|The following is courtesy of Traditions Media
|The following is courtesy of Traditions Media
The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:
White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever and title sponsor Bass Pro Shops are proud to announce the winners of the 20th Anniversary State-Fish Art Contest. A distinguished panel of five honorary judges selected the following Top 12 National Awards from the 1st place winners of all 50 states plus international.
2018 judges included Jeff Edmundson, KARE11; Doug Grann, Wildlife Forever board; Ed Rudberg, CD3; Bob White, wildlife artist and Erin Williams, National Park Service.
“Students, educators and parents from across the United States and around the world connect with this contest, with its amazing student’s art and aquatic conservation message,” remarks Bob Ziehmer, Senior Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops.
And the winners are…
2018 NATIONAL WINNERS – GRADES 10-12
The grades 10-12 top honor went to Na Eun Kim from the Republic of Korea with, “Trout’s Recovering Memories”, his stunning watercolor of a brook trout. Second Place was awarded to Ian Oh of California. Yejin (Shelly) Lee Li from Virginia received Third Place.
2018 NATIONAL WINNERS GRADES 7-9
Mindy Zheng from Herndon, Virginia took First Place in grades 7-9 with a captivating acrylic, titled “Northern Pike”, swimming out of the deep. The Second Place winner was Nicole Li of Georgia and Third Place went to Yuzhe Tian from Massachusetts.
2018 NATIONAL WINNERS GRADES 4-6
The 4-6 grade category winner is Alston Leung from Great Neck, New York with his watercolor of a kid on a dock fishing for bluegill titled “Bluegill”. Second Place went to Calvin Yu from Massachusetts and Third Place to Bethany Zhao of California.
2018 NATIONAL WINNERS GRADES K-3
Top honors in the “Mighty Minnows” K-3 grades division went to Ivy Mou from New York with her delightful watercolor painting, “Hawaii Triggerfish”. Second Place was awarded to Aadya Ganjalagunte from Arizona and Third Place to Zia Lee from Washington.
2018 ART OF CONSERVATION® AWARD WINNER
This Award recognizes creativity, originality and unique artwork from across the world. This powerful acrylic painting, titled “The Expert Fisherman“, features a bald eagle grasping an American shad in its talons. “Wildlife Forever is pleased to honor a very talented 7th grader, Angelina Drost from South Carolina, with the 2018 Art of Conservation® Award,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President, Wildlife Forever. “This painting depicts two species that are conservation successes.. By recognizing the work of students today, we hope to inspire the conservationists of tomorrow.”
2018 SMILE AWARD WINNER
The Smile Award is given to a painting selected from all the contest entries that “makes you feel good inside when you see it. You just can’t help but smile!” said Karen Hollingsworth, Manager of State-Fish Art. Vritika Gupta. a talented kindergartener from Princeton Junction, New Jersey, is the winner with, “Sad Fish”, a delightful smile-worthy oil pastel.
2018 INVADER CRUSADER AWARD WINNER
The artist winning this year’s Invader Crusader was selected from all the entries in the Silent Invader Category. The artist needs to paint not only a state-fish species, but also an invasive species. The 2018 winner is Mark Acker, a 9th grader from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, with his watercolor and colored pencil art “The Underwater Fish”. It shows a native humuhumunukunukuapoa’a swimming in water infested with the invasive aquatic plant Hydrilla. Invasive species are capable of causing extinctions of native plants and animals, reducing biodiversity, competing with native organisms for limited resources, and altering habitats.
National 2018 “FISH MAKE YOU SMARTER AWARDS” are announced on www.statefishart.org for the best essay that is required in addition to the art.
2018 STATE 1st PLACE WINNERS
All state winners in the four grade categories from across America and internationally are listed at www.statefishart.org. The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest seeks to involve students in the outdoors through the arts. Students compete in four grade-level divisions: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Deadline for submitting entries to the contest is always March 31 each year.
