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Eye-catching New Salmon Lure Launched At Sportsmen’s, Boat Shows

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM STEELHEAD UNIVERSITY

Silver Horde, Sportco/Outdoor Emporium and Steelhead University, all leaders in the Northwest Fishing Industry, announces the latest innovation in salmon spoons, “Two Face”. These new spoons will revolutionize salmon fishing and will be available exclusively at Sportco and Outdoor Emporium.

Terry Wiest said, “The sports fishing industry needed a spoon that closely resembles bait fish both in appearance and action”.  Working with Kelly Morrison of Silver Horde, they came up with a prototype and tested extensively.  “The features we needed were: fish catching colors on both sides of the spoon, scales, and eyes” said Wiest.

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“Talking with other leaders in the industry and with my own experience, the eyes were an important feature and you don’t find them along with color on both sides of the spoon anywhere else.”

Once the final product was designed, Gabe Miller of Sportco/Outdoor Emporium said, “I’m in! These things are crazy good and are going to be a huge success.”

The “Two Face” design will be available on both the Kingfisher “Lite” and Coho Killer.  “The colors we get the most requests for on all of our spoons are black, purple, and green, so we will offer the new spoons in those colors”, said Morrison, “and of course we will have sickle hooks on these spoons as well”.

The new spoons will be available late January 2017 during the Sportsman and Boat Shows.

 

Levi Morgan Back at Mathews

Ten-time Shooter of the Year, Levi Morgan, returns to Mathews’ Pro Staff more confident than ever.

levi-morgan“When you’re competing at this level, consistency is everything. I need to go into every tournament knowing my bow will hold its tune.” says Morgan. “That’s what I had with Mathews for 15 years. They make the best tuning, most accurate bows in the world.”

Born and raised in Rosman, North Carolina, Morgan began competing in archery tournaments at age six. Since first signing with Mathews at age 18, he has become one of the most decorated archers of all-time. His long list of accomplishments includes 8 World Championships, 40 National Championships, 10 Shooter of the Years, 3 Triple Crowns, and 10 World Records.

“I was super impressed with Mathews’ new target bows,” says Morgan, “I shot perfect scores on my first three rounds shooting the new TRX, which has made me more confident than ever going into this season.”

Morgan, and his wife Samantha, return to Mathews’ dominant Pro Staff just one month after 5 time World Cup Champion, Jesse Broadwater, also joined the team shooting the new TRX.

“Levi Morgan is the best 3D shooter of this century and we’re excited to have him back,” says Mathews Pro Staff Manager, Derek Phillips. “I think it speaks volumes to what we have created for our new target line. It’s catching a lot of attention from the best competitors in target archery.” The Morgans also return to Mathews’ Hunting Pro Staff, hosting the Sportsman Channel’s show, “Name the Game”.

On the hunting side, Morgan is shooting the new Halon 32, while Samantha is shooting the 2017 AVAIL, Mathews’ all-new women’s bow.

Follow Levi, Samantha and the rest of Team Mathews through the 2017 tournament season on Mathew’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Mathews Archery

Mathews Archery has been committed to elevating the archery experience for over 25 years. All Mathews bows are designed and built in Sparta, Wisconsin, U.S.A. and distributed through independent retailers around the world. Experience the full line of premier target and hunting bows at mathewsinc.com.

Harpers Tackle Celebrating 7 Years With Deals, Smoked Fish Contest

A fishing tackle shop just off the banks of Southwest Washington’s famed Lewis River is celebrating seven years in business with specials, free pizza Fridays and a smoked fish competition.

“We are doing games and prizes, and hosting a couple of vendors to do demos and giveaways,” says Janet Harper of Harpers Tackle and Outdoor in Woodland. “I have a lot of really big sales planned, so we are hoping for a huge turnout this year. We want to thank our customers for their continued support!”

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The day after Thanksgiving will feature Black Friday deals on Spin-N-Glos, Flying C Spinners, Sweepfire reels and much more, according to a flier.

And Saturday, Dec., 3, the shop will host a smoked salmon contest with a top prize of a $30 gift certificate to Harpers Tackle, and a hat and T-shirt.

To enter, bring in a good-sized chunk of your smoked salmon or steelhead by 7 p.m., Friday, Dec., 2.

