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ACQUISITIONS
FeraDyne Outdoors has acquired privately owned Eastman Outdoors Inc. of Flushing, Mich. The acquisition adds a number of complimentary market leading brands to the growing FeraDyne portfolio of companies. Products acquired through the transaction are marketed under the Carbon Express®, Gorilla Gear and Eastman Outdoors® brands. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.

APPAREL
No matter what season or weather condition, X JAGD clothing's high tech materials and DEMORPHING® patterns guarantee a greater level of performance in the field.

BROADHEADS
Introduced last year, the Rage Hypodermic +P took lethality to a new level, and now, the deep-penetrating broadhead goes heavier with the introduction of a new 125-grain version.

CWD
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has closed the book on its 2016 chronic wasting disease monitoring effort that collected 4,879 tissue samples from wild deer with 12 samples testing positive for the disease.

EVENTS
The Oklahoma River Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its annual fundraising banquet March 25 in Oklahoma City.

INDUSTRY
Lancaster Archery Supply president and founder Rob Kaufhold has been elected to a second four-year term on the Archery Trade Association's (ATA) board of directors.
Chris Cobbett has been hired as the Director of Marketing/Buy Group Sales by Dead Ringer LLC ans will handle all aspects of marketing, including advertising, packaging and website development.
Cuddeback, manufacturer of popular trail cameras with the world's fastest trigger speed, has selected Source Outdoor Group of Gainesville, Ga., as its marketing firm of record.

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) is currently taking applications for the position of Assistant Executive Director.
Kinsey's, a leading distributor to the outdoor and archery industry located in Mount Joy, Pa., has an opening for Internal Sales Representative - Key Accounts.
Maschmedt & Associates, a leading manufacturer's representative agency in the Outdoor & Shooting Sports markets, has three immediate Sales Associate openings in its shooting division.
Bonnier Corporation is seeking a Marketing Manager for Field & Stream/Outdoor Life Deer & Turkey Expos, responsible for coordinating and implementing marketing communication projects with responsibilities that include public relations, sales support, advertising and creating brand awareness.
Dallas Safari Club seeks candidates for Executive Director with very strong management and communication skills, including public speaking attributes and an extensive knowledge of international hunting.

KNIVES
Bear & Son Cutlery, a favorite among the knife community, expands its trusted Blue Jean Series with the new G08LB, crafted from strong and proven materials.

LICENSING
NOMAD and the National Wild Turkey Federation have teamed up to bring hunters high-tech turkey gear featuring the NWTF logo and the new Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage pattern.
Just in time for spring turkey season, ALPS OutdoorZ and the National Wild Turkey Federation have teamed up to bring turkey hunters high-tech turkey gear featuring the NWTF logo and the new NWTF Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage pattern.

MEDIA
Mathews recently released "DRIVE", a short video celebrating women bowhunters, who despite obstacles and naysayers dedicate themselves to this beloved, yet demanding, sport.

NASP
More than 3,600 Oklahoma school students gathered in February to compete in the 2017 State Shoot of the Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools Program (OKNASP.
Nearly 2,500 student archers from schools around the state will compete at the Missouri National Archery in Schools Program (MoNASP) ninth annual state tournament March 24-25 at the Branson Convention Center.

NEW BOWS
The technology upon which ELITE Archery has built its extensive lineup of high-performance hunting bows has been further enhanced in the new-for-2017 ELITE Tempo™.

ORGANIZATIONS
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) recently welcomed Dave Allen, Outdoor Products President for Vista Outdoor Inc., to its Board of Directors.

PRO STAFF
It was a great weekend for Team PSE at the 2017 NFAA Indoor Nationals in Cincinnati, with Stephan Hansen finishing second in Open Men's Pro, and PSE shooters Alex Wifler and Lewis Holmes III joining him in the shoot-off after the three competitors spent the weekend shooting perfect 300/60X.
Under the Obsession Bows mantra of "Change Or Get Left Behind," national competitors are making changes and moving to the top of the leaderboard. 


Prime Archery Pro Staff member Benton Christensen won the 2017 NFAA Indoor Nationals in the Freestyle Professional Senior Male Class held in Cincinnati, Ohio on Mach 18-19.
In the hotly contested Men's Pro compound category, Team Easton's Steve Anderson rounded out a successful indoor season—highlighted by the USA Archery Indoor Champion title—with a perfect score and perfect shoot-off performance to take first place at the NFAA Indoor Nationals.

PROMOTIONS
Elevate your game and get $10 back with the purchase of one-half dozen (6) ICS Bowhunter or ICS Indigo arrows now through December 31, 2017.

STATES
The indoor ranges (firearm and archery) at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will be closed to the public on March 25, as staff will be at the state National Archery in the Schools (NASP) tournament.
A Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologist is resting comfortably at home with his family after the 20-year veteran was accidentally injected with a tranquilizer meant for a black bear.

TELEVISION
Spring fever is in full swing on Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks (Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network) with a full slate of new programming.
Outdoor Channel viewers will jump into several different adventures during the week of March 20–26 as the Strut Commander boys hunt for turkeys in Kansas on Commander Life; the Duckmen on Duck Dynasty decide to take the business into their own hands when Willie gets too confident and the Montana Wardens search for a repeat offender on Wardens presented by Streamlight.
Sportsman Channel viewers get tips from the most decorated hunters in the country during the week of March 20–26 as Steven Rinella uses an ancient hunting tip to catch wild turkeys on MeatEater and Jackie announces a lucky sweepstakes winner on The Jackie Bushman Show Classics.

