The following press release is courtesy of Raymarine
The following press release is courtesy of Raymarine
A New National Effort to Increase Citizen Science Capacity to Map Invasive Species in America’s Wild Places.
White Bear Lake, MN – In partnership with the University of Georgia – Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, USDA Forest Service, and other organizations across the United States, Wildlife Forever has launched a nationwide citizen science volunteer capacity-building program called Wild Spotter. Designed to help locate and map aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in Wilderness Areas, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and other wild places across the 193 million-acre National Forest System,
this new program engages and empowers the public, local communities, states, tribes, and many other groups to help the Forest Service confront the threats from harmful exotic plants, animals, and pathogens that invade America’s beautiful and economically important wild places. The Wild Spotter program provides the tools these volunteers need to help locate, quantify, map, and report invasive species infestations in a simple and effective manner, while raising public awareness about invasive species and promoting collaborations across the landscape.
The elements within the Wild Spotter program provide adaptable tools and technologies for engaging a diverse array of public stakeholders and user groups, including natural resource agencies looking for community engagement opportunities. Utilizing a targeted list of “most wanted” species, volunteers receive information and support to get started as a Wild Spotter volunteer; all free. Once a Wild Spotter volunteer identifies and reports a species, the data is verified by experts and then made publically available through a networked invasive species inventory database hosted by the University of Georgia.
“The invasive species identification and mapping technology of Wild Spotter is based on the national Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System – EDDMapS for short”, said Chuck Bargeron, Associate Director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, and one of the principal partners working with the Forest Service on the project. Bargeron noted that by using EDDMapS as a platform for the Wild Spotter program, it allows everyone to help locate, quantify, and map invasions anywhere in the country.
“We are very proud that Wild Spotter is expanding citizen science volunteer capacity against invasive species by capitalizing on the outdoor activities of millions of people who are already enjoying some of the most beautiful places in America, to help us gather information on the locations of these harmful exotic invaders in any ecosystem. Like the idea of ‘see-something, say-something’ the Wild Spotter greatly enhances the early detection and rapid response capabilities of agencies like the Forest Service”, said Bargeron. “Mapping, quantifying, and reporting new infestations early helps our biologists and other land managers to implement better strategies for prevention, control, and eradication”, said Allen Rowley, Director of the Forest Management, Rangeland Management, and Vegetation Ecology Units for the Forest Service in Washington, D.C.
Invasive species threaten access, productivity, and ecosystem health to millions of acres of public and private lands and waters. Congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and other natural areas are extremely vulnerable to invasion, and represent some of America’s best intact landscapes that must be maintained in their natural state for native plants and animals to flourish. “The Wild Spotter program expands our ability to accomplish mandated Wilderness stewardship responsibilities against invasive species, with the help of the public, and ultimately protect these wild places from the associated degrading effects of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. This is especially exciting to launch the Wild Spotter program in the same year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act”, said Sue Spear, Director of the USDA Forest Service’s Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Resources.
Wild Spotter utilizes a free mobile mapping app for Apple and Android devices including a comprehensive website that boosts volunteer capacity and training to help increase capacity. “This program has tremendous appeal and ability to engage citizen scientist volunteers, friends’ groups and the entire conservation community into taking action against America’s greatest threat to our public lands – invasive species”, said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President for Wildlife Forever, “and don’t forget to check out the new Wild Spotter Facebook page.”, Conzemius added.
If you want to become a Wild Spotter or learn more about the program, visit the website: www.wildspotter.org. Like us on Facebook. Join the effort to Map Invasives in America’s Wild Places.
The following press release is courtesy of LiveTarget Lures:
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 27, 2018) – Like Russian Matryoshka dolls—the small wooden figurines that fit one in the other, decreasing in size from large to minuscule—it’s not uncommon to find pike within pike within pike—a predatory procession of giant pike on down to large fish to juvenile and so forth.
The master luresmiths at LIVETARGET recognize the importance of juvenile pike to the diets of cannibalistic adult pike and many other important gamefish, and have engineered an ultra-realistic, pike-imitating lure designed to tempt predators that are willing to eat their own.
To be introduced at EFTTEX 2018, the LIVETARGET Juvenile Pike Swimbait combines biologically precise anatomical features and color patterns with biomimetic action and robust components to create a dynamic new swimbait to entice predators like pike, musky, zander, walleye, and more. The lure’s unique three-dimensional anatomy, including fins, tail, head and eyes, couple with a true-to-life profile to synthesize the perfect illusion of a living pike.
