North Equity announces the acquisition of a number of media brands from Bonnier Corporation. The acquisition includes Popular Science, Popular Photography, Saveur, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Better You and Interesting Things.
Federal ammunition adds the new Fusion 10mm Auto load to its popular handgun hunting ammunition lineup. It uses a 200-grain bullet and 1200 fps muzzle velocity to take full advantage of the 10mm Auto cartridge for more energy and terminal performance.
With a fifth storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season bearing down the Gulf Coast, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) can help boaters prepare for Hurricane Delta with no-cost tools, tips and downloadable information at
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has announced the cancellation of the Oklahoma CMP HP Rifle & CMP Games Matches due to considerations brought on by the COVID-19 virus.


Competition shooting phenom, KC Eusebio, earned a remarkable seventh Open Overall World Speed Shooting Championship title at Talladega Marksmanship Park on September 27.

Team Beretta shooters recently achieved 13 podium finishes in 7 different events during the 2020 Western Regional Championship hosted at Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas, NV.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the St. Johns River Water Management District have completed a series of management actions designed to enhance fish and wildlife habitat and improve public access at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area - 3 in Lake County.
More than 3,700 people from throughout the United States and other countries will attend Rally 2020: The National Land Conservation Conference, which began Tuesday and continues through Oct. 8.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Marine Resources Division (MRD) will open limited areas of public oyster bottoms for weekday harvest beginning on Monday, October 12, 2020, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at six of the 18 community trout stocking locations across Iowa as part of its cool weather trout program.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently confirmed that zebra mussels are in Black Hawk Lake.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has extended the relaxed fishing regulations at Spring Lake at Koser Spring Lake Park until Oct. 26.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has relaxed the fishing regulations at Lake Ahquabi and Hooper Lake in Warren County to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lakes are drained in mid-summer 2021.

Boater Shane Powell of Dothan, Alabama brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 38 pounds, 15 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Bulldog Division Super-Tournament at Lake Eufaula.
Boater John Pilcher of Kansas, Oklahoma, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 32 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Okie Division Super-Tournament at Grand Lake.
The 2020 Toyota Series Plains Division will continue with a tournament this weekend in Osage Beach, Missouri, with the Toyota Series at Lake of the Ozarks.
Competitive walleye anglers will converge at Huron, Ohio, October 14-16, for the championship event of the 2020 National Walleye Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s.

Guidefitter, the leading network for outdoor industry professionals, enterprise influencer marketing platform, and marketplace for outdoor brands, today reported company partnerships totaling more than 200 category-leading brands.
Action Target Inc. partners with CoverSix, the leading manufacturer of modular structures, to launch ARCAS, a new line of modular shooting ranges.
Celerant Technology announced that the company contributed approximately half of data in support of SCOPE CLX, a data-sharing program for FFL dealers. As a preferred point of sale vendor for NASGW, firearm retailers can participate in SCOPE CLX through Celerant’s point of sale solution- enabling them to share retail data, and obtain valuable analytics in return.
Harvest Home Films LLC has teamed with Simon Swart, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to create a film that delivers a strong and proper message about hunting and the outdoors.

Chattanooga announced the new line of Weaver Classic Series Riflescopes. The Classic Series comes in six configurations; a hand gun scope, a rimfire scope, and four rimfire scopes.
Everest announced the addition of MidwayUSA Foundation to its philanthropic program, Everest Gives Back. Everest Gives Back is a multi-faceted program that provides charitable contributions to several well-known conservation and veteran non-profit groups.
Under Henry Repeating Arms’ charitable “Guns For Great Causes” banner, company President and owner Anthony Imperato is donating a series of 65 custom “Prayers For Preslie” edition rifles to raise funds for the family of a 3-year-old Michigan girl battling leukemia.
Bangers LP, a leading shooting sports wholesaler, announces the recent distribution partnership with world renowned firearms manufacturer Steyr Arms.

