As a result of the evolving coronavirus outbreak in the tri-state region and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NMMA has canceled the Progressive® Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo in Edison, New Jersey on March 13-15, 2020. All advanced ticket purchasers will be refunded within a week, according to the show’s PR group.
Hatsan's FlashPup SYN features a durable, light-weight, all-weather synthetic polymer stock. This compact bullpup rifle weighs in at just over 6 pounds, and it is only 32 inches long but packs up to 40 ft-lb of energy-generating wallop.
Garmin International, announced it’s the electronics choice of champions as Garmin-equipped anglers won all three top spots at the 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk at Lake Guntersville, Mar. 6-8.

Team Ruger's Randi Rogers won the Single Stack division at the 2020 USPSA Henry Cup Championship held at the Area 59 Shooting Range in Rosenberg, Texas.

A recent Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation conservation project played a prominent role in President Trump calling for full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Now that North Carolina’s Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a statewide emergency because of the spreading Coronavirus, the Second Amendment Foundation is reminding all Americans, especially Tar Heel State residents, their right to bear arms will not be impaired because of an important 2012 court victory in a case known as Bateman v. Perdue.


Top-selling NASCAR brand, TrueTimber, is following the series back to the East Coast at Atlanta Motor Speedway for an action-filled weekend. The trailer will be on location in Atlanta, Georgia from March 13-15 in the hauler area where fans can visit and load up on their favorite TrueTimber gear.

A more affordable entry into the Dan Wesson lineup of high-quality semi-automatics, the Vigil Series 1911 pistols are built around a forged aluminum frame with a stainless-steel slide. The round-top slide sports a tritium night sight on the front and a serrated tactical rear sight.
For those who have previously fished at Lower Fish Creek below the Scofield Dam or crossed the property while hunting, be aware that there has been a change in property access, and the area has been closed to the public.
Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour brings the General Tire Stage Three presented by TrueTimber to Lake Fork, Texas, March 13-18, 2020.
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The International Defensive Pistol Association recently released the results of its 2019 IDPA Equipment Survey, with Comp-Tac Victory Gear® taking the top spot in several categories, including top competition holster manufacturer for an eighth consecutive year.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is looking to change the administrative rules governing license replacements for hunters and will hold a hearing on the changes March 23 in Helena.
The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 319 and 341, which include portions of Silver Bow and Deer Lodge counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
XS Sights is now offering a 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee on all pistol sights in addition to its No Questions Asked Warranty and world-class customer service. If a customer tries one of XS’s pistol sights and is not completely satisfied, the company will swap out their sight set for a different model or even offer a refund.
Smith & Wesson Inc. announces industry veteran Sue Cupero has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Sales. In her new role, Cupero will be responsible for the management of all commercial and professional firearms sales channels for Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, Thompson/Center™, and Gemtech®brands.

Kauger Arms has seen record breaking sales so far in 2020, proving that the specialty firearms market continues to thrive.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation has worked in partnership with Kalkomey Enterprises to create, a platform for shooting sports education needs. Current course offerings include Basic Shotgun Coach and Basic Action Shooting Coach certification programs. 
With production aimed at the spirit and style of award-winning documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Bruce Brown, noted TV fishing show producer Michael Fowlkes has announced his intention on developing the ‘The History of Sportfishing’ mini-series, bringing the history of recreational fishing in both freshwater and saltwater come alive.
Bear & Son Cutlery introduces a new family of compact and full-size Aluminum Slip-Joint Folders designed for everyday tasks.These are lightweight slip-joint pocket knives with aluminum handles that are sized to fit conveniently in pockets, purses, and even hung on a keychain.

