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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020

- BOATING -
The Coast Guard reminds mariners and harbor users to remove excess snow and ice build-up from moored vessels this winter.
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Whiskey for the Port of Key West due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph generated from Tropical Storm Eta that may arrive within 72 hours.
- COMPETITION -
Bushnell’s Mark Cooper and his Elite Tactical XRS II 4.5-30x50 riflescope won  the Tactical Division for the PRS Southeast Regional Finale, taking the coveted Tactical Division championship for the entire season.
Congratulations to Team Vihtavuori member Ian Klemm on being crowned the 2020 F-TR Long Range National Champion last weekend.
- CONSERVATION -
Three new conservation projects geared toward helping Utah’s native cutthroat trout were announced Tuesday, Nov. 3, during the annual Utah Cutthroat Slam meeting.

- FISHERIES -
At 18.19 inches (462 mm), the lionfish speared by Donald Vautrinot was the new Florida state record holder for longest lionfish caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Toho the week of Nov. 15, weather permitting.
- FISHING TOURNAMENTS -
Grass-roots anglers from around the country will take to the waters of Pickwick Lake to compete for one of three berths into the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic during the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Nov. 11-13, 2020.
- HUNTING -
During three weekends in November (Nov. 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22), biologists will operate sampling stations to collect lymph nodes from deer harvested within the CWD surveillance area.

Upland hunters were greeted by mild weather for Nebraska’s Oct. 31-Nov. 1 pheasant and quail season opener. Many hunters reported seeing relatively good numbers of pheasants but noted the dry conditions posed challenges.
Hunters in south-central Nebraska wanting to participate in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program will have one less meat processor available to them during the November firearm deer season. Steakmaster Inc. of Elwood is not accepting deer.
- INDUSTRY -
The Missouri Outdoor Communicators' holiday online auction is now open to the public for bidding. The auction and item listing can be found at www.32auctions.com/MOC2020.
GSM Outdoors has added Melissa Bachman to the G.P.S. Bags ever-growing team of pro-staff members.

UrgeMedia is proud to announce its new partnership with Gunpowder Inc. and DuraSafe Locks, helping them to reach all varieties of outdoor enthusiasts.
Everest.com, the world’s first outdoor lifestyle focused multi-merchant marketplace has announced the launch of six additional Celebrity Storefronts.
Media Lodge, the Outdoor Industry’s leading digital distribution platform and content studio, has announced a partnership with USA Carry.
Field & Stream magazine has recognized the Tradition’s NitroFire muzzleloading rifle and the Federal Premium Firestick with a Best-of-the-Best Award.

GSM Outdoors announces a new partnership between professional marksman, Max Michel and G.P.S. Bags.
NSSF announces that Bear Creek Arsenal is sponsoring November 2020’s Gearbox Giveaway in support of the +ONESM Movement. 
- INVASIVE SPECIES -
The Michigan departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development recently confirmed the presence of invasive mile-a-minute weed(Persicaria perfoliata) at Albion College’s Whitehouse Nature Center in Calhoun County.
- LITIGATION -
Yesterday, the Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition filed a federal lawsuit against New York City regulations that essentially combine to ban average law-abiding citizens from carrying loaded handguns outside the home for personal protection. The case is known as Greco v. City of New York.

- MEDIA ADVISORY -
The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) is inviting you to join us on November 12, 2020 at 2 – 3 pm Eastern for a POMA Insight Session: feeling Connected in a Time of Disconnectedness.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
Just when everyone thought bladed jig innovations had reached their limits, Z-Man forged forward with the new Eye Strike™ ChatterBait®, shifting the lure category it created in all sorts of different directions.
- NOW STREAMING -
This week Federation Angler TV heads to Pickwick Lake in Alabama for the 10th Annual High School Fishing World Finals.
- ONLINE -
Former Navy Seal and founder of the CrossFit Games Dave Castro weighs in on why fitness not only improves your health but can improve your hunting and shooting experience.

On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we talk with members of the number one ranked Adrian College fishing team.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is requesting questions from children ages 12 and under for a special Thanksgiving edition of its Facebook Live series featuring Dr. Bret Collier and Dr. Mike Chamberlain, which, for this episode, will be dubbed “Juice Boxes and Conservation.
Vortex wants to make sure you’re ready to tag that buck this year. Recorded on 10/29, their Facebook Live event is built around helping hunters get the information and tools they need to accurately and safely sight-in their rifles, including answering questions on everything from proper scope mounting practices, to ballistics, to the tools you need to achieve a solid zero.
- RADIO -
It’s a look at the gains and losses for gun rights from Election Day, new legal battles, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.

