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.
The Michigan State Waterways Commission, a seven-member advisory commission appointed by the governor, was created in 1947 to advise on how Michigan would place, fund and manage harbors to provide safe, navigable boating on Michigan’s Great Lakes.
Naturalists, youth group leaders and others who bring people out on the water in canoes or kayaks and want to learn how to teach others about paddling efficiently and safely are encouraged to attend one of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) paddling schools scheduled June through September.
The nation’s largest recreational boating safety event of the year, National Safe Boating Week, is May 21–27, serves as a reminder to boaters to keep safety front and center all season long.
College anglers are eligible to participate in the Yamaha Power Pay Program at all Association of Collegiate Anglers events in 2022. 


Team Berger member, Lou Murdica, scored a grand aggregate of 0.1805 to secure the championship at the California State 4-Gun Benchrest Championship. Murdica took first place in the Unlimited Class at 100 and 200 yards and fourth in Heavy Varmint.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today registration is open for two “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” summer weekend programs, set for June 3-5 in Marquette County and Aug. 26-28, in Roscommon County.
SIG SAUER successfully completed the inaugural SIG Freedom Days, welcoming over 4,000 guests to the first ever, total consumer focused, SIG shooting experience at the Ben Avery Shooting Complex in Phoenix, Arizona held May 5-7.
Shoot Like A Girl is bringing the 2022 Sea to Shining Sea Tour to Cabela’s in Grand Junction, Colorado this weekend for an interactive event that introduces women and their families to shooting sports in a fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax the fishing regulations at Martens Lake in Sweet Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) beginning May 15 to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish as the lake is drained to prepare for a project that will repair the Martens’ Lake dike.

An angler’s prized catch may actually be worth a prize this spring and summer in Kansas, thanks to the return of the Great Kansas Fishing Derby. This year’s Derby will run May 15 to September 15, 2022. Anglers can try their luck at catching one of more than 500 specially tagged fish located in public waterbodies across the Sunflower State.
Iowa Department of Natural Resource (DNR) foresters are receiving reports of moderate to severe winter burn damage to arborvitae and white pine trees across Iowa.


- GEAR -
SnapSafe In-Wall Safes install securely between wall studs safeguarding valuables out of sight. In-Wall Safes are available in two sizes – a 22-inch and a 44-inch-tall version – depending on individual storage needs.

Elite Survival Systems offers the MOLLE Tactical Holster. Designed to fit most standard pistols with a light attached, it features adjustment points which allow the gun to be fitted with or without the light attached.
For 2022, bobcat management units have been updated and expanded. Bobcat season dates also have been updated to expand harvest opportunities. Due to expanded harvest seasons, the new deadline for obtaining bobcat kill tags is Oct. 24.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is accepting applications for 2022 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison and sandhill crane.
Caza Outdoors, LLC (DBA Pnuma Outdoors) is pleased to announce industry veteran Phil Dalrymple as General Manager of Pnuma Outdoors and Heated Core.

EasyExport announces the introduction of EasyExport GlobalPlus, a version of its automated export-processing service that includes powerful tools to fuel long-term growth of merchants’ international revenues.
Delta Defense announced the honor of being named one of the Top Workplaces of 2022 by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This award is the seventh consecutive Top Workplace award given to Delta Defense, recognizing its continued commitment to its employees and culture.
AMMO, Inc. announced that chairman and CEO Fred Wagenhals has been recognized as a 2022 Titan 100. The Titan 100 program recognizes Phoenix’s Top 100 CEOs & C-level executives using criteria that includes demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision, and passion.
GSM Outdoors is proud to announce the hiring of Wes Higgins as the newest Brand Manager for GSM Fishing.

