Wildlife Forever Welcomes Bass Pro Shops as Title Sponsor for the Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest
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White Bear Lake, MN- Wildlife Forever proudly recognizes Bass Pro Shops as the official Title Sponsor for the 2022 International Fish Art Contest.  Through art, science and creative writing, youth around the world learn about nature and develop personal connections to the outdoors. 

The Fish Art contest engages students in fisheries and aquatic conservation. Through education and self-discovery, students create personal reflections of lessons learned developing a critical foundation to environmental stewardship.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s conservationists. Thanks to the visionary leadership of our founder Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is proud to be a longstanding partner of Wildlife Forever’s annual Fish Art Contest. It’s our hope this contest inspires young people everywhere to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors,” said Bob Ziehmer, Senior Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops

Since 1999, the Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest has engaged tens of thousands of students from around the world.  With support from sponsors and state hosted programs, Fish Art allows students of all cultures to learn about fisheries and natural resources.

“The conservation vision of Johnny Morris and his team at Bass Pro Shops, is unparalleled. Their support of the Fish Art Contest has spawned a new generation of stewards that will soon be guiding our nations future and outdoor heritage,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.
Youth in grades K-12th are encouraged to enter now for amazing prizes and national awards. Visit www.FishArt.org for complete details on how to enter!

 

About Bass Pro Shops®: Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company.  Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

The Art of Conservation®: The Art of Conservation is an internationally recognized suite of programs connecting youth to nature and science through art and self-discovery. The Fish Art Contest® and NEW Songbird Art Contest™ are extension programs that empower conservation education and youth participation through the arts. The award-winning Fish Art Contest has been inspiring youth and teaching aquatic conservation education for 24 years. Support comes from sponsors, state hosts and partners from around the world such as Bass Pro Shops, the USDA Forest Service, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the International Game Fish Association, National Fish Habitat Partnership, Rep Your Waters and others.

About Wildlife Forever:  Our mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and scientific management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 96% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Join Today and learn more about the Art of Conservation® programs, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at  www.WildlifeForever.org.

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Chevy MyWay: Truck Talks with Realtree
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Chevrolet and Realtree® invite you to Truck Talks, a series highlighting the amazing brands that help drive Chevy Truck. For more than 20 years Chevy Trucks and Realtree have joined forces to deliver outdoor excellence. What better way to celebrate this collaboration than an in-depth look at the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTD Realtree Edition? Join us on October 21 at 8PM EDT as Chevy MyWay and Bill & Tyler Jordan of Realtree go deep on the exclusive Silverado and longstanding relationship.

The event will feature this special edition truck, which is the perfect match for whatever your outdoor lifestyle craves. With custom Realtree graphics on both the exterior and interior and a Realtree logo emblazoned on the bedliner, you’ll stand out on the road and blend in with nature. And with room for six, you can bring the whole crew.

To learn more, or to build your own Realtree Edition Silverado, go to the Truck Talks link above.

About Realtree:

Realtree is the world’s leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 1,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. Find Realtree on Realtree 365, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and at Realtree.com.

About Chevrolet:

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, available in 79 countries with more than 3.2 million cars and trucks sold in 2020. Chevrolet models include electric and fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Pennsylvania Statewide Bear Seasons Kick Off October 16th
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The numbers tell the tale when it comes to just how good black bear hunting opportunities are in Pennsylvania these days.

In the six and a half decades between 1915 and 1979, Keystone State hunters typically harvested 398 bears a year. That jumps to 424 if you exclude the four years – 1934, 1970, 1977 and 1978 – when the season was closed. Still, hunters didn’t harvest more than 1,000 bears in a single year until 1984, more than 2,000 bears until 1989 and more than 3,000 bears until 2000.

Compare that to the situation in more-modern times.

Hunters harvested more than 4,000 bears in a single year three times since 2005, two of those since 2011, with the all-time record of 4,653 coming in 2019. Nine of the 10 largest harvests ever occurred in the last 13 years, with the 2020 harvest of 3,621 bears ranking sixth.

Expect that train to keep on rollin’.

With lots of bears still on the landscape and this fall’s slate of seasons again big on opportunity, the potential is there again for another great season.

“We’ve got many, many black bears, including some of the biggest in the country, spread across the Commonwealth and within reach of hunters everywhere,” said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. “Plus, our various bear seasons give hunters the opportunity to pursue them in numerous ways throughout the fall.

“This is an exciting time to be a bear hunter. It’s no wonder more and more people are taking to the bear woods every autumn.”

Indeed, a record 220,471 people – 211,627 of them Pennsylvania residents – bought bear licenses in 2020. That was up from 202,043 in 2019, 174,869 in 2018 and, going back further, 147,728 in 2009.

Bear hunters this fall will be able to hunt in several distinctive seasons.

There is a statewide three-week archery bear season; a one-week muzzleloader bear season that offers three days of rifle hunting for certain classifications of hunters including juniors and seniors; and a four-day statewide firearms bear season that includes a Sunday.

Added to that are opportunities – some starting as early as September – to take a bear with a bow in a handful of Wildlife Management Units.

