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ATTRACTANTS & SUPPLEMENTS
Mossy Oak Nativ Nurseries specializes in hand-selected and hand-grown species that will turn any piece of property into a wildlife haven.

AVAILABILITY
Customers who placed orders through the Crosman website before February 3 will be among the first to receive the Pioneer Airbow from Benjamin, "a hybrid hunting product" that combines compressed air with archery.

BOWSIGHTS
APEX GEAR™, manufacturer of performance bowhunting sights and accessories introduces the new OPTI•CHOICE II™ pin selection and illumination system, now available on the new ACCU•STRIKE™ XS bow sight series.

COOKING
The Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System in Realtree Camo ensures you can enjoy delicious camp-cooked meals at your convenience.

CWD
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received final results from its 2015‐2016 fall and winter testing of nearly 7,700 free‐ranging deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), with seven new cases confirmed.
The Archery Trade Association's new Deer Protection Program seeks to ensure that ATA-member scent manufacturers and product suppliers do everything possible to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer, elk and moose in the United States.

DEALER SHOWS
Kinsey's 14th Annual Dealer Show (KDS16), held February 26 – 28 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pa, was again a great success, offering Kinsey's dealers the best pricing of the year on merchandise, as well as workshops and social events geared to grow their businesses.

DECOYS
The new Doloma Antelope, like all Rinehart Decoys, is hand-sculpted by world-class wildlife artists for unmatched realism in both scale and detail.

EVENTS
General booth sales are now open for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's 2016 Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition, scheduled to take place December 1-10 in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

FOOD PLOTS
If you manage land for hunting or simply to improve the habitat for wildlife, with a little planning and some help from the experts at Chestnut Hill Outdoors, you can plant your own food plot trees.
The Firminator system handles seed as small as clover or as large as chufa, it can maneuver in small food plots, and it distributes seed based on the rate you choose.

GAME FEEDERS
Moultrie® has created a line of feeders consisting of three models designed specifically to allow the end user complete "modularity" to choose the feeder perfect for their needs.

GEAR
Dr. Burkenstock makes a lip balm called That Lip Stuff that is formulated to treat and prevent what's known in some parts of Louisiana as "alligator lips."

HUNTING BLINDS
Ameristep's all-new Warlock Blind delivers anything a bowhunter could ask for, with its striking, high-tech Kryptek™ Highlander™ camo finish, 65" X 65" dimensions and height of 72".
A top-quality rigid blind, the Whitetail Blind from Advantage Outdoors offers some real benefits over hunting from open treestands.

ILLUMINATION
Whether you're tracking a harvest, hunting at night for hogs or predators, setting up camp in the dark or launching a search effort, - the 140 Enforcer will exceed your needs and your expectations.

LEGISLATION
Boone and Crockett Club applauds the Maryland Hunting Coalition for the passage of The Poaching Restitution Act of 2016 in Maryland. The act has been sent to Governor Larry Hogan for signature into law.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation this week recognized the U.S. Senate for approving a comprehensive energy package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as well as important provisions that benefit conservation, wildlife, sportsmen and women.

MEDIA
Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in the seven Great Lakes states, has announced the promotion of veteran journalist, Tim Spielman, to the title of editor for the company's Minnesota weekly publication.

NASP
Young archers from across South Dakota gathered in Rapid City April 2, and Yankton April 9, to claim top honors in the 2016 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament.

OLYMPIC TRIALS
The field of archers vying for nominations to represent the U.S.A. at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was cut in half, from 32 to 16 this week – eight men and eight women, in the rigorous second stage of the U.S. Olympic trials overseen by USA Archery at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

ORGANIZATIONS
The National Deer Alliance (NDA) announces a corporate partnership with ScoutLook Weather to support the organization's continual growth as the guardian for wild deer conservation and our hunting heritage.
Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Renee Griffith as the new S3DA North Carolina State Coordinator, to oversee all aspects of the S3DA program in North Carolina, including tournaments, training and dividing the state into regions that will allow S3DA participants multiple monthly competition venues as close as possible to their home location.

PARTNERSHIPS
The Pope and Young Club recently announced Outdoor Edge® has become a supporter as part of the organization's Corporate Partners Program.

PUBLIC LANDS
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, U.S. Forest Service and other partners permanently protected 800 acres of prime elk habitat while also improving access to approximately 5,500 acres of surrounding public land in southwest Montana.

REPELLENTS
ScentBlocker, the constant innovator of hunting products and scent control technology, brings two specially formulated insect repellents developed to provide long lasting, multi-species protection.

REPS WANTED
Steel Will Knives, a new premium brand with more than 60 quality cutting tools currently available in their Outdoor, Tactical, and Urban line, is currently seeking sales representation on the East Coast.

SCENT CONTROL
Scent Kapture is a propriety blend of ingredients that encapsulates and eliminates odors on contact that now offers its product line in Mossy Oak camouflage packaging.

SPONSORSHIPS
Mathews, Inc., headquartered in Sparta, Wis., has renewed its Whitetails Unlimited sponsorship, according to WTU President Jeff Schinkten.
As season 12 of Backwoods Life approaches in the summer of 2016, the award winning show hosts announce they will continue shooting Clean Shot Archery Products, including Nock Out lighted nocks.

