Scholastic 3D Archery will be adding new shooting classes for the 2016 season -- an Open class or an Olympic Recurve class, to offer more opportunity for S3DA students to transition into collegiate archery programs.

The Quality Deer Management Association and Powderhook offer "Deer Tracker," a free mobile app that allows hunters to monitor deer activity and harvests in their neck of the woods and across the country.

When you're after a big old buck, even the tiniest detail about your gear or setup could be the one thing that either puts that buck on your wall or sends him running to the next county. If Murphy was a crossbow hunter, he would choose BloodSport® Pro Series crossbow arrows.
The latest addition to Bohning Archery's True Color Vane designs includes the Canadian Flag and the Australian Flag Blazer® Vanes, as well as the addition of the American Flag to the Ice Vane line.

As the first fermented attractant on the market, Whitetail Ale™ from Wildgame Innovations is a unique fermented blend of real oats, barley and wheat.

Florida bowhunters will have two opportunities to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in September.

Montana's archery-only hunting season for deer, elk, antelope, wolf, mountain lion and black bear begins Sept. 5. The bighorn sheep archery season also begins Sept. 5.

Hunters Specialties has updated its company logo with a sleek new design that mirrors the exciting changes taking place within the company.

Moments after PSE unveiled its all-new 2016 target bow lineup on Friday night at the ASA Classic in Phenix City, Ala., PSE Elite Pro Shooter Chris Perkins asked an unexpected question -- could he shoot the new 2016 PSE Xpression in the tournament?
Christopher Perkins won the Known 50 class at the 2015 ASA Classic by just a single 12 one more than David Houser, to break their tie score of 444.
Capping off what was already considered an unbelievable tournament season, Levi Morgan has clinched the 2015 ASA Shooter of the Year title for a record-breaking 9th straight season.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a conservation-minded family and a group of partners to permanently protect and conserve 2,810 acres of elk habitat in the Big Belt Mountains of west-central Montana.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded grants to fund 39 projects in 14 counties that will improve habitat, elk research and hunting heritage across the state of Wyoming.

The 2015-2016 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary contains an error on page 15 with regards to the archery and crossbow whitetail deer maximum combined seasons bag limit.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold a town hall meeting Aug. 27 in the Township Hall room of the Meridian Township Municipal Building in Okemos, Mich., to present information on chronic wasting disease (CWD) and the DNR's surveillance and management efforts.

Ultimate Predator announces the release of 5 species in their "Stalker" decoy line. The elk, mule deer, pronghorn, whitetail, and turkey decoys weigh less than a pound, attach in seconds to your bow, incorporate a shoot-through sight window and fold up into a 10 inch circle for easy transport.

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking those who are out in the fields and woods of New Jersey at this time of year to be alert for deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and to report any suspected cases to the Division.

Rinehart Targets and Rinehart R100 will be arriving in Fayette, Iowa on Aug 29 for its final event of the 2015 season.
Volga River State Recreation Area in northeast Iowa will play host for the first time to hundreds of archers from Iowa and surrounding states August 29 and 30.

Evolved Harvest™ has taken the guesswork out of planting food plots with 7 Card Stud™, the most adaptive food plot mix available today.

Battle Bones™ are super-realistic-sounding rattling antlers designed to be easy to use and carry while also producing the best sound.

Wildgame Innovations' Buck Commander Hex won't break your back or the bank, and it's loaded with all the features you need to establish a feeding program and keep an eye on your deer herd.

The Dall Sheep furniture collection by Hunt Life Furniture, available in Realtree's latest waterfowl pattern -- MAX-5, reflects the outdoorsy lifestyle by combining a rugged feel with a sleek and contemporary design that will look great in any home, cabin, office or lodge.

Prey species like whitetails are built to detect predators, so the Carnivore Hunter from Ameristep has features to help you beat their defense systems.

Providence Marketing Group has expanded its team with the addition of Zach Rinn, who will provide various web and print design work for PMG clients and assist will all company creative needs.
For hunting and outdoor industry companies with a problem centered in branding, marketing communications or social media, Boonetown offers solutions.

PSE surprised the archery world last Friday by unveiling three new target bows and one new long-draw hunting bow, all based on their new Wide-Track Target Limb System.

