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Versatile Mega-lights Upgraded with LED Bulbs

February 22, 2013

Versatile Mega-lights Now Upgraded with LED Bulbs

Whether on the water or on the road, boaters, campers and fishing enthusiasts enjoy increased safety and comfort with Mega-Light Utility and Mega-Light Masthead models. Davis Instruments now offers the same great products upgraded with brighter, long-lasting and efficient LED bulbs.

The Mega-Light Utility/LED is equipped with a 15′ heavy-duty cord and fused lighter plug. The cord features a UL-approved strain-relief design, ensuring long life and reliable service. An adjustable bracket makes the Mega-Light Utility easy to hang wherever it’s needed.

The stationary Mega-Light Masthead/LED is pre-mounted to a stainless steel bracket, ready for installation with a 12″ lead wire. It’s ideal for marking a boat on a mooring or at anchor. An extra pre-drilled mounting hole easily accommodates a Davis Windex 15 wind vane base to conserve masthead space. When used on an interior wall or bulkhead, the Mega-Light serves as a security light to brighten stairways or entryways.

When hung upside down, the clear, convex lens top creates a flood light for area lighting. An automatic sensor switches the lights on at dusk and off at dawn. Both models have a completely waterproof sealed lens and base and offer visibility up to 2 nautical miles.

For those who already own a Mega-Light and wish to upgrade, Davis Instruments offers a Replacement Bulb Kit. It includes both a new LED bulb and a spare incandescent bulb.

Always economical, the Davis Instruments Mega-Light Utility/LED retails for $49.99, while the Mega-Light Masthead/LED costs $52.99. The Replacement Bulb Kit is $6.99.

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Free Sportsman’s Licenses Offered to Youth at Kentucky Boat Shows

January 22, 2013

Free Sportsman’s Licenses Offered to Youth at Kentucky Boat Shows

Youths wanting to try hunting for the first time can collect a free sportsman’s license at boat shows in Louisville and Lexington.

The offer applies to first-time hunters between the ages of 12-15. Youths must have completed a hunter education course. Licenses are available at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ booth.

Free licenses for eligible youths will be available at the Louisville Boat, RV and Sport Show being held at the Kentucky Expo Center from Jan. 22-27, and the Kentucky Sport Boat and Recreation Show at the Lexington Convention Center from Jan.31- Feb.3.

“Kentucky Afield” television host Tim Farmer is scheduled to appear at the Louisville show from 10:30 a.m. until noon Jan.26. Experts from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will conduct special one-hour seminars on fishing and hunting opportunities on private and public lands at 2 and 3 p.m. Jan. 25. Seminars will be conducted again at noon and 1 p.m. Jan 26.

The youth sportsman’s license is good for resident or non-resident hunters. This is a $25 value. The youth sportsman’s license includes a hunting license, a permit for one deer and a permit for one turkey. Youths 15 and younger do not need a fishing license, trout permit or migratory bird permit.

Only Kentucky residents are eligible for an adult sportsman’s license. This is a $95 value. The sportsman’s license includes a hunting and fishing license, spring and fall turkey permits, a deer permit, a state waterfowl permit and a trout permit.

Youths can come get their free first hunting license at either show if they have completed hunter education and bring their course completion certificate. Youth hunters who have not completed their hunter education requirements can take the classroom portion online at fw.ky.gov prior to the show. Youths can complete the range work portion of the certification at either show.

Visitors to both shows can test their skills at the laser shot hunting simulator or the Crosman air rifle range.

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The Truth About Hunters, Anglers, and Life Jackets

November 19, 2012

The Truth About Hunters, Anglers, and Life Jackets

Vernon Konradi, an Indiana high school agriculture teacher, stood in front of 23 students, all of whom were interested in hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports. It was safety week, and he started class with a story about frog gigging with his father. His dad was in a canoe, and he was walking the banks. As he slowly worked his way to the other side of the pond, he stumbled on a large group of frogs. He ran back to inform his dad, only to shine his light on an empty canoe. Responders predicted that Vernon’s father lunged at a frog and fell in the water. Vernon’s father drowned while frog gigging.

Vernon’s lesson to his students isn’t the only example of a hunter or angler who died as a result of a boating accident. According to the United States Coast Guard’s 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics, hunters were involved in 31 boating incidents, leading to 11 deaths nationwide. Those fishing from a boat were involved in 675 incidents, which lead to 242 deaths.

Vernon’s father, like 84 percent of all drowning victims, wasn’t wearing a life jacket. A study conducted by Responsive Management showed that many anglers and hunters who boat are aware of the dangers of boating, but still fail to wear life jackets. Why? Those surveyed said they were reluctant to wear life jackets because they are uncomfortable.

