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Ultimate Upland Cache #3 – Maine Treasure

Black dog red leaves

Sponsored by Orvis

The state of Maine is a wild gem of the Northeast. With roughly a million acres of publicly owned lands – state parks, Wildlife Management Areas, Public Reserves, National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks and Forest – there are plenty of areas accessible for hunters to get lost. There are an additional 5 million acres owned by lumber and paper companies who often permit access as well.

Maine has a rich hunting tradition and actively managed forests which offer abundant habitat for wildlife including upland game. Reasonable license fees and genuinely nice people make it a great place to challenge a bird dog with wild birds in wild places. And in the fall, the beauty of this state is tough to beat.

We made a quick trip Down East to have a few lobster rolls, chase some grouse and stash an Ultimate Upland Cache somewhere in this million acres of public lands.

The first person to find this Ultimate Upland Cache and provide proof of discovery will get geared up by Orvis – the Upland Shell which comes in both men’s and women’s version and the new Pro Series Hunting Vest. Details on the locations of this cache will be shared across our social platforms so be sure to follow us as we head into the wild — FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube.

And for those unable to travel to Maine in search of buried bird hunting treasure, we’ll be awarding secondary prizes by random selection to followers made eligible by actions detailed in the corresponding social media posts.

Join us in some wild places this season, share this pursuit of birds and passion for the outdoors that takes us to the edge of the map.

 

First Big Clue to Finding Ultimate Upland Cache #3: This is the first cache that requires hiking. The distance is manageable, under a couple miles, much through good grouse habitat. This group of ponds is fairly distinct, when you cross reference the video and other clues the area will become obvious.

Cache 3 Satellite


Giveaway Disclosure  (the fun legal stuff)
• ELIGIBILITY: Giveaway is open only to U.S. residents 18 years or older and minors accompanied by a legal guardian or responsible adult. Void where prohibited by law. Ultimate Upland, LLC (UU) and their respective affiliates, as well as all others involved in this promotion and their immediate families (defined for the purposes of this giveaway as parents, spouses, children, siblings and household members) are not eligible.
• CACHE PRIZES: Prize will be awarded when an individual finds each cache to one (1) winner per cache, proof of discovery must be provided. Instructions are located in the cache. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible people attempting to locate the cache. No purchase necessary. Cache Prizes expire on February 28, 2018.
• SECONDARY PRIZES: Prize will be awarded to one (1) winner randomly selected from qualified responses on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Instructions will be provided on these social platforms to become eligible for each secondary prize. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible people responding on each social platform. No purchase necessary.
• WINNERS: Prize will be awarded by Ultimate Upland, LLC, whose decisions on all matters relating to the giveaway will be binding and final. Winners will be notified on or about two (2) days following winner selection. The winning name can be obtained by writing to info@ultimateupland.com.
• ADDITIONAL TERMS: Giveaway is valid in the United States only. If you do not live in the United States, do not enter the giveaway. If for any reason the giveaway including, but not limited to, the online portion, does not function as planned, its integrity or feasibility is undermined, or anything compromises the administration, security, fairness, proper conduct or intended play of the giveaway, Ultimate Upland, LLC reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual the Sponsor deems responsible, and/or to abbreviate, cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the giveawway. UU assumes no responsibility for any defect or delay in operation or transmission, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, including any erroneous appearance of qualification for a prize. If the Sponsor, in its discretion, elects to abbreviate the giveaway, the Sponsor reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to award the prize(s) from among all valid and eligible entries received up to that time. All entries are the property of the Sponsor and are not returnable.
• WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH ATTEMPT BE MADE, ULTIMATE UPLAND, LLC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Giveaway entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means are ineligible and will be disqualified.
• RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By entering, entrant agrees to accept and abide by the rules of this giveaway and agrees that any dispute with regard to the conduct of this giveaway, rule interpretation, or award of prize, shall be resolved by UU in its sole discretion, whose decision shall be binding and final. By participating, entrant agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor and any respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and the officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives of each from any injury, loss or damage to person or property due in-whole or in-part, directly or indirectly to the acceptance, use, or misuse of a prize, participation in any giveaway-related activity, or participation in the giveaway. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of this offer, administration of the giveaway or in the announcement of prizes, including such error as may give an erroneous indication that a prize has been won.

Ultimate Upland Cache #2 – Yooper Treasure

Hidden Treasures

Sponsored by Orvis

Many upland hunters are unaware of the hidden jewel of wild bird habitat just across the Straits of Mackinac in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s remote, there is tons of public land (both state and federal) and the King of the Woods will challenge bird dogs in some of the gnarliest early successional habitat you’ll ever find.

