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RV company Winnebago adds boats to the mix with Chris-Craft acquisition

And the crossover effort continues. RV maker Winnebago Industries, Inc., announced Monday, June 4 that it has acquired recreational boat builder Chris-Craft from Stellican Ltd., which has owned Chris-Craft since 2001. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Last week, snowmobile and all-terrain-vehicle maker Polaris Industries, Inc., based in Medina, Minn., reportedly acquired Boat Holdings, a pontoon boat company out…

Time winding down to apply for Shimano scholarship program

LADSON, S.C. — For graduating high school seniors, undergrad and graduate students interested in fisheries, wildlife and natural resource fields of study, the application period for the Shimano Varsity Program Scholarships is winding down. Shimano North American Fishing, Inc., is awarding up to $30,000 in financial assistance to future leaders in conservation, fisheries and wildlife sciences and management, according to…

Wisconsin DOJ charges lure-maker with bilking investors

(WBAY.com)Andrew Reynent, 37, of Cecil, Wisc., is accused of bilking investors in his Screamline Lures company for about $350,000 between 2015 and 2017 and spending it on personal expenses and gambling, according to reports. He is charged with seven counts of embezzlement of amounts ranging from $10,700 to $102,588. According to a WBAY.com report, the Wisconsin Department of Justice estimates $141,084 of investor money was spent at…

Minnesota hunting industry mourns loss of John Burgeson

Anoka, Minn. — Wildlife Research Center founder John Robert Burgeson, 66, of Andover, passed away May 19. A native of Arden Hills and later Andover, Burgeson graduated from Mounds View High School in 1970 and went on to study business at Anoka Ramsey College and later Augsburg University. Graduating with a degree in business, Burgeson established Wildlife Research Center in…

Wild Wings outdoors art company announces new owners

Mark Mickelson, left, owner of Art Brand Studios, and Randy Eggenberger, Wild Wings president.Art Brand Studios, a leading publisher, manufacturer, marketer, wholesaler and branded retailer of fine art reproductions, has announced the acquisition of Wild Wings, a company representing 50 of America’s top wildlife and Americana/nostalgia artists. Wild Wings, out of Lake City, Minn., has a long history of specializing…

NSSF report: Firearms industry economic impact rises 169 percent since 2008

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $51.4 billion in 2017, a 169 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 166,000 to almost 310,000, an 87 percent increase in that period, according to a report released by…

Fishing industry well represented on national outdoor recreation advisory committee

“Making this change in distribution gets these funds to states so they can start creating public outdoor recreation opportunities earlier,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. (U.S. Department of the Interior)WASHINGTON, D.C. — A host of well-known outdoor recreation representatives – from the fishing industry in particular – were recently named to the national “Made in America” Outdoor…

Gander Outdoors stores open in Forest Lake, Minn., and Chambersburg, Pa.

Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, has opened locations in Forest Lake, Minn., and Chambersburg, Pa. The 96,000-square-foot store in Forest Lake is located at 14640 West Freeway Drive and will be one of six Gander Outdoor retail locations in Minnesota, operating with more than 65 part-time employees and full-time staff, the company said in a news release. The…

2017 Deer and Turkey Classic headliners the Holders move to larger Discovery Channel

David Holder of “Raised Hunting” fame talks about what it means for his family to serve as headliners during the 2017 Outdoor News Deer and Turkey Classic. (Brian Peterson photo)The headliners of the 2017 Outdoor News Deer and Turkey Classic are headliners once again on the outdoors television front. Raised Hunting, the show chronicling the lives and adventures of the…

Wisconsin Fishing Expo continues to grow

After a 13-percent increase in attendance in 2017, an all-time high, the Wisconsin Fishing Expo (WFE) continued its upward attendance swing with another 9-percent increase for the 2018 event, held Feb. 23-25. In addition, the Expo area at Alliant Energy Center Expo Hall in Madison grew by 17 percent, featuring more than 150,000 square feet of space for vendors, manufacturers, retailers, boats,…

Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards again to sponsor Classic Bass Champions Tour in 2018

ZIMMERMAN, Minn. — Classic Bass has announced that Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Outboards will again be the presenting sponsor of the Champions Tour in 2018. In 2017, Andy Walls of Grand Rapids, Minn., left the Champions Tour Championship on Lake Pokegama with a new Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Outboard package; the winner of the 2018 championship also will earn a…

Mills Fleet Farm names new executive VP/CFO

Mills Fleet Farm has announced that Michael Schwindle has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer. Schwindle was most recently CFO at Payless Shoe Source, and previously held CFO positions at both Harry & David and Musician’s Friend, a subsidiary of Guitar Center. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche LLP with roles in both the auditing…

Gander Outdoors says it will open 69 stores by May – 39 in Great Lakes region

Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, recently released a list of 69 stores that new parent company Camping World Holdings, Inc., said will reopen by May – with the majority of those stores in the Great Lakes region. The stores, along with a number that won’t reopen, were originally closed because of last year’s foreclosure of Gander Mountain’s parent…

St. Croix hires new northeast regional account manager

PARK FALLS, Wis. – Alex Smay has joined St. Croix as the fishing rod company’s northeast regional account manager. Smay brings nearly 10 years of experience in outdoor marketing and sales management in both fishing and hunting. Smay’s territory will cover Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Ohio. Smay holds a degree in marketing management from Grove City (Pa.) College….

Outdoor News kicks off hard-water coverage across Great Lakes region

Plymouth, Minn. — With ice creeping in on shorelines across waterways in the Great Lakes states, Outdoor News has kicked off its annual ongoing coverage – tips, gear profiles, advice from the top names in the industry and more – of the hard-water season for anglers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Outdoor News will provide…

Pradco acquires War Eagle Custom Lures

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Pradco Outdoor Brands, manufacturer and marketer of fishing and hunting brands and products, has acquired War Eagle Custom Lures, formerly of Rogers, Ark. War Eagle offers spinnerbaits, jigs, buzz baits, jigging spoons and jig heads. War Eagle Custom Lures has operated in Rogers for the last 21 years. Now, the business will be operated from Pradco’s…

Kids’ State-Fish Art Contest includes aquatic invasive species category

In 2014, Colleen Malley from Pennsylvania won with her painting of striped bass and the invasive Northern snakehead.WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. — Win the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, twice in the same year? Now you can – by becoming the “Invader Crusader.” The “Silent Invader” national category was created in 2012 to introduce children…

Garmin acquires Navionics

Garmin Ltd. announced that it has acquired Navionics S.p.A., a privately-held worldwide provider of electronic navigational charts and mobile applications for the marine industry. In addition to a popular boating app, Navionics has developed an extensive repository of nautical charts for oceans, rivers, and lakes. Many of these charts have been developed with Navionics’ proprietary surveys, done both in the…

First Gander Outdoors stores reportedly to open in early 2018

Re-branded Gander Mountain stores will start opening early in 2018, according to reports. According to a plan released recently by Camping World, which bought out Gander Mountain, 15-20 new Gander Outdoors locations could open by March 31 – the end of the first quarter – with 40-45 more stores possibly opening by the third quarter in September, the reports say….

Cortland names Clay Norris new director of national sales and marketing

Clay Norris has joined the Cortland Line Company as director of national sales and marketing, the company announced Tuesday, Oct. 24. Norris has 35 years of marketing, branding, product, and selling experience with a heavy focus on the fishing and outdoor industries. Previously, Norris worked on the agency side for more than 12 years where he went from a media…

GameMill Entertainment releases Rapala Fishing Pro Series on Playstation 4, Xbox One

MINNEAPOLIS – GameMill Entertainment has launched the Rapala Fishing Pro Series, a game featuring the Rapala fishing brand. An authentic destination-fishing experience, according to Minneapolis-based GameMill, the Rapala Fishing Pro Series takes players on a tour to become the next great Rapala pro angler by competing in a variety of challenging tournaments on six of North America’s best known fishing…