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Mattracks Takes Delivery of SXV Specialty Search & Rescue Vehicle Via C-130

Photos courtesy of Mattracks

The following press release is courtesy of Mattracks:

Karlstad, MN – If one happened to be near the Grand Forks International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, December 12th, they might have seen a C-130 emerge from the dense fog and land on the runway. It was the Air force delivering a special search and rescue vehicle to Mattracks, the leader in track conversion systems. The vehicle, named the SXV, is to be fitted with a specifically designed track system to greatly assist its off-road capability during search and rescue missions.

The Air Force has been working with Mattracks to upgrade its SXV midsized platform in order to give it the mobility required when running in snow, mud and other soft terrains while maintaining its capability in transition areas and hard surfaces. This Mattracks equipped vehicle will have the ability to be air dropped and be available to other branches of the Armed Forces.

Mattracks is currently working with and has contracts with the Army, Navy, and Marines on other applications and has a long history of supplying to the Armed Forces. Over the past two decades, Mattracks has been involved with multiple defense R&D projects. While they do not want to give out too many details on their customers for national security reasons, Mattracks’ CEO Glen Brazier says, “We are extremely proud to offer our services and products to the brave men and women who defend and protect our country.” When it comes to providing equipment for defense, such as search and rescue, dependability is paramount; and as such, Mattracks products are continually the obvious choice.

Mattracks, located in Karlstad MN, is an international company that designs, builds and markets wheel to rubber track conversions for almost any multi-axle vehicle. They manufacture over 150 different models that they have sold all over the world, on all seven continents, and for the past 25 years. These systems are found on ATV’s, UTV’s, trucks, tractors, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, and military vehicles. Mattracks also designs many systems for custom applications servicing many different industries including the defense industry. Mattracks is the original designer of rubber track conversion systems and has been first in releasing nearly every innovation related to this segment of the market. In fact, if one sees a vehicle with rubber tracks, it is either Mattracks or an imitator who owes its heritage to Mattracks.

Additional information is available by contacting Mattracks, Inc. at 218-683-9800, 877-436-7800 (toll-free US & Canada) or 218-436-7000. Visit us online at www.mattracks.com, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or email us at sales@mattracks.com. Check out video on the event here.

NAPIER OUTDOORS UNVEILS NEW-LOOK TRUCK TENT

Napier Outdoors photo

The following press release is courtesy of Napier Outdoors: 

Niagara Falls, NY (2018) – Napier Outdoors is excited to unveil a fresh new look for the Backroadz Truck Tent! Launching March 2019, the Backroadz Truck Tent will feature
earth tones of green and grey and storm flaps built into the windows for privacy and additional weather protection.

Change is hard, but the new color scheme and functional improvements make the redesigned
Backroadz Truck Tent a welcome addition to the Napier line.
Don’t fear the setup fight; Napier tents make camping a breeze with color-coded poles and a lightweight carrying bag for storage. An internal gear loft and built-in lantern holder keep you organized and ready to explore. An entrance and two large windows offer ventilation, breathtaking views, and a blissful night’s sleep in the great outdoors! Equipped with a built-in floor, full rainfly, and NEW storm flaps in the windows and door, the Backroadz Truck Tent is designed to keep you warmer and drier, while seamlessly installed
in the back of your open-bed pickup truck.
With every Backroadz Tent purchased, a tree is planted through Napier’s charitable partner, Trees for the Future. Trees for the Future helps communities around the world plant trees through seed distribution, agro-forestry training, and in-country technical assistance.
Napier Truck Tents are perfect for fishing, hunting, tailgating, off-roading, and family camping trips – create the ultimate camping oasis wherever your vehicle may take you.

ABOUT NAPIER OUTDOORS
Napier is the world’s largest developer and distributor of Vehicle Camping Tents. Since 1990, Napier has been changing the way people view camping, by reshaping and merging the automotive and
outdoor industries together. Napier was the first to revolutionize the camping industry with innovative and exciting Vehicle Camping Tents.
Napier distributes Vehicle Camping Tents to automotive manufacturers and retailers across North America, Europe, and Australia. Napier Vehicle Tents are the number one selling Truck and SUV Tents in the World!

