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Galco is excited to announce a Concealable™ belt holster for the new Ruger-57 pistol!

The Concealable holster is one of Galco’s most recognizable and innovative belt holsters – and one of the most comfortable belt holsters you’ll ever wear. Its unique “forward molded” two-piece construction is contoured on the body side to the natural curve of the human hip, keeping all the molding on the front of the holster. This makes for significantly more comfortable carry and a narrower, easier-to-conceal profile than an ordinary pancake-type holster.

Constructed of the top 2% of premium steerhide available in America, the Concealable is hand-molded by our experienced craftsmen to fit specific handguns. This gives it excellent retention properties along with a beautiful appearance.

But beauty is only skin-deep, especially in a holster designed for concealment. The professional-grade Concealable also features an open top with firing grip accessibility for speed – and time is always in short supply in defensive situations.

The Concealable’s covered trigger ensures safe carry. Meanwhile, its double-stitched seams enhance durability, making the Concealable one of the longest-lasting holsters money can buy.

Lastly, the Concealable’s two belt slots fit belts up to 1 ½” wide, so it blends perfectly with current clothing styles. And blending in is the name of the game when we’re talking about concealed carry!

Available in black or havana brown, the Concealable retails for $131.

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced new striped bass conservation measures for the Spring 2020 fishing season to meet a coast-wide conservation target.

The 2018 benchmark stock assessment for striped bass indicated declines, so the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has determined that conservation measures are needed for the 2020 fishing season. ASMFC is a management entity comprising 15 member states on the East Coast, including Maryland.

The conservation goal set by ASMFC is to reduce the total number of striped bass that are killed by fishing activities. This means reducing the number of fish that are harvested and the number of fish that die after being caught and returned to the water, known as dead discards.

Maryland’s management changes follow numerous meetings and discussions with stakeholders and a month-long public comment period, and were developed using the best available science and decades of experience. Measures for spring are designed to protect large migratory spawning fish as they enter the bay. The implementation plan was reviewed and approved by ASMFC’s Striped Bass Technical Committee and the ASMFC Board on Feb. 4.

In addition to a cut in the commercial quota, targeting of striped bass by the recreational sector will be prohibited starting April 1 — including a prohibition of trolling — and the spring trophy season will be delayed until May 1. Limits are one fish per person at a 35-inch minimum. These rules will be in effect until May 16. The full regulations can be viewed on DNR’s website.

The department will also move forward with conservation options for the summer and fall seasons in the 2020 Implementation Plan. Measures in the summer and fall are designed to reduce mortality caused by high temperatures and low oxygen in the water. The department will announce a public comment schedule for those regulations in the coming weeks.

In 2018, the department raised concerns about the problem of discard mortality with ASMFC. This resulted in Maryland being authorized to adopt a decreased minimum size from 20 to 19 inches. In addition, Maryland took unilateral action to require the use of circle hooks when chumming and live lining. Circle hooks are an effective conservation measure because they significantly reduce “gut hooking” that leads to discard mortality. ASMFC has now asked all other states to follow Maryland’s lead and enact this policy.

DNR also launched and is continuing to expand a statewide educational outreach program to assure compliance with these regulations. The department also instituted a system of advisories for anglers on hot days where both water and air temperatures could increase the likelihood of stress on striped bass.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program, now in Season 8, commemorates its first Hall of Fame bass caught in the new season. Weighing 14 pounds, 2 ounces, it was caught and released in Lake Placid on Jan. 31 by Thomas Hendel, also from Lake Placid.

“I was excited to learn I caught the first TrophyCatch Hall of Fame bass of the season and amazed at the size of my catch,” said Hendel. “This is the first bass I’ve submitted to TrophyCatch. I look forward to continuing my participation in this program for years to come.”

“Since its inception in 2012, TrophyCatch has approved over 9,000 photo submissions of largemouth bass exceeding 8 pounds that have been caught, documented and released into the waters of Florida,” said Jon Fury, FWC’s director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “There is no other program like this anywhere and it could not have been possible without Bass Pro Shops and all of our partners who are committed to the conservation of Florida’s trophy bass fishery for our more than 1.2 million freshwater anglers here in the Fishing Capital of the World. Together, we will continue to enhance and protect 3 million acres of lakes, and approximately 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals.”

