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AWARDS

At the recent 2018 SHOT Show, Buck Knives awarded their “2017 Sales Agency of the Year” to Tackett Brothers, Inc. and “Sales Rep of the Year” to Deb Garvick of Tackett Brothers, Inc. 

Congratulation to Eric Griggs of Stanton Kentucky on winning the Bowhunter Freestyle Championship in Las Vegas on February 11th, 2018. Eric was shooting his Gearhead T36 and posted scores of 298, 298 and 299 for the win. 

CONFERENCES

The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports opened registration for the first-ever National R3 symposium today. The National R3 Symposium is the first event dedicated to ensuring the future of conservation through the recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of participants in all forms of outdoor recreation.  

 

Public lands sportsmen and women from across North America will be traveling to Boise, Idaho, for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ 7th annual North American Rendezvous, April 12-14, 2018.  

CROSSBOWS

The NACF, in an effort to keep its educational and information in step with today’s modern crossbows, is launching a “Myth Busters” educational effort. Some of the current production crossbows have performance that is increased when compared to crossbows of a decade ago. 

INDUSTRY

With another successful Convention & Expo under its belt, DSC is doing a final tally of the numbers. Again, the show proved to be a successful joint effort of volunteers, exhibitors, donors, attendees, and others who work hard to produce The Greatest Hunters' Convention on the Planet™. 

 

Since Mossy Oak introduced Obsessionâ, it has become the no. 1 pattern of choice for turkey hunters across North America (Southwick Associates Turkey Hunter Report, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).  Mossy Oak is extremely proud that Obsession is the official camo of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), which is a partnership that serves a critical role in conserving the wild turkey population, along with preserving their habitat and the ongoing right to hunt them. 

  The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) today applauded the release of the first-ever government report recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant economic contributor to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

A world-renowned conservationist, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the world premiere of high-end hunting films and four musicians who know their way around the country music charts highlight the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2018 Elk Camp. RMEF’s annual national convention takes place March 15-18 in Phoenix, Arizona

Whitetails Unlimited awarded a $3,000 grant to the Western Illinois University for their study on bobcat abundance in Western Illinois.

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, presented by Federal Premium Ammunition, drew 28,868 attendees to the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls over three days, making it one of the largest events in the organization’s history. 

Houston Safari Club (HSC) has wrapped up its monumental 2018 Annual Convention and Hunting Expo. This was the inaugural year in downtown Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The exhibitors showcased were nearly three times the number versus previous HSC expos. 

Can-Am Sales Group, LLC., ZIP™, and Concord Sales LTD., have come to an agreement which will see Can-Am manage & represent the ZIP™ Fire branded product assortment to the Outdoor Retail channel across Canada.

The all-new mossyoak.com delivers Mossy Oak’s extensive library of free, original and engaging content accessible on any device. If you’re a turkey fanatic, the completely new Mossy Oak website offers turkey hunting tips, stories and video content to feed your turkey hunting obsession. 

JOB POSTINGS

As a key member of the management team, will drive and increase the presence of the Company’s products globally through innovative sales methods; as well as plan, direct and coordinate the Sales activities for all accounts outside the U.S. and Canada, for Buck Knives and Remington Cutlery. Overall responsibility to direct the sales strategies, policies, objectives, and initiatives based on the Company’s short and long term goals and to retain and increase profitable sales for Buck Knives and subsidiary.  Apply online: https://www.buckknives.com/about/careers/

 

NEW PRODUCTS

Parker Bows introduce their new Hammer325 for 2018. 

Parker Bows new GR-30 compound bow features an expandable 50 lb draw weight range and 14” of draw length adjustment, allowing for full weight adjustment across the entire draw length range.

Every turkey hunter knows the importance of effective concealment and having a good vest while hunting turkeys. New for 2018, are some of the most innovative vests that have ever been introduced to turkey hunters.  In addition to the various features offered, these vests are designed with America’s no. 1 turkey hunting camouflage, Mossy Oak Obsession®, the official camo of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

PARTENERSHIPS

Parker Bows has renewed as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor. 