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Customers and store staffers will taste each and select a favorite. A winner will be announced by 4 p.m. on Saturday, and prizes will also be awarded for second and third.

Harpers Tackle and Outdoors is located at 267 Millard Ave. in Woodland, just a couple hundred yards east up Highway 503 off Exit 21.

Ontario Knife Company Launches New Website

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM ONTARIO KNIFE COMPANY

Provides Information, Resources and the Ability to Shop for Products Online

Ontario Knife Company (OKC) is excited to announce the launch of its new website which features an updated design and a streamlined user experience, enabling visitors a comprehensive mobile-friendly resource for all of OKC’s knives, machetes, edged products and specialty tools. The new website supports the company’s mission of creating quality products and ways to continually provide access to both those products and information with a multitude of new features including maintenance education, third-party products reviews, news and more.

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“Our website now mirrors the advancements we made in recent years improving our manufacturing processes, quality, and new product development,” said Deneb Pirrone, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for OKC. “The updated design aligns with the new look of our retail packaging and marketing creatives to provide customers with a consistent brand experience. The standardized design coupled with the site’s new UX makes it easier for customers to find – The Knife You Need When You Need a Knife.”

The main page of the new site allows visitors to easily navigate through the product categories of Home, Tools, Tactical, Survival and Hunting. This enables users to find the product or information they are looking for quickly and efficiently. Visitors can learn about the company, which employs advanced capabilities including a broad-spectrum of metal and plastic fabrication operations for OKC branded products as well as OEM manufacturing services. Additional content including knife maintenance recommendations and third party product reviews make the site a valuable resource of information both before and after a purchase of an OKC knife or tool.

Outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, campers, first responders, and chefs alike will find it a breeze to shop for their favorite OKC brands including Old Hickory, SPEC-PLUS, Agilite, Ontario Ranger, RAT, and Robeson. The improved shopping functionality of the site, along with thoughtful design, works to minimize the number of clicks making the shopping experience simple and straightforward. Visit the site at www.ontarioknife.com and see for yourself.

Founded in 1889, the Ontario Knife Company is an award-winning knife, cutlery, and tool manufacturer operating out of Upstate New York for over 125 years. OKC produces a wide range of tools, including cutlery and kitchenware, hunting and fishing knives, machetes, survival and rescue equipment, science and medical tools, and tactical knives. OKC has a long tradition of building knives and tools for the U.S. military, producing high quality equipment that has seen continuous service since WWII. In addition to being a major supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces, OKC leverages a network of distributors, dealers, and major commercial retailers to sell its products nationwide and internationally to over 30 countries. OKC’s custom manufacturing division Jericho Tool®, advances capabilities including a broad-spectrum of injection molding, tool and die, and machining operations to provide white label and OEM manufacturing services for consumer and industrial goods. Collectively OKC’s product lines and manufacturing services reach the house wares, sporting goods, tactical, security, law enforcement & first responders, education, science & medical, and industrial & agricultural industries.

For more information about Ontario Knife Company and its industry-leading line of advanced knives, machetes, edged products and specialty tools, contact Ontario Knife Company at P.O. Box 145-26 Empire Street · Franklinville, NY 14737 · Telephone (716) 676-5527 · Or visit www.ontarioknife.com. The Ontario Knife Company is a subsidiary of publicly traded Servotronics Inc. (NYSE – SVT).

 

 

Nearly $50,000 Raised At NSIA’s Washington Banquet For Fisheries

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association is celebrating following a very successful banquet and fundraiser in Washington over the weekend. For the 17th year, more than 150 of Washington’s sportfishing industry leaders, advocates, and supporters of strong fisheries came together for an opportunity to build relationships with colleagues from around the state and raise important money that will go towards NSIA’s mission of enhancing fisheries across the Northwest.

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WASHINGTON MEMBERS OF THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION GATHERED AT TWIN LAKES GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB IN FEDERAL WAY FOR THE ORGANIZATION’S 17TH ANNUAL BANQUET. (NSIA)

Attendees joined NSIA at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club for a gourmet dinner and several raffles, auctions, and games. After dinner was served and all the auctions closed, those in attendance were successful at raising nearly $50,000 in support of NSIA, funds that will be used to advocate for restoring salmon and steelhead runs in important Washington rivers, increased fishing opportunities for all anglers, and to maintain the recreational fishing industry’s vital role in the region’s economy.

