BloodSport
APPAREL
At its core, the ScentBlocker 1.5 Performance Shirt is made from ultralightweight, breathable, technical fabric with 4 Direction Stretch and Microwick™ to keep the wearer cool and dry, while ScentBlocker's revolutionary new synthetic Trinity™ Technology adsorbs human odor like nothing else.
Sitka Gear, maker of performance hunting gear, announces the introduction of its re-designed Coldfront Jacket and Pants, engineered for extended exposure to wet, frigid conditions, now lined with an insulating Micro Grid fleece.

ARCHERY DEMONSTRATIONS
Frank Addington, Jr., the well-known archery personality and trick-shot artist, takes his show to the Columbus, Ohio Cabela's for multiple appearances August 9 and 10.

ATTRACTANTS & SUPPLEMENTS
Chestnut Hill offers a variety of soft masts for bowhunting food plots, including persimmons, pears, apples, blueberries, grapes and mulberries.
Developed by Chestnut Hill Outdoors, Mossy Oak BioLogic® Dunstan Chestnut Magic is part of the Mossy Oak BioLogic® Addiction line of attractants, all‚Äźnew for 2014.

BOWHUNTING
St. Croix State Park in Hinckley, Minn. will pilot an archery hunt for part of the 2014 fall deer season, offering 100 tags Sept. 29 through Nov. 7, with the exception of Nov. 1-2, when the park will close for a youth firearms hunt.

CAMO
The green, brown and black facial concealment paint from Firefield® is odorless and non-toxic, making it safe for skin application no matter how long it's worn.

CROSSBOWS
With a physical weight of only 7.2 pounds the new Ghost 410™ (as in 410 fps) from Barnett retains the most impressive features of the Ghost 400 model, while surpassing the standards set by its predecessor.

EVENTS
2014 Academy of Country Music Awards (CMA) New Artist of the Year Justin Moore has been booked as the entertainment for the first evening, February 4, of the 2015 Safari Club International Hunters' Convention at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The Total Archery Challenge has partnered with Prime bows by G5 to bring Big Sky Ski Resort in Big Sky, Montana a fun, family friendly outdoor 3D Shoot and Expo Aug. 8 - 10.
The next stop for Rinehart Targets' summerlong series of R100 3D events takes place in Wabash, Ind. Aug. 2-3, hosted by the Wabash Bass & Bucks crew.
The Jack Allen Recreational Complex located in Decatur, Ala., will be the site of the 131st U.S. National Target Championships, U.S. Open and Easton JOAD Nationals, July 1-5, 2015.
The Prime Total Archery Challenge (TAC) is coming to Devil's Head Ski Resort, Wisconsin on August 22-24, providing a fun, family friendly environment where everyone can enjoy the great sport of archery.

FUNDING
Brandon Butler, Executive Director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri, reports the organization has launched an effort to help fund its effort to block the Missouri General Assembly from overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of two bills that would have designated captive deer as livestock.

INDUSTRY
Flint Holdings LLC, manufacturer of outdoor products including Wasp broadheads and Montana Decoy products, announces the expansion of its management team with the appointment of Jon Allen as Vice President of Sales and Jon LaCorte as Vice President of Product Development.
Hi Mountain Seasonings, the premier manufacturer of kits for homemade jerky and sausage, has announced the launch of its newly designed website that will provide customers with a more engaging and informative experience.

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
Traditions™ Performance Firearms is seeking a Sales and Marketing Coordinator. This position is an entry level position with potential for growth.

MEDIA
With complete content integration across print, television, digital and social media assets, IMO and Sportsman Channel have created an incredible, multi-platform locomotive that enables consumers to enjoy outdoor lifestyle content on virtually any platform.
Rusted Rooster Media, a complete in-house and industry leading production and consulting agency, announced today that Katie Wilberding has joined the company as Production and Marketing Coordinator.
Gavin Harvey, CEO of Sportsman Channel, announced this week the network has consummated a new carriage relationship with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC).

NASP
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries congratulates Benton Elementary on its National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Championship.

