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ARROWS & COMPONENTS
Victory Archery®, the company with a full line of 100% carbon fiber arrows, has developed its newest series of arrows especially for competitive target shooters: the NVX Target series.

ATA NEWS
If you're hoping to increase archery participation in your community, the Archery Trade Association (ATA) has released an updated Archery Safety Brochure aimed at schools, agencies, communities, organizations and anyone interested in teaching archery.

COMPETITION
The U.S. Open Archery Finals concluded July 16 under the lights and the Easton JOAD Nationals elimination rounds featured an intense day of shooting and exciting head to head matches.

CONSERVATION
A 320-acre property in southwestern Montana, vital to wildlife and linked to the pages of U.S. history, is now permanently protected thanks to a successful collaboration between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a conservation-minded family and the U.S. Forest Service.

CROSSBOWS
More than 75 years of crossbow design experience is culminated in the X330, and with functionally intelligent designs, the CAMX platform delivers the rock-solid performance that serious hunters demand.
Excalibur Crossbow announces the Crossbow Destruction Challenge video series, launched to illustrate the incredible durability of the brand's crossbows through a series of torture tests.

EVENTS
For those looking to test their skills with a bow,The Greater Wisconsin Outdoor & Sportsman Festival is teaming with the Outagamie Conservation Club to put on the Greater Wisconsin Archery Tournament.

EYEWEAR
Flatirons Realtree Camo Sunglasses by Native Eyewear™ reflect an edgy outdoor style while protecting your eyes from the glare of the sun. Available in Realtree MAX-1, this flat-browed style has become the namesake of a flat-sided Colorado landmark.

FOOD PLOTS
The Firminator combines a heavy-duty disc harrow, a true agricultural-grade cultipacker and a precision ground-drive seed system in one system.
Planting seedlings and raising them to become trees can be a very rewarding experience, and experienced arborists will tell you getting them through the heat and drought of their first summer is the biggest obstacle.

GAME CALLS
The new Nemesis deer call from Hunters Specialties®, producers of realistic deer calls, easily produces a wide range of deer sounds, from doe bleats to dominant buck grunts.
The new Timberline Open Reed and Timberline Closed Reed elk calls, developed by Primos' team of hard-hunting, veteran callers, are easy to use and feature high-quality barrels hand-crafted from the finest hardwood for flawless reproductions of elk vocalizations.

HUNTING BLINDS
The SOLO™ blind from Nature Blinds is the only blind that counters all of a buck's defenses: vision, hearing and smell.

INDUSTRY
Vapor Trail Archery has hired archery industry veteran, John Betker as their new Director of Marketing and Sales. Betker will assume his new role effective immediately.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) welcomes Rack Stacker, a company specializing in food plot seed blends and deer mineral products adapted for the harsher climates of the northern United States and Canada, as the first official Corporate Sponsor of QDMA Canada.
The Board of Directors of Plano Synergy has announced the appointment of David E. Dudick as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1.

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
The Outdoor Group (TOG), parent company to premier brands Elite Archery, CAMX Crossbows, Duel Game Calls, Lynch Mob Calls, Scott Archery, Custom Bow Equipment, Winner's Choice Custom Bowstrings, Solid Broadheads and Slick Trick Broadheads, is currently seeking to fill the position of Design Engineer.
Vista Outdoor, a leader in innovative outdoor products, is currently looking to hire a National Key Accounts Sales Manager, Vista Brands, to join the Bushnell Canada team located in Vaughan, Ontario.

KNIVES
Each Speed Load Hunting Knife from Browning comes with one drop point, one guthook, one small drop point and one utility blade.

LEGISLATION
The National Wild Turkey Federation acknowledges and thanks Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) for recently introducing the bipartisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650), a bill that calls for the dedication of $1.3 billion in existing revenue to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program.

LICENSING
Covert Scouting Cameras Night Stryker in Realtree Xtra is the next best thing to being there yourself, providing hunting with the information they need to make the most of their hunt.

MARKETING
Two Rivers RC&D/ Access Illinois Outdoors have hired outdoor industry PR specialists, Howard Communications, Inc., to promote outdoor activities in Pike County, Illinois.

NASP
As the National Archery in the Schools Program conducted its World bulls-eye competition in Myrtle Beach, so too was the International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) conducting its World 3D Challenge.

NEW BOWS
Archers looking for an exciting new challenge or a chance to expand their archery skills need to experience the new ELITE Origin, a ground- breaking modern traditional bow setting new standards for speed, shootability, take-down convenience and deadly, tunable accuracy.

OFF-ROAD
The all-new Can-Am Defender Mossy Oak Hunting Edition side-by-side vehicle has been purpose built with factory-installed extras to appease the needs of modern hunters and outdoorsmen.

ORGANIZATIONS
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) announces that Mark Turner and Morgan Warda have joined the organization as six-month interns for QDMA's Education and Outreach Department.
As the California Coordinator, David Allain will oversee all aspects of the Scholastic 3-D Archery program in the state, including tournaments, training and dividing the state into regions, allowing S3DA participants multiple monthly competition venues as close as possible to their home location.

PARALYMPIC ARCHERY
USA Archery announces that the International Paralympic Committee has awarded Team USA an additional quota slot for the 2016 Paralympic Games for the compound open women's division.

PRO STAFF
Team Easton's Braden Gellenthien broke the Men's Compound 50-meter World Record at the USA Archery Outdoor Nationals this past weekend.
Fresh off his impressive ASA Pro-Am win in Metropolis, Ill., Gold Tip and Bee Stinger pro shooter Levi Morgan won the third leg of the International Bowhunting Organization's Triple Crown Tour last weekend at Warren, Pa.

