HF 3770 and SF 3624 would put in place a 200-foot setback from shoreline and structures for all wake surfing activities in Minnesota.
Uncertainty about the weather and water conditions on Lake Guntersville have Abu Garcia pros fishing the 50th Bassmaster Classic looking to lower gear ratios on their reels and slower-action rods in order to stay connected to what could be sluggish, pressured fish.
Five pros will put science on their side during professional bass fishing’s biggest event.

Though Shimano pulled its booths, including G. Loomis, PowerPro and Jackall, out of the Bassmaster Classic Expo Outdoor Show getting underway Friday amid concerns over the coronavirus, PR director Emily Harley says the Classic is still on course as always, and in fact the Expo is expected to be the biggest ever in terms of vendor numbers.
Ott DeFoe, last year's Classic champion, will appear at the Aqua-Vu booth on Sunday to talk underwater viewing and to draw the winner of a brand new Aqua-Vu HDi Series Underwater Viewing System—the same camera he uses on the Bass Pro Shops / Major League Fishing Tour.
Eastern Metal Supply (EMS) invites you to visit booth 1206 at the Fencetech/Metal Fab Show at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, March 3rd through the 6th.
Mossy Oak Fishing has announced the schedule for its fishing pros to appear at its booth (#723) during the 2020 Bassmaster Classic this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.

CZ-USA expands the Shadow 2 line of competition-ready pistols with the new CZ Shadow 2 SA. While not legal for USPSA Production Division like the standard Shadow version, the CZ Shadow 2 SA and its lighter, crisper SA trigger gives the target-shooting enthusiast the ability to punch paper with precision.
Bow Spider, the quickest and easiest bow retrieval system on the market, today announces Hunter Outdoor Communications (HOC) as its agency of record.
Throughout 2019, voluntarily donated $12,466.83 to pro-freedom organizations and charitable causes through the company's Freedom Fighter Support program. The Freedom Fighter Support program allows's customers to choose from one of 16 patriotic and freedom-focused groups to have a portion of their purchases donated to without any additional cost to the customer.
With the 2020 election season in full swing, NMMA is releasing its 2020 campaign platform to educate congressional and presidential candidates about the industry’s most-pressing advocacy priorities – an essential part of NMMA’s continued expansion of its advocacy work.

Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois, announces a huge expansion of product lines in its already vast inventory of firearm and outdoor products.
MidwayUSA has released “My Favorite Fishing Lake” a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.
JP Enterprises is pleased to introduce the Law Tactical Series of Silent Captured Springs. This marks the first buffer spring substitution component certified compatible by Law Tactical for use with their folding adapter.
Galco announced availability of the Combat Master belt holster for the SIG-Sauer P365 pistol.

Featuring a 30 mm tube, the proprietary GPObright™ high-transmission lens coating technology, PASSIONdrop™ hydrophobic exterior lens coatings and a double HD glass objective lens, the new 1-5x24i and 3.5-18x56i riflescopes provide hunters with enhanced clarity, exceptional brightness and true color from dawn to dusk.
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The Pope and Young Club announces the support of State Wraps through the Clubs Corporate Partner Program. State Wraps is a creative printing service dedicated to the archers and bowhunters of America based in Colorado.
This week, Outdoors Radio features Rattle-Free Trailer Hitch Stabilizer inventor Thom Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show wolf program coordinator Gloriann Klein, Wisconsin Outdoor Life Field & Stream Expo director Chris O’Hara, and McFarland guide Ron Barefield.

This week on America Outdoors Radio walleye tournament champion and fishing guide Johnnie Candle talks about fishing Devils Lake, North Dakota after the ice melts this spring.
Designed for simplicity, durability and use-serviceability, SilenceroCo’s Sparrow 22 is now available at a lower MSRP of $375.
The new Multi-Flex Full Tang Interchangeable Bubba Blade set is the industry’s first fillet knife with the ability to easily interchange full-tang blades of different lengths, edges, and degrees of flex.
Based on the popular AR platform, the CITADEL BOSS25 Semi Auto Shotgun is capable of home defense, recreational and 3 gun competition use. And it is now in stock and shipping.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to apply for the Carolyn Hines Memorial Scholarship Program. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) offers $1,000, one-year scholarship assistance to qualified junior shooters in order to encourage and reward their outstanding efforts.
Ranger Boats today announced it is returning as a Premier Sponsor for B.A.S.S., fittingly as the 50th Anniversary of the sport’s marquee event, the Bassmaster Classic, kicks off this week on Lake Guntersville.
A Hurlock fisherman is the new Maryland state Chesapeake Division record holder for longnose gar, with a catch that weighed 18.3 pounds.
This year's CBC will kick off Monday evening, March 30 at 5:30 PM, with the Opening Night Legislative Reception, giving attendees an opportunity to meet and mingle before the main event on Tuesday.
Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in deer and moose should plan on attending one of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department public hearings being held in March.
Ten projects have recently received funding by the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission through the Future Fisheries Improvement Program (FFIP). Approximately $277,575 in funding was approved to improve Montana fisheries.
Ouabache State Park will launch its annual Nature Lovers Lunch and Learn Series on March 12 at noon in the lodge recreation building.
Free educational workshops will be offered between March and May at three Northern and Central California locations. Advance registration is required.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has announced more than $2.8 million for 21 recreational trail projects in Ohio through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).
Join National Freshwater Fishing and Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Famer Jimmy Houston as he travels the country searching for the biggest fish around on Jimmy Houston Outdoors on World Fishing Network on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Editor’s Note: Today, we’re offering up this look at the changes in photography from our Birding Editor, Paul Konrad's perspective. Like many of us “older guys” he made the transition from film to digital photography.  His question is relevant to all photography: what will photography be like in 2030? If you’re only subscribing to The Outdoor Wire, you’re missing out on lots of expertise from our other services. Visit: and you can signup for any of our services from this central site.

