GSM Outdoors, LLC announces the recent acquisition of Down & Out Blinds significantly broadening GSM's hunting stand and hunting blind product line.
Jeff Wasil, engineering manager at Evinrude (BRP) recently testified before Wisconsin’s Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce, and Trade regarding Senate Bill 349 – a measure that seeks the expansion of E15, also known as unleaded 88, by making it easier for fueling stations to dispense E15 and E10 from the same nozzle.
The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Federated States of Micronesia Police, and good Samaritans teamed to successfully rescue seven people adrift on their 18-foot vessel for six days during a joint rescue mission near the Mortlock Islands, Chuuk State, Saturday.

July 2019 saw the return of the CMP Cup Team Match and two-day 1000 Aggregate. The field of competitors increased from just over 200 in 2018 to just over 300 in 2019. The CMP Cup Aggregate consists of a 4-man team match followed by two days of 1000-point matches.
John Hoyer put the hammer down on the final day of the NWT Championship at Devils Lake and finished the day with a 24.59 pound limit that sealed the championship.
Drawing upon a collective knowledge of Sebago Lake, the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation team built on a Day 1 lead to win the team championship at the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional with a two-day total of 98 pounds, 13 ounces.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Whitetails Unlimited, Quail Forever, and Delta Waterfowl invites families to attend a day of FREE outdoor skills instruction at the Macon County Fairgrounds, 1305 S. Missouri St. in Macon.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. introduced a new 10/22 Competition Rifle to the Ruger Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation features a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel.
Beretta is excited to announce the launch of a brand-new competition shotgun, the 694. Created specifically for clay shooting, the new 694 over-and-under platform was designed and tested in collaboration with the Beretta Shooting Team.
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The new line of rod carriers, available now at and associated dealers, consists of three products, including the DoubleHaul, winner of’s Best In Show award at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market,
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF), as part of its effort to support the future of hunting and conservation, has awarded $62,500 in grants this year.  

ZEISS is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. as their exclusive U.S.A. commercial wholesale distributor for ZEISS Sports Optics.
CrossBreed Holsters has just announced availability of OWB, IWB, and modular holsters for the new IWI Masada 9mm pistol. These include the SuperTuck, SuperSlide, Freedom Carry and more.
DeSantis Gunhide announces five holsters in their line are now available for the S&W Performance Center M&P380 Shield 380 M2.0. These include the Mini-Scabbard, Pro-Stealth and more.
TETRA, a new player in the outdoor industry,  was founded by men with 50 years in the hearing-care industry and 80 years of hunting experience. The company is using that experience to provide outdoors men and women with innovative hearing products like TETRA’s new AlphaShield and AmpPods.

Primary Arms has just released their Gold Series precision rifle scopes, starting with six First Focal Plane models. Equipped with top quality, low-dispersion glass and innovative new turret technologies, the Gold Series is available in 3 magnification ranges: 2.5-10x44, 4-16x50, and 6-24x50 variants.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is set to reward commendable student-athletes for the 2020-2021 school year in their future endeavors through its annual scholarship program. The CMP offers $1,000 one-year scholarships based on merit and rifle or pistol marksmanship participation to current high school seniors only.
Pheasants Forever has been the recipient of 235 acres in Martin County that has permanently conserved wildlife habitat and created more upland access. 
The new rule would cut protections for millions of stream miles, particularly in headwater areas, says T.U., likely degrading downstream waters.

Hoyt, an industry leader and world-renowned brand in archery and bowhunting, has renewed their Whitetails Unlimited national sponsorship.
Get tips on fishing Kentucky Lake from Rapala Pro Staffer Terry Bolton this week on #WeAreCollegiateBass.

In the latest issue of GUNS Magazine, Will Dabbs, MD inspects the Agent 2 from Nighthawk Custom.  This issue also covers the Ravin 26 crossbow, a history of the 44 Magnum – from John Taffin, someone who was there – and Massad Ayoob muses on regular concealed carry firearms.

Live Bearded has partnered with Mossy Oak to offer an all-new Mossy Oak Collection, a series of men's beard-grooming products designed for the beardsman with a passion for the outdoors.

 German Precision Optics USA, announce that it is sponsoring “The Huntsman” that debuted on July 1, 2019 on My Outdoor TV/Hunt Channel. This new reality-based series boasts a compelling cast that takes viewers on a unique adventure every week.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is offering visitors opportunities to learn about a wide range of outdoor skills and participate in family fun events during its annual Outdoor Expo and Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21.
2019 has been identified as the “International Year of the Salmon” and so this is a great time to profile this native fish species, and Lake Champlain’s salmon restoration program, a collaboration between Vermont Fish & Wildlife, NY Dept. Environmental Conservation, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
As part of the Whitewater Creek Native Fish Restoration Project, the Department will remove non-native trout from Whitewater Creek to allow restoration of Gila trout and other native fish to their native range.

ADF&G is now accepting photo entries of youth anglers, 18 years of age and younger, engaging in sport fishing for the 2020 Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet cover contest.
his week on The High Road with Keith Warren, huge salmon are just a bonus for Keith as he travels to Legends Ranch in the Michigan Northwoods. He’s after a monster buck in the velvet with his .50 cal air rifle, the Dragon Claw. 
Wisconsin angler Bob Downey wins the 2019 Bassmaster Central Open at Grand Lake with a three-day total of 48 pounds, 9 ounces, earning a berth in the 2020 Classic at Lake Guntersville.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2019-2020 High School Fishing Program offers high school fishing clubs or teams the opportunity to apply for the Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant.

