FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2023

SIG SAUER Announces the acquisition of General Robotics, one of the world’s premier manufactures of remote weapon stations and tactical robots for manned and unmanned platforms and anti-drone applications.
The National Bowhunter Education Foundation invites you to participate in the R100 National Archery Tour as it heads to Homer, Georgia, and Roanoke, Texas, this month.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program will again welcome competitors and guests to its annual Talladega D-Day rifle and pistol event, set to be held June 7-11, 2023, at Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. Registration is currently open, so sign up now to join in on this commemorative occasion.
Kentucky Scholastic 3-D Archery recently held the annual Indoor State Championship at the Owensboro Convention Center in Owensboro, Kentucky. Approximately 400 youth archers from across the state participated and thousands of spectators enjoyed the tournament and conservation activities.
Templar Knife is proud to present their all new Excalibur Line at the Blade Show Texas.

Wild TV returns to the Edmonton Boat & Sportsmen’s show this weekend. Ryan Kohler, President of Wild TV and host of How to Hunt with Ryan Kohler will be at the Wild TV booth #224 on Saturday afternoon, and fans might also catch up to Scott Stirling, Brody Teale, and other network personalities.
Colt's Manufacturing introduced its newest snake gun—the King Cobra Target 22 LR. It packs 10-rounds in its cylinder, has a one-piece stainless steel barrel with a 1:16RH twist, optimal for 22 LR, and is available in a 4-inch or 6-inch model.
The 10.15-pound smallmouth bass caught in the Ontario, Canada waters of Lake Erie in November 2022 was a 16-year-old female, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
- GEAR -
The RECON 3 sleeping bag is a military-style, two season sleeping bag which will perform more efficiently than bags with natural fillings when wet.

PTR Industries Inc. announces the addition of Jonathan Mossberg to the company as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 21, 2023.
- JOBS -
Smith & Wesson is seeking a District Sales Manager for the MT, WY, ID, UT, WA, AK District.
Outtech is seeking candidates for a Regional Manager in the Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Alaska territory. This position will professionally represent the Outtech Outdoor Division vendors to retailers within a territory by providing outstanding sales and customer service.
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Chairman Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Ranking Member John Barrasso (R.-Wyo.), have reintroduced the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act. The duo previously introduced the bill in the 117th Congress, but it failed to pass Congress despite unanimous approval in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The National Rifle Association of America announced that Randy Kozuch has been named interim Executive Director of the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action. NRA-ILA is the “lobbying” arm of the NRA.
This week, Outdoors Radio features Wisconsin DNR R-3 Team supervisor Bob Nack, Ruffed Grouse Society Upper Midwest and Great Lakes forest conservation director Jon Steigerwaldt, Tamarack Waldorf School staffers Dorothy Kulke and Peter DeBoer, and tackle shop owner Pat Hasburgh.
SK Customs® is bringing the history of ancient Egypt alive through its launch of a brand-new series, the Gods of Egypt. Debuting with the Anubis, this limited-edition production of only 200 custom Smith & Wesson 1911 Engravers Series represents one of the world’s oldest civilizations.
Templar Knife will introduce their Cali Legal Auto Assist at the 2023 Blade Show Texas. The Blade show will take place March 17-18 in Fort Worth. Stop by booth #214 at Blade Show Texas to get first look at the new knife.

Alabama state waters and federal waters will open to private and state-licensed charter vessel anglers for red snapper harvest on Friday, May 26, 2023.
Join the Michigan Department of Natural Resources 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, to learn about a recent study of the Black River Mouth Boating Access Site in Alcona County.
A bounty of fish-themed cooking shows are taking over World Fishing Network during The Reel Life Sunday night block of programming beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
Pigman: The Series is the story of Brian “Pigman” Quaca, a true-blue original that leaves fans loving or hating his hunting style and antics. Watch this original character on Sportsman Channel on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Michigan Fishing Nation TV will be featured on Outdoor Action TV this week.
Waypoint TV’s 2023 Series Showdown voting is now live. Head on over to the Series Showdown landing page to start voting for your favorite shows and be entered to win a giveaway from Element Outdoors.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is adopting a holistic management approach for snook that includes a review of several environmental and human factors including habitat, fishing effort and stakeholder feedback to evaluate the fishery at a more local scale.

