A new mobile app is now available from the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers in connection with its 41st Annual Meeting and Expo in Little Rock, Ark. this week.
The recently released official Outdoor Annual - Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations mobile app has been updated to include season dates and bag limits for the 2014-2015 waterfowl season, as well as corrections and clarifications to deer and turkey regulations in certain counties.

On this edition of Petersen's BOWHUNTING Radio, presented by Easton, Editor Christian Berg talks to Jeff Thomason, host of Predator Pursuit TV, about how he arrowed and hauled an 11-foot, 809.5-pound mako shark to the shore and scale.

Trophy Ridge offers the new React-Trio for those looking for the readiness of a 3-pin sight with the range of a slider-style sight.

Easton Field at the NFAA Yankton Archery Center was the spot to be if you wanted to see the top outdoor target archers in the country Oct. 4th-5th, 2014 during the first annual National Outdoor Target Championships.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $127,686 in grants to improve wildlife water supplies, enhance elk habitat, fund research and assist youth hunting heritage programs in New Mexico.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will establish chronic wasting disease (CWD) collection sites during deer and elk seasons this fall in the Douglas area to continue to monitor CWD in the Laramie Range.

With the success of the Turkey and then the Elk Decoy Setup Guide, Montana Decoy is excited to announce the launch of the new downloadable Deer Decoy Setup Guide.

Outdoor writer Kristen Schmitt has created a DVD "Beginners Guide to Archery: For Women," distributed through Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine.

On Tuesday, Oc. 14 at the Denver Rescue Mission, Rockies All-Star Todd Helton will join Sportsman Channel to host its Hunt.Fish.Feed event in downtown Denver Rescue Mission.
The Total Archery Challenge has partnered with Prime bows by G5 to bring Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio, Tex. an outdoor 3D Shoot and Expo Feb. 27, 28 and March 1, 2015.
Sportsman Channel and Comcast are teaming to host a Hunt.Fish.Feed. event in Houston on Oct. 15, serving a special pork chili verde at the Star of Hope Mission with special guest and meat-provider, Sportsman Channel host, Brian "Pigman" Quaca.

The Pope & Young Club recently sent a congratulatory letter to Gov. Nixon of Missouri for vetoing Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 2613 that would have classified captive deer as "livestock" thereby falling under the regulation of the Agriculture Department.

Watson AirLock, provider of innovative travel solutions for the outdoors enthusiast, announces its selection of Providence Marketing Group as its marketing agency of record.

A&E Network's new original real-life series "Country Buck$" follows the Busbice family, founders of Wildgame Innovations, a small hunting gear business that has grown into a multi-million dollar wildlife sporting empire.
ScoutLook, a leading provider of cutting-edge weather tools for hunters and fishermen, is making aggressive strides to position itself as a trusted provider of high-class content for its community of more than 750,000 hunting and angling enthusiasts.

Elite introduces its most shootable bow ever -- the 2015 Synergy bow, available in Realtree Xtra®, Realtree MAX-1® and Realtree AP® Snow.

A fatbike, the Cogburn CB4, available in several Realtree camo patterns, is built to take hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts quickly and quietly further into the backcountry.

Recently, local youth organizations had their own ribbon cutting at the Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota, part of a national network of archery facilities connected through the Easton Sports Development Foundation, one of the center's national donors.

The Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Committee is seeking two members for the 2015-2016 term: an East Region Representative, and a South Region Representative.
With the recent partnership of Whitetails Unlimited, the National Deer Alliance reports the three largest deer hunting organizations in the country have now pledged support to the NDA.
Houston Safari Club (HSC) has provided a $15,000 grant to Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, Inc. (TWAF) in support of its Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP).

Joseph Hosmer, President, Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) recently announced that Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has joined the ranks of other outdoor industry leaders in support of the Inaugural Beretta Conservation Leadership Award Gala.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will begin renovating the archery range on the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles in mid-October, to offer improved static and walk-through shooting facilities, as well as better accessibility for archers with disabilities on the static range.

Code Blue Scents LLC is offering consumers the chance to win an entire season's worth of scent elimination and attractant products that will have big, mature bucks in range throughout the entire fall.
Summit Treestands is offering consumers and Summit fans the opportunity to acquire some of the top treestands and accessories through its ongoing "View from your Summit" product promotion.

The Winter 2014 issue of Extreme Elk Magazine is heading to the printer, and this Friday is the last day to subscribe and receive this exciting issue -- packed full of exciting DIY elk hunting stories and features, hitting mailboxes later this month.
If you're looking for the best places to hunt deer in your state, you can find everything you need in Game & Fish/Sportsman magazines. In this month's October issues, readers will discover in-depth deer-hunting forecasts for their favorite state or region.

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) recently presented its annual Conservation and Branch Achievement Awards at the 2014 QDMA National Convention in Athens, Georgia, naming S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Sgt. Eddie Monts Wildlife Officer of the Year.

The partnership of SCENTLOK and Outtech combines two elite companies with a common goal of aggressive growth and ingenuity.

The Board of Directors of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) recently announced that Maurice (Moe) Desmarais announced his retirement and will be stepping down as President effective December 31.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Parks and Recreation will coordinate a mobility impaired hunter, archery only deer hunt at East Harbor State Park on Saturday, November 1.
A Kent County man has pled guilty in a deer-poaching case that occurred in September in Montcalm County and is the first case of a violation meeting the new enhanced sentencing guidelines for poaching that became law in Michigan earlier this year.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has lifted the temporary prohibition on hunting and trapping within some portions of Pike County that previously were closed due to the ongoing search for a fugitive wanted in the shooting death of a state police trooper.
The Forever Wild Land Trust acquired 387 acres within the city limits of Dothan, Ala., in Houston County that will be developed and maintained through a partnership between the State Lands Division and the City of Dothan.