STATES
A day of archery at Indiana's Patoka Lake on May 14 will start with lessons and end with friendly competition.
Hunters in New York harvested an estimated 202,973 deer during the 2015-16 hunting seasons, approximately 15% less than the prior year, including an estimated 103,401 antlerless deer and 99,572 antlered bucks.

TELEVISION
Sportsman Channel highlights numerous fan-favorite television series airing new episodes the week of April 25 – May 1.
Outdoor Channel is rolling out a multitude of all new episodes during the week of April 25 – May 1 from the network's growing number of popular series.

TREESTAND SAFETY
The new HSS Hanger harness is a utility safety harness that features deep utility pockets to carry tools, steps, snips, saws, HSS-LIFELINEs™ and other gear needed for the pre-season preparation.

Last Defendant in 'Disturbing' Colorado Lion Maiming Case Pleads Guilty
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The last member of group of poachers from western Colorado to face trial agreed to plead guilty to eight misdemeanor violations of the federal Lacey Act in U.S. District Court in Grand Junction on April 6. Nathan Simms, 31, of Grand Junction will face sentencing in June for his role in what veteran wildlife officers called one of the most disturbing cases they had ever seen.

In the plea agreement, Simms accepted a recommendation that he serve a six-month prison sentence for his involvement in the crimes. In addition, he faces a possible lifetime suspension of his hunting and fishing privileges, pending an appearance before a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hearings Officer.

"We want to make it clear to anyone that chooses to ignore our laws that we take wildlife violations very seriously and our officers will do what it takes to bring them to justice," said CPW Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde. "Criminals involved in this activity can face significant penalties from the courts, which is appropriate when you consider how unethical and destructive poaching is to wildlife."

Christopher Loncarich of Mack was the owner of the now defunct outfitting business that employed Simms and his wife Caitlin Simms - daughter of Loncarich - her sister Andie Loncarich of Crawford, Nicholaus Rodgers of Medford, Oregon and Marvin Ellis of Grand Junction. The co-conspirators developed a scheme to capture and maim lions and bobcats in western Colorado and eastern Utah, making it easy for their customers to kill. The investigation revealed that most of the clients, many that came from out-of-state and paid up to $7,500 for the opportunity, were unaware of their illegal methods.

Officials apprehended the group after a lengthy investigation beginning in 2007 and continuing through 2010, involving law enforcement officials from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

After pleading guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, Christopher Loncarich began serving a 27-month sentence in federal prison in 2014, where he remains. The same year, Caitlin Simms pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor Lacey Act violations, receiving one-year of probation, a $1,000 fine and sixty hours of community service, thirty of which included time with Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Hunter Education program. Andie Loncarich's sentence for her guilty plea to a misdemeanor Lacey Act violation included one-year of probation, a $500 fine and thirty-six hours of community service, half of which included service to the Hunter Education program.

Rodgers pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate Lacey Act in 2014. His sentence included 36 months of probation, six months of home confinement, 50 hours of community service and $5,000 in fines.

In 2013, Ellis pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, receiving three years of probation, six months of home detention and ordered to pay a $3,100 fine.

Because they were used in the commission of Lacey Act violations, officials seized Loncarich's 2008 Ford truck and Ellis' 1995 Dodge truck.

Loncarich and Rodgers each received a lifetime suspension of their hunting and fishing privileges. Caitlin Simms received a 20-year suspension. Andie Loncarich and Ellis each received a 15-year suspension.

Three of Loncarich's clients paid a total of $13,100 in fines for Lacey Act violations.

Signed into law in 1900, the federal Lacey Act prohibits trade in wildlife or plants illegally taken, possessed, transported or sold and includes criminal penalties for violators.

- CPW

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Apr. 29 - May 1
ASA Pro/Am Tour
Augusta, Ga.
Apr. 29 - May 1
Total Archery Challenge
San Antonio, Tex.
May 6 - May 8
NFAA National Marked 3D Championships
Redding, Calif.
May 12 - May 14
NASP National Tournament
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky.
May 13 - May 15
IBO First Leg National Championship Triple Crown
Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, WV
May 20 - May 21
Rinehart R100
Hutton, Ill.
May 20 - May 22
Total Archery Challenge
Seven Springs, Pa.
June 3 - June 5
ASA TRU Ball-Bear Archery Pro/Am
London, Ky.
June 4
Rinehart R-100
Sturbridge, Mass.
June 10 - June 12
IBO Second Leg National Championship Triple Crown
Fairfax Recreation Area, Bloomington, Ind.
June 10 - June 12
First Dakota Classic
Yankton, SD
June 11
Rinehart R-100
Coon Hunters Assoc., Batavia, NY
June 17 - June 19
Big Sky Open
Salt Lake City, Utah
June 17 - June 19
Total Archery Challenge
Boyne Mountain, Mich.
June 18
Rinehart R-100
Alloway, NJ
June 18 - June 19
North American Field Archery Championships
Chino, Calif.
June 23 - June 26
Sawmill Traditional Archery Rendezvous
Morris, Pa.
June 24 - June 26
ASA Mathews Pro/Am
Metropolis, Ill.
June 24 - June 27
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July 29 - July 31
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