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Browning Grants Signature Products Group (SPG) The Browning Pack License


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Signature Products Group (SPG) is proud to announce that starting January 1, 2015 they will be the official pack licensee for Browning. For 2015, SPG will unveil a completely new line of packs holding true to the Browning tradition of “The Best There Is.”

“We are thrilled to be taking on another Browning license. We’re especially excited to provide Browning hunting packs that reach the level of quality and performance that hunters expect. We have incorporated new innovative designs, materials, and features that live up to the Browning brand,” said SPG CEO, Dusty Zundel.

The brand new Browning Pack line will use Hypo-sonic™ and Mountain Crawler™ systems never before seen on the market. These systems focus on allowing the hunter to go farther, longer and faster.

“Our completely new line of Browning packs and bags were designed for hunters, by hunters.  We’re very excited to showcase all the innovations and features, many of which should change the market,” said Sales Manager, Geoff Maki. “We’re confident hunters everywhere will love this line…because your pack shouldn’t limit your hunt!”

The Browning Packs in the new line include a variety of day packs, lumbar packs, dry bags, dry duffels, luggage, a frame pack, map cases and casual backpacks.

Individual pack announcements will be available in 2015.

SPG is the official licensee of products for Browning®, Realtree®, Mossy Oak®, Ducks Unlimited®, Major League Bowhunter, Under Armour®, Dirty Bird™, Bone Collector®, Hard Core™, and Big Rack.

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Sighting-In Your Bow: Keep it Simple

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By Kevin Reese

When considering hunter ethics, the most important element beyond the scope of wildlife conservation and habitat preservation is shot placement. Good bowhunters understand this critical ingredient and practice year round to ensure their prey receive nothing short of best efforts from confident, ethical integrity-minded sportsmen. 

As a matter of shot placement, accuracy and consistency are key. Many say practice is the only answer to consistently accurate shot placement; while this is true, it’s not the entire formula; well tuned equipment is also vital to your accuracy. Confidence in your equipment is as important as competence in your shooting abilities. Archers of all ages struggle with shot placement at some level whether dealing with target panic, buck fever, improper form or a bow in need of proper tuning; they key to mistake-proofing is using the process of elimination.

 Ensure your bow is well tuned, including timing, tiller, center shot, etc. and that your shooting equipment matches your needs, i.e. correctly spined arrows. Once you are sure of your equipment, ensure your shooting is consistent and accurate; at this point, accuracy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re making great shots, it simply means you are grouping your arrows and establishing a pattern. Now it’s time to sight in your bow.

Here’s a simple to tip to make sighting-in a bit easier.  Consider a cross, or crosshairs – a cross pattern is made of both a vertical and horizontal line; the point at which those lines meet is the bullseye. The problem most archers have when sighting in is that they focus on the bullseye as a point of aim instead of one line at a time.

Pick a side of your target specifically used for sighting-in and tape or spray paint a cross that spans the entire target. Decide which line you would like to aim at first; I like to aim at the horizontal line so we’ll begin there. Aim at only at that horizontal line and shoot well to the left of the vertical line. Move your aiming point to the right a couple of inches and put your pin on that horizontal line again, shoot, then move your aim to the right a few inches and shoot again; continue shooting at the horizontal line, moving from left to right, until you establish a consistent vertical distance above or below that horizontal line. If you consistently shoot below the horizontal line, adjust your pin or sight elevation down. Conversely, if you’re shooting above the horizontal line, adjust your pin or sight elevation up. ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR ARROW WHEN ADJUSTING YOUR SIGHT!

Now, follow the same method for adjusting your windage (left to right adjustments). From the top and moving down every few inches between shots, aim only at the vertical line and shoot enough arrows to consistently show a pattern of hitting either to the left or right of that line. If you are hitting to the left of the line, adjust your sight to the left; if you are hitting to the right, adjust your sight to the right. Again, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR ARROW WHEN ADJUSTING YOUR SIGHT!

Many people understand how to sight-in a bow; however, many struggle with the process because they concentrate on hitting both lines at the same time. Sighting-in on one line at a time simplifies the process by concentrating your focus on one broad focal point – just try to hit the line, period. When you adjust to hit one line and then the next, your next shot will be exactly where you need it – in the vitals.  

Hunt hard, hunt often.

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Las Vegas to Host World Elk Calling Championships

MISSOULA, Mont.–Grunting and squealing, growling and screaming, America’s best elk callers are headed to Las Vegas to vie for a world title.

The 2012 RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships will be held as part of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) convention and International Sportsmen’s Exposition, Feb. 2-4, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The raucous event is open to the public.

Elk are the most vocal species of North American deer. The signature call is a “bugle,” a loud, high-pitched whistle or scream used during mating season by bulls trying to attract cows and advertise their dominance to other bulls. Bulls also grunt at cows straying from their harem. Cows bark to warn of danger, mew to keep track of each other and whine to signal distress. Calves bleat when they are lost.

Mimicking these sounds has been a competitive sport for almost 25 years, but 2012 will be the RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships’ first time in Las Vegas.

“This event is always a spectacle,” said David Allen, president and CEO of RMEF, a conservation organization focused on conserving and stewarding elk habitat. “It’s been featured by The New York Times and CBS Sunday Morning, and now we’re pleased to introduce this competition to a city that appreciates spectacles like no one else.”

“If a bull elk shows up and rips the doors off the Las Vegas Convention Center, at least you’ll know why,” he joked.

