Record numbers of two Michigan endangered species point to success of conservation efforts

Two Michigan endangered species are being observed in record numbers this year, due to the collaborative conservation efforts of the Department of Natural Resources and many partners.

piping plover standing on sand with water in background“We’re really excited about the survey results for the Great Lakes piping plover and Kirtland’s warbler,” said DNR Field Operations Manager Keith Kintigh.  “To have both of these species reach record numbers this year shows what great partnerships can do for wildlife conservation over time.”

Piping plovers are migratory shorebirds that nest in three distinct populations in the northern United States and Canada (the Great Plains, the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes) and winter mainly along the Gulf Coast. In the Great Lakes, they live near shorelines and beaches and will nest in depressions of sand with rocks, shells or sticks, which can be easily disturbed by beachgoers. To protect their young, they often will distract perceived predators with a “broken-wing” act.

In 1983, there were only 13 breeding pairs of Great Lakes piping plovers in Michigan. This year, more than 158 chicks have been banded in Michigan, Wisconsin and Canada, with more than 58 nests found in Michigan alone. Of the 58 Michigan nests, 43 were in the northern Lower Peninsula and 15 in the Upper Peninsula. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore had the highest occurrence of nests in the region. Continue reading

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Yamaha Announces 2016 Viking and Viking VI SxS Vehicles

Enhanced Comfort Among Refinements for Industry’s Most Durable and Reliable Utility Side-by-Sides

KENNESAW, Ga. – – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, introduces the new 2016 Viking and Viking VI Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles, right on time for fall harvest and hunting seasons. With class-leading cab room and comfort, coupled with superior handling and off-road capability, Vikings are the toughest and hardest working utility-based vehicles that are also fun to drive. Continue reading

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Springfield Armory® Unveils First ‘Wild Wednesday’ with 10-Gun Promo

Vote in Head-to-Head Firearm Poll for Chance to Win an XD-S® Handgun

GENESEO, IL– The first “Wild Wednesday” has arrived, as Springfield Armory® continues to unfurl its daily DUEL 3 promotions throughout September. Today, Springfield Armory® is giving away 10 of its own firearms for a total value of more than $5,800.

Ten lucky winners will receive an XD-S® 3.3″ .45ACP handgun and Pro-Shot P45 cleaning kit. To participate in the promotion, just visit and vote on this week’s head-to-head matchup, XD® 3″ Sub-Compact 9mm versus XD® Mod.2™ 3″ Sub-Compact 9mm.

Participants can register at to vote in the weekly “duel,” in which two Springfield Armory® firearms are pitted against each other in a side-by-side comparison. Each vote increases a participant’s chances of winning prizes, and registered participants can vote up to once an hour. Continue reading

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Taurus Offers Limited Time $25 or $50 Rebate on Select Taurus Pistols and Revolvers

MIAMI – September 1, 2015 – Taurus® announces a rebate program on several of its most popular firearms. Consumers can receive either a $25 or $50 Taurus® Visa® Prepaid Card by purchasing qualifying items from September 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Continue reading

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Randy Newberg, Hunter, Releases “Elk Hunting on Your Own” E-Guide

BOZEMAN, Mont. – One of America’s best known and trusted public land elk hunters, Randy Newberg, has made available a 32-page e-guide, called Elk Hunting on Your Own to help hunters understand the basics of finding and taking highly pressured elk on public lands. The guide is available for download at http://RandyNewberg.Com for $9.95, or free by using the promo code HT. This guide covers all the elk hunting basics – plus Newberg’s more advanced techniques he’s learned from years of hunting public lands. Chapters include: getting tags, finding places to hunt, Newberg’s notes of how to find these public land elk, how to use hunting pressure as an ally, his equipment list and much more. Continue reading

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Hunters Can Apply For High Quality Mule Deer Hunts On Private Property, Near Meeker

MEEKER, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Miller Creek Ranch in Meeker are offering big-game hunters an opportunity to apply for a limited number of private property, elk and mule deer hunts during certain hunting seasons during fall of 2015.

Interested hunters must submit a written application by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 to:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Meeker Office
Attn: Bailey Franklin/Miller Creek Ranch Hunts
PO Box 1181, Meeker, CO 81641

The application can be found at:

Nine hunts will be available to hunters who have already drawn limited deer and elk licenses for Game Management Unit 23 during the 2015 big game hunting seasons. In addition, one public bull elk hunt will be available to any big game hunter that plans to purchase an unlimited, over-the-counter bull elk license for the third rifle season in 2015.