In his most-recent, risk-taking, outdoor adventure, Matt Hughes travels to Namibia, Africa to face off in a desert showdown against some of the world's most elusive big game including waterbuck, gemsbok, red hartebeest and mountain zebra.
This week on the The Choice, join the Cianciarulos and Adrenaline Outfitters in beautiful Manitoba as they hunt big bears and color bears.

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Potential Impact of Maine's Bear Referendum Discussed
Editor's note: Four weeks from today, Maine voters will head to the polls and determine the fate of black bear hunting. The following article, provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, looks at what has occurred in other states where similar voter referendums have been approved. JRA

AUGUSTA, Maine - With Maine's bear management program the subject of a statewide referendum, Mainers are hearing a lot about Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Massachusetts, four states that have passed similar measures.

After similar referendums passed in these states, generally these states have has seen an increase in the bear population, an increase in the number of nuisance complaints, an increase in the number of nuisance bears killed and an increased cost to the public as a result of expanding bear populations. Voters in Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington and Oregon banned bear hunting with bait and hounds from 1992 to 1996.

In Massachusetts, the bear population has increased seven-fold and bear conflicts have increased by 500 percent. Wayne MacCallum, director of the state's Department of Fish and Game's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, described the situation in an August 24 article in the Portland Press Herald: "(The bear population) is expanding eastward," he said. "Every year now there are an increasing number of juvenile bears in metropolitan Boston. I suspect if we can't harvest significantly more, the population will continue to increase."

He went on to state: "There are constant complaints about bear encounters. We are constantly moving bears. It's kind of like shoveling sand against the tide. This is the largest bear population in the state for at least 200 years. The fact of the matter is, at some point you will just have so many bears that people won't tolerate them."

In Colorado, more than 350 bears are killed each year in response to conflicts. Many towns have passed ordinances that regulate how residents can store their garbage and when it can be placed for curbside pickup, with fines ranging up to $1,000. One Colorado county even banned levered door handles on new houses because home entries by bears are so common.

In some Colorado towns, bear complaints are the number-one call received by police departments. When asked what impact a similar ban would have on Maine's bear management program, Colorado bear biologist Jerry Apker recently said, "I think it would tremendously complicate how the State has to approach managing bears in Maine."

In Oregon and Washington, biologists have struggled to prevent property damage by bears since the referendum passed, and those states now allow private landowners and deputized agents to kill bears using bait, hounds and traps in unlimited numbers.

Despite this, bears cause an estimated $16 million in damage to the timber industry each year by stripping the bark from young trees. Donny Martorello, the Carnivore Section Manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, recently told 92.9 Radio Host Bob Duchesne that before the referendum, "we were able to use recreational hunters at a very low cost and through time (that) was working well." While he respects the rights of voters to pass a citizen initiative, he went on to say that "having that full toolbox of ways to manage the resource is something we'd like to see."

In Maine, bait, hounds, and traps account for 93 percent of our annual bear harvest. Maine is the most forested state in the country, and our woods have a thick understory, which makes still-hunting extremely difficult. The loss of bait, hounds and traps for bear hunting will have a much larger impact on Maine's bear management program than it has in other states.

In addition, Maine has very few options to increase participation by bear hunters if the referendum passes. The state already has a 14-week hunting season that starts in late August and ends after bears have entered their dens. Bear hunting licenses are already available in unlimited numbers, and a spring hunting season is prohibited by legislation.

During the firearms season on deer, all Maine residents are already allowed to hunt bears without having to purchase a separate bear license. Since Maine won't be able to offset a reduction in the bear harvest by increasing hunter numbers or season length, if the referendum passes we expect the bear harvest to decline dramatically. This will result in a rapidly increasing bear population that expands into the more populated areas of Maine, causing more conflicts with people.

Even though each of these states is very different from Maine in several ways, it is informative to understand how their bear management programs have evolved over time. Maine's bear biologists discussed each state's bear management programs and hunting methods with the biologists in these states. As a result, Maine's biologists are more convinced than ever that a ban on bear hunting with bait, hounds and traps will be bad for Maine.

In all of these states that passed similar referendums, bait and hounds were responsible for a relatively small portion of the annual bear harvest because the open habitats make other hunting methods, like spot and stalk, more effective. Therefore, it was possible for the fish and wildlife agencies to partially offset the decline in the bear harvest that occurred after the referendums passed.

This was accomplished by lengthening fall hunting seasons, reducing the cost of bear hunting licenses, expanding spring hunting seasons, increasing annual bag limits or issuing more bear hunting permits.

In some states, bear tags were included in a package with other big game licenses, so that virtually all hunters could shoot a bear if they saw it. The rise in bear hunter numbers was due to changes in how hunting licenses were administered, rather than an actual increase in interest in bear hunting (e.g. all big game hunters receive a bear tag and then are counted as bear hunters whether they actually pursue bears or not). Even with these changes, each of the harvests in these states is less than half the number of bears that need to be taken in Maine each year to control the population.

Maine is fortunate to have one of the largest bear populations in the country. We have very few conflicts between people and bears, and those that do occur are generally not severe. Fewer than a dozen bears are killed each year to protect property or public safety. Our bear management program is based on 40 years of research and is highly regarded by biologists across the country.

Leaving bear management in the capable hands of Maine's biologists and game wardens will ensure that bears retain their stature as one of our state's most treasured resources.


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Oct. 14 - Oct. 17
National Assn. of Sporting Goods Wholesalers
Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Ark.
Nov. 22
Michigan NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training
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ATA Archery & Bowhunting Summit
Louisville, Ky.
Dec. 12 - Dec. 14
IFAA North American Field Archery Championships
Homestead, Fla.
Dec. 20
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Indianapolis, Ind.
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