Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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Michigan’s Mixed Bag: Share your thoughts with the DNR at upcoming meetings

Lansing — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it committed to providing Michigan residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities.

One important avenue for this input is at meetings of the public bodies that advise the DNR and, in some cases, also set policies for natural and cultural resource management.

Frequently check the DNR boards, commissions, committees and councils webpage for updates.

A couple such meetings remain this month:

• Lake Huron Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee – Tuesday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. Contact Randy Claramunt (231) 622-3820 for info.

• Underwater Salvage and Preserve Committee – Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1 p.m. Contact Sheri Giffin (517) 231-1299 for info.

2023 Huntin’ Time Expo Postponed

Grand Rapids, Mich. — The annual Huntin’ Time Expo, usually held in late January at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids, has been postponed this year and will return Jan. 26-28 in 2024.

MON will have a booth at three other upcoming shows this year. Be sure to stop by and say “hi,” renew your subscription, or sign-up a friend or family member. We have print, digital, and all-access versions of the paper available.

On Jan. 27-29, we’ll be at the Traditional Bowhunter Expo at the Kalamazoo Fairgrounds, then we’ll head over to Novi and participate in Outdoorama, Feb. 23-26 at Suburban Collection Showplace. Our final show of the season will be the Ultimate Sport Show-Grand Rapids, March 9-12, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

Bassmaster Classic To Air On Fox

Birmingham, Ala. — After more than 4.3 million fans tuned in to FOX and FS1 for the live coverage of the 2022 Academy Sports+Outdoors Bassmaster Classic, which saw a tie heading into the final day, the network and B.A.S.S. announced that Championship Sunday action from the upcoming Bassmaster Classic on the Tennessee River will be broadcast on FOX March 26. Later that evening, a Super Six recap show with weigh-in highlights will air on FS1.

Sunday afternoon’s Bassmaster Classic Live coverage will begin at noon ET while FS1 will broadcast the Classic leaders on Saturday morning, beginning just after Day 2’s takeoff at 8 a.m.

In addition to expanded coverage of the 2023 Academy Sports+ Outdoors Bassmaster Classic, FS1 and the FOX Sports digital platforms will carry weekend coverage with tournament leaders from all of the Bassmaster Elite Series events – combining for a total of more than 60 hours of Bassmaster live programming.

Great Lakes Fishery Commission Announces New Journal

Ann Arbor, Mich. — The Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) is pleased to announce its new journal Laurentian, which replaces three historically separate, irregularly published journals: Technical Report, Special Publication, and Miscellaneous Publication.

Science Director Dr. Andrew Muir hopes “that a refreshed look, format, and style will make this publication consistent with the standards of the day and that efforts to broaden content will enhance the profile of GLFC-supported science and programs.”

Laurentian will be published online ( and in-print following American Fisheries Society publication guidelines and will be citation indexed by ProQuest.

Laurentian will serve as an outlet for publication of interdisciplinary review and synthesis papers; narrowly focused material with special relevance to a single but important aspect of the GLFC’s mandate under the Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries; and scientific reports from committees that work under the umbrella of the GLFC.

In addition, relevant papers that do not fit the format of mainstream journals, will be considered for publication.

Brad Ferguson Named CEO of Pure Archery Group

Eugene, Oregon — Pure Archery Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Ferguson as chief executive officer.

Having nearly 30 years of experience, Ferguson has held various leadership positions in public and private companies across multiple industries. For the past eight years, Ferguson served as the chief financial officer for Pure Archery Group and played a key role on the Pure Archery leadership team.

“Brad is a proven leader and someone we all feel has the vision and experience to grow Pure Archery Group,” said Jason C. Rebrook, CEO of JDH Capital. “We are excited about the opportunities and the energy Brad brings as we continue to produce the premium archery products that our customers expect and deserve.”

In July of 2022, JDH Capital purchased Pure Archery Group. Pure Archery Group, known as Bowtech until 2020, owns and operates several leading archery brands including Bowtech, Diamond, Excalibur, Black Gold, TightSpot, RipCord, and Octane.

Headquartered in Eugene, Ore., the company is focused on the design and manufacturing of high-performance bows, crossbows, and archery accessories distributed worldwide. Current production locations span prominent sporting goods hubs, including Michigan, Ontario, Oregon, and Montana. Learn more at:

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