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April News Tips

Boating Products & Accessories

Hobie Cat Company
Hobie has introduced the Mirage Tandem Island, a powerful but easy-to-use two-person, combination sailboat, kayak, trimaran and fishing boat. The Tandem version can be enjoyed by any two people seeking diversity, from competent sailboat racers to dad and son out for a relaxing day of fishing and sailing. For more information, contact Ingrid Niehaus at iniehaus@hobiecat.com.

Firearms & Ammunition

Crosman Corporation
Rochester, N.Y.-based Crosman Corporation has opened a European distribution center in Shannon, Ireland. The warehouse will be operational in April, ensuring product delivery within seven days to anywhere in Europe. New products available in Europe include Nitro Piston-powered Benjamin and Remington break barrel air rifles, Benjamin Marauder PCP air rifles and a new line of PCP pistols. For more information about Crosman products, visit www.crosman.com.
Vanguard
Vanguard has introduced new collections of spotting scopes, binoculars, window mounts, gun rests and gun slings. The hunting and outdoor accessories outfit now carries waterproof and fog-proof spotting scopes from the Signature Plus Series, Endeavor ED binoculars and PH-242 pan head window mounts. For a detailed look at the new products, visit www.vanguardworld.com.

Organizations, Foundations & Associations

FLW Outdoors
FLW Outdoors has named veteran outdoor writer and editor Colin Moore as editor in chief. Moore brings more than 25 years of experience in the fishing and hunting industries to the magazine, including a previous stint as executive editor of Outdoor Life magazine. For more information on the bass and walleye angling publication, visit www.FLWOutdoors.com.

National Shooting Sports Foundation
A new daily radio program for gun owners, “Insights,” is now airing on more than 120 stations across the country. The National Shooting Sports Foundation-sponsored show delves into a range of hunting and target shooting topics like the history of the American flintlock and the development of the modern conservation movement. The program can also be listened to at any time through the iTunes podcast library or www.nssf.org/insights.
Sportsman Channel, Inc.
Sportsman Channel and Sportsman HD are now available on the DISH Network on channels 285 and 9483, respectively. Sportsman HD is the satellite TV company’s first high definition channel dedicated to hunting, shooting and fishing programming. For more information about the Sportsman Channel, visit www.thesportsmanchannel.com.
Toyota
The angler who catches the 500th entry in the Toyota ShareLunker program will get $500 per pound for every pound the fish weighs. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is offering the prize to mark the 500th lunker milestone and celebrate the success of the Toyota ShareLunker Program, which began in 1986. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is providing the prize money. Keep track of the race to catch 500 on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sharelunkerprogram.
Wilderness Society
A new analysis by the Wilderness Society found that the top 10 carbon storing forests in the U.S. are the mature and old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest and southeast Alaska. The analysis is based on U.S. Forest Service data, which ranks the forests among the Earth’s greatest “carbon banks.” For more information and a complete look at the top 10, visit http://wilderness.org.

Outdoor Gear, Clothing & Products

Gorilla, Inc.
With a built-in cup holder, two mesh gear pockets, shotgun shell holder and two side storage pockets, the Blind Gear Shelf will keep your hunting gear within easy reach and off the floor of your blind. The durable nylon gear shelf is $34.99. For more information about this and other Gorilla Gear products, visit www.gorillablinds.com.
Hunter’s Specialties
Grow a healthy food plot using limited chemical fertilizers with the Vita-Rack seed mixes and crop rotation plan from Hunter’s Specialties. Rotating the Velvet Whitetail Clover, Booming Beans High Protein and Winter Forage mixes can reduce fertilizer costs by 40 percent. For detailed Vita-Rack rotation instructions, visit http://www.hunterspec.com/updateable/update_display.cfm?pageID=1369&categoryID=43.

Hunt’s Photo and Video
With the purchase of a PolarEX 6-in-1 fleece hood this month, OWAA members can get a pair of PolarEX Glomitts for half price. The hood, priced at $19.99, also converts to a hat, scarf, beanie, balaclava and bag. The Storm-Tec lined Glomitts feature a flip-top motion that turns the fingerless gloves into mittens. At half price, the gloves are $12.49. For more information, contact Gary Farber at (800) 924-8682, ext. 2332 or e-mail digitalguygary@wbhunt.com.
Muzzy Products
Muzzy Products now offers a carbon version of their fiberglass arrows, as well as a carbon shaft for those who craft their own carbon arrows. With their accurate and consistent flight, durability and bow weight versatility, carbon arrows are becoming increasingly popular among bowhunters and fishermen. For prices and more information about Muzzy Products, visit www.muzzy.com.
Ono’s Trading Company
For men and women with small faces and narrow facial features, Ono’s Trading Company has introduced three new models of ophthalmic-quality sunglasses with bifocal magnifiers for reading and an upper portion lens for normal distance vision. Styles include a tortoise frame and amber lens; black frame and grey lens; and pink frame and grey lens.  For details, visit www.onostradingcompany.com.

Editor’s note: Supporting Group News Tips can be sent to OU Editor Ashley Schroeder, aschroeder@owaa.org.

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