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Wildlife Forever Issues Progress Report On Invasive Species Prevention

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:
White Bear Lake, MN – In response to the growing threat to America’s natural resources, Wildlife Forever has released their latest Clean Drain Dry Initiative report in halting the spread of invasive species.

Since 2006, Wildlife Forever has formed and led a growing coalition of stakeholders, including federal, state and local agencies along with lake associations, universities, media outlets and outdoor recreation groups, to coordinate a national public awareness and prevention campaign. Over 1.9 Billion Americans have been educated through targeted multi-media marketing.  The result equates to reaching every USA citizen with an invasive species awareness message six times in the past thirteen years.

The new report highlights accomplishments and the partners who generously help fund outreach and education to America’s outdoor recreationists. 

“The evidence shows that when we invest in education and Clean Drain Dry public awareness, we’re influencing behavior and slowing the spread,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President for Wildlife Forever.  “But more needs to be done and we’re now urging additional outdoor industry partners to help us educate the public and defend our natural resources.  After all, it is the outdoor enthusiasts that so many businesses and communities depend upon,” explained Conzemius.

Detailed in the bi-Annual report are invasive species prevention actions and initiatives Wildlife Forever and its national campaign partners achieved by pooling together over $745,000.

Utilizing innovative marketing techniques and developed campaign materials, coalition partners directly benefit by saving valuable economic resources, time and avoiding duplication. Recent accomplishments include reaching 16 million contacts using television and radio public service announcements; 93 million impressions were reached using highway billboards and outdoor media.  An additional 12 million contacts were also reached through print, social media, and public events promoting a consistent Clean Drain Dry prevention message.

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. To learn about services and partnership opportunities, contact Dane Huinker at DHuinker@Wildlifeforever.org or visit www.CleanDrainDry.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.  Join Today and get involved.  Learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, at www.WildlifeForever.org

Plan Your 2019 Alaska Fishing Trip With Angler’s Alibi

The following press release is courtesy of Angler’s Alibi:

 

Big Update to Angler’s Alibi

If you haven’t been to Angler’s Alibi for a while, or are considering a first trip, then we have some exciting news!  A new main lodge offers guests a great space for prepping for a day on the water and relaxing afterwords.  It includes a bar, fireplace, and an 18 person dining table.

Read about the new lodge here
and contact us with questions or to reserve a spot at the table

shot of the new lodge and dining table (learn more here)

Info on Our Fishing Season

Early Trout Options: 2019

ONLY 4 SPOTS AVAILABLE
Looking for a unique trout fishing experience?  We’ve added a second week of this great trip – but only four anglers will get to go (contact us).
READ ABOUT THE 2018 TRIP

Season Calendar and Lodge Info
The camp is filling up quick for 2019, but contact us about any open spots this year or to plan for 2020…
Contact Anglers Alibi
Read About Where You’ll Fish
Check our 2020 Season Calendar

Island Point Lodge Offers Petersburg Guests A Family Atmosphere

Island Point Lodge

An interview with Frank Stelmach, owner of Island Point Lodge in Petersburg (800-352-4522; islandpointlodge.com)
Alaska Sporting Journal How did you get involved in
the business?
FRANK STELMACH In 1982, my son and I, along with four other friends, decided to go to Alaska for a once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip. We continued to go to Alaska every year with various groups of friends and acquaintances. In 1988, I purchased a camp for my personal use.
Later that year my son decided to move to Alaska. In 1989, he and I decided to open a lodge that would cater to the common angler by setting a price that was affordable. The first year we took six fishermen a week, doubled that the second year, then to 18 and up from there.
ASJ Tell us about the fishing at Island Point Lodge.
FS We fish for all five species of Pacific salmon throughout the summer salmon runs. Kings begin to show in May and run to the end of July before spawning in August. Late June and into July the sockeye arrive. They are mostly a river fish as are pink salmon, which arrive in late July along with the chum. Some of the best salmon fishing is for coho, which arrive in early August and run into late September.
We fish for halibut in 20 to 90 feet of water using 1-pound weights. Most other areas of Alaska like Ketchikan, Sitka and other areas will normally fish 200 to 500 feet with 5-pound weights. They do have some shallow areas as we do, but they find better action at the deeper waters. The reason we fish the shallow water is that Petersburg has several canneries that process a lot of fish with scraps going out as waste. The main reason we fish shallow is that after the salmon spawn, they die and float out the rivers into the bays to become food for the halibut and crabs, as well as the seals and sea lions. We have several varieties of rockfish, along with eels, octopus and crabs. The rivers also have cutthroat and Dolly Varden.

Island Point Lodge

ASJ What’s the dining experience like?
FS We start serving breakfast at 5 a.m.; pop your head in the kitchen door, see what the daily breakfast is and place your order. You can make your own sandwiches for lunch with meat selections from our refrigerator or you can come back to the lodge and eat. If you caught a crab, a salmon or some other fish, we will prepare it for you. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and usually at 6:30 we’ll have hors d’oeuvres. One night a week we do a pig roast on an outside grill; we have a game burger night, deep-fried halibut, grilled salmon, baked or grilled halibut, baked chicken and a spaghetti night.
ASJ Your website says you specialize in international guests. Can you share a story with some international visitors or any guests that’s memorable to you?
FS Most of our guests are from the United States and Canada, but we have had guests from New Zealand, Australia, England, Ireland, Spain and Germany. Our oldest international guest was 92 years old from Germany. He fished one of our rivers, Kah Sheets. To get to the waterfalls and pool is a 2-mile hike uphill on a boardwalk. He caught his limit of sockeye and carried them down with him to the boat; pretty good for a 92-year-old guy. Our oldest American guest was 95, a doctor from Yakima, Wash. He loved fishing for kings, and on his last trip before he passed away he caught a large salmon; he was very proud and happy with the fish.
ASJ What else is special about a stay at your lodge?
FS Besides all the fish, the next best reason is that we are located in Southeast Alaska in the Tongass National Forest. The scenery is spectacular because of the glaciers, snow-covered mountains, the bays, cove and channels. You can see humpback whales and orcas; they come through the Wrangell Narrows directly in front of the lodge. Seals and sea lions, sea otters and deer are at the foot of our decks. It’s not unusual to see moose, black bears and wolves swimming across the bays and channels or walking the shorelines. Lots of bald eagles everywhere. You get a great Alaskan experience when you come fishing in Alaska. Again, the attraction is fishing, but the experience is getting out there and enjoying nature.

 

 

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.