m as bad about that form of nostalgia as the next guy.

Here’s my message: stop complaining and read Gunsmithing Modern Firearms. Doing so took me back to the greats that graced the pages of 1960s and 1970s issues of Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times and GUNS Magazine. Bryce does this while telling a modern tale of trying to buy gear “off the economy” in his locality and facing the loss of a thing called “customer service;” he did that while discussing something as simple – or not so simple – as determining why “When a Good Gun Goes Bad.”

His method for cleaning a gun – a disliked chore by him and by me – is alone worth the price of the book. If you’ve taken any guns in on trade or bought used, you likely know what I mean.

The book is dedicated to Bob Brownell, a father of modern home gunsmithing and the provider of gear to the professional gunsmith trade through a company extant to this day. The foreword is written by Pete Brownell.

I simply can’t recommend Bryce’s book enough – and it’s not because we’ve worked together at media events. It’s because it’s a good read even if you never intend to rebarrel a rifle, refinish a pistol or actually go through the trauma of cleaning all the crap out of a shotgun barrel.

If you like guns and you like humor, this is the book for you – available signed by the author here.

- - Rich Grassi

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