The new 397S (.177 caliber) and the 392S (.22 caliber) multi pump pneumatic rifle features a sleek all-weather synthetic Monte Carlo stock and fully rifled barrel and a robust forearm making it easier to pump.
Berger Bullets is shipping the new 6.5mm 156gr EOL Elite Hunter projectiles to exclusive retailers now. The bullets are designed for hunters demanding a heavy-bullet solution for their Creedmoor, PRC, 26 Nosler and other 6.5 caliber long-range hunting platforms.
Inshore anglers from across South Carolina and surrounding regions will converge at Georgetown, South Carolina, July 20-21, for the second of two events for the Atlantic Division of the 2019 IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour.

Several service rifle competitors got a jump on the National Matches at Camp Perry by taking advantage of a series of matches on June 22 and 23, conducted by the Civilian Marksmanship Program and the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association. CMP shooters led off with an 800 Aggregate match, EIC Match and CMP GSMM reduced course match on Day 1.
TrueTimber is taking the hauler to Sparta, Kentucky this weekend to give race-goers a chance to check out a variety of performance gear in the industry’s most realistic camouflage patterns.
NOAA, the state of Maryland and Charles County Tuesday announced the designation of a new national marine sanctuary to protect the remains of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels built as part of America’s engagement in World War I.
Recreational bay scallop season for Pasco County opens July 19 and will remain open through July 28.

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from Hernando through Wakulla counties, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Bay, must be removed from the water before July 20, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.
Competitive walleye anglers will converge at Sault Ste. Maria, Michigan, July 25-26, for the third tournament of the 2019 National Walleye Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s.
Ranger Boats pro angler David Dudley made history by winning his fourth FLW Angler of the Year title at the last regular-season stop for the FLW Tour on Lake Champlain.
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Outdoor Edge is honored to be the recipient of the BLADE Magazine’s “Accessory of the Year Award” for their ParaSpark survival knife bracelet.

Arizona hunters will have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for select 2019 deer, fall turkey and fall youth-only javelina hunts. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will accept applications for leftover hunt permit-tags — by mail only — beginning July 22. 


Sirphis, LLC has partnered with Uncharted Watercraft to bring Sirphis branded kayaks to the market. Uncharted Watercraft will offer Muddy Girl, Lifestyle Camo, and Pulse on both the Scorpion and Outbound models.
Humminbird® is giving ice anglers more mapping power than ever before by introducing AutoChart® Live Ice, which allows anglers to create custom contour maps on the ice, for the first time ever, eliminating the guesswork of finding a fishing spot on lakes without depth contour maps.
The new Minn Kota Terrova with 87-inch shaft joins the 72-inch offering and provides 112-pounds of thrust and comes with i-Pilot® Link™ technology for networking with Humminbird® fish finder units as part of the One-Boat Network™.

Abu Garcia® is forging a new path with connected rod technology as it rolls out the new Abu Garcia Virtual, a fishing rod with Bluetooth® technology that fully integrates with the free ANGLR smartphone app.
This year, Capt. Mike Anderson of Reel Animals TV and Radio Show and Capt. Jeremy Heimes of Day Away Charters will both be making guest appearances at the Clenzoil Booth.
BuckStik joins Ridge Road Outdoor Media’s innovative Power Sharing Network to significantly expand targeted consumer engagement.
The Outtech team continues to grow and expand and is proud to announce the addition of CJ Staton to our Outdoor team. CJ will be working with accounts in South Carolina and Georgia.

SIG SAUER, Inc. in conjunction with Winchester Ammunition,announced that the SIG SAUER Modular Handgun System has officially received notification of Full-Material Release from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Soldier, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. MHS is collectively comprised of the SIG SAUER M17 Full-Size, and M18 Compact handguns, and Winchester Ammunition M1152 Ball, M1153 Special Purpose, and M1156 Drilled Dummy Inert.
The Washoe County (NV) Sheriff’s Office SWAT has selected the American Defense Manufacturing’s UIC Mod 1 LE 10.5” upper assembly as upgrades to their official SWAT rifle.
Eagle Industries has launched an eCommerce website to bring its top-of-the-line gear to discerning users in all walks of life. Product offerings include everything from carriers and rigs, to packs, bags, pouches, and more.
Tigress Outriggers & Gear will introduce their innovative new Poseidon Dredge Boom at ICAST July 10 through 12.