“Life jackets are too bulky, they get in the way of moving around and shooting,” said Indiana duck hunter, Reid Miller. “We are always somewhat prepared, though. We each have one [life jacket] in our boats in case of an emergency.”

Stop and think about it. What good does a life jacket do when it’s stored elsewhere in your boat? What happens if your life jacket is at the back of the boat, and you are fishing off of the bow? What happens if you fall from the boat, hit your head and are unconscious?  No one ever expects an accident, and attempting to put on a life jacket during a boating accident is like trying to buckle up during a vehicle collision. Wearing your life jacket could save your life; the benefits clearly outweigh the negatives.

Jerry Carter, Mississippi Boater Ed Coordinator and Hunter Ed Administrator, reminds us that life jackets are more than just a good idea.

“Keep in mind that the national law requires all vessels to carry personal flotation devices,” said Jerry. “It’s important for anglers and hunters to realize if they are in a boat, the same laws apply to them. Plus, if they take the initiative to wear a life jacket, it could save their life during an accident.”

Whether you’re frog gigging or heading to your favorite duck blind or crappie hole, if you are in a boat, you’re a boater. That means you must abide by the rules, and have one life jacket per person on board. Even better, be proactive and wear your life jacket. The risk is always there, so hit the water prepared.

You can learn more about boating safety by downloading one of our official boating handbooks, which summarize state boating regulations and safety information.  They are now available for most states as e-books, available on iTunes, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon. Or, you can take an online boater safety course at www.boat-ed.com. The training offered is state-approved, and it’s the same material that’s taught in the classroom. Online boater safety courses are available in participating states, so visit www.boat-ed.com to take a course specific to your state.

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Stop Invasive Species: Wash Your Dog

November 15, 2012

Stop Invasive Species: Wash Your Dog

A Minnesota conservation organization is launching a campaign that teaches waterfowl hunters how even washing their dogs can fight invasive species.

The non-profit Wildlife Forever received a $233,830 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to help teach hunters how to prevent aquatic hitchhikers.

The campaign will teach hunters to properly clean waders, waterfowl decoys and even hunting dogs to avoid transporting invasive species. The clean, drain, dry technique is the most effective way to prevent the transport of invasive species between different bodies of waters, according to the group.

Pat Conzemius, the organization’s conservation director, said that the campaign targets waterfowl hunters because they are largely ignored in the fight against invasive species.

There are close to 500,000 hunters for waterfowl in the Great Lake states, Conzemius said. “Waterfowl hunters have been underrepresented and undereducated about invasive species.”

Chris Simpson, vice president of the Lake Effect Chapter of Michigan Duck Hunters, says that some hunters are included in education programs by other groups.

“We’re included in other demographics,” he said. “There are very few waterfowl hunters that don’t fish or boat.”

But the more information that gets out, the better, he said.

Simpson said the best way to reach waterfowl hunters would be broadcast media or billboards near major launch sites.

About $80,000 will be invested into billboards which are statistically proven extremely effective for these types of issues, Conzemius said. The campaign features the two public service announcements below:

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

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

This article originally appeared on GreatLakesEcho.org and is republished with permission.

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Iowa DNR Says: Safety Review List Increases When Hunting Waterfowl From a Boat

October 2, 2012

Iowa DNR Says: Safety Review List Increases When Hunting Waterfowl From a Boat

Iowa’s waterfowl seasons begin in a few weeks and before hunters head to the marsh, the DNR is encouraging them to brush up on their safe hunting practices, including safe hunting from a boat.

Iowa’s drought has reduced the number of wetlands available to waterfowl hunters. The remaining areas with water will have more hunters than during normal years increasing the importance of target identification and zone of fire for those in the blinds.

“Positively identifying your target and what is beyond the target will be important factors hunters will need to answer before they take the shot,” said Megan Wisecup, recreational safety program supervisor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “We will have hunters concentrated around the remaining wetlands and that may reduce the safe zone of fire and increase the attention to keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

“Waterfowl hunters will need to identify where other hunters are so they know the area that they can safely fire the shot.”

A fair amount duck hunting takes place from a boat and while most waterfowl hunters don’t consider themselves boaters, the same Iowa boating laws apply to them.

Iowa law requires a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket for every person on board and vessels 16 feet and longer must have an approved throwable flotation device.

“Hunters who go out on a boat to hunt are more likely to be thinking about hunting safety than boating safety,” Wisecup said. “Boating safety should be part of their hunting plan as they prepare for our main duck season.”

