BloodSport
ACCESS
A 93-acre land transaction brokered by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation opens the door to approximately 6,000 acres of previously difficult-to-reach public land just in time for Montana's big game hunting season.

ACQUISITIONS
Plano Synergy Holdings, a leading manufacturer of premium hunting, fishing and outdoor related products, has announced its acquisition of fixed-blade broadhead designer and manufacturer, Hartcraft, Ltd.

APPAREL
Under Armour and GORE-TEX® have designed a winning combination that helps hunters defeat the elements of the wild with their exclusive UA GORE-TEX® Pro Series, available in the Ridge Reaper Barren camouflage.
The FeatherLite represents the launch of a new series of game-changing hunting apparel that is light, breathable, and tough as nails, and as fully featured as ScentBlocker products are known for.

APPS
Bushnell®, an industry-leader in trail cameras and outdoor technology, has partnered with biologists at The Quality Deer Management Association and leading outdoor access technology developer Powederhook in the creation of a revolutionary new deer hunting tool.

ARROWRESTS
With adjustable brushes that securely hold the arrow at almost any angle, STORM™ provides reduced arrow contact, minimizing friction and increasing speed and accuracy.

COMPETITION
Team USA claimed two World Champion team titles Aug. 29 at World Archery Para Championships, with both the compound men and W1 men's teams earning victories.
Team USA picked up a major five Paralympic quota slots at World Archery Para Championships in individual eliminations bringing the nation's total up to 11.

COURTS
Convicted poacher and former outfitter Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 73, of Meeker, Colo., learned on Tuesday that his appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has failed, affirming the 41-month prison sentence and fines the former outfitter received in early 2013 for illegally baiting deer and elk with salt.

CROSSBOWS
The Barnett RAZR crossbow was born when an engineer asked the simple question: "What if the crossbow frame did more than just hold the riser and limbs?"

EVENTS
Scholastic 3D Archery, in conjunction with the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission, will host a 3D archery tournament as part of the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games, in London, Ky. Oct. 17, 2015.

GAME CAMERAS
Cloak™ 4 and the Cloak 4 LIGHTSOUT have fast one-second trigger speeds and the capability to capture still pictures or video - everything needed to cover lots of ground and keep tabs on a buck's ever-changing patterns.

HUNTING & FISHING DAY
Anglers, hunters and anyone interested in the great outdoors are invited to take part in Maryland's 9th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration Sept. 26 at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore.

JOBS
The Outdoor Group (TOG), parent company to Elite Archery, Duel Game Calls, Scott Archery, Custom Bow Equipment, Winner's Choice Custom Bowstrings, Solid Broadheads and Slick Trick Broadheads, is currently seeking a Territory Sales Representative to cover Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Regional Director covering the states of Alabama and Mississippi.

MEDIA
Outdoor Channel, a division of the Outdoor Sportsman Group – Networks, will continue to be seen in millions of households across the United States after completing a new, long-term carriage deal with DISH Network L.L.C.

NASP
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting interested, fifth through 12th grade physical education teachers, 4H and scout leaders to attend a free, basic archery instructor training offered through the agency's Colorado Archery in the Schools Program.

ONLINE
Ridge Road Outdoors allows hunters to access hard-hitting hunting videos anywhere, any time, for free — using a mobile device and help from industry-leading digital technology that also delivers much more.

OPTICS
View the natural world again for the first time when you are equipped with TrailSeeker optics from Celestron.
A national magazine has acknowledged the Bushnell Legend M Series binocular with its "Great Buy Award" as part of its annual feature, appearing in the September issue.

ORGANIZATIONS
The Cabela's Outdoor Fund, with a mission to promote conservation and hunting, fishing, camping, boating and other outdoor sporting and recreational activities, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Scholastic 3D Archery program (S3DA).
Miles Moretti, president of the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF), joins 17 other representatives on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC).
The Pope & Young Club recently sent a complimentary copy of the Bowhunting Records of North American Whitetail Deer, 4th Edition and the 29th Recording Period Statistical Summary to all state Fish & Game departments across the US.

PASSINGS
Dr. James H. "Red" Duke Jr., physician, television personality, conservationist, hunter and past president of Boone and Crockett Club, died Tuesday, August 25. He was 86.

SHARING THE HARVEST
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) reports it handled the donation, processing and distribution of 127 tons of meat during the past year – enough to feed more than one million servings to individuals, families and children in need.

SPONSORSHIPS
The Sportsmen's Alliance and Heartland Bowhunter have teamed up to present the 8th season of the popular show, which airs on Outdoor Channel at 9:30pm EST on Monday night.
Kishel's Quality Scents & Lures, offering a complete line of field-proven deer attractant and scent elimination products, has announced its sponsorship of Licensed To Kill Outdoors TV.

STATES
Many hunters will be taking to the woods and fields across New Mexico starting Sept. 1, the opening day for deer, elk and turkey archery hunts and for most small game and upland game birds.
The city of Glendive took a proactive approach to deer management, adopting a Deer Management Action Plan, approved by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in 2011, utilizing hunting with archery equipment as the primary control tool.
North Dakota's deer archery season opens Friday, Sept. 4 at noon, and bowhunters are reminded that deer bow licenses and accompanying tags are only available through electronic purchase.
The Department of Natural Resources asks hunters participating in Minnesota's bear season opening Sept. 1 to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears marked with colorful ear tags.
As bears become more active and bowhunters begin to pursue game in the field, Dusty Lasseter, Bear Wise community coordinator for Wyoming Game and Fish reminds hunting archers to be 'bear aware.'
Several hunting seasons are approaching and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is asking the public to use technology — rather than social media — to report wildlife and pollution crimes across the state.
The date range to set up and leave portable treestands and ground blinds on state and federal lands in Indiana is now noon on Sept. 15 through Jan. 10 the next year.

