Congratulations to Lapua’s Erik Cortina winning the 2023 South African Open Target Rifle Championship with a grand aggregate score of 687-65x. Cortina competed in the F-Open division.
The Hornady A-Tip Match bullet now claims the top three spots for longest impacts recorded in competition. Hornady congratulates competitor Jaclyn Bryan on her recent 4,227-yard shot at the Spearpoint Ranch ELR Match on March 25-26, 2023, in Barnard, Kansas.
Pope and Young, America’s leading bowhunting conservation organization, announces a few of their featured live auction items that will be up for auction at their 33rd Biennial Convention taking place in Reno, Nevada, April 12-15, 2023.
Shoot Like A Girl is bringing their 2023 15-Year Expansion tour to Bass Pro Shops in Garland, Texas this weekend. New and experienced shooters and their families are invited to stop by the Shoot Like A Girl trailer in front of Bass Pro Shops on Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3p.m.
Orchid LLC and Williams Mullen’s Firearms Industry Group are excited to announce Gunsite Academy will deliver a motivational keynote at the 2023 Firearms Industry Conference (FIC), to be held in Atlanta, May 1-3, 2023.

Starting April 1, anglers fishing from a vessel targeting reef fish will be required to have on board a descending device or venting tool that is rigged and ready for use to help conserve reef fish in state waters. This also requires the use of a descending device or venting tool if a fish is exhibiting signs of barotrauma prior to release.
Last week, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff from the C.B. “Charlie” Craig State Fish Hatchery in Centerton teamed up with other AGFC staff from northwest Arkansas to gather walleye from the King’s River and boost the success of their spawn for the future of Arkansas angling.
Silver Creek will once again open its “catch-and-keep” season on April 1, 2023. Anglers are advised that there has been some flooding over the past week and water flows are still above normal.
Liberty Ammo recently received coverage from several well-known industry influencers. This includes the industry leading “The Truth about Guns” (TTAG).

Yamaha has named Martin Peters Director of Marine External Affairs.
Zanders, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois, announces an exclusive Girsan MC P35 PI imported by EAA to their dealers, geared towards pistol enthusiasts.
Pnuma Outdoors is pleased to announce industry veteran Joe Haddock as Director of Product Development for Pnuma Outdoors and Heated Core.
1791 Outdoor Lifestyle Group is excited to announce the hiring of Mike Marshall as Territory Sales Representative with responsibility for the Central Texas and Oklahoma territories.

Iron Valley® Supply, one of the country’s leading shooting sports distributors, is pleased to announce the hiring of James Wood to serve as Account Manager.
CCI’s sub-brand Blazer was recently named the most frequently purchased handgun ammunition brand in Southwick Associates 2022 “Hunting & Shooting Participation and Equipment Purchases Consumer Tracking Study.” Southwick’s yearly survey compiled the feedback of over 9,000 hunters and recreational shooters.
Camouflage brand Kryptek and Kimber Mfg announce their collaboration in bringing the highly sought-after Kryptek Skyfall camo pattern to the Kimber Mountain Ascent Rifle.
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TBA Outdoors is looking to add an account manager to its growing team.

Creedmoor Sports is excited to launch the new T-7 Enhanced and T-7 Adaptive Presses. The T-7 Enhanced and T-7 Adaptive Presses are the result of collaboration between Creedmoor Sports and Redding Reloading Products.
Vortex Turkey Week is here to help you bag a gobbler and celebrate one of our nation’s most exciting hunts. Running from March 27 to March 31, it’s a week packed with tips, tricks, and ways to win.
Safari Club International CEO Laird Hamberlin and Cinegética President Marcos Quintas have signed the first transatlantic agreement of fairs for hunting.
Nathan M. Roberts, PHD, considered an expert on the scientific research and data on furbearers and carnivores, testified on his own behalf, not representing any organization or entity but science, before Congress to the Members of the Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries regarding the delisting of the Grey Wolf from the ESA Act.

Pope and Young, North America’s premier bowhunting conservation organization is pleased to announce that Kings has shown their commitment to Preserving, Promoting and Protecting the sport of bowhunting by joining Pope and Young as a Platinum Level Corporate Partner.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership praises- HB 887— currently under consideration in the Montana legislature. HB 887 would establish a Wildlife Accommodations and Crossings Fund to match federal dollars for the construction of fencing and crossings on Montana roadways to reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife.
“We appreciate the White House’s willingness to engage us as hunter-conservationists on this issue,” said WSF President and CEO Gray N. Thornton. “However, we will remain vigilant to ensure successful wildlife management in this desert ecosystem continues. "
BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO; NASDAQ:DOOO) is proud to lead the powersports and marine communities with initiatives promoting safety, the environment and riding etiquette with its Responsible Rider program.