POLICY

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing yesterday on the Recovering America's Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647), among other important bills for fish, wildlife, and land conservation. 

The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to approve the use of big bore PCP air guns such as the .357 Caliber Benjamin™ Bulldog and the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow™ for harvesting deer and turkey starting in the Fall of 2018. The rule change will allow for lawful use of .30 caliber and above for deer and .20 caliber or larger for turkey.

RADIO

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio host Rob Keck is broadcasting from the 42nd annual convention and sport show of the National Wild Turkey Federation in the beautiful Gaylord Opryland resort. This is the event where turkey hunting and conservation come together.

Tune in to The Revolution this week as we talk all things feral hog hunting with our panel of pros. We’ll be joined by Fred Eichler, host of “Predator Nation” and Hal Shaffer from “Greg Zipadelli’s Drop Zone” with hog hunting tips. In addition, Jerry Courtney with Ranch Hand will drop by to explain how their grille guards and bumpers add extra protection to your vehicle.  These “Pig Pursuits” on The Revolution are presented by Outdoor ChannelSportsman ChannelWorld Fishing Network and MyOutdoorTV.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Mossy Oak is proud to award Rachel Hollingsworth with the 2017 Dr. James Earl Kennemer Academic Scholarship in the amount of $10,000. 

 

The Power of a “Thank You”

I grew up on a working dairy farm in South Dakota. It was 350 acres of corn and pasture near Mitchell (you know, the home of the corn palace). Later in my teen years, we moved to west central Wisconsin on 80 acres of pasture. No matter what state I lived in – cattle were outside of my bedroom window. Looking back, that seems kind of odd…nonetheless, cattle weren’t what I loved – horses were. I was like any other girl growing up on a farm – I wanted – no DEMANDED – a horse to ride, and care for, and love all my life.

Meet Dixie, my Welsh pony

Eventually my dad caved in and bought me a hefty steed. Then of course I had to ‘show’ this beast – I mean, I showed cattle in 4-H, so of course I had to show this guy. So off we go to pony “playdates” at the local fairgrounds.

I was lucky in that my best girlfriend at the time also loved horses and wanted to join me on these playdates. One caveat – her family didn’t own a trailer.

My dad agreed to haul my friend’s horse along with mine to the fairgrounds 30 miles north for a Saturday afternoon fun show.  We all had our fun for the day and then we loaded the horses back into the cattle trailer and my dad returned us to our respective homes.

After dropping off my friend and her ride, my dad turned to me and said “We will never do that again.” My teenage heart dropped – I thought – what did I do? What happened? We had fun, no one got hurt or stepped on or fell off ….what??!! My dad was upset, I could see that, but I didn’t know why. He continued, “Your friend never said ‘thank you.’” Ohh……really? Are you sure? Maybe she mumbled it – she’s kind of quiet and shy…is that all? 

And it hit me. We took the time to drive out of our way to pick her and horse up so she could partake in an activity she couldn’t otherwise do. It was a simple gesture. And likewise, a simple gesture in return was not given.

Now, you could say my dad was harsh at that time. For whatever reason that really struck a chord with him.  But was he wrong to desire a simple “Thanks?”

This one moment in time has always stayed with me and ever since I have made it a point to say “thank you” whenever and wherever I possibly can. It could be spoken, or gifts given. Maybe you think that’s silly – but I truly believe it is the simple gestures that go the furthest.

Maybe the person you say it too will brush it off and say “Oh, it was nothing.” And they could still say that on the outside, but on the inside, they are warmed by your sincere gratitude.

My jersey heifer winning more awards at the Aurora (South Dakota) 4-H Achievement Days 

And you may also believe that person knows you are thankful. I’m going to tell you a secret: NO. THEY. DON’T. They can’t read your mind! If you didn’t say the words, write it in a note, blast it in the sky – they don’t think you said it. Period.

Besides, it’s said being thankful and showing gratitude is a key to our happiness, so really, don’t you want to be happier?

-Michelle Scheuermann, Editor



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