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Washington, D.C. – Safari Club International is deeply disappointed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) announcement yesterday that it will continue the ban on the importation of sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe for the rest of 2015.  The FWS first imposed an importation ban on sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe in April 2014.  Yesterday’s decision will continue the importation ban indefinitely into the future until it is lifted by the FWS.

Despite receiving data and information from Safari Club, Zimbabwe, and many others regarding the benefits of elephant hunting in Zimbabwe, the FWS claims that it remains unable to determine that elephant hunting in Zimbabwe enhances the survival of the species.  The FWS continues to claim that it lacks enough information regarding how Zimbabwe manages its elephants and identifies six specific areas of concern (see links below).  Even though it recognizes that hunting benefits elephant conservation in various ways, the FWS has put the entire burden of addressing poaching on the hunting community.  The FWS refuses to allow importation of legally sport-hunted elephants until it finds that the benefits of hunting outweigh the detrimental impacts of poaching – setting an unrealistic and unprecedented goal for an enhancement determination.  Continue reading

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Watchdog: DEA agents attended cartel-funded ‘sex parties’

The next Obama administration scandal indicates that several Drug Enforcement Administration agents attended “sex parties” with prostitutes paid for by local drug cartels.

The alleged parties took place in an unnamed “host country,” which reportedly was Colombia, over a period of several years. According to the Justice Department inspector general report, the parties were even held in agents’ U.S. government-leased quarters.

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Retail Dealers Wanted for PUMA German and IP Knives

MINOX USA, the exclusive North American distributor for PUMA German and IP knives, is expanding its network of retail dealers in the United States and Canada. MINOX USA began distributing these two great knife brands in January 2014.

PUMA Knives has been hand making knives since 1769 in Solingen, Germany, and every phase of production of their PUMA German line still is to this day. PUMA is best known for their hunting knives, including the famous White Hunter. In 2010, PUMA introduced its IP line, a collaboration of PUMA and selected Spanish manufacturers. Design, production and quality control are all done in Germany; IP knives are manufactured in Spain with a Mediterranean flair.

For more information on becoming a PUMA German and PUMA IP dealer, please contact Jay Pitassi, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hunting/Outdoor at (240) 216-8420, or email him at jay. minoxusa@comcast.net. Descriptions and photos of all PUMA German and IP knives available in North America are at www.pumaknives.us.

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Feds Approve Rhino Permit

DALLAS – A Texas hunter has received from the U.S. government a permit to bring home the taxidermy from a planned hunt for a black rhino in Namibia.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – which administers the Endangered Species Act and regulates Americans’ associated activities – approved the import permit based on the scientific and financial validity of the rhino hunt.

Read the agency’s announcement at:http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=56D54860-AEA6-0EEE-73467FE9B00499F0 Continue reading

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New Nikon Promo Offers Instant Savings on Long-Range Riflescopes

Now through April 26, 2015, shooters looking for long-range and reliable accuracy will be able to save up to $80 on select Nikon PROSTAFF 7 and MONARCH 3 long-range riflescope models, including some Custom XR Turret Models. Continue reading

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UTG Introduces New AK Stock Kits – Made in the USA

Few firearms can claim to have a career as distinguished as the original AK47 designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov. AK is an icon that lives off of its reputation for ultimate reliability and functionality. To equip it with inferior accessories will just not do. Many aficionados may scoff at the idea of changing its appearance. Enter UTG. With a growing line of products dedicated to taking the classic AK platform into the next decade, we have been making accessories that do not detract from its inherent strengths, but eliminates its weaknesses.

By design, AK 47 has more in common with a machine gun than a modern sporting or battle rifle. The buttstock is sloped downward to allow controllable full auto fire, while the short sight radius is not made to take single precision shots at distance. UTG’s new adjustable stock kits are designed to bring the AK platform closer to a classic rifle profile by eliminating the large downward slope of the initial buttstock design and lining it up along the bore axis, much like a typical AR15. Since most AK variants sold in the US are semi autos, this type of conversion makes a lot of sense, and greatly enhances performance.

The first kit (RBU47KT02 – MSRP: $57.97) is dedicated for stamped receiver AK variants and made out of a high strength, impact resistant polymer stock assembly with an AR profile that features a sling loop and an additional “shark fin” style sling attachment point. The stock assembly rests on a Mil-spec 6 position aluminum extension tube that has been hardcoat anodized for wear resistance, and is permanently attached to the receiver adaptor to eliminate wobble. This design provides a better cheek rest than a standard stock and allows the user to adjust the length of pull based on his/her own preference.