All of that was offered last year, too. But there’s also something new for 2021.

As in the past, many WMUs will allow bear hunting during the first – and in some units, even the second – week of the statewide firearms deer season. Unlike last year, though, when bears didn’t become legal game until the first Monday, hunters in 2021 will be able to harvest them on the opening weekend of deer season, both Saturday and Sunday.

“Pennsylvania has been a bear hunting destination for many, many years,” said Emily Carrollo, the Game Commission’s bear biologist. “I don’t expect that to change. Despite large harvests in the past, we’ve still got plenty of bears, and lots of big ones, out there.”

She recommended that hunters looking for bears focus first on finding food sources, ranging from apples to hard-mast crops like the nuts from oak, hickory and beech trees to standing agricultural crops. Then, she added, look for actual bear sign.

Of course, even in the best spots, not every hunter will fill a bear tag. Hunter success rates are typically around 2 or 3 percent.

But with so many bears in so many places, just being in the woods give hunters a better chance of filling a tag than at maybe any other time in the last century-plus.

Looking back

Pennsylvania’s hunters took 3,608 black bears in the 2020 seasons. That was down from 2019’s record of 4,653, but still the second-largest harvest in the past five years.

Bowhunters – with two weeks to hunt rather than one, as in the past – took an archery record 955 bears. The harvest was 1,041 in the 2-year-old muzzleloader/special firearms seasons and 1,177 in the general firearms season. The harvest in the extended season was 435. Hunters in the early season took 13 animals.

Hunters took bears in 59 of 67 counties and 22 of Pennsylvania’s 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs).

Potter County led the state in bear harvest; hunters got 188 there. Lycoming County was next best, producing 186 bears, followed by Tioga, with 185; Clearfield, with 158; Monroe, with 152; Clinton, with 150; Elk, with 140; Luzerne, with 125; Centre, with 117; and Bradford, with 108. Pike County produced 105, Wayne 100 and Carbon 97, as well.

The largest bear harvested is the 719-pound male taken with a crossbow on Nov. 7 in Ayr Township, Fulton County, by Abby Strayer, of McConnellsburg. Hunters also took numerous other bears exceeding 600 pounds.

Looking forward

Opportunity and variety mark the 2021 bear seasons.

They began with archery hunting on Sept. 18 in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D. The season runs through Nov. 26 there, including Sunday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 21.

Archery hunting is permitted in WMU 5B from Oct. 2 to Nov. 19, including Sunday, Nov. 14.

Archery bear hunting is permitted in all other WMUs from Oct. 16 through Nov. 6.

The statewide muzzleloader bear season runs Oct. 16 to 23, while the statewide special firearms season for junior and senior license holders, mentored hunters ages 16 and under, active-duty military and certain disabled persons’ permit holders runs from Oct. 21 to 23.

The general statewide bear season is set for Nov. 20 through 23, including Sunday, Nov. 21.

Extended bear hunting is allowed in WMUs 1B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A from Nov. 27 through Dec. 4, including Sunday, Nov. 28.

Bear season in WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D from Nov. 27 through Dec. 11, including Sunday, Nov. 28.

Hunters can take only one bear during the license year.

Checking bears

Hunters who harvest a bear must have it checked by the Game Commission. How to do that varies, depending on season.

During the four-day statewide regular firearms season and the extended bear season that overlaps with a portion of the firearms deer season, the Game Commission operates check stations at several locations. A list of those is available on pages 37 (regular season) and 38 (extended season) of the 2021-22 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

Hunters who take a bear during any archery season or the October muzzleloader and special firearms seasons must contact the appropriate Game Commission region office for details on how to have their bear checked. Contact information for region offices and lists of the counties they serve are on page 3 of the digest.

In all cases, hunters are encouraged to use a stick to prop open their bear’s mouth soon after harvest and before the jaw stiffens. That allows agency staff to remove a tooth, used to determine the bear’s age.

Muzzleloader and archery overlaps

A regulatory change adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2020 permits properly licensed bowhunters to carry muzzleloaders when any deer or bear archery or muzzleloader seasons overlap again this year.

This allows archery deer or bear hunters to carry muzzleloaders during the Oct. 16-23 muzzleloader bear season, and use muzzleloaders during that time to harvest bears. Properly licensed hunters also may use muzzleloaders to harvest antlerless deer during this period since the antlerless-only muzzleloader deer season also runs from Oct. 16-23.

Carrying firearms generally is prohibited while bowhunting. Aside from the exemption that applies during overlaps in the muzzleloader deer and bear seasons, holders of License to Carry Firearms permits may possess their permitted firearms while bowhunting.

Junior and Senior license holders, those with disabled person permits, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in the armed forces, may hunt bears or antlerless deer with a rifle during the special firearms season from Oct. 21-23. These individuals may not hunt antlered deer during the special firearms season while in possession of a rifle.

License and orange requirements

Hunters who want to pursue bears in Pennsylvania need a general hunting license or mentored hunting permit, as well as a bear license.

