Florida Sportsman magazine publisher Blair Wickstrom succinctly sums up the conservation message his magazine and readers are espousing: “We demand that the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council institute new conservation measures for dolphin (mahi) NOW.”
The deadline to enter Wildlife Forever’s 2021 Songbird Art Contest is November 30th. The new Art of Conservation Program is open to all youth in kindergarten to 12th grade and is a great activity for students to learn about bird conservation.
Trijicon, Inc announced the successful launch and continuation of its inaugural The Science of Brilliant Roadshow. Through December 2021, Trijicon is embarking on a mission to visit prominent dealers across the nation and provide consumers hands-on experience with Trijicon's full line of Brilliant Aiming Solutions.
- GEAR -
It’s time to go ice fishing. Smart ice anglers do not head to the lake without a tackle box containing a good selection of the sport’s most effective lures – Al’s Goldfish Lure Company’s Ice Jigs.
Galco’s versatile WheelGunner and Ironhide belt holsters offer ambidextrous design as well as quick on-off capability. Suitable for casual concealment and outdoor sportsman’s carry, they both carry a large handgun high and close to the body.

CUGA’s vest offers serious protection for the active dog. You can now find it in stores and online at Bob Ward’s.
Vermont hunters who get a deer during the November 13-28 regular deer season are asked to provide an incisor tooth as part of a statewide initiative to gather more biological data on Vermont's deer population.
The 6x8 Octagon in the Shadow Hunter Marksman Series is optimized for any style of hunting — gun, bow, or crossbow — and can comfortably accommodate up to 4 people.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers special opportunities this month to introduce the next generation to hunting and conservation.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has released the draw results for 2022 spring hunts for turkey, javelina, bison and bear, and raptor capture.  
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers has recognized Winchester Ammunition as the Ammunition Manufacturer of the Year. The recent award was presented at the 2021 NASGW Annual Meeting and Expo in Columbus, Ohio.
Digital Arms, an NFT trading platform for firearm, gaming and hunting enthusiasts, is making it possible to buy branded NFT firearms. The team is leaning on their combined experience in the firearms and hunting industries to develop a world-first platform that brings non-fungible tokens to the space.
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The Murray Road Agency seeks a highly organized and motivated individual to fill the open role of Events and Project Manager.

The South Carolina Waterfowl Assocation is seeking a motivated and experienced operations manager to provide operational and facility management leadership to help ensure the success of the programs of SCWA, which include Camp Woodie, Camp Leopold, Outdoor Heritage Events, Chapter Fund Raising Events, Wildlife Conservation, Habitat and Hunting programs.
Michigan Knife Rights Act, HB 4066, that would enact Knife Rights' signature Knife Law Preemption in the state, has been presented to Governor Whitmer. Knife Rights is encouraging residents and those who work or travel in the state to contact her and urge her to sign the legislation.
The new V-TAC™ 23, 25, & 27 diameter arrows meld the latest in carbon fiber weave technology from Victory’s parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical America®, with insight from Olympic gold medal archers and industry top professionals.
Run and gun for hours or stay dry in the stand with the lightweight Predator XT Series from ThermaSeat.

HEVI-Shot announced new HEVI-Hammer Upland loads. New for 2021, HEVI-Shot is offering 12- and 20- gauge options in shot size No. 5, or 7 shot to cover all the needs of hunters targeting large and medium upland game.
Bianchi announced the availability of a new leather finish for select holster designs. The weathered series line of holsters offers a broken-in look to classic Bianchi holsters.
Hornady announced its lineup of new and technologically advanced products for 2022. The new ammunition, bullet, reloading and security products will be available from stocking dealers, major retail sporting goods stores and their websites.
Featuring machined aluminum components, the 2022 Elite Archery TerrainTM and BasinTM offer massive adjustability and performance from bows not typically found in this price point and allow retail partners to offer premium products without a premium price tag.


The newest in the GForce line of home defense and hunting shotguns, the “Filthy Pheasant” is aimed for the average person who loves to hunt or shoot trap.
Waypoint TV is excited to announce Michael Waddell’s new show, Downton Dixie, airing exclusively on Waypoint TV.
Just in time for the 50th Annual Convention, SCI members can benefit from the brand new, free to participate competition, offering the chance to win two free tickets and two free flights to the 50th Annual SCI Convention this January 19th-22nd.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a one-day hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual) of its Standing, Reef Fish, Ecosystem, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees.