Thursday afternoon, on my way home from Minneapolis, it was near-perfect timing to photograph a while at the Monticello Trumpeter Swan photography site. The photo episode provided a fun diversity of birds that seemed to flow by (fly by) upstream along the Mississippi River. Swans, Mallards, Common Goldeneyes, Canada Geese, and Bald Eagles all provided prime photo ops, which I enjoyed in the company of another photographer – Blaine. It was a rare opportunity to photograph with another enthusiast, and we talked a lot as the action transpired before us. All the birds were hyperactive compared to recent stops I’ve made there, which made the chance to share the action and a back and forth discussion.

Blaine was most interested in the goldeneyes, probably because the other birds are pretty easy to photograph, while Common Goldeneyes are the least likely to fly close to the river’s edge. During my visit, two special things happened: A hen Mallard led a dozen drakes on a meandering pairing flight that provided plenty of action; plus about 100 Mallards took flight in two successive waves, and sure enough, a big adult Bald Eagle appeared low overhead, providing a nice flyby photo opportunity as it winged broadside in beautiful light. We were lucky to get some goldeneye action too – more than I’ve ever had there, which Blaine especially appreciated.

If only you could hear these grand Trumpeter Swans calling – the largest and loudest of all waterfowl.

Turn of the Century Changes

We were talking about our lenses when Blaine raised the question about the turnover from film to digital photography, and suddenly I felt like a historian describing the difference between using a typewriter and a computer. I kept it pretty simple, but then Blaine asked if I was a film holdout, or whether I was quick to switch to the digital photography world. That made me recall the four or five year period when photographers began switching over, which required a new camera purchase; but thankfully, we could use the same lenses with the new digital cameras. And best of all, the same lens magnified a bird 1.4 times, making an 8x (400mm) telephoto lens create an 11x magnification – thank you very much!

Continuing, I explained that at first digital quality wasn’t very good. I can remember in the late ’90s that reputable photographers wrote about how digital photos would never rival the quality of slide images. That notion persisted among a few holdouts a couple years, but no longer. The second generation of digital cameras that provided better quality, better than slides at that point. After the turn of the century, the quality of digital photos was clearly improved to the point where the switch became pretty universal.

Common Goldeneyes provided opportunities to take action photographs of males flying, landing, and swimming (no females ventured close).

Looking back, it’s actually surprising how quickly the turnover from 35mm film cameras to digital cameras happened. And in two or three year increments, digital cameras continue to become better and better. I find myself buying a new camera body in those two or three year increments to get use the best possible balanced with my personal economics. Actually, it’s amazing the quality of photos we get from reasonably priced camera models – and they keep getting better.

Some years ago Kodak stopped manufacturing 35mm camera film, and camera companies don’t market 35mm cameras – this historic photo equipment is now museum fodder, although mine resides in the back of the walk-in closet in my “museum,” along with a few of the handy little plastic film canisters, lead-lined X-ray proof film bags to hold your rolls of film when passing through airport scanners, and other outdated products.

Then too, as I am always quick to point out, digital photography made a computer teamed with photo editing software our modern digital darkroom. Sure, although I always took color slides and prints, while in college I occasionally took black-and-white film photos and printed enlargements in the darkroom using the series of chemical baths – literally in the dark. Eventually I even processed a couple rolls of color slide film – just to do it – but I didn’t want to take the chance of making any mistakes processing slides, so strictly used a photo lab to do the processing. Hey, we don’t need to visit the local photo lab anymore, if you can even find one, unless you have a given need for a quality print enlargement or a selection of photos you wish to give to others. Early on, by using photo paper and our computer printers, we’ve been able to take care of many of our photo printing needs.

As many species of ducks choose mates, the accompanying displays are often accented by pairing flights. Here a female Mallard lead a cohort of males on a low undulating pairing flight.

Futuristic Options

Today’s cameras offer an amazing array of features and options, with WiFi and Bluetooth connections between your camera and computer, your camera and cellphone, and between your camera and printer; plus you can post directly to Facebook or other internet pages, or to the cloud. So now, not only are cameras computerized, they are computer connected and, of course, they double as video cameras!

I keep it simple; I have always preferred still photography and consider video a whole different animal, and these days as long as I have a quality digital camera with an up-to-date sensor and processor that create high-quality photos – with auto-focus, continuous shooting at 5 frames per second or better, and an advanced light meter with an aperture-priority setting, I’m in business and using my treasured digital equipment in the field every week, if not every day.

But I guess the big question is: “What will bird photography be like in a decade? What will transpire by 2030?”

Any time flocks of birds flush without apparent reason, look overhead to see if a bird of prey is approaching. In this case, after about 100 Mallards flushed, an adult Bald Eagle appeared and flew low in beautiful afternoon sunlight.

Look at the bag of worms that Blaine opened when he brought up the transition from film to digital photography! (ha-ha) After about 40 minutes, as the light for photography was waning, I dismissed myself due to cold fingers, toes, and face. But it was a productive and enjoyable photo episode, and it was great fun to share the action, and some historic insights in the process. Give your camera a workout as March progresses!

Article and photos by Paul Konrad

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