Our second kit (RBU47KT03 – MSRP: $59.97), also made for stamped AK variants exclusively, has all of the same components and functionality of the previous version, but also gives the user an additional 20 mm of vertical stock adjustment via a clever multi-groove design within the adaptor interface. This feature is absolutely critical for those using scopes as it will enable a perfect cheek weld and improve overall ergonomics. If you are only willing to make one change to your AK, then this is the one we most highly recommend. If you decide to take it further, consider adding a side plate (TL-M47SR – MSRP: $8.95), a quick-detach side mount (MTU016 MSRP: $57.97), and even one of our popular handguard rail systems (MTU009 – MSRP: $74.97) just to name a few. And if you really want to take it out there, stand by for our new AK Keymod rail system (MTU027SSK MSRP: $159.97), which is currently being prepped for release. Lastly, all these key component parts are made in Michigan, USA, for you to easily stay 922R compliant. Continue reading

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Lyman Introduces New STON Premiere Camo Patterns for M4 Ruger 10/22 Stock & Takedown Models

Ston, the original, multi-terrain camo pattern, features a multitude of colors and earth tones found in every region — from high-desert to lush marsh areas. Variable depth and realistic natural elements combine to make this pattern an ideal option for concealment everywhere. By simply changing the base color, these new ADTAC stocks offer customized colors to fit every shooters’ personal style. Both M4 Ruger 10/22 Stocks and Takedown Models are available in Ston Coyote, Ston Moss, Ston Lava and Ston Cobalt.

These stocks include all the features of our other camo and black versions: removable barrel insert for standard or bull barrels, reversible Picatinny rail concealed in forend, adjustable butt stock with storage compartments for extra magazines, and a pistol grip designed to house the Monopod accessory. The Takedown models include all these features, except removable barrel insert, plus they can be taken apart to easily fit into the factory carrying case. Continue reading

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Bergara USA Introduces Performance Series Production Rifles

Duluth, Ga. – Bergara USA, a division of Blackpowder Products, Inc. (BPI Outdoors), announces the expansion of their rifle making capabilities to include new production rifles for sport shooters and hunters with its Performance Series B-14 Timber and B-14 Hunter rifles.

Bergara USA now offers many of the same quality features and performance characteristics well known in their custom guns in its two Performance Series production rifles: the B-14 Timber and the B-14 Hunter. Both rifles feature the Bergara PERFORMANCE action with a coned bolt nose and breech ensuring consistently smooth feeding and a sliding plate extractor for proper alignment.

The Bergara 4140CrMo steel barrel is finished in matte blue and is available in 22-inches (Short Action) and 24-inches (Long Action). The B-14 Timber rifle is built on a classic style, oil-finished walnut stock with a checkered pistol grip and forend. The B-14 Hunter rifle is built on a rugged Sporter-style lightweight synthetic stock. Both the wood and synthetic stocks are bedded with integral pillars for stability and enhanced accuracy. Continue reading

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Chiappa’s Fun Mfour-22 Carbine

MKS Supply, LLC, Dayton OH- Mfour .22 LR Rimfire carbine is a great and low cost fun firearm. The high quality Chiappa Mfour carbine is almost identical to the 5.56/.223 carbine and an ideal serious practice platform for the larger caliber carbine.

Sure, in these days of nearly everyone having at least 5,000 rounds of .22LR ammunition ratted away and seeking more it serves to dry up the market for many. Regardless of the short supply, a box of fifty rounds of .22LR is still a lot less money to shoot than twenty rounds of 5.56 or .223 and probably more fun too boot.

The accurate military lookalike Chiappa Mfour carbine is a serious platform to keep skills up for transition to its larger caliber center cousins. The Chiappa Mfour is a bunch of fun to shoot and for many it also serves as a serious survival gun.

Chiappa’s Mfour comes with a dual-aperture adjustable iron sight detachable carry handle and picatinney flat top for optics. High-quality precision made .22LRs regardless of brand or type are as expensive (many times more) to manufacture as their larger caliber brothers-but what you get is a quality firearm that will deliver reliability and accuracy. Continue reading

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Partnership gives wintering U.P. deer new outlook

The Department of Natural Resources and Plum Creek Timber Company are working together to manage more than 16,500 acres of industrial forest land for winter deer habitat. This unique partnership is focused on improving and maintaining conifer cover, which is essential to winter deer survival in the Upper Peninsula.

“This long-term project shows a serious investment by Plum Creek on how the land will be managed for wildlife and forest products into the future,” said DNR wildlife biologist John DePue. “Hemlock is a species that can live over 300 years, is a preferred winter food for deer, but is difficult to establish. Working together, our goal is to retain at least a 70-percent conifer canopy, because research has shown anything less reduces overwinter survival of deer.”

The Lake Superior watershed receives so much annual snowfall that deer will migrate from their summer range to traditional wintering areas to survive the winter, with average movement of about 18 miles. Hemlock and other conifer canopies catch the snow and reduce the amount of snow on the ground, which makes it easier for deer to move, conserving their energy. The dense trees also reduce the wind, which helps deer retain body heat. Continue reading

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