Bowtech Archery was once again the talk of the Archery Trade Association Show after unveiling six new bows on the opening morning, along with a performance by Country music star Colt Ford and appearances by outdoor celebrities Jim Shockey, Eva Shockey and Jim Burnworth.

Chestnut Hill Nursery is bringing a disease-resistant chestnut, the Dunstan Chestnut tree, back to American forests, and land managers are discovering the ultimate planting for deer and other wildlife.

Shortly before the ball dropped to ring in 2015, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation closed the deal on seven different land projects in four states that permanently protect and conserve 10,565 acres of vital elk habitat.

Bushnell, an industry leader in high performance sports optics and outdoor accessories for more than 65 years, has announced its 2014 contributions to Folds of Honor Foundation totaled $364,500.

The Banovich exhibition at the 2015 Safari Club International Convention Feb. 4-7 will showcase a new collection of John Banovich originals and newly released limited edition giclée canvases.

Ready to hunt: Included in the new Carbon Express Covert TM 3.4 crossbow kit is a rope cocker, 3-arrow quiver with lever action mount system, 3 PileDriver® 20" Crossbolts, rail lubricant, 3 practice points and a 4 x 32 multi-reticle scope.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports that two wild deer harvested during the recent hunting season have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease in Allamakee County.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources received laboratory confirmation on January 16, 2015 that four additional white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), bringing the total number of overall positive cases to six.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports two new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) have recently been confirmed in Macon and Adair counties in north-central Missouri.

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) announced that registration has opened for its 2015 Deer Steward courses, which will include a Level I offering at QDMA National Headquarters and Level II courses at the Kentucky Proving Grounds and Willow Oaks Plantation in North Carolina.

The 29th annual Field & Stream-Outdoor Life Michigan Deer & Turkey Expo will return to the SUMMIT Ice & Sports Complex, in Dimondale, Mich., Feb. 13-15, 2015.
The National Field Archery Association and Lancaster Archery Supply introduce "Practice with the Pros: Vegas Edition," Feb. 5 at the South Point Arena.
National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) announced this week it has selected Jim and Eva Shockey to serve as the honorary co-chairs for 2015 NHF Day.

Easton Sports Development Foundation this week announced the promotion of Trevor Thornton to Archery Center Manager at the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gray Loon Marketing Group seeks a full-time digital project manager onsite in its Evansville, Indiana, office.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents bowfishing guide Blake A. Mitchell, 29, for not having charter guide licenses, not having proof of adequate liability insurance on his vessel and not having proof of registration on his vessel.

Goat Tuff Products, known for its glues, vanes and other innovative products for the archer/bowhunter proudly announces its newest product, GT 100™ Ionic Bond Lubricant.

A statewide youth archery tournament will take place at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln on Feb. 7.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts the first 2015 National Association in the Schools Program (NASP) Virtual Tournament in Colorado as a part of the Colorado Archery in the Schools Program (CASP), Feb. 2 - 20, at participating Colorado schools staffed with a certified Basic Archery Instructor (BAI).

The new Skull Hooker Table Mount is specifically designed to showcase small to medium animals such as cougar, bear, pronghorn, impala and deer on a table, desk or shelf.

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., this week introduced the Wolverine R-Spec, an all-new Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle that sets a new standard in off-road capability and class-leading comfort.

The US Collegiate Archery Association is seeking a qualified 3-person staff to support the World University Archery Team in GwangJu Korea, July 3rd - 14th, 2015.

Nearly $300,000 in Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation grants fund more than two dozen habitat enhancement, research and hunting heritage outreach projects in 28 Colorado counties.
The Pope & Young Club announced this week its continued support of Goat Tuff Products, makers of archery-related adhesives, lubricants, release aids and other products.
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada this week for the National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF) annual SHOT Show, and hosted a reception yesterday evening at the Palms Casino Resort.
Gerald Swindle, part of the Bassmaster Elite Series of professional fishing and co-host of "The Hit List" hunting show, has recently endorsed the new free-membership National Deer Alliance.

Named Best Special Program among 2014 Sportsman Choice Awards winners announced at last week's SHOT Show in Las Vegas was "Fred Bear: Father of Bowhunting," produced by Bear Archery and Rusted Rooster.
USA Archery has announced the names of three new Coaches of the Year: Derek Davis, George Ryals IV, and Kathleen Stevenson.

Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 56,083 deer during the just-ended archery season, compared with 57,364 in the 2013-14 archery season.
Keith Warnke, Wisconsin DNR hunting and shooting sports coordinator, says more novice hunters and adults are finding their way to his course through their passions for local food, sustainable living and a connection to nature.