Lake Placid, in Highlands County, is a 3,400-acre lake on the south side of the town of Lake Placid. Lake Placid offers great opportunities for those looking to catch a high number of fish, as well as the chance at a lunker. This unique lake has a variety of vegetation and quality habitat types, including deep flats, ledges and humps not typical of most Florida lakes.

TrophyCatch is a partnership between the FWC, anglers and fishing industry leaders, such as Bass Pro Shops, that rewards the catch, documentation and release of largemouth bass weighing 8 pounds or heavier in Florida. To be eligible for prizes, anglers are required to submit photos or videos showing the entire fish and its weight on a scale to TrophyCatch.com before releasing it back into the water. FWC biologists use TrophyCatch’s citizen-science data for bass research, to make informed decisions about the management of Florida’s bass fisheries and to promote the catch and release of trophy bass. For more information about the TrophyCatch program, email Laura Rambo at Laura.Rambo@MyFWC.com.

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A conservation-minded landowner donated 3,450 acres of critical elk, mule deer and whitetail deer winter range in western Montana to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

“We are grateful to John Greytak for this extremely generous and substantial donation,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We commend John for recognizing the crucial wildlife values of this land while making the decision to permanently protect them. He’s been a RMEF member since 1999 and recently elevated his commitment to conservation by becoming a RMEF life member and joining RMEF’s Legacy Lands Program.”

Located just north of Interstate 90 in the Bearmouth area of Granite County, the property is about 45 miles east of RMEF headquarters in Missoula. It lies within a vast landscape of various public and protected land ownership and provides important connectivity of wildlife habitat.

“I know what the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation does is like-minded to my passion. In fact, I’d say their passion kind of spawned my passion,” said Greytak. “It’s a win for me. It’s a win for RMEF. And in the long run it will be a win for the general public and the wildlife so I’m happy to have done it.”

The property continues to regenerate quality habitat as it recovers from a 2013 wildfire. Approximately four miles of perennial streams, including parts of three Clark Fork River tributaries, flow through the property providing quality water for elk, fish and other species ranging from moose and small mammals to songbirds and raptors. It is also well suited for public hunting opportunities.

RMEF is currently formulating a management and long-term ownership plan for the property but will make it accessible to the public for hunting and other recreational activities.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded more than 35 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 235,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.9 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

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This week, Representatives John Katko (R-NY-24) and Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) introduced bipartisan legislation that ensures critical water infrastructure projects are funded on an equitable, sustainable, and needs based system – a top priority on NMMA’s infrastructure agenda. The Safer Harbors for Our Recreation Economy Act (SHORE Act) would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to account for recreation-based economic impacts in cost-benefit analysis procedures used to prioritize funding for harbor maintenance, intracoastal, and inland waterways projects.

“Led by boating and fishing, outdoor recreation is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy – generating $778 billion in annual economic output and supporting 5.2 million American jobs – and the SHORE Act will help our industry continue to power national and local economies well into the future,” said Callie Hoyt, NMMA director of federal government relations. “We thank Representatives John Katko and Anthony Brindisi for their leadership on this legislation, which will ensure recreation-based water infrastructure projects across the country receive the attention and funding they need and deserve.”

“Boating and recreation generates millions of dollars in regional economic benefits and creates hundreds of Central New York jobs. However, as communities across Lake Ontario’s southern shore continue to face the devastating consequences of rising water levels, it is critically important that USACE and OMB prioritize funding recreational infrastructure projects that play a significant role in our local economy,” said Representative Katko. “To achieve this, I introduced the SHORE Act, bipartisan legislation that will prioritize critical maintenance water infrastructure projects in Little Sodus Bay, Fair Haven, Oswego, and coastal communities across Lake Ontario. Prioritizing and executing these maintenance projects will play a key role in creating jobs and driving economic growth and development.”

