According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, U.S. agriculture is working diligently to maintain the stability of our food supply as concerns over COVID-19 lead to increased consumer purchases of groceries and other items.
CCI announced that their new Clean-22 Steel Challenge is the official ammunition of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association. The Steel Challenge logo on the box symbolizes CCI’s support of the organization’s mission to promote participation in steel shooting competition.
Catherine Rios, RIO Ammunition sponsored shooter, helped Team USA win the 84th World Championship of Flyers held in Toluca, Mexico last week.

With thousands of students and families impacted by COVID-19, Wildlife Forever and its team of host organizations have extended the State-Fish Art Contest deadline to April 30, 2020.
In light of the Covid-19 and recommendations set forth by the CDC, as well as the suspension of the legislative session and restricted access to the Capitol, the DNR is cancelling both the Parks Day at the Capitol and the Gift to Iowa Ceremony.
Registration is open for spring Becoming and Outdoors Woman workshop, May 1-3, originating from Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center, south of Indianola.
The popular trout stream stocking season starts on March 30. Find a list of stocked trout streams on the DNR trout stream map or the Iowa trout streams webpage. All trout stream stocking events will be unannounced due to COVID-19 precautions.

After another inspiring performance at the 50th annual Bassmaster Classic—and an ever-expanding tournament stat-sheet that reads like a sports dynasty— the Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer™ has become, arguably, the hottest bass bait in the nation.
Officials in Denton County, Texas and the City of Lewisville have closed many public facilities and cancelled special events for eight weeks, including the Bassmaster Central Open at Lewisville Lake scheduled for April 9-11, prompting B.A.S.S. to reschedule the event for later this year.
FLW announced today that out of an abundance of caution and the uncertainty of venue availability amid rapidly evolving restrictions, the organization will reschedule all tournaments through April 5, except for the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on Lake Martin in Alexander City, Alabama, for which practice has already begun and extra precautions have been instituted.
- GEAR -
What makes the new Daiwa Tatula reel unique is that not only is it light but it designed to cast better with the implementation of Daiwa’s patented SV Spool and Airbreak technology, which is basically a dual casting system that works together to minimize backlashes and deliver improved casts through the integration of both magnetic braking and centrifugal braking systems.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Funding Public Land Access Projects In 2020
Enjoy those easy-to-see large flocks of turkeys feeding in the fields while you can. In the next few weeks, the winter flocks will break up, and where you saw them last weekend is not where they’ll be when spring turkey season opens in April.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, and state recommendations, we are cancelling upcoming classes, field days, workshops, and advanced hunter education offerings through April 30.
Spring turkey hunting success and safety comes down to the same thing – proper planning. Be aware of what’s around you, even on private property, there could be other hunters out there who are coming to your call.

The hunting of male mountain lions in northwestern Montana Hunting District 124, which includes portions of Sanders County, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
In the first of a multi-step plan to support marine dealers with their response to the coronavirus and ensuing economic challenges, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) has launched a webpage with resources for the industry to tap into.
Utilize UrgeMedia's partnership with Klear to Discover Niche & Micro-Influencers for your brand.
- JOBS -
Kinsey’s is seeking candidates for the position of CBD Tech Support and Logistics Coordinator, a full-time position at their Mount Joy, Pennsylvania offices.

Kinsey’s is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of Brand Sales Manager in their Mount Joy, Pennsylvania office.
Season 6 of DU Films travels from the marshes near Sacramento, Calif. to the flooded green timber of Arkansas capturing the stories behind the dedicated volunteers who are the foundation of Ducks Unlimited.
CrossBreed Holsters has updated their product listing to include fits to accommodate the new FN 503. The FN 503 is the company’s first single stack pistol designed as a compact, quick draw pistol with a 6 or 8-round magazine capacity.
DeSantis Gunhide introduces ten holsters fit for the FN 503 pistol. These include the #127 Inside Heat, #086 Mini Slide, #N38 Nemesis and more.

