Registration Now Open for the NBS 2020 Fall Semi-Annual Market
We are excited to announce our plans to go forward with our NBS 2020 Fall Semi-Annual Market from August 21-23, 2020, at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas! Registration is now open on the NBS website where you can login to your account to register and access all Market information. To view our current Market schedule, click here. We are excited to see all of you in a few months!
Nation's Best Sports Thanks NSSF For COVID-19 Response, Says "NSSF Is Our Voice"
NSSF has worked hard during the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure its members have been allowed to stay in business. Dave Stockmeyer, NBS Executive Vice President, recently extended thanks and accolades to NSSF on behalf of its own members. To view the complete video statement, click here
Fontana Sports Specialties Devastated by Looting and Destruction During Rioting
Many of you are familiar with our long-time member, Fontana Sports Specialties , in Madison, Wisconsin. We are saddened to share that their store was repeatedly looted and subsequently destroyed during the rioting and unrest that occurred in Madison two weekends ago. They are currently closed, with no reopening date in sight. Most of their merchandise, including their computer equipment, was stolen or destroyed. If you feel inclined and are able to help, they have set up a Go Fund Me page to ease the pain of their reconstruction and rebuilding efforts. To view their Go Fund Me page, click here . Our hearts are with John, Judith and Elizabeth, along with the entire Fontana Sports staff and we are looking forward to their reopening.
NSSF "From the Counter" Blog: Scott's Outdoor Sports from Jay, FL
Scott's Outdoor Sports , a third-generation retailer in the center of the Florida Panhandle, stocks nearly 6,000 firearms and even sells furniture! The inventory is a mix of new and used firearms, with an emphasis on traditional hunting and defensive guns and a significant inventory of used firearms. To read the article, click here .
PPP Forgiveness Changes Coming as Senate Passes House Bill
The U.S. Senate passed the House version of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) legislation on June 3, 2020, tripling the time allotted for small businesses and other PPP loan recipients to spend the funds and still qualify for forgiveness of the loans. The bill passed in a unanimous voice vote hours after Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson initially blocked it. Among the key provisions is a change in the threshold for the amount of PPP funds required to be spent on payroll costs to qualify for forgiveness to 60% of the loan amount. | For More...
American Outdoor Brands Corporation Changes Corporate Name & Stock Ticker Symbol
American Outdoor Brands Corporation has changed its name to Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., effective June 1, 2020. The name change reflects the company’s preparation for the previously announced spin-off of its outdoor products and accessories business as a tax-free stock distribution to its stockholders in late summer 2020, a transaction that would create two independent, publicly-traded companies: Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (firearm business) and American Outdoor Brands, Inc. (outdoor products and accessories business). | For More...
ICAST Online: Transitioning ICAST 2020 from a Physical to a Virtual Show
There’s been a lot of questions circulating about how ICast Online will function as a “virtual trade show” this year, and The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) recently released a news release providing more details into what attendees and exhibitors can expect from this year’s show. | For More...
Firearms Background Checks Surge in May
The FBI completed 1.6 million gun background checks on an NSSF-adjusted basis in May, a hike of 75.2 percent compared to the May 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 910,910. The checks build on year-over-year gains of 69.1 percent in April, 41 percent in March, 36 percent in February, and 19 percent in January. | For More...
Wigwam Mills Reopens Factory With New Generation at the Helm
Wigwam Mills Inc. has reopened its factory as Wisconsin’s stay-at-home restrictions have been eased by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers. In addition, the Wigwam Board of Directors announced that leadership of the 115-year old brand has shifted to the fourth-generation siblings Chris Chesebro and Margaret Newhard. | For More...
HAVA Board Welcomes Smith & Wesson CEO Mark Smith
Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) announces the appointment of Smith & Wesson CEO, Mark Smith to its Board of Directors. Mark represents one of the six HAVA founding sponsor companies from 2008, a company which has consistently supported the HAVA program for disabled veterans and has been a strong voice in its growth. | For More...
ATA Releases " Is It Safe to Shoot in My Backyard" Video
This ATA video, Is It Safe to Shoot in My Backyard , shares backyard shooting tips and safety information on how you can shoot safely in your backyard and encourages people to shoot at home. | For More...
Capitalize as Hunting Interest Surges After Pandemic
Many state wildlife agencies reported more hunting license sales since March. Why? Many believe the COVID-19 pandemic sparked the interest as meat supplies shrank and people had more time to get outdoors. They turned to traditional, sustainable sources for protein, like bowhunting. Their newfound interests also strengthened the nation’s conservation efforts. | For More...
Blog: The 11 Best Hunts of Summer
If you’re a passionate hunter, life’s too short to spend three months of every year sitting in front of an air conditioner and dreaming of fall. Don’t let the dog days of summer get you down. Here are 11 great hot-weather hunts for June, July and August. | For More...
Pure Fishing Encourages the CSF's #ResponsibleRecreation Campaign
The #ResponsibleRecreation campaign is an effort to encourage Americans to responsibly enjoy outdoor recreation while adhering to COVID-19 public health practices and natural resource stewardship principles. | For More...
Camping Seen Getting Boost Post-COVID-19
Findings from  a special COVID-19 edition of the North American Camping Report  compiled by Kampgrounds of America (KOA) in late April indicate that travel limitations and overall caution due to COVID-19 are drawing more campers and first-time campers to the outdoors. | For More...
NCAA Offers Guidance For Bringing Athletes Back to Campus
NCAA members have begun preparing plans to resume college sports and return college athletes and staff to campus, as local and state governments and public health officials relax stay-at-home orders. The NCAA Sport Science Institute, in collaboration with the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel released  Action Plan Considerations  to help schools mitigate risks of COVID-19 spread as staff and student-athletes return. | For More...
Just Released: Summer 2020 Edition
The Summer 2020 edition of the quarterly NBS Outdoor Magazine is now available! Click here or click the magazine cover to view the digital version. For information on how you can become part of the NBS Outdoor Magazine, contact Steve Baker with Required Team Gear via email at steveb@requiredteamgear.com .   
John Dudley Attempts 500 Yard Bow Shot with the PSE EVO NTN He Built for Dude Perfect
If you build a bow specifically for the Dude Perfect guys, you have to do something pretty epic with it to make sure it’s up to par. And that’s exactly what John Dudley did after he constructed Tyler’s PSE Evo NTN. Now, to be “Dude Perfect worthy” as John puts it, he reaches way down into his barrel of tricks and attempts to stick an arrow on a target that’s sitting 500-yards away. | For More...
How to Cope with That "Always-On" Feeling
Tools allowing for instant communication have given us the ability to work from anywhere. With employees being only an email or Slack message away, organizations are now omnipresent in the lives of employees. And now, with many working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, managers and coworkers who were once in the office down the hall, are now in your living room, kitchen, or bedroom (wherever you can find a quiet place to plug in your laptop). | For More...
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Do You Know Any Independent Retailers That Would Be a Good Fit For NBS?
In case you are not aware, NBS provides a stipend to those who refer and actively assist in our recruiting effort. For more information, or to discuss possible leads, please contact Julie Cerza in the NBS Office via phone at 817-605-2212 or via email at jcerza@nbs.com .
If your company has anything to share with NBS, please contact Catherine Rash via email at crash@nbs.com or via phone at 817-605-2223.