Hunting licenses can be purchased online at https://huntfish.pa.gov or from issuing agents located in every county. A list of them is available at www.pgc.pa.gov under the “Hunt/Trap” tab. Licenses purchased online cannot be used until they are received through the mail because bear licenses contain harvest ear tags.

Bear hunters must wear a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined at all times during the four-day general firearms season, or when participating in the muzzleloader or special firearms bear seasons. The orange must be visible from 360 degrees.

Hunters are also required to carry photo identification while hunting.

One other thing it’s recommended hunters do is go into the woods with a plan for how to get a bear out if they harvest one. Some bears get very large, but even smaller ones can be difficult for one person to handle.

Contact:

Travis Lau

717-705-6541

[email protected]

Oklahoma: Youth Deer Gun Season Welcomes Young Hunters
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The youth deer gun season is a perfect time to get youngsters into the woods for a great hunting experience when the weather is a bit warmer than during regular deer gun season.

The season’s young participants will also be the first hunters in Oklahoma to get the chance to harvest a deer with a firearm this fall.

The season will be Oct. 15-17.

“It’s one of my favorite times of the year,” said Dallas Barber, Big-game Biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “We get the chance to introduce new young hunters to something that we as biologists and managers are passionate about.”

Youth deer gun season is open to hunters 17 and younger who are accompanied in the field by an adult at least 18 years old. Accompanying adults may archery hunt provided they have required licenses or proof of exemption, and are hunter education certified if 30 or younger (unless exempt).

Youth hunters may take either two does, or a buck and a doe, and all deer taken will count toward the youth’s combined seasons’ limit of six deer. A youth deer license is required for each deer hunted.

If weather conditions remain stable ahead of the season, bucks are likely to be following their usual patterns between bedding areas and food sources. Scouting before the hunt not only increases chances for a successful hunt but also serves as additional learning opportunities for youths.

But if a cold front should blow through, it could prompt deer to change routines and move about in more unpredictable ways, Barber said.

“As wildlife managers, we try to give the most opportunity possible, and the youth season focuses on just that. If we can turn one of our youth season hunters into a lifelong outdoorsman or woman, then the youth season is more than worth it.”

A change this season affects the wild turkey harvest opportunity during youth deer gun season. Now, only shotguns are allowed to take a wild turkey, and only in the counties where gun hunting is legal during the regular fall turkey season.

For complete information on youth deer gun season regulations and license requirements, and the changes in the fall turkey harvest opportunity, consult the current Oklahoma Fishing and Hunting Guide found online at wildlifedepartment.com, and in the free Go Outdoors Oklahoma mobile app for Apple or Android users.

Prepare for the Cold with Dryshod’s New NoSho Gusset XT
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Prepare for the Cold with Dryshod’s New NoSho Gusset XT

October 2021, Conklin, NY — Dryshod, the new benchmark in performance waterproof footwear for outdoor recreation and occupational use, doesn’t need to remind hunters that cold weather is almost here but does want to let dedicated outdoor enthusiasts know they don’t have to suffer cold, wet feet thanks to the new Dryshod NoSho Gusset XT insulated, 100% waterproof boots.

The NoSho Gusset XT was developed to withstand extreme cold and wet hunting conditions and to do so in comfort. Because cold weather means that thick, layered clothing is often required to stay cozy for hours in a treestand or in a duck blind, the NoSho Gusset XT is built with an adjustable gusset to accommodate tucked-in heavy clothing or to better fit hunters with large calves.

In addition to its ready-for-cold-weather fit, the NoSho Gusset XT tackles freezing temperatures with six layers of insulating warmth and protection. The 5.5mm DENSOPRENE bootie is backed by 2mm DENSOPRENE XD (extreme density) foam for maximum environmental shielding. Next, a 2mm airmesh layer promotes air flow to prevent heat-robbing moisture buildup while a 2mm fleece lining enhances the boot’s natural insulating properties. Factor in the EVA cold-blocking midsole and removable molded EVA sock liner and you have a boot that blocks water and retains heat for all-day hunting comfort.

Since extreme cold often means extremely slippery conditions, the NoSho Gusset XT also comes with a DS1 outsole for aggressive traction on challenging terrain.

The Dryshod NoSho Gusset XT includes a stealthy camo pattern over the entire upper and is available in men’s sizes 7-16.

For more information on the new NoSho Gusset XT or to see the company’s full line of waterproof footwear for hunting, outdoor recreation, and work, visit DryshodUSA.com.

About Dryshod

The team behind Dryshod was the first to develop the bootie-style neoprene-and-rubber boot category over 20 years ago. Now they have elevated protective footwear performance through the application of advanced materials, field-proven construction techniques, and purpose-built designs—all to ensure Dryshod consumers receive the highest quality, best performing, and most comfortable waterproof boots for any task or adventure. Dryshod’s mission is to provide farmers, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who works or plays in wet, sloppy, and cold conditions with the most durable, reliable and comfortable 100-percent waterproof footwear available. To learn more about the Dryshod Waterproof Footwear difference, visit DryshodUSA.com.

Media Contact: Kim Cahalan, Media Direct [email protected] 309.944.5341

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