Hunter’s Specialties Named Friends of NRA TV Sponsor

February 29, 2012

The NRA Foundation is proud to announce that Hunter’s Specialties will serve as a Friends of NRA television Sharpshooter Sponsor for the second consecutive year.

“Hunter’s Specialties recognizes the importance of the Friends of NRA program and its grassroots outreach across the United States,” said Pete Angle, Director of Marketing at Hunter’s Specialties.  “As a company, we are passionate in preserving the hunting heritage and protecting the shooting sports for generations to come. The examples of Friends of NRA initiatives are many; making a meaningful partnership like ours is easy to embrace.”

Friends of NRA airs Sundays at 10:00 PM EST on the Outdoor Channel. Hosted by retired Major League Baseball player Matt Duff and professional shooter Jessie Harrison, the show follows Matt and Jessie as they travel across the United States to explore the history and impact of Friends of NRA, the multi-million dollar grassroots fund-raising program.

“We are proud to welcome back Hunter’s Specialties as a member of our Friends of NRA family,” said Kyle Weaver, Managing Director of NRA’s Field Operations Division. “The quality of their products will be demonstrated on Friends of NRA and will generate further interest in both their products and our program.”

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National Park Service to Take Action Against Encroaching Deer Herds in Washington, D.C.

February 29, 2012

National Park Service to Take Action Against Encroaching Deer Herds in Washington, D.C.

Many Americans believe that those in Washington just don’t understand the problems many of us face. Well, it’s obvious that they understand at least one.

The National Parks Service has announced that it will bring in sharpshooters in the nation’s capital in an attempt to slow down the deer population explosion in Washington and its suburbs.

In typical Washington fashion, the Park Service says it has spent years studying the problem. Its conclusion is the same conclusion that hundreds of other municipalities and thousands of landowners have found in the past decade: the only feasible way to cull the herd is with sharpshooters.

The white-tailed deer that have overrun Rock Creek Park in Washington long ago began venturing out in suburban neighborhoods and dining on shrubbery, gardens and lawns. Dozens have been killed and injured in collisions with automobiles. In 2009, much to the horror of onlookers, a deer found its way into the lion’s enclosure in the National Zoo in Washington, the New York Times reports.

No date has been set for sharpshooters to begin taking deer from the park. The deer will be taken at night away from neighborhoods, Park Service officials say.

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New Dead Down Wind Speed Stick Polymeric Bow Wax

February 29, 2012

Dead Down Wind Bow Wax

The innovators at Dead Down Wind are pleased to announce the newest product in their scent-control line of products, the Speed Stick Polymeric Bow Wax.

This Dead Down Wind scent-free product affords the hunter the option to apply it freely to bow strings, crossbow rails and firearms for conditioning or lubrication purposes without concern of being detected as with other products. The convenient stick container allows the user to pocket it for easy storage and access in hunting packs or coat pockets.

The Speed Stick is no stranger in areas where scent control is less critical, such as on the target range, due to its compact dispenser and ability to enhance arrow removal from targets. Although waterfowl and turkeys can’t detect odors, they are sure to fall prey to the Speed Stick’s ability to silence squeaks and unwanted sounds at inopportune times.

The Speed Stick Wax can be used for many reasons and any season. Dead Down Wind Speed Stick….the bow wax that does so much more.

For more information visit them online at

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Cross Cases and Slings

February 29, 2012

Cross Cases and Slings

Every soldier knows that when in the field, you’re only as good as your equipment. When the moment of truth arrives, you may only have one shot. For this reason, your crossbow needs to be in top working order at all times. Your trip to and from your hunting location can damage and dirty your bow preventing it from performing at its peak. Cross has provided you with premium crossbows, now protect your bows with Cross’s assortment of cases. And when the trek is long and your body is weary, Cross’s sling helps shoulder the burden.

Cross Premium Case: The Cross Premium case, available in black and Realtree APG, blends both hard and soft allowing for maximum versatility and protection. This case protects your crossbow in a cushion of the same dense, pliable foam found in Crocs Shoes. A hard outer shell with a “living” foam insert protects your scope, while a molded corner protects the cam.

