FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020

Federal Judge Declines Ruling, Sets Briefing Schedule in 2AF v New Jersey
Federal District Judge Michael A. Shipp met with both sides in the Second Amendment Foundation’s lawsuit challenging New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s order shutting down firearms dealers in the Garden State. In Kashinsky v. Murphy, the SAF is joined by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society in alleging violation of "civil rights under color of law” by shutting down firearms dealerships, preventing citizens and businesses from exercising their rights under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments. The Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb tells The Outdoor Wire Digital Network that Judge Shipp has set Friday, April 3 as the date for the state’s opposition brief to the suit with the SAF/NJSAS response four days later, Tuesday, April 4.
The trio of events will now take place in August, beginning the with the Wisconsin Expo in Madison, Aug. 7-9, followed by the Michigan Expo in Lansing, August 14-16 and concluding with the Ohio Expo in Columbus, Aug. 28-30.
The National Archery in the Schools Program has reserved the Daytona Beach Ocean Center and specific areas of the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort for the week of June 8 -13, 2020 for their Open Championship Tournament. Due to the cancellation of both the Western and Eastern National Tournaments, NASP® is now considering various contingencies to utilize the reserved June locations for conducting the 2020 National Tournament.

Due to continued recommendations from health officials to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will be canceling the remainder of its upcoming public events and seminars until further notice.
The Master Walleye Circuit’s event on the Illinois River was originally planned to start the thirty-sixth season of the famed tournament circuit, but now will wrap up this year’s events in October.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces the acceptance of more than 3.4 million acres into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through the general signup which ended on February 28
With thousands of students and families impacted by COVID-19, Wildlife Forever and their team of host organizations have extended the State-Fish Art Contest deadline to April 30, 2020.

With Hi Mountain Seasonings Jerky, Sausage and Snackin’ Stick kits you can make your own nutritionally balanced, high-protein snack at a fraction of the cost of store-bought jerky, and you will have fun doing it.
The Indiana DNR is striving to ensure the safety of the public and staff. As stocking trucks are on the road and stocking fish, please remember to practice social distancing.
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Irish Setter adds more snake boots to its expanding collection for men and women. All Irish Setter snake boots feature SnakeGuard protection, which impedes fangs and thorns from penetrating the boot upper.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that the deadline to apply for deer and elk licenses for nonresidents and deer and elk permits for everyone is April 1.

Otis Technology has partnered with Saint Lawrence Spirits to make, bottle and distribute hand sanitizer to first responders in desperate need during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Otis Technology began using its facilities – that normally manufacture firearms maintenance equipment for military, law enforcement and non sworn citizens – to immediately begin manufacturing personal protective equipment.
Radians, a top-tier manufacturer of PPE and quality safety eyewear and hearing protection for shooters and hunters, donated over 14,000 N95 masks to its hometown Memphis.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers SCOPE data platform reports a 168% spike in ammunition shipments for the week ending March 14. COVID-19 continues to drive firearms salesl, while optics fell below the three-year average (3YR AVG).
Leading up to its 100th anniversary in March 2021, Shimano Inc., the Sakai City, Japan-based parent company for Shimano North American Fishing, Inc., has activated a special teaser web site - - to commemorate the dreams of company founder Shozaburo Shimano and the products and technology it has brought to recreational fishing.

Due to the New York state decision to shutter non-essential businesses as part of the COVID-19 response plan, Kimber Mfg. Inc. has stopped production at its New York facilities. Production continues at Kimber’s new, state-of-the-art Troy, Alabama manufacturing facility.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced its intent to remain closed until April 14, dependent on various states’ stay-in-place orders and the readiness of facilities to return to production.
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Southwick Associates seeks a knowledgeable and experienced data scientist and research analyst.
A First Judicial District Court judge has ordered the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to turn over the names and addresses of all successful big-game applicants for the years 2015 through April 23, 2019 to Los Alamos County resident James Whitehead.

