Ohio Confirms First Case of CWD in Captive Deer Herd

REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) today confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state in a captive deer herd in Holmes County. The state continues to take quarantine action to control the further spread of the disease. There is no evidence that CWD has affected the wild deer population in the state. Continue reading

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DRT Ammo announces .243 95gr projectiles for reloading and retail sales

DRT has created a Terminal Shock™ .243 bullet to meet the demands of hunters who require a .243 minimum for their state while hunting big game. DRT’s new .243 projectile is lead free, extremely accurate, and has the devastating wound ballistics that DRT’s Terminal Shock™ line is known for. Continue reading

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Owners of Safari Company Indicted for Illegal Rhino Hunts

Out of Africa Charged with Wildlife Crimes, Fraud and Money Laundering

The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris were charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns, announced Sam Hirsch Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; and Dan Ashe, Director of the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The indictment was unsealed today in Montgomery, Alabama following the federal indictment.

The indictment charges Dawie Groenewald, 46, and his brother, Janneman Groenewald, 44, both South African nationals, and their company Valinor Trading CC (d/b/a Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris) with conspiracy, Lacey Act violations, mail fraud, money laundering and structuring bank deposits to avoid reporting requirements. The Lacey Act, the nation’s oldest criminal statute addressing illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking, makes it a crime to sell animal hunts conducted in violation of state, federal, tribal and foreign law. Continue reading

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New Bird Biology Website Awakens the Sense of Discovery

Enjoy interactive activities about bird song, feathers, and more

Ithaca, N.Y.-We know birds have feathers-but what are they made of, how do they work, and how many kinds are there? Birds sing songs-but how do they produce those sounds, what do they mean, and can you learn to identify birds by sound alone? If just knowing the name of a bird isn’t enough, then it’s time to make new discoveries at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Bird Biology website. The new site is designed to appeal to anyone who’s even a little bit curious about what makes birds tick. Continue reading

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NRC Youth Conservation Council invites youth bloggers to share stories about Michigan’s great outdoors

One year after launching its blog, the Natural Resources Commission Youth Conservation Council is opening up that public platform – http://michiganycc.wordpress.com/ – to young outdoor voices across the state. The Youth Conservation Council, established by a Natural Resources Commission resolution in 2012, provides a forum where a diverse group or conservation-minded teens can talk about and take action to protect, promote and enhance Michigan’s outdoor recreation opportunities – including everything from hunting, fishing and trapping to hiking, wildlife viewing and camping.

The YCC blog was one of the council’s first projects, initially providing a place where members could share their own outdoor experiences. Now the Youth Conservation Council wants to hear from the rest of Michigan’s young outdoor enthusiasts. Continue reading

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Dansville State Game Area shooting range opening Nov. 1

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that its Dansville shooting range in Ingham County – located at 1819 Kelly Road in Mason, within the Dansville State Game Area – will reopen Saturday, Nov.1, after extensive renovations have been made to the facility. The range will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday, and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The last shot will be fired at 4:45 p.m. Plans are to close the range for the winter Dec. 15 and reopen in the spring as weather allows. Continue reading

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Another Michigan Public School Adopts Compliant Weapons Policy, Allows Guns

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS ) adopted a new weapons policy by allowing those “permitted by law” to carry at TCAPS facilities and events.  Details here…

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Lund Introduces 1850 Impact XS

New York Mills, Minn. – When Lund introduced the Impact boat series at the end of 2010, even the engineers of this fully loaded, yet amazingly affordable, rig couldn’t have predicted its popularity, nor the appropriateness of its name. The first of eight new Lund models for 2015, the new 1850 Impact XS is engineered at 18 feet, 7 inches in length with an ultra-broad 94-inch beam, and combines hardcore fishing elements with plenty of features to please the entire family.

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Wilson Combat Announces .308 Pattern AR Style Rifles

After rigorous testing and evaluation Wilson Combat is pleased to announce the availability of our new large format BILLet-AR rifles in .308 Winchester caliber. The .308 caliber rifle is an ideal choice for the hunter or long-range shooter looking for an AR-style rifle with impressive down range ballistics.

These all-new rifles utilize our in-house BILLet-AR receiver technology to build the next generation of lightweight but accurate and reliable semi-automatic rifles suitable for a variety of tactical and outdoor roles. This rifle is further enhanced with our renowned custom features like precision machined Match Grade barrels, T.R.I.M hand guard rail and crisp Tactical Trigger Units.

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Crosman Introduces Magpul® M-lok Licensed Air Rifle

BLOOMFIELD, NY – The world leader in air guns has teamed with the leader in AR accessories to create the Benjamin Armada, the premier AR-compatible PCP Air Rifle featuring the official Magpul M-LOK modular accessory system. The first unit will be auctioned off on GunBroker.com, October 20-30 with the proceeds going to support the Navy SEAL Foundation.

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