FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022

Ohio Wildlife Investigator Kandy Klosterman received the 2022 Guy Bradley Award during the Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference on Wednesday, May 11, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
A photo of 10 year-old Owen Rouse and his first harvested turkey is the winner of the 10th annual Big Gobbler Photo Contest sponsored by the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association.
The Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement’s K-9 Resource Protection Program is entering week eight of its nine-week training school held at Patoka Lake in southern Indiana. The school concludes with a graduation ceremony on May 20. Among the attendees this year is a team from Zambia.
The Wall of Guns isn’t just “a wall of guns” to admire at the NRA Annual Meetings, it’s a chance to support the NRA, the future of shooting sports, and have the opportunity to win firearms.
Dead Air Silencers will be attending the 2022 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas from May 27th through May 29th, 2022.

AGM Global Vision announced their participation in the Primary Arms Optics NRA Range Day event. Attendees will get the chance to try a range of products from various vendors – including AGM products.
Thanks to the AGFC’s interactive map, you can get the exact GPS location of each fish attractor to load to your smartphone or fishfinder to get a head start on the search for more fish.
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The Hornady Security Wireless Hygrometer monitors temperature and humidity in real-time, all without opening the gun safe.
Liberty Ammunition, a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of high-performance lead-free ammunition, is celebrating the California court ruling.

SIG SAUER is pleased to support Task Force Dagger Special Operations Foundation with an exclusive SIG MCX-SPEAR package for the Task Force Dagger SOF Auction and Raffle occurring in conjunction with the upcoming Special Operations Forces International Conference show.
GSM Outdoors is excited to announce the hiring of Jack Dice as Associate Brand Manager for GSM’s fishing division.
Blackhawk will attend National Police Week in Washington, D.C. May 12-15. As a steadfast supporter of law enforcement since the brand’s founding, Blackhawk is proud to participate and support National Police Week and the many events throughout the week.
Designed to protect land managers from harsh sounds encountered on the farm, TETRA Hearing’s LAND MANAGEMENT Program is now available as an add-on program or can be integrated into a new set of SHIELD Series devices.

High Speed Gear releases the new Vigil EDC Belt, the brand’s newest, low-profile everyday wear belt. It is rigid enough to support both inside-the-waistband and outside-the-waistband holsters and has a low-profile magnetic buckle that fits through standard belt loops.
SK Customs introduces the limited-edition U.S. Mint American Eagle Tribute Glock 45 Type 2 handgun, the second of a two-part series with the phrase “In God We Trust” featured on each side of the grip. Each pistol will be accompanied by a brilliant, uncirculated “West Point Minted” American Eagle Type 2 Silver Dollar which bears the “W” mint mark and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by David J. Ryder, former Director of the U.S. Mint.
The National Wild Turkey Federation announces that Becky Humphries, its CEO since 2017, will retire in February 2023 as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Buck Chasers outfitters, located in legendary Pike County, Illinois, has renewed as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor.

Nearly four decades after fighting through humble and challenging circumstances, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation stands as the preeminent organization focused on ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control focusing on a spike in gun-related violence pulls data out of context and demonstrates how the CDC is “up to its old tricks” under the Biden administration, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says.
Anglers Inn International, with popular 5-star fishing destinations in Mexico and Brazil, announces the renewal of the strategic partnership with Fishing Tackle Retailer magazine.
“ I’ll never forget my first morning deer hunting on public land near my childhood home in southern Wisconsin, a state with more than 600,000 deer hunters. For nine days a year, the state could field the world’s seventh largest army.”

This week, Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk Radio features self-defense, gun rights and more.
Sport South, the country’s leading family-owned distributor of firearms, ammunition and accessories, is now offering True Velocity’s advanced composite ammunition.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will temporarily close the Pontiac Lake shooting range for renovations on Thursday, May 19. The project is scheduled to be completed by Thursday, May 26.
During National Police Week (May 15-21) – and especially National Peace Officers Memorial Day this Sunday – the Michigan DNR is proud to recognize the more than 200 conservations currently serving our state.
Catchable-size rainbow trout were stocked in Frenchman No. 1 north of Palisade on May 12 to enhance fishing opportunities this spring.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources received confirmation Wednesday evening that three red fox kits died from highly pathogenic avian influenza – the state’s first such confirmation of the HPAI virus in wild mammals.

If you’re looking for hard-hitting, insightful and blissfully acidic commentary today, you’re going to leave disappointed.

Today, Friday, May 13, 2022, is not the day I finally pull off the constraints of decorum and let many of our industry “leaders” have it for their decided lack of vision and insistence on doing things the old ways…OK, the thought might have crossed my mind, but….no.

Friday the thirteenth - any Friday the thirteenth- is the day you try not to undertake Herculean tasks. You casually whistle whilst strolling past the graveyard, hoping no one notices your pace is just a bit faster than normal. As I have remarked (and probably written, I occasionally repeat myself these days), I am not superstitious; it’s bad luck.

And that’s only half-joking. I believe giving voice -internal or external- to a negative outcome is actually adding to the chance of its actually coming to fruition. As a child I was taught “if you think you can and try, you just might. If you think you can’t and don’t try, you’ll always be right.”

I was also taught “be sure you’re right; then go ahead” - but never tried to reconcile the two. After all, my parents were my ultimate authorities, not Davy Crockett (that’s a 1960s TV joke-Google it).

In other words, think good thoughts today. It is, after all, Friday, any way you slice it. And Fridays for most of us lead into the weekend.

We are spending a portion of our weekend in beautiful, historic, Charleston, South Carolina. The Carolina low country is one of our favorite parts of the country, and Charleston with its rich history, wonderful cuisine and welcoming residents really does put the best face possible on an already great area.

This is our first visit since the pandemic, and the city’s many empty small storefronts bear mute testimony to how reliant the area really is on tourism. “When the people stopped coming,” one shopkeeper told me, “we realized just how much we relied on those vacationing strangers who clog up our streets and fill up our restaurants.”

But it’s on the rebound, with lots of storefront renovation underway. For me, that’s another excuse to come back to “the holy city” before too-long.

One of the many historic churches (top) in Charleston that earned the beautiful city the moniker “the holy city.” The pandemic made it tough on many shopkeepers, making an anniversary celebration (center) worth celebrating. And as the tourists return, bike taxis (below) are waiting to pedal them around town.


The time I’ve already spent here this week has reminded me there are really only two things that are tough to like about this area: July and August. Normally we come here when we’re vacationing on nearby Seabrook or Fripp Islands - in the summer. Charleston, we have determined, deserves to become a spring and fall destination on its own. We’ll let someone else simmer in the summer.

Now about that abnormal fear of the number thirteen: that is triskaidekaphobia. Fear of Friday the thirteenth is described as either paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia. The first comes from the Ancient Greek phrase meaning “thirteen fear” the second is old Norse and means “today is creeping me out, let’s go get some mead.”

For those of you who really are into attribution, the phrase was first used in 1910 in the magazine Modern Psychology.

“And now,” as radio legend Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story.”

Google him if you don’t know. I’m going for a walk around Charleston.

Have a great weekend.

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