As a result of growing concerns over COVID-19, Orchid Advisors regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference originally scheduled for May 5-7, 2020.
The Virginia Governor recently placed a statewide ban on all gatherings of 100 people or more, amid a rise in coronavirus cases. This ban has resulted in the P&Y Board of Directors' difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Convention scheduled for March 26-28, 2020, in Chantilly, Virginia.
Effective immediately, all Ducks Unlimited scheduled fundraising events and gatherings of 50 or more people through Sunday, May 10, will be postponed.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program has announced the cancellation of multiple CMP Games events and CMP activities due to increased health concerns brought on by the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports is rescheduling the 2020 National R3 Symposium (originally scheduled May 12-14) to August 25-27, 2020, in Broken Arrow, OK.
Due to the continued progression of COVID-19, and consistent with the cancellation of other collegiate sports events, SIG Sauer has cancelled the 2020 SIG Relentless Warrior Championship scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the SIG SAUER Academy. It will resume in 2021.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department announced Monday that the public hearings scheduled for the month of March have been postponed to encourage social distancing and to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has postponed its public meeting about Eastern coyotes previously scheduled for March 31 in Danville to encourage social distancing and to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces it has cancelled most public events and programs at its nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state until April 15.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has postponed its previously scheduled March 18 public meeting in Bethel on the proposed 2020-2030 Big Game Management Plan to encourage social distancing and to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Mega Bass cash-ever-hour events on Lake Fork and Lake Falcon have been moved to later dates due to the coronavirus threat.

To ensure the health and wellness of the public as Alabama fights aggressively to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, the Eastern Indigo Snake and Wildlife Festival at the Conecuh National Forest Open Pond Recreation Area scheduled for May 1, 2020 has been canceled.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces it has cancelled most public events and programs at its nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state until April 15.

The March 19 Angler R3 Instructor Training Workshop set for March 19 in Spooner has been cancelled.

FN America, LLC introduced the FN 503, a slim 9mm striker-fired pistol designed for concealed carry. It features a 3.1-inch barrel with recessed target crown, enlarged controls, a five-pound trigger, skateboard tape-style grip texture and 6- and 8-round magazines.

Legacy Sports International’s new HOWA Gen 2 Flag Chassis Short Barrel is in stock and now shipping. Available in 308 and 6.5 Creedmoor, this rifle appeals to shooters who prefer compact rifles.
Dubarry Park, at 3698 Dubarry Road on Indianapolis’ Northeast side, has been chosen to replace Riverside Park as a stocking location for the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Urban Fishing Program.
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The brainchild of tournament angler Shin Fukae, the SPRO Wameku Shad 70, is THE bait you'll want to reach for when bass are moving towards the shallows during the pre-spawn.
The hunting of male mountain lions in northwestern Montana hunting district 130, which includes portions of Lake and Missoula counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Everest, the industry’s first customer-centric, community-driven, multi-merchant marketplace has announced their AI-driven marketing solution for Everest seller storefronts. Basecamp by Everest is an AI-powered marketing platform with 8+ automated customer touchpoints and actionable analytics.
Jim Scoutten, Executive Producer of Shooting USA Television, has announced show production will immediately be expanded to showcase new products that are not going to be seen by 80,000 NRA Members in Nashville.
THOR Industries, a global leader in the manufacture of outdoor recreational vehicles (RVs), has chosen Gunpowder Inc. as its new public relations agency of record.
Galco announced the FLETCH belt holster for the new Ruger-57 pistol. Its unique “forward molded” two-piece construction is contoured on the body side to the natural curve of the human hip, keeping all the molding on the front of the holster.

Treat your pet to the comfort and quality offered in ThermaPedic's new Orthopedic ThermaBed.
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; all with one knife that never needs sharpening.
Apex Tactical Specialties is now shipping the new Extended Slide Release for the CZ P-10 C, F and S model pistols. The Apex Extended Slide Release is the perfect upgrade for the CZ P-10 offering wider, more ergonomic thumb paddles for easier manipulation of the slide release.
The SEVR Titanium 2.1 was made for hunters seeking a premier product with maximum cutting diameter. SEVR Ti 2.1 cuts wider to exact the largest entry and exit wound in the SEVR lineup.
Gear up for spring hunts with Delta McKenzie’s Strutter Turkey 3D target. Available now, the realistic Strutter uses self-healing foam for durability, stopping capability, and easier arrow extraction.
The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has added notice of intended action on spring and fall turkey hunting seasons, resident deer hunting and furbearer seasons to its March 17 teleconference.
Due to continuing concerns as related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Shrimp Advisory Panel meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 will be held via webinar with an abbreviated agenda.
Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2020 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards recently during the 85th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Omaha, Nebraska.
Safari Club International (SCI) is pleased to announce that Lauren Hill, of Poway, Calif., is the new Business Development Manager for SCI national.
Boone and Crockett Club president Tim Brady and professional member Jimmy Bullock presented Mississippi State University’s Deer Ecology and Management Lab with the Club’s Conservation and Stewardship Award.
The Second Amendment Foundation has warned New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell against suspending or limiting the sale of firearms and ammunition under her recently proclaimed State of Emergency due to Covid-19.
Nation’s Best Sports has named Mossy Oak as an official camouflage, brand, and conservation partner, assisting in the expansion of camouflage offerings, branded outdoors products and providing an opportunity to support conservation efforts on the local-level through independently-owned retailers.
MidwayUSA announces the addition of G. Loomis fishing rods to its ever growing list of fishing gear suppliers.
Easton Archery announces a sponsorship and discount program in support of Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA).
The Pennsylvania Game Commission Monday announced it will close all offices to the public for at least two weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The IndianaDNR’s Division of State Parks recently honored volunteers, partners and employees for their commitment to conserve, manage and interpret resources while creating memorable experiences for everyone.
In a proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at its facilities, parks and events, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is limiting some public access.
In keeping with social distancing guidelines for COVID-19 to protect public health and safety, Montana WILD will be closed to the public beginning today, March 16, until further notice. In addition, fish hatcheries and visitor centers will be closed for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16..
Today on “Deer and Wildlife Stories,” Keith starts off in the Amish Country of Indiana as he checks out the giant buck named “The Fed” and then discovers mule deer hybrids. And we end up being blown away by a colossal yearling buck named “The Rock”.
If you are planning to take your dog on any hikes this spring and summer, make sure your pet doesn’t chase or harass any wildlife.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says warm spring weather and melting snows will cause bears to come out of their winter dens in search of food. The department recommends taking down bird feeders by April 1 to avoid attracting bears.