Crossbow Case: The soft-sided Crossbow Case not only protects your bow, but provides for easy access to your hunting and shooting accessories. Designed for user comfort and convenience, this case features additional roomy compartments, which are perfect for your quiver, accessory case and more. Attention to detail is evident in its features, such as the padded and removable shoulder strap.

Cross Crossbow Sling: In even less than perfect conditions, the Cross Crossbow Sling offers extreme grip. Made to fit any brand of crossbow, the Cross Crossbow Sling adjusts from 32″ to 40″ and has quick-release clips for ease of use and storage

For more information, visit them online at

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Down-N-Dirty Outdoors Signs H&G Marketing to Handle Sales in 34 States

February 29, 2012

Down-N-Dirty Outdoors Signs H&G Marketing to Handle Sales in 34 States

Down-N-Dirty Outdoors, makers of high-quality handcrafted turkey, waterfowl and deer calls, is pleased to announce that H&G Marketing will be selling the complete line of DND calls throughout the West, Midwest, Eastern and Mountain Central regions of the country.

With 20 sales associates, the H&G Marketing team will handle a 34-state sales territory for DND, including N.D., S.D., Minn., Wis., Neb., Kan., Iowa, Mo., Ill., Ind., Mich., Ohio,  Maine, N.H., Mass, R.I., Vt., N.Y., N.J., Conn., Pa., Del., Md., Wash., Ore., Calif., Nev., Idaho, Mont., Wyo., Utah, Colo., Ariz. and N.M. Founded more than 30 years ago by Randy Havel and Bob Giarusso, H&G Marketing started the company serving only four states. Today, the company is highly regarded in the industry and represents the finest outdoor, hunting and shooting products throughout 43 states.

“H&G Marketing brings the distribution, knowledge and experience that DND needs right now, especially with the recent launch of the Haint gobble call,” said Mark Coin, DND president. “We are very excited to be working with such a well-established and knowledgeable sales team.”

“Their years of experience and market penetration in their 34-state territory will certainly help DND reach millions of potential new customers, each of whom will be able to experience the exceptional quality of all of our products first-hand.”

Simpson Sales Company will continue to handle the sales of DND products in the southern United States.

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Wisconsin Hunter Homicide Cases Pushed Diversity Coordinator Toward Law, Outreach Career

February 29, 2012

Wisconsin Hunter Homicide Cases Pushed Diversity Coordinator Toward Law, Outreach Career

Ka Yeng Vue knew in 2004 he wanted to help Wisconsin heal after the murders of six deer hunters in Sawyer County demonstrated cultural misunderstandings. Three years later, a second hunter homicide in Marinette County pushed the man born to Hmong parents in a Thailand refugee camp toward a career in law enforcement and community outreach.

Ka Yeng Vue is the new Diversity Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Law Enforcement where his goal is to promote cultural harmony and to create a diverse and inclusive conservation community. “I am reaching out to all ethnic groups and communities to let them know the partnership that we – at the DNR – would like to build with them,” he says.

The passion KaYeng has for the new duties is fueled by his reactions to the two homicide cases that not only rocked the state’s deer hunting community, but revealed a deeply held misunderstanding between two cultures at home in Wisconsin.

The homicides in 2004 were at the hand of a Hmong American hunter from Minnesota and his victims were white men. In 2007, while Ka Yeng was completing his first semester at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, a Hmong American hunter was murdered by a white individual while hunting in Marinette County. “I told myself there had not been a better time to work harder toward my law enforcement degree,” Ka Yeng said of his work to complete his Criminal Justice Law Enforcement degree at the technical college. “I knew I wanted to do what I could to help prevent these tragic incidents from happening again.”

Ka Yeng recently began his new duties as the outreach coordinator, replacing Eileen Hocker who was hired full-time by the Office of State Employee Relations.

The two met in 2008 when Hocker urged Ka Yeng to consider working with the Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Water Guard to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. He took Hocker’s advice. “But I never really forgot the incidents of 2004 and 2007. They were always in the back of my mind,” he said.

