UTG PRO 15 Slim Keymod & M-LOKR Carbine Length Drop-in Handguards

With the abundance of high value AR15 carbines in the market, it is easier than ever to get your hands on one and still have funds leftover to customize. One aspect of the AR15 is the beauty its highly modular design. After the AR15 is brought back to the home front, standard items, like the pistol grip, butt stock, and plastic handguards tend to find their way into a drawer or closet never to see the light of day again. The only problem arises with the A2 front sight post. For the Average Joe, removing a standard A2 FSP is a difficult and time consuming ordeal. Without the right tools and equipment it does not take a lot to permanently damage or mar your carbine. So what do you do if you want one of those full length Super Slim handguards, but are stuck with an A2 front sight? One option is to look into UTG PRO’s latest 15″ Super Slim Carbine-Length Drop-In Handguard.

UTG PRO put forth a lot of effort in creating these hanguards and making available, both the M-LOK® and Keymod Modular Systems as options. As with most drop-in handguards, they are designed to fit carbine-length AR15s equipped with an A2 front sight post, delta ring assembly, and round handguard cap. It achieves its 15″ full-length size via a three piece design with an integrated cutout allowing the front sight to protrude through. The increased real estate allows for various techniques for both manipulation and retention, as well as, providing additional customizable points for attaching accessories.

Unlike other drop-in handguards, the UTG PRO Super Slim handguards provide increased mounting versatility with 7 slot tracks around the circumference of the handguard and not just at the typically found 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. The handguards feature a scalloped Picatinny top rail that extends to and sits flush against the upper receiver flat top, bridging the gap over the delta ring assembly. For those who run a Ruger® AR-556® with its proprietary threaded delta ring/barrel nut assembly, you will be happy to know that the Super Slim handguards are compatible and drop-in without an issue. Each handguard comes with its own additional mounting accessories. The M-LOK™ Handguard (MTU015SSM) includes one 8-slot Picatinny rail section and a QD sling swivel adaptor, while the Keymod handguard (MTU015SSK) comes with a 4 and an 8-slot Picatinny rail section. Both are precision machined from 6061-T6 aluminum with a matte black anodize finish and are proudly designed and made in the USA.

MTU015SSM, 15″ M-LOK®: $129.97
MTU015SSK, 15″ Keymod: $129.97

ICEMULE Pro Large in Realtree Xtra

COLUMBUS, GA – The ICEMULE Pro™ Large in Realtree Xtra offers 23 liters of drink-haulin’, ice-keeping performance. The Large Pro can easily load up with 18 cans + ice, making it ideal for a day on the boat or a tailgate before the game. No other soft cooler out there is easier to carry, easier to load up and easier to unload. The ICEMULE Pro can easily load up with a day’s worth of food, drinks and ice. No other soft cooler out there is easier to carry, easier to load up and easier to unload because the ICEMULE Pro does away with clunky, obnoxious zippers and instead relies on their TriFold DriTop enclosure system. And when you’re done with it, an ICEMULE easily rolls up for storage. To top it off, it’s 100% waterproof and it floats. This isn’t your dad’s cooler.

Details:
• Capacity: 23L / 18 cans + ice
• In Use Dimensions: 17″ x 11″ x 14″
• Weight: 3.2 lbs

Gov. Snyder helps celebrate opening of new multi-use trail in Menominee County (MI)

Gov. Rick Snyder took an off-road vehicle ride Wednesday along the new Escanaba to Hermansville multi-use trail, celebrating one more milestone in deepening Michigan’s brand as The Trails State.

The trail was developed through a unique and innovative partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and American Transmission Co.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Thomas St. Onge Veterans Museum in Hermansville, Gov. Snyder rode the roughly 25-mile ORV route east into Delta County to the Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club in Escanaba.

“This new outdoor recreation opportunity is a great example of government, businesses and the community working together,” Gov. Snyder said. “Because of the public-private collaboration, residents and visitors alike will enjoy this trail for decades to come and celebrate the best of Pure Michigan.”

Development of the trail began in 2007 when the state acquired the inactive railroad corridor from Wisconsin Central.

