Find marinas that offer money-saving discounts on fuel and transient slips with the BoatU.S. Services Locator, found online at www.BoatUS.com/ServiceLocator. Using Google Maps, this trip-planning tool also shows locations of TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist on-the-water towing ports. NOAA nautical charts are also available through Geowake, a nautical mapping solutions provider, allowing boaters to see bottom depths, hazards and navigational aids on one screen. For more information, visit www.BoatUS.com.
Boone & Crockett Club
The Boone & Crockett Club’s 27th Triennial Big Game Awards will take place June 24-26 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. Record book entries during this period show that big game hunters using a .300 Magnum took more North American trophies than any other caliber. Free events during the awards include an exhibition of top-ranking North American big game trophies in 36 categories. For more details, visit www.biggameawards.com.
Browning and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Browning is adding new merchandise to its successful partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). An X-Bolt rifle, Highlands Wool II parka and Backtrack folder knife are just a few of the clothing and hunting gear items that feature the RMEF logo in stores nationwide this year. The sale of these items will generate money toward elk habitat enhancement and protection, and opening public access to these areas. Learn more at www.browning.com and www.rmef.org.
Buck Stop Lure Company, Inc.
With the retirement of Buck Stop Lure Company, Inc. founder Don Garbow, the hunting scent company is now owned by Bonnie and Brian Johansen. Garbow’s youngest daughter Bonnie has been with the family-operated business for more than 40 years. Check out the updated company Web site, www.buckstopscents.com.
Ducks Unlimited and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, partnered with other conservation organizations, were awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant toward restoration and protection of the Iowa Prairie Pothole Region. Once an expanse of native tall grass prairie wetlands, the biodiversity of the region dwindled with agricultural development during the past 150 years. For more details, visit www.ducks.org.
Hi Mountain Seasonings
In the mood for buffalo wings, but don’t want to deal with a crowded bar? Bake your own at home with Hi Mountain Seasonings‘ newest marinade. The Buffalo Wings Marinade Kit is available for $3.95 in sporting goods retailers nationwide, and will season up to two pounds of wings or drumettes. For more about Hi Mountain’s products, cooking tips and recipes, or to purchase the kit online, visit www.himtnjerky.com.
Howard Communications, Inc.
Howard Communications, Inc. has added a Photo Library and Story Ideas section to its online pressroom. The company has also added a Pro Staff section for OWAA supporting group Hunter’s Specialties, with biographies, images and an opportunity to set up interviews. Howard Communications’ OWAA clients also include Browning and Bushnell Outdoor Products. For details, visit www.howardcommunications.com.
National Archery in the Schools Program
Louisville, Ky., will host the largest archery tournament in history when the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) comes to the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, May 7-8, 2010. Elementary, middle and high school students from 35 states and Canada will compete in the international target style tournament. The national and world champion is 16-year-old Jessica Nystrum from Hartland, Mich. For more information, contact C. Tom Bennett, NASP vice president, email@example.com.
Northland Fishing Tackle
Named after pro walleye fisherman Gary Roach, the Mr. Walleye Crawler Hauler is the latest big-blade spinner rig from Northland Fishing Tackle. The rig’s 60-inch leader is hand-snelled with a tough and transparent fluorocarbon, and features twin Matzuo Needle-Point hooks and an Indiana Fish-Scale hex-blade. For more information, visit www.northlandtackle.com.
Pro Ears/Altus Brands LLC Company
Those who sign up 30 days in advance for any Optimum Shotgun Performance Shooting School two-day clinic in 2010 will receive a free set of Predator Gold Electronic Ear Muffs from Pro Ears/Altus Brands LLC Company. For more info, visit www.altusbrands.com. To register, visit https://ospschool.com/schedule.html.
The Open Field Collection, a joint apparel venture between Realtree and Reebok, is designed for hunters and fishermen who also happen to be football fans. Sporting the logos of NFL teams, the collection includes Realtree camo fleece hoodies, heavy weight cotton canvas jackets and long-sleeved cotton T-shirts. The apparel will be available this fall in sporting goods stores. For more information, visit www.realtree.com.
Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and American Sportfishing Association
Millions of anglers’ dollars were collected for state conservation and recreation in 2009 as fishing license sales rose by 4.7 percent. While the increase is based on 12 states that participate in the fishing license sales index released by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), it would represent one of the largest percentage increases in fishing license sales in more than 30 years if it held true nationwide, according to ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. Last year’s sales spike could be a result of RBFF’s Take Me Fishing National Campaign, designed to entice newcomers to the sport. To learn more about RBFF and the campaign, visit www.rbff.org and www.takemefishing.org.
This year’s Hunt for the Hungry Hog Hunting Tournament is sponsored by electronic dog training product company Tri-Tronics and the Texas Dog Hunter’s Association. Hog hunters are invited to compete with their dogs for cash and prizes. Tri-Tronics will award the winners with a two-mile Trashbreaker G3 EXP/Tracer Light collar system and all registered competitors will have an opportunity to purchase the company’s products at a discounted rate. Register at www.thenewtdha.com/tdha/pages/contests.htm.
Versus will air new episodes of the third season of “City Limits Fishing with Mike Iaconelli” every Friday night in March beginning March 5, at 9 p.m. ET. The six-episode series, which debuted on Feb. 12, follows host and professional angler Mike “Ike” Iaconelli as he uncovers some of the best urban places to fish throughout the United States. Iaconelli, the 2006 Bass Angler of the Year and runner-up in the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, is accompanied by professional and amateur anglers as they face the weekly challenge of catching a limit of fish within the boundaries of some of the country’s greatest cities. For more information please visit www.versus.com.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering a weekend-long workshop this summer to introduce women to outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, canoeing and wildlife photography. The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman camp will take place at the Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp from June 18-20 near Dubois, Wyo. Space is limited to 50 women and final campers will be selected through a random draw. Apply at http://gf.state.wy.us by April 15.