Honored American Veterans Afield hosted three, one-day shooting competition events at the Bandera Gun Club in Bandera, Texas on October 21, 22 and 23. Each day of shooting featured
45 different active-duty military members and disabled Veterans, for a total of nearly 125 participants, 7 of which were hosted by The Independence Fund.
Honored American Veterans Afield took seven active-duty service members and veterans on a blast and cast weekend to western New York. Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Recreation Therapy Program took part in three days of shotgun training, target shooting, a pheasant hunt and fishing.
Stryk Pay Monday announced a credit card processing partnership with Firearms Depot, a Newberry, Fla.-based retailer that offers an extensive line of firearms, ammunition, optics, firearm parts and accessories.
CanCooker is excited to announce a new partnership with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to provide members with an exclusive discount on its convenient cooking systems, seasonings, and accessories.

Antler King is excited to announce a new partnership with RubLine Marketing for all branding and marketing efforts.
Groove Life has joined forces with two of America’s largest outdoor retailers to offer the durable and adjustable Groove Belt™.
SIGHTRON announced instant holiday savings on two of their premium riflescope lines, the SIII PLR’s and SVIII. It’s a great time for deals and they’re available on some of the company’s newest top-end models.
Traditional shooters will want to check out the new shaft in in Easton’s line of arrows—the Carbon Legacy.

MOJO Outdoors is pleased to announce all products for the upcoming season are in stock and shipping to dealers now.
Updates are annually made by the DNR to ensure the forest road inventory is accurate and meets the requirements of the law. Comments are being accepted on proposed updates to the forest road system through Dec. 1.
The 2022 B.A.S.S. tournament schedule continues to take shape as organization officials announced Monday the slates for its College, High School and Junior Series.

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the legality of New York’s longstanding restrictions on firearms. There’s not a whole lot more we can add to the discussion, other than to reemphasize the potential gravity of the case. Or restate the fact that the high court even agreeing to hear the case indicates a willingness to (finally) revisit the Second Amendment questions they’ve assiduously avoided since the Heller decision in 2008.

Should the Supremes toss the law entirely, it will certainly change the landscape for firearms ownership across the country.

Should they take a limited position (the sincere hope of those who want more regulations on firearms ownership, not fewer), it may mean anti-gun jurisdictions like New York and the District of Columbia will simply change their verbiage, then wait for the next round of legal challenges to make its slow way through the appellate system.

In the meantime, the NSSF’s latest NICS numbers indicate the slowing trend in gun sales might finally be arriving. But it’s definitely not as slow as might be indicated by the percentage (19.3) decrease. Even with that drop, the adjusted-National Instant Criminal Background Check System numbers have 1,427,264 operations. That’s only a drop compared to 2020- and is still sufficient to make October 2021 the second-highest October on record.

Or as the NSSF’s Mark Oliva explains, “The annual total so far of nearly 15.2 million background checks is putting 2021 on the path to being the second strongest year on record. It is currently behind only the record shattering 21 million background checks witnessed in 2020 and the 15.7 million background checks conducted during 2016.”

“This continued and sustained pace of background checks for the sale of a firearm, that is climbing in the closing months of 2021, shows the resiliency of the firearm manufacturers to meet this sustained, high-level demand and the personal interest by the American public to participate in the exercise of their God-given Second Amendment rights.”

Can’t add much more to that.

Despite what you might be hearing in the media, there are ever-increasing numbers of first-time gun owners. And they are as diverse as the population of the country.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s “vaccination or testing” mandate for state employees, contractors, interns and volunteers was supposedly designed to make things better- as in safer- for state employees.

Jury’s still out on how effective that’s been, but there’s apparently not much doubt that it’s taking an unexpectedly high toll on a critical part of the operation of the commonwealth’s government: volunteer workers.

According to a story by Ken Perrotte appearing in last Thursday’s Free Lance-Star, the mandate may result in the loss of up to half or more of the volunteers in the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources’ Hunter Education Program.

According to Perrotte, a November 19 email to program participants by the VDWR’s human resource director told them: “If you are not fully vaccinated, we will not be able to utilize you for future events, until Executive Directive Number Eighteen (2021) expires or you become fully vaccinated.

For many of the volunteers, it appears that simply is not an option. And the agency’s hands appear to be tied.

The impact is already being felt as some classes are either drastically short of volunteer instructors or have been cancelled entirely.

To worsen matters, the mandate calls for weekly testing for unvaccinated personnel. Testing for volunteers, according to the DWF, is either “unavailable” or “cost prohibitive” for the numbers of volunteers involved.

Oddly enough, as Perrotte’s work points out, the rules for state contractors seem far more flexible than agency volunteers. While volunteers are required to either be “vaccinated or tested,” contractors are only “required to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and adhere to all other agency safety protocols while working on-site or engaged in-person with the public.”

Finally, just when you thought the NRA couldn’t run into more problems, their computer network has apparently been hacked.

Last week, we confirmed that the organization’s computer network was, indeed, down -and had been for more than a week. NRA staffers were working the NASGW show, but without the benefit of their calendars, contact lists and other network support.

We’re told those services are down until “the hacking threat has been eradicated.” But the troops continue to soldier on.

We’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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