Metallic Green (807)
Matte Gold (809)
The LIVETARGET Juvenile Pike Swimbait’s intelligently engineered tail oscillator generates an exclusive, pike-inspired swimming action and vibration that elicits hot pursuit and violent strikes. Precision factory rigging ensures that the bait is ready to use immediately, achieving better balance without the need for frequent adjustment or tuning.
The LIVETARGET Juvenile Pike Swimbait is offered in two sizes: the 20.3 cm (8”) BPS-200 at 88.6 g (3 1/8 oz); and 30.5 cm (12”) BPS-300 at 244.5 g (8 5/8 oz); each internally weighted and precision balanced for a medium-slow sink speed. The two Juvenile Pike Swimbaits feature distinctive hook arrangements: namely, twin, extra-strong double hooks riding on the ventral side of the lure.
Double hooks positioned against the body
Double hooks positioned down
Specialized rare-earth magnets, integrated into the soft plastic body of the Juvenile Pike Swimbait, hold the double hooks tight to the lure, ensuring a stable swimming action and maximizing hook-up ratios.
Rare-earth magnets are incredibly strong for their size, yielding substantially more holding power than a generic magnet, and are much, much smaller, which eliminates any adverse effect to the swimming action. The stronger rare-earth magnets also quickly suck the hooks back into position, tucking beneath the body, as soon as the lure retrieval begins.
Each of the belly hooks can be independently positioned to ride with their points turned upward, which enhances the lure’s swimming action and reduces the amount of debris collected when the swimbait is fished through cover, or with the points turned downward, resulting in greater exposure of the hooks within the primary strike zone.
This user-customizable hook configuration is unique among swimbaits and makes the LIVETARGET Juvenile Pike an incredibly versatile choice for targeting apex predators.
Both sizes of LIVETARGET Juvenile Pike Swimbait are provided in two ultra-realistic color schemes to replicate the common varieties of pike encountered in European and North American waters: Metallic/Green (807) and Matte/Gold (809).
LIVETARGET Juvenile Pike Swimbaits will be available to retailers in late fall 2018.
Visit LIVETARGET in booth H33 at EFTTEX 2018 for your first look at an exciting new lure for the global predator market: the LIVETARGET Juvenile Pike Swimbait.
The following press release is courtesy of Howard Leight by Honeywell
New Impact Sport BOLT digital electronic earmuff from Howard Leight by Honeywell delivers 5X sound amplification, 22dB noise reduction rating, and a lightning-fast .5-millisecond attack time
WESTWOOD, Mass. (June 26, 2018) — Whether target shooting, hunting or attending a race, concert or other live event, the intoxicating sounds that accompany—or even define—the experience can have harmful effects on our hearing. Finding a way to block out dangerous noise levels makes wonderful sense from a health perspective, but common solutions deliver imperfect results, often making it difficult or even impossible to hear low-frequency sounds or carry on a conversation with others. Trade and industrial professionals working in loud environments face similar challenges. And since they often spend long hours there, comfort is a must.
In-ear foam plugs can provide economical and effective protection, but aren’t always ideal for long-term wear. They must also be inserted properly in order to work, which is something many folks don’t do. The optimal choice may often be an over-the-ear headphone-style digital earmuff capable of amplifying low sounds while reducing the volume of very loud sounds. Unfortunately, all such products are not created equal.
Howard Leight by Honeywell believes that hearing protection can be more than just a safety measure; it can be comfortable and highly practical, while elevating the sensory experiences of the wearer.
Building on over 30 years of continuous technological innovation, Howard Leight introduces the new Impact Sport BOLT digital electronic earmuff, combining 5X sound amplification, 22dB noise reduction rating, and a lightning-fast .5-millisecond attack time with a slim and comfortable ergonomic design and easy one-knob control.
All-new digital compression circuitry delivers Impact Sport BOLT’s remarkable audio performance. Ambient and low frequency sounds are safely amplified up to five times to a peak of 82dB, making it easy for the wearer to hear range commands and conduct conversation, even in noisy environments. Amplification automatically shuts off at 82dB, attenuating hazardous impulse noises like gunfire or loud noises from car engines, machinery or music. Impact Sport BOLT actively listens, reacting to these dangerous noises and reducing them to safe levels with a lightning-fast .5-millisecond attack time, resulting in a very natural sound quality for the wearer.
Durable, recessed microphones—one on each side—reduce wind noise while providing true stereo sound that allows the wearer to more easily identify a sound’s direction of origin. This feature makes Impact Sport BOLT a great option for hunters who want to increase their ability to hear and locate approaching game. Impact Sport BOLT is also equipped with an external 3.5mm AUX jack and included cord with an inline microphone for connection to a phone, computer, MP3 player or scanner.
