Counter Cultured: Luke Bryan Returns to Country Roots in New Song

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The four-time co-host of the Academy of Country Music Awards and outdoor enthusiast has a new music video showcasing his love of fishing and hunting. 

Luke Bryan’s new song “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day” will even appeal to those who are skeptical of the country crooner’s music. Often associated with the “bro-country” movement, Bryan’s new song appears to have departed from this. As more country music adopts a more traditionalist tone, even Bryan recognizes the need to return to his true country roots–especially with this ode to dedicated anglers and hunters.

On the surface, the song seems to focus on fishing, hunting, and romance. However, it’s more about a guy who loves fishing and hunting every day.

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WOS Article: CA Ban on Coastal Fishing To Remain In Place

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Despite its mission of promoting conservation, the California Fish and Game Commission will leave its ban on coastal fishing in California in place.

The already troubled California Fish and Game Commission has not only abandoned its mission of promoting conservation efforts in the Golden State. It has also decided to keep a ban–better known as the Marine Life Protection Act–on coastal fishing in Southern California in place.

The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) seeks to “redesign California’s system of marine protected areas (MPAs) to function as a network in order to: increase coherence and effectiveness in protecting the state’s marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems, and marine natural heritage, as well as to improve recreational, educational and study opportunities provided by marine ecosystems subject to minimal human disturbance.” It was adopted into law in 1999 but modified in 2010 to include a ban on coastal fishing from Santa Barbara to the U.S.-Mexico border.

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WOS Article: CA Fish & Game Commission Betrays Sportsmen

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In response to an L.A. Times investigation into the California Fish & Game Commission, local groups, like a Safari Club International chapter, have called for greater accountability and transparency.  

A blistering report from the L.A. Times found that the California Fish & Game Commission betrayed anglers, hunters, and marksmen in the Golden State. As a result of this report, local hunting groups, including the Orange County chapter of Safari Club International, have lambasted the commission for betraying outdoor enthusiasts in the state.

“The L.A. Times has turned the lights on to reveal a government commission that is totally out of control and operating without any checks and balances,” said Lisa McNamee, past president of Safari Club International’s Orange County chapter, in a press release.

“It calls into question virtually every decision the Fish and Game Commission has made over the last several years…It’s outrageous that commissioners have been handing checks to lobbyists…and voting on matters for which they have a blatant conflict of interest…This is a tremendous disservice to all Californians and an affront to good, clean and responsible government.”

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WOS Article: Pro-Sportsmen Bill Passes U.S. Senate

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A major pro-sportsmen bill was passed in the U.S. Senate on April 20, 2016.

The Bipartisan Sportsmen Act of 2016 was overwhelming passed in the U.S. on April 20, 2016 with a 85-12 vote.

The bill was lauded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a trade association for the firearms industry best known for putting on SHOT Show. They praised it as a step in the right direction to ensuring and enhancing the rights of anglers, hunters, and shooting sports enthusiasts.

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WOS Article:25 Things I’d Do If Had Own Fishing Show

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If I had my own fishing show, here are 25 things I’d do on the program.

There are many wonderful fishing shows out there. They entice viewers with exotic locations, the allure of big catches, and beautiful backdrops. They generally do a great job of promoting the sport, but have some limitationsand that’s okay.

However, if I were afforded the opportunity to have my own fishing show, I’d offer my own spin. First, I’d call it either “Angling Right” or “Reel Love” because they fit the fishing angle I take.

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WOS Article: LA Female-Only Angler Tagging Seminar

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be hosting a unique women-only fishing seminar on April 9, 2016, at the local Cabela’s.

As more women begin to take up fishing, more groups and organizations are finding ways to encourage female participation in the sport.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, along with the Coastal Conservation Association and National Wildlife Federation, are offering a unique fishing seminar on April 9 at Cabela’s in Gonzales, LA.

The Women’s Fish-Tagging Workshop will not only teach women how to tag fish. The seminar promises to “provide a host of other educational opportunities, including fish identification, best handling practices, equipment preparation, basic fishing skills as well as how to catch, clean and prepare fish.”

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WOS Article: Interview with ReelCamoGirl’s Lauren Hill

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This new female outdoor lifestyle brand promotes empowered women who actively fish, hunt, hike, and shoot guns. 

Many people, brands, and organizations are noting the rise of women in fishing, hunting, and the shooting sports. Women are equal participants in the respective industries and will continue to join. One woman, Lauren Hill, has capitalized on this to create a unique and inviting brand for women, by women called ReelCamoGirl.

With the tagline “The Outdoor Life, Only Prettier”, Reel Camo Girl’s mission statement can be found below:

 ReelCamoGirl is a lifestyle brand focused on ladies who love the outdoors.There is a growing need for a place for women to share  their outdoor experiences, as well as an interest in clean eating and  self-sufficiency. Through our website and social media networks, we  offer a safe place where the ladies can share their pictures, stories, wild  game and fish recipes, and news articles about conservation and  hunting perspectives.

Lauren Hill is a public relations professional who currently serves on the Board of Directors for Diego Safari Club International and Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center. She was kind enough to answer a few questions from us.

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