With nearly 900,000 acres of Hiawatha National Forest and 320,000 acres of Sault St. Marie state managed land, there is a lifetime of places to explore. This is a part of the country where timbering is not a dirty word but a way of life. The active management and logging of forests keeps a balance in habitat that benefits both humans and wildlife. Though many people prefer the look of mature hardwood forests, grouse hunters know the ugly, scrubby areas with saplings and undergrowth shelter birds and provide varied diets for all sorts of wildlife.

This area also provides an abundance of places to hide an Ultimate Upland Cache. This season with the help of Orvis we hope to bring focus back to some of these wild places without which upland birds could not exist. Somewhere in the Upper Peninsula is a buried treasure for bird hunters awaiting discovery.

The first person to find this Ultimate Upland Cache and provide proof of discovery will get geared up by Orvis – the Upland Shell which comes in both men’s and women’s version and the new Pro Series Hunting Vest. Details on the locations of this cache will be shared across our social platforms so be sure to follow us as we head into the wild — FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube.

And for those unable to travel to some of these wild places in search of buried bird hunting treasure, we’ll be awarding secondary prizes by random selection to followers made eligible by actions detailed in the corresponding social media posts.

Join us in some wild places this season, share this pursuit of birds and passion for the outdoors that takes us to the edge of the map.

Orvis Upland Essentials

 

Huge Clue: Thousands of acres narrowed to this tiny plot, match this to the map along with the video and other clues on social, finding this cache should be easy. Click to enlarge.

satlocation

 


Giveaway Disclosure (the fun legal stuff)
• ELIGIBILITY: Giveaway is open only to U.S. residents 18 years or older and minors accompanied by a legal guardian or responsible adult. Void where prohibited by law. Ultimate Upland, LLC (UU) and their respective affiliates, as well as all others involved in this promotion and their immediate families (defined for the purposes of this giveaway as parents, spouses, children, siblings and household members) are not eligible.
• CACHE PRIZES: Prize will be awarded when an individual finds each cache to one (1) winner per cache, proof of discovery must be provided. Instructions are located in the cache. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible people attempting to locate the cache. No purchase necessary. Cache Prizes expire on February 28, 2018.
• SECONDARY PRIZES: Prize will be awarded to one (1) winner randomly selected from qualified responses on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Instructions will be provided on these social platforms to become eligible for each secondary prize. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible people responding on each social platform. No purchase necessary.
• WINNERS: Prize will be awarded by Ultimate Upland, LLC, whose decisions on all matters relating to the giveaway will be binding and final. Winners will be notified on or about two (2) days following winner selection. The winning name can be obtained by writing to info@ultimateupland.com.
• ADDITIONAL TERMS: Giveaway is valid in the United States only. If you do not live in the United States, do not enter the giveaway. If for any reason the giveaway including, but not limited to, the online portion, does not function as planned, its integrity or feasibility is undermined, or anything compromises the administration, security, fairness, proper conduct or intended play of the giveaway, Ultimate Upland, LLC reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual the Sponsor deems responsible, and/or to abbreviate, cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the giveawway. UU assumes no responsibility for any defect or delay in operation or transmission, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, including any erroneous appearance of qualification for a prize. If the Sponsor, in its discretion, elects to abbreviate the giveaway, the Sponsor reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to award the prize(s) from among all valid and eligible entries received up to that time. All entries are the property of the Sponsor and are not returnable.
• WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH ATTEMPT BE MADE, ULTIMATE UPLAND, LLC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Giveaway entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means are ineligible and will be disqualified.
• RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By entering, entrant agrees to accept and abide by the rules of this giveaway and agrees that any dispute with regard to the conduct of this giveaway, rule interpretation, or award of prize, shall be resolved by UU in its sole discretion, whose decision shall be binding and final. By participating, entrant agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor and any respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and the officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives of each from any injury, loss or damage to person or property due in-whole or in-part, directly or indirectly to the acceptance, use, or misuse of a prize, participation in any giveaway-related activity, or participation in the giveaway. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of this offer, administration of the giveaway or in the announcement of prizes, including such error as may give an erroneous indication that a prize has been won.

The Ultimate Upland Cache

Wild Places

Sponsored by Orvis

The past few seasons we’ve had a fairly singular focus on the wild places that upland birds frequent. Many times these places are part of the broad untold story of upland hunting.

This season with the help of Orvis we hope to bring focus back to some of these wild places without which upland birds could not exist.

Over the next few months as we head out across the country chasing birds, we will be hiding caches redeemable for some great Orvis Upland Essential gear. The first person to find each of these Ultimate Upland Caches and provide proof of discovery will get geared up by Orvis. Details on the locations of each cache will be shared across our social platforms so be sure to follow us as we head into the wild — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube.

