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BOWHUNTING
Two hundred seventy-five trophy bull elk archery hunting licenses will go on sale Oct. 29, first-come, first-served, on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.

BOWSIGHTS
SURE-LOC, an industry leader in competitive archery sights, has added the all-new Lethal Weapon RED to its selection of hunting sights. With a 25% reduction in bezel size, it's also threaded to accept a SURE-LOC Black Eagle or Falcon 42mm lens.

COLLEGIATE ARCHERY
Victoria Novak, a member of the Northeast Community College (Norfolk, Neb.) Archery Team, finished with the highest score in the Women's Basic Bow class at the 3-D United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships in Columbia, Mo.

COURTS
The latest chapter in a decade long series of criminal and wildlife disease investigations involving a former South Texas deer breeder ended recently when a Corpus Christi area couple pleaded guilty to 50 charges of Unlawful Possession and/or Sale of Live Game Animals.

CROSSBOWS
All four new Barnett Core crossbows feature lightweight composite stocks, CNC Machined 7/8-inch Picatinny rails, "finger reminders" for shooting safety, pass-through foregrips, and Barnett's proprietary CROSSFIRE String and Cable System.

CWD
Wildlife officials are reminding mule deer hunters and landowners in far West Texas about the testing protocols required in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's (TPWD) Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Plan.
Testing by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has found chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a deer from Fremont County in Deer Hunt Area 36 bringing the known total of CWD deer hunt areas in the Lander Region to five; areas 36, 87, 97, 98 and 157.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state in a captive deer operation in Holmes County.

DEER HARVEST
Through Sunday, October 26, 2014, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 15,610 deer, compared to 16,553 for the same period in 2013.

EVENTS
Sportsman Channel is teaming up with Comcast and Union Sportsmen's Alliance to host a Hunt.Fish.Feed. event in Nashville on Wednesday, October 29, serving a special venison chili at the Nashville Rescue Mission - Men's Campus.

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
Rinehart Targets is seeking an individual with strong leadership traits, outstanding communication skills, and a high level of experience in the field to fill its National Sales Manager position.

LICENSING
The new 2-in-1 Electrolux Ergorapido Limited Edition Realtree Xtra Camo vacuum displays your love for the outdoors even when you've gotta spend a little time indoors.

MEDIA
At its annual fall conference held at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Virgil, the New York State Outdoor Writers Association (NYSOWA) elected its new slate of officers to one-year terms and two directors to three-year terms.
Deer & Deer Hunting magazine has contracted Stone Road Media to contribute featured articles and original column pieces in every issue of Deer & Deer Hunting.

ORGANIZATIONS
The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) has added a second regional director, Michael Kuiper, in Montana to accommodate the growth of Mule Deer Foundation chapters in the Big Sky State.

RANGEFINDERS
In an annual product feature, the editorial staff of a national hunting magazine recently recognized the Zeiss VICTORY 8x26 PRF Rangefinder for offering the highest quality, the most innovative design, and the best utility for today's hunter.

RETAIL
Cabela's Incorporated (NYSE: CAB) has announced plans to introduce Cabela's unique retail experience and legendary customer service to two new markets: League City, Tex. and Lexington, Ky.

STATES
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) staff recently confirmed that the image appearing on a Labette County deer hunter's trail camera was a mountain lion.
Voris Dibben's 10-point archery buck taken ten miles from downtown Kansas City in 1959, along with the front page newspaper article reporting it, will be part of a display at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Parma Woods Shooting Range and Education Center.
Archers took a two-day total of 75 deer during the first two-day bow hunt at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls on Oct. 15-16, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.
A Montana law passed during the 2013 state session allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana Food Bank Network to help feed people in need.
With the New Hampshire archery deer season underway since Sept. 15. the 2014 total deer take as of October 19 of 1,952 represents a decrease of 22% from the 2013 season at the same point.
The winner of this year's Big Time Texas Hunts crown jewel, the Texas Grand Slam hunt package, which includes four separate guided hunts for Texas' most prized big game animals; desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope and mule deer is Buddie Gunter of Corpus Christi.
Alabama State Parks reminds the public that bowhunters will be in Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham on scheduled dates from Nov. 1, 2014, through Jan. 31, 2015.

