Michigan’s birds are some of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures to observe outdoors. With the MI Birds program, residents easily can get involved in local events like bird talks, bird walks, volunteer stewardship days or community science programs.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds boaters to “clean, drain and dry” – and especially decontaminate — their watercraft and equipment before exiting listed waters containing aquatic invasive species (AIS).
The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water will bring affordable on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats to the Bay Bridge Boat Show, April 17-19, held at Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, Maryland.

Kayle Browning realized a lifelong dream by earning a spot on the 2020 USA Olympic Womens’ Trap Team. The Wooster, AR native manifested her Olympic journey back in 2018 by securing an Olympic quota spot for the United States in Olympic Trap, shooting her Krieghoff K-80.
SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG professional shooter Daniel Horner for his first place finish in the Tactical-Optics Division at the 2020 ExCommunicado 3-Gun Match at the CowTown Range in Phoneix, Arizona, February 22-23, 2020.
The Minnesota Wild Hockey organization has partnered with MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation to raise awareness and monies for Minnesota fisheries and high school fishing teams.
Rock River Arms introduces a new .450 Bushmaster carbine. This entry into RRA's LAR lineup was developed as a modern hunting firearm with outstanding short- to mid-range capabilities.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is conducting an angler creel survey at West Boggs Lake in Daviess County this year. The survey is part of a study that began today and will run through October.
Vermont ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly on lakes throughout the state because of recent warm weather, according to Colonel Jason Batchelder, Vermont’s chief game warden.
The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s will host its second regular-season event on Saturday, March 21, at Toledo Bend. The fishery straddles the Texas/Louisiana border and is one of the world’s premier bass fishing destinations.
MidwayUSA is excited to announce the addition of Lew's to its ever growing list of fishing gear suppliers. Starting as a family business in 1949, Lew's offers high-quality rods, reels, and other fishing necessities backed by a name Customers trust.

Benelli has partnered with Disabled Outdoorsmen USA to give special needs hunters the opportunity to go afield or on the water to pursue their passion for the outdoors. In addition to donating funds, Benelli provided Disabled Outdoorsmen USA with Super Black Eagle 3 shotguns to use on their latest duck hunt.
Starting this spring, PowerPro is launching a new logo, new packaging, and an updated web site, along with their renewed commitment to bring the very best in braiding technology to the fishing market.
The campaign endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden by Everytown for Gun Safety—the gun prohibition lobbying group bankrolled by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg—is “All gun owners need to know about the man who wants to be their next president,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.
Galco's introduction of the FasTrax PAC waistpack at SHOT Show is followed by a full-grain leather version – the FasTrax PAC Elite. Designed to blend with casual modern clothing styles, the Elite discreetly carries a compact defensive handgun ready for action.

The new “G4” Premium Gel Core is designed for supreme comfort in the woods. The Hybrid RX features a 0.5” Rigid Closed Cell Foam that protects your backside from the ground, a 1.25” layer of Premium Comfort Foam, and a 1.25” G4 Premium Gel Core.
Bear Archery has announced an expanded lineup of bows available in popular TrueTimber Camo for 2020. Bear Archery’s new bows and crossbows, including the Divergent EKO and Constrictor CDX, will be available in Strata—increasing the Bear lineup to nine bows available in TrueTimber.
Easton is offering a truly unique shaft that answers these needs for the world’s most demanding bowhunters—the T64 Full Metal Jacket—an arrow that promises more penetration with the highest level of FOC accuracy.
Safari Club International announces the hiring of Pedro Vitorino to provide chapter development and membership services for SCI in Europe. He will also provide support to SCI's new Europe Committee.

Apex Tactical Specialties’ new Extended Slide Release for the CZ P-10 C, F and S model pistols is now available for pre-order from
The North American Gamebird Association (NAGA) is announcing submission dates for applications for a scholarship opportunity offered in memorial to the late Jeannine Kuhl, whose work with Kuhl Corporation has been an essential part of the gamebird industry.
Safari Club International and Melissa Bachman, host and producer of Winchester Deadly Passion on the Sportsman Channel, are excited to announce the renewal of their partnership for the 2020 season.  
Safari Club International has partnered with one of the biggest names in outdoor television and a world class musician, Nick Hoffman, to protect the freedom to hunt and promote wildlife conservation worldwide.

