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Maine Moose Population Doubles over the Past Decade

June 30, 2012

Maine Moose Population Doubles over the Past Decade

Just more than 10 years ago, Maine’s moose population was estimated to be at 29,000 based on the wildlife department’s aerial surveys. This year, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) announced that an aerial survey determined an estimate of about 75,000 moose, more than double the previous estimation.

This past winter, DIFW Biologist Lee Kantar conducted an aerial survey in a low-flying helicopter for the second straight year. Kantar was able to survey nine of the 12 hunting districts accurately because of ideal clear conditions. Moose roam in large numbers in those districts.

“The technique of flying the helicopter is a statistically reliable technique. It gives us a finer level of detail than we had in the past. And conditions were perfect, with low wind. It’s a great success story,” Kantar said to the Portland Press Herald.

This means that DIFW may award more moose permits in future years, but the lottery drawing for this year is already over. This year, 3,725 permits were allotted, just 137 less than last year. The 3,862 permits issued last year resulted in a total harvest of 2,582 moose.

These new numbers would make Maine the state with the largest moose population in the lower 48 states. The latest moose estimates in Montana reported 6,000 moose, Wyoming reported 13,500 and Minnesota 12,000. Combined, those three states don’t come close to Maine’s population total. Alaska continues to have the highest population in United States, with an estimated 200,000 in a 2011 count.

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Pope and Young Set to Sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day

June 29, 2012

Pope and Young Set to Sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day

The Pope and Young Club will be a key sponsor for this year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day, the official federal commemoration of hunters, anglers and conservation.

NHF Day continues to grow and reach new outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen each year with the continued support of generous sponsors. Through licenses, permits and special taxes, hunters and anglers generate $100,000 every 30 minutes—totaling more than $1.75 billion per year—for fish, wildlife and habitat. No one contributes more for conservation.

NHF Day is set to take place Sept. 22, 2012.

The sponsorship by the Pope and Young Club supports the Wonders of Wildlife museum—the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Springfield, Mo., facility oversees educational initiatives to help the American public understand the indelible relationship between hunting, angling, healthy habitat, and wildlife and fisheries conservation.

Each year National Hunting and Fishing Day chooses an honorary chairperson, and this year NASCAR Sprint Cup driver/owner Tony Stewart is serving in that capacity and will deliver the message of NHF Day.

As the driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Stewart has won 12 driving championships, including three Sprint Cup Series titles, in a career spanning more than three decades.

Stewart is a champion off the racetrack as much as he is on, and has been recognized for his philanthropic efforts via his Tony Stewart Foundation, which raises funds for distribution to three specific groups – chronically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities, and organizations dedicated to the protection of various animal species.

“Our mission is to ensure that bowhunting will continue to prosper through future generations, and the Pope and Young Club is proud to continue our support of National Hunting and Fishing Day,” said P&Y President Roger Atwood. “NHF Day is a great opportunity to remind folks of the many cultural values that the hunting lifestyle provides, including patience, perseverance, skill development and mastery, the value of practice, applying personal ethics, and woodcrafts, as well as a true understanding and appreciation of the natural world.”

“The Pope and Young Club has been a proponent of conservation from the day it was created,” said Misty Mitchell, director of Conservation Programs, Wonders of Wildlife. “They are exactly why NHF Day is such a big day for sportsmen around the country. Through our combined efforts we will continue to conserve our heritage.”

In 1972, Congress formalized NHF Day to remind the public that conservation depends on funding and leadership from hunters and anglers. Every president from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama has issued official proclamations of support for the annual commemoration, now recognized as one of the most effective grassroots campaigns ever undertaken to promote traditional outdoor sports.

The growing list of sponsors for NHF Day 2012 includes Wonders of Wildlife, NSSF, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman’s Channel, Realtree, GunBroker.com, Yamaha, Pope and Young Club, North American Media Group, Inc, Ducks Unlimited and the Izaak Walton League of America.

For more information about NHF Day, visit www.nhfday.org.