And for those unable to travel to some of these wild places in search of buried bird hunting treasure, we’ll be awarding secondary prizes by random selection to followers made eligible by actions detailed in the corresponding social media posts.

Join us in some wild places this season, share this pursuit of birds and passion for the outdoors that takes us to the edge of the map.

Orvis Upland Essentials

 

Probably the most crucial clue for cache #1 – happy hunting.

Location of Cache 1

 


Giveaway Disclosure (the fun legal stuff)
• ELIGIBILITY: Giveaway is open only to U.S. residents 18 years or older and minors accompanied by a legal guardian or responsible adult. Void where prohibited by law. Ultimate Upland, LLC (UU) and their respective affiliates, as well as all others involved in this promotion and their immediate families (defined for the purposes of this giveaway as parents, spouses, children, siblings and household members) are not eligible.
• CACHE PRIZES: Prize will be awarded when an individual finds each cache to one (1) winner per cache, proof of discovery must be provided. Instructions are located in the cache. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible people attempting to locate the cache. No purchase necessary. Cache Prizes expire on February 28, 2018.
• SECONDARY PRIZES: Prize will be awarded to one (1) winner randomly selected from qualified responses on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Instructions will be provided on these social platforms to become eligible for each secondary prize. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible people responding on each social platform. No purchase necessary.
• WINNERS: Prize will be awarded by Ultimate Upland, LLC, whose decisions on all matters relating to the giveaway will be binding and final. Winners will be notified on or about two (2) days following winner selection. The winning name can be obtained by writing to info@ultimateupland.com.
• ADDITIONAL TERMS: Giveaway is valid in the United States only. If you do not live in the United States, do not enter the giveaway. If for any reason the giveaway including, but not limited to, the online portion, does not function as planned, its integrity or feasibility is undermined, or anything compromises the administration, security, fairness, proper conduct or intended play of the giveaway, Ultimate Upland, LLC reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual the Sponsor deems responsible, and/or to abbreviate, cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the giveawway. UU assumes no responsibility for any defect or delay in operation or transmission, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, including any erroneous appearance of qualification for a prize. If the Sponsor, in its discretion, elects to abbreviate the giveaway, the Sponsor reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to award the prize(s) from among all valid and eligible entries received up to that time. All entries are the property of the Sponsor and are not returnable.
• WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH ATTEMPT BE MADE, ULTIMATE UPLAND, LLC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Giveaway entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means are ineligible and will be disqualified.
• RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By entering, entrant agrees to accept and abide by the rules of this giveaway and agrees that any dispute with regard to the conduct of this giveaway, rule interpretation, or award of prize, shall be resolved by UU in its sole discretion, whose decision shall be binding and final. By participating, entrant agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor and any respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and the officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives of each from any injury, loss or damage to person or property due in-whole or in-part, directly or indirectly to the acceptance, use, or misuse of a prize, participation in any giveaway-related activity, or participation in the giveaway. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of this offer, administration of the giveaway or in the announcement of prizes, including such error as may give an erroneous indication that a prize has been won.

Winners of 2017 Companions for Conservation

Companions For Conservation

SportDOG® Brand, the industry-leading manufacturer of electronic dog training products and accessories, has announced the winners of its fourth annual Companions for Conservation contest.

Earlier this year, SportDOG called for families with children between the ages of 10 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, after which, 9 finalists were chosen to have their images voted on by the public. In order to be eligible, the applicants must also be members of a conservation organization.

Below are the 2017 winners!

Grand Prize
Megan Halstead (13) from Idaho, will receive “Marco” a started black Labrador retriever, trained by SportDOG Senior ProStaff member Chris Akin of Webb Footed Kennel, a 2-day, all-expenses paid duck-hunting trip for 2 at Red Legs Lodge in Arkansas, and a SportDOG gear package. With her photo submission, Megan said, “I would love to have another Labrador retriever because my last dog Tank, who passed away just a few weeks ago, was my very best friend. Winning Marco would mean I’d have another loyal hunting partner to learn and grow with.” Megan and her dad Jeremy are members of Ducks Unlimited.

2nd Prize
Gage Sefton (12) from Indiana will take home a prize package including a 1-year membership to Ducks Unlimited and SportDOG gear.

3rd Prize
Railey Williams (14) from Arkansas is the winner of a Delta Waterfowl prize package, including a 1-year membership and SportDOG gear.

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

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.

Open Letter to Governor John Kasich

Ohio Division of Wildlife

Governor Kasich:

Ohio’s wildlife and wild spaces are no place for power-brokering or politics.

