Developed by the NSSF, National Shooting Sports Month encourages newcomers and experienced gun owners and hunters to visit a local shooting range with their handgun, rifle or shotgun to enjoy the target-shooting sports, which boasts more than 56 million adult and youth participants.
The Heytman’s Landing boat ramp, south of Lansing, on Pool 9 of the Mississippi River is closed until Sept. 23 to replace the railroad bridge that spans the boat channel.
Starting Monday, Aug. 8, Michigan Department of Natural Resources will launch improvements that include repaving the main parking area and adding new parking spaces closer to the bathrooms.
After winning the ASA Classic event in Cullman, Alabama, Black Gold pro TIM GILLINGHAM locked up the Shooter of the Year title .
Hornady congratulates team shooter Jessie Harrison on her performance at the Area 5 Championship, July 27-31, 2022, in Brooklyn, MI.

After four furious days of fishing, Huk's Kyle Hall reeled in his first win on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on Lake Champlain. Kyle edged out the second-place angler Jon Canada by 1 ounce for the win.
Members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit proved their talents at the 2022 National Trophy Pistol Matches. USAMU’s SP4 Jason Gregoire took the President’s Pistol Trophy for the overall win and SSG Carl Clegg, 36, led the National Trophy Individual Match with a score of 291-15X.
The start to the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 2022 National Pistol Matches was celebrated through the induction of two new trophies. The inaugurated trophies featured included the Steve Reiter Cup, named after decorated bullseye pistol marksman and Olympian Steve Reiter, as well as the T.D. Smith Memorial Trophy, named after Olympian, National Record holder and American hero T.D. Smith.
Team Mathews® wraps up the ASA season in Cullman, Alabama sweeping both Men’s Open Pro and Men’s Known Pro, as well as a Shooter of the Year title.

Hillsdale College hosted the 2022 USA Shooting’s Shotgun National Championships where over 150 athletes competed for top Trap honors and the chance to be selected for the World Team. Krieghoff shooters shot strong and took home one Gold, three Sliver, and one Bronze Medal across four categories and secured three spots on the World Team.
FalconStrike USA will attend the Amateur Trap Association Grand American the week of August 3-13th in Sparta, Illinois.
Springfield Armory is proud to announce it will host the inaugural GUNFEST at the renowned Sturgis, South Dakota, 2022 Motorcycle Rally August 5th through the 7th.
Shoot Like A Girl is bringing the 2022 Sea to Shining Sea Tour to Bass Pro Shops in Auburn Hills, Michigan this weekend for an interactive event that introduces women and their families to shooting sports in a fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere.

Join the Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State University, Tower-Kleber Limited Partnership and Sturgeon for Tomorrow Saturday, Aug. 20, for free sturgeon hatchery tours at the Black River facility northwest of Onaway.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed Eurasian watermilfoil is growing at four sites along the west and southwest side of Lost Island Lake, located three miles north of Ruthven in Palo Alto County.
The 2022 recreational and commercial spiny lobster season starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2023.
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The covert operations discreet case for IWI Tavor & bullpups fits Steyr AUG/A3, FN F2000 & FS2000, as well as the new Springfield Armory Hellion and similar bullpup rifles with overall lengths of 30 inches or less.

Applications are $5, and hunters may only apply once. Apply online or anywhere DNR licenses are sold.
Eight elk were harvested during Nebraska’s first special elk depredation season. Five bulls and three cows were taken during the July 1-31 season.
Media Lodge, an outdoor industry digital media platform, has hired media maven Jenn Jacques for a newly created Brand Strategist position, announced company president, Christen Everly.
Three respected brands joined the EasyExport network of international sellers in July. With their addition, 13 American companies are now using EasyExport to export guns, parts, optics, and accessories to customers in 82 countries. The companies are XS Sights, Griffin Armament and Potomac Armory/Charlie’s Custom Clones.

