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VASQUE RE:Connect Now Shoe Review

Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time in the outdoors knows about the Vasque brand of boots and shoes for the outdoors. This brand has been creating best in class boots for decades and it is one of the trusted boots for hikers and backpackers. They are known for comfort and durability as well as a variety of styles to suit various terrains and weather conditions.

The new RE:connect collection from Vasque has heads turning for the great style as well as the environmentally friendly ethos for this line up. The lineup includes two completely different shoes the RE:CONNECT HERE and the RE:CONNECT NOW. The HERE is designed to breath with a recycled polyester upper mesh with an anatomical last wrapping around your foot allowing you to move. The NOW is designed for comfort and stability with a wider heel and forefoot design and internal sleeve for midfoot support and comfort.

We chose the RE:CONNECT NOW to test and we are super pleased with the results of this shoe. We had the opportunity to put both a men’s and women’s shoe through testing from this line. These shoes are wide and comfortable and they remind you that it is okay to be comfortable and outside at the same time. We chose these shoes specifically for getting outside. Every winter my wife and I look for a pair of shoes each to take us out on Spring walks to get back into shape after a long winter spent mostly inside. We need to get in shape and the dog needs to gets back in to shape.


A durable and waterproof suede upper with a breathable mesh collar.A high-rebound footbed for added comfort.Vasque’s exclusive Vibram® Ground Control LiteBase with Megagrip compound outsole for superior traction.A dual-density EVA midsole for cushioning and support.An EcoTWX® Tweed upper which is environmentally friendly and durable.

Comfort and Durability

Vasque has long built great boots and these shoes are no exception. They are comfortable and enjoyable to wear all day. I chose the white pair for testing the men’s shoes and Marjorie chose the black pair for day to day wear. I haven’t owned a pair of white shoes in several years and these look fantastic no matter what I am wearing and they just take a little more effort to keep clean. The soles of these shoes are outstanding providing a tremendous amount of grip whether you are walking on trails, the street or on dirt. These soles really help whether you are on dry or wet ground and provide the kind of grip that you want regardless of the conditions.

The vast amount of these shoes come from Recycled materials from the 100% Recycled Ripstop Mesh Upper and that kind of goes all the way through the shoes including the 60% content laces. One of the features I really like is the internal fit sleeve and the thicker wider feel of these shoes. The lightweight feel of these are fantastic and I really enjoy the way these lace up allowing you to lace them in a variety of strengths for secure support for hiking and more open for everyday use.

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Former NFL Players Bait Hooks, Catch Smiles at Houston Area Youth Fishing Event

Galveston, Texas—More than 100 anglers and their families joined a dozen retired NFL players and other volunteers at Galveston Bay State Park on Saturday, March 30, for a day of surf fishing and beach time.

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) joined Texas native and former Kansas City Chiefs fullback Kimble Anders and other members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Houston Chapter, Running Back Giving Back Foundation, and Texas Parks and Wildlife to provide a free, community-based event. All the youth anglers received a free fishing rod and reel to take home at the USA’s first-ever NFLPA-led Take Kids Fishing event.

With sunshine, temperatures reaching the upper 70s, and a light breeze, the waves were still pretty rough, said Kyle O’Haver, superintendent of Galveston Island State Park. Even so, participants caught a few hardhead catfish and whiting using cut squid and mullet for bait.

“As a park manager, it’s pretty exciting to partner with NFL greats like Kimble Anders,” said O’Haver. “More importantly, we had a beautiful beach day for the kids.”

“The kids didn’t care about the surf. They were just happy to play at the beach,” said LaChelle (LJ) Jackson, a community affairs specialist who works with current and retired professional athletes to organize events like this. She took her six-year-old niece who had a blast. “I’ve been getting calls all week about when we’re doing another one,” added Jackson.

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Primos® Extends Reign with Predator Xtreme® Readers’ Choice Gold

Primos® Hunting, a pioneer in game calls and hunting accessories, earned its fifth consecutive title with Primos Trigger Sticks being voted the Readers’ Choice Gold Award for Best Shooting Sticks for 2024 by the readers of Predator Xtreme® magazine.

A must-read publication for serious predator hunters for more than 25 years, Predator Xtreme tallies votes from thousands of readers on the products they think are the best when it comes to hunting equipment.

Hunters and shooters of all kinds have relied on Primos Trigger Sticks for years. Available in monopod, bipod and tripod configurations, Primos Trigger Sticks are made of high-quality materials and provide stable support with patent quick adjustments for rifles, crossbows, spotting scopes, cameras, and anything else a hunter or shooter needs help holding steady.