With more than five million domestic terrorists apparently running loose around the United States, I should feel more threatened than any other time since 09/11/2001.

Instead, I find myself wishing these terrorists were active instead of behaving like the world’s largest sleeper cell.

Yes, I’m trying to be facetious. But I really would feel better about the future if these “terrorists” really could be compelled to become engaged with what’s going on in the country.

The National Rifle Association’s membership has been defined/labeled/slandered as a terrorist organization- by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The NRA has filed suit (I believe it’s their 3,213 suit this month) against the City and San Francisco County for their “obviously unconstitutional” action. In fact, the NRA characterizes it as a “new government policy: blacklist anyone linked to the NRA.”

Seems like time for engaged (“woke?”) NRA members to be hitting the streets, showing up in the court houses and state houses and telling all ding-dong politicians “enough is enough.”

Realizing that probably makes me sound some wild-eyed imam calling the faithful to jihad against the infidels to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I have one comment for the record: I’m not- at least not calling for a jihad.

What I am absolutely saying that if there are any rational adults left, they need to stand up and peacefully remind the duly elected officials they were elected them to represent the people, not embarrass them in front of the rest of civilization.

It’s not funny watching a beautiful city morph into a third-world dumpster fire because their “leaders” either lack the gumption or fortitude to do something about the homeless, the demented (not just the well-meaning loonies in charge) and the drug addicts wandering around their streets. I could say the same thing about Seattle, New York City or the District of Columbia, but that’s not the point (this time).

The NRA’s lawsuit asks the courts to keep the city from “interfering” in the exercise of rights, and seeks damages and an injunction against the city and its Board of Supervisors.

Despite it being a gigantic waste of time, this might be the most clearly-defined problem facing the NRA’s leadership - provided they’ve survived the weekend’s board of directors meeting.

Last week, the latest episode of “the NRA versus its former advertising and public relations agency,” emerged as Under Wild Skies Inc filed suit against the NRA. Under Wild Skies, FYI, is the group that produced a long running, big-budget (really BIG budget) hunting show that has regularly featured NRA bigwigs hunting in exotic locations (and a host whose antics have fueled the anti-hunting movement). Anyway, the company filed suit against the NRA, alleging that it’s owed $17.1 million for breach of contract after the NRA stopped paying “agreed-on fees”.

The NRA’s response isn’t unexpected. It says the company (owned by Tony Makris, “coincidentally” a top exec at Ackerman McQueen), failed to provide documentation and details on their production of the show.

From my perspective, that now-standard NRA explanation appears dubious (at best). Especially coming from an organization where former board members routinely cite “a complete lack of transparency” as one of the reasons for their resignations.

Today, we need all our Second Amendment groups firing on all cylinders. That’s definitely not the case with today’s NRA. That should be a concern for all gun owners, regardless of their feelings about/toward the NRA.

The latest Rasmussen poll indicates that nearly a third of Democrats favor declaring the NRA a domestic terrorist organization.

Eighteen percent of everyone surveyed favored prohibiting Americans by law from belonging to a pro-gun rights organization.

It’s time we all realize we’re not headed for a civil war; we’re positioning to lose one.

And letters from 150 corporations’ CEOs to Congress urging “more common-sense gun regulation” make it obvious there’s a set-piece battle coming in Congress. This latest fight will not be “just another” skirmish.

It’s absolutely not the time for the NRA to be: 1) disbanded by Attorneys General in NY/DC for bad fiscal conduct, 2) unable to meet its financial obligations because disgusted members/donors are withholding financial support, or, 3) openly declaring war on all members/donors who haven’t pledged an oath of apparently eternal fealty to a CEO who appears to be more focused on eliminating any member opposition than focusing on threats to the Second Amendment.

In other words, it’s time for everyone to realize what’s happening in Washington is more than another opportunity to send out “Urgent” solicitations for funds to “continue the fight.”

It’s time to ruck up and head to the figurative sound of gunfire. And if the NRA isn’t willing able to do it, the rest of us will have to.

Another well-known 2A advocacy group, the Second Amendment Foundation and its affiliated Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) will be holding its 34th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference this weekend. This year’s event will run September 20-22 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. It will feature a long list of speakers, seminars on pro-gun rights strategies and yes, even the latest firearms trends.

It will also feature something that’s been in short supply lately: straight answers on any 2A issue imaginable.

There’s no charge to attend, but you do need to sign up in advance. You can do that here (

The SAF’s Alan Gottlieb has become one of the authoritative voices the media’s been turning to for gun questions. - and he’s never been one to shy away from giving straight answers. Over the weekend, he was asked to comment on Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s “hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47” comment at the latest Democratic debate.

“That’s what their goal is. We’ve always said it, now they’re saying it,” Gottlieb said, “Now they’ve said it and we’re going to make them eat it.

You’ll hear Gottlieb and others speaking forcefully - and directly- at the event. If you can’t attend, we’re told there will be at least some streaming of the speakers. Again, you can learn more at the web address above.

We’ll have a reporter there next week, and as always, we’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar


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

Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy, Branson, Missouri Info:

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