Ranew’s Outdoor Equipment, makers of the Firminator, has renewed their Whitetails Unlimited national sponsorship WTU President Jeff Schinkten has announced.
Yamaha’s U.S. Marine Business Unit announced Tuesday Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers (YPPI) of Indianapolis is a certified participant in the Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP).
Kenetrek Boots recently renewed the SCI corporate sponsorship they have enjoyed since 2015.
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HeadHunters NW, an executive recruiting firm focused exclusively on talent acquisition for the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industry, is seeking to fill a General Manager role in the archery hunting industry, located in Montrose, PA.
Springfield Armory announced the newest addition to the Emissary 1911 line, the Emissary 4.25” in 9mm. Bridging the gap between duty and custom handguns, the Emissary delivers a bold and capable 1911 pistol with defense-minded features intended for serious use as well as convenient carry.
Cobra Archery has introduced Radius Sight Technology. This technology converts arrow trajectory through a radius design, properly placing the sight pins for bows with speeds between 250 and 320 feet per second.
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Mesa Tactical has announced the availability of the new line of SureShell shotshell carriers with integrated Trijicon RMR reflex sight mounts for the Benelli M2 and M4 shotguns. The RMR sight can co-witness with the shotgun factory ghost ring sights.
X-Vision Optics’ new Thermal Reflex Sight (TR1) features a detection range up to 1000-yards in a compact sight with a 1.63” AMOLED display. The TR1 also features a quick-release Picatinny mount and IP67 weatherproof rating.
The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) recently concluded hosting its third summit in the past decade focused on Dall's and Stone's sheep conservation.
For the second year, MidwayUSA Foundation has provided cash grants to help train more youth shooting sports coaches. This year, 54 cash grants have been awarded for a total payout of $250,000.
Gatorz Eyewear announced its partnership with SOFX Inc. and Recoil Magazine in a Special Operations-themed giveaway featuring Gatorz and Radical Firearms premium products and merchandise.
Outdoor Product Innovations, Rhino Blinds, and Rhino Tree Stands shine as the Inside Archery magazine cover story for the month of April.
Century Arms has located a potential durability issue with a limited number of BFT47 rifles. If you have a rifle with a serial number on the list found at : you are asked to submit a return request.
Enjoy ultimate concealment when wearing the Banded Ghost Shooter 3D Leafy Ghillie Jacket in Realtree Timber Camo.
Kinsey’s recently announced the addition of Exothermic Technologies to their vast assortment of distributed archery and firearms products.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. has stepped up as a silver sponsor of the IHEA-USA 2022 Conference and is offering IHEA-USA instructors discounts on its products in appreciation for their commitment to teaching safe hunting and firearm ownership.
There have been a few sightings recently of cougars in cities throughout Utah, so Utah DNR wanted to send a reminder about what to do if you encounter a cougar as well as some tips to help prevent conflicts.
The Indiana DNR, Next Level Trails (NLT) and the Town of Shipshewana opened the recently completed Pumpkinvine Trail extension in Shipshewana on May 6.
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission will conduct its next bimonthly meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at Turkey Run State Park.
The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold its monthly meeting via teleconference at 9:30 a.m., on May 12. The meeting is open to the public.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is accepting applications for 2022 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison and sandhill crane.
This week on MOJO TV, MOJO takes a look at the long list of highlights from an action-packed season of big game, predator and turkey hunting.
Shooting USA attends the two newest and most popular divisions of United States Practical Shooting Association competition: Carry Optics and Pistol Caliber Carbine, in action for the Championship Titles on the ranges at Talladega Marksmanship Park.
The Sailing Museum, located on the waterfront of downtown Newport, Rhode Island, has officially opened its doors to the public.
Yesterday, nearly 20 members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus gathered with industry partners and members of the sporting community for a fun and friendly afternoon of sporting clay, trap, and skeet shooting competition.
Whether you’re planning a weekend on the water or digging into a landscaping project, this summer’s NotMISpecies webinars offer tips to help you prevent and manage invasive plants and animals to protect the places you love.

EDITOR’S NOTE: While many of us in the outdoor space had the privilege of knowing and being around Ray Scott, not many knew him as well as our own Frank Sargeant. Today, Frank helps all of us know the man who made fishing more popular, and better for us all. He also help turn a “struggling fishing guide” into one of our favorite fishing writers.