She said hunters should check the vessels capacity plate stating the total weight, including passengers, equipment and motor, the boat is designed to hold.  Distribute the gear evenly to keep a low center of gravity and stay seated to shoot to brace for the gun’s recoil.

“Get familiar with the limitations of hunting from a boat before leaving the driveway,” she said. “The hunting plan should include going through all the gear, including boat, trailer and required safety equipment, the location of the hunt and when you expect to return.”

Iowa duck season begins Oct. 13 in the north zone, Oct. 20 in the south zone and Oct. 27 in the Missouri River zone.

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Kalkomey Supports the 2012 Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 102nd Annual Meeting

September 6, 2012

Kalkomey Supports the 2012 Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 102nd Annual Meeting

Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc., an official provider of print and Internet hunter safety courses is a silver level sponsor of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies annual meeting. The meeting will be held Sept. 9-12, 2012, in Hilton Head, S.C.

 

“We want to support the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies because of our shared goal to uphold hunting and fishing traditions,” said Kurt Kalkomey, president of Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc. “Their important work on behalf of wildlife management and creating opportunities for hunters and anglers is key to the future of conservation.”

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies and their work to advance science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats.

The 102nd annual event will include committee meetings in forestry, energy, wildlife policy, species management and more. The conference brings together more than 700 leaders from fish and wildlife agencies and conservation groups from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canada and Mexico.

Kalkomey will provide boat-ed.com updates at the Angler and Boating Participation committee meeting on Monday, Sept. 10. In addition, Kalkomey will share hunter-ed.com news, including the launch of its new video series, at the Hunting and Shooting Sports Participation committee meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 11. Conference attendees are invited to visit the Kalkomey booth in the conference exhibit area.

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Kalkomey’s Safety Education Products Train More Than 13 Million Boaters and Hunters

June 12, 2012

Kalkomey’s Safety Education Products Train More Than 13 Million Boaters and Hunters

Kalkomey, an official provider of recreational safety education products, has reached a new milestone by providing state-approved safety training to more than 13 million boaters and hunters.

Approximately 5.1 million students have received their boating license by taking a course at www.boat-ed.com or by using Kalkomey’s Boat America series of manuals in the classroom. Through Kalkomey’s Today’s Hunter classroom manuals and www.hunter-ed.com, 8.3 million students have taken a hunter safety course and received their hunter education certification.

Kalkomey works with the state agencies responsible for boater and hunter safety education to produce state-specific courses. The online training at boat-ed.com and hunter-ed.com is state-approved and covers the same material that’s taught in the classroom. Students can now take a boat-ed.com course on any device including smart phones and tablets. The new mobile-ready site features realistic illustrations, interactive animations and live-action videos.

In addition, Kalkomey produces state-approved boating handbooks that summarize state regulations and safety information for boaters. These handbooks are now available in a convenient e-book format for iPad, Kindle and Nook users.

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Act Now on 2012 Outdoor Adventure Dream Giveaway

May 9, 2012

The 2012 Outdoor Adventure Dream Giveaway sweepstakes is a nationwide drawing sponsored by the WorldCause Foundation. By making a tax-deductible donation and entering to win one of three incredible prize packages, entrants can financially help the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance protect their rights to hunt, fish and trap. This Giveaway ends May 31, 2012. Act now!

Grand Prize winner receives a truck, boat and an off-road vehicle!

The winner of the 2012 Outdoor Adventure Dream Giveaway grand-prize package will enjoy endless fun in the great outdoors. Some of the best outdoor vehicles on the market today are featured in this grand prize package, including: a 2011 Ram 2500 Outdoorsman Mega-Cab 4×4 diesel truck with a pop-up, roof-top camper; a 21-foot Ranger Reata boat with a 225-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor sitting atop a custom trailer; and a Can-Am Commander 1000XT side-by-side, 4×4 off-road vehicle. Also included in this prize package is a id=”mce_marker”0,000 prepaid gas card and $30,000 cash to help pay the prize taxes!

2nd Prize winner enjoys a five-day elk hunt with firearm plus spending cash!

The second-place Dream Getaway prize package includes: a five-day elk hunt in northern Utah’s pristine Wasatch Mountains for the winner-and a guest observer. The winner and a guest will be joined by Bill Miller, former Executive Director of the North American Hunting Club and expert big-game hunter. Miller has hunted and/or shot competitively in more than 40 states and 8 Canadian Provinces, plus South America, Europe and Africa. The winner of this second place prize will also receive a Ruger M77 Hawkeye African .375-Ruger caliber rifle with a satin blued finish complete with a riflescope courtesy of Leupold. The winner will also receive id=”mce_marker”,000 cash! Accommodations for this Dream Getaway include: transportation to and from Utah, roundtrip airport transportation, top-shelf lodging, necessary licenses, and food.

