Organizations, Foundations, Agencies & Associations
National Shooting Sports Foundation
NSSF, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has launched a blog aimed at correcting inaccuracies about firearms and the firearms industry. The blog, titled “Aiming for Accuracy,” is updated regularly with news, links and other resources designed to promote accurate communications about firearms issues in the media, among bloggers and all firearms enthusiasts. A link to the blog is displayed on NSSF’s home page, www.nssf.org.
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
TRCP has commended a decision by the U.S. Depart-ment of Agriculture to extend the timetable for finalization of the Colorado roadless rule, a plan for management of the state’s national forest roadless areas. USDA responded to a state request to prolong the rule-making process so that stakeholder concerns could be addressed in the final plan. The original deadline was Dec. 5. To learn more visit www.trcp.org.
Safari Club International
Carl Zeiss Sports Optics and Safari Club International have partnered to bring Carl Zeiss’ high-quality optics to SCI. ZEISS optics will have an increased presence in SCI chapter fundraising catalogs and on the SCI Web site as a result of the corporate partnership. Zeiss will show innovative new products at the 2009 SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention Jan. 21-24 in Reno, Nev. Visit www.safariclub.org.
Wrangler Rugged Wear
Lynne Friedmann, a freelance writer from Solana Beach, Calif., won October’s Wrangler Rugged Wear Adventures Essay Contest for her account of how an extra set of dry clothes helped save her life after fell into a storm-swollen river. Her essay, “The Right Clothes Can Save Your Life,” earned Friedmann three jeans and shirt outfits from Wrangler Rugged Wear. To read her essay, go to www.wranglerruggedwear.com. Friedmann is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California.
Outdoor Channel Inc.
The popular fishing television show “Bass Edge” has moved to the Outdoor Channel. The third season of “Bass Edge” will air three times weekly beginning January 2009. “Bass Edge” is filmed in high definition on lakes throughout the United States. Visit www.bassedge.com and www.outdoorchannel.com.
Outdoor Gear, Clothing & Products
Legendary Whitetails, a supplier of apparel, gifts and accessories for whitetail hunters, has partnered with ARC Outdoors, making the company the only online retailer of the full line of ArcticShield and XSystem hunting gear. The Arctic-Shield Body Warming Sys-tem’s multilayered thermal barrier retains up to 97 percent of body heat. XSystem is an advanced scent-elimination system that controls body odor, the No. 1 reason why deer detect hunters. Learn more at 800-243-4111 or www.deergear.com.
Hunt’s Photo, Video and Digital
Hoodman Corp. has a new viewing loupe for larger digital cameras that fits LCD screens up to 3 inches wide. Hunt’s price is $79.99 with no extra shipping costs. Hunt’s stocks the full line of digital point-and-shoot cameras from Canon, Olympus, Pentax, Nikon, Fuji, Casio and Panasonic. OWAA members receive free shipping on all point-and-shoot cameras ordered in January. Hunt’s also carries Nikon and Canon binoculars.
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Minox Sport Optics
The new Digital Spy Camera by Minox can disappear into a clenched fist. It weighs only 2.1 ounces and measures 3 3/8-x-1 3/16-x-7/8 inches. It has an internal memory of 128 MB and can take a memory card up 16 GB. Powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery, the camera boasts a high-quality resolution of 5.0 megapixels. The SpyCam retails for $249. See it at www.minox.com.
Crosman Corp.’s redesigned Web site offers better usability and navigation, allowing users to quickly find the product they want. It also brings all the Crosman brands under one umbrella, including Crosman and Benjamin airguns, Crosman Archery, Centerpoint Precision Optics and Game Face Paintball. A new online shopping feature allows users to purchase directly from Crosman. Visit the redesigned site at www.Crosman.com.
DeLorme has introduced its next-generation handheld GPS receiver, the Earthmate PN-40. PN-Series receivers can display recent aerial imagery, NOAA nautical charts and authentic 1:24K USGS topo maps. This second-generation receiver follows the PN-20 with a new 32-channel Cartesio GPS chipset and a dual-core processor for fast performance. The PN-40 is available at retail stores and online sites specializing in outdoor recreation and electronics, and can be ordered at www.delorme.com.
