TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2022

MDT Sporting Goods announces the acquisition of Long Range Arms, a market leader in electronic shooting levels.
With hundreds of competitors vying to win the event, Easton shooter Gaius Carter of Arizona used X10 ProTour arrows to take the premiere Open Championship title against a stellar field of top compound competitors at the Western Classic, the world’s largest marked 3-D archery competition.

In her ninth podium appearance in 2022, Bowtech pro shooter Paige Pearce won the Female Championship division of the Redding Championships. She also set the official record score with 1535.
Celebrate multiple bird events in one evening with a guided bird hike at Nebraska’s Smith Falls State Park on May 14. The event coincides with International Migratory Bird Day as well as Global Big Day.
With temperatures warming up and the boating season around the corner, boaters should make sure to plan ahead before visiting Bear Lake or Flaming Gorge this spring and summer.

The R100 National Archery Tour heads to Conroy, AR, May 13-15, 2022. This event is hosted in partnership with Central Arkansas Bowhunters and Arkansas Bowhunters Association.
On April 16th, 2022, Hamilton County Fox Archery hosted an Illinois 3D Regional at the Rend Lake Archery Complex in Whittington, Illinois. Nearly 100 archers from eleven S3DA teams across the state gathered to compete.
Hornady congratulates Jessie Harrison on her performance at the 2022 Steel Challenge World Championship, April 30 – May 1, 2022, in Talladega, Alabama.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in partnership with Wildlife Forever, is eager to announce the winners of the Florida State Fish Art Contest this year.

On Saturday, May 21, MacArthur Park, a Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility will host a youth fishing derby for boys and girls 15 and younger. Everything to the kids is free.
Primary Arms Optics has announced its attendance at the Modern Day Marine 2022 Conference in Washington, D.C.
Whether it’s catching a rainbow trout, paddling around in a canoe, or touching a live snake, the 26th annual Payson (Arizona) Wildlife Fair will offer all kinds of fun outdoor activities Saturday (May 14) at Green Valley Park.
Pope and Young is less than a week out from their Bowhunters Bash at the Bakcou Center – Weber County (Utah) Archery Park, set for Saturday, May 14.

High-water events in recent years are paying off in a big walleye bite on Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes in north Arkansas, not only this spring but for the last several years, according to anglers from local fishing clubs, resort owners and guides on the lakes.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking anglers to help them evaluate the Lake Superior splake fishery by reporting marked splake, a hybrid cross between lake trout and brook trout that have been regularly stocked in Lake Superior since 1990.
On Saturday, June 11, 2022, Alabamians and out-of-state visitors alike will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters including both freshwater and saltwater. Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to enjoy the outstanding fishing Alabama has to offer without purchasing a fishing license.
- GEAR -
For regular lawn tractor maintenance, MoJack offers a stable solution to safely work on equipment with the commercial grade MoJack PRO Riding Lawn Mower Lift.

Highly nutritious and easy to digest, Antler King’s Sugar Beets provide protein-packed leafy greens in the early season and energy-filled roots later in the year.
Templar Knife, the trusted leader of exceptional quality automatic knives and one of the fastest growing brands in this sector of the recreation, sporting, and outdoor markets is proud to announce they have officially partnered with Davidson’s.
Tactical Media Network (TMN) is proud to announce promoting Dalon Hudson to Director of Digital Communications.
MidwayUSA announces the promotion of Matt Quintero to the role of Logistics Manager-Inbound.

AMMO, Inc. announced it had received acknowledgement from the Ukraine Ministry of Defense for its donation of one million rounds of ammunition.
NSSF has renewed its contract with the SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range, returning as Title Sponsor for the next three years. Now in its 10th year, Industry Day at the Range will be backed, yet again, by one of the most prominent organizations in the shooting sports industry.
Orion Wholesale, a leading distributors in the hunting and shooting sports industry, announces their partnership with Joel Harris of Harris Global Marketing & Communications for all of their public relations and communication needs. 


