The Sportsmen’s Act of 2017 on the Move

By Glen Wunderlich

Americans deserve, have asked for, and were promised transparency in government.  Yet, over the past decade our government has purposely thwarted any legitimate attempts to uncover the whereabouts of millions of excise-tax dollars cleverly extracted from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) by extremist groups under the guise of environmentalism.   At long last, however, the U.S. Senate’s reintroduction of S. 733, the Sportsmen’s Act of 2017, would shed light on the issue, while providing access to federal lands by being “open unless closed” for fishing, hunting, recreational shooting, and other outdoor experiences.

The Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) was enacted in 1980 and required an annual report of the number of cases processed and total attorney fees reimbursed.  EAJA allows plaintiffs to recover attorney fees and other expenses from the federal government when they prevail–average citizens who need help finding and paying for a lawyer to correct errors in earned benefits or to remedy mistaken penalties imposed by federal agencies.  That reporting ended in 1995.

Studies released independently by Notre Dame Law School and the Government Accountability Office show that environmental groups pad their claims for reimbursed legal fees using the EAJA.

A Notre Dame law review article shows that the law intended for seniors, veterans, and small businesses is utilized by environmental groups to get pay-backs for their lawsuits, as well. A GAO study shows that no one really knows how much money has been spent.  However, what we do know is that the original intent of the EAJA has been perverted to the extent that it threatens the financial foundation of genuine wildlife conservation as we’ve known it.

Adding agency reporting requirements to the Equal Access for Justice Act for monies spent in litigation settlements and awards are only one aspect of S 733, which should make it to the President Trump’s desk.  Here are other key provisions of the bill:

  • Specifically declaring the policy of the United States to include the enhancement of hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities on federal lands;
  • Continuing to recognize the States’ authority and responsibility for wildlife within their borders;
  • Establishing that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service lands are open to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting unless specifically closed to those activities;
  • Placing limits on such closures and imposing requirements for the process for closing lands;
  • Requiring the creation of a list of federal public lands that allow hunting but for which access is a problem;  
  • Exempting commercial filming permits for film crews of three or fewer, or for news gathering purposes;
  • Amending the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to allocate funds for construction and expansion of public target ranges on BLM and Forest Service lands;
  • Establishing a statutory Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council to advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, and recreational shooting;
  • Allowing the transport across National Park Service (NPS) land of bows or crossbows that are “not ready for immediate use”; and
  • Confirming it is proper to use qualified volunteers from the hunting community to cull wildlife on NPS land.

Additionally, this legislation would create an online public database of information on court cases against the U.S. government and would ultimately free up financial resources for conservation measures entitled to those Americans, who in good faith, provide the funding.

Time has come to deliver the transparency in government we were all promised and rightfully deserve.

TenPoint Launches Renegade

Mogadore, OH. Industry leader, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ unveiled its new Renegade crossbow. Featuring a new stock and a time-tested bow assembly, the Renegade provides consumers premium quality, performance, and safety at an entry-level price-point.

“The Renegade is perhaps the best entry-level TenPoint we have ever designed,” said TenPoint CEO Rick Bednar. “It’s lightweight, narrow, fast, and includes some of the industry’s best safety features. Pair that with TenPoint quality and a perfect price tag and this one has all the makings of being a best-seller for years to come.”

The affordably priced Renegade features TenPoint’s new Fusion UltraLite™ stock. Configured with optimal comb-height and length-of-pull, the Fusion UltraLite stock, made from PolyOne OnForce™ LFT long-fiber thermoplastics, employs strategically placed cutouts in the fore-grip and butt stock to reduce weight and provide superior handling and balance. The fore-grip cutouts also allow shooters to wrap their thumb and fingers “into” the grip. This feature and the glass-reinforced nylon safety wings located on the stock above the grip both help to keep the shooter’s fore-grip hand safely below the arrow flight deck.

The Renegade’s 165-pound bow assembly measures 18.5-inches when cocked. Its fully machined aluminum riser features two large weight-reduction cutouts and is fitted with 13-inch, tactical black HL Limbs™ powered by XR™ wheels and DynaFLIGHT 97 string and cables – all mounted to a 19.375-inch barrel.

