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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020

- AMMUNITION -
New 16- and 28-gauge Federal Premium Prairie Storm FLITESTOPPER Lead loads use the updated FLITECONTROL FLEX wad and a mixed payload of standard pellets with FS lead to produce full, consistent patterns from these smaller payloads.
- COMPETITION -
Hornady A-Tip bullets were used to take first, second, third and fourth place at the 2020 Armageddon Gear Cup match, in Blakely, Georgia. Hornady congratulates Austin Orgain, Robert Brantley, Tate Streater and Dave Preston on their outstanding performance.
Winchester Ammunition is proud to be a main event sponsor of the World FITASC event at the beautiful Providence Hill Farm in Jackson, Mississippi.
- EVENTS -
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department staff gathered with conservation partners at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison on Friday to commemorate a century’s worth of wildlife management area conservation at one of Vermont’s most visited wildlife management areas.
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission will conduct its next bimonthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Fort Harrison State Park.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Lewiston on Nov. 19-20, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Clearwater Regional Office.
Just hours before Semifinal Saturday kicked off at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, volunteers from 13 high schools spread out along the shores of Lake Fork to collect trash as part of the B.A.S.S. Nation Clean-Up Challenge sponsored by AFTCO and Huk.
The Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament, set to take place Saturday, December 12 on North Carolina’s Lake Norman, will give anglers the opportunity to set a world record for the largest bass tournament comprised of anglers competing in Santa Claus costumes. The event, which will benefit Toys for Tots, will see hundreds of bass anglers competing for big payouts and prizes while wearing the iconic red Santa suit.
- FIREARMS -
J. P. Sauer & Sohn introduces the ultralight S101 Highland XTC carbon-fiber rifle. Weighing just 5.4 lbs. in the .308 Win version, this highly accurate bolt-action rifle is ideal for strenuous hunts when every ounce counts.

Savage Arms announces the creation of the Backcountry Xtreme Series. These rifles are purpose-built and are the top tier of the 110 hunting line.
- GEAR -
Galco’s versatile WheelGunner and Ironhide belt holsters offer ambidextrous design as well as quick on-off capability. Suitable for casual concealment and outdoor sportsman’s carry, they both carry a large handgun high and close to the body.
- GRANTS -
With the help of a $280,000 matching grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, working with partners, will be able to modernize wetland conservation resources for educators and the public.
- HUNTING -
Ohio’s white-tailed deer archery hunters have taken 53,922 white-tailed deer through Sunday, Nov. 8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Vermont’s regular deer season starts Saturday, November 14 and runs through November 29. Vermont hunters are being urged to keep COVID-19 safety measures in mind and use the Department of Fish & Wildlife’s online reporting system to report their deer.
Pennsylvania bowhunters are about to make history. The first ever day of regulated Sunday big-game hunting will take place on Sunday, Nov. 15, for archery deer hunting only.
Arizona hunters who were unsuccessful in the recent 2021 spring draw still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for javelina or turkey.
- INDUSTRY -
Action Target Inc. launches the 11-11-11 Fund to support Semper Fi & America’s Fund -- which provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for combat wounded, critically ill, and catastrophically injured service members.

Citing "a significant accuracy enhancement for the tactical shooter," the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has approved for duty use the highly accurate Apex Grade Barrel in the Department’s 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P pistols carried by the LASD Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB).
Catch Co. has launched a new discount program to recognize the contributions of active duty military, veterans, first responders, and nurses starting November 11th, Veteran's Day.
Everest.com, the nation’s first outdoor lifestyle-focused, multi-merchant marketplace announced today that the company will offer Caliber memberships at 50% off to all members of the military and first responders’ communities.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released updated economic data on outdoor recreation’s powerful and positive economic impact on the U.S. economy showing $788 billion in economic output, comprising 2.1% of U.S. GDP and supporting 5.2 million jobs.

