MONDAY, JULY 8, 2019

United Sporting Companies is being offered for sale for a three-week period that began July 1, 2019 by Emerald Capital Advisors. The Unsecured Creditors Committee in the USC bankruptcy has selected Emerald as their financial advisors. After an extensive review, Emerald determined that attempting a post-petition sales process through the bankruptcy court presented a unique opportunity for Companies either looking to get into the firearms distribution business or to expand current operations.
Bushnell sponsored shooter Robert Brantley used his Elite Tactical XRS II riflescope to return to the podium at the 2019 King of the 2 Miles Match in Raton, New Mexico. With a second-place finish, Brantley was named this year’s Prince of the 2 Miles and became the first defending champion to even make it to the finale the following season.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program and National Rifle Association have coordinated timing of training, pistol and rifle events of the 2020 National Matches at Camp Perry and NRA Championships at Camp Atterbury to provide competitors greater planning flexibility.

Federal and CCI Ammunition sponsored shooters Cole Busch and Hunter Sykes are using new products from these trusted brands to win big in Pistol Caliber Carbine, USPSA and Precision Rifle Challenge events.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program adds a new event to its 2019 National Matches lineup at Camp Perry, guaranteed to challenge marksmanship skills, physical fitness and endurance.  The Target Sprint event features a mix of air rifle firing and short bursts of running, with competitors aiming to achieve the best possible time in a race against the clock.
Cajun Bowfishing will host its fifth annual Cajun 8 Limited Bowfishing Tournament Saturday, August 10 through Sunday, August 11 at Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville, Indiana.
A Pasco County angler caught a tagged redfish and won a pickup truck, but over $400,000 in prizes remain to be claimed.

In this event, tournament waters include the St. Marys River and its connecting lakes, both on the U.S. and Canadian side.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration led a mission to the Dry Tortugas June 30 – July 4 to continue coral conservation efforts
The National Wild Turkey Federation hosted a Shotgun Shooting Day Camp for youths age 10-16 at its Palmetto Shooting Complex.
This year’s forecasted total run of 40.18 million sockeyes is expected to net a harvest of 26.1 million salmon.

The objections raised by sportfishing groups in opposition to certification of the industrial Atlantic menhaden fishery as a “sustainable fishery” are scheduled to be heard by an independent adjudicator on July 8 and 9.
Keep Florida Fishing® (KFF), an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association encourages Florida anglers to report their catch data through the MyFishCount website or app during the five-day recreational red snapper season and beyond in South Atlantic federal waters to help improve information used to manage fisheries.
Adults are invited to grab a buddy and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at Omaha’s Zorinsky Lake on July 25 for Fishing with Friends.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) fisheries biologists certified a new state record flathead catfish weighing 69.3 pounds, measuring 47 inches long, with a girth of 34.25 inches, caught by angler Marvin Griffin from Santa Rosa County.

John Fresz of Anderson, California, was selected from 142,855 entries as the winner of the Bassmaster Fish With Keith Combs Sweepstakes.
Frogg Toggs® has combined its legendary waterproof technologies with original Realtree Fishing patterns to create an impressive new line of fishing apparel that will be introduced at the 2019 ICAST trade show.
TrueTimber invites attendees to ICAST July 10-12 to visit booth 4846 to see a variety of performance apparel items, discuss licensing opportunities and meet professional angler and TrueTimber brand ambassador Edwin Evers.
Bullet Weights® now offers the popular Mr. Crappie™Add-A-Hook with a snelled hook to allow even more pole-in-the-water time.

Thanks to its unique brushless motor, Force operates with almost undetectable levels of sonar and steering noise both below and above the water. It’s also the first trolling motor to include built-in industry-leading Garmin CHIRP traditional and Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars.
New for 2020 are a Lip Grip Cull Tag system, a Folding Fillet Board with Clamp, and a Retractable Lanyard.
Z-Man is set to unveil its newest entrant in the ChatterBait® category, a collaborative effort with Freedom Tackle Inc., innovator of hinged, free-swinging fishing lures.
SteelShad Fishing Company (Booth #4021), a leading manufacturer of fishing lures, gear and related products, has announced its innovative new product line-up for 2020.  

HyperSpeed is designed to not only maintain bearing life in baitcast reels, but also increase performance to see their full potential in castability and smoothness.
New night FC, highly visible under black light, was specifically designed for fishing at night.
Like a four-wheel drive, Rapala®’s new BX™ Big Brat square-bill will run over and through practically anything in its mission to bring the biggest bass into your boat.
Rapala’s® new No. 7 Shad Dancer® dives 4 to 5 feet deeper than the No. 5 and presents a bigger baitfish profile to match the hatch on waterbodies where fish target larger forage species.

