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New 5.56 Suppressor by Yankee Hill Machine

turbo-rifle-backSilencing the Competition with the new TURBO sound suppressor by YHM Yankee Hill Machine is proud to announce the release of the TURBO, the all new 5.56 suppressor. It was designed to meet the increasing demand for a quiet, yet lightweight sound suppressor that won’t break the bank. As the current state of the suppressor industry grows and evolves, the demand for a high-tech, cost effective suppressor becomes more apparent.

Since we first began milling out handguards as a firearms manufacturer, YHM has built a strong reputation on producing the highest quality products for the everyday shooter that doesn’t have access to an unlimited budget. The same YHM commitment lives on, bringing the modern suppressed shooter a superior product at an attainable price point.turbo-vert

The TURBO utilizes a tubeless design made from heat treated 17-4 stainless steel along with a heat treated 718 Inconel blast baffle. The combination of these materials allows the suppressor to be full auto rated and designed for rigorous use. The overall length measures 6.5” with a 1.5625” diameter -all while weighing in at a surprising 13.5 oz. Having an average sound pressure level of 134dB on a 14.5” AR shooting 55 grain ammo, the TURBO is well within the hearing safe threshold of 140 dB. Built with the same care, quality, and attention to detail that has defined the YHM brand for generations.

With an MSRP of $489 (which includes a Q.D. brake) the TURBO was created to supply the modern suppressor community with a full-featured suppressor at an affordable price.

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Levi Morgan Back at Mathews

Ten-time Shooter of the Year, Levi Morgan, returns to Mathews’ Pro Staff more confident than ever.

levi-morgan“When you’re competing at this level, consistency is everything. I need to go into every tournament knowing my bow will hold its tune.” says Morgan. “That’s what I had with Mathews for 15 years. They make the best tuning, most accurate bows in the world.”

Born and raised in Rosman, North Carolina, Morgan began competing in archery tournaments at age six. Since first signing with Mathews at age 18, he has become one of the most decorated archers of all-time. His long list of accomplishments includes 8 World Championships, 40 National Championships, 10 Shooter of the Years, 3 Triple Crowns, and 10 World Records.

“I was super impressed with Mathews’ new target bows,” says Morgan, “I shot perfect scores on my first three rounds shooting the new TRX, which has made me more confident than ever going into this season.”

Morgan, and his wife Samantha, return to Mathews’ dominant Pro Staff just one month after 5 time World Cup Champion, Jesse Broadwater, also joined the team shooting the new TRX.

“Levi Morgan is the best 3D shooter of this century and we’re excited to have him back,” says Mathews Pro Staff Manager, Derek Phillips. “I think it speaks volumes to what we have created for our new target line. It’s catching a lot of attention from the best competitors in target archery.” The Morgans also return to Mathews’ Hunting Pro Staff, hosting the Sportsman Channel’s show, “Name the Game”.

On the hunting side, Morgan is shooting the new Halon 32, while Samantha is shooting the 2017 AVAIL, Mathews’ all-new women’s bow.

Follow Levi, Samantha and the rest of Team Mathews through the 2017 tournament season on Mathew’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Mathews Archery

Mathews Archery has been committed to elevating the archery experience for over 25 years. All Mathews bows are designed and built in Sparta, Wisconsin, U.S.A. and distributed through independent retailers around the world. Experience the full line of premier target and hunting bows at

Leaders Of The ‘Pac’



An interview with Sam Kolb of Bullpacs hunting packs.

By Steve Joseph

Steve Joseph How did Bull Pacs get its start?

Sam Kolb About 20 years ago, some elk hunters out of Lewiston, Idaho, packed out an elk on some rickety old aluminum pack frames and swore there had to be better equipment out there for the job. Their search left them empty-handed, and since they ran a machine shop they decided they’d make their own. After several years and countless hours, they finally fine-tuned a frame that was super strong, pretty lightweight and much more comfortable for those long packs out of the mountains loaded with elk.

Though they weren’t really interested in making that part of their machine shop production, they had the production aspect all figured out. Their mother, Janice, moved back to Lewiston and was looking for work when the business idea was born; the shop would manufacture Bull Pacs and Janice began sewing the components, assembling packs and shipping orders. In 2014, Janice decided she wanted to retire from pack production, and after months of training and passing of the baton, our family moved Bull Pacs to Vancouver, Wash., where we have continued with pack production and started working on new accessories and ideas to go with the Bull Pacs.