TELEVISION
This week on Archer's Choice, Vicki & Jen head north to Canada with Adrenaline Outfitters and show the men up in a big way as they Bear Down -- Manitoba style.
This week on STYRKA's Hardcore Pursuit, Mike Pelletier and Mike Rasmussen once again head to camp with the hopes of finding a couple late season bucks to hunt during late archery season.
This week, in Episode 10 of Name The Game, Levi is tested to his limits as he heads to coldest place on earth, the Arctic, to hunt for muskox with his Elite bow, on his continued quest for the Super Slam.

Was Kentucky Mountain Lion Released or Wild?
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife biologists perform a necropsy on a mountain lion killed by a game warden in Bourbon County last year. (KDFW photo)
Independent wildlife experts and agency personnel from other states are questioning the official conclusion by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife that a mountain lion killed in late 2014 was released or escaped from captivity, and did not find its way to The Bluegrass State on its own.

Officials with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife announced Aug. 25 that a 5-year-old, 125-pound mountain lion killed by a game warden in December 2014 after a Bourbon County property owner's dog chased it into a tree was likely brought to the state by someone or had been kept and a pet and released. It was the first of its species to be confirmed in Kentucky for more than a century.

The Kentucky agency said its investigation concluded the animal was too healthy to have been living on its own, and at five years old, too long-in-the-tooth for what's called a "dispersing male," on the move to claim new territory.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Steven Dobey noted that a 5-year old lion should already have an established home range and matured beyond the roaming age, and that long-distance traveling is typically the behavior of a 1½-to 2-year-old mountain lion.

"The age of this lion is huge," said Dobey. "This was a mature adult. We have consulted with western biologists who work closely with lions and they agree that a 5-year-old lion is living where it is going to spend the rest of his life."

Fish and Wildlife Deputy Commissioner and wildlife biologist Karen Waldrop agreed, saying: "There is no evidence supporting this animal traveled that distance on its own, or even spent any length of time on the ground here. This was either a released or escaped captive lion."

Dobey said the absence of previous sighting reports and trail camera photos of the lion were also significant in their conclusion.

But The Cougar Network, a respected group of experts on the species, said genetic testing indicated the animal originated in South Dakota's Black Hills, a region well-known as a source for dispersing cougars.

"The thing that was the linchpin for me is that it came from the Black Hills," said the Cougar Network's Michelle LaRue, a conservation biologist and research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. The Black Hills is a known source of dispersing males, she said.

"We are not an advocacy group," LaRue said. "We just look at the facts."

Further, LaRue said necropsy results found no tattoos and the animals claws were intact. Typically, captive animals are tattooed and declawed. And though the animal was in good condition, it was infested with tapeworms and ticks implying it had been consuming wild mammals for an extended period.

Some are suggesting the Kentucky agency is sticking to its "released or transported" story due to controversy surrounding the species and its predatory nature.

In recent years, multiple mountain lions have been confirmed in parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, though biologists doubt there are breeding numbers in those states. Sightings have also been confirmed in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. In June 2011, a 140-pound lion was hit by a car near Milford, Conn. That distance, more than 1,500 miles from the Black Hills, is believed to be the longest recorded journey ever by a mountain lion. That animal was recorded several times in Minnesota and Wisconsin before ending up in Connecticut.

Last week, an article in the Rapid City, SD Journal about the wandering lion quoted John Kanta, regional wildlife manager for the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, who agreed that lions originating in the Black Hills have been known to travel great distances.

"It is absolutely possible this mountain lion traveled that distance on its own," Kanta said, "There is no doubt in my mind it could cover that distance."

But Mark Marraccini, speaking for the Kentucky agency, said there's no denying mountain lions have been known to disperse for great distances, it's just that Kentucky's experts on the case have their doubts.

"No one here is saying that it couldn't have walked here, but we think it was brought here," Marraccini said. "Walking here from the Black Hills would certainly be an extraordinary journey, so we would need some extraordinary evidence that it made it here by itself."

So without trailcam photos, tracking collars, visual data or other evidence, no one will ever know – for certain – how that 5-year-old mountain lion found its way to a tree in suburban Lexington, Ky. last year.

No one, that is, except the lion. And he's not talking.

- J.R. Absher

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Sept. 3 - Sept. 4
Sept. 3 - Sept. 5
Texas Shootout and U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Penberthy Rec Sports Complex, College Station, Tex.
Sept. 3 - Sept. 7
Sept. 5 - Sept. 7
Sept. 8 - Sept. 13
Sept. 19 - Sept. 20
6th Annual Western New York Bowhunting Festival
Swain Resort, Swain, NY
Sept. 26 - Sept. 27
USA Archery National Field Championship
NFAA/Easton Archery Center, Yankton, SD
Sept. 26 - Sept. 27
NFAA National Target Championship
NFAA/Easton Archery Center, Yankton, SD
Oct. 17 - Oct. 18
Oct. 27 - Oct. 30
Dec. 3 - Dec. 6
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2015 Elk Camp
The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 3 - Dec. 12
RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 11 - Dec. 13
IFAA North American Field Archery Championships
Homestead, Fla.
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