FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021

Saylet Hernandez, 17, of Zion Benton High School in Illinois, was the overall leading athlete of the sporter class during the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 2020-2021 Three-Position Postal Competition.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources State Director, Colleen Callahan has notified the Amateur Trapshooting Association that the US Open Trapshooting Tournament and The Grand American and AIM Youth Championships will be allowed to take place at IDNR’s World Shooting and Recreational Complex this year.
In honor of its 50th Anniversary, the International Hunter Education Association – USA is launching a “50 for 50 Award” at its first-ever virtual conference in May. SIG SAUER has stepped up to sponsor the award which honors one hunter educator in each state for rising above and beyond their normal duties in 2020.
Tuesday, at the Rick Hinderer Knives factory in Shreve, Ohio, a gathering of legislators and other advocates  watched as Rick Hinderer assembled a prototype of his first automatic knife -  now legal to manufacture in Ohio with the enactment Monday of SB 140, Knife Rights' Ohio Knife Law Reform bill
SIG SAUER is honored to announce the creation of the U.S. Army Best Ranger Competition M17 Trophy Pistols for the upcoming 2021 Best Ranger Competition being held at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has released the Vermont Master Angler Program 2020 Annual Report with 1,035 entries and 63 Master Angler Award recipients.
It’s been six months since Lake Fork hosted a B.A.S.S. event, but while the seasonal complexion will be significantly different when the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite comes to town, this East Texas powerhouse stands ready to produce another impressive showing.
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Professional bass fisherman Brent Ehrler uses Gamakatsu’s Spring Lock Spinner to score big around the shad spawn.


Huk’s new Tide Point Collection features long and short sleeve shirts, and is available in multiple colors and patterns for just about any style preference.

Plano's Stealth Pistol Case is made from high-density interlocking foam that is more than sufficient to contain and cushion a firearm. It not only will protect the firearm from abuse but also help to keep it free from unintended damage.
ALPS OutdoorZ has just introduced a classically-styled game and shell belt system ideally suited for upland bird hunting or a day of busting clays.
Indiana DNR recently awarded $499,970 in grants through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program to improve the waterways in several Indiana counties.
BuckStik is pleased to retain Providence Marketing Group as their marketing agency of record.

UrgeMedia is proud to announce its renewed partnership with Koola Buck, helping them to reach all varieties of outdoor enthusiast with television placements, influencer marketing, and other digital marketing efforts through UrgeMedia’s marketing platform.
GunMag Warehouse is proud to announce the launch of GunMag Training. GMT will be the instructional arm of GMW. It will be led by Daniel Shaw, formerly of Shaw Strategies and the USMC.
John Teachey, a veteran of the shooting industry and a smallbore and highpower competitor, has been named Vice President of Operations for Creedmoor Sports, Inc.
MKS Supply, marketer and exclusive distributor for Hi-Point Firearms, Barnaul Ammunition and Inland Manufacturing, is encouraging fellow firearms shooting sports industry members and individuals to join them in their support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Blackbird Products Group, LLC, parent company of Mammoth Coolers, is the official cooler sponsor of Southern Kingfish Association, one of the largest saltwater tournament trails in the country.
New Jersey Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths are united in opposition to the new anti-gun legislative measures proposed Thursday by Governor Phil Murphy and Democrats in the state legislature.
Instead of pitching a fit because you’re not catching fish, try pitching a Sea Falcon® Z-Slow jig. The Z-Slow jig is the standard Sea Falcon slow-pitch jig shape, and is the most versatile jig in the Sea Falcon lineup.
Plano's new Frost™ cooler is the newest addition to an excellent lineup of outdoor products for 2021. These shock resistant coolers come in 3 sizes: 14-quart, 21 quart, and 32-quart.


Nomad’s new Pursuit Convertible Turkey Vest is an excellent option for those who prefer a minimalist yet highly functional approach, as it can be worn as a traditional vest or unclipped to be worn as a fanny pack. 
BIG 8 PRODUCTS® has recently released the new Turkey Beard Hanger.
New Realtree Fireworks, hunting- and fishing-themed fireworks reflect a love for the adventurous, outdoor lifestyle with a variety of fireworks options wrapped in Realtree camo designs and patterns.
Christensen Arms announced the new Modern Precision Pistol. Weighing in at just 4.4 to 5.8 lbs., it is a purpose-built, bolt-action pistol chassis. Initially available in four calibers the pistol has a muzzle-threaded barrel, in lengths ranging from 7.5” to 12.5”, creating an ideal suppressor host.

