Bowtech announces the Zion and Zion DLX. Starting at just 3.3 pounds, they are lighter than competing carbon-rise platforms and feature a new torque eliminating grip.
Ranger Boats pro angler Clark Wendlandt took the 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year title with a total of 680 points.
Bushnell and RCBS congratulate Robert Brantley on his runner-up finish at the prestigious AG Cup. Competing against many of the best precision rifle shooters in the world, Brantley utilized products from Bushnell and RCBS to help him claim 2nd place and take home $10,000.
Federal Ammunition sponsored shooter Tim Herron won the Single Stack Division at the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area 2 Championship. The match was held in Prescott, Arizona, November 5-8.
Less traffic should mean much better fishing for the pros descending on this popular Texas lake.

Volunteers collected many pounds of trash from the shores of Lake Fork as part of the activities surrounding the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
South Dakota received $450,154 in grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners for wildlife habitat enhancement and hunting heritage projects. RMEF directly granted $177,446 and leveraged an additional $272,708 in partner dollars.
Registration is now open for the Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament, where anglers will compete for big money and prizes to benefit charity while setting a world record. Slated for Saturday, December 12 on North Carolina’s Lake Norman, the event will give anglers the opportunity to set a world record for the largest bass tournament comprised of anglers competing in Santa Claus costumes.
TrueTimber is grateful that Savage Arms has selected the 110 High Country rifle decorated in TrueTimber Strata camo to be added to the all-new Backcountry Xtreme Series.

Weatherby announced the addition of the increasingly popular 6.5 PRC cartridge into the Vanguard family, including the brand new Synthetic Green model. The company also releases the Element Tungsten, a version of the extremely popular Element Synthetic.
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Gorilla Grip technology grips in dry, wet and even oily conditions, making them perfect for demanding outdoor use.
Frabill has developed the Conservation Net family, protecting sportfish with catch-and-release in mind.
Hogue’s HandALL grip sleeve line includes models now available for the Spring?eld Armory Hellcat. It provides protection with the 'beavertail' and has finger grooves for consistent grip.

Treestands for serious hunters are so much more than a simple elevated platform. Today, they're comfortable enough to sit in all day long, rugged enough to last decades, easy to set up, and once properly hung, super quiet. Millennium's award-winning M50 and M25 Hang-On stands offer all that at an affordable price.
Best Catch 2020 recognizes sportsmanship, community impact, and pursuit of excellence in the fishing tournament industry.
The Montana Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program is hosting a virtual AIS Summit on Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks staff will present information about the 2020 AIS prevention, early detection and outreach programs and share plans for the 2021 season.
Rival Arms expands its offering of drop-in chassis systems with the new R-700 Precision Chassis for Remington 700 rifles. The chassis is CNC-machined from aluminum billet and available in three finishes.

On a new episode of Whitetail Diaries, the team continues their annual Yamaha media camp in Texas as they join Writer David Draper and TenPoint Crossbows’ Brian Flaherty — both who have traveled to Texas to hunt whitetail with TenPoint Crossbows during the pre-rut.
The MEPRO MOR Pro is unique in that it is an all-in-one red dot reflex sight/ IR/Visible Laser in a single unit. Shooters can choose from one of the reticles – 2.2/4.3 MOA Bullseye, or 2.2/4.3 Dot.
The Women’s Outdoor Media Association (WOMA) recently presented Mia Anstine of Durango, CO, with their first-ever WOMA Founder’s Award. The recipient of the WOMA Founder’s Award is recognized for her continued support of shooting sports, hunting, fishing, and archery.
Funds from the Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF) will assist charter fleets in Orange Beach and Pensacola after Hurricane Sally

S3DA Advanced Instructor Trainers, Stacy and Randy Groce from Richmond, Kentucky recently traveled to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to host a Basic and Advanced Instructor Training Course at Moore’s Sports Center for new S3DA Staff as well as others.
TRCP’s newest organizational partner, Orion: The Hunter’s Institute, brings a commitment to fair chase ethics and putting sportsmen and women at the forefront of conservation.
Throughout October, MidwayUSA Foundation hosted its first virtual event. The 2020 Hometown Challenge was a virtual shoot and sweepstakes that raised nearly $30,000 for youth shooting programs.  


This week on America Outdoors Radio Ryan Neeley with Camp Chef shares some advice about cooking the perfect turkey for the holidays whether it's the store bought or wild variety.

It’s a big move for a major gun company, a challenge to the under-21 handgun ban, a look at the GA Senate races, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
A new grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust worth nearly $500,000 will assist Nebraska’s Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in two revitalization projects.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has temporarily closed its Lincoln headquarters to walk-up customer service in an effort to protect its staff and the public from a potential COVID-19 spread.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has confirmed a new hunt area where an elk has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Game Wardens and their K9s were busy Wednesday night, locating two different groups of people who became lost in the woods.
Hunters who get a deer during the November 14-29 regular deer season are asked to provide an incisor tooth from their deer.
This week on MOJO Migration, Terry and Mike revisit some of the most memorable duck hunting moments of Mojo TV.
Major League Bowhunter hosts Matt Duff and former Atlanta Braves Hall-of-Famer, Chipper Jones take Sportsman Channel viewers through an entire season of deer hunting successes and failures, delivering all aspects of their hunts in their series airing Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) welcomes yesterday's release of the new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report Ungulate Migrations of the Western United States: Volume 1. The report brings together the findings of migration research across the West and documents critical information that will help guide conservation of the most important big game seasonal habitats.

