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Wildlife Forever Makes Impact In Home State For ‘Clean Drain Dry’ Project

White Bear Lake, MN – To celebrate Minnesota’s fishing opener, Governor Tim Walz declares, Clean Drain Dry Day spotlighting invasive species and how all boaters and anglers can help preserve a robust fishing pastime and state economy. Home to 1.4 million anglers, fishing in Minnesota generates over $2.6 billion of economic activity and supports over 26,000 jobs. That’s right, 26,000 jobs.  Invasive species are a direct serious threat now to local economies and recreationists accessing public waters.  Preventing and managing the spread of harmful invasive species is up to everyone.

Wildlife Forever applauds the many partners combating invasive species from soil and watershed conservation districts, lake associations, county, state and federal agencies along with non-governmental organizations united under a common theme of Clean Drain Dry. Here’s one simple directive for all bait anglers; Trash Unused Bait! Nonnative minnows and worms can do serious harm on land and in the water. Working with partners across the state, Wildlife Forever coordinates statewide public outreach and educational efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species.

“Clean Drain Dry Day is a great opportunity for all anglers to get back into the mindset of cleaning all equipment and gear to prevent accidental spread of invasive species. I’m happy to see Governor Walz recognizing the treasure our lakes and rivers are in supporting our local economies and the Minnesota way of life,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.

This year, Albert Lea is host for the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener. Local groups plan to send a strong Clean Drain Dry message with highway billboards, sidewalk boards, posters and handouts to the public.  Wildlife Forever would like to remind all boaters, anglers, property owners and businesses to spread the Clean Drain Dry message and protect our local waters from invasive species. Do your part this fishing and boating season: Clean. Drain. Dry. all boats, trailers and gear.

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is a national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Coordinated messaging focuses on strategic content, marketing communications and outreach tools on how to prevent. To learn how you can participate, contact:  Dane Huinker: DHuinker@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 fund thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. To join or learn about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth in our nation’s outdoor heritage and stewardship, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.  Get involved, donate and help prevent the spread of invasive species, at www.CleanDrainDry.org

Wildlife Forever Hands Out Art Awards

The following is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:

Wildlife Forever Announces 
Winners of the 
State-Fish Art Contest!

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever, along with Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 State-Fish Art Contest. A distinguished panel of judges selected National Winners from thousands of entries received from 43 states and 7 international countries.

“State-Fish Art is an incredible tool to connect youth with the outdoors. Students often put in hours creating their Fish Art and learning about conservation. As a recruitment model, this is a great opportunity for states to adopt and expand youth engagement,” said Bob Ziehmer, Senior Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops.

“For many students, this is their first experience learning about fish and fishing. I’m thankful for all of the partners and dedicated teachers and parents who support their students learning about our natural resources,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.
And the 2019 National Winners are…

GRADES 10-12:
First Place: Edward Bae from Virginia with an incredible underwater painting capturing the release of a Striped Bass. Edward also won the covetedArt of Conservation Award.

Second Place: Anna Chang from California. Third Place: Helena Merker from New Jersey.

GRADES 7-9:
ZiHan Wang from New York took First Place with a fantastic painting of an Atlantic Sailfish.

 

Second Place: Mayah Kim of Virginia. Third Place: William Kim of New Jersey.

GRADES 4-6:
Stephanie Wang from New York took First Place with an outstanding painting of moonlight walleyes. Stephanie’s painting also won the
2019 National Best of Show Award.

Second Place: Lea You from South Korea. Third Place: Jennifer Chei from Virginia.

GRADES K-3
Top honors went to XinWei Wu from Florida with a wonderful leaping largemouth bass.

Second Place: Samuel Chen from California. Third Place: Adeline Suh from New Jersey

Additional National Awards included the Invader Crusader Award for art depicting invasive species which are one of the greatest threats to fish and fishing.  Sharvani Bhagroo from West Virginia took home First Place by integrating invasive Hydrilla into their artwork.

The SMILE Award is a unique category depicts the humorous and whimsical side of Fish Art and ultimately makes everyone “smile”. The winner is Jared Huneycutt from North Carolina!

FISH MAKE YOU SMARTER AWARDS” is an essay division and writing component of the State-Fish Art Contest. Winners are announced on the program website, www.StateFishArt.org.

2019 STATE WINNERS!
All state winners from across America and internationally are listed at www.StateFishArt.org

State-Fish Art – The Art of Conservation®
The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest™ celebrates over 20 years teaching children about fish and aquatic conservation through the Arts! The contest is made possible through support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, The USDA Forest Service, Triarco Art Supply and contest state hosts in Alaska, Georgia, Missouri and Texas.

Contact Wildlife Forever to host the State-Fish Art Contest in your state and begin recruiting the next generation of anglers and conservation stewards.

To enter, students 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. Entries are always due on March 31st.  Visit www.StateFishArt.org

Digital images in low and high resolution are available upon request.

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 and habitat restoration efforts at; www.WildlifeForever.org.

Lance Camper Announces Top Dealer Awards

Lancaster, CA – 4/18/2019 – Lancaster based Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. announces top dealer award results for the 2018 season. Results are based on retail sales of new Lance Ultra-Light Travel Trailers and Truck Campers. “Congratulations to all of our key dealer partners who achieved significant sales success last season. We look forward to another very strong year in 2019.” Stated Gary Conley, Lance Camper National Sales Manager.

Top Overall Dealer: ?Top Camper Dealer:?Top Trailer Dealer😕
Richard’s Boat Center – Lancaster, CAGalaxy Campers – Ontario, CATom’s Camperland – Mesa, AZ

Top Truck Camper Dealers:
Tom’s Camperland?- Mesa, AZ
Pro Trucks Plus – Livermore, CA
Richard’s Boat Center -?Lancaster, CA
Parkview Auto & Trailer – Smyrna, DE
Ocean Grove RV Sales – St. Augustine, FL
Pacific Travel Center – Tacoma, WA
Mattas Motors & Marine – Grand Junction, CO
Hill’s Auto & RVs – Yakima, WA
Toscano RV Center – Los Banos, CA

Top Travel Trailer Dealers😕
Tom’s Camperland – Mesa, AZ
Parris RV -?Murray, UT
Princess Craft – Round Rock, TX
North Country RV – Ham Lake, MN
Reeds Trailer Sales – Petaluma, CA
Clearview RV – Snohomish, WA
Lazy Days RV FL – Seffner, FL
Trailer Hitch RV – Nipomo, CA
Ketelsen Campers of Colorado -?Wheat Ridge, CO

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!