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June News Briefs

OWAA’s Posewitz wins inaugural Montana Wildlife Federation award

The Montana Wildlife Federation recognized Jim Posewitz for his dedication and lifetime achievements in conserving the wildlife and wild lands and waters of Montana. The biologist, author and conservation leader received the organization’s first Heritage Award.
Posewitz, who joined OWAA in 2005, founded Orion – The Hunters’ Institute and teaches conservation history as an adjunct professor at Montana State University. During his 32-year career with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Posewitz served as special assistant to the director, leader of the resource assessment unit and administrator of the ecological services division and environment and information division. He is the author of “Beyond Fair Chase,” a standard for hunter education classes in North America, and “Inherit the Hunt and Rifle in Hand: How Wild America Was Saved.”

POMA conference free for college students

The Professional Outdoor Media Association is waiving all conference attendance fees, including meals, for the first 25 college students who register for their annual conference. Outdoor editors, communication experts, public relations gurus, and business owners will converge in LaPorte, Ind., from Aug. 11-14 at the LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The conference will focus on business and skill enhancement, content development and networking. The Product Showcase & Tackle Testing and Shooting Day events also offer opportunities for hands-on product testing. Students enrolled in an accredited college full-time and studying communications, journalism or a program focused on wildlife management or conservation are encouraged to register. Student attendees are responsible for their own lodging and transportation expenses. For more information, visit www.professionaloutdoormedia.org. To register, fill out the registration form on the POMA website or contact Brandon Butler at 812-322-9851 or bbutler@driftwoodoutdoors.com.

The Loon Cam

Back by popular demand, the Loon Cam will show live footage of Minnesota’s state bird around the clock. Through June, viewers can watch baby loons hatch and the new family take to the water. Visit www.mnbound.com to see the loons in action. “Minnesota Bound” loon expert Larry Backlund is also providing daily updates and blogs on the loon nest here: www.mnbound.com/larrys-loon-blog.
The Loon Cam was launched by Ron Schara Productions in the spring of 2008 with a half million views in a 30-day period. For more information, e-mail Kelly Jo McDonnell at Kelly@mnbound.com.

Stripers spawn to be released in Panhandle rivers

A small group of striped bass captured last year from Florida’s Lake Talquin produced 900,000 fingerling striped bass and hybrid striped bass. Dave Yeager, fisheries biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said all of the fry and fingerlings are being released in several Panhandle rivers. Four female and five male striped bass were held in circular tanks with mimicked natural conditions. A benefit to maintaining captive brood fish is reduced manpower and time needed to collect wild striped bass, thereby increasing the length of the striper spawning season. For details, visit http://myfwc.com/NEWSROOM/10/northwest/News_10_NW_Stripers.htm.

Arizona Game and Fish Department

The deadline to apply for an Arizona fall hunt permit tag, issued through the draw, is June 8 at 7 p.m. MST. The 2010 – 2011 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations and application forms are now available at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website at www.azgfd.gov/draw.
Printed copies of the booklet, applications and envelopes are available statewide at license dealers and department offices. Hunters interested in a permit-tag for fall deer, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo, fall turkey, juniors-only fall javelina, or pheasant are required to submit a paper application for the drawing process. There is no online application process available. Applications may be hand delivered to any of the seven department offices or sent by U.S. mail to Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052 before the deadline. Postmarks do not count.

Honey Stinger

Professional cyclist Lance Armstrong has teamed with Honey Stinger. Armstrong will work with the Steamboat Springs, Colo.-based manufacturer of honey-based nutritional foods on product development and promotions. Honey Stinger Marketing Director Len Zanni said the company is considering using images of Armstrong riding or racing on packaging and other marketing materials. The partnership was formed “over the course of long bike rides and get-togethers with company leaders,” said a company press release. For more information about Honey Stinger’s products, visit www.honeystinger.com.

Women invited to learn shooting skills

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) in Michigan is offering a Beginning Shooting Clinic designed for women as part of DNRE’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program on June 12. The clinic is open to beginners as well as those who would like to sharpen their shotgun and rifle skills. Participants will learn and practice shotgun shooting technique, determining the dominant eye, proper stance and firearm fit, and have the opportunity to practice trap shooting.
Firearms will be available for use and ammunition provided. This class will be held at DNRE Rose Lake Shooting Range in Bath from 8 a.m. to noon. Register by June 7 at www.michigan.gov/bow. Fees are $20 per person. For more information, e-mail dnr-outdoors-woman@michigan.gov or call 517-241-2225.

Slots open for IPSC Pan American Shotgun Championship

Slots are still available for the 2010 IPSC Pan American Shotgun Championship, scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 1 at the Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, Ky. The level four IPSC shotgun championship will feature 30 stages with a round count of 350. Top shotgunners from throughout the U.S. as well as a number of other nations are expected to compete. For more information on this year’s championship, visit www.PanAmericanShotgun.org.
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