President Biden has signed into law the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), which will the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation says will "provide more than $40 billion in funding to enhance fish and wildlife conservation programs and increase access; delivering a historic victory for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and America’s 55 million sportsmen and women."
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends Vermonters wait to put up bird feeders until December 1 to avoid attracting bears.
Gearfire’s Director of Manufacturer Relations and shooting team captain Travis McCamish finished second in the PRS Pro Series National Finale in the Gas Gun Division.

CMMG® is proud to announce the release of the FourSix™, the first ever AR to hit the civilian market that’s chambered in 4.6x30mm. With an impressive 40-round magazine capacity, light recoil, and great penetration at close distances, CMMG’s FourSix is here to reimagine the Personal Defense Weapon.

CMMG’s FourSix is built on the company’s BANSHEE™, Mk4 platform while pioneering new technologies with its patent-pending Micro Gas Block and patent-pending CMMG 40RD 4.6x30mm Magazine. It comes standard with an 8-inch barrel and features AR15 controls and modularity. The BANSHEE’s lightweight and compact design pairs well with the soft-shooting 4.6x30mm cartridge to create a very controllable and portable firearm for almost any shooter. Best of all, the patent-pending CMMG 40RD 4.6x30mm Magazine will seat into any standard AR15-sized magwell, which means users can pair their existing AR15 lower receiver with a CMMG FourSix upper receiver and 4.6x30mm magazine.

Baschieri & Pellagri USA congratulates Baschieri & Pellagri Pro Team shooter Joe Fanizzi on his outstanding performance at the NSCA National Championship.
Corey Martello, 37, from Jericho and Hunter Bessette, 24, from Northfield have been charged with taking deer by illegal means, taking deer in closed season, spotting and locating wildlife, shooting from a motor vehicle, cocked crossbow in a motor vehicle, failure to stop for a Game Warden, careless and negligent operation, and attempting to elude in connection with a poaching incident in Underhill.

Yamaha Pros Chris Zaldain of Fort Worth, Texas, and IFA Redfish Tour angler Ryan Rickard of Brandon, Fla., brought 43 pounds, 4 ounces of redfish to the scales to win the 2021 Yamaha Bassmaster® Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter®.
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Raymarine is pleased to announce the LightHouse Hvar 3.16 operating system software update.
Free of chemicals, batteries, or gimmicks, time-tested Heat-A-Seats from ThermaSeat provide low-maintenance warmth for all your outdoor adventures.
Now available in black in addition to tan, Galco’s Phoenix belt holster can be worn on the strong side or crossdraw at the user’s discretion.

Delta-McKenzie announces the innovative new Big 8 target, the latest development from Delta’s Premium Backyard Series broadhead targets.
The application period for the spring 2022 limited-entry turkey hunt opens on Dec. 1. To be included in the permit drawing, you must submit your application before 11 p.m. on Dec. 27.
After breaking ground in 2020 Bow Spiexcited to announce that their new 3,050 sq. ft. office, shipping and assembly annex is up and running.
Credova, a buy now, pay later provider that specializes in outdoor recreation, recently announced a new initiative to address the “living wage” issue: The minimum salary of any full-time employee at Credova is $75,000.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation and Celerant Technology are proud to announce a new partnership supporting Project ChildSafe and firearm safety.
Firearms Legal Protection, a provider of pre-paid legal defense memberships for self-defense, is increasing benefits for members—providing higher limits on existing coverages and adding expungement of record.
Can-Am Sales Group, LLC. Announces that outdoor expert Max La Gaipa has joined the Can-Am sales team as Territory Sales Manager.
Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois, continues to expand with the addition of four new employees: Janelle Chapman, Chris McVety, Krista Miller and Adam Becker.

Big Daddy Unlimited announces its entry into the firearms, ammunition, firearms accessories, suppressor, explosives, and Defense Article export market for public and private sectors through Big Daddy Ordnance (BDO).
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Vortex is looking for a lead copywriter to connect with our customers and represent the voice of Vortex Nation.
Ohio’s Winous Point Shooting Club is featured in Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) latest DU Films release, Winous Point, coming soon on November 18th, 2021.
On the latest episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, host Kyle Curry talks with Tyler Christy and Trey Schroeder from McKendree University.

Redfin Polarized is making its debut in mid-November. The brand will be helmed by a team of accomplished business leaders and outdoorsmen.
Hawk takes treestand minimalism to the next level with the introduction of the all-new Rival Micro treestand.
Victory's 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.
Kimber is enhancing the Micro 9 pistol family. There are compensated models, optic-installed models and additions to the RAPIDE family.

Now available at Primary Arms, Expo Arms and Forward Controls Design have partnered to create an exciting new muzzle brake, optimized for 13.9” AR15 carbines.
On the special online only episode, Deer and Wildlife Stories visits Limitless Genetics in south central Texas. This deer breeding operation is owned by Jesse and Mia Boger who happen to be some of the youngest deer farmers in the deer industry.
The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) offers convenient $5 guides that can be carried into the field for reference.
Firearm giant, SIG SAUER, has recently joined other outdoor industry leaders with a MidwayUSA Foundation sponsorship. The thousands of youth shooting teams that are funded through a MidwayUSA Foundation endowment will continuously see the benefits of this partnership.

