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Wildlife Forever Introduces Kit To Help In Invasive Species Prevention

The following is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:

White Bear Lake, MN –  “The aliens have landed…, now what?”  Wildlife Forever, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, unveil the new Clean Drain Dry Rapid Response Communication Kit to help communities with invasive species. Informing the public is critical in slowing the spread and the ready-made communication tools are designed for immediate distribution or can be customized to local needs.

“The spread of invasive species continues but despite a lake getting infested, it’s still critically important to slow the spread because new species, diseases and viruses are knocking on the door,” said Pat Conzemius, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever.

Prevention is still the best way to slow the spread and this Rapid Response Kit is designed to do this in two ways:

  • Send out an urgent warning that a local lake has been infested with a specific Aquatic Invasive Species.
  • Educate the affected public as to what they can – and should – do to help prevent the further spread of the species.
Crafted in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the new Clean Drain Dry Rapid Response Communication Kit gives agencies, organizations and communities across the country the tools to quickly communicate about an infestation.  The kit provides a turnkey strategy with all new assets tailored to a “warning” message. The kit has resources such as press releases, PSA’s for traditional, digital and social media platforms – including video content and radio spots.  With this kit you can quickly and easily create awareness of an infestation and an urgent call-to-action to the community surrounding the infestation. Do your part, spread the word, and always Clean Drain Dry.  Download and Preview the Kit here: Rapid Response Communication Kit. Full details coming soon on CleanDrainDry.org.
“In today’s media and technology driven world, a comprehensive communication and prevention strategy needs to inform and educate people using multiple platforms. The kit can help by reminding people to check their equipment but can also provide necessary cleaning tools and prompts, at the boat ramp, so people can learn to do it themselves,” said Conzemius. “Clean Drain Dry is about empowering the practice.”The Wildlife Forever 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 tailored AIS prevention planning. To learn about services, contact Dane Huinker: 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. 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.

Alaskans Own Community-Supported Fishery Celebrating 10th Anniversary

The following press release is courtesy of Alaskans Own:

From: Alaskans Own

Date: July 3rd, 2019

Alaskans Own, Alaska’s first community supported fishery (CSF), is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this year! Join the celebration and secure your own share by visiting alaskansown.com, or if you have any questions or feedback email us at alaskansownfish@gmail.com.  

Thanks,

AO Team

Rest On The ‘Backroadz’ In Style With Napier’s SUV Tent

The following press release is courtesy of Napier Outdoors: 

A FRESH NEW LOOK FOR BACKROADZ
Niagara Falls, NY (2019) – Napier Outdoors is excited to unveil a fresh new look for the Backroadz SUV Tent! The Backroadz SUV Tent Model 19100 features earth tones of green and grey, and storm flaps built into the windows and door for privacy and additional weather protection.

The Backroadz SUV Tent Model 19100 secures to the cargo area of your vehicle, allowing for easy access, extra storage and ultimate comfort. The universal sleeve fits around most SUV’s, CUV’s, and minivan’s, providing the utmost versatility and flexibility that camping can offer.
The tent comes with a durable rainfly to keep you dry and protected through stormy weather. The large
entrance and three mesh windows offer optimal ventilation and quick access to nature. This spacious 10′ x 10′ tent offers over 7′ of headroom and easily accommodates sleeping space for up to five adults.

Setup is a breeze with shock-corded fiberglass poles and an adjustable vehicle sleeve to ensure a perfect fit.
Our tent easily packs into a lightweight carrying bag, ready to go wherever your vehicle may take you! Napier SUV Tents are perfect for fishing, hunting, tailgating, off-roading and family camping trips. Join those who have already discovered how Napier SUV Tents offer convenience and flexibility for all of their outdoor
adventures.
With every Backroadz Tent purchase, Napier Outdoors will plant a tree through our 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 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 tent concepts. 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!

Napieroutdoors.com 

1-800-567-2434

 

Wildlife Forever Makes Impact In Home State For ‘Clean Drain Dry’ Project

White Bear Lake, MN – To celebrate Minnesota’s fishing opener, Governor Tim Walz declares, Clean Drain Dry Day spotlighting invasive species and how all boaters and anglers can help preserve a robust fishing pastime and state economy. Home to 1.4 million anglers, fishing in Minnesota generates over $2.6 billion of economic activity and supports over 26,000 jobs. That’s right, 26,000 jobs.  Invasive species are a direct serious threat now to local economies and recreationists accessing public waters.  Preventing and managing the spread of harmful invasive species is up to everyone.

Wildlife Forever applauds the many partners combating invasive species from soil and watershed conservation districts, lake associations, county, state and federal agencies along with non-governmental organizations united under a common theme of Clean Drain Dry. Here’s one simple directive for all bait anglers; Trash Unused Bait! Nonnative minnows and worms can do serious harm on land and in the water. Working with partners across the state, Wildlife Forever coordinates statewide public outreach and educational efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species.

“Clean Drain Dry Day is a great opportunity for all anglers to get back into the mindset of cleaning all equipment and gear to prevent accidental spread of invasive species. I’m happy to see Governor Walz recognizing the treasure our lakes and rivers are in supporting our local economies and the Minnesota way of life,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.

This year, Albert Lea is host for the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener. Local groups plan to send a strong Clean Drain Dry message with highway billboards, sidewalk boards, posters and handouts to the public.  Wildlife Forever would like to remind all boaters, anglers, property owners and businesses to spread the Clean Drain Dry message and protect our local waters from invasive species. Do your part this fishing and boating season: Clean. Drain. Dry. all boats, trailers and gear.

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is a national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Coordinated messaging focuses on strategic content, marketing communications and outreach tools on how to prevent. To learn how you can participate, contact:  Dane Huinker: DHuinker@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 fund thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. To join or learn about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth in our nation’s outdoor heritage and stewardship, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.  Get involved, donate and help prevent the spread of invasive species, at www.CleanDrainDry.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.

 

 

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!

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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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.