TRAILCAMS
The Verizon Certified Blackhawk Wireless Realtree 60 Invisible IR HD Camera by Covert Scouting Cameras isn't your ordinary game camera. Now you can manage your photos and command real-time response straight from your device.

WASHINGTON
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Thursday announced President Trump's $11.6 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint request for the Department of the Interior. The budget meets the Department's core mission while also saving taxpayers $1.5 billion or 12 percent reduction from the FY 2017 Annualized Continuing Resolution level.

WILDLIFE
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people to "Be Bear Aware" by not feeding bears and not providing potential sources of food.

McAninch to Step Down as ATA President/CEO
Jay McAninch
Jay McAninch, president and CEO of the Archery Trade Association, announced this week that 2017 will be his last full year in his current role as head of the ATA. The organization's Board of Directors, headed by its Executive Committee, will begin developing a process to recruit a new President and CEO over the course of the current year. McAninch has indicated his flexibility in working until his successor is named or through the 2018 ATA Trade Show.

Members of the Board's Executive Committee were swift in their praise of McAninch's efforts on behalf of the ATA for the past 17 years, during which the organization went from the brink of financial disaster to being a member-driven, profitable trade association hosting the world's largest archery and bowhunting Trade Show. Under McAninch's guidance, the ATA has used the revenues from its Trade Show to help organizations, such as the National Archery in the Schools Program, USA Archery and countless state agencies, fund archery programming and facilities across the United States, ensuring the long-term sustainability of archery and bowhunting for the ATA's members.

"Jay McAninch will leave huge hunting boots to fill," commented Ben Summers, Chair of the ATA Board of Directors and Vice President of T.R.U. Ball/AXCEL. "When I first became an ATA Board member 11 years ago, our organization was in debt and our impact was small. Jay has expertly managed our organization to have a significant surplus, while using the relationships he built over years as an expert wildlife biologist and head of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation to have significant positive impact in Washington, DC, and with wildlife agencies in each state. He also expanded ATA's reach to help archery federations in individual countries around the world. Jay has made archery and bowhunting better in too many ways to list."

"I have enjoyed working with Jay for many years," said Greg Easton, member of the Board of Directors' Executive Committee and President of Jas. D. Easton Inc. "His commitment to archery and the ATA has always been relentless, and his contributions to our industry and the sport will continue to serve the ATA for many years. I want to personally thank Jay for his years of service and wish him the best in the future."

Mark Copeland, head of the Archery Trade Association's Retail Council and a member of the Board of Directors' Executive Committee, agreed: "Jay has laid a strong foundation for his successor while still allowing him to foster the relationships he has developed on Capitol Hill, on the ATA's behalf. The ATA has become the benchmark for a successful trade organization, envied by many. Jay's passion for bowhunting is surpassed only by his lifelong determination to better understand and protect the bowhunters' primary resource: the whitetail deer. I have personally admired Jay's ability to get multiple groups working together, focusing their energy on the greater good for all things outdoors. Although Jay is beginning the process of stepping down, his efforts will be felt for many years to come. Jay's shoes will not be easy to fill, but I am confident in the strength of our Board and more importantly, the quality of the team he has assembled, to carry our vision forward."

The support of the organization's Board of Directors, and McAninch's ability to work with these industry leaders, has been a key component of the ATA's success, especially in taking advantage of the "archery boom" in recent years, and now refocusing on growing bowhunting. Summers confirmed that the Board of Directors will continue to work in this direction: "The ATA Board has been solidly behind Jay's efforts and the efforts of his staff to be a force for good in the archery, bowhunting, and conservation communities. The ATA will continue to be a trusted positive leader in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, our ATA Trade Show will continue to be the largest and most important forum for conducting archery business, and our significant financial reserves will help us to keep and expand on our commitments to our valued partners."

"Deciding to step down was a hard decision but, after 17 years, it's time for someone to take archery and bowhunting to a new level," explained McAninch. "I still want to be involved in archery, bowhunting and conservation in some capacity, but I also want to find more time for my three grandsons and granddaughter. I do plan to help the ATA Board of Directors and the ATA staff in every way I can as they work to build the next chapter for our industry."

- Archery Trade Association

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Mar. 26
Texas Indoor Archery League (TAIL)
Texas Archery Academy, Plano, Tex.
Apr. 5 - Apr. 8
Apr. 6 - Apr. 9
ASA Easton Southwest Shootout
Paris, Tex.
Apr. 7 - Apr. 9
IBO Spring Nationals
Bluegrass Sportsmen's League, Wilmore, Ky.
Apr. 23
Texas Indoor Archery League (TAIL)
Texas Archery Academy, Plano, Tex.
Apr. 27 - Apr. 30
Apr. 28 - Apr. 30
NFAA First Dakota Classic
Yankton, SD
May 5 - May 7
May 12 - May 14
ASA Georgia Pro-Am
Augusta, Ga.
May 19 - May 21
IBO First Leg National Championship Triple Crown
Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, WV
June 2 - June 4
ASA Kentucky Pro-Am
London, Ky.
June 16 - June 18
IBO Second Leg National Championship Triple Crown
Fairfax Rec. Area, Bloomington, Ind.
June 24 - June 26
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