AMONG THE 150 WHO ATTENDED THE BANQUET WERE JOSH HUGHES OF MORTON AND ASSOCIATES, AND KELLY MORRISON OF SILVER HORDE, MAKERS OF TOP SALMON GEAR. (NSIA)

AMONG THE 150 WHO ATTENDED THE BANQUET WERE JOSH HUGHES OF MORTON AND ASSOCIATES, AND KELLY MORRISON OF SILVER HORDE, MAKERS OF TOP SALMON GEAR. (NSIA)

All the money raised would not have been possible without the dedicated work of all the volunteers, staff, and the banquet committee who put the event together, and a special recognition is in order for the event’s title sponsors, Sportco, Outdoor Emporium, and Cabela’s who donate significant staff time, products, and money to make the event a success.

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KILEY BREHM WAS HONORED WITH NSIA’S BUZZ RAMSEY FOOTSOLDIER AWARD, WHILE ASHLEY NICHOLE LEWIS DONATED A FISHING TRIP ON WASHINGTON’S CENTRAL COAST TO RAISE MONEY FOR NSIA. (NSIA)

Veterans of the sportfishing industry awarded Kiley Brehm, a rising leader in the industry and a sales representative for Don Coffey Company, with the Buzz Ramsey Footsoldier Award. The Buzz Ramsey Footsoldier Award is given each year to a person who has made outstanding contributions to enhancing Washington’s sportfishing industry, and Kiley has proven himself to be a strong industry member over the years by getting involved with important political causes and by organizing fundraising events.

NSIA VICE PRESIDENT GABE MILLER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LIZ HAMILTON VIE FOR ONE OF THE EVENING'S SILENT AUCTION OFFERINGS. NEARLY $50,000 WAS RAISED FOR SPORTFISHING ADVOCACY AND OPPORTUNITIES. (NSIA)

NSIA VICE PRESIDENT GABE MILLER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LIZ HAMILTON VIE FOR ONE OF THE EVENING’S SILENT AUCTION OFFERINGS. NEARLY $50,000 WAS RAISED FOR SPORTFISHING ADVOCACY AND OPPORTUNITIES. (NSIA)

Event attendees had the opportunity to participate in exciting auctions that included items such as guided fishing and hunting trips, vacation getaways, and one-of-a-kind pieces of outdoor themed artwork. Professional auctioneer and Washington duck hunting guide, Clint White, ran the auction and Seattle area ESPN radio star, Tom Nelson was the emcee.

A CONTESTANT TRIES TO TOSS A RING AROUND WINE BOTTLES, ONE OF SEVERAL FUN GAMES THAT ALSO HELPED RAISE FUNDS. (NSIA)

A CONTESTANT TRIES TO TOSS A RING AROUND WINE BOTTLES, ONE OF SEVERAL FUN GAMES THAT ALSO HELPED RAISE FUNDS. (NSIA)

Proceeds from the event benefit The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association which was founded in 1993 by a group of sport fishing industry business leaders who understood the need for a strong voice in the local, state, regional and federal governments. The NSIA is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and improvement of sport fisheries and the businesses dependent upon them.

AFTER SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS, RAFFLE WINNERS WERE AWARDED DOZENS OF JAM-PACKED TACKLE BOXES. (NSIA)

AFTER SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS, RAFFLE WINNERS WERE AWARDED DOZENS OF JAM-PACKED TACKLE BOXES. (NSIA)

NSIA’s 18th Annual Oregon Banquet is set for December 3rd at the Holiday Inn at the Portland Airport Hotel. For tickets, contact NSIA at 503-631-8859.

Derby Series Grand Prize Boat A ‘Game Changer’ For Winning Angler

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

Matt Griffin was trimming his kiwi plant during a coveted moment of sunshine last Sunday, Nov. 6, when he got a call that would change his life.

That call was from Tony Floor, Director of Fishing Affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA). Floor had good news: Griffin’s name had been randomly drawn from 4,500 anglers following the conclusion of the 2016 West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series to win the grand prize, a fully-equipped 22-foot Hewescraft aluminum boat with trailer valued at over $85,000. Griffin’s name was entered into the drawing after fishing in the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby in February.

