Week of January 24, 2011

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Winchester introduces two new Super X3 shotguns

Will help raise funds for wild turkey conservation

The Super X3 NWTF Extreme Turkey shotgun comes in both 12 and 20 gauge models.   The 12 ga. is a 3 ˝ chambered gun and the 20 ga is a 3 inch chambered gun.  Both guns feature a 24 inch Back-Bored barrel and an Invector-Plus Extra-Full Extended Turkey choke tube. The fully camouflage  guns feature Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo and the stock and forearm are covered with the protective Dura-Touch Armor Coating.


The guns have an adjustable rear sight and a TRUGLO fiber-optic front sight. Each gun is equipped with steel sling swivel studs. An Inflex Technology recoil pad helps reduce felt recoil.


Suggested retail for the 12ga is $1,559.99

Suggested retail for the 20ga is $1,399.99  







Browning Citori Micro Midas Satin Hunter

The famous Browning Citori over/under is now available for those of smaller frame and stature.  The gun is the new Citori Micro Midas Satin Hunter. It is a shotgun suitable for any lover of over/unders, but this special model will fit youth and ladies very well.   It is available in both 12 and 20 gauge models.


The satin-finished walnut stock is shorter for easier shouldering. The length of pull is only 13". This makes the gun easier to shoulder, quicker to point, lighter and easier to carry; something that is very appealing to younger people and experienced shooters and hunters alike.

The new shotgun carries all the fine features that have made the Browning Citori the number one selling over and under shotgun in the world. These features include the all-steel

deeply blued receiver and barrels, the single selective trigger

and hammer ejectors with the famous and easily navigated top-tang barrel selector/safety. These time-proven features play a key role in how the gun works in their hands, and how easily it is operated and shouldered.


The Citori Micro Midas comes with three Invector-Plus choke tubes and an ivory front bead sight.   All models are chambered for 3" shells.   Barrel lengths of 24" and 26" are available in both 20 and 12 gauge.   The guns weigh from 6 lbs. 2 oz. to 6lbs. 11 oz.  A recoil pad is fit to the 12 gauge models. This is a very fine choice for the dad who is looking for a lighter, smaller over/under and certainly ideal for youth and ladies.


About $1,470.00.00





Record-setting SHOT Show attendance

Signals good year ahead for Hunting and Shooting Industry

Surprise of Show – Taurus removes 28 Gauge Revolver from display

LAS VEGAS -- Back in 1979 before the first SHOT Show, organizers worried that industry professionals might not show up for the fledgling event, a story recounted in the just-released National Shooting Sports Foundation 50th Anniversary history publication. Organizers needn't have worried then, or now, about the vitality of the SHOT Show.


The 2011 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show soared above expectations by setting records for buyer attendance at 31,769 and media attendance at 2,074.  Overall attendance of 57,390, comprising buyers, exhibitors, media and guests, ranked the show as the third largest ever behind the 2008 and 2010 events. In this sluggish economy, the SHOT Show demonstrates the resilience of one of America's oldest industries and the popularity of its products.


The surprise of the show was when Taurus removed their 28 Guage Raging Judge revolver from the booth after a day, and decided not to make it.  Taurus could well have been faced with an insurmountable problem with the fact that no .54 or.55 cal. Bullet was available and the feds may have considered the Raging Judge qualified as a sawed off shotgun.


Now, the big news just may be the new .410 shotshell Governor by Smith & Wesson.  We’ll revue this new addition in a future issue.



"The importance of the SHOT Show to the firearms industry cannot be underestimated," said Steve Sanetti, president and CEO of NSSF which owns the trade show. "The SHOT Show is simply the must-attend business event for all segments of our industry. Based on what we're hearing, industry has every reason to think that 2011 shows promise of being another strong year."


Filling the Sands Expo and Convention Center to capacity with 1,600 exhibiting companies covering 630,000 net square feet with their booths, SHOT Show brings together all facets of the $4 billion industry. Many companies use SHOT Show, the largest trade show of its kind in the world, to announce new products and services. Buyers and media members are able to handle and discuss products that include firearms, ammunition, outdoor and tactical clothing, optics, knives, related accessories and law enforcement equipment.


Comments from exhibitors and buyers confirmed that the 33rd SHOT Show was a success.  Bob Morrison, president and CEO of Taurus, captured the mood with his comments in a local television interview: "We are having terrific growth right in the middle of this recession, and I'm delighted to be in this business."


Other industry professionals were just as upbeat about both the show and their prospects for the year. 


Lea L. Ramthun of Beretta said, "Busy is the word. Dealers are excited about our new products. We've seen a lot of smiling, happy faces."


Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson said, "The show has been an extremely positive event, very busy—almost busier than I have

ever seen it. We anticipate a great year due to a very successful SHOT Show."


