BloodSport
ATTRACTANTS & SUPPLEMENTS
Made with apple flavoring and enhanced with UV, Evolved has taken its signature attractant to the next level with Deer Cane Apple UV.

CERTIFICATION
Seventy members of the Whitetail Properties staff are now certified Level I QDMA Deer Stewards following a custom course provided to the company's Land Specialists, video production team and headquarters staff.

COMPETITION
After reviewing petitions submitted by shooters and assessing the need for the requested classes, the IBO Board of Directors has board voted to add a Pro Hunter Class (PHC) and a Female Senior Hunter Class (FSHC).
The 2014 World Field Championships in Zagreb, Croati put the world's best to the test, and Team Hoyt shooters Jesse Broadwater, Brady Ellison and Lisa Unruh rose to the top.

CROSSBOWS
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted final crossbow hunting regulation changes under new state law which authorizes DEC to allow big game (deer and bear) and small game hunting with a crossbow under certain conditions.

GAME CALLS
The Black Rack, from Flextone Game Calls, was designed to outperform conventional rattling products with its innovative Bone-Core Technology that gives the System the most realistic sounds possible.

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
Big Rock Sports, the largest outdoor sporting goods distributor in North America, is seeking an Order Planner to work at our facility in Morehead City, NC.

MEDIA
Saving Private K-9, the Sportsman Channel original series, recently was nominated for a Cablefax Program Award in the Best Show or Series Animals/Nature category.

NEW PRODUCTS
Fused Coatings, a leading producer of superior finishes, announces the addition of three all-new patterns to its extensive line of extremely durable, high quality finishes: Valdyr™ Woodland, Valdyr™ Arid, and Valdyr™ Transition.

ONLINE
Tribe Archery, maker of cutting-edge bows and risers for youth and adults, has launched a retail portal on its website to complement the products currently available through nationwide distributors and retailers.

ORGANIZATIONS
There is an array of benefits to receive as a member of Safari Club International, including the bi-monthly Safari Magazine, the eligibility to attend SCI's Annual Hunters' Convention, and free admission to the International Wildlife Museum.
The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) announces that former Executive Director of the USA Shooting Team Foundation, Buddy DuVall has been named Executive Vice President of Development.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has acquired 988 acres of private elk habitat in south-central Montana that was conveyed to the Helena National Forest, improving existing access to thousands of acres of Forest Service lands.

PREPAREDNESS
Brownells has released a new three-part video series showing how to prepare for emergencies that could arise at work, at home and in the car, covering potential situations and showing how to use specific supplies and gear.

PRODUCT WARNINGS
Flying Arrow Archery, maker of The Toxic and Cyclone broadheads, reports that retailers and consumers alike should be aware of counterfeit products entering the market from China carrying similar names and packaging.

PROMOTIONS
Stryker Crossbows, a BOWTECH brand, is launching the Stryke-Lite Challenge through its Facebook page to encourage all crossbow hunters to check out the new Stryke-Lite trigger on its Solution and Solution LS crossbows.
The Pope & Young Club announces three great prizes in its Summer 2014 Special Drawing, with all proceeds benefitting the club's Conservation and Outreach Fund.

RANGEFINDERS
By combining Nikon's optics with some of the world's most advanced laser rangefinder technology, the new Arrow ID 5000 has been purpose-built to help ensure that arrows arrive at their intended destination.
The Halo XRAY 900 (Z9X) and Halo XRAY 600 (Z6X) rangefinders from Wildgame Innovations offer superior functionality at a great price.

STATES
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating a reported incident of harassing wildlife with an aircraft Aug. 22 and 23 after a number of concerned archery hunters who witnessed the incidents.
Hunters participating in Minnesota's bear season, which opened Monday, Sept. 1, are asked to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears, some of which are marked with large colorful ear tags.
With the start of Nebraska's archery deer hunting season on Sept. 1, hunters are reminded they may donate harvested deer at any contracted Hunters Helping the Hungry processor.

SURVEYS
A recent online survey reveals that passing the hunting heritage along to younger people is still alive and well, with nearly 46 percent of surveyed sportsmen having taken at least one child hunting in the past year.

TELEVISION
This week on Archer's Choice TV, The Cianciarulos float on the NikNak inlets in British Columbia Trophy West Guide Outfitters in search of black bear.
Backwoods Life hosts Kevin Knighton and Michael Lee travel to South Georgia to hunt turkeys with Preston and Chris from Locash Cowboys at Trophy Georgia Hunts as they take part in the Country Goes Huntin' event.
Sportsman Channel will air the network cable premiere of the emotional and highly-acclaimed documentary MURPH: The Protector on Thursday and Friday, September 4-5 at 7 p.m. ET.