We've been testing one of the PC Chargers, and will have more on it soon. With the takedown capability, removing the 6.5-inch barrel assembly enables you to carry the PC Charger -easily- in a small pack. The 1913 Rail on the back also allows for the attachment of an arm-brace or there's a single-point sling attachment on both the left and right sides.

Recognizing the fact that things have changed due to Coronavirus, Ruger has lifted the pre-NRA Show embargo and announced the latest model in the Charger takedown pistol line. Their newest, the PC Charger is chambered in 9mm and in a glass-filled polymer chassis system that allows for the use of standard AR-pistol grips. This latest Charger accepts either Ruger SR- or Security-9 pistol magazines or  GLOCK double-stack 9mm magazines (adapter sleeve iincluded). The 6 o’clock position of the M-LOK Compatible hand guard features a factory-installed bandstop for secure support-hand placement. The standard model features a 17-round capacity, and an additional 10-round, state compliant model also is available. MSRP for the standard model is $799. 

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature first appeared in our companion service, The Fishing Wire. 

No, this is not the Death Star, but some say it could be a very large problem for many of us considering its tiny size.

As this is written, the world is undergoing a level of mobilization unseen since World War II. Some of it may be over-reaction, but there’s no doubt that thus is a real, no-kidding worldwide crisis that’s going to affect us all for months to come.

The enemy this time is not a mad dictator, but rather an invisible microbe—but one that apparently has the potential to be deadly to many of us. The human race seems to have almost no resistance to contracting it. In the U.S. alone, health authorities are estimating that over half of us might get it. While doubters are noting that not nearly as many have died from coronavirus as from other strains of flu, we are only in the first weeks of a curve that’s rapidly going upward.

And while the vast majority will recover quickly, just as with other strains of flu, some will not. The World Health Organization currently estimates a death rate of around 3 percent, while some other agencies have put the number as low as 1 percent. That does not sound like much until you look at the likelihood that, in the U.S., some 160 million of us are allegedly likely to get it according to federal health officials. One percent of 160,000,000 is 1.6 million. Three percent is 4.8 million.

Among those over 60, the death rate has been around 10 percent, approaching 15 percent for those over 80. The average age of the U.S. Senate is 61.8, and of the House, 57.8. Donald Trump is 73, Nancy Pelosi 79. It’s safe to say we can expect Washington to go all in to stop this disease.

But at this point there seems to be no stopping it, only alleviating the impacts. There are many folks out there who have it and don’t know it according to the CDC—the symptoms can be very minor for many, but they are still contagious.

I’m not a doctor, and don’t play one on TV. But what the doctors—including my own son--are telling us is that the goal is to lower the rate of spread, which will mean that those who do get a serious infection will have a bed in the intensive care unit and a ventilator available if needed. A rapid spread, on the other hand, could make things difficult for all. Hospitals could be overwhelmed, as they apparently have been this week in Italy.

The fishing industry is doing the right thing. Over the past week I’ve had literally dozens of event cancellations come in to the Fishing Wire for posting, including some from nearly every state, and ranging in size from small regional game and fish meetings to massive boat shows that would normally generate millions of dollars for the industry. My friends in the guide business say business has fallen off a cliff.

While we’re all hoping this will subside in a couple of months and business will return to normal, if it does not, jobs at all levels will be affected, as well as the businesses that provide those jobs. Supply issues from China may also become huge if the current reduction in cases there proves short-lived—most tackle, lures and accessories used worldwide are made in China. To say nothing of our 401-K’s—don’t remind me.

In the meantime—one of the best things we can probably do is go fishing. Angling is a sport of low human density, lots of fresh air and plenty of sunshine, all of which give us the best shot at staying healthy. The same might be true for spring turkey hunting, hiking or camping. Getting outdoors also helps us reduce stress, something most of us can use right now.

Of course, for those at highest risk, the best advice is simply to stay home, period.

It’s going to be a rocky few months, any way we slice it. Many of the conveniences and daily routines all of us expect as Americans may temporarily go by the wayside. (Like toilet paper on the Walmart shelf . . . .!) But we’ll get through it. And we’ll come out the other side much better prepared to deal with the next of these bugs, highly likely somewhere on the horizon in this age of global travel and commerce, but hopefully many years in the future.

If you’re not already up to here with info on the virus, here’s a link to an article my M.D. son sent me, outlining the position of a lot of physicians at present: 

— Frank Sargeant
Sargeant is editor of our companion service, The Fishing Wire (

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