Come by booth #1108 at 11am on Thursday, 7/11 for some light refreshments and get a quick rundown of all the ways RBFF is working to increase participation.
Redesigned for 2020, St. Croix's Mojo Glass Bass brings anglers more glass options for hot presentations at a great price point.
Support R3 programs to help recruit, retain and reactivate anglers and boaters (R3) in Florida.
Tokyo Rigs® will bring even more bass into your boat with VMC’s® release of two new models: one armed with a Heavy Duty Flippin’ Hook, the other with a Heavy Duty Worm Hook.

First, second and third place winners in 10 contests received prize money, plaques and certificates on June 23 at OWAA's 92nd annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Simon Jefferies, one of the most respected names in the UK fishing world, is joining Cortland as Director of International Sales.
Michele is a 25-year veteran of the fishing industry with time at Garmin/Navionics, Florida Fishing Weekly, Yo-Zuri, Gamakatsu/SPRO and Folsom Corporation.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Lyon State Fishing Lake in Lyon County.

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Duties and responsibilities of Territory Sales Representatives will require excellent communication skills, the ability to analyze territory information to optimize net sales. These position responsibilities will include calling on outdoor sporting goods and hunting retail accounts. These accounts will focus on, but not limited to, independent dealers, chain stores, farm stores and distributors.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) proudly introduces three models of the Ruger American Rimfire rifle with Go Wild Camo I-M Brush stock and bronze Cerakote.
LWRCI announces the release of its first pistol-caliber carbine - the SMG-45. This model combines the company’s experience on the AR platform with a delayed-blowback/short-recoil operating system to deliver a unique pistol-caliber carbine shooting experience.
Bushnell offers greater performance with the CORE and CORE DS trail camera lines. Optimized for day and night use, the new CORE DS offers advanced technology for hunters and game managers who want the best image quality in every condition.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program is partnering again with the Kids and Clays Foundation to host the 4th Annual registered two-day sporting clay charity event at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.
The July/August 2019 issue of Survivor’s Edge magazine focuses on the ocean and dangers contained therein, discusses survival on a deserted island and gets back on land for the “Rides” column and a story on triaging victims after a disaster.
Boker introduces the new T3 model knife by designer Ed Martin, a rugged outdoor and emergency knife with a blade length of 4.33 inches and a suggested retail price of $335.
Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls has partnered with SITKA® Gear to offer GORE OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine™ on select bugle tubes.
The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds Isaac Evans of Jerome, Idaho, as the recipient of its $5,000 scholarship through the National FFA Organization.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks is pleased to co-sponsor the upcoming High-Country Precision's Mile-High Shootout. The match is part of the 2019 National Rifle League series and will be held at the Rio Ro Mo Ranch outside of Craig, Colorado.
ALPS OutdoorZ is a sponsor and supporter of the 34th annual Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Elk Camp and the inaugural Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Mountain Festival. Both events will be held simultaneously at the Canyons Village at Park City Resort in Park City, Utah, July 11-14.
Michigan DNR reports it will close the Ortonville shooting range for renovations from Thursday, July 11 through Monday, July 15.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife will now be closing its Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland for two weeks starting July 15, rather than on the earlier announced date of July 8, in order to remove lead projectiles from the long gun and pistol berms.  
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has completed its random draw for 2019 fall hunts.
Hybrid striped bass, also known as “wipers,” are a hybrid species of white bass and striped bass known for rapid growth.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved more than $437,000 in funding through the Coastal Management Assistance Grant (CMAG) program for five projects in Toledo, Eastlake, Ashtabula County, Lorain, and Bay Village that will improve coastal planning, public access, and water quality.
Four state parks are working with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to offer free Let’s Go Fishing clinics throughout this summer. Silver Lake, Lake St. Catherine, Grand Isle, and Little River at Waterbury State Parks will be offering these free clinics.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2019 bighorn sheep lottery permit from state residents (only) through August 2
On August 20, 2017, a net pen holding 300,000 Atlantic salmon failed at a fish farm near Cypress Island, Washington. It is estimated that thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped into the waters of Puget Sound, and have become invasives traveling as far north as the waters of Alaska.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) advises anglers and boaters to enjoy the abundant outdoor recreation Louisiana has to offer, but be mindful of recent warnings issued by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) about algal blooms in Lake Pontchartrain.
In today’s episode of “The High Road with Keith Warren”, Keith and Matti are heading to the Texas Hill Country to Stone Creek Ranch with Kyle and Caleb Clouse, a father-son duo from Liberty Safe, to hunt for exotics. 
The fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a deadly disease of bats, has been detected in low levels in California for the first time  on private land in the Plumas County town of Chester.

