Despite weighing in just three fish on Day 3 of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Smith Lake presented by Bass Pro Shops, Ethan Jones and Andrew Althoff secured the wire-to-wire victory with a 9-pound, 5-ounce bag that pushed their three-day total to 47-4.
Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2020 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches is open. The annual event features traditional marksmanship events and an established lineup of CMP’s own competitions that will carry the precedent of the National Matches through the next decade.
Registration is now open for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 2020 Travel Games – featuring a variety of rifle and pistol events held around the country throughout the year.

Mother Nature may be planning a blowout party when the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk comes to Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, March 6-8. As B.A.S.S. marks the 50th renewal of sport fishing’s grandest event, the stage appears set for a celebration befitting the event’s magnitude.
Just days before the world’s best anglers take to the water to compete in the 2020 Bassmaster Classic, volunteers spread out along the shores of Lake Guntersville to ensure the area is Classic ready as part of the Bassmaster Classic Clean-Up Challenge sponsored by AFTCO, Huk, TVA and Yamaha.
The Fishing Show at Brown Convention Center has served as a launching pad for innovation in recreational angling through four and a half decades.
Under new federal rules, recreational anglers can take home 3 blues per person per day, while those on for-hire vessels get 5 per person per day.

The information anglers provide helps scientists and managers monitor annual harvest levels, determine the health of a fishery and create critical fisheries stock assessments.
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Expanding its current GLF inshore rod series with further models specifically for ‘popping-cork’ techniques, Shimano introduces the new GLF-S70MH and GLF-S76MH spinning rods.
Dryshod, maker of performance waterproof footwear for work and outdoor recreation, has developed a new waterproof work boot with enhanced toe room for all-day-wear comfort.
Karl’s Bait and Tackle, a leading online tackle retailer, part of The Catch Company, is gearing up for an expanded presence at this year’s Academy Sports + Outdoor Bassmaster Classic® March 6-8.

BaseMap Hunting & Fishing is excited to announce their partnership with Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo from Archer’s Choice to showcase how the most up-to-date and advanced hunting app available can benefit hunters across the nation.
Audience Sherpa releases hunting and fishing audience survey from 2020 Denver ISE Show highlighting purchase intent and other psychographic data.  Brands and dealers have until March 17, 2020 to get a free copy. 
With the announcement, Martin lets the world know Tombo will be contributing to the design and production of several Realtree Decorated TM (Tombo Martin) series bows set to release in June 2020.
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Camfour Inc and Hill Country Wholesale, leading distributors of firearms and shooting related accessories, is seeking an experience and self-directed Buyer/Product Line Manager.

The annual giving and grants coordinator is charged with strategically developing and managing robust cultivation and stewardship programs for all donors and foundations for the annual giving and grant program, specifically for strategically developing and managing a robust solicitation program for annual fund donors and new foundations.
The Washington state "Spring Blade" (Switchblade) Knife Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was reported out the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee by a 12-3 vote with a  "do pass" recommendation.  Next step would be a vote by the full House.
As a critical food source for rockfish and other important recreational fisheries, menhaden must be managed sustainably to support their role in the ecosystem, say conservation groups.
Today marks the launch of a new family of meat processing equipment. MEAT! Products are manufactured to meet the high quality and performance standards of today’s hunters, anglers, butchers, and chefs.

Luth-AR announces that the new MBA-5 Buttstock is now available in Flat Dark Earth for AR rifles.It's designed to fit either Mil-Spec or commercial carbine buffer tubes.
TriStar Arms' new website is now live. This update makes for simpler browsing, is mobile friendly, and includes multiple options for purchasing.
Axeon Optics announced the arrival of the Dog Soldier Predator Scope. It is made in conjunction with the "Dog Soldier," Steve Criner. He worked closely with Axeon in developing a tough scope that would be ideal for predator hunting in unforgiving conditions.
OWAA is pleased to announce the hiring of Bethany Miller as office manager, who will handle OWAA office administration tasks, help process and maintain memberships, facilitate OWAA scholarships, awards, and fellowships and help organize board meetings and the annual conference.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is in search of individuals to serve as members of the Support Team during the 2020 National Matches rifle and pistol events, held in July and August at the historic Camp Perry National Guard Training Base in Ohio.

Hunting and outdoor equipment manufacturer Muddy is continuing as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor.
Wednesday February 26, 2020, the angling community lost a true hero of the sport. Capt. Gary Ellis passed away at the age of 79.
Springfield Armory announced the M1A Gear Up Promotion for 2020.  Customers who purchase any new Springfield Armory M1A rifle between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, are eligible to receive two 20-round magazines and an M1A scope mount for free.




