MONDAY, MAY 2, 2022

Citing misuse by campers that included excessive trash, human excrement, broken fences and damage to roads and habitat, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has closed the East Fork Little Bear River Wildlife Management Area to camping, effective immediately.
Will Davis Jr., of Sylacauga, Alabama, won the 2022  B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional on Lewis Smith Lake with a three-day total of 38 pounds, 3 ounces.
Lee Livesay of Longview, Texas, won the 2022 Bassmaster Central Open at Ross Barnett Reservoir with a three-day total of 48 pounds, 11 ounces.
The Association of Collegiate Anglers announces that Secret Lures will continue to support the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series  and Association of Collegiate Anglers. 
Cornhusker Cup champion Mason Gerdes had a strategy for shooting in the blustery winds of the fifty-second Cornhusker Trap Shoot on Saturday in Doniphan, Nebraska: “Shoot ‘em fast, shoot ‘em quick right out of the trap. Just don’t let it bother you and focus on the next one."

The Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship will be held on storied Lake Hartwell in Anderson, S.C., December 7-10, 2022, filling the last spot in the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.
Florida’s eighth annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival will be held May 14 and 15 at HarborWalk Village in Destin. Activities will include fillet demonstrations, family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation booths; and the world’s largest lion fish spearfishing tournament, the Emerald Coast Open.
Citing props in the state’s total deer population, the Utah wildlife board has voted to approve a total of 73,075 general-season deer hunting permits, which is a 950-permit decrease from the previous year. Of the 29 total deer hunting units across the state, 13 have decreased permit numbers from the previous year.
In a major win for public lands access, four Missouri hunters have been found not guilty by a Wyoming court in a “corner crossing' case that garnered national attention.

Arizona’s over-the-counter, nonpermit-tag archery deer hunting opportunity will continue for the 2022-2023 hunts, but harvest limits have been set by unit and by species.
Iron Decoy has entered the fishing lure industry with the introduction of their Steely line of baits.  This uniquely shaped spoon is combined with a patent pending ball chain trailer that creates a lure the fishing industry has never experienced. 
Guidefitter, the online community and marketplace for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational gear, announces it has added over one hundred new brand partners.
Springfield Armory announces FIRSTLINE, a new program that supports those who serve both our nation and its citizens by offering them generous discounts on a select line of products.

According to Gun Genius’ Top Selling Report for 2021, the VR80 from RIA Imports is again the best-selling magazine-fed shotgun in the U.S.
Outdoor Sportsman Group Ad Sales department announces the hiring of Tim Hamill as a new National Endemic Account Executive. The announcement was made by Outdoor Sportsman Group Vice President of Endemic Advertising Sales Mike Savino.
NSSF announced that Topple has stepped up to be a Gold Sponsor of the NSSF Marketing and Leadership Summit in May near Austin, Texas.
Later today, Nosler, Inc. will announce a new program to raise awareness and proceeds for the nation’s veterans and their families. They have produced 22 specially serialized Model 48 Long Range Carbon Rifles chambered in 28 Nosler that will feature a PROOF Research barrel, Timney Trigger, custom Manners Carbon Fiber stock with Kryptek Obscure Box Pattern and Leupold VX-5HD-3-15x44 riflescope and mounts.

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Beretta USA is actively seeking an International Sales Manager for their Beretta Defense Technologies (“BDT”) division who would oversee all international sales activities. 
Rambo Bikes, the original hunting ebike, has an exciting opportunity for a National Account Sales Manager.
Now on Gun companies and stores are under constant attack from President Joe Biden (D) who is repeatedly and falsely claiming that gun manufactures have been given legal protection that shields them from accountability—even mainstream-news fact checkers have called this lie false.
AG Composites announced some exciting new upgrades to its incredibly popular Carbon K2 series. New features include a beveled forend with a flat bottom, ambidextrous thumb shelves with a vertical pistol grip, and a slightly rounded buttstock.

Stealth Cam is continuing as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor, said WTU President Jeff Schinkten.
“The Mule Deer Foundation believes that the MAPLand Act will make more information about our public lands available, which will improve access to our public lands, and also better distribute use across the landscape, reduce user conflicts, and improve recreational experiences,” said MDF President/CEO Joel Pedersen.
Inside the May issue of Shooting Industry, dealers suggest high-end firearms offer a way for stores to stand out from the competition and serve as a sales magnet to get customers in the door.
Just in time for Father’s Day and graduations, SIGHTRON announces an instant rebate promotion on select premium riflescopes: the S-TAC, SIII PLR and S30 RDS. 