Nothing much happened over the long July 4 weekend. A pair of earthquakes in California, a huge Independence Day celebration in Washington was ignored by most of the media, and the entire fishing industry made last-minute preparations for the annual ICAST event in Orlando, Florida.

OK, plenty happened over the holiday weekend. And the quakes and parades have already been mentioned, so let’s move on to industry news.

In California, the quakes aren’t the only thing that’s shaken up the world of gun owners. More regulations are like sunshine there- pretty much taken for granted. But this latest set of looney rules regarding ammunition sales has caused more confusion than even California officials anticipated.

Since the mandatory background check for the purchase of ammunition- all ammunition- went into effect on July 1, dealers seem to have found it either extremely difficult or downright impossible to get the system working. The system, according to its designers, will “keep ammunition out of the “hands to those deemed until” - and to this point, it seems the “unfit” include all consumers- including Olympic shooting champion Kim Rhode.

She lives in California, and stands to be negatively impacted by the law. So she’s joined the California Rifle & Pistol Association in a lawsuit (Rhode v. Becerra) that challenges the legality of the new regulation.

If you’re considering traveling to California here’s a couple of things you’d better consider:

  1. bringing ammunition into California is now against the law, and,
  2. Non residents are not permitted to buy ammunition there under any circumstance.

With no ammunition sales - or drastically reduced sales- there’s not much doubt that California wildlife will suffer- again- because of more virtue signaling legislation that does absolutely nothing to penalize criminals. The revenues from Pittman-Robertson excise taxes are earmarked for conservation causes. Unfortunately (for California’s wildlife), they’re also tied to ammunition sales.

And hunters, don’t think you’ll be able to visit California and skate by the regulation by using that box of granddaddy’s ammo you’ve left there. Along with the regulations on ammunition sales, a complete ban on all leaded ammunition for hunting went into effect on July 1 as well.

And the assault on gun manufacturers (remember, Joe Biden says they’re “the enemy”) continues. The parents of a woman killed at the Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas are suing Colt -along with ten other gun makers- for what they’re alleging is “illegal, negligent and wrongful conduct.” They’re alleging that it’s a “thinly disguised fact” that MSR manufacturers acknowledge it’s a “simple thing” to convert the rifles to fire like machine guns.

Based on those “facts” the lawsuit alleges, “it was only a question of when- not if- a gunman would take advantage of the ease of modifying AR-15s to fire automatically in order to substantially increase the body count during a mass shooting.”

If you’re thinking this sounds familiar it’s because the language is strangely similar to the language Sandy Hook (Connecticut) families used in their lawsuit against Remington. You’ll also remember the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled the lawsuit could proceed based on some pretty shaky logic.

If you’re wondering if- or where- the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act has failed, it’s because the plaintiffs aren’t attacking the commerce in firearms- they’re attacking the advertising strategies of the companies. It’s not necessarily something covered in the PLCCA- and a loophole that anti-gun groups will continue to use if/until a court shuts down the argument.

And I’ve never defended Walmart for their decisions regarding the sales of guns and ammunition. Too often, the Arkansas-based retailer’s managers have tried to read the winds of opinion and make knee-jerk decisions regarding guns.

New Mexico’s rollout of its new universal background check law on July 1 has resulted in Walmart deciding it simply won’t sell firearms -at all- there.

There’s not much reason to quarrel with their decision. The law requires a background check for all gun transactions: private, person-to-person, retail, whatever. OK, there are a couple of exceptions (antique firearms and family transfers), but everything else- everything- must go through a FFL dealer.

Here’s the catch: the new law requires all dealers to conduct background checks for private parties.

That might not sound like much if you’re Joe’s Gun and Coffee Shop, but if you’re Walmart, that’s a bridge that’s simply too-far. Having a couple of additional hoops to jump through when you’re selling your own goods is one thing; having to do the work -for even a significant fee- and then having liability for a bad transfer staring at you….well, that’s too-much.

I’m predicting Walmart will only be the first retailer to decide to simply write off New Mexico when it comes to gun sales. If I had a store there, I’d already be boxing up my inventory and heading it out the door.

If I were a New Mexico gun owner, I’d be looking at recall options for politicians who rammed this one down my throat.

As I wrote last week, the country has reached the point where anyone not actively supporting the Second Amendment is tacitly campaigning against it.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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