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NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES YOUTH BOAT WINNER JACKSON GIRARD, 6, HIS SISTER, ASHLEY, AND PARENTS STEPHANIE AND ARICK WITH N.M.T.A.'S TONY FLOOR (LEFT). (NMTA)

NMTA Delivers Northwest Salmon Derby Series Raffle Boats To Winners

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION

Joel Clark was thinking about football, not fishing, when he got a call that caught him off-guard.

Clark was watching the Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday, Sept. 21, when a friend called from the awards ceremony at the Everett Coho Derby, the grand finale of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. The friend had good news: Clark had won the series’ grand prize, a fully outfitted 21-foot River Hawk aluminum fishing boat with trailer worth around $65,000. Clark was shocked.

“I never win anything,” said Clark, who lives in Monroe, Wash. “I don’t even win on scratch [lottery] tickets.”

JEFF CLARK, LEFT, WITH N.M.T.A. PRESIDENT GEORGE HARRIS AND HIS NEW 21-FOOT RIVERHAWK, WON LAST MONTH AT THE CULMINATION OF THE NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES. (NMTA)

JEFF CLARK, LEFT, WITH N.M.T.A. PRESIDENT GEORGE HARRIS AND HIS NEW 21-FOOT RIVERHAWK, WON LAST MONTH AT THE CULMINATION OF THE NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES. (NMTA)

Twenty-some miles away in Lynnwood, Wash., the Girard family was also about to get some happy news. Jackson Girard, 6, won the derby series’ kids division boat, a 14-foot River Hawk on a trailer valued at around $18,000. When the family got the call, jubilation erupted.

“Both my kids were freaking out, and I thought I was going to pass out,” said Arick Girard, Jackson’s father. “We were super excited.”

NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES YOUTH BOAT WINNER JACKSON GIRARD, 6, HIS SISTER, ASHLEY, AND PARENTS STEPHANIE AND ARICK WITH N.M.T.A.'S TONY FLOOR (LEFT). (NMTA)

NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES YOUTH BOAT WINNER JACKSON GIRARD, 6, HIS SISTER, ASHLEY, AND PARENTS STEPHANIE AND ARICK WITH N.M.T.A.’S TONY FLOOR (LEFT). (NMTA)

The two winners were chosen by raffle from among 6,500 youth and adult anglers who fished in 14 derbies from last November through September. The boats are given away at the Everett derby since it’s considered the granddaddy of the series, typically drawing upward of 2,000 anglers over its two days.

The Northwest Salmon Derby Series was started in 2004 by the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) to promote salmon fishing in the region. It had six derbies the first year, eventually growing to the current 14. The NMTA has expanded the series with derbies that are wild fish-friendly, held when hatchery chinook and coho are available. Some derbies have been restricted to hatchery fish only, and organizers work with government agencies to protect wild stocks.

“We are committed to ensuring that the derby series is sustainable for both anglers and wild fish stocks,” NMTA President George Harris said. “A collaborative approach, working alongside regulatory agencies, is the way to achieve that.”

River Hawk Boats, based in White City, Ore., has been one of the series’ main sponsors for four years, providing grand prize boats each year and adding a kids division boat this year for the first time in an effort to cultivate the next generation of anglers. Company President Phillip Cam said the Northwest’s rich variety of boating opportunities makes the derby series “the premier” event of its type in the United States.

“The amount of water resources that we can use for boating in the Northwest is unparalleled, whether it’s just cruising and enjoying a family day on the water, crabbing or chasing salmon around,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to promote boating here.”

The series’ other sponsors include Allstate Boat Insurance, Mercury Marine, BoatUS TRAILER ASSIST, HarborWare and FishUSA.com.

For Clark, the boat win was a bright light during a difficult time. His 6-month-old daughter, Grace, was recently diagnosed with blindness caused by a rare eye disease. Clark decided to participate in the derby after learning about the Everett Central Lions Club’s annual derby for blind people.

The boat, Clark said, will provide a way for the family — including his wife and their 3-year-old son — to spend some quality time outdoors together.

“We’re going to use it to go fishing and camping with the kids,” he said. “We’re excited.”

Girard said he’s been trying to convince his wife for years that the family of four needs a small fishing boat, but to no avail.

