BloodSport
ATTRACTANTS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Evolved Habitats brand of wildlife nutritional products developed to attract and hold wildlife, introduces a technology intended to significantly increase the potential of your deer attractants - Glo-Cote Ultraviolet Enhancement Technology.

COACHING
The U.S. Collegiate Archery Association (USCAA) is seeking three staff members to coach the 2014 USCA World University Archery Championships team during competition in Poland July 2 - 5.

COMPETITION
The First Dakota Classic was held this past weekend in Yankton, South Dakota, and Team Hoyt shooters were once again on top of the podium in the Men's and Women's Pro Divisions.

CWD
The first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild Iowa deer has been confirmed in a whitetail harvested during the first shotgun season in Allamakee County.
A Jefferson County deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Apr. 8, marking the seventh case in a captive or wild deer since 2012.

GAME CALLS
Used to locate a tom turkey in the early morning or late evening hours, the owl hoot or scream can be one of the most effective calls in the turkey woods, and the new Lightning Owl from Flextone can help entice quiet gobblers to divulge their location.

HUNTING BLINDS
With a generous footprint that boasts a 71-inch shooting width and 64-inches of headroom, the Enforcer hunting blind from Ameristep is perfectly sized for a single hunter looking to hunt with enough room for a bow, crossbow or rifle.

ILLUMINATION
From a family camping trip to a backcountry adventure, the two new RUBICON lanterns from Bushnell Outdoors are designed to efficiently illuminate camp with comfortable, practical lighting options.

MEDIA
Sportsman Channel has announced its network is now available to more Comcast Xfinity TV customers across major markets in Florida, marking the latest milestone in its ongoing growth surge.

NASP
The 2014 South Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) champions were crowned last weekend at the all-day tournament held at the NFAA Easton Archery Complex in Yankton.
White County won its first state championship crown in the high school division while Rutherford County's Whitworth Buchanan Middle School and Christiana Elementary are repeat winners in their respective divisions in the Eighth Annual Tennessee NASP State Championship.

OPENINGS
On Tuesday, April 15, Easton Foundations will open a new state-of-the-art archery training center in Salt Lake City, providing the region with one of the world's premier archery training venues.

OPTICS
Meopta USA introduces the new MeoPro HD binocular series - the next generation MeoPro binocular line featuring advanced fluoride HD optics and is available in 8x32, 10x32, 8x42 and 10x42 models.
Designed to meet a lower price point than Meopta's European-made MeoStar S2 82mm spotting scope, the the new MeoPro HD 80 has an angled body and integrated 20-60x eyepiece and features an 80mm fluoride objective lens and MeoBright ion-assisted multi-coatings for outstanding performance in low-light conditions.

ORGANIZATIONS
QDMA welcomes Curtis Phillips of Chateauguay, Quebec, as its new Operations and Outreach Coordinator. Phillips will be responsible for coordinating QDMA operations and outreach activities in Canada under the direction of the QDMA-Canada Board of Directors.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has announced the Torstenson Family Endowment (TFE) provided nearly a million dollars in its first year to accelerate mission priorities in Montana, Oregon and Washington.
During National Volunteer Recognition Week, the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) is tipping their hat to the thousands of volunteers that make the organization what it is today.

PARTNERSHIPS
Of all the hunting gear and accessories, the use of a safety harness is one of the most important items for bowhunters to utilize. That's why Backwoods Life is pleased to announce its extended partnership with Hunter Safety System for 2014.
The Pope & Young Club announced this week that Saskatchewan's Candle Lake Outfitters has come on board as a Corporate Partner, the first outfitter to become part of the organization's corporate program.

PEEP SIGHTS
Hot Shot's new Accu-Peep utilizes a tapered conical design with convex entrance pupil technology to gather larger amounts of light than standard straight diameter peeps.

PEOPLE
World Archery President, Dr. Ugur Erdener, who became an International Olympic Committee Executive Board member in February, has been election to l serve a three-year mandate on the Association of Summer Olympic Federations' Council.

