As we prepare for the 2022-23 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia race, the ACA is announcing changes to the points system that will make the race even more competitive.
Leupold Pro Shooter Morgun King won the National Rifle League’s Championship Match, held April 23-24 at the Cameo Shooting & Education Complex in Grand Junction, Colorado. With that win, King secured his second consecutive NRL Season Title.
Last night at its 14th annual Capital Conservation Awards Dinner, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership celebrated the conservation achievements of Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), and Ben Speciale, president of Yamaha’s U.S. marine business unit and a tireless advocate for fisheries management.
The Exceptional Anglers event, Gone Fishin', Not Just Wishin', at Oak Mountain State Park will take place May 11-13, 2022.
At its May meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved regulation changes for cobia in state waters.

At its May meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved proposed management regions and regulation changes for redfish in state waters.
At its May meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a temporary modification to the 2022 recreational blueline tilefish season in Atlantic state waters. The 2022 recreational season for blueline tilefish will be open May 1 - July 25 in state waters, closing July 26.
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ALPS OutdoorZ, premiere manufacturer of extreme-duty hunting packs and outdoor gear, is pleased to announce that its Super Elite 4.0 has been named the “Best Overall” turkey vest of 2022 by Field & Stream.
Anarchy Outdoors has introduced a non-gunsmithing, Clamp-On Bolt Knob for the Remington Model 700 and similar rifles.

DeSantis Gunhide introduces a new holster for SIG P320C and P250C with Streamlight TLR-1 or Surefire X300 and red dot.
The NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum has awarded a $50,000 challenge grant to the First Hunt Foundation to help establish the Hunting Heritage Endowment and provide for on the ground mentoring work.
Indiana’s migratory bird hunting seasons for 2022-2023 have been submitted to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
For a second consecutive year, Hornady has earned the “Nebraska’s Safety Company” award from the Nebraska Chapter of the National Safety Council.

For the first quarter of 2022, Sturm, Ruger & Company (NYSE: RGR) reports net sales of $166.6 million and diluted earnings of $1.70 per share. That compares to net sales of $184.4 million and diluted earnings of $2.16 per share in the first quarter of 2021.
EasyExport announces it now prepares import permit applications for shoppers in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa when their orders for firearm parts or accessories from EasyExport merchants require an import permit.
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Apollo Creative Inc. is looking for Account Executives for advertising sales in a new outdoor publication.
MOJO® Outdoors is pleased to expand their reach in the Shooting Accessories category with the introduction of the MOJO® Hull Sacker, a netted basket with hinged lid for the containment of empty shotgun hulls when used in conjunction with the MOJO® Pick Stick.

Applied Ballistics announces a new online resource for shooters, The Science of Accuracy Academy, a subscription-based website launching with nearly 30 podcast episodes, with many more planned, as well as video content, Zoom classes, and much more.
Return 'Em Right is launching its program to offshore anglers throughout the Gulf of Mexico today. By participating in a short online review of best practices anglers can receive free release gear valued at $100 to help reef fish survive release.
As the State Coordinator, Mindy will oversee all aspects of the S3DA program in Utah, including promoting the program across the state to gain team and individual memberships, providing trainings for new coaches, and providing S3DA participants multiple monthly competition venues (tournaments) with minimal travel.
A rebuttal in response to criticism of a scholarly paper authored by FPC Action Foundation director of constitutional studies, Joseph Greenlee, was published today by the Duke Center for Firearms Law.

Hundreds of sportsmen, women, and conservationists from across the Peach State gathered on Saturday evening at Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna for the annual Sportsman’s Banquet and Auction hosted by the Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI)
Primary Arms has announced a new May giveaway, which features a brand-new AR-15 from Springfield along with high-quality accessories and extras from many of the industry’s leading brands.
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes “Mr. Whitetail”, Larry Weishuhn.
This week, Outdoors Radio features audiologist Dr. Grace Sturdivant, vertical crossbow inventor Jerry Goff, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation treasurer David Goff, and McFarland fishing guide Ron Barefield.

