Elk Network: There’s an App for That

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s online digital platform, the Elk Network, is now available as an app.

“Approximately 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone and elk hunters certainly rank among them,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We designed the Elk Network to be mobile-first and mobile-friendly. The new Elk Network app is a logical step and easier way for users to keep up to date on all things elk, elk hunting and elk country.”

The app features highly visual and informational content updated on a daily basis. It also allows users to receive alert notifications as posts are made. Read more

New Summit Heated Seat

Stay warm, stay comfortable with the Summit Heated SeatRechargeable battery power offers adjustable heat control for the longest, coldest sits.

Birmingham, AL — Summit Treestands®, the industry leader in producing innovative and cutting-edge methods for hunting from an elevated position, introduces the Heated Seat—an adjustable, heat source to tame even the most brutal hunting days.

The Summit Heated Seat is designed to fit on most current model Summit stands, as well as being compatible with the seats of most other stand manufacturers, making it one of the best accessory options for any of your treestands. And with its one-piece soft touch temperature controller, you can easily raise or lower the seat’s temperature. Read more

Wildgame Innovations’ improved Terra Series digital scouting cameras

Wildgame Innovations’ improved Terra Series digital scouting cameras offer enhanced features and compact reliability at astonishingly low, hunter-friendly prices

Grand Prairie, TX – Wildgame Innovations has released the remarkably reliable and easy-to-use Terra 5 camera last year, which featured a surprisingly low retail price below $50. Lauded as a premier example of a camera providing the functionality hunters want at a price that makes developing a complete network of scouting cameras affordable, the Terra 5 ‘s strong battery life, compact size and capable features made this dutiful and economical performer a huge success. Read more

It’s your year to grouse and woodcock hunt

With grouse and woodcock hunting season openers just around the corner, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that now is the time to make plans to spend some days in the woods.

“This is your year for a fall adventure,” said Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird specialist. “The 18 GEMS across the Upper and northern Lower Peninsula are waiting for you and your shotgun to flush a few birds.”

GEMS (Grouse Enhanced Management Sites) are large blocks of land, open to hunting, that have hunter walking trails winding throughout. The sites are managed to have young timber, which makes them ideal places to hunt and see wildlife due to the thick cover and great food sources provided.

“Michigan is nationally known for great ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting, but with millions of acres of public land to explore, hunters might not know how to get started,” Stewart said. “GEMS are great places to begin.” Read more

Senate Committee Approves Crucial Polar Bear Provision

SCI is pleased to update members about the addition of language to S. 1514 that will allow the importation of certain sport-hunted polar bears from Canada.  The polar bear provision has become part of a sportsmen’s legislative package introduced in late June by Senator John Barrasso.

S. 1514 is the Hunting Heritage & Environmental Legacy Preservation Act or “HELP for Wildlife Act.”  Yesterday, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee approved the measure on a 14-7 vote.  As we previously reported, the HELP for Wildlife Act reauthorizes several important conservation programs, directs the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the wolf populations in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming, and facilitates the construction of shooting ranges on Bureau of Land Management & Forest Service lands.

Before final approval yesterday by the committee, Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska moved to add the polar bear provision, which was approved by voice vote.  The provision is similar to a bill introduced in the House by Rep. Don Young of Alaska to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow importation of polar bear trophies harvested in sport hunts in Canada.  Sullivan’s amendment enables the Secretary of the Interior to authorize import permits for polar bears that had been legally harvested from approved populations in Canada before the polar bear was listed as threatened in 2008.

The polar bear today, as it did in 2008, enjoys high population numbers across its entire range.  Canada’s polar bear management program is top notch and is one the most scrutinized conservation programs in the world.  The 41 polar bears taken by U.S. hunters in 2008 were all harvested under sustainable quotas in accordance with sound conservation practices.  Before the listing, U.S. hunters who imported their polar bears into the U.S., each paid $1,000 to a fund used exclusively for polar bear research and conservation.  Over the three decades that the program was in place, U.S. hunters contributed almost $1 million dollars to benefit the polar bear. Enactment of Senator Sullivan’s amendment would generate an additional over $40,000 for polar bear research and conservation, coming from U.S. importation fees. Read more

The New Rapid Shooting Rest from Bog-Pod

The all new Bog-Pod Rapid Shooting Rest (RSR) is compact, collapsible, and portable, making it the perfect shooting rest for outdoor enthusiasts. The Rapid Shooting Rest features Bog-Pod’s Switcheroo® Ultimate Shooting Rest, giving the shooter a full 360 degrees of target acquisition. Easy to store in a backpack, and quick to set up, this rest will give you the accuracy and range you need to make that big game shot on the fly.

