FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020

Nosler announces the addition of 6mm Creedmoor, 115 grain RDF, to the Nosler Match Grade Ammunition line.
SCDNR continues to monitor COVID-19. In accordance with directives issued by Gov. Henry McMaster, the Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, SCDNR has canceled, postponed or closed several programs and events.
NMMA will be hosting a virtual American Boating Congress on May 13, where they will provide more information on how the association is pursuing these outreach and advocacy efforts, particularly as this COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain businesses across the country and threaten the broader economy.

Authorities at Lake Mead National Park have cancelled all tournament permits through May 31, 2020 amid concerns over the Coronavirus, prompting B.A.S.S. to postpone the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional at Lake Mead scheduled to take place in Henderson, Nev., April 29-May 1.
The Nebraska Big Game Society Dinner and Auction, where a bull elk tag and a multispecies combination permit will be auctioned off, has been rescheduled for June 4.
As more restrictions have unfolded this week, Concerns of Police Survivors was one of several organizations to cancel their public event in Washington, D.C., in May for National Police Week.
Team Vihtavouri member, Evil Roy (Gene Pearcy), recently brought home two national titles from the 2020 Winter Range SASS National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting in Phoenix, AZ.

Mossy Oak Fishing congratulates professional angler, Ott DeFoe on winning the 2020 Bass Pro Tour General Tire Stage Three Championship.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, in cooperation with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, voted during a specially called meeting Thursday to waive all fishing license and trout permit requirements for residents and nonresidents starting this weekend at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21 through 11:59 p.m Sunday, March 29.
Public access opportunities for hunting and fishing on private lands will be expanded thanks to a grant awarded to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The $3 million grant was awarded through the 2020 Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP).
The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission will open the statewide wild turkey season April 11 through May 9, preceded by a youth-only turkey season from April 4 through April 10.

Indiana youth hunters (under age 18 on the day of the hunt) may register for reserved turkey hunts from now until March 27.
Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 15 years when they took 389,431 deer during the state’s 2019-20 hunting seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported today.
Montana Outdoor Group, a private investor group, acquired Montana Rifle Company in early 2019, has announced its immediate closure pending fiscal restructuring.
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, recently provided a new 2020 Yamaha Wolverine X4 XT-R Edition Side-by-Side (SxS) to the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation (NSWFF) for auction at their annual fundraiser near San Diego, California.

Military Products, Inc., the parent company of the TAC SHIELD brand, is excited to announce their new distribution partnership with Sports South
Media Lodge’s “What’s Hot in Freedom” initiative helps companies stay in front of customers. It will use the Media Lodge network access to ensure new product announcements get out.
To support local restaurants and first responders, CMMG will be providing lunch between 12:30pm – 1:30pm Central time, to all Boonville, Missouri first responders for the next two weeks.


Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings, has bought Field & Stream locations in Crescent Springs, Kentucky, and Kalamazoo, Michigan, from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Pure Archery Group announces the addition of Dave Parker to the executive team as Vice President of Product Marketing.
NMMA remains committed to helping the entire industry navigate the rapidly developing situation and is proactively engaging the Trump administration and Congress to provide relief to American businesses.
The Millennium Marine Spyderlok Rod Tree allows you to run three rods on either side of the boat perfectly spaced in a precise pattern for optimum coverage.
The new Gamakatsu® Treble Stinger Rig is pre-tied on two inches of low-visibility 16-pound test fluorocarbon, which is stiff enough to keep it from tangling with the lure above.