- JOBS -
AOB seeks applicants for Recruiter II. This position is responsible for the full life-cycle of recruiting, including sourcing, screening and attracting talent for all American Outdoor Brand locations.
Millennium Outdoors, LLC, manufacturer of Millennium Treestands, Ol'MAN Treestands, and Millennium Marine, has an immediate opening for a National Sales Manager.
American Outdoor Brands is in search of a Senior Product Designer, one of the most critical contributors within the Product Engineering department.
American Outdoor Brands is seeking a Marketing Coordinator. This position has a pivotal role to help coordinate the efforts of the Brand Managers and support the broader marketing team.

American Outdoor Brands is seeking candidates for the Product Engineer position. The job involves all aspects of design and development for products for the company.
- LITIGATION -
The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms filed a federal lawsuit against the State of California in a challenge of its recently-expanded ban via its so-called “Roster” laws.
The Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed, the Texas firm made famous for publishing digital firearms information, have sued the U.S. Department of State and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in federal court, alleging violations of the First Amendment and administrative law.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
Bow Spider is pleased to announce that the much sought after quick and easy bow retrieval system is now in stock and shipping free to customers and dealers across the nation.

Designed in conjunction with its namesake, ace huntress and archer, Eva Shockey, Bowtech proudly introduces the new Eva Shockey Gen 2.
Groove Watch Bands are the world's first breathable silicone watchbands created for active lifestyles.
Weatherby announces the addition of the increasingly popular 6.5 PRC cartridge into the Vanguard family, including the brand new Synthetic Green model, and the release of the Element Tungsten version of the extremely popular Element Synthetic semi-automatic shotgun.
- NOW STREAMING -
Behind the Season digital series is a new “near real time” series that gives you a look behind the scenes of what life looks like for the crew of Xpedition Enterprises.
This week on Americana Outdoors, tag along on a variety of hunts around deer camp in search of North America’s most widespread and popular deer among hunters…the Whitetail.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
The first standalone chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has been launched in the Sunshine State. The new BHA chapter officially launched in September following a vote by the BHA North American board of directors.
On the heels of the President's signature of the America's Conservation Enhancement Act (ACE Act; S. 3051) into law, there are several responsibilities of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) to meet the provisions of the legislation.
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever is excited to announce Haleigh Rowland as the newly appointed Regional Representative for northern Illinois.
The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) announces that Carl Zeiss Sports Optics (ZEISS), a leading manufacturer in high performance sports optics, has signed on as a supporter of MDF.
- PARTNERSHIPS -
Safari Club International (SCI) is excited to announce a partnership with Hoge Wild and Lucas Hoge to promote the advocacy and conservation efforts of the organization.
- PROMOTIONS -
On Veterans Day, Brownells launched a set of limited-edition T-shirts with all profits generated by those shirts to be donated to Special Operations Wounded Warriors. For sale only until the end of November, the shirts are emblazoned with pro-veteran and patriotic images and slogans.
Everest.com, the outdoor lifestyle-focused, multi-merchant marketplace announced that the company will offer Caliber memberships at 50% off to all members of the military and first responder communities.
- RADIO -
This week, Outdoors Radio features LeRoy Meats co-owner Steve Christian, foraging expert Sam Thayer, Wisconsin DNR hunter education administrator Jon King and archery expert JC Chamberlin. Jeff comes close to filling another deer tag. Dan goes muskie fishing and sights in his deer rifles.
- RECOGNITION -
The Environmental Education Association of Indiana (EEAI) recently presented the 2020 Joe Wright Award to Rachel Woodworth of the Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW).
- RETAIL -
Celerant Technology announced a partnership with Weapon Depot, an online marketplace and auction site that connects FFL dealers with outdoor hunting enthusiasts. Through Celerant’s point of sale, dealers can upload products and manage orders on WeaponDepot.com.
- STATE PARKS -
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and State Parks personnel completing 445,392 boat inspections statewide to prevent invasive quagga mussels from spreading from Lake Powell — and other states’ infested waters — to Utah waterbodies.
- STATES -
A small section of choice elk habitat in south-central Colorado now belongs to all Americans after the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation conveyed it to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Montana's Elk Management Plan Initial Guidance Citizens Group will meet via Zoom on Nov. 19, Dec. 2–3, and Dec. 16–17.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission recognizes a somber, but important, anniversary the agency will never forget. Ten years ago, Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove was shot and killed by a deer poacher during a vehicle stop along Schriver Road in Freedom Township, Adams County.
- TECHNOLOGY -
Krysse AS, a Norwegian company, announces the United States Patent and Trademark office has issued “the Thalberg Patent” making bow handling, specifically crossbow handling, easier and less stressful.
- TELEVISION -
Join National Freshwater Fishing and Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Famer Jimmy Houston as he travels the country searching for the biggest fish around on Jimmy Houston Outdoors on World Fishing Network on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET
This week on MOJO TV, the team is saying a final goodbye to outdoor legend, Mike Morgan. Few have done more for the outdoor filming industry than Mike and he will be greatly missed in the hunting community for years to come.
- WILDLIFE -
In response to a 2010 petition and 2015 agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to protect the sickle darter under the Endangered Species Act.
 

