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APPS
The official Outdoor Annual - Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations app is now available for free download on iOS and Android platforms, providing sportsmen with mobile access to information they can use in the field and on the water.

ARROW FLETCHING
The Ice vane from Bohning Archery is combination of the 3-inch ImpulseTM profile and Blazer® material, which provides a super low profile compiled with the durability of the trusted Bohning Blazer®.

BRANDING
Sportsman's Guide has launched a major brand campaign and redesign centered around a "Share The Thrill" rally cry that unites sportsmen both through their love of the outdoors and finding great deals on gear.

CANCELLATIONS
Due to a lack of pre-registered participants, the Prime Total Archery Challenge 3D event scheduled to take place at Devil's Head, Wis. Aug. 22-24, has been cancelled.

CATALOGS
For the 67th consecutive year, Brownells has released its all-encompassing catalog for the shooting industry, for the first year including archery and bowhunting products.

COMPETITION
Team PSE swept the podium last weekend in the Men's Open Pro Division at the 2014 IBO World Championship in Ellicottville, NY, with PSE Elite Pro Staff shooters Tim Gillingham and Nathan Brooks taking 1st and 2nd place, respectively, and staff shooter Joseph Goza taking 3rd.
It was a repeat performance for Veteran Pro Shooter and Gold Tip Pro Staff Manager, Tim Gillingham, as he once again claimed the IBO World Title at the recent IBO World Championship in Ellicottville, NY.
Bear Archery Staff shooter Paul Voshell won the Senior Hunting Class at the IBO World Championship in Ellicottville, NY Aug. 6-9, in only his first year competing in IBO national events.

EVENTS
Known for his quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality, Glenn Beck will speak at the 2015 Safari Club International Hunters' Convention the evening of Feb. 7 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will host a traditional archery workshop at the Wilbur Wright Fish & Wildlife Area in Henry County, Ind., Aug. 30.
The last Rinehart R100 3D event of the 2014 season will take place Aug. 23 - 24 in Central City, Iowa, hosted by the Hitaga Archery Club.

GAME PREPARATION
Hi Mountain Seasonings has created two delicious new flavors for its do-it-yourself sausage kit line: Spicy Beer Bratwurst and Garlic Pepper Bratwurst.

INDUSTRY
Swarovski Optik North America, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, has announced the hiring of Ryan Trenka to the position of Field Support Representative.

LICENSING
Coleman's new aluminum, weather- and impact-resistant Cree® XML2 LED flashlight is wrapped with a Realtree AP® camouflage design and is the ideal size for bringing on your next hunt.

MARKETING
The newly formed National Deer Alliance (NDA) this week announced the selection of Providence Marketing Group (PMG) as its Media Relations agency of record.

MEDIA
Sportsman Channel, outdoor television for American sportsmen and women, soared to the No. 1 spot of all networks for Q3 QTD YOY ratings growth for prime in the advertiser coveted demo categories of M25-54, M18-49, and P25-54, P18-49.

NEW PRODUCTS
Hunting Skins announces the addition of nearly 50 new designs featuring Mossy Oak patterns, including its very popular State Honor™ and All Game™ collections.

OPENINGS
The new National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Foundation Museum at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center in Yankton, SD was officially dedicated Aug. 3 in conjunction with the NFAA Outdoor National Championships and the IFAA World Field Championships.

ORGANIZATIONS
Financial assistance from the Pope & Young Club aided with the completion of the Jack Creek Preserve Outdoor Education Center near Ennis, Mont., offering outdoor educational opportunities for students, teachers, land managers, scouting groups and regional visitors.

PARTNERSHIPS
Through a partnership with Easton Sports Development Foundation, Pennsylvania-based Lancaster Archery Supply is fulfilling its mission of spreading support and resources for archery across the country.
Levi Morgan's Name The Game TV announces target manufacturer BIGshot Archery as its exclusive archery target sponsor for 2014.

PUBLICATIONS
Archers searching for the perfect broadhead for their fall hunting adventures won't want to miss "The Ultimate Broadhead Torture Test" in the September issue of Petersen's BOWHUNTING, on newsstands now.

RECOGNITION
BOWTECH's 2014 flagship compound bow, the RPM 360, was top performing bow in a national magazine's Best of the Best Awards, while the Solution from Stryker Crossbows was selected as the Best of the Best among new crossbows.

REP GROUPS
The Outtech team is excited to announce it is in the planning stages of launching an expansion of its sales and marketing team to include the western United States.

SHOOTING ACCESSORIES
The new patent pending Chubb'E sling system from LOC OutdoorZ offers a totally new and distinctive look from the Ultra Series of slings, according to Bob Jacobs, company president.

SPONSORSHIPS
Brownells, now offering more than 10,000 products to archers of all kinds, has announced its $10,000, Silver-Level sponsorship of the Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA) program.

STATES
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting applications for this year's lottery for black bear hunting permits. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the black bear hunting season scheduled to take place Oct. 20 - 23.
With Montana's bowhunting season set to open Sept. 6, remember that slow moving, quiet and camouflaged hunters will soon be sharing the landscape with the state's even stealthier grizzlies that may be stalking similar prey.
If you haven't obtained an archery big game hunting permit yet, no problem- permits for Utah's general archery bull elk hunt are not limited in number.
The Missouri Department of Conservation announces a $5,000 reimbursement grant that will help bring a new archery range to the City of Malden.
For the upcoming season, archery hunters headed afield for elk will be permitted pursue wolves throughout Montana beginning Sept. 6 through Sept. 14.
Nebraska's Sept. 1 opener was requested by archery hunters to allow hunting of deer when bucks are still in velvet. Opening day had been Sept. 15 for the past 35 years.
Voters who want to learn more about Maine's black bears and Question 1 on the November ballot should visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web page, which features a new section designed to inform citizens about the upcoming bear referendum and why the department is opposed to Question 1.

