Bushnell, an industry leader in performance optics, along with Hoppe’s, the No. 1 name in gun care products, is celebrating pro shooter Jessie Harrison’s recent USPSA Ladies Open National Title
The Tittabawassee River and the Saginaw River and Bay Natural Resource Trustee Councils are jointly announcing the availability of funding for restoration projects to be implemented in the Saginaw Bay watershed, including in and along the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in partnership with Wildlife Forever, is eager to announce they will host the Florida State Fish Art Contest again this year.
Jeremiah Ruhl, 46, of Colchester, Vermont has been sentenced to twelve months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge William K. Sessions III for the unlawful killing of a crow and woodcock without a license and unlawful possession of a turkey vulture without a permit. All three of these birds are “migratory birds” and protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
On October 1st-3rd, Heroes enrolled in Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Skills4Life program participated in a whitetail deer hunt at Spike S Ranch.

POMA, SEOPA, and the NASGW have again partnered to host an industry-exclusive event at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Talladega Marksmanship Park in Talladega, AL, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
Travis Land believes that playing the numbers game will be the most consistent strategy for anglers fishing the Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter, Nov. 12-14 at Port Aransas, Texas.
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Not only can a quality Swagger® Bipod enable a steadier view and more consistent aiming, but it also gives young hunters more confidence and the ability to make good accurate shots.
Recon® Gen 2 Sleeping Bags by Elite Survival Systems. Originally designed in Australia by ex service personnel at Kit Bag ® Military Products are back in stock for immediate shipment.

SPACE Trailers, the lightweight, customizable sport trailers has expanded their line under the leadership of new owners Rich Bodensteiner and partner Chris Shimek.
New Jersey’s upland game bird season open this Saturday, November 6. Pheasants will be available statewide on 23 wildlife management areas (WMA), Fort Dix, and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Wolf hunting and trapping changes include eliminating quotas, increasing the number of wolf trapping and hunting licenses allowed for individual hunters, extending wolf trapping seasons and the allowance of snares to harvest wolves.
Redding Reloading Equipment has generously contributed to the future of the outdoor industry through a gift to the MidwayUSA Foundation.

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers has recognized Smith & Wesson as Innovator of the Year, as well as Manufacturer of the Year. In addition, Sue Cupero, Vice President of Sales, was presented with the Chairwoman’s Award. All three awards were presented at the 2021 NASGW Annual Meeting and Expo.
Concord, North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide (Blackwater) is launching a new fundraising program to support the Firearms Policy Coalition’s principled grassroots activism, education, litigation, and research programs. Through this new effort, Blackwater will donate $1 to FPC for every box of its “The Heavy Hitter” 12-gauge shotgun ammunition sold into California through December 31, 2021.
In the face of growing online censorship across many popular social media sites, Brownells has launched a new Internet resource to help customers learn how to build their own AR-15 rifles at home. The new website is hosted at
In addition to their new Deer Eater podcast, the folks from Big & J are happy to announce a brand-new YouTube video series designed to show true-to-life hunts that most hunters will find relatable

Bow Spider is pleased to announce the availability of its new Bow Spider Pack Cover.
A new season of CRUSH with Lee & Tiffany was just added for streaming on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), making 10 seasons of the popular series available.


Delta Waterfowl is pleased to announce the addition of veteran waterfowl hunter and conservationist Bill Dougan as its new regional director for western Canada.
It’s election upsets in Virginia, a recap of SCOTUS arguments, reloading help for all, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio,

AllTerra Arms, manufacturer of precision rifles with exclusive patented technology, recently announced their Model C2 action, a new action created for custom builders of long-range bolt-action rifles.
The all-new BE:1 Divergent system is the culmination of almost three decades of engineering, research, and in-field testing, resulting in the most advanced late-season bowhunting apparel. Feature for feature, no other apparel system delivers BE:1 Divergent’s unique combination of advantages and performance.
If a customer is not satisfied with a Trulock product, for any reason, it can be returned for an exchange or refund of the purchase price within 60 days from the date of purchase. A copy of the sales invoice is all that is needed for the return.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the National Deer Association will be hosting four chronic wasting disease testing seminars in Montcalm, Kent and Ionia counties this fall.