Matt Lyons has been promoted to President, SA Consumer Products, Inc’s Safe Division.
Ben Lavallee has been promoted to President, SA Consumer Products, Inc. – Sporting Goods Division as well as Chief Marketing, Product Development and Sourcing Officer for SA Consumer Products, Inc.
Rich Glogovsky has been promoted to Senior Vice President-Manufacturing and Engineering for SA Consumer Products, Inc. a leading supplier of gun safes, home and office safes and quick access safes in the United States and Canada under the Sports Afield, Sanctuary and Remington brands.
Hawke Optics will attend the 2022 NRA Annual Meeting, May 27-29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in Houston, Texas. The company will be giving away a $1,000 optics package from Hawke .
Maverick Blinds announces an expanded partnership with Rush Outdoors as title sponsor for The World of Rush Outdoors on Pursuit.
Aerial treatments conducted by DNR’s Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology and Division of Forestry to slow the spread of spongy moth, which used to be called gypsy moth, in selected areas of Marshall, Noble, and LaPorte counties could begin the week of May 16, weather permitting.
- JOBS -
Indiana DNR’s Division of Law Enforcement will host a conservation officer recruiting event on Tuesday, May 24 for District 7, which includes Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties.
Diamondback Firearms’ DBX in 5.7x28mm gets a fresh new look with the Davidson’s Exclusive DBX. This new Exclusive from Davidson’s features a Davidson’s Dark Earth cerakote finish accented by black controls, grip, and magazine.
The Concealable 2.0 Holster from Galco is now available for compact Glocks with or without red dot sights. Its unique two-piece construction is contoured on the body side to the natural curve of the hip, keeping all the molding on the front of the holster.
Apex is pleased to announce the release of its Competition Trigger Kit for the Mk IV and Mk IV 22/45 model pistols from Ruger. Available with either a black or red anodized flat-faced trigger, that is adjustable for over-travel, the new kit is a significant performance upgrade for one of the most popular .22LR handguns on the market.
Waypoint TV, the world’s leading entertainment destination for hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventure programming, announced today that the Waypoint TV channel is now available 24/7 on Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service.
U.S. LawShield presents the National Travel Guide for Gun Owners and state-specific Travel Guides for Gun Owners. The guides feature practical information for people traveling through nearly every state in the U.S.
EuroOptic, a longtime DSC exhibitor partner, announces the start of a Round-Up Initiative in support of the DSC mission. 
The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund recently provided a $70,000 grant to the Boone and Crockett Club to support policy development and outreach efforts, the Club’s Poach & Pay project to address wildlife crime, and for expanding conservation education programs.
Firearms Policy Coalition announced it has sent a letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary demanding that it “exercise its constitutional authority, and moral duty, to withhold consent” of President Biden’s nomination of Steve Dettlebach for the position of Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners allocated $454,977 in 2021 grant funding to enhance wildlife habitat stewardship, expand public access and assist hunting heritage projects in South Dakota.
Wyoming Wildlife magazine is calling for your best wildlife photographs from the Cowboy State. The publication has opened entries for the third annual Wyoming Wildlife calendar photo contest.
Brownells customers will get a rare chance to win a SIG MCX-Spear chambered in .277 Fury, along with a training class hosted at the SIG SAUER Academy, airfare to the class and lodging, and an SLX suppressor – a prize package valued at $9,999.


The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Coalition applauds yesterday's announcement made by United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, for $61 million to be allocated to communities across the country through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program.
Scott Johnson, an Indiana DNR wildlife science supervisor, has received the Chase S. Osborn Award for Wildlife Conservation from Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources.
TactaLoad’s FLASH-5 is a new gunstock that incorporates an internal magazine that offers the shooter instant access to ammunition the FLASH-5 fits both the Remington and Mossberg lines of 12-gauge pump-action shotguns.
In an effort to restore oak barren natural communities that once dominated Waterloo and Island Lake recreation areas, portions of the parks have been cleared of invasive and non-native trees and plants.
“It’s just real important that we all vote ‘Yes’ on that amendment on the ballot,” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said. “With your support of the State Parks bond issue on May 24, we will soon have ribbon-cuttings on several renovated campgrounds, cabins and improved day-use areas in our 21 State Parks.”
Today on Deer and Wildlife Stories Keith Warren is heading down to the Sunshine State of Florida. Then a 6 year old deer farmer named Little John will be showing us around Rocking JE Whitetails showing off huge bucks like Big Mo and Heatstroke

EDITOR’S NOTE:  When the news of Ray Scott’s passing arrived yesterday, I smiled - before the immense sense of loss overwhelmed me. Thinking of Ray always makes me smile. When I see his name, the first thing I see is that great big smile.

