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Organizations, Foundations & Associations

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation RMEF awarded grants totaling $39,226 for projects in Michigan that help ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat in the state. Seven projects received funding in Allegan, Cheboygan, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Montmorency, Osceola, Otsego, Ottawa and Presque Isles counties.
Pheasants Forever During 2008 Wisconsin Pheasants Forever’s 30 chapters and 7,300 members completed 551 wildlife habitat projects which are benefitting 3,143 acres for pheasants, deer, turkeys and other wildlife. The enterprises included food-plot projects, land acquisitions, nesting cover and wetland projects, woody cover projects and habitat maintenance. Wisconsin is hosting National Pheasant Fest 2009 Feb. 6-8 in Madison.

Fishing Products & Accessories

Shimano American Corp. Shimano is acquiring Innovative Textiles Inc., known as the makers of PowerPro braided fishing line. Innovative Textiles’ manufacturing operations and staff at its facility in Grand Junction, Colo., will remain, while sales and marketing efforts will be moved to Shimano American’s operations in Irvine, Calif.
RIO Products International Inc. RIO has introduced a new redfish fly line, featuring a profile designed to load a fly rod at close range. It also has a hard, saltwater coating and RIO’s dirt-repelling XS Technology. The fly line has a welded loop at both ends for easy rigging. RIO’s new redfish lines are available in sizes WF6F to WF10F. For more information, visit
StrikeMaster Corp. StrikeMaster announces the development of an ice hole slush removal system, underneath the ice. No more clearing or dipping of drilled holes. Contact Kristy at 763-263-8999 or e-mail, or visit for more information.

Outdoor Gear, Clothing & Products

Ono’s Trading Company Ono’s Trading Company, which pioneered polarized sunglasses with bifocal readers, has unveiled a new lightweight titanium model – Longitude – featuring hinged and flex-form temple pieces that remember the best fit for each wearer. Longitude lenses offer 100 percent UVA-UVB polarized protection with built-in, bifocal magnifiers for reading and other close-up tasks.
Hunt’s Photo, Video and Digital During February, Hunt’s is offering OWAA members free shipping on the following products: the MemoryKick, all Tamron, Sigma and Tokina lenses, Bogen and Gitzo tripods and Epson printers. Contact Gary Farber at 1-800-221-1830, ext. 2332, or or Jonathan Lawton at 1-800-221-1830 or
Wrangler Rugged Wear Kelly Shannon Kelly, member and president of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, won the monthly Wrangler Rugged Wear Adventures Essay Contest in November with her account of a dangerous rescue after overturning a kayak in the murky Cape Fear River. Her essay, “Fear on the Cape Fear,” earned the outdoor writer three jeans and shirt outfits from Wrangler Rugged Wear. To read Kelly’s winning essay, visit
Legendary Whitetails Legendary Whitetails offers a boxed wine set featuring red and white wines honoring famous bucks. Each set includes a bottle of Hole in the Horn 2005 merlot red wine and a bottle of The Jordan Buck 2007 Viognier white wine set in a wooden box with burned images of the two bucks on the lid. The wines are produced by the Lago di Merlo Vine-yards, third-generation Sonoma County winemakers. Contact: 800-243-4111 or
Tri-Tronics Inc. Tri-Tronics, the industry standard in electronic dog training equipment, has unveiled the latest evolution of the Pro and Field e-collar series with the new G3 EXP models. The series features a rugged, fixed internal antenna and an easy-to-locate accessory button. The new antenna system delivers a longer, more consistent range of operation.

Boating Products & Accessories

Ranger Boats Trailer Boats magazine January issue named Ranger’s Z520 Comanche to its inaugural 2009 list of “Excellence in Design” award winners. In addition to highlighting the Z520 Comanche and praising the craft’s fishing and performance virtues, the magazine showcases several pieces of Ranger photography and features a unique hard-top boat cover recently developed by Ranger engineers. ◊

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