APEX Outdoor Rewards recently attended the Georgia Outdoor News (GON) Outdoor Blast in Emerson, GA where thousands of hunting enthusiasts gathered to gear up for the upcoming season.
MidwayUSA’s Ryan Cokerham was recently promoted to Director of Merchandising – Shooting. Ryan began his career at MidwayUSA as a Photography Specialist in 2008, shortly after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Missouri.
CCW Safe announces a partnership with Julie Golob, one of the world’s most accomplished competitive shooters. The relationship will feature innovative, engaging, and educational content on both Julie’s and CCW Safe’s social media channels and websites.
Silencer Central, America’s largest silencer dealer, will attend the 2022 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and pre-rally events in Sturgis, South Dakota, beginning August 2.

Umarex Airguns will be an official sponsor of the Airgun Village at the inaugural GUNFEST in Sturgis, South Dakota, August 5-7 at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Fans should visit the Umarex Airgun Village for the opportunity to shoot some of the most popular air powered hunting rifles and airguns.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) will file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q after the close of the stock market today (August 3, 2022).
FalconStrike USA will attend the Amateur Trap Association Grand American, August 3-13 in Sparta, Illinois.
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Archery Country in Austin, Texas, a fast-growing, family-owned brand, is seeking a professional and experienced Retail Operations Manager to lead its team.
Staying dry, especially in cooler temperatures, means wearing high-quality rain gear designed for the toughest conditions. Nomad’s Hailstorm NXT Jacket and Pants fit this requirement perfectly.
If you’ve ever wondered what gun professionals and people who hunt for a living are shooting, this weekly video series is for you. Scope This Gun is a fast-paced video series that helps you make decisions on firearm/optic pairings in a way that’s entertaining and educational.
This year’s winner of the Boone and Crockett Club’s Glenn St. Charles Award is Travis Rogers. Rogers won the award for his impressive 175 0/8 inch, Non-Typical Columbia Blacktail deer.
Camp Leopold and the South Carolina Waterfowl Association are pleased to announce a partnership with the Honda USA Foundation that initiative provides $30,000 in support to provide multi-day outdoor education experiences to over 200 students in the Darlington and Florence areas of South Carolina.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is working alongside the USDA Forest Service on the newly formed General Springs Stewardship Agreement, a collaborative endeavor set to restore wildlife habitat, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and improve water quality and quantity for millions of Arizonans.
MidwayUSA Foundation has a 2020 Colt Python featured for their August online auction, and funds generated will support youth shooting sports. The starting bid is set at $750. This fun way of funding youth shooting sports could not be possible without generous sponsors like Colt.
The Second Amendment Foundation is wondering how far Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will go to politicize his agency, after hiring Ben Carr, identified by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility—a Seattle-based gun control group—as vice president of its foundation board of directors.
Inside Shooting Industry’s first-ever Range Issue, content provides range operators with a look at innovative technologies, the merits of pursuing NSSF’s range-rating program, how to make facilities more welcoming to women and more.
Ohio Wildlife Officer Supervisor Bill Bullard was recently recognized as the 2021 Association of Midwest Fish & Game Law Enforcement Officers (AMFGLEO) Officer of the Year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The new Girsan MCP35 PI, with its 3.88-inch barrel, was created to be easy to carry and conceal, whether on the job or at the beach. The steel-framed MCP35 PI features a 15+1 capacity in its staggered-column magazine.
C&H Precision Weapons’ adaptor plates allow for attachment of various Vortex, Aimpoint, Leupold, Trijicon, SIG, and Holosun optics to uncommon or non-standard slide cut designs a user’s preferred chosen optic.
The sixth annual Noreen Clough Memorial Scholarships for Females in Fisheries have been awarded to Iowa State University student Madeline Lewis of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Noel Schmitz, of Sparta, Wis., who is studying at The Ohio State University.
Daily hoot owl fishing restrictions are being implemented for sections of Monana's Shields, Madison, Ruby, East Gallatin, Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers and Silver Bow Creek to reduce fish stress and mortality during high water temperatures.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting four open houses on the final drafts of the lake management plans for the Harris Chain of Lakes, Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and Lake Okeechobee.
Those who are interested in or just curious about the proposed development of an equestrian campground in Lake County’s Pinora Township are encouraged to attend a public open house hosted Wednesday, Aug. 17, by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The popular “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise is tackled on this week’s episode of Hollywood Weapons on Wednesday on Outdoor Channel. Join U.S. Special Forces veteran Terry Schappert, and weapons expert Larry Zanoff, as they test four different scenes from the movie series.
This week, Shooting USA attends the largest industry Range Day on the East coast that is open to the public. The PSA Gathering makes up for a lightly attended SHOT Show.
Delta Waterfowl is taking the lead for ducks and duck hunters throughout North America by launching the Million Duck Campaign, a bold $250 million initiative to add 1 million ducks to the fall flight every year.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a program to teach skills needed to hunt, field dress and cook waterfowl to youth who have little to no waterfowl hunting experience on Aug. 27, at the Olofson Shooting Range, near Polk City.


