MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020

Everglades National Park has developed a free, but mandatory, powerboater education course to orient and educate boaters to the unique features of the park's marine waters.
Celerant Technology has made the decision to cancel its annual client conference and turn it into a virtual event, due to concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has postponed the scheduled be March 19 public open house in Waterford regarding a Phase 2 general management plan for Pontiac Lake SRA.

Due to the COVID-19 situation around the country, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced the postponement of its Congressional Fly- In originally scheduled for April 21-22, 2020.
Based on the Wisconsin mandate restricting mass gatherings of more than 250 people the Outdoor Life/Field & Stream Wisconsin Expo set for April 3-5, 2020 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, has been postponed. 
Out of an abundance of caution to limit the possible spread of COVID-19, the National Archery in the Schools Program Alabama State Championship scheduled for April 2-3, 2020, at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama, has been cancelled.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has canceled its upcoming public workshop at the Mammoth Spring School Complex on March 21 concerning the new trout management plan for the Spring River due to coronavirus concerns.

FLW announces the cancellation and postponement of multiple College Fishing and High School Fishing events due to travel restrictions implemented by universities and high schools nationwide in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission’s regularly scheduled bi-monthly meeting, which was scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at Fort Harrison State Park, has been canceled.
Due to public health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), B.A.S.S. officials will postpone the Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake originally scheduled to be held on the Dayton, Tennessee, fishery March 19-22.

As a result of growing concerns over COVID-19, the Ohio Department of Health has issued an order restricting mass gatherings of 100 or more people, thus the Expo has been postponed.
he Georgia High School Association (GHSA) has postponed the GHSA Cup originally scheduled for March 21 at Lake Oconee in Buckhead, Georgia.
The Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame planned for March 20 is postponed, following federal and state guidance on meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The Fish and Wildlife Commission has cancelled its public meeting scheduled for March 20 due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Middle Creek Visitors Center located at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster and Lebanon counties has been closed, effective immediately, in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 
Entering is easy; simply visit for complete rules and enter your email address.
BaseMap Hunting & Fishing is excited to announce their partnership with Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo from Archer’s Choice to showcase how the most up-to-date and advanced hunting app available can benefit hunters across the nation.
Breakthrough Clean Technologies announces their new partnership with manufacturers’ representation firm Ken Jefferies & Associates.

Mercury Marine has implemented COVID-19 prevention measures after the company learned that an employee at its Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, headquarters may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
Those wishing to be trained on monitoring athletes and spectators during CMP sponsored and sanctioned competitions should enroll in the CMP Range Officer Training Courses. The training is offered at Level I, Level II and Level III intervals.
SIG SAUER has reached an agreement to resolve a class action lawsuit alleging that P320 pistols manufactured prior to August 8, 2017, have the ability to fire when the pistol’s slide and barrel are in an unlocked condition. The SIG SAUER P320 pistol continues to meet and exceed all industry safety standards, and it is safe to carry and use in both the pre- and post-upgrade versions, when handled in accordance with the operator’s manual.
SIG SAUER has reached an agreement to resolve a class action lawsuit alleging that P320 pistols manufactured prior to August 8, 2017, have the ability to fire when the pistol’s slide and barrel are in an unlocked condition. The SIG SAUER P320 pistol continues to meet and exceed all industry safety standards, and it is safe to carry and use in both the pre- and post-upgrade versions, when handled in accordance with the operator’s manual.