The boating industry’s significant economic contributions rely on safe, navigable waterways. By only accounting for commercial activity, the existing process fails to account for the value created by access for recreation activities leaving our economy at a disadvantage. In a time when federal lands and waters face a multi-billion-dollar deferred maintenance backlog, NMMA is calling on the federal government to be more strategic and efficient with the use of taxpayer dollars on infrastructure.

The SHORE Act would do the following to help ensure the maintenance needs of recreation-based harbors and waterways:

  • Directing the USACE and OMB to account for recreation-based considerations in cost-benefit analysis procedures for harbor maintenance, intracoastal, and inland waterways projects. This ensures the economic benefits of recreation are considered as part of the project authorization process.
  • Improve transparency and consistency in how recreation is accounted in project prioritization procedures by requiring USACE and OMB to report to Congress on how they have executed provisions of the SHORE Act and issue recommendations for establishing a uniform calculation for recreation-based economic benefits.

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. –– Viridian Weapon Technologies has announced the launch of Viridian Optics—an all-new riflescope line created for precision, reliability and incredible value. The exciting new product line, including unique solutions for long-range shooting and hunting, gives customers unparalleled quality at unbeatable prices. Viridian Optics are currently available online as add-on accessories or as an inline SKU with pre-installed scope on the Ruger 10/22 (model number 31143). More information about Viridian Optics is available at ViridianOptics.com.

“Viridian has been creating the leading edge of weapon technology since 2006, and we’re thrilled to expand our product offerings into this exciting new segment,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “We’ve been the premier laser sight provider to the world’s largest gun manufacturers, and when these companies needed a high-quality scope to pair with their rifles, they called us. And Viridian Optics were born.”

When choosing a scope, everyday shooters and hunters require simplicity, with straightforward and reliable solutions. That’s why Viridian is committed to applying a direct-to-consumer strategy to cut out the middleman and offer the best possible optics at the best prices. Customers can rest assured that choosing a Viridian riflescope means choosing a dependable, rugged and high-performance accessory that will stand the test of time.

Viridian EON

With EON, there is no guesswork. The EON family of optics feature adjustable parallax focus (all models except 3-9×40) and eye relief to keep shooters comfortable without compromising the shot. Several variable magnification options provide all the power any hunter or shooter needs while lenses use advanced optical coatings that rival the competition. Viridian EON is all about giving customers the best product at the best price.

Viridian VENTA

Whether for a seasoned hunter or competitive shooter, VENTA will give users all the essentials at an incredible value. When it comes to professional-grade scopes for rifles, customers need a brand that will give them more bang for their buck and offer a no-nonsense solution. Rugged and reliable waterproof and fog-proof performance, advanced optical coatings for intense light transmission at dusk and dawn, 30mm tube for long range precision, and first focal plane reticle round out the VENTA’s long list of features.

Viridian SERAC

The SERAC family of precision riflescopes is the pinnacle, standing up to any high-priced scopes on the market. Viridian guarantees satisfaction and backs up that promise with a 30-day money back guarantee and an Iron Clad Lifetime Warranty. Features include locking exposed tactical turrets, side parallax adjustments, 30mm hard anodized one-piece aluminum body, waterproof and fog-proof construction, and Viridian’s Iron Clad Lifetime Warranty.

Ruger 10/22 Package

The new Ruger 10/22 package includes a pre-installed Viridian EON 3-9×40 riflescope (part number 981-0002), featuring an ergonomic design, anti-reflective multi-coated lenses, multiple magnification options and tactical performance under pressure. Now paired with the Viridian EON, this legendary rifle delivers tried-and-true design that ensures consistent, reliable performance.

Additional details about Viridian Optics can be found at ViridianOptics.com, and all riflescopes can be purchased online directly from the manufacturer. Customers are encouraged to follow Viridian Optics on InstagramFacebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest product releases, exciting promotions and company news.

About Viridian Weapon Technologies

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Viridian Weapon Technologies is devoted to applying cutting-edge technology to design compact, powerful self-defense products for the civilian, military and law enforcement markets. Viridian is the leader in weapon-mounted technology and responsible for a number of firearm innovations including green and red laser sights, LED weapon-mounted illuminators and several shooting accessories including the TacLoc® Holsters. Viridian products are designed and built in the USA. More information is available at ViridianWeaponTech.com.

