Michigan: Educators Register for Wildlife Programs for Your Classroom

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers free educational opportunities to help educators looking for a fun way to integrate the state’s unique flora and fauna into their curriculum, while still meeting required educational standards.

To date, over 5,000 ninth- through 12th-grade students have been exposed to natural resources in the classroom with Elk University – Educating Tomorrow’s Wildlife Managers. Elk University is designed to fit into teachers’ busy semester while meeting educational standards and touching on Michigan history, forest management, elk biology, wildlife disease and social considerations for wildlife management. Through YouTube lessons and activities, students will learn how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy elk herd for current and future generations.

A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear, beginning its fourth year, is available to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade educators. Throughout the school year students will learn about the life cycle of the Michigan black bear, general black bear biology and behavior, and how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy black bear population. Additionally, over the school year, classrooms will get to “follow” a bear through its seasonal movements by using actual data points from a radio-collared Michigan black bear.

New last year, the Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife program is open to kindergarten through fifth-grade educators. Through this program, teachers can share the wonders of Michigan’s wild inhabitants with young learners to build appreciation for these unique species and the places they call home. Materials include lesson plans, wildlife posters for the classroom and sets of “Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife” critter cards for students. Sets of the critter cards for students are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. An electronic copy of the critter cards will be provided to all registered educators.

Educators are asked to register for these classroom programs by Sept. 30.

To register, visit mi.gov/dnrteachers and click on “Wildlife Education and Outreach,” then select the program(s) you are interested in.

Explore additional DNR education and outreach opportunities and resources at mi.gov/dnreducation.

Duck numbers remain high


Memphis, Tenn. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Tuesday released its report on 2017 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Overall duck numbers in the survey area remain high. Total populations were estimated at 47.3 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is similar to last year’s estimate of 48.4 million and is 34 percent above the 1955-2016 long-term average. The projected mallard fall flight index is 12.9 million birds, similar to the 2016 estimate of 13.5 million.The main determining factor for duck breeding success is wetland and upland habitat conditions in the key breeding landscapes of the prairies and the boreal forest. Conditions observed across the U.S. and Canadian survey areas during the 2017 breeding population survey were generally similar to last year with a few exceptions. The total pond estimate for the United States and Canada combined was 6.1 million, which is 22% above the 2016 estimate of 5.0 million and 17% above the long-term average of 5.2 million. Read more

Brownells & Henry Partner in Ultimate Brownells/Henry Repeating Arms Experience Giveaway

GRINNELL, Iowa (August 15, 2017) – Brownells and Henry Repeating Arms are working together to give one lucky winner a pair of personalized guns and an all-expenses-paid trip for two for an unforgettable experience at Brownells in Grinnell, Iowa.

The Ultimate Brownells/Henry Repeating Arms Experience Giveaway includes travel for two to Brownells for a personal tour and an afternoon at the range learning trick shots from the one and only YouTube icon and trick shooter “22Plinkster.” That evening, the winner and guest will dine with Henry Repeating Arms President Anthony Imperato, Brownells CEO Pete Brownell and 22 Plinkster.

Additionally, the winner will receive a pair of Henry firearms – a rimfire Henry Golden Boy rifle and a Henry Single Shot Shotgun – both to be engraved with a custom serial number of the winner’s choosing. Together, the guns are valued at nearly $1,200.

“We’re thrilled to be able to work with a great American company like Henry,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell. “This is a wonderful prize package and we can’t wait to greet the winners and show them a great time.”

“It’s all about the customer at Henry Repeating Arms and Brownells,” added Anthony Imperato. “To be able to spend some quality time with the lucky winners, 22Plinkster and the great folks at Brownells is something I am sincerely looking forward to.”

Contestants can sign up at the Ultimate Brownells/Henry Repeating Arms Experience page starting August 15, and the winner will be drawn on September 1. Full contest rules can be viewed on the contest webpage. Read more

ARGO Unveils 2018 Lineup of XTVs featuring the Frontier Series in Mossy Oak®

WEST POINT, MS – ARGO, the world’s leading amphibious Xtreme Terrain Vehicle (XTV) manufacturer, today unveiled its XTV lineup for the 2018 model year adding all-new models, features and options to its expanding line of industry leading powersports products.