West Virginia SB 96 that expands the state's firearms preemption statute to include "deadly weapons," including knives, has been signed by Governor Jim Justice. The new law goes into takes effect on May 31, 2020.
The Second Amendment Foundation today filed an amended complaint in its federal lawsuit against New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and State Police Supt. Patrick Callahan, adding several plaintiffs asserting violation of civil rights under color of law by shutting down firearms dealerships in the Garden State.
MTM announced availability of the Side-Slide Pistol Ammo Box. It holds up to 50 rounds of pistol ammunition and features a slide-top lid for easy access.
Primos Hunting and Mossy Oak, the Official Camo of Conservation, have announced the launch of the Foggy Bottom Turkey Call Collection Mossy Oak Bottomland. The Foggy Bottom Collection consists of a box call, two pot calls, and a tube call.

Catch a new episode of Fishing & Hunting Texas on Outdoor Action TV to learn all about fishing during the pre-spawn. You know you’ve been cooped up all winter long and the fish have been cold too.
Outdoor Sportsman Group’s global, subscription-based, streaming service MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) announced today it is offering an extended 30-day period of free service when consumers subscribe using the promo code STAYHOME between now and April 15, 2020.
Media Lodge is offering its partners the opportunity to showcase their products through digital media campaigns and original video productions reaching firearms and hunting enthusiasts during the ‘stay-at-home’ crisis. It’s a good time for it, as a large percentage of the surge in gun and ammo sales are apparently to first time gun owners.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation expresses sincere appreciation for four stalwarts who recently completed honorable service on its board of directors and welcomes four new members taking their place.
The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) has awarded the annual David Risberg Memorial Grants.
National Deer Alliance (NDA) president and CEO Nick Pinizzotto recently discussed the social science behind chronic wasting disease (CWD) management at two national wildlife management conferences in Auburn, Alabama on February 24, and in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 12.
The RFA has been in contact with Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police who also serves as State Director of Emergency Management,seeking a waver for recreational fishing related businesses from emergency closure orders.
Brian Murphy has resigned his position as CEO of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) effective immediately. On March 3, Murphy announced his intention to transition from CEO to a part-time role after 23 years with the organization to travel and spend more time with his family. The search for his replacement is already underway.
This week, it’s training talk, what to do if you're buying a gun right now, the legal fights in cities and states against the Second Amendment, and more, on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK Radio.
Hoppe’s, along with Champion Traps & Targets, announced that both brands have partnered with the Scholastic Action Shooting Program for 2020. Serving as Platinum level sponsors, the brands have pledged their commitment to helping SASP continue with the recruitment of the next generation of competitive shooters.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department and Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry know that during these challenging times, everyone wants to get outside and recharge. One challenge we all face right now is how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly during this civil state of emergency.
Permits for personal firewood cutting will be free to the general public effective immediately through June 1, 2020, on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Please contact your nearest District Office at the number listed below to obtain a permit.
The state’s fishing industry is still reeling from the flood of 2019 that severely limited the availability of product, especially in the oyster and shrimp industries, and now is being affected by the national emergency.
While offices are closed to the public, all wildlife management areas, fishing lakes and shooting ranges of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, along with all Oklahoma State Parks day-use and RV/tent camping areas, remain open for public use at this time.
After Pennsylvania and multiple other states has allowed federally licensed firearms stores to remain open as an essential business, Ohio Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths are calling upon Governor Murphy to do the same.
In response to the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, permits for open burning will be suspended across the state.
In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has determined that charter and fishing guide operations that involve boats, canoes and other marine vessels are not currently permitted.
Despite the absence of a March meeting and an online-only meeting anticipated in April, AGFC staff have moved forward with a public comment survey to gather public input on changes needed for the 2020-21 hunting season.
During this time, division offices are operating with limited personnel, but staff will continue to transact fishing license sales, to the extent possible, over the phone or by mail.
Fishing and outdoors enjoyment are still encouraged, but the governor asks Oregonians to maintain appropriate distances and seek recreation close to home.
The Farragut Public Shooting Range and Blacks Creek Range will be closed March 27 through April 15 in accordance with Governor Brad Little's statewide stay-at-home order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This week on MOJO TV, Terry loads up in the MOJO truck and heads to the Brite Ranch hoping to take down a mule deer and maybe even a bonus Aoudad. Joining Terry is long time friend, Joe Beal.
This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from The Next Bite, Chasin’ The Sun, Seasons on The Fly, The Fish Guyz and more.
Outdoor Channel has secured some of the most popular movies that hit the big screen so get the jerky-flavored popcorn out for Saturday Night Movies on Outdoor Channel beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
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), Michigan will be extending the deadline for otter registration at DNR field offices.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently awarded the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) nearly $9 million in land conservation grants authorized by Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act to apply toward the purchase of two land tracts totaling 4,911 acres of critical Red Hills salamander (RHS) habitat in Monroe County, Alabama.
NASP is monitoring updates on the coronavirus disease and its potential impact on any future event that could be held in 2020. Due to the cancellation of both the Western and Eastern National Tournaments, NASP is now considering various contingencies to utilize the reserved June locations for conducting the 2020 National Tournament.