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PEORIA, Ariz. – Apex Tactical Specialties is expanding its line of aftermarket parts for the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 model pistols with the upcoming release of the new curved version of the Forward Set Trigger Kit, which is available for pre-order now.

Apex is well known throughout the industry for their innovative work transforming striker-fired trigger systems. Their patented Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit for the M&P M2.0, introduced in November of 2017, is the best selling upgrade for the M2.0. Now, Apex brings its groundbreaking trigger kit design in a traditional curved trigger version to the M2.0. For M&P M2.0 fans this means a reduction in overall trigger travel by 40% combined with a crisp trigger break that’s reminiscent of a single action 1911 pistol.

The new Forward Set Trigger Kit is specifically designed for and will only work in current M&P M2.0 models in 9mm, .40S&W and .45ACP calibers. This includes the M2.0 Compact variants and Performance Center models.

The kit includes an aluminum hard-coat anodized Apex Forward Set Trigger with a center mounted pivoting safety, an Apex Ultimate Striker Block Kit, Apex’s patented Forward Set Sear Actuator, Apex Fully Machined 2-Dot Sear and the Apex Forward Set Spring Kit which includes Duty/Carry Sear and Trigger Return Springs and Heavy Weight Sear and Trigger Return Springs.

Using a combination of the Apex springs and factory sear and trigger return springs allows the user to set the trigger pull weight within a range suitable for duty/carry or to a weight desired for competition.

The new Forward Set Trigger Kit for the M&P M2.0 will begin shipping on Tuesday, November 5 and has an MSRP of $164.95.

Dealers and distributors wishing to stock the new trigger kit can contact Apex at dealer@apextactical.com or (623) 322-0200 for pricing and quantity availability.

Features and Specifications:
– For use in all sizes of the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 in 9mm/.40S&W/.45ACP
– Direct drop-in replacement of factory polymer hinged trigger
– Reduces overall trigger travel by approximately 40%
– Reduces trigger pull weight by up to 2 lbs. (approximately)
– Delivers crisp trigger break
– Smooths uptake and reset
– Reduces trigger over-travel
– Shortens reset length
– Center mounted pivoting safety maintains factory safety values
– Easy to install (Apex installation videos on YouTube)
– Apex Part #: 100-167
– MSRP: $164.95

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Cave Creek, Arizona—Randy Ulmer, recently added another 200-inch brut to his long list of big deer. Added up in total, that means over 5000 inches of mule deer mass that Randy has taken over the years. All told, Randy has harvested over 20 deer that scored over the magic 200-inch mark—all with Easton arrows. Randy has used ACC, Carbon Injexion and, with this latest buck, 5mm FMJ’s. “I spent all summer scouting for one great buck,” said Randy. “When it came time for the shot, I knew my arrows would perform perfectly. I started shooting when I was 10 and have taken every buck and bull with Easton—without a single failure,” Ulmer continued. “That’s really saying something because I’ve been at it for 50 years now.” Easton is proud to have Randy on the team and congratulates him on a great start to another fall season.

National Shooting Sports Month – The Best Way to Grow the Shooting Sports – CAMO News

 

National Shooting Sports Month – The Best Way to Grow the Shooting Sports

August is almost here—otherwise known as “National Shooting Sports Month,” designated three years ago by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Whether through target shooting at a favorite range, plinking in a backyard with friends and family, competing in a match or preparing for the fall hunting season, the month-long celebration acknowledges a common passion, and calls for welcoming and mentoring new shooters into the fold as we promote safe participation in all firearm-related activities.

Now the NRA—which has long promoted mentorship for those entering the shooting sports—is lending its support to this initiative, partnering with NSSF as it encourages shooting ranges, firearm retailers, public and private shooting clubs, shooting sports organizations and fish and wildlife agencies to collectively focus their attention on the fun and excitement of target shooting. To this end, hundreds of events are planned nationwide, along with many “Gearbox Giveaways.”