Competition is held in six divisions: professional, men’s, women’s, natural voice, youth (age 11-17) and pee-wee (age 10 and under). Amateur-level callers have 30 seconds to make general cow elk sounds, followed by bull sounds. Professionals are required to make specific calls such as bugles and barks. Most callers blow across a latex reed placed inside the mouth. In the natural voice division, however, no reeds are allowed. A variety of plastic tubes are used like megaphones, giving the sounds realistic resonance.

Judges–biologists, naturalists and hunters–score each competitor anonymously.

Prizes and cash ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be awarded for first- through third-place in all six divisions.

Prize sponsors include Leupold, Block Fusion, Cabela’s, Horn Hunter Packs, Hoyt, Kershaw Knives, Montana Decoy, Montana Silversmiths, New Archery Products (NAP), Remington, Schnee’s and Traditions Performance Firearms.

Defending world champions: Professional Division–Corey Jacobsen, Boise, Idaho; Men’s Division–Dirk Durham, Moscow, Idaho; Women’s Division–Misty Jacobsen, Priest River, Idaho; Natural Voice Division–Michael Hatten, Elko, Nev.; Youth Division–Greg Hubbell Jr., Belmont, Calif.; Pee-Wee Division–Colton Crawford, McMinnville, Ore.

To compete in the 2012 RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships, see complete rules, registration info and entry fees posted at

Preliminary rounds of competition begin Fri., Feb. 3, at 10:00 a.m. Finals begin Sat., Feb. 4, at 9:00 a.m., followed by awards and crowning of new world champions.

Spectator seating is included with daily admission to the RMEF convention and expo: $12 per person, free for youth 15 and under, and free for active military with military ID.

The expo includes attractions, displays and activities for the whole family, plus 385 exhibiting companies in booths filled with outfitted hunting and fishing opportunities, art, gear, firearms and everything elk and outdoors. Hourly seminars led by authorities detail hunting strategies, destinations and gear; urban and wilderness survival; fishing; and travel nearby and around the world. Cabela’s will sponsor game-calling clinics. International Sportsmen’s Expositions, which produces America’s premier hunting, fishing and travel shows, is managing the exhibit hall and expo. Expo hours: Thurs., Feb. 2, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 3, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 4, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The convention, expo and RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships help raise awareness and funding for conservation. In 2011, RMEF passed the 6 million acre-mark in habitat conserved or enhanced for elk and other wildlife. In Nevada alone, RMEF has completed 190 different conservation projects affecting 275,870 acres.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
RMEF is leading a conservation initiative that has protected or enhanced habitat on over 6 million acres–an area larger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Great Smoky Mountains national parks combined. RMEF also is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. RMEF members, partners and volunteers, working together as Team Elk, are making a difference all across elk country. Join us at or 800-CALL ELK.

About International Sportsmen’s Expositions (ISE):
Founded in 1975, ISE produces five consumer sportsman shows across the western United States, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada (Las Vegas) and Utah. Check dates and show special events at

Chip off the Ol’ Block!

A Bowhunter’s Legacy


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ByKevin Reese

We snuck around the outcropping of mesquites then froze in our tracks. I looked back at my huntin’ buddy and put my finger to my lips. Shhhh. Slowly pushing through the briars brought us to a clearing where our prey its destiny. My buddy stayed behind me, holding onto my shirt to keep his balance. I steadied my bow and came to full draw. I could feel my buddy’s excitement building as he wringed the back of my shirt. Thwack! The jackrabbit ran frantically through the briars but escape was futile; he piled up a short 15 yards away. I turned and fell to my knees as my buddy rushed in for a high-five, “Congrats, dad!” The hug that followed was a reminder of one of few bigger-than-life reasons we fight so fiercely to protect our outdoor heritage.

What were you expecting, a bunch of guys hunting trophy whitetails? A day in the woods with my son is much better than that! A mountain of memories has been piled upon that distant day yet the details are no less vivid. Whether remembering the first time he watched a buck clear a barb-wire fence or the day he conquered his fear of heights by conquering my treestand, the memories never fade – only fuel my desire to share more with him; watching him develop his own appreciation for the outdoors while thanking God for its splendor is a blessing in its own right.

At home, we sit in the deer-stand (our couch). With his bow (and suction cup arrows) at the ready, we silently sit in wait for the trophy of our dreams to trek across our television screen. I watch him draw his bow, then release. His arrow finds its mark on our television screen with a puck. He’s harvested some incredible trophies!

Not long ago, as I tucked him in, he asked the question that truly validates the effort and time we’ve taken to begin building his legacy, “Daddy, can I have your truck?” Puzzled, I asked him why but wasn’t prepared for his answer, “So I can take you hunting when I grow up.” I came dangerously close to opening a floodgate of tears. “Yes, you can have my truck when you grow up.”

I share the same joy as him, perhaps more so, I suspect. For me it’s not as much about the fun as it is about my legacy and our outdoor heritage. When I see him smiling back at me, I think, my son is the future of our outdoor heritage. I think about the legacy I hope to leave him and the lessons he continues to learn such as patience, discipline, self-control, self-reliance, confidence, ethics, reasoning, decision-making, respect for our natural resources and appreciation for the miracle of life and permanence of death; however, the most important lesson he is learning is how to build that same legacy or better in a concerted effort to guarantee enjoyment of our outdoors and the teaching of those same invaluable lessons for generations to come. I look forward to the day when I can honestly say he’s a chip off the ol’ block. What could be better than that?

Hunt hard, hunt often.

Kevin can be reached at for questions and comments.