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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…

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,…

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. Sullivan will assist the Styrka marketing team with creative, scheduling and trade shows. She will…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Derick Prelle new president, CEO at Mills Fleet Farm

APPLETON, Wis./BRAINERD, Minn. — Mills Fleet Farm, a midwestern, value- based retailer of lifestyle merchandise serving active, outdoor families and suburban and farm consumers, has announced the appointment of Derick Prelle as president and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Wayne Sales, who has…

NWTF celebrates release of Wildlife Restoration Act funds

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke formally announced the release of $1.1 billion from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act on Tuesday, June 13 that will continue to support fish, wildlife and habitat conservation. Prior to the announcement, Zinke met…

Minnesota-based Bill's Gun Shop & Range earns NSSF Five-Star Rating

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has announced that Bill's Gun Shop & Range, with stores across the Upper Midwest, has achieved Five-Star Ratings at all five locations. Originally a single range built into Minnesota's Robbinsdale Town Center in…

Bast Durbin hires social media director

Slinger, Wis. – Bast Durbin Advertising has announced the hiring of Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, who will handle all things social media for the company. According to a Bast Durbin news release, Hudson is a social media communication and content strategy expert who has spoken and…

Silent Legion Suppressors partners with Source Outdoor Group

Silent Legion, a veteran-owned manufacturer of suppressors and accessories, announced today that it has partnered with Source Outdoor Group of Gainesville, Ga., to execute its strategic marketing and media outreach plans. The product line features quick-detach and direct-thread products, as…

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