The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Western CMP Games and Highpower Matches are back at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in 2022. The event will feature four days of pistol competition. Matches added to the schedule include the Pistol 2700, .22 Rimfire Pistol, EIC Pistol, 1911 and Military & Police Service Pistol.
Bushnell is celebrating pro shooter Troy Livesay’s strong finish at the PRS Great Lakes Regional Finale, which took place October 23 at Turkey Creek Rifle Club in Pleasureville, Kentucky.
Shoot Like A Girl wraps up the Home of the Brave Tour by heading to Bass Pro Shops in Concord, North Carolina this weekend for a free interactive event that introduces women to the shooting sports in a fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere.


The Escort SD-X is part of Hatsan's Versatile Tactical Shotgun series. Available in either 12 ga or .410 cal, this modern sporting shotgun is offered in all black or FDE Cerakote.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is changing the protected walleye slot limit to 19 to 25 inches at Big Spirit Lake, East and West Okoboji Lakes, Upper Gar Lake, Minnewashta Lake, Lower Gar Lake and Storm Lake.

Enjoy what’s left of the spectacular colors and cool weather fishing in northeast Iowa’s hundreds of miles of trout streams this fall.
Ohio’s steelhead trout fishing is heating up now that colder weather is incoming. November through March provides peak action for anglers pursuing Ohio’s “silver bullets."
- GEAR -
SnapSafe offers Under Bed Safes to keep larger firearms, ammunition and other valuables secure, and allowing quick and convenient slide-out access when needed.
The National Deer Association (NDA) has announced newly expanded information in the onX Hunt App CWD map layer will now make it even easier for deer and elk hunters to help fight chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Buy?your?deer?license over the counter at?a?DNR?license retailer?or online at? Choose from a deer license or a deer combo license, which allows hunters the opportunity to harvest two bucks. 


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources encourages experienced deer hunters to take advantage of the upcoming Junior Deer Hunting Days to introduce youth to this time-honored cultural and sporting tradition.
Because of increased public interest in elk hunting — and to avoid overloading its permit sales system — the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing to add general-season elk permits to the big game drawing for one year.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) is encouraging hunters to utilize the self-service Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling stations located throughout the state as part of its annual CWD surveillance effort.

Guns & Ammo announced Winchester as the winner of its highly coveted 2021 Ammo of the Year Award for its innovative new cartridge, 6.8 Western.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and Professional Outdoor Media Association recognized the TriStar Bristol line of side-by-side shotguns with the "Best New Shotgun of 2021" Award.
Buck Knives is pleased to welcome Ryan McGinnis into the position of Marketing Manager. As a key member of the Marketing Team, McGinnis will provide strategic oversight and aid in driving a consistent and cohesive brand experience for Buck Knives.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) will file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q today (November 3, 2021) after the close of the stock market.

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Quickfire is looking for someone with experience in copywriting, art direction, and social media marketing who can expand their client’s social media persona from mediocre to exceptional.

SPRO's current RkCrawler selection will be supplemented with five colors: Delta Craw, Goby, Ghost Orange Craw, Olive Craw and Sparkle Shad.
XS Sights is offering a wide variety of its popular night sights for the new Taurus GX4 micro-compact 9mm pistol. These line extensions are also available for the Taurus G3c.
Apex redefined what a true performance trigger is with the introduction of the patented Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit for the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 models. Now, with a polymer version of the flat-faced trigger body, Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce a new budget friendly trigger kit for the M&P M2.0 is available for pre-order for just $99.95.

APEX Ammunition is now shipping its premium, non-toxic, ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot, TSS / S3 Steel Blend, and S3 Steel Waterfowl loads.
German Precision Optics has entered the high magnification first focal plane scope market with its new premium tactical riflescope, the GPOTAC 4.5-27x50i FFP.
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) announced its new eight-member executive committee Tuesday. The executive committee is charged with guiding ORR’s strategic direction and supporting the organization in carrying out its three-year strategic plan.
To help ensure that you and your firearm are shooting accurately, Whitetails Unlimited will ship a pad of 100-yard sight-in targets at no cost.

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (Association) commends Congress and the White House for their continued commitment to improving fish and wildlife habitat and habitat connectivity.
Redding Reloading Equipment has generously contributed to the future of the outdoor industry through a gift to the MidwayUSA Foundation.
The Maryland Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) presented annual awards for recreational fisheries lifetime achievement to Robert Wall and the late Joseph W. Brooks.
Primary Arms now offers order financing with Credova, a ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ option that emphasizes quality of service, accessibility, and convenience for online retail.

Minnesota-based Rapala is expanding their partnership with B.A.S.S., signing a three-year deal as a premier sponsor after serving as the title sponsor of the Fantasy Fishing program and as a supporting sponsor of the Bassmaster tournament trail for the past two years. 


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has released a new draft Lake Management Plan for the Harris Chain of Lakes and will be hosting a public meeting to gather feedback on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Tavares Civic Center.
Throughout this month, at various local ceremonies, the DNR will present its annual awards to recognize outstanding efforts in historic preservation and archaeology.
Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT) Secretary Stacy Hurst today announced the selection of Katherine Andrews to serve as the first director of the Arkansas Office of Outdoor Recreation.