MidwayUSA announces the release of "The Walrus Experience", a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.
The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative’s (NBCI) Fire Up Your Beef Production – A Ranchers’ Perspective of Prescribed Burning for Range Management is one of 23 videos/documentaries from nine countries accepted for a virtual fire ecology film festival that runs now through October 20.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is "substantively rewriting federal criminal law with its Final Rule on bump stock-type devices," concluded the New Civil Liberties Alliance in two recent court filings against the ATF in lawsuits originally filed in Texas and Utah.
SB Tactical, with the Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition, Inc. and the NRA, stands with Q, LLC. regarding the recent ATF classification of the Honey Badger pistol as an SBR. This classification is based on a seemingly arbitrary set of criteria and promises to create unnecessary confusion and anxiety amongst millions of legal gun owners and the industry as a whole.

For 2021, Mathews introduces the new TRX 34 and TRX 38 Gen 2 to complete the TRX line of world-class target bows.
New for 2020, Northland’s Butterfly Blade Harness has instantly become one of the deadliest spinner rigs for walleyes and other nightcrawler guzzlers, like bass, perch and outsized panfish.
The Badlands Huron Upland Jacket and Pant are the first apparel set specifically designed to meet the needs of the pheasant, grouse and dove hunter.
Primary Arms Online introduced Expo Arms, a new brand of US-made AR15 parts and accessories. Expo Arms provides a comprehensive collection of AR15 components, ranging from barrels to handguards, receivers, and more.
On a new episode of Dear Gear TV, we get an inside look at two Performance Center handguns; the 460XVR and the 629 .44 Magnum Hunter as host Wade Middleton takes them out for an early spring hunt.
Savage Arms announced a new multimedia project: Savage Journeys. Savage's team is joining hunters across the country to chronicle the unexpected twists that can make hunting feel like such a Savage Journey.
TFL, a well-known YouTube off-road talk show reached out to QuietKat to take a deeper dive into the performance and components which make up the Jeep e-Bike
Birders can enjoy two events on the same weekend, October Big Day and Global Birding Weekend. With the Global Birding Weekend, the international organization "Global Birding" calls on people all over the world to explore native birds in their environment on October 17-18. Together with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology ZEISS offers select awards for participation in October Big Day. Every participant submitting five eligible checklists on eBird on October 17 will have the chance to win one of two Victory SF 32 binoculars, the high-performance binoculars designed especially for ambitious birders.
NSSF announced that Federal, CCI and Speer Ammunition, leading firearm ammunition manufacturers part of Vista Outdoor, have contributed $100,000 to NSSF’s #GUNVOTE voter registration, education and mobilization campaign.
Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced Tuesday that Darin Blunck, DU’s Director of Conservation Programs, has been named DU's new chief financial officer beginning immediately.
“We need your help,” DWR Lt. Chad Bettridge said. “Please keep your eyes and ears open and report suspicious activity to us. Working together, we can enforce wildlife laws and keep our recreating public safe.”
12 Survivors partnered with to offer an elite survival gear package, with free shipping, to Everest Caliber members at nearly a $100 discount.
As the longest-running program of its kind in the U.S., the OREHP program has historically taught many lessons in how to properly raise hatchery fish at a mass level and has helped species like the White Sea Bass to rebound and recover.
Here's a Q-and-A on why the state of Missouri does not allow "noodling", a hand-fishing tactic which is legal in many southeastern states.
The Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife recently received this year’s Indiana Excellence in GIS award for state and federal projects from the Indiana Geographic Information Council.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be completing several infrastructure improvement projects on Snake Mountain WMA, Dead Creek WMA, Little Otter Creek WMA, and Lewis Creek WMA in the Champlain Valley from October through mid-December.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will use mass timber – an innovative technology to build large buildings from wood – to construct a $5 million facility in Newberry.
With fall temperatures falling, bear activity is increasing, and biologists with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are reminding people to protect themselves and bears by following the six BearWise® Basics to reduce potential conflicts.
Platte River State Park’s Lincoln Journal Star Observation Tower will reopen to the public October 9. The tower had been closed since September 17 so it could be painted.
Shooting USA is there as the International Defensive Pistol Association holds their World Championships and it is truly an international gathering of competitors at the CMP Talladega Park ranges.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a free virtual workshop to teach skills needed to trap furbearers in Iowa.
The Vermont Warden Service is hosting a deer butchering workshop on Saturday, October 17, at the Rutland District Fish and Wildlife Office in Rutland City, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

With the breakup of Remington Outdoor, several brands that had been captured under a single, albeit flawed, banner now find themselves, and their employees, under the auspices of new ownership. Safe to say, another period of uncertainty that can be downright trying for most.

