March News Briefs

Shockey Knives

A signature line of hunting knives from big game outfitter and OWAA member Jim Shockey will be available exclusively in Cabela’s stores in May. In partnership with Buck Knives, the series features six designs that range from a caping knife to a full-tang fixed blade hunting knife. The knives are made with Sandvik 12C27M stainless steel blades, and are coated with black oxide for added corrosion resistance. Prices range from $35 to $75. For more information, visit

Gresham talks; people listen

With more than 1.18 million downloads, Tom Gresham’s “Gun Talk” radio show received record-breaking interest in 2009. December was the biggest month on record for the nationally syndicated talk radio show, with more than 114,000 podcast downloads. To hear Gresham talk firearms, shooting and hunting, visit for a list of stations. “Gun Talk” runs for three hours every week on 87 radio stations across the country, as well as Sirius and XM Satellite Radio. Podcasts can also be downloaded at and are available on iTunes.

iMedjet to the rescue

While many outdoor enthusiasts with iPhones have turned to the GPS application in sticky situations, iMedjet is taking this a step further with a new application that provides emergency medical information and service locations. Available as a free download from Apple’s App Store, this feature includes first aid tips with technical illustrations for everything from CPR to bee stings, and a mobile medical information storage for easy access to your personal medical history. Learn more about the application’s developer, MedjetAssist—an emergency medical evacuation and repatriation membership program—by visiting

Virulent fish virus found in Lake Superior

Cornell University researchers identified a virulent fish virus in Lake Superior that threatens the significant loss of wild fish and aquaculture stocks including yellow perch, white sucker, rock bass and bluegill. While it is not harmful to humans, the viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) causes internal bleeding in fish. The virus, one of only nine fish diseases that must be reported to the World Organization for Animal Health, was first discovered in the Great Lakes in 2005. The presence of the virus in Lake Superior was confirmed by the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, and it is feared that the disease could potentially spread from the Great Lakes into new populations of native fish in 31 states of the Mississippi River basin. For more information, visit

Calling all wildlife artists

Wildlife artists are encouraged to participate in the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s 2010 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest, featuring the Northern pintail duck. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries and first place artwork will be depicted on the stamp. To hunt waterfowl in Colorado, hunters must purchase a Colorado Waterfowl Stamp for $5 and all proceeds are used to fund wetland projects throughout the state. Since its start in 1990, the program has raised about $6.7 million toward the restoration and protection of more than 19,500 acres of waterfowl habitat. The Division of Wildlife will accept entries until the March 5 contest deadline. Winning entries will be announced by March 29. For contest rules, entry forms and artwork submission guidelines, visit ◊

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