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SportDOG Kicks Off Companions for Conservation Contest

SportDOG® Brand, the industry-leading manufacturer of electronic dog-training products and accessories, has announced the continuation of its Companions for Conservation contest, a part of their Conservation Fund initiative. The social-media based contest will result in 3 lucky youth hunters winning prize packages with items related to hunting, conservation, and dog training.

Companions for Conservation Grand Prize

Grand Prize
• Started black Labrador retriever, trained by SportDOG Senior ProStaff member Chris Akin of Webb Footed Kennel
• All-expenses paid 2-day duck hunting trip for the youth hunter and their guardian at Red Legs Lodge in Arkansas
• SportDOG gear package including a remote trainer, whistles, check cords, dummies, and apparel

Companions for Conservation 2nd Prize
2nd Prize
• 1-Year Membership to Ducks Unlimited
• Ducks Unlimited Blades Camo Truck Seat Organizer and Blind Bag
• Mossy Oak® Dog Bed
• Ducks Unlimited Hat
• SportDOG Handler Bag and Gun Sleeve
• SportDOG T-Shirt and Hat

Companions for Conservation 3rd Prize
3rd Prize
• 1-Year Membership to Delta Waterfowl
• Rig ‘Em Right™ Gun Case with Delta Waterfowl logo
• Delta Waterfowl Cooler, Thermos, and Hat
• Delta Waterfowl “North American Waterfowl Identification Guide”
• SportDOG T-Shirt and Hat


How To Enter
The contest kicks off at 11am on June 1st, 2017 and is open to legal residents of the United States who have reached the age of majority (18) at the time of entry. To be eligible, you must be a parent or guardian of a child that’s age 10 – 18 and who’s also interested in hunting and conservation. You must also be a current member of a conservation group, and meet the other eligibility requirements found in the Official Contest Rules. Entry is limited to 1 photo submission per person.

To enter, submit an original dog-training, youth-education project, hunting, or wildlife-habitat related photo by using one of the options below:

• Enter through the SportDOG Facebook page on the “#C4C2017 Contest” tab
• Post 1 image on Twitter and include the following in your post: #C4C2017, @SportDOGBrand, and the name of the conservation group to which you belong
• Post 1 image on Instagram and include the following in your post: #C4C2017, @SportDOGBrand, and the name of the conservation group to which you belong
• Enter through the SportDOG website

The entry period will run from 11am EST on June 1st to 11am EST on June 22nd. A panel of judges will then choose 9 finalists, after which, a month-long public voting period for the grand prize winners will take place on the SportDOG website. The 3 lucky winners with the most votes will be announced on August 7th via the SportDOG social media accounts.

Bellville Elementary is Public Lands Proud

Ida at the podium

The halls and classrooms of Bellville Elementary flirted with the wild side with a visit from the latest addition to the Ultimate Upland Team, Ida. The nine-week-old chocolate lab puppy attended school to share the importance of socialization and enriched environments for brain development.

Brian Koch, founder of Ultimate Upland, also had the opportunity to talk to students about exploring public lands in the U.S. “Sharing this little bird dog puppy gives kids a different perspective about the ability to learn and soak up new information. And we’re always happy to talk about the wild places across this country that offer exploration beyond what many children can believe. These lands are an invaluable resource and we want to get kids engaged and invested in their future,” Koch said.

Stetson Wendling was the student who chaperoned Ida’s visit and helped introduce her to 345 new friends from grades one through five. For each of these new friends made on this day $1 will be donated by Ultimate Upland to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) as part of the ongoing #meetida campaign.

Ida and Koch will be crossing the country, making friends and sharing stories. If you’d like to take part in preservation of public lands, click the link below to sign the petition and learn more. And be sure to follow Ultimate Upland on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for all the latest updates.

SportDOG Brand & Mud River Sweepstakes

Puppy Rio Giveaway
SportDOG Brand® partners with Mud River on a giveaway that includes everything needed to get started training your dog. Spring is just around the corner and bored bird dogs need to get back to work. 

Enter to win a SportDOG Brand® FieldTrainer® 425 E-Collar, Mud River Handler Bag, Oasis Bowl, Quick Quack Bowl, Lead, Cache Cushion, Magnum Hoss Food Bag, and Hatch Leash by entering your name and email address. One random winner will be chosen on February 28th, 2017 at 9am EST. Click here to get entered today.

