As in years past, the Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship carries a whopping total purse of $1 million.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the National Rifle Association of America and its members will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day to honor the commitment of our country’s sportsmen to wildlife conservation and to promote the continued enjoyment of our outdoor heritage for generations to come.
The famous TrueTimber trailer is making a pitstop at the Richmond Raceway in Virginia this weekend, bringing then brand’s bestselling camouflage apparel and gear to the masses.

Since 2005, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has presented the Wildlife Expo to encourage people to get outdoors, to educate the public, and to preserve and promote the future of Oklahoma’s hunting and fishing heritage.
Get out your Halloween costume and race during the Lieber State Recreation Area (SRA) Go Goblins Go 5K on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. with check-in beginning at 1 p.m.
Visitors to the 15th Annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo Sept. 21-22 at Ponca State Park are advised that high water along the Missouri will affect the locations of some activities.
The 49th Annual National World War II Glider Pilot Reunion (WW2GPC) is coming to Fayetteville, North Carolina, October 10 – 12. Glider pilots, power pilots, other C-47 crew members, mechanics, as well as family members and historians will attend.

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 have seen huge interest in this year’s 34th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference set for this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rock River Arms is now shipping the new LAR-22 series rifles. The LAR-22 series are chambered in .22LR, giving shooters a higher-volume, reduced recoil and lower-price alternative to more expensive 5.56/.223 ammunition for practice and general recreation shooting.
The Symposium will consist of two parts: A Science Workshop which will convene at 8:30 a.m. October 7, 2019 and adjourn at 12:00 p.m. on October 8, 2019; and a meeting of the Council's Outreach and Education Technical Committee which will convene from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 9, 2019. Both the workshop and the meeting are open to the public.
B.A.S.S. officials announced late Tuesday evening that the second tournament on the 2020 Elite Series slate will be held Feb. 14-17 at Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tenn., a lake known for producing huge bass in recent years.


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Kopfjäger introduces two tripod systems, the K700 Heavy Duty Tripod and K800 Carbon Fiber Tripod. Kopfjäger’s tripods are designed to reduce fatigue and enhance shooting in every environment by stabilizing your firearm.
Breach-Bang-Clear announces the addition of RE Factor Tactical to the Tactical Gear Buyers Club. REFT also runs a blog covering a range of topics.
Catalyst Arms has introduced the Apex Bag Rider for the rear stock of the Ruger Precision Rifle.
With archery hunting season beginning Oct. 1, the Michigan departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Natural Resources (DNR) are reminding hunters of the ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory for deer taken within 5 miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township due to PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid).

Continuing its partnership with one of the 10 largest rodeos in the world, Nosler Inc. returned to the Pendleton Round-Up for a third consecutive year to award the 2019 All-Around Grand Champion cowboy with a custom Nosler M48 Long Range Rifle.
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RISE Armament, a manufacturer and supplier of AR triggers, components, and firearms is searching for an individual who is knowledgeable and passionate about ARs to fill a Customer Engagement Specialist position.
Extant Labs is expanding their sales efforts beyond the Southeast, and is seeking independent sales representation in the TALO, Mid-West, Northeast, and Western regions.
Galco Gunleather introduced additional StukOn-U pocket holster fits for subcompact autos from Colt, Kahr, Kel-Tec, Kimber, Ruger, S&W, Taurus and others.  The ambidextrous StukOn-U is designed for front pocket carry in pants or a jacket.

Savage is proud to introduce new options for fans of Mossy Oak’s Overwatch pattern. Multiple calibers of A Series, B Series, AXIS II, Model 110s, and MSRs finished in Overwatch have been delivered to dealers.
Outdoor Edge has redefined the traditional box-cutter market with its new B.O.A. --Box Opening Assistant. This redefinition of the folding utility knife features perfect ergonomics along with extensive jimping on the stainless steel blade holder to deliver power from the hand directly to the cutting edge.
Competing in the Master Walleye Circuit’s World Walleye Championship can bring its own challenges, but will these 32 teams of anglers be able to conquer these obstacles? Find out on Federation Angler TV presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's. Then, on Americana Outdoors we give you an inside look at how TenPoint Crossbows has evolved in their performance giving you the accuracy you've always wanted.
Scholastic 3-D Archery announced being named a recipient of grant funding from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. This support from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund has allowed S3DA to restructure the outreach and communication levels at the local and state level.

