Chestnut Hill Outdoors has two new trees, Deer Candy Persimmons and late-dropping Thanksgiving Pears, food plot trees every deer hunter should consider for their property.

Americase, Inc., an Industry Leader of quality sporting case manufacturing, announces the completion of its newest case lines for Buck Commander® and Duck Commander®, as well as the launch a new website for the products.

The 12th annual Lancaster Archery Classic taking place Jan. 16-18 attracted a record 850 archers, a dramatic increase from 2014, when 489 shooters participated.

Houston Safari Club (HSC) announces educational seminars that will take place during its Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention Jan. 23-25 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.
Sportsman Channel and Sarah Palin are joining forces to host a Sportsman Channel Hunt.Fish.Feed. event in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 22 at The Salvation Army from 4-6 p.m.

With Firminator food-plot implements, the days of scratching in the dirt, throwing out some seed, and crossing your fingers for some green sprouts are over.

Signature Products Group (SPG) introduces the Browning Billy 1700RT Lumbar Hunting Pack, which boasts 1700 cubic inches of storage space, handles heavy loads with ease, and weighs merely 2.5 pounds.

Its new product line introduced at the Archery Trade Association show in Indianapolis, STYRKA (which is Scandinavian for "strength") offers hunters premium riflescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes at a fair price and backs all products with a warranty to beat all warranties.
GSM, a company that delivers the latest in specialized products and technology, designed specifically with the outdoor sportsman in mind, announces the promotion of Gordon McMinn to serve as its Vice President of Sales.
The Board of Directors of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) announces the appointment of Kenyon Gleason as its new President, succeeding Maurice (Moe) Desmarais, who is retiring at the end of January.

The Conservation Federation of Missouri, the state's largest group representing sportsmen's interests, reports a number of measures introduced in the current legislative session threaten funding sources for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

The Country Superstar Sweepstakes - co-sponsored by Mossy Oak, SCENTLOK and Bowtech Archery - gives Petersen's BOWHUNTING readers an opportunity to win prizes that include a customized Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar autographed by LeVox, two Bowtech Prodigy bows and three complete sets of SCENTLOK hunting apparel-all featuring Mossy Oak's new Break-Up Country camouflage.

Launched at the 2015 ATA Show in Indianapolis, Ind., the New Breed BLADE received heavy praise for its smooth draw cycle, rock-solid back wall, and unprecedented forgiveness.

The Carbon Express CX-3SL+ crossbow features a lightweight, responsive stock design with a Bull-Pup trigger for shorter overall length and a compact, powerful front end that is only 13.5 inches wide when cocked.

The new Steiner XC Series binoculars are the perfect optics for performance and value in a rugged, compact roof prism design.
STYRKA binoculars were all designed to provide the hunter with the optimal optical experience, featuring a proprietary anti-reflective coatings package for maximum brightness as well as exceptional color, sharpness and image contrast.

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) announced this week that Mike Edwards of Springwater,NY, has joined the organization as Regional Director for Region 1.
For the sixth year in a row, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation surpassed its record membership level from the previous year, now totaling 205,249 members.
The Boone and Crockett Club has published a new position statement outlining its concerns with today's upward trend in deer breeding and high-fence operations.
Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) National Convention, to be held May 8-9 at The Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo, hosts of the outdoor television shows The Choice and Archer's Choice, have announced their support of the new free-membership organization, National Deer Alliance.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Quality Deer Management Association, and Pheasants Forever (PF) have collaborated to fund a new wildlife cooperative coordinator position, housed at MUCC.
The Pope & Young Club announces that Lumenok has shown its support for bowhunting and the organization by becoming the newest Pope & Young Club Corporate Partner.

Outdoor Recreation Company of America (ORCA) announces the addition of Bone Collector stars Michael Waddell, Travis "T-Bone" Turner and Nick Mundt to its all-star pro-staff lineup.

Safari Club International will recognize Jack Cassidy as the recipient of the SCI North American Professional Outfitter of the Year and Kaan KaraKaya as the recipient of the SCI International Professional Outfitter of the Year for 2015.
USA Archery has named Derek Davis as National Coach of the Year, George Ryals IV as Developmental Coach of the Year and Kathleen Stevenson as its Volunteer Coaches of the Year.

Outdoor Recreation Company of America (ORCA) is ready to roll out its new line of ORCA Gear, as well as a new 20 quart size cooler at this year's SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
America's most patriotic band, Madison Rising, take their unique and hard-driving style to Las Vegas to perform at Sportsman Channel's 2014 Sportsman Choice Awards on January 21 during the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show.
The ALPS OutdoorZ EXTREME Commander X + pack bag is a top-of-the-line meat hauler and with a removable pack bag.
Many ambassadors of the Bushnell® team will be on hand at SHOT Show to visit with attendees, give demonstrations and sign autographs in booth 14551.

Handle all the new 2015 products GSM will be unveiling at the 2015 SHOT Show, and also meet some of the hunting industry's top personalities, like Cody Robbins, Fred Eichler, Jim Shockey and Rick & Julie Kreuter at Booth #1019.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources wants to see your trail camera photos, and it's running a contest on Facebook to find the best!
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has adopted a proposal originating from a petition received from the South Dakota Houndsman Association to allow the use of hounds for hunting mountain lions outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

Continuing to advance technology to the next level, Stealth Cam introduces the next generation of feature-packed scouting camera for 2015 advanced scouting cams, the GXW, providing real-time updates using wireless technology.
The new PlotWatcher Pro takes scouting camera technology and functionality to the next level, with the best battery life of time-lapse cameras, lasting up to 4 months on a set of 8 AA batteries.