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Blacks Creek Introduces the Answer

June 29, 2012

Blacks Creek Introduces the Answer

The new Realtree MAX-1  camo backpack by Blacks Creek isn’t your ordinary pack. The Answer was built with the Western big game hunter in mind. Made in the USA, this camo backpack features heavy duty Cordura and Tricot fabric construction making it durable, yet lightweight. The Answer attaches to the Grip Frame that also accepts several other Remedy 7 pack designs, thus allowing you to add to your collection of packs at minimal cost as your needs change over time. With 2000 cubic inches of storage space, this camo backpack has an ample amount of storage for a day hunt or even an overnight stay on the mountain. When the work hits the ground, the Grip Frame will carry the load with its expandable meat-hauling design.

  • Made in the USA
  •  2000 Cubic Inches
  •  Detachable ‘Grip”frame allows infinite storage
  • 7.5 lbs
  •  Adjustable Butterfly Harness
  • 3 ltr H20 Compatible
  • 2 Water Bottle Pockets
  • 1000 D Cordura and Tricot Fabric Construction
  • YKK Zippers
  • Military Grade Hardware
  •  Internal Optic Pocket
  • 10 Total Pockets
  • 13 Compression Straps
  • Rain Fly Compartment (Rain Fly Sold Separately)
  •  Carries a Gun or Bow

www.blacks-creek.com

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Leupold Offers Rebates for RCX Trail Camera System

June 29, 2012

Leupold Offers Rebates for RCX Trail Camera System

From July 1 to July 15, 2012, hunters can save up to $400 in rebates on the purchase of any Leupold® RCX trail camera system kit and three cameras.

Customers who take advantage of this program receive a $50 rebate for the RCX-1 or RCX-2 kit, which includes the handheld controller/viewer.  With additional RCX-1 or RCX-2 trail camera purchases, the total rebates are as follows: $100 for a kit and one camera, $200 for a kit and two cameras, and $400 for a kit and three cameras.

The rebate form can be found at point of purchase or at www.leupold.com/rewards. To receive the rebate, the completed form must be mailed to the specified address along with a valid receipt and the original UPC bar code cut from the product packaging.

The RCX rebate program ends July 15, 2012.

Leupold RCX trail camera systems can be found at dealers around the country, and at major retail outlets including Cabela’s, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Academy Sports + Outdoors and Scheels.

The RCXtrail camera system features innovative technology that simplifies the process of taking and retrieving images of game in the field.  The “hub” of the system is the USB controller/viewer, which plugs into either a RCX-1 (eight megapixels) or RCX-2 (10 megapixels) camera.  The controller/viewer has a three-inch display screen and can be used to download and view images from the camera on the spot, eliminating the need to remove photo/SD cards and check them at another location.  With the controller/viewer, users can also get real time alignment of the camera’s view and instant access to all program settings, without opening the camera or removing it from the mount.

For additional product information, go to www.leupold.com/rcx.

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Pursuit Channel’s “Whistling Wings” Cupped Up as Saturday’s #1 Destination for Waterfowl Hunters

June 29, 2012

Pursuit Channel’s “Whistling Wings” Cupped Up as Saturday’s #1 Destination for Waterfowl Hunters

Pursuit Channel announces the Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 6:00P EST launch of an explosive waterfowl-centric content collection called Whistling Wings.  The Whistling Wings destination will be viewable in 40-plus million audited homes, including all DIRECTV and DISH Network households, every Saturday evening throughout the remainder of 2012.

Duck Dog Waterfowl, featuring Howard Avery and Ryan Fortier, front the Whistling Wings group with epic adventure and know-how.  Avery, now the owner of Mac Island Calls, began hunting waterfowl with friends following the untimely death of his father.  “I heard whistling and quacks in the dark sky above my head and my hair stood up and a chill ran down my spine,” Avery says of that first hunt.

Avery’s show business partner, Ryan Fortier, owner of Long Hollow Retrievers, says: “My true passion for waterfowl hunting remains central to my passion for working with hunting dogs.”

The Honey Brake Experience, award-winning reality theater produced in association with MOOSE Media and Starkville, Mississippi-based Broadcast Media, is next at 6:30P.  Honey Brake celebrates the wise-use activities of the people of the 40,000-acre Louisiana Delta Plantation, an outdoors recreation showplace teeming with whitetails, hogs, ‘gators and waterfowl.  With camera work by David Linstrom (National Geographic, Survivor and Storm chasers), you’re riding shotgun with some of the best sportsmen in paradise, including top hunters Drew Keeth, Jared Mophett and Blake Soileau.

