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Last Tango in Montevideo! Primuseum, Mercado del Puerto, Wine and 'Football'

The summer of 2018 -- actually, much of 2018 -- saw Outdoors Rambler in full Road Warrior mode. One fun, and all too brief, stop came at the end of a four-day upland bird and waterfowl hunting trip to Uruguay. There, we hung out in the bustling capital city of Montevideo, on a frantic quest to eat delectable assorted grilled meats and drink an array of Tannat wines (the official grape of Uruguay). Oh, and figure out how to Uber... Enjoy "La Cumperasita" and Photos at Primuseum and the Mercado After a nearly 5-hour ride from the hunting lodge to Montevideo, we double-checked our reservations for a multi-course dinner at a wonderful place in the old part of the city. The Restaurant Primuseum

VDGIF Director Bob Duncan Retiring After 45 Years of Service, Including 11 as the Boss

Bon Duncan's tenure as executive director was considerably longer than many other heads of state fish and wildlife agencies. He had worked for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for 30 years before being appointed executive director. When he was appointed, DGIF had been through 3 directors in relatively short order and. It'll be interesting to see the succession process play out. Here's my report in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star... AFTER 41 YEARS with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, including 11 as executive director, Bob Duncan will retire from state government April 1. Duncan confirmed the retirement rumors Tuesday, noting the decision was diffi

Sundance Head -- the Soulful Country Artist with a Passion for Everything Outdoors

The massive SHOT Show at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas attracts nearly 60,000 people every January. Miles of exhibits showcase the latest in guns and ammo, as well as outdoors gear. A throng of interesting people can be seen walking around the exhibit halls, or meeting/greeting/performing at any of the hundreds of booths. This year, besides introducing their nice, new Case Kickstart Trapperlock knife, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery also brought in Sundance Head, winner of "The Voice" in 2016, to perform at the booth's late afternoon happy hour. Yes, beer and wine, and music if you're lucky, is a regular feature in many booths at the end of each SHOT Show day. Head was a member of Blake

Bergara Highlander Winning Early Praise; New Hunting Rifle is Versatile & Accurate

My favorite of the new hunting rifles seen at SHOT Show 2019 is the Bergara Highlander, a U.S.-made rifle in the company's Premier Series line. This $1,850 gem is going to be a big hit with hunters, whether they're hunting species from deer to plains game on African safaris. Bergara debuted the Highlander at the Safari Club International gathering in Reno, Nevada, two weeks before SHOT and company reps confided that they took orders for more than 30 new rifles right off that show's floor. Bergara set this rifle up at a long-distance lane at SHOT's Range Day. Target distance was some 800-900 meters, as I recall. Due to the incredible winds, we had to hold our aim considerably left of the stee

GPO USA Scopes and Binoculars Swinging for Fences in Terms of Quality and Warranty

GPO USA, a new Virginia-based company just concluded its second year of business. They're so new that you wouldn't find them on the main show floor at SHOT Show 2019; instead they had a small table in a new products hallway. Their story is interesting and their products are attracting consumers. GPO stands for German Precision Optics. The company is owned and operated by Michael Jensen, a longtime operator in the outdoor industry with brands that included Zeiss, Swarovski, Kahles, Remington and Marlin. He has partnered with GPO, GbmH, a German-based company owned and operated by Richard Schmidt, formerly CEO of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, GmbH. They're working to design and produce quality opt

Mossberg's First Handgun in 100-Plus Years is a Nice, Affordable, Subcompact in 9mm

Mossberg is well known for its array of durable, affordable shotguns and an impressive lineup of similarly functional and affordable rifles. The Patriot Revere rifle is one of the nicest looking guns you'll ever find for the cost. But now, for the first time in 100 years, Mossberg is back in the handgun business, debuting the MC1sc Subcompact 9mm Pistol. Mossberg's first firearm was a diminutive .22 handgun designed for trappers. We checked out the new pistol at the 2019 SHOT Show's Range Day in Boulder City, Nevada. This new pistol carries a base MSRP of $425, but is already listed on some outdoors retail sites in the $369 range. With an overall length of 6.25 inches, it's well-sized for co

New Guns, New Gear and Sundance Head Singing at Happy Hour -- SHOT Show 2019

Enjoy a little picking and singing by Sundance Head, country music artist and 2016 winner of The Voice, performing a couple songs from his new album "Stained Glass and Neon" in the Case Knives booth at SHOT Show. Then, scroll down for more show coverage, including my favorite new rifle, Mossberg's new pistol, some top quality optics, boots, hearing muffs and more Sundance! Jan. 21-29, 2019 Where? Vegas, Baby! Overview I've been to about 20 consecutive SHOT Shows and most have been somewhat intense efforts to cover in three or four days the waterfront in the way of new sporting rifles and shotguns and new gear for a variety of publications. The amount of accredited media at SHOT has boomed