Ray continued to be a part of the BASS Classic into his later years--he's seen here at the Classic Outdoors Show in Birmingham. (Frank Sargeant)

It’s hard to add anything of value to all the accolades already bestowed on Bassmaster-founder Ray Scott, who passed away Sunday at the age of 88. But since I’m one of the thousands who owe much of their careers to him, I’ll have to try.

I was struggling to make a living as a fishing guide at Homosassa, Florida, when I happened to run into Ray at a tackle show. He was looking for writers and I was (desperately) looking for a way to make a little extra income.

He introduced me to a young editor by the name of Dave Precht, who had just come to work for him, and my future changed forever. I wrote for Bassmaster Magazine for the next 20 years, and my work there opened many other doors.

There are thousands of us with similar stories who owe Ray for whatever success we’ve had in the fishing industry, and hundreds of companies that wouldn’t even be in existence were it not for him.

The professional bass fishing circuits probably would not be there had Ray not come up with the concept and shown it to be viable. He was sort of the P.T. Barnum of competition fishing, proving that fishing could be a “Big Show”, a spectator sport, cool as well as fun—and that it could make big money.

Even retail giant Bass Pro Shops probably would not be therewere it not for Ray’s founding of the bassing empire, which gave Johnny Morris a ready-made market of avid freshwater anglersto create the kick-start he needed to build the giant retail operations of today.

Tick off the list of names of industry giants, Forrest Wood of Ranger, Earl Bentz now of Caymas and formerly of Triton, Stratos, Hydra-Sports and others, Rick Pierce of Basscat and many others, to say nothing of the outboard motor companies, particularly Mercury, which sell so many of their engines to bass anglers, Darrell Lowrance of Lowrance electronics, Tom Mann of Humminbird, dozens of tackle companies, specialized fishing clothing companies (remember the jump-suit craze?) and so much more—it’s likely all of these companies would either have not existed or would have been a shadow of what they are today without Ray Scott and his Bass Angler Sportsman Society.

Ray fished with both President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush during their tenures. (Alabama Archives and History)

Ray was one of the first to recognize that great fishing requires great habitat, and was a leader in conservation, particularly the fight for clean waters. B.A.S.S. remains active in that mission today, and it may be one of his greatest legacies. He fished with Presidents—both Bush 1 and 2--and made sure they were on the side of conservation, too.

He was also the man who made catch-and-release fishing popular among bass anglers. Without that, most of our lakes would be unfishable today.

Ray was the ultimate salesman, the immediate center of attention where ever he went, a big, loud, friendly guy with an infectious smile and that trademark cowboy hat, and if he wanted you to do something, he’d find a way to talk you into doing it—and probably make a little money on the side for himself along the way.

Ray got rich in the business, and he built an estate to prove it, complete with the world’s best bass lake and deer stands that included TV’s and easy chairs. But he made a whole lot of other folks rich along the way, too—for that, the industry owes him considerably.

Ray Scott built a fortune through bass fishing, and enjoyed it at his estate south of Montgomery, Alabama for many years. (Ray Scott Enterprises)

Chase Anderson, now the C.E.O. of B.A.S.S. summed up Ray’s contributions:

“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. 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.”

Dave Precht, now editor emeritus of Bassmaster, said Scott was a huge factor in boating safety, as well:

“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.”

Major League Fishing president/C.E.O. Jim Wilburn, who heads the chief competitor of the BASS Elite circuit, said Scott will forever be remembered as one of the greatest visionaries and contributors in the history of bass fishing:

“His efforts have made an extraordinarily positive impact on so many outdoorsmen and women, across the world. He launched groundbreaking marketing and media partnerships, membership platforms and conservation programs that have brought the sport into the national spotlight. His iconic legacy will endure through his family and continue to inspire generations to come.”

“Every staff member, angler, and fan of the MLF family is the beneficiary of Ray’s vision, generosity and inspiration,” Wilburn said in a statement.

I thought of Ray Monday as I drove the stretch of interstate 65 near his home in Pintlala, Alabama, south of Montgomery, where a section is designated “Ray Scott Highway”.

In a way, all of us in the bass fishing industry are driving on that highway today.

Thanks again, Ray, from all of us.

Frank Sargeant

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