Our gardens and landscaping add color and a wealth of natural elements to our yards, and these areas attract birds that infuse action, color, songs, and behavior into our yards. As another change in seasons approaches, it’s an opportunity make a few easily improvements for local and migrant songbirds and hummingbirds that will be the first wave of fall migration. With a little thought, planning, and effort, you can attract and benefit birds on their way south, including species you haven’t seen before in your yard.
The 2022 National Smallbore Matches, held at Camp Perry and facilitated by the CMP, commemorated its fourth year as part of the annual National Matches calendar. The series showcased an F-Class. Griffin Lake, 17, captured the Overall Three-Position Aggregate. John Whidden, 46, was named the Prone 6400 Aggregate Champion.
Team GPO ended the 2022 ASA season with a noteworthy finish. GPO Pro Archery Shooters, Chris Hacker and Jack Wallace placed second and third in ASA’s prestigious Shooters of the Year competition.
The 2022 Lapua Monarch Cup held its ceremonial 'first rounds fired.' The first leg of the Lapua Monarch Cup took place August 8-9, in conjunction with the NRA Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Championship at the Ridgway Rifle Club in Ridgway, PA.
Hornady congratulates Doug Koenig on his performance at the RCBS Rumble PRS Match, August 6-7, 2022, in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Through the week of July 25-28, the Civilian Marksmanship Program hosted the CMP National Rifle Championship. Justin Patton-Rynders was the overall Service Rifle 2400 Aggregate competitor. In the 2400 Aggregate Match Rifle event, Joe Hendricks claimed the top spot by one point.
Evolution Outdoor is pleased to announce its attendance at the Mid-States Fall Rendezvous held August 19 through August 20, 2022 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) building at the Iowa State Fair, August 11 - 21, for a chance to win prizes, talk to DNR experts, attend an outdoor-themed presentation, and more.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed Eurasian watermilfoil is growing at multiple locations in East Okoboji Lake, Upper Gar Lake, Lake Minnewashta, and Lower Gar Lake in Dickinson County.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed the Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) killed thousands of young common carp at Storm Lake.
Bassmaster Elite Series angler Brad Whatley of Bivins, Texas, is returning to fish the final two Elite Series tournaments of 2022 after missing three tournaments due to a medical hardship.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is initiating emergency fuels reduction treatments in California to provide for the long-term survival of giant sequoia groves against immediate wildfire threats. Emergency fuels treatments would remove surface and ladder fuels to protect 12 giant sequoia groves across about 13,377 acres.
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The Concealed-Carry Belt Pouch fits compact 22, 25 and .380 caliber pistols such as Ruger LCP, Kel-Tec P32 & P-3AT, and similar small frame autos.

Now available for the Smith & Wesson M&P with or without red dot sights, Galco's High Ready chest holster system is the latest in an expanding line of torso-worn hunting and outdoor holsters.
Students from 21 Indiana schools will take field trips to Indiana State Park properties this academic year thanks in part to the Discover the Outdoors grant program administered through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (INRF), the supporting nonprofit of the DNR.
EasyExport has introduced two new tools that make it easier for American exporters to interact with their commercial freight forwarders. With these tools, companies that export large commercial shipments of guns, parts, optics, or accessories can save time, increase accuracy, improve record-keeping and reduce costs.
Iron Valley Supply announced the hiring of Valerie Roper to serve as Account Manager. Most recently Valarie was employed by firearms manufacturer TRIARC Systems.

FALCO Holsters announced a new affiliate marketing program with AvantLink. Through this partnership, media members, influencers, and other affiliates receive a 10 percent commission on sales.
August is the best time to spot the invasive Asian longhorned beetle as adults emerge from trees. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is declaring August as “Tree Check Month.”
For the second time this season, fishing fans will be able to watch, learn and shop in one seamless experience during Days 1 and 2 of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Oahe. Omnia Fishing and B.A.S.S. have partnered to simulcast Bassmaster LIVE as a shoppable stream on Omnia’s website and mobile app.
The Wild Sheep Foundation recently revamped its Conservation Grant-in-Aid process to direct more of the funds it raises to projects identified and prioritized by its network of chapters and affiliate chapters.

RECOIL OFFGRID Magazine has released its latest issue with an emphasis on preparing for terrorist events. The publication has articles in this issue dedicated to behavioral profiling and its development. If you can see the behavioral cues of a malicious actor before they initiate their attack, you can be significantly ahead of the curve.
MidwayUSA announces X-Vision Optics and their diverse lineup of optics to the MidwayUSA Optics offerings.
A new online tool now available on the Indiana DNR’s website will provide Indiana’s Lake Michigan coastal communities with a one-stop shop for information about coastal resources.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting comments on new veteran licenses, through August 19. During the 90th General Assembly, Senate File 581 was passed and signed into law on June 17, 2022.


