Twelve USA Shooting Athletes earn invites to the 2021 ISSF President’s Cup, which consists of the top 12 shooters in the world in rifle, pistol, and shotgun events according to the 2021 World Ranking.
The combined shooting sports championships in the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation’s National Championships firmly established the continued interest in shooting sports.
Federal Ammunition congratulates the USA Shooting shotgun team members who won Olympic medals in Tokyo. Federal sponsored shooters Vincent Hancock, Kayle Browning and Brian Burrows captured medals in their events against the world’s best on the biggest stage.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries have announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative designed to protect populations of salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon from the effects of the current unprecedented drought.
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The new Rebel Outside the Waistband (OWB) Holster from Versacarry® is an optics compatible holster packed with features. For 2021, the Rebel OWB will be available in two models, for Springfield Armory Hellcat and the SIG Sauer P365 pistols with 3.1” barrels.

Gamakatsu has designed two new gear protection products with features that anglers requested. The Shoulder Bag Tackle Storage is perfect for the nimble run and gun angler who needs a tackle solution as flexible as the spots they fish. The Tuna Dry Bag is a waterproof backpack with ample storage for bulky gear.
Galco’s Field Grade Zippered Rifle/Shotgun Cases are constructed of khaki cotton duck, lined with acrylic fleece and trimmed with rich dark havana Latigo leather.
HOT SHOT Gear introduces their 3-in-1 Hunting Parka, a versatile hunting jacket engineered to accommodate a wide variety of situations and weather conditions.
The new Yamaha Marine Precision Propeller (YPPI) facility in Greenfield, Indiana, has reached full production capacity.

Bear Creek Arsenal wants to help recreational shooters get out and enjoy the fun and excitement of the shooting sports by offering this great package, valued at $1,418.89, full of essential range gear.
frogg toggs — the industry leader of lightweight, breathable, affordable rainwear — has acquired Alabama-based hunting and fishing gear company Insight Outdoors.
Top boat manufacturers out of Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas are among the first to include Power Pux as a standard feature in their upcoming boat models.
Empowering anglers with better gear for better adventures on the water is the mission driving the all-new brand, Korso Outdoors, as it enters the market with five kayak fishing accessories in never-before-seen colors and designs.

Christensen Arms, manufacturer of state-of-the-art precision firearms and custom carbon fiber barrels, announces they have partnered with Half Face Blades founder, retired Navy SEAL Andy Arrabito, for the ultimate Brandlive event.
Huk, announce its newest partnership with basketball phenom Keon Johnson. Huk and Keon will look to elevate Huk’s exciting apparel line to Keon’s growing fan base through this winning combination.


SilencerCo has released the second episode of their “American Gun” series. “American Gun: The Riflesmith” features a custom riflesmith from Lousianna, Terry, whose main clientele include military and police officers.
In response to the rising number of new gun owners across America, the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is launching #RealityCheck, a national public awareness campaign to promote responsible gun ownership. T

FastBound, announced that it has been awarded a Summer 2021 Leader Award by SourceForge, the world’s largest software review and comparison website
When being real means being your best, that’s when you know you’ve succeeded. Realtree’s “Be Real” stories offer you great examples of men and women who took their own path, in their own way, and came out on top. The latest “Be Real” story features professional angler Jacob Wheeler.
MyOutdoor TV (MOTV) is now offering 10 seasons of the highly-acclaimed series, Gun Stories, hosted by actor and gun enthusiast Joe Mantegna,
EOTECH’s Holographic Weapon Sights are among the most elite optics in the world. Selected by USSOCOM and battle tested, EOTECH's combination of technology and rugged build quality offer proven advantages to all who use them.

Wildlife Forever and Major League Fishing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to combat the spread of invasive species.
Trinity Oaks is asking San Antonio youth to join them September 11, 2021 for real outdoor fun at the H20 Youth Adventure Camp, a free one-day event open to all kids between the ages of 9 to 16 at the Bexar Community Shooting Range.
The National Wild Turkey Federation has renewed its partnership with TriStar Arms.
Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame founder Garry Mason announces veteran television producer, personality and author, Chris Dorsey, will join the Hall of Fame roster.

This week, Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Kirk Evans, President and Emily Taylor, Independent Program Attorney, from U.S. LawShield to discuss the recently passed Texas Constitutional Carry law.
This week, Outdoors Radio features country music recording artist and TV host Nick Hoffman, mental toughness trainer Eric Rittmeyer, kayaking instructor Jonathan Small and McFarland guide Ron Barefield.
Featuring a 3 3/8” drop point blade with an overall closed length of 4 7/8” and Rockwell hardness of 59-61, the Onset is built for the rigors of daily use, offering superior edge retention and rock solid toughness.
Uncharted Supply Co. is launching three new products specifically designed to bring peace of mind to every adventure: the Wolf Pack, a dog collar that doubles as a first aid kit, Park Pack, a modular hip pack with integrated first aid and gear repair tools, and First Aid Plus, a waterproof, durable first aid kit packed with essential tools for any emergency.