ABOUT STATE-FISH ART
The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest™ is celebrating its 20th year of bringing children, adults and aquatic conservation together through the Art! To enter, young artists create an original art illustration of any official State-Fish and an essay detailing its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On!, the State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, combining the disciplines of science and art. It is available free on CD and by download. Entries are always due on March 31st. Visit www.StateFishArt.org
The following press release is courtesy of Pelican Products:
The following press release is courtesy of Elite Archery:
The following press release is courtesy of Traditions Media:
The bass pre-spawn period is a time of anticipation and transition. Largemouth and spotted bass slide out of their deeper,n thermally-stable wintering holes and begin a systematic movement toward the warming shallows, where they will binge feed in preparation for the rigors of spawning. Along the way, tempestuous spring weather can cause bass to hit the pause button, or even find their reverse gear, delaying their progress or even causing bass to restart from scratch. Yes, we know where the bass will begin this springtime transition period, and we also know where it will end, but that in-between region, in which bass are hyper-sensitive and on the move – that’s what separates the contenders from the pretenders.
Bassmaster Elite touring pro Stephen Browning is no stranger to success in early season tournaments. The ten-time qualifier for the Bassmaster Classic has racked up an impressive number of wins by targeting cold water, pre-spawn bass, including a recent victory at the 2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Ross Barnett Reservoir. With career earnings in excess of $1.3 million, Browning knows a thing or two about targeting big bass when big bucks are on the line.
I was lucky enough to be able to pick his brain about his favorite early season bass pattern, which is as simple as 1-2-3.
Step 1: Crank the outer edge
Browning begins his search for pre-spawn bass by getting off the main lake and heading into tributaries and creek arms. “I am looking for the first channel swing bank as the creek channel runs from the main lake toward the back of the bay,” remarked Browning.
Channel swing banks are, quite simply, areas where a submerged creek channel changes direction as it runs close to the bank. The steep, hard-bottomed outer edge of the creek channel is one location that focuses pre-spawn bass activity. Any given bay or creek arm might feature several of these key structural features, and Browning works them from the mouth of the bay to the back end.
Browning, an established crankbait aficionado, begins dissecting these channel swing banks by throwing LIVETARGET HFC (Hunt for Center) Craws, lures designed with an off-center tracking action that causes the lure to randomly dart left or right, mimicking a fleeing crawfish in an evasive, bite-triggering retreat.
Browning notes, “the HFC Craw is a compact, two-inch long bait that is just the right size for bass in cold water. It has a nice steep dive curve, digging down six to eight feet on the retrieve, knocking into cover and the bottom along the channel edges. I use the HFC Craw as my primary search tool to parallel the bank. Red is one of my confidence colors for the HFC Craw, as are the more subtle, yet extremely lifelike Phantom Green and Root Beer patterns.”
Browning presents the HFC Craw using a St. Croix Legend Glass 6’10” medium power, moderate action casting rod, a twenty-first century fiberglass rod that is ideal model for pinpoint-accurate casts while fishing smaller crankbaits. He spools up his Lew’s BB1 6.4:1 baitcasting reel with 10-12 lb test fluorocarbon line.
Step 2: Jerk the inside edge
Not all bass will relate to the steep, outer edge of the creek channel as it bends close to shore. Indeed, many fish will frequently transition out of the channel along its more gradual, inside edge. To target these pre-spawners, Browning selects a long, slender LIVETARGET Yearling BaitBall Jerkbait 110, which features an in-line grouping of baby baitfish, effectively simulating a small group of bait that has been separated from the school. Its unique three-dimensional design creates a multitude of flash points and delivers a shimmering presentation that attracts the attention of any nearby bass.
Browning adds, “my approach with the Yearling BaitBall Jerkbait is somewhat different than the presentation I use with the HFC Craw. Rather than paralleling the bank, I make long casts at a 45-degree angle to the bank, working the bait back with a regular cadence including some long pauses. The Yearling BaitBall Jerkbait suspends perfectly on the pause, which drives neutral fish crazy. In these situations, I’m typically throwing the silver/black or gold/black color patterns.”