Hogue Knives adds the "Trauma" to their knife line. With a 3.4" Bohler N680 steel blade, the Trauma also features a deployable strap cutter, an oxygen valve wrench and a carbide glass breaker.
Designed to accommodate any of the Outdoor Edge 3.5-inch RazorSafe System knives, the new six-piece Skinning-Boning-Gutting combo blade set transforms any Outdoor Edge 3.5-inch RazorSafe knife into a complete field dressing and game processing solution.
Western hunting research and planning is now easier thanks to a new partnership between BaseMap and Eastman’s Hunting Journal. The BaseMap Hunt Research tool will now include Eastman’s Member’s Research Section data to provide app users with the most complete, up-to-date information.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program welcomes the public to join the reopening of the CMP North Store on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The store underwent a transformation and relocation, maintaining its place on the grounds of Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility from its original warehouse site to Building 3 – sharing a location with CMP’s front office and headquarters.
Delta Waterfowl announces the continuation of it’s partnership with Realtree, including Realtree’s being  the “Official Camo Conservation Partner” of Delta Waterfowl, as well as a Presenting Sponsor of Delta’s HuntR3 programs to recruit waterfowl hunters and protect waterfowl hunting access across North America.
Major League Fishing and FLW announces the suspension of all public gatherings associated with their events through April 12, 2020, including all fan meet-n-greets associated with the Bass Pro Tour, and the attendance of fans and non-essential staff at all FLW tournaments, including weigh-ins.
The annual conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of American, set for June 27-29 at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont, will proceed as planned, pending further coronavirus announcements.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms cautions law enforcement agencies that the coronavirus emergency should not be an excuse to suspend the process required for the issuance or renewal of concealed carry permits or licenses by any law enforcement agency.
While we are suspending in-person activities and events through March 31, we encourage our programs to stay connected with their participants through phone calls and virtual tools such as Facebook Live and Skype.
To assist in the national effort to slow the progression of COVID-19, NWTF CEO Becky Humphries is   asking all volunteers and staff to "do their part and follow the local, state and federal restrictions and guidelines." 
George Henry Petrides, Sr., passed away at the age of 77 on March 6, 2020.
It’s Smith Rock Lake State Park in Central Oregon in the spotlight of this week’s Northwestern Outdoors Radio.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks has announced its sponsorship of the 2020 Wild West Bass Trail. The Wild West Bass Trail provides a western states venue for competitive anglers and industry sponsors to showcase their skills and products.
Oregon Inlet boat ramp parking lot will be closed the week of March 23 while the pavement undergoes a preservation project.
Barring any future notices the Alabama State Parks remain open and are business as usual. Please visit our social media pages and to stay informed on any future announcements.
Following Governor Larry Hogan’s emergency actions to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will remain operational, but will be implementing changes to certain department activities, customer service functions, and scheduled events to minimize the spread of the virus.
State parks, lodges, historic sites, WMAs, PFAs, archery ranges, shooting ranges, education centers, golf courses, and battlefields will remain open during normal business hours.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announces a shift from public meetings to online or phone-based formats, beginning March 16 and lasting through the first week of April, in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19/coronavirus. 
Florida FWC staff is taking a precautionary step to help curb the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by postponing the last 3 scheduled stakeholder meetings related to chronic wasting disease (CWD).
ODFW is cancelling hunter education classes, field days, clinics, outdoor skills workshops, angler education trainings, Family Fishing events and other volunteer-led activities in accordance with COVID-19 guidance from the State of Oregon and the Governor’s office until at least April 13.
In response to the developing public health situation with COVID-19 and the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) guidance, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has closed the visitor centers at the Hocking Hills State Park and Old Woman Creek National Estuary Reserve Visitor Center until further notice:
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is temporarily closing public walk-in access to: Schramm Education Center near Gretna, the indoor Activity Center Building at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland, Wildcat Hills Nature Center near Gering, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln.
This week on “The High Road with Keith Warren”, Keith heads to Hog Wild Adventures with his 9mm Carbine, Pulsar thermal equipment, and his Streak Ammo to light up the night.

Despite near-record runs on groceries, pharmaceuticals and paper products, this country is not about to revert to the stone age.

We’ve seen ridiculous runs on food, beverages, paper, and, yes, even ammunition, but there is no Red Dawn horde marching inexorably across the hills and valleys, determined to stomp us all into submission. We are dealing with a viral infection, not Aliens.

Grocery stores across the country are adjusting business hours because of customers’ response to public health precautions. As you can see in the meat (above) and potato (below) sections of this Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Public, there were runs on things other than paper and hand sanitizers. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photos

But you would have been hard-pressed to have known that had you been out and about Friday as the closures, dismissals, postponements and other announcements followed President Trump’s declaration of an official State of Emergency.

Unlike the announcements from actors paying presidents in innumerable movies, this wasn’t a particularly well-delivered address, complete with accompanying inspirational music.

It was, however, a real-live president fumbling through the announcement that he was officially taking an action that cut some more layers of the unmeasurably deep bureaucratic red tape associated with reacting to any emergency. It wasn’t smooth, but it was necessary.

What concerns many of us more are the states and municipalities that look to this as an opportunity to enact onerous regulations that are otherwise reserved for dire emergencies. This is a pandemic, but it’s not to be viewed with the same urgency as an advancing wildfire, tornado, hurricane or other natural disaster.

The actions aren’t designed to stop Coronavirus-19. They’re designed to lessen the impact of what is an inevitable spread of an apparently very-contagious virus.

So take a deep breath. And exhale -but not on someone else, please.

We’re adjusting in a couple of ways. First, the calendar is being replaced -temporarily- with announcements of closures, cancellations and postponements. It’s not our endorsement of the assessments regarding the coronavirus, it’s our recognition that there are far more events in our world that have been cancelled or postponed than are going as-planned, at least over the next few weeks.

When we go back to normal, we’ll go back to the calendar.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to keep you updated with things that are happening in the outdoors, taking time to write some features that have previously gotten pushed to the back-burner, and embracing the opportunity to have a little quiet time.

And, as always, we’re non-contagious, although we hope you’ve all found reading The Outdoor Wire Digital Network infectious.

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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