In 2023, Primos introduced the ApexTM Tripod extension to the Trigger Stick family. A carbon fiber tripod that can instantly adjust in height or angle on any sort of terrain, the Apex Tripod also offers the innovative MagnaSwtich attachment system.

Powered by rare earth magnets, the MagnaSwitch system lets the operator effortlessly change what is mounted on the tripod, from rifle to optics to camera – anything the hunter wants.

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Spika Dover Hauler Pack Review

I really thought my knees were going to explode under the weight of my pack.  It was October 2022 and my close friend; DJ and I were struggling to help each other stand up to begin the multi-mile pack to the truck. Under the final hour of daylight, I had been fortunate to arrow a gross Boone and Crocket size mule deer. DJ is a fisheries and wildlife biologist and estimated the weight of the animal to be north of 350 pounds. Since it was just the two of us, we had split the meat in half and I had the cape and antlers, plus gear testing the limits of the pack. We estimate the weight of each pack to exceed 80lbs. I’ve had elk hind quarters in my pack which are supposed to be the epitome of “heavy” for us lower 48 guys, and this mule deer made those elk packs feel easy. We would shuffle a few feet and have to stop, over and over again for about two hours to make it a few miles. I loved every single step of that hike out of that little basin.  It was just like every daydream come true. Last fall, I killed a bull that required hiking up 700 vertical feet.  It took multiple trips and after two seasons of hunting with the Spika Dover Hauler pack, it hasn’t flinched when things get tough. As someone who is a sticker for gear I have been entirely pleased with this pack. 

The brand Spika is an Australian company through which DJ, and I had purchased our packs from a few years ago. I’ve been so impressed with it; I’ve been an evangelist amongst my circle of hunting buddies. The pack is comparable to many of the brands we have here, but it fits a great price point for the value and toughness. Dover Hauler Pack

It comes with two sizes of packs on the hauler frame.  It’s a metric so bear with me. It comes in 40L and 80L packs. The 80L pack is equivalent to about 4,800 cubic inches. The fabric is durable 500 denier DWR treated nylon body and reinforced base. Essentially a soft and quiet body, but moisture resistant material. It held up really well throughout my adventures. There is a quick detach rain cover built into the bottom pocket of the pack. Last elk season I got caught in a rain storm and hid under the pack to stay as dry as possible. One element I really like is the expandable capacity for the top of the main bag.  It makes things easy to organize. In fact, there have been situations where I have placed entire meat backs in garbage bags directly into the main compartment of the bag. It will fit an entire quarter of an elk. 

Biarri Camouflage is a pattern specific to the company and while I am not the foremost expert on camo patterns. I’ll say, I like it and find no problems here. 

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Christensen Arms’ new Modern Precision Rifle Rimfire now shipping

Christensen Arms, renowned for its innovation and production of precision rifles, is now shipping the new Modern Precision Rifle Rimfire to retailers nationwide.

A list of authorized Christensen Arms retailers can be found online at

“The Modern Precision Rifle Rimfire embodies two things for which Christensen Arms has become synonymous: accuracy and carbon-fiber technology,” said Christensen Arms Executive Vice President of Marketing Willie Vernon. “This tack-driving rifle packs an incredible number of performance-driven, shooter-friendly features into a compact design thanks to its folding stock, so it’s perfect for tossing into a range bag or strapping to your backpack. This is going to be your new favorite rimfire, hands down.”

With a design based on the popular chassis-style Modern Precision Rifle centerfire rifle, the Modern Precision Rifle Rimfire, which made its debut at SHOT Show 2024, is equipped with a carbon-tension barrel to be extremely accurate, rigid and lightweight. Accuracy is the cornerstone of the new Modern Precision Rifle Rimfire, which comes with Christensen Arms’ guarantee to shoot three-shot, sub-MOA groups at 50 yards. Equipped with a side-folding, magnetically secured stock for easy storage and transport, the Modern Precision Rifle Rimfire delivers a Triggertech Trigger, a lightweight aluminum chassis, an FFT carbon fiber handguard with M-LOK, as well as an adjustable FFT carbon fiber cheek piece and 6 QD flush cup mounts.

Available with either a 16-, 18- or 20-inch barrel and chambered in .22LR, .22WMR, and .17HMR, the Modern Precision Rifle Rimfire is at home in the field or on the range and is easy to operate for new and experienced shooters alike, delivering shooters the opportunity to train with economical rimfire rounds. Additional options include three color finishes (Black, Desert Brown, and Tungsten) and two different handguard lengths (10.5” and 14”) along with an adjustable length of pull and cheek riser to meet the needs and preferences of a variety of shooters.