ORGANIZATIONS
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will auction a Pennsylvania Special Elk Conservation Tag in advance of the Sept. 1 - Nov. 8 elk season to benefit conservation in The Keystone State.
Organizers of the National Deer Alliance (NDA) say it was created to serve as the unified voice of the modern deer hunter and guardian of North America's wild deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage.

PARTNERSHIPS
Bushnell has launched a new partnership with DeerLab that provides Trophy Cam customers with a free one-month DeerLab trial and discounted subscription offer. DeerLab simplifies the management and analysis of trail camera photos, helping hunters more effectively pattern deer and hunt smarter.
Hoyt Archery announces its new sponsorship of the ArcherZUpshot Archery Scoring and Analysis App, the only scoring app on the market that supports all three styles of archery: Target, Field and most recently, 3D.

PROMOTIONS
The Pope & Young Club i2014 Youth Hunt Giveaway is open to any Pope & Young Club Youth Member or General Member over the age of 12 and under 18 by the time of the drawing.

PUBLICATIONS
The Big Game Special, by Bowhunter, the No. 1 bowhunting magazine, hits newsstands soon and offers bowhunting adventures for both the dreamers of exotic locales and doers in their own backyard.

RECOGNITION
BOWTECH Archery products the Stryker Solution and Diamond Carbon Cure were recently recognized as "Great Buys" in a national print publication feature.

RESEARCH
Initial results of the Bitterroot Elk Project, a three-year research project funded in part by the Pope and Young Club, found that mountain lions in the area appear to be the largest single threat to the herd.

SPONSORSHIPS
Nature Productions announces a sponsorship agreement with Argo, supplier of extreme terrain amphibious vehicles, for its current productions, including The Bear Whisperer, Freedom Fighters, Hunting for the Dream and The Hitmen.

STATES
A 30-day comment period for a Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge draft archery hunting plan to reduce whitetail population densities began Monday, July 28 and will end Aug. 27.
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced changes to the 2014-2015 deer hunting seasons, including the removal of 20 more counties from the late-winter season and a reduction in the number of firearm permits available in some counties.
Hunters can expect a conservative 2014 deer season designed to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced last week.
North Dakota will have a limited pronghorn hunting season this fall for the first time since 2009, with 250 any-pronghorn licenses available, split into an early "bow-only" portion, and a later gun/bow season.
Utah Wildlife biologists are recommending changes that could result in more chances to take bobcats in Utah this fall. The recommendations would also result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season.

TELEVISION
When you mix Bill Jordan and David Blanton of Realtree with top names in the outdoor industry, put them on a hunt for monster whitetails, the result is another great season of Realtree's Monster Bucks.
Beginning Monday, August 4, Sportsman Channel returns with a full-week of Aporkalypse 2014. The entire week of expanded hog eradication takes a deep dive into the many issues associated with the feral hog epidemic.
Steven Rinella, host of Sportsman Channel's MeatEater, returns for a Season Four recap week beginning Monday, July 28, followed with the premiere of Season Five on Thursday, July 31.
Join Freddy this week on Archer's Choice TV as he visits one of his favorite places with Sam from ROCKY Boots.

WEBSITES
The new website launched last month by treestand and accessory manufacturer HAWK highlights the brand's products with exceptional photos and complete product specifications.

WILDLIFE ISSUES
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers has certified the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management (CPWM) petitions for a citizen initiative to allow the Natural Resources Commission to make science-based decisions on fish and wildlife conservation issues, including naming game species and issuing fisheries orders.

YOUTH
Archery was voted the most popular activity at the recent Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo, at the Wisconsin DNR's MacKenzie Center, in Poynette, Wis., according to the post-event survey of participants.

Quotable
"When you see a bear, the spot where you see it becomes instantly different from every place else you've ever seen. Bears make you pay attention. They keep the mountains from turning into a blur. A woods with a bear in it is real to a man walking through it in a way that a woods with no bear is not."

Ian Frazier, Points to Ponder, Reader's Digest, 1988

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A Reorganized, Energized Martin Archery Moves Forward
Special to The Archery Wire
By Vicki Hillhouse

Walla Walla Union Bulletin

Martin Archery, Walla Walla's relatively small but world-renowned bow manufacturer, will have its sights on major expansion in the next two years, its chief executive officer said this week.