Orchid LLC is proud to support Red Tail LLC as the official FFL of the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance and MidwayUSA Foundation with A&D bound book services.
Vermont’s resident Canada goose hunting season will be held September 1 through September 25 to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada.
Recreational bay scallop season for Gulf County (including all of St. Joseph Bay) opens August 6 and will remain open through September 24. The region includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking input on a draft master plan being developed to improve Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park and State Recreation Area in North Platte.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Tohopekaliga the week of August 16, weather permitting.
During the U.P. State Fair August 19-21 in Escanaba a hot air balloon made in Smokey Bear’s image will ascend on a tether several times near the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Pocket Park. 
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be hosting free webinars to provide new and existing hunters of all ages the information and resources needed to be successful this fall. The courses cover topics such as finding places to hunt, selecting a firearm, an overview of regulations, biology of game species, hunting tips and tactics, and preparing wild game for the table.
Tyson Farms, Inc. will pay $650,000 in restitution to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the loss of aquatic species from the June 6, 2019, wastewater spill that killed approximately 200,000 fish in the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River near Hanceville.
This week Ducks Unlimited Television (DU TV) takes you to the historic Illinois River wetlands south of Chicago, home to some of the oldest duck hunting clubs in America.
This week on MOJO Migration, Terry and Mike revisit some of the most memorable duck hunting moments the team has gotten to experience. Sometimes you just don't know what will happen when you put out your duck spread. It seems there are surprises around every corner in Africa, Peru and Alaska.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists recently made an exciting discovery during some surveys in the northeastern part of the state — a new native snail species that has never before been found in Utah.

To the surprise (and chagrin) of many outside the industry, hunters and anglers aren’t neither the most prolific nor profligate consumers of the outdoors. Via the contributions of tax dollars via Pittman-Robertson act, they voluntarily contribute funds to help preserve, protect and defend the nation’s wild resources.

As participation numbers fall (despite the increased, but likely temporary, participation numbers brought on by the social-distancing aspects of Covid), the dollars commensurate with their participation also dwindle. It’s a surprising realization that the dwindling of participation doesn’t improve the lot of game and fish species, it imperils them.

Fewer dollars mean fewer nesting boxes for migratory birds, fewer conservation easements to preserve wild spaces for the other species, and a general reduction in wildlife and conservation resource officers to protect them from poaching or limitless consumption.

The conclusion is simple: as resources dwindle, wildlife suffers.

Last week, I was contacted by North Carolina State University’s Lincoln Larson, an associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism management at NC State. He wanted to make me aware of the results from a significant study of undergraduate students at public universities regarding the future for wildlife.

Not surprisingly, the students were supportive of conservation funding in what Larson called “many forms…and particularly supportive of new ways to do it.” As he pointed out, what they support was probably worth paying attention to.

On the surface, their support for conservation’s continuance was encouraging.

But the findings, published in Conservation Science and Practice, also force another realization: they’re all for eight of nine strategies for funding, including industry contributions, state-level funding sources, revenue from oil and gas companies, using revenue from outdoor recreation outfitters, state lottery proceeds (77%), a state sales tax (71%), even state and local bonds (72%), in addition to hunting and fishing license fees (83%). They also liked the idea of an excise tax on hunting and fishing equipment (61%).

But the area where they balked at paying for conservation cuts to the heart of the ongoing debate of “traditional” versus “non-traditional” outdoors participants.

A majority of students surveyed opposed the idea of excise taxes on outdoor recreation equipment like backpacks, tents or binoculars. The equipment they’re most likely to use.

That, says Larson, points to something that’s been a point of contention between the two types of outdoors participants.

“Students generally want people to pay for conservation,” he says, “but they might not want to pay for it themselves, at least not at this stage in their lives.”

Everyone enjoys the many benefits of outdoor recreation. But it appears that not everyone is willing to share the burden of keeping wild places wild.

There’s the rub.

Across the survey, funding wildlife conservation was something all of these young adults could support…until it came to the idea of a portion of those costs coming out of pocket.

They were more than willing to look at any other non-traditional funding source - first.

“Right now,” Larson says, “wildlife conservation in the United States is primarily funded by hunters and anglers, and it’s been that way for nearly 100 years. That system worked well until the number of hunters and anglers started to decline.”

“Now, the state agencies charged with managing wildlife are are trying to figure out: What do we do? Do we recruit more hunters and anglers, or do we come up with new and innovative ways to support conservation?”

As our future leaders were brought into the conversation, it seems they’re more than willing to look at “non-traditional” ways of replacing the diminishing revenues. Until the idea of contributions for that support was suggested from groups that have historically not paid for anything other than their own participation and enjoyment.

The study’s overall findings seem encouraging, until you realize they’re inferring paying to keep conservation going is a good idea- until I’m expected to contribute.

That’s essentially no different than the debate that’s raged across the outdoors for many of the 100 years that hunters and anglers have essentially paid the freight for others: shouldn’t all outdoor enthusiasts be expected to contribute to the wild spaces they enjoy?

Hunters and anglers think the obvious answer is “yes”. Everyone else seems to disagree. And the survey indicates that’s not likely to change anytime soon.

We’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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