In the fall of 2011, Recreational Safety Warden Jeremy Cords trained Ka Yeng and five others to become instructors of the hunter education safety course to the general public – but especially to Hmong hunters. “Slowly but surely, I was achieving my goals and the DNR’s goals to do what we can to help prevent these incidents of 2004 and 2007 from occurring,” he said.

Ka Yeng has been busy giving presentations with sportsmen and sportswomen clubs, groups and organizations. His goals are to better educate hunters, boaters, anglers and anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

“I have an open door policy and welcome those who would like me to speak to their groups or organization about job opportunities in the DNR, hunting and recreating with ethnic groups. In the end, we all want the same thing: to protect our natural resources, to safely enjoy the outdoor recreational activities Wisconsin has to offer, and to pass on the conservation ethic to future generations,” he said.

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Enter to Win a Guided Youth Turkey Hunt in Jackson County, Oregon

February 29, 2012

ODFW’S Access and Habitat program is offering youth hunters (age 17 and under) the opportunity to win a guided turkey hunt on a private ranch in Jackson County during the spring 2012 season.

To enter the drawing to win one of 10 hunts at the C2 Ranch, fill out this online application. Mail it to ODFW at 1495 E Gregory Rd, Central Point, OR 97502, or fax (541-826-8776) or email it ( Applications can also be picked up at ODFW’s Central Point office.

Applications must be received at ODFW’s office in Central Point by March 29, 2012 at 5 p.m. The drawing will be held that evening and winners will be notified on March 30.

Winners receive one day of turkey hunting on the C2 Ranch, accompanied by a guide who will help locate wild turkeys. A parent or other family member may also accompany the youth on the hunt. Winners will need to contact C2 Ranch directly to arrange their one-day hunt during the youth turkey season (April 7-9, 2012) or general spring turkey season (April 15-May 31, 2012).

There is no cost to enter the raffle but winners are responsible for purchasing the right documents before hunting (a juvenile hunting license for $14.50 and juvenile turkey tag for $10.50). Youth age 9-13 without hunter education certification may apply and hunt under the Mentored Youth Hunter Program (MYHP) provided all program rules are followed during the hunt (youth hunts on adult’s tag, one weapon between youth and adult, etc.) MYHP hunters may only hunt during the general spring turkey season, not the youth turkey season.

Southwest Oregon has the most turkeys in Oregon and the C2 Ranch’s oak savannah and brushy areas provide good turkey habitat. C2 Ranch has improved habitat for big game and other wildlife on its property, thanks in part to an $11,000 Access and Habitat (A and H) program grant. As part of the grant, the ranch also provides 10 guided youth turkey hunts during the spring and 25 guided youth deer hunts during the fall.

The A and H Program funds projects that provide hunter access and/or improve wildlife habitat on private land in Oregon. The A and H Program is funded primarily by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses and revenue from the sale of big game auction tags and raffle tickets.

More information about the A and H Program can be found at

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The New Wave of Comfortable and Confident Women in the Field

February 29, 2012

Dec 2011, here donned in my SHE Safari clothing, my Lacrosse Venom Snake Boots, and my Personalized custom fit leather Gun Sling is picture proof that women in the field are finding it easier to be comfortable and confident in the field!

I am honored to be able to share stories, tips and tricks of my outdoor adventures around a campfire, at a party, in the beauty salon, and when there is not an ear available, I love to write them down! Sharing my experiences with others helps me feel that I am contributing information quite possibly a little inspiration to help encourage outdoor activities, especially for women!

I was very excited last fall to be given an assignment by John Geiger of InterMedia Outdoors, asking for an article providing my perspective on the challenge of women’s gear in the field for all outdoors activities. This article was right up my alley, and was a perfect fit for my experiences! The article was submitted and appropriately titled “Hunt Like a Girl”. It became available in print via Game & Fish/Sportsman magazine publications NATIONWIDE distributed in all Dec 2011/Jan 2012 issues. I am very happy to say that is now also available online titled “Hunting Gear Options for Women” at I was only able to cover a few of the issues/solutions/work-a-rounds that I have experienced, but I truly hope that I was able to spark a few thoughts in other women in the field. Some that may currently contribute on many different media platforms, but others that might consider sharing those thoughts for the first time! I love to hear all ideas from men and women alike, but hearing from another woman that has actually “been there and done that” can sometimes speak straight to my heart. As I always say — “Let’s hear it from the Girls!“

Have a look at this brief article and pictures, and please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts that you would like to contribute!