The Battle for Your Land Draws Nigh

Bald Eagle

For those not paying close attention to politicians over the last couple of years — at this point many of us would actually like to completely ignore the political circus — there are a group of D.C. elites attempting to swindle the American people of their land.

The effort is led by a couple of robber baron, Utah Representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, vocal opponents of public lands for some time. Chaffetz is now sponsoring a bill to sell 3.3 million acres of the people’s land that he deems “suitable for disposal.” For context, 3.3 million acres is roughly 5,100 square miles or an area the size of Connecticut.

The full text of H.R.621 is not yet available though this summary offers a glimpse of the rubbish to follow:

H.R.621 – To direct the Secretary of the Interior to sell certain Federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, previously identified as suitable for disposal, and for other purposes.

According to polls, residents of the state of Utah seem fairly evenly split on the issue of public land transfer. But Utahns must recognize that being residents of the state and stewards of the area, they are not the sole owners. This land is owned by all Americans and managed on our behalf by good people in the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Parks.

Both national polls and those in key western states point to a solid majority of Americans firmly against any transfer of public lands.

It’s time to let your representatives know your thoughts on this issue. Do not let your opinion go unheard while your land is quietly sold to the highest bidder. If you are a hiker, mountain biker, nature photographer, camper, hunter, fisher or outdoorsmen this issue will define the future of access to wild places in this country.

Be sure to add your name to the Sportsmen’s Access Petition.

Also contact Representatives Chaffetz and Bishop directly to make them aware of your opposition.

Jason Chaffetz

Rob Bishop


Twitter @RepRobBishop


Phone (202) 225-0453

(Chaffetz’s social media feeds are currently being consumed by #keepitpublic sentiments. Bishop seems too disconnected to actively participate in social discourse.)

**UPDATE: February 2, 2017

After receiving a landslide of criticism across the entire political spectrum, Representative Chaffetz  has wisely decided to withdraw his land transfer bill.

Rep. Chaffetz reverses course

SportDOG Brand Giveaway

SportDOG® HoundHunter

Start the new year off right by entering to win a SportDOG® Brand HoundHunter® 3225 prize package! Products included are: (1) HoundHunter 3225 E-Collar, (1) Handler Bag, (1) Red Locator Beacon, and (1) Wax Brown Hat. Entry is simple; visit sportdog.com/giveaway and enter your name and email address. One random winner will be chosen on January 31, 2017, at 9:00am EST.

*Total retail value over $350.

Winners of 2016 Companions for Conservation Contest

Knoxville, Tennessee (August 4, 2016) – SportDOG® Brand, the industry-leading manufacturer of electronic dog training products and accessories, has announced the winners of its third annual Companions for Conservation contest. Three lucky young hunters will soon be taking ownership of started Labrador retrievers, trained SportDOG Brand® Senior ProStaff members Tom Dokken, Derek Randle, and Chris Akin.

Earlier this year, SportDOG called for families with children between the age of 8 and 18, who have an interest in hunting and conservation to submit a dog training, youth-education project, hunting, or wildlife-habitat related photo via social media or online web form. In order to be eligible, the applicants must also be members of a conservation organization.

Dokken, Randle, and Akin will provide training through the started stage for the three prize dogs, which are a black Lab, yellow Lab, and chocolate Lab, respectively – valued at $5,000 each.

11-year-old Weston Jowett from Frankfort, Michigan, will be the proud owner of the black Lab, trained by Tom Dokken. Weston is a Ducks Unlimited Legacy Greenwing.

Weston Jowett and Black Lab

Haley Singleton will welcome home a yellow Lab trained by Derek Randle. 8-year-old Haley, a Ducks Unlimited member, is from Conyers, Georgia.

Haley Singleton and Yellow Lab

Cy Young from Mountain View, Missouri, will soon enjoy hunting with a chocolate Lab, trained by Chris Akin. Cy is 12 years old, and a member of Delta Waterfowl – Riceland chapter.

Cy Young and Chocolate Lab

For more information about our conservation initiative, visit http://www.sportdog.com/companions-for- conservation.