Canine Cargo Carrier: The Next Generation in Dog Transportation

After years of experience in building, buying and transporting with just about every type of dog
trailer out there, Get My Point, LLC has developed a break-through in dog transportation.
Whether you have show dogs, rescue dogs, hunting dogs, sled dogs, police/military dogs or you are a dog transportation company, we have a trailer for you. Our trailers are designed around our Honeycomb Dog Pods, one of the safest dog boxes on the market today.
Each pod can be put in or taken out of the trailer for versatility like no other dog trailer on the
market. The most popular size, the 3-dog Honeycomb Dog Pod, can give you a 6-, 9- or 12-dog trailer in a trailer body less than 10 feet long. If the trailer is made 11 inches taller, it will hold 4 pods of 5 dogs each and have a trailer that carries 20 dogs in a trailer body 10 feet long.

This still allows you to take a pod of 3 out and put it in the back of any half-ton vehicle for short trips and then put it back in the trailer when you need more dogs transported. All with plenty of
storage, water and custom features that are not available elsewhere.
The top priority in our tandem, torsion axle, steel roll-bar cage design is safety. Creating a very
secure structure for your dogs is our goal.

Each trailer is fully insulated and has a ventilation system that creates a draft-free and dust-free
environment, unlike conventional dog trailers that put your dogs in drafty, dusty and vehicle
exhaust-filled conditions because they ventilate through the dog box.
Our one-piece polyethylene roto mold Honeycomb Dog Boxes provide protection from extreme heat, cold, road
noise, as well as vibration. Our Canine Cargo Carriers have their own 12-volt battery system that runs the ventilation system so dogs can be left behind in a safe, secure environment.
Dogs are unique in the fact that they ride with their head on the floor. Imagine yourself being in
an aluminum or stainless steel box driving down the interstate with a ventilation system that blows through your dog box while your head vibrates on the floor. If you did, you would not put your dog in that situation.
Another feature of our Canine Cargo Carrier that no other dog trailer has is our ramps that drop down and work like a table to assist you in handling your dog.
From our secure bulldog hitch to our heavy-duty rear bumper, we offer the most complete dog transportation system available today. Visit getmypointllc.com for more information.



Mack’s Lures Introduces “Game Changer” Flasher

 

The following press release is courtesy of Mack’s Lures: 

Mack’s Lure, Inc., manufacturer of the popular Sling Blade, Double D Dodger and Flash Lite Troll, has added to their extensive line of dodgers and attractors with the ScentFlash UV Triangle Flasher. This one-of-a-kind 8” in-line spinning flasher features a patented scent release system that is sure to be a game changer in the salmon, trout and kokanee fishing markets.

MACK’S LURE’S BOB LOOMIS DETAILS THE NEW SCENTFLASH, WHICH COMBINES A 360-DEGREE INLINE FLASHER WITH THE ABILITY TO LOAD THE DEVICE WITH SCENT PRODUCTS. (MACK’S LURE)

“We’re very excited to release yet another innovative product,” Mack’s Lure President Bob Schmidt said. “The ScentFlash has been extensively field tested and is guide-proven to help attract and catch more fish.”

THE SCENTFLASH COMES IN SIX DIFFERENT COLOR COMBO PATTERS. (MACK’S LURE)

The ScentFlash is easy to use. Simply un-snap the lid on the flasher, apply scent to the premium pad, and snap back into place. The ScentFlash will then release scent through the water as is rotates, attracting fish with incredible flash and a trail of scent.

BY DEPRESSING TWO “DOGEARS,” THE HALVES OF THE FLASHER COME APART. THE PRODUCT COMES WITH A SCENT PAD, WHICH ARE ALSO SOLD SEPARATELY. (MACK’S LURE)

“Not only does this 360-degree attractor come in high UV body colors, as well as high UV tapes to attract fish, but it can also be filled up with scent, which is a must-have for today’s angler,” Sales & Marketing Director Bob Loomis said. “Unlike any other attractor, you can fill the scent pad with scented oils or gels — or load the cavity with scented tuna, herring or anchovy filets. Whatever your preferred scent is, the ScentFlash will hold it, then disperse it while trolling to catch more fish.”

ANOTHER OPTION WITH THE SCENTFLASH IS TO ADD TUNA TO THE SCENT CHAMBER. (MACK’S LURE)

The ScentFlash is available in two high UV body colors — Chartreuse UV and Clear UV — with six high UV color options to fit your needs. Each ScentFlash includes one (1) premium ScentFlash Pad, designed specifically to hold and disperse scent throughout the water. These premium pads can be cleaned and re-used for multiple uses, though they’re also sold separately as a four-pack.