BOLT’s performance and ergonomic design make it a very versatile earmuff for most shooting environments, including rifle, shotgun, handgun and tactical applications. Impact Sport BOLT features a sleek, extremely low profile earcup design with carefully engineered cutouts that allow shooters to shoulder a rifle or shotgun while maintaining full clearance from the firearm stock. Lightweight and comfortable for all-day wear, BOLT incorporates a padded headband with vertical height adjustments for a secure, non-slip fit. When not in use, the headband and earcups fold for easy, compact storage.
Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport BOLT Digital Electronic Earmuff
Technology and Performance
In the Box
Whatever your passion, protect yourself against hazardous noise without being left in silence. The new Impact Sport BOLT digital electronic earmuff from Howard Leight provides smart, fast and comfortable hearing protection that fully delivers on safety, while providing a heightened experience for its wearer.
The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:
White Bear Lake, MN – Boat ramps across Minnesota are busier than ever as boaters and anglers venture out to enjoy Minnesota lakes and rivers. At landings across the state, access ramps are getting a much needed upgrade to include CD3 Watercraft Cleaning Stations that are designed to halt the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Stations have recorded over 10,000 uses since being installed last fall. Boaters are encouraged to take advantage of the free tools available 24 hours a day.
Wildlife Forever’s Clean Drain Dry Initiative, in partnership with CD3 developers, has been leading a coalition of state and federal agencies, non-profits, universities and lake associations, to implement and design cutting-edge technology that monitors use of the waterless system and sends alerts on maintenance and use. Designed for day boater use, stations are free and user-operated that include a wet/dry vacuum, blower and tethered hand tools, to help make sure boaters and anglers are not ruining the waters they enjoy.
The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is the national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Strategic communications, marketing, outreach and educational services provide access to consistent messaging, and resources for implementing AIS prevention programs.
The following press release is courtesy of Traditions Media:
Hub-style ground blinds provide today’s hunters with effective and portable concealment. They set up and tear down fast, delivering the ability to hunt with confidence from nearly any location. It’s why just about every serious deer or turkey hunter has at least one of these magic makers in their arsenal – and chances are good, it bears the Ameristep name.
Known and admired for its rugged Spider Hub® frame, hardworking features and hunter-friendly price, the durable and dutiful Ameristep Brickhouse Blind has been a favorite among hunters since it was first introduced in 2010. And now, the gurus of ground blinds at Ameristep have taken everything great about the original Brickhouse and made it even better… by giving it the silent treatment.
Like the original, the new Silent Brickhouse™ provides ample room for up to three hunters, but improved features now cloak those hunters in silence. A patent-pending, hinged silent door system replaces the old zippered design, simplifying entry and exit with absolutely zero noise. Additionally, new silent mesh windows facilitate viewing and shooting adjustments without the alarming sounds of zippers or Velcro.
Additional new features of the Silent Brickhouse include patent-pending organic window shapes that lack hard lines and blend in better with the natural environment, as well as an expanded choice of exterior camouflage options. Silent Brickhouse is available in versatile Mossy Oak Break-Up Country or all-new Realtree Edge.
Ameristep Silent Brickhouse Blind Specifications
Model # AMEBL3002 in Realtree Edge
Model # AMEBF3007 (Canadian Compliant) in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country
Shhh. Don’t make a racket and expect to get ‘er done when nature is listening. Thanks to Ameristep, the all-new Silent Brickhouse blind will make sure whatever you’re hunting doesn’t hear a sound.
Muskegon, MI (March 21, 2018) – There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything. And when it comes to storing your deer-hunting clothing and accessories, even well intended hunters make mistakes. If you are using an airtight tote or dedicated storage bag to minimize contamination from ambient odors, congratulations; you’re on the right track.
But there’s a better way.
Toss your tote, repurpose your bag, and step up to the better odor-destroying storage system for your hunting apparel and gear. The new OZChamber 8K Storage Bag from ScentLok combines the power of CycleClean™? and OZInject™? ozone technologies with carbon adsorption to literally destroy the odors that attach themselves to clothing and gear and ruin hunts.
Patented ScentLok Carbon Alloy™? hunting garments have been proven deadly in the field, by combining activated carbon with zeolite and treated carbon to help adsorb a larger spectrum of odors – as well as targeting specific odors – better than ever before. But every piece of gear a hunter takes into the field picks up additional ambient odors that can be alarming to deer. That’s why odor-control storage is critically important to success – whether you use activated carbon scent-control clothing or not.
