Kinsey’s has purchased Alpine Archery and will reinvigorate the brand and their well-known assortment of quality archery products. Alpine Archery has been producing products for nearly 30 years.
Matthew Vandagriff and Asa Robertson relied on tactics that work for them back home in middle Tennessee to win the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Classic presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors held Saturday on Alabama’s Lay Lake.
Jim Davis, of Knoxville, Tennessee, won the inaugural Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series on Logan Martin Lake with a five-fish limit measuring 87 3/4 inches.

OPTIMA® Batteries PowerPro Brand Ambassador Edwin Evers will be visiting four different cities with his Bass Fishing Tour this spring.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has added an Advanced Maintenance Class to the National Matches Long Range schedule, set for Aug. 4-6, 2020. The class will be held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility in Ohio.
 At the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting this week, NOAA Fisheries announced recreational anglers from North Carolina to Florida could have a three-day 2020 red snapper season but may end up with no season at all.
Shimano has announced a $10,000 donation to CCA-CAL to be presented this month, following up $50,000 donations made in 2018 to CCA-CAL and CCA-SC.

Lucas Oil Outdoor Line announces a partnership with wholesale distributor, Cheaper Than Dirt.
The final rules for the USML to CCL transition (formerly called Export Control Reforms) will take effect today (Monday, March 9), after a federal court in Seattle ruled in NSSF’s favor of a partial injunction, narrowly limited to 3D printing. The efforts of the 23 states attorneys general who sued to enjoin implementation has essentially failed and the final rules as published by the Trump Administration will enter into force with the exception of the export of technical data related to the 3D manufacturing of firearms or parts. 
This in-depth, hands on seminar series provides offshore fishermen the best opportunity to learn directly from the regions top captains and tackle reps.
Automated Export Processing, Inc. (AEP) has begun preliminary tests of its EasyExport automated export processing system with four customers, Volquartsen Firearms, LaRue Tactical, Elite Tactical Systems (ETS) and TANDEMKROSS. 

Conservation organizations representing hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins are urging Congress to continue critical funding in FY 2021 to fight invasive Asian carp.
Despite two years of hard work and numerous trips to Olympia by Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner, the Washington State House of Representatives again failed to vote on SB 5782, the "Spring Blade" (Switchblade) Knife Ban Repeal bill, before the March 6 cutoff for bills originating in the Senate.
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Meprolight announced a partnership with TrackStreet, a platform designed to reduce online pricing violations, in order to enforce MAP pricing for its dealers. Through TrackStreet, Meprolight will be able to use artificial intelligence to enforce the minimum prices retailers will be allowed to advertise and resell their products.
Leica Sport Optics has launched a newly developed premium riflescope series - Leica Amplus 6. The new line features 6x zoom and reticle illumination in a 30mm design.

Leica Sport Optics has unveiled its first thermal imaging camera designed specifically for hunters: the Leica Calonox. Launching in August, the Leica Calonox will be available in two versions: As a pure hand-held observation device – The Leica Calonox "View" - and as a mounted device on a riflescope – The Leica Calonox "Sight."
Leupold & Stevens’ Mark 5HD riflescope has been selected as the day optic for the U.S. Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) program. Like all of Leupold’s riflescopes, the Mark 5HD is designed, machined, and assembled at their Beaverton, Oregon factory.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has released its 2020 schedule for Petrarca Range on the grounds of Camp Perry – a public gun range which features electronic targets designed to withstand both rifle and pistol firing.
Casey Stemler has received the Mule Deer Foundation’s prestigious President’s Award. For his contribution to mule deer and black-tailed deer conservation. For the past two years Stemler has served as the coordinator implementing the Department of the Interior’s Secretarial Order 3362 on big game winter range and migration corridors. 