Ray Scott was one of those larger-than-life people who found his way to exactly the spot he’d unknowingly been preparing for his entire life. When he arrived, he thrived.

He laughed - at himself or you- with equal ease. But never with malice.

Covering one particularly frigid Bassmaster Classic, a group of us were sitting in the press room trying out exaggerated descriptions to describe the cold.

Spotting Ray Scott nearby, I was inspired. It is probably the most descriptive phrase I’ve ever had about fishing, cold weather, or the nature of someone…all in one short phrase.

“It was so cold,” I said, “Ray Scott actually had his hands in his own pockets.”

Ray laughed harder than everyone else at that one. Later, he told me it might have been the biggest compliment “a salesman like me” might ever get.

Ray Scott was a salesman.

Imagine anyone else filling sports arenas with spectators…watching people weigh bags of fish. Ray did. The sport of fishing is better for it - and Ray’s unrelenting push for best conservation practices.

Today, many of us are missing that big laugh - and the larger-than-life ideas from a character who matched up perfectly with both.

Here’s the official announcement from B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S. Founder Ray Scott, The Father Of Modern Bass Fishing, Has Died

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Ray Scott passed away on Sunday, May 8 at around 11:30 p.m. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. Scott was 88 years old.

Scott founded the first national professional bass fishing circuit, the Bassmaster Tournament Trail, in 1967 and the following year founded the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society — B.A.S.S. — which would grow to become the world’s largest fishing organization.

“Our entire organization was saddened to hear about the passing of our founder, Ray Scott,” said Chase Anderson, B.A.S.S. CEO. “Ray’s passion and vision for bass fishing birthed our entire industry more than 50 years ago when he founded B.A.S.S. and started the first professional fishing tournament series. His legacy is felt to this day and continues to influence B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing membership organization, which he started in 1968. Ray’s contributions and impact on conservation and his advocacy and passion for anglers and our sport set the standard for tournament fishing and are something we will always strive to uphold.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the Scott family.”

The bass tournament competition Scott created rewarded anglers who caught the heaviest limits of bass in the three- or four-day events, which served as the proving grounds for rapid advancements in bass boats, outboard engines, fishing tackle, lures and electronics. Everyday anglers began purchasing whatever the bass pros were using, spawning a massive bass fishing industry that today has an economic impact in excess of $125 billion per year and employs more than 800,000 people nationwide.

Before Scott began pursuing his dream of organizing America’s bass anglers, the sport was a laid-back, mainly Southern pastime that was largely overlooked by the trout-focused national outdoor media. To serve B.A.S.S. members and to publicize the tournament trail, Scott launched Bassmaster Magazine, which the New York Times described as “the Bible of Bass Fishing,” and which ultimately would be delivered to 650,000 B.A.S.S. members monthly.

In 1984, he and then-Bassmaster Editor Bob Cobb created The Bassmasters TV show, which attracted more than 1 million viewers weekly on The Nashville Network. Aired today on Fox Sports, the program is one of the longest-running and most-watched fishing shows in history.

Not only did Scott help grow the sport of bass fishing, but he also did more than any other individual to preserve it.

In 1972, he debuted the “Don’t Kill Your Catch” campaign and mandated that all tournament competitors’ boats feature an aerated livewell to keep their bass alive.

“I didn’t invent catch and release,” Scott acknowledged, “but we did make it popular in bass fishing, and that changed the sport in so many ways. We preached that a bass is too valuable to be caught only once. We helped fishermen learn how great it felt to catch a 5- or 6-pound bass and then lean over and let it go and watch it swim away, hopefully to be caught again.”

