Private investment firm Bregal Partners has formed Arcus Hunting, LLC to serve as an acquisition and organic growth platform in the bowhunting and archery accessories category, and has acquired Dead Down Wind LLC, a leading scent control brand.
Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, LLC ("KSE") has acquired InterMedia Outdoors Holdings, Inc., (InterMedia Outdoors) from InterMedia Partners VII, L.P., a private equity investment fund.

Archery is experiencing a wave of popularity thanks, in part, to the successful Hunger Games series, and locally to Iowa's expanding National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).

In a Nov. 4 General Election ballot initiative with national implications, Maine voters once again sent an unmistakable message to animal-rights extremists: stay out of our state.

The Archery Stand-By is specifically designed to be a safe, secure place to set a bow while retrieving arrows and its patented design and sand fillable base prevent tipping indoors or outside.

Due to popular demand, registration has opened for a final bowhunter-only Hunter Education course being offered at the Goffstown, NH Fish and Game Association on Dec. 12 and 13.

The Black Hornet is a 4-blade fixed blade broadhead featuring a cutting diameter of 1-1/4" on the main blade and a knife-grade diamond tip. The auxiliary, or bleeder blade, has a cutting diameter of 7/8".

The Kin Balam Invitational tournament in Mexico saw four strong Team USA athletes enter competition: compounders Lexi Keller and Shawnn Vincent and recurvers Mackenzie Brown and Collin Klimitchek.

Seth McGinn's CanCooker, the company that reinvented the old-fashioned-creamery-style can as a portable convection oven that steam-cooks a complete meal in an hour, makes holiday meal time a joyous and stress-free occasion for both the cook and guests.

Following the recent confirmation of a deer on a northeastern Ohio captive preserve with chronic wasting disease (CWD), Kentucky has announced than hunters may no longer transport whole carcasses of deer killed in Ohio to The Bluegrass State.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) amended its Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulation, effective immediately, to prohibit people from importing into New York certain parts of deer, elk or moose taken in the state of Ohio, DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens announced.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is requesting continued support from deer hunters in its ongoing surveillance and management of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

The 2015 Vegas Shoot offers the World's largest indoor purse with a projected payout of more than $250,000 in cash and prizes, with the top Championship Male Freestyle receiving a record $30,000.
The National Rifle Association proudly announces its continued partnership with Outdoor Channel, who will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Great American Outdoor Show for the second consecutive year.
Houston Safari Club (HSC) announces its 2015 Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention will take place January 23-25, 2015 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel in The Woodlands, Tex., with Sonic Automotive, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, as the Circle of Excellence Sponsor.

Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball® and the number one name in bats for 130 years, has an exclusive new collaboration with Realtree®, the leader in camouflage products for those who love the outdoors.

Wac'Em Archery Products LLC, formed by a group of hardcore bowhunters with a combined 30 years of outdoor industry experience, announces its acquisition of Wac'Em Broadheads
Bowtech Archery is expanding its sales teams for all of its consumer brands - Bowtech, Excalibur, Diamond, Stryker and Octane - into a single unified organization in addition to adding four regional sales agencies.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, is seeking a performance-motivated team player with strong interpersonal skills to engage and manage volunteer activities, event fundraising and major gift fundraising in New Mexico.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is currently accepting applications for a Regional Director position serving New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

An agreement has been reached in a lawsuit against the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which will restore conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area of eastern North Carolina.

Available in a variety of Realtree patterns LATCode Five Realtree® camo lifestyle apparel for men, women, youth, toddlers and babies include camo t-shirts, bodysuits and sweatshirts designed for ultimate comfort and wearability in the woods or on the street.
Moon Shine, LP, designer of Moon Shine Camo, announces its new partnership with Allen Company, which will offer gun and bow cases featuring Muddy girl Camouflage through sporting goods stores nationwide.

Black Lightning is a long lasting all-purpose Graphite/Silicone Wax Lubricant that provides maximum lubrication, not only for bow strings and servings but for hard to fit nocks, arrow tips, moving parts like cams, eccentric wheels, axles and much more.

