Representing Auburn University, Tucker Smith and Logan Parks found redemption on Watts Bar Reservoir, catching 16 pounds, 3 ounces of largemouth bass to win the Strike King Bassmaster College Classic presented by Bass Pro Shops.
Fiocchi, a global leader in defensive, target, and hunting ammunition, congratulates Fiocchi Pro Team shooter Will Fennell on his win at the Seminole Cup. Fennell earned the FITASC 1st Place Veteran and Super Sporting 1st Place Veteran.
Baschieri & Pellagri USA is proud to recognize and congratulate Nicolas Berry for his excellent performance at the Seminole Cup Sporting Class Tournament in Woodbine, GA from March 1-5. Nicolas took FITASC Runner Up.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Destin–Fort Walton Beach will celebrate the ninth annual Lionfish Festival, May 20-21, at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin.
The Sisterhood of the Outdoors team will participate in the 20th annual Dressed to Kilt fashion show at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, on Saturday April 1, 2023. Dressed to Kilt is a premier fashion event founded by the late Sir Sean Connery and Sir Geoffrey Carrol that promotes Scottish fashion and honors the military.

If you're into Michigan fishing, you still have the chance to join in one of several upcoming "Conversations & Coffee" virtual meetings.
The spiny lobster recreational and commercial seasons close to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1 and will reopen Aug. 6.
Starting April 1 in Atlantic state waters, the red porgy recreational bag limit will reduce from three to one fish per person/day and the open recreational season will be May – June.


- GEAR -
Parallel’s new sunglass line uses proprietary lens and frame technology it developed for some of the world's largest and best-known eyewear brands. Now, Parallel uses that technology and expertise exclusively for its own products.

Armasight's Watchman IR Illuminator is powered by 850nm, 600 mW Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology with three brightness settings to aid low light visibility. The Watchman can focus its beam to as low as 3 degrees and as wide as a 14-degree field of view to enhance target identification and track prey to beyond 500 yards.
An update for Elite Survival Systems' Modern Tactical collection of concealed carry fanny packs, the lightweight HIP Gunner is designed to carry your weapon concealed on the waist or sling style cross-body.
Cordova Safety Products, a leading manufacturer of personal protective equipment, is pleased to announce the launch of its new line of hunting and fishing gloves, featuring Mossy Oak Country DNA™ pattern, a practical option for outdoor enthusiasts.
To celebrate their 65th anniversary, Bobcat Company and the National Recreation and Park Association are partnering to create five grants, each worth $50,000, to support five park improvement projects in designated communities throughout the United States.

Whitetails Unlimited recently granted more than $16,000 to the Monroe City Friends of the Outdoors located in Monroe City, Missouri.
APEX Ammunition’s Turkey Ninja TSS has been named Best .410 Turkey load by Outdoor Life. In their recent test, Outdoor Life focused on Tungsten Super Shot loads in .410 because of the density of tungsten pellets, and APEX’s Turkey Ninja TSS shotshells by far delivered the best performance.
Caracal USA announced that Bill Silver was named as the new vice president of sales for the American Market. Silver served as the vice president of sales for three well-known firearms brands, including over a decade at SIG Sauer as the vice president of sales.
Southwick Associates’ 2022 “Hunting & Shooting Participation and Equipment Purchases Consumer Tracking Study” named Federal Ammunition as the top rifle ammunition brand in 2022. Southwick’s yearly survey compiled the feedback of over 9,000 hunters and recreational shooters.

AMMO, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors approved an extension of the Company’s share repurchase program for up to $30 million of its outstanding common stock until February 2024.
Gallery of Guns announced its sponsorship of the Second Amendment Foundation. For nearly 50 years the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has been fighting to defend, secure, and expand Second Amendment rights.
EasyExport has posted the full-year 2022 EasyExport Insights firearm industry export report. EasyExport Insights reports show worldwide exports for 23 categories of firearms, optics, ammunition, and related products.
- JOBS -
Ducks Unlimited has an opening for a full-time Regional Director of Event Fundraising located in the West Virginia/Pittsburgh Metro area.

Ducks Unlimited has an opening for a full-time Regional Director of Event Fundraising located in the New Jersey/NYC Metro area.
NSSF applauds Utah Gov. Spencer Cox’s signature on a package of laws that will end “woke” corporate discrimination against firearm-related businesses. The laws were recently signed and target corporations that discriminate against the firearm industry by making them ineligible for state and municipal contracts, among other provisions.
The Bold Action XV AC-1500-AIBK-B is a new automatic knife, one of dozens of premium autos from Bear OPS but looks nothing previously seen from the manufacturer.
Whitewater Fishing brilliantly stokes the body’s furnace with the new Torque™ Insulated Heated Vest. At its epicenter is an adjustable heating system with two internal pads on the chest and one in the back.

