Gov. Snyder helps celebrate opening of new multi-use trail in Menominee County (MI)


Gov. Rick Snyder took an off-road vehicle ride Wednesday along the new Escanaba to Hermansville multi-use trail, celebrating one more milestone in deepening Michigan’s brand as The Trails State.The trail was developed through a unique and innovative partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and American Transmission Co.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Thomas St. Onge Veterans Museum in Hermansville, Gov. Snyder rode the roughly 25-mile ORV route east into Delta County to the Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club in Escanaba.

“This new outdoor recreation opportunity is a great example of government, businesses and the community working together,” Gov. Snyder said. “Because of the public-private collaboration, residents and visitors alike will enjoy this trail for decades to come and celebrate the best of Pure Michigan.” Read more

Barnett Recruit Series


Harvest Bucks And Save BucksNew Barnett Recruit Series Compound Crossbows Offer Exceptional Features, Technology And Performance At A Price Any Hunter Can Afford

TARPON SPRINGS, FL (August 17, 2017) – Crossbows continue to create new opportunities for hunters. An increasing number of states permit the use of crossbows each year, and firearms hunters are flocking to these accurate and reliable weapons to extend and expand their hunting experiences.

Thanks to Barnett’s significant engineering and manufacturing expertise, hunters don’t have to spend a lot of bucks to hunt bucks with a quality Barnett crossbow. Consider the company’s incredibly value-laden Recruit Series. Available in two distinct sub-models – the Recruit Terrain and the Recruit Tactical – these hardcore compound hunting crossbows offer unprecedented levels of performance and technology for a surprisingly modest MSRP of just $299.99. Read more

MidwayUSA Now Offering Swenson Glock Barrels and Slides


COLUMBIA, MO – –MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the addition of Glock Barrels and Slides to their existing offering of Swenson products. Swenson Glock barrels are precision machined from stainless steel and finished with melonite for wear and corrosion resistance. These barrels are designed for improved accuracy, while still allowing for a drop-in fit. Reloading for your Glock has never been easier thanks to the standard rifling (for compatibility with all bullets, including cast), and a fully supported chamber. Swenson Glock 17 and Glock 19 barrels are available with or without 1/2″ – 28 threads.Swenson Slides are precision machined from stainless steel for a drop-in fit, and feature a melonite finish, forward cocking serrations, and a snag-free bullnose profile. Shipped in a stripped configuration with no internal components, these slides are ready for standard factory replacement parts or a variety of aftermarket performance parts (including sights). Read more

Fox Builds on Legacy of Craftsmanship with New A Grade Series Shotguns

WESTFIELD, MA – Fox shotguns have proven themselves as superb firearms for more than a century. For 2017, the new Fox A Grade Series presented by Savage Arms continues this heritage of craftsmanship with shotguns that handle gracefully, point naturally and hit hard. Shipments of these fine firearms are now being delivered to dealers.

The Fox A Grade Series features the same components and style that have made all Fox shotguns the envy of collectors. Each of the four box-lock side-by-sides in the series features a beautifully checkered American black walnut stock, splinter fore-end and a bone and charcoal case color-finished receiver. Available in 12- and 20-gauge, with 26- or 28-inch barrels.

Features & Benefits
• Box lock, side-by-side shotgun
• 14½-inch length of pull, 1½-inch drop at comb
• American black walnut stock with oil finish and precision-cut checkering
• Straight buttstock grip and splinter fore-end
• 26- or 28-inch barrels with solid game rib
• Front brass bead sight
• Includes interchangeable improved cylinder, modified and full chokes
• Double triggers and automatic safety
• Bone and charcoal case color-finished receiver
• Polymer carrying case

Part No. / Description / MSRP
19436 / 12-gauge, 28-inch barrel / $4,999
19437 / 12-gauge, 26-inch barrel / $4,999
19438 / 20-gauge, 28-inch barrel / $4,999
19439 / 20-gauge, 26-inch barrel / $4,999 Read more

Federal Premium Introduces Edge TLR All-Range Hunting Ammunition

NOKA, MN – Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce Edge TLR. The full line of rifle ammunition combines the features of top match bullet designs with the industry’s best bonding technology. The result is match accuracy and reliable expansion at extreme long range, with high weight retention, deep penetration and lethal terminal performance at shorter distances. There’s never been a hunting bullet that compares. Shipments of Edge TLR ammunition are being delivered to dealers.

Unlike so-called long-range projectiles that can fail to perform on impact at lower velocities downrange, the Edge TLR bullet uses the exclusive Slipstream tip to instantly initiate deadly expansion. The tip is also crafted from the industry’s most heat-resistant polymer for the most consistent ballistics possible. Read more

British Columbia Bans Grizzly Bear Hunting

WASHINGTON, DC – Government officials, bowing to the bluster of anti-hunters, have closed the hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia, Canada. This move ignores all sound science that supports a continuation of grizzly bear hunting in that Province.
Safari Club International (SCI) is actively pursuing a number of different avenues to address this pressing issue, including a call to base all wildlife management decisions on sound science that supports sustained use of those renewable resources.

