Good Friday
In observation of the Good Friday, we will not be publishing any wires on Friday, April 2. No joke. We will be back on our normal distribution schedule on Monday, April 5.
Nonprofit Raised At Full Draw (RAFD) is now accepting reservations for their summer bowhunting camps. Participants do not need experience within archery or bowhunting. If they do not have archery equipment, they will be provided equipment during camp. This camp is complete with all the skills necessary to gain the abilities, build confidence and personal growth for bowhunting/hunting.
Yamaha Marine announced today a video series designed to give novice boaters basic tips while emphasizing the importance of safety on the water. Hosted by Yamaha Pro and social media influencer Tyler Anderson, Yamaha’s Boating Academy aims to help educate new boaters on a wide variety of useful topics including boating etiquette, driving 101 and proper boat ramp procedures.

Walther’s timeless innovation has once more achieved a breakthrough never seen before in firearms with the PDP elite handgun. Whether you are on the job or with the family, it is your duty to stay ready for any situation that may come. Now, you can do so confidently with the groundbreaking advancements afforded by the Walther PDP. With revolutionary ergonomics, SuperTerrain Slide Serrations, and a brand-new Performance Duty Trigger, this is the next evolution in world-class ingenuity for pistols.

USA Archery kicked off the first Regional Elite Development (RED) Camps of the year. The first camp of the year in each region is also the selection event for the RED National Camp.


Hornady congratulates Kelly Neal on his performance at the Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun match in Mesa, Arizona. He used 5.56 NATO 55 gr. FMJ Frontier ammunition for close range rifle shots, 5.56 NATO 75 gr BTHP Frontier for the long-range rifle targets and Hornady 9mm 115 gr. Hornady Action Pistol bullets.

Gold Tip is celebrating big wins at the ASA Foley Archery Tournament after team members took home five podium finishes in the Pro Division at the highly contested ASA Pro/Am Tour 3-D match.
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The Yaqui Slide holster, popularized by Jeff Cooper, was ushered into the modern era of holster design when Galco added a set of independent tension screw adjustments, allowing for a custom fit to the firearm and micro-adjustment of the draw stroke.
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces the completion of the 2020 Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grant cycle with funding decisions for the fourth quarter.
Major League Fishing professional angler and Bassmaster Classic Champion will promote Texas-founded portable propane cookers, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts

Orion Wholesale announced their new headquarters facility in the Greater Louisville area. The 130,000 square foot distribution facility and corporate offices are set to open in the fall.
Accubow, a virtual archery and bowhunting company, will release five new virtual bows this year. Along with launching new products, their AccuBow application is getting an update.
MYSTERY RANCH is pleased to announce that Sam Soholt has joined the brand’s Hunting Ambassador team.
Buck Knives has added personnel in newly formed Regional Sales Management roles and has grown the sales and marketing team.

Federal Ammunition and sister brand Remington Ammunition announce the “President’s Award” to recognize an industry partner that has moved to elevate the hunting and shooting sports through acts of generosity, kindness, and advocacy. Jason Vanderbrink, President of Vista Outdoor Ammunition brands, has announced Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters as the 2020 recipient of this award.
HuntStand announces a partnership with HuntScore, under which HuntStand will become the hunt-planning specialist’s official hunting and land management app.
Beretta is excited to join Sako Ltd. in the celebration of its 100th birthday and the impact that the company and its products have made in the rifle and cartridge marketplaces around the world.
While attending a trade event last week, Taurus Manufacturing’s David Holand’s home burned. His family is safe, but lost everything. A fundraiser has been started for the family, with the goal of helping replace their home and furnishings.

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a hunter-based nonprofit wildlife habitat conservation organization, seeks an experienced editor to create dynamic content across RMEF’s print, digital, TV and social platforms.
Ohio Representative Al Cutrona has introduced HB 243 to enact Knife Rights' signature Knife Law Preemption in Ohio. Without knife law preemption, numerous cities and towns in Ohio are still able to ban many knives that are perfectly legal under Ohio's statutes.
For users that prefer an Outside the Waistband (OWB) holster and use red dot sights, the new Rough Rider holster is a great option for most pistols.
New at ICast 2020, Plano unveiled the newest addition to the EDGE family - the Plano EDGE 3500. Like its bigger brethren, the EDGE 3500 has all of the standard features of the line but in a smaller and more agile frame.

