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APPAREL
NOMAD, performance hunting apparel — built by hunters for hunters— announces its new and expanded line of apparel is now available and shipping to retailers across the country.

ATA NEWS
The Archery Trade Association (ATA) has revitalized its Retail Council to provide more guidance and support to the organization's retail members.

COMPETITION
October Mountain Products congratulates 13-year-old Sydney Phipps of Peterstown, WV on her recent International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) Championship win using her October Mountain Products Smoky Mountain Hunter recurve bow to capture the top score in the Youth Traditional Recurve Division.
The first Buckeye Classic is in the books with great success as the 2016 U.S. Archery Team (USAT) Event Series comes to a wrap and solidifies national rankings.

CONSERVATION
MYSTERY RANCH, a backpack company with multiple product lines, focused on function, comfort, quality and durability, recently teamed up with several outdoor brands to host a fundraising event centered around "2% for Conservation."
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $62,143 in grant funding to assist with 24 projects across the state of Pennsylvania.

COURTS
Conservation Force, the Garden State Taxidermist Association, a New Jersey taxidermist, and five New Jersey based hunters have been successful in their suit to end New Jersey's ban on the import, possession, export, transport, and processing of hunting trophies of the African "Big Four" (elephant, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros).

CUTLERY
Ready for a big game hunting adventure, the new Incase knives from Browning integrate a knife sheath with a leather or nylon ammo belt case.
Wiebe Adventure Knives®, the replaceable-blade knife category leader in durability and value, introduces the Boss Dog to its extensive line of hunting, field-dressing and skinning knives.

CWD
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will offer landowners scientific collector permits to harvest adult deer of either sex for CWD testing within the 2 mile sampling area surrounding Shell Lake.

DIGITAL MARKETPLACE
A strong mobile web presence is no longer an option -- brands must have an engaging, robust, and easy-to-navigate mobile web experience, says Ridge Road Outdoors CEO Geoff Heppding.

EVENTS
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) will be hosting an archery shooting event on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 - 15, at the 62nd Annual 3i Show in Dodge City.

GEAR
The new Realtree EZ Pic Cell Phone Holder™ helps you capture that perfect hunt photo or video to share on social media or to keep as a memento for years to come.

GEAR CARE
Dr. Burkenstock's "That Mold Stuff" is an odorless, colorless, non-toxic spray-on protectant that prevents the growth of mold and mildew and eliminates the odors caused by them.

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
PRADCO Outdoor Brands is looking for an experienced Sales Analysis and Forecast Manager to join its Birmingham-based product development team in the company's Hunting Division.

LICENSING
Better the Hunt has created the Insulated Bow Mitt in Mossy Oak Camo for keeping your bow hand warm and ready for the shot when hunting in the cold.

ORGANIZATIONS
Protect The Harvest - a national pro-agriculture coalition founded by Lucas Oil Products, Inc. CEO, Forrest Lucas, is expanding its Board of Directors with the addition of long-time social and political activist Eric Whitely.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's 2017 National Convention will offer attendees an opportunity to celebrate elk and elk country while also experiencing Nashville and its historic music scene in an intimate way.
The National Deer Alliance (NDA) announces the Archery Trade Association (ATA) is contributing $50,000 to NDA to ensure the future of deer and deer hunting.

PACKS
The Covert X, part of the ALPS OutdoorZ Extreme line of packs allow you to immediately find any piece of gear you need, such as a compass, GPS, flashlight, hunting licenses/tags, car keys or cover scent.
The Badlands Diablo hunting backpack has been redesigned for 2016 with added functionality and a Realtree Xtra camo option.

PEOPLE
CanCooker President Seth McGinn has announced the appointment of Sam Bowman to the position of vice president of sales and marketing, bringing nearly 10 years of sales, marketing and brand-management experience with leading consumer-product manufacturers.

PROMOTIONS
Parker Bows, a leading manufacturer of high quality compound bows and crossbows as well as RED HOT Crossbow Accessories, is giving away 10 crossbows in 10 weeks.
With archery seasons opening nationwide, Rage announces the return of the#TimeToHunt consumer social media photo and video contest.
Stealth Cam, known for innovation and production of quality game cameras and accessories, announces the final week of its Ultimate Archery Sweepstakes.

RANGEFINDERS
Halo's NEW XL450 Laser Rangefinder is packed with high-end performance features at a price that puts it within reach of nearly any hunter.

RECOGNITION
The Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor Low-Glow trail camera was named as the "Editor's Choice" in a recent review conducted by a national outdoors publication.

