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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…

Ohio continues to grow WILD School Site program

MANSFIELD, Ohio – The Ohio Bird Sanctuary (OBS) was recently dedicated as an official WILD School Site, according to the Ohio DNR. The Sanctuary is the 175th site dedicated in Ohio and the second in Richland County. OBS partnered with the ODNR Division of Wildlife as well as the Wilderness Center Chapter of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists to design and install a chimney swift tower on…

New York Outdoor News staffers win awards

Paula and Steve Piatt of New York Outdoor News were among the big winners recently in the New York State Outdoor Writers Association contest. Paula Piatt finished first in the newspaper feature division with her piece on turkey trapping and tagging that appeared in the April 15 issue of New York Outdoor News. The publication dominated the newspaper feature division,…

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…

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…

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.,…

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,…

NSSF launches Hunting Works for Illinois

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, has announced that a new Hunting Works For America chapter has been established in Illinois. Hunting Works For Illinois joins other Midwestern states in the program, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. All told, the Hunting Works For America program now includes 16…

Outdoor News contest to award best buck photos across seven states

Plymouth, Minn. — When you snap photos of your buck this fall, remember to submit them to the 2017 Best Buck Photo Contest appearing in the Outdoor News publications. The annual photo contest is now open to hunting enthusiasts in each of the seven Great Lakes states where outdoorsmen and women can read Outdoor News: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan,…

Wildlife Research Center hosting Melissa Bachman at 2018 Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic

Wildlife Research Center in Ramsey, Minn., will sponsor Melissa Bachman’s appearance at the 2018 Minnesota Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic, March 9-11 in the Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Bachman, a headliner at the annual show, is a well-known hunting television personality and currently hosts the Winchester Deadly Passion series on the Sportsman Channel. Wildlife Research Center is a leader…

McMeniman joins Costa Del Mar as VP/marketing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Costa Del Mar, manufacturer of polarized sunglasses, has announced that T.J. McMeniman has joined as the brand’s new vice president of marketing. McMeniman will spearhead all of Costa’s strategic global brand initiatives across all channels and categories, including sunglasses and apparel. McMeniman joins Costa from Bauer Hockey, where he led global marketing for eight years. Prior to…

Buck Knives names sales VP, director

Buck Knives announced Monday that Mike Silverberg has joined the company as vice president of sales and Chris Bourassa has been promoted to director of North American sales. Mike Silverburg Silverberg has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, and for the last 18 years has managed Buck’s international sales. According to a news release from the company, Silverberg…

Outdoor News partners with Cabela’s for Youth Writing Contest

Plymouth, Minn. — Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, has partnered with Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, for the annual Youth Writing Contest for students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Illinois. Outdoor News, Inc. has promoted the writing contest…

Jury awards Navico $38 million in Garmin patent infringement case

Navico, manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, has announced that a Texas federal jury recently found that Garmin Ltd. willfully infringed two of Navico’s DownScan Imaging sonar patents and awarded Navico $38,755,000 in damages, according to a news release from Navico. The district court judge has discretion to increase the damages to…

Michigan company sending 2,000 kayaks to Texas, Louisiana to help with flood relief from hurricane

  MUSKEGON, Mich. — A western Michigan company is sending about 2,000 kayaks to parts of Texas and Louisiana to help with flooding relief and rescue efforts following Harvey. Retailer Walmart is buying the kayaks from Muskegon-based KL Outdoor, according to WOOD-TV . KL Outdoor is covering the shipping costs, said Chuck Smith, its chief executive. Walmart will sell or donate them in…

PSE recalls 3 crossbow models

Precision Shooting Equipment, Inc. announced Aug 28 a product recall on its 2017 Fang XT, Fang LT and Thrive crossbows, shipped from Oct. 1, 2016 to Aug. 25, 2017. According to the company, the recall is being initiated because trigger mechanisms on the crossbows have been found to be out-of-specification, potentially leading to a premature firing or accidental discharge. PSE has received…

NSSF adds two staffers

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, has announced that Mike Vrooman has joined the staff as its managing director of member services, and John McNamara has signed on as the organization’s new senior director of retailer services. Mike Vrooman As managing director of member services, Vrooman will oversee the team responsible…

Outdoor News, Kinetic Performance Dog Food announce Huntin’ Buddy Photo Contest winner

Outdoor News, Inc., and Kinetic Performance Dog Food have announced that a photo by Steve Oehlenschlager of his black Lab, Katie, is the grand prize-winner in the 2017 Huntin’ Buddy Photo Contest Bird dog enthusiasts in Minnesota were encouraged to submit a photo of their hunting dog for a chance to win a year’s supply of Kinetic Performance Dog Food….

Parker Bows unveils new logo

STAUNTON, Va. – Parker Bows, manufacturer of compound bows and crossbows, as well as Red Hot Crossbow accessories, has a new logo. According to a news release from the company, “The logo signifies the next chapter in Parker’s rich history of providing world-class American made bows and crossbows along with superior customer service and an unbeatable lifetime warranty.” The new…

Classic Bass Champions Tour championship to be decided on Pokegama

ZIMMERMAN, Minn. — Classic Bass, presenter of the Champions Tour, has announced that the 2017 tour championship will be contested on Lake Pokegama in Grand Rapids on Sept. 1. According to a news release from Classic Bass, Pokegama is 6,612 acres, with a maximum depth of approximately 112 feet. The lake has a great diversity of structure from shallow, sloppy bays…

South Dakota chapter chairman named Delta Waterfowl’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Willie Gloe, chairman of the Fowled Up Chapter in Pierre, S.D., is Delta Waterfowl’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. He bested a field of seven finalists during a month-long, online vote. Gloe, 36, became a member of Delta Waterfowl just six years ago, but hit the ground running, the organization said in a news release. Since 2011,…

Boone and Crockett to collaborate with National Archery in the Schools Program

The Boone and Crockett Club’s Conservation Education Program will soon begin a new mobile archery sport program to provide a hands-on archery, hunter ethics and conservation education module, the organization said in a news release Thursday, Aug. 3. The Boone and Crockett Archery-Mobile (BCAM) program is collaborating with the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) to initiate a new…