To deliver jerkbaits on extended casts and drive hooks home at long distances, Browning turns to the St. Croix Legend Elite 6’8” medium-heavy power, fast action rod, a premium graphite rod engineered for ultimate performance in any freshwater casting application. To further extend his casts, Browning spools his Lew’s HyperMag7.5:1 baitcasting reels with lighter and thinner, 10 lb test fluorocarbon.
Step 3: Bump the stumps in the back
Browning continues to run these type of channel swing banks all the way toward the back end of the creek arm, until the submerged channel becomes less well defined and flattens out. At that point, it’s time to cover water and fan cast the flat with an attention-getting lipless rattlebait.
In the back ends of the bays, Browning selects the ½ oz LIVETARGET Golden Shiner Rattlebait, a sinking, lipless bait sporting a loud internal rattle and an aggressive, vibrating action. Browning notes that, “as I patrol the flat, I pay particular attention to the presence of submerged wood. I’ll make repeated casts into those areas, being sure to bump the stumps several times with either pearl/olive or silver/black Golden Shiner Rattlebaits.”
When pitching rattlebaits, Browning again turns to St. Croix Legend Glass, but now selects a longer, 7’2” rod with medium power and moderate action. This is a hyper-versatile fiberglass rod that performs flawlessly with lipless and standard lip crankbaits that dive as deep as 16 feet. To minimize lost baits and fish when fishing around heavy cover, Browning spools his Lew’s BB1 Pro 6.4:1 casting reels with heavier 12-14 lb test fluorocarbon line.
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Stephen Browning’s pre-spawn bass playbook is as simple as 1-2-3. Use his early season tips to crank, jerk, and bump your way to springtime bass success!
The following press release is courtesy of Costa Palmas, a 1,000-acre private beach front community on the East Cape of Baja, which will be home to the new Four Seasons Los Cabos Resort and Private Residences at the end of this year, a Robert Trent Jones II 18-hole golf course, a 250-slip full-service marina, the members-only Costa Palmas Beach & Yacht Club, and the newly announced Amanvari, Aman’s first property in Mexico.
Four Seasons Los Cabos Private Residences is offering a 10,000-square foot Private Yacht Villa, the first of its kind on the West Coast of North America with the warm swimmable waters of the Sea of Cortes in the front yard and a 100-foot private dock and yacht captain’s quarters in the back. And one more thing… the villa comes with a yacht.
The price for the Four Seasons Private Beachfront Yacht Villa with a yacht parked outside – $40 million.
Details on the home:
| A longbeard approaching in full strut is one of the most exciting and memorable moments a hunter can experience. No matter how many times it happens, even veteran turkey hunters breath heavier and feel their hearts race when a lit-up gobbler waltzes in.
Without question, the wild turkey is one of nature’s most regal and beautiful birds, and you’d be hard pressed to find a successful turkey hunter who hasn’t had the desire to take their big tom to the taxidermist. But living the hunt over and over again with a full-size mount can present some serious obstacles.
While some hunters enjoy ample space in their homes for a finished mount roughly the size of a kitchen stove, many don’t. Plus, the better half may not be thrilled by the prospect of such a magnificent decorative addition hogging up floor space or the better part of a wall. And then there’s the minor detail of the taxidermy bill. This conundrum has played out countless times within the walls of turkey hunter’s homes across North America, and often leaves the successful hunter feeling less than satisfied when all is said and done.
For these reasons, a lot of turkey tail fans collect dust and become bug-ridden after being pinned half-hazard to garage and shed walls. Similarly, paintbrush beards can end up tucked away in a drawer full of, well, paintbrushes.
Thankfully, the elite turkey hunters at Avian-X realize that this is is no way to treat the significant mementos from a successful hunt. As they so often do when adversity stares them directly in the face, they came up with a clever solution.