Pheasants Forever and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa have expanded the organization’s Precision Agriculture efforts across Iowa with the recent promotion of Josh Divan to Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist.


This week on Outdoors Radio, Dan reports on a successful bear hunt with Hunt of a Lifetime and two disabled hunters.
Iowa DNR staff spent two days in the field looking for the source of a fish kill on Little Bear Creek one mile west of Malcom.
The annual application period is open for the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP), a grant funding program administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Sportsman Channel’s August ratings follow July ratings success (growth in total day with Men 25-54 impressions, increasing +6% compared to 2018 and +28% growth from July 2017) that leaves the network among the Top 10 fastest growing basic cable networks with the key demographic Men 25-54 for the third quarter-to-date.
People interested in waterfowl hunting and waterfowl observation are needed to help clean, repair, and camouflage the waterfowl hunting blinds in the Stillwater-Northfork waterfowl area at Monroe Lake.
According to a bulletin received from Safari Club International, H.R. 2245, the “Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act (CECIL Act) was passed yesterday by the House Natural Resources Committee on a straight party line vote of 19-16. SCI is urging hunters and conservation advocates to make their opposition to the act known in Washington and “leave African wildlife conservation to African wildlife managers”.

The latest unauthorized story making the rounds in Washington says Attorney General William Barr is “quietly” circulating a proposal to the Senate that proposes expanding background checks for firearms purchases.

Not everyone in the Senate has seen it, but those who have including Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania (a proponent of those expansions), describe it as “an idea that has a lot of merit and is a very thoughtful contribution to this whole conversation.”

“This whole conversation” is the idea of expanding backgound checks and red flag laws.

Note that while the AG is circulating his thoughtful proposal, no one is saying for a second that the President is supporting it.

President Trump, after all, has already walked back his original position on background checks, saying he’s not certain they would do anything to curb violence. And he has promised to veto a House bill extending background checks to private sales between individuals.

North Dakota Republican Kevin Cramer says he’s not been briefed, but would certainly prefer something “more modest” than expanding background checks. “Back home,” he told reporters, “when you start talking about more background checks, they just bristle.”

Other Senators are doing their best to straddle the line, saying that gun rights backers might best be served by “some expansion” on background checks. Otherwise, they say “nothing will be done to combat gun violence.”

Nothing they’re proposing is likely to do anything, either, because criminals don’t care about rules they don’t plan to follow. Terrorists, regardless of their domestic or imported status, are even less concerned, and crazies are completely out of touch with everyone.

But it seems our “elected officials” have once again decided that another layer of paint will hold up the leaning barn. Or at least get them through the next election cycle

So what’s really up?

Something. That’s for certain.

Yesterday afternoon, I reached out to Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation to ask his insight.

Turns out I wasn’t the only one interested in his insight.

He had “just now” gotten off the phone with the White House, he told me. And, I was assured, “Trump has still not finalized anything.”

So, I asked, do we breathe that collective sigh of relief?

“The devil’s in the details,” he said, “and we have not seen the details yet. I expect the White House to support something on background checks and emergency protection orders.”

“My hope,” he continued, “is it includes fixing the NICS database so the vast majority of delays and denials are no longer false positives and give gun owners more due process protections.”

He’s right. No one quibbles with accurate information keeping someone who’s no longer legally entitled to firearms or a legitimate menace to others from getting guns. But anyone who has experienced the interminable delays in correction of erroneous information realizes the NICS system has issues.

Seems only appropriate that with the Second Amendment again under pressure that I remind you that Alan Gottlieb and many other 2A advocates and experts will all be together under one roof this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona for the thirty-fourth annual Gun Rights Policy Conference.

Gottlieb will be joined at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel by 90 speakers who will be talking on everything from grassroots activism to the crucial national election next year. And there appears to be lots of interest. Gottlieb tells me t more than 1,100 have registered to attend the free event, the cost of which is supported by the SAF’s corporate partners and other organizations.

Topics will cover state and national political issues, legal battles (there are several major cases pending), suicide prevention and the broader culture war being fought against gun owners.

Interestingly, the sessions kick off with a session called “NRA- The Elephant in the Room”.

If you’re interested, but unable to attend, the entire event is set to be live-streamed on the Second Amendment Foundation’s website. You can check out their agenda here:

Education on the issues is important. Everyone being educated on them is critical.

—Jim Shepherd

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34th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference

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