This season we are proud to announce the addition of Solar Bat to the list of companies that support the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
The IFA Kayak Tour will head to Grand Isle, Louisiana, September 13-14 for the 2019 championship event. The two-day event will feature increased payouts and contingency prizes while bringing together the best inshore kayak anglers from Texas to the Carolinas.
The two largest women’s fishing clubs in the upper Midwest, WI Women Fish( WWF) and the Women Anglers of MN (WAM ), face off on their border waters, the Mighty Mississippi. This 5th annual gathering will be held Saturday, September 14. 

With guns and the Second Amendment in the political crosshairs this year, and promising to be a major issue in the 2020 national and state elections, the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are expecting huge interest in this year’s 34th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference the weekend of September 20-22 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The workshop was rescheduled due to rescheduling of the Tampa Boat Show, which was delayed due to hurricane warnings.
Six groups are offering aid to specific parts of the islands most devastated by Hurricane Dorian, including two with matching donations.
Bi-Mart, an 80+ store retail chain and the northwest’s premier retailer for over 60 years, has selected to implement the Orchid Advisors eBound Book software.

Kahr Firearms Group announces its support and donations to the NRA Law Enforcement Division.
German Precision Optics (GPO) USA, a leader in the engineering, design and development of premium binoculars, riflescopes and rangefinders, announces a partnership with Southern Outdoor Sales for representation in the TALO states
The Tustin Police Department (Orange County, CA) has selected the UIC Mod 1 LE 16” rifle system as their standard issue rifle. The Tustin Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency with roughly 100 sworn officers patrolling a population of almost 80,000 within the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area. 
Reno Cerakote has added national sales executive Carolyn Mitchell to their team.

Riton Optics announces the addition of Tony Tarantino to the Riton Optics marketing team. Tarantino will focus marketing programs, including the ProStaff and media programs.
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The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is seeking qualified candidates for the role of Chief Development Officer. The CDO is responsible for all points of the development cycle including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The CDO is a member of the executive leadership team and reports to the CEO.
Caymas Boats is looking for an experienced Florida-based, independent sales representative to represent Caymas Boats in the state of Florida.
Rogers Sports Marketing is seeking an aggressive individual who can manage accounts to the Fishing Tackle trade for the East Coast of Florida.

New this week on Outdoor Action TV, take a look at the National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's as they wrap up their final qualifying event for the 2019 season - from Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and the St. Mary's River and its connecting lakes.
SCCY Announces the NEW CPX-4, .380 AUTO PISTOL to its lineup for 2019. The CPX-4 is a line extension to the CPX-3 that integrates an ambidextrous thumb safety into the platform.
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Kalashnikov USA ™ is reaching out to our Industry to help us build pallets of camping and survival supplies to help the people of the Bahamas after devastating Dorian.
The Front Line Foundation announces plans for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony as part the 2019 Front Line Foundation’s launch on Wednesday, September 11 at Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

Andrew McKean has been named Outdoor Life’s Hunting Editor.
With of a bench-full of knowledgeable writers, classic content dating back to the 1950s and a passion for the subject — as indicated by more than 20 new features — the premiere Special Edition issue of GUNS Magazine Old West: History, Guns & Gear delivers a modern perspective on this always-popular, iconic topic.
Millennium Treestands is offering a new 2019 Hang and Hunt Consumer Rebate program on qualifying Millennium Treestands. Through December 1, 2019, the program offers up to $30 cash back rebates on select Millennium Treestands.
FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the availability of a limited-time package consisting of an FNX™-45 Tactical and Vortex® Venom 6-MOA miniature red dot optic. The pistol will ship with the optic preinstalled for out-of-the-box ease of use.

