The Benelli Lupo bolt-action rifle has been chosen by Guns & Ammo as their Rifle of the Year for 2020. The Lupo is loaded with innovative features—including seven exclusive Benelli patents.
Reports of unidentified, unmanned and adrift paddle craft divert federal, state and local response boat and air crews on hundreds of dangerous and costly searches that turn out to be false alarms.
The Stephen F. Austin University team of Cooper Thor of Mansfield, Texas, and Cody Barchenger of Taylor, Texas, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Sam Rayburn event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces.
Louisiana’s Ruston High School duo of Garrett Pody and Zachary McMillan brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Sam Rayburn Open in Brookeland, Texas.
TrophyCatch has awarded prizes for the catch and release of more than 10,000 largemouth bass since the program began in 2012.

A three-count indictment charges Anthony Nguyen, aka JoJo Nguyen and Jackie Lee, 48, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with trafficking in endangered Asian arowana and invasive snakehead fish. Nguyen owned and operated a Pittsburgh business specializing in the sale of rare and exotic freshwater tropical fish species.
Springfield Armory introduces the Ronin 1911 in 10mm, a full-size 5" gun, with 8+1 capacity and a forged steel slide and frame - at an MSRP of $849.
Savage Arms introduced the new 110 Timberline, the newest member of Savage’s new Backcountry Xtreme Series. It’s outfitted with RealTree Excape camo, a fluted barrel, and a protective Cerakote coating.
- GEAR -
Hatch announced that it has released the FMN500 – Friskmaster MAX – Cut & Needle Puncture Resistant Glove.The new glove is tested to ANSI Cut Resistance A9, the highest rating for cut resistance, and provides Level 5 ANSI Needlestick Puncture Resistance.

Galco offers several great options for hunters to carry spare ammunition in the field. All are handcrafted from rich, premium Latigo dark havana leather for both beauty and long term durability.
The Indiana FFA Foundation received a $37,000 grant through the Youth Program Resilience Fund of the Lilly Endowment Inc.
Houston Safari Club Foundation, as part of its efforts to support the future of hunting, shooting sports, conservation and youth education, recently awarded $78,000 in grants to various organizations
The fall hunting of all mountain lions in western Montana hunting district 210, which includes portions of Missoula and Granite counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.

If you’re hunting in the northeastern Lower Peninsula this firearm season, don't forget to take your deer head to a DNR check station or drop box to be tested for bovine tuberculosis.
Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG) – has thrived in this pandemic-ravaged year.
Blaser Group announced its partnership with Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, Inc. The company is now carrying most Sauer 100 bolt-action rifles designed and built by J.P. Sauer and Sohn.
NSSF released the 2020 edition of its Firearm Production Report to members. The report compiles the most up to date information based on data sourced from the ATF as well as the U.S. International Trade Commission. Since 1990, there are an estimated 19.8 million Modern Sporting Rifles in circulation today.

The Q3 Marine CEO Sentiment Report in October shows marine CEO sentiment was overwhelmingly upbeat with 96% of CEOs reporting stable or expanding business conditions following the increase in new boat sales during the summer and early fall.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is asking freight carriers, warehouse workers and delivery drivers to be on the lookout for invasive spotted lanternfly after the United States Department of Agriculture confirmed dead spotted lanternfly insects were found in Michigan in recent weeks.
- JOBS -
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is seeking a highly motivated individual to assume the role of Director of Development for the Scholastic Action Shooting Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for growing and supporting SASP member teams.
Behold the new standard in crossover saltwater and freshwater spinning reels, Daiwa’s brilliantly designed Kage LT MQ.

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks expands its lineup of ready-to-install fiberglass stocks with the introduction of the Z-10 Bag Rider. It's based on the company's A-10 tactical stock, replacing the A-10's butt hook with a profile to more easily accommodate rear bags for bench or prone shooting.
The Fall 2020 collection from Fish Hippie introduces 12 new wardrobe essentials for everyday wear, from cool-season outerwear and layering staples to new color-ways in the brand’s best-selling polos.
There’s one important tool that helps solve poaching crimes in Wyoming: your eyes. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department relies on tips from the public regarding wildlife crimes. Often, these citizen reports open an investigation or solve a case.
The “Add Some Horsepower to Your Holiday” offer from Yamaha Marine gives customers continued incentive to purchase new Yamaha four-stroke outboards this holiday season between Nov. 16, 2020, and Dec. 23, 2020.

“My life has been enriched by the pursuit of wild turkeys,” writes Jim Spencer in the epilogue of his new book, Bad Birds 2. If you’re looking for a good turkey read, this book is what you’re looking for. Bad Birds 2 is Jim Spencer’s third turkey book, and it’s the best yet.
HuntStand® is proud to announce a partnership with the Sportsmen’s Alliance, under which HuntStand will become the organization’s official hunting and land management app.
Leaves are down, temperatures are cooler, and that means it’s prime time for pruning oak trees, which can be infected by the oak wilt fungus if they’re pruned during the high-risk period April 15-July 15.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is inviting the public to participate in the development of a long-term feedgrounds management plan beginning with a series of virtual meetings in December.  


