Staff and News Reports

Camping World Holdings acquires Pittsburgh area’s Cooper’s RV Center

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — Camping World Holdings, Inc., has announced the planned acquisition of Cooper’s RV Center in the greater Pittsburgh area. Camping World currently operates RV dealerships in the Hanover and Harrisburg areas of Pennsylvania. With the acquisition of Cooper’s RV Center, Camping World plans to significantly expand its market footprint and presence in western Pennsylvania, the company said in a…

South Dakota added to Hunting Works for America mix

NEWTOWN, Conn. — For the third time in 2017, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting Works For America program has expanded its reach. Hunting Works For South Dakota launched on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Hunting Works For South Dakota joins Hunting Works For New York and Hunting Works For Illinois as a member of the 2017 class. Hunting Works For South…

ASA names new president, award winners at Sportfishing Summit

The American Sportfishing Association’s 2017 Sportfishing Summit, regarded as the sportfishing industry’s premier networking and business management event, was held last week in Clearwater Beach, Fla. According to the ASA, the annual fall business meeting brought together more than 220 fishing and boating industry and community leaders to provide a venue to discuss the issues impacting recreational fishing during committee…

South Dakota bulking up Black Hills walleye offerings, opportunities

PIERRE, S.D. – For the first time, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks recently stocked walleyes in two Black Hills reservoirs. GFP fisheries staff stocked 14,000 fingerlings in Sheridan Reservoir and 9,500 fingerlings in Stockade Reservoir. These young walleyes averaged five inches in length and came from natural rearing ponds in the northeast part of the state. “Adding walleye into…

MnDOT seeks public comment regarding mowing, haying on state right-of-ways

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking public comment regarding mowing and haying in ditches and other right-of-ways along state roadways. The agency announced it will conduct a series of listening sessions across the state to hear from Minnesotans about their concerns and wishes regarding mowing and haying. Listening sessions will be held in the following…

Michigan ringnecks: ‘Pheasant hunting is still alive and well in our state’

While Michigan pheasant populations have been in decline for several years, pheasants can be found in southern Lower Michigan and in some areas of the Upper Peninsula, according to the Michigan DNR, with the best counties for pheasant hunting in south-central to mid-Michigan and into the Thumb, the agency said. According to the release, there also are some localized concentrations…

Custom Jigs & Spins introduces tungsten glow bug jig with UV (video)

Custom Jigs & Spins of Coralville, Iowa, has introduced its new JaJe fly, which the company calls a tungsten fly with attitude. According to the company, the hackle is resilient and tied in to stay secure, even after dozens of catches. And its compact yet heavy, brightly-colored tungsten head keeps the super-sharp Japanese hook riding at a 30-degree angle for instant hook…

In Iowa, fall is the time for urban trout stocking

It’s that time of year in Iowa. Trout-stocking time of year. Yes, in October and well into November. Seventeen lakes across Iowa are gearing up to receive trout this fall. The Iowa DNR will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at each location as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support…

Weber named new senior marketing manager at Shimano North America

Grayce Weber LADSON, S.C. — Bringing more than 15 years of consumer package goods marketing experience, including stints with leading fishing brands, Grayce Weber has joined Shimano as senior marketing manager, the company said. Weber will be based out of Shimano’s operations in Ladson, S.C. According to the company, Weber will lead the marketing staff in efforts for all brands…

Anderson Media becomes majority owner of B.A.S.S.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Anderson Media Corp., a 100-year-old family business founded in Alabama, has acquired a majority interest in B.A.S.S., LLC, the company announced earlier this week.
 Anderson Media has been an investor in B.A.S.S. for several years. It increased its share of the company this week, and in a statement, said it would be “business as usual” for B.A.S.S.,…

Fall turkey hunting: ‘Lessons Learned’

By Gary Sefton Henry E. Davis, in his landmark book “The American Wild Turkey,” said he believed anyone could kill a lovesick gobbler in the spring; the real challenge in turkey hunting was to hunt them in the fall. His opinion was voiced in 1949, when his book was published. A lot has changed since then. I think he could…

10 major bowhunting mistakes

The higher the stand, the tougher the shot. There are more obstructions and tougher angles, less chance of double-lung hits. Rule of thumb – climb in cover or climb high, but only as high as conditions dictate.By Byron Ferguson Using wrong approach route to stand: The most direct route is not always best. Placing stand too high: The higher the stand, the…

Whitetails Unlimited, Wisconsin DNR team on apple tree project

Whitetails Unlimited recently partnered with the Wisconsin DNR to plant mini-apple orchards on various public hunting lands throughout Wisconsin. Each mini-orchard will consist of eight to 12 apple trees. According to a Whitetails Unlimited news release, the project will not only create an additional food source for white-tailed deer, but also generate additional deer hunting opportunities for hunters utilizing these…

Mission Crossbows, SUB-1: A new brand identity, crossbow platform

Mission by Mathews has announced the formation of Mission Crossbows, which according to the company will have a new brand identity separate from Mission Archery. Also according to the company, with the rebrand comes the introduction of a new crossbow platform – the SUB-1.  According to the company, CEO and Chief Engineer Matt McPherson and his engineering team set out to improve crossbows in every category – accuracy,…

Pennsylvania opening additional state forest roads for hunting, outdoors activities

Harrisburg, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Thursday, Sept. 28 that hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this autumn will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts. According to agency secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, “The Bureau of Forestry is opening more than 540 miles of state…