The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Convention graciously allowed Tennessee S3DA exclusive use of the Gaylord Opryland Event Center to host the 2020 Tennessee S3DA Indoor State Championship in Nashville, Tennessee.
Michigan State University recently hosted the 2020 Michigan S3DA Indoor State Championships at the MSU Demmer Shooting Sports, Education and Training Center in Lansing.
The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville offer a choice of two fun on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: “Intro to Boating” and “Women Making Waves,” Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, at the club’s location at Julington Creek Marina.

Federal Ammunition sponsored shooters Kayle Browning and Vincent Hancock will chase Olympic glory in the shotgun sports at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. .
Lew’s announces a new Digital Fishing Tournament Trail for high school fishing teams, beginning April 6, through June 26, 2020. Utilizing the HOOK’D Fishing Tournament app available for iPhone and Android, teams in three regions can register at no charge to them, and compete within their region for weekly prizes, as well as overall Grand Prizes for each region from Lew’s and Strike King.
SIG SAUER Academy will host the SIG Relentless Warrior Championship Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the SIG SAUER Academy (SSA) facility in Epping, New Hampshire.
The Michigan Outdoor Life Field & Stream Expo presented by Suzuki KingQuad is this weekend at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich., and runs from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 6th annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival May 16 and 17 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin.
The trout lake at Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) in Douglas County will open for family fishing beginning March 14.
TrueTimber, official camo sponsor for the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour, is the presenting sponsor for Stage Three at Lake Fork, Texas.
Whitetails Unlimited has awarded a total of $10,000 to the Jackson and Clinton County Iowa Conservation Boards to assist the purchase of a 206-acre parcel of land. Once the purchase is complete the parcel will be open for public recreation, including hunting.

The Michigan State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation presents this event for new adult hunters to learn to hunt wild turkey. Cost is $150, which includes two nights’ lodging at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute (Meadow Lodge Housing Unit), Friday evening dinner, breakfast snacks, Saturday lunch and Saturday evening wild game sampling.
Spring turkey season will open March 21 and close May 3, 2020, for most Alabama counties. The season will be delayed for research purposes in Barbour, J.D. Martin-Skyline, Hollins, Oakmulgee, Lowndes, Choccolocco, and Perdido River Wildlife Management Areas
MidwayUSA announces the release of "Double Triggers and Automatic Safeties," a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA
Utilize UrgeMedia’s Partnership with Klear to track your Social Influencers. Klear combines all campaign-related content by unlimited @brand mentions, #hashtags, or keywords. Meaning you’ll never miss content published by your influencers no matter the time or content format.

Media Lodge. announces a partnership with Armory Forums. Together, this partnership will provide video advertising products, display ad, email marketing, social media and commerce solutions to advertisers.
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Whitetails Unlimited Inc., a national, nonprofit conservation organization established in 1982, with over 114,000 members and 475 chapters, has a career opportunity for a highly motivated individual as a Field Director.
The Decatur, Texas, Police Department has deployed Viridian's FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC) in the field. This distinctive camera provides an unobstructed view of critical use-of-force events from the end of the firearm, addressing limitations officers can face with body cameras.
The Second Amendment Foundation and Connecticut Citizens Defense League have filed suit in Federal District Court challenging the State of Connecticut’s prohibition on ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds, or loading more than ten cartridges into a so-called “high capacity magazine.”

Gator Waders has announced the introduction of its new apparel series, Breakline, offered exclusively in Mossy Oak Fishing’s Elements Agua patterns. The new Breakline offering is a variety of garments ranging from shirts and shorts to bibs.
The Ol' Tom Tech Stretch Turkey Pant in Realtree Timber Camo is made from lightweight, breathable, 100% polyester with four-way stretch technology to deliver an incredibly comfortable option for chasing longbeards in warm-weather conditions.
With MDT’s newest addition to the CKYE-POD line, all you need to use the most stable and versatile bipod on the market is a sling swivel stud.
Portions of Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) in Chase County will be closed temporarily to public access March 14 for a prescribed fire exercise.

Prescribed burns of two longleaf pine tree zones at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, are planned for March 2020, weather permitting.
Stay up to date with all of your favorite collegiate anglers as two powerhouses in bass fishing, Bethel University and Murray State University, battle it out for the Ranger Cup University Title.
For 2020, Hawke adds to the popular Vantage 30 WA series of riflescopes that have a strong reputation for clarity, eye relief and field of view at a budget-friendly price.
In recognition of their extraordinary contributions to recreational angling around the world, The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) today named five fishing greats to the 2020 class of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.
Aero Precision announces their March Rifle Giveaway, featuring a Woodland Geocam M5 (.308) Rifle, a new custom design by popular Cerakote company Blowndeadline.
“The Traditional Journey Lives On,” the third in a series of books chronicling the foundations and spirit of hunting with the bow and arrow, is an easy-reading collection of stories about how hunting with the bow and arrow positively impacts our lives.
More than 3,800 acres of Iowa land in 24 counties with an estimated value of nearly $4.8 million was permanently protected through donations for conservation.
RSR Group has added Berger bullets to its product offering. The Berger bullets line is now in stock and available for purchase.
Now that spring is nearly upon us, it’s time to get out and enjoy nature again. Go! Packs are designed to help you enjoy the outdoors at Indiana State Park properties and save money.
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission will conduct its next bimonthly meeting on Tuesday, March 17, at Fort Harrison State Park.
Anyone interested in learning more about the latest developments of a shooting range in Richmond Township in Marquette County is encouraged to attend a March 26 meeting hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Anyone interested in learning more about the latest developments of a shooting range in Richmond Township in Marquette County is encouraged to attend a March 26 meeting hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
It’s the premier match of the Camp Perry Nationals, The President’s 100, with more than a thousand rifle shooters on the line. The goal is shooting to be one of 100 best that awards the President’s 100 tab for service members and can lead to the shoot-off to find the year’s top rifleman at 200, 300, and 600 yards.
If you have ever wanted to see mountain goats in the wild, you will have a good chance at two upcoming Utah Division of Wildlife Resources events, one near the Upper Stillwater Dam in Rock Creek and the second at Little Cottonwood Canyon.