In 2019, Access Yes, through public donations, provided more than 2.6 million acres of hunting access as well as 4,007 lake acres and 89 stream miles for fishing on otherwise inaccessible private, state and landlocked public lands through partnerships with private landowners.
A 39-year-old Osceola County man was arrested over the weekend after leading a Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer on a vehicle pursuit that ended at the man’s residence.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Furbearer Project Leader Kimberly Royar and Wildlife Ecologist Dr. David Person will hold a public informational meeting about Eastern coyotes at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at the Danville Community Center.
Montana residents who are off-highway vehicle operators are required to purchase a two-year, $20 Resident OHV Trail Pass available from local vendors or online at
As title sponsor of the Bassmaster High School Series and official pattern of B.A.S.S., Mossy Oak Fishing is thrilled to congratulate Matthew Vandagriff and Asa Robertson on winning the 2020 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Classic.
Today, “Deer and Wildlife Stories,” is visiting the Texas Deer Breeders Summit hosted by Lone Hollow Whitetails. From helicopter rides to golf to raffles and of course some of the biggest bucks in Texas like, Black Label, Paramount and Stampede.
Mule deer in Wyoming will see the on-the-ground benefits of more than $3 million in 2020. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved $560,000 to support 10 projects for mule deer across the state.
Louisville’s Kentucky International Convention Center will be host to the upcoming 2020 Scholastic 3-D Archery Indoor National Championship, held in conjunction with the National Field Archery Association’s Indoor Nationals on August 19th, 2020.

The fiftieth edition of the Bassmaster Classic last week in Birmingham, Alabama, left one lasting impression. No one at the Classic seemed the slightest bit concerned about the coronavirus.

In fact, one happy guy in the crowd told me, “that coronavirus can just kiss my butt.”

The 50th Bassmaster Classic didn’t appear to be impacted by fear of coronavirus nearly as much as a lack of parking. People were everywhere. Parking spaces were not. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.

But anyone talking about a virus other than Myxobolus cerebralis at a fishing event gives reason to consider the possibility that maybe there is something to the concerns over coronavirus.

Last week, a fellow writer took serious issue with my reporting concerning the coronavirus. He went on to explain to me that good hygiene and common sense would be all most people needed to concern themselves with. Going beyond that, he implied, was nothing more than hyping the collective mainstream narrative.

Reminding me that as gun writers “we pride ourselves on dealing with facts, not emotions,” he proceeded to close with the reminder that far more people get- and die- from influenza than coronavirus every year.

True, that.

But despite influenza killing thousands every year, flu hasn’t done shutdown the world economy, drive entire countries into virtual lockdown, or cause seemingly sane companies to put complete travel bans in place for their employees in decades (yes, it did decades ago).

Fake narrative or not, the stock markets continue to go nuts, Italy’s going nowhere (even the Vatican’s live-streaming services), and Shimano’s not the only company not traveling these days.

Yesterday, the CDC encouraged everyone over the age of 60 with any sort of respiratory issue to get a quantity of their medications, some food supplies and then to …stay home.

If people follow those instructions, there will be precious little reporting done in -or about- the outdoors in the coming months. Many of us covering the outdoors fall inside that demographic.

So here’s the cosmic question of the week: whom DO you believe when it comes to the legitimacy posed by a virus that appears to be spreading across the globe?

Is it really “just another variant” of a virus that’s been around for decades?

Is it really deadly enough to cause the global reactions of governments, businesses and individuals we’re seeing?

Here’s what I do know: it is a legitimate-enough threat that Nashville, the same city that saw a very clear and present danger sweep through less than a week ago and is still recovering, convened a Coronavirus Outbreak Task Force yesterday. The mayor’s considering a mandatory shutdown of public events.

Do I believe the doctors advising everyone to stay home, stockpile medicines and avoid crowds? Or doctors who insist “the general public’s not at risk if they follow basic sanitary guidelines” or don’t fall into defined “at risk” groups?

Have we become so focused on political differences that any news we don’t like becomes fake news?

If that’s the case, can we believe anything other than the things we can empirically test?

And if that’s the case, what’s the litmus test for something constituting a threat? One death? One million deaths?

Last week, I wandered among the Bassmaster Classic competitors and media with no health concern other than trying to get warm and stay dry. Later, I wandered the Classic Expositions in a crowd that was wandering through the aisles of fishing equipment without any apparent elevated concerns.

Heck, we even jokingly searched to find the empty space that was left when Shimano and its associated companies made the decision to stay home.

It wasn’t there. Other companies gladly hopped in to fill the unoccupied areas, and the show went on.

We laughed about the coronavirus and at the people wearing N-95 masks on the news.

Tornadoes, we agreed, were real threats. Coronavirus was an exaggerated one.

Coronavirus just may be an exaggeration being foisted off on the gullible to boost sagging ratings, battle diminishing influence or belittle a hated political opponent.

But it might not. And two days into a week that began with a time change, includes a full moon, and ends with a Friday the thirteenth, I’m second-guessing myself.

Despite the fact I don’t ever want to hype anything but truth, I’m concerned that treating that might be a serious threat so flippantly could contribute to someone’s illness- or worse.

After a long day of talking with “experts” the only fact I’ve been able to discern is that it doesn’t appear anyone really knows what’s going on -or what to expect. That’s what appears to be the real reason behind the “obsession” with coronavirus.

That concerns me..greatly.

But I’m not going to hide in my house while they sort it out. If I get sick because of my decision, I won’t blame anyone else.

Ultimately, what you do - or choose not to do- is your responsibility.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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