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Dabbler Supply Launches New Apparel Products Geared Toward Waterfowl Hunters

Photo courtesy of Dabbler Supply

The following press release is courtesy of Dabbler Supply: 

Elk Grove, California – October 25, 2018

Dabbler Supply, a new hunting apparel brand based in Elk Grove, California, is poised to change the hunting industry with its unique take on duck hunting and waterfowler lifestyle wears for men and women. The brand’s uniqueness and versatility are demonstrated in every piece of apparel, as it fuses waterfowler lifestyle elements with a strong tie back to the the California outdoor sports scene, all with an emphasis on bridging the gap for duck hunters looking to showcase their passion, both in the field as well as out.

The hunting industry is a dynamic one, with several brands coming into the space and creating a niche for themselves in the highly competitive industry. With increasing demands from hunters looking to outfit themselves in gear that is both versatile and quality made, Dabbler Supply is looking to meet the demands of the market.

With its new online direct-to-consumer business that opened in August of this year, Dabbler Supply aims to offer an entirely new model of product-development, and a defined business model that puts customers first.

“Our goal was to create a brand that all duck hunters could be proud to represent,” said Dabbler Supply founder Casey Hartwell.  “While we’re huge fans of camo, it’s tough to represent and showcase the waterfowler lifestyle in an environment that’s not conducive to wearing camo gear all the time, like the office, or out for a night on the town, for example.  We wanted to create apparel that could be worn out at your local dive and still showcase that you’re as passionate about the hunting lifestyle, if not more, than the guy decked out in camo from head to toe.  What better way to do that than by combining design aspects from the outdoor lifestyle industry with design aesthetics and branding that duck hunters lean toward.”

With a decade of experience in the outdoor sports and marketing industry, Hartwell recognized his desire to create a brand specific to meet his needs and lifelong hunting passion. Leveraging his background in the outdoor industry and seeing firsthand the demand for this type of product offering, he was able to take Dabbler Supply from proof of concept to fully operational in less than six months.

“What sets Dabbler Supply apart is its commitment to the consumer,” Hartwell explains. “On the apparel side, it’s all about creating what they’re asking for, while offering unparalleled commitment to quality and dedication to customer service.”

To learn more about Dabbler Supply, expansion plans, or to book an interview, contact Casey Hartwell at 1.415.7305073 or email, casey.hartwell@dabblersupply.com, or visit the website at www.dabblersupply.com

About Dabbler Supply:

First, we should probably mention we’re from California, yes, the state that everyone associates with Hollywood and surfers, not duck hunters and outdoorsmen.  Yes, we have the Pacific Flyway, The Sierra Nevada’s, and Yosemite, however, let’s be honest, California probably isn’t ground zero for hunting gear.

That’s where we come in.

When we launched Dabbler Supply, it was with the intent of creating a brand and product offering that would stand out from the masses.  A brand that wouldn’t necessarily blend in, per se, but a brand that would let us showcase our love of the outdoors, in the actual outdoors, as well as when not, all infused with a heavy dose of California lifestyle.

What you’ll find at Dabbler Supply is versatile gear and quality apparel meant for diehard waterfowlers. Gear you can wear in the field, or out, and that’s guaranteed to get noticed for all of the right reasons.  Gear that makes you a Pacific Flyway Original.

Enter ‘Maxpedition In Action’ Photo Contest

Link to contest page: The following is courtesy of Maxpedition:  The Maxpedition-in-Action Photo Contest is back! We are looking for pictures that show us how you put your Maxpedition gear into action. One lucky winner will get a free Maxpedition bag or pack of his/her choice. To enter simply e-mail your high-quality digital pictures toPhoto@Maxpedition.com. Please make sure to include your name, location of the image, and a caption or testimonial to go along with it. A winner will be picked on November 2, 2018 so hurry and send us your photo today!

California Rifle And Pistol Association To Protest Gun Show Bans

 

The following press release is courtesy of the California Rifle and Pistol Association: 

California Rifle & Pistol Association plans protest at the Ventura County Fair Board Meeting Tuesday, September 25 supporting yet another one of the gun shows statewide gun control extremists want banned

WHAT: Well-financed and coordinated groups like Giffords and Everytown For Gun Safety are attacking gun shows across the state, and especially the Crossroads of the West show held several times each year at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Opponents argue that these immensely popular events should not be allowed on public property because gun shows “glorify the gun culture” – a cultural expression that they want to censor and suppress – among other reasons, many of which are complete myths (see https://crpa.org/5myths)

WHO: Dozens of California Rifle & Pistol Association activists, staff, who will be providing testimony to the Ventura County Fair Board as to why this – and other – gun shows should be allowed despite gun-control enthusiasts’ calls for closure.

