The Outdoor Wire Digital Network will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4th and 5th for the Independence Day holiday.
No wires will publish on those dates. We will return to our regular schedule on Monday, July 8, 2019. We wish all subscribers, members and advertisers a safe and happy holiday.
During the session – titled “Examining the Ethanol Mandate” – Jeff Wasil discussed the industry’s concerns regarding the spread of E15 across the country and the need to explore safer and better biofuel alternatives like biobutanol.
During the national Operation Dry Water campaign officers will focus on removing impaired operators from the water and educating boaters about safety.

Iowa DNR Conservation Officers will be heavily patrolling Iowa waterways over the Fourth of July holiday and during the Operation Dry Water campaign, July 5 – 7.
The Army Corps of Engineers reminds boaters that a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River is still in place. Even though flows have decreased the advisory will be in effect for several more weeks.
The Independence Day holiday is typically one of the three busiest weekends of the year on the region's lakes and rivers, and this year, will likely be no exception. It is a great time for outdoor water fun, but Army Corps of Engineers officials advise everyone to practice good water safety habits.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent signing of a recreational boat title bill, the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (HB 475/S 676), offers recreational boat owners valuable consumer protections and may spur other states to follow suit. Under the new law, damaged boats that are repaired and later put up for sale will now have titles clearly labeled as such.

Yamaha Marine announces the addition of a new V MAX SHO® 200 X-Shaft model and three new, even-pitch XTO OS®propellers for the powerful V8 XTO Offshore®.
Best in the World. That’s the goal for USA Shooting’s 24 team members competing at the 2019 International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Championships starting Tuesday in Lonato del Garda, Italy.
Bushnell team shooter Jessie Harrison continued her dominance in the competitive shooting sports at the U.S. Practical Shooting Association Area 7 Championships. Harrison took first place in the Ladies Open Division shooting Bushnell’s AR Optics First Strike 2.0 Red Dot.
Team Lapua member, Matt Brousseau, scored a 120 out of a possible 126 to secure first place at the PRS Punisher Positional. Brousseau shot Berger 6mm 105gr Hybrid Target projectiles and uses Lapua 6mm BR brass exclusively.

Gage O’Connor from the Ankeny Hawks Shooting Sports Team hit 200 straight clay targets at the State Trap Shoot, besting all other shooters. But in the end his effort was not enough to hold off the varsity squad from North Scott who had the high squad score, hitting 985 out of 1,000 targets by their five person team.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced that multiple Team Ruger competitors posted divisional wins throughout the weekend of June 21-23. Team Captain Koenig took top production at the Buckeye Precision Rifle Club match, Team Members Olhasso and McGinty took firsts at the USPSA Area 7 match and Randi Rogers took second in division at the End of Trail Nationals.
While traveling to some of southern Michigan’s state game areas this summer, you might notice something new – kiosks highlighting habitat improvement efforts sponsored by the Adopt-a-Game-Area program.
A Burlington man was arrested after attempting to avoid arrest by State Game Wardens at the Salmon Hole on the Winooski River.

Banded®, known for its remarkable waterfowl apparel, is branching out into the fishing world with new Realtree Fishing apparel that will be on display at the 2019 ICAST trade show July 9-12.
Indiana's Harmonie State Park will dedicate its new Outdoor Education Pavilion in a ceremony on July 19 at 11 a.m. CT.
There are still spots available for Girl Scouts to take part in the first ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13-14 at various state recreation areas throughout Nebraska.
A traveling Smithsonian exhibit about the history of Native American veterans in the U.S. military is on display at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park through Sept. 2.

In June, two black carp were captured in the Ohio River about 10 miles downstream of the Indiana state line. Black carp are native to eastern Asia and were brought to the United States during the 1970-80s.
Applications may be made for Nebraska paddlefish snagging permits through July 14.
"Skamania” steelhead, so named for the hatchery in Washington from which they originate, are a unique species of summer-migrating steelhead trout the DNR stocks in southern Lake Michigan. Anglers should act fast to take advantage of these high-flying, challenging steelhead in Lake Michigan and its tributaries.
Whitetails Unlimited has completed their 2018-19 fiscal year where 1,818 grants were awarded, totaling more than $2,300,484 for mission-related projects.

