Arizona man charged with deer poaching in Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – Iowa DNR Conservation Officers have charged Nicholas W. Slater, 31, of Glendale, AZ with deer poaching in Lake Manawa State Park on November 19, 2016.

Slater has been charged with the following in Iowa:

No valid non-resident deer license (Iowa Code section 483A.1(2)(K)
No valid non-resident deer license (antlered or any sex) (Iowa Code section 483A.1(2)(I))
Restrictions on taking game – illegal transportation of deer (Iowa Code section 481A.38)
Restrictions on taking game – illegal taking of deer (Iowa Code section 481A.38)
Restrictions on taking game – illegal possession of deer (Iowa Code section 481A.38)
Hunting on game refuge (Iowa Code section 481A.7)
No non-resident hunting license and habitat fee (Iowa Code section 483A.1(2)(G)).
The total fines for Slater are $2,243.20, plus liquidated damages for an antlered deer scoring 150 points or less. A judge will determine the exact total of liquidated damages.

These charges are part of a large, multi-state investigation that is ongoing.

Horton Vortec RDX™ Features Reverse Draw Technology

Mogadore, OH. Horton Crossbow Innovations’™ unveiled its new Vortec RDX crossbow model at the 2017 ATA Show in Indianapolis, IN. Following in the footsteps of the award-winning Storm RDX™, the Vortec RDX features a lighter, smaller, reverse draw bow assembly and a new stock focused on improved handling and comfort.

“The Vortec RDX offers incredible balance, ideal weight, and optimal speed at a perfect price point,” said TenPoint CEO Rick Bednar. “Starting at only $799, this is our first reverse draw crossbow that speaks to a large portion of the crossbow market. It has the potential to be an all-time great seller.”

The Vortec’s ultra-narrow bow assembly measures a remarkable 9.125-inches axle-to-axle when cocked. Its new machined, lightweight aluminum riser is fitted with the company’s Over-the-Top™ limb pocket and Zytel® Limb Suspension System that both separates and isolates the limbs from direct contact with the riser to reduce sound and vibration. The pockets hold the bow’s 12-inch 135-pound limbs that are powered by the bow’s NEW Reaper Cam System™ and new Brownell Rhino string and cables. Read more

GAMO’s Hornet Maxxim Air Rifle- Ready for Squirrel Season

Rogers, Arkansas – GAMO® Outdoor USA (, the leading manufacturer of high quality air guns, optics and laser designators encourages everyone to try the Hornet Maxxim break barrel, gas piston air rifle this Fall.

The Hornet Maxxim is available in both .22 and .177 caliber configurations providing the perfect shooting platform for small game hunting, recreational shooting and pest control. The Hornet Maxxim features quality parts and advanced technologies to improve the overall experience of shooting and hunting. Simply break open the fluted polymer jacketed rifled steel barrel, load a pellet and take aim. Hunting squirrels and other small game with the Hornet Maxxim is sure to be an enjoyable time shared with friends and family of all ages. Read more

TenPoint Introduces New Eclipse RCX Crossbow

Mogadore, OH- TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ introduced its NEW Eclipse RCX crossbow. Featuring an innovative reverse cam bow assembly and a time-tested stock and barrel configuration, it is the high-tech manufacturer’s latest response to a growing consumer preference for lighter, faster, more compact crossbows.

“Customer feedback drives our company and we hear every day that customers want lighter, faster, and more compact crossbows,” said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO. “With just a 140-pound draw weight and shooting speeds up to 370 feet per second, the new Eclipse is one of the most innovative, efficient platforms the crossbow industry has ever seen.” Read more

Harvey and Irma Damage or Destroy More Than 63,000 Recreational Boats

“It could have been much worse”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, estimates that more than 63,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, with a combined dollar damage estimate of $655 million (boats only). These numbers are strikingly close to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which remains the single-largest industry loss with more than 65,000 boats damaged and more than $650 million in estimated losses.

