Week of November 28, 2011

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Burris launches new tactical riflescope line: MTAC

Burris has developed a new line of riflescopes built to deliver precision, performance, versatility and shooter confidence. The new MTAC line offers five new scopes that are designed for the tactical shooters and 3-gun competitors, but are versatile enough for use in the field.


The new MTAC series consists of a 1x-4x 24mm, 1.5x-6x 40mm, 3.5x-10x 42mm, 4.5x-14x 42mm and a 6.5x-20x 50mm. The MTAC 1x-4x 24mm, with its wide field-of-view and illuminated Ballistic CQ 5.56/7.62 reticle is the perfect companion for any AR-style firearm. This scope allows you to quickly and easily engage close targets or take precise aim to 600 yards. For those that want more versatility and confidence for the short-range fast shots, it is also available as a package with the popular FastFireä red-dot reflex sight. Like the 1x-4x scope, the 1.5x-6x 40mm offers an illuminated reticle, but is more suited when longer-range shots are more common.


For the long-range tactical shooter, the MTAC offers three scopes, 3.5x-10x 42mm, 4.5x-14x 42mm and a 6.5x-20x 50mm, all of which have adjustable parallax. All three 

scopes feature the popular G2B Mil-Dot reticle for precise aiming, distance measurement, holdover and hold off. Additionally these scopes sport the new MTAC Mil-Rad knobs with finger-adjustable/resettable dials for windage and elevation.


The five new riflescopes in the Burris MTAC line offer a generous four inches of eye relief, rubber-coated eyepiece and are made with rugged 30mm tubes. All lenses are precision ground optics that are index matched, multi-coated with the Burris proprietary HiLumeä coating for unsurpassed clear, sharp, high-resolution images.


The new MTAC scope line will be available at retailers in the first quarter of 2012.


Suggested retail pricing is: 1x-4x 24mm, $399; 1x-4x 24mm with FastFire, $599; 1.5x-6x 40mm, $399; 3.5x-10x 42mm, $449; 4.5x-14x 42mm, $549; and 6.5x-20x 50mm, $699


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AsianCarp.us is now live!

www.AsianCarp.us  is the new home for up-to-date information on Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee actions to protect the Great Lakes from bighead carp and silver carp.


The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, with support from federal, state, local agencies and other

private stakeholder entities, was formed to implement

actions to protect and maintain the integrity and safety of the Great Lakes ecosystem from an Asian carp invasion via all viable pathways. The goals and actions of the ACRCC are outlined in the 2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework and the 2011 Monitoring and Rapid Response plan. 


House Passes National Right-To-Carry Bill

Right-to-carry permit holders moved a step closer to being able to carry concealed firearms outside their home states when the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 822, the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, by a vote of

272 to 154. NSSF supported the NRA-backed bill, which

was introduced by Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.).


A Senate version of the bill has yet to be introduced.

The Magic Returns!
Santa’s Wonderland Event at Bass Pro Shops kicks off with Santa’s Arrival.  Families can enjoy the wonder of Christmas inside every Bass Pro Shops store with “Santa’s Wonderland”—an over 3,500-square foot Christmas village chocked full of fun games, activities and crafts for the whole family –through December 24th.   For a visit with Santa ►►Santa's Wonderland


Customers can get a free 4x6 studio-quality photo with

Santa from 3pm to 8pm Monday through Friday,

Saturday’s 10am to 8pm and Sunday’s noon to 5 pm. Photo and gift packages will also be available. If the line is long, they can just grab a Bass Pass and their appointment with Santa is set.


Visit www.basspro.com/santa and click on your local store for a schedule of Santa’s activities and times.



Hunting And Fishing Act H.R. 2834 gains committee support

By a vote of 28-13, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R 2834, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage Opportunities Act. NSSF thanks all hunters, sportsmen, gun owners and firearms enthusiasts 

who urged their representatives to support the legislation. The act would require federal public land management officials, in cooperation with the respective state and fish and wildlife agency, to consider facilitating and providing access for hunting, recreational shooting and fishing when federal public land use is being planned.

Veterans Issues

Older Vets to Get GI Bill

The President signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act into law on Monday, Nov. 21. The new law has several provisions that will have a positive impact on the veteran unemployment rate, including tax credits for employers that hire veterans and improved transition assistance. But,

the provision that will be most welcomed by older veterans is a new program that will give veterans over the age of 35 a new shot at 12 months of the Montgomery GI Bill. This benefit can be used for finishing up a college degree, advanced professional certification, vocational training, On-the-Job Training and more.