“Right sizing” was once the buzzphrase that replaced “layoffs” in corporate America. It was designed to distract from the fact that there were issues in a company. Rather than say “no one wants our products right now, so we’re cutting back production until we manage to unclog the markets” the management used consultant double-talk to “right-size” their operations. They consultants would also tossed in doublespeak about increasing efficiencies, minimizing time-between-order-and-fulfillment, or whatever. But it certainly did sound better.

Right-sizing was never confused with upsizing. Total opposites.

Upsizing could cause bloating; right-sizing was to alleviate (corporate) bloat. Neither came without consequences.

When we’re talking about our habits as consumers, it’s generally accepted that we’re never all-that-interested in correctly fitting our “wants” to our “needs.”

You may want a size 36 trouser. But find you need a size 40. Major changes would be necessary to reconcile those significant differences.

Having just replaced a perfectly adequate 47-inch TV with a 55-inch one, it seems the opposite rule holds when it comes to our conspicuous consumer goods. Seems we all want bigger. Whether we need bigger or not. At least that seems to hold if you’re talking about my (hey, boomer) generation.

It’s especially true when it comes to the decidedly diverse world of recreational vehicles. To state it simply, we start that journey in vehicles that are markedly different from those we take out on our “golden age” journeys.

Ages and stages of RV ownership may help you decide whether a towable (left) Class C (middle) or Class A (right) unit is right for you

New research from RVTrader indicates we may age into the “bigger” thing. Like participation in most expensive activities, age and income do influence decisions.

When you’re talking about our older siblings (the “silent generation” ages 78-older) they’re much the same. RVTrader’s survey says the most of that group (17.86%) own Class A RVs. Even more of them (25%) “want” Class As if they want RVs at all.

We “boomers” range in age from 55 to 77 years old. A majority of us own either a travel trailer (25%) or Class A motorhomes (28%). That’s with the exception of those of us who have had larger and now want nice but easier to manage Class B models. We share the desire for larger, more upscale vehicles with additional storage space. We also want/expect features that make long trips and vacations more comfortable. That’s why our “travel trailers” differ -markedly- from those of Millennials or even Gen X RVers.

Ours are expected to have more amenities -from storage to slide-out expansion areas, full-kitchens and one-or more- bathrooms. If you’re talking travel trailers for us, you’re generally talking “goose necks” with fifth wheels.

A Class C motor home is found across the various age categories. It’s small and maneuverable, but slide-outs make it more versatile than the size might indicate.

The younger generations are talking small, lightweight trailers that can be towed by the midsize -or smaller- family car.

Millennial travel trailers are actually where this whole RV thing started for me, although I was considerably older than the 27-42 year olds considered millennials. I began with a teardrop trailer being pulled by a Jeep. It was fine solo, but would never have worked for a family. When we camped as a family, we used a pop-up. It was adequate, but not much more.

And the Millennials have taken the idea of portability even further than previous generations could have imagined. As a kid, I recall our only family camping trip. We (the kids) slept in the back of an Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser. My parents were in a tiny tent for what turned out to be a very long hot August night. None of us ever considered repeating that experience.

Today, it’s not unusual to see a younger person in a campground or recreational area with a rooftop tent. They’re ultimately portable, are easily erected or taken down, and can go anywhere your vehicle’s capable of driving. Amenities, however, are limited.

This rooftop tent from Tepui on display during Industry Day at the Range is great for hunting and slightly-better-than-primitive camping. But not long on amenities.

Portability is paramount -until family changes the needs. But they’re still committed to spending more time outdoors that cooped up inside a vehicle.

Aging into Gen-Xers you’ll find them blending their desires. They largely (30%) own travel trailers, but are starting to aspire into Class A units. They, however, may be considering using their RV for full-time living (12%) or working from home (10%). They still like fifth-wheel units for their higher-ceilings, split-level designs and separate living/working areas. They also like the fact they can park the fifth wheel, unhook the truck and have a home and vehicle for side trips.

There’s no doubt that we’ve all discovered “the outside’s good for your inside” - but how we get there depends on lots of variables.

However you get out there, you need to get out there and enjoy the outdoors. As always, we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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