TREE STANDS
Hanging your portable treestand has never been easier or safer than with Tree Stand Buddy's innovative new mounting system.

Quotable
"To have talent is no credit to its owner; what man can't help he should get neither credit nor blame for - it's not his fault. I am an illustrator. There are lots better ones, but some worse. Any man that can make a living doing what he likes is lucky, and I'm that. Any time I cash in now, I win."

- Charles M. Russell, introduction, "Trails Plowed Under," 1927


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Michigan Initiative Affirms DNR Expertise, Authority
In much-anticipated action last week, the Michigan Legislature affirmed trust in the state Department of Natural Resources Commission for its professional management of fish and wildlife, while effectively blocking attempts by anti-hunting groups to manage wildlife - specifically, gray wolves - via the ballot box.

The citizen initiative, which passed the Michigan House of Representatives Aug. 27 in a bi-partisan 65-43 vote and was supported by the signatures of almost 300,000 registered voters, allows the Natural Resources Commission to name game species and issue fisheries orders using sound science. Spearheaded by a sportsmen coalition called Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, it passed the Senate Aug. 13.

The Act, as approved, does three things:

- Reaffirms the commission's authorities originally granted in Public Act 21 of 2013 that were subsequently suspended due to the pending general election ballot referendum.

- Ensures the continued provision of free hunting and fishing licenses for active-duty members of the military who have maintained residency in Michigan.

- Appropriates $1 million to the Department in FY2015 for aquatic invasive species (Asian carp) management activities designed to prevent, control, eliminate, or respond rapidly to, the presence of aquatic invasive species.

"We are very thankful to the legislators who voted for sound science, the voters who signed the petition, the organizations who supported it, and the tireless volunteers who collected the signatures of almost 300,000 registered Michigan voters," said Dan Eichinger, executive director for Michigan United Conservation Clubs. "This is an important step to protecting the rights to hunt, fish and trap in Michigan from radical animal rights organizations."

The initiative renders moot the pair of referendums sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), a Washington, D.C.-based anti-hunting organization, which sought to repeal two bills that would allow a regulated hunting season for wolves in certain areas of the Upper Peninsula where they have killed pets, hunting dogs and livestock. The referendums will still appear on the November ballot.

Because the initiative contained an appropriation, it is not subject to a third referendum by HSUS or its in-state front group, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected. It becomes effective 90 days after the end of the current Michigan legislative session, likely in late March or early April 2015.


"Although two pending ballot referendums - seeking to repeal the NRC's ability to declare game species and to remove wolves from the list of game species in Michigan - remain on November's general election ballot, practically speaking the outcome of those proposals is now moot: the NRC will legally regain the authority to declare game species no later than April 2015," wrote Dennis Knapp, DNR Chief of Staff in an Aug. 28 interagency memorandum.

Barring further action, passage of the citizen initiative assures Department of Natural Resources biologists will move forward with science-based wolf management.

"We thought it was important to listen to the will of the 300,000 registered voters who brought this initiative to us," said Representative Jon Bumbstead (R-Newago). "This is about more than wolves. It's about protecting the rights of our constituents to hunt and fish by managing our fish and wildlife with sound science."

The coalition comprising Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management included the Michigan chapters of Safari Club International, the Michigan Bear Hunters Association, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, the Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association, the Michigan Hunting Dog Federation, the Upper Peninsula Sportsmen's Alliance, U.P. Whitetails, Inc., the U.P. Bear Houndsmen, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and the United States Sportsmen's Alliance. The act also received the endorsement of the National Wildlife Federation, the Michigan Salmon and Steelhead Fishermen's Association, the Lake St. Clair Walleye Association, the Lake St. Clair chapter of Muskies, Inc., and numerous local conservation groups throughout Michigan.

- J.R. Absher

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Calendar
Aug. 31 - Sept. 1
Florida Bowhunter Jamboree
Citrus Wildlife Management Area, Inverness, FL
Sept. 5 - Sept. 7
Sawmill Mountain Bow Shoot
Ski Sawmill, Morris, Pa.
Sept. 6
3-D Archery Tournament
Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Center, Columbus, Ark
Sept. 6
AGFC Beginning Archery Program
Gov. Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Center, Pine Bluff, Ark
Oct. 3 - Oct. 5
US Intercollegiate Archery 3D Championships
University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
Oct. 4 - Oct. 5
Oct. 14 - Oct. 17
National Assn. of Sporting Goods Wholesalers
Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Ark.
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