Hornady congratulates sponsored shooters Austin Orgain and Doug Koenig on their performance at Clay’s Cartridge Classic, March 4-5, 2023, in Leedey, Oklahoma
South Carolina S3DA recently held its 2023 Indoor State Championship on the campus of Presbyterian College at the Springs Student Center in Clinton, South Carolina.
USA Shooting skeet athletes earned a total of five medals at the International Shooting Sports Federation Doha, Qatar, Shotgun World Cup, March 4-13.
On February 12, 2023, nearly 100 youth archers, representing six different teams, traveled from across the state arrived at Flint Bowmen Archery Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan, to compete in the 2023 Michigan S3DA Indoor State Championship.
Hosted October 19th-22nd in Wallis, Texas, the Primary Arms Space City Challenge 2023 has opened its registration for competitors looking to participate in this exciting Major-level match.

onX Hunt, along with partner Final Rise, recently helped raise $2 million at the company’s “40X” event at the 2023 Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Minneapolis, Minnesota, thanks to matching funds that multiplied the organizations’ $50,000 donation by 40X.
With turkey season now open in select states and opening in many others very soon, now is the perfect time to enter the 2023 APEX Outdoor Rewards Turkey Challenge in your state.
Antler King is attending the 2023 Open Season Sportsman’s Expo, March 17-19, in Columbus, Ohio.
Pope and Young is excited to showcase several more of the vendors that will be in attendance and exhibiting at the Pope and Young 33rd Biennial Convention, taking place in Reno, Nevada, April 12-15, 2023.

Alien Gear Holsters will be attending the upcoming International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association conference in St. Louis, Missouri on March 20-25.
AMMO, Inc. announced that management will participate in a fireside chat at the 35th Annual Roth Conference being held on March 12-14, 2023 at The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California.
Anglers in southwestern Virginia will now have another location to catch stocked trout as the pond located at Wytheville Community College is being added to the stocked trout program.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites the public to visit a state fish hatchery during this year’s open houses to learn more about their operations and purpose. Hatchery open houses are free of charge.

New visitation rules will be in place this spring at Grove Trout Rearing Station in Antelope County for the safety of the trout being raised there.
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A manticore is a mythical creature that features the head of a human, the body of a lion, and a tail of a scorpion and was first mentioned around 400 B.C. Minelab’s new MANTICORE is a beast, and with its new metal-detecting technology – especially Multi-IQ+ - the modern machine provides an edge in finding both more and deeper targets.
The 2023 BowTruk has all the innovative features of its predecessor but now comes with even more durability, easier access to the interior pockets, and is feature in three sizes to accommodate virtually any bow.
From notching that turkey tag when success happens to removing the tasty turkey breasts and drumsticks, a knife—the right knife—makes your field and butchering chores much easier. The team at Buck Knives offers tips.

By order of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission, the hunting of male mountain lions has closed ?in Lion Management Unit (LMU) 525,?except for Limited Special License holders,?one-half hour after sunset on Sunday, March 12.
As a total solution manufacturing facility, OUTERWILD MFG will continue to produce an extensive lineup of high-demand products including bolt carrier groups, lower and upper receivers, barrels, handguards, muzzle brakes, and bolts. Coming March 20, Dealers and builders will be able to purchase OEM parts for AR15, AR10, and AR9 platforms on our website formerly
Online component retailer 80% Lowers is now accepting ecommerce payments using firearm-friendly Orchid Pay merchant processing.
MidwayUSA’s Sam Moreland was recently promoted to the position of Logistics Inbound Manager.

Code of Silence is celebrating a successful show season after attending several industry and consumer events to kick off 2023.
Gun Talk Media announces the addition of Hannah Billiot of Madisonville, Louisiana as she assumes the role of Media Coordinator for the company.
Primos Hunting congratulates two of their own for being recognized at this year’s National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) convention. Primos employee Travis Ham won the Grand National Calling Championship, and longtime Primos pro staffer Keith Hickman won the Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awar
Panteao Productions announces the launch of banner advertising on the Make Ready TV website.

WOOX is pleased to announce immediate availability of its latest precision chassis and stock, the Merica.

American Buffalo Knife and Tool Co. is expanding its line of Roper Knives with the new Sunset Series Trapper.
Featuring dozens of beneficial microorganisms, Thatch Buster helps create nourished, aerated soil without any tools to generate strong, healthy lawns.
Springfield Armory announces the release of the XD-M Elite 4.5” OSP 10mm in Desert FDE. The gun features a 4.5″ match grade Melonite finish barrel and the ergonomic frame houses a 16-round, double-column stainless steel magazine.
Built into the Burris Signature LRF 2000’s rugged armored rubber exterior is a sophisticated program and laser rangefinding system that allows the user to customize the operation and data feedback for spot-on ranging accuracy in any environmental setting.
The DeSantis Gunhide #097 Woodsman holster is now made for the Browning Buckmark 5 ½” with optic, the Ruger Mark IV 22/45 with red dot and the S&W Performance Center M41 with red dot optic.
Designed specifically to deliver discerning multispecies anglers with a functional and affordable weather-resistant fishing apparel option for cooler to cold days, the 2023 Whitewater® Tamer™ Softshell Jacket & Bib is unmatched when it comes to staying dry, warm, mobile, and flexible.
While German authorities continue their investigation into the mass shooting at a Jehovah’s Witnesses hall in Hamburg, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says U.S. politicians should learn something from the tragic incident.
Victory Archery™is happy to announce the company has partnered with competitive shooter James Ball.
Wildlife Forever and the conservation community lost a great friend when NFL Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant died Saturday. Grant, a lifelong hunter, angler, and conservationist, was 95.