In last Friday’s feature we told you that customers of now-bankrupt Remington firearms had contacted us regarding guns they’d sent back for warrant and/or repair work. With Remington now closed down and parceled out to various buyers, it seemed no one- including the federal bankruptcy court in Huntsville, Alabama, had any idea what to do.

After the feature ran, we were contacted by several other owners. They told us the same story: can’t find anyone who knows what’s going on.

Industry leaders reached out to us, offering several suggestions to get in touch with various groups now affiliated with the company formerly known as Remington. Like the officials in federal bankruptcy court, we tried, and had the same result: nothing.

This, however, isn’t a story with another unhappy ending. Over the weekend, we received this note from one of the first Remington owners who reached out to us:

“I just wanted to follow up on this. I arrived home to a UPS box laying on my porch and to my surprise it was my handgun. Paper enclosed stated that they repaired it (although I doubt it), I'm just happy to get my handgun back. Seems like, at least in Huntsville, they still have some people working on repairs even though you can't get ahold of anyone. I want to thank you again for your willingness to help and wish you all the best.”

We’re always pleased when an unfortunate situation resolves itself. And it seems the good news is now beginning to spread among all Remington owners who found their guns stuck in an unfortunate limbo. On Tuesday, we received this message from a Remington shotgun owner who’d told us he was missing duck season:

“Jim,

My gun is in transit! It should be here by next Tuesday.”

Seems someone at Remington made arrangements to do the right thing for their former customers and put a system in place to make certain the warranty/repair guns were returned. I say that because we still haven’t been able to find out who’s doing the return work- or where. But as we promised, we’re keeping you posted.

Florida was described as a “battleground state” in the elections, but it seems Governor Ron DeSantis might be taking the “battleground” idea literally. He’s circulating what aides and staffers are calling an “anti-mob” bill. A draft I’ve read is written to significantly broaden Florida’s existing Stand Your Ground law to allow homeowners to give rioters and looters an armed response.

The proposal expands the “forcible felonies” list in the existing law to include those engaged in criminal activity resulting in “interruption or impairment” to a business. It would justify deadly force used against individuals engaged in looting businesses within 500 feet of a “violent or disorderly assembly.”

Today, Florida’s “forcible felonies” include murder, manslaughter, sexual battery, robbery, kidnapping, assault, battery, aggravated stalking, carjacking and “any other felony which involves the use of threat or physical force or violence against any individual.”

This draft, which has been widely circulated in Tallahassee to members of the legislature also gives immunity to motorists who “intentionally killed or injured protesters who blocked traffic.”

There’s already a considerable amount of heated discussion for a piece of legislation that has yet to be formally filed. Opponents to the Stand Your Ground law - unexpanded- accuse DeSantis of encouraging vigilantism. At the opposite end of the opinions being expressed -the idea that would-be “revolutionaries” would have a reason to consider the potential consequences of their actions - if the forcible felonies list were to be expanded.

There’s one other item creating consternation in municipalities that have already suggested or approved reducing their police forces. Gov. DeSantis’ proposal would withhold state funding from municipalities if they make “disproportionate funding reductions” to police budgets.

Lots of conversation for a bill that wasn’t included introduced in time for 2020’s legislative session, has no sponsors at this time, and wouldn’t be introduced until early 2021.

As always, we’re watching this one, and we’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

 
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