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The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a petition for a rehearing in the Second Amendment Foundation’s victory in a case challenging Pennsylvania statutes that prohibit law-abiding young adults from carrying firearms for self-defense and prevents them from acquiring a state license to carry (LTCF) because of their age. The case is known as Lara v. Evanchick.

The petition for an en banc rehearing had been filed by attorneys representing the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. SAF is joined in the case by the Firearms Policy Coalition and three private citizens, including Madison M. Lara, for whom the case is named. They are represented by attorneys David H. Thompson, Peter A. Patterson and John D. Ohlendorf at Cooper & Kirk, Washington, D.C.

Writing for the majority, Circuit Judge Kent A. Jordan explained, “The petition for rehearing filed by appellant in the above-entitled case having been submitted to the judges who participated in the decision of this Court and to all the other available circuit judges of the circuit in regular active service, and no judge who concurred in the decision having asked for rehearing, and a majority of the judges of the circuit in regular service not having voted for rehearing, the petition for rehearing by the panel and the Court en banc, is DENIED.”

“We’re satisfied with the court’s decision,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “It’s an important win. The Third Circuit has affirmed that the Second Amendment applies to young adults, and that 1791 is the historical marker for understanding the right to keep and bear arms. Finally, the court has said 18-to-20-year-olds can open carry during a state of emergency in Pennsylvania.”

“We’ve been fighting this battle for more than three years,” noted SAF Executive Director Adam Kraut, who is a Pennsylvania resident and practicing attorney in the state. “The court’s decision is an important step forward to getting this issue resolved.”

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Amanda Lynn Mayhew is Just Hunting Life

What do you think about this?

How long have you been hunting?

I have been hunting for well over 30 years, born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada. Hunting is a way of life, it always has been, growing up immersed in the outdoors I actually was ignorant to the rest of the world and the hunts it includes from the Savannahs of Africa to the badlands of Alberta and I feel blessed to have been able to travel and experience these exotic hunts.

What got you interested in hunting in the first place?

My father is the one that got me interested in hunting. He taught me that what we hunt and harvest is what we eat. I always found it very peaceful to be out in the outdoors with him and rewarding to bring home meat to my family. That connection to nature and the tradition of providing for my loved ones really sparked my interest in hunting. My father was a man that loved the outdoors and shared as much as he could with his family. My mom was the angler in the family and my dad the hunter, although mom loved to eat the meat we brought home and liked to target practice she was not one to harvest animals.

What is your favorite type of game to hunt?

 My favorite game to hunt changes as I grow and have new experiences, but thus far, I still find the Northern Ontario Moose hunt to be a favorite. It allows me to reflect on my family and upbringing, and hunt in the same way my grandfather did. It’s a special connection to my roots and a tradition that holds a lot of meaning for me.

What challenges do you face when hunting?

There are various challenges that come with hunting for myself including physical, and mental. As I get older, weather tends to play into my hunts with extreme conditions and cold gets to my bones so I find that wearing the proper equipment for me and my needs gets me through my days. I have a condition called Graves Disease which I argue with every day, but it still wins and one of the intolerances are to cold. Sometimes the terrain gives me a challenge since I broke my talus bone in my foot in 2021 but I overcome it by keep on trekking making sure the footwear I have is going to support my needs.

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Hydra Weaponry Introduces the Hydra 10

Based on customer requests, Hydra Weaponry introduces the Hydra 10; a powerful and highly accurate .308 rifle with caliber conversion barrels available soon.

Hydra Weaponry, Maine’s largest firearms employer, designers, and manufacturers of the truly modular MARCK-15 Hydra® Weapon System, unveil the Hydra 10, a .308 with the hard-hitting performance expected of this leading American AR-rifle manufacturer.

Based on customer demands, the Hydra 10 is built upon years of research, development, and real-world testing. It combines advanced engineering with user-centric features to deliver a rifle platform that excels in any scenario. From long-range precision shooting to tactical applications, the Hydra 10 offers unmatched adaptability and performance.