The April-May 2023 issue of Personal Defense World comes packed full of all the latest and greatest from SHOT Show 2023. New products include the Beretta 80X Cheetah, the POF-USA Tombstone, the S&W CSX and more.
The public is invited to cut up and remove certain downed trees at Lincoln State Park for firewood.
A public informational meeting about the walleye fishery at Lake McConaughy will be March 27. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Mountain time at the Lake McConaughy Visitors and Water Interpretive Center.
More than a decade ago, brothers Chris and Casey Keefer ventured north to the Brooks Range of Alaska to film 'Dropped' – and now they return with Dropped: Project Origin airing Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel.
Terry travels to Tamaulipas Mexico for an adrenaline pumping turkey hunt with Wide Open Outfitters.
Recoil Creative Group announced today that its flagship production, The EDGE, is sponsored by Vortex Canada for its upcoming thirteenth season
From turkeys to bears, there are series on Outdoor Channel encouraging viewers to get outside this spring.
On the latest episode, “Keith Warren’s Deer and Wildlife Stories,” travels to Indiana and where we are on a whirlwind tour visiting deer farms.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends taking precautions when in and around the water. FWC also provides its safety materials to include a video and infographic in Spanish.

If you’ve visited many websites that feature guns or shooting related content, you’ve probably noticed a proliferation of “splash pages” requiring you to verify the fact you’re over the age of 21 before you’re actually allowed into the website content.

It’s not all that unusual for liquor manufacturers to have such “splash” pages…after all, they’re not allowed to sell their products to minors.

t’s not unusual to see the requirement that the visitor is “of age” when visiting a liquor manufacturer’s website. But California’s AB2571 passed last year has introduced that complication into the firearms industry. Of course, it comes with “unexpected” complications for many other organizations that don’t manufacture anything.

But seeing them when you’re visiting a website to collect product information or are simply looking to see what’s out there in the gun industry is a relatively new development. And it’s not a change for the better. In fact, it’s created all forms of chaos for everyone from gun companies to the many youth shooting sports organizations. They’ve been forced -not compelled- to change the way they approach web visitors.

The whole stir is due to a California statute passed late last year. California AB2571 has prohibitions on “marketing” firearms and firearms accessories to minors. And the penalties for violating that statue can go as $25,000 per occurrence.

That’s why many gun companies have pulled down lots of their content that was directed at participants in youth shooting sports activities.

It’s also why many of the gun and accessory companies are no longer visible on websites or communications from the myriad of shooting sports organizations they’re still actively supporting.

No one wants to run afoul of AB2571. On the surface, AB2571 seems to be another of those ill-considered laws passed due to a desire to “do something.”

As is often the case, “doing something” has repercussions far beyond their alleged goal.

Having seen plenty of poorly drawn legislation, I use “alleged” because I’ve noticed that sometimes the true goal of what appears to be poorly drawn and seemingly ill-considered legislation is actually designed to accomplish an unstated goal. Since a majority of California’s legislators have made no secret their ultimate goal is to make individual ownership of guns illegal in the state, I’m more than slightly skeptical about the real point of AB2571.

Last Friday, the Sportsmen’s Alliance, Safari Club International and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation appealed an earlier denial of a preliminary injunction they’d filed against AB2571.

They had asked for an injunction against enforcement pending review of the law. Their reasoning? The stiff penalties for violating the statute put many youth-related hunting and education programs at risk.

The Sportsmen’s Alliance, for example, has been unable to expand its high school conservation curriculum Conservation Science into California. It has also been forced to produce separate censored copies of its membership magazines (at great cost, they note) for their members in the state.

If you’re a youth in California, you’re not getting the opportunity to study Conservation Science (top). If you’re a Sportsmen’s Alliance member in California, you’re getting the “censored” edition of your magazine (bottom).

The appeal from the three organizations seeks to overturn the federal district court’s denial of the requested in junction and asks the law be put on hold while underlying questions (like potential violations of the First and Second amendments) can be “reviewed and decided upon.”

"We look forward to the hearing on the preliminary injunction and hope that the 9th Circuit can see its way to understanding how many problems this law creates," says Todd Adkins, vice president of government affairs at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. "We know Gov. Newsom wants to destroy our hunting heritage by making it impossible to recruit new hunters, but we remain hopeful that the court sees this law for what it is, a law replete with violations of the Constitution that should not survive scrutiny.”

Seems logical. But logic seldom trumps emotion.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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