Breaking down the 2017 season storms, Hurricane Irma damaged or destroyed 50,000 vessels with approximately $500 million in recreational boat damage. About 13,500 boats were damaged or lost costing $155 million in boat damage as the result of Hurricane Harvey. Read more

Hi-Lux Introduces New Rifle Scope for Precision Long Range Matches

Specifically designed for the long-range precision shooting matches, the High-Lux Phenom 5-30X is a first focal plane scope featuring the illuminated CW-3 reticle. Designed with the feedback and insight of professional competitive shooters and military-trained marksmen, the CW-3 is a mil radian-based reticle that enables quick ranging and holdovers. Available in both red and green illumination, the CW-3 is a first focal plane reticle – accurate at every magnification setting and allows the shooter to visibly trace the bullet’s path down range. Read more

New Model 686 and 686 Plus Revolvers Join Performance Center® Brand of Firearms

New Model 686 and 686 Plus Revolvers are Purpose-Built for Competition

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today the launch of two new Performance Center revolvers, the Model 686 and Model 686 Plus, to the company’s line of competition firearms. The new Model 686 and 686 Plus revolvers feature premium Performance Center enhancements for a competition-ready package, such as a speed release thumbpiece for quick reloads, interchangeable sights, and a Performance Center tuned action.

Tony Miele, General Manager of the Performance Center, said, “When we began designing these revolvers, we wanted to develop an out-of-the-box solution for those seeking a revolver for competition shooting. Equipped with a speed release thumbpiece, tuned action, and unique visual appearance, these new revolvers have attractive features for bothnew and seasoned competitive shooters. The new Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus feature Performance Center enhancements that provide an excellent foundation for shooters looking to customize and gain a competitive edge in the shooting sports, or for those who are new to the sport and looking for an excellent competition-ready value.”

The new Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus revolvers feature a stainless steel frame, cylinder, and barrelwith a matte silver finish. Built for competition, these revolvers include a Performance Center speed release, interchangeable orange front sight, and a Performance Center tuned action. These revolvers also feature a unique visual design, including an unfluted cylinder, vented ribbed barrel, and a chromed custom teardrop hammer.

Chambered in .357 Magnum and .38 S&W Special +P, the new Performance Center Model 686 revolver is equipped with a 6 round cylinder and 4-inch barrel, while the Performance Center Model 686 Plus revolver features a 7 round cylinder, 5-inch barrel and features a cylinder cut for moon clips. Both Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus have an MSRP of $966. Read more

The Prime Centergy X1 Target Bow

The Prime Centergy X1 Target Bow:
Unrivaled tunability in a true center-grip bowMemphis, Michigan —Prime Archery®, by G5® Outdoors—the leading manufacturer of premium technologically advanced archery equipment, is proud to introduce the X1 series of Prime compound bows. Designed as a premium competition bow and available in 36″ and 39″ axle to axle options, the X1 bows feature the superior performance of a true center-grip bow with tunability that is unmatched.

The superior performance of the X1 is achieved via three key technologies:

True Center Grip Riser Design. The center grip design creates a more stable platform to aim from while under load. The riser is balanced with an equal amount of the bow below your grip and an equal amount above the grip, delivers significantly reduced pin movement at full draw – resulting in a better aiming bow. Read more

SAF: Second Amendment Enabled Armed Citizen to Intervene in Texas

BELLEVUE, WA – For the third time, a legally-armed private citizen has intervened in a church shooting, once again underscoring the importance of the right to keep and bear arms, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

Sunday’s tragic mass shooting might have been even worse, according to some officials, had not an armed “good Samaritan” fired at mass shooter Devin Patrick Kelley. It was that exchange of gunfire that caused the killer to flee Sutherland Springs with the armed citizen and another man in pursuit, eventually veering off the highway, where he apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“What happened Sunday in Sutherland Springs once again demonstrates that armed, law-abiding Americans will step forward when the need arises to defend their neighbors and their communities,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “This is not the first time an armed citizen has engaged in a heroic act at a church. Read more

BirdSpotter Photo Contest: Give Us Your Best Shot

Grab your camera and your keyboard and submit your photos and bird-watching stories to the BirdSpotter contest run by Project FeederWatch at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Ithaca, N.Y.–As the temperature falls with the autumn leaves, birds begin flocking to their favorite backyard feeders. Grab your camera and your keyboard and submit your photos and bird-watching stories to the BirdSpotter contest run by Project FeederWatch at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This year marks the 31st season for the citizen-science project, which collects observations about feeder birds from November through early April. Wild Birds Unlimited is sponsoring the current FeederWatch season and the BirdSpotter contest. Anyone can participate in the photo contest, whether they are a FeederWatch participant or not.

The 16-week contest opens on November 6 with the photo category “Birds with Food or at the Feeder.” Every two weeks the photo category changes. Check the contest website for the category schedule. Winners in each of eight categories will be chosen through public voting (People’s Choice) on the FeederWatch website and by internal judges (Judges’ Choice). Bi-weekly winners will receive Wild Birds Unlimited gift cards plus other prizes from the Cornell Lab, such as the All About Backyard Birds book and a tote bag. Read more

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