Some great early winter fishing awaits, but remember, early ice can be dangerous, says the state's game and fish commission.
The financial assistance is available to eligible commercial fishermen, for-hire fishing operators, seafood dealers and processors, and marine aquaculture operations with revenue losses in the spring of 2020 greater than 35% as compared to the prior 5-year average revenue.
Youth hunters younger than 18 years old have their own weekend to hunt Ohio’s favorite big-game animal on Nov. 21-22, 2020. All hunters have the chance to hunt the traditional gun season from Monday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, and again during the bonus weekend on Dec. 19-20.
After experiencing technical issues Saturday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources licensing system is performing as expected.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Lewiston on November. 19-20. Attendance will be consistent with the updated Stay Healthy Order issued November 14, limiting indoor public gatherings to no more than 10 people. There will not be a virtual opportunity to participate ior address the Commission.
Kahr Firearms Group brands Auto-Ordnance and Magnum Research have contributed three exciting guns to the Athlon Shoot $1 Million Giveaway. From Auto-Ordnance comes the M1 Carbine, model AOM130, MSRP $1142.
Since 2004, hosts of Backwoods Life, Michael Lee and Kevin Knighton have been bringing outdoor television into the homes of Sportsman Channel viewers each week. Tune in for all new episodes every Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
The National Archery in the Schools Program has made significant changes to how educators are trained as well as new options for participation in archery competitions, due to the impact of the pandemic.

Perusing the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) SCOPE reports yesterday, I saw even more evidence that guns, ammunition and optics are very good products to be selling right now.

If you’re not familiar with the NASGW’s SCOPE CLS, it’s a “comprehensive retail sales database to benefit shooting sports businesses, as part of a larger SCOPE data platform.”

In essence, it’s a system whereby point-of-sale and other information can be accessed along the supply chain. If you were an AcuSport customer, you will recognize it as the Customer Link Exchange (CLX) system. It was acquired by NASGW and “scaled” across NASGW’s member base.

These SCOPE data-bites detail shipments of products. They provide a comparison of how things are doing year-to-date, year-over-year and a longer, 3-year perspective.

We know things are booming compared to last year.

The “firearms” category, for example, shows a 72.35% increase over last year. That’s impressive, but that’s a 52.27% increase over a three-year average. The same three years that had all of us wondering what a “new normal” would look like.

Ammunition shows a stunning 96.78% increase over last year, along with a 78.66% jump in the three-year average. It’s safe to say that a quick -and decidedly non-scientific survey of ammo dealers gives credence to one retailer’s claim that “those numbers could be higher- if the ammo companies had the capacities to make more product.”

Ammo is in short supply in virtually every caliber- but especially the currently-popular ones.

Looking at optics (sorry), there’s equally high demand. Year-to-date shipments are up 70.27% over last year, and 45.9% over the three-year average.

Arms, ammunition and optics form the basic triumvirate of today’s shooting industry, and despite what anyone tells you, those categories are busy.

At the same time, the industry can’t help but be very concerned over the murky political future.

The political climate has the potential to be very different in 2021.

Like every other industry, the outdoors doesn’t like uncertainty. Unlike others, however, ours is the one that seems to constantly be the target of many politicians.

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) is the first to hint at what Democrats might try to accomplish in the next Congress. He has introduced S.4841, the ATF Improvement and Modernization (ATM) Act. It includes, among other things, provision to repeal the Tihart Amendment. Tihart, if you’re not familiar, keeps the ATF’s trace data from being publicly exposed. That’s only one element of the bill that should concern all law-abiding gun owners.

We already know criminals aren’t especially concerned about Congress.

As the Georgia Senatorial runoffs approach - with the Senate majority apparently riding on their outcome - it seems neither Democratic candidate could be classified as “neutral” when it comes to “the gun rights question.”

Jon Ossoff supports banning Modern Sporting Rifles, and Raphael Warnock has gone on record calling for stricter gun control laws.

Not a lot of uncertainty about where they stand on gun ownership. They’re following the Democratic party platform which, boiled down to its essence is simple: “sooner or later, we’re coming for your guns.”

And an email from a reader (who should already know better), it seems time to put out our annual debunking of “Marlin Firearms Closing Its Doors” - internet rumor.

It’s absolutely the longest-living internet rumor concerning guns and politics- ever.

For over ten years, I’ve gotten one -or more- questions ever year regarding a “report” that was “Fact checked by Truth or Fiction (can be more trusted than Snopes).”

Anyway, this well-worn ALERT breathlessly tells readers that George Soros, “Obama’s chief financier” and “owner of Cerberus Capital Management” has bought up Marlin and is closing its doors -forever.

You’d think Remington’s bankruptcy and liquidation sale would have put this to rest, but it, unlike Remington, seems impossible to kill.

Marlin is owned, or shortly will be (barring something totally unforeseen) by Sturm, Ruger by virtue of Ruger’s having bought the Marlin assets from the Remington bankruptcy auction. The only reason Marlin’s not already enroute to a Ruger facility is because the overall bankruptcy package has yet to be approved by the bankruptcy court in Huntsville, Alabama.

At this point, you’d think this rumor would die.

But it seems rumors don’t -or can’t - die on the internet.

Like “Mayberry” reruns, they go on…forever.

—Jim Shepherd

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