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Boyds Introduces Benjamin Marauder Airgun Hardwood Replacement Gunstocks

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Boyds recently introduced Benjamin Marauder Airgun replacement gunstocks in their Pro Varmint and Varmint Thumbhole designs. The popular Benjamin Marauder from Crosman was voted the 2015 Game & Fish/Sportsman Magazine favorite air gun and is a popular choice among air rifle enthusiasts for pest control, small game hunting, and target shooting.

The Boyds Benjamin Marauder Airgun replacement stocks are a prime example of Boyds relentless innovation for their customers as a result of their Product Request Form. Using this form, Boyds talented engineering team is able to provide the largest selection of the most relevant hardwood and laminate replacement gunstocks to the marketplace, earning them the reputation as the go-to source for gun owners. Standard color options for the Boyds Benjamin Marauder Airgun replacement gunstocks include Black, Nutmeg, Pepper, and Forest Camo. Boyds also offers many custom options including custom wood, custom length of pull, an adjustable comb, and custom grips, tips, and pads.

Boyds is the leading manufacturer of high-quality hardwood gunstocks in the world. An American, family-owned business located in Mitchell, S.D., Boyds builds well over 100,000 different makes and models of gunstocks. www.boydsgunstocks.com

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Michitoba Outfitting—Manitoba’s Finest Guide and Outfitter

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Last Season my good friend Ramsey and I had the chance to travel to Manitoba, where we hunted with Kris Wujcik of Michitoba Outfitting. There are about four great reasons to talk to Kris. One: Spectacular fall waterfowl hunting. Kris is often “covered up” and offers hunting for mallards, and Canada Geese. Two: Spring Snow Goose hunting-the white tornado. Three, big, big, unpressured Whitetails. Fourth and finally, fishing for big trout. He has huge trout in the lake in front of his lodge. You can kill a limit of mallards in the morning, and catch a 5-pound rainbow after your nap almost any given day in the fall. Michitoba offers several levels of packages—one of their most popular is a self guided option-stay in your own lodging, cook for yourself, and you will have a truck and a trailer full of quality decoys for your use, or choose semi guided, which offers a little more help, or the fully guided package-which means hunting with Kris, and having him put you in the “X” each day.

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We are an Iowa born and raised solar company that is revolutionizing the industry by bringing affordable and reliable solar power to every business, farm, and home.

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That means you can get solar with NO MONEY OUT OF POCKET and use the money that solar saves you to pay for the system! PLUS, up to 80% of your solar system can be paid for with federal, state, and local incentives!

Tyler Anderson, the President and Founder of Iowa Wind and Solar, recently shared his vision with the press: "Imagine a world where, instead of paying the electric utility and taxes, you could instead save that money and invest it in an asset that YOU own. An asset that will produce free power for decades to come, and won't cost you a dime more than you're already spending today. I don't know about you, but I like that world."

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2015 End of Year Gun, Military, & Sporting Auction!

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Kramer's 2015 End of Year Gun, Military, & Sporting Auction!
Saturday Dec. 5th @ 9AM
Kramer Auction Gallery 203 E. Blackhawk Ave.
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Our end of the year firearms sale will feature approx. 300 firearms. Everything from quality civil war arms through modern ARs, hunting rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Plus a great assortment of WWI & WWII military collectibles, swords, and bayonets. Modern ammo to include cases of military surplus in all calibers, tons & tons of reloading brass, bullets, components in popular & scarce calibers. Dillon reloading machines, reloading dies and great precision reloading equipment. Plus collectible ammo and lots of great sporting and trapping collectibles, western artifacts and more! A great auction to get yourself some nice Christmas gifts early, see you December 5th!


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Dynamic Lures New Hollow Design Ice Fishing Lure

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Dynamic Lures has been recognized nationally for there newest lure design. Known for their success designing and developing innovative fishing tackle for freshwater applications, Dynamic Lures newest concept design built for winter applications has hit the market with amazing success. Recognized by National magazines like “In Fisherman, North American Fisherman, the Angler Magazine, and in November issue of The Iowa Sportsman, this lure has gained much attention.