MOJO’s  Mini Flags, the newest editions to the spinning wing line up and goose hunting community, are now shipping to dealers.
Weatherby, Inc's continuing sponsorship and participation in the hunt aids in the success of the event by raising funds toward the Wyoming Women's Foundation goal to improve the economic self-sufficiency of women in the state and provide mentoring opportunities for new women hunters.
Between September 11 and 25, bay scallop season will close across Florida’s Regions 11, 16 and 25.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer free Discover Nature—Fishing programs at Marceline and Brookfield during September.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish is currently accepting proposals for the 2020 Mat-Su Valley Habitat Restoration & Protection Cost-Share Program.
A pair of 11-year-olds who wandered off from their backyard in Plymouth last night were located early this morning by two Maine Game Wardens after spending most of the night in the woods.
The 2019-2020 hunting season is already underway in south Florida’s Zone A and will soon be opening in the other three hunting zones. This season, there are new statewide rule changes that hunters need to understand, especially when it comes to hunting deer.
Pennsylvanians who harvest deer, elk, mule deer or moose out-of-state likely can’t bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD).
The Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Famecommittee is seeking nominations for individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to freshwater fishing in Texas for next year’s hall of fame through November 1, 2019.
The archery and trap ranges at the Department of Natural Resources Sharonville shooting range in Jackson County will be closed for renovations for several weeks starting Monday, September 9.
This week on “The High Road with Keith Warren,” Matti is on a Red Stag hunt in the great U.S.A. She takes her modern sporting rifle topped off with a Pulsar thermal rifle scope on the hunt at the Stoney Point Farms in the Ozarks of Missouri.

Mondays should start our weeks off with pleasant news. But mostly, they don’t.

Instead there’s a litany of bad news from the prior weekend: stats on who’s shooting whom, what’s failed, which celebrity is going into rehab, or - in the spirit of fall- whose favorite college football team tanked.

This is a work week with an anniversary that most of us would prefer didn’t exist.

Wednesday marks the 19th anniversary of 9/11, this generation’s equivalent of an older one’s memory of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Everyone old enough to have a memory of that 09/11/01 remembers vividly where they were, what they were doing, and with mom when they heard, saw or learned the news of the attacks on the United States.

So it seems somehow appropriate to point out a report that came out late last Friday.

On Friday, Forbes published an exclusive, reporting the government’s request that a judge compel Apple and Google hand over names, IP addresses and other information on ten thousand users of American Technology Network (ATN)’s Obsidian 4 phone app.

In the report, Forbes’ Thomas Brewster says the reasoning is the desire to get more info on Obsidian 4’s users- because ICE is concerned that over “possible” breaches of export regulations. According to the documents, investigators are looking for a quick way to determine where the app is in use- and where hardware may have been shipped.

Seems Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has repeatedly intercepted shipments of ATN’s night vision scopes. They’re subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR ). But despite that requirement, shipments have been intercepted headed for Canada, the Netherlands and Hong Kong - places where the necessary licenses hadn’t been acquired.

According to Forbes, the government order says:

“This pattern of unlawful, attempted exports of this rifle scope in combination with the manner in which the ATN Obsidian 4 application is paired with this scope manufactured by Company A supports the conclusion that the information requested herein will assist the government in identifying networks engaged in the unlawful export of this rifle scope through identifying end users located in countries to which export of this item is restricted.”

It’s been reported online by the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium -but not confirmed- that ATN scopes have been used by the Taliban.

It’s important to note that ATN, the manufacturer of the scopes in question - and the Obsidian 4 app, which allows scope users to take photos, stream video and otherwise control the devices, has neither been accused nor charged with any wrongdoing.

That’s the reason for concern.

If there’s no evidence of wrongdoing by the company, and no clear connection between their products and terrorists, the whole idea of going after the names, telephone numbers and IP addresses of the estimated 10,000 or so Obsidian 4 downloaders, the government could be doing nothing more than conducting a fishing expedition.

The last thing any of us wants is more surveillance of our private affairs. The security measures enacted after 9/11 may have made us feel safer, but they’ve also made our lives and personal affairs considerably less private.

And ATN, in a statement released to American Military News, says it will not be turning over user information to the DOJ “unless required by law.”

“ATN has not been contacted by the Department of Justice, Apple or Google,” the statement said, continuing to say ATN “will protect its customers and their identifying data to the absolute extent possible under U.S. law. And, it will not provide any information regarding the identity of our customers to any third party unless specifically required by law.”

No idea what happens on this one at this time, but we’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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St. Simons Island, GA

34th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference

Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021

Ducks Unlimited Inaugural Eastern Continental Shoot

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