Millennium Outdoors, LLC (DBA Millennium Outdoors), a Mississippi based investment group announces that it has purchased the assets and brands of Outdoor Distributors - including Millennium Treestands, Ol'Man Treestands, Millennium Marine and The CLAW.
Leupold & Stevens, Inc. was once again named the Optics Manufacturer of the Year by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), Oct. 14, at its annual expo and meeting.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed a new state record for quillback carpsucker, weighing 8.25 pounds and arrowed by Benjamin Frey of Grand Rapids on Hardy Dam Pond in Newaygo County.
Sitka Gear will donate $100 to the RMEF, for every new life member who joins the Foundation by October 31st, up to 200 new life members. With each new life membership, RMEF will send you an exclusive life member jacket and cap, made by Sitka Gear.
The 2014 3D USIACs were concluded October 5th, in Columbia, Mo., with 16 schools represented and a record turnout of more than 115 archers.
The Southeastern Illinois College Eagles came up huge the weekend of October 4-5 to add three national titles to their existing five for a total of eight national championships in only three years.
Using funds made available under the Wildlife Restoration Program, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has committed $1 million in an effort to increase the state's populations of mule deer and scaled quail.
The Missouri Conservation Commission unanimously voted to approve regulations regarding the operation of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities that hold whitetail, mule deer, their hybrids, and other cervids, to prevent the spread of CWD and other diseases.
Featuring Realtree camo with pink accents, the new styles of fall shoes by Payless combine a feminine design with outdoorsy appeal for the lady who enjoys the best of both worlds.
Emphasizing its commitment to the future of the archery industry, Precision Shooting Equipment, Inc. (PSE) has announced a comprehensive expansion initiative in personnel and research following three years of record growth and an $8 million investment in the latest technology.
Kinsey's, Inc., a leaded distributor to the outdoor and archery industry located in Mount Joy, Pa., is currently seeking a Customer Care/Archery Tech Support Specialist.
Realtree announces that "The 15-Yard Files" webisode, featured on Realtree.com, has shattered the million view mark in just a year.
Bohning Archery has announced it will continue as a Corporate Partner of the Pope and Young Club.
Addison Nachtrieb, an 11-year-old female National Champion archer and two-time Washington State Junior Olympic Champion, has released the first in her "Archer Addy" book series on Amazon.com and Kindle.
The Geovid HD-B laser rangefinder binocular from Leica Sports Optics was recently named as the "Editor's Choice" in a national magazine's annual product feature.
Canyon Coolers, manufacturers of ridiculously cold, seriously tough premium coolers, is actively seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced independent sales representatives with established territories to represent the brand.
The Alabama State Lands Division announces a series of "open-gate weekends" on four Forever Wild Land Trust properties designed to increase access to hunting on public lands.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a radio-collared red wolf that was recently found dead.
Cool, sunny conditions greeted youth participating in the 13th annual youth archery deer hunt at the Camp Ripley Military Reservation north of Little Falls and the 11th annual youth archery hunt at nearby Lake Alexander Preserve over the weekend.
Physically-challenged hunters possessing a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may hunt on designated roads throughout the Monongahela National Forest, portions of the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia and on selected wildlife management areas.
This week on Doug Koenig's Championship Season, Doug travels to the North Woods of Maine where he uses his TenPoint Venom™ Crossbow to hunt the state's famous black bears.
This week on The Choice TV, join Ralph and Vicki as they take the kids out in the field to hunt, fish, camp, and enjoy the outdoors.
This week on Backwoods Life, Michael and Kevin head down to Damascus, Ga. to support a great education fundraiser - Buck Daze - that supports the Southwest Georgia Academy Parent teacher's organization's annual hunt to raise funds for the local school.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges hunters to use treestands safely in order to have a memorable and successful hunt.