As a result, the catch-and-release ethic caught on so well that more than 90% of all bass anglers today release all or most of the bass they catch.

Scott and his rapidly growing B.A.S.S. organization also crusaded against the industrial pollution of America’s waterways. In 1970 and ’71, Scott filed some 200 anti-pollution lawsuits, drawing national attention to declining water quality and contributing significantly to passage of the Clean Water Act of 1972.

He was an early advocate of bass fisheries research, and he campaigned zealously for passage of the federal Wallop-Breaux Sport Fish Restoration Amendment of 1984. When the bill stalled in Congress, Scott’s friendship with then-Vice President George H.W. Bush helped ensure enactment of the amendment. As a result, approximately $375 million in sportfish restoration allocations are provided annually to state fisheries agencies for management, aquatic education and public access projects.

Few individuals have had a more positive impact on boating safety than Scott. Early on, he began requiring tournament competitors to wear personal flotation devices whenever boating, and he convinced manufacturers to make emergency shut-off devices — “kill switches” — standard features on motorboats. In 1994, he was instrumental in passing the comprehensive Boating Safety Reform Act in Alabama, which became the first state to require that boat drivers pass a written exam and obtain a boat operator’s license.

In recognition of his efforts, President Jimmy Carter appointed Scott to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Boating Safety Advisory Council, and in 2002, he was inducted into the National Boating Safety Hall of Fame. Scott earned numerous other accolades and honors for his contributions to outdoor recreation over the years.

Field & Stream Magazine listed Scott — along with President Theodore Roosevelt, environmentalist Rachel Carson and naturalist/conservationist Aldo Leopold — among 20 individuals who most influenced outdoor sports during the 20th century.

He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2001, the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame in 2004 and the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 1987. He was named the 1988 Sport Fisherman of the Year by the Sport Fishing Institute.

The elder President Bush picked Scott as his Alabama state chairman during his 1979-80 presidential campaign, and the two remained good friends and fishing companions throughout Bush’s terms as Vice President and President of the United States.

Scott’s was a true rags-to-riches story. He was born in Montgomery, Ala., on Aug. 24, 1933, and grew up there during the depths of the Great Depression. His father operated an ice cream cart and his mother worked as a hairdresser to support the family, which grew to include Ray, his brother and three uncles — all living in a one-bedroom home. Scott contributed to the family treasury by delivering groceries on his bicycle, mowing lawns and selling peanuts at baseball games.

Scott suffered from dyslexia, which contributed to his having to repeat eighth grade, but he eventually managed to earn a degree in Business Administration from Auburn University and soon afterward became one of Mutual of New York insurance company’s top salesmen in the Southeast.

In recognition of his successes, Scott received the 2003 Horatio Alger Award, which honors the achievements of outstanding Americans who have succeeded in spite of adversity.

After a decade in the life insurance business, Scott had a vision that he might be the one to elevate the national profile of bass fishing to be, as he said, “on par with golf” and worthy of television exposure. That year, 1967, he quit his job and began organizing the first major national bass fishing tournament, the All American at Beaver Lake, Ark. The event was successful enough for Scott to begin holding tournaments at other reservoirs in the South and to launch B.A.S.S. and Bassmaster early in 1968.

His brainchild, the annual Bassmaster Classic world championship, grew from two dozen competitors and about that many spectators at Lake Mead, Nev., in 1971, to become the biggest event in sportfishing over the next half-century. Today, the Classic and related events such as the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo record more than 100,000 fishing fans each year.

He sold B.A.S.S. to an investment group including his executive vice president, Helen Sevier, and other employees in 1986, but he continued to serve as emcee of the Classic for several more years. He later became a consultant and a popular spokesman for numerous companies in the fishing industry, and he launched a successful hunting industry enterprise to market deer feed and related products through his Whitetail Institute.

After a half-century of helping to grow and shape the sportfishing industry worldwide, Scott retired to his farm near Pintlala, Ala., where he remained mostly out of the public eye in the years prior to his death. He is survived by his wife Susan and his four children.

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (, TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

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