Key features of the Hydra 10 include:

Modular Design: The Hydra 10 features a modular architecture that allows for easy customization and adaptation to suit individual preferences and mission requirements. The Hydra 10 is the base model for future caliber configurations. All that will be required to change calibers will be a barrel and bolt exchange. Stay tuned for new calibers in the near future..308 Caliber Precision: Engineered to deliver exceptional accuracy and ballistic performance, the Hydra 10 is chambered in the renowned .308 Winchester caliber. Whether hunting larger game or used as a tactical weapon for professional use, users can rely on the Hydra 10 to deliver decisive results with every shot.Robust Construction: Crafted from premium materials and subjected to rigorous quality control standards, the Hydra 10 is built to withstand the harshest conditions and the most demanding missions. The Hydra 10 is built on a BLK Systems stock and pistol grip, with a Quick-Change Barrel Upper Receiver (QCB-D), and runs on a standard SR-25 magazine with a DPMS pattern.Advanced Features: Equipped with advanced features such as a crisp trigger, ergonomic controls, and a smooth cycling action, the Hydra 10 ensures optimal performance and shooter comfort. Additionally, compatibility with a wide range of accessories and optics further enhances the Hydra 10’s versatility and effectiveness in the field.

“We are proud to introduce the Hydra 10, a rifle platform that embodies our commitment to innovation, quality, and performance,” said Mack Gwinn III, CEO at Hydra Weaponry. “The Hydra 10 represents a new standard of excellence in the world of .308 caliber rifles.”

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Perfect for EDC

FALCO® Holsters, a global leader in crafting bespoke leather holsters, reveals its latest innovation in shoulder holsters designed to enhance concealed carry experiences. The new collection features the handcrafted leather D131 and D231 Roto Shoulder Holsters and the D901 Hybrid Roto Shoulder Holster, offering versatility and efficiency for everyday carry needs. 

Katarína Zacharová, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at FALCO Holsters, explains, “The light-bearing full leather version of our highly successful Roto Shoulder system has been eagerly anticipated and reflects our dedication to prioritizing customer feedback.” She emphasizes the unique features of these shoulder holsters, stating, “Our shoulder holster line stands out for its interchangeability, allowing all configurations to integrate into a single harness system seamlessly.”

Zacharová states, “This adaptability offers unmatched convenience, accommodating diverse carry preferences and many firearm combinations. Whether you’re switching between firearm models or adjusting for different scenarios, our holsters provide an effortless transition. For instance, switching from carrying your .45 caliber 2011 with a weapon-mounted light in full leather today to a .380 semi-auto in the hybrid leather/Kydex holster version tomorrow is as easy as detaching the customized holster from the adjustable leather harness and replacing it with the holster tailored to a different firearm.”

FALCO’s Roto Shoulder Holsters boast a rotating function, enabling a vertical carry position for a sleek profile and ergonomic draw even with full-sized handguns. Zacharová explains, “When you’re ready to draw, simply unsnap the security strap, and the holster rotates to an angle that promotes a more comfortable grip and rapid draw. The holster incorporates a leather security strap designed to be released by the forefinger and adjustable leather belt tie-down straps to keep your firearm in place. Strategically placed spaces in the leather harness allow extensive size adjustment to fit the harness to your body type. Combined with the leather harness, everyday carriers enjoy balanced weight distribution of the handgun and magazines for all-day comfort.”

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Armasight Sidekick Review: An In-Depth Look

We have been lucky enough to do some extensive testing with the Armasight Sidekick over the last couple of weeks. We have tested this in both an urban situation as well as out at the farm while chasing coyotes and raccoons. While the critters got away from us, the impression of the Armasight Sidekick 320 was not lost on us.

Introduction to the Armasight Sidekick

The Sidekick 320 is the smallest fully multi-functional 12-micron 320 thermal imaging monocular on the market. At a price point of under $2300, this unit is worth taking a look at. The Sidekick 320 boasts a 60Hz frame rate; you can clearly see the advantages of this looking through the unit. We have even taken this with us on our nightly dog walks, and I can clearly see Miko when we throw the ball in the field. We have a glow in the dark ball we can throw about a hundred yards. I toss this ball out and send Miko way out and back, and I can watch her through the unit the entire time. She is a black dog, so at night I cannot see her; I lose her without the unit. The unit weighs 210 grams, so it is incredibly light. You can use it as both a handheld unit or you can mount it with the built-in mini-rail for hands-free operation mounted to a helmet. OLED display provides a crisp image, and the button controls are easy to control the unit. It takes some time to learn how it all works, so give it some time. When you get in the field, the time you spent learning will pay off exponentially.