“NRA welcomes the opportunity to partner with NSSF on this initiative, as it speaks to the core mission of NRA and its members,” said Joe DeBergalis, executive director, NRA General Operations. “Anyone who was mentored into the shooting sports understands how important it is to pay it forward, and should invite others to share in the enjoyment of firearms and hunting. It is through our qualified mentorship of newcomers that our passion and pastime will live on indefinitely.”

It’s easy to take part in this initiative. Here’s how:

  • Join fellow sportsmen and sportswomen at the range in August for some well-deserved trigger time. Find a range near you with this NRA search tool.
  • Become an active participant in NSSF’s +ONE Movement, a nationwide campaign working to advance mentorship in hunting and the shooting sports by encouraging experienced shooters, hunters and firearm owners to take a new shooter to the range or field and allow them to experience first-hand what makes these pastimes so enjoyable.
  • Go to LetsGoShooting.org to discover the ranges and retailers in your area for this year’s celebration.
  • Participate in NRA’s Mentor Initiative, launched in 2015, which asks all NRA members to make a date to take new shooters to the range.
  • Download a copy of “NRA Guide For New Shooters”.
  • Learn about NRA American Hunter’s “Join the Hunt” initiative in which the focus is to offer guidance to the many Americans who may become hunters but lack a proper introduction to this pastime.
  • Log on to NRA Shooting Sports USA’s“Coming Events” page for NRA-sanctioned competitive shooting matches.
  • Be an NRA Recruiter – NRA has room for all types of people to recruit new members. Read the descriptions and decide which one sounds the most like you.
  • Become an NRA Instructor and reap the rewards of training and mentoring new shooters.
  • Volunteer for NRA in your community.
  • Participate in one of the many women’s programs, like the Women’s Wilderness Escape or a Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic.
  • Attend a local Friends of NRA event.
  • Build the next generation of hunters by signing your child up for the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC).

Hunt for Your Perfect Connection on the New Online Dating Site for Outdoor Enthusiasts – CAMO News

 

 

Outdoorsmen and women looking for love, or simply someone to share the outdoors with, may just find it on Hunting4connections.com, the new dating site for outdoor enthusiasts. Launched, July 17, 2019, Hunting4connections caters to those who love the outdoors and are looking for a connection with someone who shares their passion.

Hunting4connections fills a niche that no other dating site caters to. The dating site uses a unique algorithm that matches you based on your outdoor lifestyle and preferences to find parallel connections based on similar outdoor passions. After all, shared interest and passion enhance a relationship, making it more likely to last.

This cool new dating site offers a modern and up-to-date experience that will keep the user engaged and impressed with its simplicity. Developers designed the software with the user in mind every step of the way. It’s easy to navigate while offering a fast load time in low-coverage areas to accommodate people who live a fast or slow outdoor lifestyle.

This dating site isn’t just for hunters. It also caters to those who enjoy fishing, hiking, camping, four-wheeling, archery, canoeing, kayaking, motocross, water, winter sports or any other outdoor activities.

The user can keep his or her search simple or can choose to go more in-depth. The site offers both paid and free user options, and unlike other sites, paid users can reach out to free users, allowing more connections to be made.

Hunting4connections is an inexpensive resource to help you meet and connect with the types of people you have been looking for.

Jay Gregory, host of “The Wild Outdoors,” says it best. “For people wanting to meet like-minded folks who love the outdoor lifestyle, this is your site.”

Thanks to Hunting4Connections, you no longer need to waste your time with people who really just don’t get your lifestyle. Now you can join the site that immerses you with other outdoor enthusiasts who understand your passion.

As if possibly finding the love of your life isn’t enough, Hunting4Connections is offering some incredible incentives to encourage folks to try the site.

New users can win a five-day, four-night romantic getaway to the famous Harpole’s Heartland Lodge in Illinois. This giveaway includes a $200 gift card to Hopewell Winery and a $100 gift card to Nucci’s Pasta House. To be entered to win, all you have to do is sign up, create a free profile and add a recent photo.

Follow Hunting4Connections on Facebook and Instagram for giveaways that will include whitetail and hog hunts, fishing trips and a signed shotgun from nine-time expedition shooter Patrick Flanigan.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for free and begin hunting for your connection. It’s where passion meets possibility!