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The Week in Outdoor News – Friday, November 1, 2013

Here is our latest roundup of the biggest, most newsworthy, and just plain interesting stories and events from the great outdoors. The Wide Open Spaces team will do their best to collect the information you need to know to keep you aware of everything affecting you and your enjoyment of hunting, fishing and more.

From New Hampshire Fish and Game: The moose have met their match in New Hampshire, thanks to a high success rate for this year’s moose hunting season. A total of 179 hunters reported a downed moose, out of the 281 permits issued. That’s a 64% success rate. New Hampshire’s nine-day moose hunt ended Sunday, October 27, 2013. More than 13,000 people entered the moose hunt drawing for a chance to win a permit, proving the species’ popularity in the Northeast.

From Martin Archery: As a leader in archery equipment, Martin has pushed the envelope on the capabilities of bows since their inception. Now they’re under new ownership and leadership, with an acquisition by Diversis Capital LLC. Newly appointed CEO Rich Weatherford will lead the way. “Our goal is to give our customers the best products, customer service, delivery and experience in the market,” the release said.

From Trophy Card, a fun, custom way to create your own trading cards, has teamed up with Realtree camo to create unique backgrounds and borders for your next hunting or fishing photo. You can choose from a few different designs, and upload pictures of your buck or bass with the ability to turn them into customized trading cards, 5×7’s, 8×10’s, or 11×17 and 18×24 posters.

From B.A.S.S.: The B.A.S.S. Bassmasters Facebook page reached 500,000 fans on October 29, setting a new milestone for the premier authority on bass fishing. “There is a deep love for the B.A.S.S. brand out there,” Jim Sexton, B.A.S.S.’s vice president of digital, said in the release. “We’re finding new ways to serve that audience as well as build a new audience.”

From Since bowfishing started to take off, records have been set and broken at a fast pace. The latest involved a 40.8 pound buffalo (a member of the sucker family) taken from Lake Erie in Ohio. Brent McGlone of Marysville, Ohio caught the giant fish, and it’s the second record by the angler. He also holds the non-buffalo sucker title in Ohio.

From The Wall Street Journal: New York has initiated a new survey with goals set for improving the deer management strategy in the state for the coming years. It’s being conducted with help from the Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University. Survey questionnaires will be sent to 7,000 randomly chosen big game license holders.

From Fox News: The field- and farm-to-table trends are growing, and now they’re getting even more exposure. Matt Frohman and Rich Marshall are developing a new television show highlighted by the food they hunt and forage, then present to local chefs to turn into a delicious, healthy and all natural meal. A preview of the pilot episode of “Rogues on the Road” can be viewed here.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Three friends and a dog are embarking on a 5-day, 5-state pheasant hunt to raise conservation awareness in the Midwest. Anthony Hauck, Andrew Vavra and Rehan Nana will drive nearly 2,000 miles for rooster hunting opportunities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. All three work at Pheasants Forever and are hoping to spread the word for the necessity to curb wildlife habitat loss.

From Gander Mountain, the nation’s largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores, has announced that Mike Owens has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, after serving as the company’s Vice President since 2009. “This is an exciting time for Gander Mountain, and we are very optimistic about our future,” said David Pratt, Gander Mountain’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, in the release.

From New York MagazineIn a scene out of “Grumpy Old Men,” Dick Cheney and Wyoming Senate hopeful Mike Enzi are disputing whether or not the two were ever “fishing buddies.” Cheney’s daughter Liz is a Republican opponent of Enzi’s in the Senate primary. New York Magazine wisely turned to some fishing authorities for the true meaning of “fishing buddies,” and they seem to agree with Cheney that they should not, in fact, be considered in the outdoor friendship category.

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