Randall Pence, of Sturm, Ruger, said, "Traffic in our booth has been super. Our Scout rifle has been of big interest, and our LC9 pistol has been the hit of our booth. We're sensing a very positive attitude from everyone."


Chris Schwarzkopf of ArmaLite Inc., said, "New products are the retailers' main focus. We've seen a lot more traffic in our booth than we expected, and we added some excitement in our booth with a simulator made by Cubic."


Blake Mecham of Browning said, "Foot traffic is up, attendance is great, we've had good buzz about our products and our 1911-22 was the hit of the show for us. This SHOT Show has put us in a good position for the year."


More than 100 countries were represented at the show. Steve Collings of New Zealand-based Steve's Wholesale said, "We import a lot of ammunition and gunpowder, so it's very important to come and talk to my suppliers, to find new products, to get updates, to get a heads up on a change in metal prices. It's absolutely essential to be here."


Retailers do more than purchase products for their stores at the show. They improve their business skills at SHOT Show University, which was sold out and at seminars where representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives review regulations that apply to federally licensed retailers. For the second year, law enforcement professionals were provided with their own series of educational seminars.


With media at an all-time high, a larger press room, including a new working press area, was widely praised. Media also turned out in force at Media Day prior to the show, where they could test new models of firearms and other products.


Highlights from the show included . . .

Some 2,000 industry guests attended the NSSF State of the Industry Dinner sponsored by the Outdoor Channel at which NSSF reviewed its accomplishments over the past year. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy provided entertainment.


NSSF announced its 50th anniversary celebration and publication of "The National Shooting Sports Foundation: A History 1961 to 2011, 50 Years of Promoting, Protecting and Preserving Hunting and the Shooting Sports by NSSF, the Firearms Industry's Trade Association." An accompanying film, which will soon be available online, was shown at the NSSF State of the Industry Dinner.


Doug Painter, NSSF's longest-serving employee and former president and CEO, who will retire this spring after 37 years with the Foundation, was honored for his service to the industry and the organization.


Bob Behn, 41-year industry veteran and former Marlin president and CEO, was presented the NSSF-Ken Sedlecky Achievement Award.

Michael Bane, television host, blogger and author, received the Professional Outdoor Media Association-NSSF Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award.


The 2012 edition of the SHOT Show will be January 17-20 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.  



Protecting the Resource

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Editorial Jan 20, 2011 

The feds may be doing little to stop an invasion of the Great Lakes by the Asian carp, but at least several states are working together to protect this great natural resource.


Government agencies in Washington and Illinois seem to be moving with all the speed and alacrity of an ice floe on the Milwaukee River when it comes to dealing with the threatened invasion of the Great Lakes by the Asian carp. They've known the carp is coming; they've had years to deal with the issue. And their movement has been almost imperceptible.


So it's good to know that some Great Lakes states aren't just sitting on their hands. As two recent Journal Sentinel articles in the continuing "Great Lakes, Great Peril" series noted, those states are pursuing efforts to head off an invasion even as the carp move ever closer to the lake, bypassing federal barriers and efforts.


One such state effort is a lawsuit initiated by former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox that pushes for an emergency closure of two Chicago navigation locks. The lawsuit, backed by Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania, also seeks to re-establish the natural separation between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River basin that was breached by the Chicago canal system over a century ago.


There was perhaps some concern that with Cox's departure, the steam would go out of the lawsuit. Not so. Cox's successor, Bill Schuette, has said he has no plans to

abandon the lawsuit. That's good news. The states need to keep pushing together on this.


The states are appealing a judge's decision to deny an injunction to close the locks while at the same time pushing ahead with the larger case to permanently plug the Chicago canal system, a move that would have a serious impact on how Chicago handles its wastewater and barge traffic. This Editorial Board has argued for such a closure but remains open to any solution that would curtail invasive species from entering the Great Lakes.


On another issue, studying how best to block the carp, the states are also moving ahead of federal efforts. The Army Corps of Engineers is just now getting to the heart of a $25 million study that was ordered by Congress in 2007, and agency officials say it likely won't be done until 2015. That's way too long; by that time, the carp could have become a staple in local fish fries.


A Great Lakes mayors' group called the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and the Great Lakes Commission announced last week that they raised $2 million from six foundations and are going to move ahead with their own study. We hope they find an answer soon, and that the feds and Illinois have the good grace to seriously consider any solutions found by that study.


The Great Lakes states are showing there's a good reason for a federal system in which states still have some powers.

Lake Erie

Satellite view: Lake Erie ice coverage

January 17, 2011 National Weather Service




Lake Erie Walleye/Perch Seminar April 9

Attention all Lake Erie anglers

A Lake Erie Walleye/Perch seminar has been scheduled for April 9 at 55 Bridge St, West Falls, NY.


