The Z-Man Chatterbait Jackhammer, the DieZel MinnowZ, the CrossEyeZ Flippin' Jig and the SlingBladeZ Spinnerbait all figure prominently in plans for the championship fish-off.
In February, junior ROTC cadets gathered together in the north, south and west to compete in the scholastic JROTC Three-Position Air Rifle Service Championships. Competitors at each location are awarded based on individual scores as well as overall team accomplishments according to military service branch.
The 51st USA Archery Indoor Nationals were contested at thirteen locations over the past several weekends with intense excitement and nearly 5,000 participants.

Team Beretta shooters recently achieved 4 podium finishes in 5 different events at last week’s 2020 Seminole Cup in Woodbine, GA.
With a warming trend on the way and heavy rain in the forecast before the tournament Humminbird® and Minn Kota® pros Keith Combs, Matt Herren and Chris Zaldain are fine-tuning their strategies to adapt to dynamic weather and fishing conditions.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced that Team Ruger's Randi Rogers (Holy Terror) claimed top place wins in both Cowgirl and Wild Bunch categories at this year's Winter Range SASS National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ.
Professional anglers make thousands of casts in any given tournament just to have a chance at winning $100,000. This year, at the 50th Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham, Alabama, one lucky fan will only need to make one cast for such a payday.

The Big Bass Zone Junior Championship (BBZ JC) Presented by Bassmaster Magazine with Partner The Willows Club by Anglers Inn International continues to gain sponsorships for this popular grass roots tournament program.
If a recreational season is allowed this year for red snapper, the season would last for three-days with a one fish per person daily bag limit.
Little data has been collected on the population of shovelnose sturgeon in the Red River, so AGFC District 7 biologists have been catching and tagging them via trotlines to estimate the population size.
Come by the Marks Outdoors Booth at 2020 Bassmaster Classic Expo in Birmingham, Alabama to check out the Launch Frog for yourself.

NetBait’s new Dagger design is centered around an innovative, thin flex-wing design for unique gliding action.
- GEAR -
Designed with equal attention to aesthetics and technology, Plano's Guide Series™ tackle bags have never looked or functioned better.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is closely monitoring the outbreak and following guidance from government agencies, per President Frank Hugelmeyer
SIG SAUER, Inc.announced that the Vermont State Police has adopted the SIG SAUER M400 Pro Rifle as the official patrol rifle of the Vermont State Troopers. The Vermont State Police has jurisdiction for public safety throughout the Green Mountain State, with over 300 sworn state troopers.

Heybo Outdoors is pleased to unveil a new logo that complements the rapidly growing outdoor lifestyle, hunting and fishing apparel brands pivot towards a more technical, outdoor oriented clothing line.
- JOBS -
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead all aspects of the organization, including financial management, philanthropic donor development, membership and corporate sponsor development, conservation programs, advocacy, grant making and R3 programs.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is seeking to fill three Regional Director positions: Northern California, Western Wyoming and South Texas. Visit for more information.
Breakthrough Clean Technologies releases their new Anti-Fog Gel Kit. This Anti-Fog Gel provides a superior, streak-free finish and long-lasting prevention, effectively eliminating fogging on all kinds of surfaces including multi-coated lenses.

Designed by hunters to hold up to harsh late season elements while being completely user-friendly, Fore Runner blinds have an integrated hitch system, allowing them to be towed by your ATV or Side-By-Side.
Sniper Skin Realtree Edition Sports Grips make a camo statement on the field or water while enhancing your sport of choice. Available in Realtree EDGE camo or Realtree WAV3, the Realtree grips are available for hockey, lacrosse, baseball, golf or fishing.
Timney Triggers announces the next evolution of accuracy in a drop-in, replacement trigger for the Remington Model 783. The Timney 783 is backed by the legendary Timney No Hassle, Lifetime Warranty and is being originally offered in a right-hand, curved trigger shoe model. Retail is $164.95.
Apex Tactical Specialties is expanding its aftermarket upgrade options for the CZ P-10 model pistols with the upcoming release of an Extended Slide Release for the CZ P-10 C, F and S models.