DYE SHOWS SCENT DISPERSING FROM THE SCENTFLASH. (MACK’S LURE)

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Arm Chaps

Every once in a while, a product comes along that is extremely beneficial for people… that is, once they understand the benefits of it. Things like the Personal Computer, Cell Phones, the Internet all come to mind. Initially, people cared very little for these things until they understood the many benefits they provided. Arm Chaps is a product like that, although it’s not a high-tech product. Instead, Arm Chaps are simple, useable by nearly anyone, extremely effective, easy to use, stays out of your way, provides adjustable Air-Flow, and many customers feel it’s very clever.

This all leather protective sleeve is very soft and durable, and contours to the hand and forearm, prevents nearly any injury to the hands & forearms, in nearly any situation, all while allowing total use of your fingers. That’s Impressive!! Once on, they it stay in place and will NOT slide down your arm like an old sock.

Think about the activities that often cause forearm/hand cuts, scratches, burns, and bruises. Such as:: Mechanics, Veterinarians, Farmers & Ranchers, Landscapers, Tree Cutters, Disaster Clean-up, Gardeners, Animal Handlers, Assembly line workers, ATV & Cycle Riders, various Industrial uses, people that Bruise Easily or need to protect very Thin Skin, and all types of Recreational activities just to name a few. My God, the applications are endless! If you understand the need for Work Gloves and see that it’s “Common Sense” to wear them in various situations…. then, I hope you see how its also “Common Sense” to use Arm Chaps if you’re at risk of injuring your Forearm or Hands in those same activities. Oh, and gloves easily can be worn with the Arm Chaps if needed.

New Technology Helps Backcountry Hunters Spot Invasive Species

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever: 

White Bear Lake, MN – Hunters venturing into National Forests this
fall are encouraged to keep a keen eye out for harmful non-native
plants and animals using Wild Spotter™. Launched in partnership
with the USDA Forest Service, University of Georgia and Wildlife
Forever, Wild Spotter helps identify, map and report invasive species
to better assist the Forest Service with managing public lands.

In just over six months, Wild Spotter has been downloaded and used by
hundreds of people hunting, fishing, hiking or simply exploring
national forests. Field reports of invasive species are coming in to
managers on a regular basis, helping to locate problem areas.
Endorsed by dozens of conservation groups from around the country,
the program leverages countless tools such as a free mobile app,
Facebook page, website and training materials for anyone to become an
official “Wild Spotter”.

“Our public lands under attack. Invasive species are contributing to
fires and habitat loss around the country. Sportsmen and women have
long been on the front lines of conservation so Wild Spotter is a
perfect stewardship program to use to engage and protect our favorite
places,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President of Wildlife
Forever.

Wild Spotter demand is growing. Piloted on twelve National Forests
from coast to coast, Wild Spotter appeals to citizen scientists,
recreationists, volunteer groups, and youth clubs venturing outdoors
and looking to help protect their favorite wild places from aquatic
and terrestrial invasive species. New ‘wild places’ and partner
organizations can join the Wild Spotter program at any time.  Looking
to learn more and become an official Wild Spotter? Visit the website
at www.WildSpotter.org –
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WildlifeForever/0774b02178/0c622bb775/a32a8b5e4d
and follow along on Facebook.  Download the free Wild Spotter app
for Apple and Android devices.

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to
conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education,
preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As a
non-profit, 501c3 charity for over 30 years, WF supporters have
donated millions of dollars in all 50 states plus Canada, to conduct
fish, game and habitat conservation projects. By investing resources
on the ground, recent audits reveal 94% of every dollar supports our
conservation mission. Please Join Today!  To become involved and
learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage
America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org –

Wildlife Forever Fights Back Against Great Lakes Invasive Species

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever has taken another innovative step towards fighting the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes by donating a solarized watercraft cleaning station to the City of Duluth.

Located within the St. Louis River estuary, the access at Munger Landing was recently outfitted with a CD3 Watercraft Cleaning Station to empower boaters to self-inspect and Clean Drain and Dry boats, trailers and equipment. In partnership with St. Louis County and the Minnesota DNR, the project highlights the importance of collaboration between state, county, city, private companies and conservation groups to bring real solutions in fighting the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Munger Landing is the second access to be retrofitted with new cleaning station technology. In addition to providing physical tools to remove weeds and water, the new station will soon be outfitted with a Wi-Fi educational platform to highlight invasive species issues but also allow boaters to purchase fishing licenses, download lake maps and safe boating information.