In association with Beretta, Mossy Oak, GoPro, War Eagle, Gator Tail, MOJO, Epic Wakeboats, Rig ‘Em Right and Mountain Khakis, Honey Brake can also be seen Wednesdays at 8:30P and Mondays at 12:30P.

Avian-X, the much anticipated television masterstroke of waterfowl hunting icon Fred Zink, is next at 7:30P.  Zink vetted networks for months before deciding that the Pursuit Channel was right for Avian-X’s explosive high-speed imagery, the hard-won result of maybe the best waterfowl video team ever assembled:  Walt Gabbards, Jeff Shelby, C.J. White and Jimmy Wren.  With the support of Zink’s entire staff, including 115 Elite, Z-Unit, pro and field staffers, Avian-X takes super-enthusiast authenticity to new heights.  (Additional viewings of Avian-X appear Tuesdays at 7:30P and Sundays at 11:00P EST.)

For the hard-bitten duck hunter, there’s real insight and scheduling perfection to an in-season Saturday evening Whistling Wings content bloc on Pursuit Channel (www.pursuitchannel.com).  MOOSE Media (www.moosemedia.tv; phone 662-492-4000) exclusively directs sales and marketing for Pursuit Channel.

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Lone Wolf introduces New 16ft Ladder Stick

June 29, 2012

Lone Wolf introduces New 16ft Ladder Stick

Catering to the ever-changing needs of the hunting market, Lone Wolf introduces their NEW 16ft Ladder Stick for 2012. Consisting of four individual 4-foot sections that lock together creating a single, 16-foot ladder stick, this new climbing option, weighing in at only 12.5 lb., allows users the added convenience of setting up on the ground prior to tree attachment.

“We know our current climbing sticks are a favorite of mobile hunters nationwide,” said Jared Schlipf, President of Lone Wolf Treestands. “but the new 16 foot Ladder Stick brings a certain level of comfort and convenience that many hunters are looking for without sacrificing the lightweight, mobile design that Lone Wolf is known for.”

Keeping with Lone Wolf’s noted design ingenuity, the individual 4-foot sections nest together and mount easily to the Lone Wolf Hang On stands; perfect for packing in to unknown territory.  And, with the ease of pre-setting the Ladder Stick on the ground, users can mount to the tree, climb and set the stand all in one single trip rather than multiple trips up and down the tree.  The single tube design allows the Ladder Stick to match the slight changes in contour of tree’s trunk.

“Lots of folks find they’re ‘stuck’ in a stand when the wind suddenly changes or deer patterns shift and they don’t want to make a quick stand change, “ added Schlipf. “Users are now going to find it’s no problem taking their set down, moving their stick, in one piece, short distances across the valley, ridge or downwind side of the trail and be back in action in a matter of minutes.  It’s that easy to use and it WILL change the way they hunt.”

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Stick length: 48”
  • Distance between steps: 15”
  • Weights:
    3.125-pounds per stick.
    12.5-pounds per set of four

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All Access Outdoors Features Kentucky Whitetail Hunt, Family Fun

June 29, 2012

All Access Outdoors Features Kentucky Whitetail Hunt, Family Fun

This week on Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors, join Craig Morgan and his family on a fun-filled Kentucky whitetail hunt. Watch as Craig shares the stage with some very special family members, then heads to the whitetail woods in search of a trophy Bluegrass State buck. Don’t miss a second of this family-friendly, action-packed hunt!

Show Concept

Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors is a 30-minute reality show that offers fans a fly-on-the-wall look at country music superstar and avid outdoors-man Craig Morgan’s extremely busy lifestyle at home, on tour and in the great outdoors. True to the show’s name, Morgan throws open the doors of his life – both on stage and in the field. Whether he’s entertaining screaming fans at sold-out shows, motocross racing or bowhunting big game, Craig’s life is high-octane and his schedule is unrelenting. This hit reality show gives viewers an all access, backstage pass to Craig’s travels as he and his crew pursue big game, big thrills and big laughs across North America in a quest for the ultimate outdoor adventures.

Craig’s fellow country music artists – as well as professional athletes and motocross celebrities – join him each week. For his second season opener, the Grand Ole Opry member gives viewers a never-before-seen look at the 40-year tradition of the annual Opry hunt weekend. Fellow Opry members Blake Shelton, Marty Roe (Diamond Reo) and Troy Gentry (Montgomery Gentry) join Craig in the first episode for a weekend of duck hunting, music and memories.

