Winchester announces the King Buck Classic, an all-new youth sporting clays event, which will be held on Saturday, April 29. Specifically for sport shooters of all skill levels, ages 12 to 21, the inaugural event will be held at legendary NILO, the famous Winchester hunting and shooting sport facility in Brighton, Illinois.
Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2023 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches is open. The annual event, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base since 1907, is conducted by a partnership between the CMP and Ohio National Guard.
TAC Vanes had an incredible team showing to kick off the season at the ASA Hoyt/Easton Pro/Am in Foley, Alabama, with several top finishes across women’s, men’s and known divisions.
Precision Rifle Series LLC. announced that Daniel Defense is the 2023 Official Bolt Gun of the Precision Rifle Series. The Daniel Defense team has been hard at work over the past few years focusing on developing and producing the DELTA 5 bolt-action rifle.
Bow Spider will be exhibiting at the Central Oregon Sportsmen Show in Redmond, Oregon from March 9-12, 2023. Bow Spider will be showcasing its entire line of premium products at the show.

Recently, Safari Club International hosted its 2023 annual convention, celebrating 51 years of protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. The event, held at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, was record-breaking in every metric.
Shoot Like A Girl, a brand of SLG2, Inc., is bringing their 2023 15-Year Expansion tour to Bass Pro Shops in Tampa, Florida this weekend for an interactive event that introduces women and their families to shooting sports.
Another spring of trout fishing fun is on tap in Nebraska. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is scheduling the release of rainbow trout in waters across the state.
Dakota Lithium, a U.S. battery manufacturer founded in 2008 and the Official Lithium Battery of Bassmaster, has expanded its partnership with B.A.S.S. and signed a three-year sponsorship deal for the Bassmaster Kayak Series Angler of the Year award.

MOJO Outdoors, maker of motion decoys, was announced as receiving GOLD in two categories in the annual Predator Xtreme Readers’ Choice Awards.
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. announced that ten of its top retailers across the nation have been recognized as Ambassador Dealers for their outstanding performance in 2022.
NSSF announced that Birchwood Casey, part of GSM Outdoors, has again shown its support for the First Shots introduction-to-target-shooting program with a generous donation of 10,000 Shoot-N-C targets.
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce Banana Ballistics as the latest addition to their roster of brand ambassadors. He joins a growing sponsorship list of accomplished hunters and fishermen.

The state of Michigan Wednesday announced that 35 projects will share $3.6 million in grants through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.
Bear Edge Knives introduces the Bear Edge 61125. The 61125 is an American-built pocket knife featuring a bead finish blade, ergonomic stainless steel handle design, and the super smooth action of a modified drop-point 3 ¼ inch hollow ground blade that rides on ball bearing washers.
Conceived to deliver elite-level anglers with the ultimate water-, wind-, and foul weather-resistant fishing rain gear, the 2023 Whitewater Great Lakes Jacket & Bib delivers the ultimate in elements protection, warmth, comfort, mobility, and flexibility.
MasterPiece Arms announced the release of the DS38SC Open Competition Pistol. It was based off of the success of the DS9 Open, but added five 1\4” barrel ports to allow for more options with 38 Super Comp loads.

Premier Body Armor is proud to continue its collaboration with Vertx, featuring the release of the full line of custom-fit ballistic inserts for Vertx’s Gen 3 bags and slings.
The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports has opened the registration portal for the 2023 National R3 Symposium. This year the annual recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) event is scheduled for May 22-25 at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
USA Archery has named nine athletes to its Resident Athlete Program for 2023, a program designed to support athletes the USA Archery National Head Coaches believe capable of achieving success at the Olympic Games. With Trials events for Paris 2024 starting this fall, this is a critical year for the program and its participants.
Paralympic champion Kevin Mather has been elected as the Para Athlete Director and will serve the remainder of the vacant 2022-2025 term on USA Archery’s Board of Directors. Mather won gold in the men’s individual recurve open at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo two years ago.

Wise Arms LLC, manufacturers of custom firearms, has joined as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor, WTU President Jeff Schinkten has announced.
Safari Club International’s 2023 annual convention held in Nashville, Tennessee, last week was record setting. Measured by numbers of attendees, money raised to promote the freedom to hunt and conservation worldwide, numbers of exhibitors or countries represented, the event was record-setting in every metric.
Yamaha becomes an official outboard sponsor of Boone Lake Association (BLA) as the environmental group forms a new relationship with Yamaha Rightwaters™. Yamaha Rightwaters will provide BLA with a Yamaha F175 outboard to power its clean-up boat.
The fifth annual Shooting Industry Woman’s Issue boasts several features and columns to aid in generating additional sales to the industry’s dynamic and fastest-growing demographic.