Legacy Sports International announced the newest addition to the 2023 HOWA offerings, the HOWA HERA H7 Series. The HERA H7 series is a hybrid mix between a hunting and precision rifle, available in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 with three different color offerings.
The March 22, 2023 edition of the RadCast Outdoors Podcast – “Hunting, Fishing, and Everything in Between” – features special guest and hunting legend Jim Shockey.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is excited to see the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS) partner with the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA), allowing Native American tribes to become certified to teach Hunter Education.
The IHEA-USA announced that Savage Arms is increasing its financial support, offering the IHEA-USA additional funding for its dramatically growing programs.
The National Archery in the Schools Program is poised to begin the 2023 NASP National Tournament series. NASP scholarship sponsors enable the tournament series to include individual scholarships, team scholarships, and random scholarships.
As more alarming details emerge about the transgender woman responsible for Monday’s horrific school shooting in Nashville, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says the facts support only one conclusion: America has a mental health crisis, not a firearms crisis.
The newly redesigned Scorpion 3+ pistols build on the success of the original's proven features with enhancements throughout the gun and are now $899 MSRP.
The caves at Wyandotte Caves State Recreation Area (SRA) in Crawford County will re-open for fee-based, guided cave tours on May 27, the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans Tuesday presented the agency’s annual report to the General Assembly, and delivered testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee.
If you’re a fan of heading off the beaten path, you’re probably familiar with Michigan’s thousands of miles of state forest roads. The DNR annually updates state forest road maps on April 1.
Anyone thinking of violating Vermont’s fish and wildlife laws needs to keep in mind that they cannot just hunt, fish or trap in another state if their licenses are revoked here. Vermont is one of 48 states belonging to the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact(IWVC), which recognizes fish and wildlife related license suspensions of member states.
In an effort to decrease damage and to make habitat better for deer, elk and other wildlife, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is implementing two major camping changes at the Hardware Wildlife Management Area, starting this year.
Upgrades to Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area near Ogallala in 2022 have improved boating access, traffic flow, fishing amenities, beach access and more.
This week, Terry heads to the steep terrain of the scenic Brite Ranch in hopes of bagging an Aoudad.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced that Arizona continues to be clear of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal wildlife disease that affects the nervous system of deer and elk.
Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are currently conducting their annual nighttime spring spotlight surveys across the state, collecting information on Iowa’s deer and furbearer populations.

In the days of big, shiny bass boats that routinely cost north of $100,000 fully-rigged, a breath of fresh air (and hope for those of us whose budget would never include a six-figure boat) came from Keith Poche last week in the MLF Bass Pro Tour on Cherokee Lake, Tennessee.

While Poche's aluminum boat could hardly be described as a "beater", it's a far cry from the big, sleek and very fast fiberglass and carbon fiber wonders most top pros ride today. No heated seats, no heated steering wheel, no 250-hp outboard to jet it at better than 70 mph to distant locations. And it rides on a bottom that's not scared of rocks, period.

After spending two grueling days running over an hour up the river before making his first cast, Poche weighed a five-bass limit in the finale totaling 19 pounds, 2 ounces to earn his first Bass Pro Tour win and the top award of $100,000 at the Major League Fishing (MLF) competition on Cherokee Lake. Poche’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing 35-6 earned him the win by a 1-pound, 1-ounce margin over the second-place finisher.

Poche worked his way back and forth below the bottom of the spillway, casting a 4” Berkley PowerBait Hollow Belly on a 3/8 ounce jig head into the boiling water and letting the current carry it to smallmouth (and occasional largemouth) holding just below.

“Fish were sitting right on the edge of that wash,” Poche said. “That water would boil back on itself, and made a little bit of an eddy. Smallmouth like that current. I had to throw right into the wash, or just above it. If I threw it anywhere else, the current would just take it right out. I’d throw it up there and let the current move the bait – fish would come out and grab it.”

With more than an hour run to his area up by the dam both days, in a boat that tops out at 46 miles per hour, Poche said he knew he would win it or lose it in that spot.

“I caught three scorable fish in the first period, but they really turned on and started feeding in that second period,” Poche said. “When you’re fishing current, the fish typically group up, move in and feed, and then move out, so you just have to stay with them and keep casting. Eventually you’ll hit a stretch and boom – you’ll catch them one after the other.”

Poche said at the end of the day, it’s really all about putting in the work, having the right boat and knowing that eventually, it will pay off.

“The Gator Trax boat floats really shallow, so it’s great when you have to maneuver through the rocks and try not to tear anything up, but that’s just what it takes,” said Poche. “You have to get in there and get where they live. A lot of people don’t want to go the extra mile and put in the extra work to find these places off the beaten path – and they can’t always get to them in their bigger boats – but that’s my style and that’s what I look forward to.

“It was a journey, each day, but I’m so happy we got it done,” Poche continued. “To have a day like this and to beat these other fantastic anglers – it was just my week.

Several companies make affordable aluminum bass boats—I owned and loved a 17’ G3, the Yamaha brand, for years, and Bass Tracker sells thousands of their brand from the BPS empire with Merc power as well. Show up below any dam with rocky approaches on well-known bass waters and you’ll see a variety of aluminum brands in there mixing it up. Here’s the link to Gator Trax:

Frank Sargeant

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