FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2023

It’s Daylight Savings Time weekend. If you live in an area that observes the time change, remember to set your clocks ahead one hour when you go go bed on Saturday evening. At 2:00 A.M. on Sunday morning, March 12, the time will advance by one hour. Clocks will “fall back” on Sunday, November 5, 2023.
Archery Trade Association President and CEO Jeffrey Poole has responded to yesterday’s column “No War in the Woods”. As our feature pointed out, and Poole emphasizes, there is definitely “no war in the woods or anywhere else when it comes to trade shows and organizations representing the archery and firearms industry.”
Rigney’s School of Archery held an indoor regional event for Illinois S3DA with archers from six clubs participating. Nine of those archers were competing in their first S3DA event.
Denali Rods will continue its support of the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and collegiate anglers for the 2023 season.
The Nocked N Locked archery team recently held an indoor target regional for Wisconsin S3DA at Omro Bowhunters Club in Omro, Wisconsin.

Precision Rifle Series LLC announced that Impact Precision Shooting has been added as an Affiliate Sponsor of the 2023 Precision Rifle Series Season. During the last few years, Impact has led the way as the most popular action among the top 100 shooters in the Precision Rifle Series.
USA Shooting skeet athletes earned a total of four medals at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Doha, Qatar, Shotgun World Cup. In individual skeet events, Kimberly Rhode earned gold in a shoot off against Samantha Simonton who earned silver. Vincent Hancock earned a silver medal in Men’s Skeet. Handcock and Rhode went on to win the gold in the Mixed Skeet Team event.
Pope and Young has released the daily events schedule for their thirty-third Biennial Convention set for Reno, Nevada, April 12-15, 2023
The Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative —a working group of fisheries professionals from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service—announces their decision to further reduce the number of stocked lake trout released annually in Lake Champlain.

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Brownells donated $22,222 to three different gun rights organizations as part of the second annual 2A Day celebration held on February 22, 2023.
Dallas Safari Club is warning members of bogus “Membership Suspension Notices” apparently from a scammer attempting to get the recipient to download a document and provide information. There is no such thing as a “suspension notice” and members are urged to delete the message and notify DSC of the message.
Pursuit Media announces a continuation of broadcast agreement with accomplished big game hunter and conservationist, Mark Petersen.

Redding Reloading Equipment introduced a 3-Die Set for the recently announced 360 Buckhammer. A straight-wall cartridge based on the legendary 30-30 Winchester; the 360 Buckhammer will be at home in the deer woods across many regions of the United States.
Rock River Arms introduces its new Operator DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle) series for 2023. This new series includes four models chambered for .308/7.62x51 and two models chambered in .223/5.56 NATO.
The Second Amendment Foundation announce Walther Arms has joined a growing list of Gold Level corporate sponsors providing critical support for our ongoing efforts to win firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time.
The National Collegiate Shooting Sports Athletic Association announced a partnership with Big Frig. Big Frig has a strong relationship with youth shooting sports as a product partner with MidwayUSA Foundation.

NSSF is encouraged by the announcement from Visa and MasterCard that they will “pause” plans to implement a special Merchant Category Code (MCC) specific to purchases at firearm retailers with their credit cards. That announcement was later echoed by American Express and Discover, which previously announced plans to implement the special codes.
On March 25, 2023, the Civilian Marksmanship Program will host the JROTC Three-Position National Championships awards ceremony – recognizing the top sporter and precision air rifle JROTC teams and individuals from across the country. Along with dinner and awards, those in attendance will be addressed by special guest speaker, Major General Antonio Munera.
Boating access improvements at Riverview Marina State Recreation Area in Nebraska City and Brownville Riverside Park will begin March 13. Boat ramps at those areas will be closed until further notice so repairs can be made.
The Conservation Fund announces acquisition of 11,332 acres of forestland in southeastern Oklahoma from Nuveen Natural Capital. The national nonprofit’s purchase provides time for the land to be permanently conserved in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry as its first state forest.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends property owners check homes and other buildings for roosting bats before maternity season starts. April 15 marks the start of bat maternity season and is the last day to legally exclude bats from your home or building
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service has announced proposed updates to agency regulations governing how the agency recovers costs related to processing special use applications, monitoring compliance with special use authorizations, and reviewing expired authorizations.
Yesterday, the American Sportfishing Association's (ASA) Southeast Fisheries Policy Director, Martha Guyas, testified on the importance of sound fisheries policy before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries.

Editor’s Note: Today’s industry insight is courtesy of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA).

Alexandria, VA –  - The American Sportfishing Association(ASA) released the 2023 Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts report, an update of previous data collected by ASA in partnership with Southwick Associates. The data reflects angler participation and economic impacts across all 50 states and the country’s 435 congressional districts.
America’s 52.4 million anglers contribute $148 billion in economic output and support 945,500 jobs across the entire country, while also contributing $1.8 billion towards conservation. While jobs supported include the manufacturing and sales of fishing equipment and gear, recreational fishing also supports jobs in additional industries, such as hotel lodging, restaurants, charter boat trips and more.
“As Congress debates future legislation that affects our industry, it is important that Members of Congress have data to make the best available decision,” said ASA Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Leonard. “This study will help show Members of Congress that recreational fishing is an economic driver and job creator in their state or district. We hope that this information drives home the tremendous value sportfishing has to the nation and, therefore, the importance of supporting fisheries conservation and public access.”
Following the data’s release, Southwick Associates President Rob Southwick stated, “While sportfishing provides millions of days of escape and fun across the country, many people do not realize its significant economic contributions. Sportfishing is an economic engine that needs the same level of care and considerations as other critical industries.”
The data were compiled through both previous estimates from past ASA studies and data collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. State and district-level data is estimated from mapping and population software that identifies smaller geographic areas, specifically Congressional districts. The study is based on 2021 estimates identifying angler participation and spending trends. 
The full report may be found here while more information on ASA’s advocacy efforts both on and off Capitol Hill can be found here.

Top 5 States in Economic Output

  1. Florida: $13.9 billion
  2. Texas: $7.7 billion
  3. California: $6.2 billion
  4. Minnesota: $4.2 billion
  5. Michigan: $3.9 billion 

Top 5 States in % of Population that Fishes

  1. Alaska: 64%
  2. Wyoming: 58%
  3. South Dakota: 48%
  4. Rhode Island: 39%
  5. Oklahoma: 37% 

Top 5 Congressional Districts in Economic Output

  1. Alaska At Large (Rep. Mary Peltola): $815.6 million
  2. Minnesota CD-8 (Rep. Pete Stauber): $631.8
  3. Minnesota CD-7 (Rep.  Michelle Fischbach): $589.7
  4. Wyoming At Large (Rep. Harriet Hageman): $568.3
  5. South Dakota At Large (Rep. Dusty Johnson): $558.5 

Top 5 Congressional Districts in Total Jobs Supported

  1. Alaska At Large (Rep. Mary Peltola): 6,101
  2. Florida CD-9 (Rep. Darren Soto): 4,495
  3. Florida CD-11 (Rep. Daniel Webster): 4,470
  4. Florida CD-16 (Rep.  Vern Buchanan): 4,424
  5. Florida CD-5 (Rep. John Rutherford): 4,392 

Top 5 Congressional Districts in % of Population that Fishes

  1. Alaska At Large (Rep. Mary Peltola): 63%
  2. Wyoming At Large (Rep. Harriet Hageman): 58%
  3. South Dakota At-Large (Rep. Dusty Johnson): 47%
  4. Wisconsin CD-7 (Rep. Tom Tiffany): 42%
  5. Minnesota CD-8 (Rep. Pete Stauber): 41%
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