Offering incredible versatility and value, the revamped ARGO 6×6 Frontier models make off-road riding approachable, easy and fun. With six different models to choose from including the Frontier 6×6/8×8 Scout outfitted with a number of hunting specific accessories including Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades® camo or Break-Up Infinity® camo, customers can further customize their ride with multiple color, transmission, accessory and seating packages – all new for the 2018 lineup. Read more

Federal Launches Syntech Component Bullets

ANOKA, Minnesota –– Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce it is now offering popular American Eagle Syntech Total Synthetic Jacket (TSJ) bullets as components for handloading, allowing both competitive and casual shooters to load Syntech to their own specifications and pressures. The competitively priced component bullets are available in three popular handgun caliber options. Shipments are being delivered to dealers.

With an exclusive TSJ polymer jacket that eliminates copper fouling and decreases heat and friction, Syntech loads have redefined the range ammunition category. Now handloaders can get the benefits of the same groundbreaking design in Syntech component bullets. The advanced range projectiles provide clean, accurate, consistent performance, as well as less splash-back on steel targets.

Features & Benefits
• Polymer-encapsulated Syntech bullet prevents metal-on-metal contact in the bore
• Eliminates copper and lead fouling
• Decreases heat and friction, extending barrel life
• Significantly reduces the required frequency of cleaning
• Absence of a copper jacket minimizes splash-back on steel targets
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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

Savage Arms Introduces Model 10 GRS in 6mm Creedmoor

SUFFIELD, CT – Savage Arms is pleased to offer serious long-range shooters a new secret weapon with the Savage Model 10 GRS in 6mm Creedmoor. The rifle delivers exceptional accuracy and performance whether you’re engaged in top-level competition or simply trying to beat your personal best. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

Based on necking the 6.5 Creedmoor down for 6mm bullets, the 6mm Creedmoor cartridge is capable of accurate 1,000-yard shots that had moderate recoil and is predicted to be the next hot cartridge for long-range precision shooting competitions.

Savage’s Model 10 GRS houses the full suite of accuracy-enhancing features firmly within a GRS stock made of 15 percent fiberglass-reinforced Durethan, with 65 percent glass bedding material.

The rock-stable stock’s slimmed down dimensions and textured surfaces provide a better grip in wet conditions, while its length-of-pull can be adjusted to fit any shooter. Plus, its Savage action, precise button rifling, fluted heavy barrel and user-adjustable AccuTrigger deliver the accuracy of custom rifles at a fraction of the price.

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PileDriver 390 Crossbow From Carbon Express

Arrives Just In Time For Hunting Season
The PileDriver 390 delivers blistering speed and unparalleled adjustability at an exceptional price.

Flushing, MI — When it comes to hunting with a crossbow, there’s no substitute for speed … as long as comfort, accuracy and shootability are not sacrificed in the process. Recognizing this, Carbon Express™ set its sight on creating a crossbow that produced incredible speed without sacrificing performance. The result? The birth of the PileDriver® 390 crossbow — which is being packaged with a free Quiet Crank rope cocker.

As indicated by the name, the PileDriver 390 unleashes bolts at a screaming 390 feet per second, with an adjustable foregrip and an adjustable buttstock to create the perfect fit for nearly any shooter. Other high-end features Carbon Express crossbows have become known for, such as Anti-Dry-Fire technology and an extremely lightweight overall design, are built in throughout the PileDriver 390. 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

Browning Trail Cameras: Perform Like A Pro

The 2017 Strike Force HD Pro camera is the most enhanced addition to the best-selling, small, high-performance trail camera line in the hunting industry. The 2017 Strike Force HD Pro cameras feature an incredible .3 second trigger speed and .5 second recovery time and users will enjoy the remarkable high-end performance and 18MP picture quality along with a new video processor that produces incredible quality 1280 x 720 HD video clips with sound.

The Strike Force HD Pro game camera also takes night pictures using Browning Trail Camera’s “Zero Blur” technology which eliminates motion blur from wildlife in your pictures up to a range of 120-feet at night.

Additional features include a Smart IR video detection system, which allows the camera to continue recording video footage for up to 5 minutes during the daytime and up to 20 seconds at night as long as the game continues to move in front of the camera, and an SD card “memory management” option that allows users to simply overwrite older images on the SD if the memory is full. And as if all of that were not enough, new for 2017 the Strike Force HD PRO 850 is able to work with 512 GB SDXC memory cards, has an impressive 1.5″ color viewing screen, offers innovative selectable IR settings and utilizes a handy adjustable tree mount. Read more

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