NBS Outdoor Fall Issue 2020

In the last column I penned for NBS Outdoor, I made reference to Groundhog Day. At that time, residents of many major cities were under stay-at-home orders, businesses were shuttered, and the nation’s Covid infection rate was climbing at an alarming rate. Days and weeks blended together with sameness. Gun sales were soaring. Tensions across the country were high for myriad reasons. My what a difference a few months make! Not. While lockdowns have eased and businesses have begun to reopen (albeit with restrictions) Covid is still very much with us. Historians will discuss 2020 for centuries to come. On a granular level, each of us as individuals has had to make changes big and small to adapt to the new normal. For many of us, summer vacations, fall getaways, and weekends in 2020 look a lot different than they did in prior years. The leisure priorities of 2020 have become simple, cheap, close, and remote. What fits the bill perfectly? Why, camping of course! We’ve got an article in this issue that we trust will give you some new ideas to freshen up your next camping trip. Fishing is another activity that has skyrocketed in popularity over the past 6 months. Live in the Midwest? Check out the Nebraska lake that’s a hotspot for trophy walleye and other INSIDE NBS OUTDOOR

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species. If you don’t live in the Midwest, consider this article and its impressive photos inspiration to wet a line in your area. If you prefer bullets over hooks, check out the article about small game hunting. It may be one of the only shooting sports that’s experiencing a decline in interest. It lends itself very well to being practiced virtually anywhere. If big game is your thing, deer season is approaching. We’ve got tips for bagging a big one from a socially distant long range. We’ve also got inspiration for all of you hog hunters or hog-hunting wannabes. Just ask pretty much any owner of any good-sized plot of remote land, and you’ll learn how prolific and destructive hogs are. And, how easy it is to get someone to grant you the OK to hog hunt on private land. In case you haven’t heard, there’s an election coming up. With 2020 a watershed year, voters on both sides are making appreciate the efforts being put forth to protect this important right going forward; read about it in this issue. Enjoy this issue, and I hope next time I address our wonderful readers, I’ll be celebrating the return to our post Covid freedoms! their voices heard. Second Amendment advocates will

About the magazine:

NBS Outdoor is published quarterly for Nation's Best Sports. Our publishing goal is to promote hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities nationally. NBS is the largest and oldest sporting goods buying group in the United States. The group's 350 independent members operate more than 1,000 retail sporting goods stores and are represented in nearly every state. NBS works with a base of more than 1,800 vendor partners, including the biggest, most respected names in sporting goods and dynamic newcomers. The products featured in the articles throughout this magazine are available at your local independent NBS member retailer.

Fall 2020 EDITOR IN CHIEF Kellye Neuweiler

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