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BREAKING NEWS
Bear Archery is pleased to announce that it has obtained an order from the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") prohibiting Topoint Archery and any companies or people working in association with it from advertising, importing or selling counterfeit Whisker Biscuit arrow rests in the United States.

ANIMAL RIGHTS
While admitting Idaho Fish and Game "has philosophical differences" with the notorious anti-hunting organization Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the agency's chief of law enforcement said he hoped the group's $7,000 reward offer would help solve a mule deer poaching case.

ARROWS & COMPONENTS
The new Maxima BLU RZ combines the same lightweight speed and accuracy of the Maxima Blue Streak® with the breakthrough broadhead accuracy of the Maxima RED®, resulting in a hunting arrow that shoots broadheads so well it is a revolution in bowhunting performance.

ATA SHOW
On the opening morning of the Archery Trade Association show, Booth 3501 inside the Indiana Convention Center is the place to be as Bowtech will launch new bows and crossbows from its Bowtech, Diamond, Stryker and Excalibur brands.
Not only can you see all the new 2015 products GSM will be unveiling, you can also meet Cody Robbins, Fred Eichler, Jim Shockey and Rick & Julie Kreuter at the GSM Booth #5943 as they will be making appearances, signing autographs and offering hunting tips.

ATTRACTANTS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Heartland Wildlife's new Auto Ship Program permits customers to schedule the specific Heartland products shipped to them when and where they need it.

BOWCASES
GamePlan Gear has announced its expansion into the tournament bowcase category with the launch of its new 3-D Tournament Series designed for the longer axle-to-axle bows preferred by tournament archers. See them first at the 2015 ATA Show in Indianapolis.

BOWHUNTER ED
Now hunting archers can take the Florida Bowhunter Education Course by completing an online, distance-learning component, followed by attending a field class in Columbia County.

CHARITIES
Since 2009 Bushnell and hunters from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma have contributed over 5,000 pounds of fresh, organic, sustainable deer meat to the Operation Breakthrough food pantry, and this year they expect to collect over 2000pounds of meat and poultry for the center.

COMPETITION
In his first competitive opportunity as a member of the Elite Archery Team, pro archer Chance Beaubouef bested his class at the 2014 Midwest Open Indoor Archery Tournament in Bloomington, Ill. this past weekend.
Matt Stutzman (Salt Lake City, Utah), Paralympic silver medalist, will add yet another medal to his collection: the gold medal from this week's Indoor Para Archery World Cup.
Erika Jones, competing in her first event of the 2014-2015 Indoor World Cup circuit, started out strong and never looked back, clinching the top qualifying spot in the compound women's category with a solid 587 points out of a possible 600, ahead of Slovenia's Toja Cerne and Russia's Natalya Adveeva.

CROSSBOWS
The patent-pending Snap-LOC Safety Hook design from LOC OutdoorZ will surely be a must-have item for the well-prepared horizontal archer next hunting season.

CWD
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that one case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found in an adult buck harvested by a hunter in Adair County.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says a multi-year investigation has led to the arrest by game wardens of a Burlington man for importing deer from a chronic wasting disease (CWD) endemic area.

EVENTS
The third annual 'Target The Heart' Prayer Breakfast will start at 6:30am Jan. 9 and end at 8:15am at the Wabash Ballroom 2-3, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
Attendance for the inaugural RMEF Hunter Christmas Exposition was approximately 28,000 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, surpassing the previous all-time high of 23,000 for an Elk Camp-related expo set in Albuquerque in 2001.

INDUSTRY
Robinson Outdoors Products has announced selection of the hunting and outdoor product manufacturer's sales representative groups to cover the U.S. and Canada while representing Robinson's three distinguished brands; ScentBlocker®, Tree Spider® and Whitewater Outdoors®.
PRADCO Outdoor Brands this week announced that its President, Ron Ten Berge, is no longer with the company and Tim Collins, CEO of PRADCO's parent company, EBSCO Industries, Inc., has assumed responsibility as Interim President until a permanent President is named.
BowTech Archery has named two new directors - John Hernandez and Sheila Galllagher - to its leadership team as it continues to execute its strategy for continued growth among its industry-leading brands: Bowtech, Excalibur, Diamond, Stryker and Octane.