A competitive process will be employed for the selection of original art for the 2022 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and the Virginia Ducks Unlimited Conservation Print programs.
The Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce will gather for their next meeting November 18 in Casper.
During their regular November meeting, Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commissioners congratulated state students who performed impressively in national and state archery tournaments in 2021.
TrueTimber announces a fall archery sweepstake with partner PSE Archery to give away one STINGER MAX compound bow decorated in TrueTimber Strata camo and a $500 gift card to the TrueTimber online store.

For nearly six years, the Yamaha sponsored lineup on Sunday mornings has provided an opportunity for Pursuit viewers to watch a great mix of outdoor programming content from some of the industry’s best outdoors shows before they head out to enjoy the day.
On October 28, 2021, the Department of the Interior announced that it would publish a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) to further assess commercial interest in wind energy leasing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are reminding the public to not remove desert tortoises from the wild and to ensure that out-of-state tortoises have the proper certification when accompanying their owners to Utah.
November is Manatee Awareness Month and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding people on the water to slow down and look out for migrating manatees this time of year.


It came as no surprise that Ruger’s Q3 2021 conference call discussed yet another solid quarter of numerology for financial types. As was pointed out to me in conversations at NASGW in Columbus, Ohio, Ruger’s been producing solid results, quarter after quarter, for something approaching the past decade.

But the most recent quarter points out a couple of things that every manufacturer would like to see happen in their business. First, they sold all those millions of dollars worth of products without discounts.

It’s not unusual for companies (especially publicly traded ones) to “pump” sales numbers by offering discounts of some description. Ruger hasn’t because, frankly, they haven’t needed to.

According to comments by Ruger’s CEO Chris Killoy, the distributors aren’t for discounts, they’re more than happy that the company has product. That seems to be borne out by new product sales. New products (products introduced within the past 8 quarters included the Ruger 57, the LCP-II in .22 LR, the PC Charger, Max-9 pistol and LCP-Max) accounted for

$116 million (22 percent) of the last nine months’ sales.

Another positive is the fact that distributors are still tens of thousands of units under their ideal inventory levels. With more new products in the pipeline, including the highly-anticipated return of the Marlin brand (it will not be a Ruger-branded/Marlin rifle -the brand will be stand-alone), the demand Killoy says he anticipates before the end of the year will be calls wanting “more Marlins.”

As a sidebar, the Marlin that was shown at NASGW was a Model 1895 in 45-70 caliber. And Killoy isn’t keeping his enthusiasm for the “new” rifle a secret. In fact, he told the analysts the decision to keep the Marlin brand separate was because of the brand’s history.

It’s also worth noting that Ruger’s numbers for Q3 were up, despite the fact the company shut down for a full week in July. It’s probably worth noting that with five fewer days in their manufacturing cycle compared to Q3 2020, Ruger increased production twenty two percent.

Right now, it seems every company is having a “Ruger-like” year. But that’s actually not so. Sales of firearms are booming, but not every company is so independent of reliance on off-shore parts, pieces or components. In fact, Ruger’s Killoy praised the manufacturing teams at their multiple locations for managing around what could have been supply chain issues. Rather than shutting down lines, he explained, using the ubiquitous 10/22 as an example, they went to assembly of different stock models until components arrived.

Not everyone in the outdoor industry is faring the same. In fact, some companies with heavy dependence on overseas manufacturing are really feeling the bite of the supply chain issues.

Containers, the big shipping boxes inside which products make their way to the United States are skyrocketing, cost-wise. As it was explained to me by one manufacturer who asked that I not use his name/company, the costs for his company’s containers has jumped from $3,000 to a staggering $26,000 -per container. And he says those costs are “crushing” some smaller companies.

Using his company as an “anonymous” example, there were six containers of product scheduled for delivery this week. That jump in cost means the cost of the containers jumped to $156,000- without paying for the products inside them.

It has to be disheartening as a businessman to see your sales and market share increasing, but have to look for additional capital because of supply chain issues. As he explained it to me, “some smaller companies are heading down a path of no return.”

Even larger companies are feeling the bite. One company currently has more than 150 containers of product “on the water” - that’s an increase in costs of $3.9 million dollars- again, without the cost of the products inside those containers.

As he explained it, “hyperinflation is a hell of a lot closer than anyone wants to talk about.”

And no one in business wants to explain who’s ultimately going to pay those skyrocketing costs. If you’re doing your grocery shopping and noticing empty spaces in aisles or a lowered selection of constantly more-expensive products, you already know who ultimately winds up with the bill: consumers.

We’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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