Claudia Chisholm, GTM’s president, shares from her 25 years in retailing: “Mother’s Day, being the most important day of the year that solely focuses on women – provides retailers a highly profitable opportunity. Your multiple sale strategy should include training all employees to ask this question at checkout: ‘Do you need a gift of a concealed carry purse or bag for a special lady this Mother’s Day?’ Stand back and watch the lightbulb moments, followed by guilty faces, followed by this response: ‘What can you suggest?’” 
Bass Pro Shops has announced plans for a new destination retail superstore in Irvine, California. Plans call for the 140,000 square foot store to open in late 2022 or early 2023.
Viridian Weapon Technologies' full line of Green Dot Optics (GDO) are shipping now from The new offerings include five options ruggedly designed for rifles, pistols and shotguns.
813 acres of highland wild blueberry fields, wildlife habitat, and recreational lands in the towns of Vienna and New Sharon have been permanently protected for outdoor recreation.
Late spring and early summer is the peak time for California’s deer herds to give birth to fawns, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a reminder to well-intentioned people to not interact with the baby deer – even if they find one that appears to be abandoned.
Wyatt Happle of Beatrice was perfect Thursday, breaking all 100 targets during the junior high competition of the 52nd Cornhusker Trap Shoot in Doniphan, Nebraska.
Grant proposals for community tree-planting projects are now being accepted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for the 2022 DTE Energy Foundation partnership grant program
A special landowner program offered through the Arkansas Natural Resources Conservation Service may create even more wetland habitat in Arkansas this winter, along with the potential to increase public hunting opportunities for ducks and geese and wildlife-viewing locations for a variety of migratory species.
From the creative minds of MeatEater comes their first fishing series, Das Boat, airing on Outdoor Channel on Mondays at 8 p.m. beginning tonight (May 2).
This week on The High Road, Keith Warren heads to Barbour Creek Shooting Academy to learn some new techniques and skills that will allow him to become an even more accurate and effective hunter all while providing a deeper understanding of firearm and bullet performance at ultra-long distances
Tune in this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET to Winchester Deadly Passion on Sportsman Channel for a tour of Easton’s factory with Melissa Bachman, and Clint Warner, head of Product Development for Easton.

Today’s edition begins yet another new month, but there’s a bit of cleanup necessary before we turn the page on April 2022.

Over the weekend, plenty of industry chatter regarding Donald J. Trump, Junior’s announcement regarding a new Second Amendment organization he was (surprise) spearheading.

Another Second Amendment organization…OK, whatever.

Seems a lot of groups are auditioning to be the next National Rifle Association. The only problem with that is that the NRA doesn’t seem quite ready to be replaced. The problems with the organization have been beaten like and old rug, but the staffers there have continued to soldier on as best possible. Even wounded, a big beast is dangerous- sometimes even more so.

If the NRA’s Annual Meeting coming up in Houston the end of this month (May 27-29) is anything less than a raging success, it might be time to start looking at someone pulling together a new organization- or a well-organized coalition of existing organizations to support the NRA.

It’s no secret things have happened there that must be corrected, but I’m certainly not wasting my time writing an obituary for an organization with millions of members. The strength of the organization, despite what you might think, is never the leadership- it’s always the membership.

Lots of other things worth noting. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is predicting the passage of “constitutional carry” in his state. That’s newsworthy, as is the quiet progress of a bill in the Missouri legislature that would repeal “gun-free zones.”

Normally, I’m not much on panning books, new products or people. No, not because I am “sold-out” to advertisers or can be bribed with a free product.

Because I believe the old axiom “if you can’t say something good about something/someone, it’s better not to say anything.” If I don’t like a product, I tell the maker why in detail, but I don’t bore you with a bunch of words that -finally-get to a simple point: “didn’t like it.” Besides, I don’t consider myself expert enough at much of anything to pass judgement on the work of others.

That having been said, there’s absolutely no reluctance to point you toward a piece written by Massad Ayoob that is his unvarnished, but literate, take on a new book.

It was written by Ryan Busse, a former “insider” in the gun industry. The book’s entitled “Gunfight” and it’s safe to say that Ayoob put all his rounds inside Busse’s x-ring.

The piece, entitled “When One of Ours Goes to the Other Side” is worth checking out.

Finally, I missed another awesome pistol class last week at Gunsite Academy. If you’ve read the wires very long, you know I’m a fan of the country’s oldest defensive pistol school.

In my time in the outdoor industry, I’ve had the occasion to spend lots of pleasant days (and a few unpleasant ones-weather wise) there trying out new products while learning from Gunsite’s excellent staff.

The event was a celebration of the career of one of the notable writers of our generation. Like Massad Ayoob, Frank James, Walt Rauch, and others, Wiley Clapp has been one of a group of experts that helped me learn about the industry- and shooting.

Last week, Gunsite recognized Wiley’s accomplishments by holding a “Wiley Clapp Celebration” that included (not surprisingly) some shooting, a lot of hanging around, a barbecue and a formal recognition of Wiley’s accomplishments and contributions to the industry.

In recognizing his contributions to the firearms world, Gunsite Academy’s owner/president Buz Mills (left) honored Wiley Clapp (right) by naming one of Gunsite’s classrooms The Wiley Clapp Training Room. Not bad for a guy who’s taken 25 classes there. Gunsite photo, with permission.

As Mills pointed out, gun writing is only part of Wiley’s story.

A decorated Marine and Vietnam veteran, Wiley then spent eighteen years in the Orange County, California, sheriff’s department, and is widely recognized as a police training and use of force expert. He’s also a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (my finding that out led to his returning to his alma mater after a nearly 40 year absence).

Wiley’s one of those people I’ve always considered a great example for the “rest of us.” It’s terrific to see him recognized by peers and friends.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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