Boating access improvements at Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area in southwest Nebraska have begun and are expected to last through the fall. Public access will be affected.
Chris Dorsey celebrates two spectacular destinations on opposite ends of the Earth as Sporting Classics with Chris Dorsey journeys to Namibia for plainsgame with Omujeve Hunting Safaris and to Texas for quail at Snipes Ranch.
This week, Shooting USA covers the USPSA Racegun Nationals – Open Division and Limited Division. Then it’s the story of the M-60, one of History’s Guns.
Monroe Lake is hosting a Family Heritage Scrapbooking Workshop on Monday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. at Paynetown State Recreation Area as part of Salt Creek Valley History Week, a celebration of Salt Creek Valley’s past.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a program to teach skills needed to hunt, field dress and cook waterfowl to adults who have little to no waterfowl hunting experience.


It’s tough to be in business these days, whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor or retailer.

The supply chain’s stretched thin.

There’s no such thing as truly “fixed” costs for estimating budgets. There are considerably more jobs than workers willing to fill them.

Every business in the country faces these challenges. If you’re in the gun or ammunition businesses, however, your life is even more complicated.

Inventory’s not a critical issue these days, but completing sales via credit card can be “problematic.”

Banks are increasingly refusing to do take/keep your business. Credit card processors are refusing to run your charges, and delivery companies are apparently doing their parts to make certain your life is as difficult as possible.

If that’s not enough, factor in politicians passing laws they already know won’t pass “superficial scrutiny” in the courts, much less the “strict scrutiny” the Supreme Court has said is the standard for laws restricting the Second Amendment rights of citizens.

California, for example, has passed a law that ignores the national Protection of Lawful Commerce in Firearms Law. California’s AB 1594 allows “state, local governments and Californians to sue irresponsible gunmakers for the harm caused by their products.”

Then there’s AB 2571, the law which prohibits marketing of firearms to minors and, of course, AB 1621-the bill that “further restricts” ghost guns.

None of these should pass muster in federal courts -even in the Ninth Circuit where gun haters once counted on the “nutty Ninth” to uphold virtually any restriction. Today, there’s no longer the assurance that laws would be ignored for societal norms.

But legality, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to have been the point of these laws.

They were designed to drive guns -and gun businesses- out of California. As if anyone in the industry needed to be reminded.

Imagine, for a minute, that you’re the CEO of a gun company that supports one of the many youth shooting sports groups- and they have chapters in California. Does supporting them constitute marketing to minors? How about the discounts on applicable products you offer those organizations?

How about sending email to existing gun owners? If they live in California and you let them know about special prices to those groups have you inadvertently marketed to youths?

Might seem like a no harm/no foul situation, but that’s not the case. Each violation carries a potential fine of $25,000. Not per (mass) mailing; per recipient. Accidentally send an email to 100 people who have the a longstanding email address, but currently reside in California and you’re looking at a potential fine of $2.5 million dollars.

“But,” some will counter, “you’re going to the extreme here.”

Wish I were. But I’m not.

There’s only one way to look at this kind of business risk: the a worst-case scenario.

After all, this isn’t a business issue, it’s an ideological divide. California’s political majority doesn’t want guns available to anyone. And they’re doing everything in their power to make that a reality. And they’re willing to spend taxpayer money -including the taxes paid by law-abiding gun owners- to make their dream come true.

In the near future, it won’t be unreasonable to see gun companies adapt the same type of “digital fences” liquor manufacturers use to keep minors off their websites. When you type in a company’s web address, you’ll be greeted with a “splash screen” that will tell you that to go any further you’ll have to provide information that proves you’re “of age of legal consent” to own a firearm in your state, and then provide a verifiable address to back your assertion.

Without those assurances, it would be irresponsible of gun companies to let you go any further. Even with them, there’s no assurance that some entity won’t decide to sue using the argument that the prohibition attracted youths to the website. The “forbidden fruit” argument sounds ridiculous, unless you read psychological studies that explain that say “being too restrictive can make the forbidden more desirable to kids.”

Sounds crazy..until you remember Prohibition created an unprecedented demand for alcohol.

Having ammunition remains a concern. But getting it delivered to customers seems to be yet another rock in the retail backpack.

We’re working on trying to verify another story working its way through the industry. Some independent retailers and small manufacturers are telling me they’re experiencing a very difficult time with deliveries. Not just timelines, although one retailer told me (yesterday) that a personal purchase he made from one of the largest online retailers didn’t arrive on time after he paid for express delivery. When it didn’t arrive after a week, he got a refund for his purchase. Fifteen days later, his package was delivered, with no explanation of where it had been for two weeks.

This was the latest anecdotal report I’ve gotten describing UPS as a “problem”. But it’s not the only one.

One small online retailer (unnamed at their request) told me as many as five percent of their shipments via UPS have “disappeared” recently. When shipped in the combination of UPS and the postal service, those already alarming numbers doubled.

Consequently, they’re now only shipping packages containing ammunition or firearms related parts insured and priority.

The gun business has never been as described by anti-gun groups. There are no drive-up windows for guns or ammunition, and the ATF rules were not to be ignored before the Biden Administration’s ridiculous zero-tolerance policy was enacted.

Today, it’s even more challenging.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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