This week, Outdoors Radio features Milwaukee Journal Sentinel outdoors editor Paul Smith, Wisconsin DNR archery education specialist Kraig Richardson, and D&S Bait proprietor Pat Hasburgh.
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Mark Huelsing, Brand Manager of backcountry hunting pack manufacturer, Exo Mtn Gear and the host of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast.
Following Senate confirmation, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte’s newly appointed Fish and Wildlife Commission members were sworn in last week. The new members are Jeff Burrows of Hamilton, representing Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 2, and Susan Brooke of Bozeman, representing FWP Region 3.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites the public to attend a public meeting Wednesday, March 8, on hydrilla management on Lake Apopka.
On Feb. 28, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission filed charges against Sidney Brent Hurst, of Steinhatchee, ranging from second-degree misdemeanors to third-degree felonies. The charges resulted from a two-year investigation conducted by the FWC Statewide Investigations Section and regional law enforcement officers.
A new planning tool was announced Wednesday by the Montana Wildlife and Transportation Partnership (MWTP or Partnership), aimed to help local groups identify areas of greatest need for decreasing wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs) and improving wildlife movement across our state highways.
Waypoint TV hosts another round of Full Throttle Gobble on Thursday, March 2 from 8 to 11 PM ET. Keep the hunt going and the excitement stirring as turkey season gets closer.

For over a year now, maybe closer to two now, I have been carrying a small, everyday carry flashlight. The reason it’s made it this long as a daily carry and not been exiled to the drawer of misfit flashlights is, as I just mentioned, it’s small.

Like a lot of people, I have several flashlights that I have picked up over the years. They range in size, features and application. None has made it as a daily carry, though a few have made it to the dust bin of history.

The Fenix E09R has outlived them all. There are three things that make this an ideal flashlight for me.

Size Matters

The first is its size. The overall length is only 3.11” and the body diameter is 0.72”, which puts the weight at a barely there 1.59oz.

Size absolutely matters and the E90R is crazy compact, especially in relation to the other items I carry in my pocket. Making this a daily carry item has been one of the easiest things I have ever done. Photo by P. Erhardt

This has been in my pocket almost every single day and the reason for that is I forget it’s there. The size is comparable to that of a simple chapstick. It doesn’t matter if I am wearing shorts, jeans, dress khakis or a pair of 5.11 tactical pants, I never notice the mass of the Fenix E09R, which makes it really hard to find a reason not to bring it along wherever I go.


One of the many reasons to sideline a flashlight is battery consumption. Unless you bulk purchase AAA, AA or CR 123 batteries, feeding battery-powered flashlights can be soul-sucking, not to mention a money drain.

The Fenix E09R is rechargeable. I do not use it as a flashlight all the time so I haven’t had to recharge it as frequently as I might if it were in constant use. But I have had to recharge it a couple times now and it charges via a built-in USB Type-C charging port.

The Fine E09R has a built-in 800mAh Li-polymer battery and comes with a USB Type-C cable for charging. The charging port is hidden within the body and so it remains rustproof and waterproof. Photo by P. Erhardt

This is a feature I really appreciate it. There is only a cable needed to charge it. No charging station or cumbersome docking unit that has to be stored away in a random drawer you can never seem to find anything in. I plug it into a USB port on my computer and let it do its thing.

The convenience of easy rechargeability cannot be overstated.

Lots of Lumens

Despite the size of the E09R, it packs a lot of lumens. Its light output offers four continuous modes with a modest 3 lumens ‘Moonlight’ mode, a 25 lumen Low, a 100 lumen Medium and a 300 lumen High. There is even a 600 lumen max burst mode.

The lifespan of the flashlight’s charge ranges from 70 hours on the Moonlight setting to 1.5 hours on high. Depending on when and why you are using it, the life of each charge can be substantial.

I usually use this in early morning when walking my dog before the sun comes up. Streetlights along the sidewalk make use of the flashlight unnecessary most time, but once we veer off the sidewalk the Fenix E09R comes out.

This little gem has been a great EDC flashlight and has seen a lot of pre-dawn work during those long walks with my my dog. Photo by P. Erhardt

There are a number of things one doesn’t want to stumble upon in Arizona, and we’ve crossed paths with coyotes, javelina, and even burros. I like seeing them as early as possible, especially under the cover of darkness.

This flashlight was also an absolute must when walking out into the desert this past dove season. Getting out to my hunting spot to be ready one-half hour before sunrise on September 1st, and walking back at or after sunset, means navigating cacti, other thorny plants and, of course, things that rattle when you get too close.

You never love a flashlight more than when you think you might cross paths with a rattlesnake in the dark.

Final Thoughts

If you are all about that tactical lifestyle, this may not be the flashlight for you. There is no cool pocket clip for you to hang it in one the million pockets of your tactical cargo pants, or off your plate carrier. But don’t worry, Fenix has a number of lights to meet those needs.

If you are looking for an easy to use, simple to carry everyday flashlight that will be there when you need it, then you definitely want to consider the rechargeable Fenix E09R. Especially since its $39.95 price tag doesn’t come close to breaking the bank.

-- Paul Erhardt, Editor, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network

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