What will be covered – How to Fish Lake Erie, 3 deadly

methods and 3 deadly tricks how to rig.


For more info e-mail [email protected] or call 716-627-3763



2011 Season Quota Announced for Lake Sturgeon

The Michigan DNR has announced that the quota for lake sturgeon on Black Lake for the February 2011 season will be seven lake sturgeon.  This is an increase from the five fish quota in 2010. 


Anglers are reminded to register daily. Anglers 17 years of age or older must possess a valid restricted fishing license.  All anglers must possess a lake sturgeon tag, available free from all license vendors.  Anglers must register at the entrance to Onaway State Park or on the northwest shore of Black Lake at Zollner Rd near F05.  Registration begins at 7 a.m. daily.


The 2011 season begins Saturday, Feb. 5, and will end either at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, or when the seven-fish quota is reached, whichever comes first.  Spearing hours are 8 a.m.


to 2 p.m.  Anglers will be issued a daily disposable flag at registration that must be displayed at the entrance of the angler’s shanty.


Anglers that harvest a lake sturgeon must immediately tag the fish, and immediately register the fish at the DNRE Onaway Field Office.  Registration may include an examination of internal organs and removal of a piece of fin tissue for DNA analysis. In the event the seven-fish quota is reached prior to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, anglers will be notified on the ice by DNRE personnel at which point they must immediately stop fishing for lake sturgeon.


Anglers may call the DNRE’s Gaylord Operations Service Center at 989-732-3541 for more details.

MI DNR and Sportsmen partner on Six U.P. Deer Habitat Improvement Projects

Six Upper Peninsula deer habitat improvement projects were completed in 2010 by sportsmen’s groups working in cooperation with the DNR.


The projects, which improved deer habitat on more than 420 acres, were funded by the DNR's Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative. The DHIPI was created to attract and support proposals from non-government organizations that are interested in improving white-tailed deer habitat in the Upper Peninsula on public land that is not state owned, and on private land with public access considerations. The state's Deer Range Improvement (DRIP) Fund, which receives $1.50 from each deer license sold in Michigan, provided approximately $47,000 in funding toward the six projects completed in 2010.


The six projects involved 30 separate ownerships and forged partnerships between 14 organizations, including sportsmen's groups, the commercial paper and timber industry, county conservation districts, and local and state government. Projects included planting advanced red oak seedlings in Gogebic and Mackinac counties; small clover plot plantings on 50 acres in Delta and Menominee counties; wildlife orchard planting in Dickinson County; rehabilitation of an historic wildlife opening with clovers and other forage in Ontonagon County; and 300 acres planted with 50,000 red oak seedlings in Alger and Schoolcraft Counties.

"These deer habitat improvement projects are good examples of how sportsmen's clubs and other organizations can help improve deer habitat in their local area, while working with the DNRE's wildlife biologists to make sure the best available science is utilized," said DNRE wildlife biologist Bill Scullon, who oversees the DHIPI program. "By funding these projects, we are getting a lot of bang for our buck, since the organizations are providing a 25 percent project cost share, often through volunteer manpower, while improving or creating vital deer habitat.”


In addition to the tangible outcome of the projects, implementation of the projects also served to strengthen invaluable relationships and partnerships between the DNRE and the organizations involved, according to Scullon.


“The primary goals of the initiative are to improve deer habitat, develop and foster partnerships, educate the public, and promote cooperative management,” Scullon said. “All goals have been accomplished, and the close working relationships developed between DNRE staff and project partners will hopefully continue to benefit all involved parties long into the future.”


For more information about the Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative or the DRIP Fund, contact Bill Scullon at 906-353-6651. More information about deer management in Michigan can be found online at www.michigan.gov/deer.

Other Breaking News Items

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Invasive Species are waiting on the Great Lakes doorstep

 A team of university and government researchers has identified 75 species that could find their way into the Great Lakes basin over time. Some of them are bad actors.


Wisconsin: DNR names agency’s senior management team
Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp announced that six long-time DNR employees are among seven appointments to her senior management team.


EDITORIAL: States take lead on Asian carp solution
Great Lakes states and cities are teaming up with private groups for a comprehensive study of ways to permanently separate the lakes from the Mississippi River to halt an invasion of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.


Asian carp fight to rage on
New Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced he has no plans to abandon the lawsuit initiated by his predecessor and fellow Republican Mike Cox that pushes for an emergency closure of two Chicago navigation locks


COMMENTARY: Ballast water a threat to Great Lakes
After waiting years for Congress to do something about the dumping of invasive species into the planet's greatest supply of liquid fresh water, the state of New York has taken upon itself to act.

Dead fish in Chicago major, blamed on cold front, thaw
The discovery of thousands of dead shad on Chicago’s Lake Michigan shore is a major kill, wildlife officials said Friday, Jan. 14




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