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Michigan DNR Offers Beginner and Advanced Pheasant Hunts for Women

February 29, 2012

Michigan DNR Offers Beginner and Advanced Pheasant Hunts for Women

For women who have an interest in pheasant hunting but aren’t sure how to get started, or for those with shotgun shooting experience who would like a little more challenge, the Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program offers two guided pheasant hunts in March and April. Both hunts will take place at Hunters Creek Club in Metamora (LapeerCounty).

No shooting or hunting experience is required for the BOW Pheasant Hunt for Beginners on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will begin with a safety orientation, followed by trap-shooting practice with one-on-one certified instruction provided by Hunters Creek Club staff. Extra attention will be given to those who have never shot or bird hunted before. After lunch, participants will head out to the field for a guided walk-up hunt with dogs. Shotguns will be provided for those who do not own one. The $160-per-person cost of this program covers instruction, target practice, guided hunt and lunch.

The BOW Advanced Pheasant Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants do not need to be experienced hunters for this event, but they are required either to have taken an approved hunter education class or to have some experience with shotgun shooting. After one round (25 shots) of sporting clays and lunch, the class will break up into small groups for a guided walk-up hunt with dogs. The cost is $150 per person, which includes one round of sporting clays, guided hunt and lunch.

A small game license or apprentice license is needed for both hunts. Orange vests will be available to borrow. Eye and ear protection will be provided, and target load shells for trap/sporting clays shooting will be supplied by Federal Ammunition. For the pheasant hunt in the afternoon, attendees will need to purchase one box of field load ammunition, which may be purchased at the Hunters Creek Pro Shop.

Hunters Creek Club is located ay 675 E. Sutton Roadin Metamora. For more information about the club, visit

BOW is a noncompetitive program in which each individual is encouraged to learn at her own pace. The emphasis is on the enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of outdoor activities, and sharing in the success of one another.

For registration forms and information on these and other BOW programs, visit, call 517-241-2225 or email

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Global Outfitters Selects EOTech’s New HHS I as the Ultimate Turkey Hunting Setup

February 29, 2012

Global Outfitters Selects EOTECH’s new HHS I as The Ultimate Turkey Hunting Setup

This is not an unclad video game warrior it is the Vitruvian Man, circa 1487.  Also known as the Canon of Proportions or Proportions of Man, this pen and ink on paper is arguably Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous work (

Accompanied by notes based on the work of famed architect, Vitruvius, it is said this image exemplifies the blend of art and science during the Renaissance provides the perfect example of Leonardo’s keen interest in proportion.

A panel of experts selected by Global Outfitters will draw inspiration from the Vitruvian Man to define the art and science of modern turkey hunting as they establish “The Ultimate Turkey Hunting Setup”.  Global Outfitters President, Sam Hall, states our panel will outfit and arm hunters much like modern day video game warriors to take the field in search for the most allusive of turkey species, the Eastern. And who better to test our archery setup than acclaimed super human and master archer, Byron Ferguson. And for the gun hunter we have selected World famous hunter, Dr. Warren Strickland, who accomplished a double Grand Slam in 2011.

Global Outfitters adds the second optics selection to “The Ultimate Turkey Hunting Setup”. For turkey hunters, target ranges vary in ever-changing hunting conditions.

The EOTECH Holographic Hybrid Sight I, w/ G33STS ( provides a solution for engaging ALL GAME in Close Quarter situations, quickly transitioning to a 500m targeting.

Instant transition is achieved through a Quick Switch to Side (STS) mount that offers a simple, quick disengagement of the magnifier. This durable, Night Vision compatible system offers wide field optical performance with superior light transmission for visibility in extreme low-light conditions.

Final product selections to “The Ultimate Turkey Hunting Setup” will be announced on March 12th. Chattokee Lodge in Northeast Alabama and Goodman Ranch in East Tennessee will host the hunts, and Global Outfitters will chronicle the events that include expert panel discussions on each product selection.

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