Archives for January 2011

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines:
The Wyoming elk, Arizona elk and antelope, and New Mexico Oryx deadlines are approaching.

Wyoming elk is due in their office January 31, 2011 at 5pm MST. Apply online at https://gf.state.wy.us/elsapplication/ELSWelcome.aspx.
Note: Points only application period is July 1-September 30, 2011. [Read more…]

Wanna Hunt On Sundays?

Tomorrow on Monday, January 31, 2011, the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee of the Virginia State Senate will consider Senate Bill 850, which seeks to allow hunters in Virginia the freedom to hunt on Sundays.

In Virginia, as well as in the 10 other states that restrict or prohibit Sunday hunting, all other sporting activities, like golfing, fishing, skiing and so on, are allowed. The isolation of hunting seems unreasonable.

As you probably know, hunting and associated industries are the largest financial supporters of wildlife conservation throughout the United States, contributing billions of dollars to habitat conservation and wildlife management. We all have a vested interest in preserving our country’s outdoor heritage.

If you’re interested in increasing hunting opportunities in Virginia and across the country, we encourage you to weigh in by contacting the appropriate committee members in the Virginia Senate ahead of Monday’s hearing. Their names and numbers are listed below.  [Read more…]

This Isn’t Over Yet!

All of the members of the Natural Resources Committee voted against the bill except for Lynwood Lewis, the Delegate from Accomac.

That makes the following Delegates as obstacles to getting Sunday hunting: [Read more…]

Ban Lifted On Guns In VA Parks

Article was written in the Washington Post

RICHMOND – Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has quietly lifted the ban on people carrying firearms openly in Virginia’s state parks, reversing a policy put in place by his predecessor.

Gun-control advocates decried the move, saying the decision could hurt the state’s tourism business, while gun-rights advocates said the directive was overdue. It also was not unexpected, as McDonnell (R) had opined as attorney general three years ago that the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s guns-in-parks ban exceeded its authority when it enacted the rule under then-Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D). [Read more…]

Buck Knives Announces RMEF Membership Premium

MISSOULA, Mont.—Throughout 2011, all Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet attendees who renew or begin membership in the conservation organization ($35 value) will receive an exclusive gift—a BuckLite MAX ™ Orange hunting knife ($29 value) proudly made in the USA by Buck Knives.

It’s like getting a year’s subscription to “Bugle” magazine and other benefits of RMEF membership for just $6, according to the two partners.

“We’re excited to offer this special incentive as a way to engage more hunters in one of America’s premier conservation organizations,” said Bob George, national sales and marketing manager of Buck Knives. “Broader support for RMEF can only mean good things for elk and other wildlife, habitat and everyone who loves the outdoors.” [Read more…]

Senate Ag Committee Meeting

It is looking like Monday January 31st is going to be the big day. The full committee is going to open to comment Senate Bill to 850 Sunday Hunting. I am being told that this is the day to fill the room with supporters. A good showing can make the difference and help with our effort to drown out the opposition. I have posted a discussion topic where you can post your intent to attend on that day.

We have already gotten word that the following are NO votes: [Read more…]

Sitka Gear Goes Fanatical On Whitetail

An Abundance of Features Make the Fanatic the Flagship Piece for Whitetail Hunters

NAPA, CA. Sitka Gear, has introduced the Fanatic Jacket and Bibs, making it the key item in the Sitka Forest pattern line that is specifically and scientifically designed for the hardcore whitetail hunter.

A key design feature on the Fanatic Jacket is its side zipper design, which allows for a kangaroo pocket for hunters to keep their hands warm and ready for that next shot. This feature also places the zipper on the hunter’s shoulder and not in front of their chin. [Read more…]

Sitka Gear’s Incinerator Line Continues Evolution

Sitka GearBozeman, MT. Sitka Gear, has introduced the Incinerator Muff for 2011 to compliment the Incinerator line of products. Staying mentally sharp is always critical for success, thinking about how cold your hands are can destroy mental acuity completely. High heat to weight ratio synthetic insulation paired with Gore Windstopper protection keeps your hands toasty when the wind chill dips and maintains the dexterity needed to allow you to not only make that shot of the season, but also keep you safer as you climb in and out the stand. [Read more…]

Action Alert – Need to get those emails out!

The following are the list of pertinent email addresses that you can cut and paste into an email to help influence the Senate and Ag Committee. We need to continue to be louder than the opposition, they are gathering their own support and the momentum of decades are in their favor.

DelHMorgan@house.virginia.gov, DelBSherwood@house.virginia.gov, DelLWare@house.virginia.gov, DelTWright@house.virginia.gov, DelBOrrock@house.virginia.gov, DelEScott@house.virginia.gov, DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov, DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov, DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov, DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov, DelDBell@house.virginia.gov, DelJEdmunds@house.virginia.gov, DelTWilt@house.virginia.gov, DelJCox@house.virginia.gov, DelKPlum@house.virginia.gov, DelJShuler@house.virginia.gov, DelLLewis@house.virginia.gov, DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov, DelDBulova@house.virginia.gov, DelLTorian@house.virginia.gov, DelDEnglin@house.virginia.gov, DelMJames@house.virginia.gov, district31@senate.virginia.gov, district24@senate.virginia.gov, district10@senate.virginia.gov, district20@senate.virginia.gov, district38@senate.virginia.gov, district15@senate.virginia.gov, district14@senate.virginia.gov, district26@senate.virginia.gov, district04@senate.virginia.gov, district09@senate.virginia.gov, district06@senate.virginia.gov, district28@senate.virginia.gov, district37@senate.virginia.gov, bill.bolling@ltgov.virginia.gov, michael.hardy@ltgov.virginia.gov, denise.burch@ltgov.virginia.gov, ibbie.hedrick@ltgov.virginia.gov, jessica.brooks@governor.virginia.gov, district35@senate.virginia.gov, district03@senate.virginia.gov, district12@senate.virginia.gov, district29@senate.virginia.gov, district13@senate.virginia.gov, Agriculture&Forestry@governor.virginia.gov, commerce.trade@governor.virginia.gov, Natural.Resources@governor.virginia.gov, district30@senate.virginia.gov [Read more…]

SIMMS Launches GORE-TEX Footwear

Shoes Are Developed for Anglers by Anglers

BOZEMAN, Mont. (For immediate release) – Buoyed by its long relationship with W. L.Gore & Associates, Inc – makers of GORE-TEX® Technology – Simms Fishing Products
will launch a line of waterproof, breathable performance footwear early in 2011. Simms will be the first company to focus on designing and developing GORE-TEX® footwear
specifically for anglers.

As part of its expanded footwear line in 2011, Simms is introducing three GORE-TEX® footwear pieces: The Pursuit GORE-TEX® Shoe Mid and Low and the Harbor GORE-TEX ® Shoe, all designed for wear on and off the water. All three shoes feature GORETEX ® membrane, non-marking Vibram® outsoles – originally designed for use by the US Navy on carrier ships – and OrthoLite® memory foam sockliners for superior comfort.

Having manufactured breathable GORE-TEX® waders in its Bozeman, Montana facility since 1993 and being the fishing industry leader in Vibram® soled technology gives
Simms a unique advantage as it crosses into the performance footwear market. [Read more…]