SJ What sets Bull Pacs apart from the other packs?

SK We’ve always had a passion for good, solid hunting gear. When I first laid eyes on the Bull Pacs, the solid design and workmanship definitely stood out. Once I tried it on, I loved the way it fit and was convinced it could comfortably handle any load I was able to shoulder. I couldn’t wait until the next season to try it out with a load of elk meat! That was 14 years ago and I have packed thousands of pounds of game on my original Bull Pac, with very few signs of wear and tear. I was actually surprised at just how tough and comfortable Bull Pacs really were, whether packing out elk quarters or just hiking the backcountry in pursuit of the next big adventure!

SJ What about accessories that are available?

SK We have started producing a number of new accessories to outfit new or old packs. Our most popular addition is the rifle mount, which mounts securely to the Bull Pac frame and provides hands-free use when hiking or packing meat, but still allows quick access to ones rifle without removing the pack. We have also developed a decoy extension that allows a person to securely strap on super-tall loads that are otherwise unwieldy to haul around.  We have started carrying RAM Mount accessories to facilitate attachment/use of flashlights, Go Pro cameras, spotting scopes and cameras or other similarly threaded electronic equipment. We have a couple different sizes of game bags for bone-in quarters or boned-out meat. We also have Bull Pac Straps for quickly cinching download on the pack frame for hauling meat and/or gear. And we are just finishing up an axe mount similar to the rifle mount to facilitate safe axe hauling. We have several other ideas we are working on, with things to come in the future.


SJ  Speaking of, where do you see Bull Pacs heading in the future?

SK We are excited to continue the company’s legacy that’s built on quality, durability and personal customer service that Bull Pacs has provided to the outdoor community for years. While we love the Bull Pac, we are also working on a number of accessories and other innovative adaptations that will make your Bull Pac useful in a number of different applications.  We hope to continue to grow as a grass roots pack company that represents solid, no-nonsense gear that gets the job done and doesn’t let you down, for the everyday hunter.

SJ You have a lifetime warranty. How important is that for your customers?

SK We do our best to produce products that will provide decades of worry-free use. What good is a warranty if it craps out on you in the bottom of the canyon? However, as we all know, anything mechanical can break. If you have something break, slip and land on a rock and bust a weld or have something you don’t think held up as it should have, we will happily take care of it and make it right! We pride ourselves on customer service that’s second to none.  We treat our customers how we’d want to be treated and don’t make excuses if an issue arises. More people like a company that stands behind their product, and we make sure our customers feel appreciated and are well taken care of! (208) 798-3299

Introducing Mattracks’ New Products


Mattracks, the original and No. 1 manufacturer of rubber track conversions, has expanded its track offerings for automotive/truck applications with the release of its 400M1A1 model. This expands the Mattracks automotive lineup by doubling the load capacity of the 200 series, which was the largest truck system prior to the 400 series release. The 400 series is ideal for use on commercial vehicles weighing up to 40,000 lbs that require off-road mobility. Designed for heavy loads and smooth rides, the 400M1A1 track conversion system features a 20” wide front track and 30” wide rear track. The 400 series is a hub mounted design in order to facilitate a fast conversion from tires to tracks with little to no vehicle modification. This model also features Mattracks exclusive, patented rubber torsion anti-torque system, steering assist option, rocker suspension, and rear external idler for optimum sprocket wrap and fender clearance.

Mattracks 400 series track conversion system adds versatility to commercial and industrial specialty vehicles such as drilling rigs, aerial devices, vacuum trucks, and other service/maintenance vehicles. Markets include, but not limited to: oil and gas, utility, agriculture, construction, mining, exploration, tourism, and search and rescue.

Located in Karlstad MN and established 22 years ago with inspiration from the founder’s 12 year old son Matt, Mattracks now manufactures over 100 different models of Rubber Track Conversion systems for ATV’s, UTV’s, Trucks, Tractors, Custom Harvesters, Swathers, Sprayers, Construction Equipment, Trailers, and more. Mattracks serves both the recreational and commercial markets, and provides mobility solutions to applications that need to either access off-road sites or minimize compaction in fields or other sensitive areas.