In a letter to the Minister and Deputy Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, SCI stated, “We at Safari Club International are deeply troubled by the recent announcement of the closure of grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia. We feel this decision has been based on emotion and not science. Decisions of this magnitude must be made, using sound science-based conservation. There should have been stakeholder consultations before such drastic action was taken.” Read more

Missouri Landowners Join MDC to Eliminate Feral Hogs

These feral hogs were trapped one night after a trap was set up on Ken Hobbs’ property.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — When Ken Hobbs bought his 362 acres in Reynolds County, it was pristine and he planned to farm cattle and goats on the land. Then feral hogs moved in. Feral hogs are an aggressive invasive species. Their violent nature, rooting habits, and known diseases pose a threat to wildlife, farm crops, and the balance of nature.

“I had planned until this problem got so big to have cattle and goats in here,” Hobbs said. “I’d be afraid to put cattle out there because there’s no way I’m going to have a herd of cattle out there without broken legs, it’s not going to happen.”

The feral hogs didn’t only dash Hobb’s hopes of farming his land, they’ve also significantly decreased the numbers of wildlife that once thrived on the property.
“My turkey population went from one that I could actually go out and see every day, 15 to 20 of them in a flock, and in three to four different places on my property. Now those no longer exist,” he said. Read more

Michigan: Educators Register for Wildlife Programs for Your Classroom

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers free educational opportunities to help educators looking for a fun way to integrate the state’s unique flora and fauna into their curriculum, while still meeting required educational standards.

To date, over 5,000 ninth- through 12th-grade students have been exposed to natural resources in the classroom with Elk University – Educating Tomorrow’s Wildlife Managers. Elk University is designed to fit into teachers’ busy semester while meeting educational standards and touching on Michigan history, forest management, elk biology, wildlife disease and social considerations for wildlife management. Through YouTube lessons and activities, students will learn how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy elk herd for current and future generations.

A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear, beginning its fourth year, is available to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade educators. Throughout the school year students will learn about the life cycle of the Michigan black bear, general black bear biology and behavior, and how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy black bear population. Additionally, over the school year, classrooms will get to “follow” a bear through its seasonal movements by using actual data points from a radio-collared Michigan black bear.

New last year, the Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife program is open to kindergarten through fifth-grade educators. Through this program, teachers can share the wonders of Michigan’s wild inhabitants with young learners to build appreciation for these unique species and the places they call home. Materials include lesson plans, wildlife posters for the classroom and sets of “Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife” critter cards for students. Sets of the critter cards for students are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. An electronic copy of the critter cards will be provided to all registered educators.

Educators are asked to register for these classroom programs by Sept. 30.

To register, visit mi.gov/dnrteachers and click on “Wildlife Education and Outreach,” then select the program(s) you are interested in.

Explore additional DNR education and outreach opportunities and resources at mi.gov/dnreducation.

Duck numbers remain high


Memphis, Tenn. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Tuesday released its report on 2017 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Overall duck numbers in the survey area remain high. Total populations were estimated at 47.3 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is similar to last year’s estimate of 48.4 million and is 34 percent above the 1955-2016 long-term average. The projected mallard fall flight index is 12.9 million birds, similar to the 2016 estimate of 13.5 million.The main determining factor for duck breeding success is wetland and upland habitat conditions in the key breeding landscapes of the prairies and the boreal forest. Conditions observed across the U.S. and Canadian survey areas during the 2017 breeding population survey were generally similar to last year with a few exceptions. The total pond estimate for the United States and Canada combined was 6.1 million, which is 22% above the 2016 estimate of 5.0 million and 17% above the long-term average of 5.2 million. Read more

Brownells & Henry Partner in Ultimate Brownells/Henry Repeating Arms Experience Giveaway

GRINNELL, Iowa (August 15, 2017) – Brownells and Henry Repeating Arms are working together to give one lucky winner a pair of personalized guns and an all-expenses-paid trip for two for an unforgettable experience at Brownells in Grinnell, Iowa.

The Ultimate Brownells/Henry Repeating Arms Experience Giveaway includes travel for two to Brownells for a personal tour and an afternoon at the range learning trick shots from the one and only YouTube icon and trick shooter “22Plinkster.” That evening, the winner and guest will dine with Henry Repeating Arms President Anthony Imperato, Brownells CEO Pete Brownell and 22 Plinkster.

Additionally, the winner will receive a pair of Henry firearms – a rimfire Henry Golden Boy rifle and a Henry Single Shot Shotgun – both to be engraved with a custom serial number of the winner’s choosing. Together, the guns are valued at nearly $1,200.

“We’re thrilled to be able to work with a great American company like Henry,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell. “This is a wonderful prize package and we can’t wait to greet the winners and show them a great time.”

“It’s all about the customer at Henry Repeating Arms and Brownells,” added Anthony Imperato. “To be able to spend some quality time with the lucky winners, 22Plinkster and the great folks at Brownells is something I am sincerely looking forward to.”

Contestants can sign up at the Ultimate Brownells/Henry Repeating Arms Experience page starting August 15, and the winner will be drawn on September 1. Full contest rules can be viewed on the contest webpage. Read more

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