Craig’s engaging personality, lifelong love of hunting and considerable television experience make Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors a must-see for hunters and country music fans everywhere. In addition to the new season, Craig will be highly visible over the next twelve months as he releases his first new music in over three years, and maintains a busy concert schedule.

Learn more at www.wildcomm.com/craigmorgan and www.craigmorgan.com.

2012 Quarter 3 Weekly Show Lineup

Week 2: Grumpy Old Men, Part 2; Craig and family members continue their fun together on a Kentucky deer hunt.

Week 3: Montana Elk/Mule Deer; Craig invites his producer on a hunt for trophy elk, mule deer and whitetails in Montana.

Week 4: Tennessee Turkey; Craig invites a few good friends for a hometown turkey hunt.

Week 5: Hawaii, Part 1; Craig and pro surfer Shane Dorian venture to Maui to catch some waves and chase trophy goats and axis deer.

Week 6: Hawaii 2, Part 2; Craig and pro surfer Shane Dorian continue onto the beautiful island of Lanai. Local food, giant axis deer, mouflan rams and turkeys are all part of the fun.

Week 7: Motorcycle Wedding; Craig hits the GNCC racing circuit and walks his daughter down the aisle.

Week 8: Gators and Gobblers; Craig attends an enduro race in Georgia before heading to an early-season turkey and gator hunt in Florida.

Outdoor Channel Airtimes

Sunday 11:00 p.m. EST + 2 additional airings

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Walther Announces Formation of U.S. Based Walther Arms, Inc.

June 28, 2012

CARL WALTHER Announces Formation of U.S. Based Walther Arms, Inc.

Arnsberg, Germany based PW Group, owners of shooting sports companies, CARL WALTHER GmbH Sportwaffen and Umarex, announce the formation of Walther Arms, Inc. to handle all the importation, sales, marketing, distribution and servicing of Walther products in the United States. The transition will occur in two phases beginning January 1, 2013. Previously, Smith & Wesson held responsibility for the distribution of Walther firearms and accessories in the United States. On January 1, that responsibility will be handled by the newly formed Walther Arms, Inc. with the exception of the Walther P22 and PK380 models, which Smith & Wesson will continue to sell and distribute through April 30, 2013.

Walther and Smith & Wesson will maintain their strategic alliance on several fronts—Smith & Wesson will continue to manufacture the PPK for Walther Arms, Inc. and CARL WALTHER will continue to manufacture the M&P22 handgun for S&W. Additionally, Umarex will continue to license the Smith & Wesson brand for airgun products. “We are extremely thankful for the relationship we have had and will continue to have with the quality organization of Smith & Wesson,” said Wulf-Heinz Pflaumer, President of PW Group. “Smith & Wesson has been an outstanding partner and has represented the Walther brand in the U.S. with tremendous focus, effort and results. We look forward to many more years of strategic alliance with Smith & Wesson.”

“We are excited about the formation of our new company, Walther Arms, Inc. It will allow us to intensify our focus on the U.S. firearms market,” said Pflaumer. The Walther brand is a legend in the firearms industry with a rich history of design, innovation and outstanding German manufacturing. “Walther is known throughout the world as a leader in handgun innovation and quality. The new U.S. based Walther Arms allows a more direct influence from the U.S. consumer’s wants and needs into our product development.” said Karl Heinz-Luther, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, CARL WALTHER GmbH Sportwaffen.

Walther Arms, Inc. will begin operations sharing a corporate campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas with Umarex USA, another company in the PW Group. Adam J. Blalock has been named President & CEO of Walther Arms, Inc. and will also remain as President & CEO of Umarex USA. “We are extremely grateful for the way Smith & Wesson has represented Walther and we look forward to our continued relationship with them”, said Blalock, “We will have a dedicated team focused on meeting the needs of U.S. consumers with high quality, innovative products worthy of the Walther brand. We are very thankful for the many loyal Walther customers and we’re excited for the opportunity to serve them.”

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House Appropriations Bill Will Help Hunters Access Public Lands

June 28, 2012

House Appropriations Bill Will Help Hunters Access Public Lands

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2013 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill that includes $7.5 million to expand and enhance access for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands. Securing this funding has been a priority for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) along with partner organizations such as the Boone and Crockett Club, NRA, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and others.

