In keeping with the federal holiday observed on Monday, October 12, we will not be publishing any of our wires. We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, October 13.
With concern for the safety and health of its members, partners and the public, the National Wild Turkey Federation announces its 45th annual Convention and Sport Show will be held virtually in February, 2021.
Athlon Optics' newest spotting scope, the Argos 20-60x85, received Outdoor Life’s “Great Buy” award for 2020.
Daniel Defense congratulates Daniel McLeroy, DD Product Design Director, on his first place finish in the Production Division at the Gap Grind PRS event in Finger, TN. Daniel defeated 258 other shooters by using the recently introduced DELTA 5 PRO, a product he also happened to design for Daniel Defense.
Bushnell and Hoppe’s congratulate Jessie Harrison on a winning weekend of competitive shooting at the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championship and the Georgia State USPSA Championship. Harrison shot her way to top honors with multiple Bushnell red dots including the recently released RXS-250.

The American Legion is currently holding its 31st Junior Three-Position Air Rifle Tournament, which provides sporter and precision competitors an opportunity to test their marksmanship ability in competition with other junior competitors throughout the nation.
Bushnell congratulates KC Eusebio on his record-setting performance at the World Speed Shooting Championship. Eusebio also became the first competitive shooter to win a championship with Bushnell’s new RXS-250 red dot.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine joined the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and Ducks Unlimited Thursday to announce the development of a new H2Ohio wetlands project in Wyandot County.
Yamaha Rightwaters helped secure a new F200 four-stroke outboard for AquaTech Eco Consultants. The organization uses the outboard to power its 24-foot Carolina Skiff® during habitat restoration projects along the coasts of Florida.

Harris Global Marketing & Communications announces Safe House and the RANE Network partner for a public safety awareness event, the “Re-imagining Public Safety in America” e-Summit.
Join USA Shooting in celebrating 10.9 Day by participating in an online match today (Friday October 9, 2020). Entry is free, but donations will be accepted at with all 10.9 proceeds supporting our junior athletes.
Utilizing the new AXG (Alloy XSERIES Grip) metal grip module as a foundation, and a carefully selected set of premium options and performance upgrades, SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the SIG Custom Works P320 AXG Scorpion Pistol.
At its October meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved new hook requirements in Atlantic state waters that are intended to improve reef fish catch-and-release survival rates and continue to encourage the use of best fishing practices.

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Bloodsport's Night Fury and Night Fury Extreme models lead the field in design quality, performance and reliability.
Youth hunters can choose from several dates and locations, and parties with at least one youth will be given priority in the draw at all these managed waterfowl hunt areas.
Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Oct. 8 advanced new rules for 2021 Legislative approval including a limit on the number of reduced-price deer and elk tags available for nonresident disabled American veterans.
Utah hunters are once again being asked to bring their harvested deer to various stations across the state so Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists can test the animals for chronic wasting disease.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering a CWD hotline where hunters with questions about where CWD is, what special rules apply in those places, how to handle deer they harvest in Disease Management Areas (DMAs) and more can quickly and easily get information.
Decorated Navy SEAL, podcast host, and BASE jump record-holder Andy Stumpf announced that he is Blackhawk’s newest brand ambassador. He’ll also star in the next episode of Blackhawk’s new film series No Fail.
Beretta announced the addition of competitive shooter Jessica Hook as its newest Team Beretta member. Hook has been competing in the action shooting sports for eight years and is a ladies’ champion in various 3-Gun, Pistol Caliber Carbine, and Rifle/Carbine competitions.
Kelly Brand Management (KBM), a sales, marketing, and business management consultancy is excited to partner with Crosskix, a leading footwear company.

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA’s all-new, class-leading 2021 Wolverine RMAX 1000 Side-by-Sides (SxS) have been arriving at Yamaha dealers nationwide since their debut early last month.
Benchmade announce Jon deAsis in role of President & CEO effective immediately. Jon replaces Roberta deAsis, who filled the role after the sudden passing of her husband and founder, Les deAsis.
With California Governor Gavin Newsom having signed an executive order that establishes a framework to conserve 30% of the state’s lands and coastal waters by 2030, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is hopeful the process set forward by the executive order will improve the state’s already robust environmental safeguards while allowing for continued public access for sustainable activities like recreational fishing.


Irish Setter expands the VaprTrek boot line with the addition of higher insulation levels, an all leather option using proprietary Irish Setter Earth Field Camo camo-dyed leather and easy on/off options - one with a side zipper and one with the BOA Fit System.