Dynamic Lures Ice fishing lure is named the HD ICE. The HD Stands for Hollow Design. Owner and President of the company Brian Alano says “using a hollow design allows for the lure to be built with specific buoyancy that gives the lure its unique and erratic action”. Mr. Alano also says “the HD ICE will cover a wider range of area under the ice than any other lures on the market”.

Dynamic Lures HD ICE is unlike any other ice fishing lure on the market. Most other lures are created from a solid piece of lead or tungsten and using a hollow design is clearly an advantage to fishermen. The action mimics a swimming, wounded minnow better than any other lures of its type.


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Nebraska Youth Hunts

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I wanted to share this with all who would like to take their youngsters on a Big Game hunt for Deer or Turkey. The cost is nominal for the youth at just $5.00 (hunter education required).

An adult must accompany the youth and have a valid hunting permit. (unless the youth meets a certain age). Adult permits can be purchased as a 2 day general hunt permit for $56.00 or a annual hunt permit for $85.00.

Check with the Nebraska Games and Parks on all rules before you head out

Either way, when one considers prices I consider this to be a bargain to allow a youth to hunt in another state.

Check out http://www.fivedollaryouth.org/ or http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/ for more information.

Nebraska has more then 200,000 public acres acres to hunt, so land access for deer or turkey is not an issue.

Larry "The Duckmaster" Sills

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Antler Shed Hunting With Your Dog

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Antler Shed Hunting With Your Dog
By Chris Wise

We are little over a month away from one of Iowa's greatest hunting seasons. Yes it's antler shed hunting! Outside of trail cameras, which many hunters don't leave up year around, there's no better or earlier way to get an idea of the caliber of bucks that made it through the previous season. In this way I think it's actually important and strategic to go hunt for sheds.

I remember the first sheds I ever found. I was on my ATV checking fences and honestly hoping to see a coyote dumb enough to stand still for a few seconds. I had just come out the woods into a secluded field in the northern most section of my property and I look over to see a very nice matched set of antlers laying not 10 feet from each other. I couldn't believe my luck. After thanking the very generous deer for having lost his rack in such a convenient manner I proceeded to the nearest Casey's store to purchase a lottery ticket.

Despite being a fun treasure hunt of sorts, I should point out that there's some money to be had for the resourceful shed hunter. At the time of this writing the lowest bid I could find on EBay for a matched set of sheds was $150.00! Depending on the size, color, and overall look of your sheds, they could fetch upwards of $1300.00! Easily more for a very unique set. This is no joke. Companies and individuals that design rustic furniture are some of the first to bid on deer antlers. Knife makers too. There is a very real and active market for this.

The thing I'm most interested in when it comes to this hobby is training my dog to find antlers for me. Dogs clearly cover ground faster than humans do. Take advantage of your hound's sensitive nose to discover more sheds than you ever have! Tom Dokkin of Oakridge Kennels in Northfield, MN. is at the forefront of this sport. Tom has given talks and demonstrations at some of the nations largest sportsman conventions and continues to offer shed dog training out of his home facility. Tom says, “Anyone can do this. This isn’t just for guys. Women and children are involved as well and it’s a great family activity."

I was privileged to be able to speak with Mr. Dokkin recently and ask him a few questions about the sport of shed hunting with man’s best friend. Here’s what he had to say.

Me: Tom, what type or personality of dog is best for shed hunting?
Tom: Retrievers do this for a living, but honestly any dog that seems interested can be great. People think training a dog to find antlers is a daunting task, but it’s just not that difficult. If you are starting from scratch and are just purchasing a dog, then I recommend a retrieving breed.

