A Benelli First: The 828U Over-and-Under

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Bucking convention while honoring classic design has always been the Benelli stock in trade, and the advent of their new 828U over-and-under shotgun promises to exceed that expectation nicely.

For the double-gun purist, Benelli’s newest offering delivers the mandatory point-ability, custom comb and drop adjustments and the kind of ergonomic feel and balance inherent to all fine shotguns. And the Benelli faithful who are familiar with the brand’s iconic semi-auto’s will instantly see the trademark Benelli performance design aesthetic. The 828U is at once both contemporary and beautifully practical, from the smooth body and exquisite checkering to the wide, low-profile rib bridge, no side rib and monoblock treatment. Continue reading

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President Requests $1.6 Billion U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary budget request supports $1.6 billion in programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an increase of $135.7 million over the 2015 enacted level to fund the agency’s high-priority needs. The budget also contains an additional $1.4 billion available under permanent appropriations, most of which will be provided directly to states for fish and wildlife restoration and conservation.

“Investing in the conservation of our wildlife and habitat resources results in myriad health and economic benefits to U.S. communities,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Investing in the next American generation is also critical, so we are creating new ways to engage young audiences in outdoor experiences, both on wildlife refuges and partner lands. With 80 percent of the U.S. population currently residing in urban communities, helping urban dwellers to rediscover the outdoors is a priority for the Service.” Continue reading

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Kaumeyer Named Delta Waterfowl Board Chairman

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Larry Kaumeyer has been named chairman of the board for Delta Waterfowl.

Kaumeyer, 52, a life-long waterfowl hunter from Edmonton, Alberta, has served on Delta’s Board of Directors since 2007.

Kaumeyer credits his father, Gerry, for igniting his passion for waterfowling as a young man.

“I absolutely love hunting ducks,” he said. “If I have a choice of doing anything in the outdoors, I will hunt ducks. I enjoy every aspect of being out there.”

The chief executive officer of Infracon Energy Services said he joined the board because he respected Delta’s long history of excellent waterfowl research and involvement in protecting hunters’ rights. Continue reading

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Eliminate Decoy Line Tangles

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Any duck hunter who has been at this great pursuit for any length of time has experienced the exasperation of dealing with hopelessly tangled decoys.

Duck hunting is hard work, no doubt about it. Just getting to a duck hole is often a
rigorous adventure, whether it’s a dark-of-night boat ride or a long trudge in waders
pulling mud through chest-deep water. Then it’s time to set the decoy spread. All
that time spent in the garage the night before the hunt, carefully wrapping decoy
lines, securing anchors and bagging the dekes… a waste of time. With shooting light
approaching and the sound of wings overhead, you’re still trying to untangle decoys.

Decoy Buddy, by Game Smart, is a weighted 8-ounce reel that hooks onto your
floating decoy. Simply pull out the amount of line needed for the depth of water you
are hunting, and toss out the decoy. No wasted time unwinding decoy lines, and best of all, no tangled mess of decoy lines to deal with in the dark. Continue reading

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New FLX Series of Electronic Game Calls

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The need for high quality, great-sounding Electronic Game Calls has never been higher. The exhilarating experience of hunting with electronic calls is attracting many newcomers to the world of electronic calls for the first time. Others are introduced to electronic calls out of necessity. Vermin like coyotes are taking too big a bite out of wildlife populations in many areas, and those sportsmen realize something needs to be done. In either case, the new FLX Series of Electronic Game Calls from Flextone Game Calls has you covered.

Flextone Game Calls is proud to announce the FLX Series of Electronic Game Calls, new for 2015. The FLX Series includes four models ranging from the easy-to-handle FLX 50, a lightweight remote caller, on up to the FLX 1000. Continue reading

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Plano announces purchase of Zink Calls

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Plano Synergy Outdoors, the leading manufacturer of hunting, fishing and other outdoor related products announces its purchase of Zink Calls, Avian-X and 24/7 Productions. Zink Calls and Avian-X are leaders in the premium waterfowl call, turkey call, A-Frame blind and hunting decoy categories. With field tested products, the long-term mission of Zink Calls and Avian-X is to promote waterfowl and turkey hunting to the consumer in a traditional, ethical, responsible, and enjoyable manner.

The acquisition of Zink Calls and Avian-X, along with its existing brands, enhances Plano Synergy’s ability to provide retailers with a one-stop shop for all waterfowl-hunting accessory and product needs. Tom Hurt, President & CEO at Plano Synergy comments, “The brands are a natural fit for the growth of Plano Synergy. They represent best of class in innovation and quality- driven products that consumers and retailers demand, while at the same time complementing our existing position within the category. The addition of Zink Calls and Avian-X helps to further our position as the nation’s premier hunting and fishing outdoor products company.” Continue reading

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Hail Mary Mallard Call – New for 2015

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The Hail Mary in football is that desperate, last-hope long bomb of a pass into the end zone as the seconds tick off the scoreboard clock. In duck hunting, a hail call to a distant flock with one of the two new Hail Mary Mallard Calls from Flextone is far from an act of desperation.

The new Hail Mary duck calls from Flextone offer reach beyond the range of other duck calls. Attract those distant birds with a loud, sustained sequence that doesn’t wear the caller down.

Flextone’s new Hail Mary Single and Double Reed Mallard calls are designed for open-water hunting when volume and reach is needed. The Hail Mary features smaller port holes to provide added back pressure. This means the caller can scream
louder and longer with hail calls and follow-up with comeback calls without running out of breath. Continue reading

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Wild Rice from Habitat Now

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We are getting our wild rice harvest in and it looks really good but it is going to be in very limited supply. Due to high water and other weather issues, wild rice seed production is about 1\3 of what it usually is. If you are interested in wild rice seed, we highly recommend to place an order soon to lock it in.

We are taking orders now and will start coordinating shipping with you in a week or two as we process the harvested wild rice.

“FALL ORDERS” will be available to ship in a week or two. Only people that have ponds that freeze over should order “fall” rice as it requires cold stratification to germinate. We will contact you to coordinate a shipping time…we will not ship without first confirming a date with you.

“SPRING ORDERS” will be shipped in the spring, but you can place your order now to secure your wild rice seed. People in southern warmer climates (ponds don’t freeze over) need to order SPRING rice…unless you want to order fall rice and try to cold stratify it yourself. If you do not secure your spring rice, we can not assure that we will have any left on inventory when spring comes. If you lock it in now, then we will store it over winter and cold stratify it for you so it is ready in the spring. Continue reading

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