 

NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR OF FISHING AFFAIRS TONY FLOOR (MIDDLE) WITH CLINT KIRRY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & SALES (LEFT) AND ZACH ARNOLD OF WEST MARINE (RIGHT) IN FRONT OF MATT GRIFFIN’S 2016 GRAND PRIZE BOAT. (NMTA)

NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR OF FISHING AFFAIRS TONY FLOOR (MIDDLE) WITH CLINT KIRRY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & SALES (LEFT) AND ZACH ARNOLD OF WEST MARINE (RIGHT) IN FRONT OF MATT GRIFFIN’S 2016 GRAND PRIZE BOAT. (NMTA)

Griffin, who doesn’t own a boat, stuttered, dropped to one knee, and smiled at his wife standing next to him. She was elated.

Griffin, who co-founded Combat Flip Flops in Kabul, Afghanistan and now lives in Issaquah, Wash., could hardly believe it. His fishing team, “Game Changer”, fished a number of derbies without a podium finish. This finish ends the streak – winning weight: 3,200 pounds.

“It’s the perfect Northwest adventure boat,” said Griffin.

The boat is the 13th grand prize boat, motor, and trailer package that has been given away since the Series was created in 2004. This year’s Hewescraft 220 OceanPro boat is powered by a 225-horsepower Mercury Verado and a 9.9-horsepower Mercury trolling motor, on an EZ Loader tandem axle trailer. The boat came fully-equipped with top-of-the-line extras including Lowrance electronics, Scotty Downriggers, and a Dual Electronics stereo.

“I can’t wait to see Matt out on the water in this boat,” said Floor, who coordinates the Series. “There is nothing I like more than giving away top-of-the-line fishing packages like this.”

 

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The West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series is a fishing promotion program directed by the NMTA that encourages boating and fishing in the Northwest. In 2016, the Series included 14 derbies throughout the region. For each derby an angler competes in, they get one entry into the drawing for the grand prize boat held at the final derby in the Series.

“The West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series continues to be one of our best promotions for getting people out on the water,” said NMTA President George Harris. “Even in a year with limited fishing opportunities, the excitement and passion for boating and fishing continues to grow.”

Griffin plans to fish the boat throughout the Northwest. When not in fishing tournaments, he plans to use it to explore and fish Lake Chelan, chase salmon throughout the Puget Sound, and possibly commute to Vancouver Island for a black bear hunt.

“This boat can do anything,” he said.

For more information on the West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series, visit www.NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com.

 

2017 Northwest Boat And Sportsmen’s Show Schedule

Here are the dates for this winter’s sportsmen’s shows around Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and southwestern British Columbia:

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Jan. 11-15 Portland Boat Show, Expo Center, Portland; otshows.com

Jan. 18-22 Vancouver International Boat Show, BC Place, Granville Island; vancouverboatshow.ca

Jan. 20-22 Great Rockies Sport Show, Metrapark, Billings; greatrockiesshow.com

Jan. 20-22 Tri-Cities Sportsmen Show, TRAC Center, Pasco; shuylerproductions.com

Jan. 25-29 Washington Sportsmen’s Show & Sport Fishing Boat Show, Puyallup Fair & Events Center; otshows.com

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Jan. 27-Feb. 4 Seattle Boat Show, CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union, Seattle; seattleboatshow.com

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SEATTLE BOAT SHOW GOERS PROWL THE AISLES AT THE CENTURYLINK FIELD EVENT CENTER. (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

Feb. 3-5 KEZI Eugene Boat & Sportsmen’s Show, Lane County Convention Center, Eugene; exposureshows.com

Feb. 8-12 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show & Sport Fishing Boat Show, Expo Center, Portland; otshows.com

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Feb. 17-19 Central Washington Sportsmen Show, SunDome, Yakima; shuylerproductions.com

Feb. 17-19 Servpro Douglas County Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, Ore.; exposureshows.com

Feb. 24-26 Great Rockies Sport Show, Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds, Helena; greatrockiesshow.com

A HAPPY READER OF NORTHWEST SPORTSMAN CHATS WITH JENNIFER STAHL AT OUR BOOTH DURING 2014’S SNOW-STORM-LASHED PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPORTSMEN’S SHOW IN PORTLAND. (BRIAN LULLCIFER)

