The Week in Outdoor News – Friday, November 15, 2013
Here is our latest roundup of the biggest, most newsworthy, and just plain interesting stories and events from the great outdoors. The Wide Open Spaces team will do their best to collect the information you need to know to keep you aware of everything affecting you and your enjoyment of hunting, fishing and more.
From the NewsObserver.com: In case you missed it last week, a North Carolina Senator introduced a bill called the Sportsmen’s and Public Outdoor Recreation Traditions (SPORT) Act. Spearheaded by Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, the bill will expand access to federal public lands, in part by improving easements through private property to travel through, and increasing federal funding support for wildlife habitat protection.
From NOAA.gov: The 2013 National Saltwater Angler Survey reveals some interesting thoughts from those who frequent the bays and oceans of our country. Not surprising was the sentiment of 95% of respondents who said conserving high quality fishing opportunities for younger generations is important.
From ArcheryWire.com: The Archery Trade Association (ATA) recently intriduced a new consumer website, Archery360.com, designed to help beginners and youth learn more and become more active in the world of bows and arrows. A shop locator, a getting started guide, and an event calendar are just some of the features.
From Under Armour: The latest push from the sportswear behemoth Under Armour features the “I WILL” campaign, showcasing their ColdGear Infrared innovations, meant to withstand top performance in the coldest conditions. Watch for everyone’s favorite outdoorsman and star of the hit A&E show Duck Dynasty Willie Robertson when the spot drops during next week’s Monday Night Football matchup.
From TheOutdoorWire.com: Georgia has become the newest state offering Hunter’s Education Courses online, an attractive proposition for those still in need of the certification before they can head out in the field. Free study guides and a “Pay only if you pass” promise make it even more appealing.
From ShotBusiness.org: Ruger is unveiling a redesigned Red Label over and under shotgun with an improved center of gravity and reduced recoil. The famed firearm company says the redesign “deliver[s] improved comfort and an enhanced shooting performance.”
From GreatAmericanOutdoorShow.org: The NRA has opened ticket sales for the Great American Outdoors Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania next year, sure to be one of the biggest events in the country related to hunting and fishing. Daily ticket prices for adults are $12, seniors can get in for $10, and children up to age 12 get through the doors for $6.
From the Beaumont Enterprise: High school fishing teams are becoming more and more popular, and much of their success can be traced to a small East Texas town and a motivated Lumberton High teacher. That has led to the Southeast Texas High School Fishing Association, which will hopefully be followed by other school districts across the country.
From the Sioux City Journal: Hunting and fishing licenses will be a little more expense in South Dakota, thanks to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission’s unanimous vote Resident licenses will see a jump of $3-5, while non-residents will have to fork over $7 more to hunt in the state.
From Reuters: Colorado is trying to decide the legalities involved in drone usage and hunting. With the unmanned flying objects gaining attention in recent months as their commercialization increases, it was only a matter of time until the connection with the outdoors was determined. It brings new meaning to the “fair chase” ethos, doesn’t it?