NSSF Urges Sportsmen to 'Vote Your Sport'
ELECTION DAY NOV. 7 . . . Like bison confronted by wolves,
sportsmen have long relied on a herding instinct to survive daily
attacks by anti-gun and animal rights groups. The more radical the
assault on hunters and shooters, the closer they stick together. NSSF,
through its Hunting and Shooting Sports Heritage Fund, administers a
program called Vote Your Sport, which reminds hunters and shooters of
the diligence required as elections approach. Learn more at
newly redesigned Web site dedicated to protecting America's hunting and
shooting heritage and firearms freedoms. The Vote Your Sport campaign is
needed in 2006 more than ever because opposing campaigns have become
more covert, utilizing deception and stealth tactics in an attempt to
splinter the herd and advance the anti agenda.
MICHIGAN VOTERS URGED TO VOTE 'YES' FOR DOVE HUNTING . . .
Michigan voters will decide on the
future of dove
hunting in their state on Election Day. NSSF is urging Michigan
residents to vote "yes" on Proposal 3. Doves -- one of the most
popular, elusive, delicious, abundant and readily renewable natural
resources in North America -- also are among the most economically
important game species.
'POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING' AND MORE IN BOSTON . . . At a press
conference in Boston Thursday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced the expansion of their
mayoral coalition against guns. NSSF promptly labeled the
announcement "political grandstanding" and
coalition mayors to engage in a constructive dialogue with the
firearms industry to advance the shared goal of reducing the
criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms. One of the mayors,
however, already seems intent on ignoring the industry and its
positive efforts. Menino last week announced that Project ChildSafe
would partner with the city in distributing 5,000 free gun locks to
residents. Not surprisingly, the fact that Project ChildSafe is a
program of the firearms industry is conveniently tucked into a
paragraph at the bottom of his
press release. Can you guess which paragraph Menino was
BLOOMBERG MISDIRECTS HIS ANTI-GUN ANGER . . . "Reducing the
criminal misuse of firearms is a goal shared by all Americans,
including the firearms industry. But New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg would have people think he's the only one addressing the
issue," writes NSSF's Lawrence G. Keane in the conservative weekly
Keane's complete column.
SCTP HOLDS INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS . . . Nearly 100 young
shotgunners with Olympic aspirations traveled to Colorado Springs,
Colo., this past weekend to compete in NSSF's first Scholastic Clay
Target Program (SCTP) International Shotgun Championships. The
competition -- one the U.S. Olympic shotgun team coach says he is
very pleased to see -- included team matches in the international
versions of trap and skeet shooting, which are shot in the Olympics
and at other world events.
View complete results.
USING THE INTERNET TO FIND HUNTING PLACES . . . Looking for a
place to hunt? Don't jump in your truck --
instead. For bird hunters, NSSF launched
free online directory of places to hunt. The site links to over
1,000 daily-fee preserves, another modern solution for busy hunters
seeking an easy way to stay in the game.
Bill Booth, representing Smith & Wesson, shows an outdoor writer the
finer points of gripping a semi-auto. A number of gun-maker reps
conducted a shooting demo as part of the annual conference of the
Southeastern Outdoor Press Association.
OUTDOOR PRESS ENJOY SHOOTING DAY . . . A large contingent of
writers, broadcasters and other communications pros gathered last
week in Decatur, Ala., for the annual conference of the Southeastern
Outdoor Press Association. Among the highlights was an afternoon at
a nearby shooting range, where media and industry reps tested the
latest in shotguns, handguns, rifles and muzzleloaders.
MEDIA AT SHOT SHOW . . . Media professionals wishing to attend
the 2007 SHOT Show, slated for Jan. 11-14 in Orlando, may now apply
for media credentials. Guidelines and the official media
registration form may be downloaded from
www.shotshow.org or by
here. More than 1,300 writers, broadcasters and other media
covered the 2006 SHOT Show.
WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY . . . Women attending SHOT Show are
invited to attend the fifth annual "Women in the Industry"
networking luncheon, featuring guest speaker
nationally known dynamic speaker, author and business coach. The
Women in the Industry luncheon provides a forum for women in the
shooting sports industry to network and share success strategies.
The luncheon is at noon on Friday, Jan. 12, in Room 304 AB of the
Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Seating is limited.
Reservations must be made individually and each person is allowed
only one ticket. To make a reservation, contact Cindy Brutting at
BIRD FLU UPDATE . . . Across the country -- and around the
world -- today, the news media is buzzing with headlines about bird
flu. A low pathogenic strain of bird flu has been found in pintail
Montana, but is said to pose no risk to human health. However,
the deadly H5N1 strain has been found in pigs in
Indonesia and in domestic birds in
Researchers at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a protein that
prevents flu viruses from entering cells, a mechanism that could
spark production of anti-viral medications. And pharmaceutical giant
Pfizer Inc. today announced its acquisition of a British company
that was pioneering a new vaccine thought to hold great promise in
helping the human immune system fight various strains of influenza,
including bird flu.
SIGARMS APPOINTS NEW NATIONAL ACCOUNTS MANAGER . . . SIGARMS
announced the appointment of Jon Scott of Tallahassee, Fla., as its
new national accounts manager. Scott has been with the company since
August 2005. Before joining SIGARMS, he spent seven years as a
general manager with Oshman's SuperSports and four years in a
similar role with Jumbo Sports. From 1999 to 2001, he was the
marketing manager of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
SPORTSMEN COME TOGETHER FOR PATTON MUSEUM . . . Shotgunners
from around the country came together Sept. 30-Oct. 1 to benefit the
Patton Museum of Cavalry and
Armor at the Second Annual Patton Invitational Shoot. This
year's event, held at the French Range in Ft. Knox, Ky., featured a
weekend of skeet and 5-stand shooting and other activities. The
event was sponsored by the Patton Museum Foundation, a non-profit
organization that supports the enhancement and expansion of the
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challenges and in delivering programs and services to meet the
identified needs of our members."
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