“She wasn’t buying off on that,” he said, laughing. “Now we’ll be able to get out fishing a lot more often, which is fantastic. Both of our kids love fishing.”

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Avedon & Colby Launch Signature Line of Performance Field Wear

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM AVEDON @ COLBY

After 30+ years designing and supervising the manufacturing of over 500 individual styles of distinctive garments and accessories for iconic brands like Willis & Geiger, Orvis, Beretta, Woolrich and Eddie Bauer, Burt Avedon and Susan Colby have launched a new line of high-performance field wear under their own label: Avedon & Colby. The first garment in the new collection is their Signature Field Shirt, which was introduced on Kickstarter (search “field shirt” on Kickstarter) and online on October 1st, 2014.

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Burt Avedon, a WW II Navy fighter pilot, former Top Gun instructor and president of Willis & Geiger from 1978 until 1999, was inspired to launch the Avedon & Colby Signature Collection on his 90th birthday.

“I figured there was no time left to waste, so Susan and I pulled out the stops to get our ideas down on paper and into production”, Avedon explained. “Then somebody asked me ‘Why start at 90?’ and I replied ‘Why the hell not?’ ”

Designed with the philosophy “function not fashion”, the new field shirt incorporates 19 distinct performance features: some “signature” features they developed over the past 40+ years – and two new innovations never seen in a field shirt before.

“Our objective was to create the most comfortable, most functional field shirt you’ll ever wear”, Avedon continued. “So, when it came to quality and attention to detail, we spared nothing. From our 100% cotton long-staple bush poplin – in historic “tea-dyed” British Tan – to quality details only found on fine tailored shirts, we’re confident our Signature Field Shirt will live up to the standards of those who require the very best – and then some.”

Avedon concluded, “Susan and I are very excited to be back to designing premium performance garments for ourselves once again – the way we did together in the early Willis & Geiger days.” The new Signature Field Shirt is available on Kickstarter until October 31 (search “field shirt”), and can also be pre?ordered on the Avedon & Colby website: avedoncolby.com. The shirt will retail for $179.

Ladies Day Out Coming Up Oct. 4 At Many Northwest Cabela’s

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM CABELA’S

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the growing number of women enjoying the outdoors with Ladies’ Day Out, October 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This event encourages women to become an outdoor enthusiast in style, focusing on the latest outdoor apparel, camping gear, personal firearms and more. The first 100 women to check in at the store on event day will receive a free gift and all who participate in the event will qualify for the employee discount on all purchases.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, new target shooters–those who have taken up the sport in the last five years–are younger, female and urban when compared to established target shooters, or those participating for more than five years.

Ladies in attendance will have an opportunity to meet and greet with local celebrities and outdoor enthusiasts.  Classes will be taught by local experts and are always free of charge.

Ladies Day Out will be held at Cabela’s locations in Tulalip, Lacey, Union Gap and Springfield, OR stores. For more information visit www.cabelas.com/stores. Or contact your local Cabela’s.

Free Kids PFDs At Seattle Boats Afloat Show This Weekend

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION

What better way to spend a sunny end-of-summer weekend than walking the docks down at South Lake Union?

The Boats Afloat Show brings you all the best of boating in one place. But it’s not just for adults or for mom and dad to shop for the boat of their dreams. The show is full of free activities for kids of all ages. Kids 8 to 16 can get on the water and be introduced to the thrill of small boat sailing with 60-minute free sailboat lessons and hands-on toy boat building.

Since safety on the water is an important boating lesson to teach kids, Stearns Life Jackets will be giving away 500 kids life jackets on Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14.

Boats Afloat is open through Sunday, Sept. 14. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Going to the show won’t break the family piggy bank. Kids under 11 are free, and ages 11 to 17 get in for $5. Discount parking vouchers are available here.

Free Sailing Lessons Courtesy of Sail Sand Point
The free sailing lessons will be on 13-foot Hobie Waves. The Hobie Wave is a singlehanded catamaran that can hold up to four people and is a great cruising boat for all ages and ability levels. There will be four Hobie Waves at the show and Sail Sand Point will take out 12 to 16 kids at a time.

Mom and dad can get future sailors out on the water, then go cruise the show at their leisure while the kids learn skills that will last a lifetime. They are also welcome to join the kids.