The 2015 NASP Florida State Tournament will once again be conducted as a live competition on Feb. 28 at the Easton Newberry Archery Center of Excellence in Newberry, Florida, as well as a virtual tournament format, where participants can shoot for score at their own gymnasium or facility.

The new PCXL parallel cam system featured on the new Prime Rival bow for 2105 allows the user to adjust the let-off to be set as high as 85% for a more comfortable bowhunting set-up, or to a setting as low as 65% for added dominance in tournament competition.
Lancaster Archery Supply recognizes the rising popularity of archery with the release of a dynamic new recurve bow specifically designed to introduce young archers to the game.
Mathews® Archery, Inc announces the launch of two new bows utilizing NO CAM ST™ Technology, using two circular and concentric string tracks creating a balanced system of a smooth draw cycle and straight level nock travel.

SkullHooker™, the company that helped change the way hunters display their European skull-mount trophies, has introduced the new Skull Cap cover to create an affordable, clean and stylish presentation for sawed-off skullcap trophies.

The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) announced it has hired Cindy Mosteller of Carlile to be the new regional director for the state of Wyoming, with the primary goals to help build new chapters in the state and to support the many conservation needs of mule deer in Wyoming.
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) announces an annual "supporting membership" to the organization is now available.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Hunter's Dream Sweepstakes are open now, and 30 lucky winners will get to choose from over $300,000 in prizes, including 52 firearms and 26 dream hunts and trips!

Leica Sport Optics is offering a special opportunity to purchase all new Geovid rangefinding binoculars at 10 percent off the regular selling price for a limited time only, Nov. 26 through Dec. 1, 2014.

Safari Club International publications received the prestigious MarCom award for SAFARI Magazine and Hunt Now! e-newsletter, presented by The Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals (AMCP)
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recognized six outstanding student conservation leaders from across the country through its scholarship program by rewarding each of them with a Wildlife Leadership Award (WLA).

The Pope and Young Club reports that Rodney Debais' grizzly bear taken in Unalakleet, Alaska in 2004 and initially measuring 27 3/16 may qualify for the new world record when panel judged.

In honor of the iconic whitetail buck's 100th anniversary, the James Jordan buck taken in Wisconsin in 1914 is now on display at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo.
Sportsman's Warehouse (Nasdaq:SPWH) is expanding operations to include its first North Dakota retail location in Williston, with plans to open in the summer of 2015.

Pigman: The Series, hosted by Brian "Pigman" Quaca, and No Limit Archery have entered into a partnership for 2014-2015 that includes Pigman using No Limit Archery's recently launched "Ringer Release" on Pigman: The Series TV show, airing exclusively on Sportsman Channel.
TACTACAM, LLC announces new national sponsorship with Whitetails Unlimited Deer Camp Tour 2015.

After receiving heavy snowfall across much of Michigan's Upper Peninsula this week, the Department of Natural Resources is monitoring snow depths and assessing potential impacts on wildlife, particularly the deer herd which is still recovering from the two previous severe and snowy winters.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) responded to a report of a dead cougar along LA Hwy. 12 in Calcasieu Parish west of Dequincy. The animal was found late afternoon on Friday, Nov. 7.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission will consider adoption of the proposal to open game fish spearing and bowfishing statewide year-round at its Dec. 11-12 meeting in Fort Pierre.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed two recent photos of a cougar in the eastern Upper Peninsula, marking the 25th and 26th times cougar evidence has been verified in the U.P.

Every night on NRANEWS Cam & Co. starting Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 21 at 6 p.m. (ET), "The Sporting Chef," Scott Leysath will visit with Cam Edwards and present audiences with holiday dinner recipes to consider for family gatherings.
Watch for the Realtree logo his week on The Choice, as Ralph, Vicki and RJ head to Florida to join Osceola Outfitters for the annual spring gobbler fever.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is notifying the public that for the third year elk tested positive for brucellosis in the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming.

If you've decided to take up bowhunting or bowfishing - or maybe you've been inspired by Katniss Everdeen to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow - you'll need to have the right equipment, and the best way is to take an experienced archer or hunter with you to an archery shop, suggests the Iowa DNR.