The new Avian-X Trophy Tom addresses the primary challenges of space and expense associated with having a bird professionally mounted by a taxidermist. Molded in intricate detail and finished with a striking, true-to-life paint job, the Trophy Tom looks just like the real thing. The one-piece design holds the dried tail fan and the beard from any gobbler and is easily hung on the wall. Better yet, the Trophy Tom takes up little space, extending from the wall only slightly farther than a large, framed print. This means hunters can proudly, beautifully and easily display their trophy gobbler just about anywhere in their home or office.
Avian-X’s versatile new Trophy Tom solves all kinds of problems. Sittin’ pretty on the wall one day and drawing the ire of dominant gobblers in the field the next, the Trophy Tom serves double-duty as the ultimate portable strutting decoy. The attached carry handle and included collapsible mounting stake make transportation and field use easy. Deploy the Trophy Tom whenever that all-important visual sign of dominance is needed. ?
Model #AVX 8021 / UPC #8 10280 08021 6
The hunter-preferred Avian-X line of LCD Turkey Decoys is unmatched in realism and durability. These amazingly lifelike decoys have quickly become the standard for turkey hunters who demand the best. With hens, jakes and toms available in seven unique poses and multiple sub-species to choose from, hunters simply won’t find a better turkey decoy option. Now, with the addition of the all-new multi-function Trophy Tom, Avian-X has proven, once again, that there’s always a better way.
The following press release is courtesy of Yakima Products:
Oregon-based outdoor lifestyle companies Yakima Products and Poler Stuff have teamed up for the limited-edition SkyRise rooftop tent. The Yakima X Poler SkyRise is a new take on Yakima’s popular tent, featuring Poler’s signature fuzzy camo pattern.
Light, strong and easy to use, the SkyRise is perfect for weekend warriors, outdoor festivals and more. The rooftop tent sets up in just minutes and easily makes any terrain an overnight home – from rocky ground to a festival parking lot.
Thanks to the technologically-advanced materials and features, the SkyRise does more than just let people sleep off the ground: it also provides a premium camping experience, with a light tent body made of 210d nylon, a removable cover for an unparalleled view of the night sky, plus a cozy foam mattress.
“We’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to partner with Yakima, and the SkyRise blew us away. It’s our ideal for outdoor living: it’s fun, eye-catching and original, and it makes you want to get out there,” said Benji Wagner, Founder at Poler. “It was really cool to collaborate with them and find a way to add some Poler flare to the rooftop tent.”
To celebrate the launch, Yakima and Poler have teamed up with for a Spring Adventuremobile Giveaway, including the new Yakima X Poler SkyRise, a Yakima roof rack system, and some Poler favorites, including the Napsack and Rucksack. The contest runs through the end of May and can be found at yakima.com. Additionally, the brands will host a launch party on Friday, April 6 at Poler’s flagship store in Portland, Ore.
The following press release is courtesy of Wisconsin Pharmacal Company, LLC:
Baitmate™ Fish Attractant, long time market leader in spray-on attractants, recently added two unique elements to their product portfolio.
The first, Baitmate Ultra, available in Bass & Crawfish Scents, utilize unique Bag-on-Valve (BOV) continuous spray dispensing technology that offers a number of benefits over traditional aerosol dispensing, including:
Baitmate has also brought true innovation to the soft bait market with the introduction of their new line of UltraLive Baits. 3rd party Ultimate Biodegradability certified* with a 100% natural look and feel, they are the closest thing to live bait without the hassle. And, with Baitmate attractant infused into each bait for prolonged scent release, they create a scent trail with every cast that lasts throughout the life of the bait. See the full line of baits available at (http://www.baitmate.com/baitmate-fishing-attractants-products-scented-soft-bait.php).
Baitmate Ultra BOV Continuous Spray Attractants as well as UltraLive Baits are available at Walmart and other retailers across the country. For a full list of retailers, visit www.Baitmate.com.