A HAPPY READER OF NORTHWEST SPORTSMAN CHATS WITH JENNIFER STAHL AT OUR BOOTH DURING 2014’S SNOW-STORM-LASHED PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPORTSMEN’S SHOW IN PORTLAND. (BRIAN LULLCIFER)

Feb. 24-26 KDRV Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show, Jackson County Expo, Medford; exposureshows.com

Feb. 24-26 The Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show, Town Toyota Center, Wenatchee; shuylerproductions.com

Feb. 25-26 Saltwater Sportsmen’s Show, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem; saltwatersportsmensshow.com

March 2-5 Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show, Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Redmond; otshows.com

March 2-5 Idaho Sportsman Show, Expo Idaho, Boise; idahosportsmanshow.com

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“SO WE COULD PUT A ‘RIGGER MOUNT HERE, AND A CUP HOLDER FOR OUR BABY BOTTLES HERE … (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

March 3-5 BC Boat & Sportsmen’s Show, and BC Hunting Show 2017, TRADEX, Abbotsford; masterpromotions.ca

March 10-11 Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo, Linn County Expo Center, Albany; nwexpo.com

March 10-12 Great Rockies Sport Show, Adams Center, Missoula, Mont.; greatrockiesshow.com

March 16-19 Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show, Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, Spokane; bighornshow.com

March 31-April 2 Great Rockies Sport Show, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Bozeman, Mont.; greatrockiesshow.com

April 7-9 Monroe Sportsman Show, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe, Wash.; monroesportsmanshow.com

Big Game Hunting Adventures

John McAdams of Big Game Hunting Adventures (903) 702-1111; biggamehuntingadventures.com) offers guided hunts for everything from Cape buffalo, leopard and other Big Five species in southern Africa to trophy species in North America. Our sister site California Sportsman Magazine spoke with him about his operation:

California Sportsman How did Big Game Hunting Adventures get started?
John McAdams Prior to getting into this line of work, I served on active duty in the Army. During a deployment to Afghanistan several years ago, I started a hunting blog (The Big Game Hunting Blog) where I talked about some of my hunting experiences as a way to pass the time and keep from going crazy. The blog quickly grew and eventually I started getting requests from outfitters for me to help them market their hunts. So, I decided to start a business where I sold hunting trips full time and Big Game Hunting Adventures was born.

CS What’s the land you hunt on in Africa like?
JM We’ve got exclusive hunting rights on some prime hunting areas in Mozambique and South Africa. Our Mozambique hunting area consists of over 160,000 acres of unfenced land located in some of the best big game hunting country in all of southern Africa. It’s located in the “Crooks Corner” region of Mozambique, where the borders of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa all come together. Kruger Park in South Africa is just to the south and Gonarezhou Park and the legendary Sengwe Safari Area are just a short distance across the Zimbabwe border to the north and west, respectively. This is some really remote, wild, and unforgiving country. If you’re looking for a serious African adventure, where you’ll stalk herds of buffalo through the thick mopane bushveld during the day and hear lions roaring and hyenas cackling at night, then this is the perfect place for you. The area is known for great buffalo and leopard hunting in particular. We’ve got a large resident herd of buffalo that live there all year long and many more come and go throughout the year. The leopard in the area have historically received very light hunting pressure, so they get very large as well.

CS Talk about your Big Five hunts.
TM The term “Big Five” refers to the five most difficult and most dangerous animals to hunt on foot in Africa: the buffalo, leopard, lion, elephant, and rhinoceros. Sometimes people also refer to the Big Seven, which includes the crocodile and hippopotamus. Right now, we offer some hunting for all of these species except for rhinoceros on our hunting area in Mozambique. That being said, buffalo and leopard (with the occasional crocodile or hippo) are our main focus right now, but we’re planning on offering a few “Classic Big Four” hunts for buffalo, leopard, elephant, and lion in Mozambique in a couple of years.

CS You also book hunts in the Pacific Northwest. Where do these hunts take place?
TM I also book hunts for moose, caribou, grizzly bear, stone sheep, and mountain goat in the Cassiar Mountains of northern British Columbia and for black bear on the Quinault Indian Reservation in Washington.