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
Since the start of November, six positions have begun to accept qualified applicants in an effort assist the Hunting Division of PRADCO Outdoor Brands in reaching its goals.
The Hunting Division of PRADCO Outdoor Brands seeks to fill the newly created Lead Brand Manager role. The successful candidate will be an individual with strong leadership traits, outstanding communication skills and a wealth of creativity.

LAW ENFORCEMENT
A tip from bowhunters led to the arrest and conviction of a father and son who illegally used a rifle to kill a mule deer during bow season.
Following an extensive investigation, Brenton J. Clark and his wife, Rachael, owners of Southeast Iowa Outfitters in Fairfield, face several charges related to alleged illegal practices associated with their operation.

LICENSING
Moon Shine, LP, designer of Moon Shine Camo, announces its latest partnership with Keli's Kreations, makers of the Diva Petite jewelry organizer in Muddy Girl Camouflage.

MEDIA
Outdoor News, Inc., a 46-year publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, announced growth in its digital audience of 33 percent year over year, with 1.3 million visitors to OutdoorNews.com in 2014 through the first week of December.

NASP
The S.C. Archery in the Schools program is offering all Palmetto State students in grades K-12 a chance to win a Chromebook by entering a T-Shirt design for the S.C. Archery in the Schools State Tournament.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is holding a Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training workshop for teachers and parent volunteers interested in joining Missouri's National Archery in the Schools program (MoNASP) Jan. 5 in Versailles.

ORGANIZATIONS
National Field Archery Association President Bruce Cull reports that every NFAA competition event held in 2014 reflected record participation numbers.
Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, hosts of the popular hunting program "The Crush," recently announced their support of the new, free-membership organization, the National Deer Alliance.

RECOGNITION
Outtech, Inc. was recently awarded the Cascade Capital Corp. Business Growth Award for 2014 in recognition of its growth in both sales and employees and economic contribution to NE Ohio.

RECORDS
A 13-point whitetail shot Oct. 11 by Adam Hupf of Beaver Dam, Wis. has been confirmed as the new state record typical taken with archery equipment, measuring 200 4/8 inches gross and 191 6/8 inches net, reports Paul A. Smith of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
You might have heard about an Allegheny County buck taken two months ago during the statewide archery season; a buck so large it might be a new overall Pennsylvania state record.

SPONSORSHIPS
Pilla has signed on as official sports glasses supplier of World Archery and launched a new sport-specific webstore, offering free shipping and a discounted price to archers around the globe.

STATES
Hunters for the Hungry, founded in the 1990s by a group of well-meaning hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, is helping the hunting community route excess wild game to families who struggle with food security, providing nearly 40,000 pounds of protein that went directly to feed the hungry.
This winter, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will again offer free archery leagues for both beginners and experienced archers who want to learn new skills or improve their current skills at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.
Alabama's tenth community archery park will hold its grand opening at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 19, at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve in Foley, Ala.
With the recent release of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, " interest in target archery has soared, especially among young people, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department has created a special web page to help newcomers get started in archery the right way.

TARGETS
Following the success of its 3-D Booner Buck Archery Target, Rinehart Targets is introducing the Rinehart Booner Buck- Mule Deer Addition for 2015.
The new CRM (Commercial Range Module) target from American Whitetail is designed to take minimum damage when shot, allow one-handed arrow removal, and every component can be replaced or repaired.
With completely restyled consumer targets and a new 4x4 range target, Hips offers a full line of archery targets that meet both consumer and commercial needs. Stop by booth 1845 at ATA and take full advantage of SHOW-ONLY specials!

TELEVISION
What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than tuning in to Christmas with Benny presented by Cabela's with funny outdoorsman, Benny Spies -- a holiday extravaganza with four episodes from 7-8 p.m. ET on December 24 and December 25 exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

Quotable
"It has been baldly stated that there is nothing to marksmanship but pressing the trigger when the sights are aligned. This is true. It is also true that there is nothing to playing the piano but hitting the right keys at the right time."

- Col. Jeff Cooper, "Triggers, Trigger Control and Other Esoterica," To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth, 1998

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Green Light for Montana Roadkill a Big Hit
A new law that permits Montanans to harvest roadkill has proven enormously successful, with more than 800 game animals removed from the highways for human consumption in its first year on the books.