Hunters can soon participate in no-fee waterfowl hunts amid restored salt ponds at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER) in Hayward. Access to ELER will be open to 100 hunters on a first-come, first-served basis.
Backyard Ballistics, a new series airing Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel with hosts Jorg Sprave and Cheyenne Ruether, will explore the science, engineering, construction and building of custom weaponry and gadgets that launch, shoot and explode.
Shooting USA is there as the best of Precision Rifle Shooters show up to take on Doug Koenig’s rifle challenge.
Guns & Gear features Silencer Central’s Banish suppressor, EOTech's LPVO riflescopes, Black Hills Ammunition's Gold ammo in 6.5 Creedmoor, the Savage Impulse straight-pull rifle, and the Smith & Wesson M&P15T II.
One of the Upper Peninsula’s two representatives on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon, will join staffers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to answer viewer questions live Thursday night on “Ask the DNR” on WNMU-TV13.
Dan Small, one of the most recognized and trusted outdoor celebrities in the Midwest, announced air times for his annual TV and online production, Deer Hunt Wisconsin.

This morning, Paul D. Clement, former Solicitor General of the United States will begin formal arguments before the United States Supreme Court in the matter of Case No. 20-843, “The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc., ET AL versus Kevin P. Bruen in his official capacity as Superintendent of the New York State Police, ET AL..”.

After 35 minutes (more or less), Mr. Clement will yield to Ms. Barbara D. Underwood, Solicitor General for the State of New York.

She will attempt to refute Mr. Clement’s arguments, and convince the Justices that New York’s law on concealed carry is defensible.

Seventy minutes after they begin, we should have some indication what the individual Justices are considering.

For more than a century, this law has denied the vast majority of New York State residents their right to “keep and bear arms” anywhere outside some very narrow confines.

Will the Supremes strike the law down, or simply constrain it?

Four decades ago, I asked a senior Supreme Court reporter the same question.

“The Court” he said, “will do what the Supreme Court will do.”

That’s the process in a nutshell.

What any of us hear, see or believe from the arguments will have little bearing on the decision.

Oral arguments are the last best chance both sides have to make their case directly to the justices who will ultimately decided the matter - for all of us.

It is not an all-or-nothing battle.

Their opinion will will reflect a majority decision based on their collective interpretation of the law. It’s unlikely it will be unanimous. And some fiery dissents may accompany the opinion.

But the opinion is what matters. Ultimately, it’s all that matters. But there’s no arguing the importance of that ruling.

New York’s law is foundational to laws in other restrictive jurisdictions. If New York loses anything, they’ll be impacted. If New York’s law is ruled unconstitutional, they all lose.

That’s why the line of questioning is seen as indicative of the crucial points in the case.

To help assemble a list of key indicators, I turned to two industry friends, both of whom bring extensive first-hand experience with the Supreme Court.

Lawrence G. Keane is the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Government & Public Affairs. He’s also a former Assistant District Attorney (New York) and is admitted in practice to the Supreme Court.

Alan Gotlieb is the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. If you’ve followed gun rights at all, you know the SAF and its key role in landmark gun rights cases. D.C. v Heller and McDonald v Chicago are only two of their big wins. For nearly forty years, Gotlieb and his organization have been a thorn in the side of government officials who think the Second Amendment can be ignored or infringed upon at will.

Their lists aren’t terribly different, but reflect their professional perspective.

Keane, understandably, leans toward the legal guidance their ruling will establish:

  1. Confirming “keep” (as in “keep and bear arms”) means to carry on one’s person outside the home.
  2. Affirming that the burden is on the government to demonstrate why someone can’t exercise their Second Amendment rights, not place the burden on an individual to show a “special need/purpose.”
  3. Establish the proper standard for lower court reviews of Second Amendment cases/challenges. (Courts have generally adopted the rational/lowest level of scrutiny. But, Keane points out, “Heller is clear- rational basis- is too-low. Government needs to show higher scrutiny.)
  4. Confirmation that the government can still limit where you can carry (the “sensitive places” language in Heller- akin to time/place/manner restrictions in First Amendment cases)

Gotlieb looks more toward impacts on individuals:

  1. Hints about standard of review (Keane’s point #3)
  2. Questions about guns outside the home
  3. Questions about why it is constitutional to require a special need for self defense?

They’re watching the same arguments, but from two different perspectives.

For Keane, the arguments will decide how legal cases will be resolved in the future.

Attaching a burden of proof on the government for denial will require stipulated requirements for permits- considerably more difficult than a vague “show special need” requirement.

Establishing a benchmark of “scrutiny” prevents the lower courts applying different standards. Using a lower standard to interpret laws or a higher standard when challenging them has allowed the lower courts to decide cases based on their feeling toward an issue.

There are three levels of judicial review. Rational being the lowest. It’s normally applied when there are “no fundamental rights or suspect classifications at issue.” Think a prohibition against practicing dentistry without training and a license.

It’s “rational” because there’s an underlying basis for the regulation.

Intermediate scrutiny is used to test a statute’s constitutionality. To pass, a law needs to further an important government interest -and do it by limited means “substantially related to that interest.”

Strict scrutiny is the toughest standard. Under it, laws that infringe on a fundamental right or involves a suspect classification are unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court has not established a scrutiny standard for Second Amendment cases, despite the fact the right to “keep and bear arms” is an enumerated right.

The Court has declined any Second Amendment cases since making landmark decisions more than ten years ago.

That reluctance has allowed lower courts to apply varying levels of scrutiny. Consequently, decisions have been all over the legal map when it comes to interpreting gun laws.

With a newly-constituted Supreme Court and three new Associate Justices (Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Coney Barrett in order of seniority), it seems the Court’s open to hearing - and clarifying - murky Second Amendment questions.

Agreeing to hear a Second Amendment case is an indication that Justice Thomas’ complaint that the Second Amendment is a “disfavored right” may be coming to an end.

Ultimately, that’s why anti-gun groups are so agitated.

It’s also why pro Second Amendment groups are hopeful going into the arguments this morning.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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