Spydro® Smart Underwater Fishing Camera intelligently captures action videos of fish biting your lures and sends the video, location and environmental data to your cell phone.
Plano continues to be the leading innovators of tackle storage solutions with the release of their most technologically advanced storage series to date - EDGE.
While new tackle and the upcoming ICAST Show were major topics for discussion at the Shimano North American Fishing, Inc.’s just completed national sales meeting, the tackle maker also uses the event to recognize key manufacturer reps.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), the association representing shooting sports wholesalers, manufacturers, and their trade partners, announces a $25,000 donation to the American Suppressor Association to support their state and national advocacy efforts. 


Clenzoil is bringing back the original packaging to commemorate the long-standing history of the company. It is committing its support to active military and veterans alike by donating 50% of all proceeds of each bottle to Mission 22, a 501c non-profit organization that assists active and non-active military men and women with suicide prevention and counseling.
Results are in for the first round of environmental DNA testing for invasive bighead and silver carp in tributaries of Lake Michigan. None of the 336 water samples collected in the Kalamazoo River, Spring Lake and Lake Macatawa tested positive for the genetic material (eDNA) of invasive carp.
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Distributor Kinsey’s has a full-time opening for an Outdoors Buyer in their Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, offices.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation seeks a performance motivated team player with strong interpersonal skills to engage and manage volunteer activities, event fundraising and major gift fundraising in southern CA.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation seeks a performance-motivated team player with strong interpersonal skills to engage and manage volunteer activities, event fundraising and major gift fundraising in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.
The Glacier IceChip Cooler in Realtree Fishing and EDGE Camo has the heart and soul of a hard-sided cooler with the weight of a soft-side cooler. This portable lunch cooler is ideal for work or play.
Old Glory™ features a cerakoted 3.5-inch stainless steel barrel and frame with a stylized image of the American flag along its full length along with an etched flag image in the custom extended black ash grips that provide for superior handling and comfort. The double-barrel handgun is chambered to shoot .45-caliber and .410 loads.
The same great convex/concave Panther Martin blade with the shaft going directly through the blade design creates the same great spinning action and sonic vibrations as our larger spinners but in mini-form.