With new product lines in the works, plans for more affordable offerings, work on a marketing survey to streamline customer relations, and more jobs on the horizon, the company is poised to reposition itself as a major player in the archery universe.

"When we walk into 2015, I can simply tell you as small as we are ... you need to act big," Martin Archery CEO Rich Weatherford said in a presentation to about 50 business representatives gathered for the Port of Walla Walla's Economic Development Advisory Commission meeting Tuesday.

At 50 employees now, new management for the business, which was a breath away from closure last fall, has already surpassed its commitment to bring 35 people on board this year. And while Weatherford made his presentation he said a sales representative was simultaneously pitching to outdoor retailer Cabela's.

The business, founded by the late Gail Martin more than six decades ago, has been a model of quality in bow manufacturing but was beleaguered by debt in recent years. The death of its founder, an Archery Hall-of-Famer, last year left it with an uncertain future.

Near closure, the Port of Walla Walla brokered a deal with California-based Diversis Capital. The Port bought the 4.67-acre property, including 58,000-square-foot main plant along Heritage Road, for $1.3 million, and then entered into a 10-year lease with Diversis.

The company launched Martin Sports, and continued running the bow manufacturer as Martin Archery.

Weatherford, a Georgia native who'd been in the Northwest about seven years, said he found his dream job as CEO, combining his love of the outdoors with his knack for working lean manufacturing operations.

"It was humbling to be the first person after Gail," he said. "It wasn't for me just another job."

In addition to streamlining the operation and perfecting efficiencies, Weatherford said Martin Archery has contracted with a company for a $50,000 marketing survey that will help the business reach its unusual customer base - a mix of bowhunters who are aging while more newcomers are getting their introduction to archery, bowhunting and bowfishing at 18 to 25.

Meanwhile, the company's three-piece takedown sets - which have been "hot" for Martin - are facing two product line extensions for bowfishing and target shooting. By October and November, he said the company will be "back on the hiring train," preparing for the holidays. He expects another 15 to 20 jobs as the company expands.

For 2014 Weatherford said the company anticipates manufacturing about 25,000 takedowns; about 3,000 Damon Howatt recurve bows; and 13,000 to 14,000 compound bows. Those numbers will serve as the baseline for 2015, when he projects a 40 percent increase in production. For comparison, in its 1990s heyday Martin Archery produced 30,000 to 35,000 compound bows, Weatherford said.
"Next year looks like it's probably going to be a breakout year," he said.
"When the 2015 product line comes out, look out 'cause it's going to be a big one next year."

Reprinted with permission: http://union-bulletin.com/news/2014/jul/24/martin-archery-takes-flight-after-relaunch/

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Calendar
July 30 - Aug. 3
NFAA Outdoor Nationals 2014
Yankton, SD
Aug. 1 - Aug. 3
McKenzie ASA Pro/Am
Cullman, Ala.
Aug. 4 - Aug. 8
IFAA World Field Archery Championships
Yankton, SD
Aug. 8 - Aug. 10
Rinehart/IBO World Championship
Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville, NY
Aug. 8 - Aug. 10
DeerFest
Washington County Fair Park, West Bend, Wis.
Aug. 8 - Aug. 10
Prime Total Archery Challenge 3D Shoot
Big Sky Resort, Mont.
Aug. 9
NBEF Bowhunter Education Online Course Field Day
Osceola Archery Range, Lake City, Fla.
Aug. 14 - Aug. 17
Potter County Bowhunter Festival
Coudersport, Pa.
Aug. 22 - Aug. 24
Prime Total Archery Challenge 3D Shoot
Devil's Head Resort, Wis.
Aug. 23
NC Becoming an Outdoors Woman archery workshop
Wake County Wildlife Club range, Durham, NC
Aug. 23
NC Becoming an Outdoors Woman archery workshop
Wake County Wildlife Club range, Durham, NC
Aug. 30
NBEF Bowhunter Education Online Course Field Day
Citrus Wildlife Management Area, Inverness, FL
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.
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