Staff and News Reports

Report: Ethanol-related repairs remain on rise for boaters

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —  A newly released survey of boat dealerships, marinas and engine and boat manufacturers from around the country by Boating Industry Magazine indicates ethanol-related service issues remain on the rise. The survey was in reference to recreational boating and the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard’s requirement to put more corn ethanol into gasoline. The reader survey results, which appear in the…

American Outdoor Brands Corp. to acquire Bubba Blade

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC), manufacturer of firearms and a provider of products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast, recently announced that its accessories business, Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Fish Tales, LLC, a provider of premium sportsman knives and tools for fishing and…

Bote’s Rover tops winners of ICAST New Product Showcase awards

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Bote paddle board company’s Rover board was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the boat accessories category and overall “Best of Show” in the New Products Showcase during the sport-fishing industry’s annual ICAST show at the Orange County Convention Center. The 60th ICAST show, which runs through Friday, July 14, is…

Matt Rice new brand manager for optics at Vista Outdoor

FARMINGTON, Utah — Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) announced the hiring of Matt Rice as brand manager for its optics global product lane. Rice, most recently senior account supervisor at Blue Heron Communications, brings more than 12 years of industry experience to the company and will oversee optics brands Bushnell, Weaver, Simmons, Millett, Tasco and Night Optics. Rice, who hails…

Aqua-Vu set to unveil HD10i Pro Underwater Viewing System

CROSSLAKE, Minn. — Now available in immersive, crystal clear HD video, Aqua-Vu’s HD10i Pro Underwater Viewing System gives anglers the power to sight fish at any depth, the company said in a news release July 10. The HD10i Pro gives anglers both a modular, interchangeable underwater camera and an RAM Mount compatible LCD monitor for your boat. (Aqua-Vu) Engineered with an expansive 10-inch…

ScentLok Technologies purchases Robinson Outdoor Products

ScentLok Technologies, manufacturer of premium, scent-controlling products, has acquired Robinson Outdoor Products, according to a news release from the company. The transaction, finalized July 6, includes all assets of Robinson Outdoors, including the ScentBlocker, ScentShield, Tree Spider and Whitewater Outdoors products and brands, as well as all patents and intellectual properties. Founded by Bill Robinson in 1985, Robinson Outdoors introduced ScentShield…

Erin Sullivan added to Styrka Team

Styrka has announced the hiring of Erin Sullivan as the new marketing assistant and general coordinator at the offices in Eagan, Minn. Erin Sullivan Sullivan will assist the Styrka marketing team with creative, scheduling and trade shows. She will also be responsible for managing the company’s social marketing efforts to enhance brand awareness and interaction with the hunting community. She is a graduate of…