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was submitted to us by Texas A&M University.

Copper-based foil adhesive will be tested for effectiveness against COVID-19

Copper Clean stickers are first being deployed at West Texas A&M University, but will soon be offered to school districts across the state. They’re as simple as peel (top) and stick (below) Photos with permission.

CANYON, Texas — Biological warfare technology born at West Texas A&M University to protect soldiers from anthrax has been readapted and deployed across campus to protect door handles from viruses and bacteria.

Doors across West Texas A&M University soon will receive Copper Clean stickers over handles and push plates. The stickers — basically a highly engineered copper-alloy foil with an adhesive backing — are the newest product developed by Engineering Dean Emily Hunt and a group of ambitious graduate engineering students working to commercialize patents they have obtained for West Texas A&M University and The Texas A&M University System.

Along with standard infection control practices, these stickers will help alleviate the microbial burden on these high-touch surfaces across campus.

“The stickers are made with a copper-alloy that has been proven to kill 99.9 of harmful pathogens, like MSRA, Staph. auerus and E. coli within two hours,” Hunt said. Soon, they will be tested against other pathogens, including COVID-19.

See a video about Copper Clean adhesives here:

“Sometimes a complex problem requires a common sense solution,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M System. “Dr. Hunt and her team deserve a lot of credit for doing their part to address the biggest problem facing the world today.”

Copper is one of the oldest known antimicrobials. Applying it to high-touch surfaces was a challenge Hunt and her materials science engineering students first took on in 2016.

“We recognized way back then that there are many surfaces in the world that our hands share with others,” Hunt said. “These areas, which we call ‘high-touch,’ are very susceptible to picking up, harboring and transferring microorganisms among people.”

Hunt, a Canyon native, began her research into antimicrobial materials in 2009 when she was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation to pursue her ideas to protect soldiers and civilians from biological weapons of mass destruction.

The Department of Defense adopted Hunt’s ideas for use in military gas masks. Then she and her team worked to convert the military technology into commercial and consumer applications.

They formed Buffalo Technology Group, a Texas limited partnership whose stakeholders include West Texas A&M University, The Texas A&M University System and Frontier Capital Group, a private equity firm. Buffalo Technology Group has successfully patented and sold several products already, including MIC-Guard, a ceramic-metallic powder used in various coatings, linings and molded products in several industrial applications to inhibit iron-eating microorganisms and biofouling.

Copper Clean stickers are made at an EPA-approved, American manufacturer, Hunt said. The first batch arrive just this week. West Texas A&M University will be the first customer, but Hunt said Buffalo Technology Group is already talking to school districts across the state who are interested.

“At a time when the whole world is more cognizant than they have ever been about the prevalence and danger of harmful microorganisms, my hope for these patches is that they are implemented in areas were large quantities of healthy, sick and immunocompromised individuals share high-touch surfaces,” Hunt said.

The stickers are for sale for $24.50 at Proceeds from their sales will go back into funding more research on campus.

About The Texas A&M University System

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation with a budget of $6.3 billion. The System is a statewide network of 11 universities; a comprehensive health science center; eight state agencies, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management; and the RELLIS Campus. The Texas A&M System educates more than 151,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $1 billion in FY 2019 and helped drive the state’s economy.

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