Ameristep's classic Care Taker gets a plus sized upgrade with the new 'Magnum' version.
Tenzing has foiled the frequent frustrations of treestand hunters by introducing a pack specifically for them: The Hangtime Backpack.
This week Americana Outdoors takes a look at the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
If you are a passionate waterfowler or just getting started, this episode of “It’s Federal Season” is a must listen. Chad Belding, host of the top-rated waterfowl television show “The Fowl Life” on Outdoor Channel, chimes in with tips and tactics on how to be successful in the field this season.

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association announced that its organization has reached over half a million members and counting, keeping pace with record-breaking firearm-related sales over the last nine months across the nation.
Hoyt, an industry leader and world-renowned brand in archery and bowhunting, has renewed their Whitetails Unlimited national sponsorship.
For every mental health screening taken through the Easterseals Michigan website on October 8th, EOTECH will generously donate $1 to help the organization reach and surpass its goal of 1,000 people screened.
Harvest Home Films LLC is pleased to announce that Buck Knives has declared their support for The Harvest film.
It’s some new owners for certain brands, a battle with the ATF over definitions, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Jason McCullough has been recognized by the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, as MAFWA’s 2020 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Marine and Coast Guard members, as well as their families and other eligible patrons are now able purchase their favorite Riton Optics products at the Marine Corps Exchange and the Coast Guard Exchange.

Heybo Outdoors introduces their all-new waxed canvas bag collection for Fall 2020. This collection consists of five high-quality, waxed cotton canvas bags that were carefully designed for utility and built to last.
The concept behind G. Loomis’ IMX-PRO series is to design a specific rod dialed in for every technique and situation that bass anglers encounter.
Winner of the ‘Best Freshwater Reel’ category in the 2020 ICAST New Product Showcase, the Vanford lineup offers 7 sizes for ultralight and ice-fishing, panfish, trout, bass and walleye, as well as inshore action for redfish, sea trout, stripers, bluefish and smaller tarpon and tuna.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider amendments to sport fishing orders when it meets Oct. 15 in Ogallala.

Eight of the best-known pro bass anglers in the nation compete at Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
This Saturday on MOJO Migration on Pursuit ChannelOne of Mojo’s favorite destinations is El Campo Texas, home of Rocky Creek Retrievers with Steve Biggers, for early blue wing teal, but this year, Mike decided to check it out for regular “big duck” season.
Deer mating season is right around the corner and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges motorists to be on the lookout for these large animals as they increase their activity in search of partners.

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was sent to the Wires by the USFWS.

It seems odd to say this, but Ohioan Joseph List may have lived much of his adult life without ever seeing a white-tailed deer. This first-generation American, born in 1860, experienced his spring of life at the dawn of the Civil War. This son of German immigrants was Everyman from Anytown, USA—and he was a hunter.

He called Sardinia home, a small town a short distance from the Ohio River, nestled amid the gentle hummocks and hills left behind by retreating mile-thick glaciers many millennia ago. It was then as it is now, a small town servicing agriculture.

List made a living as a blacksmith. That is what he noted on his 1931 Ohio Department of Agriculture hunter’s and trapper’s license. It cost him one dollar for the privilege to harvest game and furbearer pelts. He was 72 years old when he laid his signature down. The faded ink, its tattered and feathered edges mark the passage of nine decades since he and the township clerk put pen to the linen paper. The crease is likely evidence that he folded it to display in an envelope worn on the back of a hunting coat so that conservation officers could easily check it in the field.

The hunting regulations that List carried in his coat speak to prevailing conditions that would soon lead to landmark conservation legislation, the passage of the Pittman-Robertson Act, six years away. Its soiled pages of heavy, durable card stock show he thumbed it a time or two, but two lines of text stand out.

Deer: Protected

Ruffed grouse: Protected.

One species in notably absent—wild turkey. There is no mention of the bird in the proclamation. Wild turkey no longer existed in Ohio.

By the time of List’s birth, white-tailed deer had already been in great decline over much of its range. Unregulated subsistence and market harvest coupled with habitat loss eventually made white-tailed deer a rarity. The Civil War had an effect on wildlife where List lived.

The hilly Appalachian Piedmont of southern Ohio proved important in saving the Union. The area produced vast amounts of pig iron for ship hulls and bayonets, cannons and kettles. The place names that dot the map, Ironton, Buckeye Furnace, Scioto Furnace, and Vesuvius Furnace tell of a precinct in military and conservation history. The literal furnaces were conical limestone edifices that required two things: iron ore—and lots of wood. The smelters converted red maple, white oak, and yellow pine into molten dusky metal leaving a denuded forest in ever expanding concentric rings. The iron industry continued into the late 19th century. By 1900, very little of Ohio’s mosaic woodlands remained. Statewide, the deer were gone. A vestige of ruffed grouse remained.

