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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…

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…

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…

Furloughs coming for Remington Arms' New York workers

Remington Arms will furlough employees at its Ilion, N.Y., plant, according to numerous reports out of Ilion. The furloughs – time off without pay – are expected to come sometime yet this year, span three weeks, and impact most of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

NMMA sees win for boaters, industry as E15 bill is defeated

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is touting a recent decision as a win for the recreational boating industry. Last week, a bill that would have allowed for year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol was defeated and won't get a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. Silverberg has over 25 years of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Washington man's invention helps protect dogs in the field

SELAH, Wash. — Cruiser the Labrador retriever is one hard-charging canine. He loves running fast and crashing into scrub to bring game back for his favorite person, Mark Meyocks. One such crash during a 2015 hunting trip required six staples to close…

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…

Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo slated Aug. 19-20

Mid-August is an exciting time in Elk Country – elk viewing and the elk rut are just around the corner. And to kick it all off, the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau and the Keystone Elk Country Alliance again will…

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.…

BowFest 2017 scheduled Friday through Sunday

Superior, Wis. — BowFest is coming. And fast. The all-things-archery event is scheduled this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6 at Mont du Lac Resort near Duluth. The event features a 60-target shootout, a pond shoot with 3D carp, novelty shoots,…

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,…

Komorowski duo wins Badwater Bash bass-fishing tournament

Mike and Kyle Komorowski from Oak Creek, Wis., registered six bass weighing a total of 15.1 pounds to win the recent Badwater Bash bass-fishing tournament on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. They received a cash prize of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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