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, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or email us at

From One Salmon Season To Another

Our friends at Jake’s Nushagak Salmon Camp sent this update:



Thank You Very Much

We would like to just say thank you to all our guests from this 2016 season. Fishing on the river was great. We are looking forward to seeing you all again for the 2017 season.

Taking Reservations For 2017
We are currently taking reservations for the 2017 season. We have already had a large number of people rebook so dates are filling up fast.

We will be extending the season for 2017. We will be offering discounted trips to stay in camp which will be no more then 10 people from July 6-25. We will be fishing for Kings and will also be targeting Rainbow trout farther up the river.


Book Now For Our Exclusive Silver Season Pass
The Silver season for Jakes will be July 25th through August 10th. All trips will be 5 nights, 6 days, with only 10 clients in camp per each rotation. The introductory price for Silver fishing is $2450. This will include fully guided, meals, lodging, and flight from Dillingham to camp.

Contact us if you want to book for our Silver Season.

(435) 690-9650


Clean Drain Dry App Strives To Prevent Invasive Species

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever: 

Brooklyn Center, MN – For years, static signs posted at entry points and boat ramps have educated people on laws, rules and regulations. Rightfully so, to protect natural resources, but a new mobile app developed by Wildlife Forever and the Clean Drain Dry Initiative, works to change that using Augmented Reality (AR) technology to educate, inform and inspire conservation stewardship.

The Clean Drain Dry app uses unique campaign marketing materials and graphics to transport users to a video experience that informs and empowers positive actions to prevent invasive species. A pilot project, based in Minnesota with funding provided from the Outdoor Heritage Fund and administered by the Initiative Foundation, has created unique signage, empowered with AR that when scanned with the FREE app, takes the user through a brief survey and ultimately an educational video that reminds people to Clean Drain Dry to prevent invasive species.

“This new app will be a great tool to engage younger audiences and anyone with a phone in their hand,” said Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director for Wildlife Forever. “This beta launch is just the beginning for a new dimension in communications and has tremendous appeal for regional and national outreach and education.”

Don Hickman, Vice President for Community and Workforce Development for the Initiative Foundation said, “Our goal is to press the envelope with new strategies that help prevent the spread of invasive species. The Clean Drain Dry app has great promise and I hope to see it take off.”

New signs will be posted at public boat ramps and entry points throughout northern Minnesota. Four styles will target different user groups all reiterating the common theme and campaign focus of the Clean Drain Dry Initiative. Wildlife Forever would like to thank the U.S. Forest Service and numerous partners for their forward-thinking support and continued investment in outreach and education.

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is the national outreach campaign to educate all outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Working with local, state, federal and the outdoor industry, coordinated invasive species messaging focuses on strategic content, marketing communications and outreach tools for how to prevent.  For more information and tips on how you can help, follow along at Facebook at:

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 27 years, WF members have helped to conduct thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. To join or learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit

Fantastic Hunting At Kodiak’s Afognak Wilderness Lodge


A conversation with Shannon Randall of Kodiak’s Afognak  Wilderness  Lodge. 

Tell us about the property the lodge sits on?

Afognak Wilderness Lodge was built and is operated by our pioneering Randall family. It is located in the heart of a coastal state park with a wide variety and abundance of land/marine wildlife, plus outstanding fresh- and saltwater fishing and we’ve been one of Alaska’s favorite true-wilderness lodges since 1974.
To reach us, you fly to Anchorage, connect to and overnight in Kodiak, and then early the next morning, the floatplane service picks you up from your hotel lobby and the adventure begins.
How’s the Hunting and what can I hunt on the property?
We take hunters for Sitka blacktail deer, Kodiak brown bear, Roosevelt elk, sea ducks and small game. The deer hunts can be guided or unguided, Bear are only guided and elk are only unguided. Success rates are as follows:
Deer: 99 percent
Bear: 95 percent
Sea ducks and small game: 99 percent
Elk: 60 percent

Tell us about the Lodge and the Cabins?
The lodge is comprised of a new multi-function building (dining/kitchen/lounge/bathrooms) and three 1,000-square-feet elegantly rustic log guest cabins, each with 24-hour power and a modern bathroom. Residence and other outbuildings are nearby.

When are the hunting seasons?
Deer season: is from August 1 – December 31; bear seasons are April 1–May 15 and Oct. 25–Nov. 30; elk season is Oct. 25-Nov. 30; sea ducks season is Oct. 8–Jan. 26. Both the Kodiak brown bear and the first half of the elk season are on a permit-draw basis.