The decline in wildlife experienced in Ohio is but an example of the conditions that prevailed over much of the county when List went afield in 1931. Pronghorn no longer skittered over the short-grass prairies of the West. Wild turkey were rare. Elk in the western United States were nearly a thing of the past by 1910, and had long been extirpated in the East.

While List was the Everyman, fellow Ohioan Carl Shoemaker was a man of uncommon abilities—and he too was a hunter. Shoemaker was born at the other end of Ohio opposite List in Napoleon, so named for Emperor Bonaparte, as its early inhabitants were of French extraction. Shoemaker’s mother in fact emigrated from France. Shoemaker was born in 1882 and came of age close to the Maumee River on its downhill course toward Lake Erie.

Shoemaker attended Ohio State University, earning his terminal degree in law in 1907. He hung out a shingle in Columbus, but that proved temporary. He moved west in 1912 to remake himself; he landed in Roseburg, Oregon, where he published the Evening News. His interest in politics and conservation converged with an appointment as State Game Warden and head of the Oregon State Fish and Game Commission in 1915. He held the position for 13 years. He wended his way back east and in 1930 signed on as an investigator with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Conservation and Wildlife Resources and remained employed by the committee until 1947.

In the spring of 1937, it was Shoemaker who crafted the legislation to impose an excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition manufacturers as a means to pay for conservation. He wrote what would become the Pittman-Robertson Act that profoundly moved wildlife conservation. Shoemaker met with leaders in the firearms industry and they were agreeable. Commerce would fund conservation—and it still does. Firearms, ammunition and archery manufacturers pay a 10- to 11-percent excise tax on select goods.

Shoemaker shepherded the legislation to key Senate staff as well as the House. Rules in the House of Representatives required the bill to go through the Agriculture Committee, as the USDA’s Bureau of Biological Survey would have purview of the eventual law. It fell to Representative Scott Lucas of Illinois to move the bill along. But he stalled. Then a curious thing happened. Shoemaker urged women’s groups and garden clubs of Illinois to cajole the representative in reporting the bill out of committee. And it worked. Shoemaker later wrote of the encounter with Lucas near his office: “He threw up his hand and exclaimed, ‘For God’s sake, Carl, take the women off my back and I’ll report the bill at once.”

The Pittman-Robertson Act became law in September 1937. Within a year, 43 of 48 states passed laws protecting hunting license sales from use other than running the state fish and game agencies. The new Division of Federal Aid would fund three types of projects with excise taxes: land acquisition, habitat improvement and scientific research directed at wildlife restoration, all performed by the state fish and game agencies.

In 1938, the first Pittman-Robertson project was underway; a waterfowl habitat improvement project paid for by $7,500 of excise taxes with $2,500 matching monies by the Utah Department of Fish and Game.

In 1939, the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, created in 1871, absorbed the Bureau of Biological Survey. The two combined became the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of the Interior. In addition, that year, the state fish and game agencies across the county received their first wildlife restoration grant money. Ohio landed $39,017, which likely paid for long-term ruffed grouse research in southeast Ohio that commenced that year, as well as white-tailed deer research.

In 1943, Ohio held its first deer season since 1900. The season lasted three days in three counties adjacent to where List still lived. In 1950, 40 of Ohio’s 88 counties hosted a three-day-long season where hunters harvested approximately 4,000 deer. In August of that year, Congress passed the Dingell-Johnson Act, modelled largely on the success of Pittman-Robertson, for the benefit of fisheries management, research, and angler and boater access.

Joseph List left his earthly domain nearly two months later. He died in late September 1950, having outlived eight of his 13 children and witnessed a good many events in his 90 years. Today, deer season opens in late-September in the Buckeye State and runs in some fashion to the first week of February. In the 2019-20 season, hunters harvested 184,465 white-tailed deer. The Ohio Division of Wildlife received in 2020, $12.2 million in Pittman-Robertson funds administered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.

Autumn is for recalling a confection of past deer camps, old bird dogs, and friends that have passed through our lives. We also remember that our abundant wildlife has not always been so. October is the fulcrum month that heaves summer fully into fall. Carl Shoemaker was a fulcrum of sorts who heaved the Pittman-Robertson Act into law. The resulting industry-state-federal partnership has been a boon to wildlife conservation and people across the country.

— Craig Springer

Springer is with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

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