“The Great Lakes remain a major pathway for the potential introduction of invasive species,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President for Wildlife Forever. “I could not be more proud of the partners involved that worked together to enhance this access for AIS identification/prevention but also making a place for people to learn more about the resource,” said Conzemius.

“The access at Munger Landing is a key location to the City of Duluth’s interconnected water trail and access to the St. Louis River, a crown jewel for paddlers, hunters, anglers, and birders. The station is a great complement to our awareness and prevention plans for preventing invasive species,” said Lisa Luokkala, Senior Parks Planner for the City of Duluth.

Wildlife Forever’s Clean Drain Dry Initiative is a national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Strategic communications, marketing, outreach and educational services inform the public about invasive species prevention and consistent best management practices. Newly designed cleaning stations are waterless, user-operated and includes a wet/dry vacuum, blower, and tethered hand tools for easy use. The CD3 station is not your average cleaning station. The system has internet connected technology to allow natural resource managers to track visitor use, functionality and maintenance needs.

To learn about educational resources, tools and services to help prevent the spread of invasive species visit www.WildlifeForever.org

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.  For over 30 years, WF members have helped to conduct thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. Recent audits reveal a 94% to mission rating. Join Today!  To learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.

 

Vortex HD Binoculars & Spotting Scope

Vortex ® drops an optics hammer with their all-new Viper HD Binoculars
Viper ® HD Binoculars: If seeing is believing, you’re about to believe. The all new Viper HD binoculars are an optical
masterpiece, giving hunters, shooters and outdoor enthusiasts a premium option without the premium price tag.

The HD optical system delivers stunning resolution, color fidelity and edge-to-edge clarity. Lenses fully-multicoated with
XR™ antireflective coatings provide critical low light performance – turning waning light into game-spotting
opportunity. A super-wide field of view promotes fast subject acquisition and more efficient glassing.
Exterior lenses are protected by ArmorTek® – an ultrahard, scratch-resistant fluorine compound that repels oil, dirt and the
corrosive salts of fingerprints.
The smooth center-focus wheel dials in your image for sharp viewing. Soft and comfortable twist-up eyecups are perfect for
extended glassing and provide customized eye-relief for the viewer.
A short-hinge design and rubber armoring with perfectly-placed thumb detents makes the new Viper HD’s a dream to hold,
protects against impacts and ensures solid purchase – no matter the weather conditions. 100-percent waterproof, fogproof
(purged with Argon gas), dustproof and shockproof construction.
From a physical size and weight perspective, they are one of the lightest, most compact, full-size binos on the market – a
noteworthy attribute when gear consideration can be measured in grams.
Includes GlassPak™ chest harness – keeping your binos at the ready while providing comfortable, protected, strain-free,
all-day carry.
And like all Vortex products, the all-new Viper HD Binoculars are covered by Vortex’s legendary, lifetime, unconditional,
no-fault, transferable, VIP Warranty.
Available:
8X42 (MSRP $639.99)
10X42 (MSRP $649.99)
10X50 (MSRP $729.99)
12X50 (MSRP $739.99)

Viper ® HD Spotting Scopes: A high-end spotter, without the high-end price tag, the new-for-2018 Viper HD

spotting Scope Series stands poised to dominate as a best-in-class-optic. Packed with features and incredible
optical performance, hunters and shooters are sure to appreciate, these spotters bring far off subjects in for a
closer look – and do so with impressive clarity, resolution and color fidelity.
The HD optical system coupled with lenses fully multi-coated with XR coatings, delivers stunning image
quality and low light performance. Exterior lenses are protected by ArmorTek – an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant
fluorine compound that repels oil, dirt and the corrosive salts of fingerprints.
The ultrasmooth, fluid, and sleek helical-style focus, dials in your image for ultrasharp viewing, as well as keeps
the spotter’s profile trim for ultimate packability. A utilitarian feature, the large surface area of the helical focus
is easy to find and operate – even when wearing gloves. The twist up eyecup on the included eyepiece ensures
customized eye-relief for the viewer.
Adjustable collar allows the spotter to rotate for comfortable, versatile, multiangle viewing. Rubber armoring
protects the spotter from impacts and delivers unfaltering in-the-filed durability.100-percent waterproof,
fogproof (purged with argon gas), dustproof and shockproof construction.
And like all Vortex products, the all-new Viper HD Spotting Scopes are covered by Vortex’s legendary,
lifetime, unconditional, no-fault, transferable, VIP Warranty.
Available:
20-60×85 Angled (MSRP $1099.99)
15-45×65 Angled (MSRP $849.99)
20-60×85 Straight (MSRP $1099.99)
15-45×65 Straight (MSRP $849.99)
About Vortex Optics: American, family, and veteran-owned, Wisconsin-based Vortex Optics designs, engineers, produces and
distributes a complete line of premium binoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes, tripods and related accessories. Dedicated to exceptional quality, value and unrivaled customer service, Vortex backs its products with its unconditional, transferable, lifetime VIP-warranty. Built
on more than 20 years of experience in the optics industry, Vortex is rapidly emerging as a leading brand in the optics market.