Designed to land large game, the Trophy Haul Predator features a heavy-duty, reinforced 72" sliding handle to give anglers the all the strength and leverage needed to hoist trophy fish up and out of the water.
Take a look at the exceptional lineup of new, industry-leading rods for 2020 coming out of Park Falls, Wisconsin at this week’s ICAST show.
Wildlife Research Center®, the leader in Scent and Scent Elimination, is proud to reintroduce its innovative new Golden Estrus® Gel now with Break-Through Scent Reflex® Technology in a 2 OZ flip-cap squeeze bottle.
Six years in the making, for 2020, Hobie is proud to announce the greatest achievement to date in the form of an astonishing 360-degree rotating pedal drive—an all new paradigm in kayak fishing boat control, complete with a nearly 100-page patent registration.

Clenzoil is proud to showcase several new and innovative products at the 2019 ICAST Show in Orlando, FL, July 9th thru 12th at Booth #2934.
Always striving to Match-the-Hatch®, LIVETARGET introduces Injected Core Technology™ (ICT): an entirely new innovation in bait design that offers heightened realism on multiple levels.
Welcome GILL’s new Tournament Pro3L FG100 Jacket, which represents years of product development and the greatest innovation in fishing jacket design in company history.
Big Time Products will debut its Gorilla Grip Veil Camo line, an extension of its flagship Gorilla Grip brand, at ICAST. See the gloves firsthand in booth 4242 in the South Hall at ICAST July 9-12.

Mammoth Coolers is proud to launch the Mammoth Highlander (flip lid) and the Mammoth Pathfinder (zip top) at this years ICAST Show July 10th through July 12th in Orlando, FL, Booth # 4546.
Heavy rains in south-central Nebraska have forced the temporary closure of some state recreation areas (SRA) as some roads and campgrounds are underwater.
Mossy Oak GO is now streaming "BLUE: Mahi Mahi," the second episode of the series, "BLUE," available only on Mossy Oak GO.
Nikon announced that two new PROSTAFF laser rangefinders are headed to retailers. PROSTAFF 1000 and PROSTAFF 1000i both put a solid 1,000-yard maximum ranging capability into your hand, together with compact ergonomics that will fit your pocket.  

Whitetails Unlimited’s event Annual is back from the printer and is ready to ship. Everyone attending a WTU event in fiscal year 2019-20 will received the new, expanded, WTU 2019-2020 Annual publication.
Houston Safari Club (HSC) was proud to be present on July 8th, 2019, as President Trump provided updates on the administration’s policies to advance environmental protection while promoting economic growth.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that it has presented its highest Five-Star rating for range excellence to Magnum Shooting Center. Located in the area of Colorado Springs, Colo., Magnum Shooting Center sports 30 indoor firearms lanes, including six that stretch to 100 yards.


