APRIL 1, 2024

Happy Birthday to all of my fellow U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers out there!

In this edition of The Hunting Wire, we debut the short film, El Ciervo Trofeo, which tells the story of my hunt with Sirius Outdoors in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

We also hear from the great state of Kentucky on their recruitment efforts for conservation officers.

Turkey season is upon some of us, and almost here for all of us. We have plenty of new equipment including refined turkey-specific ammunition, smaller, faster, more accurate shotguns, and new and improved archery tackle for hunters in 2024. While most spring hunting seems to focus on turkeys, let's not forget the spring bear hunters out there.

What camp are you in this spring?

Enjoy this edition of The Hunting Wire!


FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 20, 2024) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is currently accepting applications to fill conservation officer positions in multiple counties.

Applications will be accepted through April 17, 2024. Applicants must be 21 years old and possess a valid driver’s license. The online application must be completed to be considered. To apply, visit the Conservation Officer Recruit posting at personnel.ky.gov.

Those who meet initial screening criteria must next pass a physical fitness test, swimming test, oral interview, psychological and drug screen, polygraph, background review and medical evaluation to be considered for selection.

Applicants should frequently check their email, including junk mail folders, after the job posting closes. An initial email to applicants will include important, time-sensitive information, and recipients will be required to respond by a specific date. Applicants will also be notified via email regarding the physical fitness and swim test scheduling.

Selected applicants not already Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) certified will undergo 20 weeks of basic training at the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond. In addition to basic training, all selected applicants undergo another 14 weeks of training in the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Academy before being placed with a field-training officer for a final 12 weeks of on-the-job training. 

Kentucky’s conservation officers are sworn law enforcement officers with statewide jurisdiction and have a primary mission focusing on hunting, fishing, and boating laws.

Conservation officers work to enforce hunting, fishing and boating laws to help conserve the commonwealth’s fish and wildlife resources for present and future generations, and to ensure that the state’s waterways are safe for all to enjoy. Their approach is two-pronged, consisting of both education and enforcement.

Fish, wildlife or boating violations can be reported to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife by calling 1-800-25-ALERT. In an emergency, or when there is an urgent need for law enforcement, calling 9-1-1 remains the best course of action.

Anonymous tips also can be made by texting “KFWLAW” along with a message to 847411 (tip411), or through the KFWLaw app. The free app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Hunting Wire's Jay Pinsky travels south to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to hunt deer and predators with Sirius Outdoors.


Now available for the Glock 17 with red dot sight, Galco Waistband™ IWB offers functionality and economy!

Boasting dense patterns, deep penetration, and unparalleled long-range performance, Fiocchi’s Golden Turkey TSS raises the bar for turkey hunters seeking superior results. Available in three-inch offerings for 12-gauge, 20-gauge, 28-gauge, and .410 bore, this ammunition is engineered to provide hard-hitting knockdown power.

Safariland, a brand of The Safariland Group is excited to announce the release of new fits for the redesigned, RDS compatible IWB IncogX holster. The IncogX, developed in partnership with Haley Strategic Partners, now accommodates the Smith & Wesson Shield, Shield+, Shield EZ, and M&P models.

Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF) has partnered with Mossberg and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) for a new episode of Connecting with Conservation.

Safariland, a brand of The Safariland Group, has announced new GLOCK fits for the Solis OWB holster.

Bushnell and Hoppe’s congratulate pro shooter Jessie Harrison for winning her 12th consecutive Ladies Open National title at the U.S. Steel Nationals near Smyrna Beach, Florida, March 15-17.

ALPS OutdoorZ, the premiere manufacturer of extreme-duty hunting packs and outdoor gear, is proud to announce the continuation of its partnership with the Kids & Clays Foundation, a national organization dedicated to using shooting sports to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Chapters.

Slick Trick Broadheads announces a new cut-on-contact broadhead to its successful lineup with the turkey D-Cap.

FALCO Holsters, a global leader in crafting bespoke leather holsters, reveals its latest innovation in shoulder holsters designed to enhance concealed carry experiences.

The Murray Road Agency, a full-suite marketing agency rooted strongly in the hunting, shooting, fishing and outdoor industries, announces it will be a Diamond Sponsor for the upcoming Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Annual Meeting in Pinewood, South Carolina, May 6-8, 2024.

Armasight kicks off Q2 with a bang, unveiling two sensational dealer promotions. Available exclusively through participating Armasight dealers, these promotions promise unmatched value and enhanced performance for enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Bushnell is proud to announce sponsored shooter KC Eusebio won the Speed Shooting title at the US Steel Nationals at the Volusia County Gun Club near New Smyrna Beach, Florida, March 15 -17.

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