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Rapala USA President Tom Mackin to retire at end of year

Tom Mackin, president of Rapala USA and executive vice president of distribution and brands in North America for Rapala VMC Corporation, will retire from the company on Dec. 31.Minnetonka, Minn. — Tom Mackin, president of Rapala USA and executive vice president of distribution and brands in North America for Rapala VMC Corporation, will retire from the company Dec. 31. He…

Deer Protection Program transitioning from ATA to Responsible Hunting Scent Association

The Archery Trade Association and the Responsible Hunting Scent Association are working together to transition the Deer Protection Program from ATA management to RHSA management by April 1, 2021. The ATA launched the DPP in March 2016 as the threat of chronic wasting disease increased nationwide. Program participants include urine-based scent manufacturers and their suppliers who agree to follow strict…

Outdoor News, Inc.  Partners with Minnesota DNR on Youth Offer

Program expanded to include participants involved in DNR-sponsored learn-to-hunt programs for adults, including the Becoming an Outdoors Woman series.

Outdoor News has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to provide a free subscription for 11- to 17-year-olds who have completed a firearms safety hunter education class in 2021.

Former DNR biologist Cornicelli joins outdoors marketing research firm

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Longtime Minnesota DNR wildlife biologist Lou Cornicelli has joined Southwick Associates as a senior analyst. Cornicelli left the DNR in August 2020 after serving nine years as the agency’s wildlife research program manager and another nine years as its big game program consultant. Southwick Associates is a marketing research and economics firm, specializing in the hunting, shooting,…

Voyager Industries opens new 30,000-square-foot finishing facility

Brandon, Minn. — Voyager Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of aluminum, recently announced that a new facility has been completed in Pine River. The new facility, which spans more than 30,000 square feet, will allow Voyager to complete the interior finishing in-house of its Yetti Outdoors all-aluminum fish houses, as well as provide much-needed space for the newly…

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.