Despite over 30 conservation and sporting organizations and five retired Ohio Division of Wildlife chiefs calling for modest price increases in Ohio hunting and fishing licenses, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer, Assistant Directors Fred Shemp and Gary Obermiller resist the call to action to properly fund Ohio’s wild places. They are doing you and the citizens of this state a disservice.

The majority of Ohio outdoorsmen and women recognize that 14 years without a license increase makes little sense in the face of rising costs. They are willing to shoulder more of a burden, actually many are happy to, if it insures the future of Ohio’s great outdoors, resources and beauty.

Director Zehringer’s actions defy logic. When sportsmen call to increase fees on themselves and the ODNR response is “we don’t want your money, we don’t care if you believe wildlife is being underfunded,” it makes one question the true motives. I suspect if you were to ask the biologists at the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) if they could use funds generated by a license increase to provide better programs, education, enforcement, access and help fill 25 open field officer positions their answer might be a bit different.

Fisherman and hunters wholly fund the Division of Wildlife. It is a self-sustaining model of which we are proud. We don’t need bureaucrats telling us when outdoor opportunities, habitat, wildlife protection and enforcement are lacking. As stewards of the outdoors, we supply that feedback directly to the folks charged with the task, the ones we pay to do the job. We don’t need our voices filtered through the Ohio Division of Natural Resources’ competing interests of oil and gas, mining, agriculture and lobbyists.

The Division of Wildlife should be a cabinet level position advocating Ohio’s wildlife and wild places and should not be muzzled by appointees who are not sportsmen, biologists or naturalists. Current Ohio Division of Wildlife Chief Ray Petering, holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries Management from The Ohio State University as well as a Master of Science Degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Georgia, should be reporting directly to you Governor Kasich.

Decreased participation has been repeatedly cited by both Zehringer and Obermiller as the counter to any resident license increase. But the main driver of participation is opportunity and education. Look at states where outdoor activities and opportunity abound supported by state recruitment and retention programs. Minnesota comes to mind with a solid 34% of their populace purchasing hunting and fishing licenses, compared to just 6.5% of Ohioans. Minnesota has a walk-in access program that opens 23,500 acres of private land at over 200 locations to hunters and 1.29 million acres of state owned land at 1,440 areas enrolled as Wildlife Management Areas. 16.1% of the state of Minnesota is open to public hunting versus just 2.5% of the state for Ohio. Coincidentally, Minnesota’s resident small game license is $22 – just $3 more than Ohio’s and exactly the increase that the coalition of conservation and sporting groups is advocating for Ohio.

Governor, unlike your appointed advisor, Zehringer, I won’t go beyond my depth to advise. But let me tell you what makes sense for Ohio’s bird hunters as someone who travels over 35,000 miles annually in this country hunting dozens of states 100 days a year:

• Increase the resident hunting license by $7 (just .50¢ per year for the 14 years with no increase).

• No increase to senior (65 and over) or youth (16 and under) licenses.

• Tie all license fees to inflation so that we never need to have this ridiculous discussion again – numerous other states have done this and it takes politics out of future funding decisions.

• Create a state upland bird stamp that covers the cost of the pheasant stocking program. Ohio releases 25,000 pen-raised birds costing the state at least $300,000 annually. The upland stamp should cover the cost of this program plus 100% which would be used as dedicated funds for habitat improvements for game birds on state lands. Ohio should not be in the game farm business unless it benefits a greater mission, plain and simple.

• Mandatory habitat stamp of $10 required for anyone accessing Ohio public lands or waters and all non-resident hunters. Proceeds would be dedicated to expanding access and opportunity with purchase of additional state lands and a private land access program which would strengthen cooperation between landowners, hunters and the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Assistant Director Obermiller also seems concerned with morale under the current structure. Obermiller stated at a recent public event the Natural Resources Department and the Wildlife Division have “always had morale problems.” When experts and specialists in a field are placed beneath layers of burdensome, unqualified bureaucracy and management the obvious result is discontent.

Release the Ohio Division of Wildlife to report to those who employ them, the hunters and fishers of this state. Morale will soar as well as engagement. Task ODOW with fostering and growing Ohio’s outdoor community and hold them to it. They will deliver with cooperation from sportsmen once you untie their hands.

Brian Koch
Editor, Ultimate Upland


James Zehringer

Contact Director Zehringer to share your concerns:

james.zehringer@dnr.state.oh.us

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Director Gary Obermiller

 

Contact Asst. Director Obermiller:

gary.obermiller@dnr.state.oh.us

 

 

 

 

 

The Sportmen’s Alliance has done a great job unifying the voices of Ohio outdoorsmen. Use their legislative action tool to contact your state senator. Click here.

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.

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.