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Deer Hunting Doesn't Get Much Hotter
Old sign on the side of the K-27 building, the last of the Oak Ridge processing facilities once part of the nation's largest uranium-enrichment complex. (DOE photo)
Most hunters are aware of the diseases and physical maladies that may adversely affect deer herds in their particular state or region, including chronic wasting disease (CWD) and the cyclic, insect-borne epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). In addition, there are numerous parasites and other factors that may cause harvested venison to be inedible or otherwise unusable.

But a special restricted deer hunt that takes place each year can produce whitetail with traits not only unique to that area, but they also require testing methods unlike any deer hunt you've ever experienced - unless you hunt in Oak Ridge, Tenn. After all, when was the last time you had your freshly harvested whitetail checked with a Geiger counter for radioactivity?

Kinda' gives a whole new meaning to "deer ticks," wouldn't you agree?

In recent years, three, two-day deer hunts have been scheduled on the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge reservation in October, November and December. However, for the past two years, the October hunt has been cancelled; in 2012 as a result of a security breach and last year because of the federal government shutdown (remember that?). As a result, the first 2014 hunt held Oct. 17-18 was the only time in three years the reservation hunt has coincided with the rut, resulting in a record single-hunt harvest for participating hunters - with 238 deer taken, compared to a total of 188 in the 2014 November and December hunts combined.

Of the October hunt total checked by wildlife officials, two deer were retained because of radioactive contamination - they were too hot to leave the reservation.

Sy Cook took this 10-point buck during the two-day October 2014 hunt at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He got to keep it, too. (ORNL photo)
Oak Ridge, aka The Atomic City, is headquarters of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and historic sight of the Y-12, known as one of the "hottest" spots on earth. Built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, the facility's electromagnetic uranium enrichment plant separated U-235 from U-238 and produced the material for the world's first atomic bomb.

In the 1940s and 50s, laboratory workers were known to simply bury some of the waste byproducts produced by the facility, which resulted in the radioactive runoff at the area known as Y-12. That practice ended decades ago.

Each deer harvested is tested by ORNL and wildlife authorities for strontium-90 in the bones and for cesium-137 concentration in muscle tissue. Since the deer hunts began in 1985 to thin the problematic herd, more than 11,600 deer have been harvested by hunters, and 204 - about 1.75% - have been retained because of high radiation.

Obviously, it's not the hot deer that attract thousands of hunters to annually enter the lottery for a chance to hunt ORNL. Rather, it's the hot deer hunting. The heaviest deer taken on the reservation weighed 218 pounds and the most points on a buck was 28.

To date, the hottest deer taken on an Oak Ridge hunt was an 86-pound, 5 1/2-year-old doe killed in 1999 on Copper Ridge near the old Tower Shielding nuclear reactor site. With that deer, as with most "hot" deer on the reservation, the determining issue was strontium-90 in the bones. Normal radiation background is something on the order of 30 to 40 counts per 2 minutes, and the 1999 doe registered 853 counts.

Authorities keep any deer with radiation levels 1.5 times above background. Historically, nearly all the hot deer are retained due to strontium-90 (a bone-seeking radionuclide).

- J.R. Absher


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Nov. 22
Michigan NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training
Hartland, Mich., contact
Dec. 3 - Dec. 5
ATA Archery & Bowhunting Summit
Louisville, Ky.
Dec. 4
West Virginia Archery in the Schools Instructor Training
The Bow Shop, Clarksburg, WV
Dec. 12 - Dec. 13
Bowhunter-Only Hunter Ed Class
Goffstown Fish and Game Association, Weare, NH
Dec. 12 - Dec. 14
IFAA North American Field Archery Championships
Homestead, Fla.
Dec. 20
Michigan NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training
Hartland, Mich., contact
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
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
Feb. 4 - Feb. 7
Safari Club International Annual Convention
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
Feb. 6 - Feb. 8
The 2015 Vegas Shoot
South Point Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
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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