Features Include:
Constructed of heavy duty cast aluminum and polymers
Easy to deploy Tripod legs with non-marring rubber traction feet
Twist lock main elevation adjustment
Minimum height of 7 inches with maximum height of 11 inches
Collapses to 12.8″ in length and weighs only 21.6 ounces
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Take Someone Hunting, Fishing or Target Shooting for a Chance to Win Prizes

NHF Day Challenge participants are eligible for a NASCAR or Ultimate Outdoor experience

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day), an annual celebration of hunters and anglers, features a new twist this year. Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair for NHF Day, is asking hunters and anglers to participate in the new NHF Day Challenge by taking someone hunting, fishing or target shooting.

By pledging to introduce someone to the outdoors between now and NHF Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, participants will be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience from Big Cedar Lodge and Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.

Alabama Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship says small game species provide an ideal introduction for new hunters. “Several opportunities are right around the corner including dove season in Sept. with the season opener on Sept. 9 in the South Zone and Sept. 16 in the North Zone, and both squirrel and rabbit seasons open on Sept. 16,” he said. “The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division also has 12 community archery parks and 12 shooting ranges that can be used year-round. All you need is either a hunting, fishing, management area or wildlife heritage license to use the ranges.” Visit www.outdooralabama.com for complete details. Read more

ICOtec® GC320 Electronic Predator Call/Decoy Combo

The ICOtec GC320 Predator Call/Decoy Combo utilizes our outstanding remote technology that connects to call unit from up to 300 yards with no line of sight required to activate the speaker and the decoy. The unit comes with 24 deadly call sounds, and you can play two calls simultaneously. Additionally you have the ability to activate the electronic decoy with the same remote control. ICOtec has developed this decoy with a speed control, LED light for night hunts, 2 quick change toppers and it has its own power source so it will not drain your call batteries. The AD400 Decoy is included with the GC320 caller.

Light weight, compact, easy to operate, superior quality audio calls, extreme long range remote, low power consumption, feature filled electronic decoy and one of the lowest prices available for a great call. The ICOtec GC320 is how predator calling was intended to be. ICOtec offers quality, performance and value. Dead Serious! Retail price around $150

Powderhook Launches Major App Update

LINCOLN, NE – Local, current information on hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting is now easier than ever to find with the newest Powderhook update. The Nebraska-based tech company has assembled nearly 10,000 outdoor events from many major NGO’s, retailers, state agencies and more and organized them in a new feature called “Discover.”

Here’s a breakdown of everything you’ll find in the newest release. As always, visit the App Store or Google Play to download or update the app.

Discover: Easily find an event or public hunting spot near you.

When people are out looking for stuff to do on the weekends, outdoor events usually aren’t on anyone’s radar. Why is that? People who host outdoor events are competing for attendees just like a movie theater, concert venue, sporting event or pretty much anything that a person can do to entertain themselves. This update and the API Powderhook has created for others to use changes that.

When it comes to creating new participants, it’s hard to know which event might trip which trigger. With the Powderhook update, we’ve not only begun to distribute our partner’s events to the top five event hosting websites on the internet, we compile them in a sortable feed for our users to access.

Public Spots
People are constantly looking for a new or better spot to go. Powderhook has always had one of the most complete public lands map available for free to anyone who downloads, but now we give users a cleaner ability to sort and configure search results. “I was headed up to Ohio last weekend and used the app to find a spot to go,” says app user Bobby Bostian. “It was great being able to hit the ‘Directions’ button and have it take me right to the spot. I also showed a couple hunters the ‘Discover’ section of the app and they were absolutely amazed at all of the public land that was available in their area.”

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

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