RECOGNITION
Each year the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association selects a Coach of the Year from nominations submitted by member clubs based on specific criteria. Deadline for nominations is May 5.

STATES
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) received an overview report on the feral hog population, with details on agriculture and wildlife habitat impacts, diseases carried by feral hogs and ongoing control efforts.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has prepared a statement to address concerned hunters about the impact the recent federal designation of jaguar critical habitat in southern Arizona will have on hunting in the designated area.
During its second quarterly meeting for 2014 last week, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners approved a mentor-based program for first-time hunters 18 years old and older and increased the length of permitted broadheads from 3 to 3¼ inches.

TELEVISION
DRESSED TO KILL, the reality TV series that follows the lives of a group of female hunters through the inevitable ups and downs, victories and challenges we all experience at times in life, will be utilizing Twisted Timber Treestands for its 2014 filming season.

WEBSITES
Seth McGinn's CanCooker, the company that reinvented the old-fashioned-creamery-style can as a portable convection oven that steam-cooks a complete meal in an hour, announced that its website is now available in Canadian French.

YOUTH BOWS
Tribe Archery announces that production of its new longbow series of limbs for its popular Game Hunter youth bow line is underway, offering young archers the option of selecting longbow limbs or recurve limbs.

Quotable
"The secret of the whitetail's success is simply his success at keeping secret."

- John Madsen, Out Home, 1979

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You Can Breathe Now: Crossbows Legal in New York
On April 1, no doubt there was a long, collective sigh of relief that eminated from the crossbow supporters, manufacturers, lawmakers, hunting writers and others who watched apprehensively in the waning days of the 2014 New York legislative session as the budget measure intended to approve the crossbow for use in The Empire State was signed by the governor.

Indeed, there were some pessimists who, until the Senate and Assembly agreed on the measure's final wording the afternoon of March 31, still believed it wouldn't happen. Of course, these were experienced observers who'd witnessed years of disappointing setbacks and partisan maneuvers, and year-after-year of cronyism at its most reprehensible.

But, on April 1, all the nastiness and deceit apparently came to an end. At least, for now.

With Gov. Cuomo's signature, crossbows are now permitted during part of the general archery season and through the entire general firearms season. As part of his proposed 2014-15 budget, Cuomo encouraged New York lawmakers to legalize crossbow hunting in his statewide push to attract visitors to the state's natural sites, while also calling for $40 million to establish 50 public access sites around the state for hunting, fishing, bird-watching and hikers.

The budget language permits crossbow use for all small game and any big game season that includes firearms. In addition, it permits crossbow use in the final 14 days of the Southern Zone early archery season and the final 10 days of the Northern Zone early archery seasons. Further, the restrictions for archery hunting in proximity to dwellings were changed to 150 yards for standard bows and 250 yards for crossbows.

A late (and not unexpected) amendment eliminated Suffolk and Westchester counties, located on Long Island, from the remainder of the state where crossbow hunting will be permitted.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be responsible for drafting specific regulations for the crossbow. Our good friend and longtime New York outdoors scribe Bill Hilts, Jr. wrote in this week's Niagara Gazette that there is no time frame for when the DEC's public review will take place, but the intent is to have crossbow in the 2014-15 hunting season. Hilts reports that minimum overall length requirements will be 24 inches from butt stock to front limbs; limb width will be a minimum of 17 inches. Poundage for peak draw will be between 100 and 200 pounds and the bolt (arrow) must be at least 14 inches long.

Following the budget's passages, a statement issued by Rick McDermott, President of the New York Crossbow Coalition read, in part: "We thank all who worked on this issue, including the New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, for their support and commitment to sportsmen and women. These new measures will provide additional opportunities for hunting and professional wildlife management across New York, while simultaneously stimulating the state's economy. This is a great victory for sportsmen and women in New York, as well as professional wildlife management, and is a reflection of the strong cooperative effort among all outdoors groups."

