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BHA rewards hunter who reported illegal wilderness helicopter

MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has issued a reward to John Morris, the Montana horseman who recently captured images of a pilot using a private helicopter to access a fishing hole in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Morris’s…

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,…

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.…

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…

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…

Pope and Young Club closes national office

Chatfield, Minn. – On March 30, the Pope and Young Club closed its national headquarters, located in Chatfield, until April 10. The decision to temporarily close the P&Y office is in accordance with precautions prescribed by the CDC and government…

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…

What's Hot on the Ice This Season?

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.

Donating To Hides For Habitat (MDHA)

Don't throw your deer hides away this season, it only takes minutes to drop it off at a local Hides for Habitat drop box and have it get put to good use!

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…

Millennium Tree Stands and Climbing Sticks

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…

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…

Clam Outdoors acquires All-Terrain Tackle

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…

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,…

Garmin trolling motor tops 'Best of Show' at ICAST

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…

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

Chris 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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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