TELEVISION
In honor of wounded military veterans, Mike Hanback, host of Sportsman Channel's Big Deer TV, joins two war heroes on a quest for whitetail deer in his home state of Virginia. Wednesday, October 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Hog Dawgs - beginning Oct. 27 on Sportsman Channel - is a weeklong stunt featuring the All-American squad of female enforcers that will help debunk myths and set aside preconceived notions about the eradication of nuisance animals.
This week on the The Choice, join Ralph, Vicki and RJ as they head to Montana to hunt true wild bison with Crow Nation Bison Hunts.

Quotable
"Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their will."
- Voltaire (1694-1778)

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Right-to-Hunt Referendums on Two State Ballots
One week from today, on November 4, residents of Alabama and Mississippi will have the opportunity to approve ballot referendums guaranteeing the right for future generations to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in accordance with state laws and regulations.

The Magnolia State measure, crafted by the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, would add protections for hunting and fishing by all traditional methods into the state constitution, subject only to such regulations and restrictions that promote wildlife conservation and management as the Legislature may prescribe by general law.

It reads: "The people have the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, subject only to laws and regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management and that preserve the future of hunting and fishing, as the Legislature may prescribe by general law. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section may not be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, the regulation of commercial activities or the maintenance of levees pursuant to Article 11."

"We're hoping to send a message to the rest of the country that we are passionate about our hunting and fishing. We don't want anybody dabbling with our sportsmen's way of life," Rep. Lester Carpenter (R-Burnsville), lead sponsor of the Mississippi proposal, told the Jackson Clarion Ledger newspaper.

In Alabama, a similar measure will add a "Sportsmen's Bill of Rights" to the State Constitution, ensuring that harvesting wildlife and fish is a basic right that is protected by the state, subject only to reasonable regulations to support conservation for future generations. The legislation, led by Alabama Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Vice-Chair Representative Mark Tuggle, strengthens a previously approved ballot referendum that gives Alabamians the right to hunt and fish while also codifying that hunting and angling are the preferred means of managing fish and wildlife.

The Alabama measure reads: "The people have a right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to reasonable regulations, to promote wildlife conservation and management, and to preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Public hunting and fishing Hunting by the public and fishing by the public shall be the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This amendment shall not be construed to modify any provision of law relating to eminent domain, trespass, or property rights."

In the most recent General Election held Nov. 6, 2012, Constitutional Amendments to protect the right of citizens to hunt, fish and trap in accordance with state laws and regulations passed handily in the states of Kentucky, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming. In the 2010 General Election, voters in Arizona, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee overwhelmingly approved so-called right-to-hunt amendments.

Each state's provision contains varying language to achieve the same addressed goal - to protect against threats to hunting, fishing and wildlife-related opportunities that may be posed by anti-hunting and animal rights contingencies.

A right-to-hunt referendum has never been turned down by voters, and some have passed by margins as lopsided as 80 to 20 percent.

Similar Constitutional Amendments have been approved by legislators and subsequently by voters in Alabama (1996), Minnesota (1998), Virginia and N. Dakota (2000), Wisconsin (2003), Louisiana and Montana (2004), Georgia (2006) and Oklahoma (2008). Protection has been in place in Vermont's Constitution since 1777.

- J.R. Absher

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Calendar
Oct. 31
2015 ARRO Manufacturer Program Submissions due
Nov. 22
Michigan NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training
Hartland, Mich., contact robertjellison@hartlandschools.us
Dec. 3 - Dec. 5
ATA Archery & Bowhunting Summit
Louisville, Ky.
Dec. 12 - Dec. 14
IFAA North American Field Archery Championships
Homestead, Fla.
Dec. 20
Michigan NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training
Hartland, Mich., contact robertjellison@hartlandschools.us
Jan. 6
2015 ARRO Board of Director's Meeting
Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 6 - Jan. 7
ARRO Hot Show
Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 8 - Jan. 10
2015 ATA Trade Show
Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 13 - Jan. 17
NBS Winter Specialty Market
Ft. Worth, Tex.
Jan. 15 - Jan. 18
Dallas Safari Club Annual Convention
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Tex.
Jan. 20 - Jan. 23
SHOT Show
Las Vegas, Nev.
Jan. 23 - Jan. 25
Houston Safari Club Worldwide Hunting Expo & Convention
The Woodlands Waterway Marriot Hotel & Convention Center
Jan. 24
Michigan NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training
Hartland, Mich., contact robertjellison@hartlandschools.us
Feb. 12 - Feb. 14
National Archery Buyers Assn. Reno Show
Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nev.
Feb. 18 - Feb. 21
Sports Inc. Outdoor Show
Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 20 - Feb. 22
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