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September news tips

FISHING PRODUCTS & ACCESSORIES

IronClads – Lake Resources Group, Inc.
IronClads inventor and CEO Ben Hobbins was featured in Popular Science’s June 2009 Inventions issue for his invention of revolutionary soft plastic fishing baits by Bonnier Corp Editors. Hobbins won the prestigious Popular Science Top 10 Invention Award for his patent pending lure technologies. IronClads soft baits for 2009-2010 seasons will be sold in pre-rigged and assembled 1-packs with top quality brand hooks and components. These lures are tough, retaining life-like lure action and softness, and are friendly for the environment.
StrikeMaster Corporation
StrikeMaster is proud to introduce the power ice auger line, The Solo, where German engineering and Swedish craftsmanship meet American ingenuity.  It’s easy on the environment without sacrificing power or speed.  The Magnum 37cc 2-Horse, The Lazer Mag 42cc 2 ½ – Horse, and The Lazer Pro 54cc 3 – Horse.  Contact Kristy at 763-263-8999 or visit www.strikemaster.com.  For updates subscribe to their bi-monthly newsletter, or sign up and link to our facebook and twitter accounts.

FIREARMS & AMMUNITION

Crosman Corporation
Crosman Corporation announced that its Challenger PCP competition air rifle has been approved for use as a Sporter Class air rifle by the National Three Position Air Rifle Council. This means that it fulfills all basic rulebook standards for price, caliber, velocity, weight, configuration, dimensions, sights and adjustment capabilities. For additional information on Crosman’s Challenger PCP, visit www.crosman.com.

ORGANIZATIONS, FOUNDATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

Pheasants Forever Inc.
Pheasants Forever’s Grassroots Conservation Campaign (http://www.legacyforever.org/) received a $1 million pledge from Duayne Madl, 59, of Lake Quivira, Kan. Member of Pheasants Forever and a Quail Forever member, Madl made the significant financial commitment because of his strong belief in the wildlife habitat conservation mission of the two organizations.
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting requests for special grouse permits. These permits are free and required for anyone who hunts grouse east of U.S. Highway 81 this fall. The hunting season is Sept. 12 – Dec. 31. A Nebraska hunting permit is required of anyone who hunts grouse in the state. There are 400 of the special permits available for hunting east of U.S. 81. The permits are limited to one per hunter and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To request a special permit, call the Commission at (402) 471-5597, visit the Lincoln headquarters, or send a postcard to: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Attn: Grouse Permits, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503. The postcard should include name, address and 2009 hunting permit number or Lifetime Hunting Permit number. Residents ages 12 to 15 must submit Hunter Education certification number. Those not required to purchase a hunting permit must provide documentation of such exemption.

OUTDOOR GEAR, CLOTHING & PRODUCTS

Bushnell
The new Spectator Series of binoculars from Bushnell are built specifically for the requirements of sports fans and enthusiasts. The binoculars feature a wide field of view and an optical design that never needs adjustment. Suggested retail price is as follows: 8x25mm compact, $49.99; 8x40mm full size, $69.99; 10x50mm, full size, $89.99. For more information on Bushnell Products visit www.bushnell.com or call 800-423-3537 for consumer inquiries.
CTI Industries
ZipVac manufacturer CTI Industries Corporation was ranked as one of the 100 fastest-growing small public companies in America by FORTUNE Small Business.
DeLorme Publishing Co. Inc.
DeLorme, the innovation leader in mapping and GPS technology, announced the release of Topo USA® 8.0, with streamlined map-to-GPS transfers, paperless geocaching, new road detail for Canada and Mexico, and improved in-vehicle GPS navigation with laptop PCs. Topo USA 8.0 is available at major retailers nationwide, and online from DeLorme. For more information, call 800-561-5105 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or visit www.delorme.com.
Hunt’s Photo and Video
Member Tony Dolle says, “[At this year’s OWAA conference],Gary showed me Nikon’s new G-1, a GPS that records longitude and latitude (l/l) on my digital images as I take them (no batteries required) – unlike after-market units which record the l/l, but make you match them up on a computer with your images afterwards – not always the easiest thing to do … My staff has found it works especially great when we want/need to take photos from the same place over a period of several days of the same subject (ever try to find the same duck nest on consecutive days in a sea of prairie grass or winter wheat?).”
The Nikon GP1, regularly priced $219.99, will be offered to the OWAA members through out September for $199.99.  Members may contact Gary Farber, (800) 924-8682, ext. 2332; digitalguygary@wbhunt.com or Jonathan Lawton at ext. 2360; jlawton@wbhunt.com.
Hunter’s Specialties
Deer are always on high alert and tuned into their surroundings. The Kruncher Deer Call from Hunter’s Specialties calms deer and plays on a whitetail’s feeding instinct.  The Kruncher is a compact, handheld call that simulates the sound of deer feeding on acorns. MSRP is $9.99. For more information, log onto the Hunter’s Specialties website at www.hunterspec.com,write to 6000 Huntington Court NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402, or call a Consumer Service Specialist at 319-395-0321.
Smith & Wesson
The Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) announced that firearms maker Smith & Wesson has signed on as a major sponsor of the 2009 Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships. Including sponsoring Pendulum, one of the eight stages at the Steel Challenge, Smith & Wesson will also be the division sponsor for the Open Revolver, Iron Sight Revolver and Women’s divisions. Since the first Steel Challenge in 1981, the World Speed Shooting Championships have grown into the world’s premier exhibition of speed shooting and routinely draws the fastest shooters from around the globe.­ For more information on the the Steel Challenge Shooting Association and the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships please visit the SCSA online media center. ◊
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