January News Tips

Several members of OWAA supporting groups were among 25 people honored by Outdoor Life. The list features people who have changed the face of hunting and fishing. Bob Munson and Charlie Decker, founders of the 25-year-old Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, were recognized for establishing what has become “one of the nation’s most effective conservation organizations.” Lowell Baier, the 28th president of Boone & Crockett Club and a charter founder of the Wild Sheep Foundation, was acknowledged for following in the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt. Baier was named the 2008 Conservationist of the Year by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Howard Robinson, an Arkansas hunter and local field director for the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance, was recognized for his prolific volunteering efforts. Tom Fruechtel, the president and CEO of Oregon-based optics company Leupold & Stevens, was acknowledged as a “multifaceted ambassador to the industry he loves.” He serves on the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s board of governors.
Plans for the creation of Big Stone II, a coal-fired power plant in South Dakota, were scrapped at the beginning of November 2009, thanks in part to more than four years of opposition by the Isaak Walton League of America. The IWLA contended the creation of Big Stone II and its accompanying transmission lines running through Minnesota would create too much environmental and economic risk. The utility companies themselves halted the project due to concerns over rising construction costs, declining power demand, and pending regulations for greenhouse gas emissions. IWLA has worked since 1992 to hasten the transition from coal-based power generation in the Upper Midwest to electricity created by clean, renewable sources of energy like wind.
The Sportsman Channel and Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen against Hunger announced the launch of the second annual, multi-city Hunt.Fish.Feed. Tour, which will kick off in Las Vegas on January 19. The tour is a unique public affairs program that encourages sportsmen to donate game meat and fish to help feed people across America. The tour served 8,500 people in eight U.S. cities with some of the highest homeless populations. The 2010 tour will stop in ten cities in ten months. More information about locations and volunteering is available at www.huntfishfeed.org.
Do you have what it takes to win the Super Bowl of  elk calling, March 4-7, 2010, in Reno, Nev.? Competition is open to all screamers, buglers, grunters or chucklers in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation/Leupold 2010 World Elk Calling Championships. The event will be held as part of the annual RMEF Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center. An RMEF video featuring the natural elk sounds that competitors will be asked to mimic is at www.rmef.org/NewsandMedia/Videos/BullElkSounds.htm. Competitors must be registered by 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., March 4. Registration forms and rules are available at www.rmef.org. For more information, visit http://www.womensoutdoorwire.com/releases/209250. ◊


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