- STATES -
Michigan Department of Natural Resources partners from Michigan State University Extension and the Quality Deer Management Association will host chronic wasting disease test sample collection sites in Kent, Ionia and Montcalm counties in November.
Arkansas: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Pat Fitts announced yesterday that he will retire from the AGFC effective June 30, 2021.
A 65-foot trawler and experimental concrete structures are among the most recent additions to South Carolina’s artificial reef system.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises northern Michigan residents to be aware of this autumn bear activity and take steps to avoid conflicts with bears.
With the lack of rainfall in the state over the past week, grasses and leaves have become dry. This weather pattern is expected to continue through the weekend.
With the move to online deer checking for the November firearm season, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will not collect samples to test for chronic wasting disease.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has completed its random draw for 2021 spring hunts for turkey, javelina, bison and bear, and raptor capture.  
The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold its monthly meeting via teleconference on November 12.
Washington's ocean beaches will remain closed to razor clam harvest until at least December after test results on razor clams dug at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch and Copalis indicate levels of domoic acid that exceed the threshold set by state public health officials for safe consumption.
The fee schedule lists the cost of permits for a variety of commercial uses, such as photography, guide services, concessions and livery services.
Three new conservation projects geared toward helping Utah’s native cutthroat trout were announced Tuesday, November 3, during the annual Utah Cutthroat Slam meeting.
- TELEVISION -
This week on Federation Angler TV, we head to Pickwick Lake in Alabama for the 10th Annual High School Fishing World Finals.
This week on MOJO Migration, Terry heads to Texas for a high volume pigeon hunt with Wayne and John of Avian Expeditions. Fast action and lots of birds creates non-stop action in the panhandle. Joining the hunt is Will Brantley, hunting editor of Field and Stream.
 

Airgun Wire editor Tom McHale summed up my feelings about the weeklong spectacle that is supposed to be election day: “Why is it that American Idol has a more robust and reliable voting system that the United States of America?”

As we go into the weekend, there are far more questions than answers as far as the election. And since I believe a reporter’s job is to advance stories, not rehash them, we’re not going to beat the point to death.

But…I have a difficult time believing there’s not something badly wrong with this year’s “results” . The charges, counter charges, and misinformation flowing right will keep fleets of lawyers and gaggles of pundits busy for some time to come. For once, my money’s on the lawyers. The pundits have already had their balloons popped.

Who is going to be in the White House next year isn’t the only question on our radar, but it’s the biggest one. The search for an honest answer has, essentially, locked our country up. Without a winner, the would-be rioters are doing the same thing as the firearms industry: waiting.

Something’s gotta give on this one. It is pretty obvious to anyone who bothered to look there were plenty of irregularities. The underlying concern I have at this point is there isn’t much more confidence in the federal government to erode.

Another question came at me -twice-yesterday I’d never considered. When Remington went bankrupt, what happened to all the firearms owners had sent in for warranty or repair work?

Apparently, that’s a question no one in bankruptcy court can answer either. It all began with this note:

“I sent back my shotgun to Remington in September and supposedly it was repaired but didnt make it out by the shut down. Ive tried reaching out all over to see what the status was with Roundhill but they dont have any contact information anywhere and Remingtons completely shut down all phones besides security. If you could let me know itd be much appreciated sincerely (someone missing duck season because his gun is in Ilion).”

Less than two hours later, a note asking about a 1911 returned for warranty repairs. So, I reached out to the only place where phones seem to be answered when it comes to the company formerly known as Remington: the federal bankruptcy court in Huntsville, Alabama.

Seems more than 200 people have called with similar questions. The court’s answer? “Nothing we can do.” Why? Here’s the payoff: because even they couldn’t reach anyone with Remington.

With that on top of an already ridiculous week, it seems the unfortunate gun owners who trusted that their work would be done- or their guns returned- will need to reach out to their local law enforcement officials to file stolen gun reports. If they do that, they’ll have a paper trail to initiate an insurance claim - and protect themselves should their guns or those serial numbers ever turn up at the scene of a crime.

Running into a dead end for readers who are looking at the permanent loss of their firearms due to no fault of their own- and bad management by the manufacturer - was what I decided should be the end of another less-than-perfect week in 2020…the year that seems destined to answer the question: what else can happen?

It’s almost the weekend…get outside if you can, and know that we’re on the job and, as always, we’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

 
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