Norma has partnered with Savage Arms, TRACT Optics, TrueTimber Camo and Steel to Reel Club to give away an incredible rifle prize pack during the Norma Long Range Sweepstakes.
Primary Arms has announced a 3-day sale on Anderson Manufacturing stripped lower receivers. Priced at $28.99, these lowers are expected to move quickly, so supplies are limited to 3 per customer.
This week, Outdoors Radio features Wisconsin Becoming an Outdoors-Woman director Peggy Farrell. Woodside Ranch general manager Julie Massey, charter captain “Dumper” Dan Welsch and archery expert JC Chamberlin.
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission recognized a half-dozen Oklahoma students for being among America’s elite young archers Monday during its regular July meeting in Oklahoma City.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has extended the time in which staff will accept public comment on a proposal for restructuring the Chesapeake Forest Lands lease program for hunting clubs.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), is unveiling its new 2019 manatee and sea turtle decals. Every July, the FWC introduces new manatee and sea turtle decals that are available with a $5 donation.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer.
Can-Am Off-Road is pleased to announce the Texas Waterfowl Hunt Giveaway. One lucky winner and a guest will win an all-expense paid 2-day Texas waterfowl hunting trip December 19-21, 2019.
Norma has partnered with Savage Arms, TRACT Optics, TrueTimber Camo and Steel to Reel Club to give away an incredible rifle prize pack during the Norma Long Range Sweepstakes which is now live on the Norma Ammo U.S. Instagram page.
The Lone Star State of Texas offers great hospitality as well as great hunting and fishing opportunities. This episode of DU TV takes advantage of both on a spirited early-season teal hunt near El Campo, Texas.
Outdoor Channel’s VooDoo Crew took their successful Venice-based fishing charter service to the national airwaves this year delivering an impressive 1.1 million households in its premiere month making it Cable TV’s No. 1 Salt Water Sport Fishing Program for the month of May.*
Heliconia announces the airing of the 2019 Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) National Championships - a one-hour special premiering on Sportsman Channel, Saturday, July 13th at 7pm EST.
Shooting USA covers the Scholastic Clay Target Nationals in Ohio, with thousands of youngsters participating in the most successful youthshooting program of all time. Plus, hand-building 1911s the old way at Les Baer Custom.
Pit Boss Grills (Dansons, USA) announces its television and seminar tour sponsorship of Shoot Straight TV with Chad, Marsha, Walker and Wyatt Schearer.
Buckventures is about family, friends and chasing bucks across the Midwest and beyond on Sportsman Channel on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET
Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants that threaten native habitats during stewardship workdays, taking place at several state parks in southern Michigan throughout July.
Monday, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), along with dozens of federal and state agency representatives, conservation leaders, and business owners gathered at the White House  for a speech by President Trump and numerous representatives from related federal agencies.
While bird species that nest in the eaves of buildings may seem like a nuisance, it’s unlawful to disturb nests that have eggs or baby birds, and you can be cited for doing so.

It’s no secret this year’s National Rifle Associations’ Annual Meeting turned into a bare-knuckle brawl between Wayne LaPierre, his supporters and detractors demanding a housecleaning of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. The brawl broke out after a series of highly unflattering, but well-documented reports spoke of long-term, systemic abuses under Mr. LaPierre’s long-running administration.

I was there, so I reported what I saw happening. It was a power struggle. And when the dust cleared, it was once again proven that you don’t win a title fight on the scorecard.

If you’re going to beat the champ, you have to knock the champ down- and, preferably, out.

That didn’t happen. Instead, the LaPierre camp staged its own housecleaning. Gone were the NRA President (Oliver North), the next-in-line (Richard Childress) and, ultimately, the second-in-command of the entire organization (NRA-ILA head Chris Cox).

And I wasn’t in the nearly nine-hour board of directors meeting, but I do know from those who were that it wasn’t pretty. And afterwards, the BoD -which had contained more than a few very vocal critics, all promising “we’re fed up and we’re going to get a change” had turned into mutes.

Today, many of them still don’t return phone calls. Several of them have “lawyered up” for what they anticipate is in their future.

There are lawsuits and counter-lawsuits flying between the NRA and their longtime support agency, Ackerman-McQueen. They have taken the “he said-she said” nature of the nastiest divorce cases and applied them to civil law.

Then there’s the matter of the Attorney General of the State of New York and her ongoing investigation of the NRA’s 501 (c) 4 tax status. Attorney General Letitia James has made no secret of her feelings about the NRA and Mr. LaPierre, she wants one gone, and the other hauled away in handcuffs. One would be quite a trophy, both would make the career of a progressive lawmaker-and her boss who also has aspirations to higher office.

Those are things I know. And they’re things I reported because I had either verified, or seen the documentation first-hand.

Since those reports, we’ve regularly gotten notes from readers who are angry that we’re not “reporting on what’s going on at the NRA”. We’ve not reported anything because everything that’s come out to this point has been the result of another news groups’ enterprise reporting. Enterprise reporting is a term for the old-fashioned way of reporting - sending reporters to follow leads, talk with contacts and then assemble a coherent, balanced and verified story.

Today, there’s something new to report. Not because “sources” have given me information- that’s never stopped. Rather, I’ve spoken with the principals in the story.

Last week, the New York Times printed a story that featured an interview with a “restive donor” named David Dell’ Aquila. In it, Dell’ Aquila made it clear that he, and other donors, believed the NRA’s internal fights had “become a daily soap opera and it’s decaying and destroying the NRA from within”.

In that article, Dell’Aquila said he was suspending donations to the NRA- and that he wasn’t alone in what is essentially “voting with your wallet.” If the NRA wouldn’t listen, he reasoned, there was no reason to send money for NRA officials to spend as they pleased.