Me: What are some basic shed dog training tips or techniques?
Tom: You need a dog that has some basic obedience training. This is foundational. You must have control over your dog. The dog needs to have a strong desire to search and retrieve. You could start by getting an antler and playing fetch.
A lot of people already own a trained bird dog and it can be used to find sheds too. Just remember to give the antler a name (command) that is very different from your bird dog commands. For example you could say, “Find the bone."

Me: What is the fastest way to ruin a dog’s interest in finding antlers?
Tom: To do it too much. Don’t overwork the dog. Keep it upbeat and fun. It’s very important to quit at the point where the dog seems to be enjoying it the most. This way, every time you train the dog, it will be eager to please and interested.

Me: What are the costs involved in training a dog to find antlers?
Tom: Around $30.00. All you need are an antler, some training scent, and a DVD or book to show you how. The equipment is inexpensive.

Me: Where can folks go to find more information about you and shed hunting with dogs?
Tom: The best place is probably my website www.sheddogtrainer.com. You can find products, services, tips, events, the blog, and a link to our Facebook page there.

Tom is featured in a book by Jerry Thoms.(Training your dog to hunt for shed deer antlers) Here are some tips that I found useful:
• Use a foam rubber antler or a real one with the tips rounded to start with. If your puppy gets hurt by the real thing, it could negatively impact your dog's desire for antler bones.
• Simply play fetch with the antler. Toss the bone a short distance within eyesight so it’s simple for your dog to find.
• Hide the antler under a blanket, pillow, or around a corner. Make the dog have to search a little bit.
• Transitioning to outdoors - again toss the antler a short distance, then a long distance. Then begin hiding it under bushes but still in sight. Randomly vary the hide locations.
• Wash your training antler or use a scent remover, and wear rubber gloves. You don’t want your dog always finding the antler based on the scent of your hands.
• Always take some sheds of your own when you go out to train your dog in the field. This way the dog always succeeds and will remain interested in the activity. Tie some bright colored ribbon around the antler so you can find it again.

Obviously there is a bit more to this than simply playing fetch with an antler, so I would encourage you to visit Tom’s website and consider ordering a dvd or book. The training book is an easy read and very informative. Tom outlines a common sense step-by-step approach to get your dog retrieving antlers in no time. A good number of interesting videos can be found on YouTube as well. Search for Tom Dokken or shed dog training.

I have only just begun training my dog Disco to find and retrieve antlers, but I’m hopeful she stays interested. She loves it so far. I keep her antler on the mantle of my fireplace and most days she can be found sitting below, staring longingly at it - Kind of like I do when I go to the bow or gun shop.

Like many of you I enjoy the outdoors, and I enjoy them more when my dog is with me. What better way to keep your dog sharp and active off-season than to train it to hunt for sheds? You are going to be out in the woods anyway, it’s what you do. More than that it’s who you are. Now get out there and enjoy!

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Palo Outdoors Winter Fishing Academy

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Space is limited, sign up NOW!
Winter Fishing Academy – Fishing 101 – At Palo Outdoors 1204 1st St. Palo Iowa 52324
January 10 and 17 – Saturdays – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Beginners are welcome to join us at each of these sessions where we will progressively learn about the basics of fishing. What line works well, how do you tie knots, how do you choose the right hooks, bobbers, sinkers and lures to make your fishing experience more productive. What fishing rods are best for beginners and why? Join Naturalist Chuck Ungs as we tease out the things you should know to become a successful angler. Free. Open to all ages but children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Pre-register to save a seat by calling 319-892-6485. For more information or to view other possible additions to the series, check the Linn County Conservation Department webpage at http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Linn/Events.aspx or call Palo Outdoors 319-851-5290