WHERE: Ventura County Fairgrounds Board Room – 10 Harbor Blvd. Ventura, CA

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25, 9:00 AM (CRPA team will be there at least one hour before)

WHY: “Crossroads works closely with police and regulatory agencies to comply with all laws and to make their shows safe, fun, and family-friendly,” said Chuck Michel, attorney for Crossroads of the West Gun Shows. “These groups are using every myth in the book to push their anti-gun agenda on a legal, safe, and family-friendly event that has been held for decades because they simply don’t like guns,” he concluded.

Less than ten percent of the activity at a gun show involves firearms or ammunition. The shows are a modern bazaar, with a wide assortment of food, interesting merchandise, and services available. Only the Fairgrounds is large enough to accommodate the show – and there are no other suitable public or private venues in the area.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the top myths, busted, at www.crpa.org/5myths 

Founded in 1875, the California Rifle & Pistol Association provides training in the safe, responsible, and enjoyable use of firearms; sanctions competitive shooting state championships; and fights for the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms for those who choose to own a gun in California for sport, hunting, or self-defense. For more information, visit crpa.org.

Wildlife Forever Fights Back Against Great Lakes Invasive Species

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever has taken another innovative step towards fighting the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes by donating a solarized watercraft cleaning station to the City of Duluth.

Located within the St. Louis River estuary, the access at Munger Landing was recently outfitted with a CD3 Watercraft Cleaning Station to empower boaters to self-inspect and Clean Drain and Dry boats, trailers and equipment. In partnership with St. Louis County and the Minnesota DNR, the project highlights the importance of collaboration between state, county, city, private companies and conservation groups to bring real solutions in fighting the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Munger Landing is the second access to be retrofitted with new cleaning station technology. In addition to providing physical tools to remove weeds and water, the new station will soon be outfitted with a Wi-Fi educational platform to highlight invasive species issues but also allow boaters to purchase fishing licenses, download lake maps and safe boating information.

“The Great Lakes remain a major pathway for the potential introduction of invasive species,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President for Wildlife Forever. “I could not be more proud of the partners involved that worked together to enhance this access for AIS identification/prevention but also making a place for people to learn more about the resource,” said Conzemius.

“The access at Munger Landing is a key location to the City of Duluth’s interconnected water trail and access to the St. Louis River, a crown jewel for paddlers, hunters, anglers, and birders. The station is a great complement to our awareness and prevention plans for preventing invasive species,” said Lisa Luokkala, Senior Parks Planner for the City of Duluth.

Wildlife Forever’s Clean Drain Dry Initiative is a national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Strategic communications, marketing, outreach and educational services inform the public about invasive species prevention and consistent best management practices. Newly designed cleaning stations are waterless, user-operated and includes a wet/dry vacuum, blower, and tethered hand tools for easy use. The CD3 station is not your average cleaning station. The system has internet connected technology to allow natural resource managers to track visitor use, functionality and maintenance needs.

To learn about educational resources, tools and services to help prevent the spread of invasive species visit www.WildlifeForever.org

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.  For over 30 years, WF members have helped to conduct thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. Recent audits reveal a 94% to mission rating. Join Today!  To learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.

 

Vortex HD Binoculars & Spotting Scope

Vortex ® drops an optics hammer with their all-new Viper HD Binoculars
Viper ® HD Binoculars: If seeing is believing, you’re about to believe. The all new Viper HD binoculars are an optical
masterpiece, giving hunters, shooters and outdoor enthusiasts a premium option without the premium price tag.

The HD optical system delivers stunning resolution, color fidelity and edge-to-edge clarity. Lenses fully-multicoated with
XR™ antireflective coatings provide critical low light performance – turning waning light into game-spotting
opportunity. A super-wide field of view promotes fast subject acquisition and more efficient glassing.
Exterior lenses are protected by ArmorTek® – an ultrahard, scratch-resistant fluorine compound that repels oil, dirt and the
corrosive salts of fingerprints.
The smooth center-focus wheel dials in your image for sharp viewing. Soft and comfortable twist-up eyecups are perfect for
extended glassing and provide customized eye-relief for the viewer.
A short-hinge design and rubber armoring with perfectly-placed thumb detents makes the new Viper HD’s a dream to hold,
protects against impacts and ensures solid purchase – no matter the weather conditions. 100-percent waterproof, fogproof
(purged with Argon gas), dustproof and shockproof construction.
From a physical size and weight perspective, they are one of the lightest, most compact, full-size binos on the market – a
noteworthy attribute when gear consideration can be measured in grams.
Includes GlassPak™ chest harness – keeping your binos at the ready while providing comfortable, protected, strain-free,
all-day carry.
And like all Vortex products, the all-new Viper HD Binoculars are covered by Vortex’s legendary, lifetime, unconditional,
no-fault, transferable, VIP Warranty.
Available:
8X42 (MSRP $639.99)
10X42 (MSRP $649.99)
10X50 (MSRP $729.99)
12X50 (MSRP $739.99)