Recently, "Meateater's Steven Rinella participated in a Q&A forum with Sportsman Channel to discuss everything from his favorite hunting locations, organic cooking and his experiences living in New York City.
Rock n' roll icon, outspoken Second Amendment advocate and Outdoor Channel host, Ted Nugent welcomes former Alaska Governor, vice presidential candidate and Sportsman Channel host, Sarah Palin to his Texas ranch in this week's episode of Amazing America with Sarah Palin.

Total attendance for the 2015 SHOT Show was nearly 64,000, second only to last year's record-setting event, where nearly 67,000 came through the turnstiles.

"It is wonderful to smell the morning. Anybody who's been around the woods knows that morning smells one way, high noon another, dusk still another, and night most different of all, if only because the skunks smell louder at night."
-Robert Ruark, "Shame to Waste a Boy," from The Old Man and the Boy, 1957

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Tracking the Capitols With The Archery Wire
It's mid-January, and that means lawmakers have returned to statehouses across the country to draft, debate and cast votes on myriad issues - including many of significance to the readers of The Archery Wire. This week we provide a synopsis of several pre-filed or already filed measures of particular interest to archers and bowhunters.

Deer Farms/High Fence Preserves

- Indiana H 1453: The House Natural Resources Committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday on a bill that requires the state Department of Natural Resources to license private preserves where farm-raised deer, elk and game birds could be hunted. Sponsored by Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville), the measure requires new preserves to be at least 100 acres with eight-foot tall fences, establishes licensing requirements, inspection requirements, and fees. Further, it provides those on hunting preserves are not required to obtain a state hunting license and are not subject to take limits.

- Indiana S 442: Sponsored by Sen. Pete Miller (R-Avon), this measure would prohibit high-fence hunting in The Hoosier State, making it a Class C misdemeanor to use an unmanned aerial vehicle to search for, scout, locate, or detect wildlife as an aid to hunt or take wildlife; release from confinement a wild mammal for the purpose of taking the wild mammal; or offer for sale the taking of a wild mammal that is kept or confined on private property.

- Iowa SSB 1013: Sponsored by the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee, the measure authorizes the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to regulate land associated with hunting preserves or former hunting preserves by requiring the department to develop, administer, and enforce hunting preserve programs and requirements that include the quarantine of preserve whitetail for disease and the quarantine of a hunting preserve or land.

- Missouri SB 16: It's baaaaack! An omnibus agriculture bill similar to one Governor Jay Nixon vetoed last year is likely to be the first piece of legislation debated on the Senate Floor during the new session. Again with the sponsorship of Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown), the measure transfers the regulatory control of captive deer from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture.

- West Virginia S 237: Sponsored by five Democratic state senators, the bill regulates captive cervid farming as an agricultural enterprise and empowers the Department of Agriculture as the rule-making authority.


Utah S 45: Sen. Scott Jenkins' (R-Plain City) measure set for official introduction this week is short and to the point - permitting the use of crossbows during the state's general archery hunting seasons.

Montana H 176: This measure, sponsored by Rep. Forrest Mandeville (R-Columbus), adds the crossbow to Montana's legal hunting arms and permits crossbows during the state's regular archery hunting seasons.

New Hampshire H 336: This measure, sponsored by Rep. James Webb (R-Derry), requires the executive director of New Hampshire Game and Fish Department to adopt rules for taking by crossbow during any regular firearms season for game animals and game birds.

Sunday Hunting

New Jersey S 699: Sponsored by Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr., (R-Monmouth), a member of the New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus, the measure ends the current restriction on Sunday hunting and authorizes the hunting of game animals every day of the week during hunting season.

Connecticut H 5284: Sponsored by Rep. Christine Pavalock (R-77), the measure is the same as one that narrowly missed passage at the session's end in 2014, authorizing hunting on Sundays by bow and arrow provided hunting is conducted on private property.

- J.R.

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Feb. 4 - Feb. 7
Feb. 6 - Feb. 8
The 2015 Vegas Shoot
South Point Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
Feb. 7
Nebraska State NASP Tournament
Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, Neb.
Feb. 7 - Feb. 15
Great American Outdoor Show
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa.
Feb. 12 - Feb. 14
National Archery Buyers Assn. Reno Show
Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nev.
Feb. 13 - Feb. 15
420 Pro-Am Tournament
Creekwood Archery, Brockport, NY
Feb. 18 - Feb. 21
Sports Inc. Outdoor Show
Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 19 - Feb. 22
Western Hunting & Conservation Expo
Feb. 20 - Feb. 22
Feb. 27 - Mar. 1
Prime Total Archery Challenge
Natural Bridge Caverns, San Antonio, Tex.
Feb. 28
8th Annual Florida NASP State Tournament
Newberry, Fla.
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