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February News Tips

Boating Products & Accessories

BoatU.S.
Boaters can forget the snow and start making plans for their summer boating vacation with a little help from the BoatU.S. Services Locator. The online tool at www.BoatUS.com/ServiceLocator uses Google Maps to show locations of marinas that offer money-saving discounts on fuel and transient slips. A new trip-planning enhancement is the addition of NOAA nautical charts that overlay onto the Locator’s Google Map, allowing boaters to see bottom depths, hazards and navigational aids all on one screen.

Fishing Products & Accessories

Northland Fishing Tackle
Northland Fishing Tackle has introduced the Slurpies Smelt Minnow. Able to dart and swim like a real baitfish, and featuring an aromatic bait attractor scent, game fish will mistake this fleshy soft minnow for real smelt, shiners, flukes and shad. The Slurpies Smelt Minnow is available in bags of 12 of the three-and-a-half-inch size for $4.29, and bags of 10 of the four-and-a-half-inch size for the same price. For more information, visit www.northlandtackle.com.

Firearms & Ammunition

Browning/Winchester Repeating Arms
Browning is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of seminal firearm developer Oliver F. Winchester with two commemorative Winchester Model 1894 rifles. Both the Custom Grade and High Grade versions feature a 24-inch half-round, half-octagon barrel and Winchester’s signature in gold on the top of the bolt. The models will be sold together in a limit of 500 sets. Remaining quantities of the High Grade rifle will be sold individually for $1,959. Find more details at www.browning.com.
Swarovski Optik North America
Developed with comfortable viewing for eyeglass-wearers in mind, the EL Swarovision 42 binoculars from Swarovski Optik feature HD lenses to minimize color fringing and guarantee images with the highest possible resolution. A field flattener lens helps produce a brilliant image resolution without any edge distortion, and the binoculars are easy to handle with rubber armoring and ergonomic thumb rests. For more information, visit www.swarovskioptik.com.

Organizations, Foundations & Associations

SportDOG Brand
SportDOG Brand announced it will award $1,000 to the Young Guns, a youth group that is part of the Illinois Pioneer chapter of Pheasants Forever, for use in restoring 44 acres of upland game habitat. This annual grant is being awarded as part of SportDOG Brand’s Kids in Conservation Fund. For more information on the SportDOG Conservation Fund and grant recipients, visit http://sportdog.com/About-SportDOG/Conservation-Fund/Grant-Recipients.aspx#12084. Conservation leaders interested in learning about future grants are encouraged to contact Gary Williams at gwilliams@sportdog.net.

Outdoor Gear, Clothing & Products

Sportsman Channel Inc.
The 2009 Sportsman Choice Awards were announced during Sportsman Channel’s annual awards ceremony Jan. 20 at Lagasse’s Stadium in the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, during the SHOT Show. The Best Hunt Show award went to “Predator Quest,” hosted by Les Johnson and producted by Master Track Productions. “Guns and Ammo TV,”  hosted by Craig Boddington and produced by InterMedia Outdoors, was recognized as Best Shoot Show. The title of Best Fish Show went to “In-Fisherman TV,” hosted by Doug Stange and produced by InterMedia Outdoors. For a complete list of winners, visit www.thesportsmanchannel.com/newsandevents/pressroom/news.php?ID=362.
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