Walker’s, the country’s leader in hearing protection and enhancement, has renewed their Whitetails Unlimited national sponsorship.
Primary Arms announced a new EDC-themed giveaway, running through March. This giveaway prize is a full everyday carry loadout, including a custom-built Rook Customs Glock 19, an appendix-carry holster from ANR Design, a Mini SOCP from Benchmade, and a handheld flashlight from Streamlight.
This week on Northwestern Outdoors Radio it's an extended conversation with Washington's Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz. 
A 38-year-old Lewiston man is dead after the snowmobile he was riding struck a tree Saturday evening in northern Somerset county.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has been managing the New River walleye population for nearly 20 years, and the use of electrofishing is proving to be an effective way to collect data about this popular sport fish.
If any superstitious anglers are wondering whether the Leap Day weekend is lucky or unlucky for catching the fish of a lifetime, two Texas bass anglers just made the answer very clear.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 2020 Outdoor Expo is scheduled for March 28-29 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of hemlock woolly adelgid in southern Mason County. Prior to this detection, known infestations were limited to Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon and Oceana counties.
Proposals include a 365-day licensing system and a licensing authority shift from the State Legislature to the Fish and Game Commission.
Fishery managers are predicting a relatively strong return of about 1,300 hatchery fish for the Hood River, which is slightly higher than last year’s prediction.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites artists to submit their original artwork to the 2020-2021 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. Submissions will be accepted April 27 through May 29.
This week on “The High Road with Keith Warren”, Keith and Matti Warren are in Wyoming continuing their adventures with Blue Rock Outfitters. As the hunt winds down, Keith needs to make an unbelievable shot, proving that once in a while, even experienced hunters need a miracle.
MLF’s world of professional bass fishing moves to “Sudden Death, Round 2” of the Summit Cups tonight at 8 P.M. ET on World Fishing Network.
Follow the Night Crew tonight at 7:30 P.M. ET on Sportsman Channel as they bring the world of night hunting out of the dark and into the light.
Scholastic 3-D Archery announced that Heath McDonald was named Ohio S3DA State Conservation Outreach Coordinator. Heath will work to provide S3DA clubs and teams across the state outdoor-related activities and education centered around conservation.
The Alabama S3DA Indoor State Championship was held at Archery Unlimited (archery shop) in Prattville, Alabama. More than 100 archers representing 10 clubs and teams competed.

“If this is a dream, I don’t want to wake up!”

With that, Hank Cherry hoisted the trophy as champion of the 50th Annual Bassmaster Classic.

Cherry lead from wire to wire in the event, bringing in a first day bag over 29 pounds that gave him a lead that was insurmountable, totaling 65 pounds 5 ounces for the three days,  despite hard charges from second place finisher Todd Auten, who weighed 58 pounds, 10 ounces total and third place Stetson Blaylock, with 58 pounds, 1 ounce. Cherry earned $300,000 for the win, plus assuring himself tens of thousands more in appearance and sponsor fees over the next 12 months.

Cherry sealed off the win primarily by hammering one of the best-known community holes on all of Lake Guntersville, the Highway 69 Causeway rip-rap. The rock structure, which separates the Brown’s Creek arm of the lake from the open water of the main channel, is a well-known travel route for bass in spring on their way to spawning flats in the shallows in Brown’s Creek.

While many competitors ran many miles up and down the lake searching for big bites, Cherry burned only a few gallons of fuel on the last few days, fishing less than a mile from the docks where the Classic took off each morning from Civitan Park. With a rapid warmup, Cherry was confident that large spawning female bass would be moving along the rip rap, feeding in pre-spawn mode as they made their way towards the bay. Though he didn’t catch a lot of fish, he caught the right ones and came home the winner. 

All of Cherry’s fish on the final day came on a hard plastic jerkbait. The suspending , clear/shad-colored lure had a larger lip than many in this mold, causing it to run a bit deeper and bounce off the rocks along the causeway. That was what it took to trigger the strikes of the larger fish, as he brought in a bag averaging about 4 pounds each on Sunday to seal the win with 19 pounds 8 ounces.

Other lures that scored big during the competition were lipless crankbaits, squarebills and small diving crankbaits, as well as bladed jigs, particularly the Chatterbait Jackhammer. The orange/brown shade known as “Guntersville orange” was almost universal on all of these lures used by a variety of competitors.

For a full list of the winners and video of where and how the anglers fished, visit

— Frank Sargeant, Editor

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