CS What is the most popular hunt being booked these days?
TM Cape buffalo hunts are by far the most popular thing I book. There is something special about buffalo and they have a unique appeal among hunters because the hunts are so intense, and many hunters find that once they’ve matched wits with buffalo, it’s just not the same to hunt anything else again. Though Cape buffalo hunts aren’t cheap (our buffalo hunts go for $13,000), it’s also a hunt that many hunters can afford if they save for a couple of years. They are the most affordable species of the Big Five to hunt and a buffalo hunt is still a whole lot less expensive than outfitted hunts for many North American species like sheep or brown/grizzly bear.

www.biggamehuntingadventures.com / (903) 702-1111

Bullpacs Hunting Packs

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An interview with Sam Kolb of Bullpacs hunting packs.

By Steve Joseph

Steve Joseph How did Bull Pacs get its start?

Sam Kolb About 20 years ago, some elk hunters out of Lewiston, Idaho, packed out an elk on some rickety old aluminum pack frames and swore there had to be better equipment out there for the job. Their search left them empty-handed, and since they ran a machine shop they decided they’d make their own. After several years and countless hours, they finally fine-tuned a frame that was super strong, pretty lightweight and much more comfortable for those long packs out of the mountains loaded with elk.

Though they weren’t really interested in making that part of their machine shop production, they had the production aspect all figured out. Their mother, Janice, moved back to Lewiston and was looking for work when the business idea was born; the shop would manufacture Bull Pacs and Janice began sewing the components, assembling packs and shipping orders. In 2014, Janice decided she wanted to retire from pack production, and after months of training and passing of the baton, our family moved Bull Pacs to Vancouver, Wash., where we have continued with pack production and started working on new accessories and ideas to go with the Bull Pacs.

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SJ What sets Bull Pacs apart from the other packs?

SK We’ve always had a passion for good, solid hunting gear. When I first laid eyes on the Bull Pacs, the solid design and workmanship definitely stood out. Once I tried it on, I loved the way it fit and was convinced it could comfortably handle any load I was able to shoulder. I couldn’t wait until the next season to try it out with a load of elk meat! That was 14 years ago and I have packed thousands of pounds of game on my original Bull Pac, with very few signs of wear and tear. I was actually surprised at just how tough and comfortable Bull Pacs really were, whether packing out elk quarters or just hiking the backcountry in pursuit of the next big adventure!

SJ What about accessories that are available?

SK We have started producing a number of new accessories to outfit new or old packs. Our most popular addition is the rifle mount, which mounts securely to the Bull Pac frame and provides hands-free use when hiking or packing meat, but still allows quick access to ones rifle without removing the pack. We have also developed a decoy extension that allows a person to securely strap on super-tall loads that are otherwise unwieldy to haul around.  We have started carrying RAM Mount accessories to facilitate attachment/use of flashlights, Go Pro cameras, spotting scopes and cameras or other similarly threaded electronic equipment. We have a couple different sizes of game bags for bone-in quarters or boned-out meat. We also have Bull Pac Straps for quickly cinching download on the pack frame for hauling meat and/or gear. And we are just finishing up an axe mount similar to the rifle mount to facilitate safe axe hauling. We have several other ideas we are working on, with things to come in the future.

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SJ  Speaking of, where do you see Bull Pacs heading in the future?

SK We are excited to continue the company’s legacy that’s built on quality, durability and personal customer service that Bull Pacs has provided to the outdoor community for years. While we love the Bull Pac, we are also working on a number of accessories and other innovative adaptations that will make your Bull Pac useful in a number of different applications.  We hope to continue to grow as a grass roots pack company that represents solid, no-nonsense gear that gets the job done and doesn’t let you down, for the everyday hunter.

SJ You have a lifetime warranty. How important is that for your customers?

SK We do our best to produce products that will provide decades of worry-free use. What good is a warranty if it craps out on you in the bottom of the canyon? However, as we all know, anything mechanical can break. If you have something break, slip and land on a rock and bust a weld or have something you don’t think held up as it should have, we will happily take care of it and make it right! We pride ourselves on customer service that’s second to none.  We treat our customers how we’d want to be treated and don’t make excuses if an issue arises. More people like a company that stands behind their product, and we make sure our customers feel appreciated and are well taken care of!

Bullpacs.com (208) 798-3299