Armasight Sidekick 320 Features

Multiple Color PalettesIntuitive 3-Button Control1.5h Runtime on 1 x CR123A Battery, 5.5h on 2 Batteries with Included Battery ExtenderImage Detail EnhancementDovetail Mini-Rail Included for Helmet Mounting (with Optional Mount)Works with Rayvn Group Modular Bridge Mount for Helmet-Mounting with PVS-14, MNVD, or Second Sidekick (sold separately)Ability to Shift Thermal Image to Collimate Sidekick Image with NVD when BridgedVideo Recording & Image CaptureUSB Video StreamUSB-C Interface for External DevicesCompassBattery Status IndicatorULTEM Composite Body and Ergonomic DesignDesigned and Assembled in the USA from U.S. and Global Component

Package Includes

Sidekick 320 Mini Thermal Monocular2 x CR123A BatteryUSB-C CableLens ClothSoft CaseProduct Manual

Compact Design

The beauty of this unit is its small size and light weight. It is easy to use, and the buttons line up to your fingers easily for manipulation. The eye-cup blocks out light. The entire unit fits easily in the pocket of your hoodie, so it is easy to carry with you. The unit weighs 210 grams, so it is convenient to have with you anytime you are out after dark. Sitting in the feed lot and seeing a coyote or a coon with this unit is so incredibly cool. Of course, watching Miko walk around with this unit in the dark is just eye-popping.

Hands-Free Functionality: The Benefits of Helmet Mount Usage

Seeing in the dark is already one of the coolest things you can do. It gives you this feeling of confidence you have never really had in the outdoors at night without technology like this. Mounting the Sidekick 320 to a helmet with the Rayvn Group Modular Bridge Mount is simply epic. You can walk around with this unit mounted on to a helmet and see everything. It is easy to flip up and get it out of your way. It takes a little effort to figure out how to mount it and get it set, but once you do it, it is super cool. Once I had it mounted, I took a two-mile walk just exploring with the unit. One of the features that I like about this unit is that it has a very large field of view and it allows me to see far and wide without clouding my vision. I can see everything for about a hundred yards or so very clearly, and I can see animals like coyotes, rabbits and coons as well as my dog easily. It is incredibly easy to get closer to animals at night without spooking them by keeping still and making very slow movements.

Video and Image Capture

The Sidekick 320 allows image capturing and video recording which can be pretty handy. It takes a little bit of learning how to navigate through to the image and video capture, but once you learn it, it is pretty easy to utilize in the field. The video is clear, as are the images. The opportunity to share what you see at night in a unit this reasonable is an absolute game changer. It is awesome fun to come back from a walk having seen foxes, coons, cats and such in my neighborhood. also pretty cool to sit on a park bench and watch people interact. In a hunting situation, it’s always good to have this kind of back-up video capture. In a tactical or dangerous situation, it might be life saving.

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CMP’s Petrarca Range at Camp Perry Opens for 2024 Season

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has announced its outdoor electronic target line, located on Petrarca Range at Camp Perry, will open for the season on Monday, March 18!

Every Monday, the public is welcome to use Petrarca during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March through April, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May through September. The covered range includes 10 electronic rifle targets set at 100 yards (capable of simulating 200, 300 or 600 yards) as well as five cardboard pistol targets (able to be arranged at 50 feet or 25/50 yards).

Utilizing KTS (Kongsberg Target System) technology, monitors located at each firing point instantly display shot scores – adding ease for guests, eliminating the need for target changes and allowing more time on the range. CMP personnel are also on hand to ensure safe range procedures and to provide guidance, as needed.

During the summer months (June through August), Petrarca Range hours may change to accommodate the annual National Matches. The range will also remain open on select Mondays in October and November.

Please note the Range will be closed: April 8, May 27, June 17, July 8, July 12-28, August 2, August 11, September 2 and October 7.

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Burris Optics Announces Partnership with Steve’s Outdoor Adventures

Greeley, CO – Burris Optics, an industry leader in the evolution of optics technology, is delighted to announce the renewal of its partnership with Steve West and Steve’s Outdoor Adventures, a prominent name in outdoor adventure and hunting. This affiliation underscores Burris Optics’ commitment to delivering high-performance optics tailored for the diverse hunting landscapes of North America and beyond.

Steve’s Outdoor Adventures TV, renowned for its thrilling hunting expeditions and informative content, continues to capture the hearts of outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. As the Official Optics Partner, Burris Optics is excited to contribute to the success of Steve West’s global hunting pursuits and Adventure Hunting Television.

At the forefront of this partnership is the Burris Veracity PH, a state-of-the-art hunting scope designed for North American species and other global hunting scenarios. Engineered for precision and clarity, the Veracity PH offers hunters the advantage of fast target acquisition and reliable performance in various environments. This optic is a testament to Burris Optics’ dedication to providing hunters with the tools they need to excel in the field.

