Judge Approves Settlement to Protect Farmers’ Privacy

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council yesterday closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging EPA’s release of farmer and rancher personal information, when a federal judge approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states.

“This lawsuit has won a major victory for personal privacy,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “Months ago, we won a court decision that vindicates the rights of farmers and all Americans to protect their personal information from dissemination by the government. This settlement is the final step, requiring that EPA scrub all personal information from the records involved and train its staff on the proper handling of personal information.” Read more

Action Target Ultimate Prize Package

PROVO, UTAH – – Action Target is pleased to announce the Ultimate Gear Package Giveaway. Action Target has teamed up with Cannon Safe, HexMag, CrossBreed Holsters, Springfield Armory, Crimson Trace, Personal Defense Network, Propper Apparel, American Trigger, GunTalk Media, PACT, and Freedom Munitions to offer this incredible prize package to one winner.

This Ultimate Gear Giveaway provides the winner with everything they need for home defense, competition, concealed carry, training, and practice. The Ultimate Gear Package includes a Springfield Armory® SAINT™ AR-15 rifle provided by Hexmag, 1911 EMP® 4″ Concealed Carry Contour Pistol, Cannon Premier Safe, rifle customization accessories, magazines, steel targets, training classes, DVDs, books, holsters, belts, tactical clothing, and even ammunition.

Participants can enter by CLICKING HERE. Read more

Arizona GFD Wildlife Assets to Be Auctioned at Outdoor Expo This Weekend

Antlers, hides, head mounts and more will be in high demandPHOENIX —The Arizona Game and Fish Department will auction its annual collection of wildlife assets March 25-26 during the 2017 Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, just west of Interstate 17 on Carefree Highway. Admission and parking are free.

More than 100 sets of antlers, hides, skulls and head mounts, as well as wildlife artwork and taxidermy – all seized during law enforcement investigations, obtained from animals killed in vehicle collisions, or acquired through donations — will be sold. Items can be purchased individually, by the pound or through a silent auction.

While a detailed list of assets is unavailable at this time, the department soon will be posting photos on Instagram (www.instagram.com/gf_assets) as examples of some of the individual items that will be auctioned during the two-day sale. Once the expo gets underway, photos of many of the assets will be posted for the benefit of those tracking their bids or wanting to see what items become available throughout the day. Read more

Legal FAQ:  Use of Deadly Force in Michigan

This past week, MLive covered several cases of potential unjustified shootings in Michigan by otherwise legal gun owners.  This has led many people to ask us at Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners (MCRGO) when they may use a firearm in self defense.  The relevant section in Michigan law is MCL 780.972.  It reads:
780.972 Use of deadly force by individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions.

Sec. 2.
(1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies:
(a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.
(b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.
(2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.

Gander Mountain, Subsidiaries File for Chapter 11 Reorganization

Company seeks “going-concern” sale to complete restructuringOperations remain ongoing during process; employee pay, benefits protected

St. Paul, MN – Gander Mountain Company announced today that, to maximize the opportunity to achieve a “going-concern” sale of its business, it and certain of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

Today’s action is the result of an in-depth review of the company’s strategic options undertaken in recent months to preserve the value of the company and position it for long-term success. Like many retailers, Gander Mountain experienced challenging traffic patterns and shifts in consumer demand resulting from increased direct-to-customer sales by key vendors and accelerated growth of e-commerce. Despite aggressive actions to improve the efficiency of the company’s retail operations and support functions, the underlying financial impact from underperforming stores and unproductive, excess inventory hampered efforts to create a sustainable path forward. Read more

LandStar LS550 UTV in Realtree Xtra by American LandMaster

COLUMBUS, GA – Conquer the backcountry in the LandStar LS550 UTV by LandMaster. Available in Realtree Xtra, this heavy-duty 4-wheel drive UTV is loaded with industry-leading components. The LandStar features a powerful Vanguard Briggs & Stratton 479cc OHV pressure lubricated 4-stroke V-twin engine with a two-year warranty. The convenient CV Tech automatic transmission and Dana transaxle with locking differential provides maximum control and traction.

The durable powder-coated steel frame is paired with double A-Arm front suspension with adjustable shocks and articulated rear swing arm suspension with adjustable shocks that deliver up to 3″ of travel for a smooth ride.

The UTV can haul up to 400 lbs. in a 9.25 cu. ft. manual dump bed, and tow up to 1200 lbs. with a 2-inch rear receiver hitch. Extra large 25″ tires allow for ground clearance up to 14″ (8″ to gearbox) to handle any terrain. Switch between four-wheel and two-wheel drive modes to handle different projects on the go. Read more

Apache Backcountry Track System


  • Largest contact patch
  • Infused snowmobile technology / efficient design
  • High ground clearance in deep snow
  • Enhanced handling properties

Deep backcountry snow and challenging winter conditions have sometimes lead to more cumbersome results with tracked ATV. The all-new Apache Backcountry Track System, from Can-Am accessories, has forever transformed ATV operation in harsh winter environments and deep snow. With its unprecedented, unparalleled and unbelievable engineering and performance, the new track kit offers a fresh approach to winter exploration, allowing Can-Am ATV owners to answer the call of the wild.

The Apache Backcountry Track System combines snowmobile technology with the Apache 360 Track System’s trademark execution, delivering the highest ground clearance, most floatation and best deep-snow performance of any track kit.

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BRP Revolutionizes Multi-Passenger Performance Market with 2017 Maverick X3 Side-by-Side Vehicle

The Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle delivers new levels of performance to the four-person off-road experience. © BRP 2017
New, four-person Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle redefines family adventure with its levels of comfort, control and performance.

Reno, NV-
BRP (TSX:DOO) unveiled a new four-person flagship Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle tonight in Reno, Nevada, furthering its push to reshape the super sport market segment. The game-changing Maverick X3 MAX vehicle features the same sophisticated blend of defiant design, precision handling and exceptional power the two-seat Maverick X3 vehicle delivers, but also presents new levels of comfort and control to the multi-passenger segment of the off-road market. Read more

Ninth Circuit Panel Maintains Suspension of Executive Order on Immigration

A three-judge federal appeals court in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Court has upheld the earlier ruling of U.S. District Judge James Robart that put President Trump’s temporary travel ban on hold. The Justice Department now has the option to ask the Supreme Court to intervene. Should the ideologically divided Supreme Court find itself unable to reach a majority decision, however, the 9th Circuit’s ruling would remain in place.

DNR conservation officer rescues runaway boy from Lake Michigan ice in Delta County

Michigan DNR Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig

Map of the Gladstone area where this incident occurred.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig rescued a 10-year-old boy Sunday, who had run away from his family near Gladstone in Delta County.

The incident was reported at about 4 p.m. The boy, whose name was not being released, had run away from the Log Cabin Grill and Bar, which is situated south of Gladstone, along Lake Michigan.

To reach the lake, the boy had cross four busy lanes of traffic on U.S.-2. His mother last saw him heading east across the ice.

Hartsig had been working snowmobile patrol in adjacent Alger County.

“On my way home, I heard a call on Delta dispatch of a runaway special needs boy that was somewhere south of Gladstone, on the ice on Little Bay de Noc,” Hartsig said. “I checked in with dispatch as I was near Hunter’s Point and launched my sled.” Read more

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