Others will find the changes not only welcome, but relieving.

After all, going to a new company, even if you’re not certain what the future brings, is certainly simpler if you no longer have to worry about crushing debt, corporate intrigue, or the chance your new owner will just decide to close the doors, liquidate the equipment and take the tax write-off.

I’ve written about several of the groups that have acquired units of Remington, and how they have big plans to advance the brands: Vista Outdoor has no plan to change their newest ammunition manufacturing acquisition in Arkansas, Roundhill plans to move itself into Remington’s old Ilion, New York, facilities and get back into business ASAP, and Ruger is making plans to welcome Marlin into its existing facilities, where it will remain a separate brand. No homogenization planned.

Of all those acquisitions potentially headed for brighter futures, none seems more custom-fitted than the Clarus Corporation’s acquisition of Barnes Bullets.

Already the owner of Sierra Bullets, Clarus’ acquisition fits into the company’s “innovate and accelerate” growth strategy.

It makes even more sense when you realize both companies have avid, and in some cases, near-rabid consumer bases.

Owning a pair of successful companies with an extensive line of premium products (many of which are also staples in other successful companies’ ammunition) makes great sense. Growing market share generally comes down to one of two actions: innovating or acquiring new opportunities.

Clarus’ acquisition of Barnes, long known for their innovation in premium solid copper hunting bullets, brings market share and innovation in a single acquisition.

Both are long-established brands. Sierra began in Missouri in 1947. Barnes began in founder Fred Barnes’ basement workshop in Bayfield, Colorado in 1932. Since those beginnings, both have grown into established companies with premium offerings in everything from home defense to dangerous game hunting.

Both have followings Sierra Bullets President Keith Enlow describes as “Super Fans.” And for a longtime industry executive like Enlow, it’s an opportunity like few others.

“I’m so excited,” he told me, “and so blessed to be allowed to lead these two great brands.”

Although he’s relocating to Sedalia, Missouri, Sierra’s longtime home, Enlow is very enthused at the idea of splitting his time between Sedalia and the 75,000 square foot facility that’s been Barnes’ home in Mona, Utah, since 2008.

More than anything else, he says, there’s one thing that excites him in both places: the people.

“The teams are amazing,” he says -repeatedly during our conversation, “I’m excited because we’ll be helping honor the people of Barnes and what they’ve accomplished over the years by helping them continue to grow their brand.”

While he’s quick to acknowledge all the accomplishments made by both companies throughout their histories, he’s even more excited at what they have the potential to accomplish under Clarus’ ownership.

“There’s no looking back in the rear-view mirror,” he says, “we’re all looking at moving forward, and part of that forward momentum is the fact Barnes is staying here, in Mona. The people who have made Barnes successful are still here, and we’re excited that this is the best solution for the business- and the people.”

“When I spoke with the leadership team here, I asked each one of them what they thought was the single thing that had made them so successful,” he said, “they all told me the same thing: the people.”

“It’s the same at Sierra,” he confides, “the people in Sedalia are equally proud of their company, their products and what they’ve done to this point.”

“I’m a lucky guy,” he says, “I have a pair of ‘best of” companies to focus on and grow.”

If Enlow has one concern, it’s that the Barnes “Super Fans” think there are big changes coming for their brand.

There aren’t he assured me. “We want to let the industry and Barnes’ consumers know we are dedicated to ensuring the quality of Barnes products, and understand the importance of continuity.”

“Our plan,” he says, “is to invest in and grow the Barnes Brand as a category leader in premium bullets, right here in Utah.”

If you’re one of the many Western big game hunters, shooters, or handloaders who are part of Barnes’ Super Fan base, that’s the kind of news they’ve been hoping to hear.

— Jim Shepherd

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