ClimateGate 2: The Scandal Continues
New Emails Reveal Scientific Conspiracy and Cover-up

Washington, DC, November 22, 2011 – The 2009 ClimateGate scandal was re-ignited today with the release on the Internet of thousands of more e-mails from scientists working on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment reports. Numerous e-mails confirm that some of the top IPCC scientists were consciously misrepresenting the scientific literature in order to support their global warming alarmist agenda and were engaged in trying to cover up their misdeeds.


The disclosed emails and documents are closely linked with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Among the senders and recipients are familiar players in international global warming politics who have often been described as the world’s leading climate scientists, including Phil Jones and Keith Briffa of University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, Michael Mann of Penn State University, and Kevin Trenberth and Tom Wigley of the U. S. National Center for Atmospheric Research.


“If there were any doubts remaining after reading the first ClimateGate e-mails, the new batch of e-mails that appeared on the web today make it clear that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an organized conspiracy dedicated to tricking the world into believing that global warming is a crisis that requires a drastic response,” said Myron Ebell, Director of CEI’s Center on Energy and Environment.

“Several of the new e-mails show that the scientists involved in doctoring the IPCC reports are very aware that the energy-rationing policies that their junk science is meant to support would cost trillions of dollars,” said Ebell.


Here are four excerpts from the e-mails released today from Professor Phil Jones, the disgraced head of the

University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and

lead author of one of the key chapters in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007):


►Basic problem is that all models are wrong – not got enough middle and low level clouds.


►…what he [Zwiers] has done comes to a different conclusion than Caspar and Gene! I reckon this can be saved by careful wording. I’ve been told that IPCC [UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] is above national FOI [Freedom of Information] Acts. One way to cover yourself and all those working in AR5 would be to delete all emails at the end of the process.


►Any work we have done in the past is done on the back of the research grants we get – and has to be well hidden. I’ve discussed this with the main funder (US Dept of Energy) in the past and they are happy about not releasing the original station data.


And here are two e-mails candidly commenting on the work of Professor Michael Mann of Penn State University, the chief inventor of the infamous hockey stick:

►Professor John Mitchell, U. K. Met Office: Is the PCA [principal components analysis] approach robust? Are the results statistically significant? It seems to me that in the case of MBH [one of the key hockey stick scientific articles by Mann, Raymond S. Bradley, and Malcolm K. Hughes] the answer in each is no.


Professor Raymond S. Bradley, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Mann’s co-author on the MBH hockey stick paper: I’m sure you agree–the Mann/Jones GRL [scientific article by Michael Mann and Phil Jones published in Geophysical Research Letters] paper was truly pathetic and should never have been published. I don’t want to be associated with that 2000 year “reconstruction.”


Illinois House creates task force to explore possibility of right-to-carry law!

During the General Assembly’s veto session on November 9, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Resolution 550, which creates the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force.


The purpose of this task force is to explore the possibility

of a Right-to-Carry law in Illinois.  HR 550 stipulates that

the NRA will be represented on the task force. Through this position, we will continue intend to educate the Illinois legislature on the importance of Right-to-Carry.  It is time for the Land of Lincoln to join the rest of the nation in allowing law-abiding gun owners to carry a firearm for personal protection when away from home.


Chicago Muskie Show

The 2012 Chicago Muskie Show will be held on January 13, 14, 15, 2012, at Harper College, at the corner of Algonquin and Roselle Roads in Palatine, IL, about 1 mile north of I-90).  More than 150 booths, including lure manufacturers, boat dealers, retailers, mail-order

companies, resorts, muskie clubs, taxidermists, guides, muskie publications and wildlife artists will be present.


Admission is $10.00; parking is free, additional information at www.chicagomuskieshow.com


NEW! Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show

Met Event Group is producing the Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show Jan. 26-29 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.  The announcement comes less than a month after the National Marine Manufacturers Association said it was cancelling the Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel & Outdoors Show, which was scheduled for Jan. 25-29 at the same convention center.


Attendees will have an opportunity to shop for amazing deals on fishing tackle, boats, archery, outfitters, wildlife art, hunting supplies, charters, rafting, gun safes and knives, taxidermy plus so much more. The countries and worlds most prestigious fishing and hunting lodges will be on hand to provide you with unique travel opportunities.