Kahr Arms has joined the Second Amendment Foundation’s “Corporate Sponsorship Program” as a Gold Level supporter for 2022, the gun rights organization has announced.
Remington Ammunition is giving Core-Lokt fans nationwide a chance to win big and become a part of the Remington family by joining the new Core-Lokt Club. The Core-Lokt Club is a place for hunters to share pictures, recipes, stories and more within the community.
The Kimber R7 Mako is featured on the cover of January/February American Handgunner. Also covered, the Ruger SR-22 pistol, some “shoulder holster secrets” and Mike Venturino explores “Winchester-“ developed cartridges in the Colt SAA.
Equipped with new Bridge-Lock™ Sight Technology to enhance balance, patent-pending Stay Afield System (S.A.S™) to keep hunters in the field and built compatible with a completely redesigned line of LowPro™ Quivers, the V3X system elevates the performance of Mathews’ most popular hunting bow to date, the V3.

Starting November 15, 2021, and running through December 5, 2021, customers who make a purchase over a certain dollar threshold will receive either a free Silencerco Octane or Warlock suppressor. The best part? The free items will ship within six months of the original purchase date.
Easton’s new Superdrive Micro 4mm arrow is the latest addition to the podium topping Superdrive family of all-carbon high-performance arrows, purpose built for target and 3D archers needing the highest performance in an all-carbon shaft.
Advance copies of the 2022 Indiana State Parks special events calendar are available in PDF format by emailing
Aaron Burns, a second-generation union autoworker from Footville, Wisconsin, heads to the heart of the Mississippi Flyway for epic waterfowl action when the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Brotherhood Outdoors airs this week on the Sportsman Channel.
In-Fisherman TV is now available on World Fishing Network, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET. Hall of Fame angler and In-Fisherman Editor-In-Chief, Doug Stange, leads In-Fisherman staff members on a quest for fishing action across North America.
The nation’s largest advocacy, services, and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), says recreational boaters made some significant gains in the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, touting it as a “once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure.”

George Soros did not buy Remington. Ever. Don’t care what “confidential source” provided you with this hot info, it’s not true.

For years I’ve routinely been forwarded messages warning me of a “Critical Development!” “Emergency Situation for Gun Owners!” or asking “ Is An Attack on the Second Amendment Coming?”

Usually they come from readers who are “pretty certain it’s not true” but “just wanted to get your take on this.”

This is my annual response for 2021: It is still not true. Wasn’t true then, isn’t true now. And it won’t be true next Tuesday when that urgent plea for a donation to fight the takeover comes.

Just delete it.

At NASGW I saw the first inkling that there’s yet another one of those stories that won’t die circulating.

This one is far more contemporary as it deals with the Covid-19 pandemic. And it’s caused headaches for one of the families and companies I’ve considered industry leaders since I met them more than two decades ago.

The “hot rumor” is that Hornady has told their employees to get vaccinated or be terminated.

I talked -at length- with Steve Hornady about the rumor at NASGW. Actually, I listened as he told me what a gigantic distraction the rumor had been. And he told me, in no uncertain (or repeatable) terms it simply wasn’t true.

But here’s the straight from the source response to the rumor:

"Hornady does not, never had, and has no plans whatsoever to mandate any of our employees get a vaccine. Period”.

"We are the same company that told Cuomo to stuff it- we won't sell NY, has supported NRA for years, a founding member of NSSF, was the first company to contribute a percentage of sales to fund the fight against the mayors when they sued the industry, and has supported the 2nd Amendment and we always will.”

So, you might ask, if this is just absolutely not true, why do these kinds of stories continue to spread? Good question, and the only reasons I can think of are simply more indications of just how far we’ve slid down the mountain since we were “that bright shining city on a hill”.

First, we have become a society where some people -on any side of any issue- are looking for a reason to be outraged. Some of them will respond negatively to my suggesting this. That’s fine, and I’m prepared to defend my position.

Second, there’s the “outraged cash call” methodology that all politicians -and that many of our own outdoor groups - use to rally their supporters. I begin my morning reading by deleting 4-6 of those messages out of my inbox. Every day. You probably get them too. In politics, it’s called “throwing red meat” to your constituents. Fire them up and they’ll loosen the purse strings.

Here’s Steve Hornady’s opinion: “unfortunately, there are people looking for the bogey man in everything and they think they found one in us. There are haters out there that just want to spread their hate.”

Hornady employees know the story’s just not true. If you ask them, they’ll tell you there is no vaccination policy -and there never was one. As Steve Hornady explained, there isn’t even a mask requirement in the plants. “We’re tired of it. It’s time to get on with living. Covid or some variant is with us forever, just like influenza, it still kills thousands every year..and measles and polio and…all those others we’re exposed to.”

So for the record: Hornady did not mandate vaccinations for employees. There was never a “policy” to that effect and they didn’t “change it because they were caught.”

You can’t treat everything you read, hear or see as absolute, unadulterated truth. You need to follow the famous Reagan advice about “facts”: “Trust. But verify.”

Haters gonna hate. Liars gonna lie.

And we’re going to keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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