3rd Prize winner enjoys a 4-day fishing trip in Costa Rica plus spending cash!

The winner of the third-place Dream Getaway prize package will be traveling with a friend to Crocodile Bay Resort for a four-day fishing adventure. The Crocodile Bay Resort, located on 44 acres of tropical gardens in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica, has 40 air-conditioned rooms overlooking the surrounding gardens, a swimming pool with a swim-up bar, an elevated hot tub, and a 5,000-square-foot luxury spa. The winner and a guest will board a 33-foot Strike Yacht Tower Boat and motor out into the Gulf where they will enjoy some of the best inshore and offshore fishing available anywhere. Those anglers will be joined by celebrity-guide Steve Pennaz, former head of the half million-member North American Fishing Club and host of the North American Fisherman on NBC Sports Network. Accommodations for this Getaway include: transportation to and from Costa Rica, roundtrip airport transportation, necessary licenses, and food. This prize also includes some top quality fishing gear plus id=”mce_marker”,000 CASH!

Entries to the drawing and official rules can be obtained by calling 855-459-6400 toll-free or by visiting www.outdoorgiveaway.com. By using the Promo Code UA1412, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance receives a portion of the proceeds of your donation.

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Act Now on 2012 Outdoor Adventure Dream Giveaway

May 9, 2012

The 2012 Outdoor Adventure Dream Giveaway sweepstakes is a nationwide drawing sponsored by the WorldCause Foundation. By making a tax-deductible donation and entering to win one of three incredible prize packages, entrants can financially help the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance protect their rights to hunt, fish and trap. This Giveaway ends May 31, 2012. Act now!

Grand Prize winner receives a truck, boat and an off-road vehicle!

The winner of the 2012 Outdoor Adventure Dream Giveaway grand-prize package will enjoy endless fun in the great outdoors. Some of the best outdoor vehicles on the market today are featured in this grand prize package, including: a 2011 Ram 2500 Outdoorsman Mega-Cab 4×4 diesel truck with a pop-up, roof-top camper; a 21-foot Ranger Reata boat with a 225-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor sitting atop a custom trailer; and a Can-Am Commander 1000XT side-by-side, 4×4 off-road vehicle. Also included in this prize package is a id=”mce_marker”0,000 prepaid gas card and $30,000 cash to help pay the prize taxes!

2nd Prize winner enjoys a five-day elk hunt with firearm plus spending cash!

The second-place Dream Getaway prize package includes: a five-day elk hunt in northern Utah’s pristine Wasatch Mountains for the winner-and a guest observer. The winner and a guest will be joined by Bill Miller, former Executive Director of the North American Hunting Club and expert big-game hunter. Miller has hunted and/or shot competitively in more than 40 states and 8 Canadian Provinces, plus South America, Europe and Africa. The winner of this second place prize will also receive a Ruger M77 Hawkeye African .375-Ruger caliber rifle with a satin blued finish complete with a riflescope courtesy of Leupold. The winner will also receive id=”mce_marker”,000 cash! Accommodations for this Dream Getaway include: transportation to and from Utah, roundtrip airport transportation, top-shelf lodging, necessary licenses, and food.

3rd Prize winner enjoys a 4-day fishing trip in Costa Rica plus spending cash!

The winner of the third-place Dream Getaway prize package will be traveling with a friend to Crocodile Bay Resort for a four-day fishing adventure. The Crocodile Bay Resort, located on 44 acres of tropical gardens in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica, has 40 air-conditioned rooms overlooking the surrounding gardens, a swimming pool with a swim-up bar, an elevated hot tub, and a 5,000-square-foot luxury spa. The winner and a guest will board a 33-foot Strike Yacht Tower Boat and motor out into the Gulf where they will enjoy some of the best inshore and offshore fishing available anywhere. Those anglers will be joined by celebrity-guide Steve Pennaz, former head of the half million-member North American Fishing Club and host of the North American Fisherman on NBC Sports Network. Accommodations for this Getaway include: transportation to and from Costa Rica, roundtrip airport transportation, necessary licenses, and food. This prize also includes some top quality fishing gear plus id=”mce_marker”,000 CASH!

Entries to the drawing and official rules can be obtained by calling 855-459-6400 toll-free or by visiting www.outdoorgiveaway.com. By using the Promo Code UA1412, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance receives a portion of the proceeds of your donation.

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