Duck band reporting system moves online

LAUREL, MARYLAND – Hunters fortunate enough to harvest a banded duck, goose or dove next hunting season will see a change in the way they report those bands to the United States Geological Survey. The call-in center that has been in place to record information has been replaced by an online tool at www.reportband.gov.

According to the USGS Patuxent Bird Banding Laboratory, which administers the bird-banding program in the United States, the toll-free number engraved on bands will still function, but will redirect callers to the website. Read more

Enter to Win ALPS OutdoorZ Raptor X Optics Pack on Facebook

In an effort to unite, promote and educate people on conservation initiatives, ALPS OutdoorZ is gearing up to give away FREE Raptor X optics packs through their “Capture Conservation” social campaign.

ALPS OutdoorZ is gearing up to launch their “Capture Conservation”social campaign on Facebook. The goal is to encourage members to share how they contribute to wildlife conservation through storytelling and photos. ALPS OutdoorZ knows there are endless ways to contribute to conservation. Whether it’s establishing food plots, providing clean water sources, supporting conservation organizations that help us protect our hunting traditions or by simply buying a hunting tag each season, ALPS OutdoorZ wants to promote and educate others to the fact that hunting truly is conservation.

With the support of RMEF, they will be announcing the campaign through a variety of media outlets that will be sent out to all RMEF members encouraging them to follow links to a pinned post on the ALPS OutdoorZ Facebook page. Participants enter to win a FREE Raptor X optics pack by commenting on the post, making sure to include the hash tag #CaptureConservation along with a summary of their conservation efforts. The campaign is open to all, not just members of the RMEF. Winners will be announced via Facebook two weeks after the start of the campaign. Click here to enter http://bit.ly/2s1QFdV.

New Deception Series decoys are collapsible


New Deception Series decoys are collapsible, much like every mallard they’ll fool.Baldwin, WI- Lucky Duck Premium Decoys prides itself in creating innovative and quality hunting products that generate more success in the field. 2017 is no different with the introduction of their new Deception Series, which are the most durable, lightweight, and portable decoys to hit the market.

Each set comes with 4 drakes and 2 hens, in four different body styles. They are made with ultra realistic EVA plastic and can withstand the punishment of today’s waterfowler. This decoy series is ideal for any walk-in hunter because they easily collapse and fit into a backpack, saving on space. You will be able to fit more decoys in each slotted bag. In addition, all 6 decoys have a weighted keel, anchor hook, and special slots to allow them to face in different directions when hunting a strong current.

The Deception Series is available for $59.99, and currently shipping to dealers. Some suppliers that are carrying this product include: Scheels, Cabela’s, Rogers Sporting Goods, and Mack’s Prairie Wings. If you visit www.luckyduck.com/dealer-locator, you can find a dealer nearest you.

Click on this link to watch a video on the Deception Series.

Deer Private Land Assistance Network grant application period opens

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that the application period has opened for the Deer Private Land Assistance Network (Deer PLAN) grant program. It is designed to support private-land deer habitat improvement projects in the northern Lower Peninsula.

The Deer PLAN program is funded by the state’s Deer Range Improvement Program funds. In 2018, a total of $50,000 will be made available. The focus area will include private lands in the following counties: Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle. Funds will be allocated across these six counties based on a competitive grant application scoring process. Read more

Swagger Bipods Bring Steady Shooting to Fields, Stands, and Blinds

Swagger’s exclusive Crazy Legs Technology allows the All-Terrain Bipod legs to flex and move as a hunter shifts his point of aim. The Crazy Legs springs provide support but also respond to pressure, allowing the crosshair to remain steady, even as the hunter adjusts to game movement. Crazy Legs Technology also means the legs can hyper-extend to adapt to any shooting position, including prone, kneeling or standing. Read more

Michigan DNR conservation officer recruits begin rigorous journey


Candidates will be pushed to their limits as 8th Recruit School begins SundayTwenty-five candidates will try to make the grade as Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers when the 8th Conservation Officer Recruit School gets under way Sunday, July 16, in Lansing.Recruits face 23 weeks of intensive training that taxes their bodies, minds and spirits. This year’s class is composed of 18 men and seven women. Four candidates are from the Upper Peninsula, 18 are from the Lower Peninsula and three are from out of state.

The DNR will provide weekly blogs that offer a closer look at life in this year’s Conservation Officer Recruit School. The blogs highlight weekly training events and challenges. You can subscribe to the blogs, which also will be posted on the Michigan DNR Facebook page.