Do you have a minimum stay?
We do not impose a minimum stay but it’s most practical to stay at least four days for a deer/duck hunt. Bear hunts are allotted 10 days but can leave early when a trophy is taken.

Besides hunting, what else does the Lodge have to offer?
Additionally, we have guided saltwater fishing (halibut, lingcod, yelloweye and sea bass), wildlife photography, kayaking and hiking is available. We’ve also hosted many national/international filming crews.

What availability to you have for 2016 and 2017?
During 2016, we have deer hunting availability from Nov. 20 to Dec. 4. During 2017, availability is currently from mid-November through mid-December.

Is there anything else you want to add?
Afognak Wilderness Lodge has been a favorite retreat for many repeat/referred adventurous vacationers, fishermen, photographers and hunters who want to play hard, eat big and sleep deep.
Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via or by calling (360) 799-3250. Meanwhile, feel free to view our website at www.huntafognak and

Compeau’s: A Family Tradition


Even After 70 Years In Business, Innovations In Shallow-water Boating Continue At Compeau’s Marine In Fairbanks

What does a 1940 Chevy Coupe have to do with the ultimate shallow-water jet boat? Plenty.
In 1938, Bob Compeau Sr. went “north to Alaska” from his childhood home of Everett, Wash., to take a job in Fairbanks as a machinist. An avid hunter and fisherman, Bob had always dreamed of Alaska, having read stories about the thousands of remote, shallow rivers and over 3 million lakes. In a lucky break, his wife, Helyn, won a brand new Chevy Coupe in a church raffle, and Bob promptly made plans to use it to move his family to Fairbanks, where he began planting his roots and building a name for himself in the marine industry. Bob Sr. possessed extraordinary mechanical and engineering skills, and he spent almost all of his spare time working on boats or fixing outboard motors for his new friends. Outboards were becoming incredibly popular among river runners, and Bob used his talents to repair props, rebuild engines and keep those early “kickers” chugging along  Interior Alaskan waterways.
By 1945, soon after the war ended, Bob determined that he had enough informal customers to start his own marine business, and in October he opened the doors of Bob Compeau Sporting Goods.
Much of Bob’s early business revenue involved rebuilding the brass props that his customers brought to him after grinding their way up the ankle-deep rivers that weaved throughout the region. As a machinist, Bob continued to envision a more effective approach. He begun developing and building specialized spring-loaded lifts that he mounted between the top of the transom and the outboard motor itself. These lifts had an additional handle, and were positioned on the opposite side of the existing tiller handle, so the boat operator could lean on it with his right hand and elevate the motor, thus lifting the precious prop above danger. This way, the boater could avoid a collision with ragged river bottoms, submerged logs or any other objects that could damage the prop, the lower unit – and the wallet.
Interest in Bob’s innovation, along with his business, soon exploded. His son, Bob Jr., now a teenager and who shared his father’s “shallow water fever,” always accompanied Bob when testing new and improved designs of the transom motor lifts on local rivers.
By the late 1950s Compeau’s marine business was in full swing. Outboards were getting larger and more powerful, and the motor lifts that Compeau’s built to accommodate them became increasingly stronger and more sophisticated.
Bob soon decided it was time to take shallow-water boating to the next level, so he and Bob Jr., who now worked at the store full-time, decided to build a new prototype using more “outside the boat” thinking. The pair bolted a 35-horsepower Evinrude powerhead to a crude hand-fabricated jet unit, which they affixed inside a small riveted aluminum hull.
By the time they had the new contraption rigged and ready to river test, winter was closing in fast, so for a full week they ran their newly outfitted boat on the Snohomish River near Seattle, tweaking the new design as they went. While there, they learned about a California businessman named Dick Stallman who had just developed a jet unit that bolted directly onto the bottom of an outboard. The Compeaus decided to travel further south, where they met Stallman and test drove the prototype.
Bob figured that the outboard motor-style jet package had enormous potential, thanks to its simple design and versatility. So he encouraged Stallman to move forward in developing the new propulsion project, offering a 100-unit order to “kick-start” the inventor’s business.
It wasn’t long before the new outboard-jet-powered riverboat became the most popular method of traversing small and shallow rivers throughout Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest. And it remained that way for nearly 40 years.
Fast forward to 1998. By that time Bob Jr.’s own son, Craig, also an avid river rat and innovative thinker, was deeply involved with the sales and marketing of the family business. In September of that year, Craig and an Idaho boating buddy, Steve Stajkowski, who had started his own boat-building company a few years earlier, were on a moose-hunting trip together when the conversation turned to “what’s next.” Craig suggested they collectively design and build something never seen in the marine industry: an inboard-mounted tunnel-hull jet boat. Mercury had just developed their V6 Sportjet package, featuring an extremely efficient jet pump that lost only 9 percent of its crankshaft-rated horsepower versus 30 percent or more with competitive jet units.
By the following summer, the prototype was ready to test. They had developed a 21-foot fully welded boat with a 6-foot bottom and 6-degree dead rise. The tunnel had been fine-tuned repeatedly, until it carved hard corners with zero cavitation or slippage. The excitement level after seeing this boat perform was off the scale. Everyone involved with the project knew that this revolutionary boat was about to change all the rules, as well as the limitations of navigating shallow waters.
Over the next decade, with the introduction of Mercury’s direct-injected Optimax power plant, advances continued to accelerate. With its fuel-efficient power plant weighing only 375 pounds (engine and jet combined), Craig knew his biggest problem would have nothing to do with engineering and everything to do with meeting demand. And it proved true; once the public learned of the innovative new boat, Compeau’s rarely had a backlog of orders less than 12 weeks.
The SJX jet boat has become the company’s flagship product, not only in Compeau’s huge Alaskan backyard, but in all corners of the world, from Alberta to Texas and from Fiji to Barcelona. Craig sells the boats at his store, direct from the factory, or delivered anywhere around the globe.
According to Craig, now president of the 70-year-old, four-generation family business, “We just like to keep innovating. It’s what we live for.”
Who knows what the next few years will bring for river runners who live to pursue the furthest most rivers where oftentimes no one has boated before. Actually, Craig knows. But when you ask him, he simply smiles mischievously and says, “Stay tuned.”
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We are proud to announce the launching of our new diesel inboard center console line. With the heart of the platform in the form of a 6.6L Duramax Diesel putting out 500HP, and delivering the power through a Hamilton waterjet. At just under 6,300 lbs wet, the incredible power to weight ratio allows the boat to achieve sprint speeds in excess of 50 MPH.