This acquisition of the corridor was a collaborative effort between the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s Parks and Recreation Division and the Michigan Department of Transportation, with grant funding provided by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

The $550,000 land purchase was transacted under the State Transportation Preservation Act, which preserves future transportation interest, while allowing for interim trail use.

From 2009 through 2011, the DNR engaged in a public comment process to determine the best possible uses for the railroad corridor. Overwhelmingly, the public wanted the corridor open for multiple uses, ranging from hiking, biking and off-road vehicle use to snowmobiling and horseback riding.

“In 2013, the American Transmission Co. approached the DNR about the possibility of siting its electric transmission line next to the rail-trail,” said Ron Yesney, DNR Upper Peninsula trails coordinator. “In return, the company offered to fund construction and maintenance of the recreational trail, including three bridge upgrades.”

The resulting $3.5 million project has produced a premier multi-use trail corridor, helping to connect communities in the U.P., and important additional electric transmission into the region.

“This was a winning project all the way around,” said Tom Finco, vice president of external affairs for American Transmission Co. “By co-locating our transmission line within an established corridor, we minimized the environmental impact of the project and were able to provide state residents with a multi-purpose trail. This new recreational asset also should help attract tourists to an easily accessible part of the Upper Peninsula.”

One of the biggest benefits of this partnership is that it allows the DNR to save program dollars, which can now be used in other areas in need of recreational improvements.

“This type of partnership venture could potentially be duplicated elsewhere across Michigan where the need to develop recreational opportunities and energy infrastructure intersect,” said Stacy Haughey, DNR Upper Peninsula coordinator.

Local off-road vehicle riders and clubs have supported the trail development, providing another cooperative boost to the project. The Normenco Sportsman’s Club of northern Menominee County and the Sportsmen’s Off-Road Vehicle Association of Delta County will be the trail sponsors, coordinating maintenance of the trail.

Yesney said the joint effort in Menominee and Delta counties on this cooperative rail-trail development has been a success.

“It demonstrates an efficient way to achieve multiple goals and meet objectives, with significant improvements in recreation and electric infrastructure gained for the Upper Peninsula for decades to come,” Yesney said.

For more information on Michigan trails, visit www.michigan.gov/dnrtrails.

Fox Builds on Legacy of Craftsmanship with New A Grade Series Shotguns

WESTFIELD, MA – Fox shotguns have proven themselves as superb firearms for more than a century. For 2017, the new Fox A Grade Series presented by Savage Arms continues this heritage of craftsmanship with shotguns that handle gracefully, point naturally and hit hard. Shipments of these fine firearms are now being delivered to dealers.

The Fox A Grade Series features the same components and style that have made all Fox shotguns the envy of collectors. Each of the four box-lock side-by-sides in the series features a beautifully checkered American black walnut stock, splinter fore-end and a bone and charcoal case color-finished receiver. Available in 12- and 20-gauge, with 26- or 28-inch barrels.

Features & Benefits
• Box lock, side-by-side shotgun
• 14½-inch length of pull, 1½-inch drop at comb
• American black walnut stock with oil finish and precision-cut checkering
• Straight buttstock grip and splinter fore-end
• 26- or 28-inch barrels with solid game rib
• Front brass bead sight
• Includes interchangeable improved cylinder, modified and full chokes
• Double triggers and automatic safety
• Bone and charcoal case color-finished receiver
• Polymer carrying case

Part No. / Description / MSRP
19436 / 12-gauge, 28-inch barrel / $4,999
19437 / 12-gauge, 26-inch barrel / $4,999
19438 / 20-gauge, 28-inch barrel / $4,999
19439 / 20-gauge, 26-inch barrel / $4,999

Savage Arms is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. To learn more about Savage Arms, visit www.savagearms.com.

About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe. For news and information, visit www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.

Maryland Provides First-Time Hunters Opportunity to Experience Sport

Low-Cost Apprentice Hunting Licenses Now Available

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering a new hunting license for first-time hunters. The Apprentice Hunting License is available to residents and nonresidents of any age who never held a Maryland hunting license.