Destinations and family fun attractions await you around every corner at the sports show. You never know what you will see.


“The Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show is committed to creating an education platform that enhances the outdoor community,” organizers said. “As this is our introductory year in Rosemont, it will take us some time to develop a well-rounded program, but we are a trusted source in the outdoor community and this is our pledge to Chicagoland to produce a high-quality event for many years to come.”


For more information and to register: www.ChicagoSportsmenShow.com



Ludington Fishery Workshop

Michigan Sea Grant invites you to attend the annual Ludington Regional Fishery Workshop to be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Topics presented will cover current research on issues that affect Lake Michigan fisheries. A hot lunch buffet will be included in the conference registration fee of $20 ($30 after December 10).


Advanced registration is requested to assure an accurate count for food service. Please use the registration form and mail it with your check made out to Ottawa County MSU Extension. The mailing address is listed on the registration form. If you should have questions, please call (616) 994-4580.


The conference will be held at the Ramada Inn and

Conference Center located at 4079 West U. S. 10, on the

southeast corner of the US-31/US-10 intersection.


For more information and to register: www.miseagrant.umich.edu/fisheries/fishery-workshop.html


Saturday, January 7, 2012

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Ramada Inn & Convention Center

4079 West U.S. 10

Ludington, MI 49431


Registrations not postmarked on or before December 10 will be charged the late registration rate of $30.00.


Local boating education safety programs receive funding assistance

COLUMBUS, OH – More than $366,000 from the state’s Waterways Safety Fund is being provided to support 30 community boating safety education programs next year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft.


Individual grant awards provided through the Division of Watercraft’s Boating Safety Education Grant program range from $2,239 to $23,023. The grants are funded by Ohio’s recreational boaters through the Waterways Safety Fund, which is comprised of a share of the state motor fuel tax, watercraft registration and titling fees, and funding from the U.S. Coast Guard.


The Division of Watercraft is mandated by state law to provide boating safety education programs. The division 

accomplishes this mission by providing annual funding assistance to local communities and nonprofit organizations through a competitive grant program.

Twenty-five community organizations last year shared more than $362,000 provided by Ohio boaters and the Division of Watercraft to help fund community boating safety education programs.


Ohio law requires any person born on or after January 1, 1982 to be able to show proof they have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course if they are to operate any powered watercraft greater than 10 horsepower. Many of the programs also focus on boating skills development and basic water safety.


A listing of the 2012 Boating Safety Education grant program awards can be found online at www.ohiodnr.com/watercraft.


Pennsylvania County adds Boston Whaler

patrol boat

Residents and businesses along the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pa., will soon see a new Boston Whaler 25-foot Guardian on patrol.


The Beaver Valley River Response Task Force received a grant of $140,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ohio’s Department of Economic and Community Development to purchase the patrol boat from Brunswick Commercial and Government Products.

“We wanted a durable boat because we plan to patrol around the clock during the summertime,” Det. James DeGori said in a statement. “We’ve had our eyes on the

Boston Whaler for a while. They’re unsinkable, and they last practically forever.”


The 25-foot Guardian is equipped for law enforcement, fire and rescue operations. The boat is powered by dual 150-hp Mercury Marine Verado outboard engines, which are protected by an aluminum crash rail.


The task force will have daytime and night-time patrols to provide law enforcement coverage on the water for local chemical plants and oil and chemical storage tanks and to assist with general waterway improvements and awareness.

Other Breaking News Items

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Push to keep invasives out driving force behind ballast water measures
The quest to stop invasive species from reaching the Great Lakes in the ballast water of ocean-going ships is moving forward in Congress and at the state level.


Help for Grand Marais Break Wall trapped in Limbo

Grand Marais in the UP asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild a break wall, and the Corps said when they get the money, they'll fix it. Grand Marais got the money, but corps officials said they couldn't start unless the money was turned over to them


Michigan reports bigger salmon harvest this year
The state says it collected more than twice as many Coho and chinook salmon this fall at six Lake Michigan and Lake Huron facilities than last year.

Ashland brook trout project gets funding
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will be funding further study of Lake Superior brook trout next year. The Ashland FWS Office learned it would be awarded a $45,000 Bring Back the Natives grant from the foundation to support field season activities in 2012, including looking into the status, distribution, and threats to brook trout in the Lake Superior basin.



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