‘Tis the season for Christmas bird counting


Michigan DNR and Audubon Great Lakes working together for conservationBy HOLLY VAUGHN
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

This holiday season tens of thousands of Americans will fan out across the country with one goal in mind: finding and counting as many species of birds as they can find.

These observations will add to a large data set going back 117 years to Dec. 25, 1900, when the Christmas Bird Count, known then as the Christmas Bird Census, was first established.

The Christmas count remains one of the most important citizen science datasets today, helping scientists understand population declines and range shifts in North American birds.

“From beginning birdwatchers to experts, participants in Christmas counts gather to identify and census birds within 15-mile diameter count circles,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “The Christmas counts are a great opportunity to learn more about the winter birdlife of a particular area, and for beginners to gain experience birding alongside experts. Some participants count for an hour or so, some birdwatch for the whole day, some count at their bird feeders at home.” Read more

Federal Premium Introduces All-New 224 Valkyrie Cartridge


Federal Premium is pleased to introduce an all-new cartridge that takes the popular MSR 15 platform to unheard of heights in long-range precision and ballistic performance. The 224 Valkyrie produces flat trajectories, match-grade accuracy and supersonic velocities beyond 1,300 yards downrange.

“The 224 Valkyrie is based on a 30 Rem./6.8 SPC case necked down to .224 caliber,” explains Mike Holm, Federal Premium Centerfire Ammunition Global Product Lane Director. “It beats the ballistics of all other MSR 15 cartridges, including the 22 Nosler, 223 Rem. and 6.5 Grendel. Plus, it offers comparable performance to larger rounds like the 6.5 Creedmoor, with roughly half the felt recoil—and at a more economical price.”

Learn more and see the cartridge perform in the 224 Valkyrie intro video.

Shooters can review the technical specifications for the new round once it is approved by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) which is expected in January at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. At that time, information such as chamber specifications and cartridge pressure standards, proof pressure range and barrel length/twist recommendations will be communicated. Cartridge and chamber drawings will also be available soon after SAAMI approves the cartridge for standardization. Read more

Otis Launches Mission Critical MC-10 Cleaner & Lubricant

Lyons Falls, NY: Otis is excited to announce the launch of their revolutionary new product, Mission Critical MC-10 High Performance Cleaner & Lubricant. This product will be the highlight of the Otis booth at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, NV in January 2018.

When failure is not an option, the Mission Critical MC-10 High Performance Lubricant ensures ultimate performance for firearms. It withstands extreme conditions and will not freeze, burn or carbonize. MC-10 is recommended for use on any metal on metal contact points, such as slides, slide rails, bolt/bolt carriers and actions. It also has protectant qualities.

Safe on all gun metals and finishes, the Mission Critical MC-10 Cleaner prepares the surface for the MC-10 Lubricant and removes oils and contaminants. In addition, it is formulated specifically to remove the Lubricant, if desired and is the only surface cleaner that will do so. Read more

CenterPoint Archery Introduces the Volt 300

Bloomfield, NY – CenterPoint Archery, a division of Crosman Corporation, a leading supplier of archery crossbows has introduced the next crossbow in its series of high performance archery products. The Volt 300 crossbow features a reduced draw weight of 130 pounds for an almost effortless cocking/drawing experience along with an anti-dry fire and auto-safety trigger mechanism, and the quad limbs and fully machined cams system provides the ultimate smooth shooting experience.

“The Volt 300 Crossbow by CenterPoint Archery is a great option for those looking for a lower draw weight crossbow. Easier to cock, smaller frame, and at 300fps, still delivers plenty of energy, said CenterPoint Archery Director, Andy Fulton. Read more

Michigan DNR announces new Urban Deer Management Zone in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties

Archery deer season extends through Jan. 31, 2018, for these counties…
Beginning in 2018, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will initiate a pilot program for an extended archery season in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, known as the Urban Deer Management Zone. This program will extend the archery season until Jan. 31, 2018 in these counties.All rules and regulations for the archery season apply. The DNR reminds hunters that baiting is not allowed after Jan. 1. Bait may not be used during this extended season. Licenses including a deer license, combination deer license or antlerless deer license will be valid during the extended season.