Viper ® HD Spotting Scopes: A high-end spotter, without the high-end price tag, the new-for-2018 Viper HD

spotting Scope Series stands poised to dominate as a best-in-class-optic. Packed with features and incredible
optical performance, hunters and shooters are sure to appreciate, these spotters bring far off subjects in for a
closer look – and do so with impressive clarity, resolution and color fidelity.
The HD optical system coupled with lenses fully multi-coated with XR coatings, delivers stunning image
quality and low light performance. Exterior lenses are protected by ArmorTek – an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant
fluorine compound that repels oil, dirt and the corrosive salts of fingerprints.
The ultrasmooth, fluid, and sleek helical-style focus, dials in your image for ultrasharp viewing, as well as keeps
the spotter’s profile trim for ultimate packability. A utilitarian feature, the large surface area of the helical focus
is easy to find and operate – even when wearing gloves. The twist up eyecup on the included eyepiece ensures
customized eye-relief for the viewer.
Adjustable collar allows the spotter to rotate for comfortable, versatile, multiangle viewing. Rubber armoring
protects the spotter from impacts and delivers unfaltering in-the-filed durability.100-percent waterproof,
fogproof (purged with argon gas), dustproof and shockproof construction.
And like all Vortex products, the all-new Viper HD Spotting Scopes are covered by Vortex’s legendary,
lifetime, unconditional, no-fault, transferable, VIP Warranty.
Available:
20-60×85 Angled (MSRP $1099.99)
15-45×65 Angled (MSRP $849.99)
20-60×85 Straight (MSRP $1099.99)
15-45×65 Straight (MSRP $849.99)
About Vortex Optics: American, family, and veteran-owned, Wisconsin-based Vortex Optics designs, engineers, produces and
distributes a complete line of premium binoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes, tripods and related accessories. Dedicated to exceptional quality, value and unrivaled customer service, Vortex backs its products with its unconditional, transferable, lifetime VIP-warranty. Built
on more than 20 years of experience in the optics industry, Vortex is rapidly emerging as a leading brand in the optics market.

Vortex – The Force of Optics | www.vortexoptics.com

Maxpedition Introduces New Backpacks

 

The following press release is courtesy of Maxpedition: 

For Fall 2018, Maxpedition introduces two(2) new backpacks in the Advanced Gear Research (AGR) lineup.
Building upon the success of the RiftcoreTM design introduced in early 2016, Maxpedition now offers the larger

30L RiftbladeTM and the more compact 15L RiftpointTM to round out this trio of ergonomic concealed carry ca-
pable backpacks. This latest release reinforces Maxpedition’s mission in the creating of the AGR line: to build military-grade tactical gear based on cutting-edge research using custom developed materials & components
and with modernized aesthetics. Maxpedition’s pursuit of the best since 2003 has cultivated a clientele that
has come to expect only products of uncompromising quality, durability and innovation.

These two new packs fill the gap for larger and smaller
versions of our bestselling 23L Riftcore™ backpack, fulfilling what our customers have been requesting for the past year. Built to last and designed for maximum performance, these bags are sure to
become fan favorites!

 

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Support Conservation With This Custom Duck Call

The following press conference is courtesy of Wildlife Forever

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever proudly unveils Calls for Conservation, a new promotion with the Deadshot Custom Call Company offering acrylic, hand-made duck calls just in time for the upcoming waterfowl season.

Made in the USA, each call is custom built and hand tuned for amazing sound and clarity. With every Calls for Conservation duck call purchased, the Deadshot Custom Call Company will donate 20% directly to Wildlife Forever’s North American waterfowl and habitat enhancement efforts.  Skillfully made, the radiant copper, double reed duck call features amazing sound quality and is sure to attract attention from fellow hunters and waterfowl alike. As a special bonus, everyone who participates will receive a membership to Wildlife Forever and a special “Calls for Conservation” leg band to adorn on their favorite lanyard.

