The National Wild Turkey Federation has announced the postponement of the 2021 Grand National Calling Championships originally scheduled for February 19-20, 2021 in Springfield, Missouri.
The Conservation Fund and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announce the addition of 205 acres to Pisgah National Forest at Linville Gorge, buffering the adjacent Wilderness Area. Its protection secures iconic viewsheds, enhances access for recreation, and preserves wildlife habitat and water quality for the area.
A 2,415-acre ranch in northcentral California featuring prime wildlife habitat is now permanently protected thanks to a collaborative conservation effort by the California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a willing landowner.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) signup for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program has begun. The new program provides assistance to producers who suffered eligible crop quality losses due to natural disasters occurring in 2018 and 2019. The deadline to apply for QLA is Friday, March 5, 2021.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Harris during the week of Jan. 11, weather permitting.

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Safariland announced the new Model 015 Open Top Competition Holster. Available for most steel and polymer frame pistols, the 015 provides a minimalistic design for custom-fit and easy modification options for competitive shooters in open, limited and 3-gun divisions.
Now available in black and havana brown in addition to tan, Galco’s DAO (Dual Action Outdoorsman) belt holster can be worn strong side or crossdraw at the user’s discretion.
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the State Soil Conservation Board awarded $975,651 in matching grant funds to 15 soil and water conservation districts and organizations through the Clean Water Indiana program.
The hunting of all mountain lions in northwestern Montana hunting district 140, which includes a portion of Flathead County, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 310, 311, 360, 361 and 362, which include portions of Gallatin, Madison, Jefferson and Broadwater counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Leupold’s new DeltaPoint Micro has been named “Optic of the Year” by Shooting Illustrated, an official journal of the National Rifle Association.
Today DECKED, the 100% American made, in-vehicle storage solution for trucks and vans, announced a strategic partnership with Audience Sherpa to expand their direct to consumer communications strategy.
Hornady RAPiD Safe Ready Vault has been named the 2021 American Rifleman Accessory of the Year as part of the NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Awards.

Primary Arms Optics’ GLx 2x Prism has been awarded the ‘Best CQB Optic’ award for Ballistic’s Best 2020 Editors’ Selects Awards. The GLx 2x Prism bridges the gap between reflex sights and conventional prism optics.
Everest, the online marketplace for the outdoor recreation world, has announced that USA Clay Target League is now a recipient of the Everest Gives Back philanthropic program.
MOJO's new Triple Threat Complete Predator Calling System has brought home the gold award in the ‘New Product’ category in the annual Predator Xtreme Readers’ Choice Awards.
Seeing no evidence of a let-up in demand, Meprolight has increased production again in addition to expanding warehouse capacity in the U.S.

Heritage Manufacturing, Inc.announced the newest member of the family—the Barkeep. A 22 LR 6-shot revolver with a two-inch barrel, it is compatible and designed to work with an interchangeable .22 WMR 6-shot cylinder option.
Moultrie Mobile cellular game cameras have changed the scouting game, and now two new external-power-source options will keep them running even longer in the field.
Heritage Manufacturing, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest member of the family—the Barkeep.
If you’re a fan of OKC’s popular Shikra folder, then you’ll also appreciate its newest sibling, the OKC Besra.

Hoo-rag’s assortment of Realtree camo facemasks and gaiters are designed to be worn in a variety of ways and in many different situations like hunting, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, snowmobiling, kayaking and even shopping.
Savage Arms announces the new IMPULSE Hog Hunter. This straight-pull rifle is purpose built for thinning out wild boar.
The ACSS Griffin MIL reticle brings the advanced ranging tools and innovative horseshoe design of traditional ACSS reticles to a MIL-grid system.
Kinsey’s Inc. announced their annual Dealer Show, KDS21, will be held virtually in 2021. The event, which typically runs 3 days, will be held virtually from February 10th – March 3rd, 2021.

A podcast about guns and the Second Amendment ranks number one in the hobbies category on iTunes, hitting 6,219,939 downloads in 2020 according to Gun Talk Media, an industry leader in digital content.
GAMO USA has renewed as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor, WTU President Jeff Schinkten has announced. Whitetails Unlimited has dedicated its resources to the betterment of the white-tailed deer and its environment.
The NSSF commends U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s (R-S.C.) introduction of the Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 95. The bill would remove firearm suppressors from the list of definitions under the 1934 National Firearms Act.
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) announces changes to its Board of Directors, including the addition of six new members committed to CSF's mission of protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping in the halls of government.

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Everyday Outdoors are proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the release of the Ducks Unlimited Barrel Band collection.
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Evan Heusinkveld, President of Sportsmen's Alliance.
Indiana Conservation Officer Robert Duff has been selected as the 2020 District 2 Officer of the Year.

Editor’s Note: Yesterday wasn’t a great day for anyone. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing any of us can do going forward. Here are some observations -and suggestions- from our longtime contributor and tactical expert, Tiger McKee.

2021 Tactics

The holidays are past. It’s time to focus on this year. Culturally, economically and politically our tactics for this year need to be “local.” Regardless of how you feel about the “election,” I’m pretty sure this next year is going to be a difficult one when it comes to freedom – of all forms. The federal government is broken; it’s the new “global reset,” without regard to how Americans feel. Our best option now has to be local – state, county, city and community.

Washington, D.C. is a lot like the Rome of old. It really doesn’t represent the majority of Americans in any shape, form or fashion. It’s become unrecognizable. Imagine a place where you can’t say, “son, daughter, mother” or “father.” I blame it on the fact that politics has become a profession. Our “representatives” no longer have to live and work among us.

I’ve heard and seen various discussions lately based on Jefferson’s words: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” There are numerous speeches or writings about states withdrawing from the Union, debates on the possibility of having to physically “take it to the streets” or violently resisting gun confiscations. Even as I write this there is violence occurring in D.C. We’d better hope and pray these types of events never happen. The best way to ensure a peaceful existence at this time is to focus energy where you can actually have some effect. If we have little or no influence at a federal level then it’s time to focus our tactics on those we still have sway with.

You know your state, the county where you live and the friends and neighbors surrounding you. And they should know you. These are the people you can actually communicate with face-to-face, establishing a real relationship with those responsible for representing you. In the coming year these associations, your personal link with local and state governments is going to be more critical than ever before. It’s also important to start taking measures to control the amount of influence those outside your communities and states have over the life you live. In other words, I don’t want California dictating how we live in Alabama. Plus, involvement at the local level allows you to see, hear and sometimes actually feel the results of your participation and influence. When career politicians don’t perform as expected, there are still plenty of legal options for replacement with someone in that position who will represent properly.

Remember, we the people are the government. This is no truer than at a local level. The old, “People get the government they deserve,” is true. It’s up to us to make sure we deserve a government based on our constitution. This is our tactic for 2021.

— Tiger McKee

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrites Facebook page for other details.

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