Hard-to-reach tackle, tools and personal items will soon be a thing of the past on the water thanks to the release of YakGear’s latest product, the YakSack.
Bullet Weights® now offers the popular Mr. Crappie™ Add-A-Hook with a snelled hook to allow even more pole-in-the-water time. This new product will be featured in the Bullet Weights booth (#729) July 10-12 at the 2019 ICAST show in Orlando, Florida.
Buck Knives introduces a new hunting line featuring fixed and folding knives designed for beginner to serious hunters. The Pursuit Series features a variety of competitively-priced knives available in fixed and folding versions with standard or gut hook blades in 420HC steel.
The new 397S (.177 caliber) and the 392S (.22 caliber) multi pump pneumatic rifle feature sleek all-weather synthetic Monte Carlo stocks, fully rifled barrels, a robust forearm and velocities up to 1100 fps on the 397S and up to 800 fps on the 392S with pinpoint accuracy.
High Speed Gear released a new mounting system, the Adaptable Belt Mount for 30 of its most popular products. It offers a sturdy, belt width adjustable, anti-slide application for mounting HSGI products to a belt.
The Pope and Young Club is proud to announce the continued support of 3Rivers Archery through the Club's Corporate Partners Program.
Texas S3DA hosted the first 3-D and Outdoor Target State Championship at Archers Haven Field Archery Club in Canyon Lake, Texas. Many spectators were present for the event, while 16 archers competed for top spots within their class and division.
The National Rifle Association announces the launch of the Community Engagement Division to renew its commitment to NRA members, affiliated clubs and organizations, and the shooting community.
About 1,000 youth archers and thousands of parents, vendors and spectators are set to arrive at the Mermet Lake State Conservation Area for the 7th annual S3DA 3-D National Championship and the 3rd annual S3DA Outdoor Target National Championship, July 10-13th .
For a limited time, customers can get the SX Series M-LOK Handguard for 70% off when purchasing a Samson Manufacturing M-LOK accessory at the regular price. The promotion is available for online purchases.
Tune in to this week’s Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio show as host Rob Keck focuses on the legal limitations being implemented on hunting and fishing in the U.S. and Canada.
This week, Outdoors Radio features Wisconsin Conservation Congress chairman Larry Bonde, Precision Airgun Distribution national sales manager Larry Piercy, American Wild Turkey Hunting Dog Association founder Jon Freis and pro angler Duffy Kopf.
If operating an off-highway vehicle (OHV) or boating our amazing waterways are part of your plans, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) urges everyone to put safety first.
Brownells will donate five percent of its sales to the wounded veterans support organization Special Operations Wounded Warriors (SOWW) during Independence Day 2019.
HSM Ammunition has added Fleet Farm stores to their quickly expanding list of retail outlets carrying the HSM line.
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Rock River Arms is pleased to announce that Williams Shooters Supply is now a distributor of Rock River Arms firearms, parts, and accessories. Williams Shooters Supply provides dealers across the country with a wide range of firearms, ammunition, shooting supplies, and outdoor accessories.
Walker’s announces the renewal of its sponsorship arrangement with professional shooter Doug Koenig and Doug Koenig’s Championship Season television show.
“Arrow Seed is continuing as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor,” said WTU President Jeff Schinkten, “and we are thrilled to continue our relationship. Food plots are an important part of the entire whitetail experience for many hunters, and the folks at Arrow Seed have a vast knowledge about food plots.
The agenda for the Natural Resources Commission meeting, Thursday, July 11, 2019 has been posted to the Natural Resources Commission website at
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting a survey of Florida’s private landowners across the state.
The DNR Division of Water’s use of technology to communicate flood risks to Hoosiers has been recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Cooperating Technical Partners program (CTP).
DNR hatchery staff is stocking hybrid striped bass across the state for the benefit of Hoosier anglers.
Veterans with disabilities are now eligible for discounted hunting and combination licenses and will also experience an easier application process.
There are still spots available for Girl Scouts to take part in the first ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13-14 at various state recreation areas throughout Nebraska.
Safari Club International and Sporting Classics TV will offer one lucky sweepstakes winner the opportunity to join SCTV host Chris Dorsey on a spectacular goose hunt at the North Platte Outpost - A High Adventure Company - from Dec. 15-18. The hunt will be aired in the 2020 season of Sporting Classics TV.
During each month from June to September 2019, prospective and current members of the Texas Tech Alumni Association will have the opportunity to win one of four FireDisc® packages.
It’s the USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals, where the open division shooters are taking speed to the next level, with pistol, shotgun and rifle, for a chance at the national titles.
MOJO® Outdoors proudly brings you the 14th season of outdoor television with their 3rd Quarter airing of Mojo Migration on The Pursuit Channel.
Chad and Scott discuss their most successful tactics for hog setups. How to setup and what are the most important factors in being successful when hunting hogs day or night.
The eleventh season of Guns & Gear premieres on Sportsman Channel on Wednesday, July 3rd. In the premiere episode, Guns & Gear features long range shooting with Ruger's Precision Rifle, ATN's Binox-T and ThOR 4x, Smith & Wesson's Performance Center Ported M&P Shield 2.0 and more.
Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to Pursuit Channel celebrating its ninth season. Tonight’s show is a double feature with Doug shooting in the Carry Optics and Single Stack Divisions at the 2018 USPSA Nationals.
The Secretary of Commerce recently announced the appointment of three members to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The Council looks forward to welcoming the following appointees on August 11, 2019.
After a graceful half-mile flight across Horseshoe Lake, the 3-year-old bald eagle released back into the wild by Arizona Game and Fish Department and Liberty Wildlife was free once again.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is partnering with Rooted in Vermont, a program of the Vermont Farm-to-Plate Network, for a “Field-to-Fork: Wild Food Cooking Series” this July and August to help Vermonters learn more about what game foods are available all around them and how to make them into a delicious meal.
Space is still available at the 2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, taking place on Friday, July 12 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Michigan History Center in Downtown Lansing.

