Introducing new Realtree MAX-5™ – the hardest working camo for the hardest working hunters.

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“New Realtree MAX-5 is the perfect multi-use camo for marshes, mud flats, agricultural fields, flooded timber, grasslands, prairie and other open habitat,” said Realtree Designer and President Bill Jordan. “Never before has a pattern offered so many natural elements and such a wide array of natural tones, shadows and colors.”

Built with waterfowlers in mind, new Realtree MAX-5 is filled with cattails, reeds, cane and grasses to blend into flooded marshes. Plus corn, wheat, oats and sunflowers to hide you in open fields. It has branches, twigs and leaves that work in flooded timber. And with open areas that mimic mud, water, bark and shadows, MAX-5 literally adds another layer of invisibility to camo – no matter where or how you use it. Continue reading

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36th SHOT Show® Brings Together Industry Professionals

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The 36th edition of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade ShowTM (SHOT Show®) will take place January 14-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. More than 60,000 industry professionals are expected to attend.

Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF), the SHOT Show is the industry’s most anticipated event of the year. The show provides a first look at new products and services used by target shooters, hunters, outdoorsmen and women and law enforcement professionals. The show also provides members of this multi-faceted industry an opportunity to network and attend educational seminars.

The SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world; it is open to the trade only and not the public. Shooting sports enthusiasts will see the new products unveiled at the show on retailers’ shelves during the year.

The $6 billion industry has seen record sales over the past several years fueled in part by the surging number of new gun owners. A recent study by NSSF showed one in five target shooters is a newcomer–that is, someone who has taken up the sport in the last five years. The same study showed that the industry’s customer base has greatly expanded, with new target shooters being younger, female and urban-based. Continue reading

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Trulock Choke Tubes for Waterfowl

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Trulock Choke prides itself in making an excellent line of high-quality choke tubes for most any shotgun. With waterfowl season almost here, let Trulock Chokes help you get ready for it with a stainless-steel choke tube for your shotgun

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A wide variety of Trulock choke tubes are available in sizes designed to fit various brands of shotguns, including Benelli, Beretta, Mossberg, Remington, Winchester and others. Turn your skeet shotgun into a wing-shooting machine, or turn that turkey gun into a weapon for waterfowl – the possibilities are limitless. No need to have numerous shotguns for different activities; have one shotgun for them all with Trulock choke tubes. A variety of constriction and exit diameters are available.

Most waterfowl hunters know how their shotgun patterns, or at least they should. Using a Trulock choke tube will not only turn your favorite shotgun into a waterfowl gun, but also help you pattern more efficiently, whether you pass shoot or hunt over decoys. Trulock offers the Super Waterfowl choke tube just for this purpose, with an extended length for extreme range shooting. Continue reading

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Sitka Waterfowl Hunting ~NEW

The best waterfowl hunting can take place in the worst weather. An uncompromised water barrier, consistent warmth, and maximum mobility, are requirements’ for your system. Our Waterfowl system provides breathable protection from the elements, will keep your core warm, and will do it all without the standard bulkiness of “traditional” waterfowl gear.

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Migration Update – December 4, 2013

Winter storm Cleon ignites migration activity.

Winter storm Cleon ignites migration activity.

As arctic air pushes across the Great Plains into the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, waterfowl activity is expected to increase significantly and reach peak migration levels throughout the Central and Mississippi Flyways throughout the week. The near-record number of mallards resting along the Missouri River corridor in South Dakota are already on the move. Reports throughout the Central Flyway confirmed heavy migration activity in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and the Texas Panhandle.

As arctic temperatures move east, the abundance of waterfowl along the Illinois River are expected to move further south over the next few days as ice builds in the northern third of the nation. In short, winter storm Cleon has ignited some of the best migration activity of the season. Continue reading

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Migration Update – November 11, 2013

Mallards arrive in MN - Member Photo credit, Swampgas

Mallards arrive in MN – Member Photo credit, Swampgas

The mid-continental mallard population has begun to move down the Central & Mississippi Flyways.  Mallard numbers in the Dakotas and northern Nebraska increased significantly over the past week, as well as numbers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa.  Diver numbers in the Great Lakes region continued to rise from Lake Superior to western basin of Lake Erie.

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A quick glance at the NOAA snow cover map reveals the mystery behind our nation’s current migration status.  Accumulative snowfall across the Canadian provinces has ignited the first push of mallards into the lower-forty eight states.   While a number of storms did occur in the U.S over the past fourteen days, those storms occurred below the bulk of the mallard population and have since return to average/above average temperatures, which resulted in moving early migrants further south and very few northern birds to replace them.

While the first weeks of November are traditionally host of classic clipper systems that move ducks in massive numbers, the jet-stream has remained relatively flat this autumn season and predictions fro the coming week are more of the same. Continue reading

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