Yesterday, I spent some time with Dell’Aquila, and found him to be anything but the rabble-rousing type. A self-confessed “hermit” he’s only speaking out because of his concern that the “majority of NRA members” have absolutely no idea what’s been going on inside the organization many of them consider the only truly formidable defender of the Second Amendment.

Dell’Aquila seems to agree. But that agreement is why he believes a housekeeping is no longer an option.

“I have nothing but respect for Mr. LaPierre,” he told me, “but the negative optics that are constantly being reported in the media only tarnish his ultimate legacy.”

What about those who consider Mr. LaPierre to be a dictator, I asked. “I’m not going to be as aggressive with my description,” he said quietly, “I would refer to him as ‘The King’”.

The problem, he says, is that the NRA is being marginalized, solely because “the King believes he is the best one to govern the NRA kingdom.”

For that reason, Dell’Aquila says, he has to be removed. “Ultimately, he will be removed,” he says simply, “involuntarily if need be, but he needs to go.”

“There were NRA leaders before Mr. LaPierre,” he says, “and there will be NRA leaders after him.”

What about the charges and counter-charges flying back-and-forth between the NRA, it’s former PR firm, and former NRA executives?

“That’s not the point,” he said simply, “This has to move to another level. It’s time to look at the situation from the members’ standpoint.”

“Today, the board of directors provides oversight to Mr. LaPierre, it’s supposed to be the other way around. The CEO is supposed to report to the Board. And because of the way things are run today, the Board has failed in its fiduciary responsibility. Now, the organization is looking at the possibility of losing its tax exempt status, and the internal fighting is making it easier for New York’s Attorney General to prove the organization’s not being governed properly.”

Rather than continue to press for change from inside the recognized hierarchy, Dell’Aquila and his group of disgruntled donors are asking other donors and NRA members to join them in putting a list of demands to the organization.

It’s quite a list, and posted at (along with a link to the original New York Times article). From the immediate resignations of LaPierre, the NRA Officers, Executive Directors, Managing Directors and Josh Powell (named individually because “he’s there, he’s a problem, but no one can determine just what he does”), to the removal of NRA President Carolyn Meadows. The Board would reduce from the present 76 members to just 30, with no former presidents allowed, and expenses being limited to compensation for travel and expenses to/from Board meetings.

It seems the Board of Directors meetings themselves have helped put many donors’ teeth on edge.

“Why aren’t Board meetings held at the headquarters, or an easily accessible city,” Dell’Aquila asked.

“The next board meeting is set for Anchorage, Alaska - and they’re going on a fishing cruise while they’re there…that’s not what I’ve been donating for. I doubt anyone else is donating for them to take trips like that, either. That’s not how a responsible Board behaves.”

At that point, I had to wonder just how much support Dell’Aquila actually had for what was essentially advocating a massive housekeeping. After all, while I disagree with the NRA’s characterization of the efforts to remove Mr. LaPierre as a “coup” (he’s an executive, not the head of a government), I have seen firsthand what happens with those who have advocated a far shorter list of changes.

What Dell’Aquila offered as evidence of the growing frustration and concern about the organization by members and donors was a list of donations and gifts being withheld or revoked.

It totaled nearly $135-million dollars in annual gifts, estates, advertising and other support, but it is a lot of money for an organization that regularly sends out urgent requests for funds. And, as a phone call while we were talking proved, the list is growing. Between texts, emails and calls from other members, reporters and donors, keeping a conversation on track was, at times, impossible.

So what will it take to calm you and your donors down, I asked.

“Easy,” he told me, “the NRA has to operate with total transparency. Every organization that gets a dollar from the NRA should be listed, along with what the dollars were used for, every dollar the NRA spends should be accounted for, and, most importantly, before those dollars are spent, the managers and the Board should ask ‘is this good for the NRA - does it help achieve our mission’ - and if it doesn’t, they shouldn’t spend the money.”

At this point, what Dell’Aquila’s proposing has been limited to a small circle of NRA contributors and supporters. And he recognizes that by even suggesting such radical changes, he’s making instant enemies of many of the same people who have counted on his support.

“I’m not doing this for me,” he says simply, “I’m not doing this because I want to, either. I’m doing this because I believe if someone doesn’t do something, we’re all going to lose.”

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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