Secretary Zinke Announces $34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation

Report Finds Parks Support 318,000 Jobs Mostly in Hotels, Restaurants, Transportation, Recreation

SAN FRANCISCO – Yesterday, during National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016’s record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 – a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. Zinke made his announcement while visiting the historic Presidio of San Francisco at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Zinke marked National Park Week by also visiting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Channel Islands national parks. Read more

Savage Arms Introduces Model 10 GRS

SUFFIELD, CT- Savage Arms is pleased to offer serious long-range shooters a new secret weapon with the Savage Model 10 GRS. The rifle delivers exceptional accuracy and performance whether you’re engaged in top-level competition or simply trying to beat your personal best. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

The Model 10 GRS houses the full suite of accuracy-enhancing Savage features firmly within a GRS stock made of 15 percent fiberglass-reinforced Durethan, with 65 percent glass bedding material.

The rock-stable stock’s slimmed down dimensions and textured surfaces provide a better grip in wet conditions, while its length-of-pull can be adjusted to fit any shooter. Plus, its Savage action, precise button rifling, fluted heavy barrel and user-adjustable AccuTrigger deliver the accuracy of custom rifles at a fraction of the price.

Features & Benefits
• GRS adjustable stock made of 15 percent fiberglass-reinforced Durethan
• User-adjustable Savage AccuTrigger
• Slim grip and fore-end with textured rubber grip surfaces
• Adjustable length-of-pull from 33.5 to 36.5 cm
• 5/8-24 threaded muzzle
• Fluted heavy barrel
• 10-round AICS-compatible magazine
• Flush cup sling loops included and sling mount for bipod use installed Read more

Manufacturers Add 22 Nosler Rifles

Bend, Ore —— Leading up to the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, Nosler is pleased to announce the latest manufacturers to chamber rifles for the new 22 Nosler cartridge.

Montana Rifle Company, Phoenix Weaponry, Alex Pro Firearms, and Radical Firearms are the latest rifle manufacturers to join the growing number of options available for rifles chambered in 22 Nosler.

Note: Not all manufacturers have 22 Nosler options on their websites, yet. Nosler recommends calling these manufacturers directly for information on their 22 Nosler rifle options.

Montana Rifle Company Phoenix Weaponry
www.montanarifleco.com www.phoenixweaponry.com
406.756.4867 720.340.2496
Alex Pro Firearms Radical Firearms
www.apfarmory.com www.radicalfirearms.com
320.852.3040 281.207.8788

The 22 Nosler was designed to transform the performance of any standard .223/5.56mm AR-15 into the fastest, most powerful .22 caliber available in the AR platform. Read more

MI DNR investigating citizen reports of dead fish in Lake St. Clair

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is investigating several fish mortalities – particularly of gizzard shad – that have been reported by citizens around Lake St. Clair. A number of samples have been collected to determine the cause. Some of the fish may have been affected by viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv), a very contagious pathogen, but the DNR is still waiting on confirmation.

“Thanks to the public’s vigilance we are able to get timely samples from these fish mortalities, and it is very likely VHSv is involved,” said Gary Whelan, research program manager for the DNR’s Fisheries Division. “VHSv has been detected in these waters since at least 2003, and when conditions are right the pathogen will cause disease events like this one.”

Many of the collected fish showed the classic external signs of VHSv: bloody patches on the skin. VHSv first caused fish mortalities in the St. Clair-Detroit River corridor in 2006 and occasionally has been detected in these waters since that time. Read more

CCRKBA: UK Firearms, Knife Restrictions Ineffective According to Scotland Yard

BELLEVUE, WA – A new report from Scotland Yard reveals that a “significant spike in knife and gun offenses” has occurred in the United Kingdom, throwing cold water on the notion that restrictive British gun and knife laws have made that nation safer, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

According to Scotland Yard, there has been a 42 percent increase in so-called “gun violence” and a 24 percent rise in “knife offenses” during the 2016-2017 financial year.

“All the rhetoric we’ve heard over the years about how the British solved their crime problem by having law-abiding citizens turn in their guns, and adopting strict knife and gun control has suddenly turned out to be wishful thinking, if not simply wrong,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “Like gun control efforts anywhere, the Brits have disarmed the wrong people. Read more

Browning Adds New Pistols to the Black Label 1911-380 Line

1911-380 Medallion Pro Full Size

Black Label 1911-380 Compact

Black Label Pro

Since the introduction of the Black Label 1911-380, Browning has continued to add new offerings to this popular line of handy pistols. For 2017 Browning will offer five new models of the Black Label 1911-380 pistol.

The new Black Label 1911-380 Medallion Pro will be available in Full Size and Compact versions. These new pistols will feature an aluminum-reinforced composite frame and slide with a handsome blackened stainless steel finish with silver brush polished flats. Grips on this new model are checkered rosewood with a gold Buckmark logo. The pistol comes with two magazines. The Full Size model barrel length is 4-1/4″ and the Compact barrel length is 3-5/8″. Both the Full Size and Compact versions are available with steel 3-dot sights or steel night sights. Suggested retail price with the 3-dot sights for both models is $799.99, and the suggested retail price with night sights is $879.99.

Browning is also adding three Compact models to the 1911-380 line in 2017.

The Black Label 1911-380 Compact has the same features as the Black Label 1911-380 Full Size but with a shorter, 3-5/8 inch barrel. This model has composite black grips and includes fixed combat sights. The suggested retail price is $669.99.