ThermaCELL’s insect repellent mats are now available in the Realtree camouflage pattern. Realtree produces some of the most realistic and recognized camouflage patterns on the market. The ThermaCELL system creates a 15-x-15-foot zone of protection that is up to 98 percent effective against biting insects. The unit operates on a butane cartridge, which heats a mat releasing a synthetic copy of a naturally occurring repellent. Visit www.thermacell.com.
New products from Adventure Medical Kits will debut at the Jan. 15-18 SHOT Show in Orlando, Fla. The S.O.L. 3 covers first aid, survival and gear repair all in one kit. It retails at $55. The Tactical Field Trauma Kit is for the special-operations, military and law enforcement pro or enthusiast. It includes QuikClot Sport, the U.S. military-approved hemostatic agent for stopping traumatic bleeding. The kit retails for $44. QuikClot is available for purchase separately for $10-$30. Visit www.tendercorp.com and www.adventuremedicalkits.com.
Rocky Brands Inc.
Rocky Brands Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with HAAS Outdoors Inc. to be the exclusive producer and marketer of Mossy Oak brand hunting and casual footwear in North America. Two collections are offered – casual lifestyle footwear and hunting boots, and will feature Mossy Oak’s renowned Break Up camouflage pattern. The collections are distributed through shoe and sporting goods specialty retailers. Learn more at www.rockybrands.com.
The new interactive Web site www.Snosuit.com makes shopping both entertaining and effortless. Gathering information about Snosuit products is straightforward: Go from introduction, to specifications, to links to online retail partners in a few clicks. The visual realism will make you want to reach out and touch the fabric. Buy online or visit a Snosuit dealer.
Fishing Products & Accessories
Daiwa Corp. presented a $10,000 donation to the FishAmerica Foundation during the recent 2008 Sportfishing Summit in Denver. FishAmerica Foundation will use Daiwa’s contribution to enhance family fishing waters and ensure that future generations of anglers will have access to fishing areas. In 2008, Daiwa celebrated 50 years in the fishing tackle industry. For more, visit www.Daiwa.com and www.fishamerica.org.
Twelve new designs have been added to the Flying Fisherman hat gear collection for 2009. The hats include a removable, terry cloth sweatband. On hot days, cool off by dipping the sweatband in cold water. The Chasing Lures series features embroidered fresh- or saltwater game fish chasing lures on the front and sides of the hat. All new caps retail for $15.95. For more information, visit www.flyingfisherman.com.
Ice-fishing rod and reel combos designed by ice-fishing authority Brian “Bro” Brosdahl and available through Frabill cater to precision fishing techniques. Each model in the series is for specific species and techniques. The Frabill Bro Series includes an 18-inch Micro-Lite, 24-inch Ultra-Lite, 26-inch Lite-Action, 27-inch Quick Tip, 28-inch Medium and 30-inch Medium-Heavy. Learn more at www.frabill.com.
Northland Fishing Tackle
Northland’s new Puppet Minnow swimming jig flashes holographic colors with each twist and turn, and its “Triple Threat” tie-eye system produces three unique swimming actions. Hooks adorn its nose and tail, while a treble hook dangles below. The Puppet Minnow is available in four sizes and nine proven baitfish colors, covering species from walleyes to trout and crappies to perch. See it at www.northlandtackle.com.
RIO Products International Inc.
RIO’s new MainStream Indicator line is designed to make nymph fishing easier for the novice fly-fisher. With a short front taper and weight distributed to the front of the head, the new MainStream Indicator line helps anglers load a fly rod and get a feel for casting. MSRP is $34.95. Visit www.rioproducts.com.
Boating Products & Accessories
Mercury Marine is promoting its “5 & Drive” Sales Event in which U.S. customers who purchase any qualifying Mercury outboard from a participating dealer will receive up to a five-year limited factory-backed, nondeclining warranty for free – a value of up to $2,420. The deal applies to qualifying outboards sold between Sept. 1, 2008, and April 15, 2009. www.mercurymarine.com. ◊