SALES
Steel Will Knives has announced Rogers Sports Marketing is now representing its products throughout the southern United States.

SPONSORSHIPS
FeraDyne Outdoors, LLC, announced it has signed a sponsorship deal with renowned archer Levi Morgan for its Nockturnal®, BLOCK®, GlenDel® and S4Gear™ brands.

STATES
New Hampshire's hunting seasons kick off on Sep. 1 with the opening of black bear and gray squirrel seasons, while archery seasons for turkey and deer get underway Sept. 15.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering "over the counter" nonpermit-tags to hunt elk in limited population management zones, such as the North Kaibab (Game Management Units 12A and 12B) and Arizona Strip (Units 13A and 13B).
During the past year, the South Dakota TIPs program reported 449 investigations initiated through citizen reports, leading to 193 arrests, $30,794 in fines and $13,900 in liquidated civil damages.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants deer and turkey hunters to know that its Telecheck system for reporting harvests will ask some new questions this fall and winter when hunters check their game.

SURVIVAL
The 12 Survivors Sharp N' Spark features fire starting tools, as well as carbide and ceramic knife sharpeners to ensure your field knives stay razor sharp when the going gets tough.

TARGETS
The Big Daddy buck is different because it uses a new, innovative cross-body dovetail design that provides more stability through the thousands of shots a target endures.

TELEVISION
Realtree Hunting Camp Tuesdays features Nick Mundt in Realtree's Monster Bucks, who started out as the cameraman and is now one of the leading faces in the hunting industry.
Outdoor Channel will celebrate with the Robertsons, get energized with the Keefers, click their boot heels together on Friday and "chill" with Lee and Tiffany during the week of August 29 – September 4.

TREESTANDS
Using Tree Stand Buddy® can help you by making it more difficult for deer to pattern your hunting movements.

Maryland Judge Favors Urban Parks Bowhunt, Snubs PETA
A Montgomery County, Md. judge has ruled the county's archery hunt to reduce deer numbers does not violate the state's cruelty code, as alleged by a member of the notorious animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

In September 2015, PETA member Eilene Cohhn filed a lawsuit against the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in an effort to halt bowhunting in the parks. At that time the court refused to issue a temporary restraining order requested by PETA to block hunting in two county parks until Cohhn's suit was heard.

Health and safety issues have prompted the county parks department to cull deer in area parks for the past 19 years, according to Bethesda Magazine, though the agency has only recently opted for bowhunting due to access and regulations prohibiting the discharge of firearms.

An increasing number of urban bowhunting programs for problematic deer herds in whitetail-rich urban parks and neighborhoods from Connecticut to Iowa have been overwhelmingly successful and trouble-free for the better part of the past decade. Most impose strict guidelines for participating hunting archers, often including proficiency tests, doe-only restrictions and used of elevated treestands.

A 2014 survey conducted in Watts Branch Stream Valley Park in Potomac determined there were 67 to 84 deer per square mile, according to Montgomery Parks reports. In its public hearings prior to implementing the bowhunt last year, the parks agency said acceptable deer density levels should be 30 or fewer deer per square mile in an effort to decrease deer-involved vehicle crashes and local cases of Lyme disease.

In seeking public comment on the archery hunts, a majority of residents and respondents said they want expanded efforts to manage the deer population, according to Bill Hamilton, the principal natural resources specialist for Montgomery Parks.

"We have determined archery managed hunts are a safe, lawful and effective way to address these requests in areas where firearms would create a greater risk," Hamilton said.

Not surprisingly, the extremists at PETA were not counted among the majority favoring managed archery hunting.

Following the Aug. 25 summary judgment issued by Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Steven G. Salant against Cohhn and PETA, the Norfolk, Va.-based animal rights group issued an official statement on its online blog.

"We are extremely disappointed by the ruling and deeply saddened about the fate of the deer, who are Montgomery County's gentle Cecils. The day will come when human beings must recognize that wild animals have a right to live on their ancestral lands and not be forced out and slaughtered simply for living as they have for generations. We'd like to point out that the county's 'management' program appears to be purposely set up to increase the size of deer families each year so as to make more living targets for hunters. Were that not the case, after all these years, the population of deer would have declined, and it has not. PETA believes this act of violence needs to be replaced with a program of chemical sterilizers if the county cannot 'live and let live.'"

At this point, it is assumed PETA will appeal Judge Salant's ruling. But for now, the bowhunting in Montgomery County's Parks will continue.

We'll keep you posted.


- J.R. Absher

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