Lesson Schedule:
Friday, Sept. 12 – 1 p.m.: Kids only. 3 p.m.: Parents welcome
Saturday, Sept. 13 – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Kids only. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.: Parents welcome
Sunday, Sept. 14 – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Kids only. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.: Parents welcome
To sign up for free lessons in advance, email showinfo@boatsafloatshow.com.

There are also free sailboat rides for all ages courtesy of Discover Sailing. Rides are approximately 45 minutes and run continuously every day throughout the show.

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Radio Disney Seattle will be on-site hosting water fun and safety activities and giving away prizes throughout the day. The Radio Disney Seattle road crew will be there for this family-friendly event bringing exciting games, dances and giveaways, including Seattle City Light’s summer promotion “Cookin with Kilowatts.”

Free Toy Boat Building for Kids
Kids will use traditional tools provided by The Center for Wooden Boats to build and decorate their own wooden boats.
Saturday, Sept. 13: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 14: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kids Life Jacket Giveaway
Water safety awareness in and around the water is an important lesson for kids. And because kids are important people, the show will be giving away 500 kids life jackets Sept. 13 and 14.

Life Jacket Sizes
Infant: 30 lbs. and under
Child: 30 to 50 lbs.
Youth: 50 to 90 lbs.
There is a limited supply. Kids must be present to receive a life jacket.
The 2014 Lake Union Boats Afloat Show is sponsored by Word Yachts.

Cabela’s, West Marine, Bass Pro Shops Opening New NW Stores

Three new sporting goods stores are set to open in the Northwest in the coming weeks and months, two in Pugetropolis, one in Portland.

The first of those to swing open to the public will be the new West Marine in Seattle on 15th Ave. West between Elliott Bay Marina and Fishermen’s Terminal.

The 11,000-square-foot boating and fishing supply store will have its grand opening this Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.

Next up is the new Cabela’s in Tualatin, at 555 SW Nyberg Street,on Thursday, Sept. 18. The 100,000-square-foot store will be the Nebraska retailer’s seventh in the Northwest.

It features the mount of a giant sturgeon, and more, reported Bill Monroe, outdoor columnist for The Oregonian, who got a sneak peak inside during a media tour last week.

He wrote:

… (I)t is finally a place where hunters and shooters in the Portland area can find much, if not most, of what they need. And yes, right down to hard-to-find .22 ammunition (although sales will be limited).

In the rear, for example, are half dozen stations specifically designed to conduct computerized background checks with little or no wait.

There is an entire women’s camouflage clothing section, a gun library, an archery range (for purchase and repair customers). Rows and rows of ammunition lead to a large waterfowl department.

On the other side of the store, a major camping section offers almost every necessity on the eve of fall hunting seasons.

The fishing section is large, but not quite as extensive as Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor outlets. Prices seem more competitive than I’ve seen in other Cabela’s (Lacey and Everett in Washington and Springfield, Oregon).

Unlike the hiccuped opening of the larger (this store is 100,000 square feet) outlet in Lacey, Wash., in 2007 (185,000 square feet), the Tualatin store is not overloaded with non-native fishing gear. It’s there, certainly, but there are plenty of aisles devoted to salmon, trout and saltwater fishing.

Back up in Tacoma, the Bass Pro Shops being built alongside I-5 at 72nd is slated to open in late October. The 170,000-square-foot facility will be the first in the entire northwestern corner of the United States.

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Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops are also opening two new locations near Vancouver, BC., this month.

Happy shopping!

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Seven Meadows Archery Expands Product Line, Community Outreach

Seven Meadows Archery, the Washington-based distributor of Istvan Toth horsebows of Hungary, would like to announce participation in the ELS Fall Festival Fundraiser. Visit the Seven Meadows Archery Range at the ELS Medieval event in Bothell, Wash., on Sunday October 5th.

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The event also includes the Seattle Knights’ dinner performance & mounted archery by the Flying Duchess to benefit Equine Life Solutions. For more information, visit http://www.equinelifesolutions.com/.

Among other news, Seven Meadows Archery is proud to announce the addition of three styles to the Toth horsebow line in 2014. We anticipate the addition of more new styles, including Toth wood laminate recurves and longbows, in 2015.

