Industry News

Water-based sports have new tools to fight invasives

White Bear Lake, Minn. — Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the release of the new Clean In – Clean Out Roadside Station. This waterless cleaning station empowers watercraft users with self-service hand tools to properly Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers and equipment. Clean Drain Dry Initiative signage prompts users to follow the scientifically supported best management practices to prevent the…

Fish Art Contest announces winner of Invader Crusader award

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. — Wildlife Forever and Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, is proud to honor seventh-grade Pennsylvania artist Tilden Abercrombie with the prestigious Invader Crusader award. Tilden chose to highlight an invasive sea lamprey attached to a brook trout for this year’s contest. The Invader Crusader award was created to spotlight the impact that invasive species have on fish and wildlife. To compete, contestants must…

Northland Fishing Tackle acquires Bagley Bait Company

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Northland Fishing Tackle CEO Gregg Wollner has announces the acquisition of Bagley Bait Company. Bagley Bait Company will transition operations to Northland’s headquarters in Bemidji, Minn. Along with Bagley Bait Company, legendary lure designer Jarmo Rapala now joins the team at Northland. For more information about Northland Fishing Tackle, go to https://www.northlandtackle.com. To learn more about Bagley Bait Company,…

Pheasants Forever’s Nomsen to retire; one of nation’s leading voices for wildlife habitat conservation

(Pheasants Forever)Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever has announced the retirement of longtime Vice President of Government Affairs Dave Nomsen. Nomsen has been employed by “The Habitat Organization” since 1992 and has been one of the nation’s leading voices for wildlife habitat conservation for the last three decades.  In particular, Nomsen has helped influence the conservation title within the federal Farm…

Pass It On-Outdoor Mentors receives grant from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund

Wichita, Kan. — Outdoor Mentors announced that the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund will be making a donation to be used by Pass It On-Outdoor Mentors to further their Shooting Sports Outreach Program. Launched in Kansas in 2019, the Shooting Sports Outreach Program engages student‐athletes involved in the shooting sports with hunting and fishing opportunities. Between the Scholastic…

Face covers made by fishing and hunting companies ideal for use in compliance with recent CDC guidance

(Photo courtesy of Traditions Media)Minneapolis — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced new guidance to Americans regarding the use of cloth face coverings to reduce the spread of coronavirus. An excerpt of the CDC’s specific guidance appears below: “We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who…

Outdoor Product Innovations acquires Big Dog Hunting

Elyria, Ohio — Outdoor Product Innovations announces their acquisition of Big Dog Hunting. Big Dog has a long history of designing and manufacturing top quality tree stands and hunting accessories. “Outdoor Product Innovations will continue to acquire companies we trust and believe in…it’s been a key to our continued growth. We’re excited for this acquisition of Big Dog Hunting as…

Shimano teams up to direct tackle sales to fishing retailers nationwide

LADSON, S.C. — While the nation goes all out with support to local businesses that are feeling the economic brunt of COVID-19, Shimano has ramped up its efforts to support local tackle shops through its connection with Locally.com. Through the fish.shimano.com web site, anglers can buy Shimano rods, reels and lures, G. Loomis rods, PowerPro braid, and Jackall lures through…

Forrest Wood, founder of Ranger boats, dies

Forrest Wood, founder of Ranger boats and a founding father of tournament bass fishing, died Jan. 24 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He was 87. Wood, who began his working career as a trout guide on Arkansas’ White River, developed one of the first specialized bass tournament boats in 1968, and grew it into one of…

What’s Hot on the Ice This Season?

We visited with some of the hottest brands in the hardwater fishing industry during this season's first ice show, and put together a peek at some of the gear for ice anglers. View these, and many more videos on the Outdoor News YouTube channel.

Outdoor News ventured out to the Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo in Blaine, Minnesota. We were able to talk to a few companies about what they have in-store for the 2019-2020 ice fishing year.

Major League Fishing to acquire Fishing League Worldwide

TULSA, Okla. — Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization. The Letter of Intent (LOI) sets in motion the most significant brand merger in competitive bass fishing history, linking a tour and original, award-winning programming featuring the top professional anglers in the world to…

Millennium Tree Stands and Climbing Sticks

7 lucky winners in the Outdoor News "Show Us Your Deer Stand Photo Contest" will get the M100U stand and M250 climbing stick from Millennium Stands, valued at $434.69 each!

Millennium Stands have joined up with Outdoor News and ArcticShield to promote the “Show Us Your Deer Stand Photo Contest”. Entries are accepted through Nov. 30, 2019 for the contest that celebrates the heritage of hunting. Seven winners will each get the M100U stand and M250 climbing stick.

Wildlife Forever receives award for Wild Spotter program

White Bear Lake, Minn. –  Wild Spotter is a Nationwide program developed in partnership with Wildlife Forever, the U.S. Forest Service and University of Georgia.  The free program and mobile app engages and empowers the public to help find, map and prevent invasive species and has now received an award of excellence from the Southern Regional Extension Forestry. Southern Regional…

Jack Martin named GM at Crestliner Boats

Mettawa, Ill. —  Crestliner Boats has named Jack Martin as general manager, effective immediately. Martin has been with Brunswick Corporation since early 2018 as an integral part of both Mercury Marine’s strategy and development team as well as a member of the category management team. Martin will have responsibility for growing the Crestliner brand and managing its entire portfolio of…

Clam Outdoors acquires All-Terrain Tackle

Clam President Steve Geertsen and All-Terrain Founder Steve Hauge represent two Minnesota leaders in fishing products.Rogers, Minn. — Two Minnesota companies have joined forces in the tackle industry. Clam Outdoors recently acquired All-Terrain Tackle. Based in Rogers, Minn., Clam Outdoors has continued to grow it’s line of ice tackle, Clam Pro Tackle, since it’s launch to market in 2010. More…

Apex Marine acquires Polar Kraft

Apex Marine, Inc., expanded its brand offering by acquiring Polar Kraft Aluminum Boats. The move will benefit Polar Kraft by providing efficiency in production thanks to the strength of Apex Marine’s two additional lines in Qwest Pontoons and Angler Qwest Pontoons, Apex Marine said in a news release. The acquisition will mean that Apex Marine will now provide a vessel in…

Garmin trolling motor tops ‘Best of Show’ at ICAST

(ICAST photos)Garmin and its Force Trolling Motor earned “Best of Show” at the ICAST New Product Showcase. The award was announced Thursday, July 11 at the 62nd annual ICAST gathering at the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The Garmin trolling motor was selected among the 29 “Best of Category” award-winners, announced the previous day during the New…

NRA’s No. 2 resigns; NRA shuts down NRA-TV

Chris CoxChris Cox, the former head of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), has resigned his position. Last week, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre placed Cox on leave and accused the man many believed to be his evenutal successor of having aided in a failed “coup” attempt against LaPierre by former NRA President Oliver North. In the announcement of Cox’s…

St. Croix Rod names new president, CEO

St. Croix Rod’s Board of Directors recently announced that fishing-industry veteran Scott Forristall has been named as the company’s new president and CEO. According to a news release from the Park Falls, Wis., company, Forristall brings a keen understanding of the fishing-rod business and the greater fishing industry to St. Croix, earned from a rich employment history with premier companies…