Darton Archery announces two new products just in time for fall hunting season, the modified DBQ 4 Quiver and a new crossbow case for the REBEL 135 SS [soon to be Toxin 135 SS] crossbow.

Day 6 Outdoors, creators of the revolutionary time-lapse PlotWatcher Pro camera, now offers an add-on Lens Kit with two powerful lenses for the PlotWatcher Pro.

- The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA)announces that Brian Grossman has joined its staff as Communications Manager, where he will be responsible for amplifying QDMA's educational message for hunters through social media, e-mail, the QDMA website, and Quality Whitetails magazine.
The 2016 Summit Invitational scheduled for May 20-21, 2016, is a product of the newly founded Organization of Professional Archery (OPA), established by Levi and Samantha Morgan.

In the latest episode of Petersen's BOWHUNTING Radio, presented by Easton, host Christian Berg talks to Paul Trpkovski, the owner and inventor of new bow company – Gearhead Archery.

Tribe Archery, the designer of innovative bows for adults and youth, is inviting the top bowshooters and hunters in the field to compete for a slot on the Tribe Archery Pro Staff for 2016.

Now through through December 31st, 2015, ZEISS is offering a $50 mail-in rebate on its award winning XB75 crossbow scope.
To show its support for the servicemen and women serving our nation, the Pope & Young Club announces a discounted membership for all active-duty and National Guard members of the U.S. armed services.

The folks at Halo don't believe you should have to take out a second mortgage just to go to the woods, so their engineers set out to create a quality rangefinder that wouldn't break the bank. The result is the XRT6.

Flying Arrow Archery Products, including Toxic fixed-blade broadheads, the Cyclone 3-blade head, unique Tom Bomb turkey head are now available in Dunham's Sports stores across the country.

Many archery antelope hunters will be afield beginning Aug. 15 with a 900 series license to archery hunt antelope of either sex in any hunting district starting with a 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Residential trash bins, bird feeders, pet food, and beehives can become bear attractants if not properly secured. Composting in bear country may also be an issue, and many residents wonder how to compost without enticing curious bears.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks reports that archery hunters may begin placing portable treestands on public lands beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25.
With Montana's upland game bird season opening Sept.1—and the bowhunting season set to open Sept. 5—remember that slow moving, quiet and camouflaged hunters will soon be sharing the landscape with the state's even stealthier bears that may be stalking similar prey.

Country music super star Brantley Gilbert joins Backwoods Life co-host Michael Lee on the next episode of Backwoods Life, airing Aug. 23, 24, and 28 on Sportsman Channel.
This week on Archer's Choice, Vicki, RJ & Ralph take to the Florida swamps and pastures to let their Hoyt bows for some southern-style Swine & Dine.
This week on STYRKA's Hardcore Pursuit, Mike Pelletier and Mike Rasmussen head out during the rifle season with a crossbow, and the game plan changes when a buck they call "Wide Guy" shows up on the property.
This week on Episode 9 of Name The Game, Levi Morgan heads to the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming in search of his first mountain lion with a bow, in his continued quest for the Super Slam.

More than 600 commercial drone end users representing 17 countries have already registered for Drone World Expo set for November 17-18, 2015 at the San Jose (CA) Convention Center.

Safari Club International is asking hunters to urge Delta, American and United Airlines to reverse their bans on shipments of legally taken hunting trophies.

While many ladder stands on the market don't measure up, the Millennium L100 literally takes hunting from a ladder stand to a new level -- 21 feet high – safe and comfortably.
Hunting from a lock-on tree stand has never been easier, safer or quieter thanks to the innovative new mounting system from the Tree Stand Buddy®.

Conflict Brewing in Texas CWD Debate
As the 2015 deer hunting season draws near in The Lone Star State, tempers are growing increasingly short and the rhetoric is becoming, well, less than cordial, to put it lightly.

In case you happen to live in another of the 48 lower states not currently embroiled in a controversy involving the micro-management of its deer-breeding industry (estimated to generate some $2 billion annually), it all started when chronic wasting disease (CWD) was discovered in four whitetail at a Medina County ranch that raises the animals commercially to provide to hunting operations across The Lone Star.

Prior to the July discovery, the only other state-verified cases of CWD were in wild mule deer found in extreme West Texas, along the border with New Mexico.

