Steelhead Outdoors Nomad 32 Modular Gun Safe

Prior Lake, MN – Steelhead Outdoors added a new product to its growing Nomad modular gun safe line. The new Nomad 32 provides hunters, shooters and firearm collectors with a mid-size choice in between its Nomad 26 and Nomad 38 models. The model numbers correspond with the gun safes’ exterior width. All Steelhead Outdoors Nomad modular safes feature American-made quality and precision engineered versatility. Nomad safes can be ordered with either a dial mechanical lock or a push button digital lock.

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Lone Wolf introduces new ALPHA TECH 6-PT Fall Arrest System

Lone Wolf Alpha Tech Fall Arrest SystemEdwards, IL – As the industry’s leader in treestand design and innovation, Lone Wolf has always made safety its top priority. For 2012, Lone Wolf has taken this priority one step further and developed the NEW Alpha Tech 6-pt Fall Arrest System. This ingenious 6-pt safety harness takes comfort and convenience to the next level.

“We worked hard to develop a lightweight harness that stayed out of your way during the hunt, but in the worst case scenario, kept you in control of an otherwise uncontrollable situation,” said Lone Wolf President, Jared Schlipf. “We’re proud to offer this American made harness that provides the same level of quality you’ve come to expect from all Lone Wolf products.” [Read more…]

Feeding Wildlife Puts Animals and People at Risk

Many people enjoy seeing all the wildlife Montana has to offer. And some people think they are helping out by giving them something to eat. But the fact is feeding wildlife places the animals at risk and puts them on a collision course with humans. The problem of feeding wildlife has become such as issue across the state that the Montana Legislature recently passed a law with penalties for feeding wildlife. Feeding wildlife encourages them to move closer to residential areas where they can potentially cause costly damage to properties. Whilst this law has been passed, the damage has already been done in the sense that homeowners are seeing an increased number of wild animals on their property. To combat this issue, it is advisable to enquire about fences at Illinois Fence Company or a similar company to help keep wildlife off properties for their own welfare as well as the residents’.

Here are some facts about feeding wildlife:

  • Supplemental feeding encourages wildlife to become dependent on handouts that are not part of their natural diets.
    <,li>Hman foods are usually nutritionally inadequate for wildlife and may lead to subsequent health problems. It would be worth researching foods that are safe for wildlife like Deer for example, on sites similar to Feed That Game, so you can ensure you are not risking the health of any wildlife.
  • Young animals that are taught to depend on humans sometimes never develop normal foraging behavior, and could starve if the artificial food sources are removed or more likely become nuisances and come in conflict with humans.
  • Wildlife lose their fear of humans and learn that they can boldly forage for human food, consequently conflicts, nuisance behavior, and risks to human safety are sure to occur.
  • Wild animals being fed by humans may congregate in unnaturally high numbers, and this is the perfect opportunity for diseases to spread. Disease such as rabies, distemper and many others which are dependent on high animal populations.
  • Feeding wildlife, especially prey species such as deer, squirrels and rabbits, often causes a domino or food chain effect. Due to such feeding, the prey densities increase, which in turn attracts predators such as coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions. Example: Increase deer numbers in your yard and you may be inviting a mountain lion for a free meal.

If these facts are not enough, a revised state law passed during the 2009 Montana Legislature, adds ungulates like deer, elk, moose, and antelope, along with mountain lions to the list of animals that cannot be attracted to an area with any kind of food.

Once limited only to bears, the revised law is aimed primarily at feeding to purposely attract certain wildlife to a particular area with things like grain, seeds, and salt licks, but also includes negligently failing to properly store supplemental attractants, including garbage.

Offenders could be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and six months in jail. The penalty also could include the loss of hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for a year or more.

The law does not apply to normal feeding of livestock, backyard gardens, most recreational bird feeding, or to commercial processing of garbage. It does, however, apply to those who continue to feed birds after receiving a warning by FWP that the feeding is unlawfully attracting big game and other wildlife.

Do your part to help keep wildlife healthy and prevent them from coming into conflict with people. For more information and tips about living with wildlife, visit the FWP Web site.