Industry News

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…

Bass Pro Shops sells 11 Cabela’s stores for $324.3 million

San Francisco — A joint venture led by Sansome Pacific, a real estate investment firm based in San Francisco, has acquired 11 locations of outdoor sports retailer Cabela’s for $324.3 million. The transaction was structured as a sale-leaseback with the seller, Bass Pro Shops, which owns the Cabela’s brand. The specific locations of the 11 stores were not disclosed. Bass Pro…

Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s donating more than 55,000 rods and reels across North America in challenge to get more kids outside

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is challenging families everywhere to put down their digital devices and head outside to discover the joys of fishing this summer. Morris, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are donating more than 55,000 rods and reels to not-for-profit partners that help kids from all backgrounds connect to the great outdoors…

Angler Qwest seeing growth in sales, dealers

Angler Qwest, by Apex Marine, has seen significant growth for 2019 thanks in part to regional advertising supporting dealers in several states. In addition, the brand is gaining traction due to consumers using the boats and exposing the brand to anglers across the country. Brad Dupuie, Angler Qwest product manager, said that the advertising campaign for 2019 has been aimed…

Paul Schluter stepping down as CEO of St. Croix Rods

PARK FALLS, Wis. – St. Croix Rods’ CEO Paul Schluter has announced a planned transition of leadership at the company. Sometime in 2019, Schluter will step aside from his current role with the Park Falls, Wis.-based company. He will continue serving as a member of St. Croix’s Board of Directors, guiding strategy and monitoring performance, along with his sister Pamela…

GSM Outdoors acquires Mainstream Holdings

Grand Prairie, Texas — GSM Outdoors, LLC, a multi-brand manufacturer and technology innovator of premium, specialized hunting and shooting products, has announced the acquisition of Mainstream Holdings, including Muddy Outdoors, Hawk, and Big Game Treestands, GMS said in a news release. According to the company, Muddy Outdoors is a premier manufacturer of hang-on, climber, and ladder stands, along with portable tripod and…

Garmin additions

Garmin recently announced the addition of two new products: The Panoptix LiveScope LVS12 single-array transducer and the ECHOMAP Plus bundles. According to the company, the Panoptix LiveScope series offers both 30-degree forward and 30-degree down real-time scanning sonar views, adding that the single-array LiveScope LVS12 transducer is an economical solution for inland and near-shore anglers without the need for a black box. Garmin’s…