Frabill's most technologically advanced series of nets includes the Trophy Haul™ Predator, perfect for landing a new personal best.

Hatsan is breaking into the world of pneumatic arrow launchers with its latest PCP airgun, the Harpoon.


Anglers who enjoy taking large groups fishing, or who feel the need of bringing a lot of gear, will immediately see the advantages of the Millennium Marine Spyderlok Rod Transport Rack.
Long held in high regard by professional African guides and hunters for their dependability, Chapuis now brings their side-by-side rifles to the U.S. with the Chapuis Elan Double Rifles.

The Royal Series Over & Under from Dickinson Arms proves that shooters can get a premium, collector-quality shotgun without breaking the bank or waiting forever to get a custom gun made.
The new Men's Hatcher Pass Long Sleeve Realtree EDGE Camo Guide Shirt is the lightweight option you need for warm-weather hunting.
The Boone and Crockett Club announced Wednesday that Leupold & Stevens, Inc. will be continuing its support as a Trailblazer in Conservation sponsor with the funds dedicated to the Club’s Poach & Pay project.
Benelli, makers of top-end shotguns and rifles, has joined Whitetails Unlimited as a national sponsor, WTU President Jeff Schinkten has announced.

onX has agreed to partner with Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors to help expand and grow the Shooting Sports Outreach program that gives children the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.
Steiner Optics announces its “Dads-N-Grads” promotion for savings on select HX Series, M Series, BluHorizons binoculars and the Commander binoculars --and the T5Xi riflescope line.
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Tony Schoonen, Chief Executive Officer of the Boone And Crockett Club.
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces the completion of the 2020 Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grant cycle with funding decisions for the fourth quarter. In total, Yamaha granted more than $350,000 in 2020 while supplying essential support to public lands providing vital access to outdoor recreation across the country.
Nebraska state park visitors will get a chance to share their experiences this spring and summer. Crews will be in parks conducting surveys every weekend from April 3 through Aug. 8.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is facing a critical time in the agency’s history. Most of the lakes, hatcheries, buildings and other infrastructure controlled by the AGFC were built more than 50 years ago and need renovation or replacement.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife is asking drivers to slow down and be cautious when travelling at night in early spring or to take alternate routes to avoid driving near ponds and wetlands where salamanders and frogs are crossing during their breeding season.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding anyone on the water to slow down and look out for manatees while boating in Florida this spring.

Editor’s Note: The following feature was written by the Department of the Interior’s United States Geological Survey (USGS). Unlike the renaming of Volkswagen to Voltswagen, this is not an April fool joke.

Scientists collect carcasses at a wind energy facility to estimate total wildlife mortality at a site. (Public domain.)

CORVALLIS, OR  – Reduction in wildlife mortality rates is sometimes cited as a potential benefit to the replacement of older, smaller turbines by larger, next generation turbines. In contrast, others have expressed concern that newer, larger turbines may actually increase bird and bat deaths.

A new USGS-led study suggests that the relative amount of energy produced by turbines in a given location, rather than simply their size, determines the rate of wildlife deaths. The study was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology on March 31.

Repowering is the replacement of smaller and tightly spaced turbines that each have a lower power capacity with fewer, larger, higher power-capacity turbines installed farther apart to generate similar or greater electrical energy output within the same area.

Dog-handler teams with high detection rates searched for carcasses to provide estimates of total wildlife mortality at a site. (Courtesy of Rogue Detection Teams)

As capacity, size and the number of turbines have grown globally, so has the need for reliable information regarding bird and bat fatalities caused by collision with rotating turbine blades, as well as ways to lessen such adverse impacts on wildlife. In this and other research, USGS scientists are studying the effects of energy infrastructure on wildlife and are working to develop technical and management options that can reduce risks to wildlife.

“Facility and turbine location, as well as the amount of energy production, are likely stronger determinants of wildlife deaths than the size of turbines installed,” said Manuela Huso, a USGS research statistician and the lead author of the report. “Our study indicates that simply replacing older and smaller wind turbines with newer and larger machines generating the same amount of energy has little effect on the rate of wildlife mortality. Additional, carefully designed studies are needed, however, to confirm these results.”

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