Winter Fishing Academy – Fishing 201- At Palo Outdoors
January 14 – Wednesday – 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Intermediate fishing skills will be covered concerning local fish and local waters. Local bass tournament angler Billy Meier will talk about Lake Macbride bass and crappie. Do-it Molds Walleye Pro Steve Miller will cover slow death rigging to entice fish to bite! Learn how to use this method to catch more fish. Captain Dave Nichols will cover selecting rods & reels for crankbaits, jigging & rigging. Free. Open to all ages but children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Pre-register to save a seat by calling 319-892-6485. For more information or to view other possible additions to the series, check the Linn County Conservation Department webpage at http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Linn/Events.aspx or call Palo Outdoors 319-851-5290

Winter Fishing Academy – Fishing 301 – At Palo Outdoors
January 21- Wednesday – 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Advanced Fishing skills will be covered by bass tournament angler Billy Meier speaking to the techniques and methods that are winning bass tournaments in the Midwest. NWT Touring Pro Gary Speicher will cover open water trolling tricks for walleye. Captain Dave Nichols will cover Advanced Equipment Selection for specialty trolling presentations with boards & lead core. Free. Open to all ages but children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Pre-register to save a seat by calling 319-892-6485. For more information or to view other possible additions to the series, check the Linn County Conservation Department webpage at http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Linn/Events.aspx or call Palo Outdoors 319-851-5290

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Snowshoe Building Course offered near Cedar Rapids

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Deadline to sign up is Dec. 8!

Snowshoe Building Class series
This winter Linn County Conservation will again offer the opportunity to build a pair of traditional snowshoes. Conservation Education Specialist Chuck Ungs will guide participants through the snowshoe-building process at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center, 10260 Morris Hills Road, Toddville IA - just outside of Cedar Rapids. Those who have taken the class in the past have been very pleased with the finished shoes and have enjoyed the class. These sets would make a unique gift, functional tools or can be used as a grand decoration.

Participants should plan to attend the evening sessions on Thursday, December 11, 18 and Saturday the 20th. These evening classes will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Wickiup Hill Learning Center near Toddville. With some time invested at home, kits can be completed around New Year’s. Additional evenings will be needed to varnish the shoes in the evenings at the Conservation Department shop located at 1890 County Home Road in the week following construction, between the Holidays. For best results, two or three of these evenings will be required to varnish the shoes properly.

Participants must pre-register and pay by December 8, 2014, so we can order kits. The $195 class fee includes the cost of a snowshoe kit, a binding set and varnish for each participant. To pre-register or for more details and options, call 319-892-6485. Attendance at all three lacing sessions is highly recommended. Kit building typically requires the manual dexterity of someone high school age or older. Class size is limited to 15.

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New Titanium Tip Stick from Beaver Dam

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For Immediate Release:

New Titanium Tip Stick from Beaver Dam first of its kind!

Includes Built-In titanium “Spring Bobber”

Beaver Dam is known for the best tip up on the planet so it’s no surprise that they enter the ice rod and combo market with guns blazing and tips glowing. The new Titanium Tip Stick is the first rod that comes standard with a built-in, retractable, no memory, titanium spring bobber so anglers can switch from jigging Kastmaster’s for walleyes with the tip recessed, to finessing panfish with the tip extended.

The rod is made of High Modulus carbon fiber and comes with a fitted cork reel seat with built-in rattles that transmit fish-attracting vibrations below the ice. Why go to the fish when you can draw them into to you!

-Three Rods in One!
1- Ultra-light jigging for panfish
2- Retract spring bobber for gamefish
3- Deadsticking

-Available in 23” UL. 26” ML, and 29” M actions
-Available in a combo that includes custom ice-specific spinning reel with three ball-bearings, aluminum spool, size 300.

Hard & Soft Fishing has roots dating back to 1922, when their first brand, Uncle Josh, began manufacturing in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. They have grown to represent nearly every tackle category on the market for both ice and open-water fishing. From the Pacific to the Atlantic and all the lakes and rivers in-between, they produce bait and tackle that has been helping anglers catch more fish for decades. Employees don’t simply produce tackle, the use it on the weekends.


contact: ddurbin@bastdurbin.com or jbast@bastdurbin.com

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