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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…

Skeeter Boats announces new trailer factory

KILGORE, Texas — Skeeter Boats has announced the establishment of a new trailer factory. Skeeter Built trailers will provide 100 percent of Skeeter boat production starting in the third quarter of this year, according to a news release from the company. As part of the expansion, Skeeter will add up to 35 new employees who will be based in the 43,000-square-foot…

BowFest 2017 scheduled Friday through Sunday

Taylor Drury, of Drury Outdoors TV, with a 16-point buck taken last year in Iowa. The antlers scored 184 inches gross. Drury will be one of the personalities at this weekend’s BowFest at the Mont du Lac Resort near Duluth.Superior, Wis. — BowFest is coming. And fast. The all-things-archery event is scheduled this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6 at Mont…

NSSF: August is National Shooting Sports Month

NEWTOWN, Conn. — There are countless celebration days and months in America, and now the shooting sports have one of their own. In a news release Thursday, July 27, the National Shooting Sports Foundation declared August to be National Shooting Sports Month, a time to celebrate one of America’s great pastimes — target shooting. NSSF developed the celebration month to focus attention…

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…

Shoot For Hope: clay targets and much more

The fourth annual Shoot for Hope, benefitting the TreeHouse-Sandstone, is scheduled Saturday, July 15 and again will feature a clay targets tournament as well as a banquet and live auction. Registration for the shoot, at Wings North in Pine City, is from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Saturday, with sporting clays action starting at noon. Registration includes 100 clays and the banquet, dinner…

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…

Rapala’s Mark Fisher to retire in October

After playing a leading role in product development for Rapala for nearly two decades, Mark Fisher has announced he will retire in October. Fisher, 64, who was born and raised in Minnesota, joined the Rapala pro-staff team in 1988 and, in 2000, joined Rapala full-time as director of field promotions. A former owner of a Minneapolis sign-painting company, Fisher cultivated an…

Swimming near boat docks can be deadly; tips for avoiding electrocution

Recent fatalities by electrocution are bringing scrutiny to an age-old summer ritual that’s common on waterfronts across America: swimming near boat docks. Electrocution can happen when swimmers make contact with energized metal dock fittings, boats or other structures due to faulty alternating current (AC) wiring. Electric shock drowning (ESD) occurs when AC gets into freshwater from faulty wiring and passes…

Yamaha purchasing Kracor rotational molding assets

KENNESAW, Ga. — Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. today announced the creation of Yamaha Marine Systems Company – YMSC – after acquiring the assets of Kracor, Inc., a rotational molding manufacturer based in Milwaukee, Wis. Founded in Milwaukee by George Kraemer, Kracor opened in 1969. The company produces rotationally molded plastic products for national and international markets with parts for the recreational marine and other industries….

Swanson Russell earns gold ADDY

Swanson Russell received a gold ADDY in the 2017 National American Advertising Awards (ADDY) on June 10 in New Orleans, La. Swanson Russell was the only Nebraska-based agency of the 80 winning entries that received a gold ADDY at the national show. Swanson Russell was recognized in the final awards ceremony for its photography campaign on behalf of its client, Humminbird. It…

Pure Fishing names new CEO

Neil Eibeler has replaced John Doerr as CEO of Pure Fishing. Eibeler has been with Newell Brands for 16 years, including as president of Irwin Tools since 2001 and president of Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) since 2010, and his role as president of Professional Segements for the last 20 months carries responsibility for global businesses, including with Lenox, Hilmore, Rubbermaid Commercial and…

Aldo Leopold Foundation teams with Bast Durbin Advertising on hunting book

Slinger, Wis. — The Aldo Leopold Foundation (ALF) has retained the services of Bast Durbin Advertising to help market and create a new book titled “A Conservationist’s Guide to Hunting.” “We have several goals for this project including recruiting new hunters and increasing the number of people who are ‘hunting-curious’ and are considering hunting,” said Alanna Koshollek, evaluation coordinator for ALF….