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This is one of the first of many following high profile aluminum RIB’s that will change the way the marine industry looks at RIB’s. That is because it incorporates our new hybrid collar technology. With 20% air and 80% foam in the collar, your senses will tell you this is a typical inflatable. But the zipper running the whole length of the collar is a giveaway there is more to this boat. The zipper system gives the user ultimate control over servicing the collar. It is a game changer for the amount of control it gives the user in the event the separate, internal bladder is compromised. Because the other collar materials only protect the internal bladder from abrasion and UV rays, the lifespan of the collar itself is increased far beyond a conventional RIB.

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Also incorporated into the platform are the latest military grade suspension seats from Shockwave. The S3 mid back drop down seats incorporate 8? of suspension via Fox Float H2O shocks. And with the optional seat height adjustment package and drop down bolster seat, they allow the user to have the ultimate comfort in either a seated or standing position.

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While the displacement might be identical to your on road GMC pickup this engine has been massaged to give more power and handle the harsh marine environment. Coupled to a ZF transmission with optional push-button transmission selection and a drive line from Portland Drives lines, this power plant is incredibly quite and responsive. With one of the most remarkable aspects of the engine being its fuel economy, cruise on the platform seams to be around 32 mph while burning approx. 13 gallons/hr.

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Other fun features of the boat include the twin 7,000 lumen LED flood lights from PTLX, the electronically actuated windscreen, 5 ton flush mounted pick points, and Aquatrac PVC laminated foam decking.

Boat Characteristics
………………………………………  50MPH W/ 500HP 6.6L Duramax
Hull Lengths Available: …………….  28?
Beam with Collar: …………………….  10?-6? Inflated, 10? Road Width
Deadrise at Transom: ……………….  22 Degrees
Deadrise at Entry: …………………….  48 Degrees
All Aluminum Construction: …….  Alloy 5086 H116
Fuel Capacity: …………………………..  85 Gallons

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