Vortex – The Force of Optics | www.vortexoptics.com

Support Conservation By Purchasing A Custom Duck Call

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever proudly unveils Calls for Conservation, a new promotion with the Deadshot Custom Call Company offering acrylic, hand-made duck calls just in time for the upcoming waterfowl season.

Made in the USA, each call is custom built and hand tuned for amazing sound and clarity. With every Calls for Conservation duck call purchased, the Deadshot Custom Call Company will donate 20% directly to Wildlife Forever’s North American waterfowl and habitat enhancement efforts.  Skillfully made, the radiant copper, double reed duck call features amazing sound quality and is sure to attract attention from fellow hunters and waterfowl alike. As a special bonus, everyone who participates will receive a membership to Wildlife Forever and a special “Calls for Conservation” leg band to adorn on their favorite lanyard.

“Waterfowl require good habitat and groups like Wildlife Forever working to ensure our hunting heritage. Our business and customers depend on it and I’m proud to make this commitment to giving back”, said Brian Rubenstein, Owner of Deadshot Custom Calls.

Calls for Conservation is a wonderful program that helps to support our mission of conservation, ensuring the sights, sounds and future of waterfowl. We’re honored to partner with Deadshot Custom Calls and are offering a free membership to anyone who participates, just text WFCALLS’ to 41411“, said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President of Wildlife Forever.

The Deadshot Custom Call Company was hatched from the heart of the Prairie Pothole region in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Producing quality products to help make lasting memories of times afield have helped Deadshot to become a soaring success.  You won’t find them in a big box store or retail outlet…calls are produced to have a direct connection to each customer. Prices are low for a reason, to provide high quality, unique products for every level of waterfowl hunter.  From novice to professional guides and outfitters, Deadshot calls are built to last a life time…and the connection between you and their calls is their #1 goal.

Wildlife Forever’s conservation efforts span over 30 years of projects across the U.S. and Canada. With a 94% to mission rating, funds donated get poured back into the ground to help fish and wildlife. Purchase with a purpose! Calls for Conservation works to improve waterfowl habitat through restoration projects and educating sportsmen and women about invasive species. text “WFCALLS” 41411 to get your custom call and become Wildlife Forever’s newest member.

Raymarine To Show Off New Technology At ICast

The following press release is courtesy of Raymarine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

 

 

Take Flight with Raymarine Axiom UAV!

See our latest innovation at ICAST On the Water! Plus, a chance to WIN a new DJI Mavic Pro drone!

 

 

Coming this summer, Raymarine’s new Axiom UAV app integrates advanced marine electronics with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology. Our powerful Axiom multifunction displays integrate seamlessly with the advanced DJI Mavic Pro drone to give anglers a bird’s-eye view of fish, bait, reefs, weed lines and much, much more!

 

 

When:Tuesday, July 11, 2018.

 

Where:ICAST On the Water, Booth 26
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
At the ponds adjacent to the North/South Concourse (North side)
Directly across the street from the West Concourse
Look for the exhibitor tents and flags

 

Time:10:00 AM until 2:00 PM

 

 

 

Every boater has wished for a bird’s-eye view of their surroundings at some time. Now the dream of flight has become reality with Raymarine’s new Axiom UAV App, which brings together marine navigation and advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs.)

 

Compatible with the popular and highly capable DJI Mavic drone, the Axiom UAV app automates many common tasks including launch, airborne imaging, in-flight navigation, and return-to-boat. Fishing and cruising boats alike can now experience cutting edge aerial imaging integrated right into their Raymarine Axiom multifunction navigation display.

 

Please join us at the Raymarine tent and see a demonstration of this amazing technology in action! Plus, you can enter to win a new DJI Mavic Pro drone of your own!