Galco introduced the FasTrax PAC in black MultiCam, a stylish and distinctive option on the modern concealed carry waistpack. It's designed to blend with casual modern clothing styles while discreetly carrying a compact defensive handgun.
The all-new Nikon ACULON T02 family of binoculars are available in two different magnifications and three colors to make the perfect pairing for travel, family sporting events, concerts or any time a closer view while on the go is desired.
A statewide student archery tournament scheduled to be held Friday, March 13 in State College has been canceled in response to the global coronavirus outbreak. Penn State University today announced that all non-essential campus events would be canceled through April 6.
NDA President and CEO Nick Pinizzotto will be joined by Matt Dunfee of Wildlife Management Institute and the CWD Alliance and other experts on the disease and talk through the latest plans on how and why to combat CWD in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Hunters Connect, the all new YouTube channel and social media platform today announces that YETI has become a sponsor to officially support the all new social media platform for new hunters owned by the International Hunter Education Association, IHEA-USA.
Clenzoil is proud to announce their partnership with Bass Pro Shops to expand retail and digital distribution of their premium cleaning and maintenance products. Now available at Bass Pro Shops, customers can find select Clenzoil Marine and Tackle products in their favorite local store, or online at
This week, Outdoors Radio features Wisconsin DNR hunter education assistant Hunter Nikolai, Bonnier Corporation events marketing director Corrine Yohan Bundy, fishing guide Jesse Quale and pro angler Duffy Kopf.
Sara Dirienzo with Wyoming Game and Fish talks about tiger trout and Adam Gall with Timber to Table Guide Service will tell you about his guided elk hunts in Colorado designed to teach people who know nothing about elk hunting the basics so they can continue to hunt after their affordable guided adventure with him.
New Federal Speed-Shok 100-packs come in the most popular payloads, delivering both the performance and convenience high-volume waterfowl hunters need. Shipments of this product have begun to arrive at dealers.
Dryshod, a leader in performance waterproof footwear for work and outdoor recreation, has developed a new work boot designed for both men and women.
GSM Outdoors, a multi-brand manufacturer and technology innovator of premium, specialized hunting gear, is pleased to announce that the company has renewed its sponsorship of Everything Eichler.
Xpedition Archery is continuing to support the mission of Whitetails Unlimited, and has renewed as a national sponsor.
The works of three Nebraska photographers and artists are on display through April 11 at Ash Hollow State Historical Park in Garden County.
Spring wildfire season has begun in Maryland, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges residents across the state to prepare and help prevent wildfires.
Last week, the Indiana House of Representatives passed Senate Concurrent Resolution #15, which urges the creation of an Indiana Office of Outdoor Recreation Development.
The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled its monthly meeting to 8:30 a.m., on March 17, and will meet via teleconference originating from the fourth-floor west conference room, in the Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
Catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The Firminator G-3 ATV Model puts all the same features of their full size G3 implement into a unit sized just right for an ATV (four-wheeler or side x side). Though light enough to be easily pulled by a 500cc or greater ATV, its 800 pounds proves ample weight for the 16-inch ground turning discs to break up and dig into hard ground.
Wednesday, the bipartisan DESCEND Act, which will improve the survival of Gulf of Mexico red snapper and other prized reef fish when caught and released, unanimously passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologists are reporting a dramatic increase in the reproducing population of the tiger salamander — the largest American terrestrial salamander — in the department’s spring 2020 surveys.
Collaboration is essential to effectively communicate about bear awareness with people who work, live and recreate in bear country.

The top story in today’s news section is the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) decision to cancel this weekend’s planned Saltwater Fishing Expo in New Jersey due to Coronavirus concerns.

As the events unfold the likelihood that every one of us will eventually be impacted by the virus seems increasingly more certain.

President Trump told the nation “we are all in this together” but promised “we’ll ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus. OWDN Screenshot.

Last evening, President Trump spoke n from the oval office, telling the nation “we are all in this together” and announcing what unprecedented actions designed stop, or at least slow, spread of the Coronavirus across this country while lessening its economic impact on individuals and industry.

Mr. Trump’s first announcement was a 30-day travel ban on all travel to-or from- Europe.

"We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” he announced “The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will are be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground.”

The only exception to the ban is the United Kingdom.

Mr. Trump also made a series of suggestions that included a suspension of any non-essential medical visits to nursing homes and hospitals, a radical cutback of travel by “older Americans” and an admonition to take “extra precautions, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and clean frequently touched surfaces often.”

The address also included a number of tangible health and financial measures intended to prevent the coronavirus’ unduly punishing either individuals or businesses.

“I’m confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens,” he said, “we’ll ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus.”

As the story evolves, we’ll keep you posted.

In other news, industry executive and hunting personality Gregg Ritz has been cited by Missouri wildlife officials for a pair of hunting violations: taking deer with bait and wanton waste-deer. The incident, according to the officer who issued the citations, occurred earlier this year on Ritz’s hunting lease in Boone County, Missouri.

The charges were the result of an investigation in which a pair of Confidential Informants (CI) - both of whom were “affiliated with Ritz” confirmed the infractions. The CIs, described in the citing officer’s report were a game manager and videographer. Both told authorities that a buck had been targeted for hunting (in the baited field), shot by Ritz, then left in there after still and video photo sessions were completed.

In his report, the wildlife officer concluded Ritz “willingly engaged in wildlife violations for the net result of commercialization.”

Ritz, his arrest report says, initially refused to comment on the incident, then admitted to having shot the deer and left it in the field overnight, intending to return for additional photography the next morning.

When he returned, the officer said Ritz told him the animal had been eaten by coyotes. At that point, the officer said he told Ritz he had been in the field- several days after the incident- and had recovered the antlers from an intact animal. At that point, the report says, “he (Ritz) acknowledged initially lying about the condition of the carcass,” although he continued to deny any knowledge of the field having been baited.

Ritz, in response, released a statement through the law firm Harper Evans Wade Netemeyer of Columbia, Missouri, in which he addressed the “allegations against me” (although at this point they’re charges, not allegations) in an attempt to “help stop the spread of rumors that naturally occur” in “this type of situation.”

“I have pleaded not guilty to both charges and the case is still pending,” he writes, “The misperception of what I have allegedly done has resulted in many damaging comments being made before the facts have been established.”

The statement goes on to say that “this rush to judgement” has “created an assault to my character and is inevitably damaging to the hunting community, which I hold with the utmost integrity and regard.”

He goes on to say that “in the social media world we live in, people are quick to judge, react and disparage without full knowledge of the facts or to wait for a verdict.”

Ritz is totally correct on that. Our legal system, despite the prejudging that happens in the court of public opinion, is predicated on the idea that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty.

A hearing before Judge Stephanie Morrell has been set for Boone County, Missouri. We’re tracking the matter, and as it proceeds, we’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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