*RespirTek Consulting Laboratory tested and certified
About Wisconsin Pharmacal Company, LLC
Baitmate™ Fish Attractant is owned by Wisconsin Pharmacal Company, LLC, a leader in outdoor health and safety products. The company’s complete brand portfolio includes: Potable Aqua® water purification tablets, Coleman® Insect Repellents, Coleman® First Aid, StingEze® insect bite relief products, Atwater Carey® pre-treated mosquito nets, and Baitmate™ fish attractants. For more details, please visit www.Pharmacalway.com.
Step Up to the Better
Odor-Destroying Hunting Gear Storage Bag
NEW ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bags and Combos available now
Muskegon, MI (March 21, 2018) – There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything. And when it comes to storing your deer-hunting clothing and accessories, even well intended hunters make mistakes. If you are using an airtight tote or dedicated storage bag to minimize contamination from ambient odors, congratulations; you’re on the right track.
But there’s a better way.
Toss your tote, repurpose your bag, and step up to the better odor-destroying storage system for your hunting apparel and gear. The new OZChamber 8K Storage Bag from ScentLok combines the power of CycleClean™? and OZInject™? ozone technologies with carbon adsorption to literally destroy the odors that attach themselves to clothing and gear and ruin hunts.
Patented ScentLok Carbon Alloy™? hunting garments have been proven deadly in the field, by combining activated carbon with zeolite and treated carbon to help adsorb a larger spectrum of odors – as well as targeting specific odors – better than ever before. But every piece of gear a hunter takes into the field picks up additional ambient odors that can be alarming to deer. That’s why odor-control storage is critically important to success – whether you use activated carbon scent-control clothing or not.
A Better Bag
Offering a generous 8,190 cubic-inches of storage space, the ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag is available in black (actually a distinctive digital gray/black pattern), as well as a choice of three popular camo patterns. The fabric is heavy 600D nylon with a DWR treatment to shed external moisture. It is lined with a PVC backing inside for easy care. The bag comes with a carbon adsorbing pad that fits into an interior mesh pocket to trap odors from your gear and the air inside the bag, and is also pre-plumbed with an OZInject™ internal piping system to distribute odor-destroying ozone throughout the interior.
A ScentLok OZ500 ozone generator comes bundled with the OZChamber 8K Combo Pack. This advanced ozone generator is specifically designed to emit a powerful stream of ozone molecules that seek out and destroy virtually all types of odors and bacteria in their path. When ozone comes in contact with these contaminants, their chemical structure is changed to a compound that is no longer recognizable as an offensive odor. As ozone continues to attack these compounds, the odor is destroyed through oxidation and the ozone reverts back to oxygen after it is used. ScentLokCycleClean™ technology allows the powerful OZ500 to regulate output by alternating between active and resting phases for maximum efficiency and longer product life.
Whether you need to restore or maintain the odor-adsorbing capacity of your activated carbon scent-control apparel, or deodorize your regular hunting clothing or accessories, the new ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag is the best and most comprehensive odor-destroying storage solution available today.
MSRP $99.99 (black), $119.99 (camo)?
ScentLok OZ500 Large Room Deodorizer
ScentLok OZChamber 8K & OZ500 Combo Pack
MSRP $199.99 (black), $219.99 (camo)
Industry-leading ScentLok hunting garments are constantly adsorbing odors and contaminants from the air surrounding them. Nothing keeps ScentLok clothing at maximum capacity like storing it in an OZChamber 8K Storage Bag equipped with OZ Active Odor-Destroying technology. Indeed, whatever brand of hunting clothing you wear or whatever accessories or gear you carry into the field, storing these items inside the new ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag will ensure they are deodorized and ready to provide hunters with an advantage in the field.
The ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag and ScentLok OZChamber 8K/OZ500 Combo Pack are available now through established ScentLok dealers. Learn more at ScentLok.com.