The law that became effective Nov. 25, 2013 permits citizens to salvage deer, elk, moose or antelope killed in a motor vehicle collision. Anyone salvaging roadkill must obtain a free permit within 24 hours, either from law enforcement officers or online from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website. In its first year, 865 permits were issued statewide, with Flathead County residents acquiring the most of any county, with 135, according to figures released last week by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Rep. Steve Lavin, R-Kalispell, primary sponsor of the bill, said its primary purpose was to fill the freezers of Montana families and food banks rather than let road-killed animals and their salvageable meat go to waste. Lavin, who also serves as a captain in the Montana Highway Patrol, said his experience responding to wildlife-vehicle collisions on the state's highways prompted his support of the measure.

Although the bill was the butt of jokes initially, Lavin said the high number of permits issued is evidence of the new law's success.

"My intent when drafting the bill was to reduce waste and maybe help a few people out at the same time," he told the Flathead Beacon newspaper. "It became quite a joking matter, but that's OK."

While the idea of harvesting roadkill may be met with chuckles from the uninitiated, salvaging road-killed game is common across the U.S., with more than 14 states permitting the practice, including populous Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. Further, a recent report from State Farm Insurance recently ranked Montana third in the nation for the likelihood an accident involving deer. The odds for Montana drivers are one in 75, which is much greater than the national average of one in 174.

Among the provisions in Montana's law is one requiring salvaged meat to be used for human consumption, and not for bait or other purposes. Meat may not be sold and those who salvage an animal must take the entire animal, including entrails if it is gutted on site.

In 2012, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a roadkill-salvage law after it passed the Illinois House 98-16 and breezed through the Senate 56-0. The measure permits persons with current Illinois furbearers license to salvage roadkill from the state's ditches and highway medians - providing the salvagers are not delinquent in child-support payments and do not have their hunting privileges suspended in any state.

Promoted more as a "cost-saving measure," than a method of obtaining low cost protein, Illinois bill sponsor Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) said highway workers would need to remove fewer dead animals from the state's highway and byways - when hungry and creative citizens will gladly do it for free!
"We will no longer have those animals laying around on the road," said Hammond. "The Illinois Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Resources do not have the labor force or the money to take care of these animals."

For those roadkill-cooking novices who may not have Granny Clampett's expertise (or Uncle Jed's and Jethro's gastronomic preferences) for 'possum innards, Illinois offered some important tips for safely removing potential entrees and hors d'oeuvres from the tollroads and interstates:

- Wear gloves at all times to avoid direct contact with the animal.

- Wear protective glasses to avoid fluids splashing into the eyes.

- Wash hands immediately following removal.

- Wash any fluid-stained clothing.

An article in Northwestern University's Medill, a publication of the journalism school's graduate program, added: "Roadkill takers should check the animal for visible signs of bacteria and bugs."

More good suggestions came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which says game meat should be cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160 degrees to kill any bacteria.

And finally, Montana's Rep. Lavin chimed in with some sage advice for the would-be roadkill remover, noting it's important to salvage only meat that's been freshly killed.

"I wouldn't attempt it unless you know animals or you're a hunter," he said. "However, it can be easy to tell if something isn't fresh."

An excellent point, indeed. Happy salvaging!

- J.R. Absher

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Calendar
Dec. 20
Michigan NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training
Hartland, Mich., contact robertjellison@hartlandschools.us
Jan. 6
2015 ARRO Board of Director's Meeting
Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 6 - Jan. 7
ARRO Hot Show
Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 8 - Jan. 10
2015 ATA Trade Show
Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 13 - Jan. 17
NBS Winter Specialty Market
Ft. Worth, Tex.
Jan. 15 - Jan. 18
Dallas Safari Club Annual Convention
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Tex.
Jan. 15 - Jan. 18
Jan. 16 - Jan. 18
Lancaster Archery Classic
Lancaster Host Resort and Expo Center, Lancaster, Pa.
Jan. 20 - Jan. 23
SHOT Show
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. 24
Michigan NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training
Hartland, Mich., contact robertjellison@hartlandschools.us
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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