“This is a very rare, private land hunting experience,” said District Wildlife Manager Bailey Franklin. “We encourage sportsmen to take advantage of this chance to enjoy a free hunt on a private ranch in the White River Valley.”

The unique opportunity developed through a perpetual wildlife conservation easement agreement between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and landowners of the Miller Creek Ranch. As part of their efforts in a large-scale big game habitat protection, local wildlife managers reached an agreement with private landowners to allow limited public hunting access in perpetuity on the 3,100-acre ranch property, located in GMU 23. Continue reading

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McRees Precision: Accurate, Reliable and Guaranteed

By Glen Wunderlich

Scott McRee cannot accept failure.  When one of his rifles failed 15 years ago, he took matters into his own hands and thus was born McRees Precision (  Since then, Scott has built his business on customer service and unsurpassed quality for the discriminating marksmen – be they in real-world combat, the thin blue line, competition shooting, or hunting applications.

Scott McRee
Scott McRee



Based on the Remington model 700 action, his high-quality firearms are in use by people around the globe, who stake their lives on his products – or, as Scott refers to them:  systems.  Typically in .308 Winchester or .300 Winchester Magnum calibers, they are in use by the ATF, FBI, Secret Service and state and local law enforcement authorities.

As an example of personal customer support, Scott shared a story with me dating back to the year 2011, when he learned about a Special Forces sniper team being deployed to the “Sand Box” in a mere 72 hours.  The soldiers had sent their sniper rifles to Remington for refurbishing, and believe it or not, were heading to the Middle East without them.

When the unit commander called McRees Precision for a solution, Scott said, “Get your guys here as fast as you can!”  With no time to waste, five desperate Army servicemen piled into the military vehicle and drove eight hours non-stop to Scott’s shop in Mississippi.  They arrived after hours, but Scott was prepared with the door open.

The Special Forces team (to remain nameless) did what they could to help and in short order, the requisite three systems were assembled from inventory.  After a verbal train-up on the systems, the men were back in the truck heading back to their command.

Scott continued his over-seas assistance with the troops via phone support for the following year, while the soldiers achieved three high-value targets with his systems.  A year later, the team returned home and have been friends with Scott ever since.

McRees Precision works with the Marine Corps, Army, and primarily special Navy people, but its components are also excellent for civilian and hunting applications.   My having had an opportunity to fire one of the .308 systems topped with a Leupold Mark 6 riflescope shooting steel at 200 yards, made it a can’t-miss proposition firing military 175-grain, long-range ammo.McRee


Bolt-on components are available for the do-it-yourselfer or your personal barreled action can be upgraded from a cost of $1200 to several thousand dollars with the average being $2500.  For that, you’ll get a one-week turnaround, a lifetime warranty, and support from a firm that genuinely means it.

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New Two-Seater TORQ VLE

Birmingham, Ala. — As a result of requests from outdoorsmen and women around the country, TORQ is introducing the new two-seater TORQ VLE electric vehicle. Now both the driver and a passenger can enjoy a swift, silent and stable ride on a rugged off-road trail.
This new two-seat version boasts a number of upgrades designed to make the TORQ faster, lighter and quieter than ever. Continue reading

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ZEISS Offers Tremendous Fall Savings

NORTH CHESTERFIELD, VA., September 01, 2015 – Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, the world’s leading manufacturer in high performance sports optics, is pleased to announce their Fall “Field Days” promotion. From September 1st through November 17th, 2015, Zeiss is offering huge savings on many of its most popular optics. Simply purchase any of the following ZEISS products from an authorized ZEISS dealer during the promotional period and get a mail-in rebate.

Rebates are as follows:
– $50 rebate on any VICTORY HT Riflescope with Plex Reticle
– $150 rebate on any CONQUEST HD5 Riflescope with Plex Reticle
– $50 rebate on any TERRA 3X Riflescope with Plex Reticle
– $50 rebate on CONQUEST HD Binoculars Continue reading

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Savage Arms Introduces the Model 10 FCP-SR

SUFFIELD, Conn. –– Savage Arms™ has made its Law Enforcement Series even more versatile by adding a 10-round detachable box magazine to its new 10 FCP-SR rifles. Shipments of these products are currently being delivered.

Each of the three firearms is chambered in 308 Win. and features a threaded muzzle compatible with most suppressors. The platform is built around Savage’s classic, duty-proven 110 action, and uses a floating bolt head, zero-tolerance headspacing and precision button rifling to provide outstanding accuracy and consistency. The adjustable AccuTrigger™ lets the shooter set the trigger to their individual preferences for a light, crisp pull, while the AccuStock™ bedding system engages the action three-dimensionally along its entire length, further enhancing accuracy. Continue reading

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