It’s a definite sign you’re in one of the “at-risk” groups for coronavirus when you write “Around the Watercooler” and the spell checker tries to separate the words “water” from “cooler”. The device is likely something that will be disappearing from offices everywhere as the near-panic state over coronavirus gains steam.

As I’m writing, I’ve gotten the notice that the Nashville Visitors Bureau says they have already had 50,000 hotel rooms cancelled due to disease concerns. That’s decidedly not good news for a city that counts on tourism for a significant part of its tax revenues. Taxing you to visit is how those of us who live here avoid pesky things like state income taxes.

Now is a good time to take a break from the fear of a virus and talk about how that’s impacting business. Business, news reports to the contrary, is still being conducted worldwide, although everyone from fishing lure companies to bicycle manufacturers are wondering if inventories will last until China gets back to shipping parts and pieces.

Can’t answer that one, so I’m not going to make a supposition.

As far as U.S. companies, Wall Street is doing a very good job of completely flagellating all companies including many that would otherwise be doing fine.

As the markets continue to gyrate, stock prices are changing so fast that it’s virtually impossible for CFOs to actually measure how they’re doing.

Their business fundamentals are there, but stock price impacts their ability to borrow- and a company’s worth can change as quickly as the DJIA.

On Monday, for example, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 2,000 points. It dropped 1400 points at the opening, setting off a series of triggers that halted trading while everyone caught their breaths. By the end of the day, the DJIA finished over 2,000 points lower. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite lost 7.9 and 7.2 percent, respectively.

Whew. That’s a lot of activity.

All triggered by two events: an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia that knocked down the value of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate Crude (the U.S. benchmark) down more than a third to $27.34 a barrel. That whacked the stock prices of Exxon, Chevron, BP, Halliburton, and Schlumberger. The other factor? You guessed it, speculation over the Coronavirus.

The airlines, despite flying with some very empty planes in many passenger cabin these days, benefitted from the oil drop. American, United, and Delta all saw their stock prices rise.

In the meantime, Carnival Cruise Lines was torpedoed, dropping 19.93 percent to close at $21.74/share. It doesn’t help your business when the government comes right out and says stay off cruise ships. If that’s not negativity enough, there are the images of quarantined cruise liners anchored offshore.

One outdoor company that is doing well is Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS). The company that infuriated hunters and shooters when it announced several moves in support of more gun control legislation beat fourth quarter revenue estimates, with overall increases of 3.5 percent in same-store sales over last year. In another move that will re-infuriate outdoors enthusiasts, CEO Edward Stack announced the company plans to remove hunting gear from another 440 of the company’s 726 stores in 2020.

At the same time, Dick’s says it’s enthusiasm for the overall business is being tempered by the “rapidly evolving coronavirus situation” - including caution related to “supply chain disruption potentially impacting second quarter results.”

One result from this weekend that absolutely no one expected came from the USA Shooting Trials in Tucson, Arizona.

Kim Rhode, virtually a permanent member of the USA Shooting team since 1996, failed to qualify for the Tokyo Games. That ends her streak of consecutive Olympic Games at six.

Instead of the six-time medalist, USA Shooting will be represented by Amber English and Austen Smith.

Both are Olympic rookies.

As Smith said on the USA Shooting website, “I’m just in shock, really.” Kim Rhode, she said, has “been my idol since the start. She’s who I aspire to be, really.”

Last weekend, her idol, the now-40 year-old mom we’ve watched since her first Olympic win as a teenager in Atlanta in 1996, finished fourth.

Despite missing Tokyo, Rhode says she doesn’t see the end of her career anywhere in sight.

Knowing how determined she is at anything she undertakes, I’d not rule out the likelihood of seeing her competing - successfully- in Paris in 2024 or Los Angeles in 2028.

She’s not without other interests. A new shooting facility, NRA Board of Director commitments and motherhood are all time consuming. But, as she told reporters last week, she’s going to spend a lot of her newfound free time…shooting.

We sometime forget that shooting isn’t Kim’s vocation, it’s one of her passions.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar

APRIL 17-19
NRA Annual Meetings

Nashville, TN

MAY 15
2020 HSCF Sporting Clays Tournament

8:30 am - 2:30 pm, Greater Houston Sports Club, 6700 McHard Rd, Houston, TX 77053 Registration link: Information Page:

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