“These men and women have the chance to be part of something special, but they have to earn it,” said Gary Hagler, chief of DNR’s Law Enforcement Division. “Anyone who wears the green and gray uniform of a Michigan conservation officer must carry on our 130-year tradition of service and excellence. Those who have what it takes can look forward to an exciting, rewarding career protecting Michigan’s natural resources and the people who enjoy them. But it all starts at Recruit School.” Read more

NSSF Sportsmen/Sportswomen Survey

Your input helps shape the outdoor industry

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and outdoors industry, is conducting the following consumer study in an effort to better understand sportsmen’s and sportswomen’s hunting and target shooting participation.

Your individual responses will remain fully confidential and will not be shared with anyone for any reason and you will not be contacted as a result of taking this survey.

Manufacturers, retailers, state wildlife agencies and industry organizations rely on feedback from outdoor enthusiasts to shape future programs, products and wildlife restoration efforts so your input is extremely valuable and we appreciate you completing this survey in its entirety.

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For additional information on National Shooting Sports Foundation, please visit www.nssf.org

Boyt Harness Joins Boone and Crockett Hunt Fair Chase Initiative

MISSOULA, Mont. – Iowa-based Boyt Harness Co. is the latest name added to a growing list of supporters behind a new initiative led by the Boone and Crockett Club intended to highlight the core values of fair chase and to strengthen the image of the North American hunter.

“There was a time when sportsmen were openly admired and praised for their commitments to wildlife and habitat conservation,” said CJ Buck, the Club’s vice president of communications. “Today we’re subject to increasing attack and misrepresentation. As grossly unfair as this has become, no one is going to restore the positive image of hunters and hunting other than sportsmen themselves. The Hunt Fair Chase initiative seeks to help sportsmen become better brand ambassadors for hunting by rallying behind the time-honored traditions of fair chase and putting our best foot forward.”

The Hunt Right: Hunt Fair Chase initiative hopes to inspire sportsmen to unite behind an effort to improve their own public image and control the narrative about hunting that others have taken. The initiative will launch later this summer.

“Our society is governed by laws. Hunting too is governed by laws, but out of a sense of responsibility for the game we hunt and the country they live in, sportsmen go one step further,” said Buck. “A sporting approach ensures the game is respected and never threatened; the privilege of hunting is honored, and the no-guarantees nature of hunting and the memorable experiences we seek remain intact. There is a lot tucked up under the umbrella of what we know as fair chase.” Read more

Get a Utah Bull Elk Hunting Permit

30,000 permits went on sale July 11

If you want to hunt bull elk in Utah this fall, it’s easy to get a permit to hunt during the general season. Just log onto www.wildlife.utah.gov, or visit a Division of Wildlife Resources office or your nearest Utah hunting license agent, and buy one.

A total of 30,000 rifle and muzzleloader permits went on sale July 11.

If you didn’t get a permit on July 11, don’t worry: it usually takes a few weeks for general elk permits to sell out. “Don’t wait too long, though,” says Lindy Varney, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR. “If you want to hunt elk in Utah, I’d encourage you to buy a permit as soon as you can.”

General archery elk permits are one type of elk permit that won’t sell out. They aren’t limited in number, so you’ll have no problem getting one.

General archery elk permits also went on sale July 11. They’ll be available until the extended archery elk hunt ends on Dec. 15.

Two types of units

Before you buy a rifle or muzzleloader permit, you need to decide which units you want to hunt on: any-bull units, where you’re allowed to take a bull of any size, or spike-only units, where only spike bulls may be taken.

If you buy an any-bull permit, you can hunt on all of the any-bull units in Utah. If you buy a spike-only permit, you can hunt on all of the spike-only units in the state.

While many hunters dream of taking a large, branch-antlered bull, Varney says a hunt on a spike-only unit provides several advantages.

“One of the neat things about hunting on a spike-only unit is the chance to hear and see big, mature bulls,” she says. “The spike-only hunts are held on the same areas where the limited-entry hunts are held. You can’t take a branch-antlered bull with a spike-only permit, but you can still experience the thrill of being near these big elk.”

The spike-only units are mostly public land, so you’ll have lots of places to hunt. And—just like taking a branch-antlered bull—taking a spike bull will provide you with lots of tasty, healthy meat.

If you’d rather hunt branch-antlered bulls on an any-bull unit, Justin Shannon, big game coordinator for the DWR, says two units in the Uinta Mountains—the North Slope unit and the South Slope unit—are the most popular units in the state. “Hunting any-bull units can be a challenge,” Shannon says, “but they hold some big bulls.” Read more

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