SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG professional shooter Daniel Horner for defending his first-place title at the 2021 SIG SAUER Fort Benning Multi-Gun Nationals. Horner’s impressive performance earned him the overall title of “Tactical Optics Champion.”
Logan Parks, 23, and Tucker Smith, 20, fishing buddies and Auburn University students from Shoal Creek, Alabama, saw their life-changing dreams come true on Sunday on the waters of Missouri’s Table Rock Lake, claiming the $1 million first-place prize at the Johnny Morris Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team Championships.
Jose Moreno, 26, of Hanford, California, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to three years and one month in prison for illegally distributing a machine gun. According to court documents, Moreno sold a machine gun to a member of the Nuestra Familia Prison Gang operating in California’s Kings and Tularie Counties.
StyleCraft Boats, makers of pontoon boats built with proprietary fiberglass hulls, will be on location at the 2021 International WorkBoat Show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, December 1-3, 2021 where attendees can visit with experts in Pontoons R US Booth 1315 and discuss boats build for commercial needs.
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. introduced the newly enhanced M&P9 M2.0 Compact and the full-sized M&P M2.0. The gun has the C.O.R.E.optics mounting system and the new M2.0 flat-faced trigger.

The recreational harvest of flounder in all state and federal waters will reopen Dec. 1.
New regulations for spot and Atlantic croaker in state waters from the Florida-Georgia border through Miami-Dade County will go into effect beginning Dec. 1.
After an exciting 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series season that crowned seven first-time champions and drew over 12 million viewers to coverage of Bassmaster LIVE on FOX and the FOX Sports channels, B.A.S.S. announced the new field for the 2022 Elite Series today.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials extended the elk hunting season through Jan. 15, 2022, for holders of certain unfilled, antlerless Elk B Licenses that are valid in portions of west-central Montana, in FWP Region 2.

The hunting of all mountain lions in hunting districts 418, 420 and 448 will close at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, Nov. 19.
Oklahoma’s ring-necked pheasant hunting season will open Wednesday, Dec. 1, and hunters planning to pursue this exotic species might find slightly better bird numbers in the field this year.
High levels of PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances) in some deer harvested in the greater Fairfield area has led to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in conjunction with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s issuance of a do not eat advisory for deer harvested in the area.
Primary Arms Optics is now an authorized dealer through the Mid-States Distributing Company. Since 1954, Mid-States Distributing Company has remained one of America’s biggest rural store suppliers.

Sun RV Resorts, an owner and operator of more than 175 resorts and campgrounds across the United States and Canada, announces the launch of its company-wide rebrand to Sun Outdoors.
Gunpowder, Inc. announces the addition of Marie Haas, Ethan Burns and Logan Kostos as the newest members of the account, public relations and digital marketing teams.
Credova, a buy now, pay later (BNPL) solution emerging in the increasingly popular outdoor recreation, farm, home and ranch markets, announced today an exclusive agreement with Cornerstone Bank.
The Second Amendment Foundation announces that veteran writer Stephen Gutowski, founder of The Reload, is the recipient of its Journalist of the Year award for 2021.

Huk's new NXTLVL Cargo Pants are built with quick-drying, high-stretch fabrics for freedom of movement and are designed for an active day.
Sometimes a soft approach is better, and the Sea Falcon® Slow Squid offers a softer alternative for slow pitch jigging.
With rugged durability, all the "bells and whistles," and Elite's lifetime product guarantee, the Ultimate Sniper Drag Bag begs to be put to the ultimate test.
Bear Edge Knives introduces the new Bear Edge 61123, delivering ball bearing washers for smooth deployment, strong aluminum handles, and a unique Warncliffe blade for superior cutting performance.

Comp-Tac announces the release of the Dual Concealment Holster, a holster that can be worn both inside the waistband (IWB) or outside the waistband (OWB).
Waypoint TV will be celebrating Thanksgiving weekend by featuring some of its most popular titles.
While struggling with hot weather and wind, Military Warriors Support Foundation headed to San Pedro Ranch in Carrizo Springs, Texas, with four Heroes on October 26-28, 2021.
Last fiscal year WTU issued 283 grants and more than $540,000 in support of various initiatives through the Preserving the Hunting Tradition program.

Brownells customers can enter for their chance to win a $1,000 Brownells gift card and get access to Brownells exclusives on special products from popular brands like Geissele, Daniel Defense and Law Tactical during the annual Black Rifle Friday Event.
Rock River Arms announced its plan for its Black Friday sale, starting Thursday, November 25, 2021. The promotion includes the Rock River Arms website store, filled with discontinued rifle parts and other awesome gear to fill your armory.
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association, in partnership with Beretta, Galco, Leupold, Pelican, Primary Arms and Remington launched the Beretta Experience Giveaway, providing the winner with $30,000 worth of guns and gear to transform their preparedness and accuracy plus a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
U.S. LawShield is offering a special Black Friday promotion for anyone who joins the community. If you sign up for a new U.S. LawShield membership now through December 1, U.S. LawShield will waive your setup fee.

Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Jamison Smith, owner, The Gun Cleaners of Houston.
On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, host Kyle Curry talks with Logan Parks and Tucker Smith from Top 5 ranked Auburn University.
It’s a club for liberal gun owners, more ammo coming soon, an Olympian battling for her private skeet shooting range, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio.
Creedmoor Sports doesn’t want you to miss out on the incredible deals starting this week. Right now, nearly every Creedmoor product is on sale, along with select items from brands like Radians, IOSSO, Hi-Lux, Sightron, and Anschutz.