PROMOTIONS
Shooter 3D Targets announces the launch of the #BackyardWarrior social media photo contest, challenging archers to show how they prepare for hunting season while using a Tru-Fire release, an IQ Bowsight or Nockturnal lighted nocks.
The Styrka and Mossy Oak Partnership Promotion launches running through August 25, 2016 on Facebook. In all, 50 winners will receive a variety of prize packages.

SPONSORSHIPS
Tribe Archery and Bloodline TV with Alex Rutledge are teaming up this year to bring season 6 of the popular Bloodline television show to fans who are passionate about the hunt, faith and bowhunting.

STATES
Edward "Pat" Madden of Flagstaff became the Arizona Game and Fish Commission's newest chair on July 1. He will lead the five-member commission for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

TELEVISION
This week on Outdoor Channel– July 18–24 – promises duck hijinks, a winter voyage in the middle of summer, the hunt of a lifetime and more. 
Sportsman Channel is traveling above and below the 49th parallel for real-life outdoor adventure and action during the week of July 18–24.

TIME
Ideal for the most rugged and active outdoorsmen, the Realtree Coliseum camo watch, available in Realtree Xtra, is designed to take gladiator-level use and abuse.

TRAILCAMS
While hanging a game camera on every tree is unrealistic, it is completely realistic for hunters to cover three times more ground—180 degrees—with the expansive viewing capacity of the Moultrie P-180i Panoramic Game Camera.
For 2016 the Dark Ops Elite HD from Browning Trail Cameras have has a number of new features added to improve the trail camera experience while continuing to be one of the most versatile and valuable cameras on the market.

Study Recommends Whitetail Management…With Mountain Lions!
(Photo: USFWS)
As wildlife managers in many whitetail-rich states struggle with sinking deer populations and expanding chronic wasting disease zones, an academic study released this week suggests that the escalating number of deer/vehicular accidents in selected Eastern states could be successfully reduced by introducing sustainable numbers of mountain lions to the region.

We swear we're not making this up!

The study, published online this week in the journal Conservation Letters, ostensibly reflected an academic attempt to quantify the economic and social impact of reintroducing large carnivores into parts of the U.S. where they no longer exist. The student-led project was directed by the University of Washington's Laura Prugh and initiated as part of a community ecology class she taught in 2014 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Utilizing the mountain lion (Puma concolor) as having value in reducing deer-vehicle collisions as a case study, the researchers concluded that within 30 years of the big cats recolonizing the Eastern U.S., the species could thin deer populations and reduce vehicle collisions by 22 percent — each year preventing five human fatalities, 680 injuries and avoiding costs of $50 million.

Again, Archery Wire readers, we swear we're not making this up!

Forget about the ongoing the highly successful urban deer management efforts taking place through the efforts of bowhunters across much of the same area – not to mention professional game management and state agencies that use scientific data to set harvest numbers and limits to best manage whitetails. Evidently, Ms. Prugh and her associates didn't take that into consideration.

Nor did the researchers factor-in any collateral mishaps or problems that could possibly occur in suburban and urban communities with high deer/vehicular accidents as part of a 30-year reintroduction of one of the country's largest are most notorious predators (think pets and toddlers, for beginners).

Instead, the chief researcher painted a rosy picture of cougars roaming the parks and parkways of the Eastern U.S.

"The important take-home is that there can be very tangible benefits to having large carnivores around — economic and social benefits, not just ecological benefits," said Prugh, a UW assistant professor of quantitative wildlife sciences in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

As reported in the July 18 Claims Journal, a publication of the insurance industry, the study's models claimed that cumulatively over 30 years, 155 human deaths and more than 21,000 injuries could be prevented by the presence of mountain lions in 19 eastern states. It claimed a single cougar would kill 259 deer over its average six-year lifespan (probably a low estimate, in reality), plus prevent eight collisions and save nearly $40,000 in associated costs.

"I think everyone on the East Coast has either hit a deer or knows somebody who's hit a deer, so it's a very real problem for people," Prugh said. "Cougars are deer specialists and they target adults. With a long-lived species like deer, removing adults in prime breeding age can really have an impact on population growth."

Frankly, when it comes to "deer specialists," we prefer to trust dedicated bowhunters in treestands to safely and professionally handle problematic whitetail populations in the Eastern U.S. In our experience, they're far more trustworthy and predictable than Puma concolor.

And we're not making that up!

- J.R. Absher

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July 22 - July 23
Quad Shoot Out Sandusky, Mich.
July 23
Rinehart R-100
Wabash, Ind.
July 25 - July 29
71st NFAA National Outdoor Field Championships
Darrington, Wash.
July 28 - July 31
Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous
Denton State Park, Ulysses, Pa.
July 29 - July 31
July 30
Rinehart R-100
Sparta, Wis.
Aug. 3 - Aug. 6
Aug. 5 - Aug. 7
ASA Classic
Ft. Benning, Ga.
Aug. 12 - Aug. 14
IBO world Championship & Archery Festival
Seven Springs Mtn. Resort, Seven Springs, Pa.
Aug. 18 - Aug. 21
Potter County Bowhunter Festival
Denton State Park, Ulysses, Pa.
Sept. 9 - Sept. 11
Sawmill Mountain Bow Shoot
Ski Sawmill, Morris, Pa.
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