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While expanding our product line, we also wish to expand our outreach. We have availability this fall and winter to schedule at archery and sport venues, clubs and educational facilities to introduce our products and provide our portable archery range including basic archery instruction. Contact us for details.

Visit our new website: www.sevenmeadowsarchery.com for our selection of horsebows and traditional archery crafts, events and distributors.  Use Coupon Code: NWSport for 5% discount on web orders!

Established in 2002, Seven Meadows Inc, is the sole importer of Istvan Toth horsebows of Hungary and distributor of traditional archery products handmade in Hungary and USA . For more information call: (253) 651-5807  email: bows@sevenmeadowsarchery.com or visit: SevenMeadowsArchery.com

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CRKT Introduces Two New Hoists For Big Game Hunters

THE FOLLOWING PRESS RELEASE COMES FROM COLUMBIA RIVER KNIFE AND TOOL COMPANY

CRKT breaks new ground in the hunting category with two hoists that lock things high above it.

The company announced that it is extending its offering in the hunting category with the Hoist’N Lok Tree Stand Hoist and Hoist‘N Lok Big Game Hoist designed by professional hunting guide, Russ Kommer. Using a unique, and now patented*, locking system, they’ll provide greater safety and ease of use for hunters everywhere.

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The hoists feature a patented lobe mechanism on the pulley that locks the rope into place by simply moving the rope to the side and letting the rope slide up and lock. No looking for something to attach it to. No tying it down with one hand. More importantly, no letting go of your tree stand or game as you try to move it into place.

The Tree Stand version comes with a capacity rating of 100 lbs. (45.3 kg) and a hoist that easily mounts to a tree. Which means hunters can be more efficient and safer with this new hoisting option.

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The Big Game version comes with a capacity rating of 500 lbs. (226.8 kg) so it can handle the largest of deer. It’s also equipped with a carabiner and a gambrel for a complete kit for hoisting up your trophy game.

Kommer, a long time professional hunting guide, said the products were born out of a safe and simple solution to a very common hoisting problem. Simply put, “where to tie off”. “Well, now you don’t have to tie off at all, just hoist and lock”.

This patented new hoisting system again proves CRKT is the one company willing to take a chance on an entire new design and drive true innovation in the hunting category.

The Hoist ‘N Lok Tree Stand Hoist manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $59.99.

The Hoist ‘N Lok Big Game Hoist manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $59.99.

*U.S. Patent No. 8,596,615

SPECIFICATIONS

The Hoist ‘N Lok Big Game Hoist

SKU:                       HOIST 1

Specs:                      1 6061 Aluminum Lobed Pulley Wheel

CNC Machined Knurling on Pulley Wheel for Secure Lockup

3 POM Plastic Pulley Wheels

Powder Coated Steel Housing

Grade 8 Bolt

Pulley Housing:      Length 7.5” (19.0 cm)

  Width 2.2” (5.6 cm)

Depth 1.8” (4.6  cm)

Gambrel:                 Length 25.0” (19.1 cm)

  Height 6.38” (16.3 cm)

Rod Diameter .39” (0.95 cm)

Weight:                    Pulley & Carabiners: 1lb. 8oz (680.4 g)

Gambrel 1.8” (4.6 cm)

Capacity: 500 lbs. (226.8 kg)

Includes:                  2 Carabiners

  40 ft. (12.2 m) of 8mm rope

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SKU:                       HOIST 2

Specs:                      1 6061 Aluminum Lobed Pulley Wheel

CNC Machined Knurling on Pulley Wheel for Secure Lockup

Powder Coated Steel Housing

6.5 ft. (1.9 m) of Heavy Duty Nylon

Ratchet Strap

Pulley Housing:      Length 7.5” (19.1 cm)

  Width 2.2” (5.6 cm)

Depth 1.8” (4.5 cm)

Capacity: 100 lbs. (45.3 kg)

Includes:                  1 Carabiner

  45 ft. (13.7 m) of 6mm rope

Founded in 1994, CRKT® is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design. For more information, call: (800) 891-3100, email: info@crkt.com, on the web: www.crkt.com.

Cookshack offers deals on smoker ovens, PLUS $120 valued smoked jerky & cold smoke baffle

Cookshack proudly manufactures smoker ovens in the USA. Featuring stainless steel construction, Spin-Glas insulation, and electric temperature controls these smokers are built to last. Cookshack is offering a Sportsman’s Special which begins September 9th and runs through September 26th. With the purchase of the selected models, you will receive a free set of Jerky Rods and Cold Smoke Baffle. That is savings up to $120!

