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Wild Sheep Foundation Honored By Boone and Crockett

L-R) Kevin Hurley (WSF), Clay Brewer (WSF), Tim Brady (B&C President), Gray Thornton (WSF), Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, Tom Price (B&C), and Brett Jefferson (WSF) at the Boone and Crockett Club’s 84th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver, March 6.

The following press release is courtesy of Boone and Crockett: 

MISSOULA, Mont. (March 11, 2019) – The Wild Sheep Foundation is the recipient of the Boone and Crockett Club’s prestigious Conservation and Stewardship Award for 2019. The award is given annually to the organization or entity that best exemplifies excellence in conservation, and wildlife and land stewardship – core values of the Boone and Crockett Club and its founder, Theodore Roosevelt.

“When Roosevelt formed the Club in 1887 to save our big game species from the path of destruction they were on, Club members at the time quickly realized something of great importance,” said Boone and Crockett Club President Timothy C. Brady. “They recognized that if big game population were to recover and thrive, it would take the formation of other groups dedicated to the future of individual species. The Wild Sheep Foundation is one of those groups.”

The Club’s Conservation and Stewardship Award was established in 2015. This year’s award was presented to the Wild Sheep Foundation President and CEO Gray N. Thornton, who accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation and its members at a B&C dinner this past week during the 84th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Also in attendance at the dinner and for the Award presentation was Acting Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt.

Thornton commented, “The Wild Sheep Foundation’s work is part of the legacy of the founders of the Boone and Crockett Club, who were largely the founders of wildlife conservation. We have always been proud to be part of that history and are deeply honored to be recognized for our part in it.”

Past Award honorees include:
2015 – The Starkey Project, Experimental Forest and Range (Ore.), U.S. Forest Service
2016 – Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (Texas)
2017 – Bob Munson and Charlie Decker (founders), Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
2018 – Wildlife Management Institute and Dr. Steve Williams (president)

Recipients are selected based on the demonstration of these criteria:

Exemplifies the core values of the Boone and Crockett Club
Demonstrates responsible and professional natural resource management
Champions fair chase hunting and habitat management that supports huntable populations of big game animals
Builds public/private conservation partnerships

“In 1977, when the Wild Sheep Foundation was formed, its estimated there were only 25,000 bighorn sheep roaming North America,” Brady explained. “Today there are more than 85,000 which is a testament to the remarkable contribution made by WSF. As history shows time and time again, it’s sportsmen who step up and do the work necessary to conserve habitat and wildlife. We can’t tell this story enough.”

Wildlife Forever Issues Progress Report On Invasive Species Prevention

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:

White Bear Lake, MN – In response to the growing threat to America’s natural resources, Wildlife Forever has released their latest Clean Drain Dry Initiative report in halting the spread of invasive species.

Since 2006, Wildlife Forever has formed and led a growing coalition of stakeholders, including federal, state and local agencies along with lake associations, universities, media outlets and outdoor recreation groups, to coordinate a national public awareness and prevention campaign. Over 1.9 Billion Americans have been educated through targeted multi-media marketing.  The result equates to reaching every USA citizen with an invasive species awareness message six times in the past thirteen years.

The new report highlights accomplishments and the partners who generously help fund outreach and education to America’s outdoor recreationists. 

“The evidence shows that when we invest in education and Clean Drain Dry public awareness, we’re influencing behavior and slowing the spread,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President for Wildlife Forever.  “But more needs to be done and we’re now urging additional outdoor industry partners to help us educate the public and defend our natural resources.  After all, it is the outdoor enthusiasts that so many businesses and communities depend upon,” explained Conzemius.

Detailed in the bi-Annual report are invasive species prevention actions and initiatives Wildlife Forever and its national campaign partners achieved by pooling together over $745,000.

Utilizing innovative marketing techniques and developed campaign materials, coalition partners directly benefit by saving valuable economic resources, time and avoiding duplication. Recent accomplishments include reaching 16 million contacts using television and radio public service announcements; 93 million impressions were reached using highway billboards and outdoor media.  An additional 12 million contacts were also reached through print, social media, and public events promoting a consistent Clean Drain Dry prevention message.

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is the national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Strategic communications, marketing, outreach and educational services provide access to consistent messaging, and resources for implementing AIS prevention programs. To learn about services and partnership opportunities, contact Dane Huinker at DHuinker@Wildlifeforever.org or visit www.CleanDrainDry.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.  Join Today and get involved.  Learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, at www.WildlifeForever.org

NAPIER OUTDOORS UNVEILS NEW-LOOK TRUCK TENT

Napier Outdoors photo

The following press release is courtesy of Napier Outdoors: 

Niagara Falls, NY (2018) – Napier Outdoors is excited to unveil a fresh new look for the Backroadz Truck Tent! Launching March 2019, the Backroadz Truck Tent will feature
earth tones of green and grey and storm flaps built into the windows for privacy and additional weather protection.

Change is hard, but the new color scheme and functional improvements make the redesigned
Backroadz Truck Tent a welcome addition to the Napier line.
Don’t fear the setup fight; Napier tents make camping a breeze with color-coded poles and a lightweight carrying bag for storage. An internal gear loft and built-in lantern holder keep you organized and ready to explore. An entrance and two large windows offer ventilation, breathtaking views, and a blissful night’s sleep in the great outdoors! Equipped with a built-in floor, full rainfly, and NEW storm flaps in the windows and door, the Backroadz Truck Tent is designed to keep you warmer and drier, while seamlessly installed
in the back of your open-bed pickup truck.
With every Backroadz Tent purchased, a tree is planted through Napier’s charitable partner, Trees for the Future. Trees for the Future helps communities around the world plant trees through seed distribution, agro-forestry training, and in-country technical assistance.
Napier Truck Tents are perfect for fishing, hunting, tailgating, off-roading, and family camping trips – create the ultimate camping oasis wherever your vehicle may take you.