In light of the July discovery of the always-fatal deer disease on the private ranch, Texas Parks and Wildlife stepped in to manage and monitor the situation, placing an immediate moratorium on the sale and transportation of deer from all the state's 1,300 deer-breeding operations. That did not sit well with the state's deer breeders, led by the Texas Deer Association, as the state game agency has no official authority over the private farms, which operate much like any other agricultural enterprise.

To that end, TPW reasoned its actions were appropriate and necessary, given its mandate to manage and protect the free-ranging deer and other wildlife across the state.

Historically speaking, let's just say there's not a lot of love and mutual admiration between Texas Deer Breeders and TPW. And, that goes both ways.

Since the disease was discovered on the vast South Texas ranch, staff of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department TPW and the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) have created and finalized a Breeder Deer Movement Qualification Standards Plan that takes effect this week and will be in place through the 2015-16 Texas hunting season. The plan creates a framework for lifting the deer-transportation moratorium so breeders may move and sell their deer to hunting facilities in time for the beginning of the 2015 season.

Key elements of the plan include:

- A framework giving breeders who met previous movement qualified standards an option to move and liberate deer. Movement qualification is also dependent on administrative compliance with deer breeder permit regulations and statutes.

- Enhanced options for closely monitored herds with a status of "fifth year" or "certified" in the TAHC Monitored Herd Program. There are no additional release site requirements for ranches that receive deer only from these herds.

- Additional CWD testing in deer breeding facilities. Under the plan, the vast majority of the 1,300 permitted deer breeders in Texas can gain movement qualified status by testing two or fewer animals.

- There will be CWD testing requirements for a proportion of deer that are harvested on some release sites.

The situation has opened the door for critics of captive deer breeding and the commercialization of deer hunting, in Texas and elsewhere.

An op-ed appearing in multiple Texas newspapers last week from the group Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage suggested the continued movement (shipping) of deer from private breeders to hunting operations threatens the state's wild deer herd, the state's hunting heritage, rural economies and land values.

"Deer breeders represent a self-centered, short-sighted industry that has been allowed to hide under the veil of legitimate wildlife management for far too long," wrote Jenny Sanders, executive director of Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage. "They treat wild animals like livestock, and operate in a no-man's land where neither wildlife nor livestock rules apply. Deer breeders have only been compelled to conform to a more appropriate regulatory framework upon the discovery of CWD in a breeding facility."

Not surprisingly, those were fighting words to the Texas Deer Association, whose director charged the organization with "politicizing" the CWD situation. In a rebuttal op-ed this week, the association's executive director, Patrick Tarlton, charged the Hunting Heritage group with trying to divide the hunting community while it is in apparent agreement with many of the principles put forth by known anti-hunting groups like the Humane Society of The United States. (HSUS).

"If the disease is so devastating, state officials should require CWD testing at the same percentage rates in all facets of the Texas deer herds, both captive and wild -- period. Yet no mention has been made of mandating the testing of wild deer in Texas, only in captive and liberated deer," wrote Tarlton.

One thing's for certain, the forthcoming Texas deer season is shaping up to be one for the books – and for the newspapers, the hunting camps, the online forums and the social media...

And yes, as always, we'll keep you posted.

- J.R. Absher


Aug. 23 - Aug. 30
Aug. 29 - Aug. 30
Rinehart R100 Tournament
Sept. 3 - Sept. 4
Sept. 3 - Sept. 5
Texas Shootout and U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Penberthy Rec Sports Complex, College Station, Tex.
Sept. 3 - Sept. 7
Sept. 5 - Sept. 7
Sept. 8 - Sept. 13
Sept. 19 - Sept. 20
6th Annual Western New York Bowhunting Festival
Swain Resort, Swain, NY
Sept. 26 - Sept. 27
USA Archery National Field Championship
NFAA/Easton Archery Center, Yankton, SD
Sept. 26 - Sept. 27
NFAA National Target Championship
NFAA/Easton Archery Center, Yankton, SD
Oct. 17 - Oct. 18
Oct. 27 - Oct. 30
Dec. 3 - Dec. 6
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2015 Elk Camp
The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 3 - Dec. 12
RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 11 - Dec. 13
IFAA North American Field Archery Championships
Homestead, Fla.
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