“Waterfowl require good habitat and groups like Wildlife Forever working to ensure our hunting heritage. Our business and customers depend on it and I’m proud to make this commitment to giving back”, said Brian Rubenstein, Owner of Deadshot Custom Calls.

Calls for Conservation is a wonderful program that helps to support our mission of conservation, ensuring the sights, sounds and future of waterfowl. We’re honored to partner with Deadshot Custom Calls and are offering a free membership to anyone who participates, just text WFCALLS’ to 41411“, said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President of Wildlife Forever.

The Deadshot Custom Call Company was hatched from the heart of the Prairie Pothole region in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Producing quality products to help make lasting memories of times afield have helped Deadshot to become a soaring success.  You won’t find them in a big box store or retail outlet…calls are produced to have a direct connection to each customer. Prices are low for a reason, to provide high quality, unique products for every level of waterfowl hunter.  From novice to professional guides and outfitters, Deadshot calls are built to last a life time…and the connection between you and their calls is their #1 goal.

Wildlife Forever’s conservation efforts span over 30 years of projects across the U.S. and Canada. With a 94% to mission rating, funds donated get poured back into the ground to help fish and wildlife. Purchase with a purpose! Calls for Conservation works to improve waterfowl habitat through restoration projects and educating sportsmen and women about invasive species. text “WFCALLS” 41411 to get your custom call and become Wildlife Forever’s newest member.

Restored Prairie Grows Pheasants and Pollinators on Public Land

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:

 

White Bear Lake, MN – Through partnership with MN DNR and United Prairie Foundation, Wildlife Forever’s newly completed restoration project on the Orwell Wildlife Management Area, near Fergus Falls, MN is flush with pheasants, whitetail deer and pollinators.

The Orwell WMA project was part of a three phased project to remove invasive trees and shrubs such as European Buckthorn and other non-native species. Decades of neglect and lack of resources left the public hunting area overrun with poor quality habitat and little food sources for insects which serve as the base of the food chain for countless wildlife species.

“This restoration project is a prime example of partnerships working in tandem to advance conservation of public lands, improving the experience of hunters and birders while creating a healthier ecosystem,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President for Wildlife Forever.

“Bringing Prairie to the People is what our work is all about.  I couldn’t be happier with the success of our projects and partners who make it all happen,” said John DeVries, President of United Prairie Foundation.

After planting a native eco-type seed mix, seasonal grasses and prairie flowers began to appear attracting a wide variety of insects that waterfowl and pheasants need for rearing young of the year. Favorable spring conditions and great habitat have helped to boost populations of wildlife in the area where Wildlife Forever and partners are conducting numerous prairie restoration projects.

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As a non-profit, 501c3 charity, for over 30 years, WF supporters have donated millions of dollars in all 50 states plus Canada, to conduct  fish, game and habitat conservation projects. By investing resources on the ground, recent audits reveal 94% of every dollar supports our conservation mission. Please Join Today!  To become involved and learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.

Raymarine To Present New Technology At ICast

The following press release is courtesy of Raymarine:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

 

 

Take Flight with Raymarine Axiom UAV!

See our latest innovation at ICAST On the Water! Plus, a chance to WIN a new DJI Mavic Pro drone!

 

 

Coming this summer, Raymarine’s new Axiom UAV app integrates advanced marine electronics with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology. Our powerful Axiom multifunction displays integrate seamlessly with the advanced DJI Mavic Pro drone to give anglers a bird’s-eye view of fish, bait, reefs, weed lines and much, much more!

 

 

When:Tuesday, July 11, 2018.

 

Where:ICAST On the Water, Booth 26
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
At the ponds adjacent to the North/South Concourse (North side)
Directly across the street from the West Concourse
Look for the exhibitor tents and flags

 

Time:10:00 AM until 2:00 PM

 

 

 

Every boater has wished for a bird’s-eye view of their surroundings at some time. Now the dream of flight has become reality with Raymarine’s new Axiom UAV App, which brings together marine navigation and advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs.)

 

Compatible with the popular and highly capable DJI Mavic drone, the Axiom UAV app automates many common tasks including launch, airborne imaging, in-flight navigation, and return-to-boat. Fishing and cruising boats alike can now experience cutting edge aerial imaging integrated right into their Raymarine Axiom multifunction navigation display.

 

Please join us at the Raymarine tent and see a demonstration of this amazing technology in action! Plus, you can enter to win a new DJI Mavic Pro drone of your own!