Britney Starr Joins SportDOG

Britney Starr Joins SportDOG Brand® as Marketing Specialist

Knoxville, Tennessee (May 1, 2015) – SportDOG Brand, the industry-leading manufacturer of electronic dog training products and accessories, has announced the hiring of Britney Starr as the company’s new Marketing Specialist.

Starr brings a diverse industry background to her new position. “Our success comes from our dedication to designing products in the field, not from behind a desk,” said Gretchen Goodson, SportDOG Brand Marketing Manager. “Britney’s broad experience makes her a great fit for a culture like ours.”

A southpaw from Michigan’s “North Woods,” Starr is a lifelong outdoorswoman and shooting enthusiast with a passion for upland bird hunting, German shorthaired pointers, and over-and-under shotguns. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Britney holds a degree in journalism.

She is the captain of 2 Vets Arms 3-gun team, a pro-staffer for Próis Hunting & Field Apparel, founder of the Women’s Outdoor & Shooting Industry Dinner, a member of Safari Club International, the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, and a charter member of the American Woodcock Society. Britney has written for numerous publications in the outdoor and shooting markets, and you can find her byline in American Hunter, Upland Almanac, Turkey Country, Game & Fish Magazine, African Hunting Gazette, GunUp, Ultimate Upland, OutdoorHub, Women’s Outdoor News and The Daily Caller.

Ruger Announces Redesigned Red Label Over-and-Under Shotgun

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces the launch of the newly redesigned Red Label over-and-under shotgun. Known for years as a top choice of American hunters and clay shooters for its world-renowned rugged construction and handsome American styling – the Red Label returns. The shotgun now features refined inner workings, a new center of gravity and reduced recoil. These new improvements deliver improved comfort and an enhanced shooting performance.

Shooters that have frequented the woods, fields and clay courses know the Ruger® Red Label shotgun has been a reliable performer that swings easily. The new 12 gauge Red Label has a redistributed center of gravity for even greater instinctual swing and pointing. Two-inch extended forcing cones, maximum back-bored barrels and a soft Pachmayr® buttpad enhance the shooting experience with reduced recoil. The Red Label’s familiar, low profile receiver reduces muzzle climb because the centerline of the bore is closer to the gun’s center mass. The new Red Label makes for an extremely comfortable shooting shotgun in the field or on the range.

“After 32 years of production, we put the Red Label on hiatus in 2011,” commented Ruger President and CEO, Mike Fifer. “We knew we could employ newer technology, improve the design and deliver a better performing Red Label. We have done that and restored the Red Label as the best American-made, over-and-under shotgun on the market.”

Read the rest of the press release.

Million-dollar contest pheasants released in Brown County

Hunters have shot at prize-winning birdsCasey Weismantel, with the Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau, releases a pheasant that he banded for the Million Dollar Pheasant Contest on Tuesday. (American News Photo by John Davis / October 16, 2013)

Casey Weismantel reaches into a crate, pulls out a flapping pheasant and cradles it tightly like a football. With one hand, he holds the bird and, with the other hand, attached a metal band on the pheasant’s leg. He then throws it into the air, watching it spread its wings to catch the wind. The bird flies 50 yards landing next to a partially harvested corn field.

This pheasant is no ordinary bird. It could be worth $100, $250, $500 or, in a rare case, $1 million. The bird is of one of 100 pheasants being released in Brown County as part of the Million Dollar Pheasant Contest.

Weismantel, who works for the Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau, released about 50 roosters today and will release another 50 sometime before the pheasant opener on Saturday.


The locations of the released birds are a secret. Weismantel will only say they are released on public and private land in random parts of the county.

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Blaser F3 Shotgun Now Available in US

Blaser F3 Game Shotgun

San Antonio, TX – -(Ammoland.com)-  Since the 2003 European introduction, the Blaser F3 Game shotgun has captured the fascination of hunters across the continent.

With dove season fast approaching Blaser USA is pleased to announce the launch the F3 Game version for the North American market.

“With the tremendous success of the F3 Competition line we are extremely excited to add the Game version to our product portfolio. This addition gives us the opportunity to bring the shotgun that has won National clay titles to the field,” states Blaser CEO Christian Socher.

Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2013/08/blaser-f3-game-shotgun-now-available-in-the-united-states/#ixzz2cdVx65S7