If included in the final appropriations measure, the funding will allow the Forest Service and BLM to acquire rights-of-way and other land interests from willing-seller landowners to open access to existing federal lands for hunting and fishing where it is closed or significantly restricted.

“The biggest challenge facing hunters and shooters is diminishing access to public lands. This important appropriations provision addresses this challenge head-on, and the NSSF is deeply grateful to Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers and Interior Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson for championing this cause,” said Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of NSSF, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.

Boone and Crockett Club Chairman Bob Model praised Chairman Simpson for “his longstanding and deep commitment to enhancing hunting opportunities on our public lands.”

For the 32 million American hunters, anglers and recreational shooters, federal public lands are increasingly vital to their participation in outdoor sports. Nearly half of all hunters, for example, pursue their passion on public lands. Reduced access is repeatedly cited as the primary reason that hunters, anglers and recreational shooters stop participating in these sports.

A 2004 report to the House Committee on Appropriations concluded that more than 35 million acres of BLM and Forest Service land have inadequate access. Specifically, nearly 2 million acres (or 10 percent) of Forest Service lands in Montana and 8.4 million acres (or 29 percent) of BLM lands in the Montana/Dakotas region were identified as having inadequate access.

Sportsmen and women make important contributions to both wildlife conservation and the nation’s economy. The hunting and shooting sports industry creates 210,000 jobs nationwide, generating an economic benefit of nearly $32 billion annually.

“If ultimately appropriated, this public-access funding will serve as another weapon in our arsenal as we continue to work on behalf of our nation’s hunting and shooting heritage,” said Keane.

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Savage Outdoors Returns for a Fourth Season with All New Episodes on Sportsman Channel

June 28, 2012

Savage Outdoors Returns for a Fourth Season with All New Episodes on Sportsman Channel

Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman brings audiences an all-new season of Savage Outdoors. The exclusive new series follows hosts Mike Stroff, Jamie and Jacob Satterfield and the rest of the pro-staff as harvest countless big game animals in North America. The Savage Outdoors series details the full experience of the hunt from start to finish. The unforgettable show airs on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT during the season of “Made in America,” which offers 575 hours of new content across 100 different series for the network’s Q3 lineup.

Savage Outdoors is not an average hunting program; viewers will experience everything the hosts and guests go through as they pursue big game. From deciding where to hunt, choosing the right outfitters, traveling, scouting and the full hunting experience, audiences will get the full “treatment” of Savage Outdoors. The hunting locations for season three include big game hunting in Wyoming and a memorable mountain goat hunt in British Columbia.

“We are very excited about our fourth season of Savage Outdoors!” said Mike Stroff, Co-host of Savage Outdoors. “We have put together the best season of big game hunting to date! We take two Boone and Crockett whitetail bucks on film along with some other great whitetails, two “giant” moose in British Columbia, a Boone and Crockett mountain goat in BC, two giant Alberta mule deer and some “monster” elk in Colorado! This list goes on and on and we truly had our best year filming and can’t wait to share it with our viewers this fall.

Mike Stroff was born on Camp Lejeune Marine Corp base in Jacksonville, NC. He started in the outdoor industry at a very young age. His family owned and operated Flatwoods Outfitters, which was a shooting complex for rifle, pistol, shotgun, and also had 3D archery ranges. During his college years at East Carolina University, Mike spent his summers working at the lodge learning the ins and outs of the commercial hunting business. Upon graduation from college, he moved back to South Carolina and started Black River Plantation specializing in hog, deer and turkey hunting. Mike is married to Christina Stroff and couple has a daughter, Amelia. They call South Texas home.

Don’t miss Savage Outdoors and 21 other brand-new series s on Sportsman Channel’s exciting third quarter lineup, “Made in America.”  The network’s Q3 lineup includes 575 hours of new content, including 22 brand-new series and 70 returning series with all-new episodes, featuring the network’s battled-tested hunters, legendary anglers and top experts.  The campaign, which bows June 25, is a multimillion dollar, multimedia effort that will garner in excess of 200 million impressions. Watch the video below for a preview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOhnQyYb1Is

Watch Sportsman Channel on DISH (available in HD), DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS or check your local cable listings. Additionally, go to http://theSportsmanChannel.com  and enter your zip code in our channel finder.  Don’t have Sportsman Channel? Contact your cable operator today to request it.

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