N8 Tactical announces their OT2 holster is available for the new FN 503 9mm single stack pistol.
- NEWS -
Everest has "soft launched" its outdoor retail outlet and is currently acquiring hundreds of sellers. The Everest 'community' offers outdoors enthusiasts their own on-line marketplace.
In response to updated guidance from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for public events, Idaho Fish and Game has canceled several events and limited access to facilities, such as hatcheries. Cancellations are limited to specific events and hunting and fishing seasons are unaffected.
In light of the Covid-19 and recommendations set forth by the CDC, the Iowa DNR is cancelling this weekend’s spring auction at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
The One-Boat Challenge, a four-part web series from Humminbird® and Minn Kota®, will debut its first episode on Thursday, March 19.
The Montana Wildlife Federation announces Frank Szollosi as its new Executive Director. Szollosi will assume the position in June.
Due to the criteria set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), recommending gatherings of no more than 50 people, the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation asks all chapters to reschedule any activities, banquets, youth events or secondary events
“The Bass Pro Shop Cabela’s Outdoor Fund helps us provide opportunity to our youth they may not experience in any other way. Further, by leveraging every dollar we receive, we can double or triple the amount invested in their experience,” says Craig Alderman of QUWF.
MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of "Brenda in Mongolia," a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.
The Springfield Armory Hellcat Micro-Compact 9mm featured in the May/June issue of American Handgunner boasts a 14-round capacity. American Handgunner online-only content includes a piece by Greg Moats, “Can Competition & Tactics Co-Exist?”
GSM Outdoors has announced that the company has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Eva Shockey, prominent author and spokesperson in the outdoor and hunting industry.
In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Mass Timber Summit, scheduled for April 20-21 in East Lansing, has been postponed.
Wyoming Game & Fish Department employees stationed at the Lander Regional Office are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are self-quarantining at the advice of medical personnel.
All Indiana DNR-managed facilities at J.E. Roush, Salamonie, Mississinewa, Cecil M. Harden, Cagles Mill (Lieber SRA), Patoka and Monroe lakes, including campgrounds, wildlife areas, boat ramps, nature centers, property offices, and other public facilities and services remain open at this time. 
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation headquarters in Oklahoma City and its field offices statewide will be closed to visitors beginning today (Wednesday, March 18) until further notice.
In accordance with guidelines for social distancing related to COVID-19 and to protect the public as well as staff, Fish, Wildlife & Park strongly encourages hunters and anglers to make licensing purchases online at
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) closed all Ohio State Park offices to public visitation at 5 p.m. on March 17 to protect the health of both visitors and staff.
This week, Shooting USA covers USPSA Nationals in Utah, specifically Limited and Carry Optics Divisions. And the CMP promotes marksmanship bringing hundreds of juniors to the firing lines at Camp Perry.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in conjunction with Iowa State University is monitoring the wild turkey population for the presence of Lymphoproliferative Disease (LPDV), and is asking for hunters who harvest a bird this spring to provide one lower leg to be tested.

Editor’s Note: Today, Archery Wire editor Michelle Scheuermann shares her perspective on the uncertain times. All of us who have small businesses will “get” what she’s saying.

We are in odd times, my friends, and we are all in different stages of dealing with this pandemic – some are still in denial, some are in all out-prepper mode, while others are being “optimistically cautious.” I like to think of myself somewhere between prepper-mode and optimistic. Hubs and I tried to buy ammo over the weekend as we target shoot at the local gun club on the weekends. We like to call it “guns and coffee” as I always make him stop at a coffee shop on the way home. Luckily, I own mostly .380’s and that stock was fine. But 9mm? Nope, not around. How exactly is ammo going to help us against COVID-19? And I’m wondering if I stocked up on enough other supplies. Heck, I even ordered freeze dried foods from a company who can’t deliver it until mid-April, and I ordered it two weeks ago. But I refuse to buy more than what I need for toilet paper. I could regret that decision.

But really, this is all surface-level stuff. The real thing that is scaring me is the fact I am an entrepreneur – a small business owner – and I support other entrepreneurs/small business owners. And folks, times like this are where you really learn how financially stable you are. It is not easy to listen to my clients share their struggles of shows & events being cancelled and the ever-present anxiety of “will I get paid?” because frankly, I’m wondering, too…

If 2019 was a year of expansion for you and your business, 2020 might be a year of contraction, which is completely fine. Your business is cyclical. Life is cyclical. What sets strong and smart business owners apart from others is answering the question, “What are you going to do with this time of contraction?” I’ll give you a tip – Netflix is not the answer.

I’ve already seen a local wine club who normally makes their money via in-person classes, share the news they are debuting new online classes and workshops. They wrote the news as if it was something they’ve been dabbling in for a bit, but now have put 100% of their efforts behind rolling the product out. Going online – or expanding your current online offerings – might be what gets you though this period. What else could you do as a business owner during this time to help expand you, or your business?

Here are a few things either I am doing personally, or helping my clients get together:

  • Creating a podcast (that’s me, actually, and my friend, Scott Leysath. It is called “Off the Record with Scott and Michelle,” not exactly sure when it will debut, but you’ll be the first to know!)
  • Rolling out e-books, or writing a book. It isn’t that difficult to get an e-book on Amazon Kindle.
  • Expanding your on-line offerings – maybe it’s a class or workshop series. There are plenty of online software platforms that make creating a class simple. Some are more expensive that others, but I’ve found they charge more for a reason. Consider
  • Expand your podcast, blog, online offering for your super-fans using Patreon. If you have more content to share and have super-fans, consider starting a Patreon platform, which allows your fans to pay a monthly fee (as low as $1 if you wish) to gain more insider knowledge from you. My friend Mark Strand started his Patreon site just recently and is already seeing the benefits.
  • Start a “Things to Read” folder in your inbox – I have this and every so often, I’ll dedicate the time (usually early mornings) to go in and actually READ those blogs, watch those webinars we all sign up for and don’t tune into, and listen to podcasts. Early mornings are best for me as it is when I am the sharpest and will more than likely pay the most attention to what I’m consuming.
  • Read. More. Books. Honestly, you have no excuses now. What I am currently reading: Small Giants by Bo Burlingham – about companies that choose to be great, instead of big (I mean, can you get any more timely on reading this book?!); A Man and His Mountain – the everyman who created Kendall-Jackson and became America’s greatest wine entrepreneur – by Edward Humes. The House of Mondovi – the rise and fall of an American wine dynasty – by Julia Flynn Siler. This is actually the third book I have read on the Mondovi family and their businesses. I simply can’t get enough of trying to figure out if Robert Mondovi was a genius, or a self-centered brat. Probably both – as most geniuses are.

As always, thank you for reading and subscribing to the Archery Wire. If there is any way I can help your business during this time of contraction, don’t hesitate to reach out.

-Michelle Scheuermann 

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