The apprentice license is $10 for residents and $20 for nonresidents, and provides the same privileges as other Maryland hunting licenses. It allows anyone interested in hunting a one-time chance to try the sport before committing to the more lengthy process of obtaining a traditional hunting license.

“Our hope is to provide the apprentice an opportunity to experience hunting in Maryland at a reduced rate and have them become lifelong hunters,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Hunters remain the primary source of revenue for conservation initiatives and are critical to the state’s wildlife management efforts.”

Individuals can get only one Maryland apprentice hunting license per lifetime and applicants must first pass a short, online hunter safety course offered by the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

When hunting, apprentice license holders must be accompanied and directly supervised by a fully-licensed Maryland resident, 18 years old or older, who must be close enough take control of an archery device or firearm. An apprentice hunter can only hunt unaccompanied after successfully completing the full hunter safety course and receiving a Certificate of Competency in Firearms and Hunter Safety.

Licensed apprentice hunters can hunt deer, rabbit, squirrel, turkey and waterfowl. Appropriate stamps are needed to hunt migratory birds, deer and waterfowl with a bow or muzzleloader. Additionally, anyone 17 year old or older needs a Managed Hunt Permit to hunt in certain state parks.

Volunteers Form Black Warrior Chapter of Quail Forever in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, Ala. – Quail Forever continues to expand its mission in the Southeast with the formation of the Black Warrior Chapter of Quail Forever in Birmingham, Alabama. Volunteers are focusing on habitat improvements and conservation education to create positive impacts for bobwhite quail and other wildlife in the Greater Birmingham region.

“We’re excited to bring a new chapter of Quail Forever to the largest population center in Alabama and make it available for those passionate about hunting and conservation,” stated Cullen Wiggins, president of the Black Warrior Chapter of Quail Forever. “The committee looks forward to improving habitat and bringing to light the challenges and opportunities quail have in the 21st century, and we hope others will help support a quail comeback in our state.”

Quail populations in Alabama have seen a consistent decline since the mid 1980’s due to changing land use practices, but success stories can still be highlighted throughout the state thanks to conservation advocates paving a new path for the Southeast’s most iconic bird. The Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources has shown a renewed interest in quail management in recent years, including the creation of focal areas for bobwhites and habitat project implementation to restore bobwhite populations to 1980’s levels. The Black Warrior Chapter of Quail Forever will utilize the organization’s unique local approach to help fund similar projects and initiatives to reestablish the glory days of quail habitat and bobwhite hunting in Alabama.

Black Warrior Chapter of Quail Forever

The Black Warrior Chapter of Quail Forever has elected Cullen Wiggins of Birmingham as president, Drew Barnett of Mountain Brook as vice president, Davis Bryant of Birmingham as treasurer, Nick Sanders of Coaling as habitat chair, Freddy Padilla of Birmingham as youth/education coordinator, Lance Lucas of Birmingham as banquet chair, and Tripp Giles of Birmingham as secretary.
The chapter will hold its next meeting on Monday, August 21st, starting at 6:oo p.m. at the Purple Onion (1551 Montgomery Hwy – Birmingham, AL 35216). Hunters and conservationists interested in joining the chapter as volunteers are encouraged to attend – please RSVP with Cullen Wiggins.
The chapter’s inaugural habitat fundraising banquet will be held this fall on Thursday, November 9th at the Avondale Brewery in Birmingham.
For more information about the chapter or to become involved, contact chapter president, Cullen Wiggins, at (205) 454-5058 or Cullen.Wiggins@gmail.com.
About Quail Forever

Quail Forever is a leading organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation efforts for the United States’ native quail species. Since its creation in 2005, Quail Forever has conducted more than 8,500 habitat projects across the nation benefitting quail and other wildlife. Along with its affiliate organization Pheasants Forever, it has committed more than $708 million to improve more than 15.8 million acres of wildlife habitat. Quail Forever has more than 16,000 members and 165 local chapters across the country. Both Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever are part of Pheasants Forever, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit.