The Iowa Ornithologists' Union is celebrating it’s 100-year anniversary as part of its annual spring meeting, May 5-7, at the Stine Barn and grounds, 4000 Turnberry Drive, in West Des Moines.
Kim Rhode, the most iconic Olympic athlete in the history of the shooting sports, recently continued her impressive 2023 win streak in Doha, Qatar, locking up her third consecutive gold medal in the Morocco World Cup.
After an "extensive investigation and appeals process" Tucker Smith’s Day 2 catch disqualification from the St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake Eufaula has been upheld by B.A.S.S. officials.
Hornady congratulates Doug Koenig on his victory at the Accuracy International Long Range Classic hosted by Altus Shooting Solutions, March 11-12, 2023 in Baker, Florida.
Federal Ammunition congratulates sponsored shooter Paul Giambrone for his outstanding performance at the 2023 Triple J Classic held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, TX March 9-12, 2023.

Yesterday, Knife Rights filed a federal lawsuit challenging California’s complete ban on automatic knives 2-inches and greater that the state prohibits as “switchblades.” Knife Rights is joined in the case by three Knife Rights members James Miller, Garrison Ham, and Eliot Kaagan, and knife retail members North County Shooting Center and Poway Weapons and Gear.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is celebrating the return of the spring fishing season with the largest nationwide fishing sale of the year, the 2023 Spring Fishing Classic. This iconic annual event is a free celebration of the great sport of fishing for anglers of all skill levels, going on now through March 29.
Shoot United is announcing 20-plus events in 2023 that will be held at shooting ranges throughout the United States, with the focus of introducing participants to the shooting sports and responsible firearm education.
Primary Arms Optics has announced its attendance at DSEI Japan 2023, which will be held March 15-17 in Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Attendees are invited to visit Primary Arms Optics at Booth #H7-231.

Templar Knife is pleased to be exhibiting at the 2023 Blade Show Texas in Fort Worth, Texas March 17th and 18th.
A prespawn bonanza is on tap for the 2023 Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series Championship at Chickamauga Lake powered by TourneyX, and while the lake can be tough, Tennessee native Jordan Marshall believes big bass will be caught.
Kimber Mfg. has collaborated with several industry partners to create the 2023 Kimber KHX Custom Sweepstakes, where one lucky winner will receive a prize package worth nearly $3,000.
Bergara announced the Predator Giveaway. Enter to win the perfect predator package. The package features a Bergara B-14 HMR in .22-250 Rem topped with Athlon glass and sitting on an Athlon CF tripod.

Mission First Tactical announced that they have partnered with Kimber, Hornady, Streamlight and Last Cut Crystal for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day prize package giveaway, valued at nearly $3,000.
Citizens of the Commonwealth who would like to participate in a one-of-a-kind outdoors experience are encouraged to take part in the 7th Annual Old Dominion One Shot Turkey Hunt scheduled for April 21-22.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has released the draw results for 2023 pronghorn and elk hunts. A customer’s AZGFD portal account is the only source for finding out draw results and viewing bonus points.
HeadHunters NW announces it will host weekly live meetings to provide resources for those who work in the firearms industry. Weekly HeadHunters NW, Career Planning sessions, are scheduled for Wednesdays, and HeadHunters NW President Shaylene Keiner will host each interactive 30-minute Zoom session.

Captain Experiences – an Austin, Texas- based platform for booking outdoor sports guides – announces a $2 million fundraising round led by leading consumer investment fund Bullish. Since launching in 2020, Captain has partnered with over 1,200 quality, vetted guides while amassing over 47,000 hours booked outdoors.
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The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) seeks a visionary nonprofit business leader skilled in driving organizational success.
Gun owners in several states where Democrats control the legislative process are facing an onslaught of gun control and prohibition legislation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms condemned what appears to be the party’s war on freedom in state capitols across the country.
Bear Creek Arsenal announces the release of their .45 ACP and 10mm pistol caliber carbines. Shooters can now enjoy the power of .45 ACP and 10mm with a carbine's ease of use and capacity.

The new Vortex Defender-CCW micro red dot fits the Shield RMS footprint. It features the biggest sight window in its class, a “Fast-Rack” textured front face for weapon manipulation, adjustable brightness, is motion activated and is available with 3 MOA or 6 MOA reticles.
The 98th Legislature of South Dakota recently passed a legislative commemoration celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the NWTF.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) and Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA®), announce plans to host a joint fundraiser to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the month of April.
Safariland recently launched the next evolution of duty rated retention holsters. The new SafariVault holster is now available for purchase for Glock and Shadow Systems fits.

