Skip to main content

The Week in Outdoor News

The Week in Outdoor News – 10/11/2013

Today kicks off our 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 Fish and Wildlife Department out of Vermont is trying to keep bow hunters aware of the nuances of the Sportsman Act of 2013, which allows archery deer hunters to carry a handgun but not use it to take game. Intended to allow hunters the same rights as hikers and wildlife watchers, the Sportsman Act is not meant to be a green light for hunters who couldn’t quite take a deer or bear with just a bow.

From The National Rifle Association has spread the word that over 800 exhibitors have registered for the Great American Outdoor Show, February 1-9, 2014 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Smith & Wesson, Colt, Remington, Taurus, and Beretta will be featured in the Shooting Sports Hall, just a portion of the 650,000 square foot exhibit area at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Find out more and purchase tickets at

From Florida’s Governor has announced the first of four license-free saltwater fishing days, happening this Saturday, October 12. While the license requirements are waived, all other limits and restrictions are in effect. The date marks the first of four additional license-free days added to the Florida fishing calendar earlier in the year.

From The Bassmaster Classic is holding their annual Elite Series Marshal program, which lets everyday anglers spend two to three days with the world’s top professionals. The rare opportunity has a $500 price tag, but could be a chance to learn some tips and develop skills that have made the Bassmaster pros the best in the business. Registration is restricted to B.A.S.S. members.

From With help from a Nebraska Environment Trust, Ducks Unlimited is working to restore four wildlife management areas along the Platte River. By removing invasive trees and clearing slough scars to restore hydrology, the improvements will help duck hunters access and reap the benefits of a quality spot. The areas slotted for restoration are Bassway Strip, Dogwood, Blue Hole and Martin’s Reach.

From October 9, 2013 will forever be known as the launch of the “Rio in Sight” campaign, spearheaded by USA Shooting in an effort to raise awareness and support for the team’s quest for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The identity and rallying cry came to life as a way to encourage sponsors, supporters, club members and fans to be a part of the USA Shooting community.

From It was only a matter of time before someone invented a smartphone mount for a bow, and that day has arrived thanks to S4Gear. The JackKnife Bow Mount lets a hunter record their excursions from their direct perspective, strengthening the connection between technology and hunting. What’s next, live Tweeting from the field? The JackKnife Bow Mount will make it possible.

From The Minneapolis Star Tribune: The longer the government shutdown lasts, the more debate heats up amongst sportsmen groups across the country. As hunting season arrives, nine Minnesota national wildlife refuges and nine wetland management districts remain inaccessible. Groups have requested Congress end the shutdown, and still risk law enforcement intervention should they be found trespassing on the closed federal land.

From NBC Miami: Some fishing guides who operate in the Everglades National Park have gone as far as to protest the government shutdown, gathering on more than 100 boats, kayaks and paddleboards in Cowpens Channel to voice their opinion. Protestors argued that an estimated 100 fishing guides are losing an average of $600 a day each.

From Finally, in the news of the weird category, a Steamboat Springs hotel standoff between police and a man armed with a hunting bow led to an arrest after a four-hour ordeal. Authorities were called when staff at the Ptarmigan Inn reported a highly intoxicated man firing arrows into the hotel furniture and empty pizza boxes. He was booked with reckless endangerment, violation of protection order, prohibited use of a weapon, obstructing a police officer and trespassing.

you might also like

The Week in Outdoor News