NovX has launched a new line of personal defense handgun ammunition, available first exclusively at Midway USA. The Pentagon defense cartridge was developed to provide maximum terminal performance for defensive, concealed carry applications.
In a continued effort to support and engage the growing community of new shooters and hunters, Nosler has released an educational video with Nosler pro scatter Randy Newberg that will help prepare beginners for their first experience at the shooting range.
On this episode of the “It’s Federal Season” podcast, outdoor television’s power couple Lee and Tiffany Lakosky join Federal Ammunition’s Vice President of Marketing Jason Nash and Director of Media Brian Kelvington for a comprehensive discussion on the rise and success of their outdoor television careers.
Shoot Like A Girl is honored to be featured in a cover story in the most recent American Shooting Journal digital magazine.

Andrew Boots, a 7th grade student that attends Valley View Jr. High in Jonesboro, Ark., developed an app that stores blood sugar data, allowing people to share their blood sugar numbers with their health care team and adjust their insulin accordingly.
Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. In the?midwest, national wildlife refuges, waterfowl production areas and fish hatcheries are a huge part of this tradition.? Both Crab Orchard and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuges are proposing changes to hunting and fishing regulations there.
It’s a new thriller in the series featuring character James Reese, a gun rights group that rolls into D.C. every year to meet with members of Congress, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
Enjoy the natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities surrounding the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon with your family or small group. 

Dryshod’s Southland Men’s Hunting boot incorporates many design details and advanced technologies that make it a leading all-terrain waterproof boot for demanding hunters.
Through an agreement signed on April 1, Humana will support the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground conservation program as the official 2021 Take Kids Fishing Host Sponsor.
A massive effort to vaccinate people in the Detroit area against COVID-19 rolled out recently with mobile clinics and a clinic at Ford Field, where the Detroit Lions play football.
A series of free webinars in April, May and June will explore key aspects of building with mass timber, from meeting codes to the challenges of using hardwoods when making mass timber.
The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) will hold its second scheduled meeting of 2021 on Saturday, May 8 at Jasper High School, Jasper, Alabama.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet virtually in a web conference from 6 to 8:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 22.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Dansville shooting range in Ingham County will reopen for the season today.
Live animals, cooking demonstrations, art classes and famous guns. There’s only one place in Wyoming where people can learn it all — the Wyoming Outdoor Expo. This year's event is called ExpoLive and held May 6-8 online.

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature first appeared in our companion service, The Tactical Wire.

This week I got the opportunity to meet with one of the greats in the firearms industry. Il Ling New was in north Alabama teaching a Scout Rifle class at the CMP range in Anniston and found time to come by, sit and talk for a while. Although she shouldn’t need it – considering her accomplishments in the firearms world – this also created the chance to introduce Il Ling to readers of the Wire.

Il Ling grew up shooting; as a teenager she worked for her father’s outfitting service. At 17 she received her first guide license, and was the first female captain of Yale University’s skeet and trap team. “My father encouraged me to be a well-rounded person,” she explained. “He taught me how to safely ride a horse and motorcycle, how to shoot and hunt.” She’s worked as a professional guide, has hunted game across the world and is renowned for her ability to prepare hunters for their action in the field.

In 2012 Il Ling was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame, receiving more votes than any of those honored that year. Considering California is the center of sports, this is high praise. She was elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 2018. On top of all this, she’s an instructor at Gunsite, where she teaches defensive classes for handguns, rifle and shotguns, plus hunting courses and wingshooting.

Her first professional training in defensive use of firearms was in 1981. “My parents understood ‘defense,’” she told me, and encouraged her to get handgun training. She went to Gunsite for her first class – a 250 Handgun course. “A few months later,” she added, “I went back to Gunsite for a rifle class.” As a marketing executive travelling the world, she credits training at Gunsite with helping her avoid danger – even in places where she couldn’t be armed.

That's Il Ling, as a student in a 250 (Defensive Handgun) in 2006. I'm not sure anyone knew that she'd been a Gunsite instructor since 2000 nor that her first 250 was in 1981! And that's a Smith & Wesson Model 586 357 Magnum worn crossdraw.

Jeff Cooper took an interest in Il Ling’s training, and in 2000 she became a full-fledged instructor at Gunsite. Even now, when she speaks about those times you can tell that Gunsite and Cooper hold special places in her heart. “Life lessons,” she said, “come from places like Gunsite.” She even met her husband there, when he was attending classes.

When I asked what inspired her to become a firearms instructor she paused. “Everybody should know how to safely use firearms.” Then she quickly added that she was motivated and encouraged by great teachers. “Their influences led me to teaching people to defend themselves.” And this is where she has truly shined. Her message to others? “If I can do it,” she told me – being a petite woman – “you can do it, too.”

If this is your introduction to Il Ling then go onto the ‘net and search out her writings and video. Should you ever get the chance to train with her I’d highly recommend the experience. And if you know someone who questions their abilities when it comes to firearms, Il Ling is a great role model to steer them towards.

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 Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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