Press Releases

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…

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…

Grunt Style foregos sales to honor fallen heroes on Memorial Day

San Antonio, Texas — Grunt Style, an online lifestyle retailer, provides more than just apparel, they instill pride in self, military, and country. True to its commitment to infuse a deep respect for members of the military, on Monday, May 27 the company will shut down all website sales at Gruntstyle.com to honor America’s fallen military veterans. In addition to…

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…

Nik Kolbeck named communications director at Sheldons’ Inc.

Antigo, Wis. — Nik Kolbeck has joined Sheldons’ Inc. (Mepps and Mister Twister) as communications director. In this role, Kolbeck will develop and oversee communications for Sheldons’ across print, online, retail, social media and mobile. Kolbeck is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Since graduation, Kolbeck worked for Swiderski Equipment, an agriculture and construction equipment company with five locations…

Bass Pro Shops files suit against former Cabela’s execs over non-compete agreements

Bass Pro Shops has filed suit against two former Cabela’s employees who started outdoor stores of their own following its 2017 acquisition of its former rival. The suits allege that both operators are in breach of non-compete agreements and are using stolen, proprietary information. According to the Delaware Court of Chancery, Bass Pro Shops has filed suit against NexGen Outfitters,…

Outdoor News offers annual contest for youth writers

Plymouth, Minn. — Students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Illinois who fancy themselves a prodigy in outdoors writing should take note of the Outdoor News annual Youth Writing Contest that kicked off Sept. 7, 2018. Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, has promoted the writing…

2018 Outdoor News Print of the Year features artwork by Scot Storm

Plymouth, Minn. — With 22 federal, state, and conservation stamp wins to his name, Minnesota-based Scot Storm’s art clearly contains fine details that breathe life into every image and draw the viewer into the wildlife scenes he creates. Through the celebrated Outdoor News Print of the Year series, Storm’s latest artistry captures an image that fills the dreams of every…

Outdoor News calendars feature top-flight artwork, information

Plymouth, Minn. — Outdoor News Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lakes states, has published a series of calendars for sportsmen in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York. The Outdoor News Sportsman’s Calendars offer information for hunters and anglers compiled in seven state-specific versions. The calendars incorporate exclusive-to-the-state 2019 hunting…

Hurricane Florence forces suspension of Shimano’s South Carolina facility operations

LADSON, S.C. — With mandatory evacuations ordered by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster due to Hurricane Florence approaching the Carolina coast, Shimano has suspended operations of its North Charleston distribution center and fishing division office until further notice. “We will continue to monitor the impending impact of Florence on all of them and our facilities before we resume operations,” said Steve…

Crestliner launches Angling Aces student program

Ostego, Minn. — Crestliner recently announced the introduction of Angling Aces, a program aimed at nurturing high school- and college-aged anglers’ passion for fishing and guiding them with higher education and careers related to the sport. In addition, the program advocates for the outdoors and resource conservation, helps youth anglers perfect fishing techniques, and teaches on-water safety, the company said…

Shimano/B.A.S.S. Nation scholarships: Future of natural resources, fisheries management in good hands

Incoming Virginia Tech senior Cantley Krafft (left) is awarded one of nine $3,000 Shimano/B.A.S.S. Nation scholarships during registration at the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, held last week on Oklahoma’s Lake Tenkiller. B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland (right) makes the presentation.LADSON, S.C. — The future within the ranks of natural resources and fisheries management professionals looks bright, at…

BRP acquires Alumacraft, creates Marine Group

Valcourt, Quebec – Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), headquartered in Valcourt, Quebec, announced this week the creation of the Marine Group with the acquisition of Alumacraft, a private North American manufacturer of aluminum fishing boats based in St. Peter, Minn., BRP said in a news release. Tracy Crocker, senior vice-president and general manager of Evinrude Outboard Motors since 2017, has been…

RV company Winnebago adds boats to the mix with Chris-Craft acquisition

And the crossover effort continues. RV maker Winnebago Industries, Inc., announced Monday, June 4 that it has acquired recreational boat builder Chris-Craft from Stellican Ltd., which has owned Chris-Craft since 2001. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Last week, snowmobile and all-terrain-vehicle maker Polaris Industries, Inc., based in Medina, Minn., reportedly acquired Boat Holdings, a pontoon boat company out…