The long-range trend has made its mark on a number of segments, like high-end optics — as well as firearms, ammunition and other must-have accessories. In the March issue of Shooting Industry, dealers share how they assist customers in their journey to make hits at longer ranges.
Outdoor Sportsman Group Publishing (OSG) has named  Michael Cassidy as the new publisher of In-Fisherman and Todd Ceisner as the brand’s associate publisher.  
Ridge Road Outdoors is now delivering, showing, and selling Moccasin Joe’s Ambush Products via Route Truck to dealers in MN, WI, and IA.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today awarded more than $500,000 in boating facility grants to assist with twelve projects in eleven counties.
Changes in regulations for flounder and a paddle craft learning course are among items on the agenda.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will hold four public input meetings in March to discuss deer hunting with the aid of dogs, associated conflicts and potential solutions.
Montana's 2020 Deer, Elk, Antelope, Black Bear, and Moose, Sheep, and Goat hunting regulations are available online.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Ducks Unlimited of Nebraska launched the state’s first Duck Slam in 2019, challenging hunters to spend more time afield by harvesting four birds — an American wigeon, mallard, northern pintail and a teal – in Nebraska during the 2019-2020 season.
Outdoor Action TV is excited to now be streaming "Fish Addictions TV" television series
This week on “The High Road with Keith Warren”, the team heads to South Africa where Keith is after Baboons with the .50 BMG and his producer, Johnny Piazza, trades his camera in for a turn with the .50 BMG to try and fulfill his lifelong dream of taking down a Kudu.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the allocation of $65 million to communities in Alaska, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and the Yurok Tribe (California) that suffered fishery disasters between 2017 and 2019.
The MidwayUSA Foundation announced their largest cash grant payout to youth shooting teams. Over $3.4 million in cash grants have been distributed to 951 youth shooting teams across the country. 

On Friday, the NRA fired back at the New York Department of Financial Services and their plans to conduct enforcement proceedings against the NRA over the organization’s alleged violations of New York State insurance law.

In the filing, the NRA claims that “startling new evidence and documents” detail backroom pressure placed on insurance companies to blacklist the NRA, hurriedly amended hearing rules, and contrived conclusions designed to “divert important issues to a private, DFS-controlled forum” rather than a New York jury.

The filing alleges the DFS’s latest actions against the NRA threaten “important rights under the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.”

The filing also rolls out a couple of recognized legal experts to support the claim: former senior New York insurance regulator, John R. Cashin, and civil procedure expert Arthur Miller.

According to the NRA’s out-of-house counsel William A. Brewer III, there is a single, underlying allegation: “the NRA has been treated more harshly and differently by DFS than other regulated entitles- singled out to weaken gun-rights advocacy in New York.”

The battle began in 2017 after DFS and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to an anti-NRA activist group’s urging to investigate insurance products offered to NRA members. The NRA claims that the DFS’s resultant investigation “broadened into a blacklisting campaign that coerced insurers, banks and others to cut ties with the NRA- or face the full range of consequences that regulators might impose.”

According to the allegations in the NRA’s First Amendment lawsuit, DFS, Cuomo and former DFS Superintendent Maria T. Vullo -along with anti-gun groups- worked “hand-in-glove to orchestrate the financial ‘blacklisting’ campaign against the NRA, going so far as to threaten reprisals against companies that provided health insurance to NRA members.

According to the NRA, a discovery of new evidence in December that supported its claim of selective enforcement was to have resulted in an amendment to the lawsuit. Instead, the DFS “contacted the NRA and announced that it intended immediately to commence and administrative proceeding against the NRA- the first of its kind in the Department’s history, pursuant to just-announced amended procedural rules enacted by DFS on an ‘emergency basis.’”

According to Brewer, the “timing of the DFS’s enforcement action- on the heels of that proposed amendment- is no coincidence.”

“Rather than litigate these troubling allegations,” Brewer says, “DFS seeks to distract the public with negative headlines and divert important legal issues to a chamber it controls.”

That argument is, as expected, accepted by both Cashin and Miller. Cashin says he “finds no evidence of proceedings by DFS against any other affinity client.” Adding that in forty-five years he has “never witnessed hostilities against an affinity client that are comparable to those against the NRA.”

Miller’s response to the DFS’ actions says the moving of the case to what is a DFS-controlled “tribunal” would “subject the NRA to irreparable harm.”

No response yet from the New York State DFS.

We’ll keep you posted.

Event Calendar

Ducks in the Desert Continental Shoot

Las Vegas

74th Annual Fred Hall Show

Long Beach, CA;

APRIL 17-19
NRA Annual Meetings

Nashville, TN

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