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Steve’s Outdoor Adventures,” said Jordan Egli, Director of Marketing at Burris Optics. “Steve West’s passion for hunting and his commitment to his video production, showcasing the beauty and diversity of global hunting, align perfectly with our values. We are excited to continue providing him with optics that meet the demands of his adventurous pursuits.”

“I am excited that our relationship with Burris Optics will continue. Having worked with the company for nearly 20 years, I have been blessed to have been a part of the incredible Eliminator scope line since its inception including its predecessor the Burris Laser Scope. To see where the Eliminator scope line has come, and to now shoot and hunt with the Eliminator 6 has been an honor and a privilege.” – Steve West, Steve’s Outdoor Adventures TV

In addition to the Veracity PH, Burris Optics proudly introduces the new Burris Eliminator 6, a premium hunting optic that combines precision technology with ease of use. The Eliminator 6 offers an integrated laser rangefinder and works with the Bluetooth ballistic calculator, empowering hunters to take precise, ethical shots without the need for manual ballistic calculations. This renovated optic boosts Burris Optics’ dedication to innovation in the field of hunting optics.

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POMA Announces Session Topics for 2024 Annual Meeting

The Professional Outdoor Media Association is excited to announce the educational and content creation sessions for this year’s POMA Annual Meeting – May 6-8 in Pinewood, South Carolina, hosted by the South Carolina Waterfowl Association.

Each session has been crafted with media members in mind, and will provide multiple pieces of content that can be used as prompts for future articles, blogs, social media posts, etc.

On Monday, May 6, Chef Danny Hieronymus of Hieronymus Provisions and author of the cookbook “Hookin’ and Cookin’ – Southern Coastal Cuisine” will host/sponsor a wild game cooking demo. Chef Danny will walk through a simple, yet elevated recipe you can use to impress your friends and family during your next hunting camp. Chef Danny will also be on-site, preparing all of the meals during the Annual Meeting.

On Tuesday, May 7, there are four Content Creation Sessions. There will be time allotted to attend all of the presentations during these sessions.

Medic Up Consulting: Explore vital first aid techniques within the context of hunting, fishing and outdoor sports. Specifically, the application of tourniquets, the process of wound packing and the use of chest seals. These critical skills are essential for emergency response scenarios often encountered in outdoor activities and will be thoroughly discussed to equip participants with life-saving knowledge.

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Five Reasons to Get Outside on Trails This Spring

On Celebrate Trails Day, Rails to Trails Conservancy calls on America to walk, bike and be active outside to showcase the joy and impact of trails

WASHINGTON, DC—Rails to Trails Conservancy, the nation’s largest trail, walking and biking advocacy organization, is calling on people across the country to get outside on trails this spring to celebrate the many ways that trails and connected trail networks bring joy and impact to people’s lives. Central to the organization’s call to action is Celebrate Trails Day, hosted on April 27, 2024, with hundreds of events nationwide that serve to inspire more people to make trails, walking and biking part of their everyday lives.

“There is unmatched potential in trail networks to make walking and biking part of our everyday lives, unlocking all of the good that happens when we are active outside, in the places where we live,” said Brandi Horton, RTC’s vice president of communications. “That’s why RTC is uniting everyone in a common appreciation for trails—and the impact of connecting trails in our communities. Our time on the trail is so much more than a day outside.” 

Here are five reasons to get outside on trails this spring, and on Celebrate Trails Day, says RTC:

It’s one of the best seasons for outside adventures with milder weather across the country—perfect for time on the trail. People can find their perfect trail using RTC’s free trail-finder app, TrailLink.It’s good for our bodies and the planet. Having spaces to walk and bike near where you live makes it more likely that you will be physically active, which is important for our bodies and our minds. And, when we swap out short car trips for walking and biking trips, we burn calories instead of carbon!It can be a safe way to get around without a car. Currently, people who walk and bike are increasingly likely to be seriously injured or killed in crashes with cars and trucks. Connected trail networks separate people from vehicles, making it a safer transportation option for more people. It’s the right time to let elected officials know that trails matter to you. On Celebrate Trails Day and every day, our time on the trail is an act of advocacy sending a message that trails are important to people across the country. As Congress and local officials make decisions about ways to invest infrastructure resources, getting outside on the trail is an important way to build support.There are more places to walk, bike and be active outside than ever! With more than 41,000 miles of multiuse trails—where you can walk, run, ride, skate and more—and over 150 trail networks emerging, there are safe places to walk, bike and be active outside in every single state and hundreds of communities across the country. 