We’re not in the holiday mode quite yet, but we’re close. Aged colleagues kid me about taking time off, calling my dedication into question. They love to remind me that early in all our careers, the thought of taking a holiday off was just that- a thought.

In newsrooms across the country, time off for anything other than a short vacation or a family emergency indicated you weren’t serious about your career. Most of us not only worked holidays, we readily volunteered to fill in for others who were taking time off. It was when I worked with one simple goal: to break a big story and using it as the ticket to my next step up the career ladder.

After childhood on horseback, I swore off horses. But my first national TV story in 1977 was, ironically enough, a horse story. Fanfreluche, a Canadian racehorse turned brood mare had disappeared from Claiborne Farms in Paris, Kentucky where she’d been successfully bred to super horse, Secretariat. Five months later, I got a call about a family in Tompkinsville, nearly 160 miles from Paris, that claimed to have found a mare, how heavily in foal, “wandering along the road” near their farm. The tip mentioned a tattooed registration number inside her upper lip. Having grown up around race horses, I knew that meant something. So I raced to Tompkinsville and discovered the tattoo matched Fanfreluche’s. I had my first big story. The next evening it was the lead story on ABC’s “World News Tonight” (although they stripped my voice off the report and had Peter Jennings read it voice over).

For me, Independence Holiday always means a reflective mood. Memories of family picnics with gallons of ice cold sweet tea, fried chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob, watermelon and a literal wagon load of desserts makes me reflective. Independence Day wasn’t the wind down of summer like it is today. It celebrated the fact we were free to take our ponies and roam the countryside from sunup to sundown without the worries of homework or other obligations. For us, school wouldn’t start until after Labor Day.

Times have changed. No one was alarmed when they saw we had bows and arrows or rifle scabbards on our saddles as we rode around the countryside. Today, admitting your parents have a gun is enough to get you tossed from the PTA.

This is still our country’s birthday weekend, but we’re looking at the fact our world may be changing even faster than we’re willing to admit.

Last week, a candidate for the highest office in the land stood on a debate stage with other candidates and declared “our enemy is the gun manufacturers, not the NRA, the gun manufacturers.” Granted, former VP Joe Biden might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but, as the NSSF’s Joe Bartozzi points out, “not another candidate not the stage that night, or the night before, condemned the remark.”

It’s true. I’m not being political when I say the Democratic Party is gunning for the gun industry. An industry that provides more than 312,000 jobs, and has a total economic impact on our economy of $52 billion. The gun industry paid more than $6.8 billion in total taxes in 2019- and many of those tax dollars were voluntary- going to support conservation and wildlife causes across the country.

The gun industry, despite what these pandering politicians would have you believe, is not “just like the tobacco industry”. Guns aren’t the same thing as tobacco.

Anyone who tries to tell you differently is either misinformed, purposefully ignorant, or trying to score political points.

The harsh reality is this: we are, effectively, a two-party nation. One party, whether you like admitting it or not, is dedicated to disarming average citizens. Whether they’re misguided, well-meaning dunderheads or calculating politicians out to remove our ability to resist their plans to radically transform our country does not matter one bit.

What matters is that the coming election won’t be about choice, it will be about freedom. If we choose wisely, we’ll keep our freedom a bit longer. If we sit on the sidelines, we will lose. It’s like the quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin after signing the Declaration of Independence, “gentlemen, I assure you that if we don’t hang together, we will most assuredly hang separately.”

Go have a terrific Independence holiday. But while you’re enjoying the holiday- and what it stands for- consider the fact that on July 4, 2019, we may have a lot more in common with those first celebrants than we realize- or care to admit.

—Jim Shepherd

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Import/Export Conference

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Boone and Crockett Club's 30th Big Game Awards

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, Springfield, Missouri,

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