- NEWS -
Legacy Sports International’s new CITADEL BOSS 25 Semi-auto shotgun is in stock and now shipping. The CITADEL BOSS25 Semi Auto Shotgun (based on the popular AR platform) is truly a versatile shotgun that is capable of home defense, recreational and 3 gun competition use.
A special edition of “It’s Federal Season” podcast welcomes four-time World Champion and two-time Olympic Men’s Skeet champion Vincent Hancock to the microphone for an in-depth discussion on becoming one of the sports all-time best.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says "U.S. Senator Charles Schumer should apologize to the Supreme Court and then resign and go back to Brooklyn for threatening Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh by name, during a rally,"
White-water boating enthusiasts once again will converge on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water from Lake Nockamixon into Tohickon Creek.
- PROMOTIONS - has launched its Spring Fever Giveaway. Participation in this giveaway is free to all entrants and no purchase is necessary.
Tune in to this week’s Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio show as host Rob Keck is joined by Hall of Fame bass fisherman and award-winning television host Jimmy Houston.
It’s a special episode to celebrate 25 years on the air, this week on Tom Gresham's GUN TALK Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.
MidwayUSA has added Shimano to its growing list of fishing gear suppliers.
Sellmark announces their popular brands Kopfjäger, Pulsar and Sightmark will be participating in the upcoming 2020 Hunting Retailer Show being held March 9-10, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.
That largemouth bass you’ve been battling with is now in your boat. It’s huge. Could it be the new state record? And if it is, how do you certify it?
Anglers from 18 southeastern and southcentral counties of the state are gearing up to fish their favorite spots at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 4, 2020, which marks the traditional regional opening day of trout season.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites landowners to attend any of three free workshops this winter on pond management in mid-Missouri.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department's random draw for 2020 elk and pronghorn hunts results are now available for those who have a free AZGFD portal account, or by calling the department at (602) 942-3000, pressing “2” and following the prompts.
A two-year effort by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to monitor a popular northern California “dumping ground” for hazardous materials has been very successful, resulting in 34 citations, multiple towed vehicles and three felony arrests over the last 24 months.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold the 2020 spring auction on March 21, in the Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines.
The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic is an annual invitational pheasant hunting event that takes place the third weekend in November.
This week, tune into Outdoor Channel for Addicted to the Outdoors, Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector and CRUSH with Lee and Tiffany. Dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, the independent cable network is a division of Outdoor Sportsman Group.
Academy Sports + Outdoors held its celebrity fishing tournament this week ahead of the 50th Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham, Alabama.
Carmi-White County S3DA Archery Club recently hosted an Indoor Regional Tournament at the White County Archery Range in Carmi, Illinois to support Kinsey Woodrow and her fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The National Archery in the School Program prepares to kick off the 2020 Western National Tournament this spring, April 24th-25th at the Mountain America Center in Sandy, Utah.
Wisconsin Scholastic 3-D Archery held an Indoor Regional at Hunters Edge Archery in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Eight S3DA clubs and teams were represented.
Recognizing the crucial role these youth play as our next generation of anglers and the future ambassadors of our sport, Mustad is excited to launch the “Mustad Student Angler Program,” built specifically to offer both high school and collegiate clubs 50% off retail pricing on all Mustad products.

Yesterday was the equivalent of a reunion for me. I was back in Birmingham, a longtime home, and had the occasion to get together with many of the people who have become friends since beginning The Outdoor Wire 20 years ago.

The occasion for the gathering is the fiftieth edition of the Bassmaster Classic. It’s a big milestone for B.A.S.S., but it’s also a milestone of sorts for me as well.

The first big outdoor event I ever attended (other than SHOT Show where the Outdoor Wire idea was conceived) was a Bassmaster Classic. Little did I know that it would become the start of a reporting beat I’ve had longer than any other in a half-century of reporting.

As I was realizing the significance of the event, I was also realizing something that wasn’t uplifting, it was sobering: while I recognized many of the writers, photographers and officials, I only recognized one of the anglers - longtime friend, pro angler and all-planet nice guy, Mark Menendez.

Everyone else was a new face to me. One of my longtime friends described the Media Day at Birmingham’s beautiful minor league baseball facility like this: “I looked to the left and I saw kids in boats…then I looked to the right and saw more kids in boats..and Mark Menendez.”

For most of us, the names we recognized, VanDam, Duckett, Reese, Iaconelli,, have pretty much taken their games to MLF. B.A.S.S., the tour that gave virtually all of them their claims to fishing fame and fortune, is now busily working to create another generation of heroes.

According to one observer, the emergence of this newest crop of anglers has contributed to the sport in a couple of key ways. First, they’ve brought a new generation into fishing. And if you’ve been asleep for the past few years, you might not have realized that competition fishing has caught on at the high school and college levels. Already, several states have gotten smart and recognized high school fishing as a varsity sport. College fishing has quickly become the largest club sport, so it’s safe to say that archery and fishing have shown the possibility to reconnect with the generation old guys (like me) thought might have been the end-of-the line for outdoor sports.

The second thing they’ve apparently brought back to fishing is courtesy. I’m told this newest crop of anglers isn’t known for the NASCAR-like cutoffs of competitor’s boats, the hijacking of fishing sports or the bellicose behaviors that occasionally make fishing competitions look like NASCAR pit brawls.

Part of being a professional angler is the obligation to sit on your trailered boat, under an awning, during miserably wet and cool weather and answer (repeatedly) questions in 15-minute intervals. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.

If that’s the case, welcome folks, we’re more than glad to have you take over from the single-minded, self-centered, anything-to-win folks who have preceded you. The rest of us are glad you’re here.

If you’re one of the young anglers who’s reading this because you’re voraciously consuming everything possible about fishing as a sport- and potential livelihood- I have a few cautionary words.

First, fishing is a contact sport. Not in the football or wrestling sense of the word, but your body takes a pounding. Long hours pulling boats, longer hours riding boats in all sorts of weather, and the repetitive motions of cast-and-retrieve all take a toll. So, too, do long hours in wind, sun and inclement weather. Despite the fact you’re smarter about skin care and the negative effects of the sun, all the rest of this stuff takes a toll.

There are very few professional anglers who don’t know about tennis elbow, rotator cuff problems and the various maladies of the back, hips and knees. You earn your money, especially if you’re one of those pros who’s only making enough to keep chasing the dream.

And being a professional athlete brings another set of challenges. Sure, you have to know about your gear, your boat, and your sponsors. But if you lose sight of the fact you’re doing what you thought you loved, it’s tough to reconcile yourself to sitting around at seemingly endless banquets or answering the same questions hundreds of times, or even standing before fans and enduring either their big fish stories or the “secret advice” they want to give you.

But if it’s what you love and your goal is to be among the select few who fish the Bassmaster Classic, I wish you all the best.

Being among the best in the world at what you do is not a bad aspiration. Keep chasing that dream. Someone’s dream will be realized on Sunday as the Classic names another champion - and another angler realizes his dream- and sees his life change.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar

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74th Annual Fred Hall Show

Long Beach, CA;

APRIL 17-19
NRA Annual Meetings

Nashville, TN

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