A Better Bag
Offering a generous 8,190 cubic-inches of storage space, the ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag is available in black (actually a distinctive digital gray/black pattern), as well as a choice of three popular camo patterns. The fabric is heavy 600D nylon with a DWR treatment to shed external moisture. It is lined with a PVC backing inside for easy care. The bag comes with a carbon adsorbing pad that fits into an interior mesh pocket to trap odors from your gear and the air inside the bag, and is also pre-plumbed with an OZInject™ internal piping system to distribute odor-destroying ozone throughout the interior.
A ScentLok OZ500 ozone generator comes bundled with the OZChamber 8K Combo Pack. This advanced ozone generator is specifically designed to emit a powerful stream of ozone molecules that seek out and destroy virtually all types of odors and bacteria in their path. When ozone comes in contact with these contaminants, their chemical structure is changed to a compound that is no longer recognizable as an offensive odor. As ozone continues to attack these compounds, the odor is destroyed through oxidation and the ozone reverts back to oxygen after it is used. ScentLokCycleClean™ technology allows the powerful OZ500 to regulate output by alternating between active and resting phases for maximum efficiency and longer product life.
Whether you need to restore or maintain the odor-adsorbing capacity of your activated carbon scent-control apparel, or deodorize your regular hunting clothing or accessories, the new ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag is the best and most comprehensive odor-destroying storage solution available today.
MSRP $99.99 (black), $119.99 (camo)?
ScentLok OZ500 Large Room Deodorizer
ScentLok OZChamber 8K & OZ500 Combo Pack
MSRP $199.99 (black), $219.99 (camo)
Industry-leading ScentLok hunting garments are constantly adsorbing odors and contaminants from the air surrounding them. Nothing keeps ScentLok clothing at maximum capacity like storing it in an OZChamber 8K Storage Bag equipped with OZ Active Odor-Destroying technology. Indeed, whatever brand of hunting clothing you wear or whatever accessories or gear you carry into the field, storing these items inside the new ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag will ensure they are deodorized and ready to provide hunters with an advantage in the field.
The ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag and ScentLok OZChamber 8K/OZ500 Combo Pack are available now through established ScentLok dealers. Learn more at ScentLok.com.
The following press release is courtesy of BioLight:
Off-grid energy pioneer BioLite has just launched two new products that take outdoor life to the next level: the game-changingSolarHome 620, which electrifies any structure or vehicle, and the SunLight, a versatile hand-held solar light. And in August, the portlable, smoke-free FirePit hits the market.
Please see below for more information, and let me know if you would like to test anything out!
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Feel at home, off-grid! The SolarHome 620 is a compact, portable and self-contained system of solar lighting and charging that can turn any off-grid structure into an electrified home. Ideal for cabins, van life, and hunting structures, it features a 6-watt panel, 3 daisy-chaining lights, USB charging, and radio/mp3 capabilities.
Hanging daisy-chained lights offer multi-room lighting, with individual spaces to control your space. The optional motion sensor offers a quick hit of pathfinding light or a heads-up for nearby movement. Powered by a compact 6-watt solar panel, the central control box keeps devices charged and the music going. The LCD backlit display gives real-time feedback on power and sun strength.
BioLite’s solar and lighting lines converge with the all-new SunLight, a durable, portable and compact (3.35” x 3.39”) light that self-charges from the power of the sun.
Offering up to 50 hours of light on a single charge, the SunLight’s integrated solar panel offers unlimited light and versatile setup so you can leave your batteries behind and free yourself from rationing your energy.
From illuminating your tent to way-finding in the dark to setting the mood for your backyard dinner, the SunLight is a simple, powerful companion for any adventure. This 100-lumen solar lantern features BioLite’s signature sundial and 360 kickstand for optimal charging. And thanks to its complete range of light colors, the SunLight offers full-color party mode for festive lighting!
Enjoy the warmth, smell, crackle, and feel of a wood campfire, without any of the smoke with the new FirePit. With capacity for up to four standard firewood logs, the FirePit creates hyper-efficient flames with patented airflow technology and gives you a front-row seat to the magic thanks to the X-Ray mesh body, enabling 360 views. Control the size of your flames manually or remotely with the free Bluetooth app.
Time to cook your catch? Lift the fuel rack and toss in charcoal to transform the FirePit into a hibachi style grill, complete with an included grill grate.