Indiana DNR conservation officers will be hosting two recruiting events in Henry and Hamilton counties for District 4, which includes Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Hamilton, Henry, Howard, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Tipton, and Wayne counties.
Roughly $4 million was allocated to selected habitat restoration projects at the recent annual Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Habitat Council funding meeting.
Whether you want to wind through the woods, go the distance or share the outdoors with friends and family, it's time to set your sights on 365 days of off-road adventure. Michigan ORV license and trail permits are valid for one year, which begins April 1 and ends March 31 of the following year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated three key crop insurance options for livestock producers: the Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP), Livestock Gross Margin (LGM), and Livestock Risk Protection (LRP).

Yes, today is Cinco de Mayo.

But honestly, do you really know what Cinco de Mayo commemorates?

If you’re an abject failure at history (like me), you’re lost. And it’s not a contrived excuse for a party, especially if you happen to have a Mexican heritage. Today’s a day celebration of the 1862 victory by Mexico over the French Empire at the battle of Puebla. It’s the battle that raised General Ignacio Zaragosa to hero status as his smaller, poorly equipped army win the first battle of Puebla.

Yes, there was a second battle of Puebla. Mexico lost. Don’t bog down on details.

From the celebration of a winning battle in a tough war, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican-American culture.

Celebrations began in California in the last century and have since spread across North America.

They’ve spread, at least in part, because of an increased interest in Mexican spirits. No not the Dia de los Muertos spirits, that’s November 1/2. The spirits of Mexican beer, wine, and tequila. Liquor companies started promoting the day in the 1980s and it caught on -in a major way. In 2013, according to Nielsen, Cinco de Mayo generated more than $600 million in beer sales, more than the Super Bowl or St. Patrick’s Day.

Now that’s celebrating.

Here’s a little watercolor knowledge: despite more than 150 places in the United States holding formal celebrations, the day is virtually ignored in Mexico. If, however, you find yourself reading this from the Cayman Islands, near Montego Bay, Jamaica, or the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, there are celebrations nearby.

Same in Cape Town, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria; Paris, and Osaka and Tokyo, Japan.

Now that our history lesson’s out of the way…on to economics.

Ruger announced their first quarter 2022 earnings after the stock market closed yesterday. The numbers seem to confirm a couple of things: 1) Gun sales are down compared to 2021, but, 2) the drop isn’t anything like the precipitous falls experienced when one of those infamous industry bubbles burst.

Instead, the market seems to be stabilizing- at very solid levels.

Inventory levels of goods - with the possible exception of ammunition- seem to be stabilizing.

Ammo, however, remains problematic, especially for those lower-demand calibers. They just aren’t being allocated time on loading machines as ammo makers continue to struggle to meet demand for popular calibers.

Ruger’s numbers weren’t anything most CEOs would find upsetting. First quarter sales were still $166.6 million. Down from 2021’s $184.4 million first quarter, but still good enough to earn shareholders a dividend of $1.70 per share.

Plenty of CEOs in other industries would sacrifice their senior leadership teams for those kinds of returns.

In his remarks, Ruger CEO Chris Killoy noted that new products are still going strong with consumers. New products including the PC Charger, MAX-9 pistol, and the Marlin 1895 Lever Action rifle.

Regarding the Marlin, Killoy (a lever gun fan) noted that even with brisk sales, Ruger has “just scratched the surface” of demand for the Marlin rifles.

Today, I’m flying to Phoenix, Arizona for the first of SIG SAUER’s Freedom Days consumer events. It will be interesting to see how consumers react to SIG’s new products post-the Army awarding them the future weapon contract. Also looking forward to spending some quality time at Arizona’s awesome Ben Avery Shooting Center. Not looking forward to 102 degree temperatures, but it’s gotta be summer somewhere.

Looking to spend some time with a couple of other manufacturers and the companies cooperating with SIG on this first-out-of-the-gate, consumer-focused event.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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