How much technology is too much technology in sport fishing? Or can there be such a thing?

The question came up again last week as the Professional Muskie Tournament Trail, headquartered in Illinois but with tournaments in many locations around the Midwest, decided to ban scanning fish finders from their tournaments for the rest of the season after an angler using one of the devices blew away the rest of the field by a large margin, reportedly 10 fish to 2 fish for several other top contenders.

For anyone who has fished for muskies without the magic machines, catching 10 in a year would seem an unlikely feat, let alone 10 in a day.

Tournament Director Ted Widlacki summarized the change for members thus:

“While we were equally concerned with what the PMTT anglers wanted, this was also weighed out heavily as to if we are hearing from the vocal minority or the masses with these thoughts and opinions. Through this, we have concluded that going forward in the 2022 season, for the last qualifier on Leech Lake and the championship in September, the Forward Facing Sonar - Live Sonar and all other like technology, will not be allowed for use during these two PMTT tournaments. These will be banned from two hours before the start of the first day of the tournament, until the end of the last day of the tournament.”

Widlacki said the tournament would refund the pre-paid entry fees of any anglers who chose not to fish the final events due to the rule change. He said the rule will be reconsidered in the off-season, and may or may not apply next year. (See more about PMTT at

The ruling is basically a case of anglers who do not want or cannot afford the new technology butting heads with those who want it and can afford it—or who have sponsors who will provide it.

In competition, this clearly gives those with the wherewithal to fish with the latest equipment a huge advantage, particularly in venues where the fish are mostly found in open water.

Of course, those who don’t have the super-sonar don’t need to participate in the tournaments—and if most choose not to, the tournaments will quickly go away because much of the prize money comes from having lots of entrants in most.

On the other hand, for those who can afford it, having the fish-finding technology makes fishing much more successful and therefore more fun. And while the stuff costs a small fortune now—with many boats sporting some $20,000 worth of electronics including up to four giant sonars—if it goes the way of other tech we’ve seen come along in the past, more affordable models will become available after the manufacturers see sales on the top-end models begin to soften.

I like that we’re now able to learn from this gear—we can see the fish and know that they’re there, and also see how they react to a given lure and a given retrieve. That’s going to make us a lot better anglers, and it’s also going to allow lure makers to improve their products very rapidly compared to in the past. So long as we’re almost all catch-and-release fishing, this won’t have much impact on the fisheries.

I know several landlocked striper guides here in Alabama who are using scanning sonar now, and it has been a huge boost to their business, allowing them to put anglers on these fish year around. For them, the investment is worth it because they can almost guarantee good catches for their clients.

On the coast, marlin and swordfish anglers are using even more powerful scanners, some that can reach out several thousand feet, to find and track these giant fish. On boats that may cost a half-million to many millions of dollars, the cost of the fish finder is pocket change. (Not to me, of course—Furuno’s Searchlight CH500 model is priced at $14,000!) 

While the marlin are often tagged and released by sportfishing boats, the legal-sized swordfish usually go to the docks to become swordfish steaks—and the new tech is likely to result in tighter harvest regulations as soon as the fishery managers start to see the inevitable impact of plunging fish populations.)

Be that as it may, you can’t put genies back into bottles and you can’t keep anglers from lusting after the latest and greatest technology to improve their catch—scanning sonar is not going away, and very likely will become a near standard feature on many of our boats as the price drops in the future.

Whether it’s legal for competition will be for those who compete to decide.

— Frank Sargeant

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