The STR-I Compact is available with a 13-round magazine and a 10-round magazine for those that live in capacity-restrictive states. The Stoeger STR-9 Compact will be available at dealers and retailers in May.
Effective immediately and until further notice, access to all GARFO buildings is restricted to employees, and to visitors and deliveries that are deemed essential to our mission.
TUF Line, the American fishing line brand owned and operated by O. Mustad & Son, has launched a new, updated website for its global customers as well as an updated logo.
Catch a new episode of Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook on Outdoor Action TV to learn all the best fishing secrets from the Pros.
In the early stages of the company’s growth, Bill Jordan, Realtree founder, realized he needed to promote the brand himself to be successful. One of the architects of those successful strategies, David Blanton, is on the “It’s Federal Season” podcast hotseat for this entertaining episode.
During the effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Alabama State Parks Naturalists want to help alleviate stress and anxiety and add some fun to those that may not be able to visit one of our 21 Alabama State Parks. State Parks Naturalists will host Virtual Naturalist programming via Facebook pages at five parks - Oak Mountain, Lake Guntersville, Gulf, DeSoto and Cheaha.
As the largest provider of environmental educational programming in the United States, the National Wildlife Federation is working hard to help families and caregivers across the country provide meaningful educational opportunities and safe outdoor experiences for children during these incredibly difficult times.
This week, Outdoors Radio features sporting artist Bob White, Remy Battery president Mike Moeller and pro angler Duffy Kopf.
Tune in to this week’s Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio show with host Rob Keck to meet Lowell Baier, one of America’s preeminent experts on environmental law.
It’s a gun restoration expert who’s ready to answer old gun questions, the upcoming Presidential election, a new concealed carry manual, confronting Joe Biden, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK Radio.
Although the public contact areas (restroom buildings, shooting ranges, visitor centers) at many DNR-managed facilities are temporarily closed, people are still welcome to enjoy the public outdoor areas at state parks and recreation areas, state game and wildlife areas, state forests, state trails and, of course, our lakes, rivers and streams.
Bonnier Corp. has partnered with several leading manufacturers to produce Outdoor Life licensed apparel and lifestyle products. Bonnier plans to showcase the products at the June 2020 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, Colorado.
MidwayUSA announces the addition of Humminbird to its extensive line of fishing brands.
While the nation goes all out with support to local businesses that are feeling the economic brunt of COVID-19, Shimano has ramped up its efforts to support local tackle shops through its connection with
Oklahoma Tourism Information Centers are temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, although exterior restrooms at the Blackwell (Interstate 35), Sallisaw (Interstate 40) and Erick (Interstate 40) centers will remain open for travelers.
In a proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has temporarily closed public access to its Lincoln headquarters until further notice.
Amid concerns over COVID-19, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has put in place a contingency online-only Hunter Education certification option for the well-being of students, volunteer instructors and all Vermonters.
Keep Florida Fishing (KFF), an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), today thanked the Florida legislature for passing the FY 2020-2021 budget and multiple bills related to water quality and fisheries habitat that are now headed to Governor DeSantis’ desk for signature.
In accordance with Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health’s recommendations, Indiana DNR has closed field, hatchery and fish & wildlife area (FWA) offices to the public.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will waive all fishing license and trout permit requirements for residents and nonresidents starting this weekend at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21 through 11:59 p.m Sunday, March 29.
This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from Scott Martin Challenge, Addictive Fishing, Jimmy Houston Outdoors, Silver Kings and more.
Prior to last week’s closure of the U.S. Capitol, and led by the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA), Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) joined a broad coalition of groups to advocate on behalf of the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway to establish an individual allocation for dredging maintenance, address navigational needs, and to help grow recognition of the waterway’s economic impact on America’s $427.2 billion outdoor recreation economy.
While the CSF offices in Washington remain closed through March 27, the CSF continues its efforts to make a positive impact for America’s sportsmen’s community through these challenging times.
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced the disbursement of nearly $1 billion in funds generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment and boat fuel to all 50 states and U.S. territories by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have completed surveys in northeast Vermont to identify areas used by white-tailed deer during winter. The results, expected later this year, will inform habitat management on state and federal lands, as well as population objectives for deer.

Editor’s Note: Panic buying of everything from toilet paper to guns, is apparently on across the country. As we watch the people who have no idea what either “be prepared” or “temper parts” mean, our Tiger McKee offers a look at the fact that when the situation goes critical, you’ve missed the boat for preparation.

So, things are getting wonky. It’s turned into one of those times that checks your preparedness. And, things may get worse, or so “they” say. If you’re a reader of the Wire, chances are you’ve been prepared for hard times. In other words, there's no reason to panic. If you’re not prepped for this type of situation, now is not the time to start runnin’ ‘round trying to snatch up toilet paper, chips and ammo.

Nobody can tell you what the current situation – which is changing drastically every few hours – will lead to in the future. Some of the things that are taking place, the changes occurring will likely become permanent fixtures of our society. Eventually, we are assured matters will get back get back to normal. Just remember that “normal” is a subjective term.

Being prepared doesn’t mean stockpiling weapons and digging a hole to live in. “Prepared” does mean you, the family and community – which differs according to where you live – are ready for the “usual suspects.” In northern Alabama this usually means weather problems. We’re unlikely to see civil unrest; in urban areas this is a definite concern. Regardless of where you live being ready for medical emergencies, minor to major, is mandatory.

Ready means when trouble comes you have everything necessary to handle the situation. It’s like concealed carry; what you have on you right now is what you have to solve the problem. For example, there’s a run on ammo now – it’s scarce. And yes, you need ammo for defense. But people, you don’t need to rush out trying to buy hundreds/thousands of rounds of ammo. We’re talking self-defense, not the zombie ‘pockyclipse.

You need enough food, medicines and other possibles to last a few weeks. If things get really bad these things will be in limited supply, and standing in a line to get issued your “daily” rations is not something you want to participate in. Look at your family’s needs – realistically – and determine what’s required. During troubled situations isn’t the time to over-buy. That just makes it difficult for others to fill their needs. Then, after things settle down, start stocking up slowing, building up your reserves. And, each time is a learning process. You’re honing your preparedness for the next time.

Remember, the “lone wolf” scenario is fantasy. Nobody makes it alone. Get with the people around you – family, friends and community – to determine the best way to handle the current situation, and a plan in case conditions get worse. Pooling resources, both hardware and software are a great idea and makes it easier to face hard times.

In a fight, the only thing you can control is what you do, and the speed it’s done. This situation is no different. Like everything else, this is just problem solving. And remember, you can’t be prepared for everything, but you can be ready for almost anything.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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