The team at Liberty Ammunition has to issue a recall due to faulty primers. The recall applies to Civil Defense 380 Auto,Ultra-Light 380,Civil Defense 9mm and Civil Defense 40 S&W ammunition.
The Scholastic Action Shooting Program welcomes SK Customs, who specializes in high-end custom firearms, to the SASP family of industry supporters as a Bronze Sponsor.
Finding a gift that will continue to give for a full year is a challenge, but the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has a solution on their website — a license gift certificate for hunting and fishing licenses.
Now that public survey results are in, the DWR is again proposing changes to the use of trail cameras and other hunting-related technologies. The DWR is also recommending some changes to black bear and cougar hunting in the state
Cross those hard-to-buy-for people off your shopping list in a snap by giving them a holiday gift pack from the Indiana DNR.
On November 22, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission authorized the establishment of emergency hunts for increased sampling for Chronic Wasting Disease in Units 14 and 15. The Units have also been declared as a CWD Management Zone.
Thanks to conservation partnerships, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) TrophyCatch program will be awarding a brand-new Phoenix Bass Boats Pro 819 to one of five randomly selected finalists.
This week on Sportman Channel’s HARDCORE Pursuit (Friday, November 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET), host Mike Pelletier and crew are in full rut mode as they chase whitetails across the upper Midwest.
Bassmaster Angler of the Year, Seth Feider, guests on this week’s Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show airing Saturday, November 27 at 12 p.m. ET on World Fishing Network.
Shooting USA finds Florida open -- and so is International Defensive Pistol Association competition at the Florida State Championships.
Pursuit Channel invites viewers to tune-in to prime-time Close Call Thursdays.
This week on Guns & Gear: It’s Springfield Armory’s XD-S Mod.2 & new WASP red dot, Timney Triggers Alpha Competition trigger for GLOCK 3/4/5s, a slew of gun safe solutions from Lockdown, dozens of new Crimson Trace Brushline and Hardline optics, and Ruger's MAX-9 micro-compact.

For a twenty-second year, I find myself sitting in front of a blank computer screen wondering what I can say about being “thankful” that I haven’t said before.

The most honest answers after the rolling disaster that has been 2021 would be either “everything” “nothing” or maybe “everything and nothing.”

I’m thankful for “everything” good that has happened for my family in what has been a disastrous year for some. I’m grateful “nothing” terrible (at least to this point) has befallen us. My qualification comes, not because I’m a pessimist, but have finally accepted the truth that none of us is ever more than our next breath away from eternity. I’ve decided to enjoy as many of those breaths as possible.

This year has seen more usual challenges.

None of us expected the “virus thing” would still be with us after totally wrecking our last holiday season. Nor did we expect to see the kind of lawlessness most of us consider the purview of the third world happening in streets many of us have walked.

We didn’t expect gas prices to skyrocket, or decent jobs to go vacant because no one wanted them.

Don’t even get me started on the global breakdown of the supply chain.

This photo, taken by a California reader on November 13, shows just how backed up our supply chain really is. The side-by-side anchoring off Long Beach/Los Angeles harbor is called “double parking.” The parking lot runs some twenty-six miles - out beyond Santa Catalina island. Photo with permission.

There have also been some totally unexpected personal concerns that morphed into blessings.

An alert on a smart watch that sent me to the doctor for a routine checkup. It revealed much larger problems.

The inconvenient warning was a blessing in disguise. Both problems have been handled, now I feel better than I have in years.

Years ago, a very wise man told me that what determined your true quality of life wasn’t the problems you had, it was how you responded to them.

Today, I realize just how true that statement really was.

Life really is about how you respond to things.

If you see someone in need, do you help or walk away? Depends.

A doctor might advise you to “run away” rather than risk being sued for malpractice.

A lawyer might tell you to get a signed release before you stop someone’s bleeding “just in case”.

A millennial might tell you to stand back and stream the whole thing to “boost your influencer numbers.”

Seems we’ve stopped seeing people. I think that’s because we’re inundated with negativity.

This year I’m thankful because despite what I’ve seen, heard and reported, I’m still hopeful. I don’t believe we’ve reached the point where doing good is a bad thing.

Or the point where caring for others will ultimately work to our detriment.

This isn’t the time to gather as a family, then sit around the table and argue.

It’s one of those too-few times when we should refuse to the urge to debate everything.

You can fight anytime.

This weekend, instead of whining about what you lack, reflect on what you have.

You may find the one place you’re truly lacking is: thankfulness.

Not my normal mindset, either. A majority of my time is spent watching what sometimes appears to be a society unraveling - right before my eyes.

Remember this: since Thanksgiving 2020, we’ve come through another full year of “everything but normal” - yet, we’re still plugging along.

That’s lots more than the pilgrims had to celebrate their first Thanksgiving. More than half their friends and families had already died, but they weren’t quitting.

That example should still be enough for all of us to tone down the discourse, tune out the headlines and simply try to see the good things that really are happening every day.

I’m not looking at the news for at least the next 48 hours, but the wires will all be back next week and when we show up in your inbox, we’ll still be seeing our promise: we’ll keep you posted.

Happy Thanksgiving.

— JIm Shepherd

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