Mounted as a stabilizer on a bow, the Tactacam HD video camera actually becomes part of your hunting equipment, not some extra accessory strapped to a tree or precariously mounted on a tripod that may or may not be pointed in the right direction.
The Pee PocketTM female urinary device is perfect for any woman who might have to go while on the go; active women who enjoy the outdoors, sports, music festivals, camping, hiking, biking, traveling, etc.
The Fieldline® Pro Series Women's Canyon Backpack offers serious female hunters gear storage and organization capabilities perfect for a full day in the field.
"For the hunter, fall is the island and the rest of the year is the swim."
- Charles Fergus, A Rough-Shooting Dog, 1991
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In the course of my outdoor writing career spanning the past 35 years or so, I've reported dozens of stories about game law violators and wildlife poaching incidents. They've run the gamut: from the bizarre and absurd to the flagrant and obnoxious.
But there are game-law violators, and then there are despicable, scum-sucking, bottom-feeding poachers. And I'm betting readers will agree Jacob Powers of Lowell, Mich. easily qualifies for the latter category.
Powers, 25, pleaded guilty during his Oct. 3 arraignment before a magistrate of the 64B District Court at Stanton in Montcalm County on the charge of taking two deer during a closed season. Authorities investigating a phone complaint to the state Report All Poaching (RAP) Line on Sept. 21 said Powers killed two trophy whitetail in Montcalm County during the 2014 Youth Hunt while acting as a mentor to an 8-year-old.
You read that right: The poaching took place while Powers was accompanying a youngster on his first deer hunt!
In 2012, following the lead of other state agencies and legislatures, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved the Mentored Youth Hunting program, aimed at introducing children under the age of 10 to hunting and fishing. The action eliminated the minimum hunting age in the state, permitting parents to determine if and when their child is ready to go hunting.
In a search of Powers' property, authorities seized two large antlered heads, meat and a shotgun used to illegally take the animals. It was determined Powers killed both deer himself that morning in Bushnell Township of Montcalm County, while accompanying an 8-year-old youth. Officers testified that Powers illegally tagged one deer with the Mentored Youth Tag issued to the young hunter he accompanied and procured a second Youth tag from a 6-year-old female family member prior to transporting the animals.
Officers further established Powers had recorded trail camera images of the trophy-class deer prior to the hunt and knew the animals were present in the hunt area, indicating the poaching was premeditated.
That's the bad news. Now, some good stuff.
In his sentencing, Powers received fines and punishment established under Michigan's newly passed law that provides a progressive penalty and restitution system based on the trophy quality of deer taken illegally. It marked the first time the new law has come into play since becoming effective Feb. 1, 2014. And it couldn't have been used more appropriately.
Under the new law:
-For any deer with or without antlers, the base restitution will be $1,000;
-For any antlered deer, there will be an additional restitution of $1,000 plus;
-For antlered deer with 8 to 10 points (one inch or more), an additional $500 will be assessed for each point;
-For antlered deer with 11 or more points, an additional $750 will be assessed for each point.
Powers was assessed $335 in fines and costs, $12,000 in restitution for payment to the state's Fish and Game Protection Fund, and five days mandatory minimum jail time to be served as community service. In addition, the scumbag, er, I mean convicted poacher, faces up to five years of hunting license revocations in Michigan and 41 member states that participate in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
Also, subsequent to the initial search of Powers' residence and the filing of charges, authorities located two deer hides from the poached animals dumped in a parking lot at the Lowell State Game Area in Ionia County. Having not recovered these items on the night of the original investigation, officers returned to meet with Powers and obtained a confession to the additional charge of littering on state lands.
Even with the enhanced fines and loss of hunting privileges, the punishment for the wildlife crime committed by Powers may hardly seem adequate to many of us. We can only trust he will be paying for the despicable act for many years through his daily interaction with honest sportsmen and ethical hunters. He will forever be an "anti-mentor" to young, budding hunters - an example parents can point to as poaching's worst.
- J.R. Absher
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