Archives for February 2011

Get Ready to Hunt Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is rolling out its 2011 big game hunting brochure with some major enhancements to help hunters apply for licenses and find information about big game hunting in the state. Applications for the 2011 fall big game season are due to the Division of Wildlife by Tuesday, April 5.

The fully re-designed brochure includes easy-to-read tables, a detailed list of new hunt opportunities in the state and a reference page with important information about Colorado hunting regulations. Copies of the brochure are available anywhere licenses are sold.

Also new this year is an interactive, on-line companion version of the brochure that has video clips offering hunt pointers and tips on how to apply for licenses through the draw process. [Read more…]

IBEP Class In Leesburg

International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP)

This is an invitation to anyone interested in attending the next local International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) course. Below is the information for the event that will be held on April 10th from 8:00am – 5:00pm at the Loudoun IWLA near Leesburg. The cost is free and will be the only course in the area until Ft. Belvoir begins offering classes again this summer. To register and for more information, please read the instructions below.

This course is very informative and of great value to the novice and experienced bowhunters and is taught by expert professional instructors. Sitka Gear I look forward to seeing you on April 10th! [Read more…]

Sunday Hunting For VA

Getting an early set up for the Sunday hunting push for next year. We have garnered national spotlight (NRA, NSSF, Cabela’s, etc.) and support this year. This is a first for us and all indications are that this was due to the grass roots effort in Virginia that brought them on board and it isn’t going away.

Priority 1:
Educate the public
* Use of Dogs while hunting bear, raccoon and fox on Sunday is legal, traditional hunting is not
* Many Virginians are not aware that hunting opportunity on Sunday is restricted to dog chase hunting. In most conversations you will find that people are shocked and think this is illogical
* Call in to radio talk shows
* Try and contact your local or regional paper and see if there is any interest in running a story
* Get the word out that the Sunday strangle hold is being held by the minority of hunters, most hunters now support Sunday hunting
* Hunting is far safer than other outdoor activities such horseback riding. Horseback riders are 20 times more likely to suffer injury than a motorcycle rider. [Read more…]

DOW Looking to Elevate Elk License Sales

DENVER — In a new effort to promote elk license sales and support the rural communities that depend on hunting, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is launching a national marketing campaign aimed at challenging hunters to elevate their game by tackling a Colorado elk hunt this fall.

The “Elevate Your Game” campaign targets hunters age 30 to 65 using football terminology and themes to raise awareness of Colorado elk hunting opportunities. The integrated television, print and web campaign, developed with Denver-based 5-Stone Advertising, is designed to reach millions of hunters across the country between mid-February and April 5.

Division of Wildlife Director Tom Remington said that while the campaign has a national reach, it’s designed as a proof-of-concept pilot project to test the effectiveness of marketing to resident and nonresident hunters alike. The goal of the campaign is to increase elk license applications for the limited license drawing as well as sales of leftover and over-the-counter licenses later in the year. [Read more…]

GORE OPTIFADE European Style

W.L. Gore & Associates, a leading manufacturer of advanced technology products including GORE-TEX® branded products, today announced that it has developed GORE® OPTIFADE Concealment “ the first visual concealment technology based on how deer and other hoofed animals see, both spatially and colorimetrically.  In Europe, W.L. Gore is partnering with Harkila, Chevalier (Scandinavia) and Beretta (Italy) manufacturers of high-performance clothing for hunters, to bring the new technology to market in 2010. [Read more…]

Review & Comments On Lolo Wolf Control

Peer reviews and public comments on Idaho Fish and Game’s proposal to reduce the number of gray wolves in the Lolo Elk Management Zone in north-central Idaho are available on the Fish and Game Website.

The proposal and comments are available at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves/.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft Environmental Assessment of the proposal, which also is available for public review and comment at: http://www.fws.gov/idaho/graywolves/. The deadline for public comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is March 14.

Virginia House Committee Tables Deer, Elk, and Bear Damage Bill

Sportsmen should thank Committee members for voting to stop a bill that would have allowed for the unlimited killing of deer, elk and bear.

Senate Bill 868, introduced by Senator Richard Stuart (R- Montross), would have required the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to issue agricultural damage kill permits to any person claiming that deer, elk, or bear were causing agricultural damage without first investigating if any damage actually occurred.

“This bill was pushing through at a break-neck pace and would have had a devastating effect on the state’s deer, elk, and bear populations,” said Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president for government affairs.  “Sportsmen should thank members of the House Committee for putting the breaks on this bill and for protecting professional management of the state’s deer, elk, and bear populations.” [Read more…]

New GORE-TEX Boots from Wolverine

HAWKEN
WOLVERINE ICS™ GORE-TEX® 6” BOOT
GORE-TEX® FOOTWEAR

Lightweight and durable, the Wolverine® Men’s Hawken is a perfect partner for early season and warm weather hunts, pairing an aggressive Vibram® Mutant outsole for traction on the most rugged and uneven terrain with the comfort of an athletic shoe.  The Hawken features Wolverine iCSâ„¢ technology, allowing wearers to customize their individual setting for maximum comfort by adjusting the disc in the boot’s heel. Constructed with waterproof full-grain leather and 1000 Denier nylon upper, the Hawken has an abrasion-resistant ArmorTekâ„¢ wrap to prevent unsightly wear and tear, especially on the toe. A GORE-TEX® waterproof breathable membrane allows moisture out but never in to keep feet dry and comfortable.  Armed with a 30-day comfort guarantee, the boot is available in Brown/Real Brown and Brown/Mossy Oak® Break-up II. [Read more…]

Virginia Bill Poses Threat To Deer Populations

Alert: Virginia Bill Poses Serious Threat To Deer, Elk, And Bear Populations

Vote Possible on Wednesday

A bill in Virginia threatens to allow large numbers of deer, elk, and bear to be killed within the state with little control by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Take Action!  Virginia Sportsmen should contact members of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee and ask them to oppose Senate Bill 868.  Tell them the bill is a serious threat to deer, elk, and bear populations within the state.  A list of the Committee members and their contact information can be found below.

Sportsmen should plan to contact them before the Committee meets this coming Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. [Read more…]

Baucus-Tester Bill Falls Short of Addressing the Real Issue

MISSOULA, Mont. — A Congressional bill yesterday was introduced by Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester that calls for delisting of wolves in only Montana and Idaho, which leaves a call for Congress to fix the growing wolf delisting debate far short of an acceptable solution. Some 47 of America’s leading sportsmen and agricultural groups are calling for Congress to step-in and stop the overreaching and manipulating use of the Endangered Species Act to tie up wolf delisting in the courts.

The groups — including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Mule Deer Foundation, American Farm Bureau, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, National Sheep Industry Association, NRA and many others — recently endorsed two bills already in Congress, H.R. 509 and S. 249. Both bills would broadly remove unnecessary federal protections on fully recovered wolf populations and grant management authority to the states. [Read more…]