PRADCO Outdoor Brands announces a new partnership between Red Rising and Code Blue, the leader in scent and scent elimination products.
JK Armament announced the exclusive launch of the JK 195 SGX 12G and VERSAX 12G Shotgun Suppressor with The unique patented baffle design is mission configurable and features Tone Technology.
Silencer Shop announces an exclusive product release with JK Armament. The JK Armament 195 Series of 12ga shotgun suppressors are available now exclusively at
Bond Arms .45-70 derringer, the Cyclops is the first release in a new series of big bore derringers slated to be released in 50 AE, 454 casull, and 44 magnum.
Bob’s Machine Shop and the Association of Collegiate Anglers are pleased to announce their continued partnership to support collegiate fishing.
Last summer’s drought may have some lingering impact on Arkansas’s black bear reproduction, but there’s no immediate cause for alarm, according to Myron Means, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s large carnivore program coordinator.
The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation (WFT) is soliciting nominations for this year’s inductees into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 28, 2023.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation says Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs sided with “woke” Wall Street corporations over Grand Canyon State businesses and protecting the free exercise of rights when she vetoed Senate Bill 1096, the bipartisan Firearm Industry Nondiscrimination (FIND) Act. The FIND legislation would have ensured firearm-related businesses have fair access to financial services and corporate entities wouldn’t benefit from taxpayer-funded contracts while using those profits to discriminate against constitutionally-protected firearm businesses.
North Carolina’s General Assembly has overturned Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 41, legislation that scraps the state’s 104-year-old racist Jim Crow-era law for permit-to-purchase pistol requirements.
For a third consecutive season, Recoil Creative Group’s flagship production, The EDGE, will be sponsored by CANIS. CANIS, a veteran-owned American company, offers field-proven clothing, gear and accessories to hunters who push themselves to the max.
Inching closer and closer to its 15th Anniversary, Pursuit Channel is pleased to launch 2nd quarter schedule for its viewers with diversified offerings across its platforms.
The black bear’s winter slumber will soon be over. In late March to early May, bears leave their dens and begin looking for food to replenish their bodies. As they rejoin us in search of nourishment, it's important to remember that human behavior affects bear behavior.
The Eurasian strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI H5N1) was detected in two mountain lions in Mono County in December 2022 and January 2023, according to wildlife health experts with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).


If you’re not a bowhunter (I’m not), there’s a good chance you might underestimate the number of people who are.

According to the latest numbers from the Archery Trade Association, there are 3,761,233 bowhunters in the United States. That’s decidedly not a small number - unless you’re a Congressman talking about the federal budgets. To them, it’s a statistically insignificant rounding error. If you’re still reading, you’re likely not one of our fiscally irresponsible legislators.

To come up with that head count, the ATA worked with state wildlife agencies and the National Deer Association to determine bowhunting participation numbers in each state for the 2021-22 hunting season.

Whether it’s the relatively small number of bowhunters in Hawaii (1,384) or the more than 331,000 in Pennsylvania, the total numbers make it apparent that bowhunting remains significant to the hunting world.

According to the latest stats I have seen (2021), there were 15.2 million hunting license holders in all categories in the United States. “All categories” including rifles, pistols, shotguns and bows (vertical and horizontal).

“This is the most reliable single-source of bowhunting participation data generated to date,” says the ATA’s President and CEO, Jeff Poole. “We are pleased to share this information and know the data serves as a benchmark to inspire growth nationwide.”

And it’s worth noting that the current numbers are being bolstered by younger hunters. That implies that “feeder groups” like S3DA and the NASP are doing more than adding seasoned competitors to our junior Olympic teams.

In fact, Dan Forster of ATA tells me that according to research by the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports , “participants ages 6 to 17 made up 23 percent of all bow hunters.” According to Forster, that’s a “marked improvement from 13 percent a decade earlier.”

How statistically significant? The only other group (adult age cohort if you speak “research”) to grow its participant numbers was bow hunters age 65 and older. “Mature hunters,” he wrote, “saw an 8 percent average annual 3-year growth.”

That doesn’t mean the numbers weren’t positive for other groups, just smaller. The Council to Advance Hunting and The Shooting Sports’ research says that twenty-seven percent of hunting participants were female. Numbers of Black and Hispanic hunters also showed growth.

To me, the biggest takeaways from the Council’s research were the facts that forty-nine percent (49%) of hunters participated before the age of eighteen; and sixty eight percent (68%) were introduced to hunting by family members.

That means that not only are the traditions of hunting and shooting being passed on; they’re being offered to people who might have felt unwelcome or ignored before. As we’ve written before, there’s room in the tent for everyone.

Seems word’s still getting around.

We’ll keep you posted. No joke.

— Jim Shepherd

Editor’s Note: Here for your reference are the bowhunting totals in an easy-to-reference guide from the Archery Trade Association.

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