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Wildlife Forever, Deadshot team on Calls for Conservation

White Bear Lake, Minn. — Wildlife Forever has unveiled Calls for Conservation, a new promotion with the Deadshot Custom Call Company offering acrylic, hand-made duck calls in time for the upcoming waterfowl season. Made in the USA, each call is…

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…

Time winding down to apply for Shimano scholarship program

LADSON, S.C. — For graduating high school seniors, undergrad and graduate students interested in fisheries, wildlife and natural resource fields of study, the application period for the Shimano Varsity Program Scholarships is winding down. Shimano North American Fishing, Inc., is…

Wisconsin DOJ charges lure-maker with bilking investors

Andrew Reynent, 37, of Cecil, Wisc., is accused of bilking investors in his Screamline Lures company for about $350,000 between 2015 and 2017 and spending it on personal expenses and gambling, according to reports. He is charged with seven counts of embezzlement of amounts…

Minnesota hunting industry mourns loss of John Burgeson

Anoka, Minn. — Wildlife Research Center founder John Robert Burgeson, 66, of Andover, passed away May 19. A native of Arden Hills and later Andover, Burgeson graduated from Mounds View High School in 1970 and went on to study business…

Wild Wings outdoors art company announces new owners

Art Brand Studios, a leading publisher, manufacturer, marketer, wholesaler and branded retailer of fine art reproductions, has announced the acquisition of Wild Wings, a company representing 50 of America’s top wildlife and Americana/nostalgia artists. Wild Wings, out of Lake City,…

Wisconsin Fishing Expo continues to grow

After a 13-percent increase in attendance in 2017, an all-time high, the Wisconsin Fishing Expo (WFE) continued its upward attendance swing with another 9-percent increase for the 2018 event, held Feb. 23-25. In addition, the Expo area at Alliant Energy Center…

Mills Fleet Farm names new executive VP/CFO

Mills Fleet Farm has announced that Michael Schwindle has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer. Schwindle was most recently CFO at Payless Shoe Source, and previously held CFO positions at both Harry & David and Musician’s Friend,…

U.S. sales of outdoor equipment slump as consumer habits shift

DENVER — The outdoor gear industry brought its biggest winter marketplace to Denver last week as it faces slipping sales and shifting U.S. consumer habits. About 1,000 manufacturers showed new products to 11,000 retail buyers at the Outdoor Retailer and…

Swanson Russell promotes 3 in Lincoln, Neb., office

LINCOLN, Neb. — Swanson Russell recently promoted three people in its Lincoln office – Brittany Lentz, Jeff Salem and Neale Stadler – according to a news release by the company. Lentz was promoted to account manager. Since joining the agency…

St. Croix hires new northeast regional account manager

PARK FALLS, Wis. – Alex Smay has joined St. Croix as the fishing rod company's northeast regional account manager. Smay brings nearly 10 years of experience in outdoor marketing and sales management in both fishing and hunting. Smay’s territory will…

Shimano updates Sustain spinning reel series

LADSON, S.C. – Shimano is offering both freshwater and saltwater spinning reel anglers with the new Sustain series, now with Shimano's Hagane gear technology and body design, and X-Protect, the company said in a news release. For targeting big bass…

Pradco acquires War Eagle Custom Lures

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Pradco Outdoor Brands, manufacturer and marketer of fishing and hunting brands and products, has acquired War Eagle Custom Lures, formerly of Rogers, Ark. War Eagle offers spinnerbaits, jigs, buzz baits, jigging spoons and jig heads. War…

Garmin acquires Navionics

Garmin Ltd. announced that it has acquired Navionics S.p.A., a privately-held worldwide provider of electronic navigational charts and mobile applications for the marine industry. In addition to a popular boating app, Navionics has developed an extensive repository of nautical charts…

First Gander Outdoors stores reportedly to open in early 2018

Re-branded Gander Mountain stores will start opening early in 2018, according to reports. According to a plan released recently by Camping World, which bought out Gander Mountain, 15-20 new Gander Outdoors locations could open by March 31 – the end…

Furloughs coming for Remington Arms' New York workers

Remington Arms will furlough employees at its Ilion, N.Y., plant, according to numerous reports out of Ilion. The furloughs – time off without pay – are expected to come sometime yet this year, span three weeks, and impact most of…

Camping World Holdings acquires Pittsburgh area's Cooper’s RV Center

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — Camping World Holdings, Inc., has announced the planned acquisition of Cooper’s RV Center in the greater Pittsburgh area. Camping World currently operates RV dealerships in the Hanover and Harrisburg areas of Pennsylvania. With the acquisition of Cooper’s RV…

Ohio continues to grow WILD School Site program

MANSFIELD, Ohio – The Ohio Bird Sanctuary (OBS) was recently dedicated as an official WILD School Site, according to the Ohio DNR. The Sanctuary is the 175th site dedicated in Ohio and the second in Richland County. OBS partnered with the ODNR Division…

New York Outdoor News staffers win awards

Paula and Steve Piatt of New York Outdoor News were among the big winners recently in the New York State Outdoor Writers Association contest. Paula Piatt finished first in the newspaper feature division with her piece on turkey trapping and…

ASA names new president, award winners at Sportfishing Summit

The American Sportfishing Association's 2017 Sportfishing Summit, regarded as the sportfishing industry's premier networking and business management event, was held last week in Clearwater Beach, Fla. According to the ASA, the annual fall business meeting brought together more than 220…

NMMA sees win for boaters, industry as E15 bill is defeated

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is touting a recent decision as a win for the recreational boating industry. Last week, a bill that would have allowed for year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol was defeated and won't get a…

Anderson Media becomes majority owner of B.A.S.S.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Anderson Media Corp., a 100-year-old family business founded in Alabama, has acquired a majority interest in B.A.S.S., LLC, the company announced earlier this week.
 Anderson Media has been an investor in B.A.S.S. for several years. It increased…

Mission Crossbows, SUB-1: A new brand identity, crossbow platform

Mission by Mathews has announced the formation of Mission Crossbows, which according to the company will have a new brand identity separate from Mission Archery. Also according to the company, with the rebrand comes the introduction of a new crossbow platform – the SUB-1.  According…

NSSF launches Hunting Works for Illinois

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, has announced that a new Hunting Works For America chapter has been established in Illinois. Hunting Works For Illinois joins other Midwestern states in the…

McMeniman joins Costa Del Mar as VP/marketing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Costa Del Mar, manufacturer of polarized sunglasses, has announced that T.J. McMeniman has joined as the brand's new vice president of marketing. McMeniman will spearhead all of Costa's strategic global brand initiatives across all channels and…

Buck Knives names sales VP, director

Buck Knives announced Monday that Mike Silverberg has joined the company as vice president of sales and Chris Bourassa has been promoted to director of North American sales. Silverberg has over 25 years of…

Outdoor News partners with Cabela's for Youth Writing Contest

Plymouth, Minn. — Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, has partnered with Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, for the annual Youth Writing Contest…

Jury awards Navico $38 million in Garmin patent infringement case

Navico, manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, has announced that a Texas federal jury recently found that Garmin Ltd. willfully infringed two of Navico's DownScan Imaging sonar patents and awarded Navico $38,755,000…

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