In response to an issue that faces many sportsmen and women, Viking Solutions introduces the all-new Stack Rack to an already impressive selection of lifting, loading and hauling products.

Starting this month, trappers contracted by the University of Georgia will begin capturing and radio-collaring coyotes in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina, repeating the process in January-February for two years to include approximately 180 coyotes.

"In my one-room schoolhouse a single teacher taught seven grades-and contrary to many of today's schools, our teacher not only assumed each of the boys, and some of the girls, carried a knife, she counted on it."
- Gene Hill, "Pocketknives," Sports Afield, 1971

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B&C Issues Statement on Commercial Deer-Breeding Operations
The Boone and Crockett Club last week issued an official position statement regarding the proliferation of commercial deer-breeding operations and private shooting preserves.

"The wildlife conservation and management community is becoming increasingly concerned, that growing trophy deer and elk and then shooting these animals in fenced shooting facilities reflects negatively on hunting and will weaken the public support for the type of fair chase hunting they cherish," according to the statement.

Morrie Stevens Sr., president of the Club, said his organization encourages all hunters to read the position in its entirety. A press release and a link to the statement appears elsewhere in this week's Archery Wire.

"The core topic - privatizing a public resource for individual profits - has the power to change the foundations of hunting and its historic ties to conservation," Stevens said. "And crossing the line from wildlife to agricultural commodity represents a fundamental shift in American culture. We think the ramifications are worth considering carefully."

Boone and Crockett has never accepted record book entries for animals taken on high-fence commercial preserves.

In summary, the B&C position statement addresses:
  • Selective breeding, artificial insemination, regimented feeding and pharmaceutical drugs to achieve unnaturally large antlers in deer and elk.
  • Commercial values based on artificial trophy size.
  • Ethics of altering native wildlife and then shooting these animals in escape-proof, fenced enclosures.
  • Breeding operations' potential for transmitting diseases to wild herds.
  • Risk of weakened public support for hunting.

During 2014, increased attention was drawn to commercial deer farming and breeding operations as a result of the discovery of chronic wasting disease (CWD) at facilities in Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and most recently, Ohio.

In its statement, Boone and Crockett maintains the threat of the spread of CWD by the escape and/or transport of captive animals "is a real and documented problem."

"The Club seeks to reduce the spread of CWD and other diseases to both captive and wild cervid populations, and consequently supports those states and provinces attempting to do so by: (1) prohibiting or restricting the establishment of new breeding and shooting operations; (2) adopting stricter regulations, including importation bans, governing the transport of captive cervids; and/or (3) prohibiting the release of captive animals from fenced breeding or shooting operations into wild, unfenced habitat as the danger to native wildlife from CWD is overwhelming."

The B&C statement marked perhaps the most direct criticism of commercial deer farming and high-fence shooting operations by a national hunting and conservation organization to date. Other national groups, and most notably, the outdoor and hunting media, have been reluctant to publicly criticize the captive cervid industry, its ethics and its genetic commercialization of wildlife.

In 2102, the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) was the first national conservation group to oppose expansion of the captive deer-breeding industry and to speak out against proposals by some states to move the authority over existing operations from state game agencies to state agriculture departments.

Boone and Crockett's most recent statement expands on its earlier comments regarding genetic manipulation, canned shoots and fair chase.

"The captive-cervid industry uses selective breeding, artificial insemination, regimented feeding, and pharmaceutical drugs to achieve unnaturally large antlers. Such intensive manipulation of the natural characteristics of a wild deer and elk is a major departure from what occurs in nature, and it challenges our common understanding of the terms wild and wildlife. It does not appear that breeding and shooting operations considered the ethical implications of how far they should go in manipulating wildlife to satisfy the desires of a few."

Here at The Archery Wire, we have it on good authority that two long-established national bowhunting/archery groups are preparing a joint position statement on the captive-cervid industry, CWD and ethics to be released in coming weeks. And we say "good authority," because we were present during their discussions held during the recent ATA Show in Indianapolis.

There's little doubt the subject of captive deer breeding, genetic manipulation and high-fence operations is attracting more attention than in the past, and primarily because of CWD outbreaks in previously disease-free states. But don't be surprised to see it become a prominent issue among a growing number of sportsmen's groups as well as the subject of new legislation as lawmakers convene in statehouses across the nation's whitetail-rich midsection in 2015.

We'll keep you posted.

- J.R. Absher

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Jan. 20 - Jan. 23
Las Vegas, Nev.
Jan. 23 - Jan. 25
Houston Safari Club Worldwide Hunting Expo & Convention
The Woodlands Waterway Marriot Hotel & Convention Center
Jan. 23 - Jan. 25
Jan. 23 - Jan. 25
Jan. 24
Michigan NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training
Hartland, Mich., contact
Feb. 4 - Feb. 7
Feb. 6 - Feb. 8
The 2015 Vegas Shoot
South Point Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
Feb. 7 - Feb. 15
Great American Outdoor Show
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa.
Feb. 12 - Feb. 14
National Archery Buyers Assn. Reno Show
Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nev.
Feb. 18 - Feb. 21
Sports Inc. Outdoor Show
Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 19 - Feb. 22
Western Hunting & Conservation Expo
Feb. 20 - Feb. 22
Feb. 27 - Mar. 1
Prime Total Archery Challenge
Natural Bridge Caverns, San Antonio, Tex.
Feb. 28
8th Annual Florida NASP State Tournament
Newberry, Fla.
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