To find creative ideas for getting outsidephoto and video content for use with credit to RTC, reporters are encouraged to visit RTC’s Celebrate Trails Day website and follow #CelebrateTrails on social media.

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Federal Ammunition’s Austen Smith Secures Her Spot on the USA Shooting Women’s Skeet Team

Federal Ammunition congratulates sponsored shooter Austen Smith for securing her spot on the 2024 USA Shooting Women’s Skeet team, headed to the summer games in Paris. Smith had a phenomenal performance during the Shotgun Selection Match, March 11-17 at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club in Tucson, Arizona.

This will be Smith’s second appearance at the summer games. She was the youngest member of the 2021 USA Shooting team in Tokyo, where she finished 10th place. She had only been shooting for 7 years prior to making it to her first games. Smith is coached by three-time Olympic Champion Vincent Hancock.

“We congratulate Austen Smith, and all our sponsored shooters for their exceptional performances all year long to make it on the team headed to Paris. These athletes compete at the highest level. They are extremely accomplished and work hard to compete for their country on the world’s greatest stage,” said Jason Nash, Federal’s Vice President of Marketing. “We can’t wait to watch them compete and represent our great country.”

Smith’s most recent competition achievements include: Gold and a new world record in Mixed Skeet Team at the 2023 ISSF World Championship; Gold in Women’s Skeet Team at the 2022 World Championship; Gold in 3-Woman Skeet Team and Silver in Mixed Skeet Team at the 2022 World Cup Lima; Gold in Women’s Skeet at the 2021 ISSF World Cup Lonato; and many more.

Shotgunners on Team Federal use Federal Premium Gold Medal and Top Gun shells, all designed to shoot smoothly and produce dense, uniform shot patterns that turn clay pigeons to dust. Federal is the number one choice for shotgun shells and manufactures products in America for all competitive and recreational disciplines. See the full lineup, including the latest High Over All, at

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Bass Pro Shops announces March 27 Grand Opening for new mega Outdoor World in Irvine, Calif., with Special Evening for Conservation

New location will deliver outdoor enthusiasts “best-of-the-best” product selection with unmatched friendly, expert service and guaranteed low prices.

Bass Pro Shops today announced plans to celebrate the official grand opening of its new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Irvine, Calif. with a special Evening for Conservation, open to the public, on Wednesday, March 27, 2023.

Grand Opening Night’s “Evening for Conservation” To Support Local Organizations

The outdoor and conservation company invites the Irvine and greater Los Angeles community to a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and weekend-long celebration for the conservation company’s new premier location, highlighted by fishing and hunting celebrity appearances, leaders in conservation, family activities, giveaways and more. Plus, for every dollar spent during the Evening for Conservation, 10 percent will be donated to local conservation organizations.

Following an outdoor star-studded grand opening program and ribbon cutting, guests will enter to get the first public look at the company’s newest destination retail location as the store officially opens for business.

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OSCF Supports 2024 WMI North American Conference as Bronze Sponsor

Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF) is proud to support the Wildlife Management Institute’s 89th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 25-29, 2024.

The WMI North American Conference is one of the largest gatherings of staff from fish and wildlife agencies and conservation groups in the United States. Hundreds of professionals gather under one roof to spend four days exchanging ideas, strategies and best practices to help improve habitat, fish and wildlife management, and have a better understanding of current conservation issues and solutions.

“The WMI North American Conference has been instrumental in helping agencies and organizations share their findings and strategies on conservation efforts across the continent,” said OSCF Executive Director Jim Curcuruto.  “We thank WMI and wildlife agency staff for their dedication to conservation and are proud to sponsor and attend this important conference.”

The conference is organized to allow attendees a better understanding of the origins, complexities and likely solutions to current conservation issues. It also seeks to provide a better sense of the need for and the methods to achieve coordinated, cooperative management of the continent’s wildlife.

Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with all facets of the outdoor industry to improve cultural acceptance of hunting, fishing, trapping and target shooting. We use research-based communications and engagement programs that help recruit the next generation of HATS (Hunters, Anglers, Trappers and Shooters) and promote the fact that HATS are primary funders and stewards of conservation in America.

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The Versatility of Al’s Goldfish Classic Forty Niner Is Hard to Beat

It’s no secret that Al’s Goldfish Forty Niner has long been valued as a trolling and casting lure in open water for bass, trout, and salmon, as well as an outstanding ice jig for large freshwater species such as lake trout, walleye, northern pike and muskie. In fact, the lure is so popular for its distinctive shape and erratic action that a smaller version was created -the Lil’ 49er. The smaller version is ideal for fishing bass, trout, and salmon, as well as smaller species like crappie and other panfish.