This season will continue for three years, with an evaluation completed after the 2019 season to determine if the season should be extended. Read more

Potterfields Donate Over $1,000,000 to Support Youth Shooting Sports


GW: Thanks for your generosity, Mr. and Mrs. Potterfield!
COLUMBIA, MO – Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA, recently donated $1,047,090 to the MidwayUSA Foundation to benefit youth shooting sports. A large portion of the donation stems from a 2017 matching program administered by the MidwayUSA Foundation and is further proof of the Potterfields’ commitment to provide sustainable financial support to youth shooting sports teams across America.This year, Larry and Brenda have committed to a 2:1 matching program, administered by the MidwayUSA Foundation. The program allows private donors to designate a specific shooting team to benefit 100% from their donation. Funds returned to Team Endowment Accounts that teams generate from MidwayUSA Foundation fundraisers are also eligible for a donation match. In 2016, the Potterfields’ commitment to the MidwayUSA Foundation match program and youth shooting sports resulted in their donation of over 2 million dollars. Read more

Teachers Trained to Stop Active Killers

COLUMBUS, OH – Five years ago, a 20-year-old murdered his mother, stole her guns, and went to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut to slaughter 6 staff and 20 young children. It was a horrific event that forever changed the concept of what school security means in the modern world.

Gun control groups called for new gun laws. However, because none of the proposed laws would have stopped this event, and because new laws have never proven effective at stopping determined killers, one nonprofit organization chose to take a different approach.

“I remember an ABC News town hall in Columbus, Ohio,” said Jim Irvine, Chairman of Buckeye Firearms Foundation. “Gun control advocates kept talking about having a so-called ‘national conversation’ about school safety. It was so frustrating because we’d been having a conversation for years and nothing had changed.

“So in the middle of the town hall we said we were done talking. It was time for action. We announced a program to train teachers and other school staff to carry guns in schools so they would be ready to stop active killers quickly. There were literally gasps from the audience.”

The announcement was met with widespread disbelief and criticism, including editorials claiming that no school would ever participate and no teacher could possibly be interested. But when the organization contacted Ohio schools offering to train 24 teachers, more than 1,000 applied.

With support from private donations, that original class grew into what is today called the FASTER Saves Lives program. Created by concerned parents, law enforcement, and nationally-recognized safety and medical experts, FASTER Saves Lives is a groundbreaking, nonprofit program that gives educators practical violence response training, including emergency medical care.

To date, more than 1,300 teachers and staff from 225 districts across 12 states have received training, including educators in 76 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Up to 400 additional educators are set to go through training in 2018. Read more

Streamlight Introduces Rechargeable Microstream USB


Small, Compact Light Features Lithium Ion Battery That Recharges Via Micro USB PortEAGLEVILLE, PA, – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, introduced the MicroStream® USB, a USB rechargeable version of its popular MicroStream® flashlight. The compact new light is designed to provide amazing brightness and long run times for a flashlight of its size, delivering up to 250 lumens and 3.5 hours of run time, while also offering the benefits of rechargeability. It measures only 3.87 inches long, and weighs only 1.20 ounces. Read more

NSSF Praises Passage of Legislation Ending ‘Operation Choke Point’

NSSF Praises Passage of U.S. Rep. Luetkemeyer’s Legislation Ending ‘Operation Choke Point’
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today praised U.S. Rep. Blaine Leuktemeyer’s (R-Mo.) legislation that puts an end to an Obama administration effort to deny financial services to businesses solely because they were labeled “high risk,” including firearms-related businesses. The bill, H.R. 2706, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 395 to 2. Read more

Michigan: Late December Duck Hunting Opportunities in Middle and South Zones

Middle Zone: Dec. 16 – 17
South Zone: Dec. 30 – 31
The regular waterfowl season continues in the middle and south zones for two days later in December. During this season, hunters may take up to six ducks of any species each day. Certain species have daily limits – hunters may take no more than four mallards (two may be hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, one pintail, two canvasbacks and two black ducks for their bag each day. In addition to the duck limit, hunters may take five mergansers, only two of which may be hooded mergansers.

Waterfowl hunting regulations and bag limits can be found in the 2017-2018 Michigan Waterfowl Hunting Digest. Digests are available at DNR Operation Service Centers, wildlife field offices and license agents or on the web at www.michigan.gov/waterfowl.

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