We’re not even to Thanksgiving, but the way things are going for 2020 (this is Friday the 13th to the consternation of all with Triskaidekaphobia) , we figured we shouldn’t wait too-long to talk about items you might want to consider gifting- or getting- to make time outdoors even more fun.

In today’s marketplace, things tend to come -and go- quickly, so if one of these strikes your fancy, you should get with it and get it ordered.

Note: nothing on this list should be construed as those essential to surviving our next 2020 apocalypse (which is either rivers turning to blood or a plague of frogs - if I recall my Sunday school lessons).

These are all intended to make your time outdoors more enjoyable. Everyone prefers a gift that says “enjoy” more than “hope you survive.

The Microlite Java Press combines the qualities of a 14-ounce, insulated tumbler with a high-end coffee press. Simply add ground coffee, 200-degree water and stir. Four minutes or so later, simply open the top (important) press down on the inner container and your coffee’s ready.

Nothing’s quite as enjoyable as a fresh, hot drink on the increasingly cooler mornings afield. For many of us, that means a cup of fresh, hot coffee or tea.

So…how’s about stainless steel, vacuum insulated, BPA free, 14-plus ounce tumbler to keep your hot beverage hot for say, three and a half hours? That’s a lot of comfort in a stand, blind or tent.

Sounds good, right? So let’s amp up the awesomeness of our tumbler by making it a coffee press. Yep, a coffee press and mug combo.

The Microlite Java Press from GSI Outdoors is something backpackers and minimalist campers will really appreciate. If you’re a car or RV camper, it’s a nice addition to your camping gear as well (although you might want more than one if you travel with a companion).

At $34.95, it’s not cheap, neither is it a budget-buster. The caffeine-enriched campers on your list will thank you. Should you go for more than one in your camp kit, they’re even available in a selection of colors.

No matter how you camp, gear that saves space and offers multiple uses is always a winner.

The Escape HS Pot is one of those items that sounds, well, goofy. But it is exactly what it says it is: a collapsible 3-quart pot and a frypan.

The secret’s a collapsible silicon body that collapses on itself (think the collapsible drinking cup - upsized) and a frypan with a handle that tucks underneath when not being used.

Having I’ve used both in our RV, I know they work as advertised (although you should never confuse collapsible with hard-sided). From boiling eggs or making pasta in the pot to bacon-and-eggs in the frypan, they’ve worked great. And all camping gear should clean up this easily.

Cooking means pots and pans. Both take up valuable space. Being able to have a 3-quart pot and a frypan (top) that collapse to a fraction of their useful sizes (above) means they work whether you’re car or RV camping or backpacking (below).

It’s not an inexpensive piece of gear at $79.95, but with outdoor gear, smaller and lighter usually means more expensive.

If you’re a tent camper, you can use both side-by-side on a two burner camp stove. If you’re a backpacker, they’re both small enough to be used on your micro-stove.

After a long day of hunting or sporting clays, here’s a piece of gear that can minimize time spent cleaning your shotgun.

Clean Shot is described as a “patented shoot-through bore cleaner that effectively field cleans shotguns in an instant.” Note, please, that it says “field cleans” not “deep cleans”. Two different things.

How’s that work, you ask? Simple.

Clean Shot is essentially a high-pressure shotgun shell that fires cleaning “stuff” that wipes the bore clean as the shell passes through. Really grungy guns might need a second shot, but I’ve gotten by with a single shot after shooting 100-plus rounds.

Clean Shot is exactly what it implies. An especially designed shotgun shell that fires cleaning material- not shot- through our shotgun. And it works. But remember, it fires the cleaning materials just like a shotshell.

And I can’t emphasize too strongly the fact you’re still firing a round through a shotgun. You need to treat it exactly like any other shell- with respect.

You shouldn’t of this as the first thing you do after leaving the field. To be 100% safe, it should be the last thing you do before leaving the field.

When you’ve fully unloaded your gun, insert one of the Clean Shot shells, point the gun in a safe direction, and fire the cleaning load.

That’s it. It wipes dirty bores clean.

In most situations, you can then get by with the “oily rag in a baggie” for the outside of your gun and give everything a deep clean after you get home.

If you have a hard-core shotgunner on your shopping list -and need a product that says “thoughtful” without meaning “stupid expensive” you’ll want to consider this.

A four-pack of Clean Shot runs $10 in either 12 or 20 gauge.

If your local retailers don’t have it in stock (or you’re sheltering in place) you can order them direct at:

Three products to give you some suggestions for the outdoors enthusiasts on your list. Next time we’ll look at some main-gift (more expensive) suggestions.

Hey, it’s almost the weekend. That’s a good thing, right?

—Jim Shepherd

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