ABOUT NAPIER OUTDOORS
Napier is the world’s largest developer and distributor of Vehicle Camping Tents. Since 1990, Napier has been changing the way people view camping, by reshaping and merging the automotive and
outdoor industries together. Napier was the first to revolutionize the camping industry with innovative and exciting Vehicle Camping Tents.
Napier distributes Vehicle Camping Tents to automotive manufacturers and retailers across North America, Europe, and Australia. Napier Vehicle Tents are the number one selling Truck and SUV Tents in the World!

Canine Cargo Carrier: The Next Generation in Dog Transportation

After years of experience in building, buying and transporting with just about every type of dog
trailer out there, Get My Point, LLC has developed a break-through in dog transportation.
Whether you have show dogs, rescue dogs, hunting dogs, sled dogs, police/military dogs or you are a dog transportation company, we have a trailer for you. Our trailers are designed around our Honeycomb Dog Pods, one of the safest dog boxes on the market today.
Each pod can be put in or taken out of the trailer for versatility like no other dog trailer on the
market. The most popular size, the 3-dog Honeycomb Dog Pod, can give you a 6-, 9- or 12-dog trailer in a trailer body less than 10 feet long. If the trailer is made 11 inches taller, it will hold 4 pods of 5 dogs each and have a trailer that carries 20 dogs in a trailer body 10 feet long.

This still allows you to take a pod of 3 out and put it in the back of any half-ton vehicle for short trips and then put it back in the trailer when you need more dogs transported. All with plenty of
storage, water and custom features that are not available elsewhere.
The top priority in our tandem, torsion axle, steel roll-bar cage design is safety. Creating a very
secure structure for your dogs is our goal.

Each trailer is fully insulated and has a ventilation system that creates a draft-free and dust-free
environment, unlike conventional dog trailers that put your dogs in drafty, dusty and vehicle
exhaust-filled conditions because they ventilate through the dog box.
Our one-piece polyethylene roto mold Honeycomb Dog Boxes provide protection from extreme heat, cold, road
noise, as well as vibration. Our Canine Cargo Carriers have their own 12-volt battery system that runs the ventilation system so dogs can be left behind in a safe, secure environment.
Dogs are unique in the fact that they ride with their head on the floor. Imagine yourself being in
an aluminum or stainless steel box driving down the interstate with a ventilation system that blows through your dog box while your head vibrates on the floor. If you did, you would not put your dog in that situation.
Another feature of our Canine Cargo Carrier that no other dog trailer has is our ramps that drop down and work like a table to assist you in handling your dog.
From our secure bulldog hitch to our heavy-duty rear bumper, we offer the most complete dog transportation system available today. Visit getmypointllc.com for more information.



Mack’s Lures Adds New “Game Changer” Flasher

The following press release is courtesy of Mack’s Lures: 

Mack’s Lure, Inc., manufacturer of the popular Sling Blade, Double D Dodger and Flash Lite Troll, has added to their extensive line of dodgers and attractors with the ScentFlash UV Triangle Flasher. This one-of-a-kind 8” in-line spinning flasher features a patented scent release system that is sure to be a game changer in the salmon, trout and kokanee fishing markets.

MACK’S LURE’S BOB LOOMIS DETAILS THE NEW SCENTFLASH, WHICH COMBINES A 360-DEGREE INLINE FLASHER WITH THE ABILITY TO LOAD THE DEVICE WITH SCENT PRODUCTS. (MACK’S LURE)

“We’re very excited to release yet another innovative product,” Mack’s Lure President Bob Schmidt said. “The ScentFlash has been extensively field tested and is guide-proven to help attract and catch more fish.”

THE SCENTFLASH COMES IN SIX DIFFERENT COLOR COMBO PATTERS. (MACK’S LURE)

The ScentFlash is easy to use. Simply un-snap the lid on the flasher, apply scent to the premium pad, and snap back into place. The ScentFlash will then release scent through the water as is rotates, attracting fish with incredible flash and a trail of scent.

BY DEPRESSING TWO “DOGEARS,” THE HALVES OF THE FLASHER COME APART. THE PRODUCT COMES WITH A SCENT PAD, WHICH ARE ALSO SOLD SEPARATELY. (MACK’S LURE)

“Not only does this 360-degree attractor come in high UV body colors, as well as high UV tapes to attract fish, but it can also be filled up with scent, which is a must-have for today’s angler,” Sales & Marketing Director Bob Loomis said. “Unlike any other attractor, you can fill the scent pad with scented oils or gels — or load the cavity with scented tuna, herring or anchovy filets. Whatever your preferred scent is, the ScentFlash will hold it, then disperse it while trolling to catch more fish.”

ANOTHER OPTION WITH THE SCENTFLASH IS TO ADD TUNA TO THE SCENT CHAMBER. (MACK’S LURE)

The ScentFlash is available in two high UV body colors — Chartreuse UV and Clear UV — with six high UV color options to fit your needs. Each ScentFlash includes one (1) premium ScentFlash Pad, designed specifically to hold and disperse scent throughout the water. These premium pads can be cleaned and re-used for multiple uses, though they’re also sold separately as a four-pack.

DYE SHOWS SCENT DISPERSING FROM THE SCENTFLASH. (MACK’S LURE)

Mackslure.com

 

 

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.