TELEVISION
Sportsman Channel has announced the network launched on the high definition (HD) platform of GCI's Digital Variety package on Thursday, August 14.
Backwoods Life hosts Kevin Knighton hits the woods of Northeastern Missouri with Travis Fleer, owner of Spikes N Spurs Outfitters, on this week's show, seen on Wild TV and Sportsman Channel.
Tune in to Sportsman Channel this week for a weeklong marathon of the original series< Camp Stew, hosted by Penn Jillette and showcasing some of the craziest outdoors videos ever recorded.

TREESTAND SAFETY
Deer season is gearing up for a new year and that's why the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering with other resources agencies and stakeholders around the nation to note that August is Tree Stand Safety Awareness month.

URBAN BOWHUNTING
The city of Grand Rapids, Minn. will hold its second special deer hunt - including archery - this fall in an attempt to further reduce deer numbers within the city limits.

Quotable
"We hold the grizzly in awe, not because of mythology, not because it stands and walks, not for its speed or dexterity. The reason is that it can kill and eat us. If it didn't, it would be a 500-pound marmot."
- Jim Carrier, "Letters from Yellowstone," Denver Post, 1987

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Changes Ahead as Bowhunting Seasons Set to Begin
With the early archery hunting seasons set to get underway in several states in coming days, retailers and shops across the country are scrambling to fill last-minute orders for some procrastinating bowhunters who suddenly realized September is looming.

On the manufacturing end of things, bow and accessory companies are in the process of catching their collective breath, that is, considering they successfully produced adequate product and met their order commitments. And barring catastrophic problems or delivery nightmares, company executives, sales managers and marketers are likely preparing to head afield for some well-deserved and hard-earned "product testing."

As bowhunters by the thousands heads to the woods and mountains in coming weeks, they'll experience a number of changes that will affect their hunts - and more important - maybe the type of bow they carry afield.

A pair of major U.S. deer-hunting states - namely Wisconsin and New York - will see crossbows legal during the archery deer-hunting season for the first time in the 2014-15 season. Indeed, considering the popularity of hunting there and sheer number of hunters involved, the addition of crossbows looms large.

Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday, Dec. 10 signed Assembly Bill 194, which creates a permanent crossbow season with no sunset. But it also includes a non-statutory provision for the DNR to collect crossbow deer harvest data through the 2015-16 hunting season. It is expected the department will make a report on the crossbow harvest information and an assessment of the crossbow season impacts.

Under previous regulations, only hunters with physical disabilities and those age 65 and over were permitted to hunt deer with crossbows.

Annually, Wisconsin usually ranks among the top three leading deer-hunting states, leading deer-kill states, firearm-hunting states and bowhunting states. Around 615,000 licenses were sold for 2013-14 deer gun season, and around 280,000 bowhunters hunt each year.

With Gov. Cuomo's signature on April 1, crossbows are now permitted during a portion of the 2014 general archery season and through the entire general firearms season in New York. Crossbows may be used in the final 14 days of the Southern Zone early archery season and the final 10 days of the Northern Zone early archery seasons.

In addition to crossbows, another major change will be seen as hunters in Virginia head afield this year, as they'll be permitted to hunt on Sundays for the first time since colonial days. The repeal of the ages-old "blue law" allows Sunday hunting on private land during designated hunting seasons by hunters who have the written permission of landowners.

Another change occurring earlier this year that may impact some equipment choices made by bowhunters heading out this fall was announced by the Pope and Young Club, an organization that maintains records on big game animals taken with archery equipment.

In some of its first official action since empaneling a new President and a pair of new Board members in March, P&Y made a significant departure from its long-held prejudices and approved a rule exemption permitting the use of standard lighted arrow nocks and bow-mounted cameras.

The March 3 announcement of the vote to change the organization's by-laws by the new Board of Directors and the subsequent ratification by the voting membership (75% to 25%) came after a somewhat questionable rejection of a similar proposed exemption for lighted nocks as "electronics," in August 2013.

Other new laws and regulations of note:

- Bowhunters in Western Maryland who are otherwise authorized to carry a handgun may carry for protection while hunting in Deer Management Region A.

- In May, voters in West Virginia approved ballot measures in Braxton, Calhoun, Nicholas, Webster and Wirt counties to allow hunting to take place on private property on Sundays.

- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation permitting Sunday hunting for deer and other game species on private lands in Allegany, Garrett and Washington Counties. Another measure expanded the number of Sundays deer hunting is permitted in Frederick County.

- J.R. Absher

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Calendar
Aug. 22 - Aug. 24
Prime Total Archery Challenge 3D Shoot
Devil's Head Resort, Wis.
Aug. 23
NC Becoming an Outdoors Woman archery workshop
Wake County Wildlife Club range, Durham, NC
Aug. 30
NBEF Bowhunter Education Online Course Field Day
Citrus Wildlife Management Area, Inverness, FL
Aug. 31 - Sept. 1
Florida Bowhunter Jamboree
Citrus Wildlife Management Area, Inverness, FL
Sept. 5 - Sept. 7
Sawmill Mountain Bow Shoot
Ski Sawmill, Morris, Pa.
Oct. 14 - Oct. 17
National Assn. of Sporting Goods Wholesalers
Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Ark.
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