Use Promo Code SPORT14 when the order is placed online at cookshack.com or when you call 800.423.0698 to place an order with a Cookshack professional sales representative.

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The four models that are eligible for the special are the Smokette (SM009-2), the Smokette Elite (SM025), the Super Smoker Elite (SM045) and the Amerique (SM066). These smokers oven are built to cook low and slow using wood chunks to make even the toughest cut of meat fall of the bone tender and succulent! Slow cook a brisket from morning to evening and then dinner is as easy as stopping by the deli for baked beans and coleslaw.

The Jerky Rods and the Cold Smoke Baffle are free with the purchase of a smoker and are the perfect accessories for the avid sportsman. Prepare smoked cheese and lox-style salmon using the cold smoke baffle. If you love smoky jerky, you will love the Jerky Rods. Hang meat strips on the rods that fit onto the smoker’s side racks or use them as skewers for kabobs.

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Cookshack customer Tom F provided the following review, “SM025….best investment I ever made! I use it all the time; it was built to last decades and did everything Cookshack says it will do! Worth every penny!”

Cookshack’s believes in a 3-point quality and service pledge of 100% customer satisfaction. Cookshack gives you products that give you value for your money, Cookshack offers serious customer service and offers a 100% satisfaction, 30-day no-risk money back guarantee. Visit cookshack.com.

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Swarovski Announces 65th Anniversary Pricing On Binocs, Spotting Scopes

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM SWAROVSKI OPTIK

Swarovski Optik North America, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, announces its 65th anniversary of constantly improving what is good.

Swarovski Optik manufactures optical products of the highest quality for outdoor enthusiasts worldwide, as part of the celebration they will offer loyal customers an “anniversary special” on selected products.

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This year marks 65 years since company founder, Wilhelm Swarovski, placed the company’s first binoculars on the market.

To celebrate this milestone there will be special anniversary pricing on all Swarovski Optik binoculars, spotting scopes and the EL Range from August 1 – September 30, 2014, at authorized Swarovski Optik dealers in US and Canada only.

Over the years, Swarovski Optik has established itself as the premier optics producer in the world. All products combine diamond-bright optics, perfect ergonomics and a slim design with unique functionality and ruggedness. Thanks to their innovative technologies and high precision construction, sport optics from Swarovski Optik will last for generations.

Dustin Woods, Director of Sales for Swarovski Optik North America said, “We are extremely excited to bring this great promotion to our dealers and end consumers. Swarovski Optik has now been in the field with men and women who are passionate about the outdoors for 65 years! Showing our appreciation to our customers by offering an unprecedented promotion is a great way to celebrate. Swarovski Optik dealers all over North America are offering very special incentives on many of our most demanded products. There has never been a better time to purchase Swarovski Optik binocular, spotting scope, or range finding binocular.”

Cabela’s Announces Sept. 18 Grand Opening For New Portland-area Store

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM CABELA’S

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the official grand opening of its Tualatin, Ore., store Thursday, Sept. 18 with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela’s executives and special guests, will begin at 10:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow. Doors will open for business at 11 a.m.

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Opening day will kick off a weekend-long celebration highlighted by special appearances, family events, giveaways and more. A complete schedule of events will be available on www.cabelas.com/stores when finalized.

The 100,000-square-foot store will be Cabela’s second location in Oregon, joining the 58,000-square-foot Springfield location opened in 2011. It will be located at 7555 SW Nyberg Street in a redeveloped retail center near Interstate 5 and the Nyberg Woods shopping center. The new area, being developed by CenterCal Properties, is planned to include approximately 300,000-square-feet of retail space.

The store is being built in Cabela’s next-generation layout, designed to surround customers in an outdoor-like experience with museum-quality wildlife displays and a large mountain replica. In addition to thousands of quality outdoor products, the store will include an indoor archery range and archery tech room, Gun Library, Bargain Cave and Fudge Shop.

Upon opening, the store will become Cabela’s 63rd location across North America. The company currently operates 59 stores across North America and has announced plans to open an additional 19 stores over the next two years.