Browning is also adding Compact models to both the Black Label Pro and the Black Label Pro with Rail. Both of these models have 3-5/8″ barrels and are available with either steel 3-dot sights or steel night sights. The Black Label Pro Compact has a suggested retail price of $799.99 for the 3-dot model and $879.99 for the night sight model. The Black Label Pro Compact with Rail with 3-dot sight has a suggested retail price of $829.99 and the railed night sight model has a suggested retail price of $909.99. Read more

Smith & Wesson Now Shipping New M&P15 Models


M&P15X and M&P15T Tactical Rifles Now Come with M-LOK® and Other New FeaturesSPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that the company has commenced shipping of the newest additions to its expanded M&P rifle series. The M&P15X and M&P15T rifles retain the original look and operating features of the company’s popular M&P15 rifle line, enhanced with the versatility of the Magpul® M-LOK modular lock system mounting platform. The M&P15X rifle features the new M&P aluminum, carbine-length handguard while the M&P15T rifle features the 13″ M&P, slim, modular free-float rail system that makes these rugged rifles even easier to accessorize. Read more

Trail Thermal Riflescopes


New Trail Thermal Riflescopes: Now shipping to North American dealers!(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – The wait is officially over! Pulsar’s new, highly-anticipated Trail series of thermal riflescopes are now shipping to select dealers in North America!
The Pulsar Trail lineup consists of 5 different models:
XQ30 (PL76513Q)— 1.6-6.4x magnification, heat detection up to 985 yards

XQ38 (PL76501Q)— 2.1-8.4x magnification, heat detection up to 1475 yards

XQ50 (PL76503Q)— 2.7-10.8x magnification, heat detection up to 1970 yards

XP38 (PL76507Q)— 1.2-9.6x magnification, heat detection up to 1475 yards

XP50 (PL76509Q)— 1.6-12.8x magnification, heat detection up to 1475 yards Read more

Fish stocking creates numerous fishing opportunities throughout Michigan


DNR employee manning fish stocking truck as it unloads cargoThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced it is in the middle of its new fish stocking season. This spring you’ll find DNR fish stocking trucks releasing their prized recreational cargo at hundreds of lakes and streams throughout the state.Fish stocking is a valuable tool used by fisheries managers to restore, enhance and create new fishing opportunities in Michigan’s inland lakes and streams and the Great Lakes. The DNR’s Fisheries Division accomplishes this task by rearing fish at its six fish production facilities located throughout the state, cooperatively managing up to 46 rearing ponds and eight Great Lakes imprinting net pen locations, and maintaining a fleet of 18 specialized fish stocking vehicles. Read more

Turkey Hunting Tips

By Glen Wunderlich

Finding wild turkeys to hunt sure isn’t as difficult as it once was.  The sheer numbers of turkeys across the land remain a glaring testament to the widely successful efforts of sportsmen and women to reestablish the once-threatened master of strut.

Back in the ‘70s and before digital everything, I’d travel the two-tracks in Montmorency County in my go-anywhere VW Rabbit scanning the fields during the daytime.  At sunset, atop the tallest hill, where I could see for miles in every direction, I’d glass during the waning light in hopes of finding their roosting trees.

The adventure of the chase and the anticipation of bagging my first bird kept me going for years, because that’s all I had to show for my time afield.  It all seemed so mysterious.  Since then, however, turkey hunting techniques and gear have become as plentiful as the magnificent birds themselves.  Here are a few tips to take advantage of the developments in technology.

The single-most useful tool to come along over the years is the portable blind.    One blind I’ve used for many years has turned a rosy red in color from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, and although its conspicuous presence can be picked off by other hunters, it remains invisible to turkeys.

The larger blinds can be erected in advance, so there’s less gear to tote afield when hunting.  Camera gear, seats, and hunting partners are all welcome – even in rainy weather, which brings to mind some comforting thoughts.  It all has to do with what I call “paying dues.” 

Since springtime rain is inevitable, use it to your advantage.  Turkeys have superior hearing and the steady sound of rain tapping the leaves on the forest floor is disconcerting to a wary gobbler’s safety.  By placing a blind near a bottleneck opening to a field, you may find that turkeys are quite comfortable in the openness.  There they congregate to a natural synergy afforded to them by keen eyesight and where hearing is less consequential.  Rain also stifles the flying abilities of insects, making them vulnerable prey to feeding birds.  Earthworms and night crawlers also appear to the turkeys’ delight.

Inside the blind, you may fire up a portable heater to take the chill and dampness out of mix.  An old blanket can be stored inside a plastic bag and deployed over the bare ground within the shelter for quietness and comfort.  You’ll also want the blind to be as dark as possible inside, so keep the windows behind you closed.

Utilizing some type of rest for a shotgun can add a dose of confidence on any shot.  Farther shots require a centering pattern to maximize effectiveness, while close-in shots with their tight patterns can turn into clean misses unless spot-on. 

It’s best to practice some actual shotgun positioning before any birds are at hand.  If you don’t use shooting sticks, use the windows of the blind to rest your gun’s barrel.  Stay back from the window’s opening as far as possible ensuring that the muzzle is outside of the blind.  Don’t wait for the moment of truth to experiment!

I like to keep calling to a minimum and rely more on the attractiveness of a lone hen decoy.  After all, you’ve done your homework and know the birds’ routines.  Pay your dues and they will come.

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