The new year brought firearms industry product introductions and the May-June issue of Combat Handguns brings all the new guns and gear right to your living room. The collaboration of Wilson Combat and SIG SAUER on the P365 kicks things off.
Samson Manufacturing Corp. has released an M-LOK version of their popular K-Rail handguard series. Two versions are currently offered for stamped receivers, one with a sling loop cut and a non-sling loop version with integrated steel QD Sling Points.
iRayUSA, a Texas-based designer, manufacturer and distributor of premium thermal night vision devices announced a limited time promotional opportunity that starts immediately and runs through April 30, 2023.
Sportsman’s Guide is now a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor.
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc. announced their presenting sponsorship of the 2023 Superstition Mountain Mystery Three Gun Match. The SMM3G Match is the longest-running, largest multi-gun match annually, with both 2-gun and 3-gun discipline matches represented.
Anticipating good conditions for the survival of hatchery-produced Chinook salmon throughout the Sacramento River and tributaries, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will release both spring and fall-run Chinook during the historic rain and snowfall the state is experiencing.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites all hunting and fishing enthusiasts to apply for spring 2023 controlled access opportunities available throughout the state. The online application period for special trout fishing and wild turkey hunting is open now until Friday, March 31.

Editor’s Note: Today’s editorial comes from Craig Springer of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This is the good news we needed to see & hear this week about a 700-year-old petroglyph and the future of wildlife management areas. – Michelle Scheuermann, editor, Archery Wire.

If you need a reminder that the world is held together by stone and story, then consider the Marquez Wildlife Management Area and its recent addition, the L-Bar Ranch, with its rocks and rills and temple hills near Laguna, New Mexico.

Mesas at L-Bar Ranch. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish acquired the L-Bar Ranch in late 2022, through the Pittman-Robertson Act, excise taxes paid by firearms, ammunition, and archery manufacturers. The new property expanded the existing Marquez WMA to 68,000 acres—106 square miles—of public land soon to be open to hunters and birders and nature enthusiasts.

This newly expanded Marquez WMA is a varied land, rising from open savanna to its upper reaches at 9,000 feet above sea level, with vertical yellowish Jurassic cliffs at the edges of intriguing mesas. Natural depressions pock the grasslands, catching summer monsoons where migrating waterfowl tarry in the fall. Its hillocks studded with live oak, juniper, and manzanita and may hold Mearns, Gambels, and scaled quail. Higher up, mixed confiner—spruce and fir and ponderosa pine stands—broken only by alpine meadows harbor elk, mule deer, black bear, dusky grouse, and Merriam’s turkey.

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Sign. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Plans are underway to release pronghorn antelope in the coming weeks on the lower-elevation grasslands now rested from domestic sheep and cattle grazing perhaps for the first time since the 1590s. The pronghorn will be trapped, examined by a veterinarian, and transplanted from northeast New Mexico in labor-intensive work also funded via Pittman-Robertson.

Aside from its massive size, acquisition of the L-Bar Ranch brings an added value: it connects large swaths of existing public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management to the north and the U.S. Forest Service to the southwest. This is especially important in science-based wildlife management by providing migration corridors for elk and mule deer, where the herds can better fulfill their habitat needs throughout the seasons. Properly managed, the lands in their totality will provide calving and nursery areas, summer range and wintering habitats for deer and elk. A former alfalfa field fed by pivot irrigation on the L-Bar will now push up winter wheat for wildlife. A litany of songbirds visit the area on their north-south seasonal routes as stop-overs; others stay and nest and raise their broods adding their sweet audible incense to the summer air.

Temple Hills L-Bar Ranch. Photo courtesy of Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Vistas on Marquez WMA are long, grand, and arrested only by the curve of the earth. The stone features possess a story all their own.

The camel-colored cliffs are layered like a tall cake, marking flooding and receding seas from deep time. The Jurassic strata are littered with seashells. Mt. Taylor looming large to the west on Cibola National Forest land is a dormant volcano, snow-tipped most months of the year. It’s a sacred site to Native Americans. Plugs from several smaller extinct volcanoes vault from the valley floor on the Marquez WMA, and all of them have a name and spirit to the Native and local people who live nearby.

Art from the earliest inhabitants of the area grace flat stone walls and angular boulders revealing observations of the world experienced in the past, piercing the marrow of our current understanding: etched in stone, a human figure draws a bow on a standing elk.

After 400 years of sheep and cattle grazing, the new addition to the Marquez WMA is expected to yield more public opportunity to interact with wildlife and the land much like a Native American recorded in a petroglyph perhaps seven centuries years ago.

To learn more how Pittman-Robertson is used for conservation, visit Partner with a Payer.

— Craig Springer, USFWS—Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration

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