Both feature a distinctive and unique flatfish-style head that creates vibration and flutter as the flat face helps them dive. When retrieved, the lure has a tight 270-degree barrel roll but does not spin. It is this shape and weight that also makes this lure an excellent choice not just for shallow-water fishing, but also for deep-water angling. When jogged, the 49eer produces an extremely enticing roll and glide action mimicking a wounded or fleeing baitfish. The design of the 49er allows it to be used successfully in almost any angling situation.

“The Forty Niner can run as deep as you like, both when trolled or when cast and retrieved using the countdown method,” said owner Paul Check. “Using this proven method, you can get the lure into the zone the fish hold in deep open water or keep it just off the bottom when fishing closer to shore or along submerged structures. It is this versatility, along with the lure’s unique action, that continue

The Forty Niner is available in 12 different color options, measures 2 ¼-inches long, weighs 5/16 oz., and features a #6 treble hook. The Lil’ 49er comes in 10 different colors, weighs ¼ oz., is 1 ¾-inches long, and features a #8 treble hook. The suggested retail price for the Forty Niner is $5.40, while the MSRP for the Lil’ 49er is $5.29. All of Al’s Goldfish lures are proudly manufactured in the USA. To see the Forty Niner’s unique action, check out this short YouTube video:

To find more information about these, and the company’s complete line of lures and accessory products, or to place an order, visit

About Al’s Goldfish Lures: Purchased by Fin Rage Tackle LLC, based in Green Bay, WI, in July 2023, Al’s Goldfish Lures was begun back in 1952, when Al Stuart developed a pioneering spoon and began marketing it through Stuart’s Sport Shop in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. With the help of legendary fishing personality Gadabout Gaddis, the lure quickly gained popularity, and the company was off to the races. Today, all of the company’s lures are made of solid marine brass, are plated by a jewelry plater, and are hand-painted. All of the gold lures are plated in 22k gold, which makes them super shiny, then finished with top-quality components, so you don’t ever have to go home and put new hooks and rings on these out of the package! It’s all made in the USA and back with a “if you’re not satisfied, we’ll make it right by you” guarantee.

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2024 POMA Annual Meeting Open to all Media and Businesses

The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) is pleased to announce their 2024 Annual Meeting is open to all media, brands and businesses, regardless of membership status in the organization.

The 2024 Annual Meeting will be three full days – May 6-8 – in Pinewood, South Carolina, at the South Carolina Waterfowl Association.

The Annual Meeting is a must-attend event for outdoor media, content creators, photographers and corporate wizards alike! Join forces to test the latest gear, learn cutting-edge skills and create authentic content for the coming year. Whether you’re a brand or a media guru, this is your chance to share your story and make lasting connections that’ll take your business to new heights.

This year’s keynote speaker Bud Johnson will tackle “The Ai (re)Evolution: Transforming Outdoor Media from Survival to Revival.”

Other event highlights include:

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Federal Ammunition’s Derrick Mein Earns a Spot on the USA Shooting Men’s Trap Team

Federal Ammunition congratulates sponsored shooter Derrick Mein for winning his spot on the 2024 USA Shooting Men’s Trap team, headed to the summer Olympic games in Paris. Mein’s performance during the Shotgun Selection Match, March 11-17 at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club in Tucson, Arizona, was exceptional.

“I had a good week! I was happy that I got to share this victory with my family. It’s always good to have my wife, daughter and parents by my side while competing,” said Mein. “Shooting 250 targets alongside everyone else that is in the running to make the team makes it feel like a 250 target shoot-off. That can test anyone’s mental fortitude.”

The Olympic games in Paris will be Mein’s second appearance on the world’s greatest stage. Mein was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event. Derrick Mein won the World Championship in 2022 and many other titles since Tokyo. He is eager to get back into the Olympic arena.

“I’m most excited that my family will have the opportunity to travel to Paris this time around. In Tokyo, because of Covid, none of my family got the opportunity to attend. And it’s also a chance for some redemption, I didn’t feel like I had a good performance,” stated Mein. “Between now and the competition, I will be traveling to the three World Cup events as well as spending time with my coaches and team training to prep for the games. I’m extremely excited about this opportunity.”

Federal is the number one choice for shotgun shells and manufactures products in America for all competitive and recreational disciplines. See the full lineup, including the latest High Over All, at

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