Dave Robb, Vice President of Marketing of TenPoint Crossbow Technologies, one of the industry veterans who watched the action in Albany this year as closely as anyone, was obviously encouraged by the passage of the measure.

"The good news is that the new regulation be very attractive to tens of thousands of hunters who have aged-out of vertical bow hunting, have bad shoulders, or who are handicapped. And, those new crossbow hunters will create a large enough group to change the NY regulatory landscape forever," Robb told The Archery Wire. "As those numbers grow, the pressure to remove all restrictions will increase, the positive economic impact will become self-evident, and all the myths regarding the devastation of the resource will turn to dust."

Rob Dykemen, President of Excalibur Crossbow, was equally enthusiastic.

"Excalibur Crossbow and Stryker Crossbow are pleased and excited to welcome New York hunters to the crossbow fraternity. New York now joins a long and growing list of states and provinces that have legalized crossbows for hunting, giving all hunters the opportunity to enjoy the great sport of crossbow hunting," Dykemen said. "By legalizing crossbows, there's no doubt the hunting community in New York and as a whole just got stronger!"

Despite, the relief that came from this encouraging turn of events for the crossbow in New York, TenPoint's Robb couldn't resist reflecting on the disappointment and frustration repeatedly dealt to his company and others involved in the crossbow business since the 1990s.

"My greatest disappointment is that the state legislature will maintain control the regulatory process," Robb said. "I can't think of another state where so many measures have been introduced to liberalize crossbow regulations over the past 20 years only to have one legislator keep them from ever seeing daylight."

- J.R. Absher

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Calendar
Mar. 15 - May 15
WITO Women's-Only Archery Events
Dry Creek Sporting Clays, Emporia, Kan.
Apr. 19
Inaugural Georgia Dealers 3D Classic Sponsored by Elite
Buckeyes Plantation, Covington, Ga.
Apr. 25 - Apr. 27
McKenzie ASA Brunton SW Shootout
Paris, Tex.
Apr. 26
NBEF Master Instructor Training Class
Osceola Shooting Range, Lake City, Fla.
Apr. 26 - Apr. 27
Bayou Outdoor Adventure Expo
Houma Civic Center, Houma, La.
May 2 - May 4
U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship
Table Rock, Mo. and Bull Shoals, Ark.
May 2 - May 4
NFAA Marked 3D Nationals
Redding, Calif.
May 3 - May 4
Rinehart R100 Competition
May 9 - May 10
NASP National Tournament
Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, Ky.
May 9 - June 1
McKenzie/ASA TRUBall Prime G5 Pro/Am
London, Ky.
May 10 - May 11
Rinehart R100 Competition
May 16 - May 18
First Leg IBO Nat'l Triple Crown
White River Bowhunters, Bedford, Ind.
May 16 - May 18
May 17 - May 18
19th Annual Tim Farmer Archery Classic
#1 Game Farm Road, Frankfort, Ky
May 17 - May 18
19th Annual Tim Farmer Archery Classic
#1 Game Farm Road, Frankfort, Ky
May 17 - May 18
Take a Shot at Cancer Benefit Shoot
Viking Bow & Gun Club, Valders, Wis.
May 24 - May 25
Rinehart R100 Competition
May 30 - June 1
McKenzie/ASA TRUBall Prime G5 Pro/Am
London, Ky.
May 31 - June 1
Rinehart R100 Event
June 7 - June 8
Rinehart R100 Event
June 7 - June 8
June 9 - June 11
June 13 - June 15
Big Sky Open
Grand Junction, Colo.
June 13 - June 15
IBO 2nd Leg Nat'l Triple Crown
Gem City Outdoorsmen, Fairview, Pa.
June 14 - June 15
NFAA Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Sectional
Mechanicsburg Archers, Enola, Pa.
June 21 - June 22
Rinehart R100 Event
June 26 - June 29
June 27 - June 29
2014 NW Mountain Challenge 3D Shoot
Tamarack Ski Resort, Idaho
July 11 - July 13
July 11 - July 13
July 11 - July 13
NASP World Championship
Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.
July 11 - July 13
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