Once assembled, the Renegade is 37.875-inches long, weighs 7-pounds, and shoots up to 335 feet per second.

The crossbow comes standard with TenPoint’s 3x Pro-View 2™ Scope, and, like all TenPoint crossbows, it features TenPoint’s DFI™ (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor) and auto-engaging safety trigger. Read more

Parker Introduces RED HOT HD Orange Lighted Capture Nocks

STAUNTON, VA- Parker Bows, the leading manufacturer of high quality Compound Bows and Crossbows as well as RED HOT Crossbow Accessories is proud to introduce the new RED HOT HD Orange Lighted Crossbow Capture Nocks, Powered by Lumenok. The New HD Orange Lighted Capture Nocks are 30% brighter and have Press-Fit technology that activates the high visibility HD L.E.D. when shot.

Designed to fit arrows with an inside diameter of .300, the HD Lighted Capture Nocks require no assembly. The Press-Fit design allows for easy installation with instant field use right out of the package. The High Visibility HD L.E.D. activates when the arrow is shot, maximizing the life of the lithium battery that can last up to 40 hours. In addition, the battery is easily replaceable so you can get years of use. The HD Lighted Capture Nock can also turn off by easily pressing the nock. Patented Capture Nock Technology is built into each nock which increases Accuracy, Durability and Safety by fully Engaging the crossbow string.

The nocks are Made in the U.S.A. and come in a 3 pack. The new RED HOT HD Lighted Crossbow Capture Nocks retail for $32.99.

Get $10 Back on Made-in-USA Beman® Arrows

Beman offers $10 rebate on the ICS Bowhunter™ or ICS Indigo™ models.

Elevate your game with the Beman ICS Hunter Series and get $10 back for a limited time. The ICS Hunter Series offers a high strength, lightweight carbon shaft for hunt-ready reliability. ICS Bowhunter™ and Indigo™ are straightness and weight checked to stringent factory specifications at Beman’s Utah facility to insure accuracy.
This $10 mail-in rebate offer is valid with the purchase one half dozen (6) ICS Bowhunter or ICS Indigo arrows now through December 31, 2017.
See offer details and restrictions at www.beman.com/rebate

Easton’s Micro 4MM FMJ Arrows Offer More Penetration

Full Metal Jacket and Ultra-Micro 4MM Injexion carbon arrows are field-proven on big game for archers seeking more penetration. This arrow is one of the most advanced bowhunting products. The 4MM Deep Six FMJ arrow combines a full metal jacket over an ultra-micro diameter 4MM carbon core that results in the deepest penetrating arrow available to bowhunters. 4MM FMJ arrows draw more potential energy from the bow and increase penetration by focusing their mass into a smaller diameter and reduced surface area. This results in less friction during flight for higher speed and more kinetic energy downrange. The ultra-micro diameter penetrates with less friction in the target, resulting in more pass-through impacts.

For more information on the Easton FMJ 4MM arrows, please visit www.eastonarchery.com.

TenPoint Introduces Lightweight Carbon Phantom RCX™

Mogadore, OH. Industry leader TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ introduced its NEW Carbon Phantom RCX. One of TenPoint’s three new crossbows for 2017, the Carbon Phantom RCX generates maximum efficiency in combining a newly engineered reverse cam bow assembly with a newly engineered stock and carbon fiber barrel combination.

“The goal from the outset was to truly push the envelope and create the easiest-to-handle bow with the lightest draw weight that still generates top-end speeds,” said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO. “The combination of speed, weight, size, efficiency, and adjustability make the Carbon Phantom RCX the most technologically advanced crossbow we have ever produced. All indications point to it being the ideal high-end crossbow on the market.”

At the heart of the crossbow’s efficiency is the bow assembly’s new RCX Cam System™. Measuring 13.375-inches axle-to-axle when cocked, the bow assembly creates an increased power stroke, at 16-inches, for a crossbow measuring just 35.5-inches long. In addition, it allows the lightweight 160-pound bow assembly, equipped with 10.5-inch RCX limbs and new Brownell Rhino string and cables, to generate speeds up to 385 feet per second. Its newly designed, machined aluminum riser features Over-the-Top™ limb pocket and Zytel® Limb Suspension System both separates and isolates the limbs from direct contact with the riser to reduce sound and vibration, as well as pre-installed String Dampening Rods (SDR) that further reduce noise and vibration. Read more

Full Metal Jacket™ Arrows Offers Bowhunters a More Lethal Option


Expanded line makes FMJ arrows available to more bowhunters than ever before.FMJ arrows are field proven to provide higher retained velocity, more pass-through shots, heavier blood-trails and quicker kills. Field reports are compelling with hunters reporting higher and faster recovery rates. Easton has expanded the FMJ line of high-penetration hunting arrows with the 6mm Full Metal Jacket. The 6mm FMJ shafts are constructed of a base carbon-core shaft that is wrapped with a 7075 alloy metal jacket. The reduced diameter shaft provides more penetration and accuracy than a standard carbon arrow by adding the kinetic energy and the precision straightness afforded by a metal jacket overlay. At $79.99 MSRP per half-dozen, the 6MM is priced where a lot of regular carbon arrows are sold and puts the world’s most advanced hunting shaft within reach of even more bowhunters. And for a limited time in 2017, Easton’s Utah factory will produce the 6MM FMJ in the retro Autumn Orange finish. Read more

Parker Introduces New Hurricane XXT Bow

STAUNTON, Va. – Parker Bows, the leading manufacturer of high quality Compound Bows and Crossbows as well as RED HOT Crossbow Accessories is proud to announce the all NEW Hurricane XXTreme Crossbow for 2017. Parker’s Flagship Hurricane XXT Crossbow combines new Xtreme Xbow Technology (XXT), Value, Performance and Features into a Tactical Styled Crossbow Package.

The Hurricane XXT incorporates radical new crossbow technology that breaks all the historical barriers of crossbow performance and design. Parker’s new patented Xtreme Xbow Technology (XXT) combines, 1) Inverted Cams, 2) Split Limb Array, 3) Cavity-Back Riser and 4) HP Synergy Cams to set a new performance standards for speed, quiet operation, and ease of cocking, all while being packaged in a light-weight, compact, maneuverable platform. The Hurricane XXT also features a QuickGrip adjustable forearm has 4.5 inches of adjustment for added comfort and feel when sitting in your treestand or groundblind. It comes equipped with Parker’s exclusive factory installed Anti-Vibration and Shock (AVS) System and Split Limb Dampeners to reduce noise and vibration for ultimate concealment in the woods. Like its contemporaries, the Hurricane XXT is equipped with arguably the best crossbow Trigger in the industry. It features an ambidextrous auto-engaging safety for right or left handed shooters and an anti-dry fire lock – A Parker Exclusive. Read more

New Rage Turkey Broadhead

SUPERIOR, Wis. (Feb 21, 2017) — Rage has designed a new broadhead specifically for turkey hunters that will eliminate the problem of a flopping-then-fleeing gobbler following an otherwise fast and deadly pass-through. The new Rage Turkey broadhead features a new cut-on-contact tip with a pair of massive Meat Hooks to inflict maximum lethal damage, all while slowing the arrow enough to anchor the bird. This Turkey Broadhead combines a gigantic 2.1/8″-inch-cutting-diameter, two-blade Slip-Cam broadhead with the Meat-Hook Tip to stop a turkey dead in its tracks. Read more

Parker Introduces New Revolution

STAUNTON, Va. Parker Bows, the leading manufacturer of high quality Compound Bows and Crossbows as well as RED HOT Crossbow Accessories is proud to introduce the All NEW Revolution for 2017. The Revolution is equipped with top-end features, superior performance, unrivaled accuracy with Parker quality at an affordable price.

The Revolution features the High Performance Revolution One Cam that is devastatingly fast at 320 FPS, perfectly tuned and always trouble free. The Revolution One Cam provides 80% let-off with adjustability from 26″ – 31″ and a tunable draw stop for a precision back wall. At a mere 4 lbs, the Revolution is lightweight, forgiving, and incredibly smooth, featuring an extreme parallel design, tunable string suppressor system and Micro-Lite Limb